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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Day down on the "Alpaca Farm" at Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm in Frankfort! (Pictures)

What a wonderful day down on the "Alpaca Farm" at Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm of Frankfort!

During Alpaca "Farm Day" the weather cooperated beauifully as Crystal Lake presented a day of fun and learning on the grounds!

We thank Andrea Nelson for providing some photo highlights of Saturday's crowd!

It is such a delight to see humans interact with these amazing animals that provide the most beautiful wool for processing....which they LOVE to be rid of time to time.....It's a win / win situation for the farmer and Alpaca.

We hope you enjoy these photos and if you're brave enough....check out the video at the very end of this blog for the ACUTUAL BIRTH OF AN ALPACA we caught on tape at last years "open house"

By the way this video will air on the RFD TV network this coming Friday at 3 p.m.!

Check your local listings for Michigan Magazine....

in Michigan we (RFD TV/Michigan Magazine) are on various cable franchises including ATT-Uverse Channel 568 and on Charter Channel, of course, DirecTV Channel 345 & Dish 231...Many new franchises are adding RFD TV to thier line-up so we suggest you check your new channel line up asap.! :-)

Ahhh the ultimate joy of spinning Alpaca wool

The Event!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Depression Era Cooking with Clara! The Ultimate Collection!

For the past several years we've been featuring the wonderful down home videos of America's Number One Grandmother, CLARA, as she shares her memories of depression era cooking in segments called "Depression Era Cooking with Clara"....(That's pretty easy to remember! )

As you may know Clara passed away back in 2013 but her videos live on here at the Michigan Magazine TV blog and elsewhere on the internet.

Watching Clara prepare her wonderful simple dishes always brings a warm feeling to those who view them.

There's plenty of love packed into each one. You, as a viewer, are assured of this since each video and visit with Clara is filmed and edited by loving family members :-)

We will continue to bring you the best of Clara here on a regular basis....

Hey! Wouldn't it be a great holiday gift if the family got together and made a commemorative DVD of ALL OF CLARA'S RECIPES?

That dream has come true. YES!

Check it out!

What an ultimate gift it would be to find, not only Clara's cookbook but her Video as well lovingly wraped under the tree this year!

It's at the top of my gift giving list this year.....AND I'm ordering an extra combo for MYSELF!

To order the cook book and or the DVD copy of SEASON 1 TODAY click the links below!

To order the complete collection of Clara's Recipes on DVD follow the directions at the end of the video..

Thank you and happy holidays!

Monday, September 22, 2014

These Are The Final Big Days of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly! Here's What's On "Tap" :-) Enjoy!

Congratulations to all our Michigan Magazine TV ticket winners for the 2014 Michigan Renaissance Festival held in Holly Michigan .

This is the final week and weekend of the 2014 event so we urge everyone to take in this unique and colorful festival!

Enjoy and stay tuned for more chances to win from Michigan Magazine TV.....

Here's what's "on tap" the final days of the Michigan Ren Cen!

HOLLY, MI, (Sep. 2014) – The Michigan Renaissance Festival provides a unique educational experience and entertainment opportunities for visitors of all ages.

ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR! Friday only, the Michigan Renaissance Festival will be hosting an all-day happy hour with a discounted ticket price of $12 that includes a beer. All Veterans, Military and First Responders, with proof of ID, will receive FREE admission to the Festival.

The final weekend of the Michigan Renaissance Festival kicks off early for Festival Friday on September 26th 2014. A tradition for over thirty years, Festival Friday brings unique educational, shopping and entertainment opportunities. School Day is a fantastic field trip destination for K-12 students, with lessons in music, costuming, combat and more. No longer will students be confined to studying History in books, now they can live it!

Friday also features the 2nd Annual Ladies Shopping Day brought to you by Pure Bliss Salon and Spa in Grand Blanc. At a discounted price of $20 dollars, this specialty ticket includes admission to the festival, a glass of wine and a coupon book full of great discounts from Festival Artisans. Festival goers will also receive an exclusive gift bag with extra discounts and gifts from local businesses.

