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August 30, 2013

Suttons Bay Kayak Floatilla time-lapse video

Filed under: boats,calendar,Leelanau,michigan,news,summer,suttons bay — Andrew McFarlane @ 11:40 am

Suttons Bay Floatilla ... 2012

Suttons Bay Floatilla II will seek to paddle into the Guiness Book of World Records tomorrow  (Saturday, August 31)  with the largest kayak floatilla ever!! The event benefits  Suttons Bay Public Schools and registration and participant tag pickup is at  today from 3-9 pm and Saturday from 8-11 AM.

Floatilla I took place last year Saturday, September 1st. It was a perfect day and while they came close, they missed the record of 1902 kayaks. Ken Scott shot the photo to the right and also got a great time lapse video watch it above or on YouTube!

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July 29, 2013

Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride ~ Sunday, August 11th

Filed under: biking,calendar,glen arbor,hiking,Leelanau,news,nonprofit,sleepingbeardunes — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:49 am

The first annual Sleepy Bear Twilight Ride to benefit the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail takes place this Sunday, August 11.  Trail maintenance costs approximately $1,000 per mile annually, and a donation of $30 for families and $10 for individuals will be used to keep the trail clean and clear for safe riding in the spring, summer, and fall and grooming for cross country skiing in the winter.

The non-competitive ride will begin at 8 PM at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor and refreshments will be provided at Glen Haven. All ages are welcome at the event, and riders can choose from a 4.5 or 9 mile loop on the trail.  Bike rental is available at Crystal River Outfitters. Register in advance through Friends of Sleeping Bear.


July 17, 2013

Port Oneida Fair ~ August 9-10, 2013

Filed under: calendar,farms,history,Leelanau,michigan,news,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 2:02 pm

The annual Port Oneida Fair offers you a chance to step back in time and experience life as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The event takes place in the Port Oneida District of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on August 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visitors can take the shuttle, drive, hike, or bike to the six unique historic sites where a variety of activities take place. Over 80 demonstrators will be at the fair. Timber framers, quilters and basket weavers will be demonstrating their crafts. Potters and blacksmiths will be hard at work. Oxen will be cutting hay in the fields. Interpreting the history of the Port Oneida community and its settlers will also be an important aspect of the fair. Park Rangers, volunteers, and families of Port Oneida residents will share stories at various farm sites. Food will be available for purchase or you may pack a picnic lunch to eat on the trail or in a farm meadow.

By partnering with Bay Area Recycling for Charities, the National Lakeshore will be going “green” and composting or recycling throughout the fair. On Friday you can spend a day at the Fair and sit down for the 3rd annual Port Oneida Picnic presented by Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear and benefitting the Fair. Tickets are $15 and need to be purchased in advance. There's also a Star Party on Saturday from 9-11 PM at the Thoreson Farm. Join Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society members who will share their telescopes and knowledge while viewing Mars, Saturn, and the Perseid meteor shower. Remember to bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car!

The Port Oneida Rural Arts and Culture Fair promotes the preservation of rural traditional skills, crafts, landscapes, and communities of the Upper Great Lakes Region through education, artistic expression and the development of a coalition of community organizations. Port Oneida is the largest intact historic agricultural district in the United States, and is fully protected within the National Lakeshore. With 19 historic farms (four privately owned), more than 300 buildings, and over 3,000 acres of land. In addition to the farmhouses, barns, and wonderful variety of specialized outbuildings, the historic district contains the fields, orchards, fence rows, roads, cemetery, forest and other elements that make up the historic landscape.

The Port Oneida Fair is hosted by the National Lakeshore and co-sponsored by Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear and the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. It's a free event, but you must purchase a Park Entrance Pass and display it in your vehicle. Please call 231-326-5135, ext. 328, to make reservations (if you plan on bringing a group), or ask questions, or visit their website or the National Lakeshore’s Facebook page.

July 16, 2013

Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival this Saturday in Suttons Bay!

Filed under: calendar,Leelanau,michigan,news,summer,suttons bay,wine — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:34 am

via lpwines.com...

