Sanctuary of the great lakes

Your Guide to the Super Blue Blood Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Alpena, MI

A super blue blood red moon on the horizon. Photo by artist John E. Shepler

You’ve heard the saying “once in a blue moon”, but have you ever heard the saying, “once in a super blue blood moon lunar eclipse”? … Read the rest


It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

One special film that will be featured is “The Big Read the rest


Alpena CVB Fresh Takes Video Contest Screening Announced!

The entries for Alpena’s Fresh Takes 2018 Video Contest are in and our panel of judges have determined a First, Second, and Third place winner! We will be unveiling each video at this special event where you and your friends … Read the rest


10 Ideas For Winter Adventure in Alpena

Old man winter wraps Norway Ridge in a beautiful blanket of fluffy white! Winter photography by Laura Wolosiewicz

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a true northern … Read the rest


Quick List of Celebrations & Adventures to Ring in the New Year in Alpena

Happy New Year, Alpena!

Preparations for celebrating the New Year are underway! Numerous Alpena establishments are rolling out their holiday best while ringing in the new year and new beginnings. Where will you be toasting? Check out this list of … Read the rest


Alpena’s Most Cherished Holiday Traditions

We asked our Facebook Fans, what’s your favorite family holiday traditions?

Whether it’s Christmas tree shopping for that perfect beautiful Blue Spruce or Douglas Fir, baking cookies in the kitchen all night, or singing Christmas carols around the neighborhood- just … Read the rest


Santa is in Alpena!

Santa has made his way to the Alpena Mall! Photo courtesy Kristin Neumann.

A bellowing voice calls out, Ho-Ho-Ho Merrry Christmasss! His voice fills the cold winter air with warm greetings straight from the depths of his belly, encased

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Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

In less than a month it will be Christmas break for the kiddos. Which can only mean three things: lazy mornings lounging in pj’s til afternoon, cartoons for days, and the inevitable phrase every parent hears at least once or … Read the rest


16 Things We Are Thankful For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Exploring your “blue space” adventure is only 5 minutes away in Alpena. Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow.

With Thanksgiving approaching this Thursday it is important to remember that there is more to this annual holiday tradition other than stuffing our … Read the rest


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