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  1. Glen Arbor Summer Sidewalk Sale Days

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    Labor Day Weekend ~ Sidewalk Sale Days in Glen Arbor

    Thursday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 4 2017

    Come on out to shop, dine and seek some recreation in Leelanau. You won’t want to miss the stellar end-of-summer deals during Sidewalk Sale days in Glen Arbor, held annually Labor Day weekend. Starting Thursday Aug 31 and continuing on thru Monday Sept 4 – Labor Day.*

    The town puts on a great shopping experience each year, rain or shine! There’s a few new shops and others that have moved locations in town, so enjoy discovering Glen Arbor in new ways! From gift shops, clothing and gear, art galleries, home goods, gardening and more – there’s something for everyone. The deals don’t stop outside – there’s always more inside!

    Eat great food around town. It doesn’t end with Art’s and Boonedocks, make your way to other ends of town. You can get something quick like a hot dog, slice of pizza, burger, or something homemade from a deli, all the way to a fine dining experience with a view of Lake Michigan.

    Recreation is at it’s prime right now, with activities for any age. Locals and visitors alike can experience the Natural Beauty that the area has to offer: From Putt Putt Golf in town, to pickin up a Paddle board and getting out on the Glen Lakes. Try a different section of the Heritage Trail which can be walked or biked; Get out and rent a boat or go fishing; Kayak the Crystal river or Lake Michigan, and hike a trail in the National park! 

    *Participating merchants each have their own specials and hours. 

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  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

     

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

  5. Best beaches in the world

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    In the press…

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been catching PR across the nation for years now, although we still want to protect and keep this secluded gem in the Leelanau Peninsula a secret. Despite our feelings, we’re glad to share it with the world, especially because visitors to our area help make our small businesses thrive!

    Sleeping Bear Point was included in the dune walkers category in National Geographic’s list of picks for “21 Best Beaches in the World.”

    About the trail & beach

    See the official park map

    The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with great views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan.


    Quick Links

    Discover other Trails & Scenic Outlooks 

    Seasonal Activities 

    Things to Do around Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes 

  6. Holiday Marketplaces 2016

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    Saturday, November 26th, 2016

    Glen Arbor | Marketplace open from 10am – 4pm

    in the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    Shop 30 vendors providing locally made artisan goods at the Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace. During the market from 12-2:30pm – Meet Santa & Mrs. 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.

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    (If you are a vendor or artisan and have any questions, please contact Patricia at [email protected] / 847.570.4891)

    Empire | Marketplace open from 11am – 5pm

    in the Empire Township Hall

    The annual happenings are presented in tandem.

    Empire showcases nearly 20 artisan vendors including: handcrafted jewelry and tile works, delicious foods and candies, paintings and stunning photographs, designer cards, holiday ornaments and wreaths, beautiful knitwear and hand-made goods.

    There are different artisans at each market and plenty of time in the day to shop both!  

    No admission fee for any event, and open to the Public.

    Did you know?

    This Saturday is also the national #shopsmall Saturday! Presented by American Express. Enjoy the benefits of local shops and restaurants that participate!


    Related Events:

    “Better than Black Friday PJ Party” in Glen Arbor on Nov. 25th

    Tree Lighting & Caroling, plus the Holiday Market Preview Party on Friday Night, Nov. 25th

    Quick Links:

        • Find other Things to Do while you’re in Leelanau

        • Browse the area Business Directory 

    #eatlocal #shopsmall #HolidayMarket #GlenArbor #thingstodo #familyfriendly #santaclaus #kids #winter #Christmastime

  7. Tree Lighting, Caroling & Holiday Market preview Party!

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    Tree Lighting, Caroling & Holiday Market preview party

    Friday, November 25th, 2016 | 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 happens promptly at 6:45pm.

    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 artisan goods during the Holiday Marketplace preview party, from 7-8pm!

     


    The Holiday Market

    #eatlocal #shopsmall #HolidayMarket #GlenArbor #thingstodo #familyfriendly #Christmastime #Leelanau #winter

     

  8. Trick or Treating in Glen Arbor

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    Join us on Sunday October 30th 2016, just before Halloween, from 12-4pm for a fun afternoon of trick or treating in downtown Glen Arbor! Dress up in your Halloween finest and bring the whole family for treats from all participating businesses. This is a wonderful event, open to the public, and free for all to enjoy!

    Beyond trick or treating, it’s a great time of year to shop off-season sales, get some locally sourced holiday gifts and dine at a variety of eateries.

    Enjoy plenty of family-friendly recreation from a simple hike in the National Park, take a bike ride on the new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, play at the Glen Arbor community park, or take a relaxing scenic drive.

    Event photos provided by Bob Ashmun © Ashmun Portrait Art ~ Thank you. Please contact for permission to use.


    #halloween #trickortreat #glenarbor #fall #familyfriendly #thingstodo

  9. Cross Country Tournament at Manitou Passage Golf Club

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    What, you may ask, is a Cross Country Golf Tournament?

    A Cross Country Tournament is basically the same as a regular 4 person best ball, except that we are have taken the liberty of re-designing the holes (not literally).  Instead of playing the holes as they currently are laid out, you will play them not only in a different order, but to different locations as well.  For example, you may be starting out teeing off from the #1 tee box, but your target green will be #17 instead of #1.  You might then proceed to #8 tee box and play to #7 green.  You get the picture…we will be playing a total of 9 holes.

