|Porcupine Mountain State Park - August 31, 2009
The 2009 Porcupine Mountain Musical Festival concluded Sunday. The
event which continues to grow each year began on a "soggy note" Friday
when the musical performances had to be moved indoors as the weather
worsened. The cold and wet weather continued throughout Saturday and again
the performances were contained within the Chalet.
The number of spectators continues to grow each year and today the
Porkies is the home of one of our nation's premier musical events. The
PMMF is the only music festival permitted in a Michigan State Park, which
is very fortunate indeed. The Porcupine Mountain State Park is considered
to be the "Crown Jewel of the Michigan State Park System. The park makes a
spectacular venue for the Music Festival. The finally sun came out Sunday
morning, and we we were once again reminded why we live here. The scenery
and our cool summer days provide the perfect environment for
events such as the Porcupine Mountain Music Festival.
Each year the festival gets better and better. This year the
performances continue to please the large audiences that were on hand,
even in the face of rainy weather. The singers and musicians performed in
three areas, the Peace Hill Stage, the Singing Hills Stage and the Busking
Barn. The three locations are far enough apart to isolate the music
from each other and yet close enough for most people to walk to and fro.
For anyone needing assistance getting around there were golf cart
shuttles, manned by Friends of the Porkies.
In addition to the three stages, there were also workshops held inside
the Chalet. There was a kids tent again where kids gathered to make crafts
and play games. Children were required to be with a parent as this was not
a daycare facility. A sign at the tent read: "All unattended children will
be given an espresso and a free puppy."