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Monday, August 30, 2010

Flea Market Sundays

A friend alerted me to this fabulous Flea Market held each Sunday through the summer.  We went this past weekend and what a delight! 

The first thing that  hits you when you get out of your car is the smell of a bakery!!  Fresh donuts are made all morning long.... melt-in-your-mouth  fantastic!  And on the honor system, no less.   A tiny sign states 50 cents for coffee and 50 cents for a donut.  You make your own change and bag your own donuts.... if they make it to the bag!

The kitchen is in this delightful old building with the big porch and blue gingerbread trim... lots of tables and chairs to sit and savor the day and the donuts.

My finds at the Flea Market were this great rustic cottage table, a cluster of skeleton keys for my "steampunk" projects and appropriate to my last blog ~ a book of Hemingway's Short Stories!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hemingway's Summer Territory

Ernest Hemingway's family's summer home was about 50 miles north of my home here in northwestern lower Michigan.  Workshops, retreats and tours abound in this area for the Hemingway fan.  Last week was our 5-county regional Quilt Store Shop Hop.  It does indeed take an entire week to leisurely visit all of the quilt shops and it was a great time of being inspired by all the wonderful new fabrics just in for fall quilting as well as the many quilts on display.

Three shops are in the vicinity of the Hemingway region.... between Lake Charlevoix and Walloon Lake.  Here are lots of woods to hunt in and streams to fish in.... all were inspiration for Hemingway's Nick Adams stories.   Here are a couple of photos from the village of Horton Bay... a sign for the book store and the General Store which hasn't changed one bit since Ernest was a teenager.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Film Festival Hoopla

What can I say?   Time got away from me.   Three batches of summer lake company ago was the big deal Traverse City Film Festival.  My daughter came for the week from out of state.   All of my family who live in town coordinated which movies we wanted to see... most of them foreign... and we had so much fun seeing some of the greatest films!  Michael Moore is the founder of the festival along with local photographer John Robert Williams and local author Doug Stanton (Horse Soldiers).  Their efforts have really paid off for our town.  It is a fabulous event run by volunteers.