If you’re wandering around Newaygo Saturday there’s an entire afternoon and early evening of music within walking distance as The Newaygo Brewing C. brings in St Joe Jack from Noon-4pm and the RiverStop Saloon welcomes Backwoods Ltd. Around 60% of the Backwoods Express (hence the Ltd.) will kick it up at the comfy downtown watering hole from 5-8pm.
And later on if you still haven't had your musical fill head over to Forager in Howard City because starting at 9pm the Andrews String Band will be laying down some tunes and we hear they have a rather eclectic play list.
NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont has this very cool thing called Saturday Drop-in Art for Children.
This week’s theme is Autumn Leaves and the one hour class begins promptly at 11:00am so it does not pay to dawdle when there is art to create, right?
It’s a “make and take” kind of thing with all ages welcome and children under the age of 5 would need to have an accompanying adult.
A bargain at $3 and like we said you get to bring home a piece of creative expression from a budding artist. What’s not to like?
Prefer your artistic endeavors combined with vegetables? Then head over to the Croton Township Library for the 5th annual Pumpkin Painting from 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday.
If you live in the Holton area and you want to meet the folks who are there when they are most needed to save lives and literally put out fires, come to the Holton Township Fire Department 6590 Holton Whitehall Road Saturday between 5-8pm and get yourself acquainted. While there think about your smoke detectors, fire plan etc. and ask any questions you might occasionally think of from time to time.
Aside: I’ve often wondered how a firefighter feels when some guy in a suit who works in an office talks about ‘putting out fires’.
Muskegon Farm Market is hosting having some Halloween fun Saturday with many activities beginning around 11am. Hitting the Muskegon Market on a Saturday is an exceedingly splendid experience that has never disappointed... mainly because close by is the remarkable Carmen’s.
This, folks, is a breakfast emporium extraordinaire and not just due to the truly righteous food but also for the opportunity to witness the most efficiently seamless eatery I have ever been privileged to experience. It’s hard to explain but one visit there and you will get it.
Tip well because from the hostess to the servers to the bussers and the cooks these folks have it down.
Mango Rash by Nan Sanders Pokerwinski hits the shelves next week
By Ken DeLaat with an appreciated assist from Donna Kipp
When I received a copy of Mango Rash I was knee deep in a bottleneck of work that needed to be done as well as in the midst of a reading list that rivaled that of a first year law student.
Thus, I asked Donna Kipp, a friend who is known to be an avid reader if she might be willing to give it a read and write up a few notes on the offering by Ms. Pokerwinski
She sent me this:
The title intrigued me from the start and I really wanted to know where it came from...but you need to read the book to find out that little tidbit.
This memoir tells a charming story of the author as a young girl moving toward adulthood and the challenges she faces along the way.
At the age of 16 and living in an Oklahoma college town, Nancy is excited when she and her parents have the opportunity to spend two years in American Samoa where her father will practice medicine.This is the young girl’s chance of a lifetime to adventure in a tropical climate and get away from the small town life she finds boring.
Once the family arrives and begins to settle in things are not quite what she had pictured in her mind and her early experiences toss her a few curves, yet as Nancy begins to find her way she discovers fa’a Samoa, the Samoan Way, is something she wishes to never leave.
The people, the culture and the beauty of the island changes her life. With many ordeals along the way including Hurricanes, a health crisis and (of course) boys, Nancy learns to appreciate not only the people she meets during her time in Samoa but also finds a new perspective toward her parents’ relationship and the way they face their own challenges... always together.
Donna spoke highly enough of the book that a decision was made to forego the aforementioned reading list and dive headfirst into Mango Rash.
Generally I am a notoriously slow reader. Nearly an entire Michigan winter was once lost to a Kurt Vonnegut novel and he can hardly be described as circumlocutory in his writings.
Mango Rash on the other hand got some immediate traction and I was soon delivered into the world of the author as a young person.
A young person who was uprooted from her Oklahoma home and transported across the globe to maneuver the nuances of life in Samoa. The storyline was compelling and the writer possesses an obviously strong set of wordsmithing skills.
I had scheduled a meeting with Ms. Pokerwinski and despite my efforts at finishing the book beforehand the last couple of chapters remained unread the morning of our get together.
