2018-05-24 / Columns

Glen Lake gears up for busy-season kickoff

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

The coming Memorial Day seems to be the kickoff of the summer, but there is more to the day.

It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States of America.

Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by general John Logan. The official date May 30, 1868 was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country. On the first Decoration Day general James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

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The annual Glen Haven days will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Glen Haven historic village and U.S. Life-Saving Service Station and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will feature festivities including hands-on activities and costumed re-enactments. There will be blacksmith forge demonstrations, visits to the general store, timber framing and a hands-on “shipwreck rescue” — just to name a few. All programs are free with a valid a park pass.

Glen Haven is considered one of the best surviving examples of an early steamship Wooding (fueling) station. Food, fuel and other services were provided for ships traveling the hazardous Manitou Passage on the route between Chicago and New York.

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Also on Saturday at 10 a.m., there will be a ground-breaking ceremony and historical re-enactment of draft horse plowing the first Buckets of Rain garden at the Poor Farm. The horses and the plowing will be provided by Susan Zenker of Fantail Farms and Kathy Shutt of Big Butt Farms, both from Benzonia. This is the first public event of the Save the Poor Farm Barn group who has received a 25-year lease from the county. Under the auspices of the Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society the group is working to rehabilitate the barn to its original stature and to provide public education and service to the Leelanau area.

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Sincere condolences to Chris Nettleton on the sudden passing of her brother.

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I’ve been gone for the weekend but I’m confident that the Empire Asparagus Festival was a huge success. I’m sure the food, the music and poetry was outstanding and everyone was walking around with a green complexion.

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The last reminder: Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon is the annual waste cleanup for Glen Arbor Township residents.

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Not much of a birthday week; happy birthday John Kennedy.

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The weather has been great, but don’t get too comfortable, remember we live in northern Michigan and anything can happen.

One of the things that won’t change however is the arrival of tourists and visitors. It’s time to start watching for pedestrians; the many, many bicyclers and traffic in general.

Be kind, be courteous, have fun and be safe.

Go patriotism.

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