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2012

COMMUNITY EVENTS — SECTION L MONdAy, MARCH 26

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A SPECIAL SECTION OF THE MINING JOURNAL ALSO INSIDE

Art on the Rocks Show keeps getting better every year PAGE 2L

International Food Festival A popular event for community PAGE 3L

Beer Fest

Seafood fest

A growing event bringing in many people from around the state PAGE 4L

Has a flavor for everyone

Ore to Shore Now offers a variety of events for all age groups PAGE 5L

Hiawatha Music Festival By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Cloudy skies and the potential for rainshowers didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending Seafood Fest Aug. 26 in Marquette. From a good distance away, the green and white tents were visible and the smell of the seafood hung in the humid air, wafting across the Lower Harbor Park on cool breezes. The festival has been a fundraiser for the Marquette West Rotary, benefitting the local community, for more than 25 years. It was Jill Ostrike’s sixth time visiting the festival. Ostrike, 24, of Detroit, is a former Northern Michigan University student who was back in the area visiting friends. She said she likes the blues, jazz and the breaded shrimp at the popular event. “It’s just a lot of fun,” Ostrike said. “You’re right by the lake and you have good music

and there’s good food.” A blues band belted out a version of “Kansas City,” under the bandshell as people enjoyed a range of ocean delights. Ostrike said she usually attends the festival on two days over the weekend. Edward and Janice Camps, both 68, make the roughly two-hour drive from their home in Caspian in Iron County just for the food. Edward said he likes the chowder and shrimp and continued on a with growing list as Janice said, “You’re asking the wrong people (for a favorite). We like it all.” “We usually eat, walk around a little bit and then get back on the road before it gets too dark,” Edward said. The Camps said they enjoyed a nice ride to Marquette Friday after a good bit of rain in the morning threatened to cancel plans for their trip. “About 2:30 p.m., we decided, ah, let’s go,” Edward said.

Along the way, the couple was surprised how many leaves had already begun to turn the colors of fall. Tyonia Girard, 28, of Marquette would understand that. She said she sees seafood fest as “the last time everyone gets together before the snow flies.” Girard was at the festival with Chris Pearson, 25, of downstate Grand Rapids. They both said they loved the food. “I enjoy scallops,” Pearson said. “Yeah, and the crab cakes,” Girard said. “Oh, man,” Pearson said. It was Pearson’s second time visiting the festival. Girard said, “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid.” The festival continued through the weekend, wrapping up at 10 p.m. Aug. 27 John Pepin can be reached at 906-2282500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.

33 years and still going strong PAGE 6L

Pioneer Week A week of events and entertainment PAGE 7L


2L -— The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26

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Local art shows just getting better with age

Fremont’s Jo Cook was one of nearly 200 artists displaying their work at the 2011 Art on the Rocks. She and her husband, Jim Cook, were selling both orbital sprinklers, seen here, and stationary sprinklers. (Journal photo by Kyle Whitney)

By KYLE WHITNEY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Organizers of the 53rd annual Art on the Rocks said the quality of the 2011 show was never better. "I predicted that everyone would be amazed by the quality and we heard it all day long," said Jack Deo, president of the Lake Superior Art Association, which sponsors the annual art fair at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. "We had a lot of visitors who had come to our show for many, many years and they told us this was the best show we'd ever had." During the two-day show, sponsored by the Lake Superior Art Association, 178 artists will set up shop in Marquette's Lower Harbor. "It's a fine art show in different medias," said Deo. "We try to keep our standards high and I think it's worked. We have to keep them high to get people coming from many states away." Each year, judges score the participants, with the highest scoring artists receiving automatic entry into the following year's show. All other interested parties must apply, pay a fee and face a jury process. Deo said 20 to 25 artists were turned away this year. "It really hasn't (changed)," said Deo, who has been involved with Art on the Rocks since 1977. "It was about that big. I can go back to some of those old programs and there are about 150 artists

“We

succeeded in bringing some of the finest artwork to Marquette again.We would have heard if we didn't have a good show. - JACK DEO

