A Celebration of the Life & Times of Mike Vanderberg

Dunegrass founder Mike VanderbergOn Sunday (September 30, 2007) there will be a celebration honoring the memory of Empire resident and Sleeping Bear Dunegrass & Blues Festival founder Mike Vanderberg.

The daylong event features live music at Johnson Park from noon – 10 PM from Dunegrass regulars including 3rd Coast, Cabin Fever, The Corvairs, Song of the Lakes, Beach Bards, The Wranglers, The Jelly Roll Blues Band, and more (no glass bottles please). There will also be kids games, a raffle and silent auction at the park and community potluck from 2 PM until it’s gone (main dish provided).

You can make a donation at ANY Huntington Bank under “The Michael Vanderberg Family Fund” and for questions or to volunteer call 231.313.3474.

The Glen Arbor Sun (who provided the photo) has an article on the celebration and also a nice memorial piece by F. Josephine Arrowood called Mike Vanderberg: Free Thinker, Anarchist, Village Anchor – both of which I think you’ll appreciate if you knew Mike … or even if you didn’t.