Celebrate UP Environmental Events Start Tuesday

UPEC’s 9th annual Celebrate the UP! will be held in Marquette from March 21st through the 25th. 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.  Join us as we find out what

Locations  for the event include:  Presque Isle Park Pavilion (PIPP), Federation of Women’s Clubhouse (FWC), Ore Dock Brewing Company (ODBC), Landmark Inn (LI), Peter White Public Library (PWPL.)

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

On Tuesday, March 21, Dancing for the Earth from 7-8 pm, features 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)

On Wednesday, March 22, the event features Putting Wetlands into Words from 6-8 pm, an 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 24 events begin at 5 pm with the UPEC Annual Membership Meeting.  This public meeting will be held in the Wave Room of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. (PWPL – lower level)  Later, Sing the Wild UP! Songwriting Competition will be held at 6-8 pm.  Winners of the competition will perform their compositions live. (ODBC)

On Saturday, March 25, Celebrate the UP! keynote address will feature writer and naturalist John Bates presents “Spirit of Place and Learning to Be at Home” at 9 am. (FWC)

Following the keynote, presentations occur from 10:15 am – 3:45 pm including 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).  An afternoon children’s (and adults!) program will be held from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (FWC)

At 11:30 am Jon Saari, David Allen and Mary Martin will host a book discussion onHalf-Earth – Our Planet’s Fight for Life” by E.O. Wilson, (PWPL)  A panel discussion at 4 pm includes “Making Conservation Work in Communities: Recent Success Stories” (FWC) featuring Pointe Abbaye (Keweenaw Land Trust), Pilgrim River Watershed project (CCCTrout Unlimited), Chocolay Bayou Preserve (Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy), and the Yellow Dog Community Forest (Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.)  A closing reception follows the panel discussion (FWC).  All welcome for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Celebrate the UP! 2017 promises to be an entertaining and thoughtful celebration of why we want to live here.