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Friday, April 18, 2014

APRIL Michigan Wine Month and it's SPRING

April is Wine month, so why not experience the wine of the Irish Hills and nearby wineries. The Pioneer Wine Trail runs right through the Irish Hills, so why not take a road trip? www.pioneerwinetrail.com




Hidden Lake Gardens present National Herb Day April 26 10am to 3pm. There are educational presentations and ideas for your summer gardens.www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu

Spring also means the Sandhill Cranes are back. Michigan DNR biologists lead Spring Birding Tours at Michigan Wetlands.

And remember, Michigan Wine & Beer Fest is May 10 at Michigan International Speedway. Tickets are $30 and includes $10 worth of tasting tokens. Saturday, May 10 12-9pm and is for guests 21 and older.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

EARTH HOUR

Did you know today-8:30-9:30pm- is the "Earth Hour"?  I did not-just heard about it. It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has continued to raise awarness of how we use the earth. It takes place all across the world whenever the time is 8:30pm. It has already taken place in some countries.
What do you do to be a part of "Earth Hour"? TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS!
The Coco Cola company spoke this morning on tv-they are big supporters of Earth Hour, and all of their facilities will honor the hour and their sign in Times Square will be dark. They suggest doing something by candelight-play a game with your kids,I suggest eating by candelight. I think "Earth Hour" is a great idea.

Monday, March 17, 2014

St Paddy's DAY

Yes, today is St Patrick's Day. And did you know that the Saint was neither Irish nor Patrick. He was English and took,or was given, the name of Patrick later in his life. Designated by the U.S.Congress in 1995,March is National Irish-American Heritage Month. Many, many Irish made their way all over the state of Michigan during the mid-1800's fleeing the potato famine. They were fishermen, farmers, miners, long-shoremen; some worked for lumber barons or the growing railroads. And sometimes they were paid in land. Therefore there were settlements north of Grand Rapids and small ones near Ann Arbor and Jackson. The Irish Hills in Jackson and Lenawee Counties is so named because the rolling hills and the lakes reminded them of their homeland. Just a little more trivia-over 94 million people will wear green today, 13 million pints of Guiness will be sold, Chicago has a green river-dyed green since 1962, and believe it or not-it was a dry Holiday-Ireland mandated the Pubs be closed on 3/17- until 1961. And "The Luck of the Irish"-legend has it that the Irish have a lock on "lucky." The four-leaf clovers, Horseshoes, rabbit's feet-Celts believed that rabbits possessed wisdom and any part of them brought good luck. I will leave that thought with you and wish you a HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
 



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FAT TUESDAY

The Feast before the Fast! Today was Mardi Gras Day.It is held on a different date every year. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday is 40 days before Easter, which can fall on any Sunday from March 23rd to April 25th, with the exact date coinciding with the first Sunday after the full moon following a Spring Equinox. Whew!(I bet you really wanted to know that) Mardi Gras is a big deal in New Orleans where the celebrations officially begin on January 6th, which is also known as 12th night, but the majority of festivities and parades are held two weeks before and on Fat Tuesday. The first parade was not in New Orleans but in Mobile Alabama in the 1700's, and other places in the world also celebrate-Brazil, Mexico, and Italy to name a few. Another interesting tidbit is the colors used in the parades and their meaning; Purple-justice, Green-faith, Gold-power. We also know this day by another name-Packzi Day! Have you had yours? They are so good and only 700 calories. Hope you got one.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FEBRUARY A month of many faces

February-a prelude to Spring -Groundhog Day; the month for Lovers-Valentine Day; Presidents Day-a Holiday for many ;   and did you know February is National Cherry Month and Michigan supplies more than 70% of the nation's tart cherries.
And, this year-SNOW! It hasn't melted-the snow pack has been around since November-it just keeps piling up 5 more inches here last night, in the Irish Hills of Southern Michigan!
And the temperature-Hell has frozen over". That's the community south west of us, but so has the whole state.In February, 1934, Vanderbilt, a community in Otsego County, recorded a temperature of 51 degrees below zero! Thank goodness, we haven't hit that -20 below is enough for me!
Now we are going to warm up-Spring is coming and you can get out to help get rid of cabin fever. The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is still running The Redwood Curtainwww.thepurplerose.com. Hidden Lake Gardens is having programs almost everyweekendwww.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu. And keep in mind,March 8 & 9 The Irish Hills is having a Taste of the Irish Hills with 18 restaurants participatingwww.OTIH.com.