Cravings Blog

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Get Your Crunch On in a Peanut-free Zone – Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we continue to follow relevant news about food allergies. Over the past several years there have been many news reports that there is a growing trend of young children experiencing allergic reactions to peanuts/peanut butter among other high allergy producing foods. However, there is little known about why this trend is occurring.  

A health news story on Fox News.com in 2012 cautions parents with this message:  “Because peanut reactions can be severe, even lethal, measures to protect allergy sufferers from accidental exposure are becoming more common too, with peanut bans on airplanes, peanut-free sections of baseball stadiums and "school safe" packaged snacks manufactured in nut-free environments.”

And on the other end of the spectrum this 2013 story from the Wall Street Journal online suggests: “Parents trying to navigate the confusing world of children's food allergies now have more specific advice to consider. Highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between 4 and 6 months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing.”

Here is our opinion: It doesn’t matter why allergies to peanuts is on the rise or what people will do to prevent symptoms of allergies from developing – as long as there are health risks to some kids or adults we will maintain Cravings as a completely peanut-free zone.

There are just so many great options in our product line to get your crunch on that we feel completely confident that you will never miss the peanuts.  So, shop with confidence at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Image courtesy of Surachai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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What is your Old Town Passion?Passion is the fire that drives you to achieve your vision. Old Town has grown over the years because of the passion of the people that work and live here. We are passionate about our community and popcorn. Tell us about your passion.
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Craving’s Own Matt Strickling, Chief Flavorologist

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

Matt Strickling starts his day early (7am) at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, especially when it is a busy time in Old Town. Before or after an event like the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun there is plenty to do to build up or replenish the stock of fresh flavored popcorn, including the unique to Cravings flavors.

Craving’s product line is continually enhanced with new flavors to try out based on customer comments and requests and Matt’s own crazy creative foodie mind. “I’m always thinking about food and flavors that might translate well to a popcorn seasoning recipe,” says Matt. “At Cravings we start more unique flavors than any popcorn store I know of.”  It is a point of pride with this flavorologist that the flavors that are created always start from the core ingredients. “If I have an idea for a flavor I will source several good recipes looking for the common themes or ingredients to create the base recipe and then go looking for that one ingredient that will top off the flavor.”

Matt relies on his wife, Steph, for a critical opinion as he tweaks a recipe. Once it is deemed ready for customer comment he creates a large enough batch of the recipe to dry into a seasoning powder and rolls out the new popcorn flavor for local sampling and critique.  Local customers are alerted to the new flavor via the Cravings Facebook page, or Matt walks the Old Town district to offer free samples to other business owners and workers.

Currently Matt has three new flavors in development: spicy mustard, cool ranch, and chili cheddar. One of these flavors will end up being the house flavor for Zoobies Tavern. Which one do you think will go well with the Zoobies craft beers and local wines?

Matt Strickling and his wife Stephanie have recently purchased a home from the Ingham County Land Bank (a great deal – he says) and are putting down roots for good. When asked about living and working in the Lansing Old Town district Matt says, “This area is really becoming something to be proud of, something that we want to talk about to everybody. There are so many great things happening here.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Old Town Farmer’s Market – A Sweet and Savory Experience

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

In the summer and fall Old Town First Sundays include the Old Town Farmer’s Market.  Eight to ten vendors travel from local farms to set-up shop in the parking lot next to Sir Pizza on Grand River Avenue in Old Town. They are bringing fresh produce, plants, herbs, homemade baked goods, salsa, cheese, homespun yarn and handcrafted soaps.

Urban settings like Old Town are often classified as food deserts with very few options for fresh produce and other food stuffs.  The Old Town Farmer’s Market becomes a regular food oasis on the following May thru October dates in 2013:  May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8 (Yes, we know that this is technically not the first Sunday of September), and October 6

The Old Town Farmer’s Market not only feeds body and soul but also feeds a sense of spirit and enthusiasm for the area.  Our Farmer’s Market vendors are great advocates for Old Town.

When you come to Old Town on First Sunday, be sure to stop in to see us at Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn, we are always cooking up new flavorful recipes for our popcorn and we have an enormous variety of classic soda pops to quench your thirst.  Step-up to our FREE sampling station and experience our favorites and some of our newer inventions.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Walkabout Art – Old Town’s First Sunday Gallery Walk

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

For the Old Town area, the community-wide First Sunday Gallery Walk is a real boost for the eight art galleries located in Old Town. Great Lakes Art, MICA, Linda Beeman Studio, Katalyst, By the Riverside, Creole Gallery, Absolute Gallery, and Gallery 1212 all sweep off the welcome mat and welcome art lovers and browsers alike into their creative spaces.

Most of the galleries provide great art gallery space for local artists and to pay the bills and enhance the visitor experience, offer other art-related services like the classes presented by (name) at Gallery 1212 or the framing service available from Absolute Gallery. Additionally, some of the other Old Town businesses, like Full Circle Financial, contribute to the arts scene by throwing their doors open on First Sunday because they are including contemporary art in their workspaces in conjunction with the local galleries. 

