Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pentwater Homecoming Parade

The weekend that Tom’s family was here was also Pentwater’s Homecoming Weekend.  I never did figure out why they call it Homecoming Weekend, but it’s been going on for 74 years and it’s developed into quite a celebration.

Several years ago, one of the local restaurant owners married the daughter of the former MSU Football Coach, and he added an MSU Tailgate Party to the celebration, which resulted in the Grand Parade taking on a definite Michigan State vibe.

MSU Alumni Band

The MSU Alumni Band and the Scottville Clown Band were both in the parade and scheduled to perform at the Tailgate tent following the parade, so we planned to spend the afternoon up there.

We scored a place for Dad to sit in front of the House of Flavors Cafe, and waited for the parade to start.

It started off with a few military members,


Active Duty











and some cool cars,












and tractors,













and firetrucks!













A couple of the firetrucks had these really cool remote-controlled hoses attached to their hoods – they were pretty cool – they could direct the water in any direction!


There were some fun characters in the parade,

These were really cool!

including some really well-known ones!

The Pokemon guy was very popular!



Sparty was posing for pictures along the parade route.

Sparty posing for pictures while the cheer team cheers

There were MSU athletes and coaches,


and the Alumni Marching Band.

Alumni Band Members












Some of the band members got really involved with the spectators!

Giving extra attention to the Michigan fan in front of us

The parade crowd was primarily Spartans, but you can bet there will always be a few Wolverines around!

They had to make a statement!

The Spartan Spirit made quite a few appearances,

Spartan Spirit



and this little Spartan fan was following behind the band.

Cute Spartan car

Scottville Clown Band


The final group in the parade was the Scottville Clown Band, fully decked out in their craziest costumes.

So many interesting characters

Following the parade, they were posing for pictures.

Caught up with a couple guys from the Clown Band

With the parade over, we hung out at the Village Cafe for a while to listen to the bands – they were both really good!

Listening to the MSU Band

Dad breaking into dance!


Dad really enjoyed the music – he broke into dance right on the sidewalk!

It was a fun afternoon, and I think we might even be converting some of the family over to being Spartan fans!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another Family Visit–Gimmarro’s

Tom and Dad relaxing

Last weekend, we had visitors again – Tom’s Dad, brother & sister-in-law, and nephew and niece.  They rented the cottage on the site next to us, staying for 4 days – so we had plenty of time for exploring the area that they’ve never been to before, and some time for relaxing , too!

Bryce took his cousins up on the dunes,

Taking the cousins up on the dunes



and then came back to take Grandpa and Uncle Joe for a ride, too.  They couldn’t believe what they were seeing up there – there was quite a bit of sand rail action going on for a Thursday night!






The guys went go-carting at Craig’s Cruisers one afternoon, and Joe and Kathleen went for their first swim in Lake Michigan!

Swimming in Lake Michigan for the first time

Not too cold










Playing frisbee

It was a beautiful afternoon at the beach!

A beautiful day at the beach












We made a couple trips to Pentwater – one day to walk through the shops and check out the beach,

Snug Harbor

and another day for the Pentwater Homecoming Parade (that’s a blog post all on its own).

This was the first time I actually had time to walk through all of the shops, and there are some great shops – I made a couple purchases for the RV and Jeep.

Our new decal for the Jeep

New decal for the Jeep

My new little Sailor

My new little sailor

And a couple of cool coasters for the RV


We cooked a couple of dinners together at the RV, and enjoyed a couple of dinners out at favorite local restaurants.

Bryce tackled the “notorious bear burger” at the Brown Bear in Pentwater,

The notorious bear burger

and we enjoyed a lovely evening at the Bucket Bar with delicious pizza.

Dinner at the Bucket Bar

A beautiful evening for dinner outside












The cousins enjoyed outdoor games while we waited for our pizza and salad.

Playing games while they wait for dinner











On our last night together, Bryce got a pontoon boat and took us on a tour of Silver Lake and the dunes (but that’s also a blog post of its own).

Captain Bryce

Oh yeah, Bryce’s T-shirt was another Pentwater purchase . . . who gets it??

It was a really nice weekend, and I think everyone had a good time.  It was especially nice that Bryce and Kathleen were able to spend a little time together before they both go off to college in a couple weeks.


We had a couple more visitors, too.  On Sunday, our neighbors from our old neighborhood, Harriett & Rita, were on their way up to Manistee to camp with friends for a few days at the casino, so they stopped by for lunch with us.  It was great to catch up with them again, and we took them on a quick tour of Silver Lake and over to the Wave Club so they could see Bryce at work.  So glad they could stop by!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Exploring Pentwater

After our long, busy day, we all slept in a little the next morning.  Diane and Dan got packed up and checked out of their cottage and brought their car down to our site. 

They were going to hang around until after lunch, so we decided to take a drive into Pentwater to check out the beach and some of the shops.

Bryce with Diane and Dan

We stopped at the beach first, and it was pretty empty, even for a Thursday morning.  The beach is part of Mears State Park, which includes a campground right along the beach.  It’s another where the sites are just in an asphalt parking lot, though, so wouldn’t be one of our favorites . . . even though it is a great beach!

Pentwater Pier










The beach at Mears State Park

We walked out along the pier so Dan could collect another lighthouse picture,

Another lighthouse




and we could admire the beach,

Another beautiful beach

and watch some little fishermen.

Little fishermen

The channel passes through the little downtown area of Pentwater, and connects Lake Michigan to Pentwater Lake.

Channel to Lake Michigan

We walked along the channel towards downtown,

The marina in Pentwater









admiring the cottages and beautiful gardens overlooking the water.

Cottages on the channel






We walked through a few of the shops, including one really cool one that I need to get back to (lots of fun Michigan stuff!), and then found the Farmers Market on the Village Green. 


Diane and I each found some fresh vegetables, and Dan bought some homemade caramels for the drive home!  We would have liked to walk through some more shops, but it was after noon and Bryce had to go to work at 2pm, and we still needed to have lunch first.

Diane had brought some brats from Mr. Bratz, and we picked up a dozen ears of fresh, homegrown corn to go with them.  Yum!  It was a great lunch!

We had to say our goodbyes to Diane and Dan then, and we were so glad that they came up for a visit with us.  It was a busy couple of days, but lots of fun!