Later that night, patrons will be attending the Royal Masquerade Ball.

Event sponsor, Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio, brings you a one-of-a-kind after-hours event that will have patrons dancing into the night as they enjoy a gourmet meal fit for royalty. The menu for the night includes delicious options, from truffle parmesan mashed potatoes to sautéed beef tenderloins with wild mushrooms and decadent desserts. Come dressed to impress and show off your most eccentric mask for a chance to win a weekend getaway for two.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is a long-standing tradition whose 36th season that began on August 16th and ends on September 28th 2014. The Festival is open weekends and Labor Day, as well as Festival Friday, September 26th. The Festival is open from 10 am – 7 pm rain or shine. Admission at the gate: Adults $21.95; Children 5-12 $12.95; age 4 and younger get in free! Discount tickets are available at Kroger, Walgreens, Menards, Goodwill and Costco. Discount Coupons are available at Participating Subway and Dunkin Donuts. FREE Parking provided by Al Serra Auto Plaza.

Host of "Depression Era Cooking" 93 Year Old Clara Answers Your Questions

YOU were curious sooooo...Depression Era Cooking Clara Answers Your Questions :-)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Great Depression Cooking - The Poorman's Meal

91 year old cook and great grandmother, Clara, recounts her childhood during the Great Depression as she prepares meals from the era. Learn how to make simple yet delicious dishes while listening to stories from the Depression.

Since this video was released in 2007 dear Clara passed at the age of 98

Her legacy and bits of wisdom live on thanks to her family continuing to post her videos and allowing us to purchase her recipes and wise words in book & DVD form that you'll find at stores throughout the U.S. and also by clickiing the links below...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

So You Want to Know More About Alpacas In Michigan!..Join us For National Alpaca Farm Day September 27th

Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm hosts National Alpaca Farm Day

Andrea Nelson

FRANKFORT, Mich. – On Saturday, September 27, the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm (4907 River Road, Frankfort) will host National Alpaca Farm Day from 1-5 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will feature an exclusive meet the alpaca experience, fiber art demonstrations, an Alpaca 101 seminar and much more.

Michigan Magazine was on hand at last year's event and got more then they bargained for with the actual birth of an Alpaca!

Yes the days events were well worth the visit BUT an actual birth of this amazingly docile and beautiful animal....well this was the crowning moment as it was all caught on video....which you can see in all it's WONDERFUL NATURALNESS in the Michigan Magazine TV video presentation below!

CAUTION although there is beauty in this is quite graphic and should be viewed with this in mind.


“We are extremely excited to host National Alpaca Farm Day for the third consecutive year,” said Chris Nelson, co-owner of the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm. “The ‘alpaca lifestyle’ is truly a rewarding one, and we love being able to share these enchanting animals for a fun-filled day with everyone who visits our farm.”

During the event, guests will have an opportunity to mingle and take photos with the farm’s alpacas, participate in activities, watch local spinners demonstrate fiber arts, learn about these exquisite animals and browse the alpaca boutique.

From 4-5 p.m., owners Chris Nelson and David Nelson, DVM, will host a free Alpaca 101 seminar for those who are interested in starting an alpaca farm. The discussion will focus on the financial and personal benefits of investing in an alpaca farm.

Alpacas originate from Peru, and produce the most luxurious fiber known to man. It is warmer than wool, softer than cashmere, hypoallergenic, extremely durable and does not itch.

For more information about the Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique and National Alpaca Farm Day, please contact Chris Nelson (231-920-7085) or Andrea Nelson (517-599-5500), or email


About the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm

The Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm is a high quality small alpaca farm located in Frankfort, Michigan. As alpaca farmers, it is our goal is to raise healthy happy alpacas with the most elite, fine and dense fleece possible. We also pride ourselves in providing our clients with excellent personal care, mentoring, veterinary support and services such as sales and breeding.


