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Renaissance Faire returns to Morley Park June 10-12

The Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire 2015. Photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire 2015. Photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will once again turn Morley Park into something out of the Middle Ages when they host the 2016 Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire, June 10-12.

They started the event in 2014, as a Start of Summer Celebration for the Cedar Springs area. In 2015, they changed the name to the Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire. “This event is run by all volunteers and is a free admission event, which is unusual for most Renaissance Faires,” explained Chamber president Perry Hopkins. “The CS Ren Faire is not your common Ren Faire and we mix a little non-Ren Faire themes into the Renaissance era. With our theme this year of Alice in Morleyshire, we mixed a little portion of Alice in Wonderland with our Renaissance Faire. Alice falls into a rabbit hole and finds herself in Morleyshire, where she gets accused of trying to take over Queen Victoria’s kingdom.”

Returning entertainers for this year include Darkmore Colony of Larpcraft, E-leesa Gypsy Enchantress, Steal Lotus Dance Troupe, The Late Mountebank & Wonder Elixir of Life Company, Bell Book and Canto, Robin the Bard and new performances by The Fae of Norsey Woods.

Hopkins said they have over 20 vendor booths selling anything from steel swords, crafted armor, natural remedies, essential oils, hats, masks, wooden swords, hand crafted items, books, fairy items, dresses, and more.

Events include a cast meet and greet, PiYo, a movie in the park, entertainment, a royal dinner, and more. Either come as you are, or dress up and join the fun! See ad on page 9 for times and list of events.

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Museum adds eye-catching exhibits

By Judy Reed

It was a long time coming but worth the wait. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park officially held an open house Saturday to show off the new addition and many artifacts they were never able to show before. What they have is a treasure trove of Cedar Springs history that you won’t find anywhere else.
“We still have a lot to add, and we’ll keep polishing it,” said Museum Director Sharon Jett.
The museum has made many of the exhibits hands-on and included cards about the exhibits that patrons can take with them. One of the more striking exhibits is that of an Indian wigwam, which is still under construction. It features many tools used by the Indians. Another is the exhibit dedicated to the railroad, including a large photo of one of our old railroad depots. Other exhibits in the new addition include a livery stable, millinery and dressmaker shop, a general store, a doctor’s office, lumbering exhibit, and Clipper newspaper exhibit. There are many photos of Main Street from the 1880s. Coming soon to that area will also be a jail cell, with some of the bars from the original jail cell in Cedar Springs.
As you walk in the door of the museum, there is an exhibit dedicated to our firefighters, including an old engine from the late 1800s. Other exhibits in the front portion include a military exhibit, old-fashioned kitchen, living room, and a barn. The boards on the barn floor are 14-inches wide, and made from the tree that was cut down in Morley Park to make room for the new addition.
The genealogy area has grown and includes a desk from the old Rockford railroad station. There are many references for those researching family history.
Historical Society President Fred Gunnell was pleased with the way the open house went. “We had a nice turnout, and the boy scouts did a great job,” he said, referring to the lunches they served.
The museum is usually open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jett said that they will also be open on Veteran’s Day, November 11, and will have special military books, uniforms, and other paraphernalia out. A Chinook helicopter will be landing here in Cedar Springs for the occasion. Watch the Post for more details!

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A lesson from my garden

Pastor Mary Ivanov
Cedar Springs United Methodist Church
140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5.

This year, we’re growing watermelons in our garden that’s just behind our shed and not very big at all. We have some cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers. But we also planted a couple of watermelons to see how they would grow.

Wow! The watermelon vines have grown all over, twisting and turning around the other plants. It’s hard to see where the watermelons actually start anymore!  They’ve grown well, which is exciting for an amateur gardener like me, but I also learned that watermelons vines are much stronger than they look. When I wanted to cut the vines back a bit, it wasn’t easy to do.

My experience in the garden brought to mind the image that Jesus offers in the Gospel of John, chapter 15.  Jesus calls himself the vine. He is our strong and mighty Savior who came to be with us, teach us who God is, and offer us a new relationship with God that brings eternal life. To some he appeared weak because of his challenge to the status quo and his command to love. But he showed God’s grace for each of us and called us to believe in him.

Jesus calls God (his Father) the gardener. God’s Holy Spirit works in us so that we might bear fruit.  And God keeps on working in us—pruning us—that we might be more fruitful as we grow in faith, hope, and love.

Jesus calls those who believe in him and seek to follow him “the branches.”  There would be no fruit on the branches without the vine. We are branches when we’re intentional about staying connected to Jesus by reading God’s Word, worshiping in a community of faith (with other branches), studying God’s Word, praying for others, giving and serving in Jesus’ name, and sharing what Jesus means to us through word and action.

The watermelon vines in my small garden reminded me that Jesus calls each of us to tend to our relationship with him.  Are we connected to him? Do we notice that God is pruning away what doesn’t help us grow in faith so that we can bear fruit and give God glory?

On behalf of the CS Ministerial Association, I invite you to join us for our annual United Worship service on Sunday, August 28 at Morley Park. It will be a time of uplifting songs, inspiring messages, games for the kids, free lunch, and a live worship concert.  (In the event of inclement weather, we’ll be at Cedar Springs High School Auditorium.)  This is a great opportunity to worship together, to be connected to Jesus, the vine!  Check it out at unitedcedarsprings.com!

If you don’t have a church home or have been away for a while, consider getting back to church or trying it out for the first time. I invite you to worship with us this Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. or Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. We share the love and hope of Jesus Christ!

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