This is Family Weekend at our local university and we hope the Marquette area rolls out the red carpet for the parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members of NMU students as they visit our community.
We hope, too, that our visitors take advantage of the many opportunities for great dining, fun activity and beautiful scenery for which this region is famous.
Don't let a little rain and snow deter the fun: Even when Mother Nature's providing an early preview of the winter ahead, Marquette County rocks.
For instance, we hope many of our visitors stop at the Farmers Market at the Marquette Commons from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There are vendors galore and tons of locally made products available.
For more information on the Farmers Market, visit downtownmarquette.org.
For more information in general on things to do and places to visit in our area, go to www.travelmarquettemichigan.com.
Of course, the university itself has a plethora of highlights planned for its special guests.
For instance, Family Weekend guests can utilize the PEIF Recreation Center free of charge today and Saturday. Individuals can check-in at the front desk for access.
A U.P. Fish Fry is set from 4 to 8 tonight at The Marketplace on Campus, featuring delicious food available for purchase and music by local legends Jim & Ray.
Saturday, a tailgate party is set at Vandament Arena on campus from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m for those who purchased tickets in advance.
And there is an NMU football game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Superior Dome featuring archrival Michigan Tech University. We hope tons of NMU family and local citizens show up to roar for the Wildcats as they take on another U.P. school.
For those sticking around Sunday after the Family Weekend Brunch - which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Marketplace - there is a great chance to get a preview of the hockey Wildcats. NMU hits the ice in a exhibition against Brock University at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Berry Events Center.
For more information, visit nmu.edu.
The Marquette area truly is a treasure. We hope the visiting families of Northern students discover some of the bounty while they are here.