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Out of the many holiday events happening around the area, we've selected a few to highlight.

It's an area those not familiar with Leelanau County often drive right past, but tucked away in the hills just to the west of M-22 about halfway between Traverse City and Suttons Bay is an area known as "The Valley". The rolling hills are still mostly covered with forests and orchards, the occasional house and a few small businesses. Every year for the last 13, the Valley has hosted its annual Open House Tour.

On November 23rd and 24th (other times as well) you can make the rounds of the six participating businesses. Stone Barn features wooden items while Nature's Gifts (3/4 of the way to the top of Hilltop Road) offers a large variety of rocks, minerals and gemstones. Bellwether Herbs and Flowers (make sure to visit again in the spring) has a large selection of dried herbs and flowers and wreaths as well as items for the serious gardener. Just across the way at Brightheart Pottery you can find the sculpture and porcelain of Sue Brightheart (and some really nice Christmas ornaments) as well as weaving from Peggy Core. Finally, up the hill, is your best chance to stock up on some of Leelanau County's finest wines from L. Mawby Vineyards.

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The Leelanau Community Cultural Center and the Leland Business Association present a holiday affair at the Old Art Building in Leland, featuring Leland merchants as well as local artist and craftspeople. The Marketplace happens on Saturday, December 7th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Call 616-256-2131 for more details.

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This year the village of Suttons Bay is trying something a little different which community merchants are hoping will do more than just increase business. It's called the Community Sharing Program and it allows those who purchase gifts in the village during the Holiday Season to turn the reciepts in to their favorite local charity. Representatives from the charities, which include 5 churches and the Suttons Bay Volunteer Fire Department, in turn present them to the merchants who will donate 2% of the total to the charity. Sunday, November 24th: Holidays in the Village Open House
Featuring complimentary refreshments, special events, giveaways and sales throughout the village.

Saturday and Sunday, November 30th and December 1st: Lights in the Village
The official lighting of the town (rather decent of them to wait all the way till December), a visit from Santa Sunday afternoon followed by caroling with the Suttons Bay High School Band and the Village Council's annual Pizza Party.

Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th: Music in the Village
Live performances. Also free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides will be offered from 11-4 on Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th: Chocolate in the Village
Chocolate and shopping? Now there's a dangerous combo...

Saturday and Sunday, December 21st and 22nd: Snowflakes in the the Village
While they could have scheduled it this past week, it's probably best to leave the big sales for those who prudently shop at the last minute.

Links From This Article
The Northern Michigan Index Musical Calendar
Oscoda: The Community That Almost Wasn't

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