The park has large grassy areas and an amphitheater. During our stay, a Canadian-country-folk group played at the theater.
Earl Young (1889-1975) was a realtor and insurance agent in Charlevoix. He attended college to study architecture but dropped out after a year because he did not like the styles of architecture being taught. Young decided to build homes that fit the land, with the first stories being made of rocks. His homes are known as gnome or mushroom houses. The great depression and other factors limited the number of houses he built. They are a celebrated part of Charlevoix history.
From 1955 to 1959, Young constructed a restaurant and inn on the canal that leads to Round Lake. It is still operating as such and is a popular spot. After sampling the restaurant with Bob and Kemba DeGroot, from Spirit Dancer, we found that the food contributes to the success along with the architecture and location.
One would not think that the local library would be one of the most interesting places to visit. Charlevoix has converted the old school into an amazing library and park. The library is in a beautifully renovated building with striking and functional spaces inside.
A sculpture garden graces the library grounds.
|A Kaleidoscope using plants and flowers for the color source|
|Some of the sculptures had practical uses|
In a separate section of the grounds, a large butterfly sculpture anchors a butterfly garden. Beautiful flowers fill the garden, attracting real butterflies. The nectar does not discriminate, drawing bumble bees as well as butterflies.