Went to the Keweenaw symphony on Sunday, Oct. 28. Full orchestra, 60 fantastic musicians including two from Escanaba, Becky Bender and Matt Krieg. Sorry to say, I think, there was as many in the audience as in the orchestra. What a shame! I don't think the Wm. Oliver auditorium stage has seen a harp and kettle drums there for a long time, if ever.
The price to see this concert was $10. I have paid as much as $75 to see a symphony in Chicago. This afternoon performance was a delight from the first note until the last. We have lost many wonderful concerts, in the past, due to poor attendance. I know they say, "you don't miss what you don't see," but you missed the best large, symphony that has played here in years. If and when they come back go! You won't be sorry as it will be a very spiritual uplifting experience. You will not be sorry.
Movie night once a month at the college is another fun thing to do. Thanks to Nancy Love and her hard work getting independent films here.
These are movies you will never see in the local theater. The last movie was "Intouchables." Great movie about relationships between two people, brought tears to my eyes. I love this town, and enjoy everything that is offered. Remember to take advantage of what is out there. People drove here from Marquette to see this movie and were glad they did. There were lots of vacant seats that should have been filled.
Last but not least, my favorite place is the Bonifas Art Center. (exhibits, plays, classes, music.) In the gallery now is the juried show "Northern Exposure" with artists from all over the U.P. (Incredible) Could compete with any museum anywhere. The studio area features artists from Iron Mountain. All offered free to the public.
The art center staff is very welcoming. If you haven't been there lately, be sure to put it on your "bucket list." You will make it a habit, guaranteed. They are open from 10 to 5 daily, except Mondays. We are so fortunate to have this facility here.
Keep your eyes and ears open for what is going on in the area and attend. I don't want to hear anybody complaining there is nothing to do in Escanaba.
Retired art teacher