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Grindstone General Store and Rybak’s Ice Cream

Grindstone General Store

Grindstone City has in the midst of a full range war between two marvelous ice cream shops. Both are in historic buildings and are minutes from Port Austin.

17 Amusing Things to Do In Caseville Besides the Cheeseburger Festival

Cheeseburger Festival Ampitheater

Don’t let a rainy day cramp your fun. There is more to do then stuff your belly with cheeseburgers. If you and the kids are tired of the crowds here are 17 destinations to try some alternative fun.

History of Caseville in Pictures and Postcards

Caseville Postcard

Pictures and Postcards do a great job of capturing a moment in time. We found these gems throughout the Internet and made the collection from the 1800s thru the 1960s. They are a fascinating glimpse of Caseville’s history in pictures. It’s also amazing what has not really changed over the past 80 years. Many buildings and landmarks are still visible today.

Caseville’s history in pictures shows its transformation from lumbering to an industrial village and finally to a resort and tourist town. While the railroad was completed in 1881 delivering freight and passengers it never had the tourist appeal that Bay Port with its fine hotel and Pointe Aux Barques with its resort cottages. The Upper Thumb tourism industry got its start with the completion of M-25 around the Thumb in the 1930s. M-25 was Michigan’s first scenic highway.

Today, Caseville is known for its large beachfront, excellent harbor, and its festivals. Ribstock kicks off the summer with BBQ and great country music, Cheeseburger in Caseville pays tribute to Jimmy Buffet music, grilled burgers, and a chance to be a Parrothead for a week and Shanty Days offers a mid-winter blast of fun on the ice.

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Scott Hocking – The Emergency Ark

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You may not even notice it at first. Your driving along a country road enjoying the sites of grazing animals, crops emerging and fields broken by wind breaks provided by trees planted long ago. Then you spot it. The Ark of of Scott Hockings larger than life creations.

Barn Art in the Fields of Michigan’s Upper Thumb

The grey timber looks warped and wrapped. The old planks, taken from the virgin forests that once dominated the thumb have been intertwined. What was once a working farm building is now an art form. It sits among debris from decades of agriculture work. A rope is draped along a fieldstone wall.

The artist noted that the work was

“Based on ideas of ancient vessels, duality, alchemical symbolism, destruction myths, and deluge stories, and shaped by the site’s history and incredibly consistent winds, the Barnboat was built over the course of 3 months, and made entirely from the beams and boards of a collapsing 1890s barn that stood in its place. Built on the Goretzki farmland, the Ship will continue to decay, just as the barn it was made from did.” 

Scott Hocking

The work has several titles The Barnboat, The Celestial Ship of the North, and the Emergency Ark. The Emergency Ark was completed by sculpturing artist Scott Hocking in 2015. He has transformed an 1800s barn into a large object denoting sanctuary and safety. The Ark can be found about a mile south of Oak Beach on Oak Beach road and Fehner.


Dunes Review of Scott Hocking

Dunes Review 20.1: Winter/Spring 2016
by J Yeatts (Author), Patricia Clark (Contributor), Rob Cook (Contributor), Fred Dale (Contributor), Christopher Crew (Contributor), Brian Czyzyk (Contributor), Lenny DellaRocca (Contributor), Randy Evans (Contributor), Cal Freeman (Contributor), Scott Hocking (Contributor)


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