    Keep one thing in mind, the number 1 goal of this tournament is to “Have fun!” This is a goofy format and there will be some goofy scores, but it will also give a chance to say “Thank You” to those who have supported us this season.

    Format:

    • 4 person best shot
    Start Time:
    • 10am shotgun start
    Fees:
    • $36 per person, non-members
    • $18 per person, members
    Includes:
    • 9 holes of golf
    • Cart
    • Lunch
    • Prizes!  (Let’s just say that the prizes are not your conventional gift certificates.  And, remember…this is for fun!)
    Advance registration is required by September 2, 2016. Call 231.228.6000.
  10. 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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  11. Gallery Opening + Live Music by

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    Labor Day weekend ~ Synchronicity will host 2 man group “Plumville Project” playing eclectic live music for our gallery opening, also serving wine and cheese.

  12. Sidewalk Sale Days in Glen Arbor

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    Thursday September 1st – Monday the 5th

    Labor Day Weekend ~ Sidewalk Sale Days in Glen Arbor

    Get the best deals of the season, Eat great food + Enjoy recreation around the Glen Lake area!

    • Most of the Sales usually begin around 9am and line the sidewalks throughout the village of Glen Arbor, and last all weekend. The deals don’t stop outside – there’s more sales inside!

    • Eat great food and enjoy plenty of recreation around the greater Glen Lake area!

    • Individual merchants have their own Specials and Hours.

  13. Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Run

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    Yes, this is the 10th Birthday for the Glen Arbor Women’s Club “Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run.”
    Join us for the celebration on Tuesday, July 26th, at 9:00 a.m. in front of Cherry Republic on Lake St. in Glen Arbor, Michigan.  This is a favorite event for both local residents and visitors.  The 5K is open to everyone.  You can run or walk so our young runners and our seniors can both take part.  We’ve made it a family affair with our 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run for the little ones.  The children get to run with the Bear and take home a ribbon along with coupons for an ice cream cone from Riverfront Ice Cream and a game of miniature golf provided by Dale’s Putt-Putt.  So bring the whole family and enjoy a great morning!
    The main focus of this event is to earn money for scholarships for our great high school seniors.  This year we gave out six scholarships each for $2000.00.  They were awarded to Rowan James Brady, Anne Marie Dunklow, Chris Lodge, Garrett Schaub, Seneca Stairs and Jolene Therrien.  Congratulations Seniors!  The Glen Arbor Women’s Club is extremely proud to have given out over $100,000.00 in scholarship money during these 10 years.
    Be sure to arrive early and join us at 8:40 a.m. for a warm-up for our runners and walkers by Lorie Lenhard, from Lorie’s Pilates located in the Village Sampler.  Local entertainer Pat Niemesto from the group New Third Coast and Cherry Republic’s own Lexi Galla will start the run with the National Anthem.  Our Mascot, Running Bear, will be on hand to cheer on all the runners and charm the children.  He loves his photo shots!
    our winner in 2015, Zach Ripley crossing the finish line

    our winner in 2015, Zach Ripley crossing the finish line

    The 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Kids’ Run will follow at 9:05 a.m.  The run will leave from the corner of Lake and State Streets.  After the run,  join the “Celebration!”  The 1st and 2nd place winners of 10 age categories as well as the male and female over-all best winners will be announced.  They will all receive metals and prizes from Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters and the Cyclery.  We will have lots of great food and a raffle drawing for over fifty prizes for everyone entered in the 5K.  You must be present to win.
    Come out and wish Running Bear a Happy 10th Birthday!  The cost is $15 for the 5K Run/Walk ($18, the day of the run) and $5 for the Kids’ Run.
    You can register online at www.runningbearrun.com, register early on Monday, July 25th at the Glen Arbor Town Hall from 10 – 4, or Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. before the start of the Run.   Early registered runners can also pick up their bibs at the Town Hall on Monday.  T-shirts will be available for purchase there as well.
    Be sure to come out and join the fun!  We know you can run faster than the BEAR!!
  14. 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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  15. 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

    PIGROAST EXTRA

    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]

     

    3 pm to 4pm CHILDREN’S FAVORITE GORDON RUSS & his COMEDY MAGIC REVUE

    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!

     

    Music

    1pm thru 3pm  – Miles Prendergast Band

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

    http://www.benjamanjamesmusic.com/about/

     

    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

     

    FOOD VENDORS

    Hearth & Vine Black Star Farms http://www.blackstarfarms.com/dining/hearth-vine/

    Deerings Market

    Scalawags Fish & Chips http://scalawagstc.com/

    MI Grill (Baytown Kitchen) http://baytownkitchen.com/

    Fire Dog Artisan Pizza

    Art’s Tavern http://www.artsglenarbor.com/

    Kontiki Foods

    Little Traverse Inn

    The Manor on Glen Lake

    Norconk’s Fresh Asparagus

     

    BREWERIES & VINTNERS

    Right Brain Brewery http://www.rightbrainbrewery.com

    Black Star Farms http://www.blackstarfarms.com

    Bel Largo Vineyard & Winery

    Laurentide Winery http://laurentidewinery.com

    St. Ambrose Cellars http://www.stambrose-mead-wine.com

    Lake Ann Brewery

    Accoustic Mead http://www.drinkacoustic.com

     

