June 2, 2018


And…..it’s over.  Holy cow.

The summer of 2018 came and went QUICKLY.  It was hot, fast and furious, and honestly, the busiest summer I’ve seen in northern Michigan in over a decade….maybe ever.  By all accounts, it was a record-breaking season for many merchants and businesses, and I’m glad that’s the case.  It’s not easy to make a living up here, no matter what you do.  Weather makes or breaks us often (it definitely MADE us this summer), and other factors such as gas prices, etc., all come into play.  All in all, though, it was a spectacular summer….as long as you weren’t farming in our area.  The drought was severe, but is finally getting some relief the past week and a half with the first rains we’ve had (truly) since June.

The fall and winter calendar are starting to fill up, and I’m booking into late March already.  That’s a good thing.  But before I forget, a HUGE thanks to all my summer venues; The Noggin Room, Bay Harbor Golf Club, The Country Club of Boyne, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Indian River Golf Club, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, Bennethum’s, Blissfest, Knot Just A Bar, Walloon Lake Inn, The Inn At Bay Harbor, Les Cheneaux Yacht Club, Cafe Sante, the Sip N’ Sail Cruises by Pure Michigan Boat Cruises, and everybody else who hired me and treated me like gold.  I am still the luckiest guy I know…..

Look for Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. to be doing more programs regionally, including a Songwriting 101 for high schoolers in the area (a FREE program!), continuing programs at the Bergmann Center in Charlevoix and Independence Village in Petoskey, as well as a new music program at the new Pineview Cottage memory care facility in Harbor Springs.  More details on all of those soon…..after I take a breather…;)

Thanks to ALL of you who came out and enjoyed summer with me at one of the above venues.  Your business and your support are ALWAYS greatly appreciated.  Here’s to fall and some great colors…..which are starting a bit early because of the drought.  Might be a banner year for color tours too.

Remember; be kind to everybody, always.  No matter what.  And enjoy every moment of every day as if it were your last.


Peace and love to all.