Paddle to the Symphony

Paddle to the Symphony is a Celebration of Southeast Michigan outdoor groups and a Reunion for Hostelling International members – the founders of the event. This annual tradition is open to HI-USA members (past, present & future), SOLAR members and any group, club or individual. Anyone and everyone is welcome.

This year’s Paddle to the Symphony will be Saturday, July 15, 2017. SOLAR is collaborating with Heavner Canoe and several Meetup Groups to provide a fun evening on the water while enjoying the sounds of the Michigan Philharmonic. This year’s theme is “Movie Music Magic.”

The Program will Include:

Salute to the Cinema ~ arr. Carl Strommen
Music from Gladiator ~ Hans Zimmer
Music from Frozen ~ Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
To Kill a Mocking Bird ~ Elmer Bernstein
Adventures on Earth from”ET” ~ John Williams
The Lion King Selections ~ Elton John
Highlights from “Titanic” ~ James Horner
Back to the Future Suite ~ Alan Silvestri

Meet at Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan at the shoreline near the North Martindale Picnic Shelter.

Do NOT follow the signs to the concert, as we are positioned across the lake. Instead, follow the signs to “Martindale Beach,” park and walk to shelter “S.” Anyone going on the water should arrive by 7:00 p.m.

2017 Paddle Options:

Paddle (Non-Member): One seat in a canoe (some kayaks will be available). Price is $25.00 per person.

Paddle HI or SOLAR (Member): One seat in a canoe (some kayaks will be available). Price is $20.00 per person (membership will be confirmed).

Bring your own Canoe or Kayak (Non-Member): Price is $15.00 per person.

Bring your own Canoe or Kayak (Member): Price is $10.00 per person.

All fees help to cover costs to use this special launch area, the outfitters help to safely launch, transportation, refreshments, and event organization.

Water and soft drinks will be available for everyone with any option you select. All canoes and kayaks MUST have at least one adult per watercraft. If you bring your canoe or kayak, Heavner Canoe will transport the boat from the parking lot to the shoreline. Vehicles are NOT allowed to drive to the shoreline – park officers will enforce this rule – you may of course cart your boat by hand or use the official boat launch area.

Anyone going on the water should arrive by 7:00 p.m.

Please Note: With any option you choose, you will still be responsible for the park vehicle entrance fee of $10.00 ($15.00 after 5:00 p.m.) so carpool if you can.

Online Sales have Ended – Cash Only at the Event – Space Limited

Timeline of Evening:

6:00 p.m. Official Reception
7:00 p.m. Canoe Launch
7:30 p.m. Concert Starts
9:00 p.m. Start to Paddle Back
9:30 p.m. Canoes Return
10:00 p.m. Thank you and Goodnight

What to bring:

Sunscreen and/or Hat
Change of clothes if you choose to canoe (just in case)
Lawn chairs

Map to Kensington Metropark


This event is being organized my SOLAR Lifetime Member Michael Dwyer. Michael is the legacy president for the Michigan Council of Hostelling International. The Paddle to the Symphony event was an HI Michigan activity and is now supported by members of many groups and clubs of Southeast Michigan.

The event is Rain or Shine. The DNR has the final say regarding watercraft going on the water. If weather conditions restrict canoeing then we will shuttle attendees to the concert and back. Heavner Canoe will offer vouchers to return to canoe if this happens. Please note this has only happened once in all the years of the event. Sorry, no refunds.

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