President of the Lake Superior Art Association

from when I started." The event began in the 1950s near the Chamber of Commerce and moved to Presque Isle a few years later. The 2011 incarnation marked the third in Lower Harbor. Although the quality of exhibitors was topnotch, Deo said attendance was down. He said the LSAA typically prints and distributes 5,000 programs and has run out in past years, but he estimates between 1,000 and 2,000 programs remained undistributed this year. He praised the weather, which was beautiful for much of the weekend, and said he hopes

to work on tweaking parking and the flow of foot traffic for next year. Still, he said the vast majority of the nearly 200 artists were pleased with the weekend, as were the judges. "We succeeded in bringing some of the finest artwork to Marquette again," Deo said. "We would have heard if we didn't have a good show." And for the 18th year, Art on the Rocks will be accompanied by The OutBack Art Fair, a slightly smaller event located at Picnic Rocks. "The show went very well. We had good numbers this year as far as patrons coming through," said OutBack organizer Ryan Engle. "And we actually had a lot of customers come to us this year and say we had even a better selection than last year." He said the 115 vendors that took part in the OutBack were pleased, and the site the fair is held on was very near capacity, according to Engle. "It's tough to say com-

paratively from year to year, but as far as the volume of people on the bike path ... when you walk down the bike

path and it's tough to walk, you know there's a lot of people there," he said.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-2282500, ext. 250. His email is kwhitney@miningjournal.net.


The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26 — 3L

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International Food Fest makes big splash at Lower Harbor By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Sunshine, music and food opened the Marquette County Exchange Club’s International Food Fest on July 2. The three-day festival ran from July 2-4, closing with the Fourth of July fireworks. “It’s a way to celebrate the Fourth of July — get everybody down to the park,” said Exchange Club President Mary Ritter. Money raised by the festival was donated to various community and youth charities and organizations. The club is able to put $35,000 to $40,000 back into the community each year, and has provided more than $700,000 to about two dozen local organizations over the past 25 years. This year’s Food Fest is set for July 3-5 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Visitors to the festival

enjoy music by various bands, kids games and inflatable toys and, of course, food from a variety of area restaurants. “It really tells us a lot about the nationalities that ended up in the area,” Ritter said of the Mediterranean, Italian, Asian and American food choices, among others. For many, the Food Fest is an annual tradition. “I like the environment,” said Shana Deschaine of Marquette. Deschaine said the festival is a favorite of her father, who usually visits during the Fourth of July holiday. “I’m a big fan of fair food,” Deschaine said, ready to enjoy a chili dog for dinner. The Exchange Club is a national organization originally intended to promote the exchange of ideas. Today, its mission centers on youths. “Our mission is the pre-

Jared and Shana Deschaine enjoy some eats at the International Food Fest in Marquette’s Lower Harbor. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

vention of child abuse and to promote patriotism among kids,” Ritter said.

Among the two dozen organizations that have received funding from money raised by the club

are the Boy and Girl Scouts, Alzheimer’s Association, Bay Cliff Health Camp, Therapeu-

tic Riding Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters and various youth sports leagues.


4L — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26

Beer Fest

Vierling brewmaster Chumly Anderson holds out some hops for homebrewer Brian Richards, of Ishpeming, to smell during a past U.P. Beer Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. (Journal file photo)

By JOURNAL STAFF MARQUETTE — It was perfect weather for beer tasting at the third annual Michigan Brewers Guild U.P. Fall Beer Festival Sept. 10 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Tasters were packed in elbow to elbow under large tents which served samples of more than 160 beer varieties from 32 Michigan breweries. Each taster received a checklist of the brews each brewery offered including some with one-of-a-kind names like Bourbon Barrel Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout and Blueberryhoneybiscuitmonkey, Jaw Jacker Pumpkin Spiced Ale, Distorter Porter and Ghettoblaster English Mild. There were also a wide variety of beer styles to appeal to all palates, from green apple ale to chipotle chile porter. One popular sample was Imperial Creme Brule Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in downstate Warren, which included a little extra kick. "It's been a real favorite today," said Chip Truscon, of Marquette, who was working the Kuhnhenn booth. "It's got a little caffeine in it," he added. Live entertainment at the fest was provided by Green Gene, Pretentious Jacks, and Shotgun Kelli and State 51. Food from Border Grill and The Rubaiyat was also on hand.

“It's been

a real favorite today. It's got a little caf feine in it. - CHIP TRUSCON

Worker at the Kuhnhenn booth

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The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26 — 5L

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Ore to Shore offers a variety of events for all age groups

Above, Ben Ellingson of Marquette races through the Forestville portion of the Hard Rock 48 Mile Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. Right, Brian Eppen, 7, leads a group of bikers down the trail with Mike Simonson, 3, and Mike Anderson, 14, close behind during the Hard Rock 48 Mile Ore to Shore Race. (Journal photos by Adelle Whitefoot)

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Cyclists packed into Negaunee the morning of Aug. 13 for the starts of the Hard Rock and Soft Rock races that make up the main attractions for the Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic, ending up just a short time later covered in mud at the finish line at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette. "I think there's a good variety of events. You have everything from the one mile (kids' race) up to the 48-mile," said Wendy Frye, co-coordinator of the new Shore Rock 10-mile race. "You can get different generations... There's so much good energy here." Hundreds of participants took part in the various Ore To Shore races, from kids to adults. Starting on Iron Street in downtown Negaunee was the 48-mile Hard Rock race, which takes bikers along trails from Negaunee west to Ishpeming and then east to Marquette. "I've never done the Ore To Shore and I haven't been to Marquette in 20 years," said David Grim of Cross Plains, Wis., who rode in the Hard Rock. Grim, who participates in other races, said he heard from other racers about the Ore To Shore and decided to give it a try this year. "It looks great on the videos," Grim said of footage he has seen from prior years.

