2017-05-25 / Columns

Folks heading to Omena for summer

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


OMENA WOMENS’ CLUB last week toured the Botanical Garden of Northwest Michigan in Traverse City. OMENA WOMENS’ CLUB last week toured the Botanical Garden of Northwest Michigan in Traverse City. It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is upon us already.

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There’s a lot happening in and around Omena. The Leelanau County Farmers Market is open Saturday in Suttons Bay from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Northport will be hopping with its annual Cars in the Park and the Northport Art Association’s (NAA) new Cars as Art.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church opens its season Sunday. Their new Moderator, Rev. Dr. Homer Nye, will be preaching. Music soloist will be Mary Robertson with her daughter, Alyssa Zino, on the clarinet. Everyone is welcome to join the service from 10-11 a.m.

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The Omena Women’s Club (OWC) May meeting took in a field trip to the Botanical Garden of Northwest Michigan at the Historic Barns in Traverse City, followed by lunch at Trattoria Stella. The tour of the Botanical Garden was great with a knowledgeable and fun docent. The gardens are just starting to come into bloom, and the tour included two of the old barns.

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It’s that time of year when we’re seeing faces that we haven’t seen since last fall. Carol Knoll is here from Palm Desert, and enjoyed a visit from her son Charlie and Cindy Owens, both also from Palm Desert.

Mike and Kathy Bosco are in town from Arizona. They were in Indiana last weekend for the graduation of their grandson Michael from Notre Dame. He received both his Juris Doctorate and his MBA, graduating magna cum laude. Sixteen members of the Bosco, Schwarz and Cunningham families were there for the event, including all of his grandparents and several aunts, uncles, siblings and cousins. Graduate Business College and Law School graduations were on Saturday, not Sunday when Vice President Pence spoke at the undergraduate ceremony.

Emily Wickemeyer and her friends Trevor Love, Matt Fields, Caitlyn Willerick and Gabe and Anna Case are visiting Omena from Battle Creek to kick off the summer season and enjoy some “Up North” living.

All three Browning siblings are back in the area. Joining brother Aric who lives in Traverse City, Lauren is stateside after living in Australia for a couple of years where she was a brand manager for an Australian organic food distributor. Landon and his wife, Amanda, are in town for a visit before returning to finish his training for a new position as a pilot for an airline.

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The Leelanau Children’s Center (LCC) annual fund raiser, Leelanau Grown, is coming up on Thursday, June 15. It features appetizers and dinner with a local flare, a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $75. A limited number are sold, so be sure to contact the LCC to get yours now.

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I won’t be able to eat too much that night, because my kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

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Happy Birthday to Barbara Rufli and Gary Silverman.

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