Chamber Director's Blog
Winter Fun and New Things for the New Year
At LAST!! The snow has begun to fall in Ironwood. Truly the Jack Frost Parade and Snow Shovel Drill Team snow dance had the desired effect. Upcoming are big times for ski/snowshoe and snowmobile enthusiasts! From "Fire on the Hill" snocross on the 16th of December, onwards to Snowmobile Olympus and SISU, Ironwood is ready to celebrate all things snow! NEW to this snow season is the debut of IronwoodGo--the brand new Chamber of Commerce iPhone/Android app created for the Chamber by 906 Web Studios. Its FREE!! Simply go to one of those app store places and request it by name! On this app will be all of our Chamber members, links to their home pages/FB pages, links to felivelive.org--our Gogebic/Iron event calendar, as well as special "deals" that will be available at local businesses. IronwoodGo is all about Ironwood and our Chamber businesses and organizations that make Ironwood THE place to live. So, (as they say at the City), "FIND YOUR NORTH" here in Ironwood, and go to "IronwoodGo". No pocket phone should leave home without it!
Jack Frost Time
The trees are white (as are the power lines!), the skis are out, and the glove box has been retreived from the back of the closet--it is Jack Frost Time in Ironwood. This year's festival will run from 15 November until 27 January, with a wide variety of events and activities, all celebrating the joy of winterland in the Upper Peninsula. Registration forms for the Jack Frost Parade, Store Window Decorating Contest, and Frozen Rundra run can be found on this website under "events--Jack Frost." Very soon the entire calendar will be posted there as well. Hope to see everyone at the Jack Frost Parade, SATURDAY, 2 December, at 6:00 in downtown Ironwood!
The Great Turning
The 2017 Gogebic County Fair is one for the history books. And today, 1 September, dawning as it is chilly and bright, shows that the turn toward the Fall season has begun. Walking to the Depot office, I see some leaves turning and some (just a few) already starting to fall to the sidewalk. September is one of the most beautiful months here in the U.P., what with the deep blue color of the sky serving as background to all the daily changing colors of the vegetation. Of course, there are events aplenty to go to this month, from this Saturday's Festival Italiano in Hurley, WI to the Bessemer Pumpkinfest later in the month. New to the area this year will be the Bridges and Bluffs Iron Belle Trail race on September 23, (from Ironwood to Bessemer) which promises to be a truly splended event as the runners traverse a trail that winds through a full-color landscape. Take time out to watch the changes--for this is truely a time where nature's turning of the clock is at its most visible and vibrant.
Fair & Fall
Come to the Gogebic County Fair, Ironwood, MI, 24-27 August! Upon entering the Exposition Building you will find (down by the 4-H Ice Cream booth) the "Gogebic County Chambers of Commerce" booth. Whereupon if you stop in, you can meet your's truly, the writer, as well as some folks from some of our other cooperating Chambers: Wakefield, Lake Gogebic, and Watersmeet. We will have a full collection of area maps, brochures, some discount cards, business cards, & even phone books! The Fair marks the end of "summertime" U.P. Nort here, and already Fall Color inspectors are out and about, making observations and predictions. Stop in at the booth--be glad to see everyone at the Fair!
"Fair" Weather for First Friday
It's August already! Imagine that! All the elves are just returning from summer break and getting the toy factories started up again--there is not much time if you are going to have all the things ready to pack into the sleigh. Yet, for those of us down south here in the U.P., August is not only a reminder of things to come, but one of the best months to celebrate all the good things that occur when the weather at last is warm and the days are still long. This Friday, August 4th, is the Downtown Ironwood Development Authority 's First Friday in August. Starting at 3:30 with the Depot Park Farmer's Market, and continuing on until at least 8:00 with other events--including live outdoor music, shopping, eating, drinking, & just hanging out in beautiful downtown Ironwood. Many downtown merchants will be open late, and the Depot Chamber Office and Historical Society will have open house from 6:00 to 8:00. This First Friday in August will be a great time to meet, greet, shop, and eat! Looking ahead, August 24-27 marks the Gogebic County Fair at the Fairgrounds (just off U.S. 2) in Ironwood. This year's Fair will feature a host of new events and opportunities to participate across a whole range of activities. Our Chamber will have a booth in the Exposition building and I hope to see many of our friends there! Stop in, pick up some free maps and guides, and meet your neighbors!