Celebrating the Outdoors, Meeting Singles, and Biking and Skiing on the Mountain


IT Began AS just a crazy thought tossed about by cofounders Aaron Peterson, Bugsy Sailor and Bill Thompson about 5 years ago. Now it is a complete scale 4 day occasion that is placing Marquette on the map.

We’re speaking about the fourth annual Fresh Coast Film Festival, of course. It opens Thursday at the Marquette Commons and more than 4 days, will function 125 documentaries celebrating the atmosphere and the folks of the Excellent Lakes and the upper Midwest.

A thousand folks attended final year. Additional are anticipated this year due to the fact on-line orders are up 25%. Sixteen coordinators and 100 volunteers are involved, producing confident the the festival runs smoothly.

“It’s developing more quickly than we anticipated,” says Sailor, “but we’re nonetheless a young organization. It can be difficult on us simply because it is 100% volunteer and we’ve all got lives and careers, but it is thrilling to create some thing that we believe will have a lasting effect on this town.”

Festival headquarters is Ampersand. Film venues are Black Rocks, Ore Dock, the Delft, the Masonic, and Kaufman Auditorium. Numerous excursions are also planned through the 4 day festival.

3 guys with an thought and a lot of perseverance–that’s all it requires to make some thing massive occur in this town. Wonderful.

HERE’S Yet another Notion that is just been birthed: A Singles Mixer.

Yeah, yeah, we know it sounds old-fashioned, even corny in this day and age when folks meet up and hook up in bars and on-line.

But perhaps it is just what we have to have.

In any case, a couple of gals–Erin Swadley and Beth O’Connor–have hatched this thought and are staging their initial mixer Thursday evening at Barrel and Beam. It is for ages 35-55 (even though they will not be checking ID’s), it’ll price 5 bucks, and for that, you will get appetizers and reside music, and of course, you can purchase beer.

Most critical, you are going to meet some folks who could possibly want to meet you.

“I have some wonderful buddies in town who are single and in some cases it is just tough to meet folks,” says Swadley. “Even if you do not meet the enjoy of your life, you are going to uncover new buddies, and you can network for your enterprise.”

Think about that: Meeting somebody face-to-face, producing eye speak to, getting a friendly conversation, obtaining widespread interests, perhaps arranging to see every other once more.


BIKING SEASON HAS ended at Marquette Mountain, and there’s a small uncertainty about biking’s future there subsequent year.

“Right now, points are up in the air,” says Marquette Mountain basic manager Andrew Farron. “But I’m arranging for it subsequent summer time. My feeling is, we sh0uld go massive or go residence.”

In other words, he’d like to devote far more dollars on trails and the whole riding practical experience at the Mountain or not do it at all. This year’s work, which entailed shuttling riders up the Mountain a couple of days a week, was a modest results but Farron’s convinced they can create on it with higher investment.

It’ll be a choice for owner Pete O’Dovero and Farron to make.

Meantime, they’re gearing up for the winter season with a substantial investment on the slopes–lifts, lights, pipes and pumps.

Final year, just before Farron took more than mid-season, was close to-disastrous with various gear breakdowns and seething dissension from veteran skiers and snowboarders.

This winter, Farron guarantees, will be far better. A heavy early snowfall and temperatures that let the snow to stick would be a good begin to a prosperous season.





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