Retail in the Ironwood Area
Looking out the Depot windows this fine Saturday morning, you sure can see that the sun is out! And, it promises to actually be warm! Our Chamber webcam shows the city dumptrucks parked in the Depot park lot, as today is Friends of the Iron Belle Trail clean-up day, from 9-11. When I got here this morning at 7 there were already folks hiking the trail! More than ever before, this "mile 0" section of the Iron Belle Trail is going to see heavy use this year, now that it is possible to walk/bike all the way to Bessemer on the paved trail. This past week I put away all the "snow" cards in our display racks and put up the trail, Porkies, and Lake Gogebic Times for this year. I might even put away that snow shovel today! One other thought of Spring besides trail hiking: clean-up! The Chamber's City Wide Rummage Sale will be on Saturday June 3. On this website, under "events" you can find the registration form to download and mail in here to the Chamber. Whether you are on the hiking trail or on the "rummage trail" this Spring Ironwood is the place to be!
Come out next week to the Gogebic County Fair, Thursday through Sunday, and stop by the Gogebic Chambers of Commerce booth in the Exposition Building. We are only two booths up from the 4-H ice cream booth, and we welcome ice cream eaters as well! Each Gogebic Chamber will have business cards, brochures, flyers, and maps that showcase the wide range of economic enterprises that make Gogebic county the place to visit and the place to have a home. The Ironwood Chamber will have a special table in the booth, where Summer Raffle tickets will be sold (only $5 each, with prizes of $1,000, 500, 250, 100, and 50 to be awarded at the annual Chamber picnic in September) and where Hiawatha Statue Restoration contributions will be gratefully accepted. See you at the Fair!!
2018 Jack Frost Festival
Season’s Greetings from the Jack Frost Festival Committee:
Planning is now underway for the 24th Annual Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade!
2018 Jack Frost Festival Calendar of Events
[as of 10/10/18—subject to change and revision]
1 November to 30 November - WIMI/WJMS radio Business Window Decorating Contest. Entry forms are at the Chamber office, Chamber webpage, or WIMI/WJMS office. All entries due by Friday, 23 November. Winners announced on “Frost Friday,” 30 November.
1 October to 30 November - Ironwood Area Business & Professional Women’s Club 50/50 Raffle. Tickets ($1 each) are available at Chief Oil Co., Makela, Pollack, & Ahonen Accounting, Hitt’s Fine Furniture, and any IABPW member. Drawing on November 30 (“Frost Friday”) at Brewster’s Northwoods Bar and Grill, 9:00 p.m.
1 October to 1 December - Ironwood Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Jack Frost Raffle. Tickets ($100.00 each—only 200 printed) are available at the Chamber Historic Ironwood Depot Office, by mail request to P.O. Box 45, Ironwood, MI, and at Chelsi’s Corner, downtown Ironwood.
14 November -- Old Depot Tree Lighting Ceremony at Depot park commencing at 6:00 p.m. Post ceremony refreshments and 1905 reed organ carol sing-along at the Ironwood Chamber Depot office. Special appearance and music by Luther L. Wright High School Chorus members.
23 November -- Jack Frost Parade Entries Due at the Chamber Depot office. Entry forms available at the Chamber, or by mail, or from the chamber webpage. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ENTRY INTO THE PARADE AFTER THIS CLOSING REGISTRATION DATE.
23 November -- Business Window Decorating Contest Entries Due at the Chamber Depot office or at WJMS/WIMI studios at 222 S. Lawrence St., Ironwood, MI
24 November -- Warren Miller’s “The Face of Winter” film at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
30 November -- St. Vincent De Paul Customer Appreciation Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop in at 216 West Aurora Street, Ironwood, for cookies, coffee, and treats!
30 November -- Jack Frost Festival Radio Broadcast live from Chelsi’s Corner, downtown Ironwood, from 9:00 until noon. Anna Breiler of WUPM Radio, 106.9, will host guests from a variety of the Jack Frost Festival events.
30 November - “Frost Friday” in Downtown Ironwood – features strolling caroler groups, in-store craft vendors, stores open late, award announcement for Business Window Decorating Contest, IABPW 50/50 raffle drawing, & more happenings.
