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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 07:19 am:

The Pasty Cam provided entry to McLain State Park eight years ago today on the Pasty Cam.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 07:19 am:


By Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 07:39 am:


By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 07:43 am:

Good Morning. We were just camping there last weekend, kids had a blast and the lake is really not that cold right now (in relative terms of course).

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 07:50 am:

Good Morning, Everyone! TGIF! It's supposed to be a near perfect day (high temp about 75), but windy day here in mid-Michigan! I hope you all have a good weekend.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 07:51 am:

Congratulations on your Early Bird, Deb!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:04 am:

Thanks, Marianne! TGIF, huh???

By Therese (Therese) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:11 am:

Please pray for my mother, Dolores, 90 years young; she had a heart attack last night and is in hospital in Petoskey. Mom and I tent-camped all over the eastern UP together until she broke a leg 5 years ago and couldn't manage the portapotty any more. She and I had been thinking of camping again next week; instead she will, God willing, be at my house recuperating.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:21 am:

She'll be in my prayers, Therese.

By Carole (Carole) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:30 am:

The above picture is not of McLain State Park. The lake in the background is an inland lake. Could it be Twin Lakes?

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:43 am:

Therese...what a marvelous woman your mother must be! Tent camping at 85?! God bless her. What an undaunting spirit! She'll be okay because of her strenth and attitude. Hang in there Dolores!

By Cheryl Heppler (Hepplc) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 08:59 am:

Looking for information on the Mattson Bottling Works, Hancock, MI. I found a frosted green 7 oz bottle in Lake Superior about a 1/4 mile north of the Baraga State Park. The bottle imprint reads
Mattson Bottling Works Registered
Matti Mattson
Hancock, Michigan
With a star symbol on the bottom of the bottle.

Wondering what they bottled and what years the business ran. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks. Cheryl H.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 09:52 am:

My first thought was Twin Lakes as well. I was there last summer in late August and there was no one else there. I was totally amazed. I loved going there when I was a kid.

By Gloptmike (Gloptmike) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 09:57 am:

It is Twin Lakes. Just follow the "Eight Years Ago" link on top of the picture.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:11 am:

Coming UP to my cottage in Aura Monday for 6 days! I'll be sure to look for the moose and calf Cindy saw a bit ago. I gave her directions to where people see moose, and SHE saw them. I didn't!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:17 am:

I'll be coming UP to my Aura cottage Monday for six days! I'll be sure to go on a moose hunt and find those moose my pasty cam friend, Cindy, found. I gave her the directions and SHE saw the moose and calf! I didn't! She has a wonderful gallery with shots of those moose. I love her loon and swan pics. They are calendar quality!

By Cindy, New Baltimore, MI (Cindy) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:38 am:

Marsha, I hope you find those moose because all I can say is that it was awesome to FINALLY see one. Two was a real bonus! I will by wearing my "moose socks" for you all next week for good luck. I may wash them once in a while, maybe. :)

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 11:10 am:

That picture sure isn't McLain Park, It looks more like Twin Lakes State Park.

By Erik Nordberg, MTU Archives (Techarchives) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 11:13 am:


A final week of tours, talks and food demonstrations through August 26 will help to close out two exhibits exploring national and statewide food and culture. The Key Ingredients Michigan Foodways exhibits remain open 10-5 daily through August 26 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center in Calumet.

Upcoming events around the Copper Country include:

Houghton County Potato Farming, August 18

A presentation on the history of potato farming in Houghton County will begin at 10:00am Saturday, August 18, in the Keweenaw Heritage Center as part of Calumet's annual heritage celebration.

Illustrated with dozens of historical photographs, the presentation by Erik Nordberg will chart the transformation of the county into one of the nation’s premier potato growing regions during the 1930s and 1940s. At its height, more than 300,000 bushels of potatoes were exported from Houghton County, utilizing a community of growers, numerous potato warehouses and a niche market for high-quality table stock potatoes in larger Midwestern urban areas.

Farming Mine and Timber Cutover Lands, August 18

Terry Reynolds, MTU history professor, will present his research concerning "Cleveland-Cliffs and the Cutover: A Mining Company's Attempts to Promote Upper Peninsula Agriculture, 1895-1915." The presentation will take place Saturday, August 18, at 11:00am in the Keweenaw Heritage Center as part of Calumet's annual heritage celebration.

Between 1895 and 1915 Cleveland-Cliffs, one of America's leading iron mining companies, became deeply involved in promoting agricultural development on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Its ambitious work included an experimental garden, a greenhouse and nursery, and attempt to produce fertilizer locally, two major experimental/demonstration farms, and a number of other agricultural initiatives not usually associated with mining companies. Reynolds' presentation will review the reasons Cleveland-Cliffs became involved in promoting agriculture, the nature of its programs, and why it ultimately failed.

Gardening and Nurseries in Keweenaw History, August 20

Pete Nissila will share some history of gardening and nurseries in the Keweenaw at a special event at 6:00pm, Monday, August 20, at the Nissila’s Greenhouse Florist and Nursery, located at 21342 Highway M-26 just west of Hancock in Ripley.

In additional to timber, dairy and farm agriculture, the Copper Country has been home to several nurseries which have produced flowers, orchids and other ornamental plants. Join master gardener Pete Nissila as he provides an overview of this historic activity, reviewing the ways in which Keweenaw residents have grown and used cut flowers in the region. The event will include a tour of the historic greenhouses currently in use by Nissila at his Ripley greenhouse.