    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

     

    EMPIRE AREA COMMUNITY CENTER FUNDRAISER CONCERT

    Dennis Palmer & Friends

    Place – The Village Inn, Empire

    Time – 4 pm to 6 pm

  16. Noteworthy things to CELEBRATE in 2016 around Glen Arbor

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    Glen Arbor, it’s residents and business owners all look forward to Memorial Day weekend, where most of all the seasonal shops are open for the season by this weekend. It’s usually nice weather and is a great kick-off to the summer. There’s been some nice changes in town you can look for when you visit, and some noteworthy things to celebrate in the community! Join us and and #findyourpark at the Sleeping Bear Dunes ~ we might be bias, but it’s our favorite National Park 🙂

    The Heritage Trail is undergoing another completion of a new section being added this season: from Port Oneida Historical District, NE along M-22, ending at Bohemian Rd. in Maple City.

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    • The National Park Service celebrates it’s 100 year Anniversary! Check out Sleeping Bear Dunes Centennial Initiative, and get involved. #findyourpark #sleepingbeardunes

    Glen Craft Marina has been in business for 70 years!!! Wow! When it comes to the Glen Lakes and boating, they know what they’re doing! 

    Northwoods Hardware opened a new sister store this year, Northwoods Home & Gift, offering “Home accessories, Thoughtful gifts and Unexpected surprises.” Visit northwoodshardware.com for more on what’s new around Northwoods. 

    Synchronicity Gallery will celebrate it’s 20th year in business. It will undergo a re-brand this year, gallery openings during the summer, staying open later for after dinner summer shopping, and a few other fun updates! Like and follow them on Facebook year-round for artistic inspiration. 

    • The Good Harbor Grill opens for its 25th season on May 21 ~ Congratulation Ann & Brendan! 

    Leelanau Coffee Roasters celebrates their 20th year of business! 

    Momentum apparel shop has new owners ~ stop in to say Hi and Welcome, and see their get some Glen Arbor and Lake Michigan garb. 

    Century 21 Northland / Northland Vacation Rentals has moved across town into a new space, located at: 6391 W. Western Avenue, Glen Arbor

    The Sylvan Inn and the Gersenson’s other property, The Lakeshore Inn, both underwent renovations and updates this winter/spring, open and ready for the summer season. Visit www.sylvaninn.com for more. 

    Serbin Real Estate will be moving to the west end of town and is renovating the building before moving in. Stop in and say hi to Rob Serbin and his real estate team once they get into the new location, at: 6675 W Western Ave., Glen Arbor. Visit serbinrealestate.com to search their listings and the MLS. 

    Follow the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce on Instagram for more beautiful local images, year round. @visitglenarbor 


    Let us know about other local noteworthy things to celebrate by emailing us[email protected]

    Photo, courtesy of Sleeping Bear Dunes NPS

  17. What do you do up north all winter?

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    We thought it’d be fun to answer this common questions as a community and post the results here, and in social media, to create some real conversation with locals and visitors alike.IMG_1908

    Hike around our beautiful lakes and take in gorgeous icy views.

    Read a book with a glass of local wine.

    Ski – cross country the heritage trail or out our backyard; Downhill ski at the Homestead

    Snowshoe – the national park is right our our back door

    Wine tours

    Commit to a fitness program or train for an event…How’s that going for you?

    Cooking

    Go to Glen Lake Winterfest and eat chili until you can’t eat any more.

    Shovel, salt the walk, carry firewood, repeat.

    Take advantage of the off-season dining deals 🙂

    Knitting groups

    Pickleball in the Glen Arbor Town Hall. Yeah, believe it or not, we get pretty competitive.

    Meet friends for drinks

    Join a committee

    Ice fishing

  18. 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.

  19. 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, traversecity.com.

    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, nps.gov/slbe.

    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, manitoutransit.com.


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

  20. 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

  21. Sidewalk Sales Downtown + Labor Day Bridge Walk

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    Glen Arbor Sidewalk Sales | 2015

    August 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th

    Get the best deals of the season, Eat great food + Enjoy recreation around the Glen Lake area!

    Most of the Sales usually begin around 9am, line the sidewalks throughout the village of Glen Arbor, and last all weekend. The deals don’t stop outside – there’s more sales inside too!

    Rain or shine, the town puts on a great shopping experience each year. There’s a few new shops and others that have moved locations in town, so enjoy discovering Glen Arbor in new ways! From gift shops, clothing and gear, art galleries, home goods, gardening and more – there’s something for everyone. >Shopping

    Eat great food around town. It doesn’t end with Art’s and Boonedocks, make your way to other ends of town. You can get something quick like a hot dog, slice of pizza, burger, or something homemade from a deli, all the way to a fine dining experience with a view of Lake Michigan. >Dining

    Recreation is at it’s prime right now, with activities for any age. Experience the Natural Beauty that the area has to offer. The Heritage Trail can be walked or biked, pick up a paddle board and get out on the Glen Lakes, Kayak the Crystal river, hike a trail in the National park, get a charter boat fishing trip and more. >Things to Do

    * Individual merchants have their own Specials and Hours.

