Sunday, October 20, 2013

Food Day Fest, Puppetry performance at Portage Library Oct. 24

HOUGHTON -- Portage Lake District Library will host two family events on Thursday, Oct. 24 -- the second annual Keweenaw Food Day and a performance by Michigan author, artist, poet, and musician Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe.

Keweenaw Food Day Fest

The Portage Lake District Library and the Keweenaw Co-op invite everyone to join them in celebrating the 2nd Annual Keweenaw Food Day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the library. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Events for the whole family will be held in the library’s community room and in the children’s area. Cider pressing and sampling will take place outside the library next to the former train depot building (now U.P. Kids). Anyone who wants to bring some cider home needs to bring their own apples and container. 

Events will feature local and seasonal food samples, TED food talk screenings, educational displays and booths, fresh pressed apple cider to taste, harvest games and pumpkin decorating for kids, music, and more.

Special guest speaker Andrea Corpolongo Smith will present "Wintergreen Foods: A Regional Food Hub" at 5 p.m. Corpolongo Smith will describe the physical food hub she and her husband are starting near Ontonagon where they plan to aggregate, process, and distribute produce from local farms for use in school cafeterias and other commercial venues. She will also discuss the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) they run from their Wintergreen Farm.

Click here for information about their food hub project.

You can also visit for information about Wintergreen Farm.

This event is free and open to the public.

Michigan children’s author Kevin Kammeraad and Cooperfly Puppet Troupe

The Portage Lake District Library and the Copper Country Reading Council (CCRC) invite everyone to the "Can You Think It? Can You Dream It?" puppet performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the library’s community room.

Michigan author, artist, poet, and musician Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe will present an entertaining and lively show that encourages imagination through a wide variety of interactive music, poetry, and fun. The audience should be prepared to sing, laugh, dance and dream up all sorts of ideas. This interactive show for all ages is designed to ignite the audience’s creativity and intrigue them to create and write on their own. Each show is a new adventure as Kammeraad leads everyone through many ideas, poems, and songs in which each is expanded with new twists and possibilities.

Kammeraad is an award-winning artist, performer, and children’s author who has written books and collaborated on the production of music CDs for children. He performs mainly in Michigan but his passion for the creative arts has taken him around the world. His programs are dynamic, educational, and down right fun.

Prior to his presentation, the Copper Country Reading Council will host a reception for the Kammeraads at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Michigan Room. Gourmet desserts, beverages, and a taste of Copper Country Reading Council 2013-2014 activities will be served. This will be a convenient and fun opportunity to renew memberships or join the reading council. CCRC designs and conducts a range of innovative activities annually to foster literacy in the Copper Country. Memberships support those activities.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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