Family Friendly Community Guide – October 2015

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History center hosts Archaeology Fair

Join the Marquette Regional History Center staff for its third annual archaeology fair from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.

Spend a fun afternoon learning all about archaeology. International Archaeology Day is celebrated throughout the world on this day. This Marquette fair will introduce youth and adults alike to archaeology through hands-on activities, dig site stories, games, displays and more.

Regional experts from across the Upper Peninsula will be here to share their work and expertise. Come discover archaeology throughout the whole museum on this day, through our galleries and many interactive fair booths. See what is being discovered all around your familiar Upper Peninsula region.

This year, archaeologists will share new information about the recently excavated GLO#3 protohistoric campsite where numerous French trade items dating back to the early to mid 1600s were found with stone arrowheads and other artifacts.

Evidence uncovered at this Marquette County site, including thousands of moose bone fragments, indicates that the site was being used by local Native Americans as a winter campsite sometime between 1630-1650. For the first time, artifacts found during the 2012-13 excavation at the site will be on display.

Brief presentations about this site work will be held at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.

Fair admission is included with the cost of general museum admission. A great event for families, clubs, scouts, and all ages.

For details, call (906)226-3571 or visit www.marquettehistory.org

Halloween attractions scheduled

Marquette’s Halloween Spectacle will be held on October 31 this year at the Marquette Commons starting at 6:30 p.m. This spectacle of pageantry encourages community collaboration and creation of a new community tradition. The Arts and Culture Center will host workshops in large-scale puppetry, instrument making and theater macabre one month prior to the performance.

All costumed revelers can join the procession from their neighborhood location: Peter White Public Library, Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Harlow Park and the Rock Street Parking Garage.

Be a part of this unforgettable event. To learn more, contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at (906)228-0472.

Haunted Trail in Paradise

Sawmill Creek Township Park in Paradise will be home to the Haunted Trail on October 9 and 10.

Event times are 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., and admission is $5 per person.

If you love Halloween, you’ll want to check this out.

The park is one tenth of a mile north of the blinking light in Paradise.

The head ghoul and his goblins have transformed the 400-yard nature trail into an exciting walk through a spooky, ghoul-infested forest that will scare the bravest of souls and tickle your funny bone.

Guides will escort you through this scary forest and back to the park for concession-stand offerings of hot spiced cider, cocoa, hotdogs and more.

Corn maze open through November 1

The Hayes Corn Maze and pumpkin patch in Rock is open through November 1.

This fourteenth annual event will feature a corn maze challenge, hay maze, pedal racers, ball climb, pumpkin tree house, rope maze, hay mountain, Noah’s Ark, concession stand, campfire and more. There is something for all ages.

For details, call (906)359-4825 or visit www.hayescornmaze.com

This year the Haunted Hay Ride will be at the Marquette County “Scare Grounds” for three nights: Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 15, 16 and 17.

This is such a spooky, seasonal event for our community supporting a variety of youth, non-profit and local organizations! This is the seventh year of scaring the spit out of you while keeping our money here in our community

We continue to raise over $22,000.00 per year and the total money raised is evenly split and distributed  to all the participating groups working the scary scenes, the ticket booth, “Scare Care,” and the trailer loaders and unloaders.

The Haunted Hay Ride committee is also looking for business sponsors, so for details, visit www.marquetteshaunted hayride.com or call Andi at (906)361-4655.

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Local artist shares talent with Forsyth Library

Carol Haggard is a local artist who specializes in detailed, fantastical images. On Monday, October 19, she’ll be sharing her personal journey at the Forsyth Township Public Library in Gwinn, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Her presentation is sprinkled with humor and surprises.

Haggard will have some of her pieces on display, and give the audience a quick drawing lesson, too. She has graciously donated some of her artwork to help raise funds for the library. Original bookmarks will be available for a donation, and she will be glad to autograph them upon request.

Nature center undergoing  interior renovations

MooseWood Nature Center in Marquette has been closed due to construction but plans to be open by October 3.

Interior renovations at Moosewood got a boost into reality recently from a WEC grant of $3,000.

The first stage is well under way. The water turtles continue to enjoy their new larger habitat, and the hope is to complete this water/land habitat combination soon.

The remaining carpet was pitched, the floors scraped and patched and the walls were washed. With the help of volunteers, all the animal tanks and exhibits were moved to the back room.

The crew also started painting the walls. The walls and trim will have fresh new colors in a woodsy combination of cream, chocolate brown and forest green. The new floor will be water impermeable and easily cleaned.

Board members and volunteers have been working on new floor plans for a better grouping of displays more in line with their animal families.

New displays also are in the works: native and invasive plants, native fish and an interactive hands-on display for children of all ages.

The renovation budget also includes a video security system, an up-to-date laptop and connection to the Internet. A special feature will be an interactive kiosk for visitors to access natural history knowledge.

Be sure to come by and experience the fresh, new Moosewood Nature Center.

Helping infant brains to develop

MooseWood Nature Center in Marquette has been closed due to construction but plans to be open by October 3.

Interior renovations at Moosewood got a boost into reality recently from a WEC grant of $3,000.

The first stage is well under way. The water turtles continue to enjoy their new larger habitat, and the hope is to complete this water/land habitat combination soon.

The remaining carpet was pitched, the floors scraped and patched and the walls were washed. With the help of volunteers, all the animal tanks and exhibits were moved to the back room.

The crew also started painting the walls. The walls and trim will have fresh new colors in a woodsy combination of cream, chocolate brown and forest green. The new floor will be water impermeable and easily cleaned.

Board members and volunteers have been working on new floor plans for a better grouping of displays more in line with their animal families.

New displays also are in the works: native and invasive plants, native fish and an interactive hands-on display for children of all ages.

The renovation budget also includes a video security system, an up-to-date laptop and connection to the Internet. A special feature will be an interactive kiosk for visitors to access natural history knowledge.

Be sure to come by and experience the fresh, new Moosewood Nature Center.

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Negaunee Public Library offers exercise program

The Negaunee Public Library is offering a new storytime and exercise program this fall.

Tonya Marra Allen, a local fitness coach, will present her fun “Let’s Get Moving at the Library!” program at 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, beginning October 8.

This program is for children ages three to eight years. Allen has also presented her programs at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library, Headstart, Aspen Ridge Elementary School, and Wyatt’s World. For more information about Allen, find her on Facebook as “Being Healthy Is Fun: Family Fitness with Coach Tonya.”

For more information on this and other library events and programs, call the library at (906)475-7700, ext. 18, find it on Facebook or visit the website at http://joomla.uproc.lib.mi.us/Negaunee

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