Aug 17-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: August: Aug 17-01
Downtown Calumet...    ...scroll down to share comments
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...the Tamburitzans    ...scroll down to share comments
photo by Charlie Hopper

Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, August 17, 2001 - 11:15 pm:

A colorful, exciting annual event took place this evening at the Calumet Theatre... performance by the Tamburitzans, all the way from Duquesne University. Yours truly and his lovely bride were able to take in the show, for the first time in the 20+ summers we have spent in the Keweenaw.

If you EVER have the chance to see and hear this group of young artists, get ready for an amazing experience. The music, the costumes, the laughs, the energy... it was definitely an evening to remember. Joe Kirkish took a van load of the residents from Still Waters to enjoy the show at historic Calumet Theatre.

Hey... they'll be back next summer with an all new program. You know the Copper Country is a great place to be this time of year... be sure to plan ahead :o)

By Tom L. - PA on Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 05:13 am:

Charlie- They've been doing this for more than 20 years! Duquesne University has been sending the group since 1937. See

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 12:38 pm:


My 20+ summers reference was regarding our family being here all summer, about the past 14 as year-round residents. Last night when Tom Tikkanen of the Rotary introduced the show, he did mention it was the 65th consecutive year for the group to perform here.


By Tom Seavoy, Washington on Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 05:58 pm:

Joe Kirkish:
Is he the same Joe Kirkish that taught at Tech?
I had him for English one quarter. Great guy.
I'll always remember when one student complained about his grade, he replied
'Hey, things are tough all over.'

By Charlie again on Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 08:13 am:

Yes, Joe is still going strong. He spends a lot of time at Still Waters, reading to the residents and driving them to various events and sightseeing around the Keweenaw.

Do you know of someone getting on in years, looking for a comfortable, assisted living arrangement in the Copper Country? Tell them there are newly remodelled rooms available now at Still Waters, with no waiting. All are welcome (60 years and up) and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. An especially fun place to live for those who love to make pasties! Email us for information.
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John Knodt on Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 11:39 am:

Charlie, thanks for featuring the Calumet Theatre and our 65th appearance of the Tambies. We continue to try to bring quality entertainment to the community, but it is getting more and more difficult to do so. We have a lot of needs, but none more important than paying our day-to-day expenses, which are increasing dramatically. I hope that the people who visit your site will remember the theatre, by taking out a membership, or helping in any other way, particularly if they know of any grantors or other benefactors who may be able to help us out of a tight situation. The theatre can be reached by telephone at (906) 337-2610, Tuesday through Saturday, or by E-mail at


John Knodt, President
Calumet theatre Board of Directors

By Mary Ann, WY on Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 10:02 pm:

I enjoyed seeing that the Tamburitzans are still performing on their way back to PA. I remember seeing them perform in Manistique where I grew up, and what a performance it was. I even have a record of theirs. Good memories.

By Billiejo Endsley on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 10:37 am:

I enjoyed your pictures.

By rinde001, Minnesota on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 03:01 pm:

When I was a young girl, my father was a counselor
in a private boys camp in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. Toward the end of the summer it was

a treat for us to watch the tamburitzens practice

what a beautiful experience for us in the north
land of Wisconsin.

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