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Coopersville, MI

Museum seeks funds for stage, Coopersville, MI

The Coopersville Farm Museum is a regional showcase for traditional arts. In addition to exhibits on farming and rural life, the museum features local musicians year round on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month for Jam Night. Periodic concerts are scheduled to showcase local musicians. It has been decided by the Board of Directors to move forward with the suggestion to build a 25' stage with a barn motif. The structure will be used for musical events and intimate performances. The Coopersville ARea Arts Council is partnering with the Coopersville Farm Museum in hopes of doing Dinner Theatres. The museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a nice start on the stage fund between the Arts Council and several supportive members the funds are just over $2,000...$8,000 is still needed to make this dream a reality. Please contact the Coopersville Farm Museum director, LeeAnn Creager, to discuss your part in supporting this project. (616) 997-8555  (Nov 20, 2009 | post #1)

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Michigan's Bounty

In an effort to encourage people of Michigan to look around them and see all that is good, the Coopersville Farm Museum director selected the topic of "Michigan's Bounty" as the subject matter in the 8th Annual Photo and Art Contest. Nearly 200 entries were received and all are on exhibit through January 9, 2010. Prizes were provided by local merchants: Coopersville & Marne Railway, Coopersville Arts Council, Mark Douglas Real Estate, Family Fare, Coopersville Farm Museum, Coopersville Variety Store, Elves Antiques, Fashion Cents & More, Burger King, Williams Family Ministries, Arby's, Peppinos, The Bronco Connection, Tasker Drugs, Taco Bell, InterUrban Depot Cafe, McDonald's, and Northern Physical Therapy Services. Over $2,000 worth of prizes were awarded during the premiere at the Coopersville Farm Museum.  (Nov 20, 2009 | post #1)

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Art of Rural Life exhibit in Coopersville

Oil Painting Exhibit inside the Coopersville Farm Museum features the work of Mary Mol. Curator of Art at the Farm Museum, Mary Modderman, selects artists from the area to display their work in the Art of Rural Life and Chickenwire changing galleries every few months. Painting My Dreams by Mary Mol "I've worked hard getting to this part of my life! God has been good to me through so many trials and tribulations. But, as hard as life can be, some parts linger like music in your soul - simple farm machinery and old barns still make me homesick for mountains and open spaces. My family was mostly farmers and ranchers in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming. Childhood there is brief and busy spent helping with livestock and crops. Kids were expected to help eke out a living and help raise the other young'uns. My hands remember what plowlines feel like and the kind of music that saddle leather makes herding cows. And the endless inside tasks - meals, dishes, laundry and cleaning! I loved to draw as a kid but chores didn't leave much time except in the cold blue days of winter. Romance with its promises of easier paths tempted me to marry very young. "Easy," like fragile mountain wildflowers is a brief thing! Kids come rather quickly and sometimes, husbands leave… Too soon, all alone, I was raising a family and struggling to put food on the table! My hands were busy every waking hour - changing diapers, making meals, doing housework and holding jobs – hunting camp, cooking jobs or factory work. Experience is a stern teacher! Sometimes, between figuring out where the next meal would come from and my jobs, my mind would wander free…some day I'd paint or write while sitting on a mountain top taking in the view and eating ham and cheese sandwiches…(they'r e the easy to jam together quick)! But there was just no time or extra money for hobbies! There was time to play board games, go fishing, camping and laugh together – those things didn't cost much. We ate a lot of fish and made a whole lot of memories! If you can't laugh at yourself, you won't survive! And when they got old enough, the kids found jobs to help out. At 74, I've finally caught up with my elusive daydream mountain…in time to taste those sandwiches and a big slice of just desserts! For 5 years now, I've put lots of mountains on canvas to keep that itchy old habit of "busy" content! I enjoy selling my work and even winning blue ribbons. And God has blessed me with a new husband and new life leaving the hard times gentler memories. My kids, living creations, are the gold that eluded me so early! My greatest pleasure? Being asked to paint things for my kids' churches. Giving back through exhibits and donations brings such joy!"  (Nov 20, 2009 | post #1)

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Christmas trees decorated by groups at the Farm Museum

More than 30 Christmas trees have been decorated inside the Coopersville Farm Museum, from 1' tall to 10' tall, the trees sparkle everywhere you look. Individuals like Mary Dyke, Vicki Potgeter, Sue Hammond, Carol Courtade, Christine Scott, and Geneann Schaefer come in and decorate trees just because they enjoy doing it, schools like Trinity Lutheran and St. Michael's get the kids involved in making the ornaments to represent their school to the community, churches, groups, and businesses select themes that send a message or tell about their business, but they all have a unique look to them. Coopersville Farm Museum staff and volunteers prepare for the holiday season with additional trees and lights throughout the museum just in time for the Christmas Open House before the Santa Parade (sponsored by the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce) on Friday, December 4, from 5pm - 7pm. Gingerbread Houses start coming in on December 1 and will be displayed "while they last." Regular hours for the winter are Tues., Thurs., Sat. from 10am - 2pm.  (Nov 20, 2009 | post #1)

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Coopersville

Hometown:

Coopersville, Michigan

Neighborhood:

Between GR & the Lakeshore

Local Favorites:

Coopersville Farm Museum,Coopersville Area Arts Council

I Belong To:

Coopersville Rotary Club, Coopersville Area Arts Council, Coopersville Farm Museum, Coopersville United Methodist Church

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I'm at the Farm Museum...planning the next exhibit or event!

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There is always something to do in Coopersville

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http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org

I Believe In:

Community, shopping local, supporting small businesses, honoring coupons, treating customers like they are friends visting, networking, referrals, rural life, God, customer service, and being nice.