Maritime ‘gun’ demo planned
MARQUETTE — The Marquette Maritime Museum will mark the occasion of the 227th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard by firing their historic line-throwing Lyle Gun on Coast Guard Day, at 5 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.
Museum President Fred Stonehouse noted in a press release, “We cannot think of better way of honoring this great group of brave men and women than the loud roar of the Lyle gun over Lake Superior!”
The small cannon was used to shoot a line from shore to a shipwreck near shore. Crews then sent out a “breeches buoy” to bring stranded crew to safety.
The Lyle Gun was named for its developer U.S. Army Capt. David Lyle. First used in 1877, it saw wide use by the old U.S. Life-Saving Service crews, including the men at Marquette under legendary Captain Henry Cleary.
The last use of the gun on the Great Lakes was in May 1956 when the Marquette Coast Guard used it to bring 24 sailors off the wrecked steamer Maryland on Chocolay Beach. An explanation of the gun and its history will be provided prior to firing.
Coast Guard Station Marquette will also demonstrate modern line-throwing technology as part of the event.
Free public concert at Reynolds
MARQUETTE — Percussive Attack Camp will wrap up a week-long study of music at Northern Michigan University with a free public concert on Friday.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. Students from middle school age through adults will perform on marimbas, xylophones, bongos, timpani, cymbals, triangles, garbage cans and other percussion instruments.
Percussive Attack Camp is under the direction of Carrie Biolo, with the assistance and support of the NMU Department of Music. It was founded in 2010 by Biolo and Cindy Whitehouse and is “Marquette County’s premier music camp for burgeoning percussionists.”
For more information, visit www.carriebiolo.com/pac or call 227-2563.
Art and hobby show on tap
ENGADINE — The Art Club of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club will present an Art and Hobby Show in the HSC Activities Building, N7535 Millecoquins Lake Drive, Engadine, Aug. 5 and 6.
The show will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6. It’s free and open to the public.
This year’s featured artist is Mona Posinoff, a potter. Musical guests are Shirley Rowe and Deb Kovar. The guest artist is Doug Harman.
Children’s activities will include face painting and Paper Making with Sharon Carpenter, which is special this year.
Amish baked goods will be available, but only on Aug. 5.