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CHIA presents 2020 season of Performances in The Park

COPPER HARBOR — The Copper Harbor Improvement Association (CHIA) is excited to announce that their summertime entertainment series-CHIA Presents Performances in The Park-is back for the 2020 season.

The nine-week Thursday evening performance event begins Thursday, July 2, and runs through Thursday, Aug. 27.

On Thursday, July 2, Daily Mining Gazette writer and local historian, Graham Jaehnig, opens the season with a general history presentation of Copper Harbor.

Jaehnig is a historical researcher, mining historian, and freelance writer and reporter for the Daily Mining Gazette. He was born and raised in a former mining district and has had a fascination with history all of his life. He holds a BA in History from Michigan Technological University, and an MA in English/Creative Writing Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

“They say that people make history” says Jaehnig. “I disagree. I think history makes people. To that end, my academic studies have always been to reach a deeper understanding of the people who lived in the past; it’s what made me a writer.”

The following weeks will be filled with music.

— July 9, father and daughter duo, Kevin and Olivia Blackstone take the stage with guitar, banjo and ukulele to play covers and original music.

— July 16, English & Irish Jazz & Blues will fill the Copper Harbor Community Park with the amazing music of Gail English and Mike Irish.

— July 23, Mojo, Jacob & Friends with Gail English take the stage.

— July 30, In Spite of Ourselves (Erika Vye and Steve Brimm) bring their talents to the park.

— Aug. 6, Matt Moll & Friends.

— Aug. 14, Uncle Floyd takes center stage. This acoustic group, plays all sorts of ‘unplugged’ favorites from artists such as Pink Floyd to John Mayer.

— Aug. 30, Fort Atkinson, WI, based Tapestry will be traveling back to The Harbor. Tapestry creates a wonderful music experience with a mix of many stringed instruments and up to five-part vocal harmony.

— Aug. 27, The Open Mic Night and Season Closer Party returns. “Once again, we’re excited to see who shows up to perform,” said Jeff Ihde, who coordinates the event with his wife, Kathy. “Last year, we were blown away by how much talent lies in our own community.”

This FREE family-friendly outdoor event showcases talent from near and far.

“Once again, the performers are ‘donating’ their talents,” said Ihde. “So, it would be nice-if you like what you hear-to drop a little something into the Tip Pitchers to show your appreciation.”

Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for this fun, family-friendly summertime event! You are asked to please follow the current CDC social distancing guidelines.

“We’re looking forward to families once again congregating in our community park, to watch some great entertainment and enjoy a picnic at one tables or on their own blankets and lawn chairs,” said Ihde. “In case we have bad weather, please check www.copperharbor.org for a possible venue change.”

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