Christmas in Fallasburg 2018

An old-fashioned Christmas party in Fallasburg rings in the season

By Emma Palova

It was a night to remember: good food, great friends and live music by band Hawks & Owls. After months of preparations for the annual signature event and fundraiser of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS), the party was a smash hit.


People streamed in from all over West Michigan, a sign of changing times; most of them found out about the party from Facebook and Twitter. The great coverage from the Lowell Ledger helped immensely.
For those who came late, there was no food left or libations. The Christmas buffet consisted of turkey and all the trimmings, two types of meatballs, pasta and stuffing, plus different salads and deviled eggs.
A lot of credit for the food goes to Patty Brechbiel, as well as other ladies of the FHS. The epic dessert buffet was partially created by Joann Childs.
The elaborate dessert selection featured nutty bars and devil’s cake, among others. But mostly it was the camaraderie of the event that brought it home.
The one-room schoolhouse was beautifully decorated with electric candles, and the drive across the lit Covered Bridge at the speed of walking enhanced the historic atmosphere of the pioneer 1840s village founded by John W. Fallas.
The party was capped off by a huge bonfire at the Fallasburg Base Ball Field.
“We never know how many people will come out,” said FHS president Ken Tamke. “This was a huge turnout.”
“Villager Craig Wood spent the whole year building the bonfire,” said Tamke.
The party started in 2006 and it is Tamke’s brainchild. Previously the FHS hosted a “wild game” dinner at the Fallas House. The Fallas House is small and not too many people could attend.
“We never made any money on it,” Tamke said. “The caterer did.”
Tamke lobbied to use the one-room schoolhouse instead, get a band, serve beer and wine, and to have a potluck.
“There was a brush pile in the field that first year, so we lit it,” Tamke said. “Craig Wood took over the fire. We’ve been going with the same formula ever since.”
The FHS volunteers put a lot of work into getting the old one-room schoolhouse ready for the annual event. This includes decorations, large round tables with red tablecloths and a buffet style dinner, while making sure everything works including the heater and electricity.
It is also the favorite FHS event considering the atmosphere in the historic pioneer village of Fallasburg all decorated for Christmas.
Everybody enjoyed the music by live band Hawks & Owls that has been playing at the party since its beginning. They played non-stop.
The huge bonfire warmed up the night in a large radius around it. People gathered in a circle around the bonfire for great conversation and to enjoy the warmth of the fire.
The bell in the belfry at the schoolhouse announced the end of the party.
Happy holidays.
More holiday festivities coming to Lowell:
Visit Santa on the Riverwalk with photos by Bruce Doll:
Saturdays Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Christmas in Fallasburg

ON DECEMBER 6, 2018 BY EMMAPALOVA IN CHRISTMAS IN FALLASBURG, COVERED BRIDGES, FALLASBURG HISTORIC VILLAGE, FALLASBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, HISTORY, PURE MICHIGAN, UNCATEGORIZED

Old-fashioned Christmas in Fallasburg

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI – This year the party is set for Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A $20 donation is requested at the door.

Step into the holiday spirit as you cross the beautifully lit Covered Bridge into the 1840s pioneer village. However, you can only drive at the speed of walking or you get a fine of $5; so the sign on the bridge states.

The Christmas party is a premier event and a fundraiser for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).
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“We never know how many people will come out,” said FHS president Ken Tamke.

“Villager Craig Wood spent the whole year building the bonfire,” said Tamke.

The party started in 2006 and it is Tamke’s brainchild. Previously the FHS hosted a “wild game” dinner at the Fallas House. The Fallas House is small and not too many people could attend.

“We never made any money on it,” Tamke said. “The caterer did.”

Tamke lobbied to use the one-room schoolhouse instead, get a band, serve beer and wine, and to have a potluck.

“There was a brush pile in the field that first year, so we lit it,” Tamke said. “Craig Wood took over the fire. We’ve been going with the same formula ever since.”
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The FHS volunteers put a lot of work into getting the old one-room schoolhouse ready for the annual event. This includes decorations, large round tables and a buffet style dinner, while making sure everything works including the heater and electricity.

It is also the favorite FHS event considering the atmosphere in the historic pioneer village of Fallasburg all decorated for Christmas.

Everybody enjoys the music by live band Hawks & Owls. They play non-stop. You can ride your snowmobile in. You will enjoy new dishes like the delicious French green bean casserole, as well as the mainstay meatballs in two different versions, turkey and stuffing.

The huge bonfire warms up the night in a large radius around it. People gather in a circle around the bonfire for great conversation and to enjoy the warmth of the fire.

