Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's Holidays 2018 issue. Pick up a free copy at area hotels, visitor's centers, chambers of commerce or at the Record-Eagle building on Front Street. Click here to read GT Scene in its entirety online.

Members of the Association of Michigan Basketmakers set off a ‘basket-weaving bomb’ at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire during the association’s annual conference. The organization was founded in 1981 to develop and perpetuate the art of basketry and now has more than 500 members from the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia.