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  1. Glen Arbor Trick or Treating

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    Join us on Sunday just before Halloween 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!

    Sunday October 29th 2017, just before Halloween, from 12-4pm

    Beyond trick or treating, it’s a great time of year to shop off-season sales, see the end of fall colors, get some locally-sourced gifts for the Holidays 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.

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  2. Glen Arbor’s Pumpkin Fest

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    The local community and visitors are invited to enjoy this celebration of fall, one of our favorite seasons in Leelanau.

    Saturday, October 21st, 2017 | 12 – 4pm

    Fun fall family & pet-friendly activities with live music during Pumpkin Fest will be held on the vacant lot at the corner of Lake St and M-22. Expect peak colors for fall color tours, shopping, dining and a nice weekend to enjoy outdoor recreation. 

    Pumpkin Carving is FREE to participate ~ Open to kids of all ages. Donations will be Accepted. The event includes Pumpkins provided to carve your masterpieces ~ Free and Open to Children of all ages 🙂 Later, the Pumpkins will be placed along M22 and lit up just before dusk to enjoy the artistic spectacle.

    The fun begins with a Costume Parade for Kids and Pets at ____. From 2 to 4 There will be live music performed _____. Plus, during the event we’ll have lots of  fun, family-friendly activities such as face painting by The Painted Lady, Games & Prizes at 2pm then again at 4, with a Pie Eating Contest at 3pm. The pumpkins will be lit just before dusk for the event grand finale. Need refreshments? You can wander across the street to the Beer Garden outside at Art’s Tavern.

    While you’re in town, make sure to shop at our small businesses and eat at the local establishments. Also happening the same day at Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor is their annual Harvest Fest, right on site. With food and wine tastings, there’s plenty of reasons to be in Glen Arbor October 21st.

    > Join & Share the Event on Facebook

    > Follow @visitglenarbor on Instagram

    #fall #event #familyfriendly #pumpkinfest #glenarbor #pureleelanau #shopsmall #eatlocal #thingstodo #harvest #Oktoberfest #livemusic


    Interested in Volunteering or being a Sponsor?

    Please email Patricia at [email protected]

    2017 Event Sponsors

    Art’s Tavern

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Glen Arbor B&B

    Cottage Books 

    Northwoods Hardware

    Photo credit to these contributors: 

    Char Davis of Dancing Frog Press, Sue Boucher of The Cottage Book Shop, Patricia of Glen Arbor B&B. Thank you!

  3. 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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  4. 4th of July

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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. 

    On the 4th:

    The Flag raising ceremony takes place at 10am in Old Settlers Park (located on the corner of Dunns Farm Road and Burdickville Road – CR 616). Organized by Glen Lake Women’s Club, the ceremony begins at 10 am with Invocation by Pastor Logsten of Empire United Methodist followed by Boy Scout Troop 105 presenting the Flag Raising paired with patriotic songs performed by Summer Singers. Key Note: Laurel Jeris / Glen Lake Woman’s Club: Daughters of Liberty – Roles of Women during the American Revolutionary War. Cookies and lemonade for everyone and Children to receive US Flags! 

    Head on down to Glen Arbor and shop/dine – most places are open for at least half the day for visitors. Grab a spot and enjoy the big Parade downtown Glen Arbor beginning at 12pm. Parade leaves from Glen Haven then makes 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…


    Share your pics with us

    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 #summer #vacation #GlenLake #takeahike

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  5. 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! 


    MENU: 

    $30 + tax, gratuity & beverages

    Salad
    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

    Please RSVP to [email protected] by Friday, May 12th

  6. 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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

    > MENU

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

  7. 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. 

  8. 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

     

    Facebook

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

  9. 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 

  10. 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

  11. 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

     

  12. Pumpkin Fest 2016

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    Join us for the Inaugural pet family friendly Pumpkin Fest on October 22nd from 1-6pm!

    This celebration of fall will take place downtown Glen Arbor all afternoon, giving participants time to carve their artistic creations, enjoy family friendly activities and contests, followed by a Pumpkin lighting at dusk and a community Dinner.

    From 1-6pm Pumpkins will be provided to carve your masterpieces ~ Free and Open to Children of all ages 🙂 Pumpkins will be placed along M22 and there will be a Grand Lighting at 6:30.

