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  1. Larry “Doc” Probes in concert

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    Larry “Doc’ Probes plays a live musical concert on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 from 4 – 6pm at Little Traverse Inn on M-22.

  2. Sips & Soups

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    Sips & Soups
    Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    12 to 5 pm
    $20 per person

    Experience the magic of the wine trail covered in a glistening blanket of snow, while sipping savory soups and hearty chilis paired with delicious Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Chardonnays and more! Tickets to this SOUPer event are $20 and include a souvenir wine glass and soup and wine pairings at 20 wineries. In addition, $5 for each ticket sold is being donated to local food banks coordinated by Leelanau Christian Neighbors. Ages 21+, no refunds.

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  3. Christmas Miracle Mile – Ugly Sweater 5k

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    Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor introduces the “Christmas Miracle Mile – an Ugly Sweater dash” on Saturday, Dec 22nd starting at 11am.

    Run half a mile and back, drink some cocoa or a craft beer then take off for another lap!

    Fun for the whole family, $20 Adults, $10 for kids to participate, ages 12 and under FREE. 

    Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers including Cherry Republic swag, race drink and a $10 Public House voucher. 

    Run Sign up here

  4. Trick or Treat in Glen Arbor

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    Join the Glen Arbor community, for a fun Sunday afternoon of Trick or Treating! Dress up in your Halloween finest and bring your family, friends and neighbors for treats from all participating businesses. This is a wonderful, walkable event, open to the public, and free for all to enjoy!

    Sunday October 28th, 2018


    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.

    Event on Facebook

  5. Glen Arbor Pumpkin Fest

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    Glen Arbor Pumpkin Festival

    Join the the community for a fun, family friendly celebration of fall. 

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018 | 12 – 3pm

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    Festivities include:

    Costume Parade, Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Carving, Kid friendly activities like Face Painting and Fun Games! There will be a food, a Live Music Performance and NEW this year, Lord of the Gourd will be doing a demonstration! Pumpkin Fest will be held at the newly renovated Glen Arbor Township Park (located at the corner of  M-22 & State Street).

    Event Schedule: 

    12:00 – Festival Opens: •Games, •Pumpkin Carving, •Face Painting by Painted Lady Face Art, •Smock’s Craft Tables

    12-2 – Lord of the Gourd Demonstrations

    12-3 – Music provided by DJ Miles Pendergast

    12:30 – Costume Parade for children with prizes given to winners in a range of categories

    1:00 – Pet Parade

    1:30 – Cake Walk

    2:00 – Pie Eating Contest

    3:00 – Games & Pumpkin Carving End

    6:00 – Carved Pumpkins displayed on Town Park walls and lit for an artistic spectacle. 

    Please return Saturday evening or early on Sunday to pickup your pumpkin(s).

    Open to the public. $5 Donation suggested to participate in Activities, ages 3 and under Free.

    Rain Plan: If it’s raining or inclement weather, we will host Pumpkin Fest at the Glen Arbor Town Hall instead of the Town Park. 

    > Event on Facebook

    Celebrating one of our favorite season’s in the county, Expect peak colors for fall color tours, shopping & dining in and around Glen Arbor. 

    Volunteers & Sponsors!

    Please contact our event organizer, Patricia at: [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering in the planning or at the event. 

    Sponsors get publicized in event posts online, called out in Social Media posts, listed in the Press Release, Event Program. Names will also be seen on event signage. 

    Sponsors ~ Thank You

    Presented by the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce, this event was made possible by:

    Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast & Cottages  •Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District  •The HomesteadCherry RepublicLeelanau Vacation Rentals •Momentum •Cottage Book ShopArt’s TavernNorthwoods Hardware •Quick Storage •Serbin Real Estate

    Century 21/Northland Vacation RentalsLeelanau Coffee RoastingDevette & Ford Insurance AgencyRiverfront Deli, Pizza & Specialties

    Thank You to all of this year’s volunteers! 


  6. Leelanau Peninsula Named in the Top 3 Best Wine Regions

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    October 1, 2018 (Leelanau Peninsula, MI)

    Leelanau Peninsula Named Top Wine Region Consumers Name Leelanau Peninsula in the Top Three Best Wine Regions in the Country by USA Today and Favorite Overall Wine Trail in Michigan by Michigan by the Bottle.

    The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail has been named in the top three best wine regions in the country in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest promoted by USA Today. In addition, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail was just named Best Overall Wine Region in Michigan by Michigan by the Bottle Readers’ Choice Awards.

    “We are thrilled that Leelanau Peninsula has been recognized by both the USA Today and Michigan by the Bottle,” states Lorri Schreiber, Executive Director of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. “It’s such an honor to be included on these exclusive lists.”

    In addition to best wine trail, Leelanau Peninsula achieved several other awards by the Michigan by the Bottle Readers’ Choice Awards including Toast the Season, taking place in November, as the best wine event and Blustone Vineyards as the best winery.

