SPRING! Community SING! to benefit the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 @ Good Works Collective, 417 South Union, Traverse City, Michigan

Enjoy a special evening with local singers and musicians, Dede Alderman, Heather Kingham, Rokko Jans, Zach Power and Carol Laughing Waters who will serenade us AND encourage us to let our voice ring out, singing in Spring together! Join us in welcoming the season with a fresh beginning of sweet melodies & harmonies.

*doors open at 6:30, singing begins at 7:00

*$20 suggested donation at the door includes an Earth Day Parade Songbook!

*FREE for kids 10 & under

This is a benefit for Little Artshram, organizer and sponsor of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and celebration. Little Artshram has been sharing art, environmental education and hosting community gatherings in Michigan for 20 years!

We’ll have all the 2013  Earth Day Parade information you’ll need along with a month-long schedule of FREE public workshops at various community venues at this event!

Contact us about the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day festivities:




SPRING! Community SING! Fundraiser and Kick-off for the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day ParadeLittleArtshram.org

NEXT PLANNING MEETING, Wednesday, March 13th, 6 pm, @ Horizon Books…

Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and Celebration; Community Planning Meeting,

Wednesday, February 27th, 6 pm, Horizon Book Store, lower level,

Traverse City, Michigan

Meeting Info/Agenda: Eday Fish-Headgear in the Looking Glass

Highlighting: NEW! Earth Day Parade Route: Beginning @ Oryana, Lake St., crossing 8th Street, to Lake, to Cass, to State, to Park, to Front, to Union, to State, to Cass, to Lake, crossing 8th Street to Lake and Oryana.

1. Introductions

2.  Earth Day Celebration collaborators:

Little Artshram: The 24 Year Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade tradition continues to be a welcoming of Spring community wide celebration that is a free annual event in Traverse City.  The Earth Day parade is a storytelling parade with 5+ sections in the parade this year, designed around the theme of “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power” (inspired by the work of our friends @ HOBT.org) focusing on celebrating and educating ourselves about seeds and soil and the importance of all the species associated with plants and the earth itself.  As a human species, we plan and prepare to transform ourselves for one day into an other-than-human species and take to the streets, celebrating our blessed place on the planet near Grand Traverse Bay. In 2002, Little Artshram was gifted with the organizational tasks of the Earth Day parade from the Neahtawanta Center and performs the following role and tasks as the organizer of this event:

  •         Initiates community planning meeting/sets framework
  •         Schedules and organizes all free public parade-building workshops
  •         Hires parade artistic staff, parade section leader for each section of parade and to work at the public workshops
  •         Gathers/purchases all supplies, materials and needs for puppet and mask building
  •         Purchases and holds parade-in the streets liability insurance policy
  •         Schedules on-site presentations/workshops @ schools/for various organizations
  •         Hosts and heads-up all parade day activties/secures permits, ect…
  •         Fundraising (Spring Community Sing! Fundraiser on March 20th) and fiduciary for parade and workshops

NMC-Student Life Organization:

The NMC SLO offers the Dirt Fest as a free earth day celebration with a vision of communicating to our student body and community members as how to get involved with a multitude of environmental issues, both locally and globally, through a dialogue with music, art and small interactive workshops. The addition of the Dirt Fest to the Earth Day Parade celebration is a welcome, and enlivening way for the college age youth and faculty of NMC to get directly involved with our Earth Day Parade and we are so happy for this collaboration to emerge!

More on the NMC Student Life Organization here:  https://www.nmc.edu/student-services/student-life/index  More information specifically on the bike-brigade and after-parade Dirt Fest events forthcoming!


Oryana Natural Food Cooperative:

Oryana is a longtime community supporter of the Earth Day Parade and has agreed to be the start-up/ending point and parade head for our 2013 Eday parade.  With the parade route changed up a bit this year, and with the NMC students involved in the “after-party” we’ll be working with Oryana to set up guidelines for car-pooling/parking alternatives, and brainstorming ways in which to shuttle folks over to NMC from the Oryana neighborhood to the Welcome Center where the Dirt Fest will take place.