    The fun begins with a Costume Parade for Kids and Pets at 1:30pm. From 2 to 5 There will be live music performed by Jack Pine. There will be lots of  fun, family-friendly activities such as face painting by The Painted Lady from 2-4pm, games & prizes at 2, and again at 4, with a pie eating contest at 3pm. The pumpkins will be lit just before sunset at 6:30pm for the event grand finale. Need refreshments?  There will be a  Beer Garden outside  Art’s Tavern.

    While you’re in town, make sure to shop at our small businesses and eat at the local establishments. Also happening the same day at Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor is their annual Harvest Fest, right on site. With food and wine tastings, face painting and a brat cookout, there’s plenty of reasons to be in Glen Arbor October 22nd!

    Pumpkin Carving is FREE to participate ~ Open to kids of all ages. Donations Accepted. The Community Dinner is $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids 12 and Under.

    > Join & Share the Event on Facebook

    > Follow @visitglenarbor on Instagram


    #fall #event #familyfriendly #pumpkinfest #glenarbor #pureleelanau #shopsmall #eatlocal #thingstodo #harvest #Oktoberfest #livemusic

    Interested in Volunteering or being a Sponsor?

    Please email Linette right away [email protected]

    Event Sponsors

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Glen Arbor B&B

    Cottage Books 

    Northwoods Hardware

  13. The Hunt for the Reds of October

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    October 2016
    Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region. To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula.
    The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place weekdays during the month of October. For the entire month of October, your $10 ticket gets you a complimentary pour at each of 20+ participating wineries offering diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more.
    In addition, the event benefits the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan with $5 for every ticket being donated the cause. Great wine for a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that!
  14. 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.
  15. 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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  16. 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.

  17. Music on the Mountain – Crossroads Band

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    Crossroads is an all family band that performs jazz, funk, and contemporary music. Although Paul, the band’s lead percussionist, always had visions of a family band, he never dreamed it would develop into what it has.  Joined by teenage sons Alex, lead guitarist and Steven, bass and vocalist and youngest John who serves up vocals and guitar.  Their sister Mary is the keyboardist and often uses it to mimic other instruments such as strings, steel drums and horns.  Mom, Mary is the band manager.  Both Paul and Mary are proud of their band and enjoy satisfaction with not only seeing their children grow musically, but also with seeing the joy that they bring to the audience.

    Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    To purchase tickets, call 231.334.5100 or visit mynorthtickets.com

  18. Music on the Mountain – Levi Britton

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    Levi Britton is an indie/folk/rock artist who hails from Traverse City, MI.  Growing up around music sparked his drive to make it his profession. At age 20 Levi moved to Chicago, playing down in the subways, Potbelly restaurants, and any gig he could find.  Eventually Britton co-founded his band, Down the Line that went on to release 5 albums, and toured the country for ten years with artists such as The Gin Blossoms, Pat Benatar, Peter Frampton, America, Keith Anderson, Lighthouse, and others.

    In 2011, Levi and DTL band mate Dan Myers formed Stolen Silver, releasing two albums—most recently in June 2014.  Stolen Silver has recently been touring with actor Gary Sinise and The Lieutenant Dan Band, playing stadiums and military bases in support of U.S. troops and their families.

    In addition to playing with Stolen Silver, 2014 launched Levi’s solo career at a whole new level.  After years of fans clamoring for a solo project, Levi hit the studio to record all new, original music.  His first solo record, “Inside” is set to be released in mid-2015.

    Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    To purchase tickets, call 231.334.5100 or visit mynorthtickets.com

  19. Sidewalk Sale Days in Glen Arbor

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    Big Buck Sale in Glen Arbor MI- Sidewalk Sales

    Thursday September 1st – Monday the 5th, 2016

    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, line the sidewalks throughout the village of Glen Arbor, and last all weekend long. The deals don’t stop outside – there’s always more sales inside!

    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.

    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; Kayak the Crystal river or Lake Michigan, or hike a trail in the National park ~ remember it’s the 100 year Park anniversary so get out and  #findyourpark

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    #sidewalksales #laborday #GlenArbor #shopsmall #eatlocal

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  20. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  21. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  22. 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!!
  23. Music on the Mountain – Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff

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    Bugs Beddow & the Good Stuff supply the best rock & soul music from the last four decades…you know…the Good Stuff!  With Bugs on trombone, flute and vocals; Jose Hamilton, a true Motown legend and the tightest back up rhythm section and you have Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff. From Bruno Mars to Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi to the Temptations, you’ll enjoy the best mix of feel good, toe tapping music there is.

    Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    To purchase tickets, call 231.334.5100 or visit mynorthtickets.com

  24. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  25. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  26. Glen Arbor Art Fair | 45th Annual

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    45th ANNUAL GLEN ARBOR ART FAIR, put on by the Glen Lake Women’s Club is scheduled for JULY 20th, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.glen arbor art fair

    The Art Fair features approximately 100 artists, carefully chosen to represent a variety of art mediums. What originally began in front of the Town Hall has expanded to both inside and out – a great place to showcase unique art.

    Lunch is available, including our famous “walking tacos.” In addition to the art, there is popcorn, face painting, raffle, bake sale and returning this year, a table of used jewelry.

    All proceeds from this event go to Glen Lake student scholarships. Scholarship recipients assist by carrying supplies, giving breaks to the exhibitors and helping with the

    Free Admission | No smoking and no pets allowed on the premises.

    For registration or application info/submission, please contact: Janice Freeman at (231)334-3428 and [email protected]

     

  27. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  28. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  29. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs 

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free. 

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  30. Glen Arbor Cherry Tour

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  31. Glen Arbor Cherry Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30thJuly 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  32. Glen Arbor Cherry Republic Tours

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    Join Cherry Republic with a packed and lively tour aboard the Big Red Bus into the heart and soul of the “Cherry Republic.”  See and learn how farmers harvest, wash and pit cherries. Watch the crew at Cherry Republic turn those ruby red morsels of joy into Original Cherry Salsa.  Taste a product fresh off the assembly line!  Hear first hand from the President, Bob Sutherland, the endearing and humorous stories surrounding this heartfelt company.

    Tour dates

    Thursdays 10 am & 1:30 pm |  Duration about 2-2.5hrs

    June 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

    $25 per person, 12 and under free.

    Sign up on the Cherry Republic website: http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/ga-tours/

    Call 231.334.3150 or email [email protected]

  33. 2016 GLEN ARBOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT

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    June 24th, 25th and 26th

    ALL DOUBLES, played in our beautiful downtown Glen Arbor park and on the Leelanau School Courts!

    Events:

    Friday, June 24th – Women’s Doubles* and luncheon (same format as last year)

    Saturday, June 25th – Men’s Doubles* (same format as last year, see below for info) and Mixed-Doubles* Draws

    Sunday, June 26thFinals of Men’s Doubles and Mixed-Doubles Draws and NEW this year is a kids/teens match play (more detailed info on this to follow shortly)

    *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 20th. 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!!!

    The changes to the format last year brought great reviews so we are keeping it the same with includes using the 4 newly resurfaced courts 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 : Kim Guilbeau,[email protected] 517.420.3112 cell

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

  34. Music on the Mountain – Peter, Paul and Mary Remembered

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    Reviving many beloved hits such as “Puff the Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind,” and a host of others, these seasoned musicians offer a walk down memory lane. Lawrence “Doc” Probes, Donna Lea Wilson, Jim Hawley and bass player, Dave Swan, have recreated the arrangements of the famous trio that dominated the folk scene during the 1960’s and 70’s. This is a spectacular show that mixes humor, music and nostalgia.

    Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    To purchase tickets, call 231.334.5100 or visit mynorthtickets.com

  35. 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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  36. Cherry Stompers Day Camp!

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    Cherry Stompers Day Camp!

    Cherry Republic is proud to announce their second summer of Cherry Stompers: a nature-filled, activity-based day camp in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Cherry Stompers crams an entire summer of fun into a single day. Kids will explore the dunes, swim in the rivers and lakes, learn about wildlife, play games, and develop leadership skills. Licensed camp professionals hired by Cherry Republic will lead the outdoor adventures. It’s all about having fun while learning everything there is to know about the National Lakeshore & Leelanau County, not to mention riding on the Big Red Bus!  Your kids will even be able to show you some secret spots at day’s end.

