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John Donovan

Freelance Marketing Copywriter, Self in Des Moines

Copper Harbor, Michigan

PRESENTED ON JUN 18, 2015
IN DES MOINES @ VOL 21

"I don't know if there is a word to describe a peninsula that's part of another peninsula, maybe "super-peninsula." They can use that if they want."

In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.

Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."

(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. 

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Nets, Copper Piping, Fiber Optics

BY CARLYN YANDLE
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 29, 2013

Artist Caralyn Yandle was asked to localize the design of a crosswalk, which set her on a path of developing numerous city art projects and installations. She speaks on her research methods as well as her works involving intricate copper piping and giant fiber optics cabling.

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Making Life Happen; the rebuilding of Benton Harbor

BY JERRY PRICE
@ VOL 2 ON AUG 20, 2015

"How do we go from living in circumstance to living in choice? How do we rebuild our city with heart, with resiliance?"

Jerry Price
 remembers his family moving from Brooklyn to Benton Harbor Michigan in 1969 hoping to find more opportunity. Jerry's story recounts the change that happened after he went away to college and came back in 2003. 

 

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Eat. Drink. Beer Happy. - The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co.

BY MIICHAEL GROSS
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

Michael Gross tell us his story of opening a Michigan Brewing Company in his story called Eat.Drink.Beer Happy, The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co

Silver Harbor Brewing Co has something big brewing. Arriving this Spring learn about how we've transformed a building from 1900 to become what will be St. Joe's very own brewery / restaurant and more about the team behind the scenes making it all happen. Committed to the Mitten, we'll discuss local sourcing and give a sneak peak of our menu, beer line up and more. 
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Post 911 Restaurant Ruin to BajaGringo Taco Truck Dream

BY KIM JORGENSEN GANE
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Kim Jorgensen Gane is a realtor, writer, producer and "Write2TheEnd" facilitator. She is ALSO the wife of taco-truck-owning photographer, Scott Gane, and she will tell us about their checkered history, and how it led to BajaGringo Taco Truck!

 

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I Am the Greatest

BY JOHN SAUVE
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 01, 2016

John Sauve is at heart an artist; a sculptor, but he is also the non-profit leader of his own Sauvé Art Foundation, community activist, and teacher to inner-city children through his art programs.  His sculpture work was recently shown at the Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in 2012, which included fifty-five large-scale outdoor sculptures from around the world and also included in the 2012 Krasl Biennial Sculpture Exhibition located in St Joe, Michigan. But his most interesting work currently is an on-going sculpture installation, The Man In The City, is which has been literally turning heads all over Metro and downtown Detroit.

The “I am the Greatest” project introduces Muhammad Ali to a new generation. Ali’s story will highlight the over-whelming amount of adversity he faced in standing up for his beliefs and the influence he has had on his generation.  

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Swimming Upstream – A Large Plan for the Harbor to Stir the Soul

BY JOHN EGELHAAF
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

John Egelhaaf is described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  of usually being the smartest guy in the room with the highest, most honest standards. "If we could only see the goo in his head, it would be in technicolor and packaged brilliance." John is the Executive Director at Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

Peter Colovos is a Chicago native who's been described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  "to be admired for his relentless jump-out-of-bed-every-day-with-a-purpose tenacity."   Founding Prairie Real Estate Group in Chicago, IL in 1994 was a culmination of transforming Peter’s passion of architecture construction and real estate experience into a career. Creating the optimal blend of good architecture and design product that enhances their tenants’ quality of life is the keystone of The Prairie Real Estate Group. (A quality of life that allows Peter the gusto to take our challenge to HACK THE HARBOR and swim from shore to shore. ;)

THEY GIVE a fresh look at the Twin Cities Harbor - by questioning everything, it might be possible to swim against the flow of the last half century!

 

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Michigan Community Resources

BY SAMIRA GUYOT
@ VOL 30 ON DEC 08, 2016

Samira Guyot is the Manager of Legal Education at Michigan Community Resources. She is also a Detroit Revitalization Fellow.

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Craft Life

BY SIMON RUSK
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Simon Rusk is the head brewer and owner at the Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor, MI. After a lot of college, passing the bar and becoming a lawyer, he decided on a major life change to pursue his passion in the craft beer industry.

 

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Wait! I Have Something to Say

BY JERRY PRICE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Jerry Price is our HOST for PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 10... (thank you) And is also the Community Outreach & Fund Development Director, for the YMCA of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor.