2017-02-16 / Columns

Chili, soup on the menu this weekend

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Last reminders for the last three-day weekend before Memorial Day:

On Saturday in Glen Arbor: 7 a.m. will mark the start of the Perch Fishing Contest. The beginning of the Glen Arbor Chili Cookoff is at noon on the Boonedocks deck. Between noon and 1 p.m. also on Boondocks deck the winners of the perch fishing contest will be announced by Capt. Bob Smith of the Sportsman Shop. At approximately 3 p.m. the winners of the Chili Cookoff will be announced.

Also on Saturday at 3 p.m. is the ever popular goose pimple event at Empire Beach, the Polar Dip. The Soup Cook Off will follow at the Empire Town Hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

On Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. is the Empire Lions Club annual Pancake Breakfast at the Empire Town Hall. Cost is $7 for adults; $4 for children and kids under 12 eat free.

On Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. is the Glen Arbor Artist Association’s Mostly Music program featuring well-known Traverse City pianist David Chown with Andy Evans and Bob Fosket at the Leelanau School. Reservations are available or you may pay $12 at the door.

I am sure everyone had a very nice Valentine’s Day. The next big day to look forward to is St. Patty’s day.

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School groups have been snowshoeing the forests and trails of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Park rangers teach the students about snowshoes, how to put them on, and help them practice walking in snowshoes.

The rangers lead the students on trails to learn about the winter wildlife, identify animal tracks in the snow, and discover how to identify different types of trees in the winter from their bark.

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes received a grant from The North Face Explore Fund to pay for bus transportation for the students. This winter about 1,200 students from about 25 schools (mostly fourth graders) are expected to attend and snowshoe with us.

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The Manitou Music Festival Poster Committee, chaired by Mary Fuscaldo, is pleased to announce that David Westerfield’s painting, Glen Haven Michigan, was selected.

His painting, Rising Moon, was used on the 2012 poster.

After a career in graphic design/illustration, David has begun transitioning to full-time painting. He exhibits in several Michigan galleries as well as Hawaii.

Posters will be available for purchase in the spring.

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Happy Birthday wishes, Tom Rademacher, Andy Soderholm, Dan Oberschulte, Kathy Fordyce, Angie Diotte, Frank Thomas Siepker, Karen VanNort, Sue Miller and anyone I missed.

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A very special Happy Birthday to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and all the other presidents that have made our country what it is today.

Unfortunately not enough emphasis is put on these and other great presidents. These people have shaped our country and should be honored on Presidents Day.

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Not much else going on after this weekend, except keeping up with the weather. Have fun skiing whether cross country or downhill, be careful on the ice.

Have fun be careful, playoffs will be starting soon, go Hawks.

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