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  1. Chamber Spring Dinner

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     Glen Lake Chamber Members ~ May Dinner

    The Glen Lake Chamber celebrates the kick off of the season each year with this Springtime dinner for members and friends. Hosted this year by Graeme at Little Traverse Inn.               

    Tuesday May 16th

    Social time | 6:00 – 6:30

    Chamber Business | 6:30 – 6:45

    Dinner service | 6:45

    All members and friends are welcome to attend. Open to the public community ~ Please RSVP if you can! 


    $30 + tax, gratuity & beverages

    House Salad – Wedge with green onion, sundried tomato and homemade buttermilk ranch

    Entrée Selection :
    Chicken Tikka Masala – Cream onion and tomato based dish made with garlic, ginger and coconut milk, prepared with marinated chicken breast.
    Beef Wellington – Prime Cut Tenderloin baked in a filo pastry crust served with a mushroom duxelle
    Chutney Burger – Our jalapeno, cheddar cheese and bacon stuffed 1/2lb patty topped with Canadian Bacon, Swiss cheese and our homemade Apple and Tomato Chutney. Served with our signature French fries
    Fish & Chips – Flaky Pollack wrapped in our special Yorkshire Beer batter, served with our signature fries and tartar sauce
    Pan Seared Salmon – Seasoned filet of Scottish Salmon pan seared with garlic butter, served with asparagus and seasoned rice

    Dessert :
    Bread Pudding 
    Ice Cream Sunday

  2. Glen Lake Restaurant Week 2017

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    Glen Lake Restaurant Week offers an array of dining options “from French Fries to French Cuisine.”

    Don’t miss this annual foodie event happening this year.

    Friday April 28 – Saturday May 6

    Restaurant week around Glen Arbor is a time to finally discover new local food at a great price, and dine at your usuals too! Throughout the week, show up to each restaurant on the list to experience a unique and mouthwatering time.

    Participating establishments will offer their own appetizing 3 course prix-fixe dinner menus for ~$30. Some establishments will be offering lunch specials as well.

    For mouth-watering PHOTOS, updates and offerings – Like + Follow…

    Restaurant Week Facebook page  |  RSVP & Invite your friends via the Event posting on Facebook

    #foodie #eatlocal #GlenArbor #RestaurantWeek #glenlake 

    Event Sponsors:

    As a sponsor you may be listed on all online event postings, any graphics/posters that get created/prints, as well your name in other news outlets ~ via our Press Release or social media posts. Please email: [email protected] if you are interested in supporting this event or the Chamber and it’s mission!

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce


    Participating Restaurants:

    Note: menu’s will be added here as we receive them. Click the “Menu” link to view their specials.

    Art’s Tavern | 6487 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-3754

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    Blu | 5705 S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI | Call P: (231) 334-2530 for Reservations

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    LaBecasse | 9001 S Dunns Farm Rd, Maple City, MI | P: (231) 334-3944 for Reservations

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    Little Traverse Inn | 149 E Harbor Hwy, MI 49664 | P: (231) 228-2560 for Reservations

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    Cafe Manitou at The Homestead | 1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI | Call 231-334-5000 for Reservations

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    Riverfront Pizza & Specialties6281 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI | (231) 334-3876

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    The Manor on Glen Lake | 7345 W Glenmere Rd, Empire, MI 49630 | Call P: (231)334-0150 for Reservations

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    Trattoria Funistrada | 4566 W MacFarlane Rd, Maple City, MI 49664 | P: (231)334-3900 for Reservations 

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    Western Avenue Grill | 6410 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-3362

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    We recommend making a reservation at each purveyor during this event. 

  3. 2017 Glen Lake Winterfest Results

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    After a few years of this event taking place in some of the worst winter storms to date, everyone who attended this year enjoyed Spring-like weather with temperatures in the 50’s, sunshine and blue skies. Because of the snow and cold we had prior to this President’s Day weekend, the Glen Lake were still safe enough to ice fish on. 

    Chili Cook-Off winners

    #1 – Boonedocks

    #2 – Pleva’s Meat 

    #3 – Market 22 

    #4 – Shipwreck Café

    #5 – Anderson’s

    The Fishing Contest

    #1 – Nick Rice

    #2 – Clay McNit

    #3 – Hannah Nowicki

    #4 – A Three Way Tie: Leif Sporck, Tim Egeler, Matt Rice

    Congratulations To All The Winners! Thanks To ALL Who Participated!

    Event made possible by:

    Art’s Tavern, Boonedocks, The Sportsman Shop and the Glen Lake Chamber

    Thank you to Dancing Frog Press for documenting the event. Photography All Rights Reserved. ® Please contact us for permission to use. 