    Cherry Stompers runs from June 20th – August 12th on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 3pm for ages 8 -13

    24-DAY PASS $600 BEST VALUE! ($25 PER DAY)

    12-DAY PASS $420 ($35 PER DAY)

    6-DAY PASS $240 ($40 PER DAY)

    3-DAY PASS $135 ($45 PER DAY)

    1-DAY PASS $50

    Note: Scholarships available, email e[email protected] for more details

    Sign up online http://www.cherryrepublic.com/experience/cherry-stompers/

  37. Leelanau Farmer’s Markets 2016

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    The Leelanau Farmers Markets is a non-profit organization started up with the initiation of the Leelanau Agricultural Alliance & MSU Extension with the goal of improving the marketing of local farm products and preserving county farmland.

    All products and produce sold at our markets are made or grown within 60 miles of the farmers market!!  Buy Fresh, Buy Local!!

    Their mission is to

    “provide locally produced farm and food products for the benefit of the Leelanau Community.”

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    Leelanau Farmers Markets | 2016 Season

    Suttons Bay (Saturdays) – May 7 – October 29

    Empire (Saturdays) – June 18 – September 10

    Lake Leelanau (Sundays) – June 12 – September 4

    Glen Arbor (Tuesdays) – June 14 – September 6

    Leland (Thursdays) – June 16 – September 1

    Northport (Fridays) – June 3 – September 9

    Cedar (Fridays) – June 17 – September 9 – 3 to 7 pm

    All markets open 9am – 1pm, except for Cedar, which runs 3 pm – 7 pm.

    This is a great opportunity for you to get local produce and meet the farmers who grow it! 

    Know where your food comes from!

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  38. Barn Restoration Workshop | June 13-18, 2016

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    Barn Restoration Workshop – June 13-18
    The park will again be hosting our barn restoration workshop June 13-18th at the John Burfiend Barn located on Port Oneida Road, four (4) miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan on M-22.   This year marks the 20th year of the partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in developing this series of “hands-on” workshops.  The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.
     
    The workshop will address repairing “Barn Floors and Hewn Building Sills and Floor Joists”.  The John Burfiend Barn was the site of the first park and Michigan Barn Preservation Network workshop in 1997.  The course will include 1) basics about structural and load analysis for floors and sills, 2) repair of rough sawn floor boards, floor joist and, 3) repair and installation of hewn sills, 4) exterior siding repair, and 5) tool safety while completing the task presented.  This workshop is again able to provide a unique experience for all participants.
     
    The course is set up so participants receive “hands on” training of all techniques.  The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day.  There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided.  Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend.  Participants can sign up for any number of days.
     
    Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated.  The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and those interested how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures, including concrete and stonework.  Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.
     
    Campsites will be provided for those volunteers who wish to camp for those days they are signed up for the workshop.  Please indicate on the form, by email, or when you call to sign up. 
     
    Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop.  To sign up by email:  [email protected]

  39. New Views – A Storm of Art

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    New Views: A Storm of Art opens June 10 at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. An artist’s reception opens the show at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m.

    The juried exhibition – created in response to the Aug. 2, 2015 wind and hail storm – interprets, rather than documents, the storm. Underlining New Views is the philosophy that artmaking offers a way to address difficult events, and provides an avenue for transformation and hope.

    New Views continues through June 23. The exhibition is open during regular GAAA office hours, Monday through Friday; and Saturday, June 11 and 18, 11 am-2 p.m. Support for the exhibition comes from The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, The Leelanau Conservancy and Pryor Design Co. of Ann Arbor. For more information, please call the GAAA, 231/334-6112.

  40. 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.

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    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

  41. 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.

  42. Spring Sip and Savor

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    Join us the weekend of April 30 and May 1, 2016 for the annual Spring Sip & Savor wine trail weekend.

    Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 pm
    Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
    $35 per person

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    As our vineyards wake to the sun and warmth of May, enjoy delicious wine and food pairings at 23 wineries along the wine trail. Celebrate spring, indulge in your senses and learn more about Leelanau Peninsula wines. Most importantly, it’s really fun! Take the self-guided tour by visiting the tasting rooms in any order on Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm. Tickets are limited and typically sell out, so get yours TODAY!

    Tickets are $35 and include wine and food pairings at each winery and a souvenir wine glass. In addition, a $5 donation for every ticket sold goes to the Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarship to help students in their quest for a career in viticulture or enology in Northern Michigan.

    Get Tickets from My North

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  43. Glen Lake Restaurant Week 2016

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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 event happening the week before Mothers Day,

    Friday April 29 – Saturday May 7, 2016

    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.

