A Lakeshore Adventure

My partner and I embarked upon a June adventure that took us to the Wisconsin lakeshore cities of Two Rivers and Manitowoc. A couple of spectacular almost-summer days favorably graced our visit.

Stayin’ Alive

The main purpose and heart of this adventure was attending Stayin’ Alive, a Bee Gees tribute concert. STAYIN’ ALIVE, a talented cover band, authentically replicated a live Bee Gees concert at the 1940s-era Capitol Civic Center Theater in the port city of Manitowoc. The STAYIN’ ALIVE website introduces these outstanding performers: 

STAYIN’ ALIVE offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing blockbusters such as Night Fever, Jive Talkin‘, How Deep Is Your Love, You Should Be Dancing, Nights on Broadway, and Stayin’ Alive. In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as I Started a Joke, Massachusetts, Fanny Be Tender, Words, and To Love Somebody among other great hits.

STAYIN’ ALIVE is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. STAYIN’ ALIVE is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice!

Over a thousand nostalgic Baby Boomers enjoyed the full repertoire of Bee Gees hits as projected videos and period photos carried us back to the Disco days of the ’70s. It was great entertainment!

The Lighthouse Inn

The Lighthouse Inn in Two Rivers was our lodging for this adventure. I’ve driven past this vintage lakeshore inn many times on past visits to Two Rivers, but never stayed there until now. A pristine Lake Michigan beach stretches off into the distance just south of the inn. Lighthouse images and artifacts accent the maritime theme throughout the interior.

Spirit of the Rivers

The six-mile paved Mariners Trail stretches between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. This trail is very popular with bicyclists as it follows the Lake Michigan shoreline for most of its length. Four sculptures along the route enhance the appeal of the trail. We stopped to see the Spirit of the Rivers sculpture during our adventure.

The Mariners Trail website explains,  

Spirit of the Rivers is a monument to the American Indian, which was erected along Mariners Trail in July 2018. The bronze monument, consists of an Indian man portaging a canoe, a woman, and an elder. Presumably, the man and woman have just landed on the shore of Lake Michigan and have met the elder. The scale of the monument is larger-than-life, with the ten foot tall man carrying a canoe eighteen feet long.

While there, we also enjoyed the assortment of spring flowers blooming in a garden near the sculpture.

SS Badger

While returning to Manitowoc, we had the good fortune to arrive just as the SS Badger Car Ferry was entering the Manitowoc harbor after crossing Lake Michigan from Ludington. The SS Badger website provides background on the historic ship:

The S.S. Badger is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. She has provided a fun, reliable and affordable shortcut across beautiful Lake Michigan for more than 70 years and has transported millions of passengers since her re-birth in 1992. 

Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor

To wrap up our visit to Manitowoc, my partner and I paid a visit to the Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor. This popular Wisconsin ice cream brand is made in the plant also located here. While enjoying ice cream cones, we got a good look at Bernice, the Cedar Crest bovine mascot. As is our custom on our adventures, we couldn’t resist taking a selfie in front of Bernice!

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