Munising quilt show starts Friday
MUNISING — The Munising Bay Quilt Guild, started by 10 local women in 1999, now 72 strong, will hold its triennial quilt show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The show will be held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on M-28 near the intersection with M-94. Admission is $3 per person (free potholder with admission).
Besides approximately 180 quilts and other quilted items, there are vendors with quilt-related goods. During the show, there will be free lessons: Cakes & Cupcakes at 12:45 p.m. Friday and 11:45 a.m. Saturday; Angles with Ease 2, 3:15 p.m. Friday; and 10-inch squares by Creekside Stitches at 2:25 p.m. Saturday.
There will also be a scrap barrel sale.
A main feature at the quilt show is the drawing for the raffle quilt and other items. The tickets, $1 each or $5 for six, will be on sale during the show up until 3 p.m. Saturday, when the raffle drawings take place.
Munising Bay Quilt Guild makes many quilts of comfort and quilts for military personnel and veterans of Alger County. Quilts have been presented to all World War II vets and are now being made for Korean War and Vietnam vets.
The club also puts on events that are open and free to the public. Quilt Camp, held in June of each year, is an opportunity to share their love of quilting with children and adults, teaching many quilting skills and providing all the materials for each participant to take home a finished project.
Blessing of animals Saturday
ISHPEMING — The eighth annual “Blessing of the Animals” is open to the public.
It is hosted by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Grace Episcopal Church in Ishpeming at St. Joseph’s at 1889 Prairie Ave. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. The event will occur indoors, so weather is not an issue.
Also, people do not need to be a member of either church to attend.
Refreshments will be served following the pet blessing ceremony.
Harvest Dinner slated in Big Bay
BIG BAY — The 68th Annual Harvest Dinner at the Big Bay Presbyterian Church will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
A complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served for $12, children $5. There will also be home-baked pies for dessert.
No early seating, but take outs are available. Questions? Call 345-9217.
Baraga Co. Beer Fest is Saturday
L’ANSE –The Baraga Chamber of Commerce will present its second annual Baraga County Beer Fest from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Waterfront Park at North Front Street in L’Anse.
This event will take place rain or shine and will highlight brews from Shorts Brewing, Lagunitas, Great Lakes Brewery, Tripelroot Brewery, and Cognition Brewery. There will be something for the wine lovers out there as well. Algomah Acres Honey House Meadery will be on hand to deliver wine tastings. There will also be food vendors available to satisfy any hungry appetites while tasting a variety of local craft beers.
Tickets are $35 at the door.
The Baraga County Beer Fest is a fundraiser for the Baraga Chamber of Commerce. The funds are used to support community events such as Baraga County Lake Trout Festival, Lumberjack Days, Baraga County Fair, KBIC Kids Fishing Day, Camp 911 and Meadowbrook Arena.
Like the chamber on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BaragaCountyChamber/ to keep up to date on the latest Baraga Beer Fest happenings and other community events.
NHS band alumni to play
NEGAUNEE — Negaunee High School band alumni will meet at the high school band room at 5 p.m. Friday to prepare for the homecoming festivities.
Those participating are asked to wear maize and blue if possible. The group will rehearse the music with the high school band and go over the pre-game drill before marching to the field. The alumni band will perform halftime music from the sidelines as in past years.
Also, those able to attend will meet at the Negaunee City Band room at the top of Iron Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to run through music and discuss details.
Gaskell to perform Saturday
MARQUETTE — Enjoy an afternoon concert for all ages with Sean Gaskell at the Peter White Public Library at 3 p.m. Saturday in the library’s community room.
Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.
The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empire’s founding.
Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, New York, and he has been featured at numerous festivals in the U.S., Gambia, and Senegal.
There is no admission charge to the attend the concert thanks to sponsorship by the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library.
For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.