2016-09-22 / Columns

Omena News: Get Uncaged, but don’t forget to attend historical society’s garage sale

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

It was an interesting weekend at the Omena Historical Society (OHS) museum. Visitors to the museum were Graham Dawson and his wife, Amy, from Pennsylvania. Graham is a descendent of the Graham and Green families after whom Graham Green Park just south of Omena was named. He came to Omena often as a child, and has continued to visit Leelanau County, staying in Leland almost every year. This was his first visit to the OHS museum. His great grandmother, Sarah Green, married Eli Graham, a sea captain who went down with his ship, the “Grace Williams,” in Good Harbor in 1882. Other ancestors were brothers Willy and Fred Green, who were surveyors working with Frank Graves on the plotting of Omena for development. He is also related to Sidney Keyes, who was the Omena postmaster from 1881 – 1887, and who in 1898 opened The Clovers Resort.

Graham and Amy were just married this past May 1. While here, Will Case in Suttons Bay designed and made their wedding rings.

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This is the last weekend that Omena museum will hold regular hours. It will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4 PM.

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Don and Doni Lystra enjoyed a visit from Kevin Doyle this past week. Kevin is an author, playwright, and director whom Don met several years ago at a writers’ workshop. Kevin is from Brooklyn and had not been to this area before. He was impressed by the beauty of everything he saw. He was here for the spectacular full moon last Thursday evening and took quite a few pictures. Kevin is also a history buff, and was very interested in Frieda Putnam’s firsthand experiences in World War II as a Mennonite refugee in Poland and then Germany. Kevin was amazed by the fact that Frieda was in Chemnitz, Germany, during the saturation bombing of Chemnitz and Dresden in 1945 by the Americans and British. There were several large ammunitions factories in those two cities.

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Kevin travels often and lives abroad for months at a time working on his various projects, doing research, or being an artist in residence. He is now headed to Bangladesh to research his next project.

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The fourth annual UnCaged event will be held Saturday from noon – 10 p.m. in Northport. UnCaged is a huge street fair celebrating the local arts, including music, visual arts and food. It is a not-to-be-missed event.

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Also on Saturday will be the Northport Area Heritage Association (NAHA) garage sale fund raiser. The garage sale will start at 10 a.m. at the NAHA museum. Then, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., NAHA will host a program, “Life on a Lake Michigan Freighter” at the museum.

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The upcoming performance of the Northport Community Arts Center (NCAC) is a delightful comedy, “The Dixie Swim Club.” The performances are Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and matinees on Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 pm. Call the NCAC office, 386-5001 for more information or tickets.

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The annual CROP Walk is Sunday, Oct. 9, starting at the Omena Presbyterian Church. Registration will be at 1:30 and the walk around Omena Point begins at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. The Leelanau County walk is sponsored by local churches. For more information, go to crophungerwalk.org.

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Congratulations to Fred and Leah Putnam on the birth of their third grandson, Joseph Rennie Potrzebowski, this past Wednesday. Joseph Rennie is the son of Mike and Sarah Potrzebowski of Redford.

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Happy birthday to Mike Biskupski, JoAnn Brown, Marsha Fehrenbach, Matt Fitzgerald, Mark Frank, and to Tanner Brown and James Tucker Scarlett, who both turn 3 this week. Happy anniversary to James and Emily Kohler, John and Rachel Smith, and Richard and Cheryl Huffman.

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