2017-12-28 / Columns

Ball to drop in Northport

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JOAN TENBROCK leads the caroling at the Omena Christmas is Joan TenBrock. JOAN TENBROCK leads the caroling at the Omena Christmas is Joan TenBrock. Don’t miss the Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Northport. The Northport Inn and The Gathering Place, in conjunction with the Northport- Omena Chamber of Commerce, will present the Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in downtown Northport at the corner of Waukazoo and Nagonaba.

Come early to enjoy dinner, drinks, and music with live bands playing at Tucker’s and Mitten Brewing.

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Santa arrived to a full house at the Omena Community Room on Christmas Eve. Almost 20 excited children were waiting for him. Eric Hallett gave Santa a lift on the Township fire truck, accompanied by Kristi Hallett and Dottie Brown. Many thanks to Club 21 for again making it possible for Santa to visit Omena. Maureen Nelson made wonderful Christmas cookies that were delicious and beautiful. Joan TenBrock led the caroling prior to Santa’s arrival. And Club 21 members Marsha Buehler and Ruth Steele Walker were helped by Christmas elves Mike TenBrock and Tom Buehler in making the event possible.

ESCORTING SANTA into the Omena fire hall is Dottie Brown. ESCORTING SANTA into the Omena fire hall is Dottie Brown. * * *

Jake and Phoebe Danziger and their four daughters, Hazel, Minna, Augusta and Ida came all the way from Suttons Bay for their first Omena Christmas Eve. Sunny Colling’s family set this year’s record for the most family members in attendance with almost 20 people there. Ida Danziger at 3 months was the youngest person to greet Santa this year.

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Next year, Linda Auer’s family could have the youngest person there. Her daughter Jessica Lynn D’Amato is here with husband Gabe from North Lauderdale, Fla., to visit her mother and her sister Jackie Bojarski. They will be here through the New Year. Jessica is due in April, and Linda is giving her a baby shower while she is here. In addition to lots of family time, Linda, Jessica and Jackie braved the snow the morning after Christmas to hit the pajama sale at Lima Bean.

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Sally and Brian Shapiro are being joined by their kids over Christmas and New Years. Joel is here from Austin, Texas, and Ellen and her girlfriend, Amanda, are up from Chicago. They came to enjoy the snow — and certainly weren’t disappointed.

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The Leelanau Conservancy is offering opportunities to get out and enjoy the snow. On Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. there will be a snowshoe hike at the Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Then on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m., you can join docents Peter Wolcott, Laura Paine, and Mary Petterson for a guided ski through their newest natural area, Palmer Woods Forest Reserve. Enjoy the groomed trails at one of the best-kept secrets in Leelanau for skiing.

The Conservancy does request that you sign up in advance for the hikes. You can go leelanaucconservancy.org for more information or to sign up.

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For inside entertainment, the arts are on the docket. The Northport Arts Association will be open from noon to 3 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Village Arts Building in Northport for an exhibition of members’ art.

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There is also a lot going on at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City. This is the last week to catch “Into the Arctic” and “Myths, Legends, and Stories: Sculpture” by Abraham Anghik Ruben in the MacFarlane and Schmuckal Galleries. Both exhibitions feature the work of Canadian artists and the arctic. “Visitors to the Sea: Masterpieces” from the Detroit Institute of Art” is now on view in the old Alcove just before the entrance to the new expansion. The exhibition contains two masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Art, “Sisters on the Shore” by William Adolphe Bouguereau, and “On the Beach” by Edouard Manet. Visit its website, dennosmuseum.org, for more information on all of the exhibits.

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Happy Birthday to Rob Biederman, Robert Nelson, and Aric Browning. Happy Anniversary to Mason and Shelbie Groot.

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I wish everyone the very best in the New Year. See you at the Ball Drop in Northport!

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Les: Many thanks for

Les: Many thanks for highlighting Dad's 100th last week. So many of our Omena friends who follow your column sent me copies of the HEADLINE and the notice. He was very pleased. And, he had a grand birthday and is already planning his 101st. Stay warm. Shep Tate