Wine festival coming to Omena ‘North’
This Saturday is a big day for Omena North, sometimes referred to as Northport, with the dog Parade, Wine Festival, and Art Walk. The Northport Dog Parade starts at 1 p.m. Registration and judging for dogs that are in the parade are from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Entrants can also pre-register at Dog Ears Books, Pennington Collection and the Northport Bay Dog and Cat Company.
This year’s theme is “Old Un-salty Dog.” The parade ends at the gazebo, with the awards ceremony immediately following.
The Northport Wine Festival is from 2-6 p.m. The event will feature wines of the Northern Wine Loop, which is the wineries north of M-204, and food from local restaurants. There will be a People’s Choice Award for best wine and food pairings.
The Northport Art Gallery Walk goes from 5-8 p.m. and includes seven artist-owned galleries in Northport.
Sunday at 2 p.m., the Grand Traverse Lighthouse is holding a Cemetery Walk at the Leelanau Township Cemetery and a program put on by the Lighthouse.
Our condolences go to Ron and Mary Tonneberger and to Karen Edgley and all of their family on the death of their son and brother, Scott Tonneberger.
Family gatherings continue to abound in the area. Bill and Rat Renz recently enjoyed a visit from their grandchildren, Meredith and Griffin Renz, from Louisville, Kentucky.
Jeanne Hines and her daughter Susan Siemer returned to Cincinnati last week after a stay in Omena where they visited with Jeanne’s daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Sam Knoll. Sam and Carol also enjoyed a visit from their son Sam and his wife Katie and their two sons, Hunter and Jack, from Durham, N.C. This week, their son Charlie and his fiancée Sarah arrive from Bainbridge Island, near Seattle.
Bob and Karen Gelakoski had a great time with their daughter and sonin law, Andrea and David Compton and their sons, Noah and Andrew, from Jacksonville, Florida.
Dennis and Kathy Turner had a quite a surprise at their recent family gathering. Their daughters Caroline and Sonya were here visiting, and took off one morning, saying that they were going to take a walk and then have breakfast together. Instead, they returned several hours later with their brother, Michael, from Sunnyvale, Calif. Caroline was here with her boyfriend Amar Bhagwat and his parents, Ramdaf and Neelam, who were staying at the Barth House. Amar lives in Ann Arbor. His parents are originally from Mumbai and live in Kansas City. Caroline lives in East Lansing, where she is pursuing her PhD in evolutionary microbiology. Sonya was here with her husband, Frank Thielmann, and their children Lucas and Max, from Cincinnati.
Stu and Suzie Mulligan have had a full house. Suzie’s sister and brotherin law, Sylvia and Jim Hatton were here from Costa Mesa, Calif. Dan Mulligan came up from Jackson to see his aunt and uncle. Rob Mulligan and his wife Natalia and their twins, Ian and Connor, have been staying in Northport on their boat. Rob’s band, Grupo Aya, was a big hit at the recent Paella Fest.
Preston Smith is here from Portland, Oregon with his daughters Kate and Kira. Barb Harris’s friend, Laurie Merten, is here for a few days from Saginaw.
The Stephenson clan is gathered here in Omena. Ellie Stephenson’s two daughters are here. Cathy is here from Chicago and Janet is here with her two daughters.
Congratulations to Mike Hoogvorst and Teresa Zambrowski who were married in Omena on Friday. Teresa is Laurie Adelson’s sister. Teresa and Mike are residents of Orlando, Fla. The small ceremony amongst family and friends was officiated by Todd Klepper. Teresa fell in love with Omena while visiting her sister and brother-in-law, Laurie and Mike Adelson. Mike Hoogvorst, who is originally from Amsterdam, had never been to Omena before the wedding, but now looks forward to returning often. Laurie’s mother, Lynne Zambrowski, was also here for the occasion.
Mike and Laurie Adelson were also part of the annual Putnam family reunion this past Sunday at Frieda and Helen Putnam’s house. Helen’s son Mark and his wife Dondi and their children Jack, Bodie, and Scout were in town from Austin, Texas for the event. Craig Pavia and his sister Karen Gardoni and their families were there. Scott and Ruth Walker and Bob and Alice Hauske joined the crowd, as did Jean Putnam and Fred Putnam. Alan and Janice Peterson from Minnesota and Leland were there with their daughter Leslie and her family came from Minneapolis.
Congratulations to Ashton Abbot engagement on her engagement to Evan Uhlich. They will be married this October in Vermont. They have been in town along with Ashton’s father, Waldo Abbot, and her brother Mack. Ashton has also enjoyed seeing her Omena neighbor Anne Moore, who is in town from New Orleans.
Congratulations to David and Joan Post-Brown who recently returned from Las Vegas, Nev., where they visited their latest grandson. Steven Michael Post was born on June 14. The parents are Mark Post and Jennifer Reynhout. Upon their return, David and Joan were visited by four of their other grandchildren, Maley, Michelle, Jacob, and Alex DeVriendt from Croswell, Michigan.
Happy Birthday to Samantha Huffman, Sophia Orsello, Penny Valmassoi, and George Husted. Happy Anniversary to Ralph and Carol Towne.