2017-02-02 / Front Page

Yooper Plaid Fest Aids History Plans

By Erich T. Doerr

It’s time to get out the flannel and party as the Michilimackinac Historical Society will host its fundraising Yooper Plaid Fest and Glissant Cook-Off Saturday, February 4, at St. Ignace’s Moose Lodge 999. This year’s celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The lodge is at 2999 Mackinac Trail.

Those planning to come to the party are encouraged to wear plaid clothing, but it is not required. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration, with the intent being a fun night out for the community each February. Historical Society President Bill Peek said the party’s theme celebrates the Upper Peninsula’s position as a “flannel capital of the United States.” The celebration will include an Upper Peninsula-themed trivia contest and a silent auction to help raise money for the society.

“I like getting together with our membership,” Mr. Peek said. “We want them all to have a good time.”

Tickets for Plaid Fest cost $25 per person. Attendance will be limited to about 100 people by the capacity of the building. Those interested in buying a ticket can visit the 7th Heaven Salon and Spa in downtown St. Ignace, e-mail Erin Vanier at erin.fortdebuademuseum@gmail.com, or call Mr. Peek at (231) 590-1309.

“You’ll want to get your tickets early,” Mr. Peek said.

Glissant is an eggless-type of noodle that is usually made with flour and water and often large in size. The name is French for “slippery.” The cook-off usually draws several entrants. People attending are welcome to make their own glissant to share at the party.

A unique feature of the party will be White Elephant Re-gift Raffle, a silent auction allowing local residents to pass on their unwanted holiday gifts by donating them to be sold to raise money for the historical society. The items will be sold alongside a number of other items donated to the organization. A 50/50 drawing will also support the historical society. A cash bar is available, with the money raised supporting the Moose Lodge.

Mr. Peek said programs that will benefit from the event include St. Ignace Heritage Days in July and the Fort de Buade Museum’s weekly Saturday night programming.

In past years, this celebration was known as the Cabin Fever Reliever party. The new Plaid Fest theme was added this year to differentiate the event from other events in the area that also use a Cabin Fever name. This party has been a staple of winter in St. Ignace for about six years.

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