2011-07-07 / Happenings

Fourth of July Fun



COWABUNGA! (Above) This boat competed in the Houghton Lake Boat Parade held July 3, part of Houghton Lake’s Independence Day celebrations. Event organizer Tracy Smith said that three boats took part in the parade which had the theme of “Tribute to Beach Boys (And Girls)” and was led by the Roscommon County United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Winning the contest was the Geers family from the Lansing area, who have been vacationing at Houghton Lake for 49 years. They won a $50 gift certificate to Buccilli’s Pizza. (Right) Dick Mitchell (left) of the Roscommon County United States Coast Guard Auxiliary helps to save the day by picking up a stranded beach ball that fell from a boat during the Houghton Lake Boat Parade July 3. Mitchell and Dennis Dufford led the parade which ran from the West Shore DNR Access Site to Roscommon Township’s Lakeview Park. (Photos by Mike Metzger) COWABUNGA! (Above) This boat competed in the Houghton Lake Boat Parade held July 3, part of Houghton Lake’s Independence Day celebrations. Event organizer Tracy Smith said that three boats took part in the parade which had the theme of “Tribute to Beach Boys (And Girls)” and was led by the Roscommon County United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Winning the contest was the Geers family from the Lansing area, who have been vacationing at Houghton Lake for 49 years. They won a $50 gift certificate to Buccilli’s Pizza. (Right) Dick Mitchell (left) of the Roscommon County United States Coast Guard Auxiliary helps to save the day by picking up a stranded beach ball that fell from a boat during the Houghton Lake Boat Parade July 3. Mitchell and Dennis Dufford led the parade which ran from the West Shore DNR Access Site to Roscommon Township’s Lakeview Park. (Photos by Mike Metzger)

most colorful entry Roscommon County Fair Board president Kathy Pardo (far left) awarded G&M Lawncare with the “most colorful” award during the Roscommon Fourth of July parade. There were a total of 39 entries in the parade. (Below) Roscommon Fourth of July parade volunteer Jamie Vineyard (left) awards Houghton Lake’s Tip-up Town, US A float with the “most creative” award during the parade Monday. (Photos by Krista Tacey) most colorful entry Roscommon County Fair Board president Kathy Pardo (far left) awarded G&M Lawncare with the “most colorful” award during the Roscommon Fourth of July parade. There were a total of 39 entries in the parade. (Below) Roscommon Fourth of July parade volunteer Jamie Vineyard (left) awards Houghton Lake’s Tip-up Town, US A float with the “most creative” award during the parade Monday. (Photos by Krista Tacey)



Patriotic musical While the ice cream social was going on the Soul’s Harbor Worship Center choir preformed a patriotic musical at the CRAF Center gazebo on July 4. The choir invited the children in the audience to participate in some of the songs. (Below) Members of Soul’s Harbor Worship Center dressed in period costumes representing each American war. The actors also paid tribute to each branch of the United States military by playing their representative songs and carrying their flags. (Photos by Krista Tacey) Patriotic musical While the ice cream social was going on the Soul’s Harbor Worship Center choir preformed a patriotic musical at the CRAF Center gazebo on July 4. The choir invited the children in the audience to participate in some of the songs. (Below) Members of Soul’s Harbor Worship Center dressed in period costumes representing each American war. The actors also paid tribute to each branch of the United States military by playing their representative songs and carrying their flags. (Photos by Krista Tacey)

WATE RFALL EFECT Many boats on Houghton Lake gathered to watch the Houghton Lake Fireworks display July 3 and saw many fireworks including this one that gave the effect of a waterfall falling through the sky. (Photo by Mike Metzger) WATE RFALL EFECT Many boats on Houghton Lake gathered to watch the Houghton Lake Fireworks display July 3 and saw many fireworks including this one that gave the effect of a waterfall falling through the sky. (Photo by Mike Metzger)


TRIPLE DIS PLAY A display featuring three separate fireworks combined into one was just one of many fireworks shot during the Houghton Lake Firework show July 3. Spectators gathered at many locations including the Kmart parking lot, the Graham/ McDonald Sports Complex and on boats in Houghton Lake to view the fireworks display. (Photo by Mike Metzger) TRIPLE DIS PLAY A display featuring three separate fireworks combined into one was just one of many fireworks shot during the Houghton Lake Firework show July 3. Spectators gathered at many locations including the Kmart parking lot, the Graham/ McDonald Sports Complex and on boats in Houghton Lake to view the fireworks display. (Photo by Mike Metzger)