  4. 2017 Glen Lake Winterfest

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    Join us for the Annual Glen Arbor Winterfest on Saturday, February 18, 2016! Festivities include the Perch Fishing Contest + Chili Cook-Off.

    Perch Fishing Contest

    Festivities start at 7am with the beginning of the Perch Fishing Contest, with prizes for 1st through 4th place catchesAll participants will bring their biggest catches from Big and Little Glen Lake to the Sportsman Shop at 1pm, and winners will then be crowned. Entry fee for this event is $20, and all ages are welcome.

    DOWNLOADFishing Contest Entry Form


    Chili Cook-off

    The Chili Cookoff, kicks off at Noon at Boonedocks in Glen Arbor. Entrants will compete to earn chili bragging rights. 1st through 5th Place winners, as determined by popular vote, receive a plaque commemorating the 2016 Chili Cook-off. Get there early for a seat inside Boonedocks. Dress warm and join us out on the deck for a winter-time party! Plenty of heaters, drinks, music, family, friends and chili to keep you warm! 

    There’s only one category: CHILI ! – however you define it!

    All proceeds from this event go directly to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. This is a family friendly event, just be sure to dress warmly! If you’d like to participate, the entry fee is $25 per chili. Winners will be crowned as the event wraps up around 3pm.

    Admission is $10 per person, which includes unlimited chili samples. $5 Admission for Seniors, over 70, and kids, 12 and under.

    DOWNLOAD2017 Chili Cook off entry form/rules



    RSVP, stay updated and Invite your friends and family via our Event posted on Facebook.

  5. Glen Lake Bridge Walk

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    Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5th at 12 noon

    Since 1995, Glen Arborites close out the summer season with the annual Labor Day Bridge walk. The walk goes .3 miles across the Narrows Bridge, that passes over the two Glen Lakes. Meet at noon at On The Narrows Marina to participate!

    Before and after the ceremonial walk, find plenty of recreation and things to do for the whole family.  >Browse more “Things to Do”

    This year, Glen Arbor Bridge walkers can buy a commemorative T-shirt for $15. Lunch served on the North side of the bridge by Art’s immediately after the walk.

    #glenlake #GlenArbor #laborday #thingstodo #vacation #familyfriendly #upnorth #puremichigan #shopsmall

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  6. Escape to Glen Lake | Art poster Series

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    We’re running a series of posters, developed by our 2016 Chamber Marketing Committee.

    Thank you (Angela Brown of LVR, Brook of La Becasse, Jamie Jewell of the Homestead, Bob Ashmun of Ashmun Portrait Art, and Jeff Gietzen of Northwoods Hardware) for our many brainstorm sessions held at LVR around the conference table over Angela’s cookies. The group collectively dreamt up this concept as a way to promote the places to see and many things to do that uniquely represent our greater Glen Lake area that includes Glen Arbor, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Burdickville, The Narrows, and even stretching to Maple City. After the concept was completed, the poster design/layout was done by Raquel of Rockwell Art & Design. The campaign is also being used as a part of print ads and online promotion, in the GL Chamber’s advertising efforts.

    Photographic images are still being collected, taken or submitted for future poster designs in the series. Feel free to email us your high resolution images and you may get your photo selected to be a part of this poster series! Each photo will be “stylized” using a graphic design technique, to give the image a “painted” retro feel.

    Below is one of the first released in the new poster series, titled “Independence Day” to represent the 4th of July celebrations, highlighting the parade in Glen Arbor. This photo was provided by a local, Don Miller.

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    The series is designed to capture the many things about the Glen Lake area that make it special for residents and visitors alike. The things that make us literally “Escape” when we take in the natural beauty around Glen Lake. The posters will capture the essence of both “Points of Interest” that you must go to or see when you’re here and also the many “Things to Do” that highlight the variety of recreation. The top priorities on our list include •Hiking/Trails •Fall Colors/Wine Tour/Scenic Drives •Pierce Stocking •Heritage Trail •4th of July •Winter Recreation and •Summer Time. And there’s more on the list too.

    The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the first two 18×24″ Art Posters have been printed and are available. They are also available through Jeff Gietzen at Northwoods Hardware for pick up and distribution. The posters can be displayed inside and out – we’ll have exterior building acrylic holders to show off the image on the outside of your shop or home, so you may change out the poster with the next one, year round. They may also be displayed in your own frame/holder on an interior wall or window, as an art piece to proudly represent the area. Rolled up posters in sleeves will also be sold in retail. The retail price will be $15.

