113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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109 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
(Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
TWWW Opening Ceremonies
Published on Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015
Saturday April 11 saw the official opening of the long-awaited The Way We Worked (TWWW) exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution and the Michigan Humanities Council. Despite the fact that Saturday was the first warm, beautiful, blue-sky Saturday of 2015, nearly 200 people attended. All were effusive in their praise of the event. "What a wonderful program - one of the best exhibit opening ceremonies I've experienced". High praise indeeed, especially when you consider the source: Michigan Humanities Council Executive Director, Jan Fedewa, who in the course of her career has attended lots of openings.
MCd by Mark Silver in his usual inimitable style, the event opened withn a Barton organ prelude by Tim Mesun. First to the podium was Ironwood Mayor Kim Corcoran with a warm welcome, followed by an address from Fedewa, who spoke elloquently about the importance of the humanities in our lives. Next up to the podium was State Historian and UM Flint History Prof, Dr Tom Henthorn who highlighted the role history plays in defining local culture and the opportunties it presents for economic development through cultural tourism.
Next was one of the highlights of the afternoon, Samson Sound (the GCC choir) with a wonderful a capella rendition of Merle Travis's 1946 hit "Sixteen Tons", followed by "Over the Rainbow" accompanied on the grand piano by Jennifer Wenger.
Bessemer's Bethany Hellen then delighted the audience with an energetic and stylish tap routine to Irving Berlin's "Puttin On the Ritz".
Following the singing and dancing it was time for the politicians to take to the stage: MI Rep Scott Dianda, and Bessemer Councillor Douglas Olsen congratulated the exhibition organizers and then HIT Managing Director Bruce Greenhill read a letter from MI Senator Tom Casperson. Thanks are extended to the politicians for keeping their comments short and to the point!
Closing out the festivities, HIT Idol contetsants Vivian Gammell and Madeline Gabka accompanied by Tim Mesun, had the crowd tapping their toes and clapping their hands as they sang "Workin' in a Coal Mine" and Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five".
The event came to a close when TWWW Committee Co-Chair Rick Semo thanked all for attending and invited everyone to stay for the reception, a delightful event masterfully catered by Maplewood Steakhouse's Pete Grewe and his crew.