2015 Bridgefest/BridgeFEAST Celebration!

June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! Everything is going well here, as the  sun continues to shine and the summer continues to fly by. Track A courses are almost over, as final exams quickly approach next week. Track B courses will begin Monday, June 29, and the new ParentNet Weekly writer, Erica LeClaire, will take over.

A beautiful photo taken of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, courtesy of reddit.com. The annual celebration of this fantastic structure will take place this weekend from Friday, June 19 - Sunday June 21

A beautiful photo taken of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, courtesy of reddit.com. The annual celebration of this fantastic structure will take place this weekend from Friday, June 19 – Sunday June 21

There’s a plethora of exciting events taking place this weekend, most notably the Bridgefest festival starting on Friday, June 19 and spanning through Sunday, June 21!  Bridgefest is an annual celebration of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Opening in 1959, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is the widest and heaviest double-decked vertical lift bridge in the world. The ancestral structure of the modern day bridge was a wooden swing bridge in 1875. It was eventually replaced by the Portage Canal Swing Bridge, a steel swing bridge, in 1905. The Portage Canal Swing Bridge was finally replaced by the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, and continues to serve the Houghton and Hancock residents today. Bridgefest has been an annual tradition in the Houghton and Hancock communities since 1987 and includes an fun-filled weekend of local festivities and activities. Special events will begin on Friday, June 19 at 10:00 am and the celebration will continue until Sunday, June 21 at sunset. Some of these events include helicopter rides, a parade, sport contests such as hockey, volleyball, and ping pong, outdoor concerts, street vendors, fireworks, and the most important thing: the food!

Which brings me to the next celebration: in conjunction to the Bridgefest celebration, BridgeFEAST will be taking place from Friday, June 19 through Saturday, June 20! Known previously as Seafood Fest, BridgeFEAST is an annual food festival that is celebrated every year alongside Bridgefest to provide for one magnificent and delicious local celebration, and now includes a wide variety of other tasty meals in addition to its seafood roots. BridgeFEAST will be catered by some of the best restaurants in the local area, including the Library restaurant, Fitzgerald’s, Habeneros Mexican restaurant, and many more! Tokens for the BridgeFEAST celebration can be purchased on the BridgeFEAST website, and all of the proceeds go towards the Rotary Club of Houghton.

This annual festival has had a long-standing history in the local area and it is not a celebration that will go away anytime soon. The fun it brings and the appreciation for the bridge that comes along with it goes a long way for our local residents. The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is an iconic local landmark that holds emotional and sentimental ties to the area, especially for Michigan Tech students. I hope that if your students are in Houghton for the summer that they partake in this dazzling and memorable event!

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about the Bridgefest of BridgeFEAST festivities, or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I look forward to writing for you next week, which will be my last article. Have a great weekend!

-Valerie