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February 12, 2014

Snowshoe Stompede to benefit Parenting Communities of Leelanau County

Filed under: family,fitness,Leelanau,news,nonprofit,winter — Andrew McFarlane @ 5:56 pm

Snowshoeing at Silver LeafParenting Communities of Leelanau County is hosting their first annual Snowshoe Stompede on February 23, 2014 at 45 North Winery on Horn Road.

The Stompede benefits Parenting Communities of Leelanau County, and organization that promotes healthy children living in stable, nurturing families, supported by strong communities that provide comprehensive, supportive services.

Events will begin at 1pm with a 5k snowshoe race, and at 1:30pm with a kids’ 1/2 mile race. Families not interested in competing are welcome to come and watch the races and enjoy the trails at their own pace. Trails will be open to non-competitive users at 1:45. Child and adult snowshoes available for the public on a first come first serve basis. Enjoy post race fun around a fire, with hot chocolate and homemade goodies!

Race tickets are $20 per person for the 5k and $5 per person for the 1/2 mile, and non-racers are asked for a donations instead of fees for non-racers.

January 30, 2014

Snowshoe Scamper & Women's Winter Tour this Weekend!

Filed under: calendar,fitness,Leelanau,news,skiing,suttons bay,wine,winter — Andrew McFarlane @ 9:42 am

Here's two great weekend events at Leelanau wineries courtesy of eatdrinkTC!

Runaway Hen Snowshoe Scamper

Runaway Hen Snowshoe Scamper

The first is the 3rd annual Runaway Hen Snowshoe Scamper on Saturday, February 1st at noon at Brengman Brothers Winery. The starting gun will sound at 12:00 noon for the race, and anyone who wants to just stroll can start any time between 12:45 - 4 PM. It's a a family-friendly event, and all ages are encouraged to participate. Wine and hot beverages will be available for purchase post-race in the tasting room as well.

Brengman Brothers owner Robert Brengman says that it's the only time of year that they hoist their Olympic flag from the Salt Lake City Olympics. "I think that at this time of year we all get thinking 'I can't wait for the snow to be gone' but then we look outside and it's not gone and our choice is to sit inside or get out and be alive in the middle of winter. Where else can you strap on a pair of snowshoes and race through a rolling vineyard? It's a whole different experience than just going for a hike."

Robert adds that if you want to finish up with a glass of wine, their Runaway Hen Syrah or Cherry Port made with Balaton and Montmorency cherries would be the perfect complement!

Womens Winter Ski Tour

On Sunday is the annual Women's Winter Tour - a northern Michigan Tradition. Event founder Kaye Krapohl explains that she started the Women's Winter Tour 16 years ago to get women skiing. "When I was cross-country ski racing it was stressful, but I realized that once I got on the trail, I loved it. I thought that if I could get women out onto the VASA trail in a non-competitive situation, they might be able to see how fun it is. I figured I could woo them out with chocolate, and then when we brought Larry Mawby in and served sparkling wine at the last stop on the trail, it all came together."

Womens Winter Tour Angels

Womens Winter Tour Angels, photo by Dietrich Floeter

The pairing of wine, women & chocolate in a no-pressure and fun setting proved to be so powerful  that at one point there were Women's Winter Tours in Pittsburgh, New Hampshire, Minneapolis, Lake Tahoe, Colorado and other places. Kay says "Although my hope has always been to have it be a national event that raises money to support healthy choices for women, I've had to pull back until I have time to find those national grants and sponsors. I've always believed in the 3 Cs: Community, Charity and Chocolate! If you get women outside to do healthy things together, everything will be better."

In its 16th year the Tour has grown to a weekend long affair that kicks off on Saturday (Feb 1) with Sweet Shopping on Front Street followed by their Sweet Sixteen Coming Out dance party hosted by Little Bohemia. On Sunday beginning at 9:30 you can sign in at the Women's Tour. They will take over Black Star Farms with a very "progressive" party planned for Sunday along the trail (which begins and ends at Black Star Farms) and at a variety of venues at the Farm, each featuring a different food and beverage option!

Food on the Trail, photo by Dietrich Floeter

Food on the Trail, photo by Dietrich Floeter

They'll have food, chocolate and beverages from supporters including Blue Tractor, Maxbauer's,  Moomer's Ice Cream, Confections by Kim,  Spaghetti Jim's, 9 Bean Rows, Little Bohemia, Higher Grounds Coffee. Highlights include the "Church of Cheeses" at Leelanau Cheese, a special dessert and wine sampling from Black Star Farms and a large selection of soups from Amical, Knot Just A Bar & Mackinaw Brewing Company!

The event benefits women in our area through Active Women Now and - speaking from experience - it is a ton of fun! Kaye concludes, "The only reason to ski fast is to get to the chocolate first! And don't worry men - you can participate too because we need volunteers to staff our comfort stations. We're taking care of the wine & chocolate - all you have to do is show up!"

