Heritage Week in Calumet begins Monday

CALUMET – Heritage Week 2014, Calumet’s celebration of this area’s people and history will take place with events scheduled between Monday and Sunday, Aug. 17. The theme of this year’s celebration is the “Keweenaw’s Maritime History.”

Heritage Week begins on Monday at 6 p.m. (Eastern time) with the annual “Miners Reunion” at the Coppertown USA Mining Museum located on Red Jacket Road.The public is welcome to listen as former miners gather to share their stories of work extracting the mineral that gave the “Copper Country” its name. On Tuesday, and throughout the week, the Heritage Center at St. Anne’s will be observing the 20th anniversary of its founding. “Come and explore this architectural gem that, over the past two decades has been lovingly preserved and restored,” said a spokesperson.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. there will be a slide presentation on “Shipwrecks of the Keweenaw” in the Calumet Colosseum Ballroom.

Throughout the week, the lights of the Calumet Theatre, 340 Sixth Street, will be shining brightly as it presents a variety of programming. Monday evening will feature an appearance by Bob Milne at 7:30 p.m. This ragtime pianist is back for a return engagement.

On Thursday and Friday, at 7:30 p.m. the Theatre will present “Red Jacket 1913 – One Family’s Story.” This play tells the story of the problems and challenges faced by one Slovenian family during the miner’s strike of 1913. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., sees the return of the “Blooze Brothers” with a program of Blues, R&B and Classic Rock. Finally, on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., the Calumet Rotary Club is sponsoring the return of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.

Main Street Calumet provides a full day of activities on Saturday. The day gets underway with a “Walk in the Park” at the Calumet Lions Club Park and Nature Trail between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The members of the Lions Club invite everyone to explore this wonderful nature preserve located along Calumet Lake north of M203 along Waterworks Street just east of Calumet Village. Refreshments will be provided.

After completing your walk through the park, head on over to Agassiz Park on Fourth Street in Calumet for “pannukakku” – Finnish pancakes. From there, walk over to Fifth Street for the start of the “Great Deer Chase” Mountain Bike Race at 10:45 a.m. followed by the Heritage Festival Parade at 11 a.m. In keeping with this year’s “Maritime Festival” theme, we are excited and honored that representatives of the United States Coast Guard, Portage Station, will appear in both the parade and in Agassiz Park.

Immediately following the parade, over 20 crafters and other vendors will be displaying their wares in Agassiz Park until 4 p.m.. There will also be several food vendors present. There will be games and other children’s activities throughout the afternoon. And, as is tradition, there will be live music to enjoy and free trolley rides through Calumet’s historic downtown.

Leaving the Park, we encourage you to visit the many unique shops located along Fifth and Sixth Streets as well as the adjacent streets where our merchants will be offering “Heritage Celebration Specials” throughout the day. And don’t miss out on the Open House at Coppertown USA Mining Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They’ll be serving free cake and punch.

Finally between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., there will be an open house at the restored Morrison School located at the corner of Seventh and Elm Streets. The School, built in 1919 and vacant since 1997, has been completely renovated to house commercial spaces on the first floor and thirteen new apartments on the second and third floor.

After touring the School, take a walk over to the Italian Hall site. Earlier this summer, the National Park Service landscaped the park and added new interpretative signs. These signs pay fitting tribute to the 73 men, women and children who perished at this site a century ago.

“Next weekend promises to be filled with activity in Calumet and all are invited to join us,” said a spokesperson.