Michigan Maritime Museum to hold annual fish boil fundraiser

Courtesy Michigan Maritime Museum

A South Haven museum is inviting guests to a traditional Great Lakes meal.

The Michigan Maritime Museum (MMM) will host its annual fish boil fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at 260 Dyckman Ave. in South Haven. 

The fish boil is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Everything included in the event from the fish to the napkins is donated by businesses and organizations in South Haven, allowing all proceeds to support the museum’s operating expenses. 

“The success of this fundraiser for 20 years is also a remarkable illustration of the South Haven community’s ability to come together to support a local nonprofit,” said Patti Reinert, executive director of MMM. “Good food, good brew and good friends celebrating all to love about maritime traditions – it’s absolutely a feel-good event at an affordable price. And you’re supporting the MMM. What’s not to love?”

Guests will experience an authentic Great Lakes fish boil with lake fish, potatoes and onions covered in butter sauce, served with a roll and coleslaw, a cup of Sherman & “Lindy Lou” (amaretto cherry) ice cream for dessert. Tickets will be available at the door and start at $12 per plate and $6 for children ages 5 and under. 

This year’s event also will feature games, a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar and is sponsored by Phoenix Street Café, Barden’s Farm Market, Clementine’s, McDonald’s, Ace Hardware and many local anglers who donated their catch.

“The fish boil is such a popular event,” Reinert said. “There is something very special about being on the waterfront, sharing a meal of Lake Michigan fish caught by our friends and neighbors and a meal provided by so many local residents in our community.”

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