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McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City will be open for one more special, festive holiday weekend in 2013!
The Emmet County-owned and operated lighthouse will be decorated for the holidays and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. There is no charge to tour the lighthouse or to climb the tower (for a remarkable view of the Mackinac Bridge!).
The holiday open hours will be the last hours to visit the lighthouse until it reopens in May 2014. Next season's hours will be announced on the McGulpin Point page, www.emmetcounty.org/mcgulpin/, when they become available.
All the judges had the same reaction when we looked at this image by MaryJo Maguire of Harbor Springs: "Wow!" (In fact we said it out loud, in unison). While the sky does some pretty amazing sunsets and storms around Emmet County, this picture captured our interest above and beyond, and it has taken first place in the first annual Emmet County Skies photo contest!
Congratulations to MaryJo, of Harbor Springs. She wins an overnight at the Guest House at the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands and a large framed-and-matted photograph of her winning image.
Emmet County had more than 50 individuals submit photos of the sky over Emmet County -- spectacular images that we will put into a photo gallery for perusal online (stay tuned, link will be provided). Thank you to all of those who took part! Judges included several county staff members and also Shawn Stockman-Malone of Marquette, an internationally renowned photographer known for her Northern Lights photos over Lake Superior.
We had so much fun we want to do it again - so we will! The 2014 Emmet County Waters photo contest will be under way. Submit your spectacular images of the Waters of Emmet County (inland lakes, Great Lakes, rivers, streams, reflections in the water, etc.) by Nov. 30, 2014, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (231) 348-1704 for details. High res images please!
Upcoming Program at the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands takes place during the Ursid Meteor Showers
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013
Location: Guest House
Time: 6-8 p.m. (sunset is 4:57 p.m.; moonrise 8:27 p.m.)
The eve of Winter Solstice 2013, Dec. 20, edges us into the darkest time of year, known in some traditions as the entrance into the womb of the Great Mother, Earth. In honor of this season, this evening's program will consider women in the world of stars: mythological, celestial and historical. Among the evenings considerations will be the bright planet Venus, which makes its first retrograde motion since the June 2012 transit and is visible in the evening sky at this time; the Ursid Meteor Showers, which peak on this night; and Solstice, known in Northern Europe as a Goddess escorted to Earth by the Great Bears, Ursas Major and Minor, also known as Callisto, the she-bear and her son, Arcas.
"We will also look into the history of women in astronomy during this gathering, which is scheduled to take place during the sacred time between sunset and starshine. The waning gibbous Moon greets us at 8:27 p.m., after our event," said Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams.
The event is free and open to the public and takes place rain, snow or shine! No reservations are necessary.
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Imagine magazine 2013
Emmet County's annual promotional magazine, Imagine, is available online and in print. The 2013-14 issue includes features on the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. 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 throughout that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other.
We hope you enjoy the magazine! Contact its editor/writer, Beth Anne Eckerle, with any comments: email@example.com, or (231) 348-1704. To have a complimentary copy of the print version mailed to you, contact Piehl at the email or phone number above.