2016-12-01 / Columns

Busy holiday events despite rain

Happy birthday, columnist
By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Editor’s note: We received a late addition to Glen Lake News from Dotti Thompson: “Please add a Happy Birthday to my husband of 56 years, Bill Thompson, the author of his column.” When you see Bill, offer a happy birthday salute.

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I guess we have to just deal with it as winter is here. As we all know, winter in our area is a crap shoot. We never know what we will get — rain, snow, hail, sleet, wind or whatever Ma Nature wants to throw at us. We enjoyed a variety this past weekend.

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It wasn’t the best Thanksgiving weekend, however, as there was no snow. The Pajama Party Friday morning was apparently a good time for pajama-wearing shoppers and the retailers. Unfortunately, the Tree Lighting and Christmas Caroling was a bit damp on Friday evening, but well attended and enjoyed as usual. The Holiday Marketplace Friday evening and Saturday appeared to be also well attended. I am certain that the Claus couple got all the wishes straight and will deliver as usual. They are the best.

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The Empire Artisans Market also appeared to be well attended. It is time to shop.

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Kudos to the Glen Arbor Garden Club. The Narrows bridge looks great.

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We also know it is near Christmas when Big Glen sprouts a lighted Christmas tree quite a distance offshore. Would that be classified as a Christmas miracle? Probably not.

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Congratulations to the Glen Lake football team. It was a great game, guys, and you can all be proud. From what I understand there was quite a caravan traveling down to watch the game. They were only disappointed by the score, not by the spirit, the pride and the fact that this was an outstanding season.

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Although it’s free, it’s best to get reservations in for the Readers Theater presentation of the Bishop’s Wife. Performances Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. Visit the Glen Arbor Arts Association website for more information.

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The Manitou Music Festival will present the Manitou Winds Holiday Concert on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. As part of the GAAA’s Manitou Music Festival, local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds will present its annual winter songs and carols at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor. Admission is free.

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The Empire Emergency fund concert held Saturday was well attended and a success at Art’s. The donations collected will obviously go for good cause. The next event for the Emergency Fund is the Annual Concert and Auction, which will be held Dec. 18 in the Empire Town Hall at 4 p.m..

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Happy Birthday wishes to Joe Scheffer, Bob Snell and Todd Hazelton.

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Happy Anniversary wishes to Barb and Frank Siepker and Happy Anniversary to my wife Dotti, 56 years of wedded bliss, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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It’s still hunting season, so be careful in the forest.

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Shop locally as much as possible.

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It could be slippery, it could be dry, or there could be snow or ice. Be careful on the roads. Have fun, stay warm, be safe, be kind.

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Go Hawks

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