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    Posters for sale at…

    Northwoods Home & Gift

    The Cottage Book Shop

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    Contact Us

    Contact Jeff or Raquel if you’d like to display these art pieces on the interior or exterior of your business and/or sell the poster at a location. Extras will be kept at Northwoods Hardware. We will wholesale them to any interested member or party!

    Raquel | [email protected]  Jeff | [email protected]

    Photo Request

    Images desired:
    1. The ultimate Fall Color/Recreation image either touring colors along M-22 or another Iconic scenic drive
    2. The Heritage Trail/Biking in our area. Faces not the focus, but someone or a group/family using the trail. 
    3. Snowshoeing or Cross Country skiing. Must include something in the image that identify’s it as our area, and doesn’t look like it could be just anywhere. 

    To submit: 
    1. Your images must be a high resolution (300 dpi) jpg, and be in Portrait (Vertical) Orientation
    2. Email your images and name to credit to Raquel Jackson: [email protected]
    If selected, your name will be included in print on the poster. 

  7. 4th of July around Glen Lake

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    Celebrate Independence

    Independence Day gets celebrated usually beginning the day before the 4th with some free, local live music, followed by things to do for everyone. On the “Old School House” lawn – bring your chairs/blankets. From 7 – 8pm, on July 3rd, the Northport Band plays live. FREE to attend, Donations to the Band welcomed.  View Event

    On the 4th – the Flag raising ceremony at Old Settlers Park at 10am sharp, to the Parade downtown Glen Arbor beginning at 12pm in Glen Haven then making it’s way through to the North/East end of town. If you’re a boater, you can join in on the boat parade 4th of July evening on Glen Lake beginning at 4pm in front of the Yacht Club.

    To Participate in the Parade…

    Want a front row seat at the parade? Volunteer! We always need as many parade volunteers as possible.

    Volunteers can pick up a parade t-shirt at Art’s Tavern the week prior to the 4th. Bring your own broom to help walk with the parade and sweep the candy back towards the crowd, to keep kids off the street and safe.

    Want to participate in the parade? Everyone is welcome! Bikers (kids and families) and Walkers can join in the parade starting at the Christian Science Church. Cars and Floats participating in the parade, please meet at Glen Haven to line up 45 min prior to the parade start time. The parade begins at Noon.

    Adventure and beauty awaits

    There’s tons of things to do, in and around the Glen Arbor area. From Dining and Shopping, to the arts; Beaches & Boating and a variety of outdoor recreation; to specific places to visit that are great for kids & families. Visit our “Things to Do” page to get started on your Pure Leelanau adventure.

    Visit the National Park ~ Discover a new hike, trail, scenic drive or outlook or ride.

    Visit our Events page to see what other businesses and community organizations are up to.

    Events in the Glen Lake area

    Things to do in Glen Arbor | List + Links…

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    Make sure and snap a pic of your #4thofJuly images and share them with us on Instagram!

    Mention @visitglenarbor in your image captions, and also tag these now trending:  

    #findyourpark #getoutside #sleepingbeardunes #GlenArbor #4thofJuly

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  8. Asparagus Festival May 20th, 21st & 22nd

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    Empire Asparagus Festival – May 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2016

    Friday, May 20th

    7:00pm to 10:00pm – Dance & Pig Roast 

    ENTRY FEE $5.00 under 16 FREE


    Front St. Empire – Click here for directions



    Come Dance & Dine on Art’s Taverns famous Pig Roast and wash it down with one of your favorite Right Brain Brewery Brew!! It will be a foot-stompin’ butt swingin’ good time with music from STROBELITE HONEY!!!!


    Saturday, May 21st

    10:00 AM – 5K Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk

    Registration for the run starts at 9.00am at Empire Public Beach

    Click here for more info on the run!


    NOON – Asparagus Recipe Contest Asparagus Cook-Off

    Due to the events popularity the audience will be limited to a first come first served 100 people in line

    2016 Recipe Entry Form


    1:00PM to 4:00PM –  Empire Area Museum is open.

    Click here to visit our site


    2.00pm ODE to ASPARAGUS POETRY Competition

    Children, Youth & Adult Catergories with Prizes for esch.

    Please send entries Including Name, Age and Contact info via email to [email protected]



    Under the Big Tent on Front Street


    4pm PARADE

    Please e-mail Ashlea if you’re interested in being in the parade at [email protected] Must salute to asparagus!



