Emmy-nominated dancer comes back to Michigan to teach the new generation



It took Glenn Douglas Packard a near-death experience and a year of recovery to live out his passion of being a dancer and an entertainer. “I had an accident on the farm which almost cost me my leg, my tibia, my fibula, bones came out shattered, and they were suppose to amputate my leg from the knee down,” said Glenn, who is a Emmy-nominated choreographer from Michigan. “A doctor said he can save my leg so I said if he got me through this I will do what I always wanted to and dance.”

Packard grew up on a farm helping out with his family business and according to him, where he was from boys did not dance. After he recovered from his injury at 21, he walked into his first dance lesson. From there he would go on to have a successful career in dance.

Where to go when it’s Time for Flowers


The search for the perfect bouquet for that special someone seems to finally be over with the arrival of Time for Flowers, a local flower shop that has a creative spin to their bouquets. Opening in early April, Time for Flowers’ specialty comes into play with their innovative flower bar, as Designer Theresa Pickler explained. “One of the things that makes us extremely unique is we have a build your own flower bar, customers come in a pick their flowers and greens either by hand or we will put it together for them while they watch,” Pickler  said.  

With the ability to create a completely custom bouquet, picking out someone’s favorites has never been easier, an easy way to score some major “brownie points,” as assistant designer Jessica Golab said. With a sea of popular flowers to choose from, the options can almost be overwhelming.

Meridian Arts and Craft Marketplace wants to attract more visitors


Artist James Davis sits by the left back entrance playing with a crossword puzzle until a customer walks up, comments on how beautiful his pieces are and purchases one of the items on display. This transaction is the sole reason why he likes the Meridian Arts and Craft Marketplace. “It’s regular you know, if you establish yourself people know you’re going to be in a certain place and I do a lot of business with repeat clients,” said James who is a handmade sterling silver and multimedia artist. “It gets me out in the public, I get to meet my clientele.”

The Meridian Arts and Craft Marketplace is seated under the pavilion behind the Meridian Municipal building. The event occurs every fourth Sunday from June to September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..