Maritime Festival

DUE TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR 2020. SEE YOU IN 2021! SCHEDULE FRIDAY, JULY 3RD BATTLE OF THE PADDLES 4:00pm Registration 5:30pm Races Begin! BEER TASTING 4:30pm - 8:00pm Craft Beer Tasting on the Pool Deck & live music Registration Form SATURDAY, JULY 4TH ENTERTAINMENT - BIG TENT INFO COMING [...]

By |2020-06-04T08:48:23-04:00July 4th, 2020|, |Comments Off on Maritime Festival

Battle of the Paddles

DUE TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR 2020. SEE YOU IN 2021! Event: 3K Paddle board race, solo kayak & canoe – Thunder Bay River – Start at Rotary Bridge Live music Registration: Complete registration and mail with fee to Dork Brothers or register race evening 4:00 – 5:15 pm Race starts [...]

By |2020-06-04T08:49:06-04:00July 3rd, 2020|, |Comments Off on Battle of the Paddles

Inner Space to Outer Space: Great Lakes’ Contribution to Space Exploration & Research

Presented by State of Michigan Maritime Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi, he will highlight an assortment of objects, both human-made and natural, that have fallen from space into the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes have served as a training ground throughout the history of aviation. Nineteenth-century balloon ascensions, early military and civilian aircraft development, [...]

By |2020-02-13T15:47:58-05:00March 12th, 2020|, , |Comments Off on Inner Space to Outer Space: Great Lakes’ Contribution to Space Exploration & Research

Sanctuary Lecture Series – NOAA Corps: A Service for Science

Presented by LTJG Hunter Brendel Lieutenant (junior grade) Hunter Brendel will speak about the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, the nation’s smallest uniformed service comprised of 321 officers. NOAA Corps operates NOAA’s fleet of 16 ships and nine aircraft that conduct scientific operations throughout the United States and internationally. Officers also take on [...]

By |2020-01-29T16:07:40-05:00February 18th, 2020|, |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – NOAA Corps: A Service for Science

International Film Festival

Great Lakes, Great Films Every year, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary bring the world of cinema to Alpena! For five days in January, northeast Michigan is treated to some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world. Film screenings are complemented by social events, educational activities, and opportunities [...]

By |2020-01-21T16:34:44-05:00January 22nd, 2020||Comments Off on International Film Festival

Thunder Bay International Film Festival Kicks off Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary

ALPENA, MICH --The Thunder Bay International Film Festival kicks off the 20th anniversary year celebrating the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s (TBNMS) federal designation. TBNMS was officially designated in 2000 as the first freshwater marine sanctuary of the 14 nationally designated underwater parks. While more than 1,000 students from communities along the sanctuary’s shoreline are [...]

By |2020-02-17T09:54:14-05:00January 20th, 2020|Event|Comments Off on Thunder Bay International Film Festival Kicks off Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary

Sanctuary Cinema Series – Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship

Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! November 22, 1912: The schooner Rouse Simmons departs upper Michigan ferrying 5,000 Christmas trees to Chicago.  The ship disappears, and for 60 years there’s no trace of it. In 1971 a scuba diver discovers the legendary, lost  “Christmas Tree Ship.” (2013, 50 minutes, no rating) [...]

By |2019-10-17T12:39:41-04:00December 20th, 2019|, |Comments Off on Sanctuary Cinema Series – Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship

Sanctuary Lecture Series – Celebrating 150 years of Great Lakes’ Iconic Bulk Freighters

Great Lakes Maritime Historian Patrick Labadie describes the introduction and subsequent development of the iconic Great Lakes vessels, and their effect on the Midwest. The commerce of the American Midwest has always been closely linked with the efficiency of Great Lakes transportation. Eighteenth-century fur trade, 19th century agriculture, lumbering and mining were all dependent upon [...]

By |2019-12-11T07:27:56-05:00December 12th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – Celebrating 150 years of Great Lakes’ Iconic Bulk Freighters

Sanctuary Lecture Series – The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Superior’s Shipwreck Coast

The desolate Lake Superior shoreline between Whitefish Point in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula and the area of Grand Marais, MI, is littered with a multitude of shipwrecks. Some occurred as early as the 1816 wreck of the schooner Invincible, while newer, larger wrecks are deep within the shipping lanes. The 729' SS Edmund Fitzgerald is [...]

By |2019-03-01T14:59:41-05:00November 21st, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Sanctuary Lecture Series – The U.S. Life-Saving Service on Superior’s Shipwreck Coast

Sanctuary Cinema Series – Crossing Superior

Crossing Superior follows a riveting 60-mile journey three men took with their paddle boards across a lake that is often a force to be reckoned with. Eleven-time Emmy award winner Corey Adkins tagged along to document the 22-hour journey with Stand Up for Great Lakes, including humored encounters with freighters, a permit to do something [...]

By |2019-10-04T13:56:40-04:00November 7th, 2019|, |Comments Off on Sanctuary Cinema Series – Crossing Superior