COPPER PORT – The Lake Superior Day festival will return to Copper Harbor for its 8th annual celebration on Sunday, July 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., after having to be canceled last year due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
Lloyd Wescoat, K-12 Education Programming, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative for the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Great Lakes Research Center – Michigan Technological University, invites the public to join in the celebration of the beauty and bounty of Lake Superior .
“The brave people of Copper Harbor sponsor Lake Superior Day,” Wescoat said, adding that it was not a specific group or organization.
They are all volunteers from the Copper Harbor community, she added. Many volunteers are working behind the scenes with additional outreach and discussion, taking care of the food portion, although Rich Jampson has always overseen the cooking of the fish stew, she said.
Don Kilpela, who has spearheaded Lake Superior Day in the past, will be sorely missed this year, said Wescoat.
“Donny was the leader” said wescoat. “He was really really good at speaking, and he did the radio shows, he went out and got people to contribute food and whatever.”
Community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, are all set with the 8th annual Lake Superior Day Festival, including many special activities at the 6th Street Pier along the boardwalk. from Copper Harbor (near Isle Royale Queen boat dock).
– Enjoy fish stew (Kalamojakka), rieska (Finnish flatbread), cake and other treats at a community picnic ($ 5 donation suggested).
– Demonstration of newspaper rolling.
– Interactive art – paint the model cargo ship and decorate the street with chalk drawings.
– Stroll along the boardwalk to learn about the geo-heritage of Lake Superior with Erika Vye from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.
– Learn more about fishing with Lauren Jescovitch, Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator.
– And more!
– From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a highlight is an opportunity for festival-goers to experience how scientists study the Great Lakes by participating in a 40-minute science excursion in the harbor aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel, the ‘Agassiz. These excursions will be led by Chief Scientist John Lenters, Research Scientist, MTU Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering, who will talk about the newly installed weather buoy at Copper Harbor. Tours are offered as part of the Ride the Waves program funded by a grant from General Motors.
The Agassiz will leave every 45 minutes from Isle Royale Queen quay from 1 p.m. Participants must be at least 7 years old and children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must wear closed shoes. Places are limited and interested participants can pre-register online.
For questions regarding Agassiz registration, contact Wescoat at [email protected]
– 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday July 18 – Celebrate Lake Superior Day at Copper Harbor. Celebrate the Copper Harbor Community Volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, are hosting the 8th Annual Lake Superior Day Festival with many special activities at the 6th Street Wharf along the promenade in Copper Harbor (near Isle Royale Queen boat dock) Sunday July 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A community picnic will include a fish stew, Finnish flatbread, cakes and other goodies for a suggested donation of $ 5. There will be a log rolling demonstration, interactive art installations and a geographic heritage exhibit. It is also possible to take a ride on Michigan Tech’s research vessel, The Agassiz. The tours will be led by Lenters, who will talk about the newly installed weather buoy at Copper Harbor.
Lake Superior Day is celebrated throughout the Lake Superior basin on or around the third Sunday in July in many communities around Lake Superior. The event highlights the special connections people have with this unique global treasure. All residents who live, work, play and pray around the lake are invited to organize events in their community or take action in their homes, workplaces or community groups to help protect Lake Superior.
To learn more about Lake Superior, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) provides information on Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes here or visit the EPA website at: https: / /www.epa.gov/ great lakes / lac-superior. For more information, please contact Wescoat.