FIRST: THANKS to our Earth Day Parade sponsors, so far: Oryana, The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TCLP, O’k CSA, NMEAC, Little Artshram, Continual University, Old Town Coffee & Eatery…..and…….special thanks to our hosts: The Good Work Collective and Seed Studio/Gallery!  We couldn’t do this community event without our community supporting AND getting involved in this annual, spring parade and celebration!   THANK YOU!

Some of our BIG Earth Day Parade puppets were made by groups of children and folks of all ages 12 years ago… our Sun Puppet and the Otter puppet.

The Good Work Collective and Seed Studio/Gallery are hosting a two-day puppet repair and re-building workshop so that we can work together spiffing up these wonderful, old friends and make them parade-ready by Saturday!

Join us and get into the goop, bring your paint shirt OR mending and sewing supplies to help repair the masks, costumes and BIG puppets that are pulled out of storage each year.  Many hands make light work and we need “Peeper-People” (volunteers) to administer a little TLC.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, April 25th & 26th, 3-6 PM
At The Good Work Collective & Seed Studio @
417 S. Union St., Traverse City

4/25 & 26 Earth Day & Parade Week event: BIG Puppet Repair & Parade Building Workshops…

On Monday, April 23, from 3-6 pm, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host a special mask-making workshop to help children prepare for the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, held on the following Saturday.

This year’s parade theme is: The Great Lakes: Our Living Water and will focus on the fish of the Great Lakes, with ideas presented by the parade artists for children and their families to consider.

This workshop is offered for children and families to build a mask or headgear for the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, which will take place in downtown Traverse City on April 28th. This is not a drop-off workshop and children under the age of 14 will need an adult to stay throughout. Children under the age of 9 bring will require an adult to help them with their project.

The Earth Day Parade is Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm. To be in the parade, meet at Central Grade School, corner of 7th & Pine at 12 noon. The parade will run from 1-3 pm, with a community picnic & special family music concert in Hannah Park afterwards.

The parade route is: Corner of 7th and Pine St. to 8th to Union to State to Park to Front to Union, ending at Hannah Park for a Community Picnic and Family Music Concert.

This mask-making workshop is sponsored by the Little Artshram. The Museum will be closed and no admission will be charged. However, Little Artshram  suggests a donation of $10 per mask/costume for the workshop and to help support the Earth Day Parade.

For more detailed information or to RSVP your space;

(231) 510-3491

4/23: MONDAY Earth Day & Parade Week event @ The Great Lakes Children’s

Hosted by Continual University and O’k CSA:

Sunday invite to view the new documentary film URBAN ROOTS at O’k CSA Studio’s backyard and join in on some of Eday parade biz:

Workshop prep @ O’k Art Studio, 510 Second Street, Traverse City, Michigan,  on Earth Day, April 22nd, from 3-7 pm, with a friendly potluck & backyard fire-pit gathering afterwards….
Urban Roots film showing @ 6:00 pm
“When everything collapses, plant your field of dreams…”

What to bring and donate to the Earth Day parade prep cause:
Single ply cardboard in BIG sheets or sizes
Old bed sheets
Masking tape
Duct tape
Hot glue sticks
yer “Lake Michigan: Our Living Waters” (parade theme) imagination
table-ware and dish to share for the potluck

4/22: SUNDAY, Earth Day & Parade Week event: Parade building workshop and URBAN ROOTS