    #shopsmall #glenarbor #glenarborstrong #shoplocal

     Labor Day Bridge Walk:

    On Labor Day Monday at 12 noon, Glen Arborites will ceremoniously close out the summer season with the annual Labor Day Bridge walk across the Narrows Bridge (that passes over the two Glen Lakes).

     

  22. Dune Dash

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    Dune Dash – Saturday, August 15

    Want to help, but don’t want to run/walk at the Dune Dash? No Problem –
    We need volunteers to help at registration and as route marshals. Here is the contact info if you can help out: www.dunedash.com, or contact TART Trails at [email protected] or 231-941-4300.

    Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), Inc. is a proud partner of the 4th annual Dune Dash, a 4-mile run/walk along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT), to be held at 9 a.m. this Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb. The course showcases the trail, which opened during summer of 2012 within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    The Dune Dash is organized by the creators of the Zombie Run, with support from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and TART Trails. According to Matt Ross, the founder and coordinator of the event, “If you are not familiar with the SBHT, participating in the Dune Dash is the perfect time to experience and support the trail.”  

    The event is on as scheduled despite last Sunday’s storm which knocked down hundreds of trees and rendered the trail impassable. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes volunteer crews have been working with National Parks Service all week to clear the trail. The run/walk starts and finishes at the Dune Climb and follows the flat paved trail, passing by rolling sand dunes and scenic forest before turning around near Glen Haven. The only stretch of the SBHT that remains closed is between Glen Haven and Glen Arbor which will not affect the event.

    All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, professionally timed results, and refreshments. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, and age-group winners. Packet pick up and late registration will be held on Friday, August 14th from 5pm-7pm at the Filling Station Microbrewery in Traverse City. There will be no day of registration (In accordance to federal law, day of registration cannot take place within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.) Registration ranges from $15-30 per person based on age and prices go up $5 after Thursday, August 13th.

    Proceeds from the event support the continued development of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The event has raised $7,500 to date for trail support. For more information on the Dune Dash visit www.dunedash.com, or contact TART Trails at [email protected] or 231-941-4300

  23. Yoga on the Beach

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    Yoga on the Beach
    Let’s relax, get some fresh air and enjoy yoga during sunset at Glen Haven Beach. Our next class will be Thursday, August 13 at 8:00 – 9:00 PM at Glen Haven Beach by the Cannery. A suggested donation of $10 per person would be appreciated. For more information and to RSVP (Join), click here.

    Yoga classes accepting donations for Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Hosted by Yoga on the Beach, Leelanau County, Northern MI

  24. The lights are back on!

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    The hard work and sense of community around here shined enough light to get us all through the week following the storm of August 2nd.

    As of 8.7.15 evening – The power was restored in and around Glen Arbor!
    It’s a great weekend and worthy to celebrate and enjoy this “Naturally beautiful” area!
    Send a thank you to all the residents, business owners, tree/power/road crews that have come together and worked so hard all week! Maple City, Cedar and Leland got power back the day before.

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    While there was devastation, inconvenience, and loss this past week from the Storm on Sunday August 2nd – we’re all still counting our blessings to enjoy the beauty, community and solitude that our region brings. We’re staying thankful knowing that this storm is nothing compared to catastrophes that are felt around the globe.

    • Storm Stories + Area updates | Read more >

    Changes and openings are occurring DAILY – so don’t be discouraged to visit and seek recreation and solitude in our Naturally beautiful area!

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    Our love and support of the greater Glen Arbor area can be shown more than ever by shopping small!

    #glenarborstrong #shopsmall #summer #puremichigan #vacation

    The beautiful waters of Lake Michigan call you to take a hike. These TRAILS have been cleared and are NOW OPEN… Pyramid Point (all sections), Windy Moraine Trail, Bay View Trail, and Shauger Hill Trail. > Follow the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park on Facebook for updates.

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    Planning your Stay :

    If your visiting the area and plan to stay at an Inn, Bed & Breakfast, Motel, Lodge, Resort or Vacation Rental, we recommend you call/contact the company, rental, or place you’re staying at before coming into town – if you haven’t been contacted already. They’ll be able to give you more specific and relevant information as it pertains to your rental, room and visit.

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    Summer’s not over…

    …and the Seasons ahead still provide opportunity for year round getaways, northern Michigan beauty and recreation!

    > Things to do while visiting the area
    > Stay tuned and visit the listing of local events here
    > Follow us on Facebook for regular updates and posts

    Related Posts:

    • loving summer, post-storm update + resources

    • The August storm of Northwest Michigan

  25. Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run

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    Glen Arbor Women’s Club “Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run” on your calendar!!

    It is always the 4th Tuesday in July. This year that is July 28th, with a 9am start time.

    Starts at Cherry Republic, on Lake Street in Glen Arbor, MI.

    Fun for the whole family!  Join us for another great day of family fun, great food and great prizes!!

    All proceeds benefit Glen Lake High School Scholarships and Community Projects. Thank you for your past participation and hope that we see you again at this year’s run.

    Visit our website at http://www.runningbearrun.com/ where you can register and pay on line!!!!

  26. Anchor Days

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    Sponsored By Empire Area Community Center (EACC), A Michigan Registered 501 (C) 3 Public Charity.

