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Go near or far for your perfect wedding
By EMMA PALOVA
EW Emma’s Writings
Lowell, MI-There is no such thing as a bad location for a wedding. I’ve been to weddings as far as France and in former Czechoslovakia, which was my own, and as close as to Alto and Hastings in Michigan.
And I will be going to a true pioneer international wedding at the Saint Patrick’s Church in Parnell and later to a nearby reception at the Wabasis Lake Lodge north east of Grattan.
We’ve considered Black Star Winery in Suttons Bay in Leelanau Peninsula or Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey.
Sometimes the travel for that many people becomes too complex. We even thought of getting a bus. But, our international family is already flying in from France and from Czech Republic.
I can’t imagine burdening them with more travel after crossing the big pond.
Although I can see my daughter Emma Chavent loving an extra side trip to Marocco. She is almost like Marco Polo. And my parents Ella and Vaclav Konecny would love to go to Israel.
And then more logistics kicks in such as, where will all these people sleep? And who will feed them? We all live out in the country, and there are not too many hotels around.
The first that comes to my mind is the Main Street Inn in Lowell and the Candlestone Inn in Belding.
Also you to have to stagger the fly in, otherwise we would be like taxi drivers racing between the Gerald Ford International Airport and Lowell.
Rule number one: They can’t all come on one plane even if it’s an airbus.
Rule number two: No stowaways.
Rule number three: No agendas like trying to squeeze in on top of the wedding Uncle Vas’ birthday or an anniversary.
Rule number four: The less luggage the better, but don’t forget your shoes and underwear.
We have yet to solve the storage and closet problems as well as lodging.
Food was easier to resolve for a welcome party for approximately 20.
We wanted something typically American like a huge ham with beans, but decided for a caterer instead.
Timing is everything. Don’t come one year before the actual wedding or stay and wait for younger sibling, who is still in kindergarten, to get married.
I have yet to come across more wedding travel tips as we approach the wedding day on October 25.
Great harvest season 2014
From Paw Paw to Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission and in between, Michigan boasts quality wines both whites and reds.
Many years ago, winemakers realized the land and the climate resembled some of the finest wine regions in France and Germany.
They built wineries along the lakeshore and opened their doors. Come and explore with me.
One of my favorite ones is Fenn Valley award-winning winery in southern Michigan. The winemaker is Doug Welsch and the winery has been family owned since 1973.
The winemaker’s choice is red Meritage and white Riesling. The atmosphere is friendly and easy-going.
There are many events throughout the year at the winery such as educational tours about winemaking and a 5k trail run.
The winery is open year round for tasting from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fenn Valley is…
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Visit Midwest destination Bannister in Michigan this Sunday for Dozinky Harvest Festival
Czech traditions continue in the US
By EMMA PALOVA
EW Emma’s Writings
Bannister, MI- Always held on the first Sunday in August, the Czech Harvest Festival in Bannister is by far the best kept secret around.
I discovered it while writing for the Ionia Sentinel-Standard, I received a press release from an insurance agency in Owosso about 13 years ago.
The one-paragraph press release was simple, but it did entice me to explore the “Dozinky” Harvest Midwest style.
“Come and sample traditional Czech fare of dumplings, pork and sauerkraut. Dance the afternoon away with polka. Watch the dancers in their colorful costumes,” the press release read.
Since then, we’ve been going to the festival at least every two years.
Following is a video interview by Brianna Prochaska with some of the younger participants of the “Dozinky” Harvest Festivals held all…
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By EMMA PALOVA
EW Emma’s Writings
After more than two decades of living in North America, the Pala and the Konecny families still like to patronize international venues around the world.
Here is a sampling of few of our favorites spread around the Midwest. The most recent one that we visited as a family was the Don Quijote Spanish restaurant in Valparaiso, Indiana for my dad’s 80th birthday.
One day on their way from Chicago, my parents Vaclav and Ella Konecny spotted a billboard with the famous Spanish knight Don Quijote on a stretch of freeway 94.
Located about 12 miles from the Indiana State Dunes, Valparaiso is a small university town with a cosmopolitan fare.
The restaurant is a real Spanish treat owned by Mr. Carlos of Barcelona.
And does Mr. Carlos know how to cook and entertain.
The menu offerings range from pork, blackened lamb and salmon to seafood and the signature Spanish dish paella. The yellow saffron rice is sautéed with seafood and sprinkled with peas for a delicious meal for two.
Annually Mr. Carlos throws a picnic for customers around mid July. He roasts two pigs and makes a big pan of paella.
It wouldn’t be Spanish if there wasn’t any wine. The garage is set up with mixers for Sangria and Margaritas, as well as bottled wine and beer.
Mr. Carlos’ clientele is truly international in customs and spirit. With Chicago only 60 miles away and the nearby Indiana State Dunes Park, the restaurant is a cool destination in summer or winter.
The tastefully decorated restaurant with an interior that resembles on outside street is a reprieve with its own store that carries authentic Spanish goodies.
For more information go to www.donquijotevalpo.com
The Dunes Region http://www.BeyondtheBeachDiscoveryTrail.com
Copyright (c) 2014 story and photos by Emma Palova
Lowell woman walks the Appalachian Trail
By Emma Palova
Lowell, MI- No, it wasn’t on her bucket list. Ivy Haskins is too young to have one. She simply wanted to get away from everyday life between the pub and her house painting ventures.
“Ever since I was a kid I heard of the Appalachian Trail,” she said.
For years, Haskins, much like many others, dreamt about the 2,181 miles long trail with the highest elevation at 6, 625 feet.
The trail runs from Georgia to Maine from easy strolls to challenging mountain climbs.
“I had all my bills paid off and 15 years of working two jobs at once and not enjoying life,” Haskins said. “You get caught in a cycle. I wanted a change.”
Haskins saved up extra money for the adventure of a lifetime.
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