2017-01-26 / Columns

Recollections from women who marched to protest in Washington

Sip event raises funds for LCN
By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


THERE IS evidence that this group of Omena women was part of the Last Book club annual outing to Petoskey. Shown in Chandler’s wine cellar, from left, are Doni Lystra, Kanda McKee, Joan Blount, Linda Kemper, Judy Balas. The group holds to a motto of, “What happens in Petoskey, stays in Petoskey.” THERE IS evidence that this group of Omena women was part of the Last Book club annual outing to Petoskey. Shown in Chandler’s wine cellar, from left, are Doni Lystra, Kanda McKee, Joan Blount, Linda Kemper, Judy Balas. The group holds to a motto of, “What happens in Petoskey, stays in Petoskey.” Leelanau County women were well represented in the various women’s marches locally and nationally. Martha Ryan of Martha’s Leelanau Table traveled to DC with her sister Kerry Kornelis and friends Rose Hollander and Debbie Brown, and two busloads of other women from this area including Anne Hoyt of Leelanau Cheese and Charlene Goral from Cedar. They traveled overnight

Friday, arriving in DC midmorning on Saturday, and immediately joined the huge throng marching, albeit slowly, shoulder-to-shoulder toward the Capitol. She said that it was an amazing experience.

Because the marchers were packed so tightly, the two busloads divided into a buddy system of groups of six. Barricades around the Mall created an almost maze-like situation where they took several wrong turns into dead-ends before getting into the right flow. The crowd chanted and sang as they marched, or inched, along. One of the unforgettable features was the oft-repeated chant “Hear us roar.” The ensuing roar then went through the crowd as a wave at a ball game, sounding much like an oncoming train.

Martha said that the tone of the marchers’ chants was positive, focusing on the issues and not on negativity. The groups of six used their cell phones to keep in touch with the leader of the two busloads and to find their way back to the bus. What did we do before cell phones? They departed DC on Saturday. At every stop on the way back, the rest areas were lined with buses returning from the event.

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A number of Omena residents enjoyed “Sip and Soup,” a benefit held Saturday for Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) sponsored by the Leelanau Peninsula Wineries. There were 18 wineries that participated, each offering wine tasting and a specialty soup.

Greg and Marcia McMorrow enjoyed the event with their weekend guests, Mike and Brenda Hull from Portland, Mich. Dennis and Kim Armbruster and Harold and Kanda McKee did the event together. Neither group saw the other in the course of the event as they went from winery to winery, so there may have been even more Omena people who sipped and supped also.

Mary Stanton, who grew up in Omena, was there at several of the wineries thanking people for their support of the LCN event. Everyone reported that the soups were wonderful. At least three of the wineries showcased neighboring business, as the Boathouse in Lake Leelanau served a wonderful curry soup from NJ’s, Leelanau Cellars served The Knot’s delicious seafood chowder, and Aurora Vineyards served a fabulous Tomato Bisque from Sisson’s in Leland.

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This past week Doni Lystra, Kanda McKee, Joan Blount, Linda Kemper and Judy Balas attended the annual 3-day Last Girls Book Club retreat in Petoskey. A total of 21 members and their guests enjoyed the hospitality of Stafford’s Bayview Inn. This year they were joined by Joan Blount’s daughter, Andrea Makarauskas and her friend, Pat Jackson, both recently retired teachers, as well as Omena resident, Leah Dunn. Shopping, dining, wine tasting and Mah-Jongg feature as prominently as discussing the featured book. We would have much more to report about the fun-filled three days, except that the group’s long-standing policy is “What happens in Petoskey, stays in Petoskey.”

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Nana Kennedy’s brother and sisterin law, Bill and Mary Dean, were in town this past weekend from Two Rivers, Wis., to help celebrate Dick’s birthday, including a wonderful dinner at Martha’s Leelanau Table.

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Sunny Colling enjoyed a visit Sunday from her son Dave, granddaughter

Stefanie, and her 18-month old great-grandchildren, twins Hadrian and Jayla. Bob and Diane and Jack Joyce came over and joined the household to visit as well. Jack enjoyed seeing his twin first cousins once-removed.

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Hurry and get your tickets for the upcoming production of “Boeing, Boeing” at Tucker’s in Northport. February seemed so far off when we first talked about this year’s NCAC dinner theater event, but now it is just around the corner. Don’t miss this riotous French farce and wonderful dinner. There are five performances over two weekends. Friday and Saturday evenings, February 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Call the NCAC at 386 – 5001 to reserve your tickets.

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Mark your calendars for the annual Northport Omena Chamber of Commerce Winter Carnival at Braman Hill on Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. The Northport Promise Chili Cook-off will again be held at the event.

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The Grand Traverse Lighthouse and Leelanau State Park are holding a Snow Shoe Adventure at the Densmore Road Trail Head, also on Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.

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Although they say we will see snow on the ground again by press time, this past week has been quite the January thaw. Depending on your winter weather preferences, we have enjoyed or bemoaned a week of temperatures well above freezing and rapidly disappearing snow. Hopefully, these two events will have perfect winter weather.

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Happy Birthday to Bette Wheeler, Julie Krist, Bill Singer, Nancy Gregory, Tony Sova, and to Amelia Roman, who turns 10.

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