We met at HTRJ discovering we both held Croton’s epicurean oasis in high esteem. Nan is a consummate storyteller with a gift for taking you along on her journeys and I found her company to be as agreeable in person as it was when accompanying her to Samoa during evening reads.
Being fairly forgetful (a rather chronic condition I can finally blame on age) I asked permission to tape our conversation. What I had not expected was the generally subdued (and eternally congenial) atmosphere in one of my favorite local haunts somehow seemed to draw a series of reunions among friends who greeted each other enthusiastically and engaged in multi table conversations that my device picked up on with more vitality than our rather low key chat.
Not willing to rely on my less than rapier-like memory, I emailed some of the same questions I previously presented but with some added awareness.
You see it wasn’t until after we met that I finished Mango Rash.
And it altered my thinking about the work.
Mango Rash transformed from a highly entertaining read with a healthy helping of charm to something a bit more.
Quite a bit more.
And here is our interview:
As a veteran of the print media field both on staff and freelance you are no stranger to writing.
Was this book always on the back burner?
When did you begin working on it and what led up to your decision to do so?
This book actually was not on the back burner. I had several other ideas for nonfiction books floating around before this one, but I was always too busy with my newspaper and magazine work to pursue them. Then, after attending my first writers' conference in 2004, I joined a writers' group in which we exchanged pages and critiqued one another's work. Just to have something to exchange, I started writing about my Samoa experiences. I'd always struggled to explain to anyone who hadn't been there what it was like to live on a tropical island as a teenager. The early drafts of the book were an attempt to do that and, in the process, understand why the experience had affected me so deeply.
You returned to Samoa. Tell us what that was like.
Did it help with writing the story or did it change the course of it in any way?
I returned in 1986, twenty years after I'd left. Coming back fulfilled a dream I'd had for all those years. It felt like a homecoming, because Samoa had come to feel so much like home during the time we lived there, and having to leave and move back to the States was heartbreaking. Fortunately, the 1986 homecoming was a joyful one—I was reunited with many old friends, and we took in the old sights, as well as new places that hadn't been there in 1966. Some of the changes were sad—a beautiful, palm-lined walkway along Pago Pago Bay where I’d spent happy times had been destroyed and turned into a storage area for shipping containers—but some places were unchanged, and the people were as warm as ever.
I’m sure that return visit informed the story, seeing how some things (and people) had turned out. I think it also reminded me how much a part of me the Samoa experience would always be.
It was a year that seemed to profoundly influence your life but the aftermath of your time there seems inundated with changes. Did your time in Samoa help you through this? Were you able to channel fa’a Samoa to help you cope?
That's very true—lots of changes and challenges were to come, and my time in Samoa most definitely helped me through all of those. In the Samoan people, I witnessed strength and steadiness in the face of adversity. There was no “why me?” attitude, but a kind of acceptance that was not resignation but grace. All part of fa’a Samoa--the Samoan Way. I tried to follow their example (and that of my mother, who possessed that same sort of grace) as I navigated my own difficult times.
Among other accolades you won 1st place at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in 2018. This led to being contacted by a publisher. What led you to the PNWA?
I entered the PNWA literary contest because every entry receives two manuscript critiques, and I thought the input would be valuable. When I found out I was a finalist and that winners would be announced at the annual meeting in Seattle, I mentioned it to my husband and said, "Too bad Seattle is so far away—too far to go." He said, "You should go! Maybe you'll win the contest, and you'll get a publisher." To which my response was, "Yeah, right." But we went, and I won, and the judge who selected my entry was Lynn Price of Behler Publications, who offered me a contract.
What surprised you most while writing the book?
What surprised me most was that even after thirty years of writing for a living, there was still so much I could learn about writing.
Next challenge? Currently working on?
My next challenge is surviving all the readings and signings I have scheduled over the next month or so and then, if I make it through all those, lining up some more. Another trip to Samoa has been in the works for some time, and we're hoping 2020 will be the year for that.
