5 PM - UPEC Annual Board Meeting
Election of Board Members
Brief Overview of 2020
Report on Community Conservation Grants via short videos of grant winners
Report on Environmental Education Grants
6 PM - Social Hour
Sharing our Connections to Place: Many of us have a photo or object that connects us to a special place. The item might be from nature, or have a cultural connection for you. Bring your special item or photo to our social hour for a chance to share it and a brief story with others.
Signature cocktails, mocktails, and Yooper brews. The Delft Bistro (facebook.com/delftbistro) in Marquette is developing a special cocktail for our event this year. They will also be streaming this event on their big screen. Blackrocks Brewery (facebook.com/BlackrocksBrewery) is introducing Float Copper, a limited edition copper lager, as Celebrate’s featured brew. In addition, we are working with other Marquette establishments to create an alcohol-free mocktail. Check out facebook.com/upenvironment and upenvironment.org!
7 PM - Poetry
Poetry reading by Michigan poet Keith Taylor, author of Let Them Be Left: Isle Royale Poems (Alice Green & Co., 2021). Reading is co-sponsored by the Peter White Public Library.
Keith Taylor has authored or edited 18 books and chapbooks, the most recent of which, published in 2021, is Let Them Be Left: Isle Royale Poems. His last full length collection, The Bird-while, won the Bronze medal for the Foreword/Indies Poetry Book of the Year. His poems, stories, reviews, essays and translations have appeared widely in North America and in Europe. He recently retired from the University of Michigan.
8 PM - Live stream musical performance by Michael Waite
Michael Waite's songwriting is thoughtful Americana without any glitz, both brutally and joyously honest. He lives with his family in the Huron Mountains north of Marquette and draws from a repertoire of hundreds of songs ranging in style from Irish folk to bebop to popular hits.