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North Light Press
03-20-2008, 07:03 PM
Hello Everyone,

Just an update on this year's gathering. We now have over 50 people registered! Pretty incredible. Knowing all that register can't always attend, I am still planning on there being quite a few new faces this year.

With the increase in attendance, I am urging all to make their lodging arrangements soon. I was contacted the other day by the Birchwood Inn (http://www.birchwoodinn.com) saying people were already making reservations! They are offering discounts for us this year across their various room offerings. When you call, mention that you are with North Light Press/Workshops and they will let you know what is available. There are a lot of other choices for lodging as well and you can visit this LINK (http://www.northlightworkshops.com/links_area.html) for more information on our area and what is available.

I am also happy to announce that Bob Carnie of Elevator has agreed to bring along his Tales from the Darkroom presentation to share with all of us. Bob will be presenting a short overview of current professional imaging options and services. He will address how he has adjusted to the changing photographic landscape and where he sees the industry's future for Professional labs and photographers who's focus is on quality photography.

For those that may not know Bob, he has been printing shows for various international photographers for over 17 years. Prior to owning his own company he worked in various high-end labs that gave him the skills, experience, knowledge and exposure to start his own business and give that business a specific, Fine Art concentration.

Thanks to Bob for agreeing to do this!

Bill Schwab


03-22-2008, 10:31 AM
A great photographic site Bill showed us last year almost got dried up.
Department of Natural Resources plan to drain O’Neal Lake put on hold for one year.

John Powers

03-29-2008, 01:13 PM
Well it looks like I will be there pending a date for something else, but will be in MI for a while for personal reasons.

I'm likely going to stay at Wilderness State Park and would like to know if others will be there and which area in the park are being considered or have been reserved by others, before making my camp reservation. Closest to the hotels/motels others are staying at.

So, chime in if anyone else is camping. (I messaged Bill from the Northlight page as well)



Dan Henderson
03-29-2008, 01:32 PM
John: thanks for the article link. That little lake is such a natural jewel that it should be just left alone. Why the DNR would spend time and money "improving" it with all of the other environmental issues we have in this state is just beyond me. Makes me wonder what the initials DNR actually stand for!!!

*stepping down from soapbox*

I am planning to camp up north the whole time. Wilderness State Park is such a nice place that I may consider camping up there for a day or two...good idea, Matt.

03-29-2008, 05:04 PM
I had originally planned on staying at the Birchwood, but now I'm considering changing that to camping. Pitching a tent in Bill's yard is nice, especially for the late-night talking around the campfire. However, Wilderness State Park for a couple of nights would be a great idea - I like the idea of waking up next to some early-morning photogenic sites.

As far as I know, Wilderness has one large campsite with showers and toilets, consisting of two sections, one on the beach and the other back in the woods. I stayed there many years ago. It's not all that close to Bill's place - the road to get there takes kind of a big circle, I believe. There are also a number of rustic cabins ($60/night, I think), many of them on the shoreline and another in the interior which may be a hike-in rather than drive-in. I've never stayed at one of those.

In recent years I have only been to the south edge of the park. Maybe someone with more current knowledge of the northern part, which includes the campsite, will have more to say, and correct any errors I've made here.


03-29-2008, 05:38 PM
I forgot about Bill offering his backyard...that may be cool since the campfire thing is there. So a few days there and maybe a night at the State Park..
Let's pick a site there and which day if any interest, if not, Bill's is fine. The park offers showers though, so if someone can say it's "20 minutes away" or whatever from Bill's it would be helpful to me in making a decision.

03-29-2008, 06:17 PM
Mapquest says the distance from Bill's place to the park is about 21 miles, 32 minutes estimated. That's somewhat further than the distance to the Birchwood Inn, which is 16 miles.

North Light Press
03-29-2008, 06:18 PM

Sorry to be slow on this. Wilderness is a beautiful park and well worth the stay. As was said though, it is a round about way to get their from my place. Although I am not far south of Wilderness, I am on the Sturgeon Bay side and there is no road along the shoreline. I would say it is more of a 30-35 minute drive up there from me. A beautiful drive though, but going back and forth more than once a day might get tiresome.

I like to work along the north shore near there at the entrance to the Straits. Lot of beach, marsh and cedar swamps along the way. I usually take a group up there. From Wilderness you are closer to Mackinaw and the bridge to the UP as well. We could try to coordinate things to meet anyone staying at the park. unfortunately there is really no camping that is any closer. As you know, you are also welcome to camp on the property. Tent camping only however. There are 10 acres and it is all wooded except for the cabin clearing that is the center of the gathering and back in the woods near the house.

This year I also have arrangements to rent a small house right in Cross Village. It has 3 bedrooms and I am figuring on 3 people there for now. The cost will be less than a hotel and is a closer to the property. Details haven't been worked out on that yet, but I will make an announcement through a soon to be mailed newsletter.

More to come...



03-29-2008, 08:16 PM
Does anyone know if gas outboard motors are allowed on O'Neal Lake? If you don't know, do you know where that information can be found? I remember when Bill took us there a guy was pulling his boat out, but I can't remember if it was powered.

I ask because I have an eight foot dingy and a 4hp motor. I think the boat could be carried on the roof of my Toyota Highlander. There might be additional interesting photos else where in that beautiful lake. I would have to land to use the LF camera. Not the first set of wet feet in my life. The dingy could hold two of us and gear if there were any volunteers to help lift the boat to and from the roof. No we will not be using it instead of the ferry to go to Mackinac Island.

John Powers

Bob Carnie
03-30-2008, 07:24 AM
I think I am going to spend most of my time at the Bridge..

