May 2006 Happenings -- July 2006
June 2006 Happenings
Co-housing group to meet June 28 in Hancock
HANCOCK -- All interested people are invited to the next co-housing meeting from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at 501 Reservation St. in Hancock (the
old Glad Tidings Church -- enter at ground level from the parking lot behind the Scott Hotel building).
The group will discuss passive solar house design and some will share information from the annual Midwest Renewable
Energy Association's annual Energy Fair in Wisconsin on aspects of building a sustainable community in the
Keweenaw. For more information, contact Merle at 482-7803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community prepares for 2006 Relay for Life June 23-24
By Wade Wainio Posted
HOUGHTON -- The Copper Country's eleventh annual Relay For Life, a 24-hour
fundraiser for the American
Cancer Society, will take place from 1 p.m. on Friday, June 23, to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June
24, at the Houghton High School track on Gundlach Road. According to Kathy
Archambeau, event manager, the Relay For Life is
"the signature event for the American Cancer Society" in its
fundraising for research, education and advocacy programs. The Relay For Life is a community event. The public is invited to join the teams in
walking and to enjoy the activities. This year's theme is "Copper
Country Goes Hollywood: Relay With The Stars." Read
more and see the Schedule of Events.
Photo: Houghton residents Diane Shoos and her
daughter Anna decorate Luminaria to honor family members (cancer victims and
survivors) for the 2006 Copper Country Relay for Life to be held Friday and
Saturday, June 23-24, at the Houghton High School track. (Photo © 2006 Michele
Reading the Landscape of the Keweenaw to focus on forest studies
GRATIOT LAKE -- The Summer 2006
Reading the Landscape of the Keweenaw will focus on "The
Forested Landscape" -- a series of six (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Saturday sessions of art
and natural history field trips in various Keweenaw forest locations with forest experts and
Michigan artists. The program will begin July 1 with a woodland hike near Eagle Harbor to
study diverse species in the landscape. On July 8, participants will study
the ecology and history of the Estivant Pines and their impact on the local community.
On July 15 participants will
hike through recently logged and recovering forests and study sustainable forest practices.
The program will also offer forest management on July 22, orienteering skills on
July 29 and edible berries on Aug. 5. At each of these sessions
participants will work with a local artist on a creative project, from sketches
to ornaments. Finally, Dave
Dempsey, author of Ruin and Recovery, will present a slide lecture and discussion from 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Eagle Harbor Community Building. Registration and
advance payment of $15 per session are required. Visit the Gratiot Lake Conservancy Web site
Photo: Charlies Eshbach, Keweenaw photographer and conservationist, in the Estivant Pines
Sanctuary, where, along with artist Bonnie Loukus, he will lead the July 8 Reading
the Landscape session on old growth forest. Click on photo for larger
version. (Photo © 2006 and courtesy Charles Eshbach.)
TNC to dedicate Nicole Bloom Trail to Lookout Mountain June 18
The Nature's Conservancy (TNC) will dedicate the Nicole Bloom Trail up to Lookout
Mountain (Mt. Baldy) near Eagle Harbor at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. Since M-26 is currently closed at Eagle
River, go past Phoenix and take the first paved road on the left (3-4 mi.),
the Eagle Harbor cutoff road. Just before reaching Eagle Harbor turn right on a two-track
road located just across from the west end of Eliza Creek Rd. There is a Nature Conservancy sign at the entrance to this
road and an area to park just before the sandy hill. Meet in the parking area.
For a map visit the Northwoods
Wilderness Recovery Web site.
Editor's Note: Nicole Bloom of Stevensville, Mich., a Michigan Tech
graduate in Environmental Engineering and Biological Sciences, lost her life in a tragic accident
while climbing in the Grand Tetons, near Jackson, Wyoming in June 2003. Read
the tribute to Nicole by her friends.
Chain Drive Festival to feature both cross-country and downhill mountain bike races June 17-18
HANCOCK -- The 12th Annual Portage Health System Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival, June 17-18, offers mountain bikers point-to-point cross-country races, including the Junior Chain Drive for youth up to age 13, on
Saturday, and a Downhill and Technical Dual Slalom on Sunday. The 16- and 32-mile cross-country races will be held at the Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trail system in Hancock.
Distance events will begin at 10 a.m., starting at the Best Western-Franklin Square Inn in Houghton. The Junior Chain Drive will start and finish at Portage Health System in Hancock following the 16- and 32-mile race events.
On Sunday, June 18, downhill bike racing comes to Mt. Ripley's 400 vertical foot course -- with tight singletrack,
open runs, big jumps and drops and technical sections.
Also on Sunday, the new Technical Dual Slalom will replace the Technical Time Trial of the last four years. Adapting a dual slalom format, riders will race head-to-head down a track filled with jumps, burms, skinnies, teeter-totters, bridges, etc. Visit
www.chaindrive.org for details. You can register onsite up until 30 minutes before start.
Photo: On Monday, June 12, Keweenaw Trekkers head
for Hancock's Maasto Hiihto trails to check out the course for the June 17 Chain
Drive races. Dan Dalquist, Keweenaw Trekkers president and volunteer coordinator
for the Chain Drive, notes it takes a core of 50-60 volunteers to put on the
Chain Drive. To join the Trekkers call 482-8198 or email email@example.com.
Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2006 Gustavo Bourdieu. Printed with permission.)
Keweenaw Krayons to hold art workshops June 13, 20, 27
Wisconsin artist, Margaret Mary Gerhard -- director of Green Arts, a company dedicated to saving the planet by recycling in
the arts -- will lead a “Magic Wand” Keweenaw Krayons Art to Go Workshop
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, in the Renée Stemler Memorial Art
Room in the Mohawk School. If time allows, participants will also work on other projects, using recycled materials.
