Nancy Camden

Correspondent

For thirty years, Nancy Camden traveled the country selling her fabric art at juried art fairs, finding NPR from a laminated state-by-state station guide as she drove. Now, her curiosity and adventuresome spirit guide her in creating sound-rich human-interest stories for our Arts & More show. She graduated from Ball State University with majors in Art and Theatre.

Ronald Zartman beside the first natural burial at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.
Nancy Camden

There are three certified green burial sites in Michigan. Bobbi Parmer and her husband have chosen to be buried at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, a non-profit site near Grand Rapids.

“My husband and I, we make very conscious choices about our food purchases, our clothing purchases,” Parmer says. “So with end of life planning, we took as much consideration for environmental, social aspects.” 

Cells at the Allegan County Jail Museum
Nancy Camden

The old Allegan County jail was built in 1906. It’s now a museum that houses the Historical Society’s collection from several periods of life in Michigan. The museum also uniquely tells the story of life in a county jail.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

"Shakespeare's plays are never about the day nothing happened. They're always about the day something amazing happened," says  Janice L. Blixt, artistic director for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

Gregg Hall at Virtue Cider in Fennville
Nancy Camden

Michigan is one of the top three growers of apples in the country making it a great place to produce what in this country we call ‘hard’ cider. In England, France or Spain, it’s simply called cider while unfermented pressed apple is called ‘juice.’

“There are some students who may be struggling academically. They come in here and because it’s very hands on and tactile and kinesthetic. They’re able to excel at it. The smiles on their faces going, ‘Oh, yeah. I can do this. I fit,’” says music teacher Marcia Working.

Tuesday is Working’s last day in public schools, but for 30 years she’s been using the Orff Approach at 12th Street Elementary School in Portage.

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