Thursday, August 16, 2007

Copper Harbor's Art in the Park to feature art, music, food Aug. 18-19

Hunter's Point, a recreational trail in Copper Harbor in need of funding for its Phase II, will share proceeds from Art in the Park with local organizations. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

COPPER HARBOR – Sixty five artists from all over the country, music, pasties, hot dogs, brats, a bake sale, face painting, Lakers on Parade and Oreo the Skunk are just some of the items on tap for this coming weekend’s 20th Annual Art in the Park. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Grant Township Park in Copper Harbor -- rain or shine.

A wide variety of art will be featured including watercolor, moose antler carvings, photography, drums, rain hoops and rattles, etchings on slate, several different types of hand crafted furniture, fiber art and more.

Music on Saturday will be provided by Whitewater and by the Watershed Song Swap featuring Daisy May, Seth Bernard and Joshua Davis. On Sunday afternoon festival-goers can enjoy the easy listening music of Mz. Behavin’ and the Swing Cats featuring Gail English with Brian Parmeter, Greg Wright and John Munson.

The event serves as a fundraiser for several local organizations including the Copper Harbor Improvement Association, the Copper Harbor Fire Department and Hunter’s Point Phase II, Keweenaw Krayons and the Keweenaw Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Pasties from Toni’s in Laurium, coffee furnished by Copper Harbor’s Boreal Beans and baked goods will be available for purchase inside the Community Building while the local firefighters cook up hot dogs and brats in the park.

"Ladies have been baking all week," said Art in the Park Chairperson Johanna Peters. "This is so great for the whole community. It’s bringing people in for the weekend, and it's great for businesses," Peters added.

Two quilts will be raffled off, one benefiting Hunter’s Point Phase II, the other Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary.

Keweenaw Krayons will be on hand offering face (or arm or hand) painting. The Krayons have also teamed up with Delaware Mine and will be taking photos of people with the Mine’s resident skunk, Oreo. Profits from the face painting and picture taking will go directly to Keweenaw Krayons, a non-profit arts and education organization.

In addition to bringing Oreo, Tom and Delaware Mine will feature the Lakers on Parade, 12-foot miniature freighters, created by owner Tom Poynter.

"We’re really excited," said Peters. "There will be top notch entertainment, high quality vendors, great food and a chance for the community and businesses of Copper Harbor to join together in a fun way."

For more information call Peters at 906-289-4363.

Editor's Note: Text provided by Keweenaw Krayons.

Calumet Heritage Celebration Aug. 17-19

Part of Rowe Furniture's window exhibit for the 2007 Calumet Heritage Celebration displays these memories of the 50s -- juke box and real sodas! Rowe's display took First Place as the Judges' Choice and tied for Third Place with the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #270 as People's Choice in the window competition. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

CALUMET -- Main Street Calumet's 2007 Heritage Celebration will offer activities for the whole family Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19. Heritage Days recognize the courageous emigrants who settled in the Calumet area and worked to become Americans. Come and celebrate Calumet's cultural diversity with music, dance, food and traditional arts.

Croatian folk dance and music is represented by this colorful exhibit of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #270 at 200 Fifth Street. Their window display tied with Rowe Furniture for Third Place as People's Choice in the window competition. The dolls' colorful costumes offer a preview of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, who will perform ethnic folk dance and song at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Calumet Theatre. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

Friday's events include the Miss Coppertown Pageant at 7 p.m. Friday in the Calumet Theatre, preceded by the Elks Chicken Barbecue.

Saturday offers events for the whole family, including the 8th Annual Heritage Celebration Horseshoe Tournament in Agassiz Park, the Coppertown USA Museum open house and Mining Co. Employees' Reunion, the Second Annual KMMC Great Deer Chase Mountain Bike Race starting at Calumet Coliseum and proceeding down 5th Street, the Great Deer Chase Kids' Bike Race beginning at Cross Country Sports on Oak Street, "Houghton County Potato Farming" presented by Erik Nordberg and "Farming U.P. Mining and Timber Cutover Lands" by Terry Reynolds as well as the ongoing Key Ingredients Exhibit at the Keweenaw Heritage Center, Guided Trolley Tours* and Horse-drawn Wagon Tours from Agassiz Park.

Maple Sugar Folk, pictured here at a December 2006 concert in Lake Linden, will perform music from Québec Saturday, Aug. 18, in Agassiz Park as part of the Calumet Heritage Celebration "French and Irish" theme. (Photo © 2006 Michele Anderson)

Artists, traditional artists, food and music will be offered all day Saturday in Agassiz Park. Music from Québec will be provided by Maple Sugar Folk and Celtic music by Fiddlehead alternately between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday to celebrate this year's "French and Irish" theme. The Calumet Elks Beer Garden also begins at noon in Agassiz Park.

Fiddlehead, pictured here at the Spring Art and Music Festival in Houghton, will perform Celtic music Saturday, Aug. 18, during the Calumet Heritage Celebration in Agassiz Park. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

As you stroll down historic Fifth Street and Oak Street, be sure to admire the windows decorated to commemorate Calumet's ethnic history and the "food" theme as part of the Key Ingredients Exhibit.

