Events, Photography

A Tree Glows In Bay City

This past Friday (November 24, 2017) was the official Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, held at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City, Michigan, US. This also included Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arriving in town, via horse-drawn carriage. The actual event was only about a half-hour long, but I started roaming around downtown early, trying to capture some images around town while also trying to find out Santa’s arrival route.

My first photograph was viewing west along Center Avenue toward the Wenonah Park main entrance:

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This was about 5:30 pm (local), and you can see the sky lit by the setting sun. Here is another shot I took viewing across the Saginaw River:

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I took a few more photographs in the park, including a couple of our local tall ship, Appledore IV, docked near the park’s northwest section:

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The ship was surprisingly (to me) facing down the Saginaw River – surprising since it’s normally facing up river. Note: the temperature was unusually warm for the time of year – about 50 °F, however the wind was roughly 15 mph so this wasn’t T-Shirt and Shorts weather.

I then started roaming around the local area (stopping to grab a bite to eat at one of the downtown food establishments). By now, the sky was darkening and through the clouds could be seen the crescent Moon. I tried to get a shot of the Moon directly above the main building of the Delta College Planetarium:

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I also made several attempts at capturing the Moon above the City Christmas Tree:

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I had never noticed the lighting of the Planetarium before, but thought it looked very nice so I took a photograph from across the street (standing near the Christmas Tree):

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By now, a crowd (children and adults) was assembling in the Wenonah Park plaza between the main entrance and the Friendship Shell fountain.

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I also took a photo of some of the volunteers at one of the tables near the plaza:

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Following this, I was still wandering around (and trying to get an ‘official’ answer for Santa’s arrival route). While walking near the Planetarium I saw a young woman wearing a banner (“Miss Bay County’s Teen”). She graciously agreed to let me get a photograph of her:

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By now, the plaza was filling up. I took one more photograph of the Christmas Tree:

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I then took several photographs of the crowd:

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By then, I’d gotten an official idea (from one of the emcees, local personality Eric Jylha) of the direction Santa and Mrs. Claus would be arriving from. The ceremony then began. Here are the emcees for the evening (Mr. Jylha is on the right, but I’m not sure who the other person is):

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This was followed by a local Scout troop leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance:

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Mayor Kathleen Newsham then spoke to the crowd:

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Following the Mayor, a local teen performed a dance routine to a Christmas song:

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Here is a video clip of her performance:

By now, the crowd was anticipating Santa’s arrival, so I moved into position and captured this video (though there was very little lighting along the route):

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus then greeted the crowd. This included leading everyone in singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” with the assistance of a guest “elf” (another local child):

By now, Santa and his wife noticed the huge tree, but thought it’d look better if it were lit. So, they led the crowd in a count-up (one to five), then a huge shout of “Light the tree, Bay City.” Following the lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus told the crowd that it wasn’t too late to ensure they were on the “nice” list (giving a few tips):

There was another sing-along, this time the song was “Jingle Bells”:

Finally, Santa and Mrs. Claus led the crowd in a chorus of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”:

Following that, Mr. and Mrs. Claus headed over to the Planetarium where they met some of the children (unfortunately I left at that point, so I don’t have any other photographs, besides a few shots from the park showing the now-lit Christmas Tree:

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2015 Bump in the Night Film Festival

