Our Main Street Calumet business district is growing yet again with the relocation of Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Larson. Formerly situated near Pat's Foods, it outgrew the space and found a new one at 217 Sixth Street in Calumet. Being right next to the Post Office, Supernova Yoga Studio, and across the street from Vertin Gallery, it backs up to Carmelita's and really fills in a growing block of the downtown. The "For Rent" sign is gone and they have moved in!
Shelly Larson, owner of the branch of Edward Jones, wanted to be closer to the Downtown area in order to be a part of events and the activities.
Shelly says that her favorite things about Calumet are "working with and getting to know the people." She also has appreciated "learning more about the history and culture of the area".
Renovation of the building they've moved into was extensive. Jim Flood, their landlord, did a beautiful job helping them create an office and reception area that is spacious and welcoming. It is bright and has the character of the historic buildings that are so great about Calumet. Come and check it out!
Friday on June 1, from 2-4 pm Shelly, Kim, and Betty Rae will be hosting an open house to celebrate their Grand Opening. They welcome you to bring your family and friends to help them celebrate this occasion. Refreshments will be served."
Welcome to the Downtown, Shelly, Kim, and Betty Rae!
Have you wondered how the antiques and historical artifacts magically appear in the historical store fronts along 5th Street Calumet?
The store fronts are the ambitious projects of Lorri Oikarinen and Shelly Hahn, two merchants of downtown Calumet. Lorri and her husband Rick own Cross Country Sports, and Shelly and Peter Hahn are the creators of Hahn Hammered Copper. For several years they've been giving their time and creativity making the downtown unique, an important part of why Calumet is an interesting place to visit.
Lorri explains, “Shelly and I feel it really makes a difference to visitors and locals alike when the downtown has engaging window displays. We have seen so many visitors and locals stop and look in the windows on a Sunday or other times when shops are closed. It also celebrates the arts, history and architecture that is so much a part of our downtown.
“Windows Into the Past (created in 2013) was a collaborative effort between the Main Street Calumet Design Committee, the Keweenaw National Historic Park, and students at Calumet High School in conjunction with the centennial of the 1913 Italian Hall Disaster.
“We wanted to show what the downtown looked like during that time period, and so enlisted willing shop owners to have their buildings researched by high school students under the direction of KNHP Archivist Jeremiah Mason.
“The result was a poster with historical photos of their building and their history, especially highlighting what was happening in their building in 1913. The posters were printed by Marc Norton at Copper Island Printing, and mounted and laminated by Paul Grathoff of North End Framing. The intent was that they would be durable and could continue to be displayed in the windows even after the centennial. The merchants paid for the posters. Many of the shop owners created their own historic displays for the centennial as well.
“It turned out to be a great success, and many of the posters remain in windows today, giving a brief history of the building and a glimpse of what Red Jacket (Calumet's name at that time) looked like at the height of the copper mining era.
Shelly writes, “This all started when I first met Lorri and she mused out loud, “Wouldn’t it be nice if the storefronts looked like they used to, back in the day?” I replied, “Well, maybe they can!” Our first building was the Thurner building as it was DDA owned and easy to get access to. After that, my landlord gave us permission to do the windows in the JCP building and the building Hahn Hammered copper is in. And so it began...
“We do things on a shoestring, often using things that are loaned to us, but mostly using what we find inside the buildings. It would be great if we could do windows in more unoccupied spaces, but it’s difficult getting a building owner's permission.”
She adds, “We plan on doing something fresh in all of the windows we currently have displays in. We'd like to show more art and perhaps do a call for art pertaining to “Saving Calumet”. We’ve been doing this for several years now and have gotten to see first-hand the [interiors of] cool old buildings of Calumet.”
Thank you Shelly and Lorri for your hard work and for making our downtown such an attractive and educational experience!
Several years ago, a large effort went into making the planters that have been filled with flowers and placed in front of Calumet stores. They have been creating a unified and vibrant look to the downtown.
The planters spend each winter in the Village Warehouse. Each spring volunteers load them in a truck and place them in front of stores. Next they plant the peat pots that have been filled with annuals ordered by Amy Knight of Calumet Floral, who has been donating her time. Calumet owned a watering cart and a resident volunteer has been going to the dozens of planters to keep them watered with the help of the hosting retailers. At summers end, volunteers load them again for the warehouse.
However, about half of the planters have reached the end of their life span. After research and evaluation, the Calumet Main Street Design Committee concluded it is the best time to change to a new planter and watering system. (See our March post on hanging planters for downtown.)
The remaining, although they might need TLC at their corner joints, are in too good of condition to discard. Interior dimensions are 12" deep, by 16.5" wide by 24.5" long. Exteriors are approximately 30"wide x 16" high x 22"deep. At last count, there were 30 planters available for purchase.
Main Street Calumet volunteer Stuart Baird is kindly donating his time to meet anyone at the Village Warehouse (the green building next to the Calumet Colosseum on Red Jacket Road) on May 19th from 10-noon. The suggested donation is $10/planter. Cash or checks made out to Main Street Calumet are both acceptable.
