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'Thanksgiving New Moon Stargaze'
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22
Location: Guest House at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City
Time: 7 to 9 p.m., rain, snow or shine!
As the asterism of the Summer Triangle begins its slow wane into the West, the mighty Hunter Orion crests the horizon in the East, climbing into the night with his companion dogs and the Taurean Bull, shifting our attention from the warm and lazy days of summer to the brisk and more inwardly wakeful nights of winter. Orion stands triumphant, master of seasons that change in his wake here below.
At Headlands we are taking advantage of Orion's charge by gathering at November's New Moon. This will be the last weekend of quiet before the onset of the holiday season, so gather with us and together we will count our lucky stars, said Mary Stewart Adams, Dark Sky Park Program Director.
Tonight we will explore the many traditions of stories and science connected with the Orion Region of the sky, where the horse-head nebula, the pearly gates, the point of origin for our celestial system and more, all find their home.
Program will be held indoors and out, with seasonally specific light refreshments. Program takes place rain, snow or shine and reservations are not required.
Emmet County's Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga and Headlands International Dark Sky Park are open year 'round and that includes for winter-time activities, too! With all this fresh snow we are receiving in Emmet County, make a plan to visit the parks for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Both parks offer free admission for day use and offer about 5 miles of trails through scenic woodlands, full of fresh white snow! Trails at both Pet-O-Se-Ga and Headlands will be groomed by mid-week, with staff working hard to keep on top of all the snowfall.
NEW at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga this year: Snowshoe rentals! Park visitors can rent snowshoes for a half day for just $5. Call Park Manager Mark at (231) 330-5217 or the camp office at (231) 347-6536 to reserve your pair before heading out to the park.
Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga is located on Pickerel Lake in Alanson; cabin rentals are available through the winter months too. The Headlands is located 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City on Headlands Road.
Emmet County hopes you get out and enjoy the many parks and recreation opportunities offered year 'round in Northwest Michigan!
If you have questions about Emmet County parks, call (231) 348-1704 or email email@example.com
Emmet County residents are invited to review and comment on the DRAFT Emmet County Master Plan 2014 update currently in-process by the Emmet County Planning Commission.
Several years ago, the Emmet County Planning Commission conducted a comprehensive review of Emmet County for its 2009 Master Plan. Updates have been proposed for that plan, including 2010 Census figures, additional development of the current Master Plan and projections for future land-use decision-making.
The Emmet County Board of Commissioners has authorized distribution of the plan and comments about the plan are encouraged to be submitted by Jan.16, 2015, to the Planning office. Please send comments via email to PZCR@emmetcounty.org or call Tammy Doernenburg, Planning and Zoning Director, at 231-439-8998.
Click here to read and review the Emmet County Master Plan.
Fall submission deadline is fast approaching ...!
If there is one attribute that defines Emmet County – both geographically and in the hearts and minds of its residents and visitors – it’s the abundance of water in Northwest Michigan. In the tip of Michigan’s mitten, the Great Lakes are a constant presence, and our inland lakes, rivers and wetlands are magnificent natural resources that are the source of recreation, pride and protection.
To celebrate our unique water resources, Emmet County is holding its second-annual photo contest, Emmet County Waters. This follows on the heels of the successful 2013 Emmet County Skies photo contest, which drew photographic entries for more than 50 area photographers.
The Emmet County Waters contest will operate the same as the Skies challenge: Through November 30, 2014, please send your Waters photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We've got a couple great prizes lined up for the winner!
Imagine magazine 2014
Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, features the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. Up here, quality of life is everything.
This year's magazine, published by Harbor House Publishers in Boyne City, also includes a number of enhancements, including numerous videos that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other. An expanded section on the features of Emmet County is also a new addition to this sixth annual edition.
To have a complimentary copy of Imagine magazine mailed to you, contact its writer/editor Beth Anne Eckerle with your mailing address: email@example.com, or (231) 348-1704.
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