Thimbleberry Jam Fest, lodge opening planned, by Carol Rose

The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Keweenaw Krayons are joining efforts to offer a premiere event this summer. The eighth annual Thimbleberry Jam Festival will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly remodeled lodge. The art and music festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 21 at the lodge.
Festival-goers are invited to stick around after the Jam Fest for easy listening jazz by Mz. Behavin’ with the Swing Cats inside the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge from 9:00 p.m. until midnight.
Another night-time option is a trip to the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, where Fiddlehead will be playing during Fort Wilkins by Candlelight, beginning at 8:00 p.m. 0707ahth
Additional parking will be found in Copper Harbor. Day parking at the fort also will be available—motor vehicle permit required. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day between Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Copper Harbor and Fort Wilkins for a nominal fee.
Artists and vendors will occupy spaces both inside the new conference center at the lodge and outside on the grounds. All vendors will have at least one thimbleberry-related item to display.
Thanks to the ample indoor space at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, the event will take place regardless of weather. In the case of rain, musical artists will move indoors.
“This is going to be such an amazing event, and we are thrilled with the partners and supporters we have at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge,” said Carol Rose, Keweenaw Krayons marketing director. “Over the past eight years, this little fundraising function has grown into a major musical event in the Keweenaw. What better way to make it more accessible to all and really create the county-wide event of the summer than to partner with the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge?”
The lodge was built in the 1930s as a part of Civil Works Administration’s solution to decrease the high unemployment rate due to the closing of local mines. Spanning 167 acres, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, a county-owned facility, boasts a fine golf course, spectacular dining and beautiful lodging facilities.
With seventy-years of history and experience the lodge is embarking on yet another journey. With the completion of their recent renovation and expansion project, it now has a spectacular 7,000 square foot conference facility that can host up to 250 people for various types of events. Along with the addition of a new conference facility the lodge underwent essential renovations that will allow the main lodge/dining room and eighteen lodging units to remain open year-round.
Keweenaw Krayons began in the summer of 1998 as a way for kids to work on art projects that vary from watercolors and pottery to murals and sculptures that can be seen throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.
A nonprofit organization, it provides programs art for kids and families for little or no fee. The Thimbleberry Jam Fest is one of the major fundraisers for Keweenaw Krayons held each year.
Vendors and quality artists can call Keweenaw Krayons at 337-4706 or e-mail staff@keweenawkrayons.com or visit www.keweenawkrayons.com or www.AtTheLodge.com
—Carol Rose

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