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Truly The Beat Of His Own Drum

Truly The Beat Of His Own Drum

By Nick Beadleston

Pete Farmer’s barn adjacent to his Cedar home is unassuming on the outside. But just inside is the world headquarters of Farmer Musical Instruments, complete with plenty of foot-tapping musical contraptions.

At the core of his line of handcrafted instruments is the Farmers FootDrum, a system that incorporates numerous percussion pieces -- including snare and bass drums, hi hats, cymbals and a jingle stick -- into a small, suitcase-sized wooden frame. Performers operate the device with their feet, leaving their hands free to play another instrument.

The basic design, which sells for around $1,900, is made for economy and ease of operation. Farmer says he fashioned the instrument's rounded edges after the stylish sets of radio's golden age. more

Today

TC Trail Running Festival

6:00am Traverse City Trail Running Festival: This celebration of off-road running takes runners through the Pere Marquette Forest on a variety of singletrack & two track trails. Today features registration & packet pick-up from 6-8am at Timber Ridge Resort, TC; the 50K run at 7am; the 25K run at 7:30am; the 10K run at 8am; & a post-race celebration from 9:30am-3pm. www.enduranceevolution.com more

Single Adults Breakfast

9:00am Single Adults Breakfast: Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. Childcare for children ages 11 & under with advance registration. www.bponline.org/singleadults more

Up North Lake & Cottage Show

9:00am Up North Lake & Cottage Show: Featuring exhibitors that range from landscapers, indoor & outdoor furniture, specialty retailers, recreation activities & more. GT Civic Center, TC. Admission: $6 adults; $2 kids 4-12; & free for kids 0-3. www.tccottageshow.com more

Healthy Forests

9:00am Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees: GT Conservation District, TC. Russ Kidd, MSU Extension forester emeritus, will explain practical ways to build resilient trees in the forest or in your own backyard. Tickets: $10 by April 15, or $15 at the door. 231-256-9783, ext. 15.

“What Should I Do?”

9:00am “What Should I Do?”: Meditation Retreat with Zen Buddhist monk Sokuzan who talks about Consensus Reality at Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6726 Center Road in Traverse City. www.sokukoji.org more

Spring Cleanup/Projects Event

9:00am Spring Cleanup/Projects Event: Reining Liberty Ranch, 4656 Silver Pines Rd., TC. Lunch provided. Wear boots. www.reininglibertyranch.org more

Net Zero Housing Presentation

10:00am Net Zero Housing Presentation: Habitat for Humanity, GTR presents an exhibit on energy use with a special guest speaker on reusable energy, net zero housing, and the benefits of recycling. Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. www.dennosmuseum.org more

National Library Week Scavenger Hunt

10:00am National Library Week Scavenger Hunt: Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org more
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