Whitefish Dunes will host a 50th anniversary

b1a2b48245081891dd03542b50961a76The Friends of Whitefish Dunes will host a 50th anniversary event from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on July 14, celebrating the park and honoring those who have worked on behalf of the park since 1967.

Live music will be performed by Last Man Standing Blue Grass Band. Artists Lynn Gilchrist, Barbara Shakal and Mac Schubert will exhibit their work

Other events sponsored by the Friends during the summer anniversary season include hikes that will explore the unique flora and fauna of Whitefish Dunes, as well as its place in the history of the native peoples of this area.

The next sponsored event is from 10 a.m.-noon June 10, Exploring Wildflowers of Whitefish Dunes. If interested in exploring, meet at the Nature Center in the park at 10 a.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, one of the five state parks in Door County, offers visitors nearly 1½ miles of sandy beach, the highest sand dunes on Lake Michigan’s west shore, 14 miles of hiking and nine miles of skiing trails, and a host of other attractions. A state park sticker is required.

In 1967, the citizens of Door County passed a referendum that led to the establishment of the park. For 50 years the Park has been a cool water retreat for residents and visitors during hot summer days; a serene winter tableau to ski through; and a feast of remarkable flora, fauna, and physical features for nature lovers.

The Friends of Whitefish Dunes was organized for the charitable and educational purposes of supporting the Park with interpretive, scientific, historical, educational and other support services.