About the Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique

The Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique was established on the Nelson Family Farm in the Spring of 2012. The interior of the boutique is completely designed with wood harvested from the farm’s land. The boutique carries a variety of alpaca products including hats, mittens, scarves, neck warmers, the famous alpaca socks, sweaters, stuffed animals and much more!


And now the miracle of birth......

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Say Huzzah to Fall Harvest at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

HOLLY, MI, (Sep. 2014) – The Michigan Renaissance Festival celebrates the beginning of Fall on September 20th and 21st during Harvest Huzzah Weekend.

Down in the Valley of Aberdare, patrons will find an array of handmade goods in the Harvest Market. Be sure to try the delicious samplings of some of the best BBQ in Michigan as Pit Masters gear up for the BBQ Championships Sunday at 1pm. Returning champions That Guy’s BBQ will try to retain their title for a chance to win cash prizes in categories such as; Turkey Legs, Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs and Sausage.

Test your precision and aim during the Annual Longbow Competition. The competition will begin both Saturday and Sunday at 1pm in the front parking lot. Rocky Rains of Ancient Paths Archery and Outfitters will be hosting this year’s event proving the grand prize winner with a multipurpose back quiver valued at $225.00. The shoot off for grand champion starts immediately after Sunday's preliminary shoot.

Fall Harvest would not be complete without Pie. Saturday, patrons can find baking professionals and recreationalists competing in the Second Annual Pie Wars. Contestants will compete in their choice of three categories, Fruit, Crème/Custard, or Savory. The winners not only receive cash prizes, but the chance to be named ‘Best Baker in the Realm’.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is a long-standing tradition whose 36th season that began on August 16th and ends on September 28th 2014. The Festival is open weekends and Labor Day, as well as Festival Friday, September 26th. The Festival is open from 10 am – 7 pm rain or shine. Admission at the gate: Adults $21.95; Children 5-12 $12.95; age 4 and younger get in free! Discount tickets are available at Kroger, Walgreens, Menards, Goodwill and Costco. Discount Coupons are available at Participating Subway and Dunkin Donuts. FREE Parking provided by Al Serra Auto Plaza.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How Television Has Changed! Looking back at the history of Michigan TV and America in General!

Michigan Television History......

Lost in the fifties...............

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Michigander Melissa Gilbert (Half Pint of Little House on The Prairie ) Hits the road with her NEW COOK BOOK!

Howell Michigan resident, Melissa Gilbert, is on the road promoting and autographing her newly released cookbook to wonderful reviews!

The staff of Michigan Magazine wishes her the best and are ordering our own copies now!

Can't wait to start cooking up something special from Melissa's "little house" comfort food bonanza!

Order your's now by clicking on the book below!

Here's a wonderful interview with Melissa this past week.......

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

ATT-Uverse TO CARRY RFD TV on basic channel line up! Thank You All! A word from RFD TV founder Patrick G....

This is one of the proudest moments in the history of RFD-TV. Today, I am so pleased to announce to you first that AT&T U-Verse has launched RFD-TV as a basic channel on their 200 package which adds over 5.4 million homes to our distribution, taking RFD-TV past the 46 million barrier. RFD-TV is now on channel 568 on U-Verse. FamilyNet continues to be on channel 566. RFD HD will be launched by U-Verse as soon as space can be cleared, but no later than the end of this year.

This is a major accomplishment is this day and age with the challenges of mergers, limited bandwidth, and independent channels being dropped by cable systems all around the country. More than anything else, this is a tribute to RFD-TV's programmers and programming which combined with the passion of our audience for rural, family-oriented programming has proven to be an unbeatable force capable of doing the "impossible".

No other channel gets so much support from its audience. To have over 57,000 of the 75,000 public comments to the FCC in the Comcast/Time Warner merger, and to date over 95% of the AT&T/DIRECTV public comments to the FCC about the importance of rural programming is making the strongest possible statement at this most critical time. The national press that RFD-TV has been receiving because of these public comments is having such a positive effect on our unique, grassroots situation. Again, I thank you all.

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