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Emma Palova, born in Czech Republic, is an author, a writer, a screenwriter, a journalist, a photographer, a designer and the founder of Emma Blogs, LLC, based in Lowell, Michigan. Currently, she is working on her memoir "Greenwich Meridian" which she intends to turn into a screenplay. Palova started her blog EW Emma's Writings at http://emmaplova.com in support of the publication of her memoir in January, 2013. The blog has grown into a passion and a company that designs blogs for other people under the umbrella of Emma Blogs. Palova is a prolific online publisher open to new ideas and to new horizons. A natural innovator, Palova loves to create progressive brands into the future. Check out her inspirational post "Desert epiphany" and the authors page on About_me and on Facebook. I am looking forward to seeing you around the greater Grand Rapids area and on my blog. I am seeking an agent or a publisher for the memoir that I intend to publish for my mom Ella's 80 birthday on Aug. 23. I celebrated my fourth anniversary on the WordPress publishing platform on Jan. 15th, 2017 with more than 1,000 followers and 500 plus posts. Love always, Emma

Bannister Carries On Czech Traditions with Dancers

Premier Harvest Dozinky Czech and Slovak event canceled

The YELL group members are also members of The Bannister ZCBJ Czechoslovakian Folk Dancers.  

By Emma Palova

Bannister, MI- With a population of 100 nestled amidst the wheat fields of Mid-Michigan, the little town of Bannister carries on a proud Czech legacy dating back to 1906.

The first Czech immigrants were recruited by the Ann Arbor Railroad to help construct a river channel along the railroad tracks north of Bannister. Later they worked in the surrounding sugar beet fields. At one time, Bannister had two churches, one bar, an auto shop and a trade dealer. All that remains today is the post office.

“The newcomers to the area felt the need for some type of club or lodge of their own,” Tom Bradley wrote in his “Pamatnik.”

Josef Drtina traveled by horse and buggy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Michigan and secured enough members to start a new lodge in Bannister on October 1, 1911.

Today, the ZCBJ Lodge #225 is 1,000 members strong with a signature dance group led by Diane and Tom Bradley. The couple started the Bannister ZCBJ Czechoslovakian Folk Dancers in 1976. The dancers have all been dancing since they were each two years old.

Tom also plays polka music on WOES-FM Ovid-Elsie Community Radio-home of the Polka Palace. The music streams on the following link:

https://www.ovidelsie.org/o/Ovid%20Elsie%20Schools/page/woes-fm?fbclid=IwAR3wswoe8lNdGh3EvmdHs7sr_XdzdfJXPlwIPl122oX_blThFW0TvGGUM5U

Although it’s staple event- the “Harvest Dozinky Festival”- has been canceled this year again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lodge will have other events such as the upcoming “Walk for Hunger” on Aug. 8th.

“We think we might have our bazaar this year,” said Diane. “I don’t know about the other events. We go day by day.”

Annually, the lodge holds a bazaar on the last Saturday in October. Other events include: a fall dinner, Mikulas and Cert on the first Sunday in December, a mid-winter jamboree in February.

The Bradleys run the temporary Czech and Slovak Bakery in nearby Ashley from mid- November leading up to Christmas during the Polar Express event.

According to the Czech tradition, the bakery offers rohliky and poppy seed rolls.

“We grew up with the tradition, the language, the music and the food,” said Diane.

The ZCBJ Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ZCBJ-Lodge-225-BetterLife-126739624091965

Feature photo: ZCBJ board members: Bob Ladiski, Sally Stoll, Tom Bradley, Ed Fornusek, Joanne Fornusek, Ruth Malek, Diane Bradley.

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47th Annual Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge will be all about shopping and camaraderie

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“This island is for you,” said art fair director Stephene Lapp. “We want you vendors. I can’t wait to meet all the authors and all the vendors.”

Seven Michigan authors will be among the 114 vendors on the island that is connected to the mainland by one bridge only. Lapp expects around 6,000 visitors to the event on July 31st.

There will be also nine musicians and boat rides.

Feature photo: the main characters of the “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” immigration saga spanning two generations at the Frankfort Art Fair on July 4th, 2021.  Pictured from left to right: Ludek Pala, Emma Palova, Ella and Vaclav Konecny.

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I love summer

Summer 2021 brings new gigs, metiers

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – I specifically used the French word metier for specialty or having a knack for something. We are excited to have our French granddaughter Ella here in the USA for the summer after last year’s pause due to COVID-19.

Every day, I learn something new from her and vice versa. Ella is fully bilingual due to her summer stays with us. Previously, she has attended St. Pat’s Summer Care in Parnell, but this year Ella is going to the YMCA at the Cherry Creek Elementary.

In the morning, we brave the construction workers who have invaded the area with huge asphalt trucks and the smell of fresh tar.

“They had the entire pandemic to do this,” Ella said.

I had a little confrontation with one of the workers who accused me of flying through the construction zone.

“Sir, I don’t fly,” I said. “I drive. You can ask anyone who knows me well.”

That being said, it’s good to know that we’re finally going to have our “damn roads” fixed, as Gov. Whitmer would put it. Apparently, it has become a long-awaited priority.

Writing away

Caledonia, MI – So, I got a new gig with the Caledonia Living Magazine by Best Version Media. My new title is Content Coordinator, which is a new word for editor. It’s a monthly magazine with a regular family feature, a business profile and events calendar.