In terms of writing challenges, just getting back into regular writing after concentrating so much on publishing and promotion will be a challenge! Right now all I'm writing is my blog, HeartWood (nanpokerwinski.com/blog), and my monthly newsletter, Mango Meanderings. When things settle down, I'd like to unearth some projects I've started but put on hold: a novel about outsider art, creativity and madness; a childhood memoir with themes of inclusion, exclusion, and individuality; and a project that combines autobiographical collages with micro-memoirs. Also, my husband, Ray, and I have kicked around the idea of writing children's books based on the fairy stories he made up to accompany the fairy houses he created for Camp Newaygo's Enchanted Forest event.
And there are lots of non-writing-related things I'm looking forward to getting back into: more photography, hiking, native plant gardening, and travels with Ray.
What are you reading right now?
Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner, one of a big load of books I picked up at the last Croton Township Library used book sale
What book should everyone read?
I'm terrible at this kind of question. I can usually only think of the last good book I read. In this case, it's Educated, by Tara Westover.
There will be a celebration for the publishing of the book on Friday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main, Fremont. It will be a chance to socialize a bit with some cool folks, perhaps hear the author do a reading and, of course, get a signed copy of Mango Rash: Coming Of Age In The Land Of Frangipani And Fanta.
Because it is a worthwhile read.
A very worthwhile read.
Busy that day? Well Nan and her book will be at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids October 29th, the wonderful Croton Township Library November 2nd, epilogue books in Rockford November 9th, and Newaygo’s Flying Bear Books November 30. Full details are in the events section of her website, nanpokerwinski.com.
Iconic folk singer-songwriter John Gorka will perform at the Dogwood Center on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. The guitarist and songwriter’s wit and honesty has made him one of the most respected, beloved songwriters currently carrying on the folk tradition.
The award-winning, Minnesota-based folk singer tells real stories about real people. Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.”
After 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations, Gorka released his album "True in Time" in 2018, a 12 song collection he put together with long time producer, Rob Genadek.
Many well-known artists have recorded or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, eTown Hall and has appeared on CNN. His song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist Poet Laureate William Stafford.
Tickets are $22.50 for this Black Box performance and are available through the Dogwood Center Box Office, NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont, or on-line at www.dogwoodcenter.com. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
Festival comes to Grant Saturday
Sounds innocent enough but for one who has covered a few of these heated (pun intended) competitions this is some serious stuff. Want an education on the nuances of BBQing? All you have to do is take a stroll around and stop in for a visit with one of the more affable contestants.
Believe me there are aspects of this culinary art form that totally evade the common griller. I once judged a contest after being dragged into the role kicking and screaming. I stumbled through it but it was pretty intense and even my years as a referee and umpire failed to prepare me for what is involved when one is in the judges seat at these doings. Mine was pretty small and unofficial but speaking to a friend who had gone through the training required to be an officially licensed BBQ judge I recognized just how far over my head the role of Magistrate of Meat truly is.
But I digress
This Saturday at the Harvest Moon Festival in Grant the Qers will be starting their engines...oops I mean grills... at 9am. The judging is at 5pm and if you’ve never watched a group of dedicated grillers awaiting word on the merit of their meat, I encourage you to be there.
It’s truy on a scale of the old intro in Wide World of Sports depicting the thrill of victory and agony of defeat.
And speaking of the Harvest Moon Festival in food terms do not forget that following the pie judging (more up my alley but we weren’t asked) from 11am-noon the pies will be available by the slice with proceeds supporting the fine work being done by our friends at Love INC.
I'm thinking cherry all the way, though a chocolate cream variety would definitely sway me.
We already mentioned the cornhole toss competition, the soap box derby and pumpkin derby
but Harvest Moon has a lot more to offer including an auto show a kids pedal tractor pull at 1:30pm and live tunes at Old Iron starting at 4pm.
Fine fall family fun on tap in the Gateway City so pack up the fam and head for Grant.
For more information check out the Chamber website.
“Shine On, Shine on Harvest Moon
Up in the sky…”
A familiar song to be sure. Laurel and Hardy performed it in the film Flying Deuces but the best rendition is the one by Leon Redbone on his album Double Time...but we digress.
In Grant this weekend the Harvest Moon Festival celebrates the season with the time honored activities that have enjoyed popularity over the years as well as some new offerings. All activities will be held in the downtown area.
Got an eye for cornhole? Do you dominate at family reunions? Are you a much desired partner at gatherings? Do you bring your own bags to the court?
Here’s your shot at facing down some top level competition at the Boss of the Toss Charity Cornhole Tourney.
