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February 2012
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Sat, 14 July 2012
10:00 AMto4:00 PM

Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club and the AuSable Artisan Village have teamed up this year and are excited to present their 2012 Grayling En Plein Air Garden and Art Walk on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 10AM to 4 PM.  This has become a favorite summer event celebrating Gardens of Northern Michigan.  Extraordinary gardens abound, providing inspirations for the novice and garden enthusiast alike.  Additionally, local artisans will join forces where demonstrations will be taking place at each of the gardens in addition to downtown.

This year’s gardens feature a diverse mix, from Riverside retreats, to forest hideaways, country farm and small space gardens.  Water features, extensive perennial gardens, eclectic garden art, bountiful containers, luscious vegetable gardens, and even a former Christmas tree farm!  Annuals, Perennials, evergreen and native plantings abound.  Do not be surprised if you catch a glimpse of hummingbirds, butterfly and other native wildlife, making this garden walk a photographer’s paradise.

In addition to the visual inspirations, you will have the opportunity to speak to fellow gardeners and glean tips from deer-proofing your garden, to encouraging plants to grow in the sandy dry soil so common to the area.  After a day of strolling the gardens you will be equipped with many ideas in which to emulate some of these great garden secrets in your own yard!

And our local artists are sure to delight your visual sense as well, with their amazing renditions of these glorious gardens.  In keeping with the theme, En Plein Air, they will be demonstrating their artistry throughout the day.  All artwork will be available for sale after the event.  Additionally, we will be holding a drawing for one of the artists painting at the gallery at 4:30PM at the AuSable Artisan Village.  Tickets for the drawing will be available at each of the gardens as well as the gallery.  Be sure to stop in at the gallery to the full spectrum of artwork created by local artists.  You will see original paintings and photography, to pottery, woodworking, glass works, mixed media and much more.

This year’s garden walk will prove to provide something for everyone.  Whether you want to go for a leisurely stroll, or garner ideas for your next garden project, or are just curious about some of the gardens that flank the cottages, log cabins, and city homes, you are sure to enjoy.

This event is co-sponsored by Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club and the AuSable Artisan Village.  The Garden Club provides educational and inspirational events for its members and the community.  Additionally, the Garden Club sponsors several gardens within the Grayling community.  Proceeds from the event go to these community gardens and events.

Tickets go on sale in June and will be available for just $6 at the following Grayling businesses.  Your ticket will be accompanied by directions to each of the gardens.

Flower’s by Josie, J. Dap, Riverland and Hallmark

Contact:

Florence Hough

Beyond the Garden Wall Garden Club

Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-8519

Email: fahough@yahoo.com


 

 

Sat, 25 August 2012
10:00 AMto4:00 PM
Sun, 26 August 2012
10:00 AMto4:00 PM

Hartwick Pines State Park will host the annual Black Iron Days Festival on August 25 & 26; the largest annual gathering of blacksmiths in Michigan. Over 50 craftsmen and women will be on hand demonstrating their trade at the logging museum located at the park.

The two-day event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, also will recreate the sights, sounds and scents of an historic sawmill cutting logs into boards. Watch woodworkers, weavers and wool spinners as they show how their crafts were done in the era before power tools. Full Moon Jam will be performing a mix of traditional and original music.

The Hartwick Pines Logging Museum is a field site of the Michigan Historical Museum that interprets Michigan’s white pine logging era of 1840-1910. Black Iron Days is sponsored by the Friends of Hartwick Pines. All proceeds go toward interpretive and educational programs at the park.

The park is located at 4216 Ranger Rd. in Grayling in Crawford County. The event is free, however, a Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering Hartwick Pines. For details on the program, call the park at 989-348-7068.

