August, 2016

August 2016 Museums

Alberta • The Henry Ford Alberta Village Museum. This converted sawmill village, built in 1935, houses artifacts of the period and information about Henry Ford’s vision of a self-sufficient community. There is a gift shop and video library with video interviews of residents of Alberta in the 1930s. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to […]

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August 2016 Commercial Establishments

Bark River • Ten Mile Creek Forge, Pottery & Lighting Irish and Celtic Gift Shop. Handmade knives and sheaths, as well as the work of 30 juried artists. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment and chance. Follow Bark River sign, seven miles. 466-2276. Curtis • Waterfront Gallery […]

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August 2016 City Notes

Dear Reader, Here we are, nearing the end of another U.P. summer. But there is certainly still plenty of summer activities left on the books—Downtown Marquette’s Blueberry Festival on July 29, Art on the Rocks and Outback Art Fair July 30 through 31, Harborfest and Porcupine Mountains Music Festival on August 27 through 29, and […]

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How to Escape Marquette

by Taylor Johnson Crack codes, solve puzzles and interpret clues as a group to find the key to free yourself from the 250-square-foot room you’re locked in. Anything can be a clue so close observation is important. Communication and teamwork within your group are crucial. You have 60 minutes to find your way out. Welcome to […]

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Ride On

Written by Annabella Martinson, 11, with contributions by Liam Ulland–Joy, 11, and Anja McBride, 11. Marquette is known for miles of paved biking paths and dirt trails. Some paths follow the lake’s shoreline while others weave through the woods. Wherever people bike they always have fun. Marquette is a biking city, so it makes sense […]

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NMU class unearths history on Beaver Island

    by Kristi Evans Beaver Island is located on Lake Michigan, a two-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix. Its residents have included Native Americans, French fur trappers and traders, a Mormon sect called the Strangites whose leader declared himself king, and Irish immigrants. There was even a “secretive émigré from Russia who dispensed medical help to […]

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A sense of place

by Dan Roblee With the exception of one winter as a teenager, Eric Iversen has never been a Copper Country resident. But it’s the home of his Finnish-Norwegian family’s roots as Americans, the setting for the black-and-white family photographs he treasures, and the site of childhood family vacations on the shores of Portage Lake that […]

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Poems offer multiple perspectives and forms

Objects May Appear Closer by Janeen Pergrin Rastall Janeen Rastall is one of Upper Michigan’s foremost poets, and her newest collection does not disappoint. While poetry is largely open to interpretation, the title seems to suggest that the past is still present with us since the majority of the poems relate to aging and then […]

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Alger County Community Collaborative helps youth, seniors

by Jim Pennell A long-standing tradition in America has been barn raising, a time when individuals in a community come together to build a barn for a neighbor and then celebrate with a party of food and dancing after the building is complete. The Alger County Community Collaborative is planning a fundraising event that in […]

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Hail, Caesar

Hail, Caesar In 1991 Joel and Ethan Coen created Barton Fink, a film about what happened when a successful but innocent American playwright let himself be seduced into going to Hollywood and writing screenplays for Capitol Pictures. The result was madness, murder and destruction, with John Goodman as a demon calling up flames with a […]

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Celebrating 20 years of Marquette Symphony Orchestra

This September, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra will begin its 20th season of enriching the culture of our community through professional music. The MSO Board of Trustees is proud that the group has reached this milestone and is excited to celebrate it with the community that got them there. “It’s amazing that a town of Marquette’s […]

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Chocolay preserve officially protected

Nature-lovers on the east end of Marquette County can rejoice, after the recent announcement by the Chocolay Bayou Preservers that the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy is now the owner of approximately 13 acres of diverse riverfront habitat on the Chocolay Bayou. Located between Marquette and Harvey, near the mouth of the Chocolay River, the UPLC […]

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August 2016 Support Groups

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families—Marquette. This group is open to those interested in learning about recovery from growing up in dysfunctional or alcoholic families. Sunday, 6 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 120 N. Front St. Wednesday, 6 p.m. ALANO Club, 1202 S. Front St. 361-2563. Alano Club. Twelve-step recovery meetings daily. […]

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Porkies music festival a labor of love

The 12th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival will take place August 26 to 28 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park’s winter recreation area (ski hill) in Ontonagon County. The festival is presented by the Friends of The Porkies, a 501 ( c ) 3  non-profit organization which represents all users of the Porcupine Mountains […]

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August 2016 Out and About

end of july events 27 WEDNESDAY Sunrise 6:25 a.m.; Sunset 9:28 p.m. Calumet • Find Your Park! Park Explorer Family Program. Join Ranger Val Martin for an imaginary journey through parks across the country. Youth ages 5 through 12 and their parents are invited. 6:30 p.m. Calumet Public Library,  57070 Mine St. 337-0311, ext. 1107. • Movie […]

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