Blackbird Arts (confirmed):

Blackbird Arts has generously offered to join the Eday fun and host our Earth Day Parade Community Art Studio.  Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow Street in Traverse City. We will begin our free public workshops on the weekend, directly following the “Spring Community Sing” fundraiser on March 20th.  Public workshops will begin on Saturday, March 23rd– through the weekend of April 13th.  The workshops will take place on Saturday, from 10 am until Noon and 1 pm until 3 pm; and on Sunday from 1 pm- until 3 pm.  We are also planning for a Spring Break week of parade building from March 25th through March 29th—details/plans forthcoming.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum (pending confirmation):

Great Lakes Children’s Museum hosted a parade building workshop in 2012 and is again considering their schedule to host a series of three (3) puppet and mask building workshops this year.  The workshops are being scheduled for Wednesdays after-school, from 4-6 pm, April 3, 10th and 17th.  The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is located at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City.

Grand Traverse County Senior Center (pending/fundraising needed):

The GT County Senior Center, located at 801 East Front Street, Traverse City offers their community room for consideration of holding our “Spring Community Sing” fundraiser, and also possibily hosting a few parade building workshops to include our community  elders in our parade and celebration.

The Grand Traverse Circuit (pending discussion):

The Grand Traverse Circuit has been contacted to possibly host the “Spring Community Sing”, and is located at 225 W 14th Street in Traverse City.  More info and further planning in process with Tara Carrol.  The Circuit’s mission is to provide a quality venue for the community, and facilitate experiential events in the cultural/performing arts, wellness, and educational areas.


We hope to bring the good garbage art folks at SCRAP into the Eday Community Art Studio’s with some of their wonderful scrappy, puppet and mask making goodies.  SCRAP TC is located 821 Garfield (by the UPS store)= accepting donations Saturdays 12-4pm; We are an emerging community re-use center and educational non-profit that hopes to provide artistic inspiration to people of all ages.


In addition to our wonderful Parade Section Bands, this year Heather Kingham of TC Sings! will join us to discuss the possibilities of adding “Seed Singing Choirs” to this years’ parade!

TC Sings! is an inclusive choir community, welcoming all voices and all people, singing songs from a variety of world cultures and traditions in three- and four-part harmony. Everything is taught orally; there is no need to read music, and no previous singing experience is required. 

TC Sings! is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. Singing is our birthright; all voices are welcome. TC Sings! is a choir for men and women who are new to singing, as well as those who’ve been singing their whole lives. We are not affiliated with any particular religion or spiritual path, but seek to celebrate humanity’s highest aspirations through music. Heather Kingham (503) 422-6515 or heather@tcsings.org

MORE FOLKS AND BUSINESSES are warmly invited!

Additional Earth Day Parade & Celebration collaborations welcome!…..

3.  General Parade info:

Saturday, April 20th, Bad weather date is April 27th, 2013

Parade Line-up @ 11:30 pm

Parade Begins @ 12:30 pm

3 Simple Parade Rules, for safety on the streets:

No pets, No words (no signs), No motors (except for wheelchairs)

2013 Parade theme: “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power”

Focusing on seeds and soil….

Our Storytelling Parade has 5 Sections PLUS a Bike Brigade

Fire, Water, Center, Air, Earth, Bike Brigade

4.  NEW! Parade Route:

Beginning @ Oryana, Lake St., crossing 8th Street, to Lake, to Cass, to State, to Park, to Front, to Union, to State, to Cass, to Lake, crossing 8th Street to Lake and Oryana.

5. Fundraiser, Spring Community Sing, Wednesday March 20th (UPDATED)

Purpose:  To raise funds for workshop/insurance & rental fees/parade building materials/visiting artist stipends

Venue ideas:  TC Senior Center $100, Blackbird Arts, The Circuit, and…..

Time: t/b/d

Song Leading Guild: Dede Alderman, Rokko Jans, Carol Laughing Waters….Heather of TC Sings!

Music makers: Zach Power, Rokko Jans and….

6.  The March 20th event fundraiser is working w/ Little Artshram board’s fundraising efforts to begin a Kickstarter (or like) campaign for Eday….

Normally, Little Artshram donates about 75% of the actual budget to the creation, sponsorship and organization of this annual event.  We’ve done this kind of community  give-back since 2001 and while we are committed to doing the work to hold this parade, we can’t continue to take on anymore debt.  We wish the parade to be self-sustaining and have an even longer life in the Tc/GT area, and we know that the Traverse City community looks forward to this longtime annual spring celebration.

