Group to read Ustinov play
MARQUETTE - Readers Theater will hold a reading of the Peter Ustinov play "Romanoff and Juliet" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room. Refreshments will be served.
"Romanoff and Juliet" is a comic spoof of the Cold War that is set in a small mythical mid-European country whose leader is wooed by the United States and Soviet Union, each one wanting him as an ally. Russia's ambassador has a son who falls in love with the daughter of the U.S. diplomat. The two opposing families, one communist, the other capitalist, represent the warring Capulets and Montagues of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
Peter Ustinov was renowned as an award-winning actor, writer, dramatist, filmmaker, stage designer, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter. He was also a respected intellectual and diplomat who, in addition to his various academic posts, served as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and president of the World Federalist Movement.
Readers Theater meets the third Thursday of each month to read plays for enjoyment. New readers are welcome. For more information, call 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Thurs. Painters exhibit at MACC
MARQUETTE - The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center July exhibition will be "All Seasons by Thursday Painters." The Thursday Painters, first organized 60 years ago, will celebrate their anniversary by exhibiting work that reflects the four seasons of the U.P.
The exhibit is dedicated to the late Ruth Seppala, the group's earliest member. Other members are Marjorie Carlson, Rosemary Glenn, Esther Lepola, Shirley Michelson, Helen Steinhoff and Betty Shirtz.
The MACC is located on the lower level of Peter White Public Library. A closing reception that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 25.
For more information, call 228-0472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music in the Park in Curtis
CURTIS - The Erickson Center for the Arts will kick off its annual Music in the Park series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with Open Mic Night in the Erickson Center Park. New this year, the Open Mic Night, for both musicians and vocalists, will give local residents and visitors an opportunity to showcase their talents.
Regional bands performing for the series include Evergreen 7 (Munising), 4 Below Zero (Munising), Jim, Ray & Scott (Marquette), Blue Champagne (Marquette), Hozz (Marquette), Stormfront (Gaylord), and the Jon Archambault Band (Boyne City). A variety of music genres will be performed over the series including classic rock, country, swing, jazz, pop & blues. Most bands will perform original music, as well as covers or music by other recording artists.
Picnic dinners are welcome during Music in the Park. Don't forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Erickson Center. Rain or shine, the concerts will be held. Pre-registration is encouraged for Open Mic Night by calling the office at 906-586-9974. Donations to offset the cost of the concerts are always appreciated.
Negaunee work bee planned
NEGAUNEE - The June Negaunee Beautification Committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Iron Street Pocket Park. The group will hold a short meeting followed by a work bee to plant annuals and spruce up the park for the summer. Items for the ore cart plantings will be distributed also.
Also, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday members will meet at 1009 Pine St. to help prepare the ore car planter materials.
For more information, call Anna Mattson at 362-8160.
Library Day planned in Skandia
SKANDIA - Residents of Skandia Township may drop by the Skandia Township Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday for Skandia Township Library Day.
Those who bring laptop computers may get hands-on help with the newest long distance services offered by Peter White Public Library: how to renew library items online, download audio books and e-books, speak a second language, subscribe to digital magazines, and use the library's electronic databases without ever leaving home. The library is online, all the time.
Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 228-9510.
Hanka Homestead presentation set
ASKEL - The Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum in Askel will present a Living History Re-enactment at 10 a.m. Friday at the Homestead. Follow U.S. 41 10 miles north of the blinker light in Baraga, turn west on the Arnheim Road, and follow the signs for six miles.
Performances will be at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Friday. Local artists will portray all seven family members, demonstrating skills each had that were necessary for success and survival on an early farm. These include George Kauppila, Helen Leinonen, Rebecca Stroube, Paul Heikkila, George Potvin, Helen Stenvig, and Cole Klein.
Musical entertainment will be provided by FinnAire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Finnish dance troupe Vinksin Vonksin will perform at 3:30 p.m. Free coffee and nisu will be available, along with other refreshments for purchase.
The public is welcome to join the celebration of local heritage at the Hanka Homestead.