Dam Jam a success

Dam Jam a success

To the editor:

The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) thanks everyone who made the Hungarian Dam Jam on April 13th an enjoyable and tremendous success! KLT is currently raising funds to acquire the property that includes the Upper Hungarian Falls, historic dam, and hiking trails to create a nature area for public benefit and enjoyment. Community support is critical to accomplish this project and the Dam Jam raised over $6500 towards our goal of $40,000 by the end of April. Several people also joined KLT at the event to help us meet the 100 new member challenge that has brought an additional $10,000 from lead donors to support the Hungarian Falls project.

The Dam Jam would not have been possible without the many local musicians and bands that donated their talent to support the cause: Jonathan Soper, the Barnstormers, Trouble on the Stairs, Keweenaw Brew Grass, The Board,and Outwash Plain. We thank them for their lively performances along with Keith Riley and his crew for handling sound for the musicians.

We thank the local businesses that supported the event: Osmose, The Wood’n Spoon, Favorites Custom Apparel, the Brownstone Hall, Yarns & Threads, Quincy Footwear, Copper Island Treasures, Lakeland-Luoma Insurance, Nitrate Elimination, Pat’s Foods, Roy’s Pasties and Bakery, and Econo Foods.

We also thank all of the capable volunteers who offered their valuable time to help us plan, advertise, and manage the event. Most importantly, we thank all of the community members who came out to support something they really care about. The Dam Jam was truly a community celebration and the KLT is honored and humbled by the outpouring of support for our efforts to protect this special place. We appreciate each and every contribution and hope that through our combined efforts we can keep all of the Hungarian Falls undeveloped and open for the public to enjoy forever.

We are all fortunate to have many talented, committed, and generous individuals supporting our quality of life in the Keweenaw.

Evan McDonald

KLT Executive Director