Manitou Music series hosts Drummunity, Sarah Shoemaker

From staff reports

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, located at 6031 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor.

The public is invited to join Fithian in a free “Drummunity” circle, a high-energy, fun, and empowering drumming activity for all age groups. Fithian, a drum circle facilitator and workshop leader, will bring the drums; the community gets to play them. All ages are welcome, no experience necessary.

The Manitou Music series is a project of the Glen Arbor Arts Center. For more information, please visit or call 231-334-6112.


Coffee With the Authors features Sarah Shoemaker

Coffee With the Authors is a live, conversational interview with local and regional authors about the writing craft and process. This Glen Arbor Arts Center series continues Aug. 26 at 11 am with novelist Sarah Shoemaker in a conversation about historical fiction. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the discussion.

Shoemaker, a Leelanau County resident, published Children of the Catastrophe, in 2022. Set in the early 1900s, Shoemaker crafts a fictionalized telling of a Greek family’s progress through the final, turbulent decades of the Ottoman Empire. In 2017, Shoemaker took on Charlotte Bronte´s beloved classic Jane Eyre. She invented a layered, autobiographical fiction about Edward Rochester, as told by Edward Rochester—Jane Eyre’s dashing, mysterious employer in Mr. Rochester. In her Aug. 26 conversation, Shoemaker will talk about how historical fact informs her fiction, and how she develops the voices of characters whose lives are rooted in a lost time.

Coffee With the Authors is offered without charge.