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  • The 3rd annual Heikki Lunta festival, which celebrates Finnish heritage and all things winter, will be in Negaunee January 18-19, 2019. They are seeking vendors for a Tori (Finnish market). Last year’s attendance was 1,000 and they are working to get double this year.
  • The tori is from 10-2 on Saturday at the Negaunee City Center. Setup begins at 9 a.m. Booth fees are $25.
  • To reserve a table or for more information, contact Wendy Koski – 906-475-7939 or Negaunee.Rocks@gmail.com
  • For more festival information, visit www.upluge.org
Thanks,
Tyler Tichelaar
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The Marquette Regional History Center presents:  

An Enduring Christmas by Ragene Henry – A Holiday Read

December 5, 6:30-8:00 pm

In 1850 when the first Christmas season approached the small community of Marquette, citizens were running out of food and waiting on a supply ship that their survival depended on. The 5thH Youth History Club will take us back to that time using the book Enduring Christmas by local author Ragene Henry. You will share the citizens’ tenacious spirit and enjoy an evening of holiday fun. Refreshments and a taffy pull will follow. Free! Donations appreciated.   For more info visit marquettehistory.org or call 906.226.3571.

Jessica “Red” Bays
Rental and Store Manager
Promotions and Membership Coordinator
Marquette Regional History Center
145 W. Spring St.
Marquette, MI

Celebrating our 100 Year Birthday!

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Pirates and treasure, the timeless theme in adventurous fiction, takes center stage in Mikel B. Classen’s second edition of Lake Superior Tales: Stories of Humor and Adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Published by the Modern History Press (November 2018), the book includes ten stories that span the 19th century through present day, each tale packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense. Written for the general adult audience, these stories have something of interest to offer every reader. For those who know or have a fondness for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, this is perhaps the perfect winter read of all.

Mikel B. Classen is a veteran writer and editor with three decades of experience in journalism, writing, and photography. But more than anything else, it’s the author’s own living experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that enriches his word with regional flavor. In his words:

“Many places have maritime history, logging history and mining history, but the Upper Peninsula has them all, thrown together in a cultural clash that makes the region unique.”

Classen contends that as a writer it is impossible to not be inspired by a place not only steeped in beauty, but its rich history is evident throughout the peninsula.

By its content, the second edition of Lake Superior Tales is mostly adventure and part humor. The latter, at times, draws from characters based on real residents of the region. And it has its quirky side, like the main character in the story “Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight” that remains unnamed throughout the story.

Of the adventurous stories, the author tells that these tales are the results of ideas that periodically popped into his head. Yet, in one way or the other, the regional history reflected in their development. For instance, he tells about the history of gold mining in the Upper Peninsula and how it influenced the narrative of story “The Wreck of the Marie Jenny.”

“I had finished writing Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight and I started wondering where the gold in that story came from and what the story of the shipwreck was. The only places in the U.P. where gold was actually found was north of Ishpeming and Marquette. There were two mines north of Marquette and the Ropes north of Ishpeming. If any gold was going to sail out on Lake Superior it would have come from Marquette and the Iron Bay. The real mover and shaker of those days in Marquette was Peter White, one of Marquette’s founding fathers, hence his appearance in the story.”

Classen’s ingenious weaving of history and legend creates a tapestry of folklore as varied as the peninsula itself.

To learn more about Mikel B. Classen and to see more of his work, go to his website at www.mikelclassen.com.

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Welcome to the Peter White Book Fair sponsored by UPPAA!

Board Meetings – Members welcome!
Open meetings the first Friday of the month at the Peter White Library, Marquette
Next meeting: Nov 2nd, 2018 from 12-1:30 EDT.

To join the conference
Dial: 712-432-6299
Enter your passcode: 483921

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Meet UPPAA authors on Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette, MI. “Reading Between the Wines.” Join Tyler Tichelaar and Sonny Longtine as they read from their books during this wine-tasting event to raise money to help literacy.

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Hello Authors!

I hope you all have been having a relaxing autumn!

I am emailing you because I wanted to let you all know about an event we are doing in the month of November that may be of interest to some of you.

As some of you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month – a time of writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This year, the Escanaba Public Library is joining in by offering a number of events (like writing groups) to help writers finish this challenge.

I am sending along a pdf and jpeg of our flyer of events for you to look at. Maybe you’d like to stop in and get some writing done or just pass along the information to a friend. NaNo is a great way for writers to find support and community, and to finish what some deem impossible. This year the EPL is focusing on supporting would-be authors and authors in our area in any way we can.  We feel this is a great way to do it.

And if you’re not in our area? See if your local library is putting on similar events! Houghton and Iron Mountain both have NaNo writers meeting this month, maybe your area does too!

Hopefully, some of you will be able to make it but if not, we are thinking if you during this time! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Brianna Ecklid

PS- This is the website for nanowrimo- www.nanowrimo.org

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UPPAA only works when members participate!

