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  1. Holiday Marketplace – Preview Party

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    Be the first to shop an amazing breadth of handcrafted, locally made goods from 30+ Artisans during the Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace

    Friday, November 30th 2019

    at the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    Photo by Raquel Jackson ® for the Glen Lake Chamber

    Tree Lighting & Caroling at 6:15pm

    Bring your Holiday spirit and join the local community outside the Glen Arbor Town Hall for Christmas Caroling and a ceremonial Tree lighting.

    Photo by Raquel Jackson ® for the Glen Lake Chamber

    Shopping from 6:30-8pm

    Warm up inside the Town Hall following the caroling & tree lighting and be the first to shop the Holiday Marketplace at this “Preview Party.” 

    Open to the public. No admission fee.

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    > Don’t Miss the Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, Nov 30th

    Plus, bring the kids to meet Santa and Mrs Claus! 

  2. Glen Arbor Bed Parade

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    The 3rd annual quirky “Glen Arbor Bed Parade”

    In the spirit of sleeping in on “Black Friday” this is a fun thing to do Thanksgiving weekend, while up north Michigan. Open to the public, any individual or business may participate in this event. Decorate a bed and wheel it through town! Event begins at 9am and ends by 9:30.

      

    Prior to the parade, some wake up early dressed festive and cozy to shop the deals of the year during the Glen Arbor PJ Party from 6:30-9am. Following the Bed Parade, many plan to dine at local eateries in and around Glen Arbor.

    Questions? Contact Organizers/Sponsors: Becky and Cookie Thatcher. Email: [email protected] or 314-422-5252

  3. Glen Lake Restaurant Week 2019

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    Offering an array of dining options “from French Fries to French Cuisine.”

    Don’t miss the 5th annual foodie event happening in Leelanau County.

    Friday, April 26 – Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Throughout the week around Glen Arbor, book a time to dine at each restaurant on the list for a unique and mouthwatering experience.

    Participating establishments will offer their own appetizing (3 course) prix-fixe menus from $25-$35. Some establishments may be offering lunch specials as well.* To participate in the event, simply contact each establishment (listed with menu’s and locations info below) to make your reservation. No tickets. Open to the Public. 

    For Event updates, photos and offerings – Like + Follow the Facebook page: Eat Glen Arbor

     

    Restaurants*

    Art’s Tavern • MENU • (231)334-3754 • 6487 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI
     
    Blu MENU • (231)334-2530 • 5705 S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI
     
    Broomstack Kitchen & TaphouseMENU • (231)228-8869 • 172 W Burdickville Rd, Maple City, MI
     
    Cherry Public HouseMENU • (231) 226-3033 • 6026-B, 5109, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 
     
    Funistrada • MENU • (231)334-3900 • 4566 W MacFarlane Rd, Maple City, MI 49664
     
    Glen Arbor WinesMENU • (231)835-2196) • 5873 S. Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 
     
    The Manor on Glen LakeMENU • (231)334-0150 • 7345 W. Glenmere Rd, Empire, MI
     
    Nonna’s at the Homestead • MENU • (231)334-5000 • 1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI
     
    La Bécasse• MENU • (231)334-3944 • 9001 S Dunns Farm Rd, Maple City, MI
     
    Western Avenue GrillMENU • (231) 334-3362 • 6410 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI
     

    *Reservations with each purveyor are recommended for dining during this event. 

     

    Sponsors

    Thank you Sponsors for helping make the marketing of this delicious event possible! The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce is a 501c organization. Email us if you are interested in supporting this Event or the Chamber and it’s mission. 

      

    Gordon Food ServiceThe Homestead ResortVisit Up North Vacation RentalsSuperior Foods

  4. Wintefest Contest Results

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    It was another great year this 2019 president’s day weekend to be up north and out and about in Glen Arbor. We had fun seeing our friends and neighbors and visitors too, great shopping deals and fun to be had at local watering holes. Despite the cold, the sun came out and we enjoyed getting outside, on the ice or grabbing some skis or snowshoes and hitting the hill or trails.

