THE GREAT LAKES MARITIME CENTER at Vantage Point continues to be a favorite spot for area residents and visitors alike. They spend time watching freighters, enjoying a cup of coffee, or just relaxing without a care in the world. In 2016, we had 153,589 visitors.
BELL OF RECOGNITION: Many have asked how they can contribute to the Great Lakes Maritime Center (51 Water Street) for themselves, in memory of someone, or as a gift to someone still enjoying the Center. We are pleased to bring to your attention the Bell of Recognition now hanging in the Maritime Center. Near it is a plaque with contributors; names. Donations are used for artifacts, books, and other treasures enjoyed at the Center. If you would like to make a contribution to the Bell of Recognition, talk to a volunteer
THRU APRIL 28 (Friday): Amateur photographers are invited to enter their works in the Great Lakes Annual "Maritime Photo & Art Show." The categories are ships, maritime wildlife, and maritime architecture. Entries may be dropped off at the Maritime Center, 51 Water Street, thru Friday, April 28, before 9 a.m. Photos must be 8-by-10, taken within the last 12 months, and not digitally enhanced. Winners will be announced the morning of Saturday, April 29. For more information call the Center at 810-985-4817.
MAY 13 (Saturday): The 11th Annual Vantage Point Flower Market opens outside the Great Lakes Maritime Center, 51 Water Street. The market continues on each Saturday (from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) thru May 27. Some of the "greens" you'll find include trees, planting flats, potted flowers, herbs, perennials, annuals, ornamental grasses, hanging baskets, starter plants, and more!
JUNE 3 (Saturday): The 5th Annual Sturgeon Festival lets visitors see and touch the "Giants of the Great Lakes." Displays will be inside and outside the Maritime Center, 51 Water Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No, you can't fish for this amazing fish, but you can touch it, too!
JUNE 6 (Tuesday): The 11th Annual Vantage Point Farmer's Market opens outside the Maritime Center, 51 Water Street. It continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays (from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) thru October 28. Some things you'll find at the Market include fruits, vegetables, wine, honey, maple syrup, bison meat, baked goods, jams, jellies, mushrooms, beef, pasties, cheese, pasta & sauces, pork, lotions, soaps, crafts, and photography.