(Edited version of my original post on Facebook – Sunday, October 25, 2015)
This year’s (2015) model of the Things That Go Bump in the Night Film Festival (presented by Wade Lodewyk of Even Keel Productions) featured four ‘blocks’ of films (though one film, Intent, had it’s own block due to it’s 24 minute length) shown at the Westown Theater. There was also a display of artwork in front of the stage by Todd Stevenson.
First and foremost, I want to emphasize that the following reviews are my own observations and feelings. Though they may be of some use, I do not intend to discourage anyone from viewing any of these entries. The bottom line is that what one person may praise to the skies, another person may abhore (and vice versa). So, please take these reviews with a grain of salt: the only sure way to tell whether you personally will like or dislike any of them is to actually view them yourself.
I use a zero-to-four star rating system (with half-star increments), zero essentially being a ‘bomb’ and four stars being, well, Citizen Kane-calibre (I should mention that I personally do not consider Citizen Kane a great film, but I realize how well it’s respected by critics and many patrons). For those rare films where I really can’t decide on a rating, I grant my coveted/despised “Well, it’s no Equinox” stamp of approval/disapproval (depending on your point of view).
Block 1:
Der Engel – I’d give this 3 stars. A time-travel film with supernatural elements from Michael Welborn of Smug TV, where the traveler gets more than they reckon on. Though it does evoke some sympathy for the innocent, I feel a little more information for the viewer would help that aspect.
The Dunn Inn – I give this a 2 1/2 star rating. A comedy-horror film by Victor Pytko of One-Eyed Bear Productions as an entry by team Bear Cubs 3 in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project (Detroit). I thought it was rather cute, though the effects were a mixed-bag. On re-viewing it, I confirmed my initial idea of the storyline, which I feel could have used a little more fleshing out. Still, this is a fun film if you don’t try to over-analyze it.
Back Road (trailer-link) – I feel this film is worth 3 stars. A thriller film with a supernatural theme by Joseph Thompson from Campfire Pictures, and billed as the final installment in the Campfire Pictures Anthology. One can’t help but think about 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but with a nice twist on the theme. One thing I feel is that the mid-story seemed to run a little bit long, and trimming a few minutes might help it’s presentation.
Block 2:
Creeps – I give this 2 1/2 stars. A science-fiction entry from Michael Welborn of Smug TV which is reminiscent of 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with a tinge of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend thrown in. Though I thought some of the traveling sequences seemed a little jerky, I also thought one sequence where Tobin Welborn’s walking and a background wall contains several (actual) movie posters pertinent to the story’s theme was a very nice touch.
Dead Credit – A solid 3-star comedy-horror selection from Tim Rooney and Randumbify. There are still a few guarantees besides death and taxes, and this cute film covers one of those guarantees. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Also, several out-takes during the closing credits – though possibly a few too many.
Glyzell – I’m a little bit torn on rating this supernatural film from Michael Welborn of Smug TV, but I’ll give it a 3-star rating. I personally couldn’t pick up on the underlying storyline without actually asking Michael. Still, it’s an interesting experiment (and rumor has it, possibly a ‘pilot’ of sorts for a future series). One thing I liked was Bruce Falcon’s performance. Though his earlier efforts may seem slightly wooden (sorry, Bruce), I feel he’s come along very well. He now seems more at ease in front of the camera and fills his roles in a believable manner. You can tell that he actually enjoys this line of work – to the point where it’s no longer ‘work,’ and just comes naturally.
Room For Rent (trailer-link) – A 2 1/2 star thriller by Jon Manthei of Campfire Pictures. A nice little twist along the ‘urban legend’ trail. I did actually like that twist quite a bit (and – maybe I’m dense, but I actually did not see it coming), but felt that the last main scene may have been stretched a little far. Though it may be a little bit over-the-top for a PSA, it works as a short horror entry.
Block 3:
Intent – A 3-star supernatural-thriller entry by Robin Devereaux-Nelson for Farm Girl Films. This is an encore presentation from the first (2013) Things That Go Bump in the Night Film Festival. One can’t help but think about the Dixie Chicks’ video for Goodbye Earl when viewing this. However, though not without it’s humor, this film is quite a bit darker. There were (in my opinion) a few graphic portions near the end which could have been left out, but overall this was a good presentation.
Block 4:
Knock – A quick 2 1/2 star comedy-thriller from Tim Rooney and Randumbify. Something to think about when you’re on ‘the throne’ and hear a strange noise outside the bathroom. Pretty straight forward, with a twist. I actually enjoyed the final scene behind the closing credits.
Eight Years Ago in February – I was in a few scenes of this film, so I’m going to take the fifth on giving a rating. Very strange and disturbing psychological-thriller from Darkhaus Sound & Film, Inc. I did like the scene where two images are quickly strobed over each other, which I think really added to the feeling of unease.
Headlights – A 3 star supernatural film by Nic White. This film had originally been shown at the Radical Spaces event at Bemo’s Bar this past July. I like it but I would almost down-grade my rating to 2 1/2 for one reason. I still feel that the film uses “that certain word” a few too many times. Though I have no dread of it, and can see where it can be quite useful at times, I feel it was simply overused. Otherwise, the story is pretty straight-forward. I particularly like Michael Welborn’s character actions at the conclusion.
Well, again – that’s my two-cents worth. As I say, the only true way to tell whether you’ll like or dislike a particular film is to actually view it yourself. And I would recommend viewing any of these presentations. Please keep in mind: They’re no Equinox – for what that’s worth.
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Chariots, Saucers, and Aliens – Oh My!

