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BB&E Focus Group, March 22nd 6pm Old Town Hall

Your are Cordially invited to

Beets, Beats, and Eats Farmers Market

Focus Group

March 22, 2016

6pm at Old Town Hall

refreshments provided

(Rescheduled from March 1, 2016 due to Winter Storm Warning)

Is there anything better during the winter than talking about the summer?  Yes, maybe escaping to a tropical beach is better – but for most of us, this is great!  Please come by and tell us about your experiences of BB&E, the unconventional Farmers market in Downtown Ortonville.  We are providing dinner and refreshments to everyone who can come share some thoughts and time with us.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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Monarch “Migration”, Sunday June 21st during CreekFest in Downtown Ortonville

butterfly2Kids from 4 to 94 and pets are flexing their monarch wings, getting ready to “fly” in the Ortonville Monarch “Migration” on Sunday, June 21, the last day of Ortonville’s 2015 CreekFest celebration. Calling attention to the peril of the iconic monarch butterfly, whose numbers have decreased dramatically in recent years, people and pets will gather at 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 21, at Heritage Garden, a Monarch Waystation at Church and Mill Streets, next to Old Township Hall. They’ll learn about the Monarch’s amazing migration, then put on or carry their monarch wings, and “fly” four blocks to the West, to CreekSide Garden, our second Monarch Waystation next to Kearsley Creek by the Old Mill..

(Note: The 2015 “migration” route is the reverse of last year’s route, starting instead of ending at Heritage Garden.)

Starting on April 15, Monarch wings will be available at the Village Offices for a donation to Monarch Watch. Monarch wings can also be home-made, or purchased on the internet.

The monarch cannot complete its life-cycle without milkweed, its larval host-plant. Milkweed has been disappearing from our local landscape, (largely due to development and herbicides). Participants will be shown the native milkweed growing in both Monarch Waystations, and they’ll be given milkweed starts to take home and plant in their home gardens.

It was only when people began tagging monarchs that the magnitude of their migration feat was realized: flying from Mexico 15,000 miles to Canada in one season, over four generations. Soon after that discovery, the monarch’s numbers began to plummet, largely due to agricultural insecticides and herbicides and the loss of milkweed, the Monarch’s larval host-plant, casting doubt on the monarch’s continuation as a species.

In addition to the “Migration” on June 21, Monarch impersonators are invited to “fly” in the Ortonville CreekFest Parade, on Saturday, June 20, starting at 10:00 am at Fletcher School, and ending at the Old Mill.

CreekFest Introduces “Monarch Migration” Butterfly event

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Have Wings?  Will Migrate

The CreekFest Committee is working with Brandon Schools toward a special activity to take place within CreekFest, (June 20-22) , called the Ortonville Monarch Flash-mob Migration. 

Recognizing the peril of our iconic monarch butterfly, whose numbers have decreased dramatically in recent years, kids from 4 to 94 will gather at 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 22, at CreekSide Garden next to Kearsley Creek by the Old Mill, put on or carry their monarch wings, and “fly” three blocks to the East to Heritage Garden at Church and Mill Streets.  Pets are welcome to “migrate” as well.  Little tots may join the “migration” at 1:15 at the CreekFest stage, at South and Mill Streets.

When they arrive at Heritage Garden, an adult “monarch” will tell them the story of the amazing annual monarch migration from Mexico all the way to Canada and back again.   The monarch cannot complete its life-cycle without milkweed, its larval host-plant, and milkweed has been disappearing from our local landscape, (largely due to development and herbicides).  Participants will be shown the native milkweed growing there, and milkweed seeds and starts, raised in several Brandon classrooms, will be given to each, to take home and plant in their home gardens, making sure there are nectar-bearing plants there for the butterflies once they’ve hatched.

Heritage Garden was certified a few years ago as a Monarch Waystation.  CreekSide Garden will be certified on June 22, to kick off the “migration”.  Both gardens, (native landscapes) have been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Habitats.  Immediately following the “Migration”, the documentary Flight of the Butterflies will be shown (free admission) at the Old Township Hall.   The film documents the discovery of the monarchs’ remarkable migration routes that until recently were completely unknown.  It was only when people began tagging monarchs that the magnitude of their migration feat was realized.  Soon after that discovery, the monarch’s numbers began to plummet, largely due to agricultural insecticides and the loss of milkweed, casting doubt on the monarch’s continuation as a species.

Elementary school teachers and students are helping by raising milkweed in their classrooms, and, with some luck, monarch chrysalises for release at the end of the “migration”.   Monarch wings and kits are available at the Village Offices for a donation to Monarch Watch.   For more information, contact Lois Robbins at (248) 969-2518  lois@robbinsmail.com.

The Ortonville Monarch Migration takes place on June 22nd, the last day of CreekFest, which spans four days this year, June 19-22.  CreekFest organizers are expecting over 2000 people to show up for the fun.  In addition to the Monarch Migration, CreekFest will feature a two-day market, a bigger-than-ever parade , a Headwaters King, Queen, , a Carnival,  Beer Tent, Fireworks, Amos Orton and Wife Lookalike Contest, a 10 K run and Minnow-Mile,  an Ortonville Has Talent contest,  Bed Races, a Bridge Troll Booth, a stunt-horse, a stage with live entertainment, and lots more!