The planters are sold AS IS. Purchasers will also need to be able to transport the planters themselves, so bring a friend to help lift if necessary.
Here's your chance for an economical makeover for the front of your house or your garden!
Looking to beautify Calumet? Get your hands on an old fire engine? The Copper Country Firefighters History Museum will be holding its spring cleaning event on Saturday, May 19th starting at 10am. The Museum needs to be cleaned before opening for the season in mid-June. The work will include polishing vehicles on exhibit, cleaning the building’s interior and exterior, and shining up some woodwork around the facility. It will be a great way to help your community, the firefighters museum, and the National Park Service. All are welcome to come!
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Read ahead to learn what's bringing hundreds of area 4th Graders to Calumet!
Next week, Keweenaw National Historical Park will be hosting the 3rd annual Copper TRACES event for area 4th grade students. Over the course of three days, from 9am to 2pm on May 15-17, students, educators, and chaperones from six U.P. counties will be spending the day in the park. They will be attending activity stations throughout the industrial core, downtown Calumet, and in the Calumet Visitor Center. Each day, there will be approximately 250 people visiting the park, some of them for the first time.
This yearly event is part of the national Every Kid in a Park program that introduces 4th-grade students to public lands. Copper TRACES is the park's way of introducing students to local and national history through the TRACES acronym which stands for Technology, Research, Art and Music, Community, Environment, and Service. The event includes a series of engaging, hands-on activities and visits to historic buildings and landscapes. Each of the 30-minute activity stations are hosted by a local community organization, park staff, or a park partner known as a Keweenaw Heritage Site. In total, there are over 50 volunteers working with the park to make this a fun and successful event.
Please be careful as you go through Calumet during these days as hundreds of students spend time walking throughout the community and the park. If you'd like to learn more or visit the event, please call Kathleen Harter at 483-3024. We'd love to have you join us and see the enthusiasm young people have for this area. You can also learn more about Copper TRACES by visiting the park website at this link https://www.nps.gov/kewe/learn/education/classrooms/copper-traces.htm
Pink and white petunias and some hanging plants are being grown for downtown Calumet even as we speak. Tony Sleeman of Sleeman's in Houghton will hardened off the plants (conditioned to our climate) and transition them to their new home in baskets that will hang from the light poles in Calumet.
Plants will be located at intersections of 5th and 6th streets, and Scott, Portland, Oak, Elm, and Pine streets for a total of 34 baskets. 14" baskets will be used on 5th Street and 18" on 6th street to accommodate the taller poles and larger, wider streetscape of 6th Street.
Dave Sladek of Universal Metal will be fabricating basket brackets to cradle the plants. It was Dave who created all the brackets for the City of Houghton.
This project is a combined effort of many volunteers at all stages. The Main Street Calumet Design Committee researched options, took pictures, made drawings, and interviewed Houghton to find out about what was successful with their program.. The Village of Calumet Downtown Development Authority has agreed to support the effort financially because they feel it will provide a highly visible improvement to the downtown. A different set up for watering will be in place this summer as well.
Further plans are in the hopper to use these planters for other seasons...stay tuned.
Everyone involved hopes the baskets will speak to the cheer and vitality of the village we love!
Are you on the front lines of Copper Country tourism?
Believe it or not, you are the “local expert” to the visitor who asks you for advice. What you tell them matters! It can make a memorable family vacation or bring a customer back to do business, or encourage someone to resettle or bring opportunities to the community. The Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau created a fun on-line program to prepare you for the question “So, what's to do around here?”
A new website called Copper Country Certified offers three simple open-book, multiple-choice quizzes about what to do and see in our community. There's no need to study and all the answers are found at Keweenaw.info.
Residents who complete the quiz are then 'certified'. Individuals receive a certificate, and businesses receive a vinyl cling sticker to put on the window of their store if 80% of their employees get certified.
Feeling confident about the area's amenities projects a feeling of pride and warmth, builds customer relationships, and goodwill between local businesses. Visitors remember the local places that were enthusiastic about their hometown and helpful in matching a their interests. It's free and can be done from your home at any time of day.
Next time someone asks “where can I get some sandals and find a beach” don't be caught flat footed. Log on to coppercountrycertified.com or stop by the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.
"living & working" in the Keweenaw
If you agree that more good nature & community loving people would be welcome here, please re-post the "Living & Working" page: www.mainstreetcalumet.com/living--working.html
Tucked away in Calumet’s backyard are the Swedetown trails. The 30K of nordic ski trails, 8K of snow shoe trails and 3K of multi-purpose trails are a draw for both local and regional visitors. Making the most of the abundant of snow in the area, the trail system provides enthusiasts of all skill levels a way to challenge their abilities and enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter.
Main Street Calumet recently spoke with Barb Flanagin, Board Member of the Swedetown Trails Club, the organization that develops and maintains the trails. Swedetown Trails Club is a non-profit with many volunteers, and Barb wanted to
highlight the importance of the Swedetown Trails to our community.