You may not know a cowpie from a shucker but if you’re possessed with a good eye and a thick enough skin to deflect the occasional obnoxious victory celebrations (we think this might be part of the sport) sign up from 11am-12:30pm at Old Iron. Then start preparing (stretching, maybe a few calisthenics) for the 1 oclock competition.
Here’s hoping for a Romanyk or two coming your way that day instead of the dreaded leprechaun.
Remember Soap Box Derby? Well, it never went away. They have been racing these non motorized vehicles since 1934.
If you have never seen one, a golden opportunity awaits in Grant as races will be held beginning at 10am and finishing up at noon. Check it out.
And it might not be the elegant coach created out of a pumpkin for Cinderella but slap some wheels on your pumpkin (limit 2 axles) and give it the kind of look that will send it to victory in the Pumpkin Derby.
Open to those 15 and under in 3 weight classes 10lbs and under, 11-19 lbs and 19lbs and up. Oh and those weight classes? Pumpkins, not kids.
The cost for entry?
3 canned goods for Love Inc. Registration 1030a-Noon at the Fire Department. Derby begins at 12:30pm.
We’ll be back later this week with more Harvest Moon goings on but seriously, start honing those tossing skills.
Because there aren’t any participation trophies in Boss of the Toss. You gotta earn it.
By Ken DeLaat
Photos by Lil and Ken DeLaat
Why Prince Edward Island?
Well, why not? After all we had never been there.
Of course we’ve never been to Tristan da Cunha nor even made a brief sojourn or two to places like Shreveport or Dubuque but to my knowledge Lucille Maud Montgomery never wrote about any of those places and Lifetime Spousal Companion Lil, an Anne of Green Gables fan, had always talked about seeing the land Ms. M. wrote so charmingly of.
Thus we decided a trip to PEI would be a welcome respite from the rigors of the monarch ministry Lil has embraced, so once the care of the winged wonders was temporarily placed in the capable hands of our daughter we embarked on this latest adventure.
I’ve never read the book nor any of her rather extensive anthology of novels but, being always up for travel, the notion of exploring a heretofore unvisited section of the continent was appealing.
True to form I did very little research, preferring to arrive without preconceived notions. Well, other than arranging for a place to stay via one of the scads of sites specializing in such things and ensuring we would be near the locale of the various Anne attractions.
The trip began with a rather rocky and twice delayed flight to Halifax that arrived far past midnight. Now, while I despise flying more because of the time sequestered in a floating tin can of germs and the seemingly amped up entitlement of so many fellow passengers the idea of air travel doesn’t bother me in the least. But you know, when you’re already tired, boarded late due to some mechanical issues, and have been called back from the runway hearing the following from the pilot does not inspire a great deal of peace of mind.
“The plane has been making a strange noise but the mechanics have checked it out and they couldn’t find anything so we’re going to go ahead and give it a go.”
Ok, I thought. Who are these mechanics? Are they as tired as I am right now or are they 3rd shifters who are always tired and often crabby?
But fatigue can do wonders when it comes to allaying fears because all you really want to do is not be awake anymore.
And, hey, we made it.
After an overnight stay at the usual ubiquitous and unquestionably consistent chain hotel and the morning pickup of a rental car (that turned out to be a BMW of all things) we headed north for the island crossing the 9 mile (yes 9 miles) Continental Bridge and setting foot...well, tires I guess...in Prince Edward Island.
Color me stunned.
PEI is perhaps one of the most enchanting and beguiling places my eyes have ever been privileged to take in. It hasn’t the majesty of Lake Louise, nor the breathtaking vistas we have witnessed in the west and there aren’t the tropical paradise scenes like one finds in Kauai or the intriguing atmosphere of the pre hyper-developed Florida Keys.
But it is a drop dead gorgeous assemblage of geography that stole our hearts and made for a memorable week in this absolute jewel in the crown of our northern neighbor.
After the obligatory visit to several AOGG places of interest the remainder of the time was spent exploring this idyllic corner of the Maritimes. The capital city of Charlottetown with its bustling harbor area is awash with art, music, history and theater to be sure but it is beyond the town where one captures the spirit of the island. Rolling hills reveal pastoral settings and a rugged coastline that allows for miles of walking without the looming presence of high rise condos.