This year they will be offering shuttle service via Celtic Tours from Traverse City's Holiday Inn West Bay to Black Star Farms with the last shuttle heading back for Traverse City at 2:15 - plenty of time for the Super Bowl if that's your thing. Get all the information at womenswintertour.com.

September 4, 2012

Harvest Stompede Wine Tour this weekend!

Filed under: calendar,fall,fitness,Leelanau,michigan,news,wine — Andrew McFarlane @ 8:23 am

2011  LPVA Harvest Stompede & Wine TourThe 11th annual Harvest Stompede Vineyard Run & Walk and Wine Tour is a great way to experience the beauty of the Leelanau Wine Trail at harvest time, with local food pairings and wine from the exceptional 2011 vintage. The event takes place this weekend - September 8 & 9th, 2012 - and is considered one of the most scenic running & wine touring events in the Midwest.

“Harvest on the Leelanau Peninsula is an exciting time,” says Matt Gregory, of Chateau de Leelanau. “As vintners, we have literally waited all year for this moment. We have watched our grapes go from tiny green marbles to the perfectly ripe fruit that makes our region's wine stand out from the rest. We want to share this excitement with you at this years Harvest Stompede. Stop by any one of our 20 Leelanau Peninsula wineries and see how the harvest is going - I'm sure you won't be disappointed!"

The weekend's festivities kick off at 9:00am on Saturday morning at Ciccone Vineyard with the Harvest Stompede race. Race registration is now closed but it's a great event for spectators.

The Harvest Stompede Wine Tour starts at 11:00am following the race and continues on Sunday. It features a special wine pour and food pairing at each of 19 Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association member wineries. To highlight our region’s culinary excellence, each winery will be partnering with farmers and restaurants to feature local ingredients in their food pairings.

The event routinely sells out and advance tickets are highly recommended. Tickets are $40 and include commemorative glass and a special food and wine pairing at each tasting room. Food pairings, lodging packages and tickets are available right here.

Photo: 2011 LPVA Harvest Stompede & Wine Tour by KatSwinehart

June 5, 2012

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail opens June 20th!

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail officially opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Dune Climb on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting celebrates the completion of nearly five miles of trail between Glen Arbor and the Dune Climb. When fully completed, the 27-mile trail will run from the southern edge of Leelanau County through the National Lakeshore, Empire, and Glen Arbor, to Good Harbor Bay. They selected this segment as the first to connect the Dune Climb and dunes trails, historic attractions in Glen Haven, the group & D. H. Day campgrounds and the village of Glen Arbor. Construction of the remaining segments will continue as funds are raised.

Julie Clark is the Executive Director of Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. and says, “This spring we surpassed a million dollars in private funding, much of that generated by the local community. We’ve got some big milestones ahead of us this summer to keep trail construction rolling next year, but I think we can now see and experience the trail and benefits it can bring, and they’ll want to help keep the project going.”

The trail was included in the National Lakeshore's most recent General Management Plan and then was analyzed and approved more specifically in an Environmental Assessment. National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Schultz says, “The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is the single most exciting project to come out of our recently completed General Management Plan. The trail will provide a wonderful way to explore and learn about the park, as well as become a meaningful alternative for visitors to travel between park sites and local businesses - without having to use their cars!”

Funding for trail construction is secured from the Dune Climb to Empire and Glen Arbor to Port Oneida. To move forward with construction, nearly $500,000 in matching funds are needed. To learn more about the project and how you can be a part of the effort, visit www.sleepingbeartrail.org or call Pam Darling, Development Director, TART Trails, 231-941-4300.

May 24, 2012

Bikeable Leelanau: Ride down Phase I of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Jacob Wheeler of the Glen Arbor Sun writes that to the most beautiful place in America, second healthiest place nationwide, Leelanau County is on the verge of becoming a prime bicycle destination too! He took a ride down the nearly-completed first phase from the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb to downtown Glen Arbor on the brand new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The trail officially opens on June 20, 2012 and could one day stretch 27 miles, from the Leelanau-Benzie County line to Good Harbor.

Jacob writes that with all these bikers coming to town, they’ll need a place to rent bikes & fix the inevitable flat tires wheels and fix the inevitable flat tires and rusty chains. Read more about the new businesses in Glen Arbor here, and check out this narrated video of a bike ride Saturday along the trail.

Also, the photo to the right is by Tom D'Ambrosio - see his great photos from the trail right here!!

March 23, 2012

Sleeping Bear Trail Gets Challenge Grant

U.S. Senator Carl Levin and National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz break ground on the trail last summer.

The Glen Arbor Sun reports that a Glen Arbor couple has offered a challenge match for Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail:

Glen Arbor residents Bill and Vicki Anderson, who were among the first supporters of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT), have issued a challenge pledge with a 2:1 match for all donations to the new trail through the end of March. The campaign still needs to raise $30,000 in order to secure the full Anderson Challenge match of $50,000. Bill Anderson shared with Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails his family’s motivation for posing the challenge match.