In Old Town, the First Sunday of every month provides an open invitation to new visitors to come experience Old Town.  There is always music to enjoy and food to savor in-season with the Old Farmer’s Market held on the same day.  Research says that most new visitors will come for the first time during the First Sunday Gallery Walk.  This first experience of Old Town sets a positively artistic tone for the area.

Because of the popularity of the First Sunday Gallery Walk other businesses in Old Town that are not normally open for business on Sunday make it a point to be open for First Sunday, including Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

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Boom, Boom, Boom

Not too long ago the song Firework was being heard and endlessly sung by legions of teenage girls, many with less than perfect pitch. I have to confess that the only part of the lyrics that seemed to cut through for me was the soulful wailing of Katy Perry singing “…baby you’re a firework…(blah, blah, blah)…make em go oh, oh, oh…(blah, blah, blah)…boom, boom, boom.”

Try suspending judgment for just a moment and take a look at just one section of the lyrics of Firework.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag

Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin

Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

 

Do you ever feel already buried deep?

Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you

'Cause there's a spark in you?

 

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine

Just own the night like the 4th of July


Cue the chorus.  As an anthem for teenage girls (and anyone struggling with self-esteem issues), this one has some merit.  Go ahead - take a look at the complete lyrics and see if you agree.  As you reflect on the upcoming 4th of July celebrations, remember that it is about celebrating the independence of a nation – one of our best holidays here in the USA.  But, when you hear the boom, boom, boom that signals the arrival of a particularly bright and beautiful firework, think of the person in your life that is ready to let their own light shine.

This 4th of July at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are celebrating all the people that just need a little positive nudge to believe they are indeed a firework. This world, our nation, and your community will be better for it.  Happy Independence Day!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

Image courtesy of Liz Noffsinger at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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Cravings Part of Something Big

How cool is it to do business with the next great thing in online businesses and to know that this business hails from Michigan? Owner and developer of Conpoto, Matt Lepard, launched his business in 2012 from his home base in Holland, Michigan; the online virtual gift service that is rapidly growing into several states and cities, including Lansing.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are psyched to be among the first businesses in Lansing to sign-up for Conpoto the e-service that makes it possible for people to gift items like drinks, coffee, snacks (popcorn J) at cafes or businesses like ours to someone else via the internet. 

Conpoto is easy to use to say ‘thank-you’ – ‘good job’ – ‘happy whatever’ or even ‘sorry’ in a novel way. Customers of Conpoto go to the website, select a state, city and a vendor like, say Cravings, to place an order, pay by credit card, and arrange to have notice of the virtual gift delivered to the gift receiver.

Check-out the line-up of virtual gifts and prices from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn available on Conpoto.

So, next time you have a reason to give a gift, make it the easy online way with Conpoto and Cravings. When you do, you will be investing in two great Michigan-grown companies.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

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Cravings Popcorn and our friends from the neighborhood will be sharing our thoughts about our community. Our goal is to inspire others to take action and participate in making our community better. We live in a great place. Each of us can do something special. No contribution is too small. Every person, if we work together, can achieve great things.
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An Instant in Time – Summer Solstice in Old Town

Here is a little solstice education, brought to you by Cravings Gourmet Popcorn:

The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun that it orbits. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole.

Technically the summer solstice is calculated as an instant in time, solstice is derived from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). Generally described the summer solstice, (commonly known as the first day of summer) occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice. For those of us in the northern hemisphere summer solstice is usually some time between June 20 and June 22.

Celebrations of the Solstice have their roots in ancient tribal rituals, many coming from the European countries. Those celebrations have made their way across the ocean and through time, having little to do with the original celebrations rooted in rituals of fertility. 

One of the most notable contemporary Solstice celebrations happens each year in Seattle, Washington where the annual Solstice Parade has been co-opted by Naked Painted Cyclists since 1995.  A little tamer, and closer to home, Old Town Lansing, through the efforts of the Old Town Commercial Association, has been celebrating the dual festivals of the Moon and Sun since (year).  These two festivals create a good reason to sample beer, wine, some great music and the company of good friends.

At Cravings we love events like the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun because each year new people find their way to Old Town and discover just how fun it is to be here.  We always earn some new regular customers during the festival season, and for that we are so grateful!  So, when you get here face north on Turner Street, look for the giant popcorn box and come on in. We love that instant in time when you change from a stranger to a friend and customer.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com
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Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun Run On Volunteer Power

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we know that every festival or community event usually needs oodles of FREE labor in order to reach its goals to make the most profits possible. Running two festival events back to back requires even more vigilance in coordinating the volunteers.  We were thrilled to see that Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun are using the web-based volunteer coordination program called Volunteer Spot. 

Volunteer Spot does a great job of communicating effectively and directly to legions of volunteers; the best part is that it takes the burden of follow-up and reminders off the shoulders of the volunteer coordinator.  Aside from the ease of signing up for volunteer duties online, volunteers receive an email at the end of the year with a recap of all of their volunteer activities coordinated through the program.  Volunteer Spot is a reasonably priced service which earns its keep by continuing to add value by offering ideas for new fund-raising opportunities. 

Successful nonprofit organizations know that the difference between success and failure lies in the hands of the volunteer corps.  Don’t let confusion, lack of communication or volunteer burn-out undermine your efforts. 

