2017-04-06 / Columns

Snow aside, birds flocking north to Omena

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In spite of the snow forecast for today, spring is definitely on the way. Lots of migrating birds are returning. We are seeing several kinds of sparrows, and hummingbirds will be here in less than a month.

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The snowbirds are continuing to flock north. Gail and Jeff Bowden enjoyed a long stay in Florida, where they appreciated being outdoors, biking around, and spending time on the beach. Mary Helen and John Ray spent several weeks on Sanibel Island, where many other Omena-ites visited over the winter months. A number of them gathered one evening in March at the condo the Rays rented, followed by dinner at a restaurant on the Island. In addition to the Rays, the group included Harold and Kanda McKee, Caroline and Ed Oberndorf, Randy and Nancy Cooper, Judy and Bruce Balas, Bill and Paula McMenamy and Marty Bills. During their time in Florida the Rays also visited with Carla and Bruce Cunningham, Bob and Karen Gelakoski and Al and Linda Cherne.

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Lin Emmert enjoyed 11 days in Paris in March with her daughter Lisa Flahive. Lisa had just finished her second winter at Studio Escalier, where she studied figure drawing. When she’s not in Paris, Lisa lives in Suttons Bay. Her mornings were spent with drawing instruction in the studio, afternoons drawing sculpture in the Louvre for the weekly critiques. In between, there was time to sketch the many beautiful cathedrals and the street scenes.

Lin and Lisa enjoyed a chamber music concert at Opera Garnier, visits to the Louvre and d’Orsay, a tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, mass at both Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur Basilica, and a train trip to Chartres Cathedral. They walked and walked, but also made daily use of the subway and the buses as Lisa showed off her favorite places to visit, eat, or just sit and watch French life go by.

Lin will miss Lisa’s Montmartre neighborhood of little shops and cafes that spill onto the sidewalks, and buying just what you need for each day, starting with a croissant and espresso each morning and ending with a baguette each evening. She added that it’s always good to get back to quiet Omena, though.

For those of us who would like a chance to see some of Lisa’s work, she had two paintings accepted in the annual exhibition of the Michigan Watercolor Society. Crooked Tree Arts Center of Traverse City will host the exhibition from April 10-May 26. exhibition features many of the state’s top watercolorists. Both of Lisa’s exhibited paintings are Chicago street scenes. Lin attended the opening Artist Reception with Bill and Be Fuertges, formerly of Omena.

Lisa is also starting her fifth season as Artist-in-Residence at Chateau Chantal, where her work is available. She will be teaching classes in Chicago this summer for both Urban Sketchers Chicago and International Urban Sketchers.

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Poetry and art are filling the air, thanks to the Leelanau Township Library and the Northport Arts Association (NAA).

The Friends of the Leelanau Township Library have organized a poetry program for every Wednesday evening in April beginning at 7 p.m. in honor of National Poetry Month. The April 12 program features Fleda Brown, former poet laureate of Delaware, who now writes a monthly poetry column for the Traverse City Record Eagle and is a regular guest on Interlochen Public Radio. Wednesday, April 19 also offers a poetry workshop with Karen Mulvahill from 4-6 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m. there will be an Open Mic Poetry night at the library where people can bring their own poems to read. The April 26 program will feature Michael Delp, co-editor of the “Made in Michigan” book series. Michael writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

On Thursday, April 13, the Library will hold a program for young children with Jenifer Strauss entitled “Singing Stories and Telling Songs: Moving and Grooving to Poems and Rhymes”.

On Friday, the NAA is presenting the exhibition “Gift of Light and Color: Stained Glass Gallery Show” at the Village Arts Building from 6-9 p.m. The NAA is also encouraging everyone to paint their way into spring with a five-week class on painting in oils and acrylics with Denise Goldschmidt. It’s a good time to register for the class which will be held every Wednesday, May 3-31 at the Village Arts Building.

For more information on this and other upcoming classes and events, go to northportartsforall.com.

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A sure sign of Spring is the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the Mill Creek Pond in Northport, which will be held Saturday morning, April 29 — the opening of trout season. Be sure to get your kids and grandkids to this fun event.

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The Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Spartan Food Drive April 9 -15. Volunteers will be handing out fliers that explain what a $10 donation to LCN will buy, thanks to the generosity of the participating stores. The shifts are two hours, and there are still time slots open at Tom’s Northport, West Bay, and 14th Street. Contact Maureen Hensel at lcnvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com.

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Happy Birthday to Amanda Waskiewicz; Jim Charter; Alis Robinson; Tony Brown; Debbie Bussey; Mary Tonneberger; Debbie Mann; Jackie Singer; Tom Van Pelt; Joe Barrera; and Ella Pearson, who is 6.

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