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February 16, 2010

Showcase Leelanau – Saturday, February 20

showcase"Showcase Leelanau" will be presented at 6:30 PM on Saturday, February 20 at the Old Art Building Leland. Admission is free.

The event is designed to highlight the fine arts programs in the county schools, and will feature musical performances and student art work from students at Glen Lake, Leland, Northport, St. Mary's and Suttons Bay. The “unveiling” of the collaborative piece of art, which was done for the new Governmental Center will also take place. Check out how talented our county students are!

February 3, 2010

Hearth and Vine, a vineyard café, Opens for Dinner

Filed under: dining,farms,food,Food & Dining,Lodging & Travel,suttons bay,wine — Leelanau.com @ 9:57 am

Black Star Farms announces the opening of Hearth & Vine serving dinner to the public Wednesday through Sunday evenings.

Suttons Bay, MI February 1, 2010 - - A new star is born. Black Star Farms, already well known for its award-winning wines and cheeses, is now serving dinner in Hearth & Vine, a vineyard café, at the Suttons Bay farm featuring wood-fired fare in a rustic yet elegant atmosphere, The weekly menu draws on ingredients produced on the farm, including pork and lamb, fresh eggs, 9 Bean Rows hoop house vegetables and hearth baked breads, and of course, Leelanau Cheese Co. cheeses and Black Star Farms wines. It’s truly a celebration of agriculture.

Hearth and Vine is now open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday from 5pm to 9pm. Seating is limited and reservations are appreciated. For reservations, please call 231.944.1297

From late spring through fall, Hearth & Vine is open daily serving delicious wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches as well as soups and salads. Black Star Farms wine is available by the glass or bottle along with soft drinks, coffee and tea. Lunch and snacks can be enjoyed out on the terrace or indoors in the cozy cafe.

On the market side we’re all about local. Black Star Farms farm-fresh eggs and fruits and vegetables from our and neighboring farms are offered seasonally. Pastries, cookies and 9 Bean Rows hearth-baked breads, Black Star Farms maple syrup, verjus and kettle cooked jams and preserves, and the best of other locally produced items are also available.

Black Star Farms is a unique agricultural entity that features two winery production facilities, their adjacent tasting rooms, a distillery, Inn, café, and equestrian facility. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary and are proud to represent the viticultural diversity of Northwest Michigan and its proximity to the 45th parallel that runs through so many of the great wine regions of the world.

Photo: KAScott_20090627_6186 by Ken Scott

February 2, 2010

New Owners for Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery

Filed under: Food & Dining,Leelanau,suttons bay,wine — Leelanau.com @ 11:07 am

chateauThe owner of Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery, Dr. Roberta Kurtz, is pleased to announce that she is selling her winery business to Cherry Bay Orchards and a group of second generation fruit growers. This transaction marks the first winery sale in Leelanau County. The parties’ initial acquaintance began when Dr Kurtz purchased an adjoining farm to Cherry Bay. It further developed over several years as Cherry Bay cared for the cherry orchards on that land. Dr. Kurtz stated, “Selling Chateau de Leelanau to my fruit growing neighbors gives me a lot of satisfaction. After 20 years and a tremendous amount of sweat equity, selling the winery operation has been a difficult decision, but family needs and professional commitments have made it necessary.”

Second generation fruit growers, Matt Gregory, Mark Miezio, Roger Veliquette, and Andrew Gregory are looking forward to expanding on the traditions of the award winning Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery. The new owners are expressing grateful appreciation to Dr. Kurtz for extending them the opportunity to develop the winery further. “Taking the helm of one of northern Michigan’s oldest wineries offers us many challenges,” said Andrew Gregory “and the fact that we can build on traditions as well as bring new ideas to fruition is exciting.”

The new owners expressed their enthusiasm for being part of something that helps to achieve community goals focused on sustainability and growth. “The positive economic contribution that viticulture and wine making add to the tourist and agricultural industry is definitely noticeable in the Traverse area” according to Roger Veliquette “and we want to be part of that.”

The winery staff will continue to welcome the public, Thursdays through Saturdays, at its tasting room located at the corner of Hilltop Road and M22 in Leelanau County. Wines made from Riesling, Chardonnay, Bianca, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Regent are available to sample and purchase. Transferring of ownership will be completed upon appropriate licensing of the new owners.

