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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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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

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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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Author Joan Young Walks for Water for Fatima

World Vision pumps for water are hand or solar- powered

By Emma Palova

Ludington, MI- Author Joan H. Young is no stranger to walking. Young was the first woman to complete the 4,600-mile- long hike on the North Country Trail in 2010.

But this was the first time, Young has walked with a mission to provide water for Third World countries, a global effort spearheaded by World Vision. Young walked a total of 21 miles on May 22 in the Global 6K for Water.

Joan H. Young, photo by Stacey Hames

Here is a Q&A interview with Young.

Q: How long have you been walking for water?

A: This is the first time I have done this.

Q: Why? What is your primary motivation?

A: Back in 1986, when I decided I wanted to go to grad school, in the sciences, I did a lot of reading and predicted that water was going to be the global crisis of the 21st century. So, I decided to study some field related to clean water. I ended up not using that degree, but I learned a lot and still believe that providing clean water to the world needs to have a higher priority.

Q: A little bit about Fatima: Where does she live and how bad is the water situation?

A: She was assigned to me. Each participant is paired with a child to give a face to our fundraising. She lives in Ethiopia where about 26 million people lack access to clean water. One organization claims that 7.5 percent of the globalwatecrisis is inEthiopia alone. In addition to a lack of clean water, there is a lack of basic sanitation facilities. The result, not surprisingly, is a huge number of deaths from water-borne illnesses. So many children die that the world has become numb and is no longer outraged. World Vision bores deep wells, and the pumps are either hand powered or solar powered, so villages do not have to depend on unreliable or unavailable electricity.

Q: How much money has been raised and how much have you raised?

A: I know World Vision hoped to raise $2 million this year. I raised $1495, and was in the top 100 individual fundraisers, but I know some of the very top people raised over $5000. I think they are still taking contributions, so the totals have not yet been released. Donations are still being accepted as of June 1, 2021.

Q: What have you learned about yourself and others on your walks?

A: The distance proposed for most walkers by World Vision was 6K, about 4 miles. This distance was chosen because it is the average distance people in countries with inadequate clean water must walk every day to collect dirty water for cooking and drinking. I chose to walk more, as a challenge, thinking it might attract people to donate. Perhaps that was a factor. I was really pleased that so many people stepped up to donate. I was able to raise much more money than I ever could have given on my own.

World Vision estimates that it averages out to about $50 to provide clean water to one person. So that means I was able to help 27 people gain access to clean water. I like the way that feels.

Q: How do your walks project into your books?

A: So far, not at all, since this was my first one.

Q: What are your future plans for walking?

A: Walking is like breathing. I just do it. We’ll see if I sign up for another fundraiser in the future.


About Joan H. Young
Author of the Anastasia Raven cozy mysteries, Dubois Files children’s mysteries, books about hiking, and more

check it out at booksleavingfootprints.com
adventurer – writer – speaker

More than 27,000 people in 18 countries joined Global 6k for Water on May 22. 2021.

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Memorial Day in Lowell 2021

Major changes due to COVID

It was a solemn ceremony honoring the veterans who have passed since last Memorial Day at the Oakwood Cemetery in Lowell on Monday.

Even though, there was no music by any of the Lowell Area Schools bands or a parade, the small gathering was complete with a rifle salute at the Civil War Memorial.

Chaplain Glen Marks said the blessings and the prayers for the departed veterans.

After reading the names of the deceased veterans to the ring of the bell, the participants listened to the haunting sound of TAPS.

Seven hundred graves were marked with American flags.

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The future of Indie Publishing

The authors and their books.

By Emma Palova

Listen in to the podcast “For the love of books,” download and share the episodes. The insights from the Indie authors are incredible, beyond trade journals.

Each author represents a unique individuality in what some call “a mass book production market.” There may be one million ISBNs issued annually, but each book and author are distinctively different in how they approach the writing business and writing itself.

It’s like there is a piece of the author in each one of his or her books; it may be in the character, in the setting, in the plot or in the point of view. POV.

