2018-01-18 / Columns

Winter checklist: snowshoe at Lakeshore, taste at Homestead

As usual, not much going on in the area this time a year. Because we live within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore we don’t see many snowmobiles as other areas to.

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There are permanent and portable shanties on the lakes ice fishing, but not much else going on.

It is a tough time, however, with many with bad colds and the flu.

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If you are looking for something to do don’t forget the ranger led snowshoe hikes. In addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday hikes, snowshoeing will also be offered on Sundays at 1 p.m. in January. If you’re interested in partaking, meet at the National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. Reservations are required. Call 326-4700 extension 5000 for details. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants who do not have their own.

For more fun at the park, take a tube or a saucer to the Dune Climb and go down the designated sledding hill. It’s a kick.

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There’s grand tasting at The Homestead. On Saturday, Jan. 27, starting at 7 p.m. Lodge enjoy wine, craft beer and food tasting. Also enjoy dancing and live music by “Scotty Doesn’t Know.” Several breweries are featured as well as Verterra Winery, Blustone Vineyards, Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery, Rove Estate, Good Harbor Vineyards and Ciccone Vineyard and Winery. For information call 231-334- 5000

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Sunday, Jan. 28 will usher in the next free concert for the Empire Area Community Center Emergency Fund. Joe’s Friendly Tavern will host from 4-6 p.m. Music by Saldaje. As always the concert is free and free will offerings are very welcome.

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Something else to look forward to is the annual Glen Lake Winterfest, Chili Cook-off and Perch Fishing contest. You’re got some time to prepare as Feb. 17 is the date. More later.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Marie Pfeiffer, Stacey Jago, Jacqueline Glazier, Ruth Bolton, John Raz, Sarah Dilley, Jody Arendale and I think this is the time of year that I’m supposed to wish a Happy Birthday to Edna Mae, wherever and whoever she is ,..

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Be careful out there, driving and walking has been sketchy at best. Stay safe, stay warm, be careful shoveling, be happy.

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As always go patriotism.

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