Our Groomers are Important: There is more than just riding on a fancy piece of equipment to keeping the trails in the condition skiers like to have them. Running the new Prinoth Husky, quarter of a million dollar machine, safely and well is the job of a skilled operator. Various snow conditions impact how they groom and it takes awhile for a new groomer to learn the “tricks of the trade” and they go through rigorous training. Finally, it takes the right sort of individual, with the right attitude, to get out there every day throughout our long winter months. Despite early season preparation, wind and snow can cause downed trees, and unexpected maintenance issues sometimes arise, which can add to the average five hours of daily grooming time.
Trail Pass Fees Pay for Winter Trail Grooming Operating Costs: It is a fairly common misconception, and an understandable one, that taxes pay for all of the work that goes into providing the high quality Nordic ski experience that users enjoy. This may create the belief that a resident shouldn't have to pay for a pass since it is township land. While initially some tax money went toward paying for the purchase of the land, no tax money goes towards operational costs. These costs, and related ones such as plowing parking areas, and lighting and heating of the chalet, are covered by the budget built with the fees paid for the trail passes.
We Are Supported by Volunteers: A lot of things are done by volunteers: They prepare the trails before snow comes, work on long term improvements such as correcting the flow of tight turns, leveling the terrain, putting in culverts in low, wet spots, brushing and cutting back overhanging limbs, checking the lights to find which are in need of repairs, making sure signs are visible so people don't get lost. Club members also use their skills to make upgrades and repairs to the chalet and other buildings whenever possible. Friendly hosts greet visitors at the chalet. So much of the work can be attributed to volunteers that it is safe to say that Swedetown Trails wouldn’t exist without their efforts.
Swedetown is a great community asset. People come from far and wide to use the trails; our snow is very reliable and the trails are great. Many groups use the trail system for training, even for the Birkie. Being out in the woods and breathing clean pine air is good for one's health and even if you don't ski, the multi-purpose trails are packed so that you can walk in the woods in the winter.
It’s time to get excited about curling! Every four years, during the Winter Olympics there is an increased level of interest in the sport - ranging from mere curiosity to ambitious plans on making the next US Olympic Curling team. If either of those descriptions fit somewhere in your wheelhouse you have the opportunity to learn more about the sport with the Copper Country Curling Club (CCCC) right here in Calumet.
Gary Lassila (President of the CCCC) met with Main Street Calumet crew to show us the facility and talk a little bit about this upcoming season. Gary explained that there is a noticeable “Olympic Bump” every four years, and this year should prove no different. For those interested in taking up the sport, you should know that everything you will need will be provided, but those more experienced curlers will eventually end up purchasing their own equipment.
The curling facility itself is outstanding. Aside from the incredible work done to install the curling lanes, or “sheets” into the old C & H Drill House, there is a fantastic warming room that even includes video monitors of the far end sheets, so observers can follow the action comfortably from within the warming facility. According to Gary, the "natural ice" housed in a permanent facility, such as it is in the old C & H Drill House, is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
What follows here is excerpted from the Copper Country Curling Club - and do not hesitate to contact Gary Lassila should you have any questions (email@example.com). The Open Houses are coming fast, and if you want to learn the sport, or join a league as a skilled player, it is time to move into action. And with the Olympics coming, Gary does expect to hold an additional “learners” open house at some point during Olympics.
“December is here and the Copper Country Curling Club is preparing for another great season. We hope that everyone who curled last year will return and of course, we are always looking for new curlers. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested. Please e-mail me if you do not plan to curl this year.
Good news everyone...we have reduced membership dues!
1st year players and students = $60 (last year $70)
2nd year players = $80 (last year $120)
3 or more years = $120 (last year $160)
These memberships allow you to play in either Tuesday or Thursday league if you wish to. An additional $20 is required if you want to play both nights. If you plan to curl this upcoming season, please submit a membership form or e-mail me that you plan to play.
Link to membership form: https://sites.google.com/site/coppercountrycurlingclub/membership
(scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 2nd blue arrow)
Dues will not be required until late January. League play is tentatively set to begin on Tuesday January 2nd and Thursday January 4th. Learn to Curl will begin on Wednesday, January 10th.
The weekly schedule remains the same:
Monday – college curling night (MTU & Finlandia students)
Tuesday – League curling, games at 7pm and 9pm
Wednesday – Learn to Curl from 7pm-9pm
Thursday – League curling, games at 7pm and 9pm
The Learn to Curl program is for people with very little or no prior curling experience. It will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm and will run throughout the curling season (about 10 weeks) beginning January 10th.
We now have a “Social membership” for people who would like to join the Copper Country Curling Club, but do not want to curl. The social membership is aimed at people who will be visiting the club to watch family/friends curl. The cost is $30. (a social membership is NOT required to visit the club to watch curling)
We are planning two Open Houses – Wednesday evening Jan. 3rd, 6-9pm and Saturday afternoon January 6th, noon-3pm. The open houses are a good opportunity for people to visit the club and throw a few rocks. We may have additional Open Houses during the 2018 Olympics in February.
Feel free to visit our website and/or contact me or if you have any questions.
Gary Lassila - Copper Country Curling Club