If you are looking for true Paradise, take the road to Paradise, Michigan. This year is the 31st Annual Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise. The Festival is held on the third full weekend of August each year when the town puts on its "Blue Clothes" and invites everyone to join them for the Arts & Crafts Fair and Wild Blueberry Celebration. It is always lots of fun!
Visitors can stroll the grounds along the shore of beautiful Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, browse the Arts & Crafts Fair with 50+ artists, and enjoy continuous family entertainment.
Festival visitors will know they are in "Paradise" when they taste the homemade blueberry pies, muffins, and buckles available throughout the weekend.
Begin each day with the Blueberry Brunch, accompanied by the piano music of Palma Richardson. Paradise's own juggler, Chet Mitchell, will amaze us once again with his juggling ability and comic wit. Marjorie Shaefer will entertain us with her faglbles and folktales.
On Friday, Bill Jamerson will entertain with "Songs of Michigan's Upper Peninsula", Kitty Donohoe enthralls us with "Lighthouses and Legends", and Michael Deren will present "The Civil War Musician-1865".
Friday evening enjoy the "Blueberry Jamboree" from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides from 6:00 pm until dusk, and encore performances by Kitty Donohoe at 6:30 pm and the Ain't Misbehavin' Ensamble from 8:00 pm to 10 pm.
Saturday's "Blueberry Jamboree" from 6:00 - 9:00 pm starts with Horse-drawn vagon rides. Chautauqua Express will encore at 6:30 pm and the musical duo Reclaimreturns to the festival from 8:00 - 9:00 pm.
Sunday begins with magic by Gordon Russ and then we sit back and relax for an afternoon of enjoyable folk music with the Blue Water Ramblers.
under the canopy in downtown Paradise.
If you want to pick your own blueberries, grab a bucket. In the Eastern Upper Peninsula, most of the land north of the Tahquamenon River is covered with blueberries-along the roads, in the fields, and out in the open.
Blueberries are usually growing under the sun, or in sparse shade, so don't look in the pine forests. They thrive in open areas where loggers have cleared the land.
Photographs of the Paradise Blueberry Festival by Al Barbour, Paradise, MI
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