Summer Solstice 2016

February 16, 2016

************************************************************************************************************************************************ Monday, June 20 from 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. ET Summer Solstice Celebration This is a free 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 […]

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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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GLCYD Volunteer Conference 2015

October 27, 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bob Wild, Porkies Naturalist, Jeff Gaertner, Unit Manager, and Sally Berman, lifetime member and Board member, Friends of the Porkies, attended the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development Volunteer Conference. The Friends was honored by the GLCYD as the U. P. Volunteer Organization of the Year. See the Friends of the […]

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Ramp Building Crew

October 26, 2015

This is a photo of six of the 9 – 10 Folk School ADA accessible ramp construction crew.Bruce Ruutila, Richard Knuteson, Jack Bauman – Project Manager, Jon Ollila, Dave Rasmussen, Steve Maass. The Folk School now has new windows, the ramp, an ADA accessible bathroom, a new propane heater and upgraded electrical thanks to Partnership […]

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Friends Receive Keweenaw Heritage Grant

June 13, 2013

The Friends of the Porkies have received the Keweenaw Heritage Grant through the Keweenaw National Historic Park.  The $1,000 grant is used to facilitate local school field trips.  The Friends match the grant with a $1,000.  Donations can be accepted to support this program.

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Winter Camping Blog in the Porkies

March 26, 2013

Northern Michigan Vacation: Winter Camping in Porcupine Mountains Posted by Jeff Smith on March 5, 2013 at 8:33am Camping compadre Tim, up on the Escarpment Trail, Porcupine Mountains, Michigan. I had the great pleasure recently of heading up to the Porcupine Mountains for a winter campout in the snowy backcountry with a couple of longtime […]

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Read Frank Hutton’s Blog Describing His Love of the Porkies

March 25, 2013

Read Artist Frank Hutton’s (2012) blog spot on his experience and what it can mean to participate in an Artist-in-Residence Program.

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