2017-05-11 / Columns

Big doings planned in Empire

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

I’m convinced this summer will be here soon. At least the sun is shining and people are starting to show up. Businesses are getting ready to open and we have some new ones. I’m looking forward to a good summer.

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The Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) is presenting a weekend with master potter Jeff Oestreich on June 9-11. Mr. Oestreich is a master potter with the majority of his work intended for daily use. The program will begin on Friday evening with a presentation that will explore 50 years of pottery from Mr. Oestreich’ roots in the famous British Leach pottery.

Speaking of art, GAAA) celebrates spring’s return with an art history talk exploring the Post-Impressionists today, Thursday, at the Leelanau School. An optional Provençal-themed luncheon at Blu restaurant is available. GAAA’s popular art lecturer Linda Young and Randy Chamberlain, chefowner of the Glen Arbor restaurant blu, will explore the art and lives of the Post-Impressionists.

Participants may choose either the morning or the afternoon lecture.

 10:15-11:30 a.m. – Morning lecture at the Leelanau School auditorium;

 Noon – Luncheon at Blu;

 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Afternoon lecture at the Leelanau School auditorium.

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It is my understanding that there will be a village-wide yard sale in Empire on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at individual homes throughout the village. Maps will be available. More later as I hear it.

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While we are in Empire, the United Methodist Church is planning an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, May 20. There will be many artisans from the Empire area presenting their wares for sale. The art fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The United Methodist women will serve a light lunch menu and a silent auction will be held. Proceeds will support church ministries.

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Staying in Empire, the ever popular and greener than ever Empire Asparagus Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. On Friday from 7-10 p.m. dance to Strobelight Honey under the big tent on front Street with the Asparagus Fest famous pig roast.

Activities start on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the 5K asparagus run and walk. Registration at 9 a.m. at Empire beach. Asparagus Eats and Wine and Beer tasting will be offered from noon to 10 p.m. under the big tent with live music. Also starting at noon will be the asparagus recipe contest and cook off in the Empire Town Hall.

Empire Historical Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. And the Ode To Asparagus poetry competition will get underway at 2 p.m. A children’s magic show by Gordon Russ will start at 3:30 p.m. Write the date in green on your calendar.

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The spring training meeting for Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ambassadors will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. in the DH Day Log Cabin in DH Day Campground (See cover story, Section Two).

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One of the highlights of the summer in Glen Arbor is the Glen Lake Woman’s Club Art Fair. The Glen Lake Woman’s Club needs your unused or unwanted jewelry to sell at their art fair. Blue and yellow collection boxes are found at the Glen Lake library, Diane’s hair salon and the Glen Lake beauty salon. Your donations help give a college scholarship to a Glen Lake student. Fair proceeds help Glen Lake students. The art fair date is Wednesday, July 19.

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We have our own Tulip Festival. Check out the Glen Arbor post office, looks great.

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Happy birthday wishes to Dawn Baldwin and Jan Marth.

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Have fun out there and be careful with the sun in your eyes. Go Sox

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