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Music Mondays have been a tremendous success this year. More and more people are spending time in Ludington Park on Monday nights for great entertainment. And it's been a great opportunity for the musicians to play in the park.

There have been five bands so far including the Phil Lynch Quartet shown in the photos above. The band Speedy Beef performs in the video below.

The series ends Monday, Aug. 6 with the band Cadillacs. Pasqua Warstler with the Bonifas Arts Center says it's a great way to end the season.

"Everybody loves them. We are out dancing," Warstler said. "Beach balls are flying, kids are doing cartwheels, I mean, you don't want to miss it, even to watch the crowd. Great music, always, from the Cadillacs."

Music Mondays is a community effort. Warstler says she appreciates the interest and support that the music series gets. She said it's important to build those partnerships.

"I love the Music Mondays because the arts works with the city to present it. I'm a community builder. So the Bonifas is working with the city on a grant that brings in state funds. That is a winning formula," she said.

State funding comes from the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Central U.P. Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD). It is also support locally by the City of Escanaba, Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts, Patrick Lindow of Edward Jones Investments, EMP, Marie Theoret, Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation, and William and Diane Bennett.


Summer is here, and the area’s largest and longest running art festival – Waterfront Art Festival –will once again set up in beautiful Ludington Park by the Karas Bandshell. Artists from all over the Upper Peninsula and just beyond will display their artwork at this fabulous art festival on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything from jewelry, photography, pottery, and much more will be available for purchase.

Waterfront will also be hosting the Young Artists’ Market, which provides young people with a great opportunity to display and sell their original works during the Art Festival. For the Young Artists’ Market, all artwork must be done by the artist (a limited amount of adult assistance is acceptable.) Work must be of a suitable quality to be sold, with samples having been approved by the Bonifas staff.

The juried Aug. 4 Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ludington Park near the bandshell.
Waterfront normally attracts more than 3,000 people each year, offering artists a valuable and fulfilling opportunity to sell work, present their creations to different people, engage in conversations with peers and viewers from across the region. Artists and art patrons can also enjoy the festival itself, with its live music, entertainment, food, and activities, according to Bonifas Arts Center Executive Director Sue Roll.

There will be different bands and entertainment at the bandshell stage all day long during the festival. The entertainment line-up for the day includes: The Remnants, the Escanaba City Band, Reflections, Theresa Klein and Augie Peters and Jim Finlan.


A new “Golden Age of Album Covers” Exhibit is coming to the Bonifas Arts Center. The exhibit, which will be on display from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 24, is an amazing collection of 80 iconic album covers.

These album covers represent how original artwork was used for the first time to not only illustrate and advertise the music in these albums, but how it added value by enhancing the meaning of the music.

“The Golden Age of Album Covers,” which is curated by retired humanities professor and former Bay College instructor, Doug Sjoquist, presents a format for exploring the changing times and culture reflected in the music.

Sjoquist will conduct a gallery walk during an opening reception in the Bonifas Alice Powers Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. While opening reception festivities will begin at the Bonifas Gallery, viewers are welcome to move across the street after the opening reception to Hereford & Hops Restaurant where attendees can enjoy H & H’s music trivia night. The gallery walk will provide visitors an opportunity to meet Sjoquist and learn more about how record companies used art history to market and sell contemporary bands and music.

“This collection will take viewers back in time to when record companies used art history to market and sell contemporary bands and music,” says Bonifas Gallery and Regional Projects Director Pasqua Warstler. "Since he was a freshman at NMU when he saw for the first time, the album, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King,’ Doug Sjoquist has been collecting the colorful, creative album covers that incorporated work of famous artists and addressed the conceptual content of the music being offered.”


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NOTE: Due to weather, the concert has been moved to First Presbyterian Church at 819 1st Avenue South in Escanaba.

First day of the Escanaba Summer Music Camp. Learning different parts and starting to play songs for Friday’s concert at Bobaloon's Cafe in Escanaba.

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The exhibit “Bent II: New Glasswork by Alysa Marie Diebolt” opened Thursday, July 12 at the Bonifas. A reception was held Thursday night.

RELATED: New Alysa Marie Diebolt Exhibit coming to Bonifas entitled 'Bent II'

This unique collection will be on display in The Bonifas Alice Powers Gallery from July 12 through August 23.


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It was messy. It was wet. It was colorful. Kids used dyed bubbles to great unique pieces of art at the first Summer Art Class at the Bonifas.

Taught by Kaylee Hubert, these classes are just $5 each. The remaining classes are July 18 and 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.


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