Speaker & Performer: Mike Fornes

Mike Fornes Presents: “Stories, Songs, Ships, and a Bridge”Mike-Fornes1

Libraries, historical societies, senior centers, and tour groups have hosted award-winning presentations by Mackinaw City’s Mike Fornes. A member of the Historical Society of Michigan, Fornes has taken his programs to Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ontario and has been a guest speaker in more than 100 communities in Michigan. The author of five books, his 90-minute topics include:
  • 101 Things That Happened on the Mackinac Bridge
    • An entertaining historical perspective on the link between Michigan’s two peninsulas. Amazing photographs are linked to the stories of perseverance, politics, irony, humor, and tragedy on the five-mile span. If it happened on the Mackinac Bridge, you’ll see it and hear about it!
  • USCGC Mackinaw—A Tale of Two Ships
    • A two-part saga of a ship that came to a small Michigan town and changed it forever. Sixty years later, a new version was built and carried on the original’s tradition as the greatest icebreaker on the Great Lakes. Home-spun humor, search and rescue adventures, military ironies, the science of icebreaking, and the care of buoys are mixed with small-town life and storytelling of life on the lakes.
  • Edmund Fitzgerald—The Stories, The SongMike-Fornes2
    • The story of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald is told through the memories of the surviving family members, the crews of other ships at sea that night, and those who still grieve at Whitefish Point, Michigan, just 17 miles from where the mighty ship rests in Lake Superior. The story of the hit song is told from personal experiences with Gordon Lightfoot and his band members. Both are woven together for an unforgettable look at tragedy and artistry.
  • The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute—The Stories, The Songs
    • For those desiring a full musical program, this can’t-miss repertoire of Lightfoot’s biggest hits of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s will have audiences singing along and remembering the inspirations of an era gone-by. The woods, the lakes, lost loves, and broken hearts are the themes from a playlist that includes Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind, Rainy Day People, Carefree Highway, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and more. An act that has been performed for more than a dozen years, Mike Fornes IS Gordon Lightfoot!
Contact MIKE FORNES for program availability at mikefornes@gmail.com or 231-436-5050.

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