2018-06-28 / Columns

Parade participants, anything goes but short candy throws

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

This is the official beginning. No matter what anyone says the Fourth of July starts the tourist season and it starts with a big bang.

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Just a reminder, on Friday, the documentary film “Barn Raisers” will play at the Olsen Farm barn beginning at 7 p.m.. On Saturday at 7 p.m. the first National Park barn dance at the Olsen Barn. Also on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the family activity day including an art show and sale, Port Oneida tours, music, food, storytelling, craft demonstrations, animals games and more also at the Olsen Farