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Zach of All Trades/Zach Kukkonen

Close out the Copper Country summer with a bang

August 18, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

With the leaves already changing, the beautiful Copper Country summer is already fading fast.

Yet do not fret Keweenaw entertainment fans, as the area certainly closes the summer out with a bang. Numerous activities still dot the Copper Country's landscape, and here's a few of the events to attend to close out your summer on a high note.

Art in the Park: The 24th annual Art in the Park takes place Saturday and Sunday and always boasts numerous activities for everyone to enjoy. Dozens of booths filled with any kind of art or craft you could desire, live entertainment and delicious food will keep anyone entertained. The beautiful drive up there is nearly worth it in itself. For more information on Art in the Park, call Johanna at 289-4363.

Heritage Celebration: Although the week of events is already in full swing, Friday and Saturday still hold a handful of happenings. The Red Metal Radio Show is tonight, a fry-bread making demonstration Friday and the parade, drum group, sidewalk sales, the Great Deer Chase and the Diabetes Walk Saturday. For a full slate of dates and times, visit

Musical Mondays: The weekly variety of musical stylings on display at the Keweenaw Heritage Center goes on for only two more weeks, so make sure to catch at least one of the two. The Doo-Wop Daddies will visit the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and there will be an ethnic music night at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet.

Live outdoor music: The Daniell Park concert series in Laurium comes to an end Aug. 25 with the Back Room Boys at 7 p.m. The Houghton Downtown Summer Music Series will continue for a few more weeks, with Scott Perkins tonight, Tom Katalin Aug. 25 and the Pasi Cats closing out the series Sept. 1. All concerts will take place with an opener at 6 p.m. and take place on the parking deck across from Wells Fargo in downtown Houghton. The Canal Rock series finishes at 7 p.m. in Porvoo Park in Hancock with The Altar Boys Friday and Scott Perkins Aug. 26.

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival: One of my favorite local events, this three-day music festival held Aug. 26-28 at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is a blast of folk, blues, country and contemporary music. Taking place on the shores of Lake Superior, you can't help but feel relaxed sitting on the ski hill listening to music and taking in a fantastic view. The drive through Ontonagon and Silver City is also one worth making, and the festival is well worth the price of admission.

So put the fact that snow is only but a few months away to the back of your mind and enjoy the last month of glorious summer.

Zach Kukkonen can be reached at



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