Your Place at Home

Your Place at Home


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Welcome to my new site Place at Home. The focus is on places and homes, inside and outside, lodges, inns, bed& breakfasts, resorts, gardens, landscapes and developments. The blog is part of my rolling portfolio of Emma Blogs which includes the flagship Internet magazine EW Emma’s Writings, editionemma, ehealthandbeauty and more.

I will profile a different community on regular basis, as well as offer tips for homeowners and garden lovers since I am one of them.

This week the spotlight is on Lowell in West Michigan. Lowell is known as The Next Place to Be. The emerging town can easily become a destination town, according to Person of the Year 2014 Greg Canfield, owner of Main Street Inn and Canfield Heating & Plumbing.

.Lowell, with a population of 3,783, is a tree city USA. Its heritage dates back to the 1800s.  The town is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places with its historic downtown district. It takes pride in “One of the best small town museums.” The town has a vibrant Lowell Arts council and Thebes Players theatre.

Lowell Area Historical Museum

Lowell Area Historical Museum

The annual Lowell Expo takes place always the third Saturday in March. It is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services.

Lowell boasts a network of trails and two rivers, the Flat River and the Grand River. The trails include the Frederick Meijer rail trails to Ionia and Belding, the North Country Trail and the Lowell Area Trailway. There is an entire system of parks in place for all types of recreation or competitive sports.

Lowell has a solid industrial base located on the Flat River. That is Steelcase and King Milling. The town has an industrial park the O’Bieri Industrial Park located across the road from the Lowell airport.

A network of non-profit, volunteer organizations and churches compliments the economic infrastructure.  Each year in the fall, a major event takes place at the Lowell Red Arrow Stadium, which is the Pink Arrow fundraising football game for cancer. The Flat River Outreach Ministries offer support to those in need.


Annually the town celebrates the Riverwalk in mid-July. The three-day long celebration features the Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series on the Riverwalk. This year it runs on July 10, 11 & 12. Don’t miss out on all the fun including the Heart Parade with clowns and ducky the mascot, as well as Riverwalk Cruise-In, kayak fun and $1,500 State Farm Duck Race.

An outdoor Farmer’s Market is held on Thursdays in front of Tractor Supply Co. parking lot in Lowell, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year it starts on June 12th and runs through Sept. 25th.

The Sizzlin Summer Concert series rocks the Riverwalk from June through August with area bands ranging from rock & roll to country. The Showboat is the pride of the community.

The major event in August is the Kent County Youth Fair at the fairgrounds. It is a true fair with plenty of 4-H exhibitors and animals.

The fall brings Fallasburg Fall Festival in September and Harvest Festival in October. The Christmas through Lowell tour is a very popular event held on the third weekend in November.

Lowell Area Schools is a school district with just under 4,000 students. It has a great nature center the Wittenbach Wege Agriscience & Nature Center.

Related links:

Lowell Area Schools

Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

Lowell Arts

Kent County Youth Fair

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September at a glance

Fall at the Frederick Meijer gardens. I plan on being there for the Arts & Gardens book group. Follow me on EW Emma’s Writings on for fun & insight.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

16-101XX_M&M_Facebook_2016_640x360_Mobile_1September, for many, marks the beginning of a new school year and here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park it marks the beginning of two major exhibitions.

  • Chrysanthemums and More!
    • An annual celebration of autumn, Chrysanthemums and More! is the largest of its kind in Michigan, featuring expansive chrysanthemum displays, fall foliage and family-friendly activities.
    • September 16 – October 30th
  • Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus
    • Grand Rapids has nurtured a significant community of artists, locals and transplants alike. This exhibition invites these artists to reflect on their experiences with Grand Rapids as the conceptual foundation of new work. Cultural, social, environmental and aesthetic reflections connect a diverse number of works in a variety of materials, installations and forms. Gathered together, they provide a current framework for a place that for many is almost home.
    • September 16—December 31, 2016 (ArtPrize: Wednesday, September 21—Sunday, October 9)

  • Read & Explore: Art and Gardens Book…

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August at a glance

When visiting Grand Rapids, stop at the gardens for great discoveries.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


