Many of us that garden-farm-grow our own food in our North West Michigan area have already begun planting seeds and tending to seedlings in our indoor green spaces and greenhouses.

We are looking forward to a full summer of creative garden tending and food growing, learning alongside of our community of folks, big and small through our Summer Camps, permaculture classes and workshops, and outreach programs in neighborhood and community gardens.

Free the Seed-Dandilion People

The Air-Section of the parade is being designed to tell the story of the powerful urge of seeds to be set free….how they know the ways in which to disperse….and what a wonderful, natural garden our planet truly is!

BUT, first we are going to build a parade—which is honoring the awesome power of seeds—the incredible vessels of wonderment that they are—and how very much we need to know about protecting, preserving and saving the seeds that we humans and many other species on planet Earth depend upon!

SO—join us at any of our workshops and get yourself decked out as a seed-loving-human!

AND, because it does take a whole village to build a garden of a parade, here’s a humble request from the Little Artshram board, which we ask you to consider responding to and also share with others!

Happy seed-planting!

`penny Krebiehl, Directress Little Artshram

and Seed-planting, puppet and mask-maker!


HOW-to build a Dandelion People headgear….
Step one—a nice sheet of cardboard and a good sharp cutting tool….Draw a circle about 18 inches in diameter then, sun-ray style cut out spokes all around the rim….

Hello Friends!

We are reaching out to those who know how much the Annual Earth Day Parade brings to the Grand Traverse community.  This year the parade will on April 20–just three weeks away, and the parade crew being led by our guest artist George Meyer and Penny Krebiehl have been busily tending to the design of the storyboard, setting up shop at our workshop sites and delving into the parade-building tasks!

Please consider a contribution to meet our actual costs and bring this wonderful event completely to life!

Check out this video:

We are asking 250 of our friends to contribute $20 each to meet our budget for this year (donations of any size are OK!)  Here’s more info on that wonderful opportunity:

AND for folks who wish to give to this parade electronically:

Our website gives lots of details: including an introduction to our visiting puppeteer and artist, George Meyer from Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis, MN!

You will also find workshop opportunities to join in “building” the parade at the website, and information about another community effort to help us celebrate with the Tour de Traverse and Dirt Fest on NMC’s campus (details here:

Here is the link which outlines the volunteer opportunities and the various shifts needed to support our great parade-building efforts:

Many many thanks, for your contribution to our wonderful gift to the community!

Sincerely, from the Little Artshram Board,

Rokko Jans, Flint Horton, Lindy Barnes and Penny Krebiehl

Little Artshram

Box 844

Traverse City, MI 49685

P.S. If you prefer to use a credit card, please go to and enter Little Artshram in the search box, and follow the link to “2013 four seasons of Little Artshram goodness”


HOW-to build a Dandilion People headgear….
Step Two: It’s okay that the outside edges of the cardboard are squared off, cause it’s meant to resemble the petals/edge of a dandelion….take a minute to imagine those lovely yellow flowers and how their petals may look like this chunk of cardboard! IMAGINE! Have faith—-you are creating a flower!

















HOW-to build a Dandelion People headgear….
Step Three: Cut a straight line up through and to the center of the dandelion. Pull one side of the cut edge over to the other–overlapping it so it becomes umbrella-like… and staple it into place.


Step Four: Build your beanie-cap headgear–to fit your very own noggin and attach it securely to the dandelion. Need instructions on making a beanie cap? Go to:


Step Five: cut cardboard strips and bend and twist into “pollen fronds” aka stamens….cut slits into the top of the flower and poke them through…secure them with tape and hot glue.


Step Six: Find three (or more) energetic friends who like to “get into the goop” to help papier maiche! We used a nice, heavy colored paper in a lovely dandelion yellow to papier maiche—eliminating the need to paint our headgear!


Step Seven: Admire your work and the incredible beauty of a dandelion! Next step: deck yourself out for the parade: April 20th—-meetup @ Oryana Co-op @ 11:30 am!












Spring! Seeds! Parade! Yippee!

Storytelling about the story

We are letting you know via our Little Artshram webpage and Facebook page—-rather than a crowdfunding/sourcing method that your support IS NEEDED!

We’re asking 250 of our community members and friends to contribute $20 each, we would be able to honestly take care of the costs of this 24th annual community event.

Here’s the breakdown of our budget:

Insurance & permits= $1500.00,

Parade-building materials and expenses $1500.00 (give or take–depending on how much “stuff” we can glean and search out),

Space rental = $700 (To house and host our guest artist, for his four-week stay.)

Parade artist/crew stipends, of $2500.00, (For the nine (9) weeks, over 600 hours, of heart-mind-hands-on work of designing and setting up a creative space to invite our community to join us in building it.)

A total of numbers of greenbacks needed:  $6,200.00.

So far, we’ve received donations of:  $1,250.00.

STILL, needed to bring this story to life:  $4,950.00

What will you get in return?  LOVE! APPRECIATION! and a PARADE!

Little Artshram is a registered 501.c3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductable.

Send your gift of parade love, made out to “Little Artshram” and mail it to:Little Artshram, P. O. Box 844, Traverse City, Michigan 49685


250 Good Folks with $20 Buckaroos for our 2013 Earth Day Parade, please!
EARTH DAY PARADE & PUPPET building this week and next!
Wednesdays, at Great Lakes Children’s Museum will be hosting workshops on:
April 3, 10, 17th, Wednesdays: 4-6 PM
at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, Michigan, 49685
Space limited to 10 children per workshop, so please register in advance, 231-735-8370
Water Section
Fridays, SCRAP will be hosting workshops in their craft workshop space:

Fridays April 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5pm to 7pm

SCRAP is located at 821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store.

