Quaint and creative Empire already hosts the Asparagus Festival in mid-May and the revived Hill Climb racecar event in September. Next up is the village’s inaugural Hops Festival, which organizers hope will also become an annual event.
Banging the drum for Climate Change action: 15 Leelanau County activists trek to New York City for the People's Climate March
Paid parking here to stay at Empire Beach: Was controversy this spring much ado about nothing?
How Climate Change will affect Sleeping Bear Dunes: more torrential downpours that will compromise beach grass' ability to hold soil
Marriage equality in Northern Michigan
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Drink and run! The third-annual Sleeping Bear Marathon and Half Marathon, held by Endurance Evolution, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 a.m. in Empire. That’s the day after Empire’s inaugural Hops Festival.
The Glen Arbor Art Association has announced the scheduling of tryouts for its December Reader’s Theater production of the movie/radio play A Christmas Carol. The date for the tryouts is October 6, at 7 p.m. at its 6031 South Lake Street, Glen Arbor facility. Directing the play will be Ron Smith, a Glen Arbor local who recently directed Casablanca.
On August 21, scientist Lukas Bell-Dereske gave a public presentation to a packed house at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center in Empire that offered a window into how climate change will affect our cherished National Park.
Fifteen-year-olds Annabel Skrocki and Annie Lively, both sophomores at Glen Lake School, stood in complete silence with more than 400,000 other climate activists at the People’s Climate march on Sept. 21—mourning, for the melting glaciers, the rising oceans, the dryer mid-continents, the stronger storms, the disappearing islands and the paralyzed politicians.
The Empire Village Council voted yesterday to implement and enforce paid parking at Empire Beach next summer, following what members perceive as a successful trial run in 2014. The parking meter near the picnic area, which charged visitors $1 per hour, generated more than $23,000 between July 3 and September 10, despite summer weather marred by rain and cold temperatures. Empire’s popular beach, which has 87 parking spots, sits in the middle of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Celebrated professional gardener, author, and historic landscape authority Peter J. Hatch will visit Leelanau County, Oct. 1-3, for a series of public lectures and programs. Hatch served as director of Gardens and Grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for 35 years and has published four books on Monticello’s botanic legacy including A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. He lectures extensively on Jefferson and the history of garden plants, and currently consults on public garden projects and private estate landscapes.
The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host a presentation on Public Education: Past and Present on Wednesday Oct. 1 at noon in the lower level public meeting room of the Leelanau County Government Center. The October meeting will be the first session of a two-part discussion on public education.
I dreamed about him when I was working in the prisons of California. I felt him one night in the room as I was falling asleep and thought I could smell him. I missed him at a subliminal, subconscious level all the time but missed him consciously, in ways I’d never anticipated, on the days after work when I was tired and saw no hope for my students, most of whom were going to be behind bars for a long time and, if they got out, would have no families, no jobs, no future.
At the moment these words were put to paper, somewhere around 287,000 people in Michigan were barred from marriage. About 44,000 of these people have created a life together anyway. Some of them share in the task of raising children. We’re talking, of course, about gay Michiganders.
The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present an exhibition by photographer Ken Scott, Sept. 21-Oct. 26. The exhibition is being presented in collaboration with the Leelanau Conservancy.
With Charlie Edson, owner and winemaker at Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery mentoring them, the Alan Eaker and Linda Ackley selected vines, and planted 10 acres of wine grapes on their land. Today there are 12 acres of grapes, including hybrids Cayuga and Frontenac, and vinifera varieties Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc.
Traverse City artist Lisa Perrine Brown will talk about her sewn and woven maps on Sunday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. at Center Gallery, 6023 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. Brown began interpreting maps of local waterways and landform in 2012. After enlarging the maps, Brown translates them into woven tapestries and sewn constructions that use both new and recycled fiber materials. These works are part of an exhibition of contemporary fiber at Center Gallery, also featuring Stephen Kostyshyn’s woven vessels and mixed media clay forms by Kathy Brady.
Cedar Rustic Inn owners Aaron and Nikki Ackley are itching for a change. Not a huge change, like leaving the restaurant business altogether, but a transition of Cedar Rustic Inn from American comfort to brew pub. This idea, said Aaron, has been in the works for at least three years.
U.S. veterans of foreign wars are invited to attend a lunch and raffle at the VFW Post on M-204 in Lake Leelanau at noon on Sept. 20. The event intends to salute and honor the thousands of U.S. servicemen and women who have gone missing in action over the past 100 years. Throughout Michigan, Sept 20 is considered “MIA recognition day”. The luncheon costs $1 per veteran. Please bring a form of military identification or wear a military hat or shirt. For more information please contact Alan Aldrich at 231- 271-2060.
Fiber is the focus Sept. 19-Oct. 13 at Center Gallery, 6023 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. The gallery will showcase contemporary approaches to an old medium by three artists: Kathy Brady, Stephen Kostyshyn and Lisa Perrine Brown. The show opens Sept. 19 with a 6 p.m. reception.
Author Anne-Marie Oomen offers the third in three lessons about how to write about your summer vacation in Leelanau. Use sensory language to describe your best summer moments; use strong, action verbs to keep memories locked in place. Now she explores the “so what” factor.
Celebrate the newly designated wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore during the Lakeshore’s first Wilderness Weekend event on September 13-14. Activities are planned for both days and include hikes, Leave No Trace games, guided canoe/kayak trips and a Star Party. There will be something for everyone to enjoy; especially children.
The Empire Hill Climb, which ran from 1964 until 1980 — once in the spring and once in the fall — returns to action on Sept. 20. Approximately 20 drivers have signed up, and they’ll take turns racing the curvy, half-mile route up Wilco Rd. (toward the Empire Bluffs trail parking lot) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. A racecar expose from 9-9:45 a.m. on Front Street will precede the main event.
The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay is pleased to announce the new season of the Bay Film Series 2014-2015. The program offers a fine selection of award-winning films from around the world which have played at international film festivals in the United States and abroad. The series runs September through April and features one film per month—that’s eight great films you won’t want to miss.