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Canoe group plans events in Marquette on Saturday

July 19, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Members of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association will be in Marquette Saturday to put on displays and demonstrations of the history of wooden canoes.

The members will hold what is called a mini-assembly at the Marquette Yacht Club, located near the Mattson Lower Harbor Park, from 2 to 7 p.m., followed by a sunset canoe parade at Presque Isle at 8:30 p.m.

"We would love to have spectators," said Judy Kitchen, one of the local organizers of the event.

The assembly will include wood strip, birch bark or wood and canvas canoes from around the Upper Peninsula, lower Michigan and Wisconsin. From 2 to 5 p.m., WCHA members will provide demonstrations, including canoe seat caning, canvassing a wooden canoe and making an Adirondack-style pack basket.

Members of the public are encouraged to see the display of canoes and attend the demonstrations, as well as sign up for a pasty picnic to be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Sign up is available at the event.

Then at 8:30 p.m., the canoe parade will begin from Middle Bay at Presque Isle, the beach located near the pavilion, with viewing of the canoes on the water available along the shoreline up to Sunset Point, Kitchen said.

Members of the public are also encouraged to see the display of historic canoes at "One World to Another: The History of the Canoe," a special exhibit that runs at the Marquette Regional History Center until Sept. 1.

The canoe assembly is sponsored by the U.P. Chapter of WCHA and the regional history center and, except for the pasty picnic, is free of charge to members of the public.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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