The bell in the belfry announces the end of the party.

I feel honored to be a part of the FHS preservation efforts including the Christmas magic in Fallasburg.

Thank you for a great year. Looking forward to 2019. Happy holidays.

Veterans at Fallasburg Cemetery

Remembering our veterans in 2018

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Honor a veteran on this Veteran’s Day 2018

Fallasburg veterans biographies

Fallasburg, MI -The following information is from Faded Footsteps website by Alan Teelander of Lowell. Teelander is dedicated to compiling military information on veterans from all over the USA.

World War II

Conrad Allan Bradshaw, US Navy, World War 2, Lowell, MI 49331 N42°59.034, W085°19.109

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Conrad Allan Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Ensign Branch of Service: United States Navy Arrival Date: 1 Apr 1944 Muster Roll Date: 30 Apr 1944 Duty Unit or Comments: Personnel In India Duty Location: Calcutta, India

Veterans at Fallasburg. WWii veteran Conrad Alan Bradshaw. Veterans at Fallasburg. WWII veteran Conrad Alan Bradshaw.

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Creepy

Ghost hunting for Willy Moon at  Fallasburg Cemetery

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI- Here are more highlights from Saturday’s ghost hunt and walk in the pioneer village of Fallasburg conducted by the Michigan Paranormal Alliance.

The spookiest spot was definitely the  Fallasburg Cemetery, a new addition to the haunted village walk.

The M.P.A. detected the most ghost activity at the cemetery, where the hunt for Willy Moon’s grave ensued. It was Willy who pointed the divining rods in the direction of the Moon gravesite.

See previous story: Ghosts at Fallasburg

For a complete experience, since the haunted event was sold out stay tuned for  the video from the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse on  youtube.

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Ghosts at Fallasburg

Get spooked at Fallasburg. Just in time for Halloween, the Michigan Paranormal Alliance (M.P.A.) conducted an investigation for the presence of ghosts at the pioneer Fallasburg village on Saturday. The sold-out event brought more than 40 people to the village.
“This is a fundraiser for the Fallasburg Historical Society,” said FHS vice-president Tina Siciliano Cadwallader.
The unique spooky event combined history with Halloween.
“I enjoyed the musems,” said participant Teresa Medich of Burton.

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Michigan Paranormal Alliance finds ghost activity at Fallasburg village

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI – Just in time for Halloween to get spooked by findings of ghost activity at the Fallasburg pioneer village located three miles northeast of Lowell.

The Saturday night ghost walk organized by the Fallasburg Historical Society in conjunction with the Michigan Paranormal Alliance (M.P.A.), brought out more than 40 people. They split into four groups and set out to hunt for ghosts at different locations throughout the 1840s pioneer Fallasburg village.

As the one-room Fallasburg schoolhouse dipped into pitch black, ghost hunters from group two heard a distinct thump, thump, thump of feet walking by the desks near the windows. And then, came a bang from the storage room. Ghost hunter Peggy Kotecki ran out to see if it wasn’t coming from the outside.

Indeed, it wasn’t.

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Fallasburg Village Haunting

The Fallasburg Village Haunting takes place tonight. The special event conducted in conjunction with the Michigan Paranormal Alliance (M.P.A.) is a fundraiser for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).

Four groups of people will rotate in the museum buildings.

Guided by the M.P.A., the teams will be searching for the presence of ghosts.

Lore has it that the Tower Farm built by Orlin Douglass is indeed haunted.

Watch for the results of the investigation on http://emmapalova.com, http://fallasburgtoday.org and in the local paper The Lowell Ledger.

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Join the FHS on Google +

To follow  the Fallasburg Historical Society progress join us also on Google+

Just click the link below.

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Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas in Fallasburg party on Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A $20 donation is requested to benefit the Fallasburg Historical Society.

The party features a fancy buffet, beverages and music by Hawks & Owls. It is topped off by a bonfire.

It is a once in a lifetime experience as you cross the Covered Bridge into the 1850s pioneer village.

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Fallasburg Village Haunting

Ghosts at Fallasburg sell out

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI -Tagging on to the huge success of  both events, the  Covered Bridge Bike Tour and the Fallasburg Village Bazaar, the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) is moving ahead with another fall event.

The 2nd  Village Haunting will take place on Oct. 27 at the  pioneer village of Fallasburg. The event is a  public paranormal investigation with the  Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA).

Sign in is  from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Participants will accompany  MPA to investigate three historical buildings:  the  one-room schoolhouse, the Dave Misner House and John W. Fallass House.

