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University of Wisconsin-Superior
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Superior, WI 54880
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The campus and community are both invited to celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 20 at Barkers Island Festival Park with Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Drop in for free family fun with live music, kids' activities, the Blessing of the Fleet, readings and workshop from the Wisconsin Poet Laureate, local art, informational booths, and food vendors from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., all focused on celebrating and appreciating our Great Lake.
Lake Superior is the cleanest, coldest, and clearest of the Great Lakes. The largest lake by surface area in the world, it fuels our local shipping, commercial fishing, and recreational industries while providing a source for clean drinking water. Every day, each of the 600,000 human residents of the Lake Superior basin use water from the lake for drinking, home use, industrial use, or recreation. The lake is essential for countless fish, birds, animals, and plants.
Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin's environment and economy. This year's local event is coordinated by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, a federal reserve encompassing over 16,000 acres along the St. Louis River freshwater estuary and is one of four research centers at UW-Superior.
Vendors and informational booths will open at 11:30 a.m., along with a tent just for kids. Music performances by Colleen Myhre, The Boomchucks, and Lake Monster will set the rhythm. Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland will inspire creative expression with a reading at 2:30 p.m. and host a free one-hour workshop from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Workshop space is limited. Call the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve at 715-392-3141 to register.
Local artists will be exhibiting and selling their wares all day. The Lake Superior Binational Forum will honor regional stewards of Lake Superior at 1 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., the Twin Ports Ministry of Seafarers will conduct a Blessing of the Fleet for Twin Ports watercraft. A fun photo booth and interactive exhibit on the Great Lakes will be open at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. Lake Superior NERR staff will lead a tour of the beautiful Barkers Island native rain garden at 2:30 p.m. The SS Meteor Maritime Museum will be offering half price tours all day and food will be available. North Shore SUP will also be hosting free stand-up paddle boarding demonstrations.
It's official! the new temporary exhibit, Great Lakes Discovery, is opening this weekend for Lake Superior Day. There's a great children's area and fun interactive displays for everyone to explore. Just like the rest of the event, it's FREE.
The official stage schedule for Lake Superior Day:
Come enjoy the festivities in appreciation of our lake!
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