2017-03-23 / Columns

‘O’Mena’ goes green for St. Paddy’s Day festivities

About birds and thunder
By LESLIE DISCH
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AMONG THE best-dressed winners at Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Omena were (from left) Cathy Sehnert, the Best Dressed Lass; Larry Reynolds, Most Sartorially Splendid; and Jim Miller, Best Dressed Lad. AMONG THE best-dressed winners at Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Omena were (from left) Cathy Sehnert, the Best Dressed Lass; Larry Reynolds, Most Sartorially Splendid; and Jim Miller, Best Dressed Lad. As always, St. Patrick’s Day in O’Mena was a lot of fun.

If there had been a parade – which there was not – it would have been the worst weather for a parade since the first one in 2011. But it was the perfect weather for an UN-parade. Everyone gathered at The Knot for the Wearin’ o’ the Green, and there were lots of great outfits to behold. The judges had a hard time deciding, but the following outfits got the nod and a nice prize: Jim Miller was Best Dressed Irish Lad, Cathy Sehnert was Best Dressed Lassie, and Jack Joyce was Best Dressed Young Laddie. Also receiving recognition were Larry Reynolds for Most Sartorially Splendid, and Suzie Mulligan received Most Politically Incorrect for her wearing of the green AND orange.


LES DISCH (left) and Dick Kennedy (right) were among those enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Omena on Saturday. LES DISCH (left) and Dick Kennedy (right) were among those enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Omena on Saturday. The Loyal Orange Institution, more commonly known as the Orange Order, is a Protestant fraternal organization based primarily in Northern Ireland. It also has a signifi- cant presence in the Scottish Lowlands and lodges throughout the Commonwealth and United States. The Orange Order was founded in County Armagh in 1795, during a period of Protestant–Catholic sectarian conflict, as a Masonic-style brotherhood sworn to maintain the Protestant Ascendancy. It is headed by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, which was established in 1798. Its name is a tribute to the Dutch-born Protestant king William of Orange, who defeated the Catholic army in the Williamite War in Ireland (1688– 1691). Its members wear orange sashes and are referred to as Orangemen. Orange marches through mainly Catholic and nationalist neighborhoods in Northern Ireland are controversial and have often led to violence.

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Annette Deibel had to miss the Un-parade because she was in Ann Arbor for the weekend where she and some music-loving friends and family went to see the Snarky Puppy. She said it was a great performance. The band was formed by Michael League in Denton, Texas, in 2004 and comprises a changing membership of about 40 musicians who perform on guitar, bass, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, strings, drums, and percussion. Many band members were students at North Texas State University. While touring, the band has given over 100 clinics, workshops, and master classes throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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Greg and Marcia McMorrow spent the St. Patrick’s weekend in Grand Rapids with their daughter and son-inlaw Shannon and Noah, and their granddaughter Zalina.

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Chimoski Bakery in Suttons Bay is in the running for The Sweetest Bakery in America. YOU can help them win – without gaining weight. Just go to the contest website, sweetestbakeryinamerica.com and vote for them. You can vote once a day now through July 31. And if you want to stop in and indulge as well, that’s OK, too.

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Since it sounds like winter is going to hang on here for a while, some inside activities are always in order. The Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City has two good opportunities.

Currently playing through this Saturday is a production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mouse Trap.” Then, March 31 – April 15 is a very interesting performance of Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories,” a two person show about a writer’s journey from insecure student to successful writer. One of the two actors is Linda Miller, a Leelanau County resident and member of the Walkie-Talkies, among other things she does.

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Mark your calendars for the Northport Art Association’s Stained Glass Gallery Show: A Gift of Light and Color on April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Nature is starting to respond to the coming of spring. Rink Smith reports that the goldfinches are starting to turn yellow and the redheaded ducks are back en masse. He estimated that there were at least 700 ducks in the group that he saw in Grand Traverse Bay over the weekend.

So what do you call a group of ducks – it’s not a simple answer. A group of ducks is called a badelynge, bunch, brace, flock, paddling, raft, dover or team. Flock is the most common, and is the appropriate term when they are in flight. It sounds like what Rink saw was a raft.

I am hearing the birds more in the morning, and this past weekend, I saw a caterpillar inching across the road. I got a good look at it because we were going at about the same pace. Given the weather forecast, I think the poor thing was a little early.

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I listened to the distant, rolling thunder for a seemingly long time this past Sunday night, but never saw any lightning. So I looked up whether there can be thunder without lightning. As if to say, “NO, stupid,” the answer was there cannot be thunder without lightning because lightning is what causes thunder. Similarly, there is not lightning without thunder. When we hear thunder but do not see lightning it is because the lightning has occurred completely within the cloud. A high percent of lightning actually does occur within the cloud and is never seen. When we see lightning with no thunder, it is because the lightning was too far away and the sound dissipated before it got to us.

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Food for thought, compliments of Stewart Fisher: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”– Aristotle

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Happy Birthday to Amy Smart Oosterhouse, Pat Bourdo, Kathy Browning, and Heidi Biederman. Happy Anniversary to Mike and Laurie Adelson.

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