We drive through Munising on our way to Marquette to visit my folks every summer. This summer we'll stop at the Falling Rock Cafe. Some information on it -
FALLING ROCK CAFÉ and BOOKSTORE. Jeff and Nancy Dwyer moved to town, having quit their academic positions at the University of Florida. (Nancy was a nursing professor, Jeff a gerontologist.) They didn't know many people, but Jeff loved the U.P. from family vacations spent here. (His great-grandfather was Marquette County sheriff.) First the Dwyers fixed up their new home on a lake. Then they bought a beat-up former tavern and its neighbor (on M-28 downtown, next to the former home of the Charing Cross bookstore) and created a multi-use space, hauling out 55 tons of trash and building material in the process. Jeff, a sociologist by training, had read and reread Ray Oldenburg's widely influential study of "third places" --- not home, not work --- The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community.
Falling Rock Café (906-387-3008) on M-28 in downtown Munising serves as an informal information and networking hub with evening hours.
Saturdays at 8, year-round, there's a concert at Falling Rock Cafe in downtown Munising.
The Falling Rock is a fledgling coffeehouse, lunch spot and bookstore started by a couple who dumped academic careers in Florida to move to Munising for a simpler life and what they call community.
They opened their place in May 2003 with a business plan long on determination and short on common sense. Soon they realized that they couldn't survive without help.
An astonishing 140 people have joined Friends of the Falling Rock, giving the couple a windfall $14,000 and reassurance that they're wanted.
Two Friends who drove 5 1/2 hours from Lansing say they didn't hesitate to kick in $200. "We're here four times a year," says Louanne Beaudry, "and the minute we pull into town, this is where we come."
Says Autumn Jauck, 37, who moved from Missouri to work at Pictured Rocks: "The Falling Rock helps people to become family, so it's easy for an outsider like me to feel like I've lived here forever."
Ukelele artist Victoria Vox is playing the Falling Rock Cafe on August 4, 2007:
If there is something else you'd like to know about me or the music I play, just email me. I promise, I won't bite. I'm a fully independent artist, and not only wear all the hats... but I wear my guitar when I'm cooking. It makes waiting for the pot to boil not so bad. I also play the ukulele. I'm sponsored by KoAloha Ukuleles (Honolulu, HI). They say I have the aloha spirit. I think that's better than anything. One should have spirit in whatever they do. I was a cheerleader in gradeschool. Maybe that's where I got it.
I have a website, too. It's www.victoriavox.com.
The Playback magazine of St. Louis refers to the latest Victoria Vox album as a glorious mélange!. Ms. Vox is just that. All around. Switching it up on guitar and ukulele, Vox has been influenced by her CD collection: Miles Davis, Do Ho, Jewel, Cyndi Lauper, Noir Désir, etc And its not about making it big, but making it good.
7 p.m. — Live entertainment with Don Snitgen at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore, Munising.