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May 17th Skill-Share and Workshops….


May 17th Skill-Share and Workshops —

A Creative Leap From Community Gardening To Wandering In The Woods

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN May 17, 2008 – Start a friction fire or set up a medicine chest just using nature during a one-day series of shared skills and permaculture workshops. Learn primitive skills and “how-tos”, gaining a deeper understanding of our connection to our garden soil, plants, animals, structures, people – even fairies.

When: Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to dusk, rain or shine

Who: Open to the public, events for both adults and children. (Kids bring an adult friend, please.)

Where: Traverse City Community Gardens area, left then back by the Barns, on the old State Hospital grounds. AND (in case of bad weather) some workshops will take place at: The Artcenter of Traverse City, 720 S. Elmwood and Eleventh Street.

Cost: Adults $5.00 donation per workshop, kids(under 12) free.

Bring: Water, food, walking shoes and sunscreen.

For More Info On Specific Workshops and Times: See registration pdf below, or call 231-510-3491.


Workshops include “rewilding” primitive skills like fire starting, water filtering, rock boiling, solar stills and debris hut making. Also permaculture puppet theater, gardening for “squares”, fairy finding and fairy art, compost building and compost tea, seed bombs, nature journaling, living spice racks, nature’s medicine chest, a frog walk, the wonderful world of soil, a plant swap followed by a potluck dinner and music-making at the Community Gardens.

Here’s the description of the FROG WALK, by Steve Lagerquist:
Did you know frogs and toads use muscles attached to their eyes to help them swallow their prey, or that they have to push, not suck, air into their lungs in order to breath? Find out what kind of frogs and toads we have here in T.C. And learn more fun anuran facts on the frog walk.”

Sponsored By:

The Little Artshram

The Traverse City Primitive Skills Core Group

The Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan

Traverse City Community Gardeners

with the support of the Eco-Learning Center and Rolling Centuries Farms


For additional information, contact Penny Krebiehl


Media Contact: Amy Daniels-Moehle


Download the Skill-Share registration form and the poster:





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TWO Great Workshops, one after the other, April 19th!

Grass Roots: Herbal Healing for Everyone with Herbalists: Joyce Wardwell and Jim McDonaldApril 19th at the Traverse District Library, 9 AM to 4 PM

Pre-registration required $35-50 sliding scale.

Joyce Wardwell is an herbalist of 35 years, teacher, storyteller, writer and promoter of the power of self-care. Her eclectic background encompasses Western, Chinese, Native Armenian and kitchen knowledge and she makes herbalism understandable and simple. For many years Wardwell published the herbal newsletter called “Herbal Voices”, and is the author of “The Herbal Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups” .

Jim McDonald, lives in Michigan, and offers a perspective of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He has offered classes throughout the Great Lakes bioregion and nationally, hosts the website:, and is currently writing “A Great Lakes Herbal”. Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wild crafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herb craft….the plants themselves.

Sponsored by the Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan

For printable registration form contact or pick one up at the Traverse Area District Library.


Earth Day Tree Walk guided by Bruce Holland-Moritz aka The GreenMan

Saturday, April 19th, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

The Earth Day Tree Walk is being offered as a basic appreciation and learning identification methods, as well as understanding some of the edible, medicinal, and ecological importance of the trees that are our neighbors in our Northern Michigan home-place.

Meet at the ArtCenter of TC, and we’ll wander around Bldg. #50 grounds learning about the unusual trees collected and planted by Dr. Munson, and then, for those who wish to take a heftier hike, we will head back on the Munson Trails to consider native trees in the natural areas.

This is a free event, welcoming all ages. Donations will be gratefully accepted, and go towards the Earth Day Parade.

Please RSVP at the number below, or by emailing:

Sponsored by: Little Artshram and The Primitive Skills Core Group

For more information on the Earth Day Tree Walk:

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Earth Day Fundraiser and Volunteer Opportunities….


This weekend, on Saturday March 15th, from 6-9 PM is our “Bring in the Spring” annual kick-off fundraiser (featuring a Puppet Fashion and Garbage Art Show)for the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade preparations which officially begin at the ArtCenter of Traverse City the following week.

Please download our fundraiser poster and share the news: earth-day-news2.pdf

We would also like to share with you, and ask that you help spread the word about the volunteer opportunities that are available with your friends, families, neighbors and business associates.

This annual spring event has become a much loved tradition in the Traverse City area and we are making a BIG effort to get more of the Grand Traverse Community in on the fun!

Mari von Walthausen from the United Way Volunteer Center will help us with coordinating volunteer opportunities this year, and her contact info is listed below.


