About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Apple Butter Festival is this weekend!

Walking at Fenner Nature CenterImage by hero.protagonist via Flickr
The 37th annual Apple Butter Festival at Fenner Nature Center is this weekend! 
2020 E Mount Hope Ave
Lansing, MI 48910-1905
(517) 483-4224
Saturday and Sunday, October 16 & 17,
from 11am-5pm.  Admission is free.

Highlights of the Festival

FUN: Children’s Activities, Old-Fashioned Games from the Turner-Dodge House, Hiking, and Exploring.

CULTURE AND EDUCATION: Native American Activities, Heirloom Apple Tasting, Log Sawing (Boy Scout Troop 180, Hiking, Guided Nature Walks.

FALL COLORS: Walk the Trails or Rest Outdoors to Savor the Autumn Hues and Aromas.maplepathImage by Aunt Owwee via Flickr

HERITAGE CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SALES: Mason Basket Weavers Guild (Sat only), Greater Lansing Pottery Guild, Capital City Quilt Guild, Rag Rugs, Capital Area Lace Makers, Hand-made brooms, Copper Pot Making, French Garden Creations, and more.

MUSIC: Folk Musicians (arranged by Art Cameron and Ben Hassenger) Will Be Performing throughout the Weekend on the Outdoor Stage. Please see the schedule below.

FOOD: Indian Tacos, Cider, Coffee, Doughnuts, Popcorn, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Bake Sale Items, Apples.

LIVE ANIMALS: Potter Park Zoo, Michigan Herpetological Society, Fenner’s Collection of Turtles, Frogs, Snakes, and Salamanders.

ITEMS TO PURCHASE: Apple Butter, Michigan Maple Syrup, Cider, Caramel Corn, Crafts, Refreshments, Home-Made Baked Goods, Birdhouses, Daffodil Bulbs, and the Educational and Creative Offerings Available in the Fenner Gift Shop!
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Music Schedule
Saturday, October 16
12:00 - Cindy McElroy
Fun, compassionate, and caring; Cindy has most recently focused much of her musical abilities towards social causes including the production of her original presentation "Alzheimer's - Feel the Love" to raise awareness and funds to help combat this devastating disease. http://www.cindymcelroy.com/

1:00 - The Lansing Area Ukulele Group (L.A.U.G.H.)
The joy of the ukulele has been sweeping the country and Lansing MI is no exception to this tuneful tsunami. L.A.U.G.H. meets once a month at Elderly Instruments and its members strum and sing songs together, having a good old time! http://tinyurl.com/lansingukesfacebook

2:00 - Dorothy Cooley
Dorothy hails from the Grand Rapids area and will entertain you with her soulful and jazzy acoustic original songs and covers. Listen to her at: http://www.dorothycooley.com/songs.html

3:00 - The Wednesday Night Kitchen Band
This ensemble specializes in acoustic traditional Irish instrumentals.

4:00 - Mighty Medicine
Mighty Medicine is a guitar and vocal duo who offer music that swings while it nourishes; rock and funk with splashes of jazz and blues. http://www.myspace.com/mightymedicine

Sunday, October 17
12:30 - Art Cameron
A professor of horticulture with a nurturing spirit; Art finds the joy and meaning in life, often from an unusual angle. A favorite of kids and adults in the Lansing Area.

1:30 - Hall & Morgan
The music of Hall & Morgan is Americana with contemporary touches, featuring strong vocal harmonies & a multitude of instruments. Their sound is intimate and down-home.

2:30 - Ben Hassenger
Ben is an songwriter, educator, and citizen of the world. His songs range from the silly to the sensitive and he entertains with an enthusiastic vigor on guitar and ukulele. His original songs about Ernie Harwell and Tiger Stadium have been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. http://www.benhassenger.com/

3:30 - The Fabulous Heftones
Brian and Lynn play the tunes and ditties of the 1920's and beyond on ukulele and the bass-like Heftone. A wonderful and unique delight! http://heftone.com/fabulous
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