Saturday, August 10, 2013

Calumet Heritage Celebration to commemorate 1913 Strike Centennial Aug. 12-17

2013 Calumet Heritage Celebration Poster. (Poster courtesy Main Street Calumet)

CALUMET -- This year Calumet’s annual Heritage Celebration, sponsored by Main Street Calumet and local businesses, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Copper Miners' Strike. A full week of events will begin on Monday, Aug. 12, with a presentation at the Keweenaw Heritage Center by researcher and author Gary Kaunonen, and conclude on Saturday, Aug. 17, with the Great Deer Chase Mountain Bike races and the annual parade followed by music, vendors and a variety of other activities at Agassiz Park in downtown Calumet.

The youngest racers take off for their lap in the 2012 Great Deer Chase youth race in Calumet during the Heritage Celebration. This year the youth race will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 (note time change). (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Here is the Schedule of Events:

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 7 p.m. -- Heritage Center at St. Anne’s, 5th and Portland streets, Calumet: Gary Kaunonen, Michigan Tech researcher and author, will speak; and the "Strikers' Chorus" will perform.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. -- C and H Miners reunion at Coppertown USA Museum, Calumet

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. -- Dance lessons: dance steps popular in 1913 -- Keweenaw Social Dance Studio, 333 5th St., Calumet. Donations accepted for new dance floor.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. -- Red Metal Radio Show at the Calumet Theatre. Call the box office at 337-2610. (Live broadcast on K-Bear, WHKB-FM, 102.3 and streamed live on K-Bear Web site. Audience should be in their seats by 6:50 p.m.)

Friday Aug. 16, 8 p.m. -- "Big Annie’s Ball," Omphale Gallery and Café, 431 5th St., Calumet. Music by Eleanor Taylor and Friends. Donations accepted for event fund.

Saturday, Aug. 17 -- Events all day in Agassiz Park, beginning at 9 a.m. with pannukakku breakfast. Noon - 5 p.m. -- Music by Jim and Terri Enrietti, Craft Show, Food Vendors, Kids' Games.

Elmore Reese, Main Street Calumet volunteer, sells t-shirts in Agassiz Park during the 2012 Heritage Celebration. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

You can order this year's Calumet Heritage t-shirt and other souvenirs on line at the Main Street Calumet Store. (Photo courtesy Main Street Calumet)
  • Great Deer Chase Mountain Bike Race -- Starts on 5th St. Youth race begins at 9 a.m.; 15- and 28-mile races will start at 11 a.m. at the North end of 5th Street. The Great Deer Chase races lead out the Calumet Heritage parade at 11 a.m. Please note the new start time and location! The roll-out proceeds through downtown Calumet and onto two-track at Swedetown Trails. Click here for registration and details.

  • Copper Country Heritage Parade -- 5th St., 11 a.m.

  • Free Guided Horse-drawn Rides -- Noon - 3 p.m.

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