The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access fee sites. This new way to fund Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities.
Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking “YES” on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. Nonresident motor vehicles must still display a valid nonresident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area or state-administered boating access fee site; these can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-241-7275.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Sat, 14 April 2012
1:00 PMto4:00 PM
From artist Nancy Cornett…I’m a metal worker and jewelry maker who has recently added etching to my skills, and I’m hooked!  Come join me to learn the ancient art of metal etching to make copper jewelry. Draw your own simple designs by hand and use stamps (ink pad type) to experiment with different images. Then we’ll fabricate your etched copper pieces into fabulous jewelry.
No experience necessary. All tools and materials will be provided.  This is a two day class.  You’ll leave with (at least) one pair of earrings and one necklace, along with ideas to make many more.
The Instructor: Ms. Cornett is a local jewelry and metal artist, teacher, and owner of Au Sable Designs. Her jewelry and a tutorial have been published in Wire Jewelry magazine, can be seen at the Au Sable Artisan Village Gallery in Grayling as well as in her online shop at www.ausabledesigns.etsy.com
You will need to bring a ruler, NEW black Sharpee fine point marker, unlined paper, pencil, plastic/latex gloves.
Class fee is $45 plus $15 for materials.
April 14 and April 21, 1-4pm
Sat, 17 March 2012
1:00 PMto4:00 PM
Never pictured yourself an artisan?  Now is the time to take the first step!  This class introduces a deceptively simple method of twisting and coiling wire that results in a lovely artisan level bracelet.  This technique is very flexible and can be used to make many other types of jewelry.
All tools and materials will be supplied.  You’ll leave class with a completed project.  No experience necessary.
The Instructor: Ms. Cornett is a local jewelry and metal artist, teacher, and owner of Au Sable Designs. Her jewelry and a tutorial have been published in Wire Jewelry magazine, can be seen at the Au Sable Artisan Village Gallery in Grayling as well as in her online shop at www.ausabledesigns.etsy.com
You will need to bring CHARGED cordless drill if you have it (if not we can share.)  No drill bits necessary.
The class will be held from 1 to 4 PM.  The fee for the class is $30 plus a $10 materials charge.
http://www.artgalleryaav.org/calendar/calendar_day/7138509/2012-3-17.htm
Sat, 10 March 2012
1:00 PMto4:00 PM

No matter what kind of camera you have, you can learn to take beautiful photographs!     This class is not a technical class on how to mechanically use your camera.  It is a class that teaches you how to get the most out of  your camera.  You will learn:

  • The basic rules of composition
  • The rule of thirds
  • Perspective
  • Use of visual techniques to draw people into your photographs
  • Understanding how to use light to their advantage
  • Front light
  • Side light
  • Back light
  • The ability to pose people to get the best single or group photographs
  • Working with children
  • Posing adult women
  • Posing adult men
  • Posing people with their pets
  • Posing a family group

This two hour class will help you improve your photography!

The class is taught by Thomas Dean.  Thomas is an artist in the AuSable Artisan Village Gallery.

Class fee:   Members $10.00  Non-Members  $12.00   All proceeds go to help support the AuSable Artisan Village

