MEETINGS & EVENTS CALENDAR

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Dec
18
Sat
VISIT WITH SANTA!
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emmet County Parks & Recreation staff invites the public to stop by and visit with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1-5 p.m. inside the Equestrian Center at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey. Cookies and beverages will be provided and visitors can create their own holiday-themed arts and crafts too. No cost to attend. For questions, please call the park programming coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].
Jun
4
Sat
Plant Sale
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, June 4th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Northern Michigan Gardner Association hosts its Spring Plant Sale at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Shop a variety of plants, both indoor and outdoor, available at bargain prices while increasing your knowledge of smart gardening, native plants, conservation and so much more.

Aug
10
Wed
Camp Pet-o-sega’s Disc Golf Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Aug 10 @ 3:30 pm
Sep
23
Fri
How to Limit Light Pollution with Robert Parrish
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Robert Parrish, International Dark Sky Association Delegate and Michiana/Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Member, will touch upon identifying light pollution’s three main components and how to mitigate it. Also covered will be how human and environmental health is negatively affected by improper lighting, as well as the relationship between crime and outdoor lighting. For more information, please call the programming and sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].

Nov
19
Sat
Brother Dan’s Handmade Holiday Craft Show
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Brother Dan’s Handmade Holiday Craft Show
The Emmet County Fairgrounds will be hosting the annual Handmade Holiday Craft Show benefiting Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 19. The Community Building will host local vendors featuring handmade items for sale just in time for the holiday season. Brother Dan’s will be collecting admission and concession sales to benefit feeding local families.
Admission: $2 or a nonperishable food item
Interested in becoming a vendor? Call the Fairgrounds at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected] for more information.

Dec
10
Sat
Visit with Santa
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Santa will be visiting the Emmet County Fairgrounds’ Community Building. Guests will be invited to take a photo with Santa, make crafts to take home, and enjoy delicious cups of hot cocoa as well as cookies. Entry is free.

Jun
23
Fri
Space Weather, Aurora Borealis and Photographing the Northern Lights with Ross Ellet
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

The next few years could bring the best northern lights viewing to Michigan in 20 years! Ross Ellet will explain his strategies for successfully chasing the Aurora in recent years and how to photograph them with a camera and smart phone. Entry is free!

Jun
29
Thu
Introduction to Astrobiology with Veronica Klawender
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

What is Astrobiology? What role does the James Webb Space Telescope play in this field? Find out by joining us at the Waterfront Event Center where University of Arizona, Student, Veronica Klawender will give a presentation on the topic. Entry is free!

Aug
3
Thu
Comets, Broom Stars of the Night Sky
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm

Join us at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center where we will be discussing a brief history of comets, how best to observe them, and what equipment will be needed for observation.

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Sep
20
Wed
Space, Rocks and Ice: Connecting Astronomy, Antarctica and Northern Michigan
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm

In this talk, Polar geologist Jamey Stutz will draw connections between the glacial landscape of Northern Michigan and the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet and show how the world’s largest chunk of ice not only regulates global sea level but sets the stage for Astronomers to look, listen and feel into deep space. This talk is family-friendly, and Antarctic rock samples and polar gear will be on display for all.

Dec
9
Sat
McGulpin Point Lighthouse Holiday Open House
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

McGulpin Point Lighthouse Holiday Open House

December 9, 11-3 pm
500 Headlands Rd. Mackinaw City, 49701

Take a free self-guided tour of a festive and historic 19th-century lighthouse.
The gift shop will also be open and we invite you to enjoy the complimentary cookies and hot cocoa* while you shop.

View the wintery Straits of Mackinac from the top of the lighthouse tower.

