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    Join us for the Festival Trifecta!

    This weekend is a weekend packed full of awesomeness for the High Five Threads team. Come join us this weekend for the tri-fecta of festivals going on in Traverse City's open space. We'll be there with merch, specials, and tons of free high fives! Here's a run down of this weekend's festivities:

    The weekend of events, produced by Porterhouse Productions, kicks off with the fourth annual Paella in the Park on Friday, August 16 from 5-11 p.m. The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) and local craft beer and spirits will be featured at the summer culinary and music evening, paired with Spanish paellas prepared on-site by regional chefs from renowned local restaurants.

    Each winery will host a station featuring 36” pans in which chefs will cook paella using featured wines from that vintner and fresh local ingredients. For the first time this year, the event will also feature a craft beer bar and a Bloody Mary bar featuringMcClure’s Farmer’s Market Bloody Marys mixed with local spirits.

    Chefs representing the participating local restaurants will prepare their own unique takes on paella at the event. Paella, a rice-based dish that boasts hundreds of variations using different ingredients, is one of Spain’s most popular food entrees. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella, as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.

    The evening will be capped by live performances by Cuban orchestra Grupo Aye, renowned reggae band The Resolvers, champion beat-boxer Heatbox, popular local guitarist act Younce Guitar Duo and the amazing unicycling, juggling high energy fire twirling of global star Jason Divad.

    The festival weekend continues in the Open Space on Saturday, August 17 with the second annual Great Wakes Festival and TC Waterman Stand Up Paddle Board Nationals (SUPs).  During the day see over 250 SUPs on the bay, roam over 40 booths, including many staffed by water-based non-profits, and enjoy great food and family fun. The evening events, which will take place from 6-11 p.m. for adults aged 21+, will focus on a community celebration of water sports, activities and conservation efforts in one of Traverse City’s most scenic waterfront venues.

    Three-time Grammy-winning Latin hip-hop/rock group Ozomatli will headline the evening’s entertainment, which will also include appearances by The Resolvers Big Band Reggae, Polynesian Dancers, performer and movement artist Jason Divad and fitness gurus the Yoga Slackers. A Luau celebration will feature a traditional pig roast, fish tacos, and paellas. The bar will serve up local craft beer, wine, and McClure’s Bloody Marys.

    Two other wonderful community events will take place in conjunction with the Great Wakes Festival – Paddle for Pints, TC Ale Trail’s Boardman River route, and TC Waterman, the Midwest’s premier stand up paddleboard event. For more information on how to participate in these two events, please click on their links above.

    The weekend of back-to-back events will mark the public’s first opportunity to experience Spectacular Structures, a brand-new mobile venue structure owned by Porterhouse Productions capable of hosting 4,000+ capacity events. The customizable tent is the first of its kind in the Midwest and will expand the region’s programming and event capabilities by providing a four-season, high-capacity venue for concerts, conferences, festivals, performances and corporate and private events. More information on Spectacular Structures will be available soon at www.tentvenue.com.

    Tickets to Paella in the Park are on sale now at www.porterhouseproductions.com and are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, (5) wine pour tokens, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

    Tickets to the Great Wakes Festival are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include all festival entertainment and activities. Tickets can be purchased at www.porterhouseproductions.com.

    Advance sales for both events are encouraged, as space is limited and previous events have sold out. Attendees must be 21+ for both evening events, no exceptions. For more information, visit www.porterhouseproductions.com.

    Hope to see everyone this weekend!

    H5T + Lost Wood | Handcrafted Wooden Sunglasses

    Handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Early this year, the guys from Lost Wood in Grand Rapids approached us about collaborating on a couple products together. We have a cool Michigan lifestyle brand, they have a cool snow/skate inspired company that created awesome engraved wood products, all made in Michigan.

    We released our first project, wooden dog tags, earlier this summer. The second, long awaited, project is finally here!

    Introducing the H5T+LW Wooden Sunglasses. Built from black sandalwood, the "Canvas" brings classic wayfarer styling and a refined look.

    Offered in two styles, one features a beautifully etched petoskey stone pattern with the High Five Threads and Lost Wood branding on the temples, while the other is simple and sleek with a dark stain finish and just small etched branding.

    Each pair of wooden sunglasses feature spring hinges, full UV400 polarized lenses and an engraved bamboo hard case.

    Extremely limited supply so grab yours before they're gone.

    BTS w/ a High Five Threads Photoshoot

    A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to team up with awesome Michigan lifestyle photographer James Fry and Ryan Klaver from Sprout Stories on for a product photo shoot in Grand Haven, Michigan. A beautiful night on the shores of Lake Michigan hanging out and shooting photos, what more could you ask for?

    Check out the behind the scenes video that Ryan shot below and check out more images to come!

    High Five Threads from sprout: visual storytelling on Vimeo.