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June 11, 2014

Ken Scott's Ice Caves of Leelanau Book

Filed under: beach,lake michigan,Leelanau,michigan,news,photo,video,winter — Andrew McFarlane @ 8:48 am

Lake Michigan ... ice cave sunset
Lake Michigan ... ice cave sunset, photo by Ken Scott

Last winter some incredible ice formations piled up off Gills Pier. Leelanau photographer Ken Scott spent a lot of time photographing them and has published a book, Ice Caves of Leelanau. It features some of his best shots and essays by local author Jerry Dennis. Right now his books are mostly sold out (reprint coming in July) but you might be able to sweet talk one out of Ken - email him here.

You can also catch Ken's talk on the ice caves tomorrow from 4-6 PM at the Leland Township Library.

View the photo bigger on Flickr, see more in his Lake Michigan Ice & Caves slideshow and head over to kenscottphotography.com for some videos including the one below!

June 6, 2014

2014 Leland Wine & Food Festival

Filed under: calendar,fishtown,Food & Dining,fun,Leelanau,leland,summer,wine — Leelanau.com @ 1:05 pm

The annual Leland Wine & Food Festival takes place (as always) on the second Saturday in June. That's June 14, 2014.

Come enjoy a day in the Leland Harbor and Leland's historic Fishtown tasting wines from local wineries and tasting the specialties from local restaurants and vendors. There's also live music from Soul Patch in the park all day and of course plenty of beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands.

Admission is $15 and includes an etched wine glass and two tokens for wine tasting. Additional tokens are available and age 10-21, or non-drinkers are $10, and under 10 is free. Tickets are available at gate, Two Fish Gallery and The Riverside Inn in Leland or online. Advance tickets get you in "the fast line" so you might want to purchase now.

Food vendors accept cash only - a list of this year's participating wineries and food vendors is below.

There's also a new "Artscape" art & wine event Friday night from 5-8 pm at the Old Art Building in Leland. Local artists will be displaying 30 amazing paintings for you to vote on to represent the 2015 Leland Wine & Food Festival on the 2014 poster. Guests of the party/exhibit will have the opportunity to cast their ballot until Saturday, June 8 at 4:00 pm. The painting with the most votes will be announced from the band stand at 6:00 pm, at the Leland Wine & Food Festival.

Admission is $20 per person and you can get a weekend ticket that includes both events for just $30.

2014 Poster by Kris Love

2014 Poster by Kris Love


Bel Lago
Black Star Farms
Boathouse Vineyards
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Chateau de Leelanau
Chateau Fontaine
Chateau Grand Traverse
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery
Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery
Good Harbor Vineyards
Hawthorne Vineyards
Laurentide Winery
Raftshol Vineyards
Silver Leaf Winery
Verterra Winery

Food Vendors

9 Bean Rows
Bella Fortuna North
The Bluebird
The Cove
Leelanau Cheese Co.
The Leland Lodge
Martha's Leelanau Table
Pleva's Meats
The Red Heads
Village Cheese Shanty


May 30, 2014

Blossoms & Bees – Cherry blossoms STILL out on the Leelanau Peninsula!

Filed under: backgrounds,farms,Leelanau,michigan,photo,spring — Andrew McFarlane @ 9:48 am

Via today's Michigan in Pictures - Leelanau's cherry orchards are still in bloom!

Bees and Blossoms by 45th parallel exposure

Blossoms & Bees, photo by Lee Lynn Awe

View Lee Lynn's photo background bigtacular and see more in her slideshow.

May 21, 2014

Sleeping Bear Lakeshore Weekend: Astronomy, Meteors & Glen Haven Days

Filed under: calendar,glen haven,history,Leelanau,michigan,news,outdoors,sleepingbeardunes,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:33 am

See-the-Stars-from-SLBE-PosterAstronomer Tyler Nordgren at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Kick-off your Memorial Day Weekend on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. At 7:00 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire you can join astronomer, author, artist, and night sky ambassador Tyler Nordgren for an educational and entertaining program on the wonders of dark skies.

Dr. Nordgren is a Full Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Redlands in California and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Dark-Sky Association. Since 2005, he has worked with the National Park Service to promote astronomy education in U.S. national parks where the public still has a chance to see a natural nocturnal landscape. In addition, Dr. Nordgren has also developed a popular poster campaign in conjunction with the National Park Service to “See the Milky Way” in America’s parks where “Half the Park is After Dark.” Immediately following the auditorium presentation, he will be available to sign the Sleeping Bear Dunes night sky posters.

