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Arts and Entertainment

UPLINK to digitize U.P. history

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has received a $100,000 grant to launch UPLINK, a collaborative, regional digital network that will enable U.P. heritage organizations to preserve historical manuscript collections and offer online public access. The two-year project is being supported ...

MCACA Arts Minigrants for 2021

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for the arts in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula; ...

A little local color

Editor’s Note: Public, festive displays were perhaps more important than ever this year, and a few Copper Country residents really put the effort in, either extra, or perhaps as always. We’ve shared a few favorites, but if you have a neighbor you think deserves a little extra recognition ...

Heikinpaiva taking one-year hiatus

HANCOCK — The City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee pondered every possibility, but after months of thoughtful planning and consideration, the group decided that it couldn’t conduct the annual Heikinpäivä celebration in a manner that would provide a fulfilling cultural experience ...

PLDL and Hancock Library ease into reopening plans

The Portage Lake District Library is again moving into Phase 3 of their reopening plan, which includes limited access to the building by patrons. The service is available beginning Monday, Dec. 21, and will include a return to regular open hours. On Nov. 16, in response to the MDHHS Epidemic ...

The Keweenaw’s Mont Ripley set to open Dec. 19

RIPLEY — Visitors to the Copper Country seeking winter excitement are eagerly anticipating the opening of Mont Ripley this weekend in Hancock, Michigan. Located in the snowiest city in the Midwest, Mont Ripley announced they will open this Saturday, Dec. 19. Mont Ripley opened in 1934 and ...

Rozsa presents ‘A Christmas Carol’ from Emmy Award winning Manual Cinema

HOUGHTON — In pandemic times, the arts become even more creative: Direct to your home, the Rozsa Center brings an imaginative Christmas Carol blending innovative storytelling, puppetry, cinema, and live performance. Streaming Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 17 to Dec. 20. The Rozsa Center ...

Chassell Outdoor Lighting/Decorating Contest results

CHASSELL — Several Chassell residents participated in the Old Fashioned Christmas Outdoor Lighting and Decorating Contest. This year's winners are: - 1st Place: Katie and Jason Tormala, Lower Worham Road - 2nd Place and The Funniest: Tim and Stephanie Wadaga, North Hancock Street - 3rd ...

Announcing the U.P. Notable Book Club

Do you love to read? Do you love the raw, untamed, beautiful U.P? Do you miss people? Are you longing to engage with intelligent people such as yourself in meaningful discussions about something other than the 2020 election, COVID-19, the economy, or climate change? Then here is just the thing ...

Share the joy of the season with a Santa Parade

CALUMET — Main Street Calumet and the Village of Laurium are extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, families, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, snowmobile, tractor or other mobile unit in the parade. Lights, bells, Santa's, and all other holiday ...

Carnegie Museum: Please send gingerbread house pictures

HOUGHTON — We're working on our Virtual Holiday Open House video and we need your photos! Whether you decorated a Miner House from one of our kits, or made a creation all your own, we'd like to include it in our annual community gingerbread village -- this year virtually! Send your photo(s) ...

Hundred-year old tradition observed

HANCOCK — About 30 people gathered in downtown Hancock to mark Finnish Independence Day here in Copper Country on Sunday evening. “Well, we didn’t want to break a record,” Jim Kurtti said. “We’ve been doing it every year since 1918.” Kurtti is the director of the Finnish ...

MCACA arts minigrants for 2021

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for the arts in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula; ...

Deck the Village

LAURIUM - Love to decorate for the holidays? Feel like your neighbor’s light display has nothing on yours? Get out all your lights, bows, and holiday displays. Laurium residents and business owners are invited to show off their holiday spirit by participating in Laurium’s first annual ...

Mount Bohemia featured in USA Today

LAC LA BELLE, MI — Mount Bohemia has been recognized by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the nation’s top downhill ski destinations. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. This ...

DIY Gingerbread “Miner House” kits available

HOUGHTON — Kits are free but please reserve in advance so we know how many to make! Then send us a picture and we'll make a video! Our annual gingerbread house decorating event is going online. We will provide decorating kits including a blank house and tree, small selection of candies, ...

FinnU introduces Embrace Your Sisu scholarship competition

HANCOCK — Finlandia University is excited to announce a new kind of scholarship competition designed to help students and the community find a moment of calm among the chaos of 2020. The Embrace Your Sisu Competition embraces the idea of art therapy to channel one of the three key tenets of ...

Calumet Theatre participating in GivingTuesday

CALUMET — The historic Calumet Theatre is seeking donations for GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday is an annual global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. This year’s GivingTuesday takes place on Dec. 1. The ...