http://www.artgalleryaav.org/page/page/7138509/2012-3.htm

Wed, 07 March 2012
6:00 PMto8:00 PM
Wed, 14 March 2012
6:00 PMto8:00 PM
Wed, 21 March 2012
6:00 PMto8:00 PM
Have you ever been curious about clay and the processes involved in making pottery?  This is an opportunity for an introduction to the medium.  Learn about clay, how it feels, processes involved, a little background and technical information, and a hands-on experience creating beads, pottery stamps, and decorative tiles.
THE INSTRUCTOR: Local pottery artist Carole Meier has been involved in the arts and art shows for over thirty years.  Her studio, Bear Lake Pottery, is located west of Grayling on M-72.  Carole volunteers and displays her work at the AuSable Artisan Village Gallery.
Tools and supplies to make pottery stamps, a couple of tiles, and beads for your finished pieces will be provided by the instructor and are included in the class fee.  There is no need to bring anything unless you want to take notes.
The Class consists of 3 sessions:  March 7th, 14th and 21st. from 6-8 PM.  The cost for the three classes is $50.
http://www.artgalleryaav.org/calendar/calendar_day/7138509/2012-3-7.htm
Sat, 03 March 2012
1:00 PMto4:00 PM
Learn the techniques that will allow you to create many different earrings styles.  Many are quick and easy to create, perfect for that last minute gift or to match tomorrow’s outfit. One type will also introduce the next level of wire work in which you learn to make love knots, hammered spirals, and your own earwires.  You will leave class with at least 2 pairs of earrings and the skills to make many more. No experience necessary.
All tools and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along any jewelry tools or beads you already own.  We’ll do our best to incorporate them in your pieces.
The Instructor: Ms. Cornett is a local jewelry and metal artist, teacher, and owner of Au Sable Designs. Her jewelry and a tutorial have been published in Wire Jewelry magazine, can be seen at the Au Sable Artisan Village Gallery in Grayling as well as in her online shop at www.ausabledesigns.etsy.com
You will need to bring a ruler, Sharpee fine point marker, paper towels.
The class will be held from 1 to 4PM.  The fee for the class is $45, Saturday, March 3.
http://www.artgalleryaav.org/calendar/calendar_day/7138509/2012-3-3.htm
Sat, 11 August 2012
10:00 AMto4:00 PM

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced that the Michigan Forest Visitor Center at Hartwick Pines State Park will host its annual Forest Fest on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forest Fest will provide fun, educational activities designed to help children and families learn about this important natural resource.

Children will receive a natural resource activity booklet and can earn stamps by visiting each activity station. Events include children’s games, exhibits and displays on a variety of forest and natural resource-related topics. Guests can also learn about the health of Michigan’s forests and find out where to go for specific questions and help managing forests on their own private land. Educational handouts will be available, providing information on forest management and health as well as tips on preventing and suppressing wildfires.

Hartwick Pines State Park is located at 4216 Ranger Road in Grayling. The Forest Fest is a free event. However, all motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a 2012 Michigan Recreation Passport.

For more information about this program or other natural resource-based and historical programs offered at Hartwick Pines State Park, visit www.michigan.gov/hartwickpines and click on the link to the Michigan Forest Visitor Center, contact Craig Kasmer at kasmerc@michigan.gov or Tina McFalda at mcfaldat@michigan.gov, or call the Michigan Forest Visitor Center at 989-348-2537.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2201, the $10 Recreation Passport replaces the state park sticker for access into all state parks, recreation areas and boat launches. To get the Recreation Passport, Michigan residents can check “YES” on their license plate renewal forms. The Recreation Passport also helps preserve forest campgrounds and trails, historic and cultural sites in state parks, and local parks. Where can $10 take you? Visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport for more information.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.

Sat, 21 July 2012
10:00 AMto4:00 PM
Sun, 22 July 2012
10:00 AMto4:00 PM

Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling will host its annual Wood Shaving Days Festival on July 21 & 22 at the park’s Logging Museum.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the historic steam-powered sawmill cutting logs into pine boards; listen to traditional music  and enjoy the art of wood carving, wood burning and other woodcrafters.  Also included at Wood Shaving Days are demonstrations by blacksmiths, weavers, and wool spinners.

Wood Shaving Days will be held on the grounds of the Logging Museum at Hartwick Pines State Park. The Logging Museum is a field site of the Michigan Historical Museum and interprets the white pine logging era of 1840-1910. Wood Shaving Days is sponsored by the Friends of Hartwick Pines and all proceeds go toward the interpretive and educational programs at Hartwick Pines State Park.

For more information about Wood Shaving Days or other programs at Hartwick Pines, please call (989) 348-2537.  There is no charge for attending Wood Shaving Days, but a Michigan Recreation Passport is required to enter the park.

For more information about this event, Hartwick Pines State Park, accessibility or park amenities, contact the park at (989) 989-348-2537 (TTY/TDD 711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired), or visit www.michigan.gov/hartwickpines.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.

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