Introducing IMAGINE magazine 2015!

Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, is now available in its digital format for 2015! This year's online publication includes a number of enhanced features, including new videos and social media sharing capabilities on each article. A refreshed design complements the annual features that tell the stories of those who live, work, play and invest in Emmet County, Michigan.

To access the digital Imagine magazine, click here!

If you would like to request a copy of the print version to be mailed to you, at no charge, email Imagine's Editor Beth Anne Eckerle at or call (231) 348-1704. The cover features a photo of Wilderness State Park.

We hope you enjoy reading about the people, places, businesses and organizations that make Emmet County a place like no other!


'Saturn Rising' event Saturday, May 23, along Michigan's Dark Sky Coast!

Headlands International Dark Sky Park hosts ‘Saturn Rising’ event Saturday, May 23

Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: Gather at 9 p.m. Saturday to prepare for sunset, which is 9:12 p.m. The planet Saturn will be rising in the East just as the sun is setting in the West.
Location: HERITAGE VILLAGE, MACKINAW CITY, which is an historic park located across the street from the Headlands International Dark Sky Park at 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City
Details: Free; no reservations required!

Important note: Please note this is a change in programming from what was printed for this date in the 2015 Program Brochure for the Headlands

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park invites the public to watch Saturn rise in the eastern sky as the sun sets in the west on a special night under the stars Saturday, May 23.

“It will be a beautiful opportunity to watch the sun set as the golden planet Saturn rises up in the east, flanked by the giant Antares at the heart of scorpion,” said Headlands Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams. “Saturn will be very visible all night from east to west.”

In order for the best viewing opportunities of the eastern horizon, this event will take place at Heritage Village, an historic park located just across the street from the Headlands’ main entrance in Mackinaw City.

Leading the program, which begins at 9 p.m., will be Gary Appold, Emmet County staff member and night-sky enthusiast who has often assisted at programs hosted by Adams. Telescopes will be provided.


McGulpin Point Lighthouse reopens for the 2015 season on Friday, May 22!


Highlights: New interpretive trails, enhanced cell phone tour, new gift shop products!

Another summer season is upon Northern Michigan and it's the time of year that Emmet County reopens the McGulpin Point Lighthouse and Historic Site in Mackinaw City. The lighthouse will open on Friday, May 22, 2015; new extended hours this season are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There is no admission charge for the lighthouse or to climb the tower, though donations are appreciated.

Visitors in summer 2015 can expect some new additions to the property, including a shipwreck informational display outside and coming soon a new trail that leads from the lighthouse to the Straits of Mackinac interpreting the history of the property from the earliest Native Americans 9,000 years ago to the arrival of the McGulpins in the 1700s (estimated completion is July 2015). The gift shop is stocked with new items and also souvenirs and apparel for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, which is just a short distance from McGulpin Point.

Boy Scouts are also working on reconstructing a replica barn on the property; this follows on their other significant projects at the site including reconstruction of a wellhouse and a gazebo at the shoreline.


Veteran Feature: Bob Bokram of Harbor Springs, Navy WWII, was ready to serve


Web editor's note: On a regular basis, Emmet County shares the story of an area veteran to recognize their service to the United States. If you know of a veteran of any war or military service who would make an interesting feature for this web site, please contact Beth Anne Eckerle at or call (231) 348-1704.

By Tamara Stevens
Special to Emmet County

Everyone who volunteered for the military during World War II served their country. But not all who served fought in battle, though they were prepared to do so at any moment. Robert “Bob” Henry Bokram is one of those men. At 89 years old, Bokram shared his story from his home in Harbor Springs …

‘I wanted the water:’ Joining the Navy

In 1944, Bokram was attending high school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. His family moved to the Detroit area from Kansas City, Missouri, when he was five years old. “Hitler had Europe,” Bokram said. “The Japanese had the Pacific. We didn’t have anything.”

Bokram graduated from high school in June 1944. After graduation, he did what “everybody who could walk” did -- he enlisted. He remembers getting on a bus and going to a recruiting office on Fort Street in Detroit. He wanted to go into the Navy, to join the Navy Air Corps (now called the Air Force). “I wanted the water,” he said. “It seemed like it would be better than being in a ditch somewhere.”

To read Bokram's complete story, click here.   To read additional veteran stories, click here

New airline carrier to service Pellston Regional Airport in Summer 2015!


North Country Sky to provide air service from the main terminal as it tests the local market

A new operator will be providing air service from Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) in the summer of 2015, offering flights from PLN to Chicago’s Midway Airport at competitive prices. Public Charters Inc., DBA North Country Sky, is a public charter aircraft service that will operate from Pellston’s main terminal building, utilizing commuter aircraft and baggage claim services similar to Delta’s daily operations, said Kelley Atkins, Pellston Regional Airport Manager. “I look forward to this opportunity to work with North Country Sky and I’m excited for the community -- this is much-needed service,” Atkins said.

Sky’s general manager, Jim Gallagher, said the flights will begin on June 25 and run through Aug. 19. One flight per day will be available Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday each week and ticket prices will range from $350 to $405 round-trip per person. The aircraft is a 30-seat turbo prop with a flight attendant and lavatory. Gallagher said total travel time to Chicago, including the brief stop in Manistee, will be about one hour and 50 minutes. To read the complete article about the new air service, click here.

'Essence of Emmet' history magazine Part II


Essence of Emmet PART I          
Essence of Emmet PART II

The second in a four-part historical series covering the history of Emmet County, called the "Essence of Emmet" magazine, is available!

Part II covers the "Century of Change" in Emmet County, from 1813 to 1917. During this timeframe, the way of life in Northwest Michigan underwent drastic changes, from a mostly Native American population to the arrival of the French and ultimately the British. It was the era that saw the railroads arrive and with them, abundant tourism. Marketing of Emmet County began, and some of our "firsts" arrived -- the first doctor, the first architect, and many others. It also was the era that had tremendous impact on the lives of our Odawa residents, who were faced with assimilation, treaties to remain on their lands and pressures to change the only way of life they'd ever known.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the Essence of Emmet, contact its editor, Beth Anne Eckerle, at, or call (231) 348-1704. The magazine series is produced by a collaborative of Emmet County historical organizations, with credentialed historians as writers and contributors.

Essence of Emmet editions: Part I was published in January 2014, covering pre-contact through 1812. Part III will publish in January 2016, covering 1918-1960; the final installment, Part IV, will be out in January 2017, covering 1961 through contemporary times.

Visitors' Guide showcases the best of Emmet County!


Take a look at Emmet County's highlights in our new mini visitors' guide, which will be available just after Jan. 1, 2015! In it, you'll enjoy the amenities and assets that make Emmet County the one of a kind place it is to work, live and play! And as you'll see and read through the pages, Quality of Life is Everything in Emmet County.

If you'd like a complimentary copy of the Emmet County Visitors' Guide, Imagine magazine, Essence of Emmet history magazine or other maps and brochures, contact Communications Director Beth Anne Eckerle at or by calling (231) 348-1704.

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

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