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Arts and Entertainment

2021 Parade of Nations date, theme, and logo contest

HOUGHTON — It may be virtual. It may be in-person. Or it may be a combination of the two. But there will be a Parade of Nations this fall, on Sept. 18. This is the 32nd Parade of Nations, an annual celebration of the multicultural diversity of the Copper Country. This year’s theme is "The ...

March is Celebrate Youth Arts Month

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock is featuring artwork from area elementary, middle, and high school students from March 6 through 31 for Celebrate Youth Arts Month 2021. The Youth Gallery and the Kerredge Gallery at the CCCAC will be filled floor to ceiling with ...

Calumet Theatre presents theatre membership drive live stream

CALUMET — The Calumet Theatre will present its second-ever Live Stream event from the Theatre's historic stage from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 27. This event is a Calumet Theatre membership drive and will feature performances from three of the Copper Country's best and favorite music acts: ...

How sustainable are the restaurants in the Keweenaw?

HOUGHTON — We are on a mission to find the most sustainable restaurant in the Keweenaw and we need your help. Fill out this Google Form every time you dine-in or order takeout at a local restaurant in the Keweenaw to rate the sustainability of your experience. This initiative involves 3 main ...

Keep pets and animals safe during cold weather

LANSING — The cold may not have bothered Elsa, but pets and livestock are very much at risk in cold weather. It is critical that owners provide appropriate protection for them during these frigid winter months. That is the key message in one of the latest “Fresh from the Field” podcasts ...

Kalevala Week programs to begin Feb. 23

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center and the Finlandia University Finnish & Nordic Studies Program are pleased to announce Kalevala Week 2021, a joint program of public events in celebration of Finland’s national epic, Kalevala. Centered on the CCCAC’s annual Art of the ...

Copper Country Streetcars

HOUGHTON — "Copper Country Streetcars," a Zoom presentation by Bill Sproule. In this live-stream Zoom presentation, Bill Sproule, author of the book "Images of Rail: Copper Country Streetcars" (2013), will introduce us to the Copper Country Streetcars -- their characteristics, ridership, the ...

Baraga County Chamber second annual Ice Melt Contest

L’ANSE – The Baraga County Chamber of Commerce is holding an Ice Melt Contest on the Keweenaw Bay. The drum was placed on the ice on Feb. 11. Participants can try their luck guessing the exact time the drum will break through the ice on the bay. The participant who has the closest guess, ...

Bergman announces Congressional App Challenge winners

ELK RAPIDS — Rep. Jack Bergman announced this year's winner of the First District Congressional App Challenge for their app Space Hop. Every year, students in the First District create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The winning teams ...

Our digital magazines have moved

Digital magazines previously available in the RBdigital app have been moved to Libby and OverDrive for PLDL and Hancock Library patrons. The migration is a result of an acquisition in which OverDrive acquired RBdigital Magazines. OverDrive is also the parent company of Libby. Here’s what you ...

SUVCW hosts Tyler Tichelaar

MARQUETTE — Camp #266 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold their bi-monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The speaker for the meeting is U. P. historian, Tyler Tichelaar. Tyler has a PhD in Literature and owns Marquette Fiction, his own publishing ...

Winterfest 2021

HANCOCK — Come join us on Feb. 20 from 1to 4 p.m. at the Glad Tidings Church in Hancock. Glad Tidings is at 601 Ingot St. near the Hospital. This will be a community wide outdoor event free for families. We will have Sledding, Bonfires to stay warm, and Dog Sled rides. The Mushing Club at ...

2021 Keweenaw Heritage Grants applications open

CALUMET — The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission is now accepting applications for the 2021 Keweenaw Heritage Grant Program. This program helps local partners preserve and interpret resources and stories related to the Keweenaw’s nationally significant copper mining ...

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 ...