New public TV show highlights the lakes
By Mike Fornes
Published May 23, 2005
MACKINAW CITY - A new television show will debut Monday
night and feature five of Michigan's most popular tourism
"Great Lakes, Great Times" will air at 10:30
p.m. Monday on Michigan Public Television stations statewide,
highlighting the state's maritime destinations. The Straits
of Mackinac, Grand Traverse Bay, Ludington, Sault Ste.
Marie and Whitefish Point are explored by lake, land and
air to reveal the beauty, heritage and vacation opportunities
offered by each location.
The half-hour program showcases the unique appeal of
the Great Lakes, giving viewers a close-up look at experiences
that are uniquely Michigan: scuba diving in Whitefish
Bay, sailing in a Mackinac race, commuting from Ludington
to Wisconsin in style aboard the S.S. Badger car ferry,
and visiting a lighthouse on the Leelanau Peninsula.
"Our maritime heritage destination tours integrate
Michigan's magnificent natural and cultural resources
to provide an exciting and educational visitor experience,"
said Dr. William Anderson, director of the Michigan Department
of History, Arts and Libraries.
"Great Lakes, Great Times" is hosted by Fred
Nahhat of WTVS Detroit Public TV and produced by Tom Durant,
who also produced the Public Television series "Great
Lakes Ports of Call." With the summer tourist season
about to begin, the show is intended to engage families
in the rich maritime history of the state through breathtaking
views of its attractions and the fascinating stories revealed
by lighthouses, museums and historic ships that are found
along Michigan's expansive shoreline.
"Great Lakes, Great Times" is funded by the
Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, Travel Michigan
and the Ludington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention
and Visitors Bureau.