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Is Summer Half Over, Or Just Half Begun?

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LANSING, Mich., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Michiganians celebrate the warm weather summer season with extended weekend getaways, family outings and attending festivals and events. Feel like you've only done half of what you planned to do this summer? No worry, summer is only half over. Today, August 4, 2004 marks the 46th day of the 91 days of summer ... meaning, of course, that summer is only half over.

"While it may feel like fall is lurking around the corner, there is still time to take a Michigan vacation this summer," said George Zimmermann, senior vice president of Travel Michigan. "Traveling in Michigan is a great way to get reacquainted with all of the amazing opportunities available right in our own backyard, and you can start by finding Michigan getaway ideas, deals and discounts at http://michigan.org ."

In celebration of the mid-point of the summer, here are 10 suggestions of Michigan must-dos before summer's end:    more...

 



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Chicago Yacht Club to host the 13th Annual U.S. Independence Cup/North American Challenge Cup August 7-9

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Chicago Yacht ClubSailors from Across the Country travel to Chicago for the US SAILING Disabled Sailing Championship

WHAT: An event that captures the true spirit of competition through amazing challenges, and exemplifies the freedom of sailing – The U.S. Independence Cup/North American Challenge Cup (IC/NACC) is the 2004 national championship event for disabled sailors. Competitors qualify through a series of regional regattas across the country, and travel to Chicago all expenses paid, courtesy of event sponsors, to compete in the three-day regatta out of Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Harbor.

The IC/NACC is a partnership of public and private organizations that commit their time, money and manpower each year to ensure the ongoing success of this regatta. The Chicago Yacht Club hosts the US SAILING regatta in cooperation with sponsors Rolex Watch U.S.A., American Airlines, Dry Creek Vineyards, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation, Chicago Park District/ Westrec Marinas, and Chicago School Transit. Platinum sponsors include the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Strategic Hotel Capital.

For more information please visit http://www.ussailing.org/independence

WHEN: Saturday, August 7 – Monday, August 9, 2004

Saturday and Sunday races: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday races: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chicago Yacht Club

Belmont Harbor Station

300 W. Belmont Ave.

MEDIA: Please contact Holly Jespersen at 312-558-1770 or on her cell at 773-844-5413 to set up a time to come and meet the competitors and see them in action. There are local competitors as well as competitors from all over the U.S. and Canada. They have inspiring stories to share and are incredible athletes.

Some competitor bios:

Participating for the first time this year is Kimberly Birkenfeld, the number one ranked Women’s Windsurfer on the 2002 US Sailing Team. She became disabled in a 2002 accident involving a motorboat while practicing for a regatta in Glyfada, Greece.

For journalist Kerry Gruson, sailboat racing is both a passion and a way of regaining a measure of independence and control in her life turned upside-down in 1974 when she was brutally assaulted by a Vietnam War veteran whom she was interviewing for a story. While the assault left her permanently disabled, Gruson later found inspiration in the sport of sailing and has risen to the top ranks in disabled sailing competition. Gruson, a news assistant in the Miami/ Caribbean bureau of the New York Times, has served as a role model for many disabled individuals as a coach with Shake-A-Leg program, a sailing program for disabled children and adults. This year’s IC/NACC will be Kerry’s tenth.

Susan Johnson began sailing as a child, learning the sport from her father and grandmother, both of who were sailors on Martha’s Vineyard. Her first race was at age 8 and she fell in love with the sport. Years later, in February 2000, she had surgery to have a knee replaced and became disabled after losing her leg to an infection while in the hospital. She was determined to keep sailing, even though four months after she became disabled she lost her husband (whom she met at sailing camp) of 24 years to cancer. Susan says that one of her greatest achievements was getting back in the boat and onto the water after surviving such terrible losses. This is Susan’s third time competing in the NACC, and her motto is, "Just do it."

Carol Tibusof Chicago, will compete in her third NACC regatta. Carol, who suffers from facial muscular dystrophy and whose back is fused from her neck to tail bone, discovered the joys of sailing when she attended an open house for the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program, and signed up for lessons on the spot.  Carol loves the competition of a race, but also enjoys the camaraderie felt off the boats in that she has made lasting friendships with other sailors and volunteers.

