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Mornin’ from the Mitten: Dandelions and the Dalai Lama

By Mark Constance

At the moment, nature is going crazy, but in a good way.

The peepers are advertising their wares after dark. The birds sound like a freight train rolling through town just before dawn. And I saw my first bee today on a dandelion in the front yard.

The seasons they are a changin’. 😊

We have a potpourri of events this weekend as our communities gear up for the migration north of the people from downstate.

Let’s try to be patient as they clean up around their cottages, put in their docks, make themselves comfortable and join us for a great Michigan summer.

Hopefully the mosquito numbers will be down this year.


Quote of the day is from the Dalai Lama:

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.


Events around the region this weekend include:

TAWAS – Tawas Bay Players performing “Always a Bridesmaid” on May 12-13 at 7 p.m. and May 14 at 2 pm. 401 Newman Street. Info: 989-362-8373.

MACKINAW CITY – Summer openings this weekend: Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LEWISTON – Lewiston Morel Celebration May 13 in downtown Lewiston from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morel hunts at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Kids events, craft show, farm market.

CHEBOYGAN – Habitat Hard Hats & Hope Mother’s Day Brunch May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 9840 North Straits Highway.

PETOSKEY – Groundwork Spring Fling gathering at Short’s Pull Barn and Tap Room in Elk Rapids May 13 from 2-5 p.m. Free event with lawn games, food trucks available, a swag giveaway AND a very special musical guest performance from Joshua Davis! Space is limited. RSVP at Spring Fling.
CHARLEVOIX – 29th Annual Sue DeYoung / Judy Edger Memorial 5k walk/run May 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Fundraiser for local cancer patients. Info: walkruncure.org.

TAWAS – Tawas Point Migration Days May 13 at Tawas Point State Park. Plant sale. For info on what plants are available visit tawaslighthousefriends.com

ALPENA – Mother’s Day Geranium Sale Fundraiser & Garden Sale May 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mich-e-ke-wis Park.  Geranium hanging baskets and plants just in time for Mother’s Day. In addition, there will be gardening resources, kids gardening activities, and MSU Extension Master Gardeners will be answering gardening questions. Farmers market vendors will be on-site with produce, baked goods, crafts and plant ‘starts’ for your garden.

MACKINAC CITY – Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Opening Day May 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: Mackinacparks.com.

ROSCOMMON – Bird Banding Demonstration May 13 from 7-9 a.m. at Gahagan Nature Preserve at 209 West Maplehurst.

GRAYLING – ‘Huge” garage sale to benefit Kirtland Community College Scholarship Programs May 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kirtland Event Center, 4800 West Four Mile Road.

ST. IGNACE – JEEP™ THE MAC May 13-14. Drive your Jeep with fellow drivers across the Mackinac Bridge. Register at 275 Marquette Street. Info: Call 906-643-6950 or email info@stignace.com.

MANISTIQUE – Mueller Winter Market May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mueller Township facility on the corner of US-2 and Quarry Road. Syrup, eggs, breads, pies, donuts, teas, tinctures, produce, yarn good, wood product, freeze dried foods and meat.


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