One of my favorite questions is: “Where do you see the future of Indie publishing?”

The overall response is that it will continue to grow.

“We have physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, virtual book events. Maybe virtual reality books are next?”

Ingar Rudholm

“And how will the Indie authors be remembered?”

“We’re the trailblazers.”

Joan H. Young

Podcast interviews this week

Coming up in this week’s podcasts are authors Marianne Wieland, A. Kidd and Colleen Nye. They are pictured in the gallery above.

Nye is an author with multiple pen names and an overactive imagination.

A. Kidd calls herself a kid at heart with a youthful exuberance, A. Kidd writes books for children full of magic and wonder in the hopes that they will have the courage to live their own stories and possibly even be inspired to write stories of their own.  

Wieland is the author of 10 books.

Nothing is ever as it seems on the surface. Expect the unexpected. Is it real, fiction or a combination? You decide. Go ahead. I dare you!

I just had my 10th book released a few days ago.

Marianne Wieland

Follow the podcast on:

https://emmapalova123.podbean.com/

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Czech Name Days

April brings fun with new adventures

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – I am still fascinated with the Czech name days. The  Czech calendar attributes a name to each day year round. This originates in the saints’ names, and it was later expanded as the secular selection of names grew.

I’ve always wondered why the greeting card making companies like Hallmark never used this name opportunity to expand their portfolio. Now, they have their TV channel, so as the French say; It’s passe compose.

The Czechs and many other European countries kept this age-old tradition of celebrating name days on certain dates of the year. For example today-April 8- is Emma’s name day.

It’s sort of like the celebration of St. Pat’s Day on March 17 in Ireland and in the USA. Some name days are the basis for festivals like St. Mary’s in September. Others are totally obscure except for those who carry that particular name.

Since Joseph is such a popular name in Czech, March 19 is a big celebration of that name in the old country. It used to be in villages, that every other man was named Joseph.

After 30 years of living in the USA, I have trouble getting current Czech calendars. However, the big advantage is that the names always fall on the same dates, no matter what year.

April is an interesting month in Czech Republic overall with early blossoms and spring traditions. It’s even more interesting here in the USA with the upcoming outdoors events, that won’t hopefully get cancelled.

I am looking forward to all my new adventures like the podcast show “For the love of books” with Indie and small press authors, as well as my new involvement with the Czechoslovak Landmarks Society or landmarkstrust.org.

Subscribe to the major podcast channels and on YouTube.

Watch for the podcast with authors Jean Davis and Andrew Smith.

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Podcast Indie Authors

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – I am really excited about the podcast show “For the love of books” on major podcasting channels. So far, we’ve discussed the Indie and the COVID author experiences, marketing and tips for new and not so new authors. I like to have a mix of authors representing all genres.

I also ask everyone what sets them apart from other authors other than the genres. I know it sounds more like a question for political candidates. That’s because I interviewed so many of them. It’s interesting what kind of responses I get.

Authors are very interesting to interview because of their insights and knowledge gained through writing.

The other popular question is: “What have you learned about yourself while writing your books?”

Pictured below left to right from top to bottom: upcoming authors Jean Davis, Andrew Smith, Randy Pearson, Joan Young and previous authors Luba Lesychyn and Diana Plopa.

The following authors are coming up: Darla Jean Davis, Andrew Smith, Randy Pearson, Joan H. Young, Marianne Wieland, Colleen Nye, Gene Wilburn, Angela Verges, Donald Levin, Juli Sisung, Deborah Reed, Scott Rutherford, Xander Cross and many more. The show is on major podcasting channels. Subscribe today. Listen in to Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa and Luba Lesychyn on

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/for-the-love-of-books/id1559434959

Share with your friends. I am also looking for sponsors/advertisers for the show. If you know of anyone pm me or email me at emmapalova@yahoo.com

This podcast show is made partly possible by the generosity of Doc Chavent and her support of the arts.

Airport art.

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