Sunday, March 25, 2012

UPEC's Celebration of the U.P. to be March 30-31 in Marquette

MARQUETTE -- The fourth annual Celebration of the U.P., sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC), will be held on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at the Landmark Inn, Peter White Public Library and the Federated Women’s Clubhouse (the corners of Front Street and Ridge Street) in Marquette.

Photographer and filmmaker George Desort will kick off the event on Friday evening with tales of 38 days alone on Isle Royale, where he gathered footage for his latest film project, Fifty Lakes One Island. Carl Lindquist will provide a prelude with original piano compositions inspired by Lake Superior.

On Saturday, fifteen speakers will provide a series of talks between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. -- covering such topics as painting winter, historic 3-D photography, search and rescue training, biking, community gardening, and Native American perspectives on the U.P. From 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., a panel discussion on "Lifeways on the Land" will take place in the Community Room of the Peter White Library. The panel will feature two Alpaca farmers, several camp-owning couples, and one non-landowner, and will explore human connections to the land.

A public reception following the panel will convene at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse. Buck LaVasseur’s recent episode of "Discovering" in celebration of the life of Dr. Bill Robinson, a founding member of UPEC, will be shown.

For more information, see, click here for the schedule, or call Mary Martin at 906-225-0586 or e-mail her at

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