The SISU Ski Fest is a premier cross country ski event held on the 2nd Saturday of the year. The full marathon is 42K and the half marathon is 21K. It also offers a 9K Taste n Tour, 3K & 5K Junior SISU and Snowshoe Races. Ski through historic mining areas, scenic bluffs, along the Montreal River and by the World's Tallest Native American Statue. "Finnish" in downtown Ironwood. Commemorative SISU souvenirs for all racers. Locally crafted age group awards.
Nestled along the Montreal River in northernmost Wisconsin, along the border with Michigan and just across the river from the nearby city of Ironwood, Mich., this tiny town of just over 1,500 souls plays host every year to Wisconsin’s oldest marathon, which got its start back in the late 1960s and has been running strong ever since.
Named for the famed Finnish runner who won nine gold medals (and three silver medals) in the 1920, 1924 and 1928 Olympics, the Paavo Nurmi race is a reflection of the Finnish and northern European heritage of this outpost just north of the Gile Flowage, a 3,100-acre lake near the community of Gile and not far from Hurley, where runners will cross the finish line in both the half marathon and the full marathon.
Held every year at the Downtown Depot Park, thousands of people gather to enjoy the food, crafts, music, car shows and overall good time that is FESTIVAL IRONWOOD. Billed as a mid-summer celebration, Festival Ironwood features a variety of fun activities and entertainment.
Art in the Miners Park 2016 planning is underway. Our 2014 event was fantastic. We’re looking to make 2016 even better. We’re working to double our funding ($3,000 awarded in 2014).
Come out and view (and even participate) in various works of art located along an approximately 1 mile walk through Ironwood's Miners Memorial Heritage Park. More than 1,000 people took part in 2014.
Art in the Miners Park opens June 25, 2016. The awards will be announced during Festival Ironwood (July 16, 2016). The exhibition will continue through the Gogebic County Fair, August 25-28, 2016.
Show People is a 1928 silent comedy starring Marion Davies which takes a lighthearted look at Hollywood at the end of the silent film era. Davies plays a newcomer to Hollywood who wants to make her mark in drama. William Haines, a kindly slapstick comedian, takes her under his wing and her career begins to take off, but she soon outgrows him. Will her emerging ego destroy her career or will she realize who her real friends are? Show People includes notable cameo appearances by many of the film personalities of the day, including stars Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, and John Gilbert. In 2003, Show People was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
What better way to celebrate the Ironwood Theatre's 88th birthday than by watching a "culturally and historically significant" silent film, accompanied on Ironwood's Barton, named "...an organ of exceptional historic and musical merit." (American Theatre Organ Society, 2002). And though organist ANDREW ROGERS may not (yet!) be historically significant, his experience as staff organist at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theatre ensures this will be an evening to be remembered.
Septentrio features three of Europe’s finest contemporary musicians. They play charming and elegant Nordic folk tunes described as “...a kind of chamber folk music in a rare combination of 5-row free-bass accordion, violin and 5-string cello which makes them unique in the world.”
Firmly rooted in Nordic folk music, Septentrio combines musicians of three nationalities. Leonor Palazzo, from Belgium, plays a 5-string cello. She is particularly dedicated to baroque music and Swedish folk music. Finland is represented by the virtuoso accordionist Hannu Kella, well-known from numerous tours with the Finnish group Tsuumi Sound System. Fidler Hans Kennemark is one of Sweden's most renowned folk musicians.
When these experienced musicians and talented composers come together, they create intricate and fascinating arrangements where tight and joyful playing comes to life. Their compositions explore the full scope of sound available through this unusual combination of instruments. With its higher string, the 5-string cello makes it possible for Leonor to play the melody as well as conventional cello parts. This possibility opens new ways for melodies and harmonies to travel from one instrument to another, expanding Septentrio's musical universe.
Riders will travel over rolling terrain, past lakes and forests and enjoy the wildflowers and scenery of the Upper Peninsula. Routes for the 100 mile and 100 kilometer are designed with more experienced riders in mind. The 25 mile route follows a moderate terrain. All three tours are open to any rider aged 12 and older, so riders should keep in mind their own limits.