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December 14, Thursday: Manistique Senior Center Annual Christmas Party/Dinner. A fun filled event filled with camaraderie, good food, and entertainment. Steve and I will be adding some holiday spirit (of the music kind!) during the social hour from 3:30 to 4:30; then Darrell Dixon will up the enjoyment with his special brand of entertainment and wonderful singing. Dinner of turkey and all the trimmings begins at 5:30. We're happy to be a part of this popular annual happening.  

Village Artisans musicDecember 2, Saturday: Village Artisans' Silent Auction Fundraiser, doors open at 2:45 pm at the Garden Gallery. Once again Steve, Sharon Vierk, Larry Daasch and I will add cheery music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by Garden Gallery artists and supporters for this fun fundraiser for their non-profit Village Artisans.

Lake Effect Art Gallery Cedar StOctober 28, Saturday, 11:00-5:00: Lake Effect Art Gallery Mini-Grand Re-Opening! Our favorite local Gallery (of which Steve and I are a part) has relocated to 212 S. Cedar St., downtown Manistique. In just a few short weeks of long hours and work (a lot of scrubbing and painting and moving!) the Gallery board members, artists and friends turned a onceSteve & Sue at Gallery neglected set of rooms into a beautiful space filled with a wonderful selection of local art, crafts, and gifts, ready for the holiday season. We're excited and happy to do our part for the Re-Opening by providing lively live music for the day. We're also happy to have our artwork at the Gallery -- spoons, bowls, boxes, watercolors, cards. It's a very pleasing place to browse and shop. Stop in! The Lake Effect Art Gallery is a part of the local non-profit Lake Effect Community Arts. More information at www.LakeEffectArts.org.

watercolor Blue Bird by Sue RobishawSept. 14 - Oct. 31 - Behind the Bonifas: A Look at the Permanent Collection Exhibit. In 2005 I (Sue) painted this watercolor especially for the Bonifas Arts Center annual fundraiser auction, but they chose instead to keep it for their permanent collection. Now this piece has been chosen again to be part of the "Behind the Bonifas" exhibit. I'm thrice honored as it will be displayed along side some truly wonderful artwork from the collection. There will be a Gallery Walk Thursday Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm.

Dancing -- While we don't have any dances of our own scheduled right now we are fortunate to have a number of dances happening to live music around the U.P. Check out our "U.P. Dance Schedule" to find a dance to attend. I'd love to include more dances on the list (and have more dances to go to!) so if you know of any send me the information and I'll add it. Meantime, we try to dance at least once a week and very much appreciate those who organize and operate the ongoing and occasional dances.

Heritage House musicThursdays at Heritage House Apartments, Manistique, 12:00-2:00 pm, we join friends to play and sing a variety of songs and tunes for the residents and visitors in the Community Room, enjoying this weekly visit.


Wild Cherry Wine at Fur&Feather Sept 2017Fur & Feather poster 2017Sept. 9, Saturday, 10:00 - 1:00: "Fur & Feather Swap & Bazaar", at Holmquist Feed Mill in Trenary. Wild Cherry Wine (Sharon, Steve, Sue with Tom Caron this time!) will be there to help keep things lively with our old time (and not so old) music. In addition to things furred and feathered there will be bake sale, raffle, silent auction, concessions. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Poultry and Livestock Connection. We had a great time at the May 27 & June 24 F&F's and are looking forward to this one, too.

Steve Sue at Man Farm Mkt May 2017May-September! Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 -- the Manistique Farmers Market. Fresh and beautiful vegetables and fruit, fish and eggs, jams and jellies, baked goods galore and more!  And we will be there playing cheery music for our favorite Farmers Market folks. We applaud all the wonderful vendors and all those great customers who have kept the Market going, and we're looking forward to another Fun season. 

Aura 2016July 14 & 15, Friday evening and Saturday:  40th Annual Aura Jamboree. This long running old time music jamboree is for the musician in everyone. An acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to Bluegrass. There is music happening all over all day and evening. It's a great time. We'll be there, enjoying the great music (it truly is awesome), dancing, and adding our 15 minute bit on stage Saturday. Sponsored by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music.

May 10, Wednesday, 1:00-1:30 pm: Mich. Assoc for Family & Community District Meeting, Rapid River Calvery Lutheran Church. With a theme of Chuck Wagon Picnic we'll don our best wagon train attire to entertainment the attendees at this annual gathering. This service group was formerly known as "Home Extension"

garden and orchardApril 19, Wednesday, 6:00 pm: "Growing Diversity" - presentation at the Escanaba Public Library, 400 Ludington St. I'll be sharing ideas and tips for incorporating more diversity into growing areas, interweaving yard/garden/orchard, creating layers and companions for fun, food, health and pleasure. Sponsored by the Escanaba Public Library, www.uproc.lib.mi.us/eplwp/

April 16, Easter Sunday:  Adding a special note to the Easter holiday with music for our friends at Woodland Manor made the day special for us, too!


2016 -- Events new and old, and always interesting!

December 22, Thursday:  Holiday Cheer via music with our friends at the Heritage House from noon till 2:00. Then at 6:00 we'll join in the party at Woodland Manor with more Christmas songs and tunes. It'll be a full and fun day!

December 3, Saturday: Village Artisans' Silent Auction Fundraiser, doors open at 2:00 pm at the Garden Gallery. Once again Steve, Sharon Vierk, Larry Daasch and I will add cheery music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by Garden Gallery artists and supporters for this fun fundraiser for their non-profit Village Artisans.

