2017-06-15 / Columns

Farmers markets open; wild sailboat ride

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The Northport Arts Association (NAA) is bringing an exciting exhibit to Northport. SPARK! An Exhibition of Artists Under 40, features contemporary Michigan artists’ work in a variety of media. Moira Racich, a 2003 Northport School graduate, is director of Spark! Nathan Scherrer, a 2007 Northport School graduate and 2017 Grammy winner for Best Music Video, is an exhibit sponsor.

The show was juried by local artists Jimmy Linenberger, an Omena resident, and Jenee Rowe, who selected over 50 works from 28 artists. Sponsors are FREENJOY, the production company owned by Nathan Scherrer, and the Leelanau Township Community Foundation.

SPARK! will be on view at the Northport Village Arts Building from June 16-25, with an opening reception Friday from 6-10 a.m. Scherrer is returning to Northport for the first time since winning his Grammy earlier this year.

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All Leelanau County Farmers Markets are now open. Last week’s markets had lots of wonderful produce, baked goods and locally raised meats. One vendor expected local strawberries this week. Today is opening day for the Leland market in the Leland Public School parking lot. Saturday is opening day for the Empire market, downtown next to the post office. Also on Saturday, the Suttons Bay market continues in North Park. Tuesday is the Glen Arbor market, and Friday is Northport. All markets are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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We have had some wild, windy, stormy weather this past week, and Omena residents Rink Smith and his daughter Jenny really experienced it Saturday when Rink crewed with Geno Miller to sail his 39-foot C&C class sailboat, the Leading Lady, from Charlevoix, where it spent the winter, to the Leland harbor. Winds gusting over 40 knots and 6-8 foot waves made it quite an adventure, and diverted them to Northport due to the strong south winds. It was Jenny’s first time in a ship that size on the big water. She was a quick learner as they had the rail in the water a few times. The ship and its captain and crew were up to the task, and it was a day to be remembered. The Leading Lady has competed several times in the Chicago to Mackinac Race.

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Kim and Dennis Armbruster recently returned from a great 13 day Baltic Sea cruise aboard the Viking Star. The food, service and entertainment on the ship were terrific, as were the views from their veranda. The cruise started in Stockholm, Sweden and stopped at 10 ports in eight countries, ending in Bergen, Norway. Highlights of the trip included two days in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they saw many great treasures, churches and palaces from the age of the Russian Czars. They also attended a Russian Ballet of Swan Lake. The stop in Germany allowed a day train trip into Berlin. Other stops included Finland, Estonia, Poland, Denmark, and Norway, where Kim and Dennis kayaked on Norway’s second largest fjord. Dennis says that was almost as much fun as kayaking on Omena Bay!

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Ed and Caroline Oberndorf have arrived from Cleveland for the summer. Waldo Abbot is here from Connecticut for a work week.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Leelanau Conservancy docents Sharon Oriel, JoAnne Gerben and Kathy Ricord will lead a hike in Hatlem Creek Preserve. Highlights include bubbling a marl spring and perhaps a rare Michigan monkey flower in bloom,

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On Sunday, the Omena Presbyterian Church welcomes back the Rev. Dr. Fairfax F. Fair, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. Music will be provided by Omena resident Scott Heiser as soloist and Rebecca Somsel on the piano. The service begins at 10 a.m.

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Happy Birthday to twins Colin and Tess Harris, who are now teenagers. Happy Birthday also to Raegan Moore, who is 4, and to Ashley Wheeler, Evan Morgan, and Betty Edwards. June is the month for weddings, so Happy Anniversary to Richard and Betty Popp, Dale and Joan Blount, Bill and Paula McMenamy, and Bryan and Meghan Morgan.

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