Lunch lecture on Headlands Int’l Dark Sky Park controversy July 20

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park: What you need to know

The program director at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park will provide an update on what has become a politically contentious topic during a special presentation at noon Wednesday July 20, at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club.

The talk is a “Lunch and Learn” event sponsored by the University of Michigan Alumni Spirit Group of Little Traverse Bay. Mary Stewart Adams will provide an update on construction and programming at the Headlands, and also address criticism raised by project opponents.

Located west of Mackinaw City, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park contains approximately 600 acres of pristine woodlands and more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.

The Headlands became one of the first International Dark Sky Parks in the world in 2011.

A waterfront community event center and observatory is currently under construction there.

Even though the Park has received national and international acclaim, it has become controversial locally.

A political action committee has formed to defeat Emmet County commissioners who voted for the project (and others), contending the money could have been better spent on other things.

Adams is a star lore historian, storyteller and author who has been immersed in the history of star knowledge for over 30 years.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she also served as arts editor for The Michigan Daily.

Adams led the initiative that achieved International Dark Sky Park designation for the Headlands.

She was instrumental in the passage of legislation by the State of Michigan to protect natural darkness in several state parks.

In addition, she has served on the International Dark Sky Places Committee of the International Dark Sky Association, protecting natural darkness throughout the world.

Adams has received numerous honors for her work with Emmet County, including the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Environmentalist of the Year Award. Adams also hosts a weekly radio program, “The Storyteller’s Night Sky,” each Monday on Interlochen Public Radio.

The presentation by Adams is open to the public. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. Proceeds benefit scholarships for incoming University of Michigan students.

To reserve tickets email pdc@freeway.net; or call the Country Club at 231-347-2402; or Perry Clark at 231-347-0313.

Tickets also may be purchased at the door by cash or check payable to Petoskey-Bay View Country Club (sorry, no credit cards).

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