 

 

“The main purpose of  the event is to raise money for the buildings maintenance  and to see if we have ghosts,” said FHS vice-president Tina Siciliano Cadwallader.

Four groups of 10 people will be  rotated from one location to the other. They will be trained on how to use “haunting” equipment and/or trained how to use simple items like cell phones and a flashlight for their own research of their “haunted places.”

The team will also answer questions and they will have a medium too. The psychic medium is Rosemary Lelieveld with team members:

David Matson
Rosemary Lelieveld
Edwin Lelieveld
Lisa Sekeet
Lil Kotecki
Jason Kotecki
Peggy Kotecki
Sue Nielsen
“The whole idea is helping souls reside in place in this life and next,” said Lelieveld, “We educate people and empower.”
The team has been together for 20 years, and each team member has had a paranormal experience. They will be using various equipment inside the historical buildings such as: EMF meters that measure electromagnetic fields, movement, pressure and other anomalies created by an entity such as a ghost.
“Electromagnetic field can be a conduit for paranormal activity,” said Lelieveld.  “We will be looking for abnormal anomalies first on a scientific level.”
Secondly comes, where science meets spirit.
“If the devices show activity where we can feel and communicate with a ghost,” she said. “I was born with that natural ability.
There is a distinct difference between a ghost and a spirit.
“A ghost is a soul that hasn’t crossed over,” Lelieveld said. “Spirit is a human soul that has crossed to the other side. The whole idea is to communicate with the ghosts that are present.”
People will get to observe how the professional team works together.
“Many people have fear of the unknown,” she said. “There is no reason to be afraid.”
The Michigan Paranormal Alliance team donates all their work and time to give back to communities. They have investigated public places such as Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Trinway Mansion, Mansfield Reformatory, businesses and private homes.
Lelieveld also offers private readings. Her first paranormal experience was when she was 16 years old at a friend’s house.
“I had a conversation with her grandma,” she said.
The friend was surprised to hear that: “My grandma has been dead for five years.”
As a group, they had many paranormal experiences.
“We all had different experiences, some heavier,” she said. “It’s hard to single them out.”

“We have comparison data  from two years ago to look over and see what the differences are, if any,” said  Siciliano Cadwallader.

All proceeds benefit the preservation efforts of  FHS.

The event is sold out.

 

 

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Fallasburg bazaar vendor line-up & app, set-up info

Arts/Crafts/Bazaar in the Village of Fallasburg Park

2018

Saturday September 15th and Sunday September 16th

10:00am-5:00pm (both days)

New this year are 30 more signs directing traffic into the village from both west and north entrances  and throughout the park. Once you enter the park, hang a slight right onto the Covered Bridge Road.

These are our vendors who will be located under the tents along the Covered Bridge Rd.  once you cross the Covered Bridge into the historic village.

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Anna Marie-Fairy Houses

Karen Weller-Jewelry

Karen Roden- Chimes

Sandy- Sandy’s Fudge

Kelli Miller- Kelli’s Bags

Larry Rosland- Bird Houses

Marsha Plummer- Soap

Marsha/Doug – Stone Art

Michelle-Antiques/Gifts

Melinda Vandenberg-Clothing

Kayla Shaw-Clothing

Whites Bridge Group- informational

Local author Emma Palova

Local author Emma Palova will have a book  signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories in the one-room schoolhouse from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on  both days. For more info go to EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com

Fallassburgh Flats Vintage Base Ball team

On Saturday, September 15 only, the Fallassburgh Flats, the 1860’s Vintage Base Ball Club will culminate their season by hosting their annual Fall Finale, The John Wesley Fallass Invitational Vintage Base Ball Tournament in Fallas Field across from the Fallasburg Schoolhouse.  Admission is free.  Preliminary games begin at 10:00AM with semi-final and final games in the afternoon followed by an awards ceremony around 5:00PM.  For more information on the Fallassburgh Flats, and their regular season schedule go to:  fallassburghflats@gmail.com

 

 

Vendor app

The Fallasburg Historical Society invites you to join our 2-day Arts/Crafts/Bazaar in the Village of Fallasburg Park, located east of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event will be host to unique crafts and food booths and is also home to a museum, village and vintage baseball tournaments! We are located in Fallasburg Park, one of Kent County’s most beautiful public parks – the 76-acre park is located on the inspiring Flat River. When you cross the Historic Covered Bridge, into our charming village, you will be taking a step back in time.