Submit your ideas and news items to me for the magazine.

Where to find me

Virtual BookFest in Detroit. My virtual booth is:

I will be at the Island Fest in Grand Ledge on Aug. 31

Island Art FairSat, 9 AM – 4 PMLedge Craft Lane, 120 S Bridge StGrand Ledge, MI.

https://www.facebook.com/IslandArtFair/

Holland Art Festival in Holland on Aug. 7.

See you there.

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Art Festivals in Michigan

Meet your next favorite read

By Emma Palova

Frankfort, MI – What better way to meet your next favorite read than on the shores of Lake Michigan at a local art festival.

After a succesful Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in downtown Muskegon, where even a tornado watch couldn’t stop Michigan Authors from selling their books, we have somewhat dispersed. But if you check the previous post about the Michigan Authors Comeback in 2021, and go to the authors websites, you will be able to catch up with them.

Lakeshore Art Festival in downtown Muskegon.

I will be in Frankfort on July 4th at the Art in the Park craft show at 517 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by to pick up a book or two; I will have Shift Sands Short Stories series, book 1 and book 2 and my newest release “Greenwich Meridian Memoir.” I will also have posters of the cover of “Secrets.”

I will be around Lowell during the Riverwalk next weekend.

July 31- Grand Ledge, Island Fest

Aug. 7- Holland, Art in the Park

Aug. 28- Lowell, Hometown Reception on the Showboat

I also have a virtual booth at the Detroit Book Fest. Check it out at:

https://detroitbookfest.com/directory-manage/

More events to be announced.

For authors: check out the podcast Michigan Authors at LAF for tips on how to organize your events with author Darla Jean Davis and Melanie Hooyenga.

For the Love of Books Podcast

https://emmapalova123.podbean.com

Copyright (c) 2021. Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

Authors Alley at Lakeshore Art Festival offers a variety of books

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Come out this weekend to downtown Muskegon to 4th Street and Clay and you will find a reader’s delight grouped in the Authors Alley; everything from kids books, Christian, fantasy, poetry, short stories, thrillers and horror.

“It’s a festival in the streets,” said author Melanie Hooyenga. “It feels like you’re a part of the community.”

Author Scott Rutherford draws on the story of prodigal son in “Dani’s Inferno”

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-sgi85-1072fac

Once, Rutherford changed the main character of the prodigal son to prodigal daughter in his debut novel, Scott knew he had a story screaming to be told.

“The novel practically wrote itself,” he said. “I am a plotter, writing is easy. The real challenge was presenting it to the world.”

Michigan Authors @LAF

Michigan authors are making a comeback in 2021

Muskegon- They are back and stronger than before; strengthened by the quiet months of the COVID-19 quarantine, these authors used their time to create, write and to launch books in the finnicky technical world.

Michigan authors will be grouped at the Authors Alley at the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in downtown Muskegon on June 26 and June 27. Close to 20 authors will be ready to present to you your next favorite read; from fantasies, short stories, young adult fiction, childrens books to thrillers and mysteries.

You will find Authors Alley along 4th Street on the left hand side of the road in front of the Lakeshore Museum Center and extending into the intersection at Clay Street. The hours are: Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Following is a list of participating authors: Ingar Rudholm, Joan Young, Melinda Clark, Sara Shanning, Lon Hieftje, Andrew Smith, Jean Davis, Norma Lewis, Melanie Hooyenga, Michael D. Jones, Lori Hudson, Emma Palova, Bonnie Votkis, Judy Burke, Marianne Wieland, Randy Pearson, Mike Carrier, Gary Buettner and Gregory Scott.

For links to authors’ websites go to:

https://lakeshoreartfestival.org/attend/authors-alley/

Lakeshore Art Festival on Fox TV

https://www.fox17online.com/morning-mix/lakeshore-art-festival-taking-over-downtown-muskegon-june-26-27

https://www.facebook.com/events/1097983580662621

For the Love of Books Podcast

Listen in to the weekly podcast show featuring Indie and small press authors from authors close and far away.

For podcast interviews with authors: Ingar Rudholm, Joan Young, Andrew Smith, Jean Davis, Randy Pearson and Marianne Wieland go to:

https://emmapalova123.podbean.com

Listen in this Friday to a podcast interview about Michigan Authors at LAF with authors Jean Davis and Melanie Hooyenga.

If you would like to be featured on the podcast pm or email Emma or write in the comment section below.

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Romanian author Valeriu Barbu pens fantasy in English, reviews “Greenwich Meridian Memoir”

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Listen in to poet Valeriu Barbu speak in beautiful Italian followed by English dubbing about his new book “Hey, Peasant” and his review of author Emma Palova’s new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir.” Both authors share a common past represented by the horrors of living in communism and totalitarianism of the Eastern European block.

Damselfy; a historic foreshadowing of a real epidemic

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It was a bizarre coincidence, when author JuliAnne Sisung was enticed to a small Michigan town, that was engulfed by an epidemic in the 1890s.

“It took a year to write following months of research for the perfect small town. I found Pere Cheney, just south of Grayling, Michigan. It was a railroad and logging town with a fascinating history, and it was waiting for me. I didn’t know we’d be living with Covid -19 when I began this book about a diphtheria epidemic. It hit the village in 1893, and some surprising events nourished the novel.”

                                                                    -Author JuliAnne Sisung-