Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival, July 29 – 30
Monday, July 29
3-4 pm: Ships will muster near Sherwood Point and George K. Pinney County Park
3 pm at Graham Park: One Barrel Brewing will serve brats, hot dogs and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit PATH of Door County.Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Wine and Beer Tent with Scat’s Got Your Tongue Food Truck featuring Chef Rob and his special Tall Ship creations.
4-6 pm: Ships will proceed into the Sturgeon Bay channel to dock for the night with accompanying cannon salutes at the Door County Maritime Museum.
4-7 pm at Sawyer Park: Sturgeon Bay Police Cadets will serve brats, burgers, hot dogs and cold refreshments. Add chips and a drink to create a meal for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Sturgeon Bay Police Cadet program. Enjoy live music at Stone Harbor Resort’s waterfront patio.
5-7 pm: Dockside docents will share the story of each tall ship.
5:30-8:30 pm: Trolley Rides courtesy of Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center to and from docking locations. Throughout the afternoon and evening there will be kayak tours, segway tours, private sail tours, sunset cruises, and the Swans of Sturgeon Bay paddleboats. Contact the SBVC at 920.743.6246 for specific information on tour opportunities.
The Door County Maritime Museum will offer extended hours to 8 pm. Visit the museum, and view the tall ships from the second floor with admission fee!
Tuesday, July 30
6-9 am: Boys & Girls Club of Door County will serve all-you-can-eat pancakes, pork patties, scrambled eggs, Door County maple syrup, Door County cherries, coffee, milk and orange juice for $10 at CenterPointe Yacht Services, 222 1st Ave next to Graham Park. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Door County.
7 am: Cherry mimosas will be available in Graham Park at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center tent. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve and U.S. Coast Guard Station grounds will be open for viewing.
8 am: The Door County Maritime Museum will host special morning hours so that visitors can view the ships from the second floor with admission fee. The tall ships will leave from Sturgeon Bay through the shipping canal and sail into Lake Michigan to go to Algoma to the Tall Ships Challenge starting line.
Tuesday, July 30
10 am: Bob Desh will give a presentation about the history of the naval swing gun and its uses and see a demonstration of loading and firing and a replica costume from 1790s Revenue Marine at Yardstick Books, 317 Steele St.
10 am-11 am: Story Time on the Beach, listen to fun children’s stories while waiting for the Tall Ships to come. In the children’s area at the beach by the beach toys.
10 am-1 pm: The Friends of Crescent Beach will host beach games and toys. Join Massart Chiropractic at the ducky pool and coloring station to win prizes.
11 am-1 pm: Enjoy pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers and brats served by local nonprofits, the Bruemmer Park Zoological Society and Algoma Long Term Care Unit, in the Algoma Youth Club parking lot, north end of the beach. The Dough Shoppe will serve dessert.
11am-1pm: At Crescent Beach take your picture with the baby ducks, listen to cannon demonstrations and meet Coastie, a robotic cartoon boat that talks, plays music and interacts with kids to teach them about boat safety and what to do in a water emergency.
12 pm: Tall ships muster at full sail. Watch the U.S. Brig Niagara, Utopia, Bluenose II, Pride of Baltimore and Appledore IV as they muster a mile off Crescent Beach.
1 pm: Tall ships leave for the Kenosha leg of the Tall Ships Challenge
1:30 pm: Local historian Virginia Feld Johnson will share tales of Ahnapee’s sailing heyday and the colorful sailors who contributed to it at Yardstick Books, 317 Steele St.