A TIE FO R FI RST PLACE Two boats tied for top honors in this year’s Lake James Boat Parade, which took to the water on July 2. (Above) The USS Pride, was created by the Timberlake family and (below) Thomas the Train (which included two pontoons hitched together) was the work of the James, Nelson and Emsminger families. Organizer Dorothy Yakes said the two first place boats would hold the Lake James Boat Parade Traveling Trophy for six months each. She said the prize for most original went to a boat entitled “Santa’s Vacation is Over” created by the grandchildren of she and her husband Frank. (Courtesy photos) A TIE FO R FI RST PLACE Two boats tied for top honors in this year’s Lake James Boat Parade, which took to the water on July 2. (Above) The USS Pride, was created by the Timberlake family and (below) Thomas the Train (which included two pontoons hitched together) was the work of the James, Nelson and Emsminger families. Organizer Dorothy Yakes said the two first place boats would hold the Lake James Boat Parade Traveling Trophy for six months each. She said the prize for most original went to a boat entitled “Santa’s Vacation is Over” created by the grandchildren of she and her husband Frank. (Courtesy photos)


BOAT PARADERS (Left to right) Maggie Fuchs of Houghton Lake, Ellie Schmidt of Higgins Lake, Shariah Cain, 7, Aniyah Womack, 5 and Sharon Cain of Warren and David Schmidt of Higgins Lake were the crew on one of more than 30 boats that took part in the Higgins Lake Boat Parade Saturday. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Past Captain Frank Homola, said the second annual boat parade featured “Louis the Bagpiper” on the lead boat, and was to have proceeded south along the lake’s southern basin from Flag Point, but “had to go to plan B” after thunderstorms intervened. The parade then headed north to Treasure Island, where it disbanded. Homola, who is the supervisor of Gerrish Township, said the lake was very busy despite the weather, and that the Gerrish Township Community Park Marina sold over 1,500 gallons of gasoline during the weekend. He said the Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a free boaters safety class at the marina on July 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. He said the course is for everyone, and participants earn their Michigan boater’s safety certificate. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) BOAT PARADERS (Left to right) Maggie Fuchs of Houghton Lake, Ellie Schmidt of Higgins Lake, Shariah Cain, 7, Aniyah Womack, 5 and Sharon Cain of Warren and David Schmidt of Higgins Lake were the crew on one of more than 30 boats that took part in the Higgins Lake Boat Parade Saturday. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Past Captain Frank Homola, said the second annual boat parade featured “Louis the Bagpiper” on the lead boat, and was to have proceeded south along the lake’s southern basin from Flag Point, but “had to go to plan B” after thunderstorms intervened. The parade then headed north to Treasure Island, where it disbanded. Homola, who is the supervisor of Gerrish Township, said the lake was very busy despite the weather, and that the Gerrish Township Community Park Marina sold over 1,500 gallons of gasoline during the weekend. He said the Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a free boaters safety class at the marina on July 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. He said the course is for everyone, and participants earn their Michigan boater’s safety certificate. (Photo by Thomas Reznich)

MOST ORIGIN AL A decorated pontoon entitled “Santa’s Vacation is Over” takes part in the Lake James Boat Parade Saturday. Winner of the award for Most Original, the boat was the creation of the grandchildren of Lake James residents Dorothy and Frank Yakes. (Courtesy photo) MOST ORIGIN AL A decorated pontoon entitled “Santa’s Vacation is Over” takes part in the Lake James Boat Parade Saturday. Winner of the award for Most Original, the boat was the creation of the grandchildren of Lake James residents Dorothy and Frank Yakes. (Courtesy photo)

gra nd Mar sha l Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce Coordinator Connie Allen was the Grand Marshal of the Roscommon Fourth of July parade held Monday. (Photo by Krista Tacey) gra nd Mar sha l Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce Coordinator Connie Allen was the Grand Marshal of the Roscommon Fourth of July parade held Monday. (Photo by Krista Tacey)

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