2017-06-29 / Columns

Search begins for marching kazoo players

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Get ready for the infamous, more popular than ever, bigger and better Glen Arbor “anything goes parade.” For those interested in entering, the parade lines up in Glen Haven no later than 11 a.m. For those throwing candy, T-shirts, and anything else please throw them over the crowd and keep the goodies off the road as much as possible. Think about the safety of kids. To parents watching the parade, think about safety.

The parade marshal will be Leonard and Mrs. Thoreson. Leonard’s family has been a part of this area for many generations. As a matter of fact, the Thoreson Farm is part of the Port Onieda tour. Leonard has been active in the community for years. Well deserved.

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The more than popular and more than infamous Kazoo Band will no doubt be playing and lining up at the Christian Science Church if anyone is interested. Kazoos will be provided.

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I don’t have the schedule, but I have to assume there will be a boat parade beginning at approximately 4 p.m. on Glen Lake.

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Our forest is making a comeback and looks better than it has the last year or two. Please respect it and be careful with fireworks including sparklers and especially those paper kites that sail into the woods which are still susceptible to fire.

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One of the most popular and best attended events on July 4 is the Community Flag Raising. This year’s flag raising in honor of the 241st birthday of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence will be held Tuesday at Old Settlers Picnic grounds. The patriotic tradition has been organized by the Glen Lake Women’s Club since 1970. The flag raising program starts at 10 a.m. with an invocation delivered by Pastor Russell Logsden of the Empire United Methodist Church. Boy Scout troop 105 will perform the flag raising and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The voices of the summer singers chorus will lead the community in singing the national anthem and other patriotic songs. Keynote speaker will be Laurel Jeris, a member of the Glen Lake Women’s Club who will speak on “daughters of liberty” — roles of women during the American Revolutionary war.

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The Northport Community Band kicks off the Glen Arbor Art Associations 2017 Manitou Music Festival season on Monday at 7 p.m. with a musical evening celebrating Independence Day. The concert of patriotic and march favorites takes place on the old schoolhouse lawn located in Glen Arbor. The band was founded in 1959 and has developed a repertoire of familiar overtures, marches, light classics and popular favorites. In the event of rain, the concert will take place at the Leelanau School auditorium. Bring a chair and enjoy, there is no charge.

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Mark your calendars for July 20 for the Glen Arbor Women’s Club’s home tour to benefit the Glen Lake Community Library. Five diverse residences encompass all styles and traditions: a 1920s log cottage, two-year-old green home, a farmhouse complete with barns and gardens and a summer cottage on a little Glen Lake. Tickets are $20 and available from members of the Glen Lake Garden Club, the Cottage Bookshop, Northwoods Home and Gift and the Glen Lake Community Library in Empire.

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Just a reminder, the Glen Arbor Tennis Tournament is Friday through Sunday at the Glen Arbor tennis courts and park.

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The Manitou Music Festival welcomes The Jimmys to the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb on Sunday, July 9 at 7 p.m. for the 2017 Dune Climb Concert. Award-winning keyboardist and vocalist Jimmy Voegeli leads The Jimmys, a Wisconsin blues powerhouse. Gather your lawn chairs, picnic basket and join the fun.

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“Narnia in The Park” summer worship at Old Settlers Picnic Grounds will be held on Sundays at 8 a.m.

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Happy birthday wishes to Mimi Wheeler and to my brother Steve Thompson.

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We will miss the redheads this year.

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Be careful, be kind, be happy, have fun. Go patriotism.

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