2012 Water Festival

Second Annual Benzie County Water Festival
A community water celebration on April 14th, 2012, at Frankfort-Elberta High School

The Benzie County Water Festival is a unique event designed to engage the public in the stewardship of the Great Lakes, the response to the global freshwater crisis, and the cultivation of a vibrant and sustainable local culture. This year’s theme is “Come Softly, Stand Firmly: Understanding the responsibilities of being the most beautiful place in America.”

The day will begin with a watershed panel of experts who will speak to issues of water quality and monitoring, waterfront planning and zoning, prevention and control of invasive species, and good stewardship practices. Americana bluegrass by The Fauxgrass Quartet will be our featured afternoon music, which will accompany a lunch of carefully prepared local food, available for purchase.

With an emphasis on “Why Northern Michigan?,” the afternoon brings an entrepreneurial panel will feature local people whose outside-the-box job models are promoting “new thinking” for the sustainability of our region. Attorney Jim Olson and journalist Keith Schneider will team up to give a presentation on the Great Lakes and Global Development, specifically how China’s coal production and North Dakota’s oil boom relate.

Stick around for a pizza dinner, available for purchase from the after-school SEEDS program, followed by The State of the Watersheds Address, a wrap-up event with Tom Kramer of Interlochen Public Radio. Song of the Lakes will close the day’s events, performing their popular sea-faring tunes, Irish jigs, and sultry Brazilian melodies. (For the night owls, head over to Elberta’s Cabbage Shed to see an encore performance of The Fauxgrass Quartet at the festival’s after glow party.

Through our fundraising efforts, we will work hard to ensure that the Benzie County Water Festival is free and open to the public, however donations are encouraged and will help to fund future events.

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