While supplies are furnished for the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring their
own special items such as photos, memorabilia, stones, feathers, driftwood, etc., to decorate
their art. Youth under age six must be accompanied by an adult or older teen.
Please register by calling 337-4706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keweenaw Krayons will also hold workshops on Scrapbooking June 20 and Pop-Up
Puppets June 27.
Funds are available to provide taxi ridesfor those lacking transportation to the
workshops. Visit their
Web site for more information.
Joseph Youngman to lead birding walk in Chassell June 10
CHASSELL -- The Einerlei in Chassell will sponsor a Birding Walk with Joseph Youngman at
8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10. After meeting at the Einerlei store at 8:30 am, the group will
walk through several locations around Chassell. The event is free of charge, but pre-registration is requested.
Be prepared with sunscreen, bug dope and walking shoes (trails could be damp). Reply to email@example.com or call 906-523-4612. The Einerlei will donate 10% of the day's
sales to the Copper Country Audubon Club and the Manitou Island Bird
Survey. Manitou Island, off the tip of the Keweenaw
Peninsula, is a major migration pathway for many species of raptors, waterbirds and passerines. Trips are made in the spring, summer and fall to document the
birds that pass through Manitou during the migration seasons as well as the birds that breed there.
According to Youngman, “We've recorded 191 species, we've spent 60 days on the island
surveying the birds, and we've found over 80 species breeding on the island.” For more
information visit the Einerlei
Chamber Music Society to present Schumann Festival June 8
HOUGHTON -- The newly-formed Hancock Chamber Music Society will present the Second Annual
Schumann Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at Portage Lake United Church, 1400 E.
Houghton Avenue, Houghton. The concert features works of Robert Schumann in observance of
the 196th anniversary of his birth. Musicians are Mary Richards-Kallman, mezzo-soprano; Neil
Paynter, pianist; Andrew McInnes, violinist; Jose Delgado-Guevara, violist; and Patrick
Quimby, cellist. They will present Schumann's Sieben Lieder von Elisabeth Kulmann zur
Erinnerung an die Dichterin (Seven Songs to words by Elisabeth Kulmann, in memory of the
poetess), Op. 104; Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (Poems of Mary, Queen of
Scots), Op. 135; Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 113; and Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.
47. The concert is free and open to the public; however, a free-will donation will be taken
at the door to benefit the Keweenaw Family Resource Center. For information on upcoming chamber music concerts, visit
Memorial service to be held for Janet Avery June 11
HOUGHTON -- A memorial service for Janet Morrow Avery of Gratiot Lake,
Keweenaw County, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the Michigan
Tech campus. Janet taught composition and technical writing in the
Department of Humanities at MTU from 1981 to 1991. She was also the founder and president of AWAKE (Association Working Against
Keweenaw Exploitation). Janet passed away March 4, 2006. The Reverend Dr. Bill Kennedy will speak,
and all friends of Janet and her family are welcome to join in the celebration of her life
and spirit. Read Janet Avery's
Volunteers needed for Copper Harbor Trails Day June 3
By Sam Raymond
HARBOR -- National Trails Day Festivities in Copper Harbor begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Keweenaw Adventure Company.
Guest columnist Sam Raymond invites volunteers to help whip the Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails into shape for the season,
including removing deadfall and debris, raking, brush trimming, bridge building, benching/root removal, making a couple of re-routes and
working on some new trail creation. Rewards include free showers and sauna, a
pasta feed and a concert in the evening by "Mike Labeau
and The Blackflies" at Zik's Bar and Grill. more
Photo: Sam Raymond in front of his colorful Keweenaw Adventure Company sign, Copper Harbor.
(File photo by Michele Anderson)
RSVP to hold Electronics Waste Recycling collections June 3, 17
HANCOCK -- The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) will hold Electronics Waste Recycling
collections from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Houghton County Fair Building
in Hancock and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at the L'Anse Village Garage.
This is the RSVP's third round of e-waste collections since Spring 2005. Recycle computers,
monitors, TVs, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and more. There is no limit to the amount
a household can bring, but businesses must make arrangements to participate. Fees are
charged for some items, but the collection is subsidized. The contractors for the program
promise 100% recycling. None of the materials enter the landfill. At the last local program
30 tons of electronic waste were collected. For information on costs and a complete list of
allowable items call 482-7382 or visit www.wupdhd.org/rsvp/e-waste.html.
Finlandia to exhibit "Progressions," wood-fired pottery
HANCOCK -- Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center
(FAHC) Gallery will
host "Progressions," an exhibition of wood-fired pottery by artists Kenyon Hansen and Simon Levin June 2
through July 7, 2006. Featuring over 100 pieces of clay work, "Progressions" gives viewers a
rare glimpse into the process and progressions of creating wood-fired pottery. An opening reception for the artists will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday evening, June
2. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Spring Art and Music Festival to offer family fun
By Wade Wainio Posted
05/28/2006 Updated June 1, 2006
-- The 5th Annual Spring Art and Music Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Saturday, June 10, on the Houghton Waterfront (between the UPPCO building and the new
Portage Lake District Library) and will coincide with a grand opening and ribbon cutting
ceremony for the new Library. Sponsored by the City of Houghton and the Copper Country Community Arts Center
(CCCAC), the festival will include an art fair with demonstrating artists, a Giant Puppet Parade, a
lively variety of music by local and regional musicians, a brat roast, an extreme bake
sale and Copper Country Suzuki's Striding for Strings family race fundraiser.
Photo: At the 2005 Spring Art and Music Festival Striding for Strings event, racers, ages 7 to 9, take off for their 1 km (0.62 mile) run.
(Keweenaw Now file photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
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