We plan to capture some of the annual attendees to the Fallasburg Festival of the Arts, which will be held in the park during the same dates, with estimated traffic of 20,000-30,000! The Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts has been voted #39 of the festivals, nationwide, by 2012 readers of Sunshine Artists Magazine, and has been called “a unique event that develops the potential of its extraordinary historical setting”, by http://www.artfaircalendar.com.

Admission AND Parking for the Arts/Crafts/Bazaar is FREE.

Important Dates:

Show Dates: September 15th & 16th, 2018

(One day participation is an option – no discount to booth fees)

Selection Procedure:

A group, comprised of Fallasburg Historical Society board members, will serve as the selection committee to ensure a diverse range of crafters whose work is of original quality and that represents a variety of creative styles for the Village Bazaar. NOTE – if you are in receipt of this application, you are already (pre)qualified by a board member to join us!

Fallasburg Historical Society has a policy to provide equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all programs, activities and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

Company/

Artist Name: _____________________________________________________

Contact Phone: _________________ Alternate Phone: _______________________ email address: ___________________________________________________________

Desired Booth Size: Single: __________ Double: __________

Description of items to be offered (check all that apply):

__________ Antiques __________ Shabby Chic

__________ Flea Market __________ Arts and Crafts

__________ Arts and Crafts __________ Clothing

__________ Leather __________ Wood/Woodworking

__________ Glass __________ Metal

__________ Ceramics __________ Toys

__________ Furniture __________ Jewelry

__________ Floral __________ Soaps

__________ Pottery __________ Candles

__________ Other

Please provide a description of merchandise to be sold:

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

The sale of real weapons, play weapons, drug paraphernalia or alcohol related items is prohibited and the Committee has the right to accept or reject any vendor, articles or display.

Rules:

• Only one crafter (or crafter collaboration) per booth.

• Committee reserves the right to request removal of sale items that are inconsistent with

submitted craft/implied merchandise.

• Booth must be staffed for duration of Arts/Crafts/Bazaar.

• Crafter is required to donate an item valued at $10 or more in addition to booth fee. Such

donation will be used as a fund-raiser for the historical society at a later date- so having your crafter information on item is key for future sales from winner and family of winner.

Village Event is a “rain or shine” event. Crafters should be prepared for inclement weather.

Booth Information:

• Single booth – 12′ x 12′ (physical space of set-up) $50

• Double booth – 12′ x 24′ (physical space of set-up) $100

(limited number of double booths available and will be assigned in the order of receipt of deposits/requests)

• Set-up is Friday, September 14th, 2018, 12:00pm – 8:00pm (if you prefer to set-up on Saturday morning, set-up MUST be complete prior to 10am, when the event opens)

• Securing your booth “after hours” is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. The Fallasburg Historical

Society is not responsible for any loss or damages.

(we will have personnel on- site overnight, but we cannot be held responsible for

securing vendor merchandise)

• Take down is 5pm Sunday, September 16th, 2018 (right after the event)

• Electricity and running water are NOT available

• Generators are NOT allowed

• For crafters only: we have a Historic home designated for your use. It has a bathroom and

limited kitchen to take a break and enjoy your lunch. Again- this is not for public use- we have a bathroom at the one room school-house for your customers.

Parking:

• Vendor parking will be directly behind your booth – to ensure convenient access to your merchandise.

• Guests/Customers will have designated parking areas through the Village.

Waiver/Acceptance:

I/We agree to assume all risk associated with participating in this Bazaar; including, but not limited to, falls, accidents, effects of weather and/or any other loss, cost or damage. By signing this document and/or submitting the entry fee, I/We, agree to waive, release and hold harmless, the Fallasburg Historical Society, sponsors and volunteers from any and all claims, liabilities, demands, loss, cost and expense, of any kind, arising out of my participation in this event. I/We have read and agree to this waiver and will abide by the rules and regulations for the Village Bazaar.

Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ________________

Any questions can be emailed to: michelle_emaus@yahoo.com or call 616-648-0048.

Please submit your application/deposit to:

Arts/Crafts/Bazaar -2018

725 Lafayette St

Lowell, MI 49331

All checks should be made payable to: Fallasburg Historical Society.

September message from FHS president

Get ready for fall events @Fallasburg

Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers who made the 24TH Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour a smashing success. For doing your part to help preserve Historic Fallasburg Village with your registrations, thanks to all our riders, the largest turnout in several years.  And, thanks to Mother Nature, you gave us the perfect day for everyone to explore some of West Michigan’s most beautiful scenery.

