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August 2022: Art fairs, in-store music festival for Copper Country | News, Sports, Jobs

Summers in Copper Country are the best; heaps of fresh berries to pick, beaches for swimming and water sports, and all kinds of outdoor arts experiences. In July we had fun art explorations in the towns of Hancock with Key Ingredients and Calumet with the Chalk Drawing extravaganza, as well as Art on the Rocks in Marquette and the 44th annual Maawanji’iding in Baraga. August brings us three weekends of nearby arts and music festivals in Keweenaw County.

This weekend is the famous Farm Block Fest, and you can buy tickets on site. It’s mostly a music festival, with a wonderful roster of artists like May Erlewine from Big Rapids and Nashon Holloway from Kalamazoo. This festival is located on the farm of John and Charmaine Parsons, and proceeds from the event go to the Dan Schmitt Gift of Music and Outdoor Education Fund. This provides musical instruments to young people in Houghton County and the Kalamazoo area, as well as outdoor education focused on growing healthy produce. The venue for this festival is 2239 N. Farmers Block Rd. in Allouez, MI. It’s a lovely venue with a main stage, a small pond, and a dozen vendors, including several artists, especially t-shirt designs and tie-dye. The food is amazing, with home-grown ingredients and tasty vegan offerings. It’s the first year after the cancellations due to Covid, and it will be a really lovely few days to relax in beautiful surroundings. For more information, see the website at

August 13-14 is the Eagle Harbor Fine Arts Fair, sponsored by the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA), an arts cooperative located in downtown Calumet. This is the biggest summer art fair in copper country, with more than 60 regional artists. There will be everything from handmade jewelry to lawn ornaments, pottery, photography and more. Admission is free and there is food and drink to purchase to support the Eagle Harbor Fire Department and EMR. The fair is located between St. Peter’s by the Sea Church and the Keweenaw Historical Society Rathbone Schoolhouse in Eagle Harbor, MI. The Eagle Harbor Art Fair will take place on Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine

Tammy Gajewski is the featured artist this year. Retired from a position with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Tammy is a full-time artist. She volunteers at both the CCAA and the Arts Center in Hancock, where she runs the clay studio. Her work is in ceramic as well as watercolour, oil and assemblage. CCAA artists generally work in the ” basement “ from the church, but this year Tammy’s work will be located just outside the church.

I spoke to Linda Dodge, organizer of the fair, and she told me that there were eight new artists at the fair this year. “Among them are Victoria Baker who will bring the handcrafting of traditional wooden snowshoes (Iverson), Sarah Healy who does fiber arts – wool felt and embroidery, Amanda Martin who does painting and printmaking, Kathryn Burns Oliver who makes functional pottery, Clare Rosen who paints and has mixed media wall hangings, Jim Rule, author and illustrator, Bobbi Shirey who paints in acrylics and chalk, and Kalil Zender who makes jewelry and forge metal. There will also be the Welcome Tent, where Chuck Young and Clyde Mikkola will traditionally play folk music for a little sing-along on Sunday afternoons.

August 20 and 21 is the Copper Harbor Fair known as the “Art in the Park”. This event welcomes more than 60 regional artists and has a magnificent main stage in the center.

Rock band 2XL Trio will perform on Saturday and Sunday will feature our very own Gail English and the band Art in the Park Reunion. Volunteers from the Copper Harbor Fire Station will grill burgers, sausages and corn on the cob right off the stage, where you can enjoy music and lunch at the picnic tables and extra seating.

The fair takes place in a large space with many different artist tents selling everything from crocheted baby clothes to local books and paintings. Plan a full day, because not only will the fair delight art lovers, but the town of Copper Harbor offers a wide selection of local and regional art shops, as well as many other attractions such as Fort Wilkins.

I love going to these three fairs. Farm Block Fest is a fun time to relax, soak up the music, and enjoy the art and nature. The Eagle Harbor Fair is a classic, and I can’t wait to see new works by Tammy Gajewski. And I love visiting the Copper Harbor Fair and then discovering the cool shops and restaurants in the area; such a sweet way to spend a day.

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