2018-04-26 / Columns

Looking to May and a good wig cleaning

Happy Spring. Put the shovels — away I think.

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It seemed like everyone enjoyed the thaw this past weekend. People came out of the house and into the sunshine. Hopefully this will continue now for a while, maybe until November.

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I did it again, I said there was going to be a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Empire Lions Club and I have to tell you thankfully the sun came out and so did people, so they had a good crowd ... although I forgot last week.

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The Glen Arbor Women’s Club will host judge Rosemarie Aquilina at its May 8 meeting. Judge Aquilina was elected in 2008 to the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County. She is also a crime writer, a community advocate, mother of five and grandmother of two. Members are welcome to bring a friend.

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The Empire United Methodist Church’s “Arts and Crafts Fair” will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artisans will show candles, soaps, lotions, unique jewelry, textiles, pottery and more. Enjoy a light lunch and visit the bake sale table for dessert. There will be door prizes, too.

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Make your reservations for “Glen Arbor Restaurant Week” from Friday through Saturday May 5. The event provides an opportunity to visit a restaurant you have not tried in the Glen Lake area. Nine participating restaurants will be offering a three course dinner for $30. Some are offering lunch specials, too.

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The Empire Area Community Center invites everyone to “sit and chat” next Wednesday, May 2, at the Empire Township Hall at 6:30 PM. Residents are asked to exchange ideas on activities that will enrich the community through sharing of time and companionship. Also discussed will be activities for seniors and children, and suggestions on how to free up time for mom. Share your ideas meet, enjoy others company and talk about community.

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The Glen Arbor Artists Association program “Little Artists” May dates are Fridays May 18, 25, and June 1 from 9:30-11 a.m. There is a charge, and registration is required. Call 334-6112.

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The month of May has always been very welcome, especially in Leelanau. In the long past, thankfully, as incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year — May and October. Fragrance apparently had a very different meaning then. Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads because of lace and bugs and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, then bake them both for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term “big wig.” Today we often use the term “big wig” because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy. Or they just feel that way.

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Happy birthday wishes to Jim Dorsey, Mark Cundiff, Frank Mancuso, Bill Batterson, Kathy Goeky, Pat Alonzi, James Monroe, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant and to our daughter-in-law Kelly.

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Enjoy the weather, be careful, be kind, and have fun.

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Go patriotism, which is more important than ever.

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