Preview of “2014 Eday Parade.1 poster”

The 2014 Earth day Planning Group/Sponsorship, Little Artshram, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC Sings, The Leelanau School, Oryana, Deep Blue Water Samba, Dirt Fest @ NMC (April 12th) are pleased to announce that our plans for a stellar, Earth Day Parade 25th celebration are underway and we are seeking support via the City of TC and Parks/Rec for permits, making a final decision on the parade route being held downtown once again.

We invite folks from throughout the Grand Traverse Region, including individuals, families, schools, organizations and ALL of the downtown businesses to help us celebrate 25 years of holding an Earth Day Parade and celebration in the GT Region! Please help us spread the word and share the information we are providing here to invite more folks to join the many organizational tasks that need to be accomplished,and to join us on parade day.
Notes from March 12th meetup:
Line-up and parade time changed to accommodate Oryana’s involvement in the GT Conservation District clean-up which will be 10-12 Noon; Likewise, Tart Trail has a morning Earth Day clean-up scheduled….check back for more information on Earth Day Parade day activities throughout the GT region.

2014 THEME:  25th Year—“Best of

Featuring folks in their well-loved, and much used costumes and masks, as well as, a puppet from each year or every 5 years—with appropriate parade signage designating it as such….include Horses and White Pine Trees in the puppet-mask-making this year.

Line-up at 1:00 pm, parade @ 2 pm…..From Oryana….Lake St. across 8th continue on Lake St., right on Cass, right on State, left on Park, left Front, left on Union, right on 6th St. to Hannah Park.

Community picnic after parade @ Hannah Park.  With consideration of taking on other Eday activities, we welcome and would appreciate Oryana and other DDA/DTCA business to donate or participating as they are able to the Community Picnic…

NEXT Eday planning meeting: March 26—5:00 pm—@ Great Lakes Childrens’ Museum

TIME: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Great Lakes Childrens’ Museum

1320 S. West Bay Shore Dr.

Traverse City, Michigan

Presently involved in 2014 Eday Planning Group/Sponsorship:  Oryana, Little Artshram, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC Sings, The Leelanau School, Deep Blue Water Samba, Dirt Fest @ NMC (April 12th)

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25th Anniversary of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade: April 26th!

954684_10152908600970503_1014372813_nWe hope you enjoy your family, friends and home-places and keep sharing your passionate, creative selves with others and join us doing the same in the New Year!

We are now DEEP into a wild and wonderful winter season and also our 20-something year of providing art and creative community wide-events—along with environmental education focusing on permaculture.  We are working toward one of our first of the year events: the 25th Annual Earth Day Parade that takes place in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.


Scooting Petal Faery & Lady Bug, 2010

We would LOVE to be in FRONT of the parade this year, organizationally and financially, and we need your help.

Please, take a moment to read this bit on our 2013 parade via Directress, Penny Krebiehl’s sharing during last year’s process here:

Help us celebrate both the 25th Anniversary of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and Little Artshram’s 20th birthday year by considering a gift of money.  Of course your donation will be tax-deductable.


Thank you! Thank you! Here’s how you can reach us in a couple of ways:

1.  WRITE TO US!  We LOVE snail mail!

Our address is:  Little Artshram, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49685

2.  You can also call us, even in these quieter winter months, we answer phones between 8 am- 12 noon each day.  Little Artshram’s telephone number is (231) 735-8370

3.  Or share your support electronically right here online, via Paypal.  It’s easy! Look for the crow  above, and then just click on the Donate/Paypal button on the top right hand corner of our home-page,.

Thank you for your support in 2013, AND, for your continued consideration,

The Little 2013/14 Artshram Board:Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade - In Song

John Schuerman

Petra Daher

Dwight Washington

Advisor, Rokko Jans

Directress/Founder, Penny Krebiehl


P.S. In addition to a good amount of program, project and information about our organization via the website, you can also follow us on Facebook:



Grand Traverse Earth Day ParadeGT Earth Day Parade



Support Little Artshram and our shared work in the TC Community in 2014!


DSC08604December 2013

Seasons’ greetings and Happy Holidays!

As we enter into the wonderful winter season during our 20-something year of providing art and environmental education and community events in Michigan, we are beginning to look to one of our first of the year events of a community project that involves designing, building and organizing the annual Earth Day Parade for Grand Traverse County and NW Lower Michigan.

With much gratitude and respect to the many hardworking, longtime Little Artshram board, staff, community sponsors and  partners, AND many, many volunteers of efforts towards our Earth Day Parade workshops, we would LOVE to be in FRONT of the parade this year, organizationally and financially.

Please, take a moment to read this bit on our 2013 parade via Directress, Penny Krebiehl’s sharing during that process here:  <a></a>

Help us celebrate our birthday by considering a gift of money to our local, 20 + year Michigan non-profit.  We will also be announcing opportunities for 2014 parade partners and community sponsors directly after the holidays.

Thank you! Thank you!

Here’s how you can reach us in a couple of ways:

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

or online:

Thank you again for your consideration,

The Little 2013/14 Artshram Board:

John Schuerman

Petra Daher

Dwight Washington

Advisor, Rokko Jans

We have three vacant board positions to offer!

Please contact:


P.S. In addition to a good amount of program, project and information about our organization via the website, you can also follow us on Facebook:

Earth Day Parade, 2012

Happy Holidays to you, and Happy Birthday to us! Little Artshram is 20-Something!

September 17, 2013

Good Morning!

