I spent last Thursday thru Sunday on a mini-vacation with my husband, daughter, brother and sister in law, and 2 nephews in Ohio. We went to the Cincinnati Zoo, (RIP Harambe) and King’s Island amusement park.

I loved road trips when I was a kid. I still do to an extent. You get to see new scenery and new places and spend time with your friends and family.  This was the first long drive for us as a family. Marley, my daughter, is 9, so I figured she was old enough to entertain herself without too much whining. We were prepared. We had snacks, 2 tablets, a Gameboy, a couple books, and our phones. In case of emergencies I was also ready to turn on the mobile hotspot on my phone so she could do things that would involve Wi-Fi.

She did pretty well for the first 3 or so hours. Then the boredom started to set in.

After 3 days and 10 plus miles of walking, I was ready to go home. We rode roller coasters, ate funnel cakes and caught an amazing concert at King’s Island.  As fun as the weekend was, it’s true what Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz; “There’s no place like home.”

There are so many beautiful places in this world, but summertime in the White Lake area is where it’s at.

Think about it; we are surrounded by amazing beaches as far as the eye can see. We have Michigan’s Adventure, miles of bike trails and numerous rivers and inland lakes to canoe, kayak and fish.  If you’re into that sort of thing, it’s hard to forget about Electric Forest.

And did I mention all of the events and activities we have in our local community?

Now that it’s officially summer, we’re gearing up for some pretty fun events.

This past Tuesday, June 26th, HarborLight Credit Union once again sponsored one of the Arts Council of White Lake’s summer concerts; The Magic Bus.  The Magic Bus pays tribute to that historic, psychedelic era, the 1960s.

Usually the concerts are held at the Montague band shell every Tuesday night, but because of the threat of thunderstorms, the concert was held in the Montague High School auditorium.

Even though it wasn’t quite the same vibe as an outdoor concert, a good time was still had by all. We even found an awesome painted rock that was left by someone from Grand Rapids Rocks! It’s neat to see the rock hunting game expand.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out White Lake Rocks on Facebook to get a better idea. HarborLight has gotten involved in the rock hiding game this summer as well. Some of our talented ladies painted 50 rocks and hid them throughout the White Lake area.  Whoever finds them can bring them to their designated location and exchange them for a $2.00 bill. At last count, I believe at least half of the rocks have yet to be returned.

Summer also wouldn’t be complete without that time honored tradition; The 4th of July Parade and fireworks. The parade will kick off Wednesday at 10am and go from Whitehall City Hall to Downtown Montague. Of course, the fireworks will take place that night after it gets dark.

In a couple weeks, we will again have our annual HarborLight Member Picnic.  On Thursday, July 19th, our members are invited to join us at our main branch from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a free picnic supper.  Hot dogs, chips, drinks and Ice Box ice cream bars will be provided.  There will be the shred truck for your shredding pleasure, games for the kids and a photo booth.

Then, on August 2, we are combining efforts with Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning to once again host the White Lake Community Picnic.  This event is a fundraiser for White Lake Robotics.  From 6:00pm-8:00pm we will be serving hot dogs, brats, and chips.  Ice Box ice cream will also be there and we will have music, games, face painting, penny scramble, and more.

Summer isn’t even half over yet and I’m already exhausted just thinking about all of the fun to be had in the White Lake area.

For more information about upcoming events you can visit our website or visit the White Lake Chamber of Commerce.