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  1. Empire, MI Pharmacy now open

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    Great news for our area, Empire Pharmacy now open, located next to Empire Family Practice. 

    This new pharmacy is conveniently located next to Empire Family Practice. Friendly experts are here to answer your questions and help you find the products you need.

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    For the convenience of Empire area residents and visitors, we have everything you need from a pharmacy including:

    • Prescriptions
    • Over-the-counter medications 
    • Medical and surgical supplies 
    • Computerized drug interaction screening
    • Consultations and medication education
    • Medication therapy management (coming soon)
    • Immunizations (coming soon)


    Bring in a new or refillable prescription from any other pharmacy and our professional staff will take care of the rest. 

    Most major insurance plans accepted, including Medicare.

    Visit Us

    Empire Pharmacy
    9975 W. Ottawa Ave.
    Empire, MI 49630

    Phone: (231) 213-1115

    Mon – Fri. 9 am – 6 pm
    Sat. 9 am – 2 pm
    Closed Sundays and holidays.

  2. Escape to Glen Lake | Art poster Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Posters for sale at…

    Northwoods Home & Gift

    The Cottage Book Shop

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    Contact Us

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

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

    Photo Request

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

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

  3. 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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    #pureleelanau #farmersmarket #summer #spring #fall #eatlocal #shopsmall

  4. 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?


    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

  5. 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

  6. Essential Oils 101

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    Essential oils extracted from plants have been used for thousands of years in many different cultures, to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Sole Wright, a certified fitness trainer, will share her knowledge of essential oils, offering practical tips on their use, and guidelines on how to select the best botanicals.

    At the Glen Lake Community Library, 10115 W. Front Street, Empire  on Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 pm. Admission is FREE.

    Contact: (231)326.5361   [email protected]      

  7. Empire Museum movie night

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    Join us for a special program by the Empire Area Museum

    On March 4th at 7PM at the Empire township Hall, we’ll enjoy a night of remembering the ole Empire Lumber Co. on this 100th anniversary of it’s final burning.

    Please join us and bring friends!!

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

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

    Friday, May 20th

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

    ENTRY FEE $5.00 under 16 FREE


    Front St. Empire – Click here for directions



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


    Saturday, May 21st

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

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

    Click here for more info on the run!


    NOON – Asparagus Recipe Contest Asparagus Cook-Off

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

    2016 Recipe Entry Form


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

    Click here to visit our site


    2.00pm ODE to ASPARAGUS POETRY Competition

    Children, Youth & Adult Catergories with Prizes for esch.

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



    Under the Big Tent on Front Street


    4pm PARADE

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



    1pm thru 3pm  – Miles Prendergast Band

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


    7pm thru 9pm The Benzie Playboys



    Asparagus Eats plus Wine and Beer Tasting under The BIG TENT

    NOON. thru 9:00 p.m. 

    ENTRY FEE $5.00 under 16 FREE



    Hearth & Vine Black Star Farms

    Deerings Market

    Scalawags Fish & Chips

    MI Grill (Baytown Kitchen)

    Fire Dog Artisan Pizza

    Art’s Tavern

    Kontiki Foods

    Little Traverse Inn

    The Manor on Glen Lake

    Norconk’s Fresh Asparagus



    Right Brain Brewery

    Black Star Farms

    Bel Largo Vineyard & Winery

    Laurentide Winery

    St. Ambrose Cellars

    Lake Ann Brewery

    Accoustic Mead


    1pm Asparagus Festival Foot Golf Tournament

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


    Sunday, May 22nd

    Sunday May 19th Empire Lions Club Famous Breakfast

    8am to noon at the Empire Township Hall



    Dennis Palmer & Friends

    Place – The Village Inn, Empire

    Time – 4 pm to 6 pm

  9. Stone Circle poet Terry Wooten

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

  10. Roy Taghon Memorial Empire Snowmobile Drag Race

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    Roy Taghon was a Sled Head! Roy worked at Taghon’s Corner in Empire and Managed the gas station. He is greatly missed by family and friends. This annual event happens each winter in his memory.

    This event will be held at the Empire Airport on January, 30th 2016.

    Located at: 13264 S. Benzonia Trail (County Rd 677)- 4 miles East of Empire 1 mile South of M-72

    Registration will start at 8am. Race will start around 11am.

    Please look at the ISR Snow Drag Race Rules.

    The Classes at this time are Stock, Improved Stock, Heavy Mod, and Open Mod.

    Contact Soni with any additional questions:
    Wayne (Soni) Aylsworth | Empire Outdoors

  11. 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!

  12. Stories & More for Preschoolers

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

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

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

  13. 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*