We forgot to post a reminder about our gig at the fabulous Falling Rock Cafe in Munising, Michigan which is coming up this Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 7-9pm … so here it is now! If you’ve ever been to Munising before you know its a beautiful area with pictured rocks, lake front vistas and gorgeous waterfalls. And if you happen to be spending time in the area this Saturday, why not end your day with a relaxing evening of delicious food & coffee at the famous Falling Rock Cafe while we serenade you. Perfect!! Hope to see you there! — Wyatt & Shari
It’s that time of year and we’re honored and excited to once again be providing the music for the annual Horton Bay Labor Day Pig Roast! Yes, we’ll be “Up In Michigan” in the town Hemingway wrote about and where he spent so many of his boyhood years. In fact he was married right there in Horton Bay! If you haven’t been to the old northwest of Michigan you really owe yourself a visit. There’s so much to see — gorgeous lakes and rivers where cool breezes caress you, scenic vistas and valleys, and plenty of fascinating historical places to visit.
And while you’re here, why not enjoy a delicious Labor Day repast in Horton Bay while listening to some great tunes by Wyatt and Shari? It starts at 4:00 pm at the Methodist Church there in Horton Bay and Shari and I will be singing all the way until it ends at 7:00 pm. Later that evening, you can walk off that scrumptious dessert you ate at dinner by enjoying a candlelight stroll under the stars at the famous “Horton Bay Labor Day Bridge Walk.” And if you make it all the way across the entire span, you’ll not only get a certificate, but there’s also a nice little reward waiting for you at the Horton Bay General Store. The perfect end to a fine day of fun, right? So why don’t you gather the family and treat yourself to some time in beautiful northern Michigan. Shari and I look forward to seeing you there! –Wyatt–
We’re back in beautiful Petoskey, Michigan where the cool breezes blow from across the Little Traverse Bay! Here’s what’s up for this week. We’re kicking off part two of our annual northern tour tonight, August 4th, when we sing at Street Musique in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The event is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and we’ll be playing on Main Street in front of The Outfitter. Come on down (or up, or over!) and see for yourself why we love Harbor Springs!
Next, on the following Friday evening from 6 to 9pm, we’re playing in the beautiful lakeside downtown of Boyne City, Michigan! Lots of great restaurants and shops. You won’t want to miss Stroll The Streets this weekend!
And finally, on Saturday morning, August 6th, from 10:00 to noon, we’ll be performing at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market for their Musique At The Market event! This is one of the area’s premier farmers markets and has been a favorite venue of ours for many years. It’s always fun to visit with the friendly and knowledgeable folks at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market!
Shari and I are really looking forward to this summer! We have a lot of fun events coming up! Here are some highlights!
This coming Friday, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, we’ll be singing at the Shagway Arts Barn in Ludington. This interesting and historic venue goes all out in support of Michigan Artists. Visitors will find photography, pottery, quilts, paintings, painted glass, carpentry and more. Guests will also enjoy walking on nature trails on the surrounding 40 acres of fields and woods. In addition, they also host a splendid summer & fall concert series. All of this takes place at the site of a restored barn built at the turn of the last century by Henry Shagway, an Ottawa Indian. Lots to see and do and we’re looking forward to being there!
On Wednesday, June 22nd, we return to beautiful Petoskey, Michigan for our annual noon time concert in Pennsylvania Park. We love Petoskey, its history, architecture and shops, as well as its gorgeous location on Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay.
Thursday, June 30th, finds us in Crystal, Michigan for their popular “Music In The Park” series. This inviting and scenic lakeside venue will feature us singing and playing our tunes from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
In July we’ll be providing music for the “Made In The USA” car show, hosted by Chestnut Fields Retirement Living in Muskegon Michigan. This fun community event is open to the public and we’ll be singing from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Location is 5425 Chestnut, Muskegon, Michigan.
Finally, at the end of July, we’re very excited about some concerts we have lined up at three beautiful old Michigan lighthouses where we’re part of an annual summer concert series presented by The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. We’ll be singing at Little Sable Lighthouse on July 27th and at the White River Light Station on July 28th. These are their Nights At The Lights concerts and both start at 7:00 PM. Also, on July 30th, we’ll have an afternoon concert at the Big Sable Point Lighthouse from 1:30 – 3:00 PM. This concert is one of their “Bus Days” events. We absolutely can’t wait to sing at these beautiful and historic lights.
