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Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

 

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Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

 

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Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule

 

Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

10:00 a.m.  Festival opens to the public; deck tours available
5:00 p.m.  Festival closes to the public. Ballads and Brews opens at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park
9:00—11:00 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
7:00—9:00 p.m. 
11:00 p.m.  Ballads and Brews closes at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park

Sunday, July 21, 2019

10:00 a.m.  Festival opens to the public; deck tours available
5:00 p.m.  Festival closes to the public. Ballads and Brews opens at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park
9:00—11:00 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours   
7:30 p.m.  Ballads and Brews closes at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park

Monday, July 22, 2019

Ships depart on their own schedule

Thursday, July 18, 2019

12:00 p.m.  Festival opens (note: no ship boarding permitted & limited activities available)
2:00–4:00 p.m.  Arrival of ships (approximately)
5:00–8:30 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
7:00–8:30 p.m. 
8:00–11:00 p.m.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

10:00 a.m.  Festival opens to the public; deck tours available
5:00 p.m.  Festival closes to the public. Ballads and Brews opens at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park
9:00—11:00 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
11:00 p.m.  Ballads and Brews closes at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park

 


Schedule subject to change.

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International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

Songs of the sea and those who sail upon it have become an increasingly popular part of Tall Ship Celebration. Each festival, we seek out the most talented shanty musicians in the world and invite them to perform for you as part of our maritime festival. Sponsorship supports the appearance of participating musicians especially those traveling from around the world to visit the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Sponsored by

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Bocca Musica (Michigan)

Bocca Musica is an international, award winning, band based out of the Metro Detroit area. Known for their spicy and raucous sense of humor, they perform a wide range of genres from original pirate and bawdy tunes to Celtic and traditional sea shanties. No matter where Bocca goes or what they sing, one thing remains the same...their love of tight harmonies and making people laugh!


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Roane (Michigan)

With a unique acoustic sound and intricate three part vocal harmonies, Roane specializes in Celtic, folk, and maritime music. Their repertoire consists of traditional Celtic melodies, American traditional favorites, and sea shanties with their own personal twist. Roane’s original compositions embrace the spirit of the storyteller. Pouring out heart-felt lyrics and melodies, their music embodies the soul of their Celtic ancestry, while adding their own modern harmonies and instrumentation.


Za Horyzontem (Poland)

Za Horyzontem is a Polish folk group whose songs tell stories about the sea from a female point of view. Their music is inspired by Irish folk music and they play their own original material. Since 2003 they have performed almost 500 concerts both in Poland and abroad. Colorful costumes and feminine charm create performances that are entertaining and engaging.


International Maritime Music Schedule

Friday, July 19, 2019

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Wenonah Park

 

Vets Park

 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

WENONAH PARK

 

VETS PARK

 

SUNday, July 21, 2019

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

WENONAH PARK

 

VETS PARK

 

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Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2019

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2019

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

Ballads and Brews

When the festival closes at 5:00 p.m., Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, the more lively shanty musicians can be heard in The Quarterdeck at Ballads and Brews. 

When the festival ends for the day, the music carries on into the evening and the taps flow with Michigan craft beers. $5.00 coverage charge to enter The Quarterdeck for Ballads and Brews, waived if you present your Souvenir Passport at the entrance.


Featured Performers

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Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers (Tennessee)

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of the Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their new CD "The World is Ablaze" draws on the fact that pirates sailed the world around and pirate crews were an international lot, so their music would be a medley of styles plundered from all over.

Tom’s theatricality and musicianship make for an explosive mix. His songs conjure up a life on the seas in an era when the only hope for destitute sailors was to go “on the account”, to become pirates.


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Za Horyzontem (Poland)

Za Horyzontem is a folk group from Poland. Since 2003 they have given almost 500 concerts in Poland and abroad. They play their very own material composed by all band members. Their songs tell stories about sea from a female point of view and they are inspired by Irish folk. Colorful costumes and feminine charm creates performances that are entertaining and engaging.


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SASIEDZI (Poland)

SASIEDZI (the Neighbours) were formed in 2001 in Gliwice (Poland). The name of the band originates from the pub where we first played music together. Initially, we performed mostly folk and sea shanties (maritime work songs performed a cappella in Polish, English, French and Russian). Today, our set list includes our own original compositions. Additionally, we incorporate music from other cultures in our repertoire, including traditional tunes from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, as well as our own Silesian folk and also some medieval folk.

The combination of musicians give the band its own unique sound. Magnetism of the group lies in intricate harmonies orchestrate with richly acoustic instrumentation. SASIEDZI have developed our own distinctive style.

SASIEDZI have performed over 400 concerts in Poland and abroad (Tatihoo, Paimpol - France; Appingedam - Netherland; Bremen, Rostock - Germany, Bay City and we are the first group from Poland, took place in legendary Sea Music Festival in Mystic Seaport in USA.


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El Pony Pisador (Spain)

El Pony Pisador is a folk band formed by 5 young boys from Barcelona. They began playing in 2013 and after a few line-up changes, they played their first concert in October 2014. At first, they played Irish folk tunes, but then began to experiment with other traditional music styles and started to mix all of them. They’ve played more than 50 concerts in the Catalunya region of northeastern Spain and have continued to expand their musical repertoire over the years. In 2016, El Pony Pisador released their first album, “Yarr’s i trons!”


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Bocca Musica (Detroit)

Bocca Musica is an international, award winning, band based out of the Metro Detroit area. Known for their spicy and raucous sense of humor, they perform a wide range of genres from original pirate and bawdy tunes to Celtic and traditional sea shanties.

No matter where Bocca goes or what they sing, one thing remains the same...their love of tight harmonies and making people laugh!


