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Fall in the Copper Country

October 10, 2013 in Community, Events, Recreation, Uncategorized

Hello again, Parents!

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful week! As I’m sure you’ve noticed in each of your hometowns, fall is here and is in full swing. Fall is such a

A view of the fall colors.  Photo courtesy of David Clark Photography.

A view of the fall colors from Hancock. Photo courtesy of David Clark Photography.

beautiful time in Houghton; the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and Halloween decorations are making their way onto local doorsteps. Although the leaves have been a bit late to turn this year, the colors are now starting to come out and it’s definitely been worth the wait! The fall color tours are starting up as people from all over come and take rides up the chairlift at Mont Ripley to get a gorgeous view of the town and the vibrancy of the changing colors. In addition to this festive event, the annual Copper Country Color Tour sponsored by the Michigan Tech Cycling club took place on September 28, where cycling enthusiasts could choose to bike a 50 km, 100 km, or even 200 km route around the lively Keweenaw Peninsula! Every year this event takes place during the peak of the color season so cyclists are able to see the beauty that the fall season brings to the Keweenaw. This year, the Copper Country Color Tour was quite successful as it celebrated its 40th year with a multitude of students and community participants!

Fall also signifies another special event for the area: Family Weekend! Family Weekend is an exciting time where parents and family are welcomed to the campus for a weekend filled with fun activities to participate in with their Tech student. This year, Family Weekend will take place on Friday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 13. During Family Weekend, the campus is open for families to explore campus and engage in some exciting adventures including tours of local attractions such as the Quincy Mine, the Sturgeon River, and the Chair Lift Color Tour; varsity athletic games in volleyball,  soccer, and football, the high ropes course challenge, and the Portage Lake Sunset Cruise! Family Weekend is great opportunity to both visit your hard-working student and to get to know the Keweenaw a little bit better. For more information on Family Weekend, please visit the website here.

In addition to the events going on around campus, the Keweenaw also has some autumn festivities going on in the area.  Like Mont Ripley, Mount Bohemia  is also having fall color lift rides on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  Now residents and tourists alike can explore the vibrant colors of the Keweenaw.

The Annual Fall Festival sponsored by the St. Paul the Apostle church in Calumet took place from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6 and included activities such as bingo, Sunday Mass with polka music, ethnic food booths, a bake sale, and raffles.

The start of the Gratiot River North trail ran in the Fall Color Classic.  Photo courtesy of fallcolorclassic.org

The start of the Gratiot River North trail ran in the Fall Color Classic. Photo courtesy of fallcolorclassic.org

The Fall Color Classic trail run also took place on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am. Residents were welcome to participate in an 8 km trail walk/run through the North Woods beside the vibrant shoreline of Lake Superior. Sponsored by the North Woods Conservatory, all of the proceeds of this event go towards Seven Mile Point and the Save the Keweenaw Beaches effort.

That’s all for this week! I hope fall is as festive and celebrated in each of your homes as it is here. Have an enjoyable week!

-Valerie