Fallasburg bazaar shows potential

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- Nestled under the autumn foliage near the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, pioneer vendors tested the first annual bazaar waters last weekend.

Like the early village pioneers, they braved the wind and the rain. And finally the sun showed up.

But, it wasn’t just the nature’s elements, it was also the novelty of the venue. Most of them like the Hubbert’s Kettle Corn and Natures Serenity had the experience to pull off a show with a regular venue circuit all over west Michigan.

Nancy Price Stroosnyder with Whites Bridge Historical Society
Nancy Price Stroosnyder with Whites Bridge Historical Society.

Here at the village just a stroll away from the popular Fall Festival for the Arts they faced the unknown.

“Will people come, will they know where to go,” they questioned. “Where is my spot?”

The idea behind the village bazaar was to piggyback on an already established event, and mainly to bring awareness to the forgotten village.

However, crossing the Covered Bridge into the past was a challenge for most attendees at the fall fest. The fall fest in itself overwhelms with hundreds of booths, 47-year long tradition, a faithful following and a hard-to-get parking spot.

“We hoped to get some of that traffic,” said organizer Michelle Emaus. “We offer variety here.”

True, the vendors ranged from crochet hats and jewelry, welded art, rock art, wood sculptures with wool, clothing, wood carvings, paintings on wood, and repurposed furniture.

Becky Hubbert mixes Unicorn Poop kettle corn.
Becky Hubbert mixes Unicorn Poop kettle corn.

Moreover, the setting in the pioneer village amidst the Tower Farm & Barn and the Misner House on the east side evoked an atmosphere from the past.

“This has great potential,” said Steve Hubbert, inventor of Unicorn Poop kettle corn. “I can see booths all the way down to the bridge. Give it five years. Yes, I would come back, it would be a neat thing to be a part of.”

Hubbert gave up the profitable and parallel Alto Fest for the bazaar. But, he has no regrets. He got his money back, like most vendors who stayed through Sunday did.

Linda Kropf Phillips of Natures Serenity suggested  food booths and bringing in  a car show that would draw people to the bazaar, as well as better signage with an arrow.

“Make it fun for kids, have some games,” said Kropf Phillips, “Some old time music from way back.”

Natures Serenity by Linda Krops Phillips & Jerry Kropf.
Natures Serenity by Linda Krops Phillips & Jerry Kropf.

“Of course there are glitches,” said Marcia Alkema with Rock Art. “The Grand Rapids Public schools still has them.”

Alkema wowed to come back next year, if she can still get a good spot.

“I love it out here,” she said. “I’d rather be here than at the festival. It’s a prime location.”

Nancy Price Stroosnyder staffing the Whites Bridge Historical Society Booth said she would definitely come back next year.

“The Fallasburg Historical Society has helped us so much,” she said.

Approximately 20 people came to the village from a distance to explore the museum buildings. However, only the one-room schoolhouse museum was open for tours.

“It takes a team effort to put this together,” said Becky Hubbert. “You have to have the buildings open like you promised.”

The one-room school house enjoyed many visitors, mainly families with kids.

The kids explored the school and some played outside with the pump, others pulled the rope to ring the bell. At the same time, a vintage baseball tournament was taking place on the field. The Fallasburgh Flats played against the Ludington Mariners.

“You have to give it time,” said park manager Doug Wilbur. “This is only the first year.

For more info about the FHS go to: http://www.fallasburg.org

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Bazaar vendor map

Here comes the Fallasburg village bazaar

Here is the vendor map for the upcoming Fallasburg village bazaar this weekend located inside the Fallasburg Park at the 1830s pioneer village.Just cross the Covered Bridge and step back in time. Also included is the village map. The park is three miles north of Lowell, Michigan.

Map of vendors at the first annual village bazaar.
Map of vendors at the first annual village bazaar.

Why not become a member of the Fallasburg Historic Society to help preserve the pioneer village for future generations? Email FHS president Ken Tamke at kentamke@comcast.net

Map of the pioneer Fallasburg village.
Map of the pioneer Fallasburg village.

Here is a list of the vendors:

Fallasburg Village Bazaar set for Sept. 19th & Sept. 20th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. welcomes the following participants:

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Hubbert’s Kettle Corn – Home of the famous Unicorn Poop – Steve & Becky Hubbert

Kettle corn, cinnamon corn, caramel corn, cheese corn, Hubbert’s mix corn,

unicorn poop, frozen lemonade, jumbo pretzels w/cheese and bottled water

avadeldesigns.etsy.com
avadeldesigns.etsy.com

 Finger Stuck Felts – Kay Backstrom

Wool sculptures made from wool, using needles and wood-burning creations

Kathie’s Roadshow – Kathie Hollebeck

Womens jackets and tops, embellished sweater coats, scarves/jewelry and

deco mesh wreaths

Ava-Del Designs – Christine Dexter

Mixed media jewelry and crocheted hats

avadeldesigns.etsy.com

Mystic Mehndi – Jillian Hawkins/Jamie Shakleton

The service of applying henna to the body as a temporary “tattoo” – done on site with

aftercare instructions provided

Kropf’s Creations – Scott and Linda Phillips

Slabwood paintings, fabric jewelry, scarves, polished stones, coasters,

log wood furniture and magnets

Thunder Storm Rose Metal Art – Robert Rose (AKA “Franky”)