    Perch Fishing Contest

    The Glen Lake Perch Fishing contest, organized by The Sportsman Shop drew over 100 entries this year. The results from the contest are as follows:

    1st Place: Matt Rice biggest catch was 13.75″ 

    2nd place tied: Nick Rice with 13.5″ catch

    2nd place tied: Bill Bailey with a catch of 13.5″

    3rd place to Tera Novak with a 13.25″ catch

    Chili Cook-Off

    We gathered inside and out on the deck of Boonedocks to enjoy a taste of locally made chili. Thank you to all who participated ~ we appreciate your delicious efforts!
    1. Pleva’s Meats
    2. Boonedocks
    3. Art’s Tavern Glen Arbor
    4. Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market
    5. Bear Paw

  5. Glen Lake Winterfest 2019

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    Join us for the annual Glen Lake Winterfest, Presidents Day Weekend: Saturday, February 16th, 2019! Festivities include a 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.PDF

     

    Chili Cook-off

    Organized by Administered by Glen Lake Schools, the Chili Cook-off, kicks off at 12 Noon, hosted 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 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! 

    DOWNLOAD: 2019 Chili Cook-off Entry Form.PDF

    2017 Glen Lake Winterfest results and photo gallery

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

    Proceeds from this event are given to the 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.

     

    Facebook

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

     

    Sponsors

    This is community event generously organized and funded by: 

    Art’s Tavern

    Boonedocks Glen Arbor

    The Sportsman Shop

     

    RESULTS

    Thank you to all who participated. We appreciate your delicious efforts! It was another great event. The voters have spoken and the 2019 Winterfest Chili Cook-Off bragging rights go to the following: 
     
    1. Pleva’s Meats
    2. Boonedocks
    3. Art’s Tavern Glen Arbor
    4. Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market
    5. Bear Paw
     
    Perch Fishing Contest results: 
    1st Place: Matt Rice with a 13.75″ 
    2nd place tied: Nick Rice with 13.5″ catch
    2nd place tied: Bill Bailey with a catch of 13.5″
    3rd place to Tera Novak with a 13.25″ catch
     
  6. 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

  7. Visit Glen Arbor for the Holidays

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    With some fun new things and others annually anticipated, Glen Arbor invites you to shop local for the Holidays.

    Shop the “PJ Party” in Glen Arbor for a “Better than Black Friday” experience. Participating retailers offer specials during the event hours on Friday, November 23rd, from 6:30-9am. Come out to shop dressed comfy and festive in your PJ’s! Following the event, plan to grab a warm drink and a bite to eat too!

    In the spirit of sleeping in, local business owners and residents, Becky Thatcher and Cookie Thatcher started a NEWBed Parade” to commence at 9am. Beds are festively decorated by businesses or residents and “wheeled through town.” Stick around to shop retailers afterwards during normal business hours. Anyone can join in, contact Becky to participate at: [email protected] Snacks by Art’s Tavern and Prizes will be awarded to participants! 

    Friday evening, gather at the Glen Arbor Township Hall for Tree Lighting & Caroling at 6:15 with donuts and cider provided by Art’s Tavern. Be the first to shop the Holiday Marketplace inside to follow, from 6:30-8pm during the “Preview Party.”

    Saturday, November 24th is the annual Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace from 10am to 3:30pm. The event includes an amazing breadth of handcrafted, locally made goods from 30+ Artisans. Each year it seems to get better than the last! Homemade luncheon provided by Riverfront Pizza & Specialties for purchase. Bring your camera and the kids to Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus from 11am-1:30pm.

    NEW this year, during the Holiday Marketplace, additional artists will be featured inside at select nearby locations: • M22 Glen Arbor, • Art’s Tavern Annex, and • Northwoods Home & Gift.

    All events are open to the Public, No Admission Fee.

     

    Check out our Event Calendar, here

     

    You may also find the Events on Facebook to learn more and share. 

     

    Don’t forget, it’s Small Business Saturday, where participating retailers via American Express, offer a discount for shoppers.

    #shopsmall #SmallBusinessSaturday #SmallBizSat

     

  8. 2018 Glen Lake Winter Fest + Chili Cook-Off

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    Join us for the annual Glen Lake Winterfest on Saturday, February 17, 2018! Festivities include a 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.

    DOWNLOAD: Fishing Contest Entry Form.PDF  |  JPG file

     

    Chili Cook-off

    Administered by Glen Lake Schools, the Chili Cook-off, kicks off at 12 Noon at Boonedocks in Glen ArborEntrants will compete to earn chili bragging rights. 1st through 5th Place winners, as determined by popular vote, receive a plaque commemorating the 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! 

    2017 Glen Lake Winterfest results and photo gallery

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

    Proceeds from this event go directly to the 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: 2018 Chili Cook-off Entry Form.PDF  |  JPG file

     

    Facebook

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

     

    Sponsors

    This is a community event sponsored by: 

    Glen Lake Schools

    Art’s Tavern

    Boonedocks

    The Sportsman Shop

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

  9. 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]      

  10. THE GRAND TASTING at The Homestead

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    Wine, Craft Beer & Food Tasting

    Saturday, January 27th from 7-11pm at Mountain Flower Lodge in the Homestead Resort.

