Celebrate the UP! 2017

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For the first time ever, UPEC is sponsoring a Second 2017 Celebrate the UP!

Save the date Saturday, September 16th, to be held at Lake Superior State University Campus

in Sault Saint Marie, Mi.

In order to create a greater appreciation of our environment and heritage across the UP, UPEC, along with the Three Lakes Group of the Michigan Sierra Club, are co-sponsoring a second 2017 Celebrate the UP! in Sault Sainte Marie on Saturday September 16th. There will be informational programs related to Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, Lake Huron; how they have shaped this region and how the region shaped the water. This event is free to the public, and hands-on activities will be offered for all ages after the day’s events. Click on the link above for details as they come available!



from UPEC’s Spring 2017:

UPEC’s 9th annual Celebrate the UP! will be held in Marquette from March 21st through the 25th ,2017 This year’s Celebrate! begins with an exciting series of evening events and culminates in a day-long affair at the corners of Ridge and Front Streets – map.



Presque Isle Park Pavilion (PIPP) – map
Federation of Women’s Clubhouse (FWC) – map
Ore Dock Brewing Company (ODBC) – map
Landmark Inn (LI) – map
Peter White Public Library (PWPL) – map

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC



Tuesday, March 21st

Dancing for the Earth, 7-8 pm: A benefit to support the work of UPEC’s Mining Action Group (formerly Save the Wild UP). Join Carrie Biolo and Maria Formolo as they explore the elements of the Upper Peninsula winter wonderland through dance, sound, movement, and visual imagery. (PIPP)


Wednesday, March 22nd

Putting Wetlands into Words, 6-8 pm: Invitational poetry reading inspired by paintings and photographs of the Wildcat Canyon Creek and Mulligan Creek wetlands. Poets include Esther Ayers, Milton Bates, Rochelle Dale, Lynn Domina, Amber Edmondson, Kathleen Heideman, Janeen Pergrin Rastall, Christine Saari and Russell Thorburn. (FWC)


Friday, March 24th

UPEC Annual Membership Meeting, 5 pm: This public meeting will be held in the Wave Room of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. (PWPL – lower level)

Sing the Wild UP! Songwriting Competition, 6-8 pm: Entries due March 1st. Winners of the competition will perform their compositions live. (ODBC)


Saturday, March 25th

See: Detailed Schedule with Presenter Bios (PDF)  
See: Room Schedule Grid (PDF)


Keynote address, 9 – 10 am: Writer and naturalist John Bates presents “Spirit of Place and Learning to Be at Home” (FWC)

Presentations from 10:15 am – 3:45 pm:  Rob Archibald, Mary Burns, Jim Compton, Keith Glendon, Troy Henderson, Kathleen Heideman, Tim Hunt, Russell Magnaghi, Julie Mowen, Dennis Pace, Dana Richter, Ella Skrocki, and Bill Ziegler (PWPL, FWC, LI)

Afternoon Children’s Program, 1:30 – 3:30 pm (FWC)

Book Discussion: Half-Earth by E.O. Wilson, 11:30 am: Read the book (or be inspired to do so!) and join Jon Saari, Dave Allen and Mary Martin in discussion. (PWPL)

Panel Discussion at 4 pm: “Making Conservation Work in Communities: Recent Success Stories” (FWC) featuring Pointe Abbaye (KLT), Pilgrim River Watershed project (CCCTU), Chocolay Bayou Preserve (UPLC), and the Yellow Dog Community Forest (YDWP)                      

Reception following the Panel Discussion (FWC)

All welcome for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.


From UPEC index page, spring 2017:

UPEC’s 2017
Celebrate the UP!


Please mark your calendars for March 21-25, 2017 for Celebrate the UP! in Marquette

All events are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the UP! begins on Tuesday evening, March 21st with Dancing for the Earth, an outdoor performance by Carrie Biolo and Maria Formolo to honor the vernal equinox. An evening poetry reading, Putting Wetlands into Words, takes place on Wednesday March 22nd. Following UPEC’s annual membership meeting at Peter White Public Library, Sing the Wild UP! songwriting competition winners will perform on Friday night, March 24th at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Saturday March 25th features a full day of presentations, beginning with the 9 am keynote address by writer/naturalist John Bates on “Spirit of Place, and Learning to Be at Home.” Talks by Mary Burns, Dennis Pace and Troy Henderson, Kathleen Heideman and Julie Mowen, Tim Hunt, Bob Archibald, Dana Richter, Keith Glendon and Ella Skrocki, Bill Ziegler, Jim Compton, and Russell Magnaghi will follow, including children’s activities from 1:30 – 3:30 pm! The day ends with a panel discussion on “Making Conservation Work in Communities: Recent Success Stories” and a public reception.

Click here for complete details on Celebrate the UP!



UPEC Board Member Vote by March 24th, 2017:

Please see the attached bios of the slate of UPEC nominees for the UPEC board and vote via mail before the March 24th Annual General Membership meeting in Marquette preceding UPEC’s Celebrate the UP! 

Sing the Wild U.P.:  a songwriting contest sponsored by UPEC and the Mining Action Group!


Entries due in by March 1st.  Winners will perform their songs at the UPEC Celebration kick-off at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on March 24th from 6 – 8pm. The first place songwriter will receive a recording package with Da Yoopers Studio; second place will receive $150; third place will receive a $50 gift card to Jim’s Music and $50 cash and the honorable mention will receive a musician’s gift basket containing all the goodies a budding musician needs!

Click here for more details about the songwriting contest!!




Flyer: Celebrate the UP! 2017 (PDF) – please distribute widely!
Photos: Celebrate the UP! 2016 held in Baraga
Program: Celebrate the UP! 2015 (PDF) held in Marquette
Check our Facebook page for updates, and information about previous Celebrate the UP! events.



For more details about this year’s Celebration, contact UPEC.



UPEC thanks our members for providing these pictures from across the UP!