    Friday, July 17th

    Anchor Day Movies – Fun, Fairs, & Tragedy at Empire & Anchor Recovery

    Where: Empire Town Hall

    Sponsored By: Empire Museum

    Time:  7:00 pm

    Saturday, July 18th

    Fishing Contest (Children & Adults)

    Where:  All Local Inland Lakes

    Sponsored By:  Empire Outdoors / Soni Aylsworth 231-326-5433

    Time:  6:00 A.M. till 12:00 Noon

    Species:  Legal Fish Only

    Anchor Day Run

    Where:  Empire Beach Park Pavilion

    Sponsored By:  Darby Trapp

    Time:  8:45 A.M. Registration, 9:00 A.M. Race

    Anchor Day Parade

    Where:  Front Street

    Sponsored By:  EACC / Questions Call Gerry Shiffman 231-326-2509

    Time:  2:30 P.M.

    Line Up:  2:00 @ Apple Barn

    Lions Club BBQ Chicken Dinner

    Where: Town Hall

    Sponsored By:  Empire Lions

    Time: 2:00 – 8:00 pm

    Street Dance with live music by “Streaker”

    Where:  Union Street Between Front & Alley Beside Town Hall

    Sponsored By:  Empire Area Community Center (EACC)

    Time:  7:00 – 11 pm

    *Donation will be accepted to pay the band*

  27. A place for Classic Cars…

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    Classic Car Cruise Night in Glen ArborA visitor recently asked about friendly places downtown Glen Arbor for their classic cars. While the parking gets filled fast downtown in the height of the summer season, we’ll leave it up to you whether you care to park it in a public location.

    However, there’s a place dedicated to pulling in your classic and mingling with other car buffs: Northwoods Hardware. They “Host The Classics” in their store parking lot, starting the 1st Thursday AFTER the July 4th Holiday, and every Thursday through the summer season.

    “The theme of Cruise Night is to bring your classic hardware to the hardware,” said Don Drabik. From Glen Arbor Sun article.
    See more here.

     

    The Classics start showing up at about 6:15 and will stay until about 8pm (weather dependent). Park your car and mingle. Northwoods is within walking distance of any local shops, galleries or restaurants you may also want to visit while in town.

    Visit our business directory to see what’s in town. See you soon!

  28. TENNIS TOURNAMENT for 2015 in Glen Arbor

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    ALL DOUBLES, played in our beautiful downtown Glen Arbor park!

    Events…

    Friday, June 26th Women’s Doubles* and luncheon (change this year, see
    below for info)

    Saturday, June 27th Men’s Doubles* (change this year, see below for info)
    and Mixed-Doubles* Draws

    Sunday, June 28th Semi’s and Finals of Men’s Doubles and Mixed-Doubles
    Draws

    *each team is guaranteed at least 2 matches

    Cost…

    $50.00 (per player) – Women’s Doubles and Luncheon, by Cherry Republic, winners prizes and door prizes donated by local businesses and artists, T-shirt included.

    $25.00 (per player) – Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, includes T-shirt, sack lunch provided by Cherry Republic and prizes donated by local businesses.

    How to Enter…

    Get your partners lined up, email or call me with the names of your team ASAP – last day to enter is Monday, June 22nd.

    If you need help finding a doubles partner for any of the events please contact me and we’ll see if we can help.  We will collect money from you at the event, please bring cash or check (make checks out to the Glen Arbor Township). You will be contacted a few days prior to the event to let you know the approximate times of play. Please let me know if you have any questions and PLEASE pass this along to anyone you think might be interested in this FUN tennis tourney in beautiful downtown Glen Arbor!!!

    Exciting changes this year include 4 newly resurfaced courts for our use at the Leelanau School, just a couple miles down the road. This allows us to expand our tournament to include 2 separate draws (A and B) in both the Women’s and Men’s Doubles.  The A draw will consist of tournament tough teams, those who play team tennis, league play, 3.5 rating or above and wish to play in a competitive environment. The B draw is for the recreational player, those who enjoy playing competitively but want to have a more light-hearted fun environment.  If you have any questions where you might fit, please give me a call or email.


    ALL money raised from this tournament goes back into maintaining and beautifying our Glen Arbor Park!

    Once again, this year the tournament is being sponsored by: AND A big thank you to both Cherry Republic and Anderson’s Market for once again sponsoring our tournament, this allows us to raise even more money towards improving our beautiful park!

  29. 2015 Glen Lake BBQ & Brew Summer Celebration

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    Glen Arbor, Michigan’s annual salute to the beginning of summer, with delicious local fare and the best of Northern Michigan micro-brews!

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    The 2015 Glen Lake BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration will be the on the third Saturday in June each year. This year it falls on 

    Saturday, June 20th, 2015, from 2 – 8 pm

    Located at the corner of M-22 and Lake Street, in downtown Glen Arbor, MI

    Glen Arbor area’s annual celebration, saluting the beginning of summer. A gathering of Michigan micro-breweries, BBQ food and other great small plates from local food purveyors. In addition to craft beer, lots of great drink options, non-alcoholic beverages, and a Wine table! There will be Live Entertainment throughout the event, a dining tent to eat, socialize & enjoy the music. This is a family-friendly event located just a short walk from Lake Michigan and your favorite Glen Lake shops, restaurants, galleries and recreation.

    1 – 4 pm | Live radio broadcast

    The Brew Crew will be broadcasting live ROCK 105 and THE BEAR 98.1 onsite, live music and prize giveaways.