    “We’re excited to hear that guest are enjoying our wineries and events and are working hard to continually enhance their experiences while hanging out with us along the trail,” shares Schreiber.

    Did you know? 

    The Leelanau Peninsula is the second oldest American Viticultural Area in the state of Michigan. The area is now home to 25 wineries with 680 acres of wine grapes–a quarter of the state’s total. The cool climate produces wines that are often crisp, clean and balanced, as well as ice wine. The trail is divided into three mini-trails for easy touring: the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Peninsula Loop and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop. Wineries are located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The local wines continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage.

    For more information, please contact: Lorri Schreiber Executive Director, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (231) 944-5220 [email protected]

    Photo credit: Nick Wisda © All Rights Reserved. ® Shot at Rove Estate, Vineyard & Tasting Room

  7. Find Your Park

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    With more than 400 park sites in the U.S., yours is probably closer than you think. Most Americans have one within 100 miles of their home.

    Today, there are a total of 417 park sites across all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories, including monuments, preserves, lakeshores and seashores.

    That’s 85 million acres of land and waters, 18,000 miles of trails and over 11,000 miles of shoreline to hike, bike, fish, swim or just relax and enjoy the view.


    We’re pleased in Leelanau County to call the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore our “Home Park.” With the “Find Your Park” campaign, it’s easier than ever to seek recreation and exploration across the States. 

    For over 50 years, the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, has been protecting and preserving America’s most magnificent and meaningful places for people all over the world to enjoy and experience.

    “National parks should be accessible to all people, so they can relate to them in their own ways. These places offer something for everyone.”

    ~Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation

    The above text in part from LLBean about the Find Your Park Campaign. 9/5/18 

    Photos courtesy of graphic designer, Raquel Jackson and avid hiker and photographer, Charlotte Davis. ®

    Looking for more? 

    Nestled between Lake Michigan, the National Lakeshore and the Glen Lakes, Glen Arbor is the perfect destination to find your park! Use our site to plan your trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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  8. Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sales

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    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, this year it will be Saturday, Sept. 1st through Monday, Sept. 3rd, 2018.*

    Saturday, Sept 1st – Monday, Sept. 3rd 2018

    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, to 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, pizza, burger, or something homemade from a deli; get a slice of Italy and France; or get 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. Check out the newly remodeled Glen Arbor Township Park for Tennis, Pickle-ball, Basketball and a Playground!  Try a different section of the Heritage Trail to walk, run or bike; 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. 

  9. Glen Lake Film Festival : August 6th

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    Glen Lake Film Festival: Books to Movies

    Monday nights @ 8:00 pm at the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    August 6 : “The Third Man”

    A 1949 British film noir directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene, starring Joseph Cotton-Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The film takes place in post-World War II Vienna. It centers on Holly Martins, an American given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime. When Holly arrives in Vienna he gets the news that Lime is dead. Martins meets with Lime’s acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death.

  10. Discovery Days Pt 2 – Leelanau County Poor Farm

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    Discovery Days – Leelanau County Poor Farm

    Seeking: Memories, Photos & Stories • Life at the Leelanau County Poor Farm

    Second Discovery Day with the Coleman Family

    Kasson Township Hall, 10988 S. Newman Rd., Maple City

    Saturday, July 28th, 10 – noon

    Looking for any memorabilia about the Leelanau County Poor Farm, located west of Maple City on Burdickville Road, across from Myles Kimmerly Park. Between 1900 and 1960, this working farm housed up to 20 residents at a time who helped to operate the farm. In addition, the farm had a managing family living there and some hired help. This farm was referred to as the County Farm by the community.

    This is valuable local history in the process of being preserving. We are looking for any stories, photos or items from this farm which was referred to as the County Farm by the community. You are our link to documenting this important history. If you have stories and would consider sharing we would like you to join us at Kasson Township Hall for our first Discovery Day. With your permission we would like to scan and document these photos, take notes and/or audio record your recollections. This information then will be organized, catalogued, stored and made publicly available at the Leelanau Historical Society Museum as a part of the Leelanau County Poor Farm Collection. Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society is hosting this event in junction with Empire Area History Group and Leelanau Historical Museum.

    The second Discovery Day will be held with the Coleman Family on July 28, 2018 from 10am to 12 noon also at Kasson Township Hall. Their relatives George and Mabel (Ashmore) Coleman managed the farm from 1925 to 1960. These grandchildren have fond and detailed memories of their time spent every weekend at the farm. They look forward to sharing these stories and their family photographs that day.

    These events have been partially funded by Michigan Humanities Council and National Humanities Endowment.

    Further information, or if are you unable to attend but still want to add your memories, please contact Barbara Siepker 231-334-4395 [email protected]

  11. Build a Toy with Plus Plus July 13

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    PLUS PLUS Days
    July 13 and 27 at 11:30 a.m.
    Made in Denmark, this hot new building toy is tons of fun, join us at Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor to build your own creation and take it home!
    We will begin this event after Story time. For children 5 and up.
  12. 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.

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