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–
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 view from Grampa Smith’s Horton Bay home
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–