The Elberta Farmers Market opens its 2017 season on May 18 at 8 am, and you’ll be all ready for it with the first-ever Elberta Farmers Market Calendar! On sturdy, glossy cardstock, this one-page calendar poster is perfect for your kitchen wall or refrigerator, and will keep you posted on market days and times and what’s in season every week. It even has space for sticky notes about other things you have to remember. For just $5, you can support the market and have a beautiful reminder of one of the best things about Elberta in the summertime. Get yours now and start planning all the great meals you’ll make with local produce week by week, from our hands to your table. So many thanks to Parks & Rec member Jason Soderquist for the wonderful graphic design and production work! Call market mistress Sue Oseland (231) 383-5904 or Emily Votruba (231) 399-0098, or stop by the Village office.
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Frankfort holds its first-ever Beer Week the second week of Hoptober, Monday through Saturday, celebrating our new deeply local beer scene (thank you, Stormcloud Brewing Company). More than a dozen restaurants will be participating, creating unique items just for this event, made with Michigan beer. Stormcloud will tap their annual Harvest Tripel, a Belgian-style libation made from fresh Empire Hops Farm hops; then at Saturday’s wrapup they’ll debut a Belgian-German Oktoberfest batch. On Tuesday come feast at Coho Café’s Beer Dinner with New Holland Brewing Company brews. On Thursday the 9th, the Garden Theater hosts The Michigan Beer Film, a documentary about Michigan’s geysering craft beer industry. Paul Starr, of “I’m a Beer Hound” fame, will be in Frankfort to provide three nights of beer-tasting instruction; you’ll learn how to drink beer with Michigan-made Mindo Chocolate, Hilltop Ice Cream, and locally smoked bacon. And if you’re all, “I make my own beer,” enter the homebrew competition. The winner gets a chance to use the Stormcloud facility, and the knowledge of brewmaster Brian Confer, to brew their beer and have it there on tap. Don’t forget to check out the selection of beer-related books and novelties across the street at Frankfort Bookstore. If you’re not from here, sign on for the Frankfort Beer Week Package at Harbor Lights Resort, including a welcome basket with a growler fill at Stormcloud. With Fall Fest activities taking place every weekend, Frankfort Beer Week is just one more reason to stick around, or get here, this October. http://www.frankfortbeerweek.com http://www.facebook/fbw —Emily Votruba
The Elberta Solstice Festival is back for its 12th year, Saturday June 21! Join the teeming masses of music and food buffs descending on our magical Village amid the dune bluffs of Lake Michigan for live music, local food, beer, games, Michigan’s best beach, and other attractions to amaze and astound you, all capped off with one of the premier fireworks displays in the region.
Benzie County’s number one music festival is family friendly, quirky, cutting-edge, and eco-conscious, with some of the best bands, craft beverages and artisanal food around. Up until this year, admission to Solstice has been totally free, with guests paying as they go for food and beer. This year, because of the Village’s dire deficit situation, a fee of $5 will be charged for entrance to the beer tent, starting at 8 pm. It’s still possible to hear and even see the bands from outside the beer tent (but you can’t buy beer outside the beer tent). The Solstice Committee and P&R regret the change but hope everyone will still crowd the beer tent and help the Village get back on its feet.
Our Solstice Queen Jennifer Wilkins and other volunteers from Parks and Recreation and the Solstice Committee have prepared some special new treats this year. Coming all the way from Detroit are Magician Keith Stickley, Wood-E the Clown, and Animal Encounters with the infamous “Ghetto Gators”—large and scary scaly creatures recovering from shady servitude in the Motor City. While your reptile brain is turned on, stuff a bunch of food in you, from TuGo’s Egg Roll Co., Elberto’s Taqueria, Conundrum Café, The Lions, Cabbage Shed, Frankfort Takeout, Louie’s Burgers, Why Knot pretzels, and A.Papanos Pizza, plus bebidas from St. Ambrose, Acoustic Mead, and your favorite beers in the beer tent. You’ll be glad to know that this year, for the first time, you can catch a free Benzie Bus shuttle between our Waterfront Park Pavilion and the Antique Car Show and Art Fair in Frankfort. Call or text 231-930-8100 for pickup at one of the stops (see photo below).
Oh, you want to know about the *bands*? But of course: THE ACCIDENTALS, ALFREDO, MEDICINAL GROOVE, E MINOR, THE STANDING HAMPTONS, BLAKE ELLIOTT & THE ROBINSON AFFAIR, K. JONES & THE BENZIE PLAYBOYS, BLUE DIRT, SOUL PATCH, and late at night after Wolverine’s fireworks display, G SNACKS.
