A few weeks ago I was able to tour the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp with the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce’s Realtors Promoting Muskegon group. I am a bit ashamed to admit I really knew nothing more than it was a music camp, considering my wife is a orchestra director at Mona Shores. For those of you do not know what Blue Lake is they explain it the best here:
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,400 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program serves more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students and countless concert-goers.
The grounds of Blue Lake are amazing with fine arts education everywhere, from the Shakespearian Style theatre to out door classrooms to the dance halls to the music museum to their public radio stations…… We were touring the camp on the first day of a two week rotation of summer camps so we able to see kids running to auctions, practicing, and ballet dancers in action. One thing was for sure the kids were excited.
Two have a gem like Blue lake Fine Art Camp in our backyard in Muskegon County is something I am sure every community would love to have. I encourage you to visit their website at http://www.bluelake.org for musical, theatre, dance, choir, etc. events that are open to the public. If you have a child in a fine arts program, I would highly recommend the camp.