    Dancing & Live Music by “Scotty Doesn’t Know”

    Featuring tastings from: 

    Right Brain Brewery, Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewery, Terra Firma, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, North Peak Brewing Company, Big Lake Brewing, Verterra Winery, Bluestone Vineyards, Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery, Rove Estate, Good Harbor Vineyards and Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

    $35 per person or $150 Lodging & Event Package

    For more info call: (231)334.5000 and visit thehomesteadresort.com

  11. 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. 

  12. 2017 Glen Lake Winterfest

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


    Perch Fishing Contest

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

    DOWNLOADFishing Contest Entry Form

     

    Chili Cook-off

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

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

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

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

    DOWNLOAD2017 Chili Cook off entry form/rules

     

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

  13. 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

  14. 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

     

  15. PJ Party Shopping Event | Glen Arbor

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    Kick off the weekend Friday morning November 25th 2016 from 5 – 8am, with Glen Arbor’s traditional Annual PJ Party: A wonderfully stylish version of Day-After-Thanksgiving shopping. Shops and Restaurants may each hold their own hours of participation. Check with individuals for opening times.

    Wander boutique and specialty shops in your PJ’s for extra discounts on clothing, gourmet foods, household decor, Michigan/USA Made products, locally made gifts, Art, Jewelry, Toys and More!

    Bring your family and friends, grab coffee, baked goods and breakfast or lunch while in Glen Arbor that morning, too.

    Following, Friday evening is the Tree Lighting and Holiday Market Preview party at the Town Hall. Then, on Saturday #shopsmall in town and get local artisan made goods and gifts at both Empire and Glen Arbor’s Holiday Marketplaces!

    Participating shops, with special hours and deals will be open during this event:

    Becky Thatcher  |  5-7am

    Northwoods Hardware  |  5 – 8am

    Northwoods Home & Gift  | 5am 

    M22 & The Cyclery  |  5am

    Petoskey Petes  |  6 – 8am

    Cottage Book Shop  |  6:30 – 8:30am

    Art’s Tavern & T-Shirt Shop  |  5am

    Leelanau Coffee Roasters  |  5am

    The Yarn Shop

    Cherry Republic

    Rocky’s at The Homestead  |  8am – 2pm

    Bay Wear | 5am

    View, download and print PDF of Participating Merchants flyer & weekend festivities.

  16. 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.

  17. 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. http://www.isrracing.org/rules.cfm?aID=10007

    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
    231-499-4930

  18. Holiday Market 2015 – Info + Application Form

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    Held at the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    2015 Glen Arbor Holiday Market

    Friday, Nov. 27th – Set-Up | 2-7pm 

    Friday, Nov. 27th – Preview Party | Open to the Public for early shopping | 7-8pm

    Saturday, November 28 – Glen Arbor’s Holiday Market | Open 10am-4pm


    2015 Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace

    Dear Previous and New Artists/Vendors:

    The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce will continue to hold the event for this year. As in years past, we have a limited number of booths to sell. Priority for acceptance into our Holiday Marketplace will be based on the following criteria as well as an attempt by our Committee to create a “balanced” show
    with a variety of artisans showcasing different types of gifts / work.

    Criteria will be based not only on the quality of your product, but the following as well:
    • Date application and check is received
    • Previous Participation
    • Handcrafted Products / Artwork
    • Chamber Members will receive priority consideration, but membership is not necessary

    The application is due by October, 1st 2015.

    >2015 Application | Click to view, print or download.

    If you participated in last year’s show, you do NOT NEED to send any photos of what you would be
    selling. If you are a new applicant to the Marketplace, please submit one or more photos of items you would be selling. Our 2015 Marketplace Committee will be meeting After Oct. 1st to review all
    applications and finalize our Vendor Roster. We will notify you via email or phone by Oct. 15 as to your status. Again . . . Space is limited and while we may make some adjustments to floor plan this year, we only have 26-28 spaces available.

    If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact Betsy Webb, 2015 Holiday Market Chair, at [email protected] or call (231)334-4312. Our community is looking forward to a fun and festive event this year.

    Please see the PDF APPLICATION for Marketplace Hours and Schedule.