Ballads and Brews Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
6:45 p.m.
7:45 p.m.
8:45 p.m.
9:45 p.m.
 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
6:45 p.m.
7:45 p.m.
8:45 p.m.
9:45 p.m.
 

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
All Hands Sing Around

 

CLOSED FOR 2019!

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TSC Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

TSC Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

We’re still updating this information as things are confirmed. Stay tuned!

In addition to the International Maritime Music that brings the festival to life, the following activities are located within the festival grounds and are available during regular festival hours Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Wenonah Park (East Side)

Storyteller’s Corner

Presented by the Bay County Library System Sponsored by Friends of the Bay County Libraries

Some of Michigan’s best professional storytellers spin yarns of ships and life on the high seas in a cool, shady spot.


Make and Take—
Tall Ship Kit

Sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University

Build your own tall ship from kits designed and produced locally.

Face Painting

Presented by CAN Council
Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck

Fanciful face painting for our whimsical guests.


“Color Our World”
Mosaic Mural

Presented by Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Sponsored by

Grab a paint brush and add your own artistic expression to “tiles” that will form a giant mosaic mural.


Veterans Memorial Park (West Side)

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Art in the Park

Presented by The Great Lakes Market

Shop for one-of-a-kind original works of beauty, style, and pricelessness.


Small Boat Building Workshop

Presented by Balcer Boat Works
Sponsored by

Lend a hand to our professional boat builders and you may get to take a custom built boat home with you at the end of the weekend.


Knot-Tying

Presented by BaySail

Learn how to tie knots and make a souvenir.


Make and Take—Lighthouse Kit

Presented by S.R.M.H.S
Sponsored by Bay City Town Center

Build your own lighthouse and learn about our own Saginaw River Rear Range Light.


Make and Take—
Scrimshaw Art

Presented by Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Sponsored by

Learn how to replicate the fine art of scrimshaw on special Yupo paper.

Ring of Steel Action Theatre

Learn how to dress, talk and fight like a pirate at Pirate Cove. Play pirate games like balloon fencing and Jacob’s Ladder and practice your hand at archery and knife throwing. Enjoy action-packed, life action shows from two stages through the festival.


Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Presented by US Power Squadron 

Experience the industry’s best interactive simulation-based boating safety program allowing students to virtually maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a 3.5 x 4 mile lake. 


Make and Take—
Nautical Masterpiece

Presented by Studio 23/The Arts Center
Sponsored by

Artists from Studio 23 will teach you how to paint your own nautical masterpiece that you can take home as a souvenir of your Tall Ship Celebration experience.


Sail-Raising

Presented by SBCSA

Lend a hand and help raise the sails.


The Amycita

Presented by S.R.M.H.S

See one of the last of her kind! The Amycita is a wooden boat built from a “knock-down frame” kit purchased from Defoe Boat and Motor Works in 1915. 


Special Events

These special events occur outside of normal festival hours, at other locations around town, and may charge an additional fee. See each description for more details.

At the Festival

Pancakes with Pirates

In Veterans Memorial Park at The Quarterdeck

Watch out for pranks and shenanigans when pirates join you for breakfast in The Quarterdeck (Veterans Memorial Park) on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, from 9:00—11:00 a.m. Tickets available at the door: $ TBD.


Sail-Away Adventures

Sail-Aways depart from Veterans Memorial Park

Have your own tall ship adventure! Regular departures from Veterans Memorial Park are available aboard Bay City’s own Appledore IV an Appledore V throughout the festival. Advance reservation is recommended. Click here for schedule and pricing.


First @ Friendship

Service takes place in Wenonah Park

You are cordially invited to attend First @ Friendship, a non-sectarian and informal worship service presented by First Presbyterian Church in Wenonah Park on Sunday, July 21 from 8:15—9:00 a.m. The service will feature a special blessing of the tall ship fleet. (Free)


Tours of the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse

Tours depart from Veterans Memorial Park

The Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse is rarely open to the public. Members of the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society are offering tours Friday— Sunday, running continuously starting at 10 a.m. Tours will take approximately 1 ½ hours and include stops at the USS Edson and the Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum; the last tour will leave at 5 p.m. (Adults $7; Children $3 upon boarding)


Princess Wenonah/Islander Cruises

Departing from Veterans Memorial Park

Call (989) 891-2828 or visit www.baycityboatlines.com

Around Town

Bay County Maritime History Exhibits

321 Washington Ave

The Historical Museum of Bay County is a treasure trove of all things nautical. Don’t miss the “Bay City: Seaport to the World” exhibit and maritime gifts in the gift shop. Open Thursday—Friday, July 18 & 19, 10 am—5 pm and Saturday—Sunday, July 20 & 21, 11 am—4 pm (Free)


Planetarium Shows

100 Center Ave

Sit back, relax and be awestruck by the heavens in a 360° circle vision experience. Shows at the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center will start hourly on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, from 1:00—6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, from 1:00—4:00 p.m. Call 989-667-2260 for more information.


Tours of Trinity Episcopal Church

815 N Grant St @ Center Ave

Dating to 1887, the imposing Gothic structure hosts an impressive collection of stained glass windows from a variety of artists.
Friday—Sunday, July 19—21, from 12—4 pm (Free)


USS Edson Tours

1680 Martin St

Featured on “Ghost Asylum,” the USS Edson is a Forrest Sherman class destroyer built in Bath, Maine, for the US Navy in 1958. A valuable member of the South Pacific Fleet, she was in service during the Vietnam War and was decommissioned in 1988. The USS Edson arrived at her new home in Bay City in 2012. Available daily from 9 a.m.—6 p.m. (Adults $10; Children $8)