Monday, July 30, 2018

Natural Resourses DNR

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map of Irish Hills state parks
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Known for their rolling landscapes and 52 inland lakes, the Irish Hills – near Jackson, Michigan – draw people from all over the region. 
First-time visitors are pleased to discover three inviting outdoor destinations right in the heart of the Irish Hills. Located within just 5 miles of each other, three Michigan state parks – Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve, Hayes State Park and Cambridge Junction Historic State Park – are waiting to be explored. These parks offer experiences and amenities including a farmers market, birding hikes, a historic site, lush natural spaces, and so much more. All that's missing is you!

Watkins Lake photographer

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

This is Michigan's newest state park! Defined by its scenic lake, which inspires the serene setting the park is known for, Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve features a popular, 5-mile walking trail, excellent bird watching and gorgeous views that keep photographers coming back.
Hayes State Park beach

Hayes State Park

Located on the southern shore of Wamplers Lake, Hayes State Park attracts the most activity of these three destinations. It features a modern campground and is perfect for those who want to swim, boat, fish, hike and picnic. There also are opportunities for geocaching, metal detecting and much more.
farmers market

Cambridge Junction Historic State Park

A visit to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park feels like a walk back in time. The park is home to Walker Tavern Historic Site, a reconstructed 1840s barn, vintage baseball games, concerts, and a bustling, open-air farmers market every Sunday from Memorial Day through mid-October.

One more reason to explore this three-park destination...

Just 25 miles away, you'll find Lake Hudson Recreation Area near the Ohio border. Here you'll find a Designated Dark Sky Preserve, a rustic campground, a no-wake lake, a large swimming area, a boat launch, plenty of trails and a picnic shelter. The park also offers opportunities for hunting and fishing (especially muskie), geocaching, metal detecting and other outdoor recreation fun.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Khnemu Studio 2018

Happy New Year - We are planning for a great 2018
Khnemu Studio - Root Cafe - Fernwood 1891
Hello Studio Friends,

Welcome 2018!  The year I plan to organize many details and create new opportunities in this crazy life.  Thank you for your continued interest,and for allowing me to share my passions with you, especially through the building & growing the last few years.
Did you know we have 3 LOCATIONS?
offering a connection to the artist & the land
Handmade & Locally Sourced * Fine Art & Fine Craft * CafĂ©, Coffeehouse & Spirits * Solar Powered Pottery Studio & Farm....all located in Fennville MI.  

This newsletter is filled with info and a calendar of events for all locations, recipes and tips!   

Winter is production mug making time in the pottery studio, I usually make 2000-3000 custom mugs every winter.  I find the repetitive nature of production work allows me to think and organize. The last 5 years I have used the time to build additional locations, write grants, apply for licenses for liquor, etc.   2018...I am using this time to hopefully pull everything together and roll out ideas that I have been working on in the back part of my brain.  

Like the following idea:
We are excited to announce that Khnemu Studio will be offering pottery studio memberships...see details for information on this great opportunity for clay artists.

And Team TRIVIA nights at ROOT...see below.
The first order of 350 mugs is completed and delivered to Tripelroot in Zeeland, MI..they make some great brews!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or comments.   I always appreciate feedback, as we continue to grow.

Stay Warm!
Dawn Soltysiak

Member Studio of

Click on the links above if you would like additional details of these great organizations which we participate.

  2018 Calendar of  Special Events  
We are finalizing dates and details, but I wanted you to be able to start planning. 
Love Letters - Dinner theatre presented by Collywobbles Theatre Co hosted at Root  February 10th - Tickets $25 including $10 coupon toward dinner & drinks.

Dinner Theatre

Dinner Theatre

Khnemu Pit Firing Workshop - April 28th-29th
$100 per person.  Registration Required

Khnemu Raku Firing Workshop - May 19-20
$100 per person.  Registration Required

Khnemu - Cone 6 Glaze Making Workshop - June 9th
$75 per person. Registration Required.

Lakeshore Harvest Road Rally - July 28th

Wood Kiln Building Event - Aug

Using slips as glaze & Wood Kiln Firing Workshop

Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios - Oct 6-7
Goose Festival - Oct 13-14
Arts-n-Eats Tour - Oct 20-21

THANKGIVING Weekend Annual "Fennmagic Makers Market"  with seconds & clearance sale, with artist demonstrations and music. Nov 23-25


Cafe. Coffeehouse & Spirits

Grab a Latte' or a glass of wine and tour our connecting art gallery & artist studio Fernwood 1891.   
Cabin Fever?
Team TRIVIA is starting every Friday evening starting January 19th @ 7pm.     
Look for upcoming Sunday Team BINGO!

Click here to follow us on Facebook  for menu updates and other special events.

Root welcomes book clubs, knitters groups, and other creative groups to meet at our space.

A little winter drink to make to keep you warm:

Maple Old Fashioned


2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Dash of Angostura bitters

Orange peel (for garnish)

Mix whiskey, maple syrup, bitters, and 1 tsp. water in an old-fashioned glass until syrup is dissolved. Add a single large ice cube, then garnish with orange peel.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018