    1pm thru 3pm  – Miles Prendergast Band

    4pm thru 6pm – Benjamin James & The Old Mission Collective


    7pm thru 9pm The Benzie Playboys



    Asparagus Eats plus Wine and Beer Tasting under The BIG TENT

    NOON. thru 9:00 p.m. 

    ENTRY FEE $5.00 under 16 FREE



    Hearth & Vine Black Star Farms

    Deerings Market

    Scalawags Fish & Chips

    MI Grill (Baytown Kitchen)

    Fire Dog Artisan Pizza

    Art’s Tavern

    Kontiki Foods

    Little Traverse Inn

    The Manor on Glen Lake

    Norconk’s Fresh Asparagus



    Right Brain Brewery

    Black Star Farms

    Bel Largo Vineyard & Winery

    Laurentide Winery

    St. Ambrose Cellars

    Lake Ann Brewery

    Accoustic Mead


    1pm Asparagus Festival Foot Golf Tournament

    At The Dunes Golf Club two man teams set up as a scramble. Each player will kick off and then take the best shot to kick from again, until they hole out. Prizes for closest to the Asparagus Spear & longest kick. Cost $20 per person includes free soda water & snacks. For more info contact Chris wall at [email protected]


    Sunday, May 22nd

    Sunday May 19th Empire Lions Club Famous Breakfast

    8am to noon at the Empire Township Hall



    Dennis Palmer & Friends

    Place – The Village Inn, Empire

    Time – 4 pm to 6 pm

  9. Stone Circle poet Terry Wooten

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    The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host Northern Michigan’s own poet bard Terry Wooten, who will share varied works from his long career as a poet and storyteller. His latest book “The Stone Circle Poems” was selected as a 2016 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

  10. Glen Lake Winterfest 2016

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    Join us for the Annual Glen Arbor Winterfest on Saturday, February 13, 2016! Festivities include the Perch Fishing Contest + Chili Cook-Off.

    Perch Fishing Contest

    Festivities start at 7am with the beginning of the Perch Fishing Contest, with prizes for 1st through 4th place catches. All participants will bring their biggest catches from Big and Little Glen Lake to the Sportsman Shop at 1pm, and winners will then be crowned. Entry fee for this event is $20, and all ages are welcome.

    DOWNLOAD: Fishing Contest Entry Form


    Chili Cook-off

    The Chili Cookoff, kicks off at Noon at Boonedocks in Glen Arbor. Entrants will compete to earn chili bragging rights. 1st through 5th Place winners, as determined by popular vote, receive a plaque commemorating the 2016 Chili Cook-off.

    There’s only one category: CHILI ! – however you define it!

    All proceeds from this event go directly to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. This is a family friendly event, just be sure to dress warmly! If you’d like to participate, the entry fee is $25 per chili. Winners will be crowned as the event wraps up around 3pm.

    Admission is $10 per person, which includes unlimited chili samples. $5 Admission for Seniors, over 70, and kids, 12 and under.

    DOWNLOAD: 2016 Chili Cook off entry form/rules

    See last years Contest Results + event Photo Gallery.

  11. About the Sleeping Bear Dunes

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    Article by Terry Richard | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Dec. 29th 2015

    “Lake Michigan and its bays are renowned for being the most scenic of the Great Lakes, with turquoise-colored waters similar to the Caribbean because of sandy bottoms and varying depth levels of the water. You almost expect to see palm trees, though a visit during winter would dispel that notion…”sky view of sleeping bear dunes

    Out on the west side of the county, most people don’t even know where the bear sleeps, or that it’s a national park. But, wow, Sleeping Bear Dunes can offer a similar outdoor adventure experience as the best parks of the West.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes is a national lakeshore, not a “national park,” but nevertheless is part of that national program administered by the brown-hat rangers of the Department of the Interior.

    When Sleeping Bear Dunes was carved out of the Michigan landscape in 1970, much of the land already had uses that predated park status. It was a lot easier to bestow the title of national lakeshore on it because it gives managers more flexibility to mesh federal, state and private lands into a workable park.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes covers 71,000 acres on the Lake Michigan shore of Michigan’s lower peninsula. As a point of reference, Sleeping Bear Dunes is across the great lake from Green Bay in Wisconsin and sits quiet close to the 45th parallel of latitude, which also runs through Oregon at Salem and Lincoln City.

    The gateway city is Traverse City, with air service from Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis year round and other major cities during the busy summer tourist season.

    Unlike Wisconsin, which gives up most of its sand to the winds, Michigan collects that sand and has miles of gold sand beaches on the east shore of Lake Michigan. The highest dunes are at Sleeping Bear, though they are “perched dunes” because they sit atop a 450-foot high ridge above the lake
    that was left behind by the glaciers of the last ice age.

