2017-01-05 / Columns

Weather good for ball drop

By LESLIE DISCH
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PEOPLE PACKED into downtown Northport to participate in the community ball drop. 
— All photos by Cheryl Parker PEOPLE PACKED into downtown Northport to participate in the community ball drop. — All photos by Cheryl Parker The mild weather helped a record crowd turn out for the Northport Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve. Everyone had a great time ushering in the New Year.

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Lots of people were in Omena over the holidays. Gayle Madison and Ed Hinkelman came all the way from Petaluma, California. Scott and Cathy Heiser were here for an extended stay. Chris and Nikki Mittman and their children, Ben and Hayden, enjoyed their time here between Christmas and New Year’s.

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For those of us hardy souls who are still here, there’s a lot to do in and around Omena. In addition to snowshoeing and cross country skiing, the Leelanau Conservancy will offer docent-guided snow shoe hikes on three of the Saturdays in January. This Saturday, the hike is at Clay Cliffs at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 14, take your snowshoes to Hatlem Creek near Glen Lake at 1 p.m., and on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m., join Omena resident Marsha Buehler who is one of the docents for the hike at Swanson Preserve. The hikes continue throughout the winter, so go to their website for more information and to register for the hikes.


NORTHPORT ENJOYED a New Year’s Eve “ball.” NORTHPORT ENJOYED a New Year’s Eve “ball.” * * *

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse will host a history snow shoe hike at 10 a.m.

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Mark your calendars for Leelanau Township’s big outdoor event of the season. The Annual Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Northport Omena Chamber of Commerce is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Braman Hill.

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A NORTHPORT youngster reaches high to touch the brightly-lit New Year’s ball. A NORTHPORT youngster reaches high to touch the brightly-lit New Year’s ball. Also on Feb. 18, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse will host a Show Shoe Adventure Hike at the Densmore Road Trail head at 10 a.m.

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There’s also a lot to do indoors. A fun way to snap out of the winter doldrums will be the Northport Community Arts Center’s dinner theater production of “Boeing, Boeing” at Tucker’s in Northport on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3, 4, and 10, 11 at 5:30 pm, and on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 pm.

Just down the road, Northwestern Michigan College’s Dennos Museum Center will celebrate a great 2016, and look forward to an even better 2017. In December, the museum embarked on a 15,000 square-foot expansion, which will enhance both their visual and performing arts offerings. It will also provide improved facilities for their educational outreach programs to local schools, for community arts organizations, and for NMC’s Music Department’s programming.

The Dennos is continuing to build international connections to this area. Two years ago, it was one of 25 U. S. museums invited to attend the inaugural US-China Museum Summit in Nanjing, China. This past year, they attended the second Summit in New York City. We are very fortunate to have such a high quality resource in our region. Go to their website for more information about 2017.

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The Omena potluck is set for Tuesday, Jan. 10. at 6 p.m. at the Omena Community Room. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy a winter’s eve with friends and neighbors.

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Congratulations to John and Judy Smart on the birth of their granddaughter, Flora Lysle Oosterhouse, on Dec. 26. She is the daughter of Carter and Amy Oosterhouse.

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Happy Birthday to Richard Bronke, who is 4, and Bryn Waskiewicz, who is 6. Happy Birthday also to Tabitha Pearson, John Harris, Judy Balas, Linda Cherne, and Pat Bussey.

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