Tour of Baron’s Factory, August 21 (note time CHANGED to 2:00 p.m.)

Don't miss your chance to glimpse inside the canning factory for the Copper Country’s own spaghetti sauce operation. On Tuesday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to tour the Paul J. Baroni factory at 512 Sixth Street in Calumet. Please note that the time of this event has changed to 2:00 p.m.

The Baroni family has been producing their famous spaghetti sauce since 1935, using a still-secret recipe brought from the old country by Paul Baroni himself. Priding themselves on homemade quality from the freshest ingredients, the Baroni Company currently produces both traditional and meatless sauces, as well as chili and ravioli products bearing their distinctive green and red labels.

Participation is limited to 30 people and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Brewing Large in South Range, August 22

Get a first-hand look at brewing beer in the Copper Country during a tour of the new brewing and canning facility for the Keweenaw Brewing Company. The tour will take place at the KBC canning facility, just east of the intersection of Fourth Street and Highway M-26 in South Range, Michigan.

Learn how grains, water, hops and yeast are combined to form distinctive beer flavors. The Keweenaw Brewing Company has been producing handcrafted beers in Houghton since 2004. Outgrowing their downtown Houghton 16 barrel microbrewery site, owners Dick Gray and Paul Boissevain decided to develop a larger brewing and canning facility to produce more of their beer for distribution across the region. Operational since the summer of 2007, the new 50 barrel plant produces the company’s Pick Axe Blond Ale and Red Jacket Amber Ale, with plans to produce more varieties in the coming months and years.

Archeology and Food, August 25

Join archeologists Timothy Scarlett and Lee Sweitz as they take a slightly longer view of food consumption and human history. “Thinking like an archaeologist provides an interesting perspective on foodways,” notes Scarlett, a professor at Michigan Technological University. “Archaeology's view of "deep time" reveals an intricate web of interdependence between people and natural systems.” Throughout human history, food has been the most important connection between a community, generations of their ancestors, and a particular place. Foodways imprint themselves into a community's identity and food-related social activities have varied effects which range from broad influence on landscape ecology to microscopic structures in our own genetic makeup.

The event will be held at 3:00pm at the Keweenaw Heritage Center in the former St. Anne’s Church, at the corner of Scott and Fifth Streets in downtown Calumet.


These events provide local context for two touring exhibits visiting Calumet this summer. Key Ingredients is a Smithsonian exhibit depicting our national food culture. Michigan Foodways is a Michigan State University Museum exhibit exploring our state's food story by examining Michigan’s rich agriculture, its diverse ethnic cuisines, and its special culinary traditions. The tour of these two exhibits is made possible through efforts of the Michigan Humanities Council, the state’s independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibits remain open to the public daily 10-5 through August 26 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center in the former St. Anne’s Church at the corner of Scott and Fifth Streets in Calumet. For more information on the exhibits and related events call 487-2505.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 11:31 am:

Therese--I'll say prayers for your mom for sure. I've loved your
past descriptions of traveling with her. She sounds like an amazing

Well, I'll be back in posting mode next week. We leave the UP
bright and early on Sunday morning. Many poignant thoughts have
run through my mind and I appreciate every moment that I have
left UP here.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 11:36 am:

Oh, I forgot. My dog and I had a terrific visit to McLain State Park
last week. Before that we went to the Lakeview Cemetery outside of
Calumet. It is a beautiful place--just as so many of you have
described it. I even managed to find some of the graves from the
1913 "false" fire. One of my big reads this summer was the book
about the Italian Hall tragedy by Mr. Lehto--well worth a read.

By Danielle Adams (Badkid) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 01:29 pm:

anyone happen to travel to esky to the u.p. state fair? rodney atkins and joe nichols were playing last nite, but i didn't go, though i wish i did. if anyone went i'd be interested in seeing the concert pictures.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 01:36 pm:

Therese, I will keep your mom in my prayers. She sounds like an amazing lady.

By Happy to be in the U.P. (Lahelo) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 05:01 pm:

That sure looks like the entry to Twin Lakes State Park to me!

By Kathy P. (Katiaire) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 06:36 pm:

Fantastic photos, Cindy. If I ever see a moose I will probably be too excited to hold the camera steady, forget to take off the lens cover or some such silly thing.
Good luck on your moose sighting, Marsha.
Therese, will hold a thought for both you and your mom.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, August 17, 2007 - 09:55 pm:

I thought it was Twin Lakes too because you can see across the lake. You can't at McLain.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 12:44 am:

Cheryl Heppler: I remember Mattson Bottling and the Mattson pop! It had a full line of flavors sold all over the Keweenaw. My favorite was always their golden brown Cream Soda! I remember "Mattson" pop in the 40s & 50s. If it was around before or after those years I don't know.
I think my Uncle Jim had it in the pop cooler at his Dollar Bay Standard Station in those days and we also bought it at the old A & P Super Market in Hancock!

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 08:07 am:

Yesterday we were just checking to see if anyone actually looked at the picture from 8 years ago. As you discovered, it is in fact Twin Lakes, not McLain. Besides being on the BIG Lake, McLain doesn't allow bugs.


Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 09:27 pm:

LOL - Charlie, I think you had a little too much fun in Photoshop. We went to McClain the end of June, and we saw nothing of the sort. :-)

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