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October 14, 2013

Cheers: 10/14/2013

- To the Library of Congress and the Dennos Museum Center for combining to host “The Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression,” which will run Nov. 1 through Jan. 3. The exhibit chronicles the work of legendary folklorist and music collector Alan Lomax. Early Michigan folk songs recorded on Beaver Island and elsewhere in Michigan in 1938 will be included.

- To John Kilcherman of Northport who has what he believes is the world’s largest pop bottle collection. Kilcherman points to a previous record published in an older edition of the Guinness Book of World Records in which a collector had amassed more than 6,500 different bottles. The 10,000 glass containers included in Kilcherman’s collection, amassed over 20 years, line the walls of a barn adjacent to his Northport home.

- To Derek Woodruff, owner of Floral Underground, who has created a flower recycling program that collects post-wedding flowers and donates them to the Father Fred Foundation for clients who come to its food pantry. Woodruff said the program, started in July, is becoming a popular option for full-service wedding clients. Woodruff was a top-three finalist in the 2010 floral design reality TV series “The Arrangement” and the Michigan Floral Association’s 2011 Designer of the Year.

- To Dr. Gustav Uhlich and fellow Petoskey resident Richard Hoffman, owner of Richard Hoffman Landscaping, who hope to reintroduce the dawn redwood, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides, to northern Michigan. The tree was indigenous here and across North America 25 million years ago. As reported in the Petoskey News-Review the dawn redwood was believed to be extinct but some trees were found in China in the 1940s. Hoffman has a loose goal of planting 300 trees in Charlevoix, Emmet and Cheboygan counties. He already plants one at each of his landscaping jobs.

- To Maria Lammers of Gallagher’s Farm Market who will host about 20 class field trips at the farm just west of Traverse City this month. “We pack them in, sometimes two a day,” said Lammers. Children get to navigate hay bale and corn mazes, play “farm” with a miniature barn set, make cider using an old-fashioned juice press, and feed farm animals, including pigs and lambs. They also get to sample cider and pumpkin doughnuts and choose a small pumpkin to take home.

- To the village of East Jordan for its annual Scarecrows Across The Breezeway contest, intended to create fall cheer for shoppers and passersby. The whimsical figures are posed outside participating storefronts. The contest offers small cash prizes for winning residents and an advertising package for their business counterparts.

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