Nov. 21, Monday -- Woodland Assisted Living, Manistique, Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30 pm. We'll be sharing the resident's special dinner with family and friends by providing background music while they eat and visit. 

Nov. 4, Friday -- Alger County Soil Conservation Annual Meeting/Dinner -- 5:30 - 9:00 at 387 (formerly Sydney's), Munising. Though we no longer play regularly with the Falling Rock Old Timer Jammers we're happy to join them for this event, providing music for entertainment, and dancing, after the dinner and meeting. Should be a good time!

Lost Lake PartySept. 4, Sunday -- We'll again be joining our friends "Lost Lake Effect, and Friends" playing for the occasionally annual Lost Lake lake party. Good food, friendly people, and lively music! The weather may be variable but the fun is always reliable.

Manistique Farmers MarketWednesdays 4:00-6:00, May-October: Manistique Farmers Market. Fresh and beautiful vegetables and fruit, fish and eggs, jams and jellies, baked goods galore and more!  And we will be there playing cheery music for our favorite Farmers Market. We applaud all the wonderful vendors and all those great customers who have put up with the challenging road construction all summer. 

August 18, Thursday: Escanaba Library Author Night -- 5:00-7:30 pm. We'll be joining other invited authors for an evening of book selling and talking to folks at the Escanaba Library. So stop in, say Hi, and enjoy a pleasant visit with this group of writers. Maybe even pick up an interesting book or two to read!

August 4, Thursday: Schoolcraft Hospital Healing Garden Fundraiser -- Wine, cheese, silent auction of art, and music (that's us!) at the Mackinaw Trail Winery, US 2, Manistique, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Aura 2016July 15 & 16, Friday evening and Saturday:  40th Annual Aura Jamboree. This long running old time music jamboree is for the musician in everyone. An acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to Bluegrass. There is music happening all over all day and evening. It's a great time. We'll be there, enjoying the great music (it truly is awesome), dancing, and adding our 15 minute bit on stage Saturday. Sponsored by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music.

Steve & Sue - Pioneer DayJune 25, Saturday: Schoolcraft County Pioneer Day, Manistique, 12:00-2:00 pm. We'll be entertaining folks for several hours at this annual event which this year is being held at the Marina, highlighting the history of local fishing with a special display inside the Marina building. This is an family-friendly fund-raiser for the Schoolcraft County Historical Society.

June 15, Wednesday: Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility Birthday Party, Manistique, 2:00-3:00 pm. The Heritage House Thursday Group will be playing for the monthly birthday party celebration for the residents. We'll add some musical cheer to the cake and ice cream.

March 26, Saturday: Woodland Meadows Assisted Living, Manistique, 1:00-2:00 pm. We're happy to help the residents and their family and friends celebrate the season by providing background music for their special Easter Luncheon.

 

     2015 --- good memories and fun times!

windmill and solar panelsOctober-January: "Off the Grid - Living Off the Land" Exhibit. Opening Reception, Oct. 17, 1:00 pm, at the NMU Beaumier Heritage Center, 105 Cohodas Hall, Marquette. This new exhibition at the Beaumier Ctr focuses on the current growing movement toward "off the grid" living in the Upper Peninsula and its roots in both Native American and early pioneer living in the region. We're happy to be a part of this exhibit and look forward to talking to folks at the opening about our experiences, and sharing with others with their own unique styles of living "off the grid". The exhibit will be up through January.

December 5, Saturday: Village Artisans' Silent Auction Fundraiser, doors open at 2:00 pm at the Garden Gallery. Once again Steve, Sharon Vierk, Larry Daasch and I will add cheery music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by Garden Gallery artists and supporters for this fun fundraiser for their non-profit Village Artisans.

Oct. 26, Monday -- Manistique Senior Center Writers Group, 4:00-5:00 pm, Steve and I will be sharing with the group our experience with Print-on-Demand printing for your self published books. It's much easier now than it used to be!

Sue & Steve, guitar & fiddleOct. 24, Saturday -- Schoolcraft County Health Fair, 8:30 am - 12:00 n, at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. There will be displays, demonstrations, vendors and medical stations at this annual event. And when you're done, or in-between, come on down to the Cafeteria for some refreshments and food while you enjoy some old-time (and maybe some not so old) music. We'll be there with healthy music for healthy living, in a background sort of way. Even if you're not hungry, stop by and say Hi.

Steve Sue Manistique Farmers MktWednesdays at the Manistique Farmers Market 4:00-6:00. Whether it's hot, cold, sunny, cloudy, calm (seldom), or windy (usually!), ManyTracks has a good time adding our bit of old time music to this wonderful local event at the Little Bear West Arena parking lot (near Central Park). Bring your shopping bags and fill them with great local and regional fresh food and goodies -- vegetables of all sorts as they come into season, fruit, fresh whitefish, local beef, eggs, and luscious jams, baked goods, local honey, maple syrup, flowers. It just feels good to be there. And if the weather is too challenging, the Market moves inside the Little Bear Arena, and so do the customers. It's a great group, both vendors and customers. Check out their website at ManistiqueFarmersMarket.com. The Market is done for the season - it was a fun time! See you all next May.

Lost Lake party musiciansSept. 6, Sunday -- We'll again be joining "Lost Lake Effect, and Friends" playing for the occasionally annual Lost Lake lake party. Good food, friendly people, and lively music! The weather may be variable but the fun is always reliable.