    Just inland are huge swaths of sand in this part of Michigan, not unlike the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the central Oregon coast. But unlike in Oregon, the dunes of Michigan’s national lakeshore are limited to non-motorized recreation, though you can take a dune buggy tour beyond the boundaries.

    In addition to the dunes, the national lakeshore is known for two islands that helped give the landscape its name. As the native legend goes, long ago a great fire was burning on the Wisconsin side of the lake, causing a mother bear to flee across the water with her two cubs. She made it to the Michigan shore and sat down to await their arrival. Alas, they never made it, instead becoming islands out in the lake where they drowned. The mother bear never gave up her vigil as she cast her gaze westward to North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island.

    Erosion over the years changed the profile of a bear asleep on the shore, but the two islands are still there to explore. Both were inhabited by pioneer settlers long ago, but life was so difficult that everyone either moved to shore or were buried on the islands.

    The National Park Service acquired most of the islands’ acreage as part of the national lakeshore. A seasonal passenger ferry transports day trippers and overnight backpackers to the islands from the mainland port of Leland. The only long-term inhabitants on the islands are national parks staff,
    though in winter they are not occupied.

    Lodging in historic buildings that were preserved on the islands is limited to official visitors, but that doesn’t stop a steady stream of overnight visitors during the busy June to September season. Walk-in campgrounds are less than a half-mile from the ferry landings on both the North and South Manitou Island, or you can hike further for more privacy in other campgrounds, or look for you own campsite on the north island. South Manitou still has one of the best preserved lighthouse of the several hundred that line the shores of the Great Lakes.

    A visit to the islands can provide unimaginable quiet, the darkest night skies in the American Midwest and easy, mostly level, walking to pocket beaches, a lake and sand dunes. The only similar experience in the Pacific Northwest would be to visit one of Washington’s uninhabited San Juan Islands, though there would not be public ferry service to get there.

    The mainland farms and towns around Sleeping Bear Dunes are amazingly tidy, with none of the urban blight in evidence you would expect in the factory zones in the industrial southern part of the state.

    In 2011, viewers of ABC’s “Good Morning America” named Sleeping Bear Dunes the “Most Beautiful Place in America.” Visit and it’s easy to understand why. Lake Michigan and its bays are renowned for being the most scenic of the Great Lakes, with turquoise-colored waters similar to the Caribbean because of sandy bottoms and varying depth levels of the water. You almost expect to see palm trees, though a visit during winter would dispel that notion.

    The area has dozens of inland lakes that send crystal clear rivers flowing gently through the landscape. There are even enough rolling hillsides to allow for a few downhill ski areas, though they would only qualify as the bunny hill in the West.

    The Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, just north of Traverse City, are Michigan’s wine growing region. Mainly known for cool weather German varietals, Michigan’s wine isn’t widely known, but is very popular locally and gets consumed without having to travel far.

    In addition to the two Lake Michigan islands, the national lakeshore has two auto campgrounds, wilderness designated by Congress, outstanding dune and lake vistas from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and an historic shipping port and U.S Coast Guard station at Glen Haven.

    Adjacent sites include the historic fishing port of Leland, from where the ferry to the islands runs; the prettiest small town park you will ever see at Empire; and the Betsie Point Lighthouse, where Lake Michigan does its imitation of the Pacific Ocean when winds crash waves 10 feet high on shore.

    This year will be a good time to find a new adventure in a U.S. national park. May it be as pleasant as what waits at Sleeping Bear Dunes, which will be celebrating it’s 100th year!

    If you go:

    Sleeping Bear Dunes Air: Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport has regular service on Delta Airlines to Detroit and Minneapolis and on American Airlines to Chicago. Air fare is around $500.

    Lodging: Traverse City, population 15,000 but 10 times larger in the commercial area it serves, is one of the busier vacation destinations on the Great Lakes. It has all types of lodging and related services; Traverse City Tourism, 800-872-8377,

    The dunes: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore headquarters at Empire is 25 miles west of Traverse City. The lakeshore goes 25 miles north from there, to the ferry port at Leland, or 15 miles south through the park’s Platte River section. Small towns next to the park’s districts offer a variety of services and lodging. Besides hiking, main park activities are paddling the clear rivers, sun bathing on the beaches and biking the long distance Sleeping Bear Heritage multi-use path; 231-326-5134,

    The islands: Spending a night or more on North and South Manitou Islands ranks among the great national park experiences in America. Book passage with Manitou Island Transit, 231-256-9061,

    Article by Terry Richard, for the Oregonian/OregonLive | Email Author | Twitter: @trichardpdx

  12. Old Settlers Park for your up north wedding!

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    There’s more and more reasons why our area is an amazing place to host your Up North Michigan wedding. Leelanau Peninsula and our greater Glen Lake area offers tons of variety in settings for ceremony’s and receptions. From wild flower fields to a lake Michigan resort, you’re sure to find just the place you seek.