The Leelanau Peninsula “Wine on the Water Festival” takes place this Saturday, July 20 from 1-7PM in Suttons Bay. The Grand Traverse Insider reports:

Sponsored by the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Wine on the Water Festival, (formerly the Leelanau Peninsula Wine, Food and Music Festival), will feature samples from the peninsula’s award-winning wineries, distilleries and breweries as well as food from Leelanau’s restaurants.

Talented local artists will offer their work for viewing and for sale, and live musical performances by the Sour Belly Trio (1:30-2:15 p.m.), Ron Getz and Ron Hernandez (2:45-3:45 p.m.) and the Thirsty Perch Blues Band (4:15-6:30 p.m.) will entertain visitors.

Though it now has a new name, this summer celebration of wine, food and music has been enjoyed for many years. It originally started in Northport as the Annual Northport Wine Fest, and then changed names and locations and found a new home in Suttons Bay as the Leelanau Peninsula Wine, Food and Music Festival.

Now the location remains the same, but the name has been changed to better reflect what the Chamber feels to be the best of the Leelanau Peninsula: its impressive array of wineries and vineyards and its picturesque waterfront views.

Tickets for the event are $15 per person, which includes a commemorative wine glass and two tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the event for $2 each. Ticket sales and additional tasting purchases all benefit the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more & purchase tickets (also available at the door) at leelanauchamber.com or on their Facebook.

PS: While you're in Suttons Bay, check out the Inland Seas Education Association “Classic Boat Show” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 11, 2013

2013 Dune Climb Concert ~ Sunday July 14, 2013

Filed under: family,Leelanau,michigan,music,news,outdoors,sleepingbeardunes,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:11 am

The 15th annual Dune Climb concert presented by the Glen Arbor Art Association takes place this Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 pm. The setting is the incomparable natural amphitheater of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and I heartily encourage you to join thousands of others at this free concert that has become a summer tradition in Leelanau.

This year one of Michigan's premier jazz ensembles, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, will present big band and original compositions. Some of the area's finest musicians will be performing, including vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde. There is no charge for the concert, but a National Park pass is required for parking. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation to overflow parking lots. Bring chairs or (better) blankets to sit on. Some folding chairs are also provided in front of the stage. In the event of rain, the show will go on at the Glen Arbor Town Hall.

The Dune Climb concert is an amazing experience for folks young and old (sand dune = good fun for energetic kids) and is part of the Glen Arbor Art Association’s Manitou Music Festival. Click the link for the summer schedule which includes one of my mom's favorites, Trina Hamlin along with one of mine - the True Falsettos.

July 3, 2013

Leelanau 4th of July Calendar

Filed under: calendar,fun,glen arbor,Leelanau,leland,northport — Andrew McFarlane @ 2:30 pm

KAScott_20090704_0604bThrough a variety of sources including the Leelanau Chamber, Glen Arbor Sun and MichiganFireworks.com, we've come up with our Leelanau Fourth of July event listings. Did we miss something? Post a comment letting us know below and definitely scroll down for  a sweet timelapse of the Northport Fireworks by Ken Scott!

  • July 2, 4 PM, performance of patriotic music by the Northport Community Band at the Glen Arbor Athletic Club.
  • July 3, Dusk: Leland Fireworks, at Hancock Field
  • July 4: Glen Arbor parade, line up at noon at Glen Haven, Glen Arbor at about 1 PM
  • Leland parade at 3 PM on July 4th
  • Glen Lake Boat Parade, 4 PM at the Glen Lake Yacht Club, Big Glen Lake on July 4th
  • Fireworks at Northport on July 4th (dusk)

PS: If you like fireworks, check out Michigan Loves Fireworks and these pictures from the Detroit Freedom Festival show on Michigan in Pictures - amazing!!

May 22, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sales

Filed under: calendar,cedar,Community,family,gardening,holiday,leland,nonprofit,outdoors,spring — Leelanau.com @ 3:30 pm

Looking to spruce up your garden or your yard? Two area communities have plant sales this weekend!

Cedar's Perennial Plant Sale is Saturday, May 25 from 9 AM - 3 PM. Hundreds of perennial and wildflower plants are ready for planting in your garden. Beautify your home with plants that attract butterflies and birds. Prices start at $2.00 with over 500 plants and 50 varieties. This is their major fundraiser of the year to support 265 days per year of free, educational, healthy and intergenerational fun.