About the Chicago Yacht Club

Founded in 1875 with the goal of advancing the community’s knowledge, enjoyment and participation in boating and the nautical arts, the Chicago Yacht Club remains a valuable resource for its members and for the Chicago community. The Club has been a leader for more than 75 years in teaching children and adults how to sail, and is a preeminent organizer and host of regattas, races and predicted log contests in the United States.

U.S. Sailing

The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing and sailboat racing. Headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization's mission is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing and racing in the U.S. US SAILING offers training and education programs, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including the US Sailing Teams and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams.

Holly Jespersen
Senior Account Executive
PCI PR
35 e Wacker Dr. st. 1254
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312-558-1770 p
312-558-5425 f


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Put-in-Bay hosts 111th Race Week

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One of sailing oldest traditions - the Inter-Lake Yachting Association's 111th annual Race Week - will be making waves at Put-in-Bay next week.

And sailors can expect all the traditional Bay Week activities: three days of high-level competition sandwiched between lots of parties offering complimentary beer and rum drinks.

"We'll have the first Deep Water Race [tomorrow] and then'' the parties start and it gets wild, said race chairman Don Bartels of Cleveland.  more...

 



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Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange (RDX) Conference

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A substantial need exists to coordinate the diverse data holdings and develop interoperable decision support tools that deal with Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River resource management priorities. This conference and associated workshops -- Oct. 26-28, 2004, in Detroit, Mich. -- are designed to facilitate information exchange between participants, to identify opportunities for collaboration, and to seek consensus on a common vision for integrated decision support tools to meet the needs of regional policy and decisionmaking.
Call for Presentations (deadline: Aug. 16)
Register now for early registration discount!



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Bay Port : Fish Sandwich Day's Festival

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Fri Aug 6, 2004   thru  Sun Aug 8, 2004

(989) 453-0109
Bay Port  

Location:
B.C. McLeish Memorial Park
 


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Arts & crafts show, great fish sandwiches, bingo games, free entertainment, Parade-Sat. @ 10:30, ice cream social, bake sales, cole slaw.    more...

 



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Venetian festival goes to Grosse Pointe

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For this year only, the Venetian Festival that was cancelled for the Nautical Mile this year has been rescheduled for the same day, joining the Grosse Pointe Summer Fest Art and Craft Show, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be located on Kercheval between Lakepointe and Wayburn Streets.

There will be many bargains and entertainment here too, and you will see many of the nautical artists and craft people that attended last years Venetian Festival.

The Nautical Mile Merchant's Association is continuing with their annual "Onshore Golf Classic" on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Cracklewood Golf Club which is nicknamed "The Anne Miller Thriller" and any of you who know Anne and the Nautical Mile gang know they, and you, are in for a great time.

The festivities will include dinner and a $10,000 hole-in-one opportunity sponsored by the Fritsch-Kinney Yacht Insurance Agency. Eric K. said is always very nervous during the competition!

For additional information call Ron Brooks at (586) 776-2448 or Connie Pallante (586) 772-0650.

 



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Pre-raft party always a crowd pleaser

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This Saturday, from noon to midnight, there will be a pre-raft party, rain or shine, at the newly renovated Gino's Surf Banquet Center, located at 37400 E. Jefferson in Harrison Township. Proceeds going to the Michigan Special Olympics and SOS Channel Lights.

It will also be a good opportunity to get details on the record raft attempt and to get to know those you might like to raft up with.

These folks know how to throw a party. The entertainment includes para sailing, bungee jumping, live bands, D.J.s, beer, food tents and all for a $10 entry ticket price.  more...

 



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The fourth annual Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Fall Fishing Classic

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The fourth annual Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Fall Fishing Classic hosted by Gilbert's Sportsmen's Club will be Sept. 10-11. To register, call Stan Bydlos at (586) 716-7741, Jerry Fox (586) 463-8032 or Bo Soulliere (586) 773-3811.  more...
 