~Penny Krebiehl

Little Artshram, Earth Day Parade Directress


The Earth Day Parade and Community Picnic, is set for Saturday, April 26th,
and it couldn’t happen without community involvement and volunteer help. Both Little Artshram, a non-profit arts organization, and, Rhythmic Adventures (who are part of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Council) produces the event with a small core staff and about 12 volunteers. Please consider joining us in our efforts to present this annual spring community event!

One of our partners is the ArtCenter of Traverse City, where we “house” our Community Art Studio and parade building workshop for the months of March and April each year. The ArtCenter is located at the corner of 11th and Elmwood Streets in Traverse City and we are grateful for this central location where folks can easily meet and participate in the building of the Earth Day Parade.

We invite you to take a look at the list of opportunities for you or your organization, classroom or work-partners to consider, and then to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mari von Walthausen’s (her info is listed below).

IMMEDIATE EARTH DAY VOLUNTEER NEEDS for this week, and next week:

  • SET-up Crew for the Puppet Fashion Show on Saturday, March 15th. Time: 2:00 PM Place: The ArtCenter of TC, corner of Elmwood and 11th St.
  • Workshop Studio Coordinator, works with Project Directresses (Penny & Dede) and assisstants. Begins weekend of March 20-through Parade Day weekend.
  • Workshop Studio Assistants, works with Coordinator. Begins weekend of March 21-through Parade Day weekend.

Are you an artist?

Work with the Project Directresses and Parade Section Leaders designing and teaching workshop, take a workshop shift and mentor a younger or older person in maskmaking and puppeteering, come to the Community Art Studio and share what you know.

Are you a student?
Become an Artist Apprentice on the Parade Design Team and work on Friday afternoons (12-5 PM) designing the Parade Sections and creating the closing puppet ceremony story. We will communicate with your instructor/administration and help set up system where you can receive “credit” for participating. Intern opportunities are available from March 20th through Parade Day weekend. This is open to all curious learners including: environmental ed. and science students, as well as, those interested in the arts and music.

Are you a musician or dancer?
Teach or play at a workshop, recruit other drummers and dancers, form your own music or dance group. Help us make can-jos and percussion instruments and shakers to give out to onlookers on parade day.

Other things volunteers can do:

  • Staff the Community Art Studio and help with the weekly puppet building workshops.
  • Become a Parade Section Leader or join the Ceremony Troupe and help act out our “STOMPIN’, CHOMPIN” Eco-Game Show story.
  • Join in on the Parade Block Host team and help make our parade route a welcome, festive atmosphere.
  • Help organize the Green Fair and Community Picnic at Hannah Park, by contacting: Ronda Whaley, 357-0538,
  • Locate and transport supplies and materials.
  • Make phone calls and prepare email and snail mailings.
  • Distribute flyers and posters.
  • Serve as a school liaison with your child’s school.
  • Become an Earth Day Parade Sponsor, by contacting: Elizabeth, 590-5299,
  • Become a Parade Block Host and participate in the Eco-Game Show, by contacting: Vicki Kinney, 929-4228,

To sign up for a volunteer position:
231-947-3200 X 14

or learn more about the Earth Day Parade:
or go to

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EARTH DAY FASHION SHOW Swanky-fundraiser: Are you a Northern MIchigan Fashion Designer Wannabee in need a Trendy Spring venue?


….Calling all interested folks to participate in this years

Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade Fundraiser….


Saturday, March 15, 2008, 6-9 PM:

We plan to have a wonderful evening of family-friendly fun at our 2008 Earth Day Fundraiser and kick-off event, to begin our annual parade building workshops at the Artcenter of TC!

Would you like to get involved with the planning and designing of this crazy-fun and worthy earth-loving community project? There are many creative ways for you to jump on this puppet fashion bandwagon, some ideas are: recycled or reused objects turned into a new look using an existing Earth Day animal/ plant hat, or ,use our 2008 Earth Day parade theme which is: Ecological Footprint and Zero-Waste…..Create hair & makeup (if any) to go with the look….Find your model(s) all body types allowed….This is not a competition, but we would like to auction off some of your puppet fashion trends after the show takes place, with plans for them “reappearing” at the Earth Day Parade (April 26th). So please consider donating your finished Puppet or Garbage Art creation.
If you are inspired to create and ready, join us for these workshops:

March 1 and 8th, 3-5 PM, Puppet Fashion and Garbage Art Workshops—Get inspired by checking out some of our puppets and masks created from past Earth Day events and go at it, designing a trendy new costume that will be brought to life in our Puppet-Run-Away, accompanied by live music.

Same day, March 1 and 8th, 4:30-5:30 PM, Fashion Show Planning meeting—To organize the various details and line-up of the fundraiser.

And, fyi—AND, despite the fact that Little Artshram does not have the budget to pay a $250.00 membership to the Fashion Trendsetter website..we were able to lift off some tips and inspiration for you to consider…
They say: “10 Trends for 2008 explores trends that we believe have real weight and momentum—shifts that are likely to be with us for a long time. What’s in store in the near future? Buy our 2008 forecast and see for yourself.