    Betsy Webb | Holiday Marketplace | Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

  19. The lights are back on!

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

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

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

    • Storm Stories + Area updates | Read more >

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

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

    #glenarborstrong #shopsmall #summer #puremichigan #vacation

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

    pyramid point_trails opeen after glen arbor storm

    Planning your Stay :

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

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    Summer’s not over…

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

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

    Related Posts:

    • loving summer, post-storm update + resources

    • The August storm of Northwest Michigan

  20. Results: Winter Fest 2015 | Chili Cook-Off + Fishing Contest

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

     

    Perch Fishing Contest Results…

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

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

    Chili Cook-Off Results…

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

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

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


     

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  21. 2015 Glen Arbor Winter Fest

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    Winter Fest Follow Up:

    Contest Results + Event Photo Gallery.

    Click here.

    Join us for the Annual Glen Arbor Winter fest on Saturday, February 14, 2015! Festivities include Perch Fishing Contest + a Chili Cook-Off.


    RSVP + Invite your friends, via Facebook Event Page


    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: 2015 Perch Fishing Contest Entry Form

    Chili Cook-off

    The Chili Cookoff, kicks off at Noon on the deck at Boonedocks (on the corner of M22 and Ray Street) 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 2015 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. $5.00 for seniors, over 70, and kids, 12 and under.

    > DOWNLOAD: Winter fest 2015 | Chili Cook off form

    Email questions: [email protected]


    OPEN ALL WINTER  |  FREE Ice-skating. Open to public. Located in downtown Glen Arbor, on the outdoor community ice-rink.

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    SNOWSHOE STAMPEDED | RACE ON FEB.14th, at the Leelanau Outdoor Center!

    > EVENT INFO HERE

  22. FREE Ice Skating all Winter | Glen Arbor

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

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

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

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

    >Click here for more Winter Fest info.


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    Want to hit the trails?

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

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

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  23. Holiday Marketplaces (you DON’T want to miss!)

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    These annual community event features a variety of artisans showcasing different types of gifts/work, with an emphasis on local and handmade products/artworks. This is a great opportunity to support your local artisans and shop for yourself and for the holidays!  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!

    Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace:

    Saturday, November 29, 2014 | 10 AM to 4 PM

    in the Glen Arbor Township Hall

    Schedule of events:

    Artisans…SET-UP: Friday 3-7 PM (there will be NO quick set up this year).

    Friday Nov. 28th: After the annual Glen Arbor Tree lighting and carols, All booths will be set up and ready for holiday “business” by 7 PM, Friday evening. Products may be for sale Friday evening at the Holiday Marketplace preview party!

    Saturday Nov. 29th: Marketplace doors open at 10:00 AM and will close at 4:00 PM.

    Meet Santa & Mrs. Santa Claus!!! They will be at the Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace from 10:30 to 3:00 with some little toys and goodies! Bring the kids and your camera for some great fun and photo opps!

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    • Refreshments/ lunch by Riverfront Deli, will be for sale during the Glen Arbor Market.

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

    Empire Artisans Market:

    Saturday, November 29, 2014 | 11 AM to 5 PM

    in the Empire Town Hall

    Artisan Market located in the Empire Town Hall

    • Following the Market, will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Village of Empire!

  24. Northern Hardwoods: Future of our forested Landscapes

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    Leelanau: Looking Ahead

    Speaker Series: Northern Hardwoods: The Future of Our Forested Landscape

    All are welcome to attend this free event!

    The third in our four-part speaker series, this free event will feature keynote speaker, Jon Fosgitt of Compass Land Consultants. Mr. Fosgitt will give an overview of Northern Hardwoods, including a history of the landscape, forest complexity, ecosystem management, and current trends in Great Lakes forests.

    A panel discussion will follow, with local forest experts, including Kama Ross, Leelanau Conservation District Forester; Eric Ellis, Biologist and Wild Link Program Manager; and Kevin Skerl, Natural Resources Chief from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A children’s educational program will be held during the speaker event. Light refreshments will be provided after the program.

    Visit: www.leelanauconservancy.org

  25. 2014 Glen Arbor Winterfest

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    Join us for the 14th Annual Glen Arbor Winterfest on Saturday, February 15, 2014! 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 to the Sportsman Shop at 1pm, and winners will be crowned. Entry fee for this event is $20, and all ages are welcome. 

    The Chili Cookoff kicks off at Noon on the deck at Boonedocks on the corner of M22 and Ray Street in Glen Arbor. Local businesses and proud individuals will compete to earn chili bragging rights and 1st or 2nd place awards in both traditional and non-traditional chili categories. Admission is $10 per person, which includes unlimited chili samples. 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.

    Chili Cookoff Entry Form

    Perch Fishing Contest Entry Form