5:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Fiber Fest Takes You From Fur To Knits

Lynda Jeltema holds one of her angora rabbits.
Sehvilla Mann WMUK

Some people knit. Others raise llamas, gather their wool, dye it, spin it and then knit.

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7:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Field of Flight Events Begin Wednesday in Battle Creek

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Air Show and Balloon Fest continues through Sunday
There will be no 6:30 a.m. balloon launch on Wednesday, July 2. The remainder of the 6:30 a.m. Balloon Launches will take place from various locations throughout Calhoun & Kalamazoo Counties. These flights will take place each morning from July 3-6.
6:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Battle Creek's Cereal Festival Moves One Block for One Year

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Concerns over condemned building caused move
Battle Creek's Cereal Festival, the city's largest downtown event, will be moved one block over to Van Buren Street this year. Festivals Manager Deborah Owens, the city's vice mayor, said the change is temporary and is to keep festivalgoers away from the former On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, damaged in a fire in late December.
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4:28 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Theo & Stacy's Greek Fest Blends Culture, Entertainment - and Lots of Food

Greek band The Levendes performs at Theo & Stacy's annual Greek Fest. In its 38th year, Greek Fest is a blend of culture, food, and entertainment.
Credit Courtesy of Theo & Stacy's

38 years ago, Theo and Stacy Skartsiaris  decided to host a night of food and entertainment at their fine dining restaurant, Dionysos . The couple emigrated from Greece in the sixties and wanted others to be able to appreciate and understand their culture.

"Kalamazoo is changing very much - but 1973 to 80's, people were not willing to try different foods. We were the first ones to decide to bring our Greek culture to Kalamazoo - with Greek food, Greek music, dancing and everything, and Kalamazoo embraced our Greek culture very well," says Mrs. Skartsiaris, who is the proprietor of the family's Theo & Stacy's restaurants.  

"We started to have a Greek night in the basement of Dionysos, but the basement was small," says Mrs. Skartsiaris.

"So we decide 'Let's do it outside in the back of the parking lot.' At that time, Kalamazoo didn't have any festivals, not at all-none. A lot of people thought Theo - my husband - was crazy - and he was crazy," she says with a laugh.

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Festivals, Food, & Nature
2:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

How This Winter Affects Your Pancakes, Maple Sugar Fest

Kalamazoo Nature Center Exhibits Coordinator Dave Brown shows the tour group that there's only a small amount of sap in the bucket.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

As you’re shoveling your driveway this weekend, you might fancy a hot plate of pancakes at a local diner. But if the winter cold keeps up, you might have to fight your neighbor for that last drop of maple syrup.

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