The Annual Plant Sale on the Village Green in Leland is on tap for Memorial Day Weekend as well! 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 24th and Saturday May 25th; 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! Contact Patty Shea: 256-9249 or Joanie Woods: 256-7154.

Photo credit: 20090429_0107_copy(Blood Root) by jsorbieus

May 21, 2013

Annual Cedar Polka Festival

Filed under: calendar,cedar,food,fun,Leelanau,michigan,music,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:55 am

The 2013 Cedar Polka Fest will be held July 4-7, 2013. Highlights include a parade on Saturday at noon, softball tournament, a polka mass and (of course) polka under the big, big tent with the big names of polka including the Cynor Classic Polka Band, Craig Ebel & Dy Versa, Jimmy J's Polka Band, the Frank Moravcik Band, Ray Watkowski Family Band and Pan Franek & Zosia.

Polka!Thursday, July 4, 2013
The annual Cedar Polka Festival begins with the flag raising ceremony at 5:00 p.m. Music and dancing begins immediately after the ceremony. Music TBA.

Friday, July 5, 2013
Sidewalk Chalk Art at 10 am, meet at the Town Hall. Music and dancing beings at 2 pm.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Polka Fest Parade begins at noon at the Solon Twp. Hall. All participants should be at the Solon Twp. Hall by 11:30 am sharp.

Music and dancing begins at 2 pm and runs until 1 am.

Click for polka fest poster!Sunday, July 7, 2013
Polka Mass celebrated with Father Ken Stachnik at 11 am under the tent followed by the traditional Polish Procession of Our Lady of Czestochwa immediately after the mass. Music and dancing resumes at 1 pm.

For Info Phone: (231) 228-3378 or email cedarchamber@gmail.com.

The photo is Polka Dancing in Krakow by beastiekeith. Check out the Library of Congress Local Legacies and the Leelanau.com/map Cedar Polka Fest location

May 20, 2013

Glen Arbor BBQ & Brew Festival ~ Saturday, June 15th

Filed under: beer,calendar,glen arbor,Leelanau,michigan,news,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 1:24 pm

Local restaurateurs and Northern Michigan breweries will show off their best as Glen Arbor kicks off the summer season with the annual Glen Arbor BBQ & Brew Festival on Saturday, June 15th from 2-8 PM.

“Now that the sun is finally shining,” says Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator, Mason Query, “we are excited to set up the big tent right in the middle of town and have a great party!”

Participating restaurants include Art’s Tavern, Cherry Republic, Blu and Western Avenue Grill. You can wash all that great barbeque down with beer selections from Short’s, Bell’s, Schmohz, North Peak, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, Cheboygan and Right Brain and more! There will also be non-alcoholic choices from Great Lakes Tea & Spice, Bay Lavender, Cherry Republic and Northwoods Soda.

Live music by Erratixz will get you moving on the dance floor with hits from the ‘70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today. Admission is $15 per person, which includes four tickets to use toward the purchase of any food or beverage.

Order in advance to be entered in a Glen Arbor weekend giveaway sponsored by Leelanau Vacation Rentals!

March 28, 2013

Leelanau 4-H Expo on Saturday, April 6

Filed under: farms,Leelanau,news,schools,youth — Andrew McFarlane @ 9:19 am

4-H members from across the county will gather at Suttons Bay High School on Saturday, April 6th, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for their annual 4-H showcase. The public is invited and encouraged to participate.

The 4-H Expo  features educational displays, live animals, chess matches and demonstrations by 4-H members. The 4-H clubs will also offer a variety of fun, hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Each year the members take on a community project, reflecting the 4-H philosophy of service to others. This year, members and the public are invited to bring individually wrapped child friendly foods like fruit snacks, cheese and crackers packs, fruit cups, cans of tuna, chicken or soup, small boxes of cereal, etc. to donate to an organization in our area called "Blessings in a Backpack". This organization feeds local children on weekends during the school year.

The 4-H Expo is free and open to the public. Lunch concessions will be available onsite. For further information contact the Leelanau MSU Extension office at 256-9888.

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