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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 27, 2013

Grace Dickinson and five more Leelanau Women Photographers

Filed under: boats,glen arbor,history,lake michigan,Leelanau,leland,news,photo — Andrew McFarlane @ 9:04 am

Via Michigan in Pictures...


This week's Glen Arbor Sun has a great feature by Kathleen Stocking on Six Leelanau County Women Photographers: Barbara Nowinski, Kathleen (Dodge) Buhler, Meggen Watt Peterson, Ashmir McCarthy, Marty Schilling and Grace Dickinson. Here's Grace:

Grace Dickinson has a photo studio across the road from the place her grandparents first came to on the south shore of Little Glen Lake in the summer of 1912. Her grandparents traveled to the Leelanau Peninsula by steamer, from the Navy Pier in Chicago up Lake Michigan to Glen Haven. In 1942 her parents met and fell in love while her mother was a writer/editor at the Leelanau Enterprise and soon after became year-round residents. Grace’s father, Fred, a broker who worked from home, spent his free time photographing the dunes and the islands. One unusual photo shows a cloud the exact size of one of the Manitou Islands, above the island, a rare phenomenon caused by condensation when the temperature of the island is colder than that of the surrounding waters of Lake Michigan.

From an early age, Grace followed in her father’s footsteps, quite literally, accompanying him and sometimes photographing the same scenes. Grace left her studies at Northwestern Michigan College to go on a year-long sailing adventure in the Bahamas, and followed this with a two-decade-sojourn out in Montana where she married a rancher and finished college. Grace returned to the Leelanau Peninsula in the late 1980s and became a mapmaker for the Leelanau County Planning Commission. She began taking photos of the Leelanau Peninsula and opened her own studio out of which she sold her own and her father’s photos and maps. In the mid-1990s she revived the 1930s art of photographic hand-coloring, laboriously hand-tinting her father’s black and white photos of earlier years, photos which evoke the shadows and starkness of some of the photos of Diane Arbus, but as applied to nature, not people. In the medium of hand-coloring Grace discovered a way to keep her father’s legacy alive and express her own love of Leelanau. Her photo studio is on Glenmere (M-22) west of the bridge over the Glen Lake Narrows.

Head over to the Glen Arbor Sun for more! The photo above is labeled as having been taken in Glen Arbor in 1909, but former Leelanau Historical Museum Director Laura Quackenbush identified it as Leland's dock. The photo was hand-colored by Grace from an old negative on glass found in the Leelanau Enterprise office during the time her parents (briefly) owned it.

If you're interested in more work bu Grace and her father, head over to Dickinson Photography. I've also featured several photos from Fred Dickinson on Michigan in Pictures, and you can click that link to read a little about the coloring process.

July 24, 2013

5th annual Glen Arbor Paint Out/Plein Aire Weekend

Filed under: art,Leelanau,michigan,news,nonprofit,outdoors,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:55 am

The Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) annual Plein Art Weekend is scheduled for August 2-3. Artists from across Michigan and throughout the Midwest are registered to participate in this 5th annual event, which has become one of Michigan’s largest and most popular Paint Outs.

On Friday, August 2, a Quick Draw features artists who will “Paint the Town”, capturing the charm of Glen Arbor and its iconic places to visit, in just two hours. Watch the artists at work and then join the fun at the Quick Sale at the Glen Arbor Township Hall from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Free Admission.

On Saturday, August 3, the main event, the Plein Air Paint Out, begins early in the morning. Sixty pre-accepted painters will have their canvasses date stamped and then head off to find their idyllic spots and set up their easels for the day. The aim and challenge of a Plein Air Paint Out is to “capture the moment”, working quickly to complete a painting. All 2-D works must be initiated and finished on this one day -- rain or shine.

The artists return to GAAA in the late afternoon to enter their work in the judged exhibit. This year’s juror is Chicago artist and Leelanau resident, Hank (Chips) Feeley. The Wet Painting Sale and Reception opens to the public and the works are offered on a first-come basis when the gong sounds at 5:45, sharp. The event is at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 South Lake Street, Glen Arbor, and is a benefit for the art association.

Admission is $10 per person, and includes a wine sampling and appetizers from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For more information call the GAAA at 231/334-6112 or visit their website.

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.

June 27, 2013

Finding Number 9: The Sleeping Bear Dunesmobiles

Filed under: history,Leelanau,michigan,outdoors,sleepingbeardunes,travel,video — Andrew McFarlane @ 7:56 am

Justin Warnes shared this awesome video from TC based Hagerty Classic Insurance about the dune cars that once cruised the Sleeping Bear Dunes. More about the Dunesmobiles on Leelanau.com!