Star Party at the Dune Climb

At 10:00 p.m., visitors are invited to join the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at the Dune Climb parking lot area for night sky viewing.

As an added bonus, In addition to regular night sky viewing, the evening could hold additional surprises in the form of the Camelopardalid meteor shower (click that link for an article from Michigan in Pictures). The Earth is expected to pass through the heart of the swarm at about 3:10 a.m., with the first meteors beginning to show up about 1:40 a.m.

All programs are free, and participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. NOTE: The Star Party will be cancelled if the sky is not visible due to weather conditions. The decision to cancel is usually made three hours in advance. Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision.

Sleeping Bear Dunes ... star party!
Sleeping Bear Dunes ... star party! by Ken Scott

Glen Haven Days

GLEN HAVENOn Saturday, it's the first annual Glen Haven Days from 10 AM - 4 PM. Join park rangers and volunteers in the restored Glen Haven Village and the U.S. Life-saving station for activities designed to bring history during the very early 1900s to life by providing visitors with first-hand experiences relating to Michigan’s maritime heritage. Watch a blacksmith at the forge, discover the unique history of one of the area’s founders, visit a general store, learn how different tools used in logging shaped this area, participate in a shipwreck rescue, and much more. All programs are free. Participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun.

Glen Haven is considered one of the best surviving examples of an early Great Lakes steamship village in the region. A large dock, fuel, food, and other services were provided to ships traveling the Great Lakes between Chicago and New York. Today, the National Park Service preserves and interprets the Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Cannery Boat Museum, and the Sleeping Bear Point Life-Saving Station.

May 19, 2014

Pick your pleasure: Cherry Blossoms & Morels are out in Leelanau!

Filed under: cherries,farms,food,Leelanau,michigan,news,outdoors,photo,spring — Andrew McFarlane @ 6:52 am

Here's your spring report via the eatdrinkTC Instagram...

Blossom Time on the Leelanau Peninsula

Morels have been out for a week or so, and over the weekend they were joined by cherry blossoms. Both will be in full force all week and next weekend so if you've been considering a spring jaunt on the Leelanau Peninsula, now is the time!

Morel Heart

May 16, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Wildflower Rescue Plant Sale (May 23 & 24, 2014)

Filed under: gardening,Leelanau,leland,news,nonprofit,spring — Andrew McFarlane @ 8:47 am

Conservancy-Leland-Village-Green-Plant-SaleThe Annual Plant Sale at the Village Green in Leland is on tap for Memorial Day Weekend! Now is your chance to purchase native ferns, trillium, and more along with a selection of native trees and shrubs provided by locally owned Four Season Nursery, who will be on hand to answer questions about going native.

Sale runs Friday, May 23rd and Saturday May 24th; hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All proceeds help maintain the Village Green and assist with other Conservancy projects. The Wildflower Rescue Committee continually seeks new sites on which to dig. If you are building a home, driveway, addition, or know of someone who is, please contact the WRC so they may have a chance to remove these precious wildflowers before the excavators arrive!

Learn more about Wildflower Rescue and the Plant Sale at LeelanauConservancy.org or call 231-256-9665.

May 15, 2014

Empire Asparagus Festival – Third Weekend in May

Filed under: calendar,empire,food,Leelanau,michigan,music,news,nonprofit,spring,wine — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:50 am

empire asparagus festival 2010The Annual Empire Asparagus Festival will be held this weekend (May 16-18, 2014) and features a slew of asparagus-themed events including a Street Dance & Pig Roast from 7-10 PM Friday, a fun run (or walk), Asparagus Eats/Wine and Beer Tasting,  Asparagus recipe contest, the Asparagus Parade, chalk art, music & dance and kids games on Saturday and a 7 PM Finale Fun Food with Live Music on Saturday night.

You can get all the details on the tasty eats and drinks below!

A feature by Susan Bayer Ward titled The Empire Strikes Back... With Asparagus explains:

There's a reason Empire touts itself as the apex of asparagus-a vegetable whose short growing season begins in early May and flows into June. The area's sandy soil, plentitude of water and temperate microclimate-fostered by Lake Michigan, make this the perfect place to nurture wild and farmed asparagus. In fact, Michigan ranks third behind California and Washington as a producer of this commercial crop which garners the state a surprising $29 million annually.