*cookies and cocoa are available while supplies last

Feb
17
Sat
Annual Ice Fishing Day Cancelled
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual Ice Fishing Day – Camp Petosega – 2/17/24 – 12pm – 4pm – Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual free Ice Fishing Day for Kids at Camp Pet-o-se-ga. The event takes place Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. and coincides with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ free fishing weekend. Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade along with their parents or guardians are welcome to join us for an afternoon of ice fishing and fun. We supply the fishing gear and bait while parents supply the warmly dressed kids. Please note that parents must remain with their children throughout the event. Volunteers will be helping kids with baiting and fishing.
Participants will be able to get warmed up in the campground Rec Hall with free snacks and hot cocoa. If the outside temperature (including wind chill factor) is below zero degrees, the event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Cancelled
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Mar
16
Sat
Aurora Chasers Workshop
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm

Aurora Chasers Workshop – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 3/16/24 – 12pm – Join us on March 16 for the 2nd Annual Michigan Aurora Chasers Workshop! Registration is required, but the event is free. Dinner will be provided at an additional cost.
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Mar
30
Sat
Fairgrounds Egg Scramble
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am

Fairgrounds Egg Scramble – Emmet County Fairgrounds – 3/30/24 – 11pm – Hop on over to the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building for a fun afternoon that kids and adults will enjoy! Bring your own baskets for a one time egg hunt! Hunts will be separated by age group and in their own respective zones. The Great Start Collaborative will also be in attendance. We ask people who come, to bring books to donate for their FreeCycle Book Project! For more information, email [email protected] or call (231) 348-5479.
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May
22
Wed
The OSIRIS-REx Mission
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The OSIRIS-REx Mission- Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 5/22/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us at the Waterfront Event Center for a presentation on OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid. It returned to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023, to drop off material from asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft didn’t land but has continued on a new mission, OSIRIS-APEX, to explore asteroid Apophis. Meanwhile, scientists are analyzing the Bennu sample OSIRIS-REx dropped into the Utah desert for clues to whether asteroids colliding with Earth billions of years ago brought water and other key ingredients for life here.

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May
29
Wed
Navigating Through The Night Sky
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Navigating Through The Night Sky- Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 5/29/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Finding objects in the night sky using prominent stars and constellations can be a rewarding and awe-inspiring experience for stargazers. Using well-known constellations, we use their key stars as reference points to navigate the surrounding celestial expanse. Star-hopping is a technique where you move from one bright star to another, gradually reaching your target. At the Waterfront Event Center, we will demonstrate how mobile apps and sky maps can assist in the real-time identification of celestial objects, making the process of discovering the wonders of the night sky both accessible and enjoyable.

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Jun
5
Wed
The Experience of “Totality”
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Experience of “Totality” – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 6/5/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us and NASA JPL Ambassador, Mick Groszko, at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for a look back at “Totality”, the total solar eclipse from April 8th, 2024.

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Jun
6
Thu
Comets and Broom Stars of the Night Sky w/Kevin Dehne
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Comets and Broom Stars of the Night Sky with Kevin Dehne – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 6/6/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center where Kevin Dehne will be discussing a brief history of comets, how best to observe them, and the equipment needed for observation. This presentation will also include an active demonstration of comet making!
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Jun
8
Sat
Fly Fishing Demonstration | Trout Unlimited
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fly Fishing Demonstration with Trout Unlimited – Camp Petosega – 6/8/24 – 1pm – 3pm Interested in learning how to fly fish? Join Trout Unlimited and our Parks and Recreation staff for an evening workshop at Camp Petosega’s Pavilion. No pre-registration or equipment required. Entry is free!
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Jun
16
Sun
Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast – Camp Petosega – 6/16/24 – 9am -11 am – Each year, Emmet County Parks and Recreation invites the public and campers to a free pancake and sausage breakfast for Father’s Day at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga. Breakfast will run 9 to 11AM on Sunday, June 16.
There is no charge for the breakfast. Campers are invited to enjoy breakfast at Camp Petosega’s Rec Hall. Come while supply lasts!
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Jun
26
Wed
Introduction to Astronomy with Angie Morthland
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Introduction to Astronomy with Angie Morthland – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 6/26/24 – 8pm – 9pm -Are you interested in celestial objects, space, and what the universe has to offer as a whole? Join Angie Morthland at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for a fun introduction to Astronomy fit for all ages!
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Jun
29
Sat
Petosega 5K Fun Run
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am

Petosega 5K Fun Run – Camp Petosega – 6/29/24 – 9am -Come join Emmet County Parks and Recreation for a 5K run and walk for all ages which will benefit our local parks and facilities. Wear red, white, and blue in celebration of Independence Day! This will take place at Camp Petosega in Alanson, Michigan on the cross country trail. Early registration fee is $15 and $25 for signing up on the day of the event. Register early to secure a T-shirt while supply lasts. Find the application at HERE and for more information, email Austin from our Parks Department.

