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June 2015
Jun 2015
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Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Concert
Take in a great summer concert and support Friends of the Braumart at the same time! Gordon Lightfoot’s melodies capture the feeling of “Up North” living, and 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a part of our U.P. heritage. On Sunday, July 12, “The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute” will perform on the Braumart Stage. This band will take you on a visual and acoustic trip from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Rockies with the hit songs “Sundown,” “Beautiful,” “Carefree Highway,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” and of course the haunting ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Come join us for an evening of folk, country and popular music and experience the culture of the woods, the lakes, lost loves and broken hearts.
“The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute” is a five-piece band from Mackinaw City. Mike Fornes plays the role of Gordon Lightfoot on vocals, six- and twelve string guitars. The band replicates the songs, styles and moods of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s best!
Tickets are $15 and are available at the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance, on our website, and at the door. Social Hour is from 5-7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Mostra d’Arte
It’s time for the third annual Mostra d’Arte! “Mostra d’Arte” (Italian for art exhibition) is a juried gallery exhibition put on by the Friends of the Braumart. The exhibition will be held August 11 through 14, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the downstairs conference room of the Downtown Plaza building in Iron Mountain. Entries for the jury awards will be judged on originality and the overall artistic quality of the work. A $50 People’s Choice award will be voted on by the public during the first three days of the show and awarded Thursday, August 13.
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Artists, take note: Entering is easy (please enter between July 1 and July 21) and accepted artwork will be eligible to win cash prizes. See the events page on our website (www.friendsofthebraumart.org/events) for more details. Art patrons, be sure to stop by August 11 through 13 to take in the show and vote for the People’s Choice winner, or visit August 14 on your way to the Friday night Italian Fest concert in downtown Iron Mountain.
As we continue to work towards buying the Braumart building, we’d like to let you know where we stand financially:
FOTB uses your membership contribution to pay for things like insurance, professional memberships, professional services, postage, and other business expenses. In 2014, these expenses came to $4,315.
Income from fundraising events, donations and grants (unless otherwise specified) is allocated to our feasibility studies. A few years ago, we set a goal of raising $75,000 for theatre redevelopment studies (a poster in the Braumart lobby tracks our progress). As of June 1, we have raised $53,399, over 71% of the goal. The first part, the structural and architectural study, is largely complete and paid for. The results of this study indicate that the theater is basically structurally sound. Action is required to prevent further deterioration. The study also provided various designs for potential restoration plans. The second study is a fundraising feasibility study which will gauge the level of community financial support we can expect, and look deeper into what the community desires from the project. That study will commence later this summer. At this time, we have enough money to complete both these studies. The last study will be a final report which will combine the information from the first two studies to determine the goals for renovation, the total cost of renovating the building, and management options for the operation of the Braumart.
100+ Women Who Care of Dickinson County awarded nearly $19,000 to FOTB in August, 2013. The proceeds from our recent Support Your Community Gala were $4,261. These monies, along with individual donations, are included in our building purchase fund, which is at $23,724. We plan on securing a loan for the remainder of the purchase price.
FOTB also has an endowment fund with the Dickinson Area Community Foundation, which will provide long-term support for the arts by generating annual income to support programming and building maintenance at the Braumart. The balance in this fund on December 31, 2014, was $5,775. Most of this money came from individual donations.
Community support for this project is wonderful and humbling. Thank you so much for making the arts a priority in our area! A restored Braumart will positively affect thousands of lives over the years. Please continue to give generously to support our cause. We cannot do it without you.
Support Your Community Gala
A HUGE thank you to all who attended and supported our April 24 Gala fundraiser! FOTB joined with Iron Mountain DDA/Main Street to put on this event. Many local restaurants provided AMAZING food; the crowd loved our signature cocktail, the “Blue Braumart-ini”; and opening act and local talent Norton and Chartier won a ton of new fans that evening. Touring artist Scott Helmer put on a great show of rock-and-roll classics. It was loads of fun and a very successful event. Thank you, also, to those who donated silent auction items and door prizes, and to our wonderful volunteers, without whom the evening would not have been possible!
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