Inspired by a musical fountain he saw in Berlin, Bill Creason decided to bring the concept to his hometown on the Lake Michigan shore. Constructed by volunteers in 1962, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain has mesmerized audiences every summer evening since with free, synchronized water and light shows set to a variety of tunes. With recent enhancements, an elaborate program can require up to 17,000 commands to choreograph a 25-minute, multi-colored, dancing water production.

Photo by Todd Maertz

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Kath Usitalo is the author of three books, “Secret Upper Peninsula: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure,” “100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die” and “100 Things to Do on Mackinac Island Before You Die.”

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