Somewhere In Time Weekend – October 26-28

October 21, 2018

Mackinac Island, MI – Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of Somewhere in Time Weekend at Grand Hotel! Somewhere in Time Weekend is one of our most popular and special weekends at Grand Hotel. The movie Somewhere in Time was filmed at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island in 1979 and the movie was released in 1980. See pictures from a 1980 Grand Hotel Newsletter from when the crew was filming. This is the perfect weekend for movie lovers who want to know the cinematic secrets of the timeless romantic classic.

In 2015 the lovely Jane Seymour visited Grand Hotel for the 35th Anniversary of the film and the 25th Anniversary of Somewhere in Time Weekend. It was a year to remember. She surprised guests with a replica of the Elise McKenna’s dress she wore in the film. This special weekend includes a screening of the film, discussions of the movie’s production process, and appearances by returning cast. Guests are invited to make a cameo appearance in costume at the cocktail receptions, costume promenade, and Grand Luncheon Buffet. A full breakfast and five-course dinner are also included daily.

Mackinac Island Halloween Weekend – October 26-28

October 21, 2018

Mackinac Island, MI – Halloween comes to Mackinac Island with end-of-season sales, live entertainment, trick-or-treating and costume contests. Many island specialty shops are prepping for winter and bringing out the sale racks, and downtown bars are hosting nighttime entertainment. Plus, businesses will be handing out candy down Main Street and Market Street, and several establishments including the Pink Pony and Gate House will hold costume contests. So bring your Halloween costume and hit the town!

Halloween Spectacular – Downtown Trick or Treating – October 26

October 21, 2018

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – On October 26th, bring your kids to downtown Sault Ste. Marie for Downtown Trick or Treating! This Halloween-themed event is one your kids won’t soon forget! Dress the kids up, and walk around the downtown area to participating businesses, where they will be handing out candy!

We hope to see you all there!

NMU Hosts Latin Music and Dancing Event

October 21, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 21, 2018 – Northern Michigan University will celebrate Latina heritage by bringing one of Michigan’s top Latin bands, Orquesta Tradición, to campus for a performance in Jamrich Hall on Friday, Oct. 26. The public is invited free of charge. Orquesta Tradición is from the Grand Rapids area. The group plays South American and Caribbean-influenced salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia music popular throughout Latin America.

The 6 p.m. performance will be preceded by related events. At 4:30 p.m. in Jamrich 1318, there will be a panel presentation titled “Aim North: Equity, Pathways and Success,” along with student testimonials from members of the Latino Student Union (LSU). A food and dance workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Jamrich Hall main first-floor lobby. LSU members will familiarize guests with different forms of popular Latin dances that can be put to use when Orquesta Tradición begins playing.

“There are many interesting activities to promote diversity at NMU, from student groups and films to the UNITED Conference and the International Food Festival,” said LSU faculty adviser Maria Arenillas. “They are all very successful and necessary. However, there has not been in the recent past a specific event dedicated to celebrating Hispanic heritage. Our intention is to do it through music and dance.”

Sophomore environmental science major and LSU president Marina Mankee worked with Arenillas and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Jessica Cruz to coordinate the show.

“As a representative for LSU, I communicated the organization’s thoughts and ideas,” Mankee said. “[We] helped decide the location and we are working to provide authentic food. Our main goal is to represent, educate and celebrate diversity at NMU.”

Cruz said about 20 high school seniors from the Van Buren School District in Lower Michigan were invited and are expected to attend the event in addition to 20 students from the Upward Bound Program in Grand Rapids. The initiative addresses the university’s strategic plan focus area of domestic and global outreach.

“I think it helps [latino students] to have a stronger presence on campus—have good visibility,” said Cruz. “It helps to create a strong sense of community, which helps create a stronger sense of belonging, which is then connected to increasing retention rates.”

The celebration follows closely behind National Hispanic Heritage Month. It is a collaborative effort between the LSU, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies.