Theater Students Attend St. Louis Conference

March 16, 2017

Marquette, MIMarch 16, 2017 – Seven Northern Michigan University students attended the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo March 8-11 in St. Louis, Mo. The group was led by Assistant Professor David Pierce, who said USITT is the technical theater industry’s “largest and most respected conference.” Students attended sessions and workshops led by some of the industry’s leading professionals and talked with exhibitors about the latest innovations and services.

“In addition to the conference, I arranged for them to get a backstage tour and have a Q&A session with the national touring company of Cabaret, which was in town at the Fox Theatre,” said Pierce, technical director and production manager for the Forest Roberts Theatre. “One student was also allowed to shadow the stage manager as he called the show that evening.  It was a great experience for our students to get an idea of what it’s like to work on a professional tour and how to find employment after graduation.”

The trip was supported by student travel funds provided through the NMU Foundation.… Read the rest

State Infrastructure Project a Key to Michigan Agriculture’s Future

March 16, 2017

Lansing, MI – Increasingly more difficult to achieve in today’s political climate are long-term strategies designed for the greater good—both for citizens and for multiple, diverse industries. However, when Governor Snyder released the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report last month, it was quite clear that Michigan’s ambitions were exceptional. And when the coordinated, comprehensive plan to rebuild Michigan’s infrastructure comes to fruition, the state will secure its position as one of the nation’s best states in which to live and do business, particularly for those in the food and agriculture industry.

The report includes more than 100 recommendations to address the state’s infrastructure challenges, under the main categories of energy, transportation, water, and communications. Among the numerous areas of focus—and of particular interest to the state’s food and agriculture industry—are roads; water and drains; and access to high speed internet.

In an official statement, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams said, “These recommendations are the first step in putting a better foundation in place to keep Michigan’s rural communities and food and agriculture growing.… Read the rest

Calendar – Music – NMU Music Department Guest Artist Series to Present Brian Carter in Concert – Mar. 19

March 16, 2017

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University Music Department Guest Artist Series will feature a horn concert with Brian Carter on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of NMU.

Carter is principal horn of the Marquette Symphony and Gaylord Community Orchestra. He also performs with the Midland Symphony Orchestra, Sault Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and other groups throughout Upper and northern Lower Michigan. Carter received his Bachelor of Music degree from Olivet College and his Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. He retired in 2013 as director of bands at Gaylord Middle School.

The concert is free and open to the public. … Read the rest

Calendar – Music – Lake Effect Show Choir Concert in Curtis – Mar. 19

March 16, 2017

Curtis – The NMU Lake Effect Show Choir will present “Road Trip, Get the Show on the Road!” on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis.

This will be a great show for the whole family. Advance tickets on sale at the ECA office for $10/adults and $5/students. Reserve or purchase your tickets by calling the ECA office at 906-586-9974.… Read the rest

Calendar – Music – 10th Annual Afternoon of Music Concert for Presbytery Point Bible Camp – Mar. 19

March 16, 2017

Ishpeming – The 10th annual Afternoon of Music Concert for Presbytery Point Bible Camp will be presented on Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church, 112 E. Euclid Street in Ishpeming.

The concert will feature talented musicians from the local area. A freewill offering will support all kids coming to camp during the 2017 season.

For more information about this event, contact the Camp Manager, Caron Christopherson, at 906-869-0925, or Board President, Dan Richards, 906-204-5123. For information on Presbytery Point, go to or see their Face Book page.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Waggin’ Tails Chili Fest Fundraiser for Alger County Animal Shelter – Mar. 19

March 16, 2017

Munising – Waggin’ Tails Chili Fest will be held on Sunday, March 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Canteen, 610 W. Munising Avenue in Munising.

The annual Chili Fest is a benefit for the Alger County Animal Shelter. There will be meat chili, veggie chili, hog dogs, nachos, and take out available. Raffles, silent auction and 50/50, drawings start at 4 p.m.

For more information, call Linda Johnson, Alger County Animal Shelter Manager at 906-387-4131.… Read the rest

Calendar – Faith – Four Day Lenten Mission at St. Michael Catholic Parish – Mar. 19-22

March 16, 2017

Marquette – All are invited to participate in a four-day Lenten mission that will begin on Sunday, March 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner, at St. Michael Catholic Parish in Marquette.

From Monday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 22, the mission will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. followed by a social. The mission will include the celebration of the Mass on March 22. Called “Time for God in a Busy World,” the mission will be led by Oblate Father John Graden and Mary Sellars Malloy.

Partially funded by Legacy of Faith and a donation by St. Christopher Parish of Marquette, the mission will include Scripture, music, prayer and reflection. Freewill offerings to offset the cost of the mission to St. Michael Parish will be accepted. Childcare will be provided by the Father Marquette Middle School eighth grade families as a class fundraiser.… Read the rest

Calendar – Music – Marquette Redmen Chorale/Symphony Orchestra Concert – Mar. 19

March 16, 2017

Marquette – The Redmen Chorale/Symphony Orchestra will offer a concert on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 201 E. Ridge Street in Marquette.

Admission to the concert will be a free will donation in an effort to raise money to offset travel costs for the group to travel to Hawaii to perform at Pearl Harbor and other venues as well as visit the USS Arizona Memorial.… Read the rest

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