2017-08-03 / Columns

(Tim) Figura wins; becomes ‘Lucky 13’

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

The 125th annual Old Settlers Picnic will be held Sunday. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. with a service at the chapel. At noon a barbecue picnic is served by the Masonic Lodge.

Here’s some history. Early settlers established the park along the shore of Glen Lake as a picnic ground in 1892. Residents of the logging community of Burdickville held a picnic on Aug. 2, 1893, to honor two elderly pioneers, Kasson Freeman and John Fisher. High attendance inspired organizers to hold one annually. In 1905 they formed the Old Settlers Picnic Association and began raising funds to purchase a permanent picnic ground. The present Old Settlers Park reflects two purchases. In 1912 Leelanau County bought a 5-acre parcel adjacent to the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was built in 1896. In 1917 the Association funded the county’s purchase of the church with the Methodists stipulating that the church not be used for dancing. Each August people came from miles around to attend Old Settlers Picnic. It continues with music and good times — and I might add dancing, but only in the gazebo.

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Another historic event. Mark your calendar for the Port Oneida Fair Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Port Oneida Fair is put on by The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Visitors take a step back in time to experience life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rural crafts and activities include horse-drawn mowers pulled across fields, basket weaving, soap making, butter making, spinning and fur trapping. There will be six historic sites open to visit.

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The most recent winner of $100 in the Empire Lions Club Lucky Thirteen drawing on July 24 was Tim Figura.

While on the subject, there are tickets remaining and at a bargain price of $11. Tickets are available at Deering’s, the State Bank and the Figura law office.

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Emma Cook and The Questionable Company performed at the Manitou Music Festival yesterday. Emma, who resides in Vermont, is a Glen Lake graduate and part of the Cook family, all musicians. While in college, Emma sat in a few times with friends on Boone Dock’s deck. Congratulations on her success.

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Meet over 30 artists featured at a Sleeping Bear Gallery artist reception in Empire on Friday, Aug. 11. A reception will be held at the gallery from 3-6 pm. The Gallery is located on W. Front St. in Empire.

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The Crane Wives, a homegrown indie-folk group, will play Sunday on Studio State in Glen Arbor. And next Wednesday, Aug. 9, on the Leelanau School lawn.

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Speedy recovery to Bill Freeman.

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During the past few years, there have been 60 - 70 search and rescue operations at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Most of these occur at the Dune Climb or Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes funded a summer intern to develop a program for volunteers, Preventative Search and Rescue. So far, the 911 calls from those sites has been reduced by 70 percent.

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A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21. Not since 1979 has a total eclipse been visible from the mainland United States. The path of totality will touch 14 states, including Michigan.

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I have written about the Glen Lake Bridge Walk. The bridge walk doesn’t have to end. If a person or people or an organization would keep it going, I am sure most people would be very happy.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Kathy Aylsworth, Jennifer Williams, Roger Merillat and Ron Calsbeek. Happy Anniversary wishes to my daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Richard Wilcox, last week (oops).

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This is the anniversary of the “big wind.” Fortunately the only big wind this year is from a bunch of politicians and reporters that want you to think they are intelligent.

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This week’s ditty: Don’t lose your head, to gain a minute, you need your head. Your brains are in it.

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Still a lot of summer left, be safe, be kind, be happy.

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Go Sox

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