We welcome visitors and guests to Alpena and Northeast Michigan this weekend for the 17th Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival.
As you drive through the region today through Sunday you will notice a considerable amount of out-of-state license plates. As a collective community we will play host to a group of guests who are passionate about lights and the quarters where the keepers lived while tending those lights.
Luckily for us, we happen to call home to an area rich with lights and lighthouses. Every county along the coast of Northeast Michigan has at least one light in fine shape and worth seeing, while many counties, such as Presque Isle, host two or more.
Home to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and its wonderful Heritage Center, Alpena is the perfect place to host the festival and act as headquarters for guests. From here, it is but short, reasonable drives either north or south for guests to see various lights.
And therein is the beauty of the festival, and why it attracts guests from across the United States and Canada. In addition to great museums, a variety of lights and beautiful natural scenery with the autumn colors, guests are treated to great entertainment, interesting programs and a variety of displays and crafts.
For those who love lights and lighthouses, it is a heavenly vacation that combines the best of many worlds.
So welcome guests and visitors. We hope this is but the first of many visits you make to our wonderful corner of the world.