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FHS president Ken Tamke

As we closed up shop at the end of the event we had much to celebrate.  Again, our gastronomical goodies from volunteers; the “cookie baker network” cookies and the culinary Italian Country-Style meal served al fresco from our Tuscan kitchens, set our bike tour apart.  Not possible to walk away from us hungry!

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There were sore muscles that night amongst the tourers I’m sure, but no injuries-0.  Two blown tires and a broken chain resulted in rides from our SAG Driver (Support and Guidance) back to Fallasburg Village mid-route for a handful.  That was the worst of it.  An earlier meal at the Fallasburg Village Cyclist’s Café the consequence.

The Fallasburg Historical Society was pleased to contribute to the League of Michigan Bicyclists, “$1 Per Rider” program helping promote cycling in our State and make Michigan a safer place to cycle as we have since 2010.

Plan for the 25th Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Next years event, the 25TH Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour on Sunday, July 7, 2019 will be a milestone.  Planning has already begun after catching our breath from the 24TH.  We always welcome ideas, feedback, and participation as we prepare.  Contact us through our website at www.fallasburg.org

Fall for Fallasburg

September and October are visitor favorites for fall color viewing in Fallasburg Village, and of special note are: Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, and Saturday, October 27.

Fallasburg Village Bazaar set for Sept. 15 & Sept. 16

On Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, the 50TH Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts will unfold in adjacent Fallasburg Park. Venture just across the Fallasburg Covered Bridge from the park after art, get a little history, and take a step back in time.  From 10:00AM – 5:00PM both days, the Fallasburg Historical Society Bazaar offers self-guided walking tours of our historic village with free admission to all our museums; the Schoolhouse, the Fallas House, and the Misner House, then come browse our old- fashioned Bazaar of artisans and their crafts under tent.  Enjoy food and refreshments. For more information on the Fallasburg Historical Society, and the Bazaar:  www.fallasburg.org

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Fallasburgh Flats Vintage Base Ball Tournament

On Saturday, September 15 only, the Fallassburg Flats, our 1860’s Vintage Base Ball Club will culminate their season by hosting their annual Fall Finale, The John Wesley Fallass Invitational Vintage Base Ball Tournament in Fallas Field across from the Fallasburg Schoolhouse.  Admission is free.  Preliminary games begin at 10:00AM with semi-final and final games in the afternoon followed by an awards ceremony around 5:00PM.  For more information on the Fallassburgh Flats, and their regular season schedule:  fallassburghflats@gmail.com

Local author Emma Palova book-signing at one-room schoolhouse

Emma Palova will have a book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on Sept. 15 & Sept. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the one-room schoolhouse.  Come and chat with the Czech-born author about her book. You can buy your copy locally. Check EW Emma’s Writings at http://emmapalova.com for more info about the book signing.

Ghost Walk at the Fallasburg village

On Saturday, October 27th, “Boo”!  It’s a “Ghost Walk.”  The Fallasburg Historical Society will be hosting a paranormal investigation in collaboration with the Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA). Sign in begins at 6:30PM and runs to 7:00PM at the Fallasburg Schoolhouse.  You will accompany MPA on your “Ghost Walk” from 7:00PM – 9:00PM to investigate/research 3 historic buildings and the Fallasburg Village Cemetery. We have less than 10 tickets left @ $40 each that include your research w/MPA, beverages/snacks, and an event t-shirt. Call 616-560-9109 for tickets.

Christmas in Fallasburg set for Dec. 8

If you’re a “calendar marker, Saturday, December 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM, it’s “Christmas in Fallasburg”, A Community Celebration!  Come for music and merriment at the Fallasburg Schoolhouse, finish in Fallas Field at the Fire!

I share with you a communication we received that sums up the “Fallasburg Experience” whether serendipitous, or scheduled.  Come for a visit and see for yourself!

Sincerely,

Ken Tamke, President

Subject: just happened to be travelling through…

Message:
May 5, 2018

Dear FHS,

Thanks so much for all that you folks have done along the Flat River there in Fallasburg. My wife and I were trying to take a shortcut from I-96 to M91, and we found ourselves just north of Lowell, saw the signs, and thought, “Why not?” The park, bridge, historical community, and especially the road that lead us east out-of-town was the perfect unplanned way to slow down, enjoy, and spend a spring day in our area of Michigan. We eventually found our way to M91 and headed for home in Remus. But, whenever we have the chance, we’ll be sure to revisit Fallasburg again. Keep up the good work! BTW, I’m sending my $5 fine…I think I went faster than a walk! God bless.

 

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