Grand Opening Ceremony of the Waterfront Event Center and Observatory!

Emmet County Announces Details for Grand Opening Ceremony of the Waterfront Event Center and Observatory at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park!

Emmet County officials are pleased to notify the public of the details for the Grand Opening of the Waterfront Event Center and Observatory at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 2-6pm and will take place at the new Waterfront Event Center and Observatory located at 15675 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701.

Guests are invited to arrive at 2 pm, and the festivities and speakers will begin at 2:30 pm.

Charlie MacInnis, Emmet County Board of Commissioner’s Chairman, will be the Master of Ceremonies and we are proud that he will be joined by many distinguished guests. Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley is scheduled to speak as is Senator Gary Peters, State Senator Wayne Schmidt, Frank Ettawageshik, Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan, Dave DeBruyn from the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, and Emmet County’s own Mary Stewart Adams, Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

Following the speakers, Emmet County Board of Commissioner’s Vice Chairman, Jonathan Scheel will dedicate the Roger McCormick, 20 inch Planewave telescope and the Baiardi Family Foundation Solar telescope. The program will conclude with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony presented by the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce.

During the ceremony, Emmet County officials will be recognizing the following donors; Offield Family Foundation, Baiardi Family Foundation, Chuck Bayless Family and Friends, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Environmental Quality, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the DNR Recreation Passport Grant Program.

We anticipate the program portion of the Grand Opening will wrap up at approximately 4 pm.

Light refreshments will be served as guests are invited to visit the grounds and tour the observatory. The event will conclude at 6pm.

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The new Emmet County Waterfront Event Center and Observatory is located within the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. This park is comprised of 600 pristine acres on the Straits of Mackinac, two miles west of downtown Mackinaw City. The park is free and open to the public every day. While no camping is allowed, visitors are welcome to stay and observe the sky throughout the night. The Headlands became the 6th International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. and the 9th in the world in May 2011, and each month programs are held for the public.

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