April 23, 2008 Retaining a small town community feel in a fast paced, big box world isn't as difficult as it might seem. It is, however, a valuable endeavor if enjoying the pleasures of a rural lifestyle is a priority on the list.
With spring come a number of options for area residents to get out and support their communities. This weekend, the Kellers of Almont are opening up their beautiful, wooded farm to celebrate the maple syrup season during the 1st Annual Maple Syrup Festival. The Kellers are hoping to create a tradition, something new and unique to the area that everyone will enjoy. Along with all things maple syrup, they'll be offering chainsaw sculpture and sawmill demonstrations, a petting farm, vendors and crafters and refreshments from local growers. The farm is at 6209 Bordman Road, west of Van Dyke.
In a couple of weeks, Imlay City launches its ever popular Garage Sale Mania and the Farmers Market. Almont will host its Flea Market, Spring Fling and Garage Sale Frenzy, and plans are in the works for new events around the area.
Taking time to slow down and stop in our local communities to enjoy what they've worked hard to offer is one way to hang onto our small town way of life in a fast-paced, big box world.