Bay Days boat parade will stay putA lighted boat tour at Silver Bay Marina has become a popular feature during Silver-Beaver Bay Days but the event will be a little different this year when it begins at 9:30 p.m. July 24.
A lighted boat tour at Silver Bay Marina has become a popular feature during Silver-Beaver Bay Days but the event will be a little different this year when it begins at 9:30 p.m. July 24.
Boats will stay at port instead of parading on Lake Superior, a nod to fears about venturing out onto the lake in the dark. Last year, there wasn’t a parade because of hazardous conditions, Silver Bay Marina manager Jeremy Kasapidis said.
In past years the show has been touted as a Venetian lighted boat parade taking a line of boats out of the marina into Lake Superior at dark.
“[It’s] really been received well,” said Carol Youngberg of the Bay Days Committee.
Jim Duresky, the commodore of Silver Bay Yacht Club, is encouraging boaters to step forward to participate in the safer show.
“Last year, a lot of people didn’t want to do that,” he said. Boats can’t run through the safe harbor so they will stay put.
Duresky said many out-of-towners spend the whole weekend on their boats or spend their entire summer there. Visiting boaters are also encouraged to participate to get numbers up.
Duresky said it was difficult to put on a boat parade because it meant boaters had to use generators to light the boats. Now they can just plug in to an outlet.
A few years ago, a boat lost all of its lights in the harbor and luckily the boater found a way back to port because of a lighted marina. The unlit boat was nearly invisible to everyone else there, witnesses said.
Youngberg said many of the participants use Christmas lights. Some just decorate around the boat and cabin while others go up the sail. “I think it’s going to be beautiful,” she said.
Youngberg said there will be plenty of seating at the event, including benches and stairs. She said people will be able to walk on the docks. Those watching the event can park at the marina.
If you are interested in participating, call the marina at (218) 226-3121.
The Silver Bay Parent Teacher Student Organization will sponsor the Lake Superior Salmon Classic fishing tournament 4 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Silver Bay Marina.
The event, which usually includes about 300 fishermen, is a fund-raiser for the Silver Bay PTSO to enhance the local educational system through contributions to literacy, transportation, programming and environmental learning opportunities. Cost is $20. Raffle tickets will also be sold. If you are interested in registering, call the marina at 226-3121.