    Old Settlers Park is a little treasure preserved in our area, hosting annual 4th of July events to weddings. It’s quaintly located on the southeastern shore of Glen Lake, on S. Dunns Farm Road (County Road 675). Early settlers’ established it as a picnic ground in 1892 with access to Glen Lake.

    The chapel located on the grounds of the park is available for use and is coordinated and maintained by the Glen Lake Woman’s Club on a first come, first serve basis, as well as the Gazebo.

    For more about the facilities, visit: 

    For wedding booking + info, call Kathy Matson of the Glen Lake Women’s Club, at (231)334.4616

    Visit our Plan Your Wedding page for everything else!

  13. PJ Party, Tree Lighting & Holiday Markets

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    There’s plenty to do during Thanksgiving weekend around the Glen Lake area.

    Start by shopping early during the PJ Party in Glen Arbor on Friday morning for special sales at participating merchants. Eat out Friday then come back after dark for the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas caroling to get you in the holiday spirit. Then on Saturday, you’ll have a great opportunity to buy from your local artisans during two Holiday Marketplaces!


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    Glen Arbor and Empire both host an annual holiday market featuring a variety of artisans showcasing different types of gifts/work, with an emphasis on local and handmade products/artworks. There’s different artisans at both markets and plenty of time in the day for you, your friends and family to drive and shop both markets!


    Plus, Saturday on November 28th is the nationwide #ShopSmall Saturday. Visit all the #SmallBiz around town for the Holidays! *Available at participating restaurants and shops.


    PJ Party

    Friday, November 27th, 2015 | 5am – 8am

    The town’s version of the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping. Shop the downtown district stores in your PJ’s for extra special discounts and fun! Shops offer special discounts during this time on clothing, gourmet foods, household decor, Michigan/USA Made products, local Artisan gifts, Art, Jewelry, Toys and More! Shoppers can grab some coffee, baked goods and breakfast or lunch while in Glen Arbor that morning too.

    Tree Lighting, Caroling & Holiday Market preview party

    Friday, November 27th, 2015 | 6:30pm – 8pm

    at the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    Glen Arbor’s annual Tree Lighting and Caroling, located outside in front of the Town Hall, off of M-22/Western Ave. in downtown Glen Arbor. The Holiday Market “Preview Party” is located inside the Town Hall immediately following the tree lighting. Mingle, shop and get first picks of all the goods during the Holiday Marketplace preview party!

    Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace:

    Saturday, November 28th, 2015 | 10am – 4pm

    in the Glen Arbor Township Hall

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    Shop locally made artisan goods at the Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace. During the market from 10:30am-3pmMeet Santa & Mrs. Santa Claus! They will be at the Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace with some little toys and goodies! Bring the kids and your camera for some great fun and photo opportunities.

    (If you are a vendor or artisan and have any questions, please contact Betsy at [email protected])

    Empire Holiday Market:

    Saturday, November 28th | 11am-5pm

    in the Empire Town hall

    Shop the Empire Artisan’s Market. Following the Market, will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Village of Empire!

    #treelighting #glenarbor #holidaymarket #winter #familyfriendly #theholidays #SantaClaus #pureleelanau #Empire

  14. Stories & More for Preschoolers

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    The Glen Lake Library in Empire invites preschool children and their caregivers to a lively hour of stories, music, crafts and other learning activities, every Thursday morning at 11:00 am during the 2015-2016 school year.

    These sessions are free, thanks to support from the Friends of the Glen Lake Library, and no advance registration is required.

    Every Thursday morning at 11:00 am, during the 2015-2016 school year

  15. Chamber meeting at Olsen Farm

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    Normally held the second Tuesday of each month, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, this month’s Glen Lake Chamber Member meeting will be held

    September 15th, 2015

                    Start time will be 5:30 for Social Time

                    Meeting will begin at 6:15

                    Location:  Olsen Farm | 3164 W Harbor Hwy (M-22)

    Members, friends and community – all welcome to attend!

