2018-02-22 / Columns

Glen Arbor Winterfest rousing success

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Another Presidents' Day in the books, and the weather was normal for this time of year. That in itself was weird.

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Entries for the Glen Lake Artist Center’s “New Views” summer exhibition of 2- and 3-D media are being accepted. The exhibition explores the myriad ways in which we regard, comprehend, connect and interact with water bodies. A prospectus is available through the GAAC.

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I know it is early to discuss the Glen Lake Women’s Club Art Fair. However, the juried Fair will be held at the Glen Arbor Township Hall on July 18. Applications are being sought from artists until March 8.

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The Dodsons, John and Jodi, are very proud of Brad Rosinski, Jodi’s son, who’s latest abstract was chosen for a podium presentation at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in San Diego. Congratulations.

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It is hard to say condolences to the many friends of Lou Batori, because he had so, so many friends over 107 years. What a great guy, who will always be a renowned and remembered resident of Glen Arbor.

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The annual Glen Arbor Winterfest Chili Cook-off and Perch Fishing Contest was amazing and successful. There were 104 fisher folks out there trying to hook a hog, and many got the job done. The winners were so close in size that the difference between first and fourth place was about 3/8ths of an inch. There were 24 chili vendors signed up and 20 showed up. The weather was almost perfect and about 900 to 1000 tasters enjoyed the chili. The big winner of the day was The Foothills and chef John Ives.

The weather changed just when the chili ran out. Thanks go to Bob and Stephanie Ewing at Boondocks, Bonnie and Tim Barr of Art’s Bar, Capt. Bob Smith of The Sportsman Shop and the very many volunteers for the success.

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Unfortunately, there was no Empire Winter Fest or Polar Dip this year. However, in keeping with weekend eating festivities, the Empire Lions Club Pancake Breakfast was its usual wellattended success. If you ever wondered what the Empire Lions Club does with the money collected at their fund raisers, they contribute to Lions of Michigan All-State Band, Bear Lake Camp, Paws With a Cause, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Eversight Michigan, Lions Service and International Foundation, purchase Christmas gifts distributed by Glen Lake School, help Christmas Toys for Tots and donate playground equipment for the Village of Empire. So when you are supporting the Empire Lions, you are supporting so much more.

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The next Free Concert fund raising event for the Empire Area Community Center Emergency Fund will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Lake Ann Brewing Co. in downtown Lake Ann. Griffard and Arrowood, a Northern Michigan singer-songwriter duo, will be featured. They will be followed by singer-song writer Luke Woltanski playing original folk music.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Marcie Ferris, John Depuy, Lance Roman and Theresa Woods.

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It’s definitely still winter. As a very astute athlete once said, “It ain’t over til its over.”

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Have fun, be kind, and be careful going to and from your shanty or fishing hole.

Go USA in the Olympics and as always Go Patriotism.

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