Celebrate Water Events

As the year continues on, the events for Celebrate Water to continue to grow. The next week brings lots of fun activities for the whole family. The celebrations continue with art shows, live music events, and informational activities.

Midsummer’s Music continues their season of music with their “Bastille Day Celebration” on July 13 at 7 pm and on July 15 at 7 pm. One of the featured songs in the concert is Jeux d’eau (“Playful Water”) in E Major (1901) by Maurice Ravel. Catch a preview of what to expect with this number here.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center also continues with their tribute to water this month with their “The Mighty River” concert on July 13 at 7:30 pm. This symphony concert is one of many water themed concerts that have been performed throughout the month. Their final water concert, “Finale: Port of Arrival”, is performed on July 14 at 7:30 pm. The group performs “The Million Dollar Quartet” on July 19 at 7 pm. This concert features Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6 (“The Frog”) by Haydn.

The month continues its musical celebrations with a Water Folk Concert on July 15 from 7 – 9:30 pm. This celebration of water using the power of music was organized by Jeanne Kuhns, musician and artist, in collaboration with the Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series. The concert features eight musicians and a spoken word performance by Roger Kuhns. Come out and enjoy the outdoor amphitheater and a night of music with friends and family.

July 15 is also the start of a seminar at Bjorklunden called “Our Freshwater Future: The Ecology, Economics, and Politics of the Great Lakes.” This seminar, that runs until July 20, will take participants on an in-depth exploration of the ecology of the Great Lakes through scientific storytelling. Required reading for the course is The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. You can visit their website to sign up for the number of seminars that they offer throughout the summer.

The Door County Library has added more water programming during the month of July. Their program “Raising the Mystery Ship Alvin Clark” is held on July 17 and 18. Hear the first-hand account of the raising of the famous “Mystery Ship” from the waters of Green Bay. Dr. Richard Boyd gives an account of the raising and later decay of this ship. This program is held at the Sturgeon Bay Library on the 17 and at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library on the 18. The library will also hold “Water, Water Everywhere” on July 18 at the Egg Harbor Library. In this program take a water tour of the universe with us as we explore the galactic importance of water and how tracking down the water in outer space might help us learn more about water on Earth. Presented by Kathleen Toerpe, NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Stop by Bjorklunden on July 18 to hear “Fish on the Run” at 6 pm. Migratory fish play an important role in connecting watersheds to the Great Lakes through movement of nutrients and energy. They can also have unexpected influences on the lakes and watersheds. Learn more about the role of fish in the Great Lakes at this informational program.

The month wraps up with the Open Door Bird Sanctuary program “Whoo’s at Home with Water” on July 28 from 1 – 2 pm. Meet live birds of prey who are dependent on watery habitats and explore unique water aspects of the grounds at the Sanctuary.

Events are added to the online calendar almost regularly. Make sure to check online for any updates or additions. Take the time to enjoy these events as the month of July continues. Also, make sure to take advantage of the nice weather and visit a number the beaches that Door County has to offer!

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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