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Paddle to the Symphony

"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.

Event Lineup

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)
Jacket
Lawn chairs

Registration

Online Registration Has Ended

http://www.PaddleToTheSymphony.com

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.

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  • Michael D.

    Thank you all for attending!

    June 24, 2013

  • geri g.

    Great time. Well planned, I really enjoyed myself

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Frank D.

    I had a great time. And Met some very great people

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See everyone soon. My son (adult) is coming with me. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Lee K

      Sandra, it was nice to meet you, I hope I see you again soon!

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could not find anyone at either Maple or Martindale beaches. Asked for directions from multiple people multiple times and couldnt find anyone. I would like a refund for this trip. $50+ is a lot for a poorly orchestrated trip.

    June 21, 2013

    • Michael D.

      Sorry you had trouble finding us. We had a large group of about 60 at the North Martindale Beach Picnic Shelter until 7:30 when we launched the canoes. Please contact me by phone or email.

      June 22, 2013

  • Barbara B.

    It was great
    Well organized, friendly people, excellent music and a kind gentleman named Mike steered the canoe. The weather was pleasant. Exceeded my expectations

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Mary Jo K.

    Wish you all a truly awesome time, be safe & enjoy, looks like the weather will hold out for you, I will be there in spirit. Hope to have a chance to do this some other time.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I paid for two in time ( event only) just forgot to update.

    June 21, 2013

  • Neylan A.

    Is it too late to pay and join this event??

    June 19, 2013

    • Michael D.

      Food option is gone, however Paddle Only and Event Only are available until 12 noon Thursday (June 20). See above link ...

      June 19, 2013

  • Frank D.

    I am bringing my own kayak

    June 18, 2013

  • Jim K.

    Hello everyone,
    Just a silly question, are we just canoeing/kayaking across the lake and then getting on land to sit and watch the symphony? I assumed that by the suggestion to bring lawn chairs, but it was never expressly stated any where I could find.
    Thanks!

    June 18, 2013

    • Michael D.

      The suggestion to bring lawn chairs is for two reasons: Some people choose not to paddle across and sit on shore to hear the music; and to take with them to the concert area. Many float around in their canoe as you can hear the music all around the end of the lake.

      June 18, 2013

  • Ying T.

    I paid online. Is it possible to have my own kayak?

    June 15, 2013

    • Michael D.

      We'll have a variety of choices, we'll try to accommodate you.

      June 15, 2013

  • Mary Jo K.

    This looks so awesome, I am so sorry I will have to miss this, hopefully I will get the chance to be there next year. Hope you guys have a safe & awesome time with some really great weather.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If someone doesn't want to pay the canoe rental I need somebody to occupy the bow

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible for me to rent a double kayak?

    June 10, 2013

    • Michael D.

      I believe so. We will have canoes (two-person) and kayaks. I'll ask Heavner to bring one- and two-person kayaks. Please mention your request when you make payment. Thank you.

      June 11, 2013

    • Michael D.

      We have mostly canoes. However, we will pair people together and have a few kayaks available.

      June 11, 2013

  • Annalee

    I will be doing event only as I will bring my paddleboard and my own refreshments.

    June 11, 2013

    • Michael D.

      That sounds fun. It's only $5.00 ($7.00 online) to participate with the group if you bring everything else.

      June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring my canoe, but I will need a shipmate.

    June 7, 2013

  • John B.

    Paid...no food or rental. Bringing my kayak.

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Michael D.

      We are happy to have people come that have their own kayak or canoe and you can bring your own food too. Do what John did, pay $5 by mail ($7 online) and join us.

      June 7, 2013

  • Daniel

    Bad timing for us.

    May 30, 2013

  • Neylan A.

    I want to come but I am off the work at 5pm. Also, anybody wants to do carpooling?

    May 26, 2013

    • Michael D.

      We say you need to be there by 6:30 p.m., but really if you can bet there by 7 p.m. you'll be okay to take a canoe!

      May 28, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Follow the links to pay and register. Remember there are several options (paddle and lunch, paddle only, etc.), so please know which one you want when you click the link. You can change quantity once you're at the Pay Pal page. Thank you.

    May 22, 2013

  • Lauren

    This will be my first event! My husband Michael and I will only be able to get there for around 6:30. Looking forward to meeting everyone:)

    May 15, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    Stephanie Rose or Scott Sheeran

    May 6, 2013

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