Our headquarters for the exploration was just outside the little burg of New Glasgow and the rather random selection of a B & B turned out to be a fortuitous one indeed. The Farmhouse Inn promised elegant country comfort and a more accurate description could not be conceived. We were welcomed to this exquisite temporary residence by Brent and Lisa the couple who own and operate the Inn as well as by the exceedingly sociable Arlo a fine canine specimen who accompanied us on our walks around the 50 acre homestead...walks that provided wonderful areas for quiet contemplation and relaxation.
This most congenial couple advised on the best local eateries including a harbor hugging haven for great food known as The Blue Mussel. TBM takes no reservations and folks begin lining up by late afternoon to experience the wonderfulness of their epicurean offerings. Among these delights one finds a bread pudding that can only be described as culinary perfection.
Lisa and Brent were the ideal hosts, provided many helpful hints as well as inside info about the island and were perhaps the most personable proprietors of any B&B we have visited over the years.
Their breakfast meals were sublime, the rooms were sunlit and airy and (huge bonus) there were bite-sized chocolates (good ones) at nearly every turn in the house.
We visited a gallery called The Dunes per their recommendation and found the never ending collection of intriguing artwork well worth the stopover to be sure. Particularly because through the back of the building we were treated to the most magnificent gardens I can ever recall having walked through and despite possessing a memory that might be a stretch to be even labeled as marginal, it is hard to imagine any place more impressive. Awash with innovative statuary and wooden sculptures of pure wonder The Dunes gardens held us captive for many hours with its serene tranquility and lush beauty.
While the island was populated with a sprinkling of September tourists it quickly became obvious that the summer months are a time when tourists inundate the PEI paradise as evidenced by the sea of places near the Anne site that cater to travelers with kids. There are amusement centers and the usual tourist trappings throughout the area around Cavendish all closed with the arrival of fall.
A word about the Anne of Green Gables phenomena. As I mentioned I had never read the book(s) but it quickly became obvious the hold Ms. Montgomery’s little heroine has on those who have. When we visited the house and grounds that inspired her stories the magic produced in her novels came alive in the faces of the travelers who had made the trek to PEI . The trail leading to the ‘haunted woods’ and ‘shimmering pond’ as well as our visit to Sugarbush and the china cabinet where her imaginary friend Katie Maurice resided produced a reaction of rapt wonderment in the legion of Anne lovers.
And as a non reader I found myself fascinated by her life story and the arduous journey required by any female author of her day.
We may never return to PEI since there are so many places we wish to visit in our retirement years (albeit perhaps not the aforementioned Tristan da Cunha), but this little piece of paradise and the captivating charm of the Farmhouse Inn and its owners will remain ensconced in our remembrance with the utmost fondness.
The Harvest Fest in Fremont
Things got kicked off with their perennially pleasurable parade Thursday evening and sources have reported there was once again an absolute bumper crop of candy harvested. There are lots of activities for Saturday including a run, antique tractors and kids games in the park. Oh and it is homecoming at the high school so come on over to the football field Friday and back the Pack (or Grant if you are a Tiger fan) and check out the halftime goings on.
Pulaski Days in GR
If you’ve never listened to a polka band at Kosciuszko Hall while scarfing down some golumpki and kapusta you haven’t had the Pulaski Days experience. Back in the day when we lived in our metro neighbor to the south this weekend meant hitting up few halls for some great food and a celebration of all things Polish. Though it seems the old West Side is becoming a bit gentrified these days the halls that house such dedicated groups such as the Knights of Saint Casimir, the Polish Falcons and the St. Ladislaus Aid Society continue to provide the Pulaski Days spark as they have for decades and the beer and eats are a bargain.
Hippie Fest returns to Val Du Lakes Saturday
Ok, gotta tell you, it seems a bit strange to see something like this. We haven’t been to one and realize they are an opportunity to draw in the hippie wannabe crowd as well as providing a little nostalgia for those who may have, shall we say, dabbled a bit in the movement (“What? This is a movement?”).
We fully intended to make it to one this year. They gathered in Ionia around mid summer but things were busy and this Saturday doesn’t work either but hey, if you go let us know what it was like for you.