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*Could* this have been constructed by Ancient Astronauts (or, would they be too intelligent to build such a weird structure)?

Colonization of worlds, moons, galaxies oceans and even a small patch of grass has been a part of science fiction for quite a long time. Often it involves a hostile (to human lifeforms) environment, in which either artificial structures are created, or already exist from another civilization. However it can also involve a non-human lifeform performing such actions – and quite often leading to conflict with existing humans.

The reasons for colonizing are quite varied.

  • Overpopulation on a homeworld
  • Military expansion for the heck of it
  • Resources may have been exhausted
  • Monetary concerns
  • A planetary system’s energy source may be either exhausted, or approaching a nova stage
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What lies beneath?

Oddly the lack of information about a region seems to make it that much more ‘attractive’ as a place to visit, explore or colonize. To a minor extent, exploration of the oceans was (and still remains) one of the last remaining locations untouched by humankind. Writers such as Jules Verne actually brought his readers below the mysterious surface to a world of wonder (and giant squids, etc.) in “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” while introducing the concept of an underwater vehicle (submarine), the “Nautilius.”

What could make ‘colonization’ of the oceans an immediate reality? I think it’d be possible to do it now, if the funding were available. I could easily imagine a large undersea ‘dome’ covering a large settlement. Extracting oxygen from the seawater might be (if not already) possible. Food could be obtained from either the sealife around the settlement, or grown within it.

Until the Venera probes actually transmitted information to earthbound scientists, the general public was convinced the planet Venus was a lush jungle (due to the cloud layer – which was later discovered to be about 95% carbon dioxide). And due to some of the speculative fiction (written, audio and film mediums) many also thought it was inhabited by an Amazonian style civilization (thanks, “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars,” he said sarcastically). However, once it was widely revealed that the surface temperature was around 500°C, such speculation went out the window.

I truly can never imagine Venus being colonized. Even a minor base would be a massive undertaking with (apparently) miniscule results. However – if terraforming techniques are developed, this world could be a possible “Earth II.” Without such a development, I feel this is basically not worth the effort. Yes, I know – poor attitude. However, that’s my feeling in this case.

Mars had it’s own mysteries (the canals, the color changes, the icecaps) which are only recently being unveiled. That lack of information about Mars also led people to believe intelligent life existed on “the Red Planet.” That in turn led to the great Martian invasion by H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds.”

I sincerely believe a settlement on Mars could happen within the next 50 years. Of course, I’ve been saying that for the past 25+ years, so… Still, I think this would be the easiest (I hate using that word, but in this case I believe it fits) of nearby colonization efforts – requiring the least technological developments (other than actually getting there).

Still, once (accurate) information about such worlds was gathered, the possibility of manned exploration could be seriously examined (possibly with a goal of colonization, though other concerns might include merely setting up a mining operation, a spaceport for farther expansion, etc.). Terraforming has become quite a buzzword (as well as creating many debates – ethical, practical, etc.), with the first written example possibly being the same Martians from Wells’ novel.

031905One of the most popular ideas is setting up a permanent base/colony/settlement on the Earth’s Moon. Such Lunar bases have been dreamed of for many years. I personally want to see that happen in my lifetime. Not for any particular reason other than the classic “because it’s there.” However I think a benefit would be having an off-world ‘port’ or staging area where larger expeditions could be launched from (such as an inevitable, in my opinion, Mars base). The tricky part with a Lunar base is the supplies, as well as necessities: breathable air, secure airlocks, etc. Other items such as transportation would be of a secondary nature. We’d already shown a Lunar Rover capable of traversing the surface (though it’s life-expectancy might be tricky, depending on the dust generated by it’s movement, etc.).

A Lunar base again seems like it’d be a piece of cake. However dreams of such settlements have existed longer than I’ve existed. Still, I think it could become a reality in the next 25 years. However such efforts (I believe) would be better suited for private enterprise to develop. Let global Governments handle the massive outward exploration probes. For the nearby items, it seems like a case of “build it and they will come.”

Two in-between ideas should also be mentioned here. One is settlement on one of the larger asteroids (Ceres, etc.), which I personally don’t think could ever amount to anything larger than a small mining colony, with only bare essentials. The other is a manned orbital space station (not simply an orbital lab capable of accepting supply shuttles, but an actual ‘colony’ of it’s own (think “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine“), with essentially ‘all the comforts of home’ – schools, farms, even businesses. Like the Lunar bases, such stations would be used as a staging/launch platform for exploration to other regions.

