Not only did we (Don, Julie, Abigail, and myself) go to the parade to see Patrick, but we also wanted to go into "Daybreak Gallery & Studio", which had been opened by a former student of mine and his business partner last November.
Here I am with Schyler, who opened the gallery (with his potters studio in the basement), and his sister, Rheanna, who is also a former student of mine, and who happened to be visiting for the holiday from California. It was very good seeing them both, plus their parents, Bob and Kit, who were also visiting Manistee for the holiday.
They really, really got into it being the 4th. ;)
Patrick and Julie told us the area around Manistee has quite a few people of Polish descent. Point in case was the Lions Club with their live Polka Band/Singers.
The Manistee Community Peace Group were represented, too. I found the "Give Pizza Chants" sign quite humorous. ;)
Julie has a "back in the day" tie to the Manistee Civic Players. Her math teacher from high school (his 1st job out of college), over in the Thumb of MI, moved to Manistee and is the main force behind this group.
And what would a parade be without the local Unions marching, too?
We liked the graphic on this marchers tee shirt, but Don had a hard time getting a good shot of it. It says, "A Woman's Place is in Her Union". ;)