The discovering of the “Acres of Diamonds” in and around Lake St. Clair began in mid year as the quest became an adventure to be shared. Kids, playing by the shore, on a recently cleaned beach, made for the beginning of our venture into our “diamond mine.”
A beautiful location, with exciting recreational opportunities available in each season, this exposure has allowed readers a ring side seat near this treasure, Lake St. Clair.
A very advantageous ring side seat was at the Offshore Power Boat Races held on L’Anse Creuse Bay. Roaring engines, huge roostertails, and fabulous boats made for an outstanding weekend, which included meet and greets, and great outdoor parties hosted by Boat Town USA at Beacon Cove Marina.
This was followed by the Tall Ship Celebration as huge sailing ships from yesteryear made their way through the Great Lakes with numerous stops along the way. Docking in Bay City, the official stop for the State of Michigan, allowed visitors from Lake St. Clair and all over the State the opportunity to see and experience life aboard these unique vessels, with some lucky folks even having the opportunity to go for a ride.
And speaking of rides, the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race involves hundreds of sailors and boats from all around Lake St. Clair, the State of Michigan, and even other States. They race against the elements for that all important first place flag and bragging rights for an entire year. A sporting event and party of the highest magnitude, it makes for a grand summer adventure.
A grand adventure, in our own back yard, Metropolitan Beach is the perfect place for summer entertainment for all ages. From the boat slips, to the beach, to the play ground, to the golf course, to the jet ski ramp, to the Nature Center, to the fishing sites, to the picnic areas, to the shuffle board courts, to the Pavilion, to the Snack Bar, Metro Beach has it all. Great fun is available all year round.
Great fun was had by all at the Hawaiian Luau held on the shores of Lake St. Clair at the VFW Cpl. Walter F. Bruce Post # 1146. The day was filled with food, music, dancing, along a hula show put on by “Hawaiian dancing girls.” A good time was had by all.
The Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day hosted by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce brought networking, camaraderie, and real life adventures. Starting out at MacRay Harbor, touring portions of the Lake and her connecting channels, stopping for a delicious lunch at the Algonac Harbour Club, and experiencing Mother Nature’s summertime wrath, added up to a magnificant, unforgettable day, with renewed appreciation for Lake St. Clair.
As the journey continued at Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores along Lake St. Clair, old friends and classmates joined together for a multi-year class reunion. While folks at Jimmy’s Boats and Baits launched out onto Lake St. Clair to catch those tasty delicacies and enjoy the day.
Further south along the shores of Lake St. Clair, a visit from the VFW Commander in Chief, Thomas J. Tradewell, Sr., hosted by the VFW #1146 Cpl. Walter F. Bruce Post, one of 7600 Posts, was a distinct honor and privilege and certainly made for an exciting day, complete with military trappings.
A day of enjoyment and relaxation was enhanced by a double dose of “diamonds” with a trip to Luna Kai-Gino’s Surf. Fabulous food and delightful drinks were the side dishes to a phenomenal vista along the shores of Lake St. Clair.
An early morning parade and the view of Pat MacCarroll as the Fish Locator, leading the 130th Old Crowd Reunion was a summertime treat to be sure. And the summertime would not be complete without a trip to Port Sanilac to take in the Antique Boat Show in Pt. Sanilac. Wow – what legendary rides.
This adventure ride then took us to Metropolitan Beach where the reenactors of the Voyageur Encampment landed on the shores of Lake St. Clair and brought with them a peak at yesteryear. Voyageurs gave us a glimpse of weaponry, housing, the making of food, clothing, furniture, and even the entertainment of the period. A sight to be seen for sure.
From there, roaring into the 21st century, the Patriot Guard, a Veterans motorcycle group, took us on a ride of respect as “The Wall That Heals” came to Clinton Township. The honor of the moment, and being able to pay respect to those fallen heros was, indeed, a treasure.
Our treasured “Acres of Diamonds” was then facing a potential danger as oil pipelines under the St. Clair River were being scrutinized as one of the lines was reported to have a big dent in it. Following a recent spill on the other side of the State, which resulted in a major clean up, it was felt that our situation deserved an intense check up.
Suburban Veterans check ups, if you will, were indeed made easier with the opening of the Macomb County Veterans Center on the POW-MIA’s Recognition Day. This facility will assist with readjustment counseling and outreach services for those who served in any combat zone, free of charge. Additionally, Veterans, please check or even re-check your benefits.
On the other side of the spectrum, a “Million Dollar Party” was held at the VFW #1146 at the end of the Beach Season. The stylings of the “Dixie Highway Men” gave the folks ample opportunity to dance and sing and lounge in the lingering summer warmth.
The end of the Beach Season was blessed with another treasure as Congresswoman Miller’s care and assistance, along with that of Doug Martz, Chairman of the Macomb County Water Quality Board, helped to work through the dented pipeline situation. BP has agreed to replace that section of the pipeline in 2011.
There was also good news for the Lake St. Clair Tourism Development Committee, as they were given a grant to develop water trails in Lake St. Clair. Indeed, another way to explore our bountiful “Acres of Diamonds.”
As the journey has taken us to many places and events, stay tuned for the next article where the big adventures of Lake St. Clair continue on.