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Makers Trail FestivalFor the first time, Southwest Michigan’s craft brewers, winemakers and distillers will party with you and your friends in one place. It’s the 1st Annual Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach, Bridgman, Mich. on June 9 from 1 to 10 p.m. Come try new drinks or stick with your go-to local favorites, eat delicious beach food and listen to incredible music on the shores of Lake Michigan. It doesn’t get better than this!

Thanks to festival sponsors, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and Four Winds Casinos, advance tickets are only $10 for ages 10 years and up, $15 at the gate and free for children under 10 years. To ensure getting into the festival, buy your tickets online now. Then, bring cash to the festival to purchase food and pay for drink tickets ($1 each). An ATM will be on site.

Hear five live bands ‘til sundown – including headliner Billy Strings, Nashville’s bluegrass phenom.

Billy StringsYour admission ticket includes listening to a great lineup of music makers that will play dancing as well as chilling on the beach tunes until the sun starts setting. Topping the list of five bands is Michigan native Billy Strings, one of Nashville’s hottest bluegrass musicians performing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Strings relocated to the “Music City” in 2016. Since then his career has exploded with his intense strumming speed and passion for American roots music. In August 2017, Rolling Stone named Strings among the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” and The Journal of Roots Music “No Depression” newsletter said Strings’ September 2017 debut album, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” is “a fiery, down-home, foot-stomping, barn burning, sawdust flying” music collection.

Preceding Strings on stage will be regional favorites:
The Andrew Fisher Quartet1:00-2:00 p.m. The Undertakers Blues Band: You’ll dig this trio’s mix of jump/swing blues, funky blues and tunes for traditional blues fans.
2:30-3:30 p.m. The Andrew Fisher Quartet: These crowd-pleasers play wave after wave of Michigan neo-soul, funk and jazz.
4:00-5:00 p.m. StarHeart: This brother and sister duo sing a combination of folk, rock, blues, funk, hip-hop and country that put listeners into a joyful groove.
5:30-6:45 p.m. James Neary & The Bevy Blue: here’s where blues fuses with rock and soul and brings audiences to their feet again and again and again.

In addition to the drink tastings and music entertainment, the festival will offer a wide selection of summer flavors from area food makers. There will be sodas, water and juices for your DD and you, too.

Favorite food makers will be here, too!
In addition to the drink tastings and music entertainment, these popular vendors will dish up fresh, summer flavors that taste great with your wine, brew and spirit choices. There will be sodas, water and juices for your DD and you, too.

FREE parking and shuttles!
That’s right. There’s no charge to park or ride the shuttle to this rain-or-shine beach party! Shuttles will start at 9 a.m. and will run frequently throughout the event, so you can come and go as you want. There will be multiple lots available and they will be filled in this order:

  • Eagle Technologies, 9850 Red Arrow Hwy.
  • American Electric Power (AEP), 9970 Red Arrow Hwy.
  • Toth Street Park, 9841 Toth St.
  • Bridgman Library, 4460 Lake St.
  • Bridgman City Hall, 9765 Maple Street, 
  • Edgewater Bank, 4509 Lake Street 
  • Bridgman High School, 9965 Gast Rd.

There also will be regular shuttles to-and-from area hotels when you reserve a room for a night or more. Places you can stay that are offering transportation include:

  • America’s Best Value
  • Baymont Inn
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Comfort Suites Stevensville
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express Benton Harbor
  • Holiday Inn Express St. Joseph
  • Inn at Harbor Shores
  • SpringHill Suites
  • Staybridge
  • Super 8

You can book your room here.

For more festival information or updates, visit MakersTrailFestival.org, Facebook or call 269.925.6301. Can’t wait to see you June 9 at the beach!

Festival organizer Calli Berg is the executive director, Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Growth Alliance.

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