I have been waiting for years to yell **Holy Mackinaw**
**very sad Toronto Maple Leaf cheer** I am trying to bring a Canadian contigent with me to hang out as well.

We are really looking forward to this, I didn't make the first Woodstock but I sure am looking forward to dropping some acid and having fun at this one.

Bill send Callow the goods so we can promote.

North Light Press
03-30-2008, 10:04 AM
I didn't make the first Woodstock but I sure am looking forward to dropping some acid and having fun at this one.Holy Mackinaw! None of the brown stuff though! :D

Seriously, it will be great to have you Canadians on board. Not only for your rousing good humor and ability to consume mass quantities of beer either. Your superior Canadian Dollar will be most welcome at the local establishments.

Thanks Bob. I'll be getting that info out today. There will also be a newsletter going out to all that have registered so far.


03-30-2008, 11:13 AM
Wilderness State Park has three cabins on the north shore, one in the interior (Nebo Trail), and one on Sturgeon Bay. All are very secluded, and usually are booked up well in advance. Check availability now if your considering these options. If the weekend is booked, check days during the week, quite often you can get a day or two there.To drive out from the cabins to Bill's would probably take a good hour or more.
If you follow the road west through the park to it's terminus, there is a small parking area. This is the eastern end of Waugachance Point. It extends a couple of miles out into Lake Michigan. The north shore is sandy, but usually access is closed to protect the nesting area of the piping plover. For those able to backpack their equipment and are of the hardy sort, the southern shore is very rocky with many large boulders protruding (depending on current water levels of the lake). Bear in mind that walking this route can be very difficult, but the photo ops can be worth the effort. Best bet is to walk down the center of the point and then walk south to the shore line. I fished this area for more than 20 years on foot so am somewhat familiar with it.
As to O'Neil Lake, it's small enough to row or paddle around. I would suggest this method as it helps to maintain the serenity of the area and is non polluting as well. The lake is actually the floodwater of a small creek, as such, a motor runs the risk of a nasty encounter with a hidden stump.
Last year I stayed at the Levering Motel (www.leveringmotel.com.) in Levering. Nothing fancy but very clean and functional. I like to stay at the Mom and Pop places, they work hard and aim to please. A restaurant right across the street. It worked well for me because it is 10 miles to the bridge which is where I headed to shoot the north shore of the sraights area. It's 12 miles to Cross Village and about 15 minutes to Bill's.
Dennis (Ernie51)

North Light Press
03-30-2008, 12:28 PM
A restaurant right across the street.Ahhh... The Levering cafe or "Big Chicken" as it is known. One of our favorites. The Levering Motel is a decent place for sure. I think Jim Russell has stayed their in past years as well. Glad to see they have a Website now. I'll add them into the links.

Thanks Dennis, Bill

Jeff Bannow
04-04-2008, 11:33 AM
Well, my wife will be there, probably camping. Can't wait to leave behind this snow and rain, and get back outside!

- Jeff

North Light Press
04-12-2008, 07:26 PM
Just a note to say the first gathering newsletter has gone out. If you've registered, you should have had it. Anyone that missed, either let me know or you can see the newsletter online HERE (http://www.northlightworkshops.com/michigan_newsletter/).

Heading up this week to open the place for the season. I too can't wait to leave this snow and rain behind!


04-12-2008, 08:08 PM
Just a note to say the first gathering newsletter has gone out. If you've registered, you should have had it. Anyone that missed, either let me know or you can see the newsletter online HERE (http://www.northlightworkshops.com/michigan_newsletter/).

Heading up this week to open the place for the season. I too can't wait to leave this snow and rain behind!


Bill, hold up! My folks sent me this shot yesterday. Maybe it'll melt by June.


North Light Press
04-12-2008, 08:33 PM
Bill, hold up! My folks sent me this shot yesterday. Maybe it'll melt by June.OMG Vinny! I was going to call Diane in Pellston tomorrow to see if I can drive in to my place yet. Looks like it might be tough!



04-12-2008, 09:25 PM
My friend Christine in Marquette emailed a pic from the current storm. Brrrr. The weather there:

Statement as of 1:48 am EDT on April 12, 2008

... Record daily precipitation and snowfall set at the Marquette
National Weather Service office for April 11th...

A record precipitation of 2.22 inches was observed at the Marquette
National Weather Service office yesterday April 11th. This breaks
the old record of 1.14 set in 2002. Also... a record snowfall of 13.6
inches was observed. This breaks the old record of 2.4 set in 2000.

04/12/2008 0800 am

3 miles ENE of Negaunee, Marquette County.

Snow m11.1 inch, reported by official NWS obs.

In 24 hours. 17.1 inches storm total. Snow depth of 32

Ain't too bad in CV:

04/12/2008 0800 am

Cross Village, Emmet County.
Snow m5.0 inch, reported by trained spotter.
12 hour total thru 9am. Snowdepth 5 in.

Don't forget your mukluks...


North Light Press
04-12-2008, 09:45 PM
Don't forget your mukluks...Man... loooong Winter. It sounds like I shoud still be able to drive in with 4WD.

I'll leave my bathing suit at home this trip.


North Light Press
04-19-2008, 11:03 AM
I'm happy to report an addition to the presentations this year. Cynthia Motzenbecker from the Michigan Photographic Historical Society (http://www.aiconversions.com/miphs/) will be presenting a slide and print show from her vast, historical photographic collection. I have to say that in addition to her knowledge and love of the subject matter, Cynthia is really a great person to have around a party.

She also added this... "I'm presuming these will all be adults there? I have some "naughty" stuff... But I'll keep it tame... "

The only request she has is that we all keep the bears away.