For Negaunee residents and businesses, the start of the two long races in the city means a lot of new faces and a chance to show the town to those who might not have visited previously. "It's an amazing influx of people who have never been to the U.P. before," said Marybeth Kurtz, owner of the Midtown Bakery and Cafe in Negaunee. "I had people waiting at the door for me." At the finish line in Marquette, the area around Lakeview Arena became a sea of bicycles and tired racers celebrating their finishes and digging into some well-deserved refreshments. On hand to help athletes refuel was the Refuel with Chocolate Milk campaign, one on of its 125 stops at endurance events around the country. Working with Jilbert Dairy, the tour passed out nearly 2,000 samples of chocolate milk, the carbohydrates and protein of which can help athletes recover from a race. "They look pretty excited," said tour representative Sophia Bly. "It's cool to see how intense the athletes are." Besides getting some chocolate milk, racers also got a chance to get a "milk mustache" picture taken and free massages. Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email is jboyle@miningjournal.net.

I think there's a good variety of events. You have everything from the one mile (kids' race) up to the 48mile. You can get different generations... There's so much good energy here. - WENDY FRYE

Co-coordinator of the new Shore Rock 10-mile race


6L — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26

Hiawatha Fest traditions roll on

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Marquette Bike Jam organizers look to fill summer void

Top is a screen capture of the new Bike Jam website. Above, from left, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Mona Lang, River Valley Bank Manager Christian Palomaki, Bike Jam event director Jon Becker and RVSB representatives Michelle Sellers, Stacy Chantelois and Todd Horton during a check hand off. RVSB contributed $7,500 to the event. (Journal photos by Matt Keiser)

Top, Harmonious Wail took the stage at the Hiawatha Festival at Tourist Park in Marquette. Middle, People enjoyed square dancing and waltzing through out the day during the Hiawatha Festival. (Journal photos by Adelle Whitefoot)

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Where else would you find performances by the Top Drawer String Band, The Ebony Hillbillies, Big Ron Hunter and Ironing Board Sam and Le Vent du Nord all in one place besides the Hiawatha Music Festival? The annual festival saw its 33rd year in July, giving everyone from kids to grandparents the chance to embrace traditional music. "This is all about traditional acoustic American music," festival coordinator Maggie Morgan said. "It's sort of a sampler of traditional styles of music." Attended by 3,000 to 4,000 people each year, the festival showcases everything from old-time string bands to French Canadian traditional music.

The festival includes main stage musical acts, activities for kids and teens, as well as smaller workshops for those who want to learn more about specific instruments and styles. "Dance is a big component of our festival, too," Morgan said. At a separate dance tent, experienced dancers, as well as those not so experienced, took to the dance floor July 23 to learn the basics of traditional square dancing. "One of the things that always impresses me is the range of ages of people," said Karen Bacula, a board member of the Hiawatha Music Co-op. Besides being an annual reunion for those who regularly attend, the festival gives those who might be unfamiliar with traditional music forms the chance to ex-

This is all about traditional acoustic American music. It's sort of a sampler of traditional styles of music. - MAGGIE MORGAN

Festival coordinator

perience something new, Morgan said. "We try to make it a family event and bring the next generation into this type of music," she said. "It's fun to watch young people find things they've never heard before. This is a kind of music that does not get commercial air play." Although some public radio stations do offer programs on traditional music, the festival is a chance to expose a large audience to the art form. With the hands-on workshops, attendees get the chance to take part in the music, instead of just being in the audience. "It's really about giving people a chance to come try these things," Morgan said. "Nobody's going to make you feel unwelcome." Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-4864401. Her email address is jboyle@miningjournal.net.