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Trout Unlimited event

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The Paul H. Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting a "First Cast" program for boys and girls ages 8-14 on Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will feature volunteers and experts helping those interested in fly fishing, stream ecology and fishing equipment for "First Cast" anglers.

Cost is $5 and includes food and other materials. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the City of Southfield Library Meeting Room located at 26300 Evergreen near 10 Mile Road.

Trout Unlimited "First Cast" program is designed to introduce youth to coldwater conservation through fly fishing. Participants will learn about: basic flying fishing; basic casting; basic knots and equipment; and stream side education and conservation ethics.

For more information on this worthwhile event, call Dave Oakley at (313) 386-2141 or (313) 248-8519.



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U.S. Canoe Association National Canoe and Kayak Championships

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U.S. Canoe Association National Canoe and Kayak Championships


Oscoda, August 9–15 —As many as 700 men, women and youths are expected to compete when Oscoda hosts this Olympic-qualifying event. Cheer them in sprints, orienteering and outrigger championships, marathons, and run/paddle biathlons and triathlons on the Au Sable River, Van Ettan Lake and Lake Huron.   more...

 



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Coast Guard Festival

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Coast Guard Festival 
Grand Haven, July 30-August 8 — Sail to “Coast Guard City U.S. A.”  for activities for the whole family including a community picnic, a huge arts & crafts show in Central Park, a midway, water ski show, sporting events, fireworks, and much more.

Nautical City Festival
Rogers City, August 3–8 —Anchor in Lakeside Park along the Lake Huron shore for 50-plus family activities, from helicopter rides and a carnival to a kids’ fishing contest and pony rides. Live bands play nightly under the big tent and the Grand Parade marches by Sunday afternoon. The huge crafts sale on the courthouse lawn draws 104 exhibitors. Admission charged.

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Fish Sandwich Festival

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August 6-8

Fish fanatics devour more than 10,000 fried-fish sandwiches during our annual Fish Sandwich Festival on August 6-8. You'll enjoy the fish, but don’t ask for the recipe – since 1949 the cooks have used a famous, secret batter recipe to give the fish a great flavor coating. Also take in the craft sale, listen to our live music, take a tour of Bay Port Fish Company, watch our parade and enjoy the day with us. B.C. McLeish Memorial Park on Friday from 6-9:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Club officials get ready for 80th event

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PhotoCharles Bayer Jr. took a break from sailing during the weekend.

Although the commodore of the Bayview Yacht Club wasn't competing, he was a spectator for a sailing event.

"My son, Colin, is competing in the Junior Olympics Regatta in Port Clinton (Ohio)," Bayer said. "He's been sailing three years and does a good job.

"All three of my kids will be sailing with me on the Chicago race. I'm really looking forward to that. It should be a great time."

Before the sailing family gathers for the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race, Bayer faces a busy week ahead with the 80th sailing of the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race, which begins Saturday morning in lower Lake Huron.   more...

 



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80th Port Huron to Mackinac Race July 17th, 2004 - Events and Location Map

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“Michigan’s Best Boat Party” highlights race week in the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes. It’s time for the world’s greatest freshwater sailing race and that means “Boat Night” in downtown Port Huron is once again center stage. The 80th edition of the Bayview Yacht Club’s Port Huron to Mackinac sailing race (officially the Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race) brings 269 of the finest race boats and more than 3,000 racers to the Blue Water Area. At the center of it all is Port Huron, the host community for the start of all 79 runnings of the race to date. Its 32,000 population swells by the tens of thousands the week before the race. With many and varied daily activities, the once river focused “party” has become an around town happening.  EVENTS AND EVENTS LOCATION MAP...


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Weekend offers Blue Water Area plenty of holiday fun

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The way Nick Thomas sees it, there's only way to celebrate the Fourth of July -- with lots of fireworks.

"I've liked them since I was kid," Thomas, 49, of Port Huron said Wednesday while fishing the St. Clair River. "It's an American tradition."

Thomas will have four choices of fireworks this weekend.   

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