For more on the shore, go to Bay DaysGet ready for Bay Days! Silver Bay and Beaver Bay will be hosting their annual Bay Days celebration July 12-14.
By: Claire Hoffert, Lake County News Chronicle
Get ready for Bay Days! Silver Bay and Beaver Bay will be hosting their annual Bay Days celebration July 12-14.
“This year is bigger and better. We have a really awesome group of people organizing it. They have an excellent vision,” said Silver Bay Mayor Joanne Johnson.
Bay Days, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, commence with tours of North Shore Mining, which will include a plane demonstration. Visit vendors beginning at noon at the Silver Bay Shopping Center. There will be street dances in the evenings with the Shack Shakers in Beaver Bay on Friday and GB Leighton taking the stage in Silver Bay on Saturday. The fire department’s pancake breakfast will be held on both Saturday and Sunday morning, and the big parade will proceed at noon on Sunday.
For those who enjoy hearing live music, there are many different opportunities at the carnival in town, and on the main stage. On Friday, Fish Soup Band will perform at Carefree Living, and the Curry Family Band will play on the Silver Bay main stage on Saturday.
Music isn’t the only entertainment during Bay Days. Jason Huneke, a previous contestant on America’s Got Talent, is a comedian and juggler who will appear on the main stage on Saturday. The car show is on Sunday, and the lighted boats sail from the Silver Bay Marina on Saturday evening.
“It is so incredible,” Johnson said, “All the boat owners from in town and other areas put Christmas lights on their boats and they sail off in the lake. It’s beautiful.”
Bay Days will also offer plenty to interest the younger set. In particular, look for the carnival and kids games on Saturday.
“There’s a lot of fun for kids,” Johnson said. “It’s such a family event.”
Many activities are available for those who want to show off their sports prowess and fitness. On Friday, the kickball game and the Mariner hockey alumni golf game both start at 4 p.m. The family golf tournament and the bean bag tournament take place on Saturday. Accepting both walkers and runners, the 8th annual 10K Bay to Bay Race on Saturday will be held on the same course as last year. The Rocky Taconite Softball Tournament begins on Saturday and continues until Sunday at the Lynch Fields in Silver Bay.
“There are so many events this year. I was excited to see the Rocky Taconite Softball Tournament again,” Johnson said.
Those who enjoy catching up with old friends will appreciate the class reunions. Bay Days, while it doesn’t have an all-class reunion, will have many class reunions during the weekend, including the 40-year reunion of the class of 73.
“I believe the importance of Bay Days is bringing the community together,” Johnson said. “To me, having lived here all my life, it warms my heart because it brings people together.”
For more information on Bay Days, flyers, forms, and applications for the different activities, and a schedule of events, go to www.bay-days.com.