In this trendletter:

  • Rethinking Instant Gratification
  • Radical Transparency
  • Outwitting Disease
  • Blue is the New Green
  • The World is Local
  • The Personal CPM
  • Demography’s Dead
  • Queen Trumps King
  • Cooperative Consumption
  • Stretching the Bubble: Reality Checks for Two Giants
  • Whatever Happened To…?

Thanks for considering….any questions..or need more details?
Give Dede, the Milkpod Maiden a call at 231-276-2328
or Penny, the Tipping Point Pig at 231-510-3491


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Registration open for 2008 Summer Art-Farm Camps!


Little Artshram is making plans for it’s fourth summer of Beehive Art-Farm Camps under a maple tree near the old garage building at the Community Gardens and the Historic Cathedral Barns in Traverse City, Michigan.

We are making a sincere effort to re-vitalize community gardening, experiencing the joy and sensibility of learning to grow your own food, and practicing creative ways of being ecologically sensitive artists.

We will work as an artist community with a sense of place–encompassing the human history and stewardship of the gardens and Barns property, the great natural beauty of the land, on which this program is situated, and enjoy the experience of the wild places on the nearby Munson Trails. Our creative Art-Farm work and play will raise our consciousness of the interdependence
of all life, inspiring us to envision and strive for a better world.

Our Art-Farm camps celebrate creativity and encourage fun through hands-on exploration and practicing the fine-art of observation and pattern language. We focus skill-building in three main areas with a
variety of two and three dimensional art-projects throughout the week. Music-making, songwriting, spoken word and poetry are also a part of the Art-Farm Camp experience. The focus areas of our curriculum revolve around the themes of food, water, shelter and community through experieinces in Art and music; Community gardening and Permaculture for kids; and Wandering in the Woods–our Nature Awareness Program.

Each week we explore the possibilities with our campers about eliminating the use of packaging and reducing lunch waste. ZERO-Trash means: we will have no trash-can available. We are excited about this
continued “experiment”as it is part of our garden composting and Permaculture curriculum and we did a great job last year!

We meet each day from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday at our Art-Farm Workshop and the Community Gardens near the Barns on the Old State Hospital grounds, in the Building #50 neighborhood. We are beginning to call this area the “Central Park” of Traverse City, but
it is a little further southwest than central!

Art-Farm Educators:
Penny Krebiehl, Director, Dede Alderman, Sarah Willis,
and a slew of guest gardeners, farmers, artists, musicians and earth loving folks.

2008 Summer Art-Farm Camp Dates

Apprentice(13 years and older) and Teacher Training:
June 16-20th, 2008

Beehive Camps (1st-6th grade)
June 23-27
July 7-11
July 21-25
August 4-8
August 11-15

Girls OUTLOUD! Art-Farm Camp
August 18-22
NEW! Boys OUTLOUD! Art-Farm Camp
July 30-Aug 3

All Week long(5-days) Kids Camps,: $135.00
Apprentice & Teacher Training (5-days): $150.00 to 100.00, sliding scale
We accept 100% BayBucks, local currency, and work-trade/volunteers

Little Artshram
P.O. Box 844
Traverse City, MI 49685

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Parade MeRRYMaKING and MOBiLiZING 2008….

 Peace Snake–Earth Day Parade 2004
Greetings as the snow melts,
The Earth Day Parade date has been set to occur on Saturday, April 26th….you can check updates on our website at

This is the call to our community of parade building artists and mentors who would like to join our evolving and fun-loving Earth Day Artist roster list….If you are interested please contact me asap for an Eday Artist/Mentor application and the date of our first artist and mentor training!

We are also inviting local businesses and organizations to sponsor the 2008 Earth Day parade through our North Woods Family Concerts and Storytelling Series held at Horizon Bookstore. We do need additional support to present the final three concerts, held on the third Thursday of the next three months. Please contact Penny for more information about Earth Day sponsorship opportunities at 231-510-3491.

We are beginning our programming and organizing for the parade building which is annually held in TC beginning in mid February at the ArtCenter of TC. Little A is helping to organize a satellite Earth Dy Community Art Studio in Benzie Co, at Betsie Elementary School in Thompsonville.

A Parade Design Team residency program is scheduled to begin in February in TC at the Artcenter, where a group of 30 kids and a team of Eday Artist/Mentors will outline and frame in the design of the parade sections of our storytelling parade. The parade storyboard will be completed by March 15th, when our Eday Kick-off event happens and the public workshops begin at the Community Art Studio (CAS) held at the Artcenter for a month prior to the parade on April 26th.

