"Katie and I had a great time at this event when it was posted on MAC a few years ago, and I would love to do it again, but I'll be up north this time around. However, if you are in town, you should certainly check it out. All questions should be directed to Michael, as this is really his event." ~Jim S.
Paddle to the Symphony
Paddle to the Symphony is a Celebration of Southeast Michigan outdoor groups and a Reunion for Hostelling International members – the founders of the event. This annual tradition is open to HI-USA members (current and former), SOLAR members and any group, club or individual.
This year’s Paddle to the Symphony will be Friday, June 21, 2013. SOLAR is collaborating with Heavner Canoe to provide a fun evening on the water while enjoying the sounds of the Michigan Philharmonic. Meet at Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan at the North Martindale Picnic Shelter.
Do NOT follow the signs to the concert, as we are positioned across the lake. Instead, follow the signs to “Martindale Beach,” park and walk to shelter “S.” Anyone going on the water should arrive by 6:30 p.m.
2013 Paddle Options:
Paddle with Box Lunch: Best Option with everything you need. One seat in a canoe (some kayaks will be available). Includes a box lunch with sandwich, two sides, bag of chips, cookie, pickle spear, drink and the all the extras. Eat before you paddle or take with you in the canoe. Canoeists will paddle across the 1/4 mile span to the amphitheater to the opposing shore. Canoeists will return as the sun goes down and the music keeps you going.
Paddle and Box Lunch: $35.00 per person.
Paddle Only (no food): One seat in a canoe (some kayaks will be available). You may bring your own food. Price is $25.00 per person.
Food Only (no paddle): Bring your own kayak or canoe. Price is $15.00 per person.
Event Only (no paddle or food provided): Bring your own canoe or kayak and bring your own food. Alternatively, enjoy the evening without going on the lake or having dinner. Guests may hear the music from shore. Price is $5.00 per person.
Water and soft drinks will be available for everyone with any option you select. All canoes and kayaks MUST have at least one adult per watercraft.
Please Note: With any option you choose, you will still be responsible for the park vehicle entrance fee of $5.00, so carpool if you can.
4:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:00 p.m. Official Reception
7:00 p.m. Canoe Safety Meeting
7:30 p.m. Canoe Launch
8:00 p.m. Concert Starts
9:00 p.m. Canoes Paddle Back
9:30 p.m. Canoes Return
10:00 p.m. Thank you and Goodnight
What to Bring:
Sunscreen and/or Hat
Change of clothes if you choose to canoe (just in case)
Online Registration Has Ended
This event is being organized my SOLAR Lifetime Member Michael Dwyer. Michael is the last president for the Michigan Council of Hostelling International. The Paddle to the Symphony event was an HI Michigan activity and is now supported by members of many groups and clubs of Southeast Michigan.
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The DNR has the final say regarding watercraft going on the water. If weather conditions restrict canoeing then we will shuttle attendees to the concert and back. Heavner Canoe will offer vouchers to return to canoe if this happens. Please note this has only happened once in all the years of the event.