The Zonta Club of Leelanau County will present “Through the Vines — a Walk to Benefit Women” at Black Star Farms on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Walkers will stroll through the scenic vineyards, sipping wine and sampling food at stations along the way. A gala ice cream social will provide a delicious finish to the day.

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The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail carries on a great holiday tradition in Northern Michigan with the 2013 Toast the Season wine tour either of the first two weekends of November. Choose your weekend to tour the wineries of Leelanau — either Nov. 3-4 or 10-11. The tour is self guided and participants may visit member wineries each day in any order desired, between the hours of 11am to 5pm Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The 11th annual Harvest Stompede Vineyard Run & Walk and Wine Tour is a great way to experience the beauty of the Leelanau Wine Trail at harvest time, with local food pairings and wine from the exceptional 2011 vintage. The event takes place the weekend of Sept. 8-9 and is considered one of the most scenic running & wine touring events in the Midwest.

The Spring Sip & Savor returns to the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail the weekend of May 5-6. This annual celebration features food and wine pairings at 19 wineries along with the “Sip-o de Mayo Hat Contest” — a chance to show off your best hat and win prizes including a fantastic getaway to Michigan’s Wine Coast.

According to a study released at last week’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Michigan hosted a record 3.2 million out-of-state visitors who spent $1 billion here last year. The state expects a 6 percent increase in tourism this year and is reaching out to farther-flung visitors.

Google insights show an increased interest about Michigan restaurants, wineries and local foods. Several researchers from Michigan State University including Dr. Dan McCole predict that this will lead to a rise in culinary tourism for 2012. This is exciting news for agriculture and culinary destinations such as Black Star Farms that regularly host culinary tourism-based events at their inn and winery tasting rooms.

Glen Arbor’s Cottage Book Shop will host author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff (who will have engraving prints on hand) who will sign their book The Windward Shore: Great Lakes in the Winter from 11-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Vintage Cottage Holiday Market at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay.

Are you bored with your mid week dinner routine? Spice it up and come out to Black Star Farms for a gourmet five-course meal prepared from locally grown ingredients. The next Autumn Harvest dinner is scheduled for Oct. 12 and is for anyone who loves fresh garden tomatoes. Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. and are $45 per person. Take a look at the menu below and be sure to call 231.944.1251 to make your reservation.

Bob Moler of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) and host of Interlochen Public Radio’s Ephemeris program since 1975 has joined with Black Star Farms for an educational presentation of the summer skies over Leelanau County. Bob will bring a big telescope for viewing and invites you to bring your own.