  16. Post Storm Workshop – Glen Lake Association

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    Post Storm Workshop Highlights

    August 29, 2015

    Sponsored by the Glen Lake Association | Highlights Compiled By Rob Karner, Watershed Biologist

    Watch video of workshop on YouTube

    1. Take your time.  Don’t be in a rush to implement a plan without careful consideration of a successful plan.  This is not a race to see who restores their property first.

    2. Do not burn accumulated brush – rather, chip it and use it as mulch as a way to prevent forest fires

    3. If trees were destroyed on or near a septic tank or drain field, have your septic hauler do an  inspection.  If the septic system has been damaged, have it repaired as soon as possible

    4. Whenever possible, leave stumps/root balls.  They are your “starter kit” for natural restoration.  If removal is required or desired, grind the stump as a second choice and as a last resort, dig out the stump and haul it away.

    5. You must obtain a permit from the MDEQ when removing tree stumps within 100 feet of the shoreline.  Give strong consideration to leaving stumps at the water’s edge and plant around them.

    6. Treat trees with bark or limb damage with a coating to prevent insect disease. (Foresters differ with this – just another layer for the tree to heal over and it doesn’t allow the cells to compartmentalize and dry out which is desired.)

    7. Successful restoration includes planting a variety of tree species that will do well in Northern Michigan.

    8. Ideally, plant trees in the spring or fall and plan on providing each tree with plenty of water during the acclimation phase of the planting process.

    9. Work together with neighbors to help with clean up costs and the sale of timber for lumber to ensure the best leverage for bartering power.

    10. Take every effort to prevent erosion – especially on land with a slope.  Mulch bare soils in the early going with chipped brush or bark mulch.

    11. Consider landscaping with a Northern Michigan “look” vs. the suburban “look”.

    12. Take advantage of native plant/tree sales in the spring and fall at the Leelanau County Conservation District.  Stay tuned to the Glen Lake Association website where we will post the dates and locations of these native plant sales.

    13. Take care not to over fertilize plantings in the first and second years of growth and to wean plants off any fertilizers in the third and subsequent years.  Only use zero phosphate fertilizers within 100 feet of the shoreline.

    14. Re-growth of plants/trees will take time before you see measurable results and to understand that your property will likely be much different that it was prior to the storm.

    15.  To avoid “blue stain fungus” from damaging your lumber logs, only cut trees from their stumps when you’re ready to process/sell the logs.  This avoids having sellable logs be down graded for quality and thus, reduce their value.

    16. The Farm Services Agency administers the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP).  It looks like the county level FSA administers it for all natural disasters other than drought and insects.  More info about the program is at

    17. Landowners should also be able to apply for financial assistance through the normal EQIP programs at their county NRCS office.

    18. Seek advice and help from professionals – either a forester, arborist, landscape architect, landscape installer, permit specialist from the MDEQ, or watershed biologist  (See contact info below).

    Kama Ross, Leelanau Conservation District |  Forester | (Free)
    Email:  [email protected] | Phone:  231.256.9783 ext. 264

    Rob Karner, M.S., Glen Lake Association | Watershed Biologist | (Free)
    Email:  [email protected] | Phone:  231.883.2776

    Mark Polinko | Landscape Architect
    Email: [email protected] | Phone: 231.492.3777

    Foresters in the Leelanau, Grand Traverse, and Benzie | Steve Alguire
    3800 S. Lee Point Road, Suttons Bay, MI  49682
    Phone: 231-271-6620 | email: [email protected]

    Lynn Bakker
    2677 Setterbo Road, Suttons Bay, MI  49682

    Richard Cooper | Cooper-Gerhart Consulting Forestry LLC
    5412 Indian Hill Road, Honor, MI  49640
    231-325-2175 | [email protected]

    Paul Drysdale Forestry & Consulting*
    408 Leeson Avenue, Cadillac, MI  49601
    231-779-2989 | Cell:  586-531-2866 | [email protected]

    Scott R. Erickson | MichiTree, Inc.
    2650 W. Fisher Road, Ludington, MI  49431
    231-845-0142 | Cell:  231-723-9946 | [email protected]

    Paul Gerhart | Cooper-Gerhart Consulting Forestry LLC
    Gerhart’s Tree Service LLC
    PO Box 597, Beulah, MI  49617
    989-600-7452 | [email protected]

    Ben James/Andrew Klein
    Packaging Corporation of America
    766 Filer Street, Filer City, MI  49634
    231-723-8164 | 231-499-1346 (Ben) | 231-499-9444 (Andrew)
    [email protected] | [email protected]

    Steve Kalisz | Old School Forestry, LLC
    Bryce Metcalfe | Metcalfe Forestry, LLC
    402 Chestnut Street, Grayling, MI  49738
    989-348-3596 | Cell:  989-619-7086 | [email protected]

