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Here are the Artist in Residence public presentations for 2016.

Sam Knecht Superior ArousedThursday, July 14, 2016: Sam Knecht will set up his easel at the Lake of the Clouds parking area to demonstrate his painting technique. Sam will be available to discuss his work and to answer questions from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The rain date for this presentation will be the first non-rainy day after July 14. Come to Lake of the Clouds to meet Sam and learn about his creative technique. Recreation Passport required.


randi fordSaturday, August 27, 2016: Randi Ford will demonstrate her painting technique at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, on festival grounds, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Come to the chalet to meet Randi and learn about her creative technique. Recreation Passport required.



leigh coxSunday, September 25, 2016: Leigh Cox will conduct a mini-workshop, “Birds of Prey and their Super Powers,” at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School. This is a workshop for children and their parents. Leigh will introduce students to birds of prey, especially those in the Porkies, and will provide materials that each child can use to create a drawing illustrating their own bird of prey. Recreation Passport required.


authorsdog2Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m. EDT at the Porkies Visitor Center.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.




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Monday, June 20 from 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. ET

Summer Solstice Celebration

This is a fsolstice background2ree event, held at the Porkies Folk School that is open to all who wish to help us celebrate the longest day of the year. The schedule of activities includes:

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Play Kubb, a Scandinavian lawn game that involves two sides of up to six players on a side and listen to music.

7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Be part of the fire ceremony which will include poetry and group singing.

7:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m. Join the snake dance, led by Kay Seppala, into the Folk School building.

7:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Attend a presentation on the astronomical explanation of solstice.

8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Experience the  Ilon Kaiku in concert. This includes short Kantele concert by  Kay Seppala and 6 to 8 Kantele players. Kay will tell the story of how the Kantele instrument began as told in the Kalevela, using props to tell the story.  There will also be audience participation learning to play the instrument.

9:00 p.m. The evening will end for those who are ready to head home. Others will go back to the fire pit for a jam session, conversation and s’mores. Some may decide to stay inside for more conversation.

  Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This event has been sponsored.



Kidski Is Here!

January 27, 2016

A $1250 grant from Portage Health Foundation is funding the 2015-2016 Kidski program. This program brings five youngsters to the ski hill each Saturday for ten Saturdays during ski season, potentially serving a total of 50 youngsters. Students from the two Ontonagon County school districts sign up to participate in the program, and the Friends […]

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Youth Purchases of Ski Helmets

December 26, 2015

If you are a young Ontonagon County skier in need of a helmet, this is an opportunity for you! When a skier age 18 or younger purchases a helmet at the Porkies Ski Shop and fills out a form requesting assistance, the Kurt Blake Helmet Fund, a Friends of the Porkies program, will provide 50% […]

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Gogebic Times 2016

November 16, 2015

Coming soon! The 2016 Gogebic Times will include information about Park and Friends events, and their calendar will list dates and times for our activities. Copies available in early 2016 at the Historical Society museum and (later) at the Chamber Visitor Information Center. Thanks to the Lake Gogebic Chamber for including our information in their […]

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UPTRA Member

October 27, 2015

Friends of the Porkies is a 2016 member of the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association.

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