The 2007 Frog Fest will be in Cedarville Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19. Most events will be based at Les Cheneaux Community Schools. Booklets describing events in detail will be available at the event, and a schedule is on Page 5 of this week's St. Ignace News. Activities are free, unless otherwise noted.
Posters and T-shirts featuring this year's original logo designed by Cedarville High School senior Katie Eberts will be sold at Frog Fest. Miss Eberts won the logo contest design held in the school this year. The logo is based on the geographical outline of Marquette Island, and represents the event's theme, "Wild Things," incorporating the shapes of a frog, deer, wolf, eagle, and turtle in the design.
Friday's events will start with a 6 p.m. boat cruise around the Cedarville Bay shoreline, and will leave from Clark Township's waterfront park in downtown Cedarville. Anyone who plans to take the tour should call (906) 484-3031.
Activities will continue with a talk at 8 p.m. about how the Les Cheneaux Watershed Council plans to restore health to Cedarville Bay by introducing a native weevil to the water to control Eurasian watermilfoil. Other Cedarville Bay information will be presented during the talk at Les Cheneaux Community Library on Hodeck Street in Cedarville.
Following the talk, a tour of frogs' favorite places in the Les Cheneaux Islands will leave from there at 9:15 p.m., giving participants the chance to listen in on the frog sounds of the area. A highlight of the tour will be a twilight walk through Little Traverse Conservancy's Birge Preserve, west of Hessel. Tour participants will carpool to the various frog call sites, and should follow the tour leader.
Saturday activities start at 7 a.m. with a bird tour at The Nature Conservancy's Gerstacker Preserve, east of Cedarville. The preserve is marked with a large Nature Conservancy sign, and participants should arrive early. Central Michigan University Biologist Mic Hamas will lead the tour, which will take participants to the pristine habitat and haunts of migrating songbirds and other wildlife.
Participants will finish the bird tour just in time to catch another nearby tour highlighting Les Cheneaux's limestone soils and cedar shoreline. Starting at 10 a.m., just west of Gerstacker, near Cedar Campus, Marty Feldhake will take participants along the Narnia Trail for a nature exploration.
A tour of mushroom lands and other forest floor features will also start at 10 a.m. on M-134, four miles west of Hessel. Local resident Chuck Bosley will lead participants on a search for some of the bounty of the woodlands around Les Cheneaux.
Look for the frog signs that show where the tours and other activities begin.
The popular geocaching adventure that debuted in 2005 will return to this year's Frog Fest, leading visitors to some of the area's hidden treasures. Go to www.geocaching.com and enter the Cedarville zip code of 49719 to find out how to participate, or meet other participants at 1 p.m. at Les Cheneaux Community Schools.
From 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., water quality and environmental information booths and activities, Croaky Crafts and face painting, Froglogs food, a reptile show, silent art auction with local art, children's games, and a kayak tour will all be offered. See schedule for specific starting times of the events. All will be at the school, except the kayak tour. Call Woods and Water Ecotours at (906) 484- 4157 to register for the kayak tour. Proceeds from the $45 tour cost will be donated to the Les Cheneaux Watershed Council.
Professional reptile and amphibian handler Jeff Davis will return with his popular show and display, Reptiles Galore from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. he will give an amphibian talk outside the school cafeteria.
The Spring Peeper Show will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., when music, childrens' performances, an ice cream social, more reptile show, and end of the auction take place. Admission to the entertainment portion of the evening activities is $2 for students and seniors, $3 for adults, and $5 for families. Entertainment will feature the Les Cheneaux Community Schools first, fourth, and fifth grade classes, folk singer Marty Feldhake, professional performer and educator Marshmallow Man, folk singer Susan Askwith, and Dave Stanaway.
Anyone who wants to help with activities can call Wendy Wagoner at (906) 484-2415.
More information can be obtained by calling (906) 484- 3031. Brochure schedules are available at the Les Cheneaux Welcome Center in Cedarville.
The Community Art Project, featuring dozens of decorated frogs, will also be on display throughout the week. To participate in the art project, stop at the Les Cheneaux Welcome Center and pick up a frog. Frogs are $15 for individuals of $25 for businesses.