Need some holiday plans that are safe, socially distanced and family-friendly? Find out about what's happening at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba in this Bonifas Arts Update, in a conversation with Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth and Sue Roll, Special Projects at the Bonifas.

In this update, you'll hear about classes that help you learn how to make Christmas Biscotti with Lizzy LaFave, and an Art Party with Staci Berg. There is also information about Northern Exposure XXVII, which is an exhibit of a wide variety of contemporary art open for viewing at the Bonifas. Plus, you can mark your calendar for special events such as the Virtual Holiday Art Fair and Family Fun Night.

Hear about these events and more in our latest Bonifas Arts Update:

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A new Executive Director was named at the Bonifas Arts Center, starting September 1st. Irina Bruno has taken up the mantle to further develop the artistic and cultural impact the Bonifas Arts Center provides for Escanaba and the Upper Great Lakes region.

Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Irina and former Executive Director Sue Roll (now Special Projects/Grants) about how the transition has gone so far, including challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Fall 2020 is approaching in the Upper Great Lakes region. With that comes the continued challenges that COVID-19 present; social distancing, sanitizing everything, working from home, starting a new school year virtually, in-person or a hybrid...the list goes on.

Along with those challenges come the need for arts and culture, whether as an escape or as material for learning, enhancing our lives through different mediums of creation. One organization that keeps that mission alive during difficult times is the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba.

We spoke with Sue Roll, the Executive Director of the Bonifas, about events, exhibits and education at the Bonifas for September and October of 2020:

ESCANABA, MI--   The National Weather Service has confirmed an F-1 tornado touched down about 5 miles west of Escanaba Monday evening.

The funnel was seen by drivers on US-2 around 5:30 as it touched down near Pete's Pick N’ Pull auto parts. It snapped and knocked down several utility poles and trees, some of which fell onto a residence.

This summer is unusual to say the least; luckily, the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba is prepared with classes, exhibits, events and more, both safely in-person and virtually.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Sue Roll, Executive Director at the Bonifas, about this unprecidented summer of activities:

This time on the Bonifas Arts Update, Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Executive Director Sue Roll about summer events at the Bonifas and around the region, including steps taken for safe events utilizing social distancing and outdoor/online events.

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ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Some beaches along Lake Michigan are taking a hit from high water levels.

The Escanaba Daily Press reports the vegetation that protects sandy beach areas is eroding. City recreation director Kim Peterson says the water is practically running up to the berm at the Escanaba Municipal Beach. Peterson said she’s spoken to several experts about potential methods to reinforce the beach and welcomes suggestions from people in the community.

Escanaba plans to open the beach sometime in the middle of June.

This time on the Bonifas Arts Update, Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Executive Director Sue Roll about events in March and April 2020.

This time on the Bonifas Arts Center Update, Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Executive Director Sue Roll about what's happening in February, 2020

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   A 59-year-old Michigan man who says he robbed a business so he could return to prison could be locked up for the rest of his life. 

Mark Wilson was sentenced this week to at least 25 years in prison for armed robbery and he'll be in his 80s when he's eligible for parole. Police say Wilson, from Portage, gave a note to a Hardee's employee in Escanaba last July, indicating that he was robbing the restaurant. He waited in a restroom until police arrived.

Wilson told a judge that he's “lost the ability to function normally with society.”