Only 361 more days until Waterfront Festival rolls around again.
The venerable event - after 30 years, a long time in festival years, it has earned the right to be called "venerable" - continues to draw crowds to Menominee's beautiful Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park year after year. Whether it's the location, the people, the music, the food or the sense of community, Waterfront Festival means something special to our community.
Anticipating it is half the fun. This is especially true on Saturday night, fireworks night. I've volunteered at both the Rotary booth and the wristband booth on Saturday night, and it's fun feeling the excitement build.
Kudos to Tyco for its generous contribution the the fireworks this year. Fireworks and a company that specializes in fighting fires is a perfect partnership.
Big kudos to Nancy Douglas for her longtime management of Waterfront Festival, which began in the early 1980s when Nancy was head of the Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce. When Nancy left the chamber in 2001, she continued to shepherd the festival for a year or so, and then returned in 2010. That she loves this event is as palpable as the pre-fireworks excitement on Saturday night.
Thanks to the more than 300 volunteers, including the Waterfront Steering Committee, who give countless hours to this legendary event. Having worked with them for two years, I know how passionately they care about Waterfront Festival.
The festival may not fit in the with the chamber's current program of work. But it's a good event, and we are pleased that it continues to provide an exciting rallying point for our summers.