Kitty Donohoe to perform
BARK RIVER — Emmy Award-winning songwriter Kitty Donohoe will perform Sunday at Northern Sun Winery in the third and final “Funday Sunday” Benefit Concert of summer 2018.
Her performance will be co-hosted by and will benefit programs of the Escanaba Kiwanis Club, including those that serve children and youth and strengthen the community, according to Kiwanis member-spokesperson Estelle Smyth.
Donohoe, whose Michigan and American folk roots have branched out to include contemporary blues and Irish and Canadian stylings, is based in Ann Arbor. Her Emmy Award recognized “There Are No Words,” a song inspired by 2001’s 9-11 American tragedy.
Her concert at Northern Sun begins at 4 p.m. and proceeds rain or shine. Early arrivals can spread their blankets or set up their chairs to enjoy the winery’s specialty wines from the tasting room or under the pergola overlooking the vineyard�s rolling hills. Visitors are welcome to bring snacks or a picnic lunch — no alcoholic beverage carry-ins permitted.
A free vineyard tour begins at 3 p.m. prior to the concert.
Tickets are $10 in advance, available at Northern Sun and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce in Escanaba. Purchased on day of concert, tickets are $15. Price includes wine tasting coupons.
Northern Sun is located south of Bark River and U.S. 2 at 983 10th Road. Watch for directional signage from U.S. 2 and on southbound D Road (South Bark River Road). For information, contact Northern Sun at 906-399-9212 or visit www.northernsunwinery.com; on Facebook, check out Northern Sun Winery.
Donohoe is a popular and familiar performer in the Upper Peninsula; she humorously calls her visits to the region her “Pasty Belt Tours.” Kitty’s musical talent is wide and varied, from her collection of original Michigan songs written in 1987 to her most recent CD, “The Irishman’s Daughter.” She draws from her heritage for the music she writes, which she defines as “folky/Irishy/American/Canadianish.”
In addition to songwriting and performing, Kitty’s work includes writing children’s books; she recently formed a small company, Gypsie Bird Press, to publish the first of her Northwoods Kids series, “Henny and Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure,” which comes with a five-song CD. Her busy professional life has included leading musical tours to Ireland for the past four summers. For more information, visit www.inishfreetours.com.
Trenary center hosting dance
TRENARY — A dance at the Trenary Community Building will feature music by Old Folks, which is some of the 2×4 Band.
The dance will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 with a lunch donation of $3.
Everyone is welcome.
Art, history day camp planned
MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: Hands On! Art and History Day Camp starting Monday.
This is MRHC’s fifth annual day camp collaboration with Liberty Children’s Art Project. It’s a week long immersion into local history and multi-media art making.
This year participants will explore the History Center’s Special exhibit –100 Artifacts — through a lively history experience and guest art teachers using contemporary methods and materials in artmaking. They will consider questions like these: What will be considered artifacts of the future — what will they look like? What is a portrait and can portraits be told through artifacts?
There are morning (10 a.m. to noon) and afternoon (1-3 p.m.) sessions this year for ages 8-12. Pre-registration is required.
Register: at the History Center or by calling 906-226-3571. The cost is $50 for the week, or $45 for museum members. There is a $10 Discount for additional siblings.
The camp will be Monday to Aug. 24 at the MRC, 145 W. Spring St., Marquette.
Noga book is being released
MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library invites the public to the book release of “The Orphan Daughter” by Cari Noga at 7 p.m. Monday in the library’s Shiras Room.
“The Orphan Daughter,” set in Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula, was released on May 8 in paperback by Lake Union Publishing, and is available on Kindle and in audio editions. Written in first person alternating between Lucy and Jane, it is the story of two fragile souls, both dealing with grief. Lucy Ortiz, age 11, has just lost her parents in a tragic car accident, which is forcing her to leave her home in New York City to live on a farm with her prickly aunt Jane. Lucy’s arrival forces Jane to deal with her own grief of having lost her daughter, a stillbirth at 36 weeks. Not only does this novel deal with both grief and resilience, it also touches upon current issues of immigration and climate change.
Already a Michigan best-seller according to sales statistics compiled by Horizon Books of Traverse City, “The Orphan Daughter” is Noga’s second novel. Her first novel, “Sparrow Migrations,” details the lives of five characters who were transformed by the Miracle on the Hudson plane crash.
Originally self-published, it received hundreds of positive reader reviews and was re-released in paperback by Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, and on Kindle and in audio editions.
Snowbound Books will be on hand for book sales and signing. There is no admission charge to attend 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.
Christian bikers to hold rally
MARQUETTE — The Christian Motorcycle Association of the Upper Peninsula is having its annual state rally Aug. 24-26 at the Lake Ellen Bible Camp near Crystal Falls.
It is open to all members and nonmembers. Nonmembers do not have to pay a registration fee but have to pay for meals and lodging. This is a family friendly event with various activities for all. A ride to the Mission Bible Camp in Gaastra is planned for Saturday afternoon. CMA National Evangelist And Regional Leader Jay Wilber will speak Saturday evening.
For more information call Jim at 906-281-7179, Dave at 906-485-1649 or Lonnie 906-235-0145. Or visit the website cma.org upmi or the association’s Facebook page.