2017-11-16 / Columns

Decorations up, but holidays start next week at Glen Lake

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

It seems that the holidays start earlier and earlier, with many decorations already up. If it keeps going like this, we’ll be seeing Christmas decorations on Labor Day.

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Artificial Christmas trees, lighted or plain, are being sought for decorating downtown Empire. This is a chance for you to get a new one for home and share your old one with the community. Trees can be dropped off at the Village of Empire DPW garage, Deering’s Market or arrangements can be made pick up your tree.

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Next week is big for officially kicking off the holiday season with the turkey feast on Thursday, the three-hour annual Glen Arbor Pajama Party Friday morning starting later this year at 6 a.m., and the holiday celebration continuing Friday evening from 6:30- 8 p.m. for the Annual Tree Lighting, Christmas carols and the Marketplace preview at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Then on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the annual Holiday Marketplace at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Vendors, food and Christmas spirit. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear at 12:30 p.m. and stay for most of the afternoon.

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In Empire, the Artisans Market at the Empire Town Hall will begin at 10 a.m. with the tree lighting later in the evening in the village.

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The Manitou Winds will present its annual winter songs and carols concert on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leelanau School, one Old Homestead Rd., Glen Arbor. The performance is sponsored by the Manitou Music Festival and will take place in the Leelanau School dining room. The concert is free, and reservations are not required. Proceeds from a good will offering will be directed to the Leelanau School arts program and future Manitou Winds recording projects.

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The Barn Raisers documentary film co-hosted by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the Glen Lake area library will be presented at the Empire Township Hall Friday from 7-9 p.m.

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Sincere condolences to Jodi Dodson, her family and the many friends of her father, the late Gordon Dale Neiharddt.

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Last year at this time we had great fall weather, this year we just have fall weather. Be careful traveling. If you’re going away for the holidays be careful because we want you back.

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Happy birthday wishes to Bill Baxter, Rich Quick, Chris Shugart, Harvey Warburton and Nancy Wright.

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Be safe, be kind, have fun, enjoy your family and keep your head down in the forest.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Go Patriotism.

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