Bay West LIFE to hear about Rainbow’s End alpacas

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Bay West LIFE group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bay College West on North U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain.

Mary Lynn Verley will present a program about her charming Rainbow’s End alpacas she and her husband, Dave, raise on a farm on U.S. 2 just west of Norway.

The Verleys began their journey into the world of alpacas 14 years ago. After careful investigation, they opted to begin the business of raising and selling alpacas.

They began their business with the purchase of five animals: three females and two males. Today they house 23 animals on their farm, but have bred and sold many more over the years.

Their farm also features a gift shop and yarn store. The 1,700 square foot building houses many unique items, such as alpaca apparel, including the popular socks, gift items and more.

Anyone who wishes to make a unique, hand-made gift can find the necessary supplies and ideas there.

Alpacas are fascinating animals with many unique characteristics. Verley will present a slide show showing many of their traits and interesting facts.

Bay West LIFE — Learning Is ForEver — meets on the second Thursday of each month. In addition to presenting an interesting speaker each month, the group supports an annual scholarship at Bay for a non-traditional student.

Programs are free and the public is encouraged to attend.