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YP Community Tour

YP Community Tour: Past, Present, Future

We’ve focused on downtown/nightlife enhancement and the arts – now it’s your turn to help us determine what’s next! And we’re hitting the road for your input.

On four different Thursday evenings in June, the public is invited to participate in the “YP Community Tour: Past, Present, Future.” The events will begin at 5:30 p.m. in each city.

“By hosting this event we not only want to celebrate everything we have done as a group and what we love about our hometowns, but capture the conversations so many have about staying committed to our towns and the great future we all want here,” said Jackie Hanton, vice president of the BWYP.

Back in 2011 the Blue Water Young Professionals hosted an I Will Stay If... party to share with our local and state leaders a new take on what our cities need in order to be successful. It’s also how we determined our current priority focus areas. 

Now we want to expand on that party to get new takes directly and unfiltered from the people who are living and working here every day. Not only will local leaders be at each event to help us celebrate present successes, but YPs will look to the public to help guide us in our future endeavors.  

As we’ve gotten to know hundreds of people across the region, we've learned what residents and future talent care about isn't just cooler coffeehouses and music venues. Rather, it's a long-term, sustainable and practical vision for our cities.

“We know what great communities we have in the blue water area and we want to share some of the solutions we see making it stronger,” said A.J. Armbruster, president of the BWYP. “We also want to hear from those attending the event on what will make them stay in – or come back to – the blue water area.”

The YP Community Tour will aggregate and share our community’s ideas for our cities. We will share what we’ve learned over the past few years, celebrate successes, but most importantly we’ll look at each of the photos we collect on this celebratory evening as mini-stories. And we want your voice to play a role in shaping the larger stories of our cities.

Please join us. Tell your story; share your idea in your words.  Why have you stayed? What would your ideal city have? What will make you stay?

Ugly Sweater Party tickets on sale

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Tickets are still available for the BWYP's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party!

When: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Vintage Tavern in downtown Port Huron

Cost: $10 per person

Appetizers will be provided. This year we will be awarding prizes for the best homemade Sweater and the overall ugliest sweater. The uglier, the better!

Since the BWYP is all about making the Blue Water Area a place to stay, play, shop and give back, we're requesting warm winter gear to be donated (socks, gloves, hats, scarfs) It can be new or gently used.

YP friends and family are always welcome. Tickets can be bought online here.




YPs are off to the races for first annual fundraiser

The YPs were off to the races May 2 for our first annual Kentucky Derby party.

Partygoers enjoyed delicious food alongside derby-themed cocktails like mint juleps as we prepared to watch the run for the roses. Online gambling allowed attendees to bet on their favorite horses.

American Pharoah wasn't the only winner that day. After the race, a raffle provided lucky winners a chance to take home a 55" LG flat screen smart TV or a basket of Kentucky bourbons. 

But what would a derby party be without the classic Churchill Downs fashion and its iconic hats?  

Nine ladies entered our hat contest. The crowd favorite took home a pecan pie.

Altogether, 40 people dressed in their derby best for this inaugural fundraising event. Their support will go toward the community focused objectives of the BWYP and the Black River Walk, one of our current projects.  

Thank you everyone who attended and had fun with us! Special thanks go out to Tom for opening the Alley Room to us and Kati from Blossoming Affairs for the beautiful flowers.

Monthly socials a new feature for YPs

Attention BWYP members! We will now have monthly socials in addition to our general membership meetings. Previously, socials were only held every quarter.

These gatherings are a great way to interaction with and get to know fellow members in a more relaxed setting. Socials will be targeted for the second Thursday of each month unless combined with another event.

Two upcoming socials will fall on different days: 

This month, on April 16, we will be partnering with The Center for Michigan to host a community conversation on college value and affordability. We'd like to hear your thoughts on this topic! The Center will share your top priorities for improving college value and affordability with state leaders.

Don't forget to sip a brew or grab a bite to eat while there. Thumbcoast Brewery will be donating 10 percent of their profits from the social to the YPs! Event starts at 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP via this link:

Our June social will be combined with our first ever Slow Roll on June 17. We will be riding bikes from the Marysville Golf Club to Harsen's Island Brewery (social location) and back. This event starts at 6 p.m.