Chamber Director's Blog
Jack Frost Festival
This past Wednesday, over 100 people came to watch the tree-lighting of the official Jack Frost Tree, signaling the start of a host of winter events from now until the end of January. From the famous Jack Frost parade on December 1, at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Ironwood, through music concerts, dance revues, snowmobile racing, SISU Nordic Ski Fest, and even, at last, a giant Christmas tree bonfire, the Jack Frost Festival of events has for 24 years called enjoyable attention to our area's wintertime attractions. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year as it did last, and we will have a great outdoor season of snow, respectable cold, and good ski conditions. If so, and the countless hundreds (thousands, actually) of folks who come to "Find their North" in the land of white appear again, please make sure to welcome them, give them some good "up north" tips on winterland events, and encourage them as well to consider our little corner of the U.P. the place to which they should move and settle in! Check out felivelife.org for the latest in area events.
A Chill In The Air
October is here, and the Depot furnace has been up and running, doing its tests for serious winter times ahead. Outside the windows the yellows, oranges, and reds of of the leaves are rapidly advancing to their Fall peak of gloriousness. Out on Ironwood's Mt. Zion (just north of town by Gogebic Community College) the view across the Gogebic range is most beautiful! Visitors from near and far have stopped by the Chamber office here this past week as they tour the U.P. during this time of color and brisk Autumn air. Our Ironwood Chamber Fall Social will be at the Cold Iron Brewing Co. on Thursday, 27 September, and the Western U.P. Chamber Alliance will gather at the Cold Iron on October 3 for their quarterly gathering and catered-in dinner. Both Chamber events give a chance for members to talk over the "summer season" just concluded as well as what is being planned for the very soon to arrive "winter season." As one reads of all the events elsewhere, typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, storm surges, etc., it is certainly true that now--and especially into the future--"the U.P. is the place to be!"
September has arrived--the first of those "berrrrr" months. UP nort here, that means color: wide expansive vistas of color as the leaves make their final gift of beauty to all of us who live here, and the many people who travel here just for the opportunity to see these changes. Numerous events held hereabouts all celebrate this transition, from the Bessemer Pumpkin Fest http://bessemerpumpkinfest.com/ to the Bridges and Bluff's Half-Marathon on the Iron Belle Trail between Ironwood and Bessemer http://bridgesandbluffs.com/ Many other events are on the calendar too, so be sure to check out the FeLiveLife.org complete calendar of area events: https://felivelife.org/ Also, if you are reading this blog on your IronwoodGO smartphone app, THANK YOU for downloading same. If not--take a few minutes to do it--it's FREE! We now have 750 permanent downloads, and we sure hope we can make 1,000 by the end of the year. IronwoodGO links to the FeLiveLife calendar, it contains all of our Chamber members with links to their websites/FB pages, area information, and you can check the live Chamber webcam to see if the sun is out in Depot park! Even if you are a local, it is a handy thing to have in your pocket, as it gives you instant access to the event calendar as well as all of our member organizations and businesses. Say it with me: "The way to go is IronwoodGO." See you all at the top of Mt. Zion, when the range is in full fall color!
All packed up. Time is 7:45 am and I am off to the Gogebic County Fair to set up the Gogebic Chambers of Commerce Fair Booth. Watersmeet, Lake Gogebic, Wakefield, and Ironwood Chambers host this booth, which offers maps, area guides, individual business card/brochures, and, this year, the opportunity to help with the Hiawatha Statue Restoration Fund. Looking forward to seeing everyone! The booth is in the Exposition Building close to the4-H Ice Cream booth. Time to go!! See you there!
Fair Weather Ahead!
August already! Wore a jacket to the Chamber office this morning--Fall is moving upon us in Yooper Land very fast! Which means, of course, that the time is here for the Gogebic County Fair. Held at the fairgrounds just off U.S. 2 in Ironwood, MI, the Fair will start next week on Thursday, August 9 and run until Sunday, August 12. You can see the full fair schedule here: http://www.gogebiccountyfair.com/ Lots of new events and activities this year as well as the old favorites that one expects and savors at this time of year: 4-H animal showing, the best vegetables up for ribbons, lots of music in the grandstand and the small stage, the wonderful smells from the Bar-B-Que cooking contest, and much more. Weather forecast (as of today!) looks great! AND--don't foget to stop in the Exposition Building and visit the Gogebic Chambers of Commerce booth. Ironwood, Wakefield, Lake Gogebic, and Watersmeet will have maps, area guides, individual business brochures, and loads of information about our great Gogebic County. You can also contribute to the Hiawatha statue restoration fund at the booth as well--restoration is being schedule for next June 19th, and we need to raise the final $10K now! Stop in and say hi--I will be at the booth every day except Friday when other Chamber members will greet you upon your arrival. Make your plans now, for next week there is definately "Fair Weather Ahead"!