Sadly canceling the Yooper picnic

Dear Yooper friends –

I am so sorry to have to let you know that the usual Colorado Yoopers picnic is canceled for this year due to the ongoing danger from the coronavirus.  I know this news is disappointing to many of you; it certainly is to me.

The park we had reserved recently notified us that no more than 75 people would be permitted at our picnic shelter, and even more recently the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is limiting gatherings to 50 people, requiring 6-foot social distancing, and discouraging potlucks. 

When a vaccine is developed or when spikes in infection drop, we will try to organize a gathering of another sort. 

Meanwhile, great need continues among Upper Peninsula nonprofits.  If you would like to donate, please send a check made out to Colorado Yoopers, c/o Carl Johnson, JCP Financial; Inc.,12640 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.  Carl will see that your donation gets to a worthy nonprofit in the UP.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Until next year, stay safe and well!

Susan Thornton

What’s a Yooper?

Yoopers: “Those people who live in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan” ~ Wikipedia

Whether you hail from Marquette, Iron River, Iron Mountain, Escanaba, Houghton, Rock or even Drummond Island, you are by the ‘Grace of God’ a ‘Yooper’.

Annual Picnic

Join us for our 22nd Annual  Colorado Yoopers Picnic on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Pelican Point shelter at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Rd, Lakewood, CO, 80465 (phone: 303-697-6159). Order your pasties today to collect from the picnic!  

More Picnic Details!

Meet Other Yoopers!

We hope you enjoy your website and continue to share it with other Yoopers you meet. This site will make it a little easier to stay in touch with each other, find out what’s going on and meet NEW Yoopers living here in Colorado. Join us on Facebook too (details at the bottom of page). Thanks for your support!

Those of us who have moved away from up der in da north probably only have plenty of fond memories of our years growing up there. Perhaps we remember those bitter cold winters complete with snow banks taller than cars or of being chased off of that favorite fishing stream by a cloud of ‘skeeters’ or deer flies. Maybe it was that winter, that was so cold, everybody’s plumbing froze up.    

But we also hold on to other memories from the U.P. such as a little slower pace of life, our friends and families back there, that unique cuisine (pasties, smoked fish & squeaky cheese) we miss so much and the beauty of our lakes and woodlands (especially in the fall). We probably shouldn’t forget all those jokes and stories told around hunting camps either!  

Those memories we hold so dear to us gives us the right to still call ourselves ‘Yoopers’. May we always be truly grateful of this.