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Did you know that winters in Copper Harbor are going to get even cooler?

A group of adventurous locals have started a new club in town.  It’s called CH SNOW.  With all the potential this town has as a winter wonderland, CH SNOW has decided to see how far they can take it.

2019 Ice Formation Near Porter’s Island

They have been collaborating with a few existing local organizations which include:

  • Copper Harbor Downtown Development Authority
  • Copper Harbor Trails Club
  • Brockway Mountain Challenge
  • Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
  • Rock Solid Trail Contracting
  • Copper Harbor Improvement Association’s Advertising and Marketing Committee

Some of the efforts that the group would like to promote yet this winter are:

  • 30km of groomed snow bike, cross country ski and snow shoe trails with updated grooming reports
  • The Copper Dog 150 sled dog race held on February 28, 29 and March 1
  • The Brockway Mountain Challenge snow bike race held on March 21
  • Crust riding for fat bikes in the springtime
  • Harbor ice reports
  • An outdoor snow science adventure class (TBD)

Kid’s Rides at the Copper Dog 150

That’s right!  Winter is not over!  For current information on those events, like CH SNOW on Facebook!

Some of the up and coming dreams for the group include (but are not limited to):

  • A groomed trail expansion for snow biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing from the trails in Copper Harbor up to potentially new trails at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (proposed 8km)
  • An ice rink at the tennis court at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
  • The resurrected terrain park for snowboarding and skiing at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
  • More events in January and Feburary throughout the town
  • An all-inclusive family feel for people who want to enjoy a weekend of never-ending activities, relaxation and socialization

Does this sound like it’s right up your alley?  Then, seriously, follow CH SNOW on Facebook, and stay in the loop.




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How to Light the Park

If you walk into the Copper Harbor Visitor Center today, it would look nothing like it did during the summertime.  Whether you stop in to seek information or to mail a package, you just might forget why you came at all once you feast your eyes on…

the explosion.

Don’t worry, the building didn’t blow up.  Nobody has been harmed.

But all the Christmas lights that were rolled up and stuffed into boxes last spring have now sprung all over the entire post office/Welcome Center.

I will spare you the Full Nelson view of the room and just give you an idea of the chaos — I mean — progress with a couple pretend artistic shots.

Fake tree.  Real lights.  You know that wall!

 

Bulbs line the entire walkway.

 

Now, I wasn’t kidding when I said that this is progress.  Two weeks from now most of these bulbs will be bursting with life out in the park.  After all, that is their final destination.

Who does all this?  Is there a Copper Harbor Christmas light committee?  Do Santa’s elves fly down to drink eggnog and decorate the northern most town in Michigan?

No and no.

We have to give this guy credit: Donny Kilpela Jr.

A few years ago Don decided to put up lights in the park to spruce it up a bit.  I mean, it’s so dark this time of year.  He started getting donations and doing it mostly himself.  People would come by to help here and there, and each year his main helpers are different.

Here’s Donny dictating the next move.

 

After a few years, he started using the community building to decorate the trees indoors where it’s warm and (when I stopped by today) Siberian orchestra music played energetically from an iPad.

It looks a little chaotic in there, I know.  But that’s where the magic happens!

He even dimmed the lights and turned on one of his favorite trees, so you could have a sneak peek.

Kind of looks like the grand finale at the Copper Harbor fireworks show, doesn’t it?

 

Don articulated how he was going to get this tree through the door.  So don’t you worry.  He already knows where it’s going to go.

He also mentioned that you can be a part of this project!

What are you doing next Saturday, December 7th?  Decorating trees at the Copper Harbor Community Building?  Sweet!  Come on by any time from 3-6pm.  One of our lovely local ladies is making her famous chili.  Don says you can dress for inside jobs or outside jobs.  Whatever you prefer, he’ll have plenty of jobs for you!

And if you can’t make it in a week, make it here in two weeks.  That’s the countdown to the big moment where all this hard work gets showcased: the lighting in the park!

It’s always worth it.

The big lighting happens during Winter Wonderfest on December 14th at 6pm sharp.

Tis the season.  Let’s get jolly!


*This blog is written by resident author and writer, Amanda Wais




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Winter Wonderfest & Park Lighting 2018

This years Winter Wonderfest will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 10 am to 6 pm.

A Holiday Marketplace featuring local artists work (great for gifts) and a scrumptious bake sale. (10 am to 6 pm)
At 4:00 there will be ornament making for kids and a visit from Santa!
6:00 will kick off the Tree Lighting in the Town Park for the season. (Across the street from the Mariner North)
All proceeds go to “No Child Without a Christmas Fund” Come join the fun! Get some Christmas presents and support a great cause!

**If you’re interesting in being a vendor, download form here

 




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Winter Wonderfest

A Holiday Marketplace featuring local artists work (great for gifts) and a scrumptious bake sale. After 4:00 there will be ornament making for kids and a visit from Santa! 6:00 will kick off the Tree Lighting in the Town Park for the season. All proceeds go to “No Child without a Christmas fund” Come join the fun! Get some Christmas presents and support a great cause!

Here’s some footage from last year….




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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Not Your Mother’s Pancake Breakfast ~ Hosted by Copper Harbor Birding
When: Saturday, May 20th from 8:30 am to  11:00 am
Where: The Mariner North in Copper Harbor

AUCE Pancake Buffet ~ Enjoy fluffy pancakes with a delightful array of toppings including fresh fruit and berries, fruit sauces and syrups, various toppings and Peg’s famous Frangelico Cream! Served with bacon and sausages as well as coffee or milk.

Cost is $8.50 per person. Proceeds benefit the Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch!
Eat pancakes and help protect the environment ~ How can you go wrong?

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