2017-08-03 / Columns

Art is in the air; birthday doubles

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

If it’s art of any sort that you want, Leelanau Township is the place to come. The work of Northport’s own David Grath is the current exhibit at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. The exhibit is, “Three Decades of Landscape Painting by David Paul Grath”. The opening reception is yesterday from 7 – 9 p.m. and the exhibit runs through September 9.

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The Plein Air event sponsored Saturday and Sunday by the Northport Arts Association (NAA) was an amazing demonstration of talent in this area. En plein air means painting outdoors. About 50 artists were sprinkled around Leelanau Township that day, painting a wide variety of subjects, from village-scapes to views of the bay. Everyone started the day with a blank canvas and the quality of the works on display that evening was phenomenal.

If that is what our local and visiting artists can produce in a day, the upcoming NAA Members’ Art Show should be outstanding. The show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Village Arts Building in Northport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And the NAA is sponsoring a family art project next Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 9-13. Everyone is invited to help paint the 104-foot mural that has been designed for the marina wall. The hours vary some, but are basically 10 a.m. to noon and 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday they will also be painting from 7 – 9 p.m. You can call Ernie Barry, 386-9249, for more information. The project has been organized by the Public Arts Committee, and materials will be provided.

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Marilyn King, who recently had a one-woman show at the Village Arts Building, will hold a workshop on her special Liquid Acrylic Techniques on Yupo and Watercolor Paper from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village Arts Building. Email marilynking4888@gmail.com, for more information or to register.

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Omena is busy with summer visitors.

Katy Keck from Grand Haven and New York City visited her sister Sally Shapiro in Omena this past week. In NYC, she is a veteran of the restaurant industry, morning television, and serves often as culinary brand ambassador. Her annual pilgrimage offers a chance to research and photograph the charming farmers’ markets of Leelanau for her blog PalatePassionPurpose.com. She recently wrote about both Maple Achers Farm in Maple City, and what happens when there are too many cherries. To read these posts and view her photography, and subscribe if you wish, visit her website KatyKeck.com

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This week, Sally has nine college sorority sisters visiting. Amy Koufos, Julie Donley, Nancy Gettinger, Julie White, Suzanne Freeman and Lynn Eskus live in various parts of Indiana; Kim Keefer is coming from Muskegon; Jenny Daellenbach lives in Chicago; and Lisa Ferguson is flying in from Hilton Head. The women were Pi Beta Phis at Indiana University in a previous — and unspecified — decade. It will be the first time for everyone to visit Leelanau County.

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Kim and Linda Kemper enjoyed spending the week with Linda’s oldest son Will and his wife Carolyn who were visiting from Illinois. Grandchildren Ellie, and Ryan Welch may have broken the record for the number of Petoskey stones they found when they weren’t tubing, swimming, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

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Chris Verdery, a popular speaker on the local lecture circuit, addressed the July meeting of the Omena Women’s Club, sharing his incredible knowledge of Leelanau’s geological history and the species of trees that grow here. On Aug. 9 at 10 a.m., Chris will lead a walk with Kama Ross, a local forester from the Michigan Conservation Woods Association. Those interested are to meet at the picnic table in the Omena Woods.

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The Robinson family has gathered at the Rule Cottage. Alis and her son Luke and granddaughter Lorelei are here from Cincinnati. Lorelei came here directly from Boston where she attended a five week intensive ballet school. Luke’s other daughter, Lela, is studying urban planning at Cornell University and is in Portland, Ore. for an internship, staying with cousin Mary Kay Rodman and her family. Luke’s wife, Rachel, is in Portland visiting them. Alis’s son Logan and his wife, Edrie ,and their son Landon and his guest Tristin Ison are here from Metro Detroit area. Dan Torrington is here from Ithaca, N.Y. He and his wife, Lane Robinson, were married at the Rule Cottage last summer. Lane is in Cornell’s Veterinary program and is doing rotations this summer.

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Alis’s third son, Lee, and his son Larson are in Europe for an incredible cycling trip. They started in Rome and biked to Paris, where they met up with Lee’s wife Ann and their other son, Louie. From there, the four chunneled to London. Ann and Louie returned to Cincinnati, and Lee and Larson are now on their way bicycling to their final destination in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Julie and Brian Schum traveled on their Harleys from Eugene, Ore. to Michigan, taking a northern route through the Upper Peninsula — 2,800 miles — to attend Julie’s 35th class reunion in Northport. They spent a week with her family, Mike and Joan Kalchik-TenBrock, Nathan and Becky Kalchik, and Kristie and Howard Chanter. They also visited with the Kalchik and Middleton families whom they have not seen for some time since they just moved to Oregon after 20 years in Alaska. They hope to settle back to Omena in time.

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The Fitzgerald home on Omena Heights is full of fun as Dane and Michelle Carr, also from the Chicago area, are visiting with their three children, Clyde, 16, Vaughn, 14, and Hyla, 12. Matt and Kelli Fitzgerald and their three children, Isaiah, Hannah and Ethan are here for their summer vacation. Clyde Carr is part of the harvest crew for Omena Heights Orchard for a week. The rest of the Carr family will be enjoying some camping in the area.

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The Prevailing Winds of Leelanau will present a casual Evening of Music on Friday from 7:30- 9 p.m. The performance will be held at the Martinson home, 308 Adams in Suttons Bay. Omena resident Margie Tropf plays the oboe, with Peg Kroll on the flute, Steve Gilbreath on clarinet, Diane Kolak on French horn and Ted Kroll on the bassoon. Donations are welcomed. Funds collected will be used to establish a music scholarship benefitting Leelanau County youth.

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The Omena Historical Society Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Shady Trails Camp at 4 p.m. Enjoy some reminiscences by OHS members about life in Omena in the past, with a reception following. The public is welcome.

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The Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) Annual Wine and Hearty Hors D’oeuvres Fund Raiser is set for Saturday, Aug. 26 from 4 – 6 p.m. Speaker will be Dr. Gregory S. Butcher, international migratory species coordinator for the U. S. Forest Service. Cost is $35 per person.

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Author Gregory Nobles will be at Dog Ears Books tonight at 7 talking about his book, “John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman.” His presentation will be illustrated with a slide show.

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Rev. Dr. Neal Plantinga will be pulpit guest at Omena Presbyterian Church on Sunday. He is senior research fellow from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dr. Plantinga is a nationally known speaker and a favorite at OPC. Special music will be provided by soloist Rose Fox. The service is at 10 a.m.

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I got a little ahead of myself in last week’s column and listed a few people a week early, so I’ll repeat them this week. Happy Birthday this week to Jen Kemper Wallis, Nancy Smith, Lisa Wittig, Katherine Edgley, Tatum Wallis and Alice Hauske. Happy Anniversary to Bob and Kori Wheeler and to Ron and Cynnie Dotzauer.

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