Quincy Mine Haunted Tour

October 23, 2018

Houghton, MIOctober 23, 2018 – A half-mile in and seven levels below ground, a 15-by-15 dark tunnel awaits the brave souls who dare to enter. The Quincy Mine’s annual haunted tour is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25-27. This is the second year Michigan Technological University students in sound design and audio production and technology programs have collaborated on the project.

This year, Huskies are taking the event to the next level, with a full, scripted production that involves the entire Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts department, says Josh Loar, a professor of practice in VPA. From costumes to staging, students are getting in on the act, including theatre and entertainment technology and theatre and electronic media performance majors.

Working remotely presents challenges student sound designers don’t face when operating on campus. “This year my math says we need about 2,535 feet of speaker cable,” says Henry Sendek, a fourth-year audio production and technology major.

“We have to use about 1,000 feet of microphone cable, we have to get power everywhere,” says Sendek. “To get signal to the speakers I have to run network lines so I can control it, and put it all in amp racks, and that has to be waterproofed.”

Annual Haunted Mine Tours, which close out visitor season, are a fundraiser for Quincy Mine Hoist Association. Tours begin every 45 minutes starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Call 906-482-3101 for ticket info.


Holiday Parade Lights Up Marquette’s Downtown District

October 23, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 23, 2018 – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, and musicians to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the eighth annual “Winter Snow Fun” Holiday Parade, scheduled for Friday, November 30. This downtown tradition complementing the City’s 43nd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, features all of the traditional trappings of the holiday season, including sleigh bells, colored lights and the jolly man himself.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on North Third Street and will conclude at the Marquette Commons, the site of the tree lighting ceremony.

There is no cost to participate. If interested in participating or sponsoring the Holiday Parade, contact the Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475 before Monday, November 26. Registration packets are available on the web.

Governor Appoints New NMU Trustees

October 23, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 23, 2018 – Gov. Rick Snyder has announced two appointments to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees, NMU’s eight-person governing body. Travis Weber of Detroit and Stephen Young of Lansing will replace trustees whose terms expire Dec. 31.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Weber and Mr. Young to our university family, and look forward to introducing them to our many recent accomplishments and treasured traditions,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “We hope they are excited to contribute their expertise in helping Northern take on even more strategic transformational endeavors.”

“We’re delighted that individuals of their stature are joining our board and look forward to their contributions advancing Northern’s vision based on their wealth of experience,” said NMU Board Chair Robert Mahaney.

Weber is chief legal counsel for the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. He previously served as deputy legal counsel and senior policy adviser for the Michigan House of Representatives Republican Policy Office, and as an associate for Clark Hill, PLC. Weber serves on the board of advisers for the Michigan chapter of The Federalist Society and the board of commissioners for the State Bar of Michigan. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee. He replaces NMU Trustee Rick Popp.

“I’m thrilled to be appointed and look forward to continuing Northern’s already-great programs while seeing how we might expand its reach into the Detroit area,” Weber said. “As general counsel to the governor, we’ve faced a variety of issues in administering a complicated system like state government, which is a $50 billion a year organization with 50,000 employees. That experience might lend itself well to my new role on Northern’s board.”

Young is an owner and officer of Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI). He previously served as a manager of tax and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Young was a political science major and Payne Hall resident at NMU in 1975-76. He secured an internship in a Senate office in Lansing before completing his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Michigan State University. Young replaces Trustee Scott Holman.

“I’ve been familiar with Northern for a long time and I’m very excited for this opportunity to return to campus and help the university in any way I can,” Young said. “My career has required me to know finances and work with people with diverse interests to solve complex problems. I’m hoping to apply those skills in a way that benefits Northern as well.”

Weber and Young will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2026.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert

October 23, 2018

Marquette, MI October 23, 2018 – The Marquette Symphony Orchestra presents its first-ever Halloween concert, “A Halloween Spooktacular,” on Sunday, October 28. It’s at 2:00 p.m., a family-friendly time, at Kaufman Auditorium.

Principal conductor Octavio Más-Arocas will lead the orchestra. Musicians will be in costume and joined by a children’s choir.

Tickets are on sale now through NMU Ticket Outlets.

Tickets for adults are $17-32. Student tickets are $12, and children 13 and under are $9.

If tickets are available at the door on Sunday afternoon, they will be sold by price section.

Funding for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is provided in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. This concert is sponsored by Eye Associates and Travel Marquette.

The orchestra is an equal opportunity organization.

Close The Grand – October 28-29

October 23, 2018

Mackinac Island, MI – You’re invited to join in the unique experience as we close Grand Hotel’s doors for the winter months. This package includes a casual dinner buffet on Sunday evening and a continental breakfast Monday morning. Enjoy a laid back atmosphere as we clean out our pantries and wine cellar. Bob Tagatz, the hotel’s historian and concierge will do a presentation explaining the process we go through to close the hotel, as well as fun facts and interesting information from the 2018 season. Empty guest rooms will be available to look through. We look forward to you joining our staff in this annual end of the year event that has become a tradition for so many.Closing lecture by Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz.Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.

NMU Screens ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Silent Film

October 23, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 23, 2018 – Northern Michigan University’s French program is presenting its 11th annual classic silent film with grand piano accompaniment. The Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 horror film with English subtitles starring Lon Chaney in the title role, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Ontario room of the University Center. Admission is free. Pianist Robert Buchkoe will provide the music.

A phantom haunts the Paris Opera House. He causes murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he “loves” a star. The film is based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra and is directed by Rupert Julian.

“It is the idea of the Phantom, really, that fascinates us: the idea of a cruelly mistreated man going mad in self-imposed exile in the very cellars, dungeons and torture chambers where he was, apparently, disfigured in the first place,” said the late film critic Roger Ebert. “His obsession with Christine reflects his desire to win back some joy from a world that has mistreated him. Leroux and his adapters have placed this sad creature in a bizarre subterranean space that has inspired generations of set designers… the Phantom is invested by the intense and inventive Lon Chaney with a horror and poignancy that is almost entirely created with body language.”

A reception with refreshments will follow the film screening.