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Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille, 2669 Columbine on Harsens Island
SECOND ANNUAL HARSENS ISLAND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Fast Facts ~
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 from Noon- 9 p.m.
@ Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille
2669 Columbine Road, Harsens Island, Mich. 48028
Featuring Outstanding Regional Bluegrass Bands & a live Jam
Local vendors and food celebrate back to basics lifestyle
Admission is $20, portion of proceeds to Harsens Island Lions Club
Tickets on sale online and at select local businesses
Producer: Kate Hart, (810) 748-3204
Media Contact: Peggy Blue (586) 291-2018
Get out and play on Harsens Island!
Harsens Island Bluegrass Festival slated for Mid August
On Harsens Island they'll be celebrating summer old school -- literally.
"There are few places as beautiful as Harsens Island," said Hart, who fell in love with the island and moved there three years ago. "When we planned this festival we chose Bluegrass because it is lively and fun and steeped in American tradition.
"I believe people truly want to get back to basics. This festival allows them to visit a beautiful place, enjoy some of the best bluegrass bands in the region, share each other's company, and feast on mouth-watering, slow-cooked barbecue."
Organizers made a concerted effort to seek regional vendors specializing in natural, organic, handmade crafts -- wildlife photography and watercolor painting, pottery, bird houses, award-winning custom fishing lures, Magik Nutz, hand-crafted jewelry and more.
Between the island beauty, the art and goods and the fabulous fare, festival goers will be kept plenty entertained. But Hart -- a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who spent the better part of 40 years on the road singing with some of the best in blues -- knew that having the best regional entertainers in bluegrass was vital to a great experience. That is why she and husband Joe Veler spent the winter searching for bands that would "knock your socks off!"
"Lonesome County was our headliner last year and people loved them. They're so amazing," Hart said. "And we've got another great Michigan band -- New County Grass -- out of the Flint area that really impressed us. The music is going to be unbelievable. Plus we're adding a jam session where all the bands will get together and play. It's a tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead called Jammin' with Jerry's Kids. We hope people who play will bring their instruments too.
Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. Purchase them now on eventbrite or at one of the locations listed in the "Hosted By" box in the right column of this page.
The musical lineup to date is: Lonesome County, New County Grass, Bill Bynum & Company and the Goldmine Pickers . . . Stay tuned.
Watch a promo video with highlights from last year's Harsens Island Bluegrass Festival at animoto.com: http://animoto.com/play/iu5ijnnDcajnXsPbfZ3vtA?utm_content=escape_link
Preferred Charters Holistic Voice Institute Sunset Harbor Marina
Sue's Coffee House Spiritwear Shop
When & Where
Harsens Island, located between Algonac and Canada, is about an hour from Detroit and many Metro Detroit communities. Harsens Island is a 17-mile-long horseshoe-shaped lowland island at the top of Lake St. Clair, which is the lake (with its river) separating Lake Huron from Lake Erie. The island is bounded by Muscamoot Bays and the North, Middle and South Channels of the St. Clair River. The Champion Auto Ferry, which carries visitors and their vehicles, provides primary access to the island.
About 1,300 residents live on the Island year round, but the population swells to about 5,000 in the summer months when part-time islanders from Metro Detroit and beyond come to relax in their cottages.
· Harsens Island Grille, 2669 Columbine Road, Harsens Island, MI 48028
· Delta Hardware, 3062 S. Channel Drive Harsens Island, MI 48028
· The Spiritwear Shop, 5297 Pointe Tremble Rd, Algonac, MI 48001
· Sue’s Coffee House, 201 N Riverside Ave, St Clair, MI 48079
· Holistic Voice Institute, 2769 Coolidge in Berkley, MI 48072
Need a Lift?
Preferred Charters will be offering Festival Packages that include a Festival Ticket, Transportation to and from Harsens Island and a Trolley ride to the Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille.
Pickups will be in:
Price? Only $30.
Call Preferred Charters