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Bustle By the Bay - A New Holiday Tradition

Posted In:Culture, Community Profiles | From Issue 760 | By: | 06th December, 2012 | 0

Bustle By the Bay - A New Holiday Tradition
This holiday season sees a new addition to the Bay City festival schedule, as Bustle By The Bay will descend on Wenonah Park from December 6th through the 9th.   Modeled on the “old world” holiday markets of Europe and the East Coast, the festival will include many fun features for all members of the family.
 
Bustle By The Bay is the brainchild of Darraugh Opelski, who leveraged the same East Bank Market team that ran a successful series of artisan markets this summer in Unity Park.
The “Bustle,” however, is a much larger undertaking that has required far greater human and financial resources to get the project off the ground. 
 
Said Opelski, "I couldn't be more pleased with the crew we have working on this important community event. It's very refreshing and somehow comforting to know that East Bank Market, along with so many volunteers, is at the forefront of this immense effort to support the Just for Kids Foundation and the Great Lakes Bay Region. We are very fortunate to have not one, but two premier event sponsors that are well-known and highly revered in our area for their generous contributions to community events. Thanks to Maier & Associates Financial Group and Graff Chevrolet,Bustle By The Bay is an admission-free event offering families the opportunity to create new holiday traditions. It's quite exciting!"
 
The Festival will include a variety of activities, ranging from a Bear Factory for children, to hay rides through downtown, to a Michigan Wine and Beer tasting tent.  Of course, Santa and many of his friends will make appearances throughout the festival.
 
Bustle By The Bay opens Thursday, 12/6 with the Wolgast Restoration Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony and runs through Sunday evening.  Some of the great special events planned throughout the weekend include:
 
Thursday, 12/6:  5pm-9pm
* 5pm:  Gates Open!
* 5pm-9pm:  Craft Beer & Wine Tasting
* 6pm:  Wolgast Restoration Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony     
* 6:30pm:  Live Entertainment - Courtesy of GM-Powertrain Bay City    
* 6:30pm-8:30pm:  Santa!!
 
Friday, 12/7:  10am-10pm
* 10am-2pm:  Meijer Friday Fun Craft Workshops
* 11am-2pm:  Santa!!
* 2pm-10pm:  Craft Beer & Wine Tasting
* 3pm-6pm:  Maier & Associates Tree Decorating Challenge
* 4pm-10pm:  Freewill Inc. Christmas Karaoke/Tacky Sweater Contest
* 6pm-9pm:  Silent Auction
* 6:30pm-8:30pm:  Santa!!
* 7:30pm:  Live Entertainment  - Courtesy of Jeff Hunt-State Farm Agent
 
Saturday, 12/8:  10am-10pm
* 10:30am-12:30pm:  J4K Cookie Exchange/Bake Sale
* 11am-2pm:  Santa!!
* 12pm-10pm:  Craft Beer & Wine Tasting
* 1pm:  Live Entertainment - Presented by Jeff Hunt-State Farm Agent 
* 6pm-8pm:  Chili Warm-Up - Brought to you by Sheffield Bay
* 6:30pm-8:30pm:  Santa!!
* 7pm-8pm:  Caroling Battle - Presented by Voodoo Tattoo
* 8:30pm:  Live Entertainment - Brought to you by GM-Powertrain Bay City
 
Sunday, 12/9:  11am-6pm
* 11:30am:  Live Entertainment - Brought to you by GM Powertrain-Bay City
* 2pm-5:30pm:  Santa!! 
* 4pm-6pm:  Critter Christmas/Paws in the Park
* 5:30pm:  Santa's Send-Off  w/Live Entertainment - Courtesy of Jeff Hunt-State Farm Agent
 

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