Fall fun in Manistee Hops & Props on the River set to begin on Friday

The Hops & Props on the River festival will take place this weekend on River Street by the City of Manistee Marina. A total of 12 breweries will be having 36 different types of beer available at the 2013 festival.

MANISTEE — Those who attended the very successful inaugural Hops & Props On the River event last year might want to take notice that this year is shaping up to be even better.

Travis Alden, the director of the Manistee Downtown Development Authority, has been working hard with his committee of Schyler Binkley, Brian Garcia, Matt Knizacky, Kathryn Kenny, Dave and Wendy Kamaloski and Kerry Schubach on the 2013 event. They feel this year is going to offer even more to the public in terms of fun events.

“I’m excited to bring back this event, which quite honestly surprised all of us last year in terms of how successful it was,” he said. “Hops & Prop is designed to be a great way to send off the summer season in style. Where you are here for the Michigan craft beer tasting or the great live music, where you’re a fine art lover or a classic watercraft junkie, we know you day in downtown Manistee is going to be enjoyable.”

All of the fun kicks off on Friday evening from 4:30 to 9 p.m. with the Brewers and Boaters Dinner featuring four courses from the Blue Fish Kitchen and live music from The Wallace Collection. Advance ticket purchase is required to attend this event.

On Saturday the fun starts early at 8 a.m. with the Manistee Farmer’s Market in the Memorial Drive Parking lot. This weekly event is part of the festival this year.

The Manistee City Marina will be busy between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. when people will get the opportunity to view some of Manistee’s history. The Century Boat line was produced in Manistee for many years and during those hours the “Thoroughbred Round-Up” classic boat show will be showcasing some of those vessels.

“We welcome all boats to the show, Century and all other makes,” said Thomas Holmes, president of the Century Boat Club. “We welcome wood boats and fiberglass boats, old boats and new boats — we welcome them all.”

Also taking place on River Street near the Manistee City Marina from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. will be the “Arts Alive” juried arts and crafts show that is being put on by the Manistee Art Institute. The art institute will also coordinate the many food vendors found serving ups some tasty food throughout the day.

“What we would like to do is is build the fair so it is something that it is good for everyone,” said Schubach. “For the food we have turned to the non-profits again this year and we expect more than the four that took part last year.”

However, the real draw at the Hops & Props event is some of Michigan’s finest craft beers. Alden said that the line of beer they have lined up is second to none.

“We have 12 breweries being represented with 36 choices to pick from, plus a handful of Michigan-made wines and hard ciders,” said Alden. “We have got something for everyone’s taste.”

Breweries that will be taking part in the Hops & Props are Bells Brewery Inc., Big Rapids Brewing Company, Brewery Vivant, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Founders, Keweenaw Brewing Company, The Livery, New Holland, North Peak, Right Brain Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing company and Storm Cloud Brewing Company.

The annual United Way Chili Cookoff is not new to Manistee, but this year it will have a new location. The cookoff will be moved to the corner of River and Pine streets from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

“We have been talking about moving to River Street for years and it only makes sense,” said Chili Cookoff organizer Chuck Randall. “All the money we raise from it goes to the Manistee County United Way. Everything is going to be the same as in the past with the exception of our location. There will be prizes for the best business chili, hottest, tastiest and best presentation.”

Live music is always a big part of the Hops & Props celebration and this year the lineup is a good one. Those who will be performing include:

* 12 to 1:30 p.m.: Home Grown Saturday Buskers;

* 2 to 3:30p.m.: Keith Scott Blues;

* 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Sunset Groove;

* 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Waterline;

* 8 to 9:30 p.m.: K. Jones and the Benzie Playboyz;

* 10 p.m. until midnight: Dragon Wagon.

 

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