This years’ parade theme continues with our past year themes in regards to issues surrounding our WATER home-place near the lovely Lake of Michigan, and the reality of effects we’ve created with GLOBAL WARMING–The storytelling parade focus will be on educating about ZERO-Trash and our crazy, carbon FOOTPRINT. We expect to get creative and have some fun with our FEET!

Opening a satellite Eday CAS will require a certain amount of management and a good deal of volunteerism, and also funding to pay for artist salaries and materials and supplies that we can’t dumpster-dive or grunge for. Please join us in any way that you’re able in the creation of this annual spring event!

Please share this information with others!

Contact info:

Peace Snake-Earth Day Parade 2004

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Winter Art Classes AND another great Concert & Storytelling event!

We are continuing with a series of winter classes, held at both the ArtCenter of Traverse City on the corner of 11th and Elmwood and at the Little Artshram Studio. 311 1/2 Maple, both in Traverse City.If you are a member of the ArtCenter you will receive a class discount and, you can easily register for any of these classes by calling the ArtCenter at 231-941-9488:
Afternoon Art
Twice weekly, through March 15, 2008
Instructor: Penny Krebiehl and Little Artshram TeachersMonday and Wednesday, 3:30-5:30, for Ages: 6 and up Cost: $120 m/ $130 nm min 10/max 15
Afternoon Art program is designed to engage and inspire children through two and three dimensional visual art. This six week program will present a different theme and media each week, with emphasis on drawing, cartooning, illustration and watercolor. Supply list: 9 x 12 spiral bound sketch book, tracing paper, pencils (various leads: HB, 2B, 4B), kneaded eraser, Sharpee markers (fine, extra fine)


Drawing and Cartooning for Kids
Instructor: Penny Krebiehl and Little Artshram Teachers

Saturday 10-12pm, Beginning Jan 17th through March 15th (then the Earth Day Parade building begins!)

Ages: 10 and up Cost: $80 m/$90 nm

From Cave Art to Animating the Inanimate, each week will be an exploration of a drawing and cartooning technique with a focus of moving further and further from the “real world” into La-La Land. Everyone will be invited to produce a finished cartoon drawing or comic strip for our Class Funny Pages. Supply list: 9 x 12 spiral bound sketch book, tracing paper, pencils (various leads: HB, 2B, 4B), kneaded eraser, Sharpee markers (fine, extra fine)

Puppet and Mask Making for Kids of ALL AGES…
Instructor: Penny Krebiehl and Little Artshram Teachers

Saturday 2-4pm, Beginning Jan 17th through March 15th (then the Earth Day Parade building begins!)

Ages:6 and up Cost: $80 m/$90 nm

Explore the old art of puppetry and mask making in the new world order. Learn the methods of creating the tiniest finger puppet to the mighty big 3-pole puppet AND the paper mache ways of mask making with cardboard and from a clay base. The supply fee will be included in your class fee, with an invitation to join in on the collection of recycled materials as we make amazing sculptural art out of discards and re-useables.

OUTLOUD! Girls Creative Group
Every Thursday, skipping Holiday weeks and school breaks

Instructor: Penny Krebiehl and Little Artshram Teachers, Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm

Ages: 7 and up Cost: $80 m/$90 nm

We believe that art is a mighty power! And OUTLOUD! Is a way to engage that artistic power through a “coming-of-age” program for girls, sharing girl-centered issues and experiences through journal and book-making and creative writing, puppet and mask making, and learning drawing and painting techniques. Our first 6-week session will focus on Drawing Techniques and Beginning Watercolor. Supply list: 9 x 12 spiral bound sketch book, tracing paper, pencils (various leads: HB, 2B, 4B), kneaded eraser, Sharpee markers (fine, extra fine)

Please bring a “sack-supper” and beverage as well to your first meeting. We’ll make plans for a shared supper the following weeks. PLEASE NOTE: This program will be held at the Little Artshram Studio, 311 1⁄2 Maple St., Traverse City.

And, for more information about the classes, you can contact Penny at: or 231-510-3491. Partial Scholarships are available for all classes. Please inquire.


North Woods Family Concert & Storytelling Series
to benefit Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade 2008

We are Water! Somos Agua!
Storytelling and Sing-along
Hosted by The OUTLOUD! GirlsPerformances by
Andrea Moreno-Beals and Micah Middaugh
Jan 17th, 6-8 PM
at Horizon Shine Cafe
Front St., Traverse City, MI

This is a free concert, thanks to our generous community
and sponsors: TBAISD Early Childhood Services,
Yoga For Health Ed, Artcenter of TC, and, Horizon Bookstore

If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact us at:

We will pass a donation bucket if you wish to donate the night of the concert. Please help us spread the word and share this info!

Other dates to save for the North Woods series:
(Always the third Thursday of the month)
February 21 , March 20 and April 17, 2008

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