Artist market open for season
COVINGTON — The UP Made Artist Market, sponsored by the non-profit Community Women’s Group, has opened for the season in its unique venue for fine arts and crafts.
The market is housed in the Covington Historic School. Each season continues from May through September.
Following the school being vacated as a learning center, the township rented it to the all-volunteer group who then transformed the quaint school into a gift shop with sales commission money being returned to the community.
The joint effort to bring economic growth into the area has proven popular for Yoopers and tourists alike. The township preserved the school’s nostalgia flavor; the aged-old squeaky floors and clanging metal lockers, as well as the original porcelain water fountain, are still in place.
More than 20 vendors offer hand-crafted soaps, candles, and homemade kitchen products including locally made maple syrup, honey, and jams. Professional artists feature paintings, photography, twig art, and woodwork. Also of interest are collectibles and books. Though recovering from the past economic downturn the market is seeing a resurgence of growth.
A new sign depicting the historic school was made possible through legislative efforts aimed at assisting businesses in the Upper Peninsula. Sen. Tom Casperson and his staff visited the market to discuss signage laws that were negatively impacting businesses in the Upper Peninsula. Policy changes assisted sign visibility for smaller businesses.
The Baraga County Community Foundation recently awarded the Community Women’s Group grant money for rack cards. The market’s web page: www.upmadeartistmarket.com features a browse-our-artists page plus a downloadable vendor application. Working is not mandatory, though volunteering is encouraged.
Hours of operation: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call: 355-2182. Easy access is via U.S. 41 to M-28 west, 4 miles to U.S. 141 South. The market is behind Marathon Station corner on School Road.
Call 355-2727 for more information.
MRHC exhibit to feature fly fishing
MARQUETTE — The opening reception for “Kissing the Water: The Lure and the Lore of Fly Fishing” will be from 5 to 7 p.m. June 29 at the Marquette Regional History Center.
See how fly fishing captures art, philosophy, literature and environmental concerns. From handmade rods and flies to the work of John Voelker, fly fishing has a rich history in this region.
As a special treat during the reception, purchase a ticket for the drawing for an afternoon at “Frenchman’s Pond” during the month of August. The afternoon is hosted by John Voelker’s son-in-law.
The winning ticket holder and a guest will be treated to a shoreman’s lunch, share stories and try fly fishing at the Pond.
Other bonus gifts are included. The drawing will take place that night.
This fundraiser for the Marquette Regional History Center supports future exhibits and programming. Call 906-226-3571 or email Jo Wittler firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on this event.
Concert planned by city band
MARQUETTE — The public is invited to join Dr. Stephen Grugin and the Marquette City Band for an outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at the Downtown Marquette Commons.
As part of Marquette Art Week, the band will present “World War I Remembered,” music to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.
Note the location change to Marquette Commons. Those attending should bring chairs.
Lake Gogebic fireworks set
MARENISCO — Lake Gogebic Fireworks will take place July 1 at the Gogebic Lodge.
These fireworks are set to music and will be followed by a dance. Activities start at sunset.
The fireworks are sponsored by the Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce, along with patriotic businesses and individuals.
For more information, call the lodge at 906-842-3321.