Music on Third 2019

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – Music on Third is back for summer 2019 in downtown Marquette. Local musicians will take to the sidewalks of Third Street on the third Thursday of each month this summer. Enjoy local music and take in the sights and shopping downtown Marquette has to offer this June through September. June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, and September 19th are the dates for this year.

The Marquette Regional History Center presents 2019 Historical Marquette Bus Tours

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center presents the 2019 Historical Marquette Bus Tours! The schedule is as follows:

July Bus Tours—all tours meet at MRHC
1:00 pm tours: July 16 and 30
6:00 pm tours: July 24 and 31
August Bus Tours—all tours meet at MRHC
1:00 pm tours: August 6 and 13
6:00 pm tours: August 7 and 14

Our popular bus tours are back! Hop on to time travel back and enjoy first-person historical characters (they really are characters)! The Historical Marquette Bus Tours are a great way to see the town as it is today, while reflecting on the early days of bustling Marquette. Enjoy the ride and learn something along the way through an entertaining narrated tour. Nine tours are available and advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.

Tickets are now on sale and available by calling 906-226-3571, visiting, or stopping by the Marquette Regional History Center during regular operating hours. Tickets are $20.00 for all tours and will embark from the History Center. Arrive ten minutes early to claim your seat. Travel in an air conditioned Checker Bus for the duration of the tour: 90 minutes. Sponsored by Checker Transport and Travel Marquette.

Second Showing of ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ Added at Marquette County Courthouse

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – Due to popular demand, Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has added a second viewing of the film Anatomy of a Murder in the Marquette County Courthouse. Screenings are now scheduled at 1 pm on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. Seating will be first come, first served, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of its release, Anatomy of a Murder is screening in the same courtroom where the original trial that inspired the book and film took place, and where many of the movie’s scenes were shot. This is a rare opportunity to see the film in the Marquette County Courthouse.

On July 1, 1959, the film had its world premiere in Detroit (after two earlier previews in Marquette County). It went on to garner seven Academy Award nominations and was a box office hit. Entirely filmed and edited in Marquette County, Anatomy of a Murder has been called the seventh best courtroom drama in cinema history by the American Film Institute. It was based on the 1958 bestselling novel by the same name by Robert Traver, the pen name for Michigan Supreme Court justice and Ishpeming native John Voelker.

The film stars James Stewart as a former district attorney who is hired by an accused murderer (Ben Gazzara) to defend his case. It also stars Lee Remick, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Arthur O’Connell, Kathryn Grant, Brooks West (Arden’s husband), Orson Bean and Murray Hamilton. The judge was played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer famous for dressing down Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings. The musical score was composed by Duke Ellington, who also appears in the film.

These viewings are being sponsored by Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larson, P.C.; Superior Title & Mineral Examiners; and the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU. Seating is limited to 108 people per viewing.

‘Dr. P’ Leaves Seven-Figure Bequest to NMU

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – The legacy of James Panowski—known fondly as “Dr. P”—will endure for many years at Northern Michigan University. Before his death in May 2018, the former director of Forest Roberts Theatre designated a bequest of more than $1 million to the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award and the James A. Panowski Theatre Scholarship at NMU.

Panowski came to Marquette in 1977 and found a permanent home. During his years at NMU, Dr. P built an exciting, innovative and practical theater program, resulting in the launch of many related careers, decades of community entertainment and a foundation of self-assurance for students to build on personally and professionally.

In 1994, he received NMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award. A lifetime supporter of the arts in the Marquette region, he was a member of the President’s Lifetime Giving Society, established the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award and served as a member of the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2009, to celebrate his retirement, family and friends established the James A. Panowski Theatre Scholarship to provide support for undergraduate and graduate students who major or minor in theater. Dr. P. himself contributed significantly to this scholarship after his retirement.

NMU established a playwriting award in 1977. From 1978-1993, the Shiras Institute, a prominent Upper Michigan philanthropic fund, participated in this event, known as the Shiras Institute/Forest Roberts Theatre Playwriting Award. Beginning with the 14th annual competition in 1993, Dr. P became the sole benefactor of the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award.

The purpose of the award is to encourage and stimulate artistic growth among educational and professional playwrights. It provides students and faculty the unique opportunity to mount and produce an original work on stage and the playwright benefits from seeing the production in front of an audience. The winning playwright also receives a cash award and serves as an Artist-In-Residence at NMU.

“This gift expands Dr. Panowski’s commitment to Northern’s Forest Roberts Theatre and the theater program he so loved,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “The scholarship directly helps theater students complete their degrees and achieve their career goals. The support for the playwriting award continues to distinguish Forest Roberts Theatre as a place where inspiring, thought-provoking, entertaining new plays debut. We are grateful for this generous gift that continues the theater’s strong tradition of providing first-rate performances for the residents of the Upper Peninsula and those who visit the area.”