Updated 08.24.16

Wild Blueberry Festival


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Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs    Entertainment in the Community Center    Michigan Humanities Council

Audience Participation
The artists listed below entertained us at the 2016 festivities. The artists scheduled for 2017 will be posted in the spring of 2017. But this gives you an idea or a feeling for our Wild Blueberry Festival and the fun enjoyed by every member of the family, community.
The Blue Water Ramblers
This banjo and guitar duet performs songs about lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. The Blue Water Ramblers is scheduled to perform outside between Whitefish Bay and the Whitefish Township Community Center on Sunday from 1:00 to 3:50 PM. They will start the program with Gospel Music from 1:00 - 1:50, Songs of the Great Lakes between 2:00 - 2:50 PM, then conclude the afternoon with Tunes of the Nichigan Experience from 3:00 - 3:50 PM. So relax, sit on a blanket or at one of our picnic tables and tap your feet along with The Blue Water Ramblers.
The Catbird Seat
In early 2013 Wanda Degen began a musical partnership with Kay Rinker-O'Neil who adds guitar, flute and voice to Wanda's dulcimers, autoharps and vocals. The duo is called the Catbird Seat and is known for their sweet harmonies and lively blending of ancient tunes and contemporary songs drawn from a repertoire of Celtic, Folk, Great Lakes, and early Pop music. The Catbird Seat performs Michigan in Song, Friday on the Whitefish Township Community Center stage beginning at 11:30 AM and then Sampler, Saturday at 4:00 PM.
Caitlin LeBlanc
Caitlin sing her own songs and plays her guitar or ukulele with music from multiple genres. Entertaining audiences at an early age, this young singer will “wow” the crowd. Caitlin will be appearing at the Community Center's stage beginning at 11:30 AM on Saturday. Then Saturday evening, she will be the opening act for The Overtones at the Blueberry Jamboree held at Sawmill Creek Park beginning at 6:30 PM.
Chautauqua Express
Guy Louis presents a show reminiscent of the traveling shows in the early 1900’s evolving from the Chautauqua Institute located near Chautauqua Lake, NY. These shows traveled to isolated frontier towns incorporating music, lectures and dance.Guy Louis will be apprearing in his stage show, "Chautauqua Express", Saturday, at 1:00 PM. From 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, he will be strolling the festival grounds.
Chet Mitchell
Appearing daily, this comedic juggler features action packed feats of balance, ridiculous juggling stunts, and thrilling daredevil escapes. The Chet Mitchell Comedy Juggling and Variety Spectacular will make you ask "How does he do it?" while keeping you and your family on the edge of excitement. Chet will be strolling through the festival grounds daily, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM Friday, and Saturday but will complete his performance on Sunday at 3:00 PM. But this is a word of caution, Chet is a performer, if you happen to spot a life-size, bronze statue on the grounds, that just might be Chet. You do not want to miss his amazing feats.
Gordon Russ
This magician uses the fine art of illusion to bring laughter and surprise to all ages. Sit back and relax after walking the grounds and enjoy the show as Gordon will be appearing on stage at the community center, Friday at 2:30 PM. You might also catch him strolling the festival grounds from 1:00 - 2:00 on Friday.
Lise White & Friends
Headlining the Friday night Jamboree at 8:00 PM, Lise White and her friends may just have you getting up from your lawn chair and twirling your partner.
Michael Deren
The Past In Person consists of journies into the past through the music, songs and words of the common people whose labor built America. This year, Michael takes us on a visit to an 1870 Shanty Boy/Lumberjack. What must life had been like? Join Michael Deren to discover just a portion of this area's culture. Appearing on stage at the community center, Friday at 4:00 PM.
Michael Lee
The Mime, Michael Lee, will be joining the Wild Blueberry Festival this year strolling the festival grounds on Saturday, from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.
The Overtones
This six man accapella singing group, sings a variety of Doo-Wop, Jazz, Religious, and Contemporary songs, without the assistance of instruments. You can enjoy the Overtones, live and on stage at the community center, Saturday beginning at 2:30 PM. The Overtones will be headlining the Saturday night Blueberry Jamboree from 8:30 - 9:30 PM. The Jamboree will be held at the Sawmill Creek Pavillion. Some parking is available in the north parking lot of Paradise Inn.
Palma Richardson
This pianist offers beautiful music for your listening pleasure. Ms. Richardson is scheduled daily during the festival in the mornings in the community center. Start your day with a Blueberry Brunch and enjoy the piano music of Palma Richardson.
Raan McLean
Guitarist and Vocalist, Raan McLean is a local favorite. He will be kicking off the Friday night Blueberry Jamboree at the Sawmill Creek Pavilion beginning at 6:30 PM. Start your evening with a carriage ride sponsored by the Buggy Down Carriage Company at 6:00 PM. Then set out your lawn chairs and sip your bottle of water while enjoying the show. It won't be long and you might even join in by tapping, clapping, or humming along.
Papa Crow
Jeff Krebs, performing as Papa Crow will be appearing on stage at the community center, Friday, at 1:00 PM. At 2:15, Jeff will be offering a special workshop for children at the Kid's Tent from 2:15 - 3:00 PM.
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

The Wild Blueberry Festival is sponsored by the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce. And we are delighted to have the support of the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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