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Musical and Community Events

July 8, 2015 in Community, Events, Recreation

In the Copper Country, we are starting to get into some of the busiest times of year, especially for local musicians. This week has seen some ups and downs in the weather, but most people are still excited for the things to come.

The Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) began at the end of June and will continue through July 18. It is a celebration of all types of music, from professional opera to chamber music and many others. This week the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting performances of The Barber of Seville. The Barber of Seville is a beloved opera buffa (a comic opera) about the desire to win a woman’s heart without money. The Bergonzi String Quartet will be playing at the Calumet Theater, a local landmark and beautiful theater. These performances, among others, will continue throughout the Upper Peninsula. If you are interested in finding out more out about the PMMF, follow this link to its website.

A band performing at The Really Big Show. Photograph by Ray Bosley. Courtesy of

A band performing at The Really Big Show. Photograph by Ray Bosley. Courtesy of

Another musical event coming up is PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp (for more info, click here). This is a camp for students, ages 11-20, to get some intensive and awesome mentoring in playing instruments, singing, performing, setting up, and controlling the performances. During the two week camp, students develop their skills and come together as bands and groups. They create a set, practice and memorize their performance. At the end of the two weeks, the campers hold “The Really Big Show”, this year on Saturday, August 1.  For local young musicians, it is an incredible opportunity to learn, make new friends, and have a lot of fun. I have personally been to the final performance in the past; it is a great way to show support for these students and to get the chance to see some amazing young talent.

This weekend is the annual Strawberry Festival held in Chassell. The short drive is always worth it to see the parade, get some strawberry shortcake, or watch the Strawberry Festival queen pageant. At the peak of strawberry season, the Copper Country Strawberry Festival gets the community out and about to enjoy some of the awesome things (and one of my personal favorites) about living here . The strawberries are fresh picked from local farms, most of which provide picked strawberries as well as pick your own services. If you are interested in learning more about the Strawberry Fest or any of the berry farms, check out their website here.

Summer Youth Programs (SYP) are an amazing way for middle and high school students to experience different fields at Michigan Tech. Many of the students that participate in these programs end up coming to school full time at Michigan Tech (I joined those ranks when I started college). There are many options for SYP, for example students can see what it would be like to be a civil engineer, get hands on experience in a blacksmith shop or adventure through the Keweenaw on hikes. Needless to say, it is a great program for students who aren’t quite sure what they want to do yet, where they can try out majors and career paths as middle and high school students. For those students who decide on  Michigan Tech when they start college, the Center for Pre-College Outreach hires students to work as counselors, providing another great opportunity to get involved.

If you have any questions about what I have discussed here, any other events going on in the Keweenaw, or just in general, feel free to email me at

Have a good week!