To the editor:
On the Keweenaw, summer is an amazingly busy time and Main Street Calumet truly appreciates all the help we get to put on summer festivals like PastyFest. The tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors, Aspirus Keweenaw, The Daily Mining Gazette, Upper Peninsula Power Co., River Valley Bank, and Houghton Community Broadcasting Corporation, as well as the unwavering backing of the Village of Calumet and Calumet Township, made this our most successful PastyFest yet.
A substantial part of the success was due to the sound system and PR prowess provided by Todd VanDyke from the Houghton Community Broadcasting Corporation. Local musicians The Backroom Boys and Les Ross and the Finnish American All-stars kept the crowd entertained all day, and thanks to Todd and HCBC the music could be heard throughout the park. We especially want to thank Todd for his commitment to this event, as well as market manager David Rheault, and all the vendors from the Main Street Calumet Market.
We love our mascot for PastyFest, Toivo, and this year Toivo was joined by a junior mascot in the form of 'Lil Toivo. Our hearfelt thanks to two young people from our community, Devin Harris, who played Toivo for us in this year's PastyFest parade, along with Maddie Harrer, who played 'Lil Toivo, and David Geisler who took over as Toivo in Agassiz Park after the parade. By the way, our 'Lil Toivo costume was the creation of Adrene Remali of Dawn's Designs and Craft Fair. Next time you drop by her shop on 5th Street in Calumet give her a thumbs-up on costume design.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the work that goes into community festivals such as PastyFest and the upcoming Heritage Celebration (Aug. 13 to 18), but we wanted to make a public thank you to everyone who helps us make it happen. When we say we love our volunteers, we mean it.
Main Street Calumet