Volunteers or would-be volunteers don’t overlook the personal value of volunteering, getting outside of yourself and helping an organization like the Old Town Commercial Association make a success of the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun plus a dozen other great events throughout the year.  Your payment will come in the form of new friends, loads of smiles, new experiences, and if you are lucky maybe a FREE T-Shirt or two. Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun both happen in the heart of Old Town Lansing and are scheduled for June 21st and June 22nd respectively, there is still time to sign-up to volunteer. 

When you are here in Old Town be sure to stop in and see us at Cravings on Turner Street, just look for the giant popcorn box.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Cravings Honors Father’s Day

Here is a poem for Dad. It touched us, feel free to share it with the Dads in your family, we are sure anonymous will not mind.

What Makes a Dad ?

God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so,

He called it ... Dad

- Anonymous




Forget the tie, get Dad something he will really like for Father’s Day – a Cravings Gift Card or Tin filled with his favorite flavor(s).

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.

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Cravings Welcomes You to the Old Town Scrapfest

One of our favorite events of the summer season is the Old Town Scrapfest. This is an event that you will not find anywhere else and one you won’t want to miss.

The Old Town Scrapfest is in its fifth year and this scrappy little event is taking on a life of its own.  Local artist and perennial Scrapfest committee member, Barb Hranilovich, credits the idea to David Such of Such Video. (Take a look at the videos from past Scrapfest events shot by Such.)

 “This is event is so ‘Old Town’ – take what you have and make it better,” said Hranilovich.  “And with the Friedland Industries scrap yard occupying a significant amount of Old Town real estate it is no surprise that this unique event which celebrates the resourcefulness of taking something that has been cast-off and turning it into something beautiful, was born here. “

The event begins with The Pick (which occurred on June first) where registered teams have just one hour to enter the Friedland scrap yard to pick and haul out 500 lbs. of scrap.  Friedland, the main sponsor of the event, assists the teams with the equipment to move their raw scrap.  From that point the teams have two weeks for The Creation when the teams feverishly work to complete their scrap art sculptures in secret locations all over the city. 

This year a week has been added for The Preview, when completed scrap art piece entries will be chauffeured around town for the community to have a first look.  The Old Town Scrapfest ends with The Voting which happens in Old Town at the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun.  “What I love about The Voting is that it is accessible for families, there are no velvet ropes keeping you from touching the art. This is where you will hear families talking about art in ways you won’t hear anywhere else,’ commented the artist.

This crazy, gritty creativity means each year Old Town is commissioning works of art (last year 18 of them) that end up in people’s yards or places of business.  The sculptures are sold and the proceeds go to the Old Town Commercial Association.  It may be too late this year, but there is a way you can get involved besides voting or buying.  There are team sponsorship opportunities and other ways that you can volunteer.  For Team Sponsor information contact Louise Gradwohl   louise@oldtownmainstreet.org

If sponsoring a team is not in your budget - you can still support the Old Town Scrapfest by purchasing a mini scrap souvenirs created by Barb Hranilovich from Friedland scrap. 

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.

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Lady Bowlers Invade Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is ready for the invasion … of lady bowlers. We've popped the best kernels into the tastiest popcorn, are ready with our best recipes for flavoring popcorn, and have plenty of our all-time favorite flavors like caramel with sea salt on hand and all packaged up to go.

The folks at the Convention and Visitors Bureau must be giddy with delight.  The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Midwest Women’s Bowling Tournament is a six week tournament that hosts competition bowling every weekend starting May 19 and ending June 29.  These lady bowlers come to compete for prizes but also bring revenue to area hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.  This is a big economic shot in the arm that happens once every six years. The next time we see the lady bowlers it will be 2019. 

So, Lansing, let’s roll out our welcome mat for these visitors that will no doubt be looking for fun and interesting things to do when they are not bowling.  The tournament is being held at the Royal Scot Bowling alley, which means there is a great opportunity for Old Town businesses to host these visitors.

Don’t worry regular Cravings visitors, there is plenty of room in the store and if it gets busy we promise that the team will work extra hard to get you in and out in a hurry. 

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 in the nation. 

Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netnwide.

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Chalk of the Town  2013

As odd as it seems Cravings Gourmet Popcorn was happy to see people sitting, crouching and even laying down on the streets and sidewalks of Old Town Saturday June 1st.

Chalk it up to creativity on display.  This event, Chalk of the Town, is rapidly becoming an Old Town favorite.  Artists creating art for art’s sake with little regard for the possibility that rain will wash away the product of their labor.  This year the weather gods shined for the artists decorating the sidewalks and there were some spectacular pieces of work. 

If you do any surfing on the internet you may have seen the incredible chalk artists that are able to transform the two-dimensional street canvas into an awesome, eye-tricking and mind-bending three dimensional display. 

Time probably doesn’t allow for the incredible 3-d variety of chalk art but our local street chalk artists did us proud. Check out our gallery (coming soon) of the “Best of Chalk of the Town 2013.

When you stop in to Cravings, let us know which one was your favorite chalk art display from Chalk of the Town 2013.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.


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