March 15 Business Mixer

The Mixer is Tomorrow - Register Here! 

March 15 Pre-School Story Time

Grand Ledge Area District Library
Pre-School Story Time
(power-hour story time)
Tues, March 15th at 11am
Children ages 3-6, and their accompanying parent or caregiver, will be treated to stories and a variety of literacy enhancing activities that pair with the weekly theme.  Due to upcoming renovations, this program is held at the GLCity Hall, 310 Greenwood St.  Registration not required- drop-in and enjoy! 

March 16 Gaming

Gaming at the Fledge
Video Games, Board Games & Snacks

March 16 from 5-7pm

Due to scheduled renovations at GLADL Main, this program will meet at the FLEDGE.  325 Clinton St - lower level.
Registration is not required. This program is planned to allow participants to drop-in between 5:00 & 7:00 pm; arrive late or leave early if necessary . Materials will be put away after 7:00 pm.
Questions? Call Carrie Frazier 517-627-7014

March 19 Used Book Sale & Critter Visit

The Grand Ledge Area District Library
will host a book sale in conjunction with the Grand Ledge City Hall Market
310 Greenwood St.

Saturday, March 19th 10 am – 2 pm  
Little Critter
The charming character from Mercer Mayer’s popular books, will be at the Used Book Sale.  Bring a camera!
 $5 - A bag of books           $1 - Hardcover books
 $1 - CDs/DVDs                 .25 cents - paperback books
           .10 cents - childrens books

March 20 Concert

March 21 Spaghetti Dinner


Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Victorian Days
Monday, March 21 from 11 am - 8 pm
A & W Restaurant in Grand Ledge  

Dinner includes Spaghetti & meatballs, Salad and Garlic Bread. 
Further info call 517-627-5170

A & W gives a portion of each $5.99 Spaghetti Dinner to the
Victorian Day committee 

Thank you for your support!


March Artist of the Month

Neil Weaver
Ledge Craft Lane’s
Artist of the Month for March  

Neil is a self-taught landscape photographer who has been capturing images of Michigan and the Great Lakes for fifteen years.  A native of the Upper Peninsula, Neil was introduced to the state’s beauty at a young age

Throughout his childhood he spent many days with his parents and sisters taking day trips to different areas along the shores of Lake Superior, Huron and Michigan.  Being that his mom was a watercolor painter, Neil appreciated art as a child and enjoyed art classes through his years of schooling.  He studied Business Administration at Lake Superior State University, took several art classes but had never enrolled in a photography class.  In 2001 he took some photos of a lighthouse on Lake Michigan with a borrowed camera and fell in love with photography.

Nowadays Neil travels to every corner of the state but prefers photographing in the Upper Peninsula.  His favorite subjects include lighthouses, waterfalls, and beach scenes.

Neil’s images have been used in various advertising campaigns, including Pure Michigan, UP Travel and Absopure Water.  His work can be viewed online at www.NeilWeaverPhotography.com .  Neil resides near Sunfield with his wife and three kids.

Stop in to Ledge Craft Lane during the month of March to see Neil’s beautiful photography of Michigan, presented on canvas and on metal.  Available for sale. Prints included.

April 1 - 11th Annual ART AID Fundraiser

Ledge Craft Lane's 
11th Annual
ART AID Fundraiser
The 11th Annual ART AID Fundraiser will be hosted by Ledge Craft Lane on Friday, April 1st from 6-8pm. This free event is a way to promote the artists at Ledge Craft Lane and to help maintain the historic 1885 building. ART AID will have Raffle Prize drawings and a Silent Auction. Donations will be greatly appreciated.
For information on raffle and bid 
tickets, call 517-627-9843 or go to www.ledgecraftlane.com/art-aid.html
Join us for the fun!

April 30 & May 1 Victorian Days

Museum Exhibit Opening

Ever wonder what it was like in Grand Ledge during the Victorian period?  The new 2016 exhibit at the Historical Museum, 118 W. Lincoln St. opens Sunday, March 62-4 p.m. and features the 1860s to about 1910.
One of the things Grand Ledge was known for was the Seven Islands Resort.  We show the pot-bellied stove that was in the passenger depot on Washington St. where several train-loads of people came in each weekend to ride the riverboats, view the ledges, picnic and stay at the Island House and other hotels in Grand Ledge.
The walls in one room are filled with pictures of the Island Resort, the riverboats, the roller coaster and the ledges.  Also see a replica of the Island Queen steamboat made by Watson Russell.
We show Bridge St. scenes before it was paved with horse drawn vehicles, three earlier bridges and some early wooden stores which are now gone.  Did you know the first Grand Ledge Chair Company factory was where the Opera House gardens are now?  Check out the butter crocks from Tucker's Furniture & Crockery and C. A. Smith grocery.  The stores were specialized.  You went to the meat market, the bakery, the shoe store, the dress shop, the jewelry, cigar stores, the pharmacy, etc.  No big box stores.
Clay, brick and furniture factories were the largest industries.  You will see samples of their products.  Most people worked in these businesses, the stores or on the surrounding farms.
There was a large turreted school on the Greenwood-City Hall site and on the Sawdon  School site.  They were built in 1887.
Did you know the north side and south side both had high schools in these buildings for a short time?  We show a graduating class from each high school.  We also have pictures of some of the one room rural schools.
Before the days of radio, TV and movies people played games and formed bands that often met in the homes.  We showcase an early tuba, violin, concertina and accordion grouped around the pump organ.
You might want to try looking at the pictures with the stereoscope or listening to the music from the phonograph.
For traveling plays, music and dances they went to the Opera House or Union Hall  Check out the play bills and pictures including the billboard that still is on the hall wall at the Opera House.
You will see mannequins dressed in period clothing from children to adults for a variety of occasions including christening gowns to a gentleman's morning suit.  Take a look at the undergarments that sometimes caused ladies to use the fainting couch to catch their breath.
The Museum will be open St. Patrick's Day weekend Saturday 12-4 p.m. before and after the 2 p.m. parade andSunday 2-4 p.m.  The Museum is open all Sundays 2-4 p.m. and all festival weekends except National Holidays.
For special tours and school groups call 517-627-5170 or e-mail marnor1@comast.net.

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Potterville Masonic
Antique Show

March 19
9:00 am
Potterville High School

422 North High Street
Potterville, MI 48876
$3 admission 

Quality 56 dealer antique show. Items include art deco, clocks, watches, linens, vintage radios, furniture and primatives, advertising, depression, Victorian glass, china, pottery, hunting & fishing and American Indian items.
Something for everyone.

Limited dealer space available -$60 for 19 by 13 foot booth. Contact Daniel Bargy (586) 214-3784

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