And if you come back and begin a campaign for one of the local community theater groups to put on “Hair, The Musical” ?
We’ll figure the experience was a fruitful one.
Red Flannel Days- Cedar Springs.
This is one of the oldest festivals around and if you need one more carnival fix before shutting it down for the winter they got one. Also a craft fair, beverage tent and an ocean of red because wearing a little crimson is semi-required during the festivities. Remember, you’ve been duly warned on this.
The Grand Parade is Saturday at 3pm and they are likely lining up already because this is a good one.
Innuendo at the RStop Saloon in Newaygo Friday 8pm
Zach of Bass Case at Newaygo Brewing Co Saturday 12-4pm
Fine Arts meet the performing arts on stage at the Dogwood Center! Artrageous performs on Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. with their troupe of 11 artists, dancers and musicians. Their high energy performance is a combination of fine art, live music, singing, dancing, humor and interaction in a frenzy of movement and color.
Artrageous is a totally unique concept that invites community and a sense of togetherness as the whole show culminates in a one of a kind live art installation at the end of each concert.
Experience the thrill of witnessing giant masterpieces being created before your eyes in mere moments and join the challenge to see if you can guess what is being created. Artrageous artists use bold colors with hands and brushes as they are inspired by the troupe’s vocalists, musicians and dancers as they race to complete the paintings before the last note.
Artists, using hands, brushes and other objects, create visual art pieces making lines and shapes on giant canvas’ while the audience is intrigued to guess what each painting will become. Lines and brush strokes become portraits of famous icons in a matter of moments. All the while, live musicians are performing popular musical styles from pop to country to Artrageous original music with Artrageous’ powerful vocalists creating smooth harmonies. The Artrageous dancers incorporate dance moves that the audience learned before the show and the audience can’t help but dance in the aisles and at their seats.
This main stage performance begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $5 children 18 and under. Tickets are available online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont.
The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For information, phone 231.924.8885.
Gerber Memorial, Tamarac hay art connects community with freebies, via social media
FREMONT– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is giving fans of its hay art a way to showcase their photo skills – and get a chance to win free nutritious food and beverages.
As part of the Harvest Festival and running from Sept. 30 through Oct. 11, Gerber Memorial and Tamarac, a member of Spectrum Health invite visitors to take selfies, post them on Facebook and tag the entities.
Those who take selfies on Tamarac’s get on board with fitness-themed hay art and tag @tamaracwellness will get a free nutritious junior fruit smoothie when they show the tagged photo to staff at the café at Tamarac. Tamarac’s boat is located on the south side of Veterans Memorial Park in Fremont. Each entrant is limited to one smoothie.
Those who take selfies with Gerber Memorial’s cancer awareness-themed hay art and tag @gerberhealth will be entered into a drawing for a free meal voucher at the Sullivan Street Café, located on the first floor of the hospital. One winner will be selected each day throughout the 12-days. The cancer awareness hay art is located at Gerber Memorial Pediatric and Walk-In Clinic at 204 W Main Street in Fremont.
New Grand Rapids Public Museum Exhibit Opens in November; Tickets now on sale.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today that tickets are now on sale for the return of the traveling exhibit, Bodies Revealed, opening November 16, 2019.
The exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before.
Admission to Bodies Revealed is $15 for adults, $10 for children, $12 for Kent County resident adults, $7 for Kent County resident children, $7 for Museum member adults and member children. Tickets include general admission to the Museum, and can be purchased online at grpm.org or by calling 616.929.1700.
Each ticket to Bodies Revealed will be stamped with a specific entry time. When buying tickets, visitors may make reservations for any time slot during the run of the exhibition.
Museum members can be the first to see the new exhibit at the members only preview on Saturday, November 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. Member preview tickets are available at grpm.org/Bodies.
This phenomenal exhibition about the amazing and complex machine we call the human body, showcases 10 real full bodies and more than 100 organs and partial body specimens. The exhibition respectfully displays each specimen to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work. With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals.
Many of the whole body specimens are presented in vivid athletic poses that allow visitors to better understand their own everyday motions and activities, while other specimens illustrate the damage that can be caused to organs by habits like over-eating, lack of exercise and smoking.
The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a technique called polymer preservation. The process permanently preserves human tissue through the use of liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs.
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