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Entries for May 2013

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Not Too Far To Walk

Among community developers the idea of creating walkable communities is the Holy Grail.  Walkability is measured in many different ways (see this website on what makes a walkable community).  We think Old Town is making great strides towards being more walkable, yet there are still many people that live and work close-by, people that would or should be the most likely to walk, yet in most cases they choose not to walk and complain about the lack of parking.  This is puzzling to us at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

If you think about big city life, say Chicago, parking your car turns into a long-term event.  This is out of necessity because it doesn’t make sense to move your car from one of the precious few parking spaces. Residents and visitors willingly release their dependence on cars and walk the city. People are more than willing to walk 6, 8, 10 blocks and even farther to their destination(s) even in cold, windy weather. 

To put this in perspective, the distance from the city center and State Capital building to Cravings in the heart of Old Town is 12 blocks, Lansing Community College is 10 blocks from Old Town, the Stadium District is 10 blocks from Old Town.  Distances from Downtown to Old Town are even shorter if you use the River Trail.  The distance from Arties Filling Station to Cravings is 2.5 blocks,  from Cravings to Zoobies is 3.5 blocks,  and Cravings to Golden Harvest is 2 blocks.  Pruess Pets to Cravings – 2.5 blocks, Cravings to Elderly Instruments, 2.5 blocks.

Too far to walk?  Really?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Pop Culture
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Are We There Yet?

“There was nothing like a Saturday - unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.” ― Nora Roberts, Rising Tides

Memorial Day is around the corner and vacation season is here. Before you take on a vacation that requires hours in the car and an endless litany of “…are we there yet?” – take a beat and Be a Tourist in Your Own Town.  Spearheaded by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on June 1st over 60 attractions open their doors to you with your special one-day passport. There is so much to see and do in mid-Michigan, you are going to have a great mini “staycation.”  From 10am to 5pm take a whirlwind tour of attractions using the dedicated CATA buses.  New this year is a check-in contest to win prizes by using your GPS enabled phone to go on a scavenger hunt for points.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town is a fun-packed day of sampling some of the area’s best attractions. Pack for the day by carrying along a backpack or satchel with all the necessary items to keep your family comfortable and able to keep moving.  Be sure to include drinks and snacks, and what could be better for snacking than a traveler bag of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn? Stop in before the 1st and stock up, or cruise in while you are touring Old Town. You’ll be glad you did, and so will we.

If you choose to Be A Tourist In Your Own Town, you’ll be able to answer the question “Are we there yet?” with the answer: “Yes we are!”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events
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Let The Vacation Season Begin

If you are planning a vacation this summer there is no better choice than a Pure Michigan vacation. Travel Michigan, the Great Lakes state, because it is perfect for boating, camping, hiking and swimming for the ultimate “Up North” vacation. The coast around our beautiful peninsula has 3,288 miles of shoreline which is more than any other state except Alaska.  That is probably why there are 829 boat access points, ten spectacular light houses punctuating our shores, and 97 state parks that offer unique natural beauty experiences.

While you are planning your vacation, we would like to suggest that you take Cravings along. Check out our online store for tins of flavor-sealed popcorn to purchase for your vacation snacking, the shipping is FREE.  Or, if you are local, just plan on making your last stop, before you hit the road a ,stop to our Old Town store on Turner Street in Old Town.  You can’t miss us, just look for the giant popcorn box. 

Pretty sure you will gobble up the popcorn long before the vacation is over – here are some suggestions for the empty tin:


-          Use the tin to scoop up some smelt from one of the many streams flowing into the lakes
-          Fill up your tin with the distinctive Petoskey stones that you find from your Lake                Michigan beach walk
-          Others like to collect small pieces of driftwood or sea glass for art projects, use the tin to    carry them home
-          At your camp site fill the tin with tinder for starting the fire and fill the tin with water for    dousing the fire out at the end of the evening
-           Flip the tin upside down and use it to sit on while you roast your marshmallows for     everybody’s campfire favorite – S’mores.  (Made with marshmallows, chocolate and                graham crackers)
-          Or, if you are really smart, you will save that tin for a refill at Cravings Gourmet              Popcorn to take on your next vacation.


Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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This is the time of year when most students are anxious to see the end of the school year.  It is harder and harder to concentrate on lessons when the great outdoors is promising long days of fun and new adventures.  The pace accelerates for the teachers and there is a frantic air as the list of things to accomplish before the end of the school year seems to get longer rather than shorter.

This week at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate National Teacher’s Day, and ways to say thank you. It is a good time to reflect on those teachers that gave you the powerful tools that have put you on your own path to success. Maybe this is a good week to acknowledge the teachers of your children (and maybe even your teachers) for their tireless efforts at providing not only education, but encouragement and empowerment.

I asked a friend of mine, a former teacher of second graders, to reflect on what those last days before the end of the school year were like for her.  “The end of the school year was always bittersweet. Although we teachers were also ready for the summer break, it was a bit sad that we would be saying goodbye the children that we had invested not only our time but our emotional energy for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week for 9 months,” said Suzy Winkel. “We have to say goodbye, and the best way is to remember what the students have accomplished and how they have grown. Truthfully, this is a big hand-off and I’m not going to lie, we worry about what is in store for these students over the summer and into the next school year. The only consolation is that we will have some time to rejuvenate and be ready for a new batch of students in September.”    