    2:30 – 4:30pm | Kids Activities

    The Painted Lady Face Art, “Poppy” the Balloon Twister, and Dancing Frog Press providing free artwork to color on, plus selling “Leelanau Love” Color on Art books. During this time will be other games, activities and prizes, providing plenty of things to do with the family and kids!

    4:30 – 5:30pm | What will you win at the LIVE AUCTION???

    • Authenticated M-22 Sign • Weber “Summit” S-240 Gas Grill from Northwoods Hardware
    • 30 x 40 Photographic Canvas Print  by Life on the 45th Parallel Photography • Charter Fishing Trip for 6 from the Sportsman Shop • 2 Night Condo stay at The Homestead • Dining Packages from Blu, La Becasse, and Trattoria Funistrada • Golf, Dine + Stay at The Homestead
    • Recreation Package from Crystal River Outfitters • Leelanau Wine Trail Packages
    • Pelz full-day Golf Clinic • Ski Lift Tickets for 4 at Bay Mountain • 2 Nights at The Sylvan Inn & Gift Basket

    4 – 8 pm | Live Music

    The Rick Hick’s Band returns from Muskegon to provide a flavorful mix of Blues and Motown.

    FOOD |Participating local restaurants and purveyors of fine food providing a variety of BBQ, Pizza, and plenty of options from • Art’s Tavern • Firedog Artisan Pizza • Pleva’s meatsGabe’s meats Cherry RepublicJoe’s Friendly Tavern Nate’s Best Kettle Corn

    DRINKS | Craft beer from various Michigan Micro-breweries, selections at a Wine Table, plus N/A choices from Bay Lavender and the Cherry Republic. The Michigan Breweries include Bells BreweryBrewery Terra FirmaFounders Brewing CoRight Brain Brewery New Holland Brewing CoCheyboygan Brewing CoShortsand more!

    ADMISSION | Admission is $15 per person, which includes an all-day wrist band and four tickets to use toward the purchase of beverages. Food Vendors will be collecting cash for small or larger plates ranging from $5 to about $8. Children under 12 are FREE, and a reduced rate for youth ages 13-20.

    Fundraising Proceeds go to:

    • Glen Arbor Community Park and Restroom • Glen Arbor Flowers • Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) – Manitou Music • Walking Map printing • Other local Community events – like 4th of July parade, Christmas Tree lighting & carols, etc.

    Sponsors that make this event possible: 

    Empire Value Advisors

    The Leelanau Enterprise

    Northwoods Hardware Store

    Life on the 45th Photography

    Art’s Tavern

    Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast

    Cherry Republic

    Leelanau Vacation Rentals

    Serbin Real Estate

    The Sportsman Shop/Mariah Charters

    G.J.’s Rentals

    Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

    Crystal River Outfitters/M-22 Glen Arbor/The Cyclery

    The Homestead Resort

    Trattoria Funistrada

    Glen Craft Marina

    Huntington Bank

    Synchronicity Art Gallery

    Elements Fine Home Goods

    Laura Tarsa/MLK Enterprises

    The Sylvan Inn

    Glen Lake Salon

    The Martin Company

    McCahill’s Crossing

    Williams Bay

    Blu

    La Becasse

    Bay Lavender Trading Co

    Firedog Artisan Pizza

    Gabe’s Market

    Joe’s Friendly Tavern

    Dancing Frog Press

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    Volunteer or Sponsor this Event

    Calling all Beer Pourers, Gate keepers, and Ticket Sellers!

    Limited spots left…contact us today. Volunteers receive FREE admission. Please email Katie at [email protected] for available time slots/info.

    Sponsorship opportunities via Live Auction donation or event sponsorship, make this community celebration possible, plus support local and non-profit endeavors. Email [email protected] for sponsor packet and opportunities.

  30. BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration

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    Glen Arbor, Michigan: It’s that time of year again, the annual salute to the beginning of summer, with delicious local fare and the best of Northern Michigan micro-brews! This family-friendly Glen Lake BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration happens the third Saturday in June each year. This year the anticipated event falls on June 20th, 2015, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm.

    The ever-growing celebration of summer features a variety of Michigan microbreweries, fabulous BBQ food and other great small plates from local food purveyors. In addition to craft beer, lots of great drink options are also available including non-alcoholic beverages and a Wine table! From 1-4pm will be great music and prize giveaways by The Brew Crew during their onsite live broadcast of ROCK 105 and THE BEAR 98.1. From 4-8pm The Rick Hick’s Band returns from Muskegon to provide a flavorful mix of Blues and Motown.

    This family-friendly event is located at the corner of M-22 and Lake Street, in downtown Glen Arbor, is just a short walk from Lake Michigan and your favorite Glen Lake shops, restaurants, galleries and recreation. From 2:30-4:30pm, Painted Lady Face Art will be doing face painting. During the event, other games/activities will also be available. From 4:30-5:30pm, will be a LIVE auction, with items to bid on like an authenticated M-22 Road Sign, recreation packages, wine tour tickets, and locally made art.

    Admission is $15 per person, which includes an all-day wristband, plus four tickets to use toward the purchase of beverages. Food Vendors will be collecting cash for small or larger plates ranging from $5 to about $8. Children under 12 are FREE, with a reduced rate of admission for ages 13-20.