I write to you, as a permaculture enthusiast,“fellow permi” and Michigan resident, to let you know of an opportunity that may interest you personally or for that of your organization or company.  Little Artshram, the non-profit I still work alongside of, is contributing to the presentation and sponsorship of the First Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, November 1-3, 2013, at Camp Talahi in the South Eastern Michigan region.  I invite you to participate as a sponsor of this inaugural, statewide gathering, which is the dream seeding of the Great Lakes Bio-Region Permaculture Convergence.

Sponsorship of the convergence will create a stable platform for a sustainable, permaculturally designed yearly event bringing together folks who are interested in sharing knowledge and information about permaculture design, principles, and practice.

The goal of the Michigan permaculture convergence is to provide a forum accessible to all Permaculturalists and people interested in permaculture in Michigan, as well as the surrounding bio-region, to enhance community and share ideas on how to expand permaculture solutions across the region. By giving back to the host property the convergence will work to have a positive impact on the land.  Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan community and repeat the process.

Our focus in designing this year’s agenda, is to create a networking, educational and information sharing event with permaculturists from all over the Great Lake State who are sharing a diversity of skills and knowledge and on a pathway of practice.  We feel the opportunities for MORE permaculture education, experience and ecological-design practice are essential ingredients for strengthening community and increasing our resilience to a changing climate and economy.

Sponsorships will help offset the space rental, insurance needs and provide a living wage for a cook to organize and prepare meals for this 2+ day event.  We will work to barter other services, materials and expenses, and we’ve kept the registration fee low for participants, to make this as inclusive as possible for folks to travel to this year’s convergence location.  We’ve made the decision to invite—but not formally schedule any out-of-state permaculture mentors as the speakers at this event.  Rather, this year’s convergence will host permaculturists from across Michigan to share their particular niche within the permaculture community, showcasing work in Farm, Urban, Community, Education, Co-Housing, and Suburban settings.

I’ve included here just three examples of state-wide permaculture projects and developments, and there are plenty more.  In Kalamazoo the perennial revolution of tree crops is on-going….

In Ypsilanti—a permaculture group utilizing a time-banking system are encouraging and building urban food forests….

In Traverse City, A biodiverse 145-acre farm, DeYoung will be home to an eight-acre permaculture demonstration orchard and antique apple tree nursery. Each acre will support 25 apple trees surrounded by support guilds, or companion plantings, mimicking the ecology of a mature forest edge. In addition to apples and guild plantings, filberts hazelnuts and mulberries will be grown.

Thank you for your consideration and support of Little Artshram and our efforts to share and expand permaculture education and opportunities in our birth and home-place of North West and Central Michigan–and throughout the Great Lake State!

There are two categories of support you can  contribute, as a “Permi-Friend” or an “Inaugural Sponsor”.  A result of your support and an outcome of the convergence will be a planned for mapping and the creation of a network first based on seven regions that broadly make-up our home-place, and expand out to include the entire Great Lakes Bio-Region.

Here is the sponsorship form:  MI perm Converge Sponsor FORM, 2013 as well as, a flyer announcing the event, below.  Little Artshram is proud to be the fiduciary agent of this year’s convergence and is a registered non-profit 501.3c organization in Michigan.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have about sponsorship opportunities or information about the convergence.

We hope you will consider joining Little Artshram, as a “Permi-Friend” or “Inaugural Sponsor”!

`penny Krebiehl

Directress, Little Artshram


Preview of “MI PERM CONVERGE 2013.1 Flyer”

Become a “Permi-Friend” or “Inaugural Sponsor” of the Michigan Permaculture

Sun and Rock poster image

Little Artshram and

O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players


“Sun and Rock: Stories from Byrd Baylor”

TODAY, August 2, 2012  @ 11:00 am, @ the TCFF Kids Fest, Central Grade School, at the corner of Seventh & Wadsworth , Traverse City, Michigan!

Our 2013 summer puppet theater features Byrd Baylor, author of over 30 well-loved children’s books. Our musical story takes place in two wonderful and powerful places: Arizona and Northern Michigan, near our lovely Grand Traverse Bay.  Accompanying Byrd on this journey is a fourth generation Monarch Butterfly,

a Songbird and a Rabbit.


Monarch Butterfly arrives in Arivaca, Arizona en route to Grand Traverse Bay after wintering in Michoacan, Mexico. There he meets the author Byrd Baylor and her friends, Songbird Girl and Rabb-It. The group joins together in reading Byrd’s book, The Way To Start a Day.

“Zuni Melody” Traditional

“Daylight” Adam Levine, etal

“Here Comes the Sun” George Harrison

“House of the Rising Sun” Traditional

“Sunny” Bobby Hebb

In Between: “You are the Sunshine of my Life” Stevie Wonder


Leaving the desert, the group is now in Northern Michigan, at the edge of the Great Lake. Attuned to the power of Nature, the group shares the ten rules of finding a rock, from Byrd’s book, Everybody Needs A Rock.

“A Boy and His Rock” Alaric Jans

“Rock Around the Clock Tonight”

Max C. Freedman and Jimmy DeKnight

Our 2013 O’k and Pretty Good Cast and Crew….

Monarch Butterfly: Mike Nunn

Byrd Coyote Baylor: Kenny Perry

Songbird Girl:  Addie Eldridge

Rebel Rabb-It: Emma Burns

Music Director:  Rokko Jans, on Keyboard

Violin: Kerry Alspaugh

TC Sing(ers):  Heather Kingham, Lee Edwards

O’k Puppet Directress:  Penny Krebiehl

Set design and script, inspired by Byrd Baylor and collectively created by the 2013 O’k and Pretty Good Players.

More puppet workshop and performance info:




August 1st, Musical Puppet Show, 11:00 am, TCFF Kids