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EVENTS

The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, An Ernest Hemingway Occasion

When: Fri April 28 2017 - Sun April 30 2017
Where: Walloon Lake
Hotel Walloon is pleased to present The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, the second annual event celebrating Ernest Hemingway's connection to the northern Michigan area. The event will take place Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th. The three-day event package includes two nights' accommodation at the 32-room boutique hotel, as well as personally guided tours throughout the area and a chance to meet Valerie Hemingway, who was both a personal assistant and daughter-in-law to the late author. On Friday, April 28th, the event begins with a meet-n-greet with Valerie Hemingway-author of "Running with Bulls," an intimate memoir of her years working with the acclaimed author. The two had met when she was a teenager and after traveling with him for months in Spain, she had become a muse to the writer and he a mentor to her. She is among the few living ties to Hemingway, having spent considerable time with him and his wife in Cuba. This one-of-a-kind gathering will be accompanied by Hemingway-inspired cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, compliments of the Walloon Lake Inn. On Saturday, April 29th, guests will have the opportunity to take two guided tours highlighting many of the local sites featured in "The Nick Adams Stories." The first will be a guided shuttle tour of Horton Bay with Chris Struble, local historian and president of the Michigan Hemingway Society. The second tour consists of a boat trip around Walloon Lake, passing by some of Hemingway's favorite haunts including "Windemere ," the Hemingway family cottage where the famous author spent summers during his formative years. That the evening, guests will enjoy a "Nick Adams" Feast at the historic Walloon Lake Inn, accompanied by tales of Ernest Hemingway as seen through the eyes of his personal assistant, Valerie Hemingway. The weekend-long Hemingway celebration commences on Sunday, April 30th, including the "Sun Also Rises" breakfast at Barrel Back Restaurant and a fly fishing demonstration by Brian Kozminski of True North Trout, honoring the opening of trout season in northern Michigan, something Hemingway looked forward to during his summers here. Centrally located between Petoskey, Boyne City, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix on Walloon Lake, the AAA Four Diamond rated Hotel Walloon is the perfect "home away from home" to enjoy all the adventure northern Michigan has to offer. Opened in the summer of 2015, Hotel Walloon is a focal point of the newly revitalized village of Walloon Lake. It was along these shorelines that more than 100 years ago, a young Ernest Hemingway developed his love of hunting, fishing, exploring and storytelling in an area he fondly referred to as "The Last Good Country" in his writing. Packages for The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake start at $1046.10 per couple, including two nights' double- occupancy accommodations in a Cottage View Room, Friday reception, Saturday tours and dinner, Sunday breakfast and demonstration. For more information and to book your reservation, call (231) 535-5000 or visit www.HotelWalloon.com.

Bombed But Not Forgotten: The Waugoshance Lighthouse

When: Thu May 4 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents "Bombed But Not Forgotten: The Waugoshance Lighthouse." Serving the treacherous Straits of Mackinac from 1851 to 1913, the Waugoshance Lighthouse may be the most unique and historically significant lighthouse on all the lakes. But that was only the opening chapter to its surprising story. Join Terry Pepper, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Associaition's Executive director, on a far-reaching journey of discovery as he unravels the story of this incredible lighthouse. The tiime for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at 301 Traverse Street. Admission is free for members, students, and children and will be taken on a donation basis from non-members. For more information, call (231) 264-5692 or visit elkrapidshistory.org.

The Search for the Westmoreland (Shipwreck)

When: Thu May 4 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “The Search for the Westmoreland.” Author and Shipwreck Hunter Ross Richardson is often thought of as the underwater “Indiana Jones” of America’s mid-west. In 2010 he discovered the wreck of the treasure ship “Westmoreland” which is considered one of the most sought after shipwrecks in the Great Lakes Region. He has dedicated the last two decades of his life to researching, discovering and documenting Great Lakes shipwrecks and missing aircraft. The time for this event is 7pm, and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is free for Elk Rapids Historical Society Members, Students and Children. Non-Members: Donations Accepted! For more information, visit http://elkrapidshistory.org/may_4th_2017_program.aspx.

Bombed But Not Forgotten: the Waugoshance Lighthouse

When: Thu May 4 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Bombed But Not Forgotten: the Waugoshance Lighthouse.” Speaker: Terry Pepper, Executive Director, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association Serving the treacherous Straits of Mackinac from 1851 to 1913, the Waugoshance Lighthouse may be the most unique and historically significant lighthouse on all the lakes. But that was only the opening chapter to its surprising story. Join Terry on a far-reaching journey of discovery as he unravels the story of this incredible lighthouse. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information, visit http://elkrapidshistory.org/may_4th_2017_program.aspx.

Spring Fling Dinner at Birchwood Farms

When: Thu May 11 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Spring Fling Dinner at Birchwood Farms.” Like the first robin, another sure sign of spring is our annual Spring Fling Dinner. The event will kick off with appetizers, a cash bar and live music before our wonderful three-course dinner. As always, guests should brush up on their local history as we will have a history challenge to spark a little friendly competition between tables. The cost for this year’s dinner is $40 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. Advance reservations for the dinner are requested by calling (231) 526-9771. The time for this event is 6pm, and it takes place at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club, 600 Birchwood Drive, Harbor Springs.

