Brooke, 11, springs for joy on a beautiful Easter Sunday, April 9, at Empire Bluff. Photo by Beau Warren

Brooke Baker of Traverse City danced for joy during her first snowshoe hike at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Feb. 26—a beautiful, blue sky day with fresh, sparkly snow on the ground.

Steve Webb took this photo on Jan. 31 of an ice disc spinning in the Crystal River. It seems that a small particle of ice got caught in an eddy, spun around and around, and the ice disc grew.

Leah Turner, Maggie and Dana MacLellan, Isabel and Josh Fast kayaked the Crystal River on New Year’s Eve day, Dec. 31, 2022. Maggie started the annual tradition about a decade ago. Whether frigid or balmy, the friends close out each year bundled in warm jackets and with life vests in tow.

Mike Ramsdell, a filmmaker from Brighton, Mich., took his son Asher, age 11, and nephew Ryan, 13, on a “walkabout” in the Sleeping Bear Dunes on a brisk Dec. 3. Ramsdell takes each of his children on a walkabout when they turn 10, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the adventure for Asher and Ryan.

The hard-working international staff at Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor paused on Aug. 19 to pose for a team photo. Standing in the back row are (l-r) Britnie and Annalisa (Jamaica) and Sabina (Kazakhstan); in the middle (l-r), Clint (U.S.), Kerem (Turkey), Francis (Dominican Repubic), and Rahma (Tanzania), and in the front (l- r), Filiz and Yeşim (Turkey), owner Brad Anderson, and Karina (Kazakhstan). Photo by Jamie Cline

Attacks on immigration make headlines nationwide, but here in Leelanau County our farmers enjoy a healthy, symbiotic relationship with their migrant laborers—without whom the cherries would not be picked this summer.

Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor held its annual outdoor Pig Roast on Nov. 5. The grub was delicious, and free. Guests were asked to donate canned goods, or cash, for the Empire Food Pantry. Here are scenes from the pig roast.

Members of the Glen Lake Garden Club took advantage of a recent sunny day to re-decorate the flower barrels in Glen Arbor for the fall. The all-volunteer organization has served the area with conservation and community beautification projects for 40 years. From left: Chris Nettleton, Glen Arbor beautification committee co-chair Maureen Doran, Lorainne Kuk, Nancy Batterson, and Sharon Oriel. Not pictured: garden club president Linda Young.

On Monday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m., Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a free InstaMeet event to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. An InstaMeet is an interactive, in-park event, allowing visitors to meet up, take photos, and get to know each other. Once the visitors meet, they will accompany a park ranger on a nature hike.