Photos of Lake Huron, taken during a family vacation, caused portrait painter Charles Pompilius to consider a new direction for his work. The Ferndale resident talks about how he explored this mid-career transition during his Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) artist-residency on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor.
Climate Change program offered at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Scott Whybrew (and family) forsake the corporate life to farm hops in Empire.
Buckets of Rain performs “This Land is Your Land” for 72 hours straight in Traverse City
Making a day of it in Cedar and Maple City
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What I did on my summer vacation: the age old cliché, the assignment for school children that both children and teachers dread, in part because it’s so often boring—both for reader and writer. Why is that? Or why is it that when we look at the hundreds of iPhone photos we took of the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb, we never get the rush of flying down the sand. What happened to that feeling of bubbling laughter when Uncle Jack fell through the inner tube into the Crystal River? We think, for example, we can keep the Leelanau County wine tasting alive with pictures alone, but even though pictures recall the image and some association, they don’t recall the narrative, the story of the moment. That’s the limitation of pictures, glorious as they are. So we need words too. We tell the story of the picture, sometimes ad nauseum, to our neighbors back home, but even that, over time, loses its power. That is, until the senses get involved.
Again, this year, local musicians and performers are donating their time and talent to perform the Woody Guthrie classic, “This Land is Your Land” over and over (and over …) on a street corner in downtown Traverse City. They will be there, rain or shine, day and night for three straight days, singing their hearts out to help the hungry. And you can help. Buckets of Rain, the nonprofit that organized this musical marathon, provides sustainable gardens and fresh vegetables to impoverished areas of the world, including overseas and in inner-city Detroit.
Two bears walk into a Glen Arbor Township garden. No joke. How does that work? It works when a patron of the arts makes a gift of a limestone sculpture to the community. The patron wishes to remain anonymous. The artist is Gert Olsen of Jupiter, Fla. And the sculpture, titled “Father and Son,” is a modernist take on a locally iconic subject: an adult bear and cub.
Do you want to learn how your favorite beach may respond to predicted climate change? Then join researcher, Lukas Bell-Dereske for a special public program entitled “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Dunes: Responses of the Plant Community at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore” on Thursday, August 21 at 9 a.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center auditorium in Empire.
Thousands of visitors flock to Leelanau County each year, many of them attracted by big draws such as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. But while nothing compares to the delight of bounding down the Dune Climb after a sweaty trek uphill, or taking in the pristine view of the Manitou Islands from a sugar sand beach, there are plenty of lesser-known places in the county to have fun, too. Two of these places are sister communities Maple City and Cedar.
Grand Rapids artist Jim Markle exhibits new views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Glen Arbor, Aug. 22-28 at Center Gallery, 6023 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor. A reception opens the show Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.
The Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Peggy Godwin and Wendy McWhorter, Aug. 22-23 at the Art Association, 6031 S. Lake Street in Glen Arbor.
One year ago, on warm August night along the south shore of Big Glen Lake, there passed a man that many in our community loved, however, few of the countless lives he touched will know his name. Bob Russell died last August 23 at the age of 62. He was many things to many people, from Eagle Scout, Internet guru, opponent, gather, activist, organizer and more. I recently had a chance to reflect on Bob’s life with his widow, Sally Van Vleck, on that very deck on Glen Lake where I last spent time with him.
Leelanau County has long been known as “the land of delight,” but for many of its people, the terrain leading to a place called home appears more difficult. For at least the past 25 years, homes and land have been bought and sold dearly, but a confluence of circumstances has brought the issue of affordable housing to a crisis state today. These include the start of the Great Recession in 2008, a severe tightening of lending practices, a lack of permanent, full-time jobs in a growing tourism and service region, and the refusal of government and some community leaders to recognize and act on long-term solutions to the county’s housing challenges.
The University of Virginia women’s Division One soccer team will play a preseason match against Michigan State University (MSU) women’s soccer team on Friday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. at Myles Kimmerly Park, one mile west of Maple City. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and prepare to enjoy a fast-paced game of the world’s sport.
Grand Rapids artist Jeff Condon paints “With A Light Heart,” an exhibition of contemporary landscapes opening Aug. 15 at Center Gallery at Lake Street Studios, 6023 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor. This show opens 6 p.m. with a reception.
Scott Whybrew is a man with a plan for retirement: hops farming. “You’ve heard of people spending their children’s inheritance?” he asks with a straight face. In October Scott and his wife Gerri, the parents of three adult children, purchased a 110-acre former apple orchard on Kittlinger Road in Empire Township. Over the course of the fall and a challenging winter, the couple employed a crew of eight-to-10 local men who turned the feral orchard into a working hop farm.
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), Inc. announces the third annual Dune Dash, a four-mile run/walk along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, to be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. The course showcases the trail, which opened during summer of 2012 within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The future of Burdickville is now. The engagement of Max Miller to Heather LaBerge is another indicator that the next generation of Burdickville-ians is poised to take over from their parents. Max’s mother Pat Miller lives in the house she built in 1988 on MacFarlane Road opposite the foot of Bow Road inside the corner that used to be an apple orchard, but she has been coming here since 1954. Along with sisters Nancy and Jan and brother Don, Pat now owns and operates the Miller Cabins that their parents bought in 1961. So all of the Millers virtually grew up in Burdickville.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore proposes to develop a hiking and paddling trail that follows the Lake Michigan shoreline in the park from Platte Bay to Good Harbor Bay. To do so, the National Lakeshore will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA), which will describe and analyze alternatives for this trail.
The Glen Arbor Art Association will host an exhibition of watercolors by Susanne Meserve, jewelry by Steve Brunger, and photographs and paintings by Christine Nettleton, Aug. 15-16 at the Art Association, 6031 S. Lake Street in Glen Arbor.
The Manitou Music Festival’s annual choral event highlights the Summer Singers, an all volunteer group of more than 50 singers from around Leelanau county. The concert, directed by Empire resident Dana Allen, will perform traditional classics like American Folk Rhapsody and Ching a Ring Chaw and favorites like It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing by Duke Ellington and the ballad O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose with cello and oboe.
Emilio Sánchez Vicario, founder of the Sanchez-Casal Academy, the top leading Tennis Academy in Europe and one of the most prestigious in the world, located in Barcelona, Spain and Naples, Florida, will host a tennis clinic in Glen Arbor on Saturday, August 9, beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the Glen Arbor Public Tennis Courts.
The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will host Monika Smiley and her presentation of her recent trip to Rwanda. “A Journey to Rwanda: Where Women Entrepreneurs Are Building Their Country and Making a Real Difference” will be held Tuesday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Munnecke Room of the Leland Township Public Library. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.