Dollar-A-Day Boys: A musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps featuring Bill Jamerson
7:30PM Tuesday, September 19
Ore Dock Brewing Company
The Beaumier Center, along with the One Book One Community group, presents an evening of songs and stories about the Civilian Conservation Corps featuring Bill Jamerson.
Imagine, you're 17 years old trying to survive during the Great Depression. Life is tough in Chicago. Food is scarce, jobs are non-existent and you've turned to petty crime to eke out a living. One day you hear about a new job works program created by the federal government that pays a "dollar-a-day." You soon find yourself in the Upper Peninsula northwoods spending long days planting trees and building roads. Over the next year, you put on 20 pounds, develop good work habits, gain confidence and make life-long friends. The job skills you learned help you find a job when you leave camp. Your experience in the CCC turns out to be the most important event in your life. It turned you from a boy into a man.
Since 1992, Bill Jamerson has researched the CCC. He produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD of songs, and wrote a historical novel. He presents "Dollar-A-Day Boys" all across the Midwest. Over 2.5 million men enlisted in the corps and today, their children and grandchildren have a keen interest in it. They often show up with CCC photo albums and memorabilia; they also share wonderful stories about their relatives with the audience. The story of the CCC has universal appeal because it's about underdogs who are given a second chance. Bill also presents CCC motivational assemblies at middle and high schools. Students love stories about teens and the struggles they experienced during The Great Depression.
French Canadian Walking Tour
1:00PM Saturday, September 30
Free and open to the public
As part of the State of Michigan’s official French Canadian Heritage Week, the Beaumier Center will be offering a French Canadian history walking tour of Marquette. Daniel Truckey, Director of the Beaumier Center and a fifth generation Marquette resident, will give this extensive walking tour of city’s many French Canadian landmarks and neighborhoods. The tour will begin at the corner of Fourth and Washington Streets. The tour will be about 1.5 miles long with some short uphills and downhills. Make sure to bring sturdy walking shoes and also rain gear if necessary.
6:00PM Friday, October 6
Peter White Public Library
The Beaumier Center is co-sponsoring this documentary as part of the CineArts Independent Film Series of the Peter White Public Library. The evening is set up as a bring-your-own-dinner, the library provides hot tea and cold water.
‘Mélanie and Olivier decided to cycle the North Shore of Quebec, Canada, to better understand the complex relationships that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Their encounters, both planned and spontaneous, include the surprising tale of an Innu man in search of his ancestors in Normandy, and the heart-wrenching story of the sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1990 Oka crisis.’ mofilms.ca/en/boutique/quebekoisie/
Keweenaw Bus Tour
Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15
For the past two years, the Beaumier Center has offered an exciting bus tour in the fall connected with the history and ethnicity of the region. In 2015, the Center led a 10-day trip to Canada celebrating this history of the country and its connections to the U.P. In 2016, the Center led a day-long Ghost Town Bus Tour to Fayette and parts of Menominee, Dickinson and Marquette County. This year, the Beaumier Center will take advantage of the height of color season to take a three-day bus tour to the Keweenaw Peninsula, enjoying the natural wonders and fascinating history of the region.
It will feature tours of historic sites, such as the Quincy Mine Hoist, Central Mine, Eagle River Lighthouse and the Keweenaw National Historic Park in Calumet, color tours of the region and stops along the way in quaint villages for opportunities to eat and shop. Included in the trip is travel on a coach bus, lodging at the AmericInn in Calumet and two dinners in Calumet (Michigan House and Carmelita’s).
The per-person cost to take this amazing trip is $275 for double occupancy and $385 for single occupancy. Cut-off date for reservations will be September 15. To register for the trip, send a deposit check of $100 to the Beaumier Center for each person who would like to attend. Attach a letter with the name and address of each person who will be attending and if you will be sharing a room (and the name of the person you’ll be staying with). If you would prefer a single room, please include that information as well.
Please send deposit checks to:
Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center
1401 Presque Isle Ave.
Marquette MI 49855
7:30PM Saturday, October 21
Reynolds Recital Hall
Free and open to the public
This October, the Beaumier Center will be a recipient of the first ever Arts Midwest Folkefest! Arts Midwest is providing funding to bring the Finnish folk group, Kardemimmit, to Marquette. They will be in Marquette October 15-21 and during their visit will be conducting workshops in schools and perform a public concert.
Kardemimmit are four strong, young women who play a rare gem: the Finnish national instrument kantele, an ancient stringed instrument with a silvery sound. While playing 15- and 38-string kanteles, Kardemimmit sing mesmerizing harmonies in original compositions that blend a modern approach with a deep foundation in Finnish, Eastern European, and Scandinavian traditions.
The 2017–2019 Arts Midwest Folkefest presents traditional music ensembles from Finland and Sweden for intensive, week-long residencies in Midwestern communities. The program seeks to deepen awareness of the Scandinavian traditions, heritage, and history of the Upper Midwest and foster understanding and appreciation for global cultures, and levels of musical experience.
1950s Sock Hop
7:00-10:00pm Saturday November 4, 2017
Great Lakes Rooms, Don H. Bottum University Center
$1 Students, $5 Public
Join the Beaumier Center in reminiscing about the fabulous fifties with dancing and music by Drew and the Geezers. The night will include a dance contests, 50s style dance strolls, and snowball dances to get everyone on the dance floor. A 50s style burger stand and ice cream menu will be provide for an extra cost. Period dress encouraged, comfortable clothes a must.
Le Vent Du Nord
7:30PM Saturday, April 7
In 2008, the Beaumier Center presented a concert by Quebec’s preeminent folk group, Le Vent Du Nord, and it was wildly successful. The group proved to be equally popular when they headlined the Hiawatha Traditional Folk Festival in 2011. The Beaumier Center is very excited to announce that Le Vent Du Nord will be returning to Marquette in April to perform a special concert at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are not yet on sale but will be soon, so please save the date.
Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air.
Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,600 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. The group has a rich and varied instrumentation, well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.