Save the Wild U.P. plans concert series

MARQUETTE – Save the Wild U.P. will offer the first in a “For the Love of Land” series of fundraising concerts Saturday in Marquette.

“This is an excellent opportunity to show your love for the wild U.P. while helping fund our outreach and education so we can continue to expand across the U.P.,” SWUP President Margaret Comfort said. “Meanwhile, our ‘For the Love of Land’ concert series is a great way for us at Save the Wild U.P. to show our support for the community we love so much, including the local businesses who contribute sustainable jobs while adding to our unique culture.”

Save the Wild U.P. is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the preservation of the Upper Peninsula’s cultural and natural resources.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Federated Clubhouse at the corner of Front and Ridge streets.

Munising-based pianist Charles Neville will perform original scores inspired by birdsong and the local group The Door Cats will sing harmonized love songs dedicated to the great northwoods.

More than two dozen local businesses and artists are sponsoring the event with Save the Wild U.P. to provide door prizes and a silent auction in conjunction with local artists to raise funds for SWUP’s new programs. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

“We are thrilled by this outpouring of community support,” SWUP Vice President Kathleen Heideman said. “Between our local business sponsors and artists, we have dozens of prizes and silent auction items from across the U.P. including gift certificates, growlers, pottery, paintings, books and more. There will truly be something for everyone.”

SWUP Executive Director Alexandra Thebert will preview SWUP’s 2013 new programming at the concert.

“It’s already proving to be an exciting year with many talks, contests and outdoor events planned.,” Thebert said.

Tickets are $14 in advance and can be purchased at For more information, contact Save the Wild U.P. at 228-4444 or

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.