Cravings Blog

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Determination and Perseverance

Your resolve. Your inner drive that propels you to a goal. Determination is what drives you to be great. Your greatness drives others to become determined. Do your best because you may inspire someone to be their best.

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Euchre Party with a Twist

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties. If you are a card player this idea is for you even if you don’t yet know how to play Euchre.

Euchre is an easy going, easy to learn card game for four people in teams of two.  While it is easy to pick-up there are nuances to strategy for the game that make it fun and competitive.   We are suggesting a tournament of 4 to 5 tables.  In a traditional tournament the winning pairs continue to advance in brackets to the end of the evening and a big pay-off.   However, instead of continuing to reward the winning pair to advance, find a way to throw an unexpected twist into the night by planning some surprise split-ups where the winning pair is split and are matched up with one of the losing players.

Even though there is strategy to winning at Euchre, a less than seasoned player can be dealt interesting winning hands or unmindfully play a gutsy move.   The evening is sure to be a fun mixer so encourage non-Euchre plays or novices to come along for the fun, food and prizes.  To make it easier you can share this link on the basics of playing euchre.

You can make your own chart or order a Tournament Euchre score chart online at www.tournamenteuchre.com. You will need several things to set up a euchre tournament: Euchre playing cards (one deck per table), large piece of paper or you can order a tournament Euchre Chart at the above website, the number of players should be divisible by 4 since each table has 4 players. You can have each guest bring an appetizer or dessert to share and their own beverage. Check out Cravings Gourmet Popcorn for unique popcorn flavors and classic or obscure sodas.

You can spice it up at your Euchre Party with a Twist by adding money for the winner’s pot or just play for fun bragging rights or crazy white elephant prizes.

Looking for a reason to party, try a Euchre Tournament Party. Looking for great party snacks; look no further than 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 Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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GenerosityGenerosity makes you feel good inside. It is the act of giving without expecting anything in return. You can change the life of someone while having a positive impact on your own life. Being generous is like planting seeds of good will. Its time for all of us to start a garden.

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JazzFest Meet-Up Party Idea

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties.  This one is a party in a great big jazzy party.

Every great party needs some music, and jazz is always a popular choice to set the right party mood.  At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we have a ring side seat to a real jazzy party – Old Town’s JazzFest 2013 is put on by MICA, the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, and a project of long time community supporter Terry Terry.  JazzFest comes to Old Town on Friday August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd. 

An exciting lineup of performers for the 2013 outdoor music festival has been planned, including the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, Terell Stafford and Mardra Thomas. The three have decades of performing experience between them, and will play at mid-Michigan’s premier free outdoor jazz event of the summer.

JazzFest 2013 is the 19th annual event which hosts over 10,000 visitors to experience music, food, and some of the coolest shops in the Greater Lansing area.  And, one of the best parts of JazzFest is the people you see and meet while you are here. 

Why not plan a JazzFest meet-up party on the fly?  Coordinate with your friends and choose a location for your meet-up…say Cravings Gourmet Popcorn on Turner?  It’s the perfect spot to start your party; you can’t miss us, 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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Meet Meat in Old Town

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.

It’s great to have such a popular neighbor in Old Town.  Just two doors north from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn on Turner Street you will find the home of Meat, Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine.  Meat opened up shop in Old Town in late April of 2012, and just like the way they slow roast their meats for over 18 hours to get the right flavors, this little restaurant’s popularity has gone from unknown to done just right. 

If Home Improvement star and comedian Tim Allen were talking about Meat it would surely be punctuated by Allen’s signature manly grunt and snort.  This is a very manly kind of restaurant that makes no apologies for what it is …in fact on the Meat menu there is a snarky little nod to vegetarians, posting only soft drinks and iced tea under the options for vegetarians.

In addition to the slow roasted meats that are used for all of their meat dishes and sandwiches the folks at Meat prepare all of their Southern inspired side dishes and sauces from scratch.  This is messy but delicious eating; you get that when you see rolls of paper towels on every table. Fans of Meat have learned to get there early because when the roasted meat is gone, the doors will close.  Meat has a take-out menu and a catering menu in addition to their dine-in options.  Truthfully, the best way to choose is to follow your nose, these slow roasted meats and sauces create a tantalizing aroma in Old Town. To get a better idea about the menu choices you can visit their website, or give them a little love on their Facebook page

While you are in Old Town checking out Meat be sure to pop in to Cravings for a savory starter or a sweet ending popcorn treat.

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.

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Why Do You Love Old Town?There are many reasons to love a day in Old Town. Shopping, art, food and festivals just to name a few. Many people have not been to Old Town since the 1970's and 1980's when the area was in decline. Today it is clean and safe, a beautiful area to visit and to be amazed by. You don't have to go up north to experience a small town downtown. Shop local businesses, enjoy a meal with friends and listen to music with your family. There's lots to love about Old Town Lansing.