January 7, 2010

The Bay Select Film Series – Seraphine

Filed under: calendar,film,movies,suttons bay — Leelanau.com @ 4:06 pm

The Bay Theater is delighted to present Seraphine.
Not Rated - 125 min

Based on a true story, Seraphine centers on Séraphine de Senlis (Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper whose brilliantly colorful canvases now adorn some of the most famous galleries in the world. Wilhelm Uhde (Tukur), a German art critic and collector - he was the first Picasso buyer and discoverer of naïve primitive painter Le Douanier Rousseau - discovers her paintings while she is working for him as a maid in the beautiful countryside of Senlis near Paris in the early part of the 20th century.

Visit the official website trailer and more!

Here's how it works:
One film per month -only $5.50 each
February 7-9 - Treeless Mountain (South Korea)

March 7-9 & April 11-13 - To Be Announced

Choose a showtime: Sunday @ 2:00, Sunday @ 5:00, Monday @ 6:00, or Tuesday @ 6:00.
Don't worry, if you can't make it to your showtime, we'll accept your ticket at one of the other times.
If you would like to receive a brochure complete with movie descriptions, photos, and subscription form, please send your mailing address to thebay@chartermi.net
Or call 231-271-5800.

December 30, 2009

Underwater Adventure into the Past

Filed under: Community,environment,michigan,nonprofit,suttons bay — Leelanau.com @ 1:06 pm

The Inland Seas Education Association will present a seminar that focuses on the underwater mapping of the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. The seminar, “The Norwood Project: Underwater Adventure into the Past,” will be presented by Luke Clyburn, president of the Noble Odyssey Foundation. This seminar is free and open to the public.

lukecylburnThe Noble Odyssey Foundation (NOF) research team is a group of scientists from local universities and museums and divers that undertake submarine and coastal research projects under the direction of Captain Luke Clyburn, who also serves as the Director of the NOF. In 2004, John Zawiskie of the Cranbrook Institute of Science and Scripps University marine biologist Dr. Elliot Smith directed the underwater mapping of the geology of the sill at the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay. This led to the creation of the first geologic map of the bottom sediments and bedrock in that part of the lake basin and documentation of a drowned river channel cut through lake bottom clay at depths of up to 150 feet. This is a relict channel from the low stand period that formed when the current lake floor was a land area, sometime between 10,000 and 7,500 years ago.

Luke Clyburn will show the DVD that chronicles the preparation for and the fieldwork during this expedition. Afterwards, he will discuss the implications of such work and how the Noble Odyssey strives to bring together young people, adults, and scientists interested in developing and supporting underwater research projects to enhance public understanding of Great Lakes science and history.

The Inland Seas Education Association is a non-profit organization based in Suttons Bay, Michigan, dedicated to science education on the Great Lakes. Its shipboard and shore-side education programs are designed to inspire young people’s interest in science and to provide for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes. For further information contact the Inland Seas Education Association at (231) 271-3077 or on the web at www.schoolship.org.

Photo: Capt. Luke Clyburn, Great Lakes Underwater Filmaker, courtesy of The Noble Odyssey Foundation

December 18, 2009

Photo Friday: Christmas ornament. by John Levanen

Filed under: holiday,photo,suttons bay — Leelanau.com @ 12:08 pm

John's photos seem to be catching my attention lately. With Christmas around the corner, I wanted a Christmasy photo. This ornament found at Red Ladder in Suttons Bay was perfect! For more gems, like this one, check out John's photostream on flickr.

Photo: Christmas ornament. by John Levanen

December 14, 2009

Local Photographers give back to their community with free Holiday portraits

Filed under: Community,holiday,nonprofit,photo,suttons bay — Leelanau.com @ 11:59 am

On Saturday, Dec 12, local photographers participated in a worldwide event, where they donated their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those less fortunate this holiday season. Celebrity photographer, Jeremey Cowart, started the movement, when he founded Help-Portrait. Local photograhpers, Alan Newton, John Robert Williams, Dan Stewart and Marc Courville, were at Suttons Bay High School on Saturday helping students from Suttons Bay and Lake Leelanau St. Mary take the portraits.

Local organizer, Scott Tompkins, told the Record Eagle:

"We want to find people in our local community who are in need, photograph them, and give them a picture and a CD of their images," said Scott Tompkins.

