WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT MICHFEST ENDING by Lynne Pearlman

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival

WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT MICHFEST ENDING By: Lynne Pearlman Three weeks have passed since Lisa’s announcement that MichFest 40 would be the last. How do I write about the loss of this place that I carved out every year as “my place”, where I could see myself and my values mirrored for an entire week in …

Honor our Diversity by Helen (Wheels) Hervey

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival

I’m not sure where to start about michfest. It wasn’t my first fest, but it was still on the old land. Maybe 1980? Or ’81. I was sitting in the back like I always do. Sirani Avedis was singing, I think the song was called “tall enough to stand”, I’ve been searching for that song ever since. I don’t remember …

3 generations and all my children by Julia Cameron Damon

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival

My  first  girlfriend who was in attendance at the birth of my third child in 1987 told me about me about Mich Fest and said “YOU have to go”  There  was something about her conviction that made me curious enough to want to find a way to go, 1988  found me renting a car,  packing my two toddlers and  infant …

I Am Your Sister, I Give You My Hand by Debra

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival

I was sitting yesterday with someone who knows me better than anyone- a woman who has shared in the past 27 years of my life, through love and loss, deep and abiding joys and immense grief, changes and about faces in my crazy, beautiful path. She knew me when I first stepped foot on the breathtaking land of Michigan twenty …

Welcome to Life! Thank you, my dear Michfest! by Laura Staubes

Voices From the Land A community responds to the end of the Festival, Gratitude to Lisa Vogel

Dear Lisa, It’s hard to know where to begin, except to simply say THANK YOU!!   Okay, now that THAT is  said, I really want you to know what Michfest, thanks to you, has meant to my life and well-being.  I’ll just skip a lot of tiresome details from my life complete w/depression, isolation, self-harming…blah, blah, blah…and jump to 2008, and …