2017-11-23 / Columns

All welcome to help deck the halls in Omena

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

Sunday will mark the return of the annual Deck the Village in Omena starting at 3 p.m. Community members plan to decorate the Post Office, Omena Historical Society’s Putnam-Cloud Tower House, and the Fire Hall and Community Room building. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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Bea Kimmerly and her daughter Karol Berwald are back in Omena for Thanksgiving. All of Bea’s family from downstate will be here to celebrate with them. In addition to Utah, where Karol lives, they have traveled to Mexico and Oregon as well.

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The Shapiro family will be there to deck the town, as Brian, Sally and their son Joel will be spending their first Thanksgiving in 22 years in Omena. Joel is coming from Austin, Texas, for the holiday. Their daughter Ellen just returned to Chicago after spending a mother-daughter weekend with Sally in Omena.

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Judy and Bruce Balas recently returned from a three-week trip to France. Beginning in Paris, they rented an apartment for 10 days in the 9th Arrondissement on the Right Bank, at the base of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. It was a new neighborhood for them, which they thoroughly enjoyed with trips to food markets, patisseries and multiple cafes within a few minutes walk in any direction. Delightful fall weather allowed them to walk all over the city while visiting museums, galleries and shops.

For the next 10 days they travelled with Martha Ryan of Martha’s Leelanau Table on a small private tour to Toulouse, Bordeaux and Lyon. The tour included a five-day cruise on the two rivers of Bordeaux, stopping at wineries along the way. A stop at The Caves of Lascaux gave their group, only 18 in all, a chance to see replicas of cave paintings believed to be 20,000 years old. The trip ended in Lyon, a beautiful city, at which they enjoyed a cooking class. Bruce excelled making the famous Macaroon sandwich cookies!

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Kim Armbruster’s sister Elizabeth Andrews visited Omena and northern Michigan for the first time a few weeks ago. Elizabeth, accompanied by her husband, Jim, and long-time friend Julie Hinna, traveled from their homes in Houston. They first enjoyed the Leelanau area’s wineries, shops, and dunes. Kim and Dennis then took them to Mackinac Island, where they biked around the island, shopped, and dined at the Grand Hotel. They then visited Sault Ste. Marie, and make a short trip to Canada. Kim and Dennis loved showing their guests the beautiful area, where they appreciated Michigan’s tree colors and cooler weather.

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Omena’s Jack Joyce will be participating in the 25th Madrigal Christmas presented by Leelanau Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leland Community United Methodist Church. Jack, a member of the Leelanau Children’s Choir, is the son of Bob and Diane Joyce. The cost to attend the concert is $15 for adults and $5 for students.

The Leelanau Children’s Choir and Leelanau Youth Ensemble were founded in 1992. Their mission statement is, “Changing the Future One Voice at a Time,” reflecting goals of training children to sing according to the highest standards, integrating musical literacy and performance practice, and returning the gift of song to the community. The choirs help to foster members’ personal and social growth, and promote their sense of self-esteem, self-discipline, accomplishment, and pride. The youth who participate in the choirs build new friendships and supplement their musical resumes, preparing them for future opportunities. Many of the choirs’ alumni are successful college or professional musicians today.

Any Leelanau County youth who wishes to sing is eligible to join. Members are chosen by private audition with performances occurring in the winter and spring. Leelanau Children’s Choir members are 8 years old through eighth grade. Leelanau Youth Ensemble members are in ninth through twelfth grade.

The choirs are directed by Margaret Bell and accompanied by pianist Becky Nies. Anyone who would like more information can contact Margaret at 883-SING.

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Dec. 1 and 2 are also performances nights for the Northport High School play, “The Long Red Herring,” at the NCAC auditorium.

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And Saturday is a big, all-day party in Northport with merchants’ planning open houses all day. Also planned is the Northport Arts Association Holiday Show at the Village Arts Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Tree Lighting at 6 pm.

Next Saturday, Dec. 2, will mark Christmas at the Lighthouse, a fun day for everyone at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.

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You have one just more week to take advantage of a fun opportunity offered by Morsels of Traverse City to enjoy a treat an support Omena’s Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) at the same time. Morsels has created a special morsel, “Saving Birds Thru Lemon Curd.” For each morsel sold, Morsels will donate 25 cents to SBTH.

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Happy Birthday to Nancy C. Kalchik, Lisa Makowski, Millard Mack and Eddie O’Brien. Happy Anniversary to Paul and Terri Harris, Myrn and Nonie Steele, and Dave and Sandy Colling.

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I hope that everyone has a wonderful, thankful and happy Thanksgiving.

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Good to hear about the youth

Good to hear about the youth involved in music! Happy Thanksgiving to all!