TBT – Caseville Harbor 1948


This shot looks out to Saginaw Bay from the interior harbor. The two buildings that remain today are the Huron Yacht Club on the left and the Bay Post Fish Company dock on the far right. Can you name any others?

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Image from the State of Michigan archives
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Caseville’s 25th Shanty Days February 17-19


It’s Shanty Days Silver Anniversary!

The middle of winter is celebrated and imbibed in the cold of February off the shores of the frozen Saginaw Bay. Caseville’s annual Shanty Days Festival kicks off the 2017 year of fun in Key North. 

Shanty Days PostponedDon’t be left out in the cold. The 2017 Shanty Days in Caseville promises to be eventful even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Events are all weekend long at the Saginaw Bay Marina and the Caseville County Park including the popular Polar Bear dip cut from a hole in the ice at the marina. Two years ago the 2015 Caseville Shanty Days Sharnty Days 2015theme was “Let’s Get Flaky” which proved to be fun and  matched with some of the crazy events over the three blustery days. 2015 was also the first time that the iconic event was postponed for a week due to sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions.

2017 Shanty Days Highlights

Friday Feb 17 – Caseville Eagles Open to the Public Located Behind Caseville True Value

  • Fish Fry –  Burgers, fish & additional menu items 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Karaoke 7 p.m.

Saturday Feb 18 – At Caseville Resort & Marina Events start at 11am and run all afternoon.

  • Broom Ball competition
  • Human Bowling
  • Chick On A Stick 3 person race, 2 guys carry their gal.
  • Winter Cardboard Sled Race – 2 person race.
  • Build your sled out of cardboard & duct tape.
  • Polar Bear Dip

Sunday Feb 19 – Kids Day at Caseville Resort & Marina and Caseville Eagles. Various events for youth

 

We will update this post and re-publish as information trickles in. Stay tuned.


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Haunted Bay Port


If there is one area in the Upper Thumb where the paranormal might reside it would have to be Bay Port. The area was the site of the vanished Ora Labora German Colony that existed from 1861-1867, the spooky and unattended Old Bay Port Cemetery and the address of the Sweet Dreams Inn where many claim to have experienced paranormal activity.

wallaceThe Inn was built-in 1890 at the end of the lumber era in the Upper Thumb. Built by William H. Wallace, the Victorian style home was designed with the tastes and style common at that time by those with means. Wallace was active in politics and was a delegate in the Republican National Convention in 1908, 1916, and 1924. He was president of Michigan Sugar Company and Bay Port State Bank.  He owned the Wallace Stone Quarry which is just south of town and still in operation today.  His first wife, Elizabeth died in 1893 and local lore tells that she passed away in the home. There also a bit of a mystery in that despite the prominence of this individual there is no record of his or his son’s grave sites. Thus it’s no coincidence that visitors say Wallace and his first wife still roam the inn with his heavy footsteps, as well as whispering in the ears of the guests.

“Me and my best friend live in Bay Port We have seen ghosts and heard screams countless times walking on the street in front of the sweet dreams inn. Also have heard stories of the ghosts and have seen the little girl looking out of the left window on the third floor. So I believe it is haunted!!!”

The Sweet Dreams Inn is a specialized bed-and-breakfast where guests hope to experience the proximity of these friendly ghosts. Guest have reported that doors open and close, beds and chairs are moved. Some report that they feel being touched and hear voices and footfalls where nobody has been. One event that was caught on a cell phone video was that of an “orb” flying through one of the guest bedrooms. At times guests are unnerved by the experience and leave in the middle of the night.

“Been there several times and have experienced activity first hand: footsteps, voices. Just because one person doesn’t have an experience doesn’t mean it never happens.”

The inn has been featured in two Haunted Michigan travel books and featured in a paranormal documentary and movie. The Inn still registers guests by appointment you can actually stay overnight. However, the word in Bay Port is that soon the Sweet Dreams Inn will soon be up for sale.



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Eye on Detroit for Food Trends


Growing up just north of Detroit I took it for granted of some of our great iconic foods like Coney Island hotdogs, deep dish Sicilian pizza and the ethnic neighborhoods of Hamtramic, and Mexican village. Now the Food Network had finally found us. Wait until they drive up Van Dyke.

The Anthony Bourdain loves Detroit and this visual tour of the food scene shows why.

via Let Anthony Bourdain Help You Understand Why Detroit Is Everyone’s New Favorite Food City — UPROXX

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