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A New Kind of Party Space for a Community That Knows How to Party

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.

Who would have thought that the old Five and Dime, come junk store, in Old Town would turn into such an elegant and creative space for parties? Lynne Brown had an inkling as she moved out the junk and polished up the space, naming it Perspective 2 or P2.  She hoped it would be a resource space for photographers and photo shoots plus an occasional meeting space.  While the 7,000 square feet worked well for photographers and photo shoots, the space seemed to beckon adventurous event planners looking for a special space, and more and more people were seeing the location strictly as an event venue. 

In August of 2012 Brown sold the space to Rizzi Designs, an Old Town-based design firm. Rebecca Eldridge was named Director of Operations. Rebecca, a former hospitality management professional, put her talents to work to redefine and firmly establish the location as an event venue. By November, the community had weighed in and the location was renamed Old Town Marquee. 

Eldridge says business has been good so far with a mix of formal events like wedding and anniversary celebrations, business meetings and events, and awards ceremonies, as well as the occasional photo shoot or commercial video shoot. Coming soon is a special party for a local author whose book has achieved a place on the New York Times Best Seller list. 

“We continue to grow in our efforts to be bigger, better, faster and stronger for our customers,” said Eldridge. “Seriously, it has been a learning process to promote Old Town Marquee as a prized event destination. As we take care of our clients we are learning what package of services they need and want. We have created great strategic relationships with those businesses that can help transform the space into the party place our customers envision. We love being able to assist our fellow members of the Old Town Commercial Association to continue to make Old Town the best destination in the area and that is why we turn to our neighbors, like Cravings Popcorn,  when it is time to recommend a complementary product or service.”

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.

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Bike Share Rolls Out in Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn welcomes Capital Community Bike Share to Old Town. In a recent post on Bike-sharing Blog, a site dedicated to reporting on bike-share programs, it says there has been a new bike share program starting almost every two days throughout the world. 

Lansing’s new bike-share program pilot, Capital Community Bike Share, is rolling out on August 4th.  The Capital Community Bike Share in little ole Lansing is drafting right behind Citi Bike, the New York City program launched in May, and Divvy, the Chicago bike-share that came online in July.

Bike-share programs are designed to be a convenient short-term rental system to help keep people moving in short hops throughout the urban centers.  Lansing’s city bikes for this program are described as smart bikes, including solar technology on board for renting and tracking bike locations.  The obvious benefits to the environment are easy to get….less gas, less pollution and if you think about It, the potential economic benefits could be equally beneficial.  Those that are all-in with the bike share program can also look forward to some measurable health benefits as they change their habits for taking meetings or lunch breaks.  The Paris bike share program is celebrating its 6th anniversary and has quantified the health benefits to participants.

The 20 bicycle sharing pilot program only lasts a few months so be sure to jump in early to support this important community project.  Follow Capital Cummunity Bike Share on Facebook for regular updates.

 At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we look forward to having our fans that live and work close by or in downtown Lansing  satisfy their cravings for some Craving’s popcorn by hopping on a CCBS bike for a quick pick-up.  We’ve tested it and the bike basket will easily handle 3 or 4 of our tall bags.  Tell us you are on a CCBS bike and we will add an extra punch to your Cravings card!  

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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Go to the Movies at the Turner Street Old Town Theatre

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.

We remember going to the drive-in movie theatre as a fun family summer time treat.  The kids would all pile into the family station wagon with blankets and jammies and a big bag of fresh popped popcorn for snacks. The speaker was taken off the post and hung on the car window and we were in for a night of fun!

In Old Town we are in our third year showing outdoor movies as a nod to those family fun times gone by. You will be sitting-in instead of a driving-in to our outdoor theatre set-up. Our huge screen and audio system is put against the wall of the old Chrome Cat building at the base on Turner Street and Grand River, special thanks to sponsors like Such Video. 

This year the movie selections are:  Rear Window (Albert Hitchcock Thriller) Ghostbusters, and the comedy Three Amigos (Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short). Commemorative posters have been created for you to purchase, another way to support the efforts of the Old Town Commercial Association.

The family friendly/family safe movies start after dark so be sure to bring your own chair/blanket, beverages, snacks. Beginning on July 19th on Friday nights the family movie line up is as follows:

July 19, 2013, 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm            Three Amigos

July 26, 2013, 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm            Rear Window

August 9, 2013 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm        Ghostbusters

Cravings will be open late so be sure to stop in before the movie starts to get your popcorn and soda.

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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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

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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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.

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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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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