Keweenaw Brewgrass Kicks Off Musical Mondays at Calumet Theatre June 17th

Calumet, MI – We kick off the popular summer-long Musical Monday Series at the Calumet Theatre with a Copper Country favorite on Monday, June 17th at 7:30 pm.

Keweenaw Brewgrass play an eclectic mix of “anything rhythmic” on acoustic instruments. The band leans toward bluegrass for the rhythms and harmonies, but also dabble in Texas swing and rock classics done acoustically. Band members include Bogue Sandberg – 8-string dobro, Craig Kurtz – 5-string banjo/vocal, Doug Oppliger – guitar/vocals, Jim Hertel – Doghouse Bass (upright bass)/vocals, Kora Melia Johnson – Fiddle, and Marshall Weathersby – Mandolin/guitar/vocals. This show promises to be a fun kickoff to your Summer!

Tickets: $15. General Seating. Historic Preservation Fee included in ticket price. Member discounts available. Call the Box Office at 906-337-2610, stop at 340 Sixth St., Calumet, MI from 12-5 pm Wed thru Fri OR order tickets online at

Pine Mountain Music Festival Starts June 17th

Iron Mountain, MI – The Pine Mountain Music Festival kicks off this Monday, June 17th at Iron Mountain High School with Moira Smiley and Jefferson Hamer. The show begins at 7:30 pm.

The festival tours throughout the Upper Peninsula and begins June 17th with the performance in Iron Mountain and goes through June 30th. Featured musicians will be in Marquette, Calumet, and Houghton as well.

For a full schedule of events and information about tickets, visit the festival website.

Michigan Iron Industry Museum Antique Automobile Exhibit June 16th

Negaunee, MI – Michigan Iron Industry Museum will present its Iron, Steel and the Automobile Exhibit on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Rd., Negaunee, MI 49866.

Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of the Michigan Iron Industry Museum for one of the Upper Peninsula’s premiere auto shows. The 30th annual presentation features more than 50 vintage cars and light trucks from the 1910s through 1969. Also enjoy live jazz and swing from the Bluffs Orchestra and refreshments.

There is a $3 suggested parking donation for the event.

Funday Sunday Concert Series June 16th

Bark River, MI – Northern Sun Winery is hosting Small Potatoes on Sunday, June 16th. Minimum ticket donation is $10 in advance and $15 at the door and include a vineyard and wine cellar tour at 3 pm ET, two wine samples and music at 4 pm.

Bring a blanket, picnic and/or friends you will have a great time. No carry-ins allowed.

Small Potatoes, a Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”

100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Clear Lake Education Center connecting people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to the natural world.

Tickets for Small Potatoes at Northern Sun Winery Outdoor Concert Series are available at Northern Sun Winery, Delta County Chamber of Commerce, or

Read with a Ranger June 15th

Munising, MI – Read with a Ranger will be held at Bayshore Park in Munising on Saturday, June 15th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Our Second Annual FREE family literacy event. Read with a Forest Ranger on a storybook hike, enjoy fun outdoor activities and crafts.

Christmas in June at Fayette Historic State Park June 15th

Garden, MI – It’s Christmas in June at Fayette Historic State Park! Celebrate the Michigan state parks’ centennial year at Fayette State Park this Saturday, June 15th from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be plenty of games and activities for all campers and visitors. Take a look at the website for more details.

Marquette Breakfast Rotary Fishboil Fundraiser June 15th

Marquette, MI – Marquette Breakfast Rotary has been planning for an entire year for the club’s major fundraiser, the Land and Sea Benefit Dinner & Auction (commonly called the “Fishboil”). The 27th annual Fishboil will be held this Saturday, June 15th, 2019 beginning at 5:00 pm at the Lake Superior Theatre Yacht Yard in Marquette. The Fishboil consists of a traditional Fishboil Dinner, cocktails and a live and silent auction. Dancing will follow dinner with music provided by Double Trouble Entertainment.

Proceeds from the event which consist of ticket sales, sponsors, donations and auction proceeds, are directed back into the community to worthy programs, organizations and projects that support local youth. Since 1992, proceeds from the Fishboil total over $450,000 which has been directed back into the community to numerous organizations throughout Marquette County.

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament June 15th and 16th

Ishpeming, MI – The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is this Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th! Watch as local 3-person teams take each other on in the 47th year of the tournament. For more information, visit the website.

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City of Negaunee Closes Section of Iron St.

Negaunee, MI – At the June 13th 2019 City Council Meeting for the City of Negaunee, the City Council passed a motion that subsequently will close Iron St directly in front of the Kirkwood block due to structural instability that threatens the safety of the general public.