The Earth Day parade takes full-time direction from February through parade day and into the last week of April and we are working to bring in parade artists this year to put together a fantastic celebration.

In order to improve from where we are, building on the incredible community work thus far, AND to remain the change-making organization we are, the Little Artshram board/fundraising committee is hosting a community-wide/on-line fundraiser with a goal of reaching 100 sponsors willing to gift this longtime event and the organization, $100 each, to cover ALL of the true costs and expenses.

The 100/$100 Donations can also be made directly to Little Artshram via snail mail:  Little Artshram/2013 Earth Day Parade and Celebration, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49685




2013 Earth Day Parade and Celebration planning meeting tonight… Feb. 27th @ 6 pmLittleArtshram.org


Dede a Milkpod Maiden Fashionista, circa 2004, photo by Justin Rowe

Our 24th Annual–amazing and awesome Earth Day Parade and the Dirt Fest will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2013! 

For the Eday Parade this year we are asking folks to think about soil and seeds and we’re giving it the storytelling theme of “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!” 

Join us for a community planning meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 6 pm @ Horizon Books and find out about our Spring Equinox Community Sing (March 20th) and how to get involved in the Earth Day Parade!





24th Annual Earth Day Parade—Community Meeting, Feb. 27thLittleArtshram.org

Little Artshram is sharing information and helping to grow the root system of the Michigan Permaculture Convergence. At the second planning meeting there was lot’s of discussion/brainstorming on process/method of setting structure for priority/introducing a “Design Tree” system—where we went into asking question about “What are the ROOTs of the Michigan Permaculture Convergence….

Please join us and read the notes, join the website @ www.permaculture.littleartshram.org and Get involved at the next meetup: Feb. 11th….meeting notes here: http://permaculture.littleartshram.org/blog/2013/01/29/mi-perm-converge-planning-meeting-notes-1-28-13/


Planning continues for Michigan Permaculture ConvergenceLittleArtshram.org
Sleeping Bear Dunes: Photo used by Little Artshram with permission from Ken Scott.

Photo used by Little Artshram with permission from Ken Scott.

GREETINGS from the freezing North West land along the edge of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay!Many thanks for your participation and/or interest in the planning of a Michigan Permaculture Convergence for Fall of 2013.  Please forward this email to anyone you know who may also have an interest.
We invite everyone from ALL the Michigan/Great Lakes regions to join in.

Our second meeting is:

Monday, January 28th, 6 pm 
O’k Studio, 514 Second St., In the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 


-To stay connected and informed, SIGN-up and be a part of planning the convergence, checking in through forums and a calendar of convergence info/ and permaculture events happening in Michigan through the new Michigan Permaculture Convergence website here:  www.permaculture.littleartshram.org

-For a quick chat/updates, as we build our Michigan and Great Lakes Permaculture network join us on the Facebook group, Just click on the link here: 
and you will be taken to the page if you belong to Facebook.
-Build an outline of criteria for choosing the convergence site.
-Add your site recommendation here:  http://www.communitywalk.com/michigan_permaculture_convergence_site
The site & method by which we choose the site, will be a primary point of discussion on the 28th.  

-Skype and techno hookups provided for our farther away folks t/b/a via Bill Palladino

-Webpage status: Flint Horton and Zach Power

Webpage hosted by our fiduciary Little Artshram at the address:www.permaculture.littleartshram.org


Penny Krebiehl will continue to admin the FB group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/MichiganPermacultureConverge/

-Legislative action
Betsy could help?  What do we want to achieve and in what timeframe?  Are there active considerations we want to support or oppose?
-Email:  Lish Brown  lish@growsharefeed.org

Consider other topics for Monday’s meeting – please email Lish or Penny to add items to the agenda.
You are receiving this email because you have an interest in permaculture.  If you do not wish to receive emails about the planning of this event, please email me, Lish Brown at lish@growsharefeed.org and I will remove you from this planning committee list.
We are currently keeping this list of emails private.  We will determine as a group how we will proceed.  If you have a preference to keep your email private from others, please let me know.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me and I will do my best to help.  You can also email Penny Krebiehl at penny.ok.art@gmail.com.
Thanks again.  We look forward to seeing you at O’k Studio and/or talking with you next Monday at 6 pm!  Please pass it on.
Michigan Permaculture Convergence 2013 planning continues in our Winter-Wonderland-January-FreezeLittleArtshram.org