“This summer, 10 years of planning and effort will become a reality for the first five-mile link of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail,” he said. “To help sustain the momentum and encourage additional financial support we are offering a match of $50,000 if the $100,000 goal is reached by March 31st.”

The first section of trail connecting Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb will be completed this July. The trail will provide easy, car-free access to amenities and attractions including the DH Day Campground, Glen Haven, Glen Arbor and the Dune Climb.

Read on at the Sun and learn more about the trail and make donations at sleepingbeartrail.org or by calling Pam Darling (231) 941-4300.

December 5, 2011

Breathe Owl Breathe benefit concert on Saturday

Filed under: calendar,fitness,news,nonprofit,traverse city — Andrew McFarlane @ 11:57 am

In February 2012, a group of inspired people will be running 129 miles in five days across Palestine to raise funds to plant olive trees and also to raise awareness about the challenges of fair trade olive farmers of Palestine in the latest project from On the Ground.

This Friday (December 9th), Michigan's own Breathe Owl Breathe will play a very special benefit concert for the Run Across Palestine at Higher Grounds Roastery at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. They are joined by Little Wings and it's also the release tour for their new project The Listeners.

Tickets are $12 advance / $15 door and available at Higher Grounds and Oryana. Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8. For advance tickets, project information or to simply make a donation please call 877 825 2262. On the Ground supports sustainable community development in farming regions across the world.

Here's a video from Breathe Owl Breathe - click here for more!


October 3, 2011

Run for Palestine ~ Saturday, October 8th

Filed under: calendar,fitness,Leelanau,news,nonprofit,sleepingbeardunes — Andrew McFarlane @ 2:31 pm

This Saturday (October 8th) from 5-8:30 PM the Run for Palestine takes place at the Food For Thought Farm. It's a special event featuring a 5k run followed by a post-race pasta dinner and movie under the stars.

The course is mostly road, with the 10K entering parts of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Following the races, participants and their families can hang out on the Food For Thought farm and enjoy dinner and a movie.

Bring your running shoes, blanket and loved ones. Funds raised will go to Run Across Palestine, a running expedition to raise money to assist Palestinian olive oil farmers by providing trees and scholarships to olive oil farming families.

The price for adults is $30 in advance or $35 day-of with kids 12 and under $15 in advance ($20 at the door). You can also sign up for dinner and movie only (kids 12 and under eat free) for $15. Here's the link to register online.

Contact Norm Plumstead by email with any questions.

Here's a slideshow from the Run for Palestine last year from lostgears.

August 30, 2011

Harvest Stompede Wine Trail Weekend

Filed under: calendar,fall,fitness,food,Leelanau,michigan,wine — Andrew McFarlane @ 3:12 pm

Sprint to the FinishThe Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association's annual Harvest Stompede Vineyard Run & Walk and Wine Tour takes place Saturday September 10 & Sunday September 11. It's considered one of the most scenic running & wine touring events in the Midwest and is returning to the Leelanau Peninsula for the tenth year.

The race itself happens Saturday morning at 9 AM at Ciccone Vineyard. Race registration is is down to less than 100 slots, but it's a great event for spectators as well with a ONE OF A KIND course that winds through vineyard rows.

The Harvest Stompede Wine Tour follows the race and offers a special pour and food pairing featuring local food at each of the 18 Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association member wineries. Recognizing that nothing goes better with local wine than local food, the 18 wineries of the Leelanau Wine Trail will each be featuring local items in their food pairings!

Win some tickets!

On Absolute Michigan there's a chance to win 2 pairs of tickets - click through for the details!

Photo: Sprint to the Finish by lpwines. View the 2007 Gallery and the 2008 Gallery for a taste of how cool this event is!

August 24, 2011

Port Oneida 5k Barn to Barn Run/Walk

Filed under: calendar,fitness,Leelanau,preservation,sleepingbeardunes,summer — Andrew McFarlane @ 9:10 am

2010 Winner Topher Fast

On Saturday, September 3rd, at 9 am, Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear (PHSB) will host the second annual Port Oneida Barn to Barn Run/Walk – a 5K on the Bayview Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Sleeping Bear Dunes were recently voted as the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America. "What ABC didn't mention in their wonderful coverage, is that in addition to its magnificent natural beauty, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also boasts ‘one of the most prized historic landscapes in the nation' – an honor, and a treasure that contributes to this most beautiful place", said Susan Pocklington, Director of the nonprofit park partner.

The race starts and finishes at the Charles Olsen Farm located right off the trail in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, 3 miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22. The course meanders through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, passing old farmsteads and panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Kids can join in the fun too with a 1/4 mile Kids Dash to the Schoolhouse.

Pre-registration is $20 through August 27th and $30 after that. The event will be limited to 300 participants this year. For registration and details, visit www.phsb.org, or contact 231-334-6103.

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