Truth be told, only one local farmer, Harry Norconk, runs a 240-acre asparagus-growing business south of town. But what the heck, this slender green harbinger of spring grows wild all over the place. And while surrounding towns, for years, positioned themselves as prime purveyors of cherries, morel mushrooms and wines, Empire decided to become the Valhalla of that savory veggie-the asparagus.


April 22, 2014

Federal Government files $5 million suit against Sugar Loaf owner Remo Polselli

Filed under: government,Leelanau,michigan,news,skiing,sugar loaf — Andrew McFarlane @ 6:01 am

Lift 3 at Sugar LoafIn Feds Sue Sugar Loaf's Polselli for $5.1M in Taxes, the TC Ticker reports:

The federal government is pursuing more than $5.1 million in alleged unpaid taxes from hotelier and purported Sugar Loaf Resort owner Remo Polselli, according to a civil lawsuit filed this month in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

According to the April 3 complaint submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Polselli neglected to pay required taxes on withheld employee wages under 26 separate corporate holdings or entities in multiple locations across the U.S., including Dallas, Palm Beach, South Bend and Tempe. The lawsuit covers time periods ranging from the tax year ending in 1992 up through the tax year ending in 2001.

In the complaint, the government requests the court "enter judgment...against Polselli in the total amount of $5,156,184.91 plus statutory additions from and after that date, including interest." The lawsuit also alleges in that many of the described instances of unpaid taxes, Polselli was notified of owed assessments and ordered to make payments, but that he "failed, neglected or refused to pay in full the amount of liabilities."

Read on for more including what Leelanau County officials are waiting for from Polselli.

Discuss over at Friends of Sugar Loaf on Facebook and look for an in-depth article in this week's Leelanau Enterprise.

April 13, 2014

Watch the Lunar Eclipse in the Sleeping Bear Dunes!

Filed under: glen arbor,Leelanau,michigan,news,outdoors,photo,sleepingbeardunes — Andrew McFarlane @ 8:00 am

Lunar-EclipseIn the early morning of Tuesday, April 15th, there will be a Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Via the Glen Arbor Sun:

As darkness falls on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the glorious night sky becomes visible. A four-hour lunar eclipse is the feature for the National Lakeshore’s first Star Party of the year. This unique program will take place during the early morning of Tuesday, April 15, from 1:30-5:30 a.m., at the Dune Climb. Participants are asked to park in the row furthest from the dunes facing M-109. This Star Party could be cancelled during inclement weather; the decision is usually made a few hours in advance. Please call Park Rangers at 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision.

All Star Parties are free. Participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger Program

And from Michigan in Pictures, this eclipse kicks off a a four eclipse tetrad - four straight total eclipses (last one on September 28, 2015) with no partial eclipses in between! The four eclipses are this one, October 8 2014 and April 4 & September 28, 2015. Here’s the eclipse viewing times for Michigan – times for other time zones can be found on EarthSky.

The April 15th eclipse begins at 2 AM Eastern time when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow. Totality occurs during a 78 minute interval beginning around 3 o’clock in the morning on the east coast, midnight on the west coast. Weather permitting, the red moon will be easy to see across the entirety of North America.

Eastern Daylight Time (April 15, 2014)
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 1:58 a.m. EDT on April 15
Total eclipse begins: 3:07 a.m. EDT
Greatest eclipse: 3:46 a.m. EDT
Total eclipse ends: 4:25 a.m. EDT
Partial eclipse ends: 5:33 a.m. EDT

April 11, 2014

Profile of Chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms

Filed under: food,Leelanau,michigan,suttons bay — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:17 am

The latest chef profile from eatdrinkTC features chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay and includes news of a new restaurant for Leelanau County!

Chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms

Chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms

His Start in Cooking

Jonathan said that as with many of us, his mother was the first cook he worked with. "My mom was always in the kitchen, and I always right there beside her. She was a fun, crafty kind of chef who didn't cook too much out of boxes or cans, and we were always going to the store and picking out fresh ingredients.

"My first job was at Schweitzer's By the Bay as a dishwasher at 16 years old. As soon as I got in a kitchen, I fell in love with the atmosphere and restaurant life pretty quickly - the camaraderie and teamwork and how there was always something that kept you interested and busy." (more...)

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