There are great events and festivals happening year round in the Western Upper Peninsula.
JOIN THE FUN THIS SUMMER WITH OUR TUESDAY NIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES!
6:00 PM BEGINNER TO EXPERT RIDERS
July 17 Winman
July 24 Powers Road
July 31 Copper Peak
August 7 Wolverine
August 14 WinMan
August 21 Copper Peak
August 28 City Ride
September 4 WinMan
September 11 Neil’s Apple Ride
September 18 Wolverine
September 25 City Ride
This year’s annual Festival Ironwood runs from Wednesday 18 July to Saturday 21 July. The full hour-by-hour schedule will be posted on the Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce Website in June. Craft show registration form (Saturday craft show day) is available for download at the Chamber website under “events” “Festival Ironwood.”
It is the 7th season of the Superior Riders! This group meets every Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 pm at various locations around the area. Rides are from 8 to 15 miles and last 1 to 1.5 hours with socializing after. All ages and abilities are welcome!
Check out the rest of the season’s locations below:
July 18th Festival Ironwood 6:30 pm.
July 25th. Cold Iron Brewery in Ironwood start time 6:30 pm.
August 1rd Brewster’s in Ironwood start time 6:30 pm.
August 8th Don & GG’s in Ironwood start time 6:30 pm.
Time Change to 6:00 pm start time starting August 15th.
August 15th Rigonis Bar Ironwood start time 6:00 pm.
August 22th Burger Bar Gile start time 6:00 pm.
August 29th Bessemer VFW start time 6:00 pm.
September 5th Cold Iron Brewery Ironwood start time 6:00 pm.
For more information call 932-2020 ask for Sam or Anne or Hobby Wheel 932-3332.
Aurora Nights will celebrate the Ironwood Theatre’s 90th Anniversary. When it opened in the summer of 1928, the Ironwood Theatre offered silent movies, music, and vaudevillle. Aurora Nights will offer a contemporary vaudeville-style variety show, featuring live music by local vocalists and musicians, dance, a short silent movie, and will feature illusionist “Special Head.”
Danny “Special Head” Wolverton shocked the world when he miraculously levitated on America’s Got Talent. Since AGT he has traveled extensively both in the USA and internationally. He can regularly be seen in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
Special Head is a musician, singer, magician, actor, comedian and story teller who combines many different art forms to create a profound experience. “I have many different tools in my tool box that help me create this unique experience – surprise and suspense and spectacle are crucial to my shows”
“Magic is just a word used to describe something we can’t explain – there are many people who are longing for that magic and mysticism. I offer a performance that provokes thoughts and deep discussion of life’s mysteries and potentials”. Special Head hopes that through his performances he helps bring the audience closer to understanding who they are. He also hopes to inspire young people to believe that their true potential is unlocked through belief. “Just as in a magic show when one surrenders their disbelief, they have a much more enjoyable experience – if you believe in a greater purpose it gives you that added determination that gives you the extra edge needed to succeed.”
What people are saying about Special Head:
“Special Head” had one of the more memorable performances during the audition rounds of “America’s Got Talent.” The judges were impressed, giving Special Head a spot in the live shows in New York, and they weren’t alone. Hollywood Life listed him as one of their top five acts from the episode.” – Huffington Post
While his stage name is strange to say the least, this performer still wowed us with his insane levitation skills. Special Head defied gravity – and managed to levitate over burning candles! He was completely bent over backwards and parallel to his knees. Special Head clearly has something “special,” and we wonder what he’ll do next.” – Avery Thompson, Hollywood Life.
Saturday, August 4th. Join us in supporting GCC Basketball on the links at the beautiful Gogebic Country Club in Ironwood, MI. Registration and all Fees are due by June 15th. Download the registration form placed in the comments on this event post! This is a Two-Person Scramble – take your best shot! Includes FUN, Cookout Meals through out the day and Golf carts on a first come basis. See you on the course to support our students on the court! #PlayBOLD
Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 18th benefit concert for area charities on Saturday, August 5th at 7:00 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College. He is continuing his musical performance education at NMU, where he has been a member of the University Choir, the Arts Chorale, the Jazz Band, and the Jazz Combo. He has become a permanent fixture on the Dean’s List at NMU . Tim also won the 2017 Northern Stars Talent Show. We are thrilled that while he is home from Marquette for the summer he will perform for us here at HIT.
Tim has frequently been involved with local theatre, including as a band member and rehearsal pianist for Theatre North’s various musical productions. He has also created original music for a number of shows. Prior to taking up residence in Marquette, Timperformed Barton organ preludes before most shows at the HIT. He also accompanied a silent movie, playing an original score he developed for the film – a wonderful presentation of Buster Keaton’s “The Navigator”.
Joining Tim for the eighth consecutive year is Paul Butcher on trumpet and accordion. The director of Jazz Studies at Florida Southern College, Paul has a long and varied career as a musician in classical, jazz, R&B, and reggae groups. He has performed principal trumpet in touring Broadway shows, and been a featured soloist on Baroque piccolo trumpet. He has worked in Nashville as a recording studio musician, and performed with major artists such as Ray Charles and Henry Mancini. Paul has performed on television shows including The Dove Awards show, The Original Amateur Hour with Willard Scott, Muppet Special and Music City Live. Paulteaches here in Ironwood during the summers, and has been Tim’s jazz instructor since 2006.
Tim’s other guest performer will be vocalist Erin Colwitz, the NMU Choir Director. A native of the Green Bay area, Dr. Colwitz became part of the music faculty at NMU in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music degrees from the University of Southern California. At USC, she was awarded a full teaching assistantship as conductor of the Thornton Oriana Choir, the University’s only women’s chorus, a post she held for three years. At USC, Dr. Colwitz performed in the award-winning Thornton Chamber Choir, touring France and Belgium in 2003 and East Asia in 2006. Among her extensive credits as a professional chorister, Dr. Colwitz was a member of the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers, performing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Dr. Colwitz has been a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator and choral clinician. Among her many international experiences, she was guest conductor and clinician at a 2014 international collegiate choral festival in Bangkok and Chiangmai, Thailand, under the auspices of the US Embassy.
Tim, Paul, and Erin will perform works from a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, and blues.
Admission is by donation at the door (suggested minimum $5.00). Thanks to Tim’s generosity all proceeds will benefit the theatre’s Barton Organ fund.