2017-04-20 / Columns

Easter gatherings and celebrating Mother Earth

By LESLIE DISCH
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Easter weekend provided a very nice spring weekend, although things started to cool a bit on Sunday. People in Omena enjoyed the holiday with friends and family — here and elsewhere.

Matt and Kelli Fitzgerald came up from Chicago with their three children, Isaiah, Hannah and Ethan for Chicago schools’ Spring Break. Because Matt is a minister, he had to head back to Chicago for Easter Week celebrations, but Kelli and the three kids stayed for the week, enjoying being in Leelanau County.

Dick and Nana celebrated Easter in Granville, Ohio, home of Denison University, with their daughter Kerry Magrini and her family. Their granddaughter Maggie will graduate from Denison in May.

Scott Mulligan is here from California for an extended visit with his mother, Suzie.

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Congratulations to Lorelei Robinson who was a member of the Cincinnati Ballet Academy ensemble that made it to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City. They had placed in the Indianapolis regionals in order to make it to NYC. The finals were held at New York University’s theater where her group performed Tarantella. She also had the opportunity to take a class at Lincoln Center. Lorelei is the daughter of Omena seasonal residents, Luke and Rachel. Her grandmother is Alis Rule Robinson.

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This year, Easter led us right into Earth Week, April 17-22. The Leelanau Conservancy is celebrating Earth Week with an event every day. This morning, there is a Wildflower Rescue Kick-Off meeting in the Munnecke Room next to Library in Leland. Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery will speak at the first meeting of the year. Digs start April 24.

There is the Spring Pops Hike at Krumwiede Forest Reserve at 1 p.m. today. Friday there is a Trailbuilding Workbee at Chippewa Run Natural Area from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Executive Director’s Hike at 2 p.m. at Kehl Lake.

On Saturday, Earth Day, there is the ‘Trees Before Leaves’ Identification Hike at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve at 1 p.m. Then celebrate Earth Day at Tandem Ciders from 6 – 8 p.m. featuring The Moxie Strings.

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The final event of Poetry Month at the Leelanau Township Library in Northport is next Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. with poet Michael Delp.

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Plan for the annual Kids Fishing Derby a week from Saturday, April 29, at the Mill Pond in Northport.

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Check out the Dennos Museum website for an exciting opportunity to take quilting lessons from a master, Jim Hay. Hay is internationally recognized and has a studio in Japan. He holds an MFA from Michigan State University, and taught sculpture at Olivet College. Hay is the winner of 11 major awards at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, including the 2017 Original Category Cash Award.

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Nature photographer Mark Carlson is coming to Traverse City, and Omena residents Chuck and Janet Dickerson, are helping organize it. They are members of the Northwest Michigan Orchid Society which is sponsoring an event on Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. Mark will present a program on Native Michigan Orchids and will demonstrate how he photographs native Michigan orchids. He will also be signing his latest book, “When Slippers Dance.”

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Happy Birthday to Joan Blount, Aimee Harris, Caryn DeVries, Karon Smith, Xzander Roman, Pat Scott, Richard Huffman, Les Disch, and to Abby Van Dusen and her father, Peter, who have birthdays in the same week.

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Happy Earth Day! Let’s all try to keep her happy.

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