Aura Jamboree 2015 Wild Cherry WineJuly 17 & 18, Friday evening and Saturday:  38th Annual Aura Jamboree. This long running old time music jamboree is for the musician in everyone. An acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to Bluegrass. There is music happening all over all day and evening. It's a great time. We'll be there, enjoying the great music (it truly is awesome) and adding our 15 minute bit on stage Saturday morning with our friends Tom Caron and Sharon Vierk. Sponsored by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music.

June 27, Saturday:  Munising Bay Arts Festival, at Bayshore Park and Marina in Munising. The Falling Rock Old-time Jam group, of which we are a part, will be playing lively old-time tunes from 1:00-2:00 pm for the enjoyment of visitors and artists alike. It's a great day to enjoy wonderful art from area artists and a variety of music as well.

most Thursdays at Heritage House Apartments, Manistique, 12:30-2:00 pm, we head into town to join Frank Sweeney on banjo, Chris Orr on bass, Dave Bloom on ukelele, John Gores on guitar, to play and sing a variety of songs and tunes for the residents and visitors in the Community Room, adding our own old time flavor to their country/rock/variety music. Everyone is so friendly and it's a fun time.

Third Tuesdays at the Medical Care Facility -- ManyTracks can be found playing for the residents from 2:00-2:45 in the Special Needs area, then 3:00-3:45 in the main area Dining Room.  If you have friends or family at Medicare come on in and enjoy the music with them. We have a good time.

Wednesdays at Falling Rock Cafe, Munising, 7:00-9:00 pm (in the summer) -- with the "Old Time Jam Group" -- lively and fun. Our core group expands in the summer with many visitors. Come enjoy the music while having a mocha and ice cream, or soup and sandwich. We're usually there.

May 1, Friday - "Night of Hope & Joy" at the Cooks Congregational Church. Larry, Steve and I will be providing suitable background music from 5:45-6:30 during the potluck meal at this annual inspirational evening with a special speaker, physical therapist Lisa Jones.

Daasch & Schmeck playing for danceDance!-- Steve takes up his fiddle to provide toe-tapping lively music with guitarist friend Larry Daasch for the twice a month Lake Effect Arts Old-time Dances, Sept. to May. I'm the caller for the dances and we have a great time. You're welcome to come join us! For more information go to www.LakeEffectArts.org (or give me a call).

ManyTracks - Falling RockFebruary 23-26 -- Manistique Library "Geek the Library" week, with "Geek Night" Thursday, Feb. 26, 5:00-7:00 pm -- ManyTracks will be there with a display -- Old-time Music, Dance, and Making and Repairing Musical Instruments -- and will be playing a set of old-time tunes in the entertainment line-up. This is sure to be a fun event as community members and businesses gather at the Library to share their many and varied passions.


2014 - A Full and Fun Year * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

December 6, Saturday: Village Artisans' Silent Auction Fundraiser, doors open at 2:45 pm at the Garden Gallery. Once again Steve, Sharon Vierk, Larry Daasch and I will add cheery music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by Garden Gallery artists and supporters for this fun fundraiser for their non-profit Village Artisans. Larry, Steve, and I along with Ginny Smith and Rick Rissman gather together weekly at the Gallery from May to November to play and share tunes and songs. Ginny and Rick are now off to other regions for the winter but we're happy to have Sharon come down from Sundell to join us for what has become an annual event for us.

August 31, Sunday -- We'll again be joining our friends "Lost Lake Effect" playing for the annual Lost Lake party'. Good food, friendly people, and lively music! The weather may be variable but the fun is always there.

Wild Cherry Wine at 2014 Aura JamboreeJuly 19 & 20, Friday evening and Saturday:  38th Annual Aura Jamboree. This long running old time music jamboree is for the musician in everyone. An acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to Bluegrass. There is music happening all over all day and evening. It's a great time. We plan to be there, enjoying the great music (it truly is awesome) and adding our 15 minute bit on stage Saturday morning. Sponsored by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music.

July 12, Saturday"Wild Cherry Wine" will be playing a few after dinner tunes for a private wedding, then the guitarist from 'Steppin' In It' will step in and I'll switch to calling dances for the reception. A great way to celebrate a wonderful wedding!

Saturday, July 5: Manistique Art & Craft Fair, 10:00-4:00 at Manistique's Central Park, in conjunction with the annual Independence Day celebration. "Wild Cherry Wine" will be providing entertainment throughout the day. Listen for the fiddles and guitar and look for Sharon's booth (with wonderful woodburning and painting of birds and wildlife on specially selected driftwood pieces), and stop by and say Hi!

Falling Rock JamJune 28, Saturday:  Munising Bay Arts Festival, at Bayshore Park and Marina in Munising. The Falling Rock Old-time Jam group, of which we are a part, will be playing lively old-time tunes from 1:00-2:00 pm for the enjoyment of visitors and artists alike. It's a great day to enjoy wonderful art from area artists and a variety of music as well.

June 21, Saturday"Wild Cherry Wine" is playing for a beautiful, outdoor (in the orchard) wedding. 

Wild Cherry Wine - Indian Lake 2014June 20, Friday, 7:00 pm: Wild Cherry Wine will be at Indian Lake State Park providing some suitably Old-time entertainment for the annual Upper Peninsula History Conference attendees. They have a fully packed weekend of interesting events, presentations, tours, and fun. For information and registration forms visit www.hsmichigan.org, or call the Historical Society of Michigan, 800-692-1828.

Schmeck-Troyer-Robishaw playingJune 18, Wednesday: We will be joining our violinist friend Heidi Troyer from 2:00-3:00 to play at the monthly Birthday Party at the Medical Care Facility with lots of happy fiddle tunes and music for the party. If you have friends or family at SCMCF with a birthday in June come on in and enjoy the party with them. It's always a fun time.

