Chamber Director's Blog
Chamber Awards Banquet 2019
Every year in January, the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce hosts an all-member banquet where four awards are presented in recognition for special accomplishments in the previous year. At our January 22, 2019 banquet, the Ironwood Chamber recognized the following: Business of the Year = Chelsi's Corner (Mark Schwanz and Lynn Niemi) 110 East Aurora, Ironwood; Organization of the Year = Gogebic Range Health Foundation; Volunteer(s) of the Year = Festival Ironwood Organizing Committee; and Gus Swanson Educational Award = Mr. Peter Lewinski, Teacher/Coach, Luther L. Wright High School, Ironwood. Pictures of these award winners were posted on our Facebook page 28 January. Congratulations to these very deserving award winners! And, a big thank-you to our two hosts, Chamber Member Aurora Club, and Chamber Member Cindy Giackino, Catering! Great food in a great space = a wonderful evening!
SISU Nordic Ski Race Jan. 4-6.
SISU time has arrived! SISU Ski Fest begins FRIDAY with the "Depot Dash," a fun ski for kids 10 and under, held at Depot Park in downtown Ironwood. This event is free and open to all. The Saturday fest centers around the 31K SISU and 15K Heikki Lunta point-to-point cross country ski races originating at ABR Trails in Erwin Township and terminating in downtown Ironwood. The portion of the race course between ABR and downtown is groomed for skiing only on SISU weekend, making the race a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. All participants gather back at the Memorial Building in Ironwood for mojakka (Finnish stew) and pasties, the awards ceremony, and door prize giveaways. Saturday night SISU hosts a party at the historic Ironwood Theatre featuring the music of Conge se Menne, with their original UP-inspired Finnish reggae! Doors open at 6pm with the music at 7pm. This event is free and open to all. The fest concludes on Sunday with the fat bike Try Out The Trails event at 11am. Hosted by the SISU Dirt Crew, this event showcases our local fat bike trails at Wolverine, from the Snow Summit Road trailhead on the way to Big Powderhorn.
I just shoveled my way into the Depot office. There was not much snow, but the next few days offer hope that there might just be enough "white gold" to make sure all the Winter activities are able to occur. For those of you who check this page online or on IronwoodGO smartphone app (available free from the app store), you can see what Trail 2 looks like in Ironwood as our Depot webcam points right at it--just outside the office here. Yesterday, there were a few snowmobilers, and if the forecast snow proves to be a good one, there will be excellent motor and silent winter sports to be had in Ironwood. The Chamber does have the current MI snowmobile map, but the Chamber office does not sell trail passes--you can get them at our Chamber member Cloverland Motorsports out on U.S. 2 (and just 3 blocks off the trail).
Jack Frost 2018 Raffle Winners
2018 Jack Frost Raffle Winners: 1st = Angela Stengard (group), 2nd = Jerry Synkelma, 3rd = Phil Aho, 4th = Peter Burla, 5th = Gail Mlasko, 6th = Adele Vandenberg, 7th = Andrea Newby, 8th = Ron Tankka, 9th = Denise Jacquart
Jack Frost Festival
This past Wednesday, over 100 people came to watch the tree-lighting of the official Jack Frost Tree, signaling the start of a host of winter events from now until the end of January. From the famous Jack Frost parade on December 1, at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Ironwood, through music concerts, dance revues, snowmobile racing, SISU Nordic Ski Fest, and even, at last, a giant Christmas tree bonfire, the Jack Frost Festival of events has for 24 years called enjoyable attention to our area's wintertime attractions. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year as it did last, and we will have a great outdoor season of snow, respectable cold, and good ski conditions. If so, and the countless hundreds (thousands, actually) of folks who come to "Find their North" in the land of white appear again, please make sure to welcome them, give them some good "up north" tips on winterland events, and encourage them as well to consider our little corner of the U.P. the place to which they should move and settle in! Check out felivelife.org for the latest in area events.