Suzy went on to reminisce about the one day at the end of the school year that created a sense of finality for students and teachers. “We called it rag and bag day. Each child was to bring a bag to carry all their personal belongings home and a rag to clean their desk. We cleaned the desks with shaving cream, which works surprisingly well and makes for a lot of fun for the kids.”

Might we suggest that a great gift to acknowledge a teacher would be a tall bag of Craving’s finest popcorn?  Tie a ribbon around it and attach a card with your expressions of gratitude for a school year well done!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events
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When people get together to share their talent in music and song, it's like the feeling you get when you sit around a campfire.  Good feelings, good times – at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we love that about our little corner of the world.  Take a look at this video, it is irresistible!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywmg9FFmuBs


Every Tuesday from May through October starting at 6pm until dusk Burchard Park in Old Town fills with music. Pickin’ in the Park is a weekly social affair and jam session for artists, musicians, and residents in the heart of Old Town.

Come on down, bring your instrument or just come to enjoy.  Stop in and see us at Cravings for some snacks.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Posted in: Events
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Small But Mighty, Ukuleles Strike the Right Note in Old Town

The ukulele fits the small but mighty description to a “T” – and perhaps that is why Mighty Uke Day is back by popular demand for the third year in a row.  It all happens in historic Old Town and includes a  festival atmosphere which brings together film, live shows, workshops, open microphone time, children’s activities, broadcast, strum-a-longs, jams, all in a celebration of the “people’s instrument.”  Organizer and ukulele aficionado, Ben Hassenger, commented on how he got interested in the ukulele-  “ In 2009 I took a trip to Hawaii and fell in love with the ukulele. When I got back I checked in with Stan Werbin from Elderly Instruments and we ended up forming the group LAUGH  (Lansing Area Ukulele Group) which meets every second Saturday at the Sir Pizza in Old Town.” 

In 2011they pulled together the first Mighty Uke Day in just six weeks; it grew in 2012, and this year they’ve really kicked it up a notch with the help of sponsors like Elderly Instruments and the new Old Town General Store.  “We kind of a kick-off the festival season in Old Town, we like to think we have the corner on quirkiness.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is proud to welcome this Old Town event which is scheduled for May 10 and 11, check out their website for a complete line-up of activities. There are free activities and some concerts which carry a cost. This year Mighty Uke Day will feature one of the world’s finest ukulele players, James Hill headlining with a special concert on Saturday, May 11. James is well known around the globe for his technical, songwriting, and educational skills. But most important James Hill is a thoroughly entertaining performer.

In case you didn’t know, the ukulele, a small 4-string guitar-like instrument, has been around since the 1880’s when it was said to have been created by the Portuguese.  The instrument gained popularity when it was brought to the Hawaiian Islands and embraced as a cultural icon.  Since then the ukulele has been adopted around the world, mostly because of its size, accessibility and ease of play.  In the 1920’s the ukulele was symbolic of The Jazz Age.  Most recently this mighty little instrument was re-popularized  by a giant of a man, Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, particularly through his enormously popular 2003 medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World."

Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, don’t miss Mighty Uke Day in Old Town, and be sure to stop by Cravings for a visit.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


Posted in: Events
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Another Great Local Asset – Woldumar Nature Center

Now that the weather has finally changed to spring it is time to get out and have some fun. At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are proud to be part of a community that has so many great assets, Woldumar Nature Center is one of them.   

May 10th and 11th are the dates for the Spring Celebration and 50th Anniversary Celebration of the association of the Woldumar Nature Center. 

Friday evening is an adult craft beer and wine sampler and dinner fundraiser. Details included on the special events page of the Woldumar website.  Saturday, the festivities are FREE, except for some minor materials fees for some activities.  All day Saturday, beginning at 10am, you can experience the nature center coming alive from a long winter dormant state. 

Spring Celebration activities include lots of educational events, a special eco pontoon boat tour of the Grand River, and a nature wildflower walk for a closer look at the returning foliage.  For the adventurous try one of Woldumar's GPS devices to explore Woldumar Nature Center on your own. Each way point will lead you to an interesting feature or cool location. Test out your skills, as some points may lead you to unexpected discoveries!  (Note: photo is a sample of the kinds of flower baskets for sale during the Spring Celebration at Woldumar)

This is a perfect family event to help you bust out of your winter rut.  While you are out and about, plan on a visit to Old Town – stop in and see us at Cravings.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events
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How to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

This holiday is an easy one to remember if you know how to count in Spanish.  What day is Cinco De Mayo? Literally translated it is the 5th Day of May. This is a holiday originally created to commemorate an unlikely win in a battle against the French on May 5, 1862. The Mexican Army, against all odds, defeated French forces in the Battle of Puebla. Since that time the celebration has come to be a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. 

Cinco De Mayo is usually celebrated with music like salsa, tejano, mariachi, and more; Mexican food favorites such as tamales, chili rellenos, and mole sauce; decorations will include color pennants and flags with the Mexican colors of green, white and red; and of course drinking and dancing. 

Come on Lansing, let’s get our salsa on!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Entertaining Tips