Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival

Samantha Crawford with special guest Medicinal GrooveSaturday, April 18, 2015,
1–7:30 p.m.

Location: NMC's Welcome Center,
in the Health & Science Building,
1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI

Cost: Free for everyone

Sweet Earth is an all inclusive Earth Day celebration for our dynamic Northern Michigan community. It is a means of communicating how to get involved with a multitude of environmental issues, both locally and globally, through a dialogue with music, art and interactive workshops.

Sweet Earth is a celebration filled with creative expression that plants the seed of environmental consciousness and provides the resources to help it grow.

Dede and the DreamersThe 2015 festival featured many regionally based musicians: Tatiana Crespo (Traverse City), Aaron Otto (Harbor Springs), Ruby John (Northport), the Sturgeon Bay Singers (Harbor Springs), Dede & the Dreamers (Ann Arbor), the Way Down Wanderers (Chicago), and Samantha Crawford with special guest Medicinal Groove (Traverse City).

Workshops included: The Wonder of Raptors (presented by Wings of Wonder), We are the Forest (presented by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive), Writing Nature Here (presented by Stephanie Mills) and Connecting Community through Civic Engagement (presented by Gary Howe).

The Way Down WanderersIn case not everyone was busy dancing or taking part in one of our workshops, we had hands-on activities for all ages including a science corner for kids, seed-ball making, a compost worm petting zoo, an arts and crafts table using recyclable materials, and more! Also new for 2015, we had our first ever Sweet Earth Artist Market featuring some of the many talented artisans in Northern Michigan.

Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival

Event Schedule

Main Stage:

  • 1:20 p.m.: Dede & the Dreamers
  • 4 p.m.:The Way Down Wanderers
  • 6:20 p.m.: Samantha Crawford with special guest Medicinal Groove

Second Stage:

  • 1 p.m.: Tatiana Crespo
  • 2:40 p.m.: Aaron Otto
  • 3:15 p.m.: Ruby John
  • 5:20 p.m.: Sturgeon Bay Singers


  • 2–3 p.m.: The Wonder of Raptors with Wings of Wonder (room 114)
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m.: Connecting Community through Civic Engagement with Gary Howe (room 115)
  • 4:15–5:15 p.m.: The Boardman River Restoration Project [phase 2] with Frank Dituri (room 114)
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m.: Nature Writing with Stephanie Mills (room 115)

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