Blackbird Arts: Saturdays and Sundays, April 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th:
Two weekends of open workshops, to build your mask and costume
and help with some of the BIG puppet and non-motorized float construction.

Saturday sessions are: 10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm

Sunday sessions are: 1 pm-4 pm

Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

We ask folks to give a $10 Suggested donation per mask/costume at any
of our workshop locations to help offset costs of supplies and materials.
We also suggest you call in advance to register:

Parade Storyboard, March 30th
EARTH DAY PARADE and PUPPET building this week and next!

Sure we would LOVE to have you become a part of this year’s Earth Day Parade in Traverse City, Michigan!  Parade building workshops have begun and we could use MANY hands to make Good-work!  We’ve begun to add a choice of shifts the next two weekends and will be adding more shifts every day til the parade has paraded!  So please check back!

You can see what’s ready and waiting for you and sign-up lickety-splickety- quick by going to this link:

MORE INFO ON Parade Building and Parade Day VOLUNTEERING:  231-735-8370


Yes, it takes a WHOLE village to build an Earth Day Parade!… are a few descriptions of the opportunities we offer:

Parade Section Leader

Parade section leaders work with the Parade Artistic Staff (teams of 2 or 3 folks) and are skilled or willing to learn the skills of helping build a parade section including:  masks, costumes, BIG puppets and non-motorized “floats”.

Parade Section Assistants

Parade section assistants work with the parade section leaders(teams of 2 or 3 folks) and are skilled or willing to learn the skills of helping build a parade section including:  masks, costumes, BIG puppets and non-motorized “floats”.

Parade Building Crew

We need crew members in each of the parade sections to help build the puppets, masks, costumes and non-motorized floats.

Parade Performance Crew

The “performance” IS the parade—ours is a storytelling parade, divided into 5 sections.  This crew of folks, will wear, carry, push, and animate our other than human-species BIG back-pack and three-pole puppets and masked/costumes and non-motorized floats.

Parade Section Band

Musicians, drummers, chanters, singers are needed for five (5) parade sections.  The parade section bands come up with clever plans for music, singing, chanting and general jolly-parade-bally-hooing in each of the five sections, keeping the rest of the paraders’ feets movin’ to the beats!

Help the parade artist crew design and produce music-making instruments in the public workshops.

Workshop Assistants

Workshop assistants are scheduled at each of the parade building workshops, which will happen on Wed/Friday evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays during the day, asking folks to commit to 4 shifts.  Shifts begin Saturday March 30th through parade day.

Parade Street Patrol

A Parade Street Patrol on Parade Day….Our dear friend Reni Dengel, who just passed this year, used to head this task up on his roller blades, along with a handful of others who help us keep our parading crowd safe in the streets. We will also need this Parade Street Patrol to help set-up and organize our new location of parade-startup @ Oryana, and help direct parade parking away from their parking lot.

Bike Marshall

The Bike Marshall will work with the Parade Patrol on parade day (April 20th) helping to smoothly coordinate and integrate the Bike Brigade which will be arriving from NMC campus into the parade line-up and continue to “marshall” on their bike throughout the parade.  Meetup—Tuesday, April 9th @6 pm

Puppet Repairman or woman

We have a special need each year to examine and repair our dear old puppets that make appearances in our parade year after year.  This will involve paper maiche repair—possibly some re-engineering of back-packs/and-or pole design, as well as, costume repair or re-design.

Parade Day Merchandise table

Help gather, organize and set-up a parade merchandise table at the parade-line-up site on Saturday April 20th @ 9:00 am 1:30 pm; and help move it to NMC campus after the parade @ 2:00 pm @ our after-parade celebration with the Dirt Fest @ the NMC Welcome Center.

Parade Day Welcome/Info table

Help gather, organize and set-up a parade day WELCOME! table at the parade-line-up site on Saturday April 20th @ 9:00 am to 1:30 pm; and help move it to NMC campus after the parade @ 2:00 pm @ our after-parade celebration with the Dirt Fest @ the NMC Welcome Center.

SIGN-UP by visiting this link:

Be a part of the Parade! Volunteer Opportunities Abound!

IMG_6392Who eats seeds and helps to transport them to many places once they’ve been eaten?

Join us at the Puppet and Parade workshop and become an other-than human species and find out!  This year’s parade theme is “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!”

SPRING BREAK WEEK!  Joining the Little Artshram parade-building crew this year is our special guest artist, George Meyer, who comes from the Ozark Mountains, by way of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in Minnesota!

George Meyer lives in Eureka Springs Arkansas, and brings 20 years of puppetry art experience through In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Village Theatre in Arkansas.  He is a skilled not only as a puppet builder and performer, but also as a lighting designer.  George is happy to be in Michigan again, since helping to build a parade in Lansing, in 1998 with Little Artshram’s/ARTSPACE crew.  George has deep love and great respect for the Earth and is honored to be a part of our 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade.

Come meet puppet artist, George Meyer, and begin working on your parade mask, costume and other BIG puppets that will help illustrate this year’s storytelling theme: “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!”

Blackbird Arts is located at, 1485 Barlow, Traverse City,


Workshop sessions:

TODAY! Thursday March 28th

Saturday, March 30th

and Sunday, March 31st

Thurs/Sat. Sessions to choose from:

10 am-12 Noon, or

1 pm-3 pm

Sunday Session:  1 pm-4 pm

~ $10 suggested donation per mask-costume

~ Children under age nine (9), please bring an adult helper or friend

~Please call in advance, to reserve your space for the workshop, especially if you are a group of 3 or more

~Register via phone, with your choice of workshop date/time/location by calling: 231-735-8370

REGISTER for workshops @ 231-735-8370

Spring Break Week in Traverse City at the Puppet & Parade