Stage for Change Event at McGulpin Point Lighthouse

Stories of the era when McGulpin Point, just outside Mackinaw City, was built along with food samplings and more are part of the celebration taking place on October 15. The Emmet County Historical Commission and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are hosting the event from noon-3pm. 

At 1pm, Eric Hemenway, repatriation specialist for the Odawa Tribe, will talk about how the Native Americans utilized McGulpin Point in Northern Michigan. Corn soup and British brad can be sampled. The lighthouse visitors can walk to the shoreline where the 54-ton Chi-sin, or big rock, rests on the shore of Lake Michigan. 

A wigwam complete with examples of indigenous furs can be visited. Other activities include a Native American artist helping to craft corn-husk dolls, a firemaking demonstration with flint and strikers, children’s games including knuckles and checkers–games from the era, and more will take place.

The Stage for Change is free and open to the public. McGulpin Point is located on Headlands Drive two miles west of Mackinaw City