It sounds like a minor ‘colonization’ effort is being attempted by private businesses – as far as asteroid mining concerns. Though probably never developing into a full-fledged colony, it could provide a permanent ‘jumping off’ point (though I personally might not be anxious to jump off).

One of the first plastic models I ever constructed was a ‘classic’ ring-shaped space station. I still think such items could become reality – maybe 20-25 years down the road. Such undertakings again could be best served (in my opinion) by private businesses (I still keep thinking about Richard Branson’s outer space hotel concept), however cooperation with Government agencies could bring such items to life – and also serve a dual purpose: satisfying business interests, as well as providing some rest and recreation for Government sponsored explorers heading outward.

Again heading outward (I’m not planning to ‘retreat’ back to either Venus or Mercury, both of which I consider non-starters for colonization), It truly sounds like the next plausible location for colonization is Saturn’s Moon, Titan. Though it may never become a true colony/settlement (unless terraforming techniques can be deployed), it’s make-up appears to be the most suited for human habitation (again, with necessities such as breathable air, food supplies, etc. being transported regularly, unless artificial methods for production of them are perfected – and they’d have to be perfect due to it’s distance from Earth.

I cannot see a serious development on Titan for the next 75-100 years. There may be minor explorations, but nothing of a permanent settlement. Now, it’s possible advanced in space vehicles could speed up such a development. However there’d still be the supply problem. This would truly be a case where replicators (3D printers?) and other such science fictions devices would probably have to become reality.

After Titan, any farther colonization efforts from Earth are probably moot. That is, until we can develop either something close to a ‘light speed’ vehicle, or build massive spaceship colonies. The former, realistically, I do not believe I’ll ever live to see. The latter, I still may not live to see but their possibility could be on the horizon. Such ‘floating’ colonies would be self-sustained, and require enough colonists (as well as crew, though they would essentially be part of the colony) to be self-perpetuating. I think that would be the largest drawback to such a scheme – the size of the ship.

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Charlene Jeter publicly shares her passion project ‘Discrete Indiscretion’ winner of multiple awards

A filmmaker I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago…!!!:

Michigan Movie WEEKENDER

It’s official!…We did not get into the Cannes Film Festival…But we got closer than ever before. I’m so proud of the work that team Detroit Film Studio created…and to think that we made “Discrete Indiscretion” in 48 Hours from concept to completion…Who’d ever thought that we’d make it so far…Winning 15 awards including Best of Fest LA Shorts and Best Short Film Award of Excellence Hollywood Film Competition and the OFFICIAL SELECTION into 8 Film Festivals. Today marks the end of our festival ride for “Discrete Indiscretion” and the first day that we get to publicly share our PASSION PROJECT with you. Enjoy!!!!

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Scouting the Territory (Part Two of 3)

Viewing from Veterans Memorial Bridge along the east bank of the Saginaw River during the 2013 Bay City (Michigan) Tall Ship Celebration

Viewing from Veterans Memorial Bridge along the east bank of the Saginaw River during the 2013 Bay City (Michigan) Tall Ship Celebration

Continuing a recap of viewing areas for the Parade of Sail – the official start of the 2016 Bay City (Michigan) Tall Ship Celebration – let’s consider locations at or near downtown.

Obviously, since this area is where the ships will be docking, the crowds will tend to be larger than other locations. However, since ship tours aren’t available on Thursday (July 14 – when the Parade of Sail takes place), there may not be an extreme number of people.

In general, there are plenty of restroom facilities, shops and convenience stores scattered nearby. There really aren’t many play areas close (I think Veterans Memorial Park has some playground equipment, but I’m not positive).There really is no shelter in case of inclement weather – rather, no shelter from which you can still view the arrival of the ships. I’m going to avoid discussing locations where the only view would be after ships have passed by.

Eastern approach of railroad bridge just down the Saginaw River from Liberty Bridge (where I took this photograph from).

Eastern approach of railroad bridge just down the Saginaw River from Liberty Bridge (where I took this photograph from).

Roald Amundsen departing Bay City on Monday following the 2010 Tall Ship Festival. To the extreme right can be seen the end of the eastern approach to the railroad bridge. Note how the ships would be obscured as they passed on the opposite side of the center swing span.