Don’t miss this northern Michigan hometown extravaganza on the wild side of Betsie Bay! 12 noon to 2 am, Saturday June 21st, at Elberta’s Historic Waterfront Park on old M-168.
(The Parks and Recreation Commission and the Solstice Committee would also like to us to mention that the Benzie County Sheriff Department is planning extra patrols the night of Solstice, including on the beach. They’d like to remind everyone that fireworks and camping on the beach are unlawful activities. Let’s all have a safe and hassle-free Solstice Fest.)
What better way to prepare for Valentine’s Day than to learn about extremely poor communication among men and women of the early modern period?
What: The Hammer of Witches: Witchcraft in the 16th and 17th Centuries, a lecture by Dr. Louis Yock
When: Thursday, February 13, 4PM
Where: Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave., Benzonia
First published in 1487, and republished through 1669, the Hammer of Witches was a popular handbook used by authorities for discovering and prosecuting witches. While no longer used by authorities, and little known by the public, its instructions are nonetheless the basis for many painful episodes in European and American history, and still informs the popular imagination. Dr. Yock received his MA in medieval history and PhD in modern history at the Gregorian University in Rome, and was an adjunct instructor teaching philosophy at West Shore Community College until becoming director of the Benzie Area Historical Museum in 2007. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated. This lecture was first given as a Benzonia Academy Lecture in May of 2011.
The Northern Michigan Culinary Arts Community makes a second attempt to kick off its community dinner series at Grow Benzie on Sunday, February 9 at 5 pm.
As with all NMCAC events, menus are volunteer-made from scratch and feature locally produced ingredients. Dinner is served at 5 and runs until everyone is fed or the food runs out. Your (suggested) donation of $8 goes toward NMCAC’s 2014 Culinary Scholarship fund for Benzie County students. But the real benefit is immediate: tasty, healthy, soul satisfying meals shared with friends and neighbors.
Join NMCAC at Grow Benzie’s building at 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115) in Benzonia February 9, 25; March 9, 25; and April 8.
Next Wednesday! Delicious free food, beer and music at Eco-Building Products’ open house beginning at 7 pm. Come and meet our new business neighbors in the old Elberta Beach Market building: owner Jim Barnes and staff Greg Kindig and Lisa Richter. We kind of feel like we should be the ones rolling out the welcome wagon, but hey! Word is Eco will be holding more such gatherings, along with hikes and exercise classes. They must really like us…
By Cheryl Gross for Plant It Wild
Plant It Wild is offering “Shade Gardening with Michigan Native Woodland Plants and Ferns” by the landscape expert Brian Zimmerman on Wednesday, August 28, 7 pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Michigan native plants will be for sale at the program.
Shade gardening can be a challenge. If you have a shady spot in your garden or can create such a spot, you will not want to miss this presentation. Brian Zimmerman, the owner and landscape designer of Four Season Nursery, will draw on his extensive knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to explain how a landscape designer formulates ideas into a design and then implements it.
Brian spent 24 years working for his father’s landscaping firm before opening his own business, Brian Zimmerman and Associates, in 1996. The firm is focused on residential landscape design and construction projects as well as post-planting care and maintenance services. Four Season Nursery is located at 7557 Harry’s Rd, off M-72 near Traverse City and is a member of the Go Beyond Beauty program. Go Beyond Beauty nurseries have committed to keeping high-threat invasive plants out of their retail supply and offer desirable Michigan native plants instead. Mr. Zimmerman has also initiated a Plant Michigan Native program to encourage homeowners to use native Michigan plants in their landscape design choices; he makes the decision easier for his customers by having as many native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers as possible in his inventory.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 28, 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 955 James Street in Frankfort. As a bonus, many beautiful native plants from Four Season Nursery will be on sale.
Admission to the program is free and open to the public. There will be a social time following the meeting.
Plant It Wild is a Michigan native plant organization whose mission is to foster greater awareness and appreciation of the fragile natural environment of our region. Through direct efforts, we work to preserve, protect and promote the natural beauty of the area and its plant communities. For information contact Phyllis at 231-392-1206 or Carolyn at 352-6962.
On August 16, percussionist and harmonica player Trina Hamlin will fill the Conundrum Café with her passionate ballads and bluesy sounds. An hour prior to the 8 PM concert, St. Ambrose Cellars, known locally for their delicious meads, will be offering a tastings of their meads, red and white wines for $5. Tickets are available at Conundrum Café or Oryana’s Food Co-op for $15 and will be $20 the day of the concert. A variety of homemade desserts, as well as Hilltop ice cream will be available after the concert to complement the wines and melodies.— Sarah Parlette, Alert reporter and part of the summer team at the Conundrum Café