GET INVOLVED WITH UPPAA

Our membership has soared to over 100 authors, poets, editors, illustrators, and independent publishers. The current Board of Directors invites you to get involved. Contact the committee chairs for more information. Contact Victor Volkman or Mikel Classen to join the distribution and marketing team for the U.P. Reader. Assist Larry Buege by marketing our Dandelion Cottage short story writing contest to your local schools. Debbie Frontiera is our association newsletter editor and welcomes you to join her staff. Contact Gretchen Preston to join the 2019 conference planning committee.

All members are welcome at board meetings. Our Board of Directors meets the First Friday of each month at noon in the Dandelion Cottage room at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Michigan. Please feel free to join us. If you are out of the Marquette area, or unable to attend the meeting in person, you can join the board on its conference call line. Just dial 712-432-6299. You will then be asked to enter the code: 483921#.

We will be electing new association officers at our 2019 conference business meeting. All positions are open. Take time to review the job descriptions for each position below. If you are interested in running for an officer position, contact Tyler Tichelaar. Watch our group email for more information!

UPPAA Board Member Descriptions

President

The President’s duties include:

  • Presiding over the monthly Board meetings.
  • Presiding over the annual business meeting at the spring conference.
  • Organizing the spring conference with the help of the rest of the board.
  • Responding to inquiries via email and phone from interested prospective members.
  • Promoting UPPAA through various means such as handing out brochures at events, bringing UPPAA material to the Superiorland Library Coop for distribution, etc.
  • Following up with fellow Board Members to ensure all board duties and responsibilities are being fulfilled.
  • Proofreading the quarterly newsletters to make sure all information is accurate.

Vice President

The Vice President’s duties include:

  • Attending monthly Board meetings.
  • Preside over meetings if the President cannot.
  • Preparing the agenda for the monthly Board meetings and submitting it to the President prior to the scheduled meeting.
  • Serving on the annual conference planning committee.
  • Working with the Board members and general membership to create new book marketing and sales opportunities.
  • Promoting UPPAA publicly at appropriate opportunities.
  • Being actively involved in all club activities and events.

Treasurer

The Treasurer’s duties include:

  • Filling out Federal e-postcard in January and the Michigan Corporation Annual Report in July. These documents are essential to keeping our non-profit status.
  • Downloading money from dues payments from PayPal into our savings account. This should be done at least monthly.
  • Paying all bills. This is a minor activity for most months, but the workload increases near the Spring Conference.
  • Providing a monthly financial report for the board. Fiction writing skills (with humor) is helpful when preparing the report but not mandatory.

Membership Chair

The Membership Chair’s duties include:

  • Maintaining the current member database, including yearly renewal.
  • Adding new members and their information to the database.
  • Keeping the Newsletter Editor up to date on the member database.
  • Adding members to discussion group.
  • Annually removing people who are no longer members from the database and discussion group.
  • Sending out member renewal notices in March of every year and then overdue notices.
  • Sending out Conference registration and compiling a list of attendees and lunch numbers.
  • Sending out and compiling conference surveys.
  • Depositing membership dues checks to the UPPAA account.
  • Sending out notices that go to the entire membership, for example the fall picnic.

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary’s duties include: 

  • Taking notes during the business meeting portion at the Spring Conference.
  • Writing minutes based on these notes and keeping a copy for records.
  • Reading minutes of last meeting during business meeting of the conference.
  • Taking notes during monthly board meetings and writing minutes

Webmaster

The Webmaster’s duties include:

  • Managing submissions for http://www.UPPAA.org, including new book announcements, author events, and listings of resources.
  • Managing social media accounts such as Twitter and the UPPAA Facebook pages.
  • Sharing management of the online discussion group with the Membership Secretary.

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor’s duties include:

  • Gathering the news from members four times per year for the spring, summer, fall, and winter newsletters (generally sent in April, July, late Sept./Oct. and late Jan./Feb.) No date set in stone. News is gathered throughout the year and saved to a file and a reminder is sent to members to send their announcements with a deadline about two weeks before the newsletter goes for layout.
  • Preparing the newsletter text and saving any images sent in a file.
  • Having the President proofread the newsletter for typos and missing or wrong information.
  • Sending the text file and any images via email to Margaret Helminen at Designotype for formal layout.
  • Reviewing proofs from Designotype and approving or recommending changes.
  • Using the UPPAA membership list to send out the PDF newsletter to the membership. (Note that for the spring issue, Designotype mails the printed version. The spring issue always focuses on the Spring Conference. Summer usually recaps the conference. Fall and winter have member news, marketing tips, announcements, etc.

Publications Chair

The Publications Chair’s duties include:

  • Managing everything related to the P. Reader, including submissions, concept, design, technical issues, promotion, and coordinating sales distribution.
  • Working with other U.P. Reader staff and the UPPAA Board as well as the organizers/student winners of the Dandelion Short Story Contest.
  • Managing any new publications UPPAA may choose to pursue.

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