Northern Michigan Events: Spend Saturday in beautiful Petoskey, north of Traverse City, supporting the Historical Society and Museum and taking part in Northern Michigan festivities. The 32nd Annual Historic Festival and Taste of the North has amped up this year's festival, the primary fundraiser for the Historical Society and Museum. Check it out this Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Little Traverse History Museum at Bayfront Park in Petoskey.

The Historic Festival has added longer hours, a music tent, and beer and wine for the 2012 year, offering wonderful activities, entertainment and taste sensations from Northern Michigan restaurants, Northern Michigan wineries and Northern Michigan breweries for the entire community.

From families to folks of all ages, the Historic Festival has something for everyone!

Inside the Museum:

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sneak peak at the new Hemingway's Michigan Story exhibit

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Silent auction of unique items

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Little Bay Baroque

Taste of the North

A sampling event with fine foods provided by Northern Michigan restaurants will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm around the museum. Tickets are $2 per sample. Click for a list of participating Northern Michigan restaurants.


11:00 a.m. -. Charmin’ J – Magic show by Jania Taylor

11:30 a.m. – Northern Lights Irish Dancers

12:30 p.m. – Charmin’ J – Magic show by Jania Taylor

1:00 p.m. – Harbor Hoedown

2:00 p.m. – Dr. Goodhart’s Home Remedy

3:00 p.m. – Jelly Roll Blues Band (until 5 p.m.)


A huge exhibition by the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers

Big wheel bicycles by Wright Bicycle Company

Balloon twisting with Charmin’ J

A petting zoo, presented by 4H

Giant game boards provided by Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts

Story Time with Ron Fowler/Petoskey District Library

Northern Michigan beer tasting provided by North Peak Brewing Company and Huron Distribution (full servings available for purchase).

Northern Michigan wine tasting provided by Harbor Springs Winery at Pond Hill Farm (full servings available for purchase).

Brats and hotdogs provided by Petoskey Hockey Boosters

For more information: visit, or contact Kathy Bardins at 231-487-1188 or