Upper Peninsula, Michigan



Annual Picnic 2014

Thank you to all  those who attended the 2014 Annual  Colorado Yoopers Picnic.  

Here are some memories of  a wonderful afternoon!

And a Great Time Was Had by All: The 2014 Colorado Yooper Picnic

The 16th Annual Yooper Picnic was a great success, with approximately 170 people gathering at Sterne Park in Littleton on a pleasantly warm day in September 2014.

Lil Federspeil added to the festivities of the day by bringing colorful table coverings, and helping to publicize the Colorado Yoopers’ first-ever silent auction. The first (surprise) donation for the silent auction was from Ryan Leinones, the owner and chef of the renowned downtown-Denver restaurant, Trillium. This restaurant has been repeatedly honored by Open Table, 5280 Magazine and others, so we were delighted to receive a $100 gift certificate. Definitely pay Trillium a visit! www.TrilliumDenver.com That was followed by donation of a hand-made quilt featuring U.P. animals. Thanks to the anonymous donor who supplied this lovely and unique auction item.

Finally, Kimberly Hanna donated a soft, warm woolen blanket made from sheep raised organically in the U.P. We appreciate it and know the highest bidder who won the blanket will enjoy it for years to come!

Additional Yoopers brought donations of wine bottles and other items for door prizes, adding to the fun. Carmille Bisque Ford brought members of her family and copies of her father’s book, “Iron,” to disseminate. Her recently deceased father, Dr. Ray Bisque, was a noted professor at the Colorado School of Mines, who wanted this book -- the story of his family as they settled in the U.P -- and several other books he wrote, donated to the Yoopers.

The pasties from Albies, in Gaylod, Michigan, were declared excellent by all in attendance, and (as usual) Ron Kaminen’s trivia questions stumped many in the audience and caused laughter and good-natured ribbing and responses.

A proclamation from Mayor Robert Niemi of Marquette, naming Sept. 28 as Ex-Patriots Day in Marquette, was read to all assembled and was also displayed during the picnic. Those attending signed a card of thanks that was sent to the mayor and city manager of that city.

Volunteers once again baked pasties on Sunday morning at Romano’s Italian Restaurant. Romano’s has been helping out the Yoopers by storing frozen pasties and allowing us to use their ovens on Sunday morning for many years! Please thank them by enjoying a meal with them frequently! www.RomanosPizzaria.com

We are happy to let you know that between donations, the silent auction and door prizes, the pasties and the sale of Yooper tee-shirts, the Colorado Yoopers made $1,500, which will be donated to three Upper Peninsula charities. We never before have been able to donate to more than two charities, so thanks to all who donated so generously this year!

We received nine requests for support from U.P. charities again this year, and deciding among them was not easy. Please see the Projects link to learn which charities were selected.

Your steering committee wants to thank everyone who helped bake pasties, set up and take down tables, designed and mailed postcards, worked on the website, and assisted with the many other tasks that made the picnic a success once again. Please be thinking about items you can donate for the 2015 picnic, and let us know if you have suggestions for improvements or would like to volunteer to work on the steering committee for next year’s picnic.

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Read abou t the U.P. Projects

Read about the 2013 picnic

Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Photos courtesy of Kathleen Lundman  of Point and Shoot Photography, and Dan Smith.