The Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce has a great new event coming to the Irish Hills this summer, the Irish Hills Lake & Home Tour. This tour takes place on August 9 & 10 and is sponsored by our area realtors and marinas. Wristbands are available online at IrishHills.com for only $10, $15 the day of the event at each lake. With this wristband you can tour 5 different lakes over the 2 days, seeing houses that are available, from the lake on a pontoon boat. There will be different vendors, activities and food on the various lakes. For more information call 592-8907 or find the event on Facebook. If you like car shows, the Brooklyn Big Boy will be holding Cruise Nights every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 pm throughout the summer. Call 592-3212 for more information. The Devils Lake Car Show will be on August 23 from 9 am to 2 pm at Manitou Beach Village. Registration starts at 9 am for pre 1975 cars. Come and enjoy fine food, ice-cream, wine tasting, shopping and more. For more information contact Kim Neil at 547-5574. The Village of Brooklyn DDA will have a car show to go along with their Rock & Roll Brooklyn event on August 9 with the car show running from 5 to 8 pm. The event will also feature a Beatles tribute band, local vendors, extended shopping hours, and a movie beginning at dusk. Call 592-2591 with questions. Are you looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Hayes State Park has something going almost every day with their Explorer Program. Kids can fish, look for dinosaurs, learn archery, learn about “fire lizards”, take a nature hike and so much more. Just call the park for more information at 467-7401 or find them on Facebook under WJ Hayes State Park.
If you enjoy history, check out Walker Tavern Historic Site. You can take a class, check out a vintage baseball game or attend one of their many events that is paired up with the Sunday Farmers Markets that run every Sunday from 10-2. The west Michigan-based gospel/bluegrass band Calabogie Road will appear Friday, August 1, as part of the free evening concert series at Walker Tavern Historic Site. The concert starts at 6 pm, weather permitting. Visit michigan.org for more information.
The Walker Tavern Sunday Farmers Market is not the only farmers market in the Irish Hills area, there is one held every Saturday in the Village of Manitou on Devils Lake near the shops and Manitou Bar & Grill from 10 to 2 through the summer.
You can find live entertainment throughout the Irish Hills almost every night of the week at a lot of our pubs, restaurants, Cherry Creek Old School House Winery, and Arts in the Park. Just go to the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce website, IrishHills.com and look on the calendar of events to find out where your favorite band is playing or where the entertainment is.
One of the things the Irish Hills is known for is our many lakes. US 223 Inland Marine (547-boat) has boat rentals available, and will deliver to any public lake within the Irish Hills. We have many public access parks to swim and enjoy the water. Hayes State Park also rents kayaks, canoes, etc. and Camp Killarney rents boats for the day.