2017-08-17 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Dolly Martinson


DOLLY MARTINSON of Suttons Bay was born in an army hospital in Okinawa, Japan, 50 minutes after Father’s day ended, as her dad is fond of pointing out. DOLLY MARTINSON of Suttons Bay was born in an army hospital in Okinawa, Japan, 50 minutes after Father’s day ended, as her dad is fond of pointing out. Name: Dolly Martinson

Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay

Resident since: 1971

Age and birthplace: 50-something. I was born in an army hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

Occupation: I work in the health insurance field.

Marital status: Single

You live in Leelanau County because: I’ve lived in a few different places and yet this has always been home for me.

Last good movie you saw: “Amadeus” - it’s about the life of Mozart.

Last good book you read: “Mozart in the Jungle.” It’s also been made into a T.V. show that’s available on Netflix.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Christiane Amanpour. She’s an investigative reporter for CNN and is just an amazing boots on the ground correspondent.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Raising two wonderful girls and picking up the bassoon after having played it in high school many years ago.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be better at playing the bassoon, still playing with the Northport Community Band, volunteering, and helping out young people.

Things you lose sleep over: The political climate, especially on college campuses.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: I’d make housing more affordable.

Favorite dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Lake Shore Berry Crumble.

Are you a coffee drinker? Oh yes - Leelanau Vanilla Coffee with cream and sugar.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: My grandmother’s cottage on Stony Point.

If you had more time you would: Ski a whole lot more.

The words that best describe you are: Passionate about helping young people achieve their goals.

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