A Nurse Midwife by profession, Bonnie is a founding member of the society. She sings in a local band and loves the music festival experience. “My first festival was Wheatland in 1979. Ever since, my summer vacations have been planned around great festivals like Bliss and Hiawatha. My vision is to bring a first class festival experience to Northeast Michigan and introduce people from around the state to Alpena’s natural beauty, friendliness, and opportunities.”
Jeff Shea - Vice President
Jeff is the Alpena city assessor by day. His night job is playing with The Birch Road Band. Jeff has participated in the Folk Festival for the last 3 years.
A retired utility forester and certified arborist, Lee is well known on the local music scene as an accomplished singer/songwriter. His interest in folk music goes way back. “I started a folk group in high school. We called ourselves the Back Porch Singers. We played hootenannies." Lee is a founding member and tireless worker for the society. His enthusiasm is contagious; "I’ve been associated with these wonderful people at TBFS since the beginning. My goal is to assist in any way I can to help make this organization grow and be part of the best music festival on the US 23 Historical Corridor.”
Peggy Schmidt - Treasurer
My name is Peggy Schmidt and I was elected to be the treasurer for the Thunder Bay Folk Society in January, 2018.
I graduated in 2011 with a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Accounting. I have been working at the CPA firm of Straley, Lamp & Kraenzlein, PC for seven years.
I have been married for 30 years to Dennis Schmidt and we have three grown children, Erika, Garret, and Andrea, whom is also a board member.
Joan Prentice is the owner of Health Connections at the corner of Chisholm and 1st St. in Alpena. She is a naturopathic doctor and Reiki master. She has been an active supporter of the society for over 2 years, coordinated food donations and fed over 100 musicians the best food they'd had in months at the 2015 and 2016 festival.
Paul Conger has been active with the society since it’s first year. He is a drummer and ran a monthly drum circle for us in the 2nd year. Then he got super busy with his wife Kris as they opened The Black Sheep Pub, a popular hang out in Alpena. Paul has run our Drum Kiva at the festival both years, and done drumming workshops for us too.
We are super excited to have Larissa join the board and look forward to some new ideas and energy in putting together a really first class music festival in Northeast Michigan. It is a huge undertaking and it's great to have such a hard-working team. Congratulations and welcome, Larissa!
Andrea is the daughter of TBFS treasurer, Peg Schmidt. Andrea loves listening to music, horses and volunteering in her community. She was a big help at last year's festival as she volunteered to help out at the front gate. Andrea is a young lady with many great ideas to make our festival the best it can be. If you see Andrea , congratulate her and tell her your ideas to make Thunder Bay Folk Festival a great event. Welcome Andrea!
As a 78 year young man I have lived a full life. Producer/Director in local television, on air personality for kids show, produced fireworks shows across the country, managed an insurance office then 15 years in Law Enforcement. Through it all I have enjoyed music, Country/Gospel being my favorite. I bought a guitar in 1955 which I still have and play. Most recently I have enjoyed being part of picking for people, a group founded by, now deceased, pastor Jack Williams. “Roadkill” Jack became my best friend and mentor. I’m married, have 5 children, and live in Alpena.