    Event Web Page: http://www.visitglenarbor.com/event/2015-bbq-and-brew-fest/

    Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/BBQandBrew

    Volunteer opportunities for the event include free admission! Limited time slots are still available. Contact Katie | [email protected]

  31. NEW section of Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail open for use!

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    The newest segment of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) from Fisher Road to Port Oneida Road opened on Friday May 22, 2015.

    This segment adds about 3.5 miles to the 9.5 miles of previously completed trail.  This portion of the trail includes 600 feet of boardwalk over wetlands along the west side of Westman Road and connects users to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

    Port Oneida is perhaps the most complete early 20th century agricultural landscape, unique for the number of intact farmsteads which reveal a small closely-knit farming community founded in the early 1860’s and the evolution of agriculture from subsistence farming to cash crop, common throughout the United States. The 1.3 mile section of the trail within the Historic District has an aggregate surface.  Much of the route follows a portion of the Bay View trail and winds through scenic forests, over beautiful rolling terrain, with short, but moderately challenging hills.

    Get out there and enjoy it! Be Safe!

    LINKS:

    About the project |

    http://friendsofsleepingbear.org/projects/sleeping-bear-heritage-trail/

    View the interactive online map |

    http://friendsofsleepingbear.org/sbht-i-map/#/

  32. Calling all Beer Pourers, Gate keepers, Ticket Seller’s…

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    The BBQ & Brew Summer Celebration will run from 2:00pm until 8:00pm. We have about 80 shifts to fill, so invite friends to join us for some of the fun! If anyone is willing to help with set up please us know. Remember, all volunteers get free admission to the event, Saturday June 20th.

    We have a lot of little details we could use help with, so if you first shift folks want to come earlier; we would gladly take the additional hands.

    We would like the first shift volunteers to show up around 1:30,  second shift is from 3:45-6 and the final shift 5:45-8:30. I am asking that the 6-8pm shift to stay a half hour longer to help with the clean-up.

    Thank you all for your willingness to help and I look forward to speaking with you all soon.

    Katie Rabidoux, Innkeeper Glen Arbor B&B

    BBQ & Brew Volunteer Coordinator

    Please contact me by phone at 231-334-6789 or email me at [email protected]

  33. National Park Week

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    National Park Week | April 18th – 26th, 2015

    America’s national parks are filled with iconic landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. During National Park Week, April 18-26, 2015, you can explore them in depth. Take some time to visit and explore areas of our beloved Sleeping Bear Dunes this week!

    National Park Pass Required, but NPS is waiving entrance fees for April 18th & 19th.

    To kick off the week, join Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society for a guided exploration of our night sky on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM at Platte River Point. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight!

    During the week, join the “Find Your Park Scavenger Hunt“, which can be downloaded from www.nps.gov/slbe or pick up a copy at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center. Then share your experiences on social media using #findyourpark. Also, check out the National Lakeshore’s Facebook Page and the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Facebook page. Or follow the Rangers on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sleepingbearnps for special daily “Find Your Park” posts at 4:00 PM each day.

    On April 25, Junior Rangers (young and young-at-heart) are invited to spend either the morning or afternoon participating in Junior Ranger Day. Children can earn an official Junior Ranger Day badge. Meet Park Rangers at the DH Day Log Cabin to design your own arrowhead, paint on the beach, learn basic knot-typing techniques, and other fun activities from 10:00 – 11:30 AM or 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Please park in Glen Haven and walk the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the log cabin in the DH Day campground.


    You can get a park pass for the week or for the year, at Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District located in downtown Glen Arbor, or at the Visitor’s Center in Empire, MI

  34. Kids Summer Classes at the GAAA

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    glen arbor art association

    Summer will soon be upon us. Why not celebrate by planning now for a summer full of enriching art experiences for the young people in your life? The Glen Arbor Art Association has a full line-up of fresh classes and inspiring teachers to stimulate creative development. To help you get started, we are running early bird discounts on selected children’s classes until May 15. All the details can be found at glenarborart.org so don’t go to bed tonight until you’ve checked it out!

    We have new learning opportunities this year such as drama classes, metal-smithing, pottery, drawing and painting, and many more.

    If you enjoy sharing experiences as a family or group of friends, our new customized classes might be just the thing. You choose what you’d like your group to learn about from six different options.

    Early Bird Discounts for 2015 Kids Classes > Register NOW

    Questions / Comments?
    Glen Arbor Art Association
    231.334.6112
    [email protected]
    www.glenarborart.org
  35. Results: Winter Fest 2015 | Chili Cook-Off + Fishing Contest

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    A lot of people came out Glen Lake Chamber’s Annual Winter Fest event. There was very nice community support, especially with the extreme winter weather conditions…below zero wind chills, white out driving conditions, drifting, and constant snow fall. (see image gallery below…)

     

    Perch Fishing Contest Results…

    Despite the almost un-fishable winter conditions, 52 people participated in the ice-fishing contest, Raising $520 For Glen Lake. Scholarship fund. By far the worst conditions in the 18 years running the tournament.

    Ken Fosmore took 1st place with a 11 7/8 in Perch;
    Second place was Joseph, an 11 in. fish;
    Third place was Tim Egeler with a 9 7/8 incher;
    and Sam Shimek with 8 3/4 in. fish.