Thirty-Seventh Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

When: Wed May 17 2017 - Sat May 20 2017
Where: Petoskey
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network presents Thirty-Seventh Annual Statewide Preservation Conference: “Imagine the Power of Partnerships”. This is the state’s largest annual statewide preservation conference to provide training and networking opportunities geared to both beginners and seasoned preservationists. In addition to offering sessions crammed with the latest news and information from around the state, the conference is known for its keynote speakers, festive evening activities, and annual auction of Michigan items ranging from overnights at historic bed-and-breakfasts, to antiques, books, and gourmet delights. The event takes place at North Central Michigan College.

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Off the Beaten Path

When: Thu June 1 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Sleeping Bear Dunes: Off the Beaten Path - Where Visitors Rarely Go.” Speaker: Kerry Kelly, Chairman of the Board, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Take a virtual trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Kerry will take us to parts of the Park that most visitors never venture. We'll learn some geology, ecology and history as we visit Lake Michigan beaches, unmarked trails, ghost towns, historic farms and docks. We’ll fly to North and South Manitou Island to find giant cedars, shipwrecks, and quaint villages. Find out the best places for birding and wildflowers away from the masses. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information, visit http://elkrapidshistory.org/june_1st_2017_program.aspx.

Depot 125: An 1892 Experience and Family Gala

When: Sun June 25 2017
Where: Charlevoix
The Charlevoix Historical Society presents “Depot 125: An 1892 Experience and Family Gala.” The event is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad and opening of the Charlevoix Depot, one of the biggest events we've ever hosted. Music, Depot guided tours with "historic passenger" skits, games, kids activities, boat rides, Castle Farms model train rides and a whole lot more! The time for this event is noon to 5pm, and it takes place at Charlevoix Depot. The cost is Free. For more information, visit: www.chxhistory.com.

Fifth Annual Blessings of the Fleet & Summer Launch Celebration

When: Wed June 28 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Fifth Annual Blessings of the Fleet & Summer Launch Celebration.” The event kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet, a delightful boat parade on the harbor. Whether by paddle, by oar, by sail or by motor, everyone is welcome to participate in this free event. After the blessing, the Summer’s Launch Celebration at the Boathouse of Harbor Springs featuring a strolling supper from Vernales, local beers and wines, cocktails, a silent auction, music, dancing and more. Tickets are $100 per person with all proceeds directly benefiting the mission of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. For more information, call 231-526-9771 or visit: www.harborspringshistory.org.

Lumbering Around Elk Rapids 1860-1900

When: Thu July 6 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Shanty Boys, Swampers, and River Hogs: Lumbering Around Elk Rapids 1860-1900.” Speaker: Dr. Jim McClurg, Dr. Jim McClurg graduated from the University of Michigan and taught there for ten years before moving to Wyoming where he was a University of Wyoming Geology professor until his retirement some 15 years ago. His home in Eastport is on Torch Lake on land that has been in the family since the mid-1880's. Jim is very interested in the history of the area as both sets of his Great Grandparents lived in the Eastport Area in the 1800's. One ran the Eastport hardware and the other homesteaded a farm a mile away. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information visit: http://elkrapidshistory.org/july_6th_2017_program.aspx.

An Evening with Frank Mays

When: Tue July 11 2017
Where: Charlevoix
The Charlevoix Historical Society presents “An Evening with Frank Mays.” Join us for a lecture, Q & A, and a book signing with Frank Mays, one of the two survivors of the 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley lake freighter off Beaver Island that made world news. The time for this event is 6:30pm, and it takes place at Charlevoix Public Library Community Room. For more information, visit: http://www.charlevoixlibrary.org/calendar.

Second Annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party

When: Thu August 24 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Second Annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party.” The Historical Society invites you to relive the glory days of northern Michigan's most popular teen club at our second annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party. Held at Nub's Nob Ski Area, this throwback party of the summer will feature live music, a picnic dinner, memorabilia and more. To complement our reunion party, we are thrilled to welcome back historian Rick Wiles to present "Clubbing in the Northland," a look back at the history of Clubs Manitou and Ponytail. His talk will be on Thursday, August 3 at 5:30pm at the History Museum. It takes place at Nub's Nob Ski Area, 500 Nubs Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. The cost is $5 for adults and free for current Historical Society members. For more information, call 231-526-9771 or email info@harborspringshistory.org.

Animals in the Civil War: Beyond Old Abe and Traveller

When: Thu September 7 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Animals in the Civil War: Beyond Old Abe and Traveller.” Speaker: Bea Freidlander, JD. Former long-serving member of the Plymouth [Michigan] Historical Museum Board Similar to the personal caring for domestic animals in today's society, animals figured prominently in the lives of people during the Civil War. The more famously known animals during the Civil War were Old Abe, the 8th Wisconsin's eagle mascot, and Traveller, General Robert E. Lee's horse. Friedlander's talk will include anecdotes about famous and lesser known individual animals, and the countless unnamed animals who served. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information, visit http://elkrapidshistory.org/september_7th_2017_program.aspx.

Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour

When: Sat October 14 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour.” This fall the Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of our popular public tour of the Little Traverse Lighthouse on Harbor Point! The tour will take place all day on Saturday, October 14, 2017. If you are interested in the tour please contact the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771. Tickets are $40 per person and are nonrefundable. When you call to make your reservation a Historical Society staff member will provide you with more details regarding tour times and guidelines.

EXHIBITS

9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition

When: Fri August 11 2017 - Mon August 14 2017
Where: Charlevoix
The Charlevoix Historical Society presents “9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition.” Please join us for Charlevoix Photography Club's 9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition. The event takes place at Charlevoix Depot. For more information, visit: www.chxhistory.com.
 

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