Farming, Mushroom Forays, and Other Events in Northern Michigan

ISLAND Fall 2010 Events Northwest Michigan Mushroom Forays Saturday, September 25th from 9:30am until noon A partnership of Grass River Natural Area and ISLAND Take a walk in the woods with us and learn about fall mushrooms and fungi. Meeting monthly in the woods of Antrim and Kalkaska counties. Contact GRNA at or 231-533-8314 or Yvonne at ISLAND or 231-480-4515 for more information. Build a Roots Storage Box Workshop Thursday, September 30th from 5:30 to 7pm Providence Farm, 5691 North M-88, Central Lake Come learn how to build a roots storage box so you can eat fresh carrots, beets, and rutabagas all winter long. Providence Farm root vegetables and winter squash will be available for sale. Contact Yvonne at ISLAND or 231-480-4515 for more information. $5 suggested donation

Bike Repair Workshop and Wagbo First Saturday Potluck
Saturday, October 2nd at 4pm
A partnership of Wagbo Farm and Education Center and ISLAND
Wagbo Farm and Education Center, 5745 North M-66

In this hands-on workshop, Glen Goodman will teach you how to repair your own bike. Up to 20 bikes will be accepted for repair. Feel free to bring a dish to pass for a potluck following the workshop.  Free.
Performance by ISLAND Musician in Residence Adam Waugh
Saturday, October 2nd at 7pm
Short’s Brewing Company, 121 N. Bridge St, Bellaire

ISLAND Hill House musician in residence Adam Waugh will perform at Short’s Brewing Company!  Free

Northwest Michigan Mushroom Forays
Sunday, October 10th from 10am to noon
A partnership of Grass River Natural Area, the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club, and ISLAND

Come take a walk in the woods to learn more about mushrooms and fungi. This hunt features guests from the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club, based out of Southeastern Michigan. Meeting monthly in the woods of Antrim and Kalkaska counties. Contact GRNA at or 231-533-8314 or Yvonne at ISLAND or 231-480-4515 for more information. $5, free to MMHC Members

Great Lakes Bioneers Conference
October 15th to 17th
Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City

Meeting at the crossroads of ecology and social justice, the bioneers are engaged citizens from all walks of life who focus on solving our most urgent problems within a framework of interdependence: It is all connected. Taking care of nature means taking care of people – and taking care of people means taking care of nature. Bioneers take a “solve -the-whole-problem” approach that is holistic, systemic and multidisciplinary. New registration rates! For more information, visit

Martha Graham’s American Document
Saturday, October 23rd from 8 to 9:30pm
Presented by ISLAND and directed by Gretchen Eichberger
City Opera House, 106 E. Front St, Traverse City

This experimental dance work incorporates vaudevillian structures, folk rhythms, and spoken text to examine the conflict and the ever evolving questions “What is America? and What is an American?” Martha Graham is regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance and her influence on dance can be compared to the influence Picasso had on the visual arts and Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. A performer of astounding productivity and originality, Graham invented a new language for movement and used it to reveal the passion, the rage, and the ecstasy common to human experience.

The work debuted last month at the Mills Community House in Benzonia. Writer, educator, and musician Norm Wheeler attended the Mills performance and commented that “It was brilliant, intense, and moving, reminding us that there is art that we just consume, and then original art that really moves us.” Eichberger, who also dances in the production, was inspired to direct the work after completing an intensive study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. In addition to original choreography by the company, the work includes excerpts from Michigan-born and Pulitzer-prize winning author, Bruce Catton’s Waiting for the Morning Train, a memoir that describes growing up in northern Michigan.

Tickets for American Document may be reserved by calling the City Opera House at 231-941-8082 or by visiting their website. Cost: $15 adult, $8 student

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