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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too Many Choices!

JULY-There are just too many things going on-I want to go to all of them! This weekend is the Faster Horses music festival. I understand the crowds are humungous! And tonight there will be fireworks. It's also the weekend for the "Hot Air Jubilee in Jackson. Have you ever seen a dozen balloons in the sky at once? It is breathtaking. They do a morning launch and a night glow-both are quite a sight. And this is the weekend for the Ann Arbor art Fairs. And the weather has pretty much cooperated- a little rain one morning but not like last year. The campers at the music festival last year, nearly got washed away. Keep these events in mind for next year., and remember to check www.fasterhorses.com, www.visitannarbor.org, and www.experiencejackson.com.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Friday the 13th

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and believe it or not, there is a full moon! Are you superstitious? This month it overlaps with the superstitions surrounding the full moon. In case you are wondering about the frequency of a full moon occurring on a Friday the 13th; it last happened in October 2000 and won't take place again until August 2049! Because the full moon reaches it peak at 12:11am EDT, by Friday night it will technically be starting to wane, but will still look full to the average moon-gazer. The full moon of June is sometimes called the Rose Moon or Strawberry Moon, but this one will be a Honey Moon because of its position in relation to the sun. It will be the most amber or honey-colored full moon of 2014. And now that you have had your history lesson, just go out and enjoy it and " howl at the moon" if you like.

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!