Stories from the North Woods http://michiganradio.org en StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/storycorps-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary <p></p><p>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is celebrating its&nbsp;</span>10<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;anniversary of bringing us conversations that move us, make us laugh, make us think...and of course, draw some tears.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we talk with the founder of <a href="http://storycorps.org/">StoryCorps</a>, David</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Isay&nbsp;about their new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">book "Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of </span>StoryCorps”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15442 at http://michiganradio.org StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary North Woods: Old movie theaters get new lease on life http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-old-movie-theaters-get-new-lease-life <p>We wrap up our <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/stories-north-woods">Stories from the North Woods</a> series with a look at how cities and towns from Detroit to Marquette are bringing new life to their old movie palaces.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Vista Theater as community theater</strong></p><p>When the <a href="http://www.vistatheater.org/history.php">Vista Theater</a> opened in Negaunee in the 1920s, the Upper Peninsula town was booming. Alfred Keefer says the Vista &quot;was the theater to be at, and they would fill this house up on movie nights.&quot;</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4363 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: Old movie theaters get new lease on life North Woods: Calumet, a frontier community http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-calumet-frontier-community <p>All this week, we&#39;re bringing you stories from the North Woods. Yesterday, we visited the town of <a href="http://hunts-upguide.com/calumet.html">Calumet </a>in the western tip of the U.P., where copper was once king.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artists-set-shop-calumet">As we reported</a>, the town is experiencing a kind of resurgence:</p><blockquote><p>Tom Tikkanen runs the <a href="http://www.mainstreetcalumet.com/">Main Street Program</a>, a nonprofit focused on redeveloping Calumet. His group did a study a couple years ago to figure out what&rsquo;s driving the town&rsquo;s relatively recent upswing. The answer? Culture economic development.</p><p>&quot;It starts with our artists,&quot; explains Tikkanen. &quot;It&rsquo;s a natural development that&rsquo;s taking place. The more art that&rsquo;s displayed and that&rsquo;s created here, the more that attracts other artists.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Tikkanen also described the town as a &quot;frontier community&quot; that&#39;s redefining itself. We conclude our stories on Calumet with a look at what happens when new folks move in to an old town.</p><p><strong>Meet Calumet&#39;s newest residents</strong></p><p>Stephanie Swartzendruber is one of the bartenders at <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/208/1054768/restaurant/Michigan/Shutes-Calumet">Shute&#39;s Bar</a> in downtown Calumet. Outside, the bar looks like your typical dive bar. Inside, it&#39;s beautiful. Nearly everything is original from the 1890s: the rich, dark wood bar, the 1895 liquor license, the beautiful, Tiffany-like stained glass canopy above the bar.</p><p>Swartzendruber moved to Calumet last November, and she&rsquo;s says the town is on the verge:</p><p>&quot;I feel like it&rsquo;s coming back! We have cute little coffee shops and art galleries and awesome bars like [Shute&#39;s] in a place where you can buy a house for under $20,000,&quot; says Swartzendruber.</p><p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4343 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: Calumet, a frontier community North Woods: Artists set up shop in Calumet http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artists-set-shop-calumet <p>As part of our series, Stories from the North Woods, we head to <a href="http://hunts-upguide.com/calumet.html">Calumet</a> in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The town has been struggling to re-discover itself ever since the area&#39;s copper boom died out more than 50 years ago.</p><p><strong>The town that time forgot </strong></p><p>Artist Ed Gray remembers when the last mine closed in Calumet in the late 1960s:</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4329 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: Artists set up shop in Calumet North Woods: Music of the Copper Country http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-music-copper-country-0 <p>The <a href="http://www.loc.gov/folklife/lomax/">folklorist Alan Lomax</a> spent nearly two months in the Upper Peninsula in 1938, recording the music of the north woods. He recorded lots of bawdy lumberjack tunes, Finnish songs and polkas. In a note to the Library of Congress, <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=Dtq6j6n5HXwC&amp;pg=PA108&amp;lpg=PA108&amp;dq=alan+lomax+upper+peninsula+library+of+congress&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=2Q03thv4FL&amp;sig=vxwsC7zhjTSEwyjLQALyD6yJvEo&amp;hl=en&amp;ei=rbN_TurFJOr20gHEqvga&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=book_result&amp;ct=result&amp;resnum=3&amp;ved=0CC4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&amp;q=material%20enough&amp;f=false">Lomax said</a> &quot;there was material enough in the region for years of work.&quot;</p><p>Today, most of that music has been lost to history. But <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/s-program/mh_awards/awards/2009LR.html">Leslie (Les) Ross, Sr</a> still plays it. Born in 1923 in Eben Junction, Ross is one of the last harmonica players in the country to play in the &quot;<a href="http://www.hiawathamusic.org/lesrosssr.php">lumberjack style.</a>&quot;</p><p>As part of my Stories from the North Woods series, I sat down with Les Ross and percussionist Randy Seppola. With Ross on harmonica and Seppala on <a href="http://playdembones.com/workshops.htm">bones and spoons</a>, they played me a number of old-timey tunes, and Ross talked about his days in Eben Junction and, of course, the harmonica. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:05:44 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4323 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: Music of the Copper Country North Woods: An artist residency on Rabbit Island (with photos) http://michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artist-residency-rabbit-island-photos <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-987661.mp3</p><p>Earlier this summer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/man-buys-remote-lake-superior-island-plans-new-artist-residency?nopop=1">we told you about</a> a remote island in Lake Superior called Rabbit Island:</p><blockquote><p>New Yorker Rob Gorski saw the 91-acre island listed for sale on Craiglist. At first, he was skeptical. But after talking it over with his brother, both of whom are Michigan natives, they bought the island for less than $150,000.</p><p>The land, known as <a href="http://flavors.me/rabbitisland">Rabbit Island</a>, is about a half hour boat ride from the Keweenaw Peninsula.</p><p>Gorski says the plan is to preserve the island as is, and build only a small, green cabin where future artists can stay.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;d like to be able to send an artist, maybe two, out to the island to practice their creative process within an entirely isolated environment. We think it&rsquo;d be a very remote experience, it&rsquo;d be very difficult in some ways, but I think the end result could be very interesting.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>As part of my series, Stories from the North Woods, I took the 3.5-mile boat ride from Rabbit Bay to Rabbit Island to see how the residency is coming along.</p><p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4302 at http://michiganradio.org North Woods: An artist residency on Rabbit Island (with photos)