2017-02-09 / Columns

Festive time of winter approaches

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486


BIG GLEN LAKE remained mostly open on Saturday with the annual Glen Arbor Perch Contest looming. One year some entrants used a boat to get to perch on big Glen. BIG GLEN LAKE remained mostly open on Saturday with the annual Glen Arbor Perch Contest looming. One year some entrants used a boat to get to perch on big Glen. This is Winterfest time. It seems as though all the towns on the Leelanau Peninsula and near the peninsula are having a Winterfest.

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The Super Soups Contest held at the Homestead on Saturday appeared to be a success. The soup was good, the weather was good and believe it or not the sun was out. The soup scoopers representing Glen Lake Community Schools did a fine job. The best part is that Buckets Of Rain realized some donations.

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Staying with the Winterfests, the Empire Winterfest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 beginning at 3 o’clock in the afternoon with the ever popular Polar Dip at the Empire beach. After that, for everyone else and the possible survivors, from 4-7 p.m. the Soup Cook off will be held at the Empire TownHall. Apparently anyone can enter, just cook some soup and bring it to the Town Hall by 3:30 PM. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided.

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On Sunday, Feb. 19, beginning at 8 a.m., the Empire Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Empire Town Hall. It’s adults $7, children $4 unless under 12 and then they are free (or at least their breakfast is). It’s a great breakfast, a good cause.

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A very popular Winterfest event is the Glen Arbor Chili Cookoff, also on Saturday, Feb. 18, but beginning at noon and running until 3 p.m. or the chili runs out — which some times does occur. The only criteria for this Fest is chili: make it, eat it, enjoy it and vote on it. The cookoff is held on the Boonedocks deck and there will be music, libations available and fun. The winners will be announced at Boonedocks. If anyone would like to enter a chili, contact Tim Barr at Art’s Bar.

Earlier on that Saturday, the Annual Perch Fishing Contest will begin at 7 a.m. and run until around noon. It’s sponsored by the Sportsman Shop in Glen Arbor, where you can register and enter the contest. The biggest perch wins, the top price with second and third place winners also named. Prizes are announced at the Chili Cookoff.

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Maybe if you go to the Empire Polar Dip and catch a perch while you are under the ice, you could kill two birds or fish with one stone. Just a random thought.

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Presidents weekend is a busy time, representing the last three-day weekend before Memorial Day. Something else to look for on Sunday, Feb. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. will be the monthly installment of Mostly Music with Trio Jazz Volume 1. The program features well known Traverse City pianist David Chown with Andy Evans on base and Bob Foskett on drums. The program will be held at the Leelanau School with the cost being $12. Reservations are available on the Glen Arbor Artists Association website or you may pay at the door.

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My last reminder that Valentine’s Day is Tuesday the 14th.

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The best Super Bowl game I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, I had the other team but nothing can be taken away from either one as both are outstanding.

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Happy Anniversary to Linda and Terry Gretzema.

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Happy birthday wishes to Merek and Mitchel Roman, same day different year, as well as Tim Barr, Josie Perfect, Jerry Solem, Mary Turek, Islam Stephenson, Carlin Niess and Angie Diotte.

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As usual, February weather is weird. Be careful out there.

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Go Hawks.

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