Steve Sue - Man Farm Mkt 2014Wednesdays at the Manistique Farmers Market! 4:00-6:00. Whether it's hot, cold, sunny or cloudy, ManyTracks has a good time adding our bit of old time music to this wonderful local event at the Little Bear West Arena parking lot (near Central Park). Bring your shopping bags and fill them with great local and regional fresh food and goodies -- vegetables of all sorts as they come into season, fruit, fresh whitefish, local beef, eggs, and luscious jams, baked goods, local honey, maple syrup, flowers. It just feels good to be there. And if the weather is too challenging, the Market moves inside the Little Bear Arena, and so do the customers. It's a great group, both vendors and customers. Check out their website at ManistiqueFarmersMarket.com

Falling Rock Jam Mar 2013And after the Farmers Market -- Wednesdays at Falling Rock Cafe with the "Old Time Jam Group" -- You can find us there from 6:00-8:00 playing with friends that lively, foot stomping music that makes you want to get up and dance. Anyone who plays this type of music is welcome to join us!

Steve Carving-Folk Life FestSaturday March 22: Upper Peninsula Folk Art Invitational, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sponsored by and held at the Beaumier UP Heritage Center, 105 Cohodas Hall, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI. This will be a fun event for the whole family. Steve and I will be demonstrating Traditional Spoon Carving and Fingerweaving along with other "Folk Artists" celebrating the Upper Peninsula's diverse cultural, ethnic, and artistic traditions. This year's celebration is part of Beaumier's two month long "Cabin Fever Days". For the schedule and more information: www.nmu.edu/beaumierheritagecenter

Wild Cherry Wine photoFriday, March 21: Wild Cherry Wine will play in the Holiday Inn Marquette lounge from about 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm for an informal session of that fun old-timey music! If you're around stop in.

2012 - Good Memories * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

December 17, Tuesday: ManyTracks will be joining with violinist Heidi Troyer (who organizes the weekly Tuesday music sessions for the Special Needs folks) at the Medical Care Facility with lots of fiddle tunes and Holiday music for the residents. From 2:00-2:30 we'll be at the Special Needs unit, then we'll move to the main area Dining Room to play for the residents there (who are great at singing along!).  If you have friends or family there come on in and enjoy the music with them.

Wild Cherry Wine4 - VA 2013December 7, Saturday: "Village Artisans' Art for the Holidays" Silent Auction Fundraiser, doors open at 2:45 pm at the Garden Gallery in Garden, Michigan. Once again Steve, Sharon Vierk, Larry Daasch, and I will be adding lively music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by U.P. artists for this fun fundraiser for the non-profit Village Artisans of Garden.

longways dancing"Old-time Dancing at the Bonifas!" (700 First Ave So, Escanaba) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm. Join us for a lively evening of old-time "Barn" dances (minus the barn and hay). You don't need to know how to dance and you don't need to bring a partner. The music is toe-tapping cheery and the people are friendly. All dances are taught and called by me (Sue). Cost is $5. Questions? Give me a call at 906-644-2598 or email sue@manytracks.com. For updates see our "Dance" page (click on link at top of page).

October 1, Tuesday: ManyTracks will be at the Medical Care Facility with a bit of old-time musical cheer for the residents. From 2:00-2:30 we'll be at the Special Needs unit, then we'll move to the main area Dining Room to play for the residents there.  If you have friends or family there come on in and enjoy the music with them.

ManyTracks at Man Farm MktMay 29 - Sept 25, Wednesdays: ManyTracks at the Manistique Farmers Market, Little Bear West Arena parking lot (near Central Park). Steve and I are having fun adding a bit of old time music to the Farmers Market this summer so stop byManyTracks at Man Farmers Market for a listen and a hello as you shop this wonderful local market from 4:00-6:00 pm.

After the Farmers Market we head north to Munising to play at the Falling Rock Cafe with our Old-time Jam buddies (7-9 until Labor Day, then it's 6-8). So come see us either in Manistique or Munising! Wednesday is a great music day for us.

July 19 & 20, Friday evening and Saturday:  37th Annual Aura Jamboree. This long runningAura 2012 old time music jamboree is for the musician in everyone. An acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to Bluegrass. There is music happening all over all day and evening. It's a great time. Sharon Vierk, Tom Caron and I (Sue) will do our 12 min. onstage Saturday morning, then spend the rest of the time happily listening and playing. Sponsored by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music.

Saturday, July 6: Manistique Art & Craft Fair, 10:00-5:00 at Manistique's Central Park (behind Little Bear Arena, by the Bandshell) in conjunction with the annual Independence Day celebration. "Wild Cherry Wine" will be providing entertainment throughout the day. Listen for the fiddles and guitar and look for Sharon's booth (with wonderful woodburning and painting of birds and wildlife on specially selected driftwood pieces) next to the Lake Effect Community Arts booth. And while you are there, sign up for the free drawing for a great array of art and craft supplies.

Falling Rock JamJune 29, Saturday:  Munising Bay Arts Festival, at Bayshore Park and Marina in Munising. The Falling Rock Wednesday Night Old-Time Jam group, of which we are a part, will be playing at the Festival at 11:00 am with lively old-time music for the enjoyment of visitors and artists alike. A great day to enjoy wonderful art from area artists and a variety of music as well. The Falling Rock Jam (from which the Jammers arise) is an open Old Time Jam Wednesday evenings at the Falling Rock Cafe. Anyone interested in this type of music is welcome to come join in! It is informal and all levels of players are welcome.

mandoletteJune 16, Sunday:  Manistique Chamber Music Concert, at the Presbyterian Church, 314 Main Street, 7:30 pm. Violinist Paul Lundin and special guest harpsichordist John Ignatowski will get this popular summer series off to a great start with a "Baroque Fever" theme. Steve and Pete Colwell will have an intermission display of "Innovative Instruments" from their collections.

