June 27, 2013GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Ahoy there, it’s regatta weekend at Pier Park.
“It’s the premier event at the park every year,” said Scott Bade, vice commodore of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.
The club presents the regatta annually at the residents-only lakeside park at the foot of Moross.
“It’s a great way to celebrate all the things the park offers,” Bade said.
Festivities are Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30.
“It’s family oriented,” Bade said. “A lot of events on Saturday, in particular, are geared toward kids.”
“If mother nature cooperates, attendance should be as good as in years past,” said Dick Huhn, Farms park director.
The Farms sponsors fireworks over the lakeshore at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The launching point is at the foot of Harbor Hill.
Park events provide “something for everybody,” Bade said. “Every year, it draws thousands of people from the Farms.”
On Sunday afternoon, the club invites boaters and kayakers to rendezvous in the shallows north of the park.
“Everybody hangs out, has a couple of cocktails and enjoys the sunshine,” Bade said. “Pray for good weather.”
A schedule of activities is:
Friday, June 28
6 p.m., children’s art in the park chalk drawing on pavement.
Saturday, June 29
11 a.m., decorated bicycle parade, for children ages 3-4, 5-7 and 8-11.
Noon, pie eating contest at the pavilion.
12:30 p.m., inflatable boat races (register at the front information booth or at the beach),
1 to 3 p.m., face painting,
2 p.m., magic show at the band stand,
3 p.m., yellow ducky race at the beach — duckies cost $2 each or $3 for two,
4 p.m., sand castle contest at the beach (register 15 minutes in advance),
5 p.m., picnic table decorating contest (register at the front information table),
6 p.m. award ceremony outside the community center,
7 to 9:45 p.m., concert by Soul Provider at the bandstand and
10 p.m. fireworks.
Sunday, June 30
1 p.m., pet parade and
2 p.m., boat rendezvous.
Regatta sponsors are:
Bob Maxey Ford Lincoln, Flame Heating and Cooling, Beline Obeid Realty, Extreme Pizza, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pointe Alarm, Clark Hill law firm, Baratta & Baratta attorneys, Grosse Pointe Family Dentistry and Plante Moran.
For more information about the regatta and club, visit gpfbc.org.