June 2022 eNewsletter

Action Track Chair

Jamie Spore enjoying the track chair

The Action Track Chair, acquired by FLSP and donated to LSP, is now available for use. The track chair can be reserved for use between 9 a.m. and noon. Check out the informational page. Starting in mid-June, it is expected the track chair will also be available Monday through Friday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9&10 News did a story on the track chair that turned into a story about the various accessibility projects that the FLSP has completed at LSP. If you would like to watch the news story, click here

Entertainment Series

The 2022 Music and Adventure Program series at Ludington State Park includes returning acts Chloe Kimes and Ban, Lee Murdock, Chris Vallillo, and the always popular Nature Discovery Center’s live birds of prey presentation. Several performers among the more than 20 are new to the series including Ypsilanti-based guitarist Adam Plomaritis, folk musician and story-teller Dave Martin and Band, and “Neo Americana duo” Plain Jane Glory.

The free 7 p.m. shows, sponsored by the Friends of Ludington State Park, take place at the park’s amphitheater. Three shows will be on the beach at the Lake Michigan beach house in the park.  In case of bad weather, shows move into the beach house.

According to park interpreter Alan Wernette, the series began 25 years ago after Dow Chemical funded construction of the amphitheater and then-park manager Mike Mulllen asked Wernette for ways to use the facility.

What started small with close acquaintances coming to the park to do magic shows, storytelling, and a couple of folk music sessions during those early years has grown into a huge all-summer guest presenter series with not only some of the best local talent but with exceptional regional Great Lakes talent breaking down the door to be scheduled in for our 20 plus seasons,” Wernette said.

The series now includes many local musicians and groups mixed with artists from throughout the Great Lakes region and sometimes beyond representing

genres from folk to pop and jazz as well as programs on Michigan reptiles, birds of prey and a magic show.

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Mosquito spray sometimes advisable at the amphitheater. FLSP representatives pass a bucket at each event to collect donations to help pay for the programs. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required to drive into the park.

For a complete listing of the 2022 entertainment series schedule, click here

Robert Wates performing at LSP

LACA and FLSP Art Exhibit

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) and FLSP are holding an art exhibit August 5 through 27, 2022. LACA is in search of artists to submit artwork for this exhibition 'Celebrating the Ludington State Park.' FLSP will benefit from any sales that occur during the art exhibit. To learn more click here.

Beech Bark Disease

Beech scale and beech bark disease killing trees in Michigan. 

photo credit: Traverse City Record Eagle

Rachel Kappler, a Forest Health Collaborative Coordinator from Holden Forest and Gardens, is seeking volunteers to help her collect data on beech bark disease resistant beech trees in the LSP. You can click here to find information on what is needed. Ideally, she would like to meet with interested individuals for in person training on  Friday, June 10. You can contact Rachel at rkappler@holdenfg.org

Track Chair Volunteers

As the track chair program is further established, volunteers will be needed to help in at least two ways. First, as part of the reservation process people are asked if they are interested in having a volunteer accompany them.  A volunteer would walk with the person using the track chair and explain a little bit of the history of the LSP. Alan Wernette, LSP Park Interpreter, will provide some training to volunteers.

Second, the LSP staff is busy on the weekends. If the track chair is going to be used in the afternoons on Saturday or Sunday it may require a FLSP volunteer to meet with the track chair user, review the guidelines, and have them sign the LSP waiver. The volunteer would meet the person using the track chair again when they return it. If you would like to review more information regarding the use of the track chair, click here

If you are interested in being a track chair volunteer, please email FriendsofLudingtonStatePark@gmail.com. As we further develop the track chair program we will contact you. 

Entertainment Series Volunteers

FLSP volunteers are needed to "pass the bucket" for the free will offering done at each entertainment event. There will be a FLSP Board Member at each event to provide a brief overview of FLSP and coordinate the passing of the buckets. If you are willing to help out please sign-up by clicking here.

Adopt-a-Highway Volunteers

The next scheduled Adopt-a-Highway pick-up is Tuesday, July 19. For more information or to sign-up please click here

Please consider donating to FLSP!

There are many ways to support the FLSP. You may give towards overall park stewardship (trees, trail maintenance, historical structure repair), programming (summer entertainment, environmental education, signage, snowshoeing) or specific projects such as the second track chair. See our donor page for more information. 


If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership please consider doing so today by paying on-line or mailing a check to FLSP indicating that it is for a membership.