Circle dance colorMay 9, Thursday: "Community Contra Dance" at the Elks Hall (upstairs) in Manistique, 7:00-9:00 pm. Old-time barndance from Lake Effect Arts, for adults (and teens) with music by "Frost Dancing!" - Steve on fiddle, Heidi Troyer on fiddle and John Osterhout on guitar, and I'll be calling. For more information go to www.LakeEffectArts.org/Dance. It's a great time -- come join us!

April 26, Friday: "Lake Effect Arts Family Dance" at the Inwood Town Hall in Cooks, 6:30-8:30 pm .A dance for all ages, 0 to 100, with great fun, lively old-time music by "Frost Dancing!" (with Larry Daasch sitting in for John) and dancing that everyone can participate in. See www.LakeEffectArts.org/Dance for more information.

April 13, Saturday: "Bay de Noc Garden Conference", at Bay College, Escanaba. I will be teaching two workshops at this year's Conference: "Grow Your Own Vegetable Seed" and "Easy Composting 'Sue Style' ". This is a popular event and fills early. For more information contact Delta Co. MSU Extension office, 906-786-3032, www.msue.smu.edu/delta.

Circle dance colorApril 11, Thursday: "Community Contra Dance" at the Elks Hall (upstairs) in Manistique, 7:00-9:00 pm. This will be the second dance in the new Traditional Dance Series from Lake Effect Arts, for adults (and teens) with music by "Frost Dancing!" - Steve on fiddle, Heidi Troyer on fiddle and John Osterhout on guitar, and I'll be calling. For more information go to www.LakeEffectArts.org/Dance. Come join us for a fun evening!

Frost Dancing at Senior CenterMarch 21, Thursday: Music at the Manistique Senior Center, 4:00-5:00. Our new dance band "Frost Dancing!" (see above) will be playing at the Manistique Senior Citizen Center before the potluck dinner. To sign up contact the Senior Center at 341-5923.

March 19, Tuesday: "ManyTracks" (Steve & Sue) will be at the Medical Care Facility Alzeimer's unit at 2:00 with a bit of Irish musical cheer for the residents. If you have friends or family there come on in and join us.

Circle dance colorMarch 14, Thursday: "Lake Effect Arts Community Contra Dance" at the Elks Hall (upstairs) in Manistique, 7:00-9:00 pm. This is the first dance of the new Traditional Dance Series from Lake Effect Arts, geared toward adults and teens. I'll be calling and there will be live music by "Frost Dancing!", a new band with Steve on fiddle, Heidi Troyer on fiddle and John Osterhout on guitar (with me also on guitar when I'm not calling). We're excited about this new venture! For more information go to www.LakeEffectArts.org/Dance. Come on out for an evening of fun!

teaching Intl Folk DancingInternational Folk Dancing. I teach/lead an ongoing Int'l Folk Dance class/dance the second and fourth Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm, September thru May, at the Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba MI.
See Folk Dancing page for more information.

Falling Rock Jammers -- Wednesdays at Falling Rock Cafe in Munising there is an open Old-Time Jam, 7:00-9:00 pm in the summer and 6:00-8:00 pm from September-June. We are there with our fellow musician friends most Wednesdays. If you like those foot-stomping old-time tunes, come and join us! Bring your instrument and join the jam. Or hang out in the Cafe, eating, drinking, socializing and being merry to the sound of the reels and jigs and waltzes of that great traditional music.

Good Memories made in 2012 * * * * * * * * * *

Wild Cherry Wine at Village Artisans 2012December 8, Saturday: "Village Artisans' Art for the Holidays" Silent Auction Fundraiser, 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the Garden Gallery in Garden, Michigan. "Wild Cherry Wine" (Steve, Sue, & Sharon) + Larry Daasch will once again be adding lively music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by U.P. artists for this fun fundraiser for the Village Artisans.

November 9 - December 20: "Northern Exposure XIX", annual juried exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave So, Escanaba. This is one of the best and most popular juried art exhibits in the Upper Peninsula featuring artwork of regional artists. Steve has a wonderful new carved bowl in the exhibit this year (see the Bowl section of our Art Gallery). For more information on the Exhibit go to  www.BonifasArts.org

October 1-29: Lake Effect Arts Members' Exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba. Eight Lake Effect Arts members, including Steve and I, have 26 pieces of artwork on exhibit during October at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. The exhibit is on display in the Studio area of the Bonifas which is open Tues. - Fri. 10:00-5:30 and Sat. 10:00-3:00 and is located at 700 1st Ave So. This is the first time LEA has had an exhibit at the Bonifas and we are excited about the show. Stop in and see it and visit the main Gallery while you are there.

BdNIFDancers-performanceOctober 10, Wednesday & Oct. 15, Monday: Bay de Noc Int'l Folk Dancers at Christian Park Nursing and Rehab Facililities: A group of our Monday night dancers will be happily performing for the residents of the two Christian Park facilities at 6:15 for a special evening for both dancers and residents.

