2014 Events

2013 Events

Barn Dance Flyer


Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday, December 21, 2013 More information to follow


Christmas in Julybow


Join the Friends of the Porkies as local author Henry Kisor presents a free slide show on his fourth mystery novel.

Wednesday, July 3rd at 6pmhangfire

Saturday, July 6th at 3pm

at the Visitor Center

After the slideshow, sales of autographed books ($20) will benefit the Friends of the Porkies.

Mail orders will be accepted.
Please mail your check for $25 made out to the Friends of the Porkies and mail to:
PO Box 221
Ontonagon, MI  49953


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Everyone Loves Summer!

Join us on Midsummer Eve Friday, June 21, 2013

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

A Family Event

At Porcupine Mountains Folk School!


TIME:  7:09 PM.   WHY 7:09?:   It’s the exact time summer begins in the North Woods – the longest day of the year!

WHERE:  Porcupine Mountains Folk School, next to the Union Bay Campground, on the Lake Superior side of Engineers Memorial Highway 107.

BRING:  Your own refreshments and something to share if you like

                    A lawn chair or blanket to sit on

                    Hand or acoustic musical instruments if you like


 – A bonfire will be started and music provided by local talent; everyone is invited to line up with voices and instruments.
Dale Venema 7:30;
Jim Jessup 8:00;
Yvonne & Paige Blake 8:30;
Margie Amos 9:00pm

 – A short presentation on the solstice

 – Sharing:  What I love most about Summer! (kids invited to participate)

 – An evening of fun, music, celebration, and fellowship

Directions to the Porcupine Mt. Folk School:  Go West out of Ontonagon on Hwy M64 to Silver City; Follow Engineers Hwy 107  –  Keep going west;  Same driveway as Union Bay Campground


Youth Day in the Porkies

“Youth Splash in the Porkies.”

Kids Day at Folk School Touch a Snake at Porcupine Mountain Folk School








To touch a snake!



Kids Day at the Folk School Painting a Rock at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School










To paint a Superior rock!

On Tuesday July 20, 2010, thirty-three youth, ages 6-18, gathered at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park FOLK SCHOOL for a free day of outdoor activities.

The schedule for the day included 3 classes with a break for lunch:

Exploring Aquatic Insects – with Bob Wild

Trees and Critters of the Woods – with Jeff Mell

Beach Stone Art – with Bev Kowaleski

Each child went home excited about the experiences they’d had, never once complaining about the on-again-off-again rain. In their take-home bags they carried donated gifts of books, pencils, bottled water, hand sanitizer, and disposable cameras.

The grant application, written by Susan Giesen and Barb Braithwaite, was awarded to the non-profit organization, Porkies Folk School, by SOSY (Strong Organizations…Strong Youth) which is a branch of The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development (GLCYD). Throughout the 2009–2010 program year, GLCYD has been working with 53 U.P. non-profits to strengthen their capacity to deliver community programs and services to youth.

The Porkies Folk School committee was also able to make purchases of equipment that will benefit the Folk School programs and service to the community.