There are approximately 250 volunteers helping out at the Inland Seas Education Association. “We’d be unable to function without all the amazingly talented and amazingly dedicated volunteers,” says executive director Fred Sitkins. There are doctors, lawyers, teachers, fish biologists, interior decorators, housewives and retirees of all kinds, including retired school administrators, pipe fitters and electronic hospital equipment salesmen.
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Halfway between Glen Arbor and Leland along M-22, just after the Maple City turnoff, you’ll find the historic Little Traverse Inn, owned by Graeme Leask, who was born in Scotland and grew up in Ireland and England before settling in the United States in 1988. The establishment, which includes six beautifully refurbished rooms and a pub, reflects Leask’s diverse heritage, beginning with the flag that flutters in the breeze in front of the premises. On any given day, it may be Britain’s Union Jack, Ireland’s green, white and orange vertical stripes, Saint Andrew’s Cross, the national flag of Scotland—or our own Stars and Stripes.
The next Empire Area Community Emergency Fund Concert will be held on Sunday, July 27, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Empire Museum and will feature a musical performance by recording artists Laura Jean Thompson and Kate Quinby with a special appearance by the legendary Dean Robb as Mark Twain.
As darkness falls on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the glorious night sky becomes visible. You can enjoy special night sky experiences at the National Lakeshore this year through a series of monthly astronomy programs from now through October. Join Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for guided explorations of the night sky and even a few daytime events as well. The next Solar Viewing and Star Party event is Saturday, July 26, 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m., at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Overlook #3. Please park at Picnic Mountain; the next right after the #2 stop. From 4-6 p.m., there will be a solar viewing opportunity to see the sun up-close. Solar glasses will be available to borrow. Then from 9-11 p.m., view the stars, Mars, Saturn and the summer Milky Way.
We are talking, together, in common and without apparent hierarchy, about the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s idea of the good. We are talking seriously about what it means to seek the good, to live the good life, to address Aristotle’s question on the purpose of being human. I am in Aspen, but all this is making me think about things in Michigan.
Bob Sutherland has had quite the year. On March 6, the Cherry Republic CEO hiked from Pyramid Point across frozen Lake Michigan to North Manitou Island (16 miles round trip). This month, Sutherland’s company Cherry Republic—Glen Arbor’s largest employer and a poster child of the Northern Michigan tourism industry—celebrates its 25th anniversary with a party in Glen Arbor on July 25-26.
There’ll be “Postcards From The Lake,” an exhibition of work celebrating summer at the cottage by painter Peggy Hawley and twig furniture maker Bill Perkins, from July 25-31 at the Lake Street Studios Center Gallery in Glen Arbor. A reception opens the show on July 25 at 6 p.m.
By day, it’s Northwoods Hardware. By night—well, Thursday night—it’s Car Central. Every Thursday night from July 10 until the end of August, the parking lot at 6053 S. Glen Lake Road/M-22 becomes a convocation of motorheads. It’s Cruise Night in Glen Arbor.
The setting overlooking Lake Michigan at The Homestead’s Bay Mountain is spectacular and the chair lift ride up is invigorating, but the star of the show is Ronald Radford, American master of the Flamenco guitar who will perform on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
This summer, Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak—the originators of Northern Michigan’s surf culture—celebrates a decade of being in business. Located in Empire, this family owned and operated shop is the region’s go-to for everything freshwater activity-related.
Join the Glen Arbor Women’s Club as it hosts the eighth annual Running Bear 5K Run/Walk and ½ Mile Kids’ Run on Tuesday, July 22nd. This is a favorite event for local residents and visitors. The 5K is open to everyone. You can run or walk, so young runners and seniors can both take part. The addition of the ½ Mile Kids’ Run makes this a family affair. The little ones get to run with the Bear and take home a ribbon, a coupon for an ice cream cone from Riverfront Pizza and a coupon for a game of miniature golf at Dale’s of Glen Arbor.
Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear (PHSB), a partner organization of the National Park, has many opportunities coming up for visitors and residents to learn about, and help preserve, the heritage of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area this summer.
The Manitou Music Festival is pleased to welcome back Mulebone on Sunday, July 20 at the Lake Street Studio Stage in Glen Arbor. Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues. Hugh and John play slide guitar boogies, up-tempo rags, and country blues of all shapes and colors. Sometimes they play close to the source, as if tracing the image, and at other moments they take a new look, as if understanding their home from a distant land.
Glen Arbor’s Old School Gallery is again bursting to life with art. Over the next few weeks, numerous different artists will showcase their craft within the much loved and lauded Glen Arbor space.
The Glen Arbor Art Association will host an exhibition of acrylics by Veronica Schaden from July 18-19 at the Art Association, 6031 S. Lake Street in Glen Arbor.
Take one gloomy 16th century Dane. Fold in a mess of current events. Let bake for 120 minutes under bright stage lights. Then, out of the oven pull a new Danish hot dish: Hamlet. This local production full of 21st century tweaks is coming to a summer stage near you. Riverside Shakespeare debuts its updated version of this family tragedy July 16 at Studio Stage in Glen Arbor.
Paintings of Leelanau County’s land and water—as processed through the imagination of Grand Rapids artist Margo Burian—are on display next at the Lake Street Studios Center Gallery in Glen Arbor. A public reception opens the show on July 18 at 6 p.m.
Empire celebrates its annual Anchor Day festival on July 18-19 to commemorate the raising of an anchor found 37 years ago in 18 feet of water off the Lake Michigan shore. The celebration kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall with the Empire Museum showing of two films.
SEEDS Youth Corps program will hold a dedication at Old Settlers’ Park on Big Glen Lake on July 16 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to celebrate and bless the observation deck constructed by the SEEDS Youth Corps crew to overlook the endangered monkey flower, which is currently in bloom. The wood used to construct the deck is made from black locust (an invasive species)—milled and harvested less than 20 miles to the site. This project was made possible through the generosity of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Jody Marquis, Michael & Lori Lyman and Steve & Kathy McShane.
The Glen Lake Women’s Club holds its 43rd annual Art Fair on Wednesday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glen Arbor Town Hall. This event hosts close to 100 artisans carefully chosen to represent most areas of the art world. They come from as far away as Florida and bring their best work to share with us. The artist selection meets in January and February to find the venders who will reflect the high standards of the club. The criteria include originality, creativity, category and sales appeal.