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

    Restaurant Week on Facebook

    Participating establishments will offer their own appetizing 3 course prix-fixe dinner menus for $25. Some establishments will be offering $15 lunch specials as well.


    #foodie #eatlocal #foodporn #GlenArbor

    Participating local Restaurants*

    (Note: not all Menu’s are available yet)

    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

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

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    Nonna’s at The Homestead | 1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI | Call (231) 334.5150 for Reservations

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    Riverfront Pizza & Deli | 6281 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 | P: (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

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

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    *Please call ahead to see if the restaurant(s) you want to dine at recommends making a reservation.

    2016 Restaurant Week Sponsors:

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast

    Email:[email protected] you are interested in Sponsoring this event or the Chamber!

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  44. 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

  45. Escape to Glen Lake: In the Spring

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    Plan a Spring trip! Escape to Glen Lake for a #springtour in #leelanauExperience #puremichigan #cherryblossoms.

    Things to do in the area...

    Browse our Business Directory for B&B’s, Resorts, Vacation Rentals, Dining, Shopping and more! 

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    Other things to do around Glen Lake in the Spring:

    • Participate in Glen Lake Restaurant Week. Enjoy everything from French Fries to French Cuisine. Restaurant Week happens annually, the week before Mothers Day. This year it happens from April 29 – May 7. MORE about the event | Browse “Dining & Specialty Foods.”

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    • Wine Tastings around the county. You can taste the local wines any time of year, but the annual Spring Sip and Savor event held by the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail happens April 30th to May 1st. View event listing 

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    • Hunt for rocks along the beach. While it might not be warm enough to bust out the swimsuit, you can still say hi to Lake Michigan. After all, it’s right out our back door. Take Totou for a walk too. You can always find a dog-friendly beach to take a hike on near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Just make sure to pick up and discard #2 🙂

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    • Go Shopping. While not all of the seasonal stores are open, most of them will be by May 1. Be the first in to see what’s new this year. Shopping local is always interesting, providing the opportunity to splurge on local artisan made items, gifts, outdoor gear, cherry products, chocolates, and more. Visit our Business Directory for local retailers.

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    • Take a hike. Spring is a wonderful time to hike the woods. The bugs aren’t out yet, the smell and sight of fresh growth is refreshing. Spring is a time of our beloved State flower’s bloom, the Trillium. Seek a forest floor full of these beautiful white blossoms. And Northern Michigan’s ever popular Morel mushroom can be found during the month of May. Learn more about hunting for Morels. | Check out our list of trails to visit.

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    • Weather permitting, get outside to a local Park, or inside to the Library. There’s the Leland Township Public Library in Leland, and the Glen Lake Library, in Empire…both about equal distance from Glen Arbor, in either direction. Glen Arbor Township Park, off of M-22 next to Northwoods Hardware, has Tennis Courts, covered picnic tables, Basketball, and a sandy Playground. The Myles Kimmerly Recreation Area has fields for Soccer and Baseball, a Disc Golf Course, 1 Basketball Court, Picnic/Shelters and Grills, Restrooms, Playground, 2 Tennis Courts, a Forested area you can hike. 

  46. 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?

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    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

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. Dec 20th Emergency Fund Concert/Auction

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    Empire Area Community Emergency Fund Concert/Auction will be held Next Sunday December 20th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Town Hall in Empire.
    This event will feature multiple performers by both singer song writer Amanda Egerer as well as “Da Sista Hood ‘n Joe”.
    A Live Auction will also be held between performance sets presented by Auctioneer Dave Taghon
    There are some wonderful items that have been donated for auction by area artists, businesses and individuals perfect for last minute Christmas gifts.
    Among the items being auctioned off is a rare limited addition “Kramer Ferrington” acoustic/electric Bass Guitar that was donated at the end of the “Abby Road Live” Concert by Zach Light of the “Uncle Z Band”.
    This event is family friendly so feel free to bring the kids as well as your favorite beverage. Come on down and have some funackah
    Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and Joyous Festivus to the rest of us!

  50. Halloween | Trick or Treating in Glen Arbor

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    Join us on Saturday, October 31st 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 end of season sales, shop for holiday gifts from your local galleries and artisans, and dine a a variety of eateries in the area.

    Enjoy plenty of family-friendly recreation from a simple hike in the National Park, a bike ride on the new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, play at the Glen Arbor community park, or take in the beauty of the Nation’s best scenic fall drive, along M-22.