2018-05-17 / Columns

Slow down as traffic builds

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

I hope everyone celebrated your mother’s special day as it should be celebrated. I do notice a difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Mother’s Day the restaurants, parks and sightseeing are very popular. On Father’s Day wine tasting, the breweries and places to just kinda hanging out are very popular.

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Unfortunately, a little-cared-for fact for some but very important to some others, the end of the Vietnam War officially came in 1975 on May 7.

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On today, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Artists Association gallery, the first Artist In Residence talk will feature Brenna Murphy who will talk about the installation she plans to create to honor the memory of a late friend.

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Speaking of the Glen Arbor Artists Association, now is the time to enroll for the “Little Artists” series, where the little artists get up close and personal with insects, to learn where they live and how they live. Class dates are Fridays, May 18, 25 and June 1 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

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A sure sign of the beginning of summer, the Empire Asparagus Festival, is coming Friday through Sunday. The festival kicks off with a dance, old-fashioned Great Lakes fish boil and pig roast from 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, the 5K Kick Yer Ass-paragus fun run/walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins an hour later on the Empire Public Beach. At noon, the Asparagus Recipe Contest and Cook-off will begin at the Empire Township Hall. The competition is open to anyone, participants create asparagus dishes for the public to sample. From 1-4 p.m. the Empire Area Museum will hold an open house. At 2 p.m. the Glen Lake Community Library will host the “Ode To The Asparagus” poetry contest, always a biggie. All styles of poems are acceptable and prizes will be awarded.

And of course, from noon until 10 p.m. you can sit under the big tent enjoying asparagus eats, wine and beer tasting. Entertainment will be Keith Scott blues guitarist from noon-2 p.m., Andre Villoch from 2-3:30 p.m., 5th Gear Band from 5-7 p.m. and the Benzie Playboys from 7:30 p.m. until close. On Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. an Asparagus breakfast will be served by the Zonta Club of Leelanau County at the Empire Township Hall.

And don’t forget the Methodist Church’s annual Arts and Craft Fair.

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On Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. until noon, the Special Annual Waste Cleanup for Glen Arbor Township residents. (A story appears in this section on page 9. Call the Glen Arbor Township office at 334-3539 with questions.)

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Happy Birthday wishes to Frank Siepker, Deidre Caroll, Michael Bolton, Diane Hammersmith, Linda Gretzema, Rich Robertson and to a special guy, grandson Scott Thompson.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are people coming to our area already and traffic is getting a little heavier every day. I know some of the residents don’t appreciate it, but the retailers, restaurants and hospitality people do. The bottom line is be careful, be courteous, have fun, be kind.

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