    Chili Cook-Off Results…

    There were 425 Attendees, with generous donations, we had over $5,000.00 in proceeds! Proceeds will given to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Glen Lake Scholarship Fund.

    All but one Chili lasted, and the crowd gave up by about 2:45 pm.
    Randy Chamberlain, Chef/Owner of Blu in Glen Arbor, with his son Logan took first place, by popular vote, with their Black bean-chorizo Chili topped with homemade frito’s. Their First win in 10 years….very proud!
    The first time we’ve had The Homestead enter, taking 2nd place; Cherry Republic took 3rd, Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor took 4th, and Bear Paw took 5th.

    Image Credit: Char Davis, local artist/owner of Dancing Frog Press took pictures for the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce of the scene around the Glen Lake area.


     

    #winterfest #glenarbor #chilicookoff #iceskating #perchfishingcontest #glenlake #artstavern #boonedocks #thesportsmanshop

  36. Trail Conditions | Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

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    Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

    Trail Conditions | Thursday, 2/05/2015

    The SBHT was groomed Wednesday, 2/04/2015. About 3 inches of new snow fell over the last couple of days and the groomer crew was out on the trail with the roller to build more base.

    cross country skiing_heritage trail_glen arbor_dunes_groomed 2015 winter

    BEST SKI CONDITIONS OF THE SEASON!

    Glen Arbor (Forest Haven Road) to Glen Haven – EXCELLENT – Base of about 6 inches. Classic tracks have been set on the outside of the trail with corduroy between for snowshoers and skate skiers.

    Glen Haven toward the Dune Climb – GOOD – This section of trail has a thinner base (2-4″). Classic tracks were set from Glen Haven to the Dune Climb.

    From Empire to the Pierce Stocking Drive – EXCELLENT. This section of trail has some steep hills and the groomers do not lay classic tracks. The whole trail is corduroy.

    The section of trail between the Dune Climb and Scenic Drive has some driveways and steep hills. It has been groomed with a corduroy finish with no classic tracks.

    >Trail Grooming and Information provided to you by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

  37. FREE Ice Skating all Winter | Glen Arbor

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    Thanks to the efforts of a group of local businesses and committed individuals, we are excited to offer another winter with our outdoor ice-rink, located in Glen Arbor Township Park!

    Ice skating is free and open to the public as long as weather conditions allow. A great family-friendly winter activity, just remember to dress warmly!

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    Ice skate and hockey stick/puck rentals are available all season at The Cyclery in Glen Arbor, located within the Crystal River Outfitters Recreation District on M-22.

    Be sure to come visit the Glen Lake area during Valentine’s Day weekend, as the Chamber hosts their annual Glen Arbor Winter Fest.  Enjoy a weekend of winter festivities including a chili cookoff (on the deck of Boonedocks), perch fishing contest on Big and Little Glen, as well as ice skating any time!

    >Click here for more Winter Fest info.


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    Want to hit the trails?

    We have some of the best conditions this winter for Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.

    The SBHT (from Empire to Glen Arbor – through the National Park) is groomed by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. They also provide up-to-date Trail info. Check out their website to subscribe to email updates, and we will also post updated info here on our blog, and in our Social Media.

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  38. BEST SKI CONDITIONS OF THE SEASON!

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    Groomed by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes + Trail info provided by.

    The SBHT was groomed today 1/30/2015. About 6-8 inches of new snow fell over the last couple of days and the groomer crew was out on the trail yesterday and this morning with the roller to build more base.

    cross country skiing_heritage trail_glen arbor_dunes_groomed 2015 winter

    BEST SKI CONDITIONS OF THE SEASON!

    Glen Arbor (Forest Haven Road) to Glen Haven – EXCELLENT – Base of about 6 inches. Classic tracks have been set on the outside of the trail with corduroy between for snowshoers and skate skiers.

    Glen Haven toward the Dune Climb – EXCELLENT – This section of trail has a thinner base (2-4″). Classic tracks were set from Glen Haven to just north of the Dune Climb. At the Dune Climb, the base is less, so the trail is just corduroy for a short distance.

    From Empire to the Pierce Stocking Drive – EXCELLENT. This section of trail has some steep hills and the groomers do not lay classic tracks. The whole trail is corduroy.

    The section of trail between the Dune Climb and Scenic Drive has some driveways and steep hills. It has been groomed with a corduroy finish with no classic track.

    Information provided to you by Friends of the Sleeping Bear. Learn More, Become a supporter.

  39. Explore the National Lakeshore…by snowshoes!

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    Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter!

    Join park rangers for a guided snowshoe hike this holiday season and every Saturday throughout the winter.

    The first hike of the season will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The snowshoe hikes will continue to be offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through March 7, 2015. Meet at the National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.

    If you don’t have your own snowshoes, a pair will be loaned at no charge. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun.

    Reservations are required whether you need to borrow snowshoes or have your own. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants.

    Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5010, for details and to make reservations.

  40. First Day of Spring

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    While it’s the First Day of Spring, and we just got a layer of fresh white powder last night, we’re still full of sunshine, and getting ready for spring around here in Glen Arbor. Anticipating drives on M-22 and the many county roads to see the hillsides turning from white to green, Morel Hunting in the Sleeping Bear National Park, Cherry blossoms blooming in the orchards, and Spring rainstorms rolling in over Lake Michigan…just to name a few…