Roald Amundsen departing Bay City on Monday following the 2010 Tall Ship Festival. To the extreme right can be seen the end of the eastern approach to the railroad bridge. Note how the ships would be obscured as they passed on the opposite side of the center swing span.

Starting on the east bank near Liberty Bridge, there are a few viewing locations choices. One is the eastern approach to a railroad bridge right next to Liberty Bridge. However, I wouldn’t recommend this – at least from this side of the river. For one, I’m not sure how stringent the property owners and/or the railroad company would be about trespassers – mostly from a safety aspect. For another, the railroad bridge is a swing bridge, and the ships pass on the west side of the center span, so you would not have a clear view of the ships directly in front of you. You would have a nice view of them as they approach, and the background would be decent. Also, the sun would be toward your back-left. Bottom line – regardless of the legality, I feel there are many other sites with better views.

Now, a short distance away is Liberty Bridge. First, there is a public sidewalk which actually leads underneath the eastern approach, and brings you closer to the water level. This might sound appealing, however the main argument I’d make would again be how the ships pass on the opposite side of the railroad’s center span. The view is further obstructed by that same eastern approach I’d mentioned above. So – this would be worst of the worse.

Viewing from underneath the eastern approach of Liberty Bridge. Note, the railroad bridge is closed (for the winter). When open, the view of ships passing would be obscured by the center span itself.

Viewing from underneath the eastern approach of Liberty Bridge. Note, the railroad bridge is closed (for the winter). When open, the view of ships passing would be obscured by the center span itself.

Next, there is Liberty Bridge itself. Since we’re sticking with the east bank of the river, I’ll just discuss viewing from the eastern approach of the bridge. Also, only from the down river side, since the opposite side would only give views after the ships have passed through the bridge.

Bounty II departing Bay City on Monday following the 2010 Tall Ship Festival. In the foreground can be seen the eastern approach to a nearby railroad bridge.

Bounty II departing Bay City on Monday following the 2010 Tall Ship Festival. In the foreground can be seen the eastern approach to a nearby railroad bridge.

I’m not sure about access during the actual Parade of Sail. In 2013 I believe security personnel and/or local law enforcement were restricting access. Still I’ll mention it. There are advantages over the railroad bridge approach, but not too many. Liberty Bridge is higher than the railroad bridge, but the view of ships passing the railroad bridge center span is still blocked. You could probably get some nice views as the ships approach the bridges, though. This would mostly be a head-on view, so getting full shots of the ships would not be possible. I would not recommend this location (again, mostly because there are better views available).

Third Street Waterfall Park. Liberty Bridge is down the Saginaw River - to the right. Veterans Memorial Bridge is up river - to the left.

Third Street Waterfall Park – east bank of the Saginaw River. Liberty Bridge is down River – to the right. Veterans Memorial Bridge is up river – to the left.

Appledore IV heading down the Saginaw River, passing through Liberty Bridge

Appledore IV heading down the Saginaw River, passing through Liberty Bridge – viewed from the sidewalk along the east bank

Moving along the riverfront there is a short sidewalk area, then the rest is mostly private property until you reach Third Street Waterfall Park. It may appear to be private property, since there is a tall wrought iron fence at it’s entrance. However, there’s public access through an entrance close to the nearby St. Laurent Brothers Nut House – a local iconic confectionery shop. Liberty Bridge can be viewed quite well from this spot.

Sørlandet, the largest ship in the 2013 Tall Ship fleet, departing Bay City the Monday following the 2013 Festival - viewed from Third Street Waterfall Park

Sørlandet, the largest ship in the 2013 Tall Ship fleet, departing Bay City the Monday following the 2013 Festival – viewed from Third Street Waterfall Park

There are a couple of disadvantages though. First, there is not a lot of room – I’d guess the side facing the river is about 30 feet, the side facing down river toward Liberty Bridge is about 50 feet. The other point is that the ships will be quite a distance away, moving closer to the far, western bank. Bottom line: a camera with a decent zoom capacity would be desired. And, if you want to try this area, stake out your spot early.

The next location would be Wenonah Park, but I’m going to pass by that part. The large ships will be docking along it’s bank, and I’m not sure how much access will be available to the public during that docking. I believe there is a V.I.P. viewing tent and/or area, but you’d need to consult their website for that information. Plus, I don’t think you could get many good photographs from that location – due to the activity as the ships dock, and the view slowly being obscured as more ships arrive.

