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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)
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.
Presented by CAN Council
Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck
Fanciful face painting for our whimsical guests.
“Color Our World”
Presented by Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
Grab a paint brush and add your own artistic expression to “tiles” that will form a giant mosaic mural.
Veterans Memorial Park (West Side)
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
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.
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—
Presented by Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
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—
Presented by Studio 23/The Arts Center
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.
Presented by SBCSA
Lend a hand and help raise the sails.
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.
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-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.
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)
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)