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The new entires to the guide this week include an old elementary school, a unique concrete and stone arch bridge, a challenging hiking trail with an amazing view, an old electric power station, and a small lakeside spot of solitude and reflection.

As part of the Fourth Thursday in History series, the Keweenaw National Historical Park will provide an in depth look at the rehabilitation of the former Union Building and its future transformation into a visitor center and museum this Thursday, July 28th. From the press release:

Built in 1888 for the Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Union Building—named for the partnership between the two fraternal orders—is one of Calumet’s most important historic structures. The National Park Service purchased it in 1998 after years of neglect had taken their toll on the building. An exterior rehabilitation was completed in 2005, and planning began shortly after to rehabilitate the interior for use as the park’s first Visitor Center. Now that the paint has dried, please join Benda, Mason, and other NPS staff to hear about the project and tour the building’s three floors.

The event will take place at 7pm at the Union Building, at the head of 5th Street in Calumet and is free and open to the public. Tours of the building will be provided after the presentation.

For more information please call the park at 906/337-3168 or visit www.nps.gov/kewe.

New Things to See in the Keweenaw

Jul 15, 2011 | Posted by | Category : Misc | (0) Comments

There are a few more great things to check out in the Keweenaw, thanks to the addition of four more “things to do” on the Free Guide. Now you can explore the peninsula’s compliment of Historic Bridges, Historic Homes, Old Schools, and Scenic Outlooks thanks to the guide.

Enjoy!

New Activities Added to the Guide

Jul 15, 2011 | Posted by | Category : Misc | (0) Comments

There are now new free things to do in the Keweenaw, thanks to the addition of three more activities on the Free Guide. See where in the Keweenaw you can fish, beach walk, or take a scenic drive, activities now available under our “Things to Do” menu.

Enjoy!

PastyFest in Calumet

Jul 1, 2011 | Posted by | Category : Free Events | (0) Comments

This year’s PastyFest in Calumet will be held on Friday, July 1, 2011 and Saturday, July 2, 2011. There are quite a few events scheduled and you can check out Main Street Calumet’s website for the full schedule of events. Here are a few of the FREE things to do!

Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11:00am – Parade down 5th Street
Saturday, July 2, 2011 from 12:00pm through 5:00pm – Free Horse Drawn Tours

Two of us from Keweenaw Free Guide will be in the parade (although for another organization). We hope to see many of you there! :)

Join stewards Jill and Peter Pietila for a summer hike and beach picnic at Black Creek Nature Sanctuary on July 2, 2011 at 11:00am. Bring along a picnic lunch, drinking water, sunscreen and bug repellant.

After a picnic at the lagoon and beach area, we’ll do some beach clean-up and some invasive plant mapping. The 4.5 mile long trail meanders through a varied landscape and is of moderate difficulty.

RSVP for directions to the sanctuary by emailing nancy@einerlei.com or calling the MNA office at 517-655-5655 or emailing michigannature@michigannature.org.

The Portage Lake District Library will host Peace Corps volunteers from Michigan Technological University on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

From their website:

Patricia Butler was a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, and Michelle Cisz volunteered in Paraguay. Both participated in a program that allows Michigan Tech students to earn a Master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps. Blair Orr, who teaches in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at MTU, is one of Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps program coordinators, and has volunteered in Lesotho.

Slides of Armenia, Paraguay, and Lesotho will be shown. The presenters will describe their experiences in the countries where they volunteered, discuss the projects they worked on, and read or tell a folk tale from each country. There will also be displays of items or photos from the countries they visited. Orr will also talk about the Peace Corps in general and provide information on how to join.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at (906) 482-4570 or visit their website.

During the summer, McLain State Park has many one hour programs throughout the week. Visitors and campers alike can enjoy these program. There are new offerings each week, and there are too many to list here, so here is a link to the official document about the programs (link). We also have each program listed on the Keweenaw Free Guide calendar.

Note: While entry into McLain State Park is free, a motor vehicle permit is required to drive into the park.

Movie Magic Club in Calumet

Jun 28, 2011 | Posted by | Category : Free Events | (0) Comments

Come to the Calumet Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on certain Wednesdays this summer to enjoy a free movie for the entire family. A Movie Magic card is needed for admission. Extra cards can be found at any Aspirus Keweenaw facility or the Calumet Theatre.

Kids under 14 can win prizes and a bike is given away after each movie!

Here is the upcoming schedule:

June 29, 2011 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 6, 2011 – Curious George
July 13, 2011 – The Goonies
July 20, 2011 – Despicable Me
July 27, 2011 – Shrek 2

A concession stand will be open with food/drink you can purchase. The theatre does not allow food/drink to be brought in.

Cliff Mine Stamp Mill Tours

Jun 23, 2011 | Posted by | Category : Free Events | (0) Comments

For the past six weeks, Industrial Archaeologists from Michigan Technological University have been carefully excavating the Cliff Mine Stamp Mill (both the Stamp Room and the Wash House) built and run from 1850-1869 (approx). A student research team will be showing off the results of their excavation this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

NOTE: This is a mine site and is primitive! There are no toilets or drinking water and the event is weather depending. There may be mud, puddles, mosquitos, sun, heat, cold, loose rock and poor trails. There is a hike involved with the tour.

To protect the mill site from decay and damage, the excavation will be filled after the project concludes. This is the time to see the stamp mill if you’d like to see it!

Cliff Mine is located on Cliff Drive just south of Phoenix, MI.