Recycled welding artist – taking salvaged and scrap metal objects and turning it into

artistic sculptures to be used as yard art

Rock art by
Doug and Marcia 

Rock art by Doug & Marcia
Rock art by Doug & Marcia

Rock candle holders, rock oil burning holders and necklaces made of shell rock from        Tennessee – all in its natural shape, cleaned and sealed.  Candles are also available for purchase

Shabby Chicnanigans – Michelle Emaus

Architectural salvage items and upcycled, shabby furniture and home accessories

Lowell Crew Team

 White’s Bridge Historical Society

 more still to come…

On Saturday only, there will be the final game of the Fallasburg Flats Base Ball team.

Featured photo is by Bruce Doll.

For more information on the village go to http://www.fallasburg.org

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Happy blogging to FHS

Check out “Fallasburg Today”. Come and explore the village.

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This is my latest status update. I am working with clients on social media marketing for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS), CJ Aunt Jarmilka’s Desserts and potential clients the Lowell Women’s Club and Americas Voices.

My first order of business was to set up a blog for them on the WordPress platform using different themes.

One room school house, a museum for the Fallasburg Historical Society One room school house, a museum for the Fallasburg Historical Society

For FHS I designed “Fallasburg Today.” Then came social media, that is establishing accounts on Facebook and twitter. And posting on regular basis.

I think the posting on regular basis is the biggest challenge, but also the key to success.

I do have to say that the folks at FHS embraced the social media project 100 percent. They gave me materials, photos and maps.

Map of Fallasburg bazaar vendors. Map of Fallasburg bazaar vendors.

I don’t think one can do it alone with the quantity of data. I appreciate…

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Fallasburg bazaar press release

First bazaar celebrates 50th anniversary of Fallasburg village preservation

Fallasburg, MI- The first annual bazaar opens in Fallasburg village on Sept. 19th & Sept. 20th  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature area vendors and crafters unique and separate from the Fall Festival for the Arts, which also takes place that weekend.

The pioneer village founded by John Fallas in the 1830s is located across the Covered Bridge three miles north of Lowell. It nestles in the Fallasburg Park with the one-room schoolhouse serving as the village museum.

John Fallass house museum
John Fallass house museum

The purpose of the bazaar is to bring awareness to the quaint village that most people don’t know it exists.

“It’s a hidden gem,” said Ken Tamke, president of the Fallasburg Historical Society. “I love that place. It’s a little hamlet that became forgotten.”

Tents with crafts, food and arts will be set up by the Misner and Tower houses. All buildings will be open for self-guided tours without any admission.

“We’re not affiliated with the arts council,” said Tamke. “It will be a concurrent event.”

The mix of artists will include rock and metal artists, clothing, recycled welding artist, upcycled shabby furniture and home accessories and many more.

Fallassburgh Flats vintage baseball team
Fallassburgh Flats vintage baseball team

“Just cross the bridge into the village and step back in time,” said organizer Michelle Emaus. “We will have a nice mix of artists. Our intent is not to duplicate art at the festival, but to piggyback on a successful event.”

The organizers are testing the water to make the village bazaar into an annual event.

“We welcome feedback,” said Emaus. “We’re hoping to make this into an annual event, if the traffic warrants it.”

On Saturday 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 Fallasburg Historical Society, and the Bazaar:  www.fallasburg.org

For more information on the Fallassburgh Flats, and their season schedule:  fallassburgflats@gmail.com

Following is a list of Fallasburg Village Bazaar participants:

Hubbert’s Kettle Corn – Home of the famous Unicorn Poop – Steve & Becky Hubbert

Kettle corn, cinnamon corn, caramel corn, cheese corn, Hubbert’s mix corn,

Unicorn poop, frozen lemonade, jumbo pretzels w/cheese and bottled water

 Finger Stuck Felts – Kay Backstrom

Wool sculptures made from wool, using needles and wood-burning creations

Kathie’s Roadshow – Kathie Hollebeck

Womens jackets and tops, embellished sweater coats, scarves/jewelry and

deco mesh wreaths

Ava-Del Designs – Christine Dexter

Mixed media jewelry and crocheted hats

avadeldesigns.etsy.com

Mystic Mehndi – Jillian Hawkins/Jamie Shakleton

The service of applying henna to the body as a temporary “tattoo” – done on site with

after care instructions provided

Kropf’s Creations – Scott and Linda Phillips

Slabwood paintings, fabric jewelry, scarves, polished stones, coasters,

log wood furniture and magnets

Thunder Storm Rose Metal Art – Robert Rose (AKA “Franky”)

Recycled welding artist – taking salvaged and scrap metal objects and turning it into

artistic sculptures to be used as yard art

Doug and Marcia Alkema

Rock candle holders, rock oil burning holders and necklaces made of shell rock from        Tennessee – all in its natural shape, cleaned and sealed.  Candles are also available for             purchase

Shabby Chicnanigans – Michelle Emaus

Architectural salvage items and upcycled, shabby furniture and home accessories

Lowell Crew Team

 White’s Bridge Historical Society

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