2017-02-09 / Life in Leelanau

Winterfests near; new leader sought

County business activities

POLAR-DIPPER Sophia Stout, 7, took her first plunge into the icy South Bar Lake in February 2014 with grampa Gerry Shiffman, a plunger with several years experience. POLAR-DIPPER Sophia Stout, 7, took her first plunge into the icy South Bar Lake in February 2014 with grampa Gerry Shiffman, a plunger with several years experience. Communities plan winter celebrations

The Empire Chamber of Commerce has slated the 30th annual Empire Winterfest Weekend for Feb. 18-19.

Festivities kick off Feb. 18 with the Polar Dip on Empire Beach at 3 p.m.

Participants and spectators may then warm up with hot chocolate, coffee and soup at the Empire Township Hall during the Empire Area Community Center’s soup cookoff from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sunday morning, the Empire Lions Club will host its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children and free for kids under 12. Funds raised support Lions community projects and more.

The event will be held at a busy time in Leelanau County as Northport is planning its winter carnival while a perch fishing contest and chili cook-off are slated at the Glen Arbor Winterfest.

L-L Community group to meet

The Lake Leelanau Community Association Annual Meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce building on M-204 in Lake Leelanau.

A meet and greet starts at 10:30 a.m. with coffee, doughnuts and fruit served.

Friends and neighbors are invited to brainstorm ideas for continuing the job of making the little community more beautiful. They’ll also talk about their achievements in the last year, including a new sign on the west end of town.

The group will also be electing a new president, as Susan Och, the new Leland Township supervisor, is stepping down.

The association holds several annual events, including the Labor Day Bridge Walk, the Provemont Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, the street fair and a pancake breakfast. The group is currently working with the Michigan Department of Transportation on ways to slow traffic on M-204 as it goes through town.

Visitors Guide promotional opportunities

The Leelanau Enterprise is now accepting advertising reservations for the 2017 Leelanau Visitors Guide.

The LVG, the premiere recreation guide for all county residents and vacationers, will be available beginning Memorial Day weekend. In total, 25,000 copies of the full-color, glossy magazine are printed and distributed for free to local outlets throughout the spring, summer and fall.

To showcase your business in the publication, call 256-9827.

Chamber releases meeting lineup

The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) has announced its 2017 meeting/social schedule.

The dates will be April 20, June 1, Sept. 13 and Nov. 9. All four events will take place at the Leland Lodge Wine Cellar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the LPCC by visiting leelanauchamber.com.

Paczki pilgrimage set for Feb. 27

With Fat Tuesday fast approaching, Market 22 of Maple City has announced plans to make its annual trip to New Palace Bakery of Hamtramck for another massive Paczki pickup.

Neal Kokowicz of Market 22 said he intends to pick up between 1,200 and 1,500 Paczkis this year after last year’s haul of 1,100 left Leelanau County customers wanting more.

This year’s flavor options include prune, custard, lemon, raspberry, buttercream, blueberry and 2017 flavor of the year chocolate peanut butter.

Call Market 22 at 228-6422 to place an order. All orders must be submitted by Feb. 20. The business will be closed Monday, Feb. 27 to make the trip.

Doorganics comes to Leelanau

A Grand Rapids-based organic grocery delivery company recently announced plans to expand into the Traverse City area starting Wednesday.

Doorganics will service a number of Leelanau County townships, including Elmwood, Bingham and Suttons Bay.

Mike Hughes, who founded the company in 2011, said on Monday that he hopes to service more of the peninsula this spring — he mentioned Leland, Glen Arbor and Northport, in particular — if demand is high.

To see a map of which areas Doorganics will service, visit doorganics.com/where-we-deliver.

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