Well, those are some highlights from our upcoming summer schedule. We have some more things planned in Northern Michigan for August, so stay tuned. As always, you can learn more about where we’ll be playing by checking our online schedule at our website, wyattandshari.com and you can also keep up with the news at our Wyatt and Shari Knapp Facebook page. Michigan is such a beautiful state and the summers here are gorgeous! We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events. Bring your friends, bring the kids, the grandkids, the whole family too and enjoy the lovely Michigan outdoors with us! Hope to see you! –Wyatt–
On the 30th of March we’ll be singing at the Cedar Springs Brewing Company in Cedar Springs, Michigan! This is a new venue for us and we’re excited to be playing there! Join us in the heart of Cedar Springs for a freshly crafted beverage and a flavorful meal featuring fresh pub fare and a traditional German Bavarian menu, all while listening to great tunes from Wyatt & Shari! Cedar Springs Brewing Company is located on Main Street just 18 minutes north of Grand Rapids and every time we drive by there the place is hoppin’! Come join the fun! Our opening set starts at 8:00 PM. Hope to see you there! – Wyatt & Shari
We’re back in West Michigan after an awesome summer playing music in Michigan’s North Country. This Thursday evening, we’ll be rockin’ our tunes at the fabulous Rockford Brewing Co. in Rockford, Michigan! Rockford Brewing Co. is a friendly venue and a favorite of ours. Not only do they offer a full catalog of amazing, traditional and inventive beers, they’ve teamed up with locally famous Vitale’s to offer delicious pizza, grinders, salads, and appetizers in-house. Here’s what you do: Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 8th, 8-11 PM. Then come and enjoy an icy cold craft beer, delicious hard cider or a soft drink along with tasty Vitale’s menu items while listening to the music of Wyatt & Shari Knapp! Sounds like a perfect evening! -Wyatt & Shari
Horton Bay, Michigan is a special place for me as I have ancestors who settled there and who lived in that community for many years. Shari and I love Horton Bay and we’re so pleased we were invited again to provide the music for the big Labor Day Pig Roast! This community event is held on the grounds of the Methodist Church there in Horton Bay. We’ve been told that Ernest Hemingway was married in that church back in 1921. The whole community was invited to his wedding and the following celebration, so it’s entirely likely that some of my ancestors attended! One thing we realized last year is that the place where we sing is situated right at the front of what used to be my great-great grandparent’s expansive front yard. As a matter of fact, the driveway into the venue is the same driveway that still leads up the hill to their old house. From the top of their driveway, and the porch, you can see an absolutely gorgeous view of the bay! And Hemingway himself once wrote about the view from that very porch in one of his stories.
The pig roast lasts from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and they always have plenty of delicious food and desserts. Shari and I will start singing right at 4:00 pm and will be there for the entire event. Then, at around 8:00 o’clock p.m., Horton Bay will host its annual Labor Day Candlelight Bridge Walk. Everyone meets at “Mary’s” back yard where there is usually a campfire and more live music as they wait for the signal. Then, at twilight, participants attempt to walk the great Horton Bay Bridge by candlelight. During the walk, everyone invariably breaks out into a spontaneous “group singing” of traditional standards. The walk is preceded by some humorous and entertaining speeches. It’s really a memorable event! Those who make it across receive a certificate of accomplishment and a free treat from the Horton Bay General Store! There’s no better way to end the summer than to share a delicious meal, listen to some great tunes, and walk the Horton Bay Bridge under the stars and candlelight! Hope to see you there! –Wyatt–
Not too long from now, Shari and I will be moving our rig farther north again as we head up into the upper peninsula for our annual stay on the shores of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay! During our time there, we’ll take the “shuttlecraft” out to visit many of our favorite places up there. By the way, looking for a fun travel destination? You can’t go wrong with a trip to Munising in Michigan’s beautiful upper peninsula! There you’ll find Pictured Rocks–colorful sandstone towers, cliffs and formations, viewed against the backdrop of green forests and beautiful blue Lake Superior. Many of the area’s hiking trails take you to picturesque creeks and waterways, and well over a dozen breathtaking waterfalls. It’s absolutely gorgeous! We love it there!
While you’re in Munising, make some time to stop at the area’s renowned Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore. At this comfy coffee shop and café you’ll find wi-fi, tasty homemade food (with vegan and gluten-free options), coffee and gourmet teas, as well as thousands of hand-selected books lining the shelves. And on the evening of the 29th of August we’ll be performing there from 7:00 to 9:00 pm! So, come on up, stop in to the café, and listen to some great tunes as you enjoy one of the friendliest and most welcoming venues in the state! –Wyatt
We’re in the thick of winter! Lots of cancellations due to the weather. Out of seven things on our calendar between New Years Day and today, only one has actually happened! That was an afternoon at the mall, drinking coffee and shopping with my sister & niece.
Wyatt and I are hoping our gig for tomorrow doesn’t get cancelled because of impending weather. We enjoy being home, but we’re ready to get out again. At least I am.
I am so glad the snow we’ve gotten has been fluffy, making the shoveling easier! Wyatt does such a good job keeping the long path to the barn clear, but the other day I got out there first because I wanted the exercise. I had to blaze a new trail. I had so much fun. I think it looks way more interesting with some curves, don’t you? Between my glasses steaming up and hair blowing in front of my eyes–I couldn’t see much of anything!
I am thankful to have a toasty warm, cozy place to stay again this winter. Most of all, I’m thrilled with the one I am hunkered down with on these cold, snowy, Michigan winter days and nights! We cooked and enjoyed a spontaneous candlelight Italian meal together last night because the plans to go out for a quiet dinner with friends were not to be.
Lots of love and laughter, and never a dull moment! -Shari