This closure will be effective immediately and will include the North sidewalk, North Parking area and the North Traffic Lane. The City and its staff are following all proper procedures to ensure the Kirkwood building will be no longer be a threat to the safety of the public in a timely manner.

NMU Among Top 50 for Education Majors

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University ranks 43rd among the nation’s “50 Best Colleges for Education Majors” identified by

“This ranking looks at accessibility and affordability relative to the U.S. Department of Education and Michigan Department of Education outcomes we report through trusted systems,” said Joe Lubig, associate dean of the NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service. “I am so proud of what we do and the integrity with which we do it. People can’t believe the level of engagement we have with our schools, community and alumni. Sustaining those relationships to maintain a high-level program takes so much work on the part of our faculty.”

NMU offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education in several focus areas, as well as a master’s degree with a variety of concentrations.’s description praises NMU for giving students at least one “intense” semester of real-world teaching experience, either in Michigan or internationally. It also states that, through the Michigan Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Student Michigan Education Association, NMU helps connect students and teachers to foster a collaborative learning environment.

“I am proud of the high-quality candidates we develop in partnership with schools around the world,” Lubig said. “Dr. Kristen White just returned from meeting with our partners in New Zealand, who have had numerous NMU student teachers and have hired from that pool. They were raving about the quality of their hires from NMU. I have also done site reviews at 11 of the colleges and universities on this ranking and I know they are of quality. This gives me more confidence in the validity of this list.” states that it evaluated hundreds of schools for the list and selected NMU based on academic and career resources for education major students, the quality of education, faculty and other factors.


Bishop John Doerfler Supports Houle Sainthood Cause

Marquette, MI – Bishop John Doerfler’s statement on support of Houle sainthood cause:

It is an occasion of great joy in the Diocese of Marquette to receive the (unanimous) support of the U.S. bishops in the canonical consultation on the cause for canonization of Irving C. “Francis” Houle.

This is an early step in the cause for sainthood of a man who is an example of holiness for the ordinary guy.

Houle’s wife described him to me as “a wonderful husband and father.” He was “the guy next door” and a holy man in the words of his pastor.

An athlete, veteran, husband and father, 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and diligent worker in retail and manufacturing, Houle illustrates living a life of faith and holiness from family to the workplace.

In addition, Houle’s humility and self-sacrifice for his family, and the healing of others through his ministry of prayer are noteworthy. The extraordinary gifts of healing and the stigmata are further illustrations of how God chooses the lowly and humble as his instruments.

Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Nominations Open

Marquette, MI – Marquette Music Scene is pleased to announce open nominations for the 2019 Induction Class to the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame.

Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominees must be either born, raised or founded (in the case of entities) in Marquette County, resided in Marquette County for a significant portion of their career, or made a significant mark on Marquette County during their career. They may represent any music genre and be associated with any music related vocation from any era in Marquette County’s history. A nominee can be an individual, group, large ensemble, institution, event or venue.

Nominees will be considered and voted on by the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Selection Committee which is apprised of local music professionals, historians, educators, and previous inductees. A total of 12 individuals/groups/institutions, one venue, one music store, and one current venue owner/operator (Music Mafia), will be inducted. The MMS “Rising Star” will also be awarded to a group formed in the last 5 years that is making their mark on the current Marquette Music Scene.

This year’s open nomination period will run through Labor Day/Marquette Area Bluesfest. The preferred nomination method is online at, physical nominations forms can be picked up and returned to the MMS Office/Cindy Engle on the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall.

“It’s been a couple years since the founding of the Hall and we’re really looking to get the community more involved in the process. We’re only a few, and though our knowledge of Marquette County music history is vast, it’s far from complete. We’re really hoping with this years nomination process we end up feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of nominations.” says board member Andrew “Bear” Tyler.
The 2019 Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 30th, at the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center’s Red Room in Marquette.

The Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame was founded in 2017 to celebrate the unique and prolific music history of Marquette County. Past inductees include musicians, behind the scenes crew, promoters, managers and more including Chuch Magee (The Rolling Stones), Da Yoopers, Les Ross Sr, Bill Etten, Snuffy’s Saloon and more.

Marquette Music Scene is currently pursuing non-profit status with the dream of someday having a full museum to commemorate and celebrate Marquette’s amazing, historic and continuing music legacy.

Media & Sponsorship inquiries please contact Bear at (906) 458-4323/ or Cindy Engle at (906) 869-1395/

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