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This years 2011 Festival of the Woods is Saturday, August 20th. Since the festival is still in its infancy you will need to procure an invitation if you are not already on the list. (Think of it as Studio 54 for the wood minded by invitation only). We are looking for musicians who want to jam, blue grass, and jazz and indie.

By invitation only! Since this is only our second year, and the expenses last year were more than what we could donate to World Vision, we have decided this years event will be by invitation only to our clients and friends.

Attention to everyone who embraces the transformation of wood through their craft or art. Please mark you calendar for the next Festival of Woods, Saturday and Sunday August 13th and 14th 2011. Check back in a few days and we will have the slide show up along with some video from last years event.

Millcreek 13 Kayak on the Pond

Beautiful setting, the wood kayak on the pond with Mullett Lake beyond.

We saw a pair of young eagles flying yesterday; enjoying their ride on the currents above the festival grounds. A mature pair of eagles live on the Hanson Estate.  What a treasure to watch!

Just off the rail trail near the Festival of Woods grounds… some hand made surprises in store…registering the cache tonight!! There are 2 others with 1 mile of here or less! Nothing fancy about our cache box… it’s what’s inside that counts and the fun you have finding!  Maybe by next year we will have time to figure out how to hide the cache in something made from wood – hidden among the trees! Come take a walk on the grounds during the festival and see all the native trees the Rekowski family has identified on the Hanson property.

Wil DeYoung and friends currently on the wood stage at the first Festival of Woods playing all original songs – Indie – folk rock harmonies.. ballads.. What a beautiful evening. The Pig Roast is delicious and Aunt Carolines pies amazing.. Come join us for the bon fires!  Stop by Sunday and visit with the Wood Artisans!  Get a boomerang demonstration, watch the dog dock jumping and a log cutting demonstration.

We are starting our own Geocaching location. Want to learn more about Geocaching then watch this video and visit:

From the Geocaching website:

Easy Steps to Geocaching

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership.
  2. Click “Hide & Seek a Cache.”
  3. Enter your postal code and click “search.”
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

Here is a link to the 3 Geo Cache sites within 1 mile of the Festival:

Local Geo Cache Locations Link

The days of geocaching not being able to blend into the environment are gone. IF it is important to you that you leave a foot print that is not so obvious – visit this blog to read more.

Dog Dock Jumping  is based on distance. You are judged by how far your dog can jump from the edge of the dock across the pool. The dog runs down the dock, generating momentum. The distance is calculated from the edge of the dock to where the base of the tail hits the water.

Usually the Dock Dog Competitions have a 40 foot dock. We have a shorter dock on the pond and so this will be the Festival of Woods Dock Dog Competition with the winning dog  jump being the best it can be based on the length of our dock.

Pictures soon.

The 1st Annual Festival of Woods is coming to Topinabee. August 14th and 15th 2010 at the Eagles Nest Retreat – the historical farm owned by Larry and Betsy Hanson of Indian River, Michigan.

Larry Hanson and his Sea Kayak  off the dock at Eagles Nest Retreat

Just off the dock at the Eagles Nest Retreat.

Larry’s  love of working with wood gave him the idea to hold a festival the same weekend as the Hessel Boat Show.  He thought that maybe some of the wood boat builders might enjoy stopping over to camp and visit with other wood workers , craftsman and artisans.

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