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2012 Venetian Festival – Charlevoix, Michigan

2012 Venetian Festival – Charlevoix, Michigan

Charlevoix the Beautiful! In stark contrast to our time cruising the North Channel this summer was our five-day stop in Charlevoix, while on our way home, for the 2012 Venetian Festival. One of our all time favorite festivals. We called Charlevoix's harbormaster, Hal (below-right) to receive our slip assignment soon after we arrived in Round Lake. Before we knew it we were tied up snug on B dock ready to partake in the festivities. Thanks Hal! Our dockmates, Jan and Jean (above), spent considerable time and effort planning a weekend-long dock party on B dock complete with tiki hut and decorations. Nice job guys! We even had entertainment as Hal lead the way playing his guitar and singing some popular songs. We sang, we ate, we had a great time with our friends. Jim is talking about boats with "Iceman." The Friday night band was none other than Herman's Hermits. We enjoyed the old hits and Peter Noone's humorous side.…

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Winding Down Memorial Day Weekend In Charlevoix

Winding Down Memorial Day Weekend in Charlevoix

Boating activities in Charlevoix Michigan. Winding down Memorial Day Weekend in Charlevoix Michigan with a dinghy ride around the little island and an afternoon at anchor in Oyster Bay (below). These are just a few of our boating activities when visiting Charlevoix when it was our homeport. We drove up to Petoskey to visit our friend, Martin. Lunch at Whitecaps and a visit at Martin's home. Monday started with a Memorial Day parade and presentation at the bandshell. Nothing quite brings home the meaning of this holiday weekend more than the five gun salute to close the ceremonies. On our daily walk we came across this ice shanty (below). Interesting!

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Charlevoix The Beautiful

Charlevoix the Beautiful

Just as the Chamber of Commerce slogan suggests... Charlevoix The Beautiful. Charlevoix was our homeport for many years so we consider it a home away from home. It seems this friendly little town exists in its own little bubble and embodies all that small town America promises. With concerts and festivals in the downtown park during the summer and a high tech fountain for the kids to play in... all found right on Round Lake. An idyllic and picturesque town if there ever was one, a people place, for land lovers and boaters alike. Here's Kismet (above) very right next to her old slip, that now our friends Jean and Gary (below) reside on First Sight.   Charlevoix used to be our homeport, now we try to visit at least once a year. The Charlevoix Municipal Marina is one of the best around. On our daily walk, we picked up a few pots of chivse (below) from a garden club summer sale.…

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Our Biggest Fan In Charlevoix

Our Biggest Fan in Charlevoix

Charlevoix is home to our biggest fan. Every time we see Rob, on Keri 'D' Away, we're reminded how often he reads our blog and seems to know what we're up to on our boat. On our recent visit to Charlevoix we ran into Rob, and his wife Keri, at the downtown marina; Rob was a little perturbed that the blog wasn't more up to date. (We were a little behind in catching up with our adventures in the Florida Keys this year. There was so much to write about it seemed to take forever to do the posts.) Rob will be glad to see we're almost caught up to our current cruising on the Great Lakes this summer. We've been to Charlevoix, West Grand Traverse Bay numerous times, and Torch Lake so far and have plans to do an extended trip to Canada's North Channel soon. See you on the water, Rob!

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Charlevoix Used To Be Our Homeport – Welcome Home Kismet!

Charlevoix Used to Be Our Homeport – Welcome Home Kismet!

Missing our old homeport! Today we trailered our boat up to Charlevoix and launched her at Ferry Avenue Lake Charlevoix Municipal Boat Ramp. This ramp is just outside of Round Lake, on Lake Charlevoix by Irish Marina. As you can see (below) we were operating in a clouds of bugs that were hanging out at the boat ramp. The most bugs we've had on our boat at one time EVER! We have all known people who possess what seems like a magnetic force of attraction and because of their outgoing personalities, broad smiles and positive demeanors. They are the type of people that we are often attracted to, desire to have as friends and make good examples for the rest of us. Charlevoix's harbormaster extraordinaire, Hal Evans, is one such person and, in our humble opinion, is the best possible ambassador the City of Charlevoix has. Upon a long overdue return, by boat, to CHARLEVOIX on our Ranger Tug, Kismet we…

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