1 December -- Reading of the Christmas Story at Heritage Christian Book and Gifts, 610 Ayer Street, 10:00 a.m. Treats, refreshments, and music by the Genisot family.
1 December – Jack Frost $10,000 raffle drawing at Chelsi’s Corner, 110 East Aurora Street between 2:00 pm and 3:00 p.m.
1 December -- Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in residence at River Valley Bank form 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
1 December -- Movie: “The Polar Express” at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 4:00 pm.
1 December -- Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade at 6:00 in downtown Ironwood.
1 December -- Gogebic Range Concert Band performs after the Festival of Lights Parade in the Historic Ironwood Theatre at about 7:15 p.m.
2 December -- Tree of Love Lighting Ceremony at Aspirus Grand View Hospital, 6:30 p.m.
7 December -- The Claudettes perform at the Historic Ironwood Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
8 December -- The Claudettes perform at the Historic Ironwood Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
9 December -- The Claudettes perform at the Historic Ironwood Theatre at 2:00 p.m.
15 December -- Fire-on-the-Hill Snowcross Racing at Mt. Zion, Ironwood. Registration at Maplewood Restaurant from 10-4 on Friday; Saturday racing starts at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $5 with kids under 12 free.
16 December - Chamber Singers Christmas Concert will be at 4:00 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Ironwood.
29 December -- Pro Vintage Snowmobile Race will be at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
5/6 January -- Snowmobile Olympus and TRL race will be at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds. http://www.ironwoodsnowmobileolympus.com/
12 January – SISU Nordic Ski Festival – begins at the ABR Ski Trails and will finish in downtown Ironwood. http://www.sisuskifest.com/
26 January -- “After-Burner” Christmas Tree Burning Event, Norrie Amateur Sports Club, at 7:00 p.m.
Festival Ironwood 2018
FESTIVAL IRONWOOD 2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Free admission to “An Evening of Bluegrass,” live music under the Big Top by UpNorth Connection. Beer and brats organized by the Ironwood/Hurley Rotary Club
12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Concert, Historic Ironwood Theatre
6:00 p.m. Giant Moonwalk Jumper, Depot Park
6:00 p.m. Fat Tire Club Ride, start from Depot Park
6:30 p.m. Superior Riders Bike Ride, start from Depot Park
10:00 p.m. Daily 50/50 Raffle Drawing
Thursday, July 19, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Salad Luncheon, Salem Lutheran Church, 333 E. Aurora Street, Ironwood
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Concert, Historic Ironwood Theatre
4:00 p.m. Festival Ironwood Opening Ceremonies and Blessing, organized by the Ironwood American Legion Post #5
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free admission to “Polka Fest,” live polka music under the Big Top with Richie Yurkovich and Polkaroity. DJ Music by Todd Haegar throughout the day.
4:00 p.m. Yooper Style Wood Fire Grilled Chicken Feed, organized by Friends of Festival Ironwood
4:15 p.m. World’s Largest Duck Pick, organized by Friends of Festival Ironwood
4:15 p.m. Giant Moonwalk Jumper, Depot Park
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Downtown Art Place reception and talk: “Promises”, A Retrospective of Paul Castagna
6:00 p.m. Company B(-), 107th Combat Engineers reunion, under the Big Top
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Ironwood Chamber of Commerce Dart Tournament (18 & older), Depot Atrium
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free admission, music by Vanderhagen Ray under the Big Top.
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free admission Teen Dance under the Depot Park Pavilion, with music by Import Entertainment.
10:00 p.m. Daily 50/50 Raffle Drawing
Friday, July 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. World’s Largest Duck Pick, organized by Friends of Festival Ironwood
10:00 a.m. H.O.P.E. Animals at Depot Park
10:00 a.m. Giant Moonwalk Jumper, Depot Park
10:00 a.m. Hidden Acres Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
10:00 a.m. Range Art Association Master’s Art Show at the Ironwood Memorial Building Auditorium (art drop off dates, July 19 and 20)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Trout Pond: Catch and release or have your fish cleaned on site
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kids Activity Day featuring ACA Jumps 50’ obstacle course
11:00 a.m. to Noon 11:00 a.m. Kids Karate; 12:00 p.m. Adult Karate, by the Karate Institute
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fun E Business, with Twinklz face painting & Happy Daze/Slow Poke Da Clown
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m Brown Bag Concert, Historic Ironwood Theatre
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Trike & Bike Kids Show, organized by Ironwood Public Safety Department
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Festival Photo Booth, sponsored by Walgreens
1:00 p.m. Kids Woodchip Scramble under the Pavilion, sponsored by Woodtech Builders
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pie Social & White Elephant sale; Wesley United Methodist at the Presbyterian Church, 301 East Aurora Street
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest, Depot Park Pavilion
2:00 p.m. Sand Castle Building at the Depot park volleyball court
2:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Free admission: Live Music Under the Big Top
Dorothy and The Boys (1:30-3:30 p.m.) [Special visitors from Skyview and Westgate living facilities].