Winners of the Windows Competition are in two categories:

I. The Judges' Choice: One winner was chosen by the panel of judges: First Place to Rowe Furniture, 212 Fifth Street.

II. The People's Choice, voted by the public, awarded three top prizes:
1. Red Jacket General Store, 412 Fifth Street

The Red Jacket Store, 412 Fifth Street, won First Place in the People's Choice category of the Calumet Windows Competition. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

2. Curves for Women, 207 Fifth Street
3. Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #270, 200 Fifth Street, tied with Rowe Furniture.

The People's Choice awarded Second Place in the Windows Competition to this display of handmade aprons at Curves for Women, 207 Fifth Street. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)

Other registered entries include the following window exhibits:
Copper World, 101 Fifth Street; Conglomerate Café, 104 Fifth Street; Calumet Mercantile, 107 Fifth Street; Houghton County FCE, 109 Fifth Street; Dawn's Designs, 119 Fifth Street; Daily Mining Gazette, 203 Fifth Street; The Miner's Daughter, 209 Fifth Street; Calumet Floral, 221 Fifth Street; Beadazed Studio, 300 Fifth Street; Cross Country Sports, 310 Fifth Street and 507 Oak Street; Northwoods Memories, 320 Fifth Street; Oak Street Inn 331 Fifth Street; J. Thiel and Associates, 436 Fifth Street.

Many other windows were decorated with the theme through out the village, but not officially entered in the competition.

Saturday's evening events include a Karaoke Contest from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Agassiz Park and the Duquesne University TAMBURITZANS at 7 p.m. in the Calumet Theatre.

Kim Hoagland, right, chair of the Key Ingredients Steering Committee, and Michigan Tech historian Larry Lankton welcomed visitors at the opening of the Key Ingredients and Michigan Foodways exhibits in the Keweenaw Heritage Center on July 14, 2007.** Lankton spoke on the history of food during Copper Country mining days. The exhibits will be open during the Calumet Heritage Celebration this weekend. (Photo 2007 Michele Anderson)

On Sunday, the Key Ingredients Exhibit continues in the Keweenaw Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsman's Club will hold a Gun and Sports Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Calumet Coliseum.

Visit Main Street Calumet for the complete schedule of events.

Editor's Notes:
*See our photos of Frank Fiala driving the Red Jacket Trolley, which will be available for rides during the Calumet Heritage Celebration.

** Read more about the Key Ingredients and Michigan Foodways exhibits on Keweenaw Now.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Carl Olson Run/Walk to be held Aug. 25 at Chassell trails

CHASSELL -- The annual Carl Olson Memorial Adventure Run/Walk will take place at the Chassell trails on Saturday morning, August 25. Bib pick-up and registration are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and events begin at 8:45 a.m. Many runners call this their favorite race because of the beauty and variety of the trail system.

There is an event for everyone. Runners can choose a 5 km or 8 km race. Walkers can participate in the 5 km fun walk. There is a youth 2 km race and, new this year, a three-person-team 5 km event just for high school runners.

Each entrant (except the 2 km runners) will receive a quality Carl Olson t-shirt with a new logo and design. The top runners of each gender and the top three-person high school team will receive plaques. All runners are eligible for door prizes that include fitness center memberships, gift certificates to Cross Country Sports and Downwind Sports, and many others. The event is run by the Copper Country Ski Tigers to benefit the Middle School and High School Racing Program.

Visit Keweenaw Trails for the schedule and print out the entry form (teams should send forms together). Please direct any questions to Dean Woodbeck via email: or phone 487-7472 daytime or 482-5014 evenings.

Update: If you are willing to bake and donate two dozen cookies or bars for the Carl Olson Memorial Run, please contact Jan Woodbeck at

Traditionally, the Carl Olson race is known for its homemade -- not store bought -- baked goods. Fruit will be provided at the aid station, but fresh baked goodies are at the finish line for all participants. Cookies and bars work better than sticky food that needs a fork or a plate.

Donations can be delivered from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. the morning of the race -- Saturday, Aug. 25 -- at the Registration area in the old Chassell School. Disposable plates/pans are appreciated; but, if you want your plate or pan back, please put your name on it and pick it up after the races.

About 130 participants (and about 40 volunteers) are anticipated.

If you have questions, call Jan at 482-5014.

DEQ/DNR revise public hearing schedule for Kennecott Eagle Project

MARQUETTE -- The Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources have issued an Updated Notice of their Consolidated Public Hearing on the Kennecott Eagle Project, a proposed nickel and copper mine in Marquette County. The notice is a response to public requests for an additional hearing in the City of Marquette. The revised hearing schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, Sept. 10: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Northern Michigan University Great Lakes Rooms in the Don H. Bottum University Center, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. West Branch Community Center, 253-299 Avenue A, Forsyth Twp., MI (located on the old K.I. Sawyer AFB, approximately 3.5 miles from County Road 553, just behind the MDEQ UP District office)
  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. West Branch Community Center, 253-299 Avenue A, Forsyth Twp., MI (same as above)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Lansing Center, Rooms 203 and 204, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan
Written comments are accepted until 5 p.m., October 17, 2007, by mail or email to the following addresses:

DEQ/DNR Kennecott Comments
Office of Geological Survey
P.O. Box 30256
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7756

Read the updated public notice.