Browsing All posts tagged under »Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society«

Pristine lakes, heavy industry, and the surprises of history

August 12, 2009


Nothing can tell you as much about this land as the story of how we have used it. Few families in the region have been so intertwined in that story as the Malpasses of East Jordan. W.E. and Alice Ann Malpass came to the thriving town on the shore of Lake Charlevoix in 1883. They […]

Construction zone

July 13, 2009


Just some bits and pieces about . . . Damage to the boat ramp at the Day Park.  Here’s the story I did for the Elk Rapids News, plus some photos of the damage and this update: someone made an attempt to fill in the collapsed section by tossing some stones into it. Probably not […]

Antique quilt exhibit opens at the Wilkinson

July 10, 2009


On Sunday afternoon the Wilkinson Homestead museum in Eastport will hold the opening for “An Indiana Quilt Adventure”—an exhibit of fourteen antique quilts from the Halfaker/Sparks collection owned by Marcia Graham.  I had a little sneak preview on Tuesday, and heard the story of how the quilts came to Michigan.  (This is an expanded version […]

Irises for Bloomsday

June 16, 2009


Out and about on a warmish sunny day it was hard to miss the bright irises blooming all around the township. They’re popular in Eastport gardens and have been for a long time—Loraine Mottern included them in her Wilkinson Homestead garden restoration, and they look very cheery along the fence. The landscaping around the Torch […]

Didjenos and bank robbers – Mondays in Eastport are full of surprises

May 14, 2009


The Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society isn’t your average local history bunch.  For one thing, it sponsors a summer lecture series that covers an amazing amount of local ground in very entertaining ways.  Norton Bretz recruits the speakers, which probably explains the breadth of subject matter and the penchant for the piquant.  This year’s lineup: June […]

In the midst of deepest winter, the heart turns to geraniums – and Antrim produce

January 26, 2009


I am in receipt of Loraine Mottern’s annual Geranium Sale flyer – a cheery sight when the world seems all black and white.  It’s nice to be reminded that one day, perhaps in our grandchildren’s lifetimes, flowers will bloom Up North once more.  You can order some yourself, in six colors, and feel good about supporting the […]