Maritime Museum Fish Boil Fundraiser Goes Virtual

The Michigan Maritime Museum would like to invite one and all to join them for their annual Fish Boil Fundraiser…virtually! The event was schedule for Saturday, July 11th . Unfortunately, like so many other summer events, the Museum had to cancel their fish boil held on the Museum campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brought in between 400 to 500 attendees and raised around $5000 for the Museum each year, their biggest annual fundraiser. Instead of throwing in the towel, this non-profit is staying positive and decided to host the event virtually instead. For the entire month of July, the Museum will be attempting to raise $5000 online.

“We’re going to try to have some fun with it,” says Executive Director Patti Reinert. “We may not be able to have people here on campus, but we hope they’ll follow us through social media where we share memories of past boils, pictures, recipes, and do our best to bring the enjoyment of the event to people the best way we can. The Museum needs the support of our community now more than ever.”

A fish boil is a traditional Great Lakes dish featuring lake fish, potatoes, and onions all smothered with melted butter. This year would have marked almost two decades of fish boils hosted by the Museum. Mark Holbein has been cooking fish for the Museum’s boil for over 25 years. Holbein shared, “The South Haven Steelheaders taught me how to do a fish boil. This has been one event that I can do to really help not only raise funds for but encourage people to see the Museum and understand how vital it has become as a destination in South Haven and SW Michigan.”

The Museum has suggested a donation of $10 (what a plate of food would have been if the event had taken place) however, any donations large or small are greatly appreciated. Reinert asks, “If you and your family regularly attended this event at the Museum or you just want to show your support, please consider making a donation and helping us reach our goal.”

For more information and to make a donation, visit or follow the Museum online through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.