Northern Michigan Memorial Day Programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Memorial Day Weekend for a vacation you won’t forget. After you’ve taken in the natural beauty of the National Lakeshore, head into nearby Glen Arbor for some shopping and food. Check out the events to see whats going on in Good Morning America’s “Most Beautiful Place in America” this Memorial Weekend.

Events for Saturday, May 24th include the “Leland Air” painting event and exhibit, hosted by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center at the Old Art Building. The public can view artists painting “live” from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in and around the picturesque town of Leland. A reception and sale of paintings “fresh off the easel” will then take place from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Old Art Building in Leland. Prizes for “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” will also be awarded. There is no ticket charge for the reception but donation are greatly appreciated.

Also on Saturday will be the Glen Haven Days where you can step back in time with a visit to a historic Great Lakes village and United States Life-Saving Station at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore from 10am – 4pm. Join park rangers and volunteers in hands-on activities related to Michigan’s maritime heritage that will bring history of the early 1900’s to life. Watch a blacksmith at the forge, discover the unique history of one of the area’s founders, visit a general store, learn how different tools used in logging shaped this area, participate in a shipwreck rescue, and much more.

Weekend long events include the always popular “breeches bouy” reenactment where children can help pull Ragedy Ann and Andy from the waters. Shows take place every day at the Maritime Museum at 3pm. Stop for a moment to have a picnic on the beach before conquering the Dune Climb. Or maybe take trip out and paddle down the easy moving crystal river. Kayaks are available to rent through Crystal River Outfitters. If you prefer to stay within motorized vehicles, then make sure to take a cruise up Pierce Stocking Drive to truly understand why Northern Michigan is the most beautiful place in America.

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