Ferndale is in peak photo season right now.
The state fair is going on until Sunday (5 rolls of 220 and 5 of 120 shot so far and going back for more tonight) and the dream cruise starts tomorrow.

Sept 10 is a little early for colour isn't it? Clare and the date are aok with me. The pidgeon river is a little north, but easy to get to and very photogenic. Little manistee is very nice but a little harder to find and your stomping grounds, although even further north are very excellent (cherry festival?).

Luddington is easy, pretty and has tons of accomodations...

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[COLOR=Navy]Let me back track a hair. Clare in Sept is great. As noted above, there are a lot of oppertunities for future meets.[/COLOR]