Michigan’s Thumb Sparkles in Late Summer

It’s finally here. My favorite time to be in Michigan’s Thumb. The Caseville Cheeseburger Festival has long since passed. The Labor Day weekend has come and gone. Things are quieter. I can now cross M-25 over the beach in silence and without fear. Fall is a great season.

Sunrise on Michigan's Thumb

For just about everyone, it was an odd summer. With the COVID-19 lockdown, there were not too many events to participate in. It was typically hot in July then the rain bands tried hard to get over the bay but many times it was hit and miss. Saginaw Bay was cool and clear until mid-August. The walleye stayed in the shallows off “The Slot” until really late in the season. Now it’s time to put away the beach toys and look for that favorite sweatshirt when near the fire on cool nights or when burning leaves.

The Fall Season in the Thumb

Michigan's Thumb
First ice on the Saginaw Bay

Hopefully, there will be football on Friday evenings on WLEW; but that is not likely until next spring. Chili on the stove, and it’s finally cool enough for a sweatshirt. I don’t expect the leaves to fall until later in October, but I am seeing a hint of color on my maple trees. The crickets are in full chirp mode during the overnight. A sure sign of a waning summer.

Pumpkinfest The Last Festival of the Year

Caseville Pumpkin Festival

Since 2002 Caseville has hosted Pumpkinfest a weekend or two prior to Halloween. It’s a family-friendly event schedule featuring both adult & children’s activities such as scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, and various races. However this year the Caseville Chamber of Commerce has been forced to cancel this year’s event. The Chambers event calendar still shows all the wonderful events that took place in 2019. Sigh!

A Quiet Fall Ahead

Fall in Michigan's Thumb

It’s going to get quieter, more serene. Soon the boats will be coming out at the marina, the trailers parked all summer at the campgrounds will be leaving or wrapped up and winterized. Cottages will be closed. The Garden’s are turned over.

I know summer is truly over when Walt’s Meat Market closes for the season. They typically shutdown the second weekend after Labor Day. So for 2020 that makes it September 20th.

One of the best places to see fall color in Michigan’s Thumb at our own Thumb Webcam Page. The Sebewaing Skycam shows the best views of the shore and the trees at the edge of town.

However, for now, I look forward to the iconic Indian summer. It sometimes hits during late September, but I’ve seen it come later. The long shadow of the bright sun and crisp fall air. It’s an ideal time to be around at the tip of the Thumb.

  • Fall Color Tour on M-25 Michigan’s First Scenic Highway – Find the best places in Michigan’s Thumb. Our Fall color tour starts at the gateway to the thumb. In the 1800s stagecoaches plied their way north to lumber camps along ancient trails on the Lake Huron shoreline, while schooners and steamships passed on their way to the upper Great Lakes. Today you will travel north along M-25.
  • 6 Fascinating Places to See at Harbor Beach Michigan – As the world’s largest freshwater man-made harbor, the port of Harbor Beach Michigan is an ideal stopping point for sailors making their way up the shore of Lake Huron. With its protected port and town that’s steps away from the Marina, Harbor Beach offers sailors and boaters a welcome break and an ideal provisioning point. If you find yourself with a few extra hours there are some great little site seeing trips that are close and interesting.

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