TOM SMITH, DIRECTOR
816 4th Street
Three Rivers, MI  49093

269-858-8305​
FAMILY  ACTIVITIES
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 GRANGE NEWS

Welcome to Barbara Johnston, North Adrian Grange #721 as the new co-director for the Michigan State Grange Family Activities Department.

CERTIFICATES:
Mid-Michigan Pomona #61, Burns #160, Burr Oak #1350, Community #1675, Studley #1174, Fern #803, Colon #215, Harbor Springs #730, Gratiot #1898, North Adrian #721, Kinney #754, Mosherville #1351, Summit City #672.

Special Report for Outstanding Report: Burns #160

​BAKED GOODS: APPLE PIE
1st Place: Lena Young, Community #1675
2nd Place: Audrey Ewing, Plymouth/Westland #389

​BAKED GOODS: QUICK BREADS
1st. Place: Cyrus Bishop, Home #129

​BAKED GOODS: DOCTORED UP CAKE
1st Place: Lena Young, Community #1675
2nd Place: Tricia Eidsmoe, Studley #1174
3rd Place: JoAnne Normand, North Adrian #721

​BAKED GOODS: OATMEAL COOKIES
1st Place: Helen Mudd, Studley #1174
2nd Place: Kevin Young, Community #1675
3rd Place: Eric Bishop, Home #129

​HOMEMADE CANDIES
ANY TYPE OF FUDGE
1st Place: Ted Mudd, Studley #1174

​ANY OTHER TYPE OF CANDY
1st Place: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721

​CANNING:
JAMS, JELLIES, PRESERVES, HONEYS, ETC.
1st Place: Barbara Johnston, North Adrian #721

​KNITTING
AFGHAN:
1st: Russell Hoag Community #1675

​ANY OTHER KNITTED ITEM
1st Place: Russell Hoag Community #1675
2nd Place: Linda Waltz Colon #215

​CROCHETING AFGHAN:
1st Place: Naomi Fletcher Burns #160
2nd Place: Russell Hoag Community #1675
3rd Place: Sharon Popler Burns #160

​CROCHETING: Any Other item
1st Place: Naomi Fletcher Burns #160

​QUILTING
ANY OTHER FORM OF QUILTING THAN TIED
QUILTS
1st Place: JoAnne Normand North Adrian #721
2nd Place: Betty Persons Burr Oak #1350
3rd Place:Pramila Sardeshpande Plymouth/Westland #389

​CLOTHING
DECORATED SWEATSHIRT
1st Place: Sharon Popler Burns #160

​RECYCLED CRAFT
1st Place: Dale Moore Studley #1174
2nd Place: Peggy Johnston Burns #160

​CHRISTMAS WREATH
1st Place: Dale Moore Studley #1174
2nd Place Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

​TABLE CENTERPIECE
ANY THEME
1st Place: Audrey Ewing Plymouth/Westland #389
2nd Place: Peggy Johnston Burns #160
3rd Place: Dale Moore Studley #1174

​GREETING CARDS
1st Place: Sandra LaHart North Adrian #721
2nd Place: JoAnn Normand North Adrian #721
3rd Place: Peggy Johnston Burns #160

​WOODWORKING
1st Place: Bob Persons Fern Grange #803

​ANTIQUE FARM ITEM
1st Place: Tom Smith West Oshtemo #1630
2nd Place: Marjorie Lee Community #1675
3rd Place: Peggy Johnston Burns #160

​MISCELLANEOUS CRAFT
1st Place: Audrey Ewing Plymouth/Westland #389

​CLOTHING (JUNIOR CLASS)
DECORATED SWEATSHIRT
1st Place: Cory Johnston Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Marcus Johnston Burns JG #325

​CHRISTMAS WREATH (JUNIOR CLASS)
1st Place: Marcus Johnston Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Cory Johnston Burns JG #325

TABLE CENTERPIECE (JUNIOR CLASS)
1st Place: Marcus Johnston Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Cory Johnston Burns JG #325

Mitten Tree Total For Share the Warmth
Adrian, MI
9 prs. of booties
13 scarves
8 pr of ear warmers
​127 caps
56 prs. Of mittens and gloves
59 prs. Of socks
Total 272
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 GRANGE NEWS

State Grange Session is coming up quickly! Are we ready? I’m trying to get my end in order, but your help is needed to make it all worthwhile. First, if you haven’t already, get your yearly report form filled out and sent to me. As I’ve said in other articles, a special award will be made to the Grange with the most outstanding report. I’m hoping for 75% of our Granges to respond, so there is your challenge.

The session in Adrian has plenty of exhibit space, so with your help we can fill the tables and give our judges some challenges in their decision making. And don’t forget our “help” project this year is to assist a group working with the Needy and homeless of Lenawee County. Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and socks can be brought to the Convention and placed on our bare Christmas tree. With your help we can make a pretty tree and help a lot of people in the Adrian area. We had super participation at West Oshtemo in 2018 and I hope we can do just as well this year.

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I’ve said this many times over the last three years, but we’re saying it again! My goal has been to take this department from one of contests and women’s activities and broaden our scope to focus on families. Since we have so many 3, 4 & 5 generations in our membership, this should be a natural. The following is something I clipped that has some great ideas for educational fun for family building.

Fall is a great time for family togetherness, but it passes quickly if we don’t plan ahead a little. Here are some family fun activities that are inexpensive and memory making:
  1. Go weekend camping, maybe just in a backyard (remember the Smore’s)
  2. Take a color tour
  3. Go on a nature walk and try to identify various trees you see.
  4. Visit a pumpkin patch
  5. Don’t just buy your apples, go pick some.
  6. Create your own decorations with leaves and gourds.
  7. Make handmade Christmas cards.
  8. Make handmade Christmas gifts.
  9. Whole family take dancing lessons.
  10. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  11. Organize a food or clothing drive.
  12. Research and plan holiday travel together.
  13. Create and sell items for a fall or holiday bazaar or craft show.
  14. Plan holiday surprises.
  15. Start Christmas shopping.
  16. Go to a local free movie event.
  17. Watch historical reenactment.
  18. Attend a fall cultural festival
  19. Pick a movie series and have a weekend watching marathon (don’t forget the popcorn!)
  20. Attend a local play or concert.
  21. Cheer for your favorite team either in person or by watching TV together.
  22. Read a book as a family.
  23. Go on a local holiday tour, such as a mansion or lights tour.
  24. Begin planning your own Christmas displays.
  25. Foster an animal from a local shelter while they search for a forever family for his or her.
  26. Get lost in a corn maze.
  27. Go on a hayride.
  28. Learn a new game
  29. Visit a farm.
  30. Try cooking new recipes together.
  31. Plan that Thanksgiving feast.
  32. Can and preserve produce.
  33. Make and enjoy Christmas cookies early.