Another mega party on a summer weekend is headed to the Lake Michigan Shore…this time with beer, wine and spirits all along for the ride in the first ever Makers Trail Festival from the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. Essentially what you will find is local winemakers, brewers and distillers all gathered under the same big top tent popping corks, tapping kegs and pouring spirits at Weko Beach in Bridgman on Saturday, June 9th from 1 until 10pm that day.
Event Organizer Calli Berg, Executive Director of the Greater Bridgman Area Chamber & Growth Alliance, says, “We’re bringing all of the makers together, so you can try new drinks or your favorites in a fun beach setting.” Advance admission tickets are only $10 for ages 10 years and up, $15 at the gate and free for children under 10 years of age. Tickets are on sale now at the link below:
Berg tells us the event headliner for the festival’s entertainment is Billy Strings, one of Nashville’s phenom bluegrass musicians. Strings grew up in Michigan before relocating to the “Music City” in 2016 where his career exploded with his intense strumming speed and passion for American roots music. In August 2017, Rolling Stones named Strings among the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” and The Journal of Roots Music “No Depression” newsletter said Strings’ September 2017 debut album, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” is “a fiery, down-home, foot-stomping, barn burning, sawdust flying” music collection.
Preceding Billy Strings on stage will be regional favorites, The Undertaker’s Blues Band, The Andrew Fisher Quartet, StarHeart and James Neary & The Bevy Blue. All music performances are included with admission.
In addition to the drink tastings, the festival will offer a wide selection of summer foods from area vendors. There also will be free parking at Bridgman elementary, middle and high schools. Free shuttles will run frequently throughout the event from the Bridgman schools and several area hotels.
For more information or updates, visit MakersTrailFestival.org at the link provided above.