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Jul
11
Thu
Satellites, Starlink, and Space Junk w/ Aurelian Balan
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Satellites, Starlink, and Space Junk with Aurelian Balan – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 7/11/24 – 8pm – 9pm – Remember gazing at the Milky Way and wishing on a shooting star? You might be wishing on a SpaceX Starlink satellite instead! The number of satellites orbiting Earth is skyrocketing, driven by ambitious projects and growing demand for global internet access, Earth observation, and scientific research. This new space race is changing the face of the night sky, but what does it mean for us here on Earth? Join Aurelian Balan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Delta College, for a fascinating presentation exploring the satellite boom, its impact on our planet, and the challenges and advances it presents. Learn about the constellations of the future, the race for the final frontier, and what it means for the stars we wish upon. Don’t miss this chance to get your head in the clouds and look up at the fascinating future unfolding above you!
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Jul
13
Sat
Summer Craft Show
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summer Craft Show – Emmet County Fairgrounds – 7/13/24 – 9am – 4pm – Join us on Saturday, July 13th, from 9 am to 4 pm to enjoy a summer craft show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds will host both local and guest vendors featuring a variety of jewelry, home goods, food, and more. Entry is $2 or a non-perishable food item. Interested in becoming a vendor? Call the Fairgrounds at (231) 348-5479.
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Jul
17
Wed
Space, Rocks, and Ice: Connecting Astronomy, Antarctica and Northern Michigan with Jamey Stutz
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm

In this talk at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center, Polar geologist Jamey Stutz will draw connections between the glacial landscape of Northern Michigan and the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet and show how the world’s largest chunk of ice not only regulates global sea level but sets the stage for Astronomers to look, listen and feel into deep space. This talk is family-friendly, with Antarctic rock samples and polar gear on display for all.

Jul
21
Sun
Cruise-In Car Show
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cruise-In Car Show – Emmet County Fairgrounds – 7/21/24 – 10am – 1pm – Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting a car show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 21, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Gates open at 9 AM the day of the event for vehicle registration. There is no pre-registration. Admission to the event is free for the general public. Participants will be required to pay a $15 fee per vehicle entered. Trophies will be awarded with door prizes given out throughout the day. For more information, please call the Programming and Sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].

Jul
24
Wed
Introduction to Astrophotography
Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Introduction to Astrophotography – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 7/24/24 – 8:30pm – 9:30pm – Learn the basics of Astrophotography with an introductory session lead by NASA/JPL Ambassadors, Rod Cortright and Mick Groszko.

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Jul
31
Wed
Mysteries of the Southern Skies w/ Norbert Vance
Jul 31 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mysteries of the Southern Skies with Norbert Vance – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 7/31/24 – 8pm – 9pm – Peoples of the southern hemisphere see the Southern Cross, the Sun’s nearest neighboring star, Alpha Centauri, the supposed destination of the 60’s fictional Robinson family in “Lost in Space” and grandeur that is the center of our Milky Way galaxy, but they can never see the Little Dipper nor North Star. The Big Dipper is alien to them. We will extend our view below the southern horizon visible from the Headlands to see what treasures we are missing, and also the amazing visions they cannot see from our northerly perch that we take for granted.

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Aug
4
Sun
Headlands Light’s Out Challenge
Aug 4 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Headlands Light’s Out Challenge –Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 8/4/24 – 10pm – 11pm – Once again, Emmet County’s Headlands International Dark Sky Park challenges the communities around Northern Michigan to turn off their lights so that we can try to get the darkest sky ever recorded at the Headlands. This challenge will take place in the 10 to 11pm hour on the night of the new moon when the sky is normally the darkest all month. Please note that participation is voluntary, so help us get the word out! The ‘Light’s Out Challenge’ is designed to help raise awareness about the effects of artificial light at night on nocturnal habitat, human health, and the way we use our energy resources.

Aug
7
Wed
National Lighthouse Day Open House
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Lighthouse Day Open House – McGulpin Point Lighthouse – 8/7/24 – 10am – 5pm – Join us for spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac with a free, self-guided tour to the top of the lighthouse tower in celebration of National Lighthouse Day! Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments while supplies last.

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