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 17, 2013

Straight as the Pine, Sturdy as the Oak: a history of Camp Leelanau for Boys, the Leelanau Schools and the Homestead

Filed under: glen arbor,history,Leelanau,michigan,news,photo — Andrew McFarlane @ 8:38 am

Michael Huey in the last couple of days of a Kickstarter project to fund Straight as the Pine, Sturdy as the Oak. This new book will tell the history of Camp Leelanau for Boys, the Leelanau Schools, and the Homestead in Glen Arbor from their beginnings around 1920 until 1963. Richly illustrated, the book makes use of the Leelanau School Archive as well as the extensive private archives of the Beals and Huey families to draw back the curtain and tell a behind-the-scenes tale; as such it is a personal journey back through the development of the camp, the school, and the Homestead, told chiefly through vintage photographs, the detailed timeline, and individual short essays. It will be of interest to all who love the Leelanau peninsula and its history and, in particular, to those who have attended – or now attend – Camp Leelanau and/or the Leelanau School, as well as those who summered at or nearby the Homestead or live on the premises now.

Head over to Kickstarter for all the details, and watch the video and read about the project below! (more...)

May 6, 2013

Empire Asparagus Festival – Third Weekend in May

Filed under: calendar,empire,food,Leelanau,michigan,music,news,nonprofit,spring,wine — Andrew McFarlane @ 10:50 am

empire asparagus festival 2010The 10th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival will be held May 17-18, 2013 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 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.

Also see Stalking Local Asparagus in Empire from MyNorth.com.


Leelanau County Economic Development is the talk of Michigan

Filed under: Business,government,Leelanau,news,traverse city — Andrew McFarlane @ 10:13 am
Open for Business
Open for Business by joeldinda

There have been a flurry of articles and even a new "Leelanau County Commissioners Tinfoil Hat Brigade" Facebook page on the heels of a decision by Leelanau County Commissioners to reject a partnership with Grand Traverse County to promote growth and shutter the county Economic Development Corporation (EDC). It's now reached the Detroit News who report that business leaders are criticizing a decision by the Leelanau County commission to abolish the Leelanau EDC.

Meeting in Suttons Bay on April 8, commissioners said the northwestern Lower Peninsula county is wealthy enough already and that they don't want growth. They said it's up to people to find their own jobs and businesses to make their own plans. (more...)

May 3, 2013

Park Skies are Dark Skies: 2013 Summer Star Parties in Sleeping Bear

Filed under: Community,fall,Leelanau,michigan,news,outdoors,photo,sleepingbeardunes,spring,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 8:18 am

Dream On
photo: Dream On by Kenneth-Snyder

EMPIRE, MI - The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be offering a series of monthly astronomy programs this year. Join Park Rangers and the  the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for a guided exploration of our night sky and one daytime event. The next Star Party is May 11 with a viewing of the closest star - the sun. Each special event takes place at a different location throughout the National Lakeshore to take advantage of strategic viewing opportunities. Come for star gazing, meteor showers, sun viewing, and storytelling. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger program.

Visitors enjoying park skies at a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Star Party. Photos courtesy of the National Park Service

Visitors enjoying park skies at a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Star Party. Photos courtesy of the National Park Service

Starry night skies and natural darkness are important components of the special places the National Park Service protects. National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide an excellent opportunity to experience this endangered resource. So visit the National Lakeshore and enjoy park skies by attending the following Star Parties:

May 11 (12:00-2:00 p.m.), Visitor Center Parking Lot in Empire
This is a daytime Star Party to view our closest star - the sun. View the sun using a solar telescope and solar shades. See solar activity, including flares and prominences.

June 8 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive #3 Overlook
View Saturn, the Milky Way, and various constellations. Meet at the Dune Overlook #3, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Please park at Picnic Mountain; the next right after the #2 stop.

July 13 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Platte River Point
View the moon, Saturn, and various constellations.

August 10 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
The Port Oneida Fair celebration continues into the night. View Saturn and the Perseid meteors.

September 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Dune Climb Parking Lot
View the summer Milky Way and many Deep Sky Objects.

October 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), Dune Climb Parking Lot
Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with a starry event.

For all astronomy events, bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car and bug spray, if needed. Park Rangers and GTAS staff will be wearing red glow bracelets at the events.

The monthly Star Parties will be cancelled during inclement weather. The decision is usually made three hours in advance. Please call Park Rangers at 231-326-5135, ext. 331, for a voicemail message with the decision.

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.

For more about the National Lakeshore, please go to www.nps.gov/slbe or their Facebook and Twitter.

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