Text by Leah Polzien, Executive Director, Main Street Calumet.
Any event, no matter the size, takes a lot of effort to put together. What many see as a single day of fun is the result of months of preparation. I am beginning to see community events not just as fundraisers for a cause or a good time but as community team building exercises. Each time you put an event together you find yourself working together with a variety of people and building relationships with them. Pasty Fest 2017 was the result of many hours of communication, outreach, networking and sometimes compromise. What follows is a list of those who contributed and deserve a pat on the back! Let the length of this list be a testament to the hours invested and connections made.
To the Pasty Fest Committee; Krissy Delesha, Valerie Newmann, Lynette Webber, Josh Mortti, Jim Newman, and David Crowley. Thank you for donating your time and brain power, you are gems.
To the Keweenaw National Historical Park for providing a space for Kid's Activities, bodies to help with set-up and tear down, and last minute signage creation. A special thank you to Park Superintendent Wendy Davis for taking on the Rock Painting Class at the last minute when not one, but two instructors suffered medical issues!
To the folks at Universal Metals, Copper Island Printing and A1 Toilets for quick work and being flexible with last minute changes. To Café Rosetta for providing toilet paper when we ran out in the ladies room. To Copper World for providing electrical access and displaying the Pasty Fest awards. To the gents at Peninsula Auto for generously allowing us access to their electrical panel, to power the entire event if it hadn't rained! To Ken Olkkonen for electrical wizardry. To CLK Schools Food Service for lending us warmer ovens so we could conduct the Bake-Off. To Tim Gasperich and Calumet Township for their help locating and delivering straw for seating. To Columbia Linen for rugs to cover power cords and prevent tripping hazards. Fred Reese for subsidizing our need for the cool awards he produces! To the Village of Calumet for help with street closures, parade guidance, and police presence. Trish Golus and Phyllis Locatelli for letting us access the Heritage Center repeatedly after hours. To Todd VanDyk and everyone at Houghton Community Broadcasting for their excellent evert coverage, sponsorship and support. Keweenaw Coffee Works for providing burlap bags for costume construction. The CHS Band and ROTC for coming out to perform during their summer break! To our parade route security helpers thanks for helping to keep everyone safe!
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with everything from costume creation, to selling pasties, to cleaning bathrooms; Ed and Dori Hallquist, Kathie Dianda, the Beiring Families of Calumet and Cedar Bay, Deb and Lew Lambert, Sue Dana, Mike Delesha, James Dahl, Lee Peterson, Candy Pham, Patty Webber, Katie Keller, Brandi Golden, and Caitlin Woodie.
Thank you to our event sponsors Pasty Central and Vollwerth's for providing support to make this event happen. To our Baker's Basket sponsors; ShopKo Calumet, Copper World, Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association and Karl Larson.
To our vendors for showing up again this year, we know it's a LOT of work; Denali Restaurant, Connie's Kitchen, Suomi Restaurant, Lindell's, Pasty Central, Copper Harbor Pasty, Vollwerth's, Poshak's Projects, MSU Extension, Keweenaw Time Traveler, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Girl Scouts of America, Lady A's Crafts, BHK Child Development, Deb Strieter, Lois Woodworth, Juneberry Gifts, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Delightful Designs, Helping Hands for Vets, Project Hope, Calumet Women's Club, Little Laurium Luxuries, Mucked Up, Copper Country Humane Society, J&J Fish Pond, North Harvest CSA, Boersma Family Farm, the Veterans Center, Annika's Cupcakes, and Circle Back Farm,
To all the musicians and performers; Bob Hiltunen, Tom Katalin, Bob Norden and Friends, Last Minute Mile, Kerry Paul, Kevin Blackstone, 47 North Fusion, Keweenaw Jui Jitsu, SuperNova Yoga, Hooping with Cecelia, Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra, Calumet High School Drama Club and the Cardio Drummers,
Last but not least thanks to the members of Main Street Calumet for supporting our organization so we can continue to hold great events and make positive changes in Calumet.
If I've failed to mention anyone who helped out with Pasty Fest 2017 please don't hesitate to mention it so I can include your name on this list!
We're excited to feature a post from the Keweenaw Roller Girls Blog and hope to see you at Saturday's bout!
Keweenaw Roller Girls 2017 season started off with a bang as our first WFTDA sanctioned game is now in the books. It was a tough battle against Chippewa Valley Roller Girls of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. They’ve been on the track several season longer than KRG and really have some superb leadership that has carried their strategies and game play over the years. Ending their season against KRG, they left with a powerful 261 to 65. Though the score visually was a huge blow out, the gameplay itself was exciting. If you never looked at the scoreboard you might not have known who had won the game. Some great skating skill was displayed by both teams, and the 1 on 1 battles in the front of the pack, usually against CVRG’s #25 Stunt Double, were so thrilling it really didn’t seem to matter to the home crowd that KRG was having their butts handed to them. With more than 500 in attendance at the Calumet Colosseum, the house “Ooohhs” and “Ahhhs” could be heard clearly on the track amongst the chaos of shouting skaters, whistles, and the house PA.
Keweenaw showcased some new talent at the first game in Calumet this season. Glam Bam #18, Amelia HitsHart #724, and AfroDisiac #88 played in their first game as rookies against a seasoned WFTDA All Star team. We are so proud of their fearlessness (okay, maybe they were a little scared, but they didn’t show it), and their great sportsmanship. Talk about a trial by fire. These new skaters are ones to keep your eyes on. As any team should know, every loss is a win if you learn something from it, and we certainly took some pointers, made adjustments, and are ready for the games ahead of us.
Next up on the schedule for June 10th, a new team on the scene, Shipwreck Alley Roller’s(SAR) of Alpena, Michigan. They will be making their way up the peninsula this weekend, and what a great time to hit the road! This team has a lot of soul and we look forward to strengthening our connections with them. First recognized at the 2016 Mitten Kitten Tournament in Mackinaw City, SAR was in full force co-hosting and lending support to River City Renegades and the entire organizing crew. They were growing their league and supporting the growth of roller derby, and we are all about that! They have quite a presence and are hard to not notice with their iconic pirate-skull logo with pretty eyelashes.
Get ready and make some evening plans for this Saturday as KRG prepares for their opponent from below the bridge. School is out for the kids and we’re all in the mind-set for having some fun. Bring your kiddos to the game, or bring that gal who you know would just be great at roller derby (we want to recruit her).
Tickets are $5.00 for adults, and the kids 10 and under are FREE! Bevies, grub, and rolling thunder. What better way to spend a Saturday night in Calumet!?
Check out the Keweenaw Roller Girls' Facebook page for updates!