ISHPEMING - Pride in the Ishpeming-Negaunee area - the heart of the 'west end' - is very apparent in a video put together for the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.
The video, "Marquette County's West End Legacy," was recently completed after a year of filming and production. The video was done by Superior Production of Marquette.
"I think they did a really great job on it," said Elizabeth Peterson, executive director of the chamber. "I think it really shows the people and the pride they have for the west end really well."
This image from the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce website is from the recently released promotional video “Marquette County’s West End Legacy.”
The idea for the video came from the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Peterson said.
"I was approached about doing a video about the west end and I thought it was a great idea," Peterson said. "So we talked to the producers at Superior Production about doing it and they came up with the west end legacy angle."
The video is posted on the chamber website at www.gincc.org, as well as its Facebook page and YouTube account. The video has gotten good feedback, Peterson said.
"There's a lot of interest from people here and all over the country, even with people commenting, 'oh that's my hometown,' " Peterson said. "I hope it makes people remember what's so special about the west end."
The video starts out with Peterson welcoming viewers to the west end. It then proceeds with shots taken around Ishpeming and Negaunee. It also highlights local businesses and events such as the Teal Lake Triathlon, Italian Fest and the ski jumping tournament.
The video ends with the Blue Notes Drum and Bugle Corps drum-line performing in Congress Pizza in downtown Ishpeming.
"I think the ending with the drum-line in Congress Pizza is pretty powerful," Peterson said. "I think that it will bring back memories for people in the area and out of the area of when they use to eat there."
The video is being played at the Michigan Department of Transportation visitors center in Harvey, and there are copies available at the chamber office in Ishpeming
"It's nice to have something to highlight the west end," Peterson said.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.