Red Higgins & Yankee Train (5:30-8:15 p.m.)
Uncle Fester (8:30-11:30)
4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Ironwood Farmer’s Market at Lahti’s Parking Lot, corner of Lowell and Aurora Streets
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bethany Ann Hellen Studios Dance Showcase, under the Big Top
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry at the Big Top, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
5:30 p.m. Friends of Festival Ironwood Bean Bag Toss Tournament (age 18 and older), Depot Park central area
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Outdoor Pool Tournament #1: Depot Atrium; Gary Ryskewecz—932-0625
11:00 p.m. Daily 50/50 Raffle Drawing
Saturday, July 21, 2018
7:00 a.m. Walk, Run and Roll, check-in under the Big Top begins at 7:00 a.m.; sponsored by Aspirus Grand View Health System. Walk Run Roll Application Form
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Big Top Pancake Breakfast, organized by Knights of Columbus
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Arts and Craft Show Set-up at Depot Park. Art / Craft / Trade Show Registration Form
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Old Depot Car Show registration includes:
Cars, Motorcycles, Vintage Snowmobiles; Vintage Tractors
8:15 a.m. Honor Guard: “Star Spangled Banner” Ceremony, organized by the American Legion Post #5, on Lowell Street
8:30 a.m. Walk, Run, and Roll begins from the Big Top
9:00 a.m. Volleyball Tournament, Depot Park Volleyball Court
9:00 a.m. Outdoor Pool Tournament #2, Depot Atrium; pre-registration by Wednesday: (Gary Ryskewecz—932-0625)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Old Depot Car Show: Cars, Motorcycles, Vintage Snowmobiles, Vintage Tractors
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lake Effect Band plays live under the Big Top
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, Depot Park, organized by the Ironwood American Legion Auxiliary (Mary Hampston-Kusz, 932-3476)
10:00 a.m. Range Art Association Master’s Art Show at Ironwood Memorial Building
10:00 a.m. World’s Largest Duck Pick, organized by Friends of Festival Ironwood
10:00 a.m. Fun Castle Moonwalk Jumper, Depot Park
10:00 a.m. H.O.P.E Animals at Depot Park
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hidden Acres Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fun E Business, Twinklz face painting, and Happy Daze/Slow Poke Da Clown
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open Stage, free live entertainment under The Big Top:
Lake Effect,9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Gogebic Range Band, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Ironwood Dance Company, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Strawberry Social (under the pavilion), organized by Ironwood Business and Professional Women
3:00 p.m. Old Depot Car Show Trophy Presentation
3:00 p.m. Leonard Street Reunion
4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. DJ Music under The Big Top, Todd Haegar
5:00 p.m. Old Depot Car Show Cruise on Wheels line up, gather at the Depot
6:00 p.m. Old Depot Car Show Cruise on Wheels begins
6:30 p.m. Marty’s Goldenaires perform under the Big Top
8:00 p.m. to Midnight Live music under the Big Top: XTRA, free admission
11:00 p.m. 50/50 Raffle Drawing
Sunday, 22 July
10:00 Range Art Association Master’s Art Show at the Ironwood Memorial Building
10:30 – 11:30 Church Service, Range Community Bible Church
12:00 – 4:00 pm Range Fest, sponsored by Range Community Bible Church, Hurley, WI
For more information, contact any of the following phone numbers: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(906) 932-1122 Ironwood Chamber of Commerce;
(906) 932-4850, (906) 364-4316, Keith J.;
(906)-364-5672, Will C.