2017-07-20 / Columns

Program coming on Indian history

Busy times in Omena
By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

The Omena Historical Society (OHS) has planned a very special program for next Wednesday, July 26.

Dr. Robert Swierenga will give a broad overview of the Three Native American Tribes in Michigan — Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomie. Dr. Swierenga is a prominent researcher and biographer on Native American history in the Midwest. He is professor of history emeritus at Kent State University and A.C. Van Raalte research professor at the A. C. Van Raalte Institute at Hope College. He is co-editor of Old Wing Mission, Cultural Interchange as Chronicled by George and Arvilla Smith in their work with Chief Wakazoo’s Ottawa Band on the West Michigan Frontier.

Swierenga’s lecture will discuss American Indian treaties and the Protestant Indian Missions in Michigan. The discussion will narrow down to Chief Wakazoo’s Ottawa band at Old Wing Mission, life in the Black Lake region, the coming of the Dutch immigrants, and the decision in 1849 to move to Northport. He will end with an evaluation of Indian-white (Dutch) relations regarding Chief Wakazoo’s band.

The lecture will take place at the Omena Presbyterian Church at 4 pm. A social hour will take place immediately following at the Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum of the Omena Historical Society from 5-7 p.m.

The OHS program is one of many things to do in and around Omena in the coming weeks. There is something for everyone — arts, nature, dogs, wine, laughs and learning.

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The opening reception for Marilyn King’s first one-woman show at the Village Arts Building, put on by the Northport Arts Association (NAA), will be held Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

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Saturday will also be the opening of the Northport Community Arts Center’s (NCAC) summer production, Leading Ladies, a fun comedy to fill a summer’s evening. The performances are July 22, 25, 26, 27 and 29 at 8 p.m., and two Sundays, July 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Contact the NCAC at 386-5001.

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Fun and educational children’s programs continue through the summer at the Leelanau Township Library in Northport.

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It’s hard to believe that August is just around the corner. The Leelanau Conservancy is having a different celebration this year. Instead of the Conservancy picnic that has been an August staple for many years, the nonprofit is declaring Thursday, August 3, as “Conservancy Day” in Leelanau County. The Conservancy has organized several activities to help people celebrate and appreciate Leelanau’s natural resources. You can volunteer at a workbee from 9-11 a.m. at Chippewa Run Natural Area in Empire to help control invasive shrubs.

Or you can tour three Conservancyprotected wineries:

 45 North – 10 a.m. hiking tour with 45 North staff and Director of Land Protection Matt Heiman.

 Brengman Brothers – Noon hiking tour with Robert Brengman, Executive Director Tom Nelson, Conservation Easement Program Manager Yarrow Brown, and Northport Solar.

 L. Mawby – 2 p.m. farmland protection tour with Larry Mawby and Farm Programs Manager Sam Plotkin.

In honor of Conservancy Day, winery will donate proceeds from the sale of one designated wine to the Conservancy.

There will be a member reception at the organization’s first natural area, the Leland Village Green, from 4 – 6 p.m. If you are not currently a member but would like to attend the Reception on the Village Green, you can join by contacting the Conservancy or going to their website.

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The Northport Arts Associations’ Members’ Show will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm at the Village Arts Building. There will be a Potluck for members on Friday evening, August 4. The Grand Opening of the Village Arts Building last summer was a members’ show, providing a great display of local talent. It should be a wonderful event.

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Mark your calendars for the annual Northport Lions Club Fly-In at Woolsey International Airport on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. The rain date is Aug. 6.

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The big date in Northport is Aug. 12 with the Dog Parade and Northport Wine Festival. This year the Dog Parade has added an agility feature. The parade begins at 11 a.m. If you are going to be in the parade, arrive early to register. The Wine Festival begins at noon. There will be an “agility” area open for dogs from noon to 4 p.m.

The theme for this year’s parade is Hairy Tales.

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The Omena Historical Society Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. at Shady Trails Camp. In addition to the business meeting, there will be reminiscences by several OHS members sharing a glimpse of life in Omena in the past. A social hour will follow.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church welcomes Rev. Troy Hauser-Brydon, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven. This is his first time at OPC. Special music will be provided by Northport resident Dr. Thomas Markus, with Patrick Kuhl on the organ. Everyone is invited to the 10 a.m. service.

Happy Birthday to Leona Kalchik, Adele Tate, John Varley, Clay Coste, Helen Maher, Walter Gaudette and Betsy Parker. Happy 30th anniversary to Kim and Dennis Armbruster. Happy anniversary also to Richard and Dana Colling, and to Dan and Lane Torrington, who were married last summer at the Rule Cottage.

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