Massachusetts artist Ian Kennelly will use his Glen Arbor Arts Center residency to “further his observations” of the ephemeral space that exists where water, land and sky meet. Kennelly will talk about his project during a free public presentation on Friday, Aug. 25, at noon, at the GAAC, which also bids farewell to summer with a Front Porch Concert on Aug. 25 from 5-7 pm. The Arts Center also hosts Sarah Shoemaker for a Coffee With the Authors event on Aug. 26, a A guided walk-and-talk of “In Translation” on Sept. 2, and a screening of the film “Plague Phase” on Sept. 7.

Novelist Sarah Shoemaker of Northport has been an educator, university research librarian, world traveler, wife, mother, and grandmother. She recently spoke with the Sun about her most recent books, Children of the Catastrophe (2022) and Mr. Rochester (2017). Shoemaker will appear at the Glen Arbor Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. for “Coffee With the Authors.” Other events this fall can be found on her website,

Leelanau County-based chamber music ensemble Manitou Winds will perform on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 pm at the Old Art Building in Leland. The organization’s new Song & Story concert series will combine music, poetry, and storytelling. According to Manitou Winds founder Jason McKinney, the performance will feature an eclectic program of traditional works and original songs bridging Classical, Celtic, and Folk styles, interspersed with inspiring spoken word.

This year’s Cedar Polka Fest boasts something new — a Junior Royalty court. Two first graders from each Leelanau County public school, as well as Lake Leelanau St. Mary, are represented as princes and princesses to promote this year’s festival, which is scheduled for August 24-27. They’ll ride in the Polka Fest parade on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 12:30 pm.

Like so many who love this area, Jenny Robertson and Anne-Marie Oomen claim a kinship of place with Leelanau County and the Glen Arbor area—no matter where they happen to be living. In addition, both have entered literary spaces with great passion and dedication. The two authors are teaming up for a celebratory launch of their latest books at the open yard of Lake Street Studios in Glen Arbor on Thursday, August 24, at 7 pm.

The Sleeping Bear Gateways Council will host its annual meeting as a virtual event on Zoom at 5 p.m., Monday, August 21. The session will feature updates on the group’s projects as well as comments from leadership of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All individuals with interest in the Sleeping Bear area are invited to join. Click here for a link.

Thanks to grant funding from the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids initiative, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is expanding night sky educational programming with a teacher workshop and a series of night sky themed daytime events open to both local schools and the public. On Saturday, Aug. 19, a ranger-led “Night Sky Navigator” teacher workshop will be held at the Dune Climb from 4-6 p.m.

Percussionist Lori Fithian brings her collection of hand drums and percussion instruments to the Manitou Music series on Saturday, August 19, from 1-3 pm at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Then on Aug. 26 at 11 am, the GAAC continues Coffee With the Authors, a live, conversational interview with local and regional authors about the writing craft and process. Next up is novelist and “Children of the Catastrophe” author Sarah Shoemaker in a conversation about historical fiction. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the discussion.

The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host local author John Wemlinger on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 pm. Wemlinger will present his newly-published novel The Road to Empire, which follows the journey of a young helicopter pilot from the small town of Empire, Michigan in the wake of 9/11.

History will come alive Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, at the Port Oneida Fair in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with demonstrations, food, and family activities at six different sites within the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.