    Shawna Meyer, Principal | Natural Resource Insight, LLC
    934 Thomas St SE, No. 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
    517-388-6954 | [email protected]

    Daniel Schillinger*
    5138 Hidden Glen Drive, Traverse City, MI  49684
    231-633-8733 | [email protected]

    Jessica Turino-Kernonhan | Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    4111 West 4 Mile road, Grayling, MI  49738
    231-824-9480 | 231-631-9233 | [email protected]

    Jon Witkowski | Biewer Forest Management, LLC
    6251 West Gerwoude Drive, McBain, MI  49657
    231-942-1026 | [email protected]

    AAA Tree Service LLC | Tree trimming, removal, chipping
    Dave Rogers and Christel Klockes

    Tree Care Professionals
    Serving Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie Counties

    Bo Burke | 231-835-1111
    [email protected]

    Canfield Climbing Clippers
    Issac Canfield
    231-631-6424 |

    Carlson Tree Service
    Nick Carlson
    231-421-1885 | [email protected]

    Deering Tree Service | Tom Deering
    8445 S. Maple Avenue, Maple City, MI  49664
    231-228-6492 |

    Ironway Outdoors | Andrew Milliron
    2405 W. Burdickville, Maple City, MI  49664
    231-944-4887 | [email protected]

    Forest Ecosystem Services | Paul Gerhart
    PO Box 597, Beulah, MI  49617
    989-600-7452 | [email protected]

    Leonardo’s Tree Service, Inc.
    870 Polaris Cresent Drive, Traverse City, MI 49685  | 231- 946-1912

    Daniel Schillinger
    231-947-8921 | [email protected]
    Traverse City

  17. Labor Day Bridge Walk

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    Glen Lake | Labor Day Bridge Walk

    Labor Day Monday at 12 noon

    Since 1995, Glen Arborites close out the summer season with the annual Labor Day Bridge walk. The walk goes .3 miles across the Narrows Bridge, that passes over the two Glen Lakes.

    Before and after the ceremonial walk, find plenty of recreation and things to do for the whole family. Kayak the Crystal River, Paddleboard or rent a boat on the Glen Lakes, Hike a trail, Visit the park, grab a bite to eat and shop around Glen Arbor.  >Browse more “Things to Do”

    This year, Glen Arbor Bridge walkers can buy a commemorative T-shirt for $15. They can be purchased in advance of the walk at the Dune Dogs wagon in Glen Arbor or at Roman Jones, 11679 S. Lacore Road in Empire. Proceeds from all T-shirt sales go to a Glen Lake Cub Scout Troop.

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  18. Glen Lake Home Tour

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    The Friends of the Glen Lake Community Library host their biennial Home Tour on Thursday July 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. 

    As one of the Friends’ primary fundraisers, the event showcases five distinctive and diverse Glen Lake area homes.

    The range of homes in this year’s event is striking, yet each offers design savvy, expressed differently,  through the appreciation of art and color as well as the love of nature, most often seen in lovely  landscapes and exquisite gardens.  Whether it is the authentic, yet updated, historic 18th century  farmhouse or a newly-built Arts & Crafts home, a contemporary design element skillfully blended with
    English antiques, a “knock-out”  view of Alligator Hill or a pastoral view of apple orchards, an elevator or 12’ Endless Pool, there is something for everyone in this collection of stunning homes.

    Tickets for the Home Tour are $15 each and are available at the Empire Library and the Cottage Book Shop as well as Northwoods Hardware in Glen Arbor.

  19. 4th of July

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    The Glen Arbor area celebrates the 4th of July weekend, with plenty of things to do:

    Friday, JULY 3rd…

    7 pm | Northport Community Band playing live music is favorite activity for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family and enjoy this Glen Arbor tradition. This is a free concert on the Old School House Lawn in Glen Arbor. Rain: Leelanau School Auditorium

    Saturday, JULY 4th…

    10 am | Flag raising ceremony at Old Settlers Park

    12 pm | Parade – through downtown Glen Arbor. (line-up is at 11am)

    4 pm | Glen Lake boat parade – open to all that want to participate!

    Sunday, JULY 5th…

    8 am – 12pm | Fire Department Pancake breakfast at the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    More things to do…

    There’s tons of things to do, in and around the Glen Arbor area. From Dining and Shopping, to the arts; Beaches & Boating and a variety of outdoor recreation; to specific places to visit that are great for kids & families. Visit our “Things to Do” page to get started on your Pure Leelanau adventure.

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