June 1 - Port Huron Gathering and Cruise
Home to Boatnerd.com World Headquarters, this is a prime location for boat watching. The 10th Annual Great Lakes Nautical Society Model Boat Show will be held inside the Maritime Center (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), with a flower and crafts market outside; the passenger vessel Huron Lady II will be offering river cruises for $5 at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.; the Blue Water Bridge and the Thomas Edison Parkway welcome visitors and are unmatched spots for photographing boats; the Fort Gratiot Light Station will be offering tours and a climb up the tower (lighthouse tour and climb is $7); Pine Grove Park will be hosting a music venue.
There will be a dinner cruise aboard the USNSCS Greyfox, Port Huronís Navel Cadet Ship, featuring live music by Brothers in Arms, Fifth Avenue and more. Price for the Greyfox trip is $30 and boarding is on the Black River behind the Zebra Bar beginning at 3:30 p.m. Departure is at 4 p.m. The cruise will be about 2 1/2 hours. For a weekend of fun, ships, and camaraderie plan on attending the gathering at the Great Lakes Maritime Center at Vantage Point. Check the Facebook event page for ticket information, Call Wendy LaFond for further information at: (810) 941-0526.
June 1 - Annual Badger Boatnerd Gathering
A round-trip crossing of Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 1, 2011, aboard the Lake Michigan Carferry S/S Badger. Join us in traveling on the only coal-fired steamer left on the Great Lakes. Stay overnight aboard the Badger on Friday. Click here for all the details.
June 10-12 - Keweenaw Star, Lake Michigan to Lake Superior Cruise - Repeat of the 2012 cruises that sold out. See www.keweenawexcursions.com for all the details. Call the Keweenaw Star at 231-237-9365 and make your reservation today.
June 14-16 - Keweenaw Star, Lake Michigan to Lake Superior Cruise - Repeat of the 2012 cruises that sold out. See www.keweenawexcursions.com for all the details. Call the Keweenaw Star at 231-237-9365 and make your reservation today.
June 27-29 - Engineer's Weekend at the Soo
Thursday, June 27 - Unofficial Boatnerd Picnic
A spontaneous, informal gathering started in 2006 at Rotary Park at Mission Point, Sault Ste. Marie. Snacks will be offered at noon, grilling begins at 2 pm, and carrot cake and other delicacies at 4. Potluck.
This is the BoatNerd Official Volunteer and Reporter Appreciate Day, with hotdogs, hamburgers and buns are being provided by BoatNerd.Com.
Grills, plates, and utensils will also be provided. If you have questions or can help with arrangements, please E-mail Lee Rowe Grills will be provided, but anyone with a portable grill or canopy please contact Lee Rowe with the information. Bring something to share. Soo delis will have food options to purchase and bring to the park. Bring your own beverage. Come one, come all and enjoy a great time with other Boatnerds. Name tags will be provided in case you don't recognize faces. Plan now to attend.
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Friday, June 28 - 8:30 a.m. - Boatnerds gather on the steps below the MacArthur Lock for a group picture.
Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- The Corps of Engineers will open the area between the MacArthur and Poe Locks, the Administration Building and the Davis Building to visitors. This is a once-a-year chance to see inside the Corps operation, and see passing freighters from a different angle.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Edison Sault Electric plant Open House
Friday - 6:00 p.m. - Annual Boatnerd Freighter Chasing Cruise
The Annual Boatnerd St. Marys River cruise will again be aboard one of the American Soo Locks Tours boats departing from Dock #2 (next to the Valley Camp) at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will be three (3) hours and we will travel thru both the U.S. and Canadian Locks, and will do our best to find photo opportunities for any traffic in the river.
A buffet dinner is included in the $35.00 cost. Dinner will consist of pasta with meatballs, baked chicken, cheesy potatoes, mixed veggies, tossed salad and dessert. There will be a cash bar on board.
Reservations are a must as we are limiting the group to 100 persons. This will afford everyone enough space to take photos and enjoy themselves. Mail-in reservations must be received no later than Friday, June 21. If any space is available, reservations will be taken by Dave Wobser Wednesday evening in the Soo, or at the Soo Boatnerd Picnic before noon on Thursday, June 27. Reservation made after Friday, June 21 are $40.00 per person and must be paid in cash. Call 419-722-5507 to locate Dave. Click here for reservation form.
Friday - 6:30
The Great Tug Boat Parade thru the locks.
Saturday Morning, June 29 - Annual International Bridge Walk
The 26th Annual Walk will include a bike parade across the bridge and back.
Saturday, Noon - The Great Tug Boat Races
Viewable from either side of the river
Saturday, June 29 - DaytimeSunday & Monday, July 1 & 2 - The Pancake Barge - 7:00 to 11:00 a.m
Informal gatherings at Mission Point, weather permitting. Bring your best pix to compare and show. Bring your radio-controlled boats for an informal regatta.
The pancake barge Nostalgia will be located in the George Kemp Marine, next to the museum ship Valley Camp. .
July 12-14 - Keweenaw Star, Northern Lake Michigan Cruise. A new opportunity see the lighthouses and boat traffic in Northern Lake Michigan and Green Bay.. See www.keweenawexcursions.com for all the details. Call the Keweenaw Star at 231-237-9365 and make your reservation today.
August 3 - Detroit River Cruise
On Saturday, August 3, we will repeat the popular Boatnerd Detroit River Cruise aboard the Friendship, with Captain Sam Buchanan. This yearís cruise will be four (4) hours and will go up the Detroit River, and hopefully into the Rouge River. Pizza lunch will be delivered by the J. W. Westcott mail boat. Advance Reservation Cost is just $30.00 per person.
Departing at 10:00 a.m. sharp from the Portofino's On The River in Wyandotte, MI.
Click here for for directions to Portofino's.
We must have a minimum of 50 reservations, and a maximum of 100. Click here for Advance Reservation form.
September 13-15 - Welland Canal Gathering, Thorold, Ontario
Friday, September 13 - Evening Gathering - Raffle & Door Prizes - Everyone welcome
Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold
Canadian Corps is located 3 blocks West of The Inn at Lock Seven
6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Vendors who desire a table either/both night(s) - Please send an email to Matt Miner.
7:30 p.m. - Bring a tray of your best slides, CD or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.
Saturday, September 14 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Walking tour of International Marine Salvage scrap yard. Located at south end of Welland Street - Port Colborne
Saturday, September 14 - Evening Gathering - Raffle & Door Prizes - Everyone welcome
Colborne Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold
6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Vendors who desire a table either/both night(s) - Please send an e-mail
7:30 p.m. - Slide show - Joint Meeting with Welland Canal Ship Society. Bring a tray of your best slides, CD or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.
Saturday & Sunday
9:00 - 5:00 - Free Admission to St. Catharines Museum and Welland Visitors Centre - Located at Lock Three. Gift Shop offering 10% discount on selected items - Tell them you are a "Boatnerd"
Sunday, September 16
The St. Catharines Museum, located at Lock Three, special program. Watch for details.