Viewing from the eastern approach of Veterans Memorial Bridge, down the Saginaw River during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration. In the background is Liberty Bridge. To the right is the east bank and Wenonah Park. To the left is Veterans Memorial Park.

Viewing from the eastern approach of Veterans Memorial Bridge, down the Saginaw River during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration. In the background is Liberty Bridge. To the right is the east bank and Wenonah Park. To the left is Veterans Memorial Park.

The next spot would be the eastern approach of Veterans Memorial Bridge, where an actual viewing area is located. This could be an interesting spot. I don’t think there would be as much concern, security-wise, since the ships would not be passing through it – instead they’d be docking on the opposite banks between this and Liberty Bridge. Also, there is a large hillside, where an able bodied photographer could possibly get a few good shots from. But, again, a decent zoom capability would be desirable.

Viewing from the western approach of Veterans Memorial Bridge, down the Saginaw River during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration. To the right is the east bank and Wenonah Park. In the distance is Liberty Bridge.

Viewing from the western approach of Veterans Memorial Bridge, down the Saginaw River during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration. To the right is the east bank and Wenonah Park. In the distance is Liberty Bridge.

Staying on Veterans Memorial Bridge, we’ll cross to the other side, the western approach. There is a large hillside – however it is quite a distance from the river, so don’t plan on that location. However, the viewing area on the bridge itself might offer a very nice opportunity for photographs. And, this side of the river would give a slightly better view of the larger ships, which tend to be docked along the east bank near Wenonah Park. For getting views of the ships as they dock, I think this might be the best choice. However, I’d really recommend having a decent zoom capability.

Liberty Bridge (eastern approach), viewed from Liberty Harbor Marina.

Liberty Bridge (eastern approach), viewed from Liberty Harbor Marina.

Moving back down the Saginaw River, along the west bank, we’ll pass by Veterans Memorial Park – again, the area will probably be restricted due to the ships docking, and the viewing would tend to be obstructed. The next location would be Liberty Harbor Marina, located just up river from the Hooters restaurant. This might not be a bad location. Almost opposite from Third Street Waterfall Park, the ships would be much closer. Plus, you can probably get some nice views as they pass through Liberty Bridge. I imagine this area will have a decent number of people, but there is a lot of river footage available. I might actually consider this spot for a future Tall Ship festival. But as I’ve said, my heart is set on taking my chances with Essexville Smith Park for the 2016 Parade of Sail.

On a side note – Hooters may offer a decent view of the Parade of Sail, but I’m not sure whether they’d have some admission/cover charge. Plus, I’m sure they’ll have a decent number of customers. So, unless you’re planning to grab a meal, I wouldn’t count on that location.

Viewing down the Saginaw River from the western approach area on Liberty Bridge. Note the railroad bridge and it's approach.

Viewing down the Saginaw River from the western approach area on Liberty Bridge. Note the railroad bridge and it’s approach.

Next would be Liberty Bridge – the western approach viewing area. I really don’t know whether people will be allowed up there for the Parade of Sail. I believe last year some were being moved away by security personnel. Still, I mention it as a possibility. If you can get access to it, the view should be very nice, as the ships will be passing through the railroad bridge on this side of the center span.

The next spot was my secret fishin’ hole during the 2013 Parade of Sail. If you look at the above photograph, you can see the western approach of the railroad bridge. Well, myself and about twenty or thirty other people were on that bridge, and the view was spectacular. I was a little paranoid about possibly being chased off at the last moment, but there did not seem to be any problem. Of course, if the spectators had been acting up, or causing some ruckus, I’m sure we would have been told to leave immediately. But everyone was well behaved – to the point where a sheriff’s boat, a DNR craft, and even a coast guard vessel passed by, giving polite waves. Still, things may change with the times. But, if you can get to that spot, I believe you will not be disappointed (FYI: there’s a party store about 3 blocks away).

US Brig Niagara, during the 2013 Parade of Sail, having just passed through a railroad bridge, now passing through Liberty Bridge. This is viewing from the western approach of the railroad bridge.

US Brig Niagara, during the 2013 Parade of Sail, having just passed through a railroad bridge, now passing through Liberty Bridge. This is viewing from the western approach of the railroad bridge.

Well, I’m wrapping up this part of my Parade of Sail suggestion blog. Hopefully this can give you an idea of where you may want to view the ships from. In part three I hope to cover the rest of the west/north bank of the Saginaw River, from the railroad bridge above, out toward the actual river mouth.

 

 

 

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