When Henry Ford started mass producing these 'horseless carriages,' there were many a steadfast 'horseman' who thought this was but a passing fancy! What man in his right mind wanted to fool around with one of these 'expensive' toys??? And, besides, a horse was man's friend and never got a flat tyre or needed gas! Maybe one day, when we have exhausted all the petrol in the world's natural banks, we will once again find a horse in every garage???
Arts and Crafts is REALLY Big in Michigan, especially in Northern Michigan...maybe more so at Houghton Lake because there isn't much to do unless you like to fish and hunt or snowmobile in the winter and go skiing! Anyway, one of our favourite things to do every summer, is to visit the big Arts and Craft Fairs that are held at least 3 times at the Houghton Lake High School and also in other nearby towns such as Roscommon where there is also a Artist's juried exhibition along with the arts and crafts. It is always interesting to see what the area craftspeople have created for the next year's fairs. Don't miss it if you are in the area.
All most all of the local Arts and Crafts Fairs, have a booth for 'Body Painting.' The youngest spectators are usually the ones who love having this done...and don't they look cute??? In preparation for their teenage tatoos??? Don't get angry mom...you started it...remember???
Wondering what to do with all those old tools and junk that has been in your way for years in the garage where your poor car can't fit? Well, there is a guy at the Arts and Crafts Fair who has made the most unique yard art sculptures from old tools and found objects. I think they should be in an Art Exhibition they were that good! Maybe he could sell them to Steven Spielburg for his next Sci-Fi Movie?
One of my favourite things that I have found at the Arts and Crafts Fair, are these lovely wind chimes made from old silver forks and spoons. This man even takes the handles of old knives and makes key chain holders. His latest creation, were spoons sawn in the shape of fish..they were cute.
Even if you have seen the movie that is playing at the Pines, (each film tends to be shown for a much too long period of time in my estimation- which can be anywhere from 4-6 weeks!) you should at least go into the lobby and have a look at all the wonderfully preserved examples of local wild life specimens!
During the summer Michigan residents flock to their "second home" cabins as other take on cabin rentals for the weekend to enjoy fun in the sun. The lake is always busy with locals and visitors as it is a prime destination for boating and other water sports, or just lounging by the water at your cottage.
In August they hold their annual "Bud Fest" where everyone flocks to a hot spot called the Limber Lost for fun and festivities. We were lucky to get near the place in the water let alone get in the door! Bud Fest...not sure what it is, but I think it's an excuse for everyone to cut loose and drink lots of beer! :)
Tip Up Town is definitely not a party for those with a weak liver. This is northern Michigan’s biggest party of the winter, known to some as a “drunk fest,” and anyone will tell you to bring plenty of beer to your cabin. Majority of the visitors will come up with their snowmobiles. Unfortunately this year, the lake wasn’t quite frozen enough due to the warmer than usual temperatures Michigan has had these past few months. Because of this, the usual Tip Up Town snowmobile races on the lake were called off. In addition to this event, the festivities also include a beer tent with live music, a petting zoo, ferris wheel and other family activities. The nights are always topped off with drinks and music at the LimberLost, Houghton Lake’s largest restaurant/nightclub. Beer tent is heated, and it gets crowded; there is a trailer for the snowmobile drivers to check their gear, and they will also check coats as well, for $2.
Plan ahead with accommodations here because the cabin rentals book up real fast. Keep in mind, northern Michigan is COLD this time of year. Pack accordingly.
We all went up to Houghton Lake for the 4th of July and we were all bored, so I remembered that my daughter gave me a pamphlet for Pirates Cove, which is a mini golf place, so I took all of them up there and I was very pleased with the service and all of the fun my kids and I had as a adult.
Every summer, in late July, there is a small but nice antique auto show on the grounds of the Houghton Lake High School just on U.S. 55. Nice showing of some real classic cars!