The ice is melting and our winter hibernation has now come to an end. This has been a winter of extremes that has tested even the most toughest winter warriors. We have all been so winter weary, and hopeful for the start of spring. Notice how I am speaking in past tense? I was tired about talking about the winter weather so I have been mostly quiet during this hibernation time and adjusting to my life which has seemed like an episode from Northern Exposure.
On one of my walks this weekend, I ventured down to the lake through town since I was not wanting to sink through melting snow on the path through the woods. Much to my surprise the ice on Sleeping Bear Bay had almost all melted. I was so overjoyed not to see ice caves and frozen water that I took a deep breath and I felt myself begin to thaw too.
Last night after many nights of cabin fever we decided to go to a much anticipated concert at The Old Art Building in Leland. It was an amazing performance by local indie folk rock band The Accidentals and The Crane Wives from Grand Rapids along with guest performances by locals Blake Elliot and Sierra Cassidy. They brought down the house and I could see the thawing of those of us that have survived the long winter and are ready for the creative spark to ignite. If you have a chance to see any of these talented musicians do not miss the opportunity. I felt so fortunate to have experienced this outstanding mix of talent and the outpouring of support from the community, which was a sold out performance.
It was an inspiring example of such pure talent and unbridled enthusiasm. Spring brings a breath of new life and creativity which of course would not be so sweet without the contrast of winter.