Beekeepers’ spirituality fair creates buzz

Vanessa Dietz/Daily Mining Gazette Algomah Acres Honey House & Meadery owners Melissa Hronkin and John Hersman hosted a Wellness and Spirituality Fair Saturday in Greenland.

GREENLAND — The Wellness and Spirituality Fair here was all the buzz Saturday.

Algomah Acres Honey House & Meadery owners Melissa Hronkin and John Hersman hosted the event featuring ongoing, primarily free seminars from several vendors, as well as the opportunity to pay for spiritual readings and other services.

The 30 minute and one hour free seminars covered essential oils, yoga, metaphysics, chakra meditation, healing, stones and crystals, and a group drum circle.

Some people came for appointments with a healers or a psychic to find out about past life experiences, for example.

One of the vendors who gave a free one-hour presentation was new author Lisa M. Denomie. The Baraga County resident was selling her children’s book, “Sea Life Yoga,” in which model Dhanya Ekdahl demonstrates various poses that imitate various sea creatures. A sequel, “Sea Life II,” just needs the contribution of Denomie’s illustrator Amber R. Houston, a Baraga native who currently lives in the Detroit area. Published in February by Niijikweg Creations, the book can be purchased on Amazon and CreateSpace.

An upbeat Kristi Kirkpatrick, of Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness, demonstrated some of her techniques to those in attendance. The wellness-focused business located at 21 Trimountain Ave. in South Range offers chiropractic care, functional massage, nutritional counseling and more.

One of the visitors sang the praises of the Nisula-based Phoenician Soap Co. artisan Jacalyn Salloum and her quality handmade soaps and lotions.

“She’s great,” said Cindy Isotalo about her dear friend of 30 years. Isotalo was enjoying one of the several signature beverages made and sold at the honey house.

Mass City residents, owners Hronkin and Hersman keep bees, the source of the products offered at their licensed honey house.

“We are beekeepers in the pristine Upper Peninsula,” according to their brochure. “Beekeeping strikes the perfect balance between John’s culinary experience and Melissa’s art background and it allows us to combine our environmental passion with our interest in artisanal food products and gardening.”

Hersman dished up large $4 bowls of goulash or sweet potato soup and served glasses of their signature honey-based beverages mead and cyser.

Other events planned this summer include tasting and tours, beekeeping and culinary workshops, and art classes.

The meadery is located in the former Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Greenland at 611 Plank Rd.