WCW Fayette 2012August 11, Saturday:  Fayette Heritage Day - 11:00-4:00, Fayette State Park. The historic iron smelting town of Fayette is a great visit most any time but this day is especially fun with 19th century music, blacksmith demonstration, children's game of the era, baseball game, an 1875 Great Lakes Schooner Captain performance by Michael Deren, and the popular pie sale. And to add to the festivities Wild Cherry Wine will be here and there around the townsite during the day from 12:00 - 3:00 providing lively traditional music that might likely have been heard when the town was active, and is still heard and enjoyed today! AND at 11:00 the Falling Rock Jammers (of which we are a part) will be playing in the Hotel. At 3:00 Wild Cherry Wine will help launch the traditional old-time baseball game at the ball field with the national anthem.

July 20 & 21, Friday evening and Saturday:  Aura Jamboree, Aura. This long running (36Aura 2012 yrs!) old time music jamboree is very musician friendly, and friendly musicians abound! This is a true hands-on, acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to BlueGrass. There is music everyway and more fiddles and accordions than I've ever seen in one place -- all out of their cases and making great music. We'll be there! Listening and playing and soaking it all in, including our 12 minute stint onstage Saturday morning. Put on by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music.

Saturday, July 7: Manistique Art & Craft Fair, 10:00-4:00 at the Manistique Marina Park, in conjunction with the annual Independence Day celebration. "Wild Cherry Wine" will be providing entertainment throughout the day. Listen for the fiddles and guitar and look for Sharon's booth (with wonderful woodburning and painting of birds and wildlife on specially selected driftwood pieces) and the Lake Effect Community Arts booth. And while you are there, sign up for the free drawing for a great array of art and craft supplies.

Falling Rock JamJune 30, Saturday:  Munising Bay Arts Festival, at Bayshore Park and Marina in Munising. The Falling Rock Jammers, of which we are a part, will be opening the Festival at 10:00 am with lively old-time music for the enjoyment of visitors and artists alike. A great day to enjoy wonderful art from area artists and a variety of music as well. The Falling Rock Jam (from which the Jammers arise) is an open old-time style jam session Wednesday evenings at the Falling Rock Cafe. Anyone interested in this type of music is welcome to come join in! It is informal and all levels of players are welcome.

Open June 11!!  Lake Effect Art Gallery, in Manistique at Trader's Point.
In addition to educational and other participatory activities, one of our Lake Effect Community Arts initial goals was to have a community based art and fine craft gallery for our many talented artisans. Thanks to the generous help of the owners of Trader's Point we will soon be realizing that dream. Steve and I are happy to be joining many other wonderful artists who will be displaying their work at the new Lake Effect Art Gallery at Trader's Point. It opened to rave reviews June 11 and has been happily busy since. So stop in when you're in or near Manistique! For more information on Lake Effect Community Arts, and the Gallery, visit the website at www.LakeEffectArts.org

Thursday, March 29: "Science Rocks" Talent Show Fundraiser for Superior-Central Science Olympiad Students, 7:00 pm at Sion Lutheran Church on M-94 in Chatham. A great time with a wonderful array of interesting talent from the area, both students and adults. "Wild Cherry Wine"'s Sharon Vierk is well known to the students as their bus driver (and strong supporter of the Science Olympiad), so we'll be contributing a set of fiddle tunes to the evening's entertainment. The Middle and High School teams did a great job placing 2nd and 3rd in the U.P. competition so they now head to Lansing to compete against schools of all sizes from all over the state. This has come to be an annual event for this school! It's a fun and interesting night and supports a good cause.

March 23, Friday: "Traditional Country Dance" at the "Dance Zone", 1113 Lincoln Ave, Marquette. Dance from 7:30 - 10:00 pm, with live music by "All Strings Considered"  with Steve and Sue sitting in this month for Jamie and Phil. Come on out for a family fun evening of music and called dances with Marge Sklar.

March 20, Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility's Alz. unit. We'll be joining our fiddler friend Heidi Troyer to offer a bit of Irish cheer to the residents. This is always an enjoyable time. (Heidi is also the coordinator for the weekly music at the unit and a familiar face, with her violin, there.)

Wild Cherry Wine bandMarch 16, Friday: 'Tip a glass for the Irish' -- And celebrate Saint Patricks Day with a special leisurely dinner at the Rock River Cafe in Chatham while enjoying the Celtic tint of the music by "Wild Cherry Wine" (Steve, Sharon Vierk, Sue), from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The food is delicious and the music will have you tapping and sighing with a smile while you wait and while you eat. Reservations recommended (906-439-5509). Cover charge by donation.

March 3, Saturday: Traditional Country Dance Workshop, 10:00 am - 12:00 n. Sue will be teaching a fun introduction to Traditional Dance class covering a range of old time country dances for Lake Effect Community Arts. No experience needed and you don't have to bring a partner.

2011 -- a full and fun year!

December 30, Friday: 'Fast away the old year passes; Hail the new ye lads and lasses' -- Celebrate both with a delicious leisurely dinner at the Rock River Cafe in Chatham and enjoy the joyous music of "Wild Cherry Wine" (Steve, Sharon Vierk, Sue), from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The food is special and so is the music. Reservations recommended (906-439-5509). Cover charge by donation.

November 10 - December 21: "Northern Exposure XVIII", annual juried exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave So, Escanaba. This is one of the best and most popular juried art exhibits in the Upper Peninsula featuring artwork of regional artists. Steve has two carved bowls and Sue two watercolors in this year's exhibit.  www.BonifasArts.org

                                       

Wild Cherry Wine - Dec 2011December 10, Saturday: "Village Artisans' Art for the Holidays" Silent Auction Fundraiser, 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the Garden Gallery in Garden, Michigan. "Wild Cherry Wine" (Steve, Sue, & Sharon) + Larry Daasch will be adding atmosphere and music to the food and wine as participants visit, browse, and bid on one-of-a-kind handmade art & craft items donated by U.P. artists for this fun fundraiser for the Village Artisans.

All Strings Considered Jan 2011Fridays, November 18 and December 16: "Traditional Country Dance" at the "Dance Zone", 1113 Lincoln Ave, Marquette. Dance from 7:30 - 10:00 pm, with live music by "All Strings Considered"  and Steve and Sue. Come on out for a family fun evening of music and called dances with Marge Sklar.

We will also be playing at the Father Marquette School in Marquette Dec. 16 at 1:00, and at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Negaunee Nov. 18 at 2:00.

November 8, Tuesday: "Enjoying a Sustainable Life in the Northwoods" - Sue will be speaking to the Manistique Women's Club at 12:00 noon.

November 4, Friday: "Wild Cherry Wine" (Sharon Vierk, Steve and Sue) will be providing cheery dinner music at the Rock River Cafe in Chatham from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. At this small and unique Cafe you will find wonderful, quality food cooked and served with attention. From sandwiches to latte's to dinners, make your evening special with a trip to the Rock River Cafe and enjoy the food as well as the music. Reservations recommended (906-439-5509).

October 15, Saturday: "New Lost Lake Ramblers" concert at Falling Rock Cafe, Munising, 7:00 pm. Old-time music in tune and song to get you tapping your feet and humming along. We have fun playing and we trust you'll have fun listening! Falling Rock Cafe suggested donation $5 at the door. www.fallingrockcafe.com

Schmeck & Robishaw at FayetteSept 2, Friday & Sept 5, Monday:  ManyTracks at Fayette Historic State Park. Steve and Sue (ManyTracks) will be roaming the beautiful reconstructed historic iron smelting townsite of Fayette with fiddle and guitar providing old time music as it might have been heard during the late 1800's time that Fayette was active.

NLLR FayetteAugust 13, Saturday:  Fayette Heritage Day - 11:00-4:00, Fayette State Park. The historic iron smelting town of Fayette is a great visit most any time but this day will be especially fun with 19th century music, blacksmith demonstration, children's game of the era, baseball game, and the popular pie sale and fish boil. The New Lost Lake Ramblers will help get you into the time period with great toe-tapping traditional tunes and acoustic music from 1:00-3:00 at the renovated casting house down by the harbor.

NLLR FlanFestJuly 30, Saturday:  Flannel Jack Fest - Bay Shore Park, Munising. A fun community summer festival celebrating the romance of the logging days, with music, demonstrations, and wonderful smells and tastes from the Community Bread Oven. The New Lost Lake Rambers will be adding to the spirit of the day with plenty of traditional tunes of the era (acoustic, of course! Our specialty.), from 12:00-1:00, and from 2:00-3:00. So come out for this family and community event and enjoy the music and the fun.

NLLR Blueberry Fest 2010July 29, FridayMarquette  Blueberry Festival, downtown Marquette, 12:00 - 2:00 pm under the canopy near Pocket Park: The New Lost Lake Ramblers will once again be providing foot-stamping lively old-time dance music for the enjoyment of those coming downtown to take part in this annual, busy event, which runs from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. The NLLR are Steve and Sue, Rochelle Schuster, Marilyn & Barney Ouellette.

July 22-24, Friday-Sunday: Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, Marquette. The 33rd for this popular festival with a great line-up of diverse and very talented traditional musicians! Wonderful music on stages and in workshop tents, and a great dance tent as well! Friday afternoon look for (and listen for!) the Hiawatha Acoustic Jam group playing near the Park office. Better yet, bring your instrument and join in! This festival is a greatly anticipated annual event for an enthusiastic crowd who fill Tourist Park with energy and appreciation for such a stellar line-up. For Info go to www.hiawathamusic.org

July 15 & 16, Friday evening and Saturday:  Aura Jamboree, Aura. This long running (35 yrs!) old time music jamboree is very musician friendly, and friendly musicians abound! This is a true hands-on, acoustic celebration of old time music of all sorts, from Finnish to French Canadian, Celtic to New England, Folk to BlueGrass. There is music everyway and more fiddles and accordians than I've ever seen in one place -- all out of their cases and making great music. We'll be there! Listening and jamming and soaking it all in, and onstage Saturday afternoon with friends Sharon Vierk (fiddle) and Tom Caron (bass). Put on by the Aura Community Hall Association this is a one-of-a-kind celebration of true community music. More info at www.aurajamboree.com

June 26, Sunday:  Community Concert Series - Violin-Cello-Piano Trio, in Manistique at the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer at 314 Main Street, 7:30 pm. During intermission we will be displaying our artwork; Steve's carved bowls and Sue's watercolors. Plan to come for a unique evening of chamber music. A donation is requested at the door.

June 25, Saturday:  Munising Bay Arts Festival, at Bayshore Park and Marina in Munising. The Falling Rock Jammers, of which we are a part, will be providing lively old-time music for the enjoyment of visitors and artists alike from 3:00-4:00 pm. A great day to enjoy wonderful art from area artists and enjoy the music as well. the Falling Rock Jammers are an open old-time style jam group playing Wednesday evenings at the Falling Rock Cafe.

 May 3 - 27:  Annual Lake Superior Art Association Juried Member Show in the Marquette Arts and Culture Gallery, downstairs of the Peter White Library in Marquette. Sue has three watercolors and Steve three carved bowls in this annual popular show featuring a wonderful selection from this group of creative and independent artists. This is a great chance to see (and buy!) artwork from some of the great artists in the U.P.

