2017-08-24 / Columns

Hey, just where did all the visitors go?

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

What a difference a week makes. People have bailed out of our area in droves, time to get back to reality. College students have gone to school, which leaves a huge hole in the summer employment force in our area. We will miss them but certainly wish them all the best.

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How about free? Friday is the national park free fee day. Climb the Dune, drive the Dune or walk the Dune at no charge.

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Watercolorist Don Andrews, nationally known artist and workshop instructor, will take students on a four-day journey of discovery Oct. 16-19 at The Homestead Resort. Andrews will help students simplify their subject matter, and explore how color and value bring balance to a composition. A painting and learning retreat for artists of all skill levels.

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Also on Oct. 7, the Sleeping Bear marathon, half-marathon and 5k run/ walk will be coming to the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All races start and finish in Empire. The marathon course will take runners by the “Dune Climb,” past little Glen Lake, and through the village of Glen Arbor with breathtaking views of the Manitou islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the way. Call 231- 715-1406 for info.

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Blind Dog Hank will perform at Indigo Bluffs RV Park and Resort on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 4-6 p.m. The concert is free with donations benefiting the Empire area community Center emergency fund.

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The winners of the Empire Lions Club lucky 13 drawing on Aug. 14 were Brian and Cindy Wilson. Congratulations.

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Reminder: When passing through a school zone, take it slow. Let our little shavers grow.

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There will be a Glen Lake Bridge Walk this year on Labor Day beginning at noon on the north side of the Narrows Bridge. The 2017 Bridge Walk T-shirts, the 21st original and collector T-shirt are available at Roman Jones in Empire and at Dune Dogs in Glen Arbor. Like the National Park on its birthday, this is a no fee walk. Just have fun.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Bob Turner, John Shanklin, Tom Pezetti, Pat Miller, Joan Thompson, Ronnie Hazelton, Soni Aylsworth, John Bennett, John Stuart, Frank Sciannella, John (the ex-mayor) Soderholm and to my elderly sister Margie Walker.

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There are still quite a few visitors around. Be careful, be kind, be happy. And as my father used to tell me, don’t use your head just for a hat rack.

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Go patriotism. It will survive

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