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Fall arts & entertainment roundup

Locals win acclaim; special events planned

October 20, 2012
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Local artists have won acclaim recently and several special shows are being planned locally. Here is a roundup of some of what's happening in those two areas:

Marquette singer/songwriter Jeff Krebs, also known as Papa Crow, was awarded a prestigious Silver Honor recently by the Parents' Choice Foundation for his album "Things That Roar."

Released in late 2011, Krebs's original collection of kids and family songs has been well received in the children's music industry, making it onto a number of "Best of 2011" kids music lists.

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Parents' Choice Foundation is a nonprofit guide to the best in children's media and toys, best known for the Parents' Choice Awards program, and the Parents' Choice Award Seals are the foundation's internationally recognized and respected icons of quality.

As Papa Crow, Krebs has been writing, recording and performing kids and family music for four years and is currently working on two new albums. "Things That Roar" is available locally at Jim's Music locations, the U.P. Children's Museum, Marquette Food Co-op and Footnotes Gifts. The album can be found online at iTunes and For more information, visit

Papa Crow is next slated to perform Nov. 3 at the Michigan Arts and Humanities Showcase in Traverse City.

A book with local roots has won an prestigious award from The Historical Society of Michigan.

Author Mara MacKay accepted a 2012 State History Award for her book "Haylee's Treasure" at the 138th Annual Meeting and State History Conference recently in Monroe. A total of 17 awards were presented and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society.

The book is set in Munising.

"It's humbling to accept an award, on behalf of the community of Munising I feel The best part was that this book took so many hands," MacKay said. "It would not have been possible without the backing of many teachers, historians, naturalists, business leaders, caring individuals and book lovers who have graciously supported the History CPR project and 'Haylee'sTreasure.'

"Stephanie Bajema of Marquette could not join me in Monroe to accept the award. Yet, as the illustrator, Stephanie deserves to be equally recognized for her artistic talent," MacKay said. "Stephanie set a precedent for the History CPR series and provided a shining example of excellence and vision for the project."

The businesses at 145 W. Washington St., Marquette, are hosting a breast cancer fundraiser Friday. Benefitting from the event will be the chemotherapy infusion suite at Marquette General Hospital.

It starts in Che Bello, a women's and men's clothing boutique, which will be accepting donations as well as giving a portion of its sales from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the cause.

Then starting at 8 p.m., the Verabar and Blue Lounge will be accepting contributions as well as donating a portion of its sales until close to the effort.

Providing music in the Blue Lounge that evening will be Jackpine, a classic rock band.

For more information, visit; The-Blue-Lounge/134522829939929?ref=ts&fref=ts; or

A concert called "We Fought and We Sang: Music from America's Wars" will be presented by Stan Wright, Caitlin Wright and Bob Buchkoe at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette.

The program will feature songs and instrumentals from every U.S. war from the Revolutionary to Vietnam. Special guest performers will include Jack Bowers, Denise Dupras and others. A children's chorus will be featured.

Admission is free with an offering being taken for the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight program.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.



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