For more information about the project, visit www.help-portrait.com.

Photo: Little Smirk by 'Playingwithbrushes'

December 10, 2009

‘Essential’ Art in Suttons Bay

Filed under: art,Shopping,suttons bay — Leelanau.com @ 1:14 pm

Kristine Morris from the Grand Traverse Insider tell us about Sue Ann Round and why her gallery, Michigan Artists Gallery gets "essential art" kudos from writer, John Villani:

She has brought all of her creativity and passion into what writer John Villani called, “One of three essential art venues in the Traverse City area,” long known for its vibrant community of artists and galleries.

Villani saw the gallery, included it in his book, “100 Best Art Towns in America” (Countryman Press, 2005), and declared that the Michigan Artists Gallery was “not to be missed.” It was not until a year after his visit that Round found out it had been included in Villani’s book.

“I was at a party, and a friend said that he’d been at Horizon Bookstore and had read that we were mentioned. That was a thrill.”.

Be sure visit Sue Ann at Michigan Artists Gallery give the gift of local art this holiday season.

Photo: Sue Ann Round, Michigan Artists Gallery by Kristine Morris of the Grand Traverse Insider

November 30, 2009

Christmas in the Village

Filed under: calendar,family,holiday,seasons,suttons bay,winter,youth — Leelanau.com @ 12:13 pm

Suttons Bay is stepping back in time for the Christmas in the Village on Dec 6. The Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce are asking patrons to dress in Dicken's era costumes. A contest will be held, and the winner will be reimbursed for their shopping that day, up to $250. The winner will be chosen prior to the tree lighting a 5:00 in the 5th/3rd parking lot. The costume contest winner also gets to ‘flip the switch’ to turn on the lights.

As tradition, Enerdyne will have their annual Antlers & Elves with real live reindeer from 12:30 - 3:30. Santa will be at Silvertree from 2:30 - 4:30. Also, don't miss the Christmas Concert at the Congregational Church at 3:00.

“Suttons Bay is blessed with a wonderful turn of the century back drop which gives the village its special charm” said Pat Cookman, owner of Enerdyne. “We as retailers and restaurateurs will be dressing up and we want to encourage as many of our visitors to do so too”

“The effect will be magical. It will be like experiencing Christmas a hundred years ago. There be mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and wandering carolers. It will be a very special day."

Photo: The Painted Bird. by John Levanen

November 10, 2009

Veterans Day in Leelanau County

Veterans Day, the annual American holiday honoring military veterans, is tomorrow, November 11. This date is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, and is celebrated around the world as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. Thus many of Veterans Day observances are traditionally held at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year.

The Leelanau Enterprise reports that the official Leelanau Veterans Day Observance will take place at 11 AM at the Government Center and also that:

It will be the second year that Veterans Day observances will be held in front of the new government center building instead of at the Veterans Memorial site in front of the old county courthouse in Leland. The black granite Veterans Memorial marker is currently in storage awaiting completion of a new Veterans Memorial plaza on the government center campus.

At this year’s ceremony, members of local Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion posts will provide color guards and a firing squad as part of the observance.

The keynote speaker at the government center ceremony will be Maj. Nick Martinson, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Better known locally as the director of the Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay, Martinson, 38, also serves as commanding officer of a Marine Reserve company headquartered at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens.

Also in Leelanau, the Northport Highanlands senior living community will offer breakfast to seniors followed by a special presentation for veterans featuring a talk by World War II veteran Richard Grout of Suttons Bay, beginning at 8 am. For more information and reservations, please contact Beth Nunnelly at 386-9900.

Then at 10 a.m. at Northport Public School, students will hear a presentation from Leelanau County resident and veteran Conrad Bult on the history of Armistice Day and Veterans Day. The keynote speaker at the event in the Northport Public School auditorium will be county resident Raymond Ross, Ph.D. The public is invited to attended.

Also the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will offer free access to the national park for all veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day.

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11:00 a.m., a color guard, made up of members from each of the military services, renders honors to America's war dead during a tradition-rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Michael Moore announced that on Veterans Day, all Vets will get into the State Theater for free. Vets just need to walk up to the box office, and say "I'm a Vet" to receive free admission.

Photo: Lake Street, Glen Arbor, MI, July, 2009 by tpowell923

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