Sept 21st, 2017 @7pm
Workshop Brewing Co, Traverse City, MI
NORM WHEELER is the co-creator and host of Beach Bards Bonfire (by heart storytelling around a bonfire), a retired Astronomy and English teacher at the Leelanau School after 32 years, and a trumpet/flugelhorn player for Jazz North, The Wild Sullys, Goodboy!, and Luunappi around the area for 20 years. While hitchhiking around Europe in the 1970s, he met Mimi (founder of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate) in Copenhagen, and they brought their family (Jacob & Julia) to Leelanau County in 1984.
My college English professor could recite poetry from in Old English, challenging me to not just read but to memorize, to perform, to keep the Oral Tradition of out loud poetry alive, and then he died of too many boilermakers and cigarettes a week after I graduated from Olivet. I have been reciting poems ever since.
DIANA LADIO is a studied Americana fiddler, 5-string violinist, and classical violist. After receiving degrees in music performance and music education from the University of Michigan, she co-founded the instrumental fusion trio and educational ensemble, The Moxie Strings, which she also manages and promotes. In 2015 she joined the ranks of Irish super-group, The Elders, and now tours internationally with both bands performing shows, teaching clinics, and presenting at music education conferences. She specializes in introducing young musicians to the joy and importance of exploring different genres of music and finding their personal musical paths. Diana is a 5-time marathoner and an avid mind and body wellness enthusiast.
“Through a process of self-awareness, honesty, and courage, each of us has the power to discover a path of personal purpose and live an enjoyable life that celebrates our truest selves.”
ANNE HOYT is the cheesemaker and co-owner of Leelanau Cheese. Anne was born in the north of France and moved to the Roquefort region to work in agriculture as a chicken and turkey farmer, vegetable grower and also worked with goats and goat cheese. After that Anne was a Shepard in Switzerland. After years of training and hands-on experience finally led her and her husband back to Michigan.
I do what I do for the love of making good food . What I do gives us (my husband and I ) the chance to make a living in one of the most beautiful place on earth. Slowing down a little and having more time to get getting involved in the community would make me really happy
FERNANDO MEZA is a first generation Mexican-American born in East Los Angeles, an advertising whiz who cut his teeth in Manhattan, Meza purchased the innovative digital marketing agency OneUpWeb in 2014 and moved it to a revitalized warehouse in the Grand Traverse Commons. Meza says he feels more proud of his Latino heritage here than he would in LA or New York.
I’m privileged to live in a community that has graciously provided me a platform to participate in a community that’s inclusive of diverse voices. I’m humbled to be surrounded by so many talented and passionate humans. It’s my duty to leverage my privilege to make our community better for all.
JACKIE KASCHEL, Founder and ED of PEACE Ranch, serving horses and humans suffering the effects of abuse, neglect, conflict grief, Pain. Kaschel has led the way pioneering experiential counseling equine assisted mental health and educational services in Northern Michigan. She is uniquely suited to this endeavor with her combined unique personal experience, solid multi-disciplinary experience in counseling and excellent horsemanship skills. Jackie oversees program design, implementation, assessment and provides overall organizational direction.