West End Update – Ishpeming

West End activities

ISHPEMING — Here at the GINCC we are busy starting to plan for our annual gala to be hosted this year at the Upper Peninsula Brewing Company on October 26. The theme will be Octoberfest and we are looking forward to putting together a fun and engaging night.

In September, there are several events coming up featuring GINCC members.

Today is the return of the Irontown Classics Car Show in downtown Negaunee from 11am to 3pm. Cars will be lined up down Iron Street in herring bone fashion. Sponsored by the Negaunee DDA, the event is free to attend and will be a full afternoon of viewing.

Next weekend, on September 17, the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum will be hosting their annual Fall Festival arts and crafts show on the museum grounds. Featured vendors will offer jewelry, various art, homemade goods and crafts. The Mobile UP Book Mobile will be onsite with free books for the community. Food will also be available.

Also next weekend runners and mountain bikers will be making their way up from the shore of Lake Superior to downtown Ishpeming on their 100-mile or 50-mile trek of the Marji Gesick. This ultra-endurance race has taken on the persona as the hardest race you might ever try with over fifty-percent of the participants not able to finish within the time allotment given or just plain quit. The finish line is in the heart of Ishpeming on Main Street. The race is hosted and organized by Adventure 906 which is primary focus a regional youth mountain biking program.

We’ll be hosting a media day on September 22 for the U.P. Sled Dog Association to promote the UP200 Dryland Dash to be held at the Negaunee Township recreation area just behind the township hall. The event will be taking place on October 8 & 9 so tune in to your favorite station or pick up a newspaper to learn more details.

The following day, Sept. 22, we’ll be having a ribbon cutting for Campfire Coworks new facility in Ishpeming called Campfire-Ish located in the Gossard Building. This is GINCC’s newest member and we look forward to kicking off their open house event. They are located on the first floor and will be sharing the space with a couple new business coming to Ishpeming and we look forward to this new era for the Gossard.

Closing out the week on SepT. 23, we’ll be holding a ground breaking ceremony with Partridge Creek Farm on their new Intergenerational Farm located off Division Street alongside the Jasperlite Senior Housing which now occupies the old Bell Hospital site.

The 3.75-acre farm site will grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers. The program will incorporate Ishpeming Schools students and a portion of produce grown will be used in the school food programs. This is an exciting endeavor for Partridge Creek Farm which will directly address food insecurity issues and community building.

To end the month, we’ll be back to the Gossard Building in Ishpeming to host a Business After Hours on September29 with the Women’s Center at their West End location. The event will showcase the Women’s Center services and bring awareness to the programs available.


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