Can you believe it’s already August? Just like summer is starting to wrap up, we have a few things wrapping up as well at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

  • “Mimmo Paladino: Present into Past” closes
    • Italian sculptor, painter and graphic artist Mimmo Paladino is among the innovative artists responsible for the revival of figurative art at the end of the 20th century. You can find Paladino’s pieces in the sculpture galleries and in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. In addition, the artist is working in conjunction with our Horticulture staff to create a unique body of drawings specific to the flora of Meijer Gardens. “Mimmo Paladino: Present into Past” closes on August 14th, so be sure to get in one final visit.
  • Dahlia Show
    • Marvel at the variety of colors, shapes and sizes of dahlia flowers. Find a flower the size of a dinner plate and a pompon…

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5 Things to know on May 5 — Fox17

We didn’t win again but we will, I can feel it. My dad mathematician Vaclav Konecny, former Ferris University professor, says the probability of winning adds up as you go. So, we keep on going every Wednesday and Saturday.

There were no big winners in last night’s Powerball drawing and now the jackpot is a staggering $415 million. That makes it the ninth largest potential payout in US history. Changes were made to the game last October that increased the odds of winning the smaller payouts but made it harder to win the jackpot.…

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Memories from Fallasburg School

Explore Fallasburg Today. Fallasburg is for all seasons.

Fallasburg Today

 FS Fallasburg Stories

Note: This is a new series that highlights stories from the sleepy village of Fallasburg located in northeast Kent County, Michigan. Feel free to contribute in any way you can. Tell us your story or email Emma at for an interview.

Lowell resident Ronald Topolski encounters the best and the worst teachers at the one-room Fallasburg School

wpid-20151002_121030.jpg The sign on the 1867 one-room Fallasburg School designates Michigan Historic Site.

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI- Ronald Topolski lives only three miles south of the Fallasburg village where he went to the one-room school in the mid 1950s.

Topolski recalled having the rheumatic fever, so he had to take the second grade over.

“First I had Mrs. Postma,” he said, “and she was the best teacher I ever had.”

There were beehives above the bell in the school’s belfry. The bell rang to start the school day that…

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Celebrate the Ionia Free Fair’s 100th year

Celebrate the Ionia Free Fair’s 100th year

Best fair close by. The Ionia Free Fair starts today. Don’t forget to swing by for a day of fun, food and attractions the good old fashion style.

The EW team will be there reporting from the best fair on Earth. Follow us on EW Emma’s Writings on

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IONIA, Mich. (WOTV) The Ionia Free Fair is celebrating 100 years of making memories! Join Maranda for a fun day on Tuesday, July 14, where she will be giving away 100 free unlimited ride wristbands to children ages five to 12. Meet Maranda at the Ionia Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. for your chance to win!

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Names of nearly all Tanger Outlet mall stores

Names of nearly all Tanger Outlet mall stores

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BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOTV) — We now know nearly all of the stores that will be at the new Tanger Outlets mall south of Grand Rapids.

Some of the about 70 stores like Under Armour, Michael Kors, Nike and more have been previously announced, but many more like Kate Spade, UGG and Vera Bradley have not.

Here’s the list of stores from 24 Hour News 8:

  • Adidas
  • American Eagle
  • Asics
  • Banana Republic
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Brahmin
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Calvin Klein
  • Carter’s
  • Charlotte Russe
  • Children’s Place
  • Christopher Banks
  • Clarks
  • Cole Haan
  • Colombia
  • Converse
  • Dress Barn
  • Easy Spirit
  • Express
  • Famous Footwear
  • Fossil
  • Francesca’s
  • Frye
  • G.H. Bass & Co.
  • Gap
  • Guess
  • Gymboree
  • H&M
  • Haggar
  • Hanes
  • Hot Topic
  • Jared
  • J. Crew
  • Jockey
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Justice
  • Kate Spade
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Kitchen Collection
  • Levi
  • Lucky
  • Maurices
  • Michael Kors
  • New York & Company
  • Nike
  • Nine West
  • Oakley
  • Old Navy
  • OshKosh
  • Pac Sun

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