Artwork, cookware, apparel fill downtown DeWitt market

The Bridge + Main Market hosted a lively Fall Outdoor Market on Oct. 8, attracting dozens of artists, designers, bakers and jewelers. The market is known to artisans across the state for a few reasons — the uniqueness of each booth, the support for small businesses and the kindness of the community.

Many businesses at the market were relatively new, starting in the early days of the pandemic. For example, Lady Wood Goods owner Nicole Rodgers said the lockdown gave her the time and opportunity to learn a new hobby: woodcutting. She sells handmade decor, kitchenware and more. This is her second year at the fall market, having been invited by a friend and fellow artisan. “Yeah, she told me all about it and how amazing it is here. It’s little, but every vendor is so different. And the community itself is so awesome,” said Rodgers.

Delta Township District Library hosts monthly escape rooms

Each month, the Delta Township District Library hosts their Euphorigen Investigation, an adult escape room designed to combat misinformation in the media. 

The Euphorigen Investigation escape room came from a research project at the University of Washington as a way to combat online misinformation. According to the University of Washington’s Information School website, the escape room is intended to teach participants about how to skeptically navigate information from the Internet. 

“We created an online escape room to mimic the psychological and emotional responses elicited by real-life interactions with digital misinformation,” the research group wrote. “The escape room aims to equip players with the necessary skills to identify misinformation online and become savvy, skeptical digital citizens.” 

The game employs charts, videos, puzzles, manipulated media, hidden codes and much more, to create a world in which participants must complete an investigation vital to the safety of the community. 

Players are tasked with investigating Euphorigen, a supplement for the water supply that allegedly aids brain function. Under a time limit, investigators have to determine whether or not Euphorigen is safe to consume. 

Rebecca Hruscik, Head of Adult Services at Delta Township District Library, first heard of the Euphorigen Investigation in 2020, and brought it to the library. “[Misinformation] is something that libraries […] try to help people with, because people trust us.

Holt Food Frenzy provides fun despite weather concerns

Food trucks are seen serving customers outside of the Holt Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, October 12. The final Food Frenzy of the year included thirteen different food vendors, alongside a variety of other goods. DELHI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The last Food Frenzy of 2022 took place at Holt Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, October 12, with crowds of visitors braving the cold and rain to enjoy food from local vendors, live music, and other activities. Food Frenzies took place once a month throughout the summer at the Farmers’ Market, attracting both seasoned market customers and newcomers.

East Lansing celebrates autumn at farmers market

The East Lansing Farmers Market held its annual Autumn Fest at Valley Court Park on Oct. 16.

Autumn Fest featured vendors, live music, sweet treats and a fall photo booth. There was also a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, lawn games and rock painting for children. Out of the 32 vendors who participated this year, more than 10 offered goods from pumpkins to seasonings to apple cider at Autumn Fest.

One exhibit at 1.5° Celsius emphasizes how plants can help to store carbon dioxide in soil. Lowering carbon emissions is often a focus of climate change solutions.

Museums push boundaries with focus on climate change

MUSEUMS CLIMATE: An exhibit on climate change at the MSU Museum reflects the need for museums to remain relevant to their communities, even when tackling controversial issues like climate. At the same time, they may need to balance that commitment with the interests of their funders and donors, including fossil fuel companies. A natural history museum in Ontario is also tackling climate change. We talk to the MSU Museum director and museum studies experts at Northwestern and University of Illinois Chicago. For news and features sections. By Abigail Comar. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

Shark Pumpkin

Go big or gourd home: Ingham unleashes the jack-o’-lanterns

Greeting guests as they enter, a giant jack o’ lantern smiles. Running Thursday-Friday every weekend in October, many have come to see exhibits like this circus one. Families gather around the various displays each night. Jack O’ Lantern Journey artists created exhibits for the Ingham County Fair. Taylor Swift’s number one fan shows her title with her idol posed for guests.

National Park Foundation boosts North Country Trail hikers

NATIONAL PARK GRANTS: The National Park Foundation has just awarded $1.7 million to grassroots groups that promote and serve national parks, including the North Country Trail Association headquartered in Lowell. The Michigan portion crosses southern-central and western parts of the state and spans most of the U.P. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR CADILLAC, HILLSDALE, WKTV, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BIG RAPIDS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, SAULT STE. MARIE, St. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, IRON MOUNTAIN and ALL POINTS.

Dog walking in Maplehurst Natural Area.

Camp Maplehurst’s enduring legacy

MAPLEHURST: Maplehurst was once a summer camp for gifted children. Today, it’s a preserve that draws nature enthusiasts and hikers to its trails on a strip of land separating two of Michigan’s largest inland lakes, Elk and Torch, northeast of Kewadin. By Jim DuFresne. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, CHEBOYGAN, BENZIE COUNTY and ALL POINTS.