January - April: Monthly Square/Contra Dance at the Dance Zone, Marquette. Sklar's "Dance Zone", 1113 Lincoln Ave, Marquette. Dance from 7:30 - 10:00 pm, with live music by All Strings Considered  - Steve and Sue, Phil and Annette Watts, Rochelle Schuster, Jamie Kitchel, Maggie Morgan.

Friday, April 15: Talent Show Fundraiser for Superior-Central Science Olympiad Students, 7:00 pm at Sion Lutheran Church on M-94 in Chatham. A great time with a wonderful array of interesting talent from the area, both students and adults. We'll be adding our bit to the mix with local artist, bus driver and fiddler Sharon Vierk playing a mix of fiddle tunes as The Falling Rock Trio (Falling Rock Cafe being where we met). Sure to be fun and interesting, and supporting a good cause.

2010

Esc Lib Sustainability Talk Tuesday, November 16: "Building a Sustainable Lifestyle - Practical Ideas for Making Sustainability a Natural Part of Your Life", presentation by Sue (and Steve), 6:30 pm at the Escanaba Public Library. Going green can be easy, interesting and fun! Sponsored by the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library. For more information, visit their website at www.escanabalibrary.org, or call 906-789-7323.

NLLR Fayette 2010Saturday, October 2: The New Lost Lake Ramblers (Steve & Sue, Rochelle Schuster, Marilyn & Barney Ouellette) will be providing old-time music for the Fayette State Park Fall Festival, from 1:00 - 3:00 on the Hotel Porch. Activities include hayrides, haunted trail, campsite decorating and kid's activities-that adults will enjoy, too!! All campers and day visitors are welcome to join in on the fun. For more details contact the park at 906-644-2603.

Steve Carving-Folk Life FestSaturday September 11: Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival, held outdoors on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI. 3rd annual Festival sponsored by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. We will be demonstrating Traditional Spoon Carving and Fingerweaving. This is a wonderful event full of activities and presentations and performances celebrating the Upper Peninsula's diverse cultural, ethnic, and artistic traditions. This year's celebration looks to be even larger and more fun than the first two, and they were great! For the schedule and more information: http://webb.nmu.edu/Centers/BeaumierHeritageCenter

Pentatonic String Band Miron ReunionAugust & September: Our fivesome - with our new official name of the New Lost Lake Ramblers (Steve & Sue, Rochelle Schuster, Marilyn & Barney Ouellette) - take the stage, whether indoors in a hall or outdoors under a veranda, providing fun, lively acoustic music for private and public events such as family reunions, block parties, birthdays, special occasions or just for fun.

BBBuskers Mqt 2010Friday, July 30Marquette  Blueberry Festival: The Pentatonic String Band, which consists of Steve and Sue, Rochelle Schuster, Marilyn & Barney Ouellette, will be providing lively string band music for the those taking part in the busy annual downtown Marquette Blueberry Festival, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Booth #7, next to the Pocket Park and the Information Booth. Come on down to say Hi and take a listen to some foot tapping tune.

Thursday, July 15:  Music in the Village, Marquette. Many musicians will be playing along North Third Street from 4 - 7 pm. Stroll the sidewalks and take in the sights and sounds of music on a summer afternoon/evening. We'll be joining three former members of Lost Lake Effect for a lively string band offering in front of River Valley Bank (corner of Magnetic and Third -- the place with the white pillars and nice shady porch). Stop by, take a listen, and say Hi!

Wednesday, July 7:  Children's Museum Jam, Marquette. Several musicians of the monthly Hiawatha Acoustic Jam (including us) will be playing at the Children's Museum from 2:30 - 4:00, outside in the courtyard if weather permits (inside if not).

June 20: Midsummer Celebration at Lutheran Church on US-2 in Brevort. Annual pole raising and festival with special celebration this year as it is the church's centennial. The Marquette Int'l Folk Dancers will be doing a number of Scandinavian, particularly Swedish, dances in a performance after the raising of the pole. Sue is filling in and dancing in several Swedish set dances.

May 3 - 27:  Annual Lake Superior Art Association Juried Member Show in the Marq Arts and Culture Gallery, downstairs of the Peter White Library in Marquette. Sue has two watercolors in this annual popular show featuring a wonderful selection from this group of creative and independent artists.

Saturday, March 20: "Integrating Solar in Your Life", 1:30 pm in the Board Room of the Landmark Inn, as part of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's "UP Celebration at the Three Corners" in Marquette, with many speakers covering an interesting and wide array of topics. For more information see UPEC's website at www.upenvironment.org

Wednesday, April 14: the Falling Rock Jammers will be entertaining the Harbor View Assisted Living Facility residents and friends from 2:00 - 3:30.

Sunday, March 7: Friends of Falling Rock Soup Celebration -- the Falling Rock Jammers will be providing old-time and celtic music for the Friends of Falling Rock from 12:30 - 2:00.

Tuesday, February 25: "An Earth Friendly Life - Three Decades of Living Green in the Northwoods", 7:00 pm at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Munising Falls Interpretive Center as part of their Fireside Chats series. Slide-tour and discussion of our "alternative energy" homestead and life. Sponsored by the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. No charge.

Thursday, January 21: Music at Brookridge with Rochelle Schuster and Friends. We're happy to be joining Chelle with her popular hammered dulcimer and autoharp along with other musicians for a lively presentation of old-time and celtic music at 3:00 at the Brookridge Assisted Living Facility in Marquette.

Updated 12/07/2017

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