Monday, June 20, 2011
Head to Charlevoix for 'Up North Fourth' celebration
First annual event will take place in Downtown Charlevoix’s award-winning East Park Saturday, July 2
Those seeking an authentic Northern Michigan backyard picnic experience on a grand scale won’t want to miss the first annual Up North Fourth, a celebration of local flavors and marvelous music.
Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” and Yachting Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Yachting Towns in the World”, Charlevoix has created yet another reason to spend a summer holiday weekend on this beautiful northern Michigan isthmus – the first annual Up North Fourth.
The Up North Fourth will take place Saturday, July 2 in Downtown Charlevoix’s East Park. The event provides plenty of local flavors with over 10 varieties of beer offered by Short’s Brewery. Enjoy as a backyard picnic-style foodies event from ribs to pulled pork and potato salad offered by Friske Orchards or Cross Fisheries whitefish tacos prepared by local chefs. Proceeds generated by the Short’s Brewery Experience benefit “Keep Charlevoix Beautiful,” a local non-profit organization and the folks behind Charlevoix’s petunias.
Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with music and entertainment throughout the evening by rockabilly and honky-tonk entertainers Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys and the “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk” of Euforquestra. Hula-hoopers and West African hand-drumming ensembles will march the harbor and festival grounds to entertain the crowd. All performances will take place in East Park’s Odmark Performance Pavilion – one of the Midwest’s most unique outdoor performance venues.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (kids 5 and under free). The Short’s Brewery Experience offers a commemorative pint glass and five 7-oz pours for an additional $20 with extra pours available for purchase ($30 in total if you’re planning on enjoying the festival and enjoying Short’s brews). Event hours are 4:00-8:00 p.m. Stay tuned for information regarding after parties happening throughout downtown.
Tickets for the Up North Fourth go on sale June 1st at Downtown Charlevoix merchant Ga Ga for Kids and The Chamber of Commerce and online at www.porterhouseproductions.com. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as this festival is expected to sell out!
Up North Fourth is presented by the Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau, Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority, Porterhouse Productions, Downtown merchants and community volunteers. Porterhouse Productions is dedicated to supporting local communities by creating year-round events that feature local food, beer, wine, arts, youth and businesses.
For more information, visit www.porterhouseproductions.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/porterhouse.mi.