Witness Great Lakes maritime history come alive at the Michigan Schooner Festival, held September 11-13 in Traverse City. Historical reenactments are just one of the highlights; also on deck for the weekend are sailing and schooner tours on the tall ships Madeline and Welcome, a “Pancakes with Pirates” breakfast, children’s activities and live music featuring Song of the Lakes, the Wild Sullys, and Lee Murdoch.

Sponsored by the Maritime Heritage Alliance, the festival will be held at Traverse City’s Clinch Marina and Open Space, right on Grand Traverse Bay. Admission is $5 per person. For more information or to purchase advance tickets (which guarantees you a spot on one of the schooner sails), visit michiganschoonerfestival.org or call the Maritime Heritage Alliance at 231-946-2647.

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