2017-06-22 / Columns

Omena Museum to open

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


IT’S HARD TO believe that the Putnam House was moved 13 years ago on its way to becoming the Omena Historical Society museum. IT’S HARD TO believe that the Putnam House was moved 13 years ago on its way to becoming the Omena Historical Society museum. You know it’s summer when the Omena Historical Society (OHS) museum in downtown Omena is open!

A new, freshly painted and landscaped Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum will open Sunday with a reception from 4-6 p.m. This season’s exhibit is about Clara Pierson, a renowned author of children’s books at the turn of the 20th century. She built a Victorian cottage on Omena Point in 1898, which she named Pencroft. In her summers here, she wrote small plays for children in the area that were performed at her cottage. Caroline Oberndorf’s mother, Mary Louise Vail, visited her aunt on the Point in those early years and performed in some of the plays. Little did she realize that years later, in 1954, she would purchase the cottage from the Pierson family.

Everyone is welcome at the reception.

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On Saturday, Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) will host its second annual Bird, Butterfly and Habitat Workshop. The program will feature nationally known ornithologist Dr. David Ewert and native plant expert and landscaper Brian Zimmerman. The focus will be on the role of native plants in supporting local birds and butterflies.

The day includes a wildlife photography workshop, guided field walks and discussions on native plants and wetlands. The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. Reservations can be made online or by calling 271-3738.

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Bea Kimmerly is back in town. Her daughter Karol Berwald is here with her for the summer. Bea spent the winter with Karol in Utah, and visited grandchildren in Oregon while she was out west.

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Kim and Linda Kemper are here from Barrington, Ill. Don and Doni Lystra are here from Ann Arbor.

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Harold and Kanda McKee are back from a busy two weeks. They decorated graves in Illinois with Kanda’s mother, and in Harold’s hometown of Ashland, Kentucky. They also attended the third annual Firkin Fest in Ashland. This year was even bigger and better, with more food and music and 103 craft beers. Several Michigan microbrews were among those available, including Founders from Grand Rapids and both Bell’s and Short’s from our area. There are Firkin Fests all over the country. Firkin comes from the Dutch word vierdekijn, meaning fourth, and a firkin is a quarter of a barrel, or equivalent to a cask of beer.

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All three of Bert and Betty Wheeler’s children were here last weekend to help organize the garage sale and have fun visiting. Susan and Michael Moore (not the movie maker) came from Wisconsin to join Jan and Steve Nyland from Traverse City and Bob and Kori Wheeler, who are from here. Everyone worked hard and had a good time.

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Janet Dickerson took the ShareCare bus trip to the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. In addition to viewing the permanent sculpture garden, they enjoyed the special exhibit of Ai Weiwei that is there until Aug. 20.

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Anthony Driver is in town on leave from Missouri where he is stationed with the Marines.

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The SPARK! art exhibit of Michigan artists under 40 is showing at the Village Arts Building in Northport, and runs through this Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm each day. The opening reception Friday evening was well attended and the show is wonderful, with a wide range of media from almost 30 different artists. The awards were presented at the reception. There were four Juried Awards selected by the show’s jurors, Jimmy Linenberger and Jenee Rowe. The FREENJOY Awards were selected by Nathan Scherrer, show sponsor.

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The association’s inaugural Northport Arts History Exhibit will feature Native American basketry, the folk art of Hans Anderson, and the midcentury modern fine art of Emily Nash Smith. It runs from June 30 to July 9, with an opening reception on Friday, June 30. Most of Smith’s pieces will also be for sale with a commission going to the Northport Arts Association.

Tickets for the reception are available from Vina Mikesell, 386 – 5106.

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Happy Birthday to Landon Browning, Trish Van Dusen, Jack Dunn, Lindsey Fox, Peg Deal, Kelli Scarlett, Sandy Colling, Jesse Fox, Dusty MacDonald, and Jenny Smith, who is celebrating the big 40!

Happy Anniversary to Don and Doni Lystra, Dave and Jacquie Johnson, Jim and Kathy Browning, and Rink and Karon Smith.

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