By KYLE WHITNEY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE —This summer’s Marquette Bike Jam should fill the void created by the cancellation of last summer’s Superior Bike Fest, according to race organizers. The Bike Jam, which was announced in February, is a community-wide bike event scheduled for the weekend of June 29July 1. It will boast a variety of races, competitions and downtown events. The downtown criterium — a Superior Bike Fest classic — will return, accompanied by road tour and gravity events, a kids bike rodeo and a crosscountry mountain bike race on the South Trails. There are also plans for an outdoor film screening, music, food and a small velodrome exhibition. The annual Superior Bike Fest was called off in 2011 due to a lack of registered participants. “There’s been a group of individuals in the community that were kind of missing the Superior Bike Fest after last year,” said Jon Becker, Bike Jam event director. “They thought it was a wonderful thing in the community and they said, ‘Let’s try to re-create that atmosphere.’” Becker, who was involved in those discussions, said the Superior Bike Fest was aimed at hardcore racers. He said he thinks the new event will draw a wider variety of riders, as it will include events like the gran fondo, which is a tour-style ride that riders can take at their own pace. “The most significant thing we’re doing is making it more geared toward

the recreational rider. A lot of the events previously had been really focused on racers, those that actively seek to compete at a high athletic level,” he said. The criterium will involve fewer class divisions and will also include a clunker class, where riders can use any type of bike they wish. While there will certainly be challenges for the more competitive riders — like a 100-kilometer road race — Becker said the aim of the event is “getting people out on their bikes, having a good time.” Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Mona Lang was also a part of the meetings. Part of the idea behind the Bike Jam, she said, is to appeal to local riders. “The community has told us that they want a bike event of this type,” she said. “We’re looking to our local bike community and our local community to support this event. “Certainly, we’re going to appeal to bike teams and bike enthusiasts in our area ... but we really want-

ed to provide the community with a good event they could support.” River Valley Bank is the main sponsor of the event and Bank Manager Christian Palomaki stated in a press release that a community bike event was badly missed last year. The Bike Jam will also be sponsored by Border Grill, the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Development Authority, Classic Auto Collision and Lakeshore Bike. According to organizers, proceeds will benefit the Noquemanon Trail Network, the KMK Cycling Club and other local organizations. Online registration is available at www.mqtbikejam.com and will start at about $25. Those interested in volunteering at or sponsoring the Bike Jam can email Becker at info@blindstoker.com. Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is kwhitney@miningjournal.net.


The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26 — 7L

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Pioneer Week a time filled with events, entertainment

Left, Tom Gardyko of the Negaunee Fire Department mans the grill at the Negaunee Fire Department food tent during the Pioneer Days. Right, Negaunee City Fire Department, left, face off against Skandia-West Branch Township Fire Department firefighters in the Firefighters Competition. (Journal files photos)

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE - Coming home is fun, whether for the holidays or any time of year, but Pioneer Week in Negaunee provided a special week of events and entertainment for those returning to the area. The annual week of reunions, parades, tournaments and fireworks kicked off July 3 with the fifth annual Old Towne Festival. "There's a rich history," said Ann Yoho, vice president of the Negaunee Irontown Association, which organizes Pioneer Week every year. "People are proud to be from Negaunee." In its 32nd year last year, Pioneer Week honored the event's fireworks crews, past and present in 2011. "Every year we have a different theme," Yoho said of the Pioneer Days Parade, which was set for July 9. Events for the week ran July 5-9. July 6, the Negaunee Elks Club held its Kids Bike Parade, beginning at noon at the Negaunee Ice Arena. There was food, games and raffles for participants. The evening of July 6 saw the 17th annual Car Cruise and Sock Hop, held at Pasquali's on Teal Lake Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. with the cruise at 9 p.m. July 7 events continued with the Friends of the

Negaunee Library's annual used book sale running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center. The sale had 1,500 to 2,000 books for sale, most priced at 25 and 50 cents. A fundraising project for the library, the sale raised $800 in 2010. During the last hour of the sale, a bag of books was available for purchase at $1. The evening of July 8 included the Pioneer Princess Pageant, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Negaunee High School Auditorium, and Social Night in downtown Negaunee beginning at 8 p.m. The Negaunee Historical Society also held its tour of historic homes from 1-4 p.m. that day. Tickets were $8 with proceeds going to the Negaunee Historical Museum. July 9 capped the week of events with the annual fireworks and community picnic. The day began with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Range Bank Pioneer Days Run/Walk on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The Pioneer Days Parade was at 11:30 a.m., with the theme of Honoring the Negaunee Fireworks Crew - Past and Present." The parade started at the corner of Iron and Tobin streets and headed east on Iron to Pioneer Avenue, then north on Pioneer to Maine, east on Main to Brown Ave and then north to Mitchell Street.

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There's a rich history. People are proud to be from Negaunee. - ANN YOHO

Vice president of the Negaunee Irontown Association

Following the parade, the Pioneer Days Community Picnic was at 1 p.m. at Teal Lake. Running until dusk, the picnic featured food and the Firefighters Tournament, which also began at 1 p.m. The Ishpeming Blue Notes held a performance at the picnic at 9

p.m. with the fireworks display over the lake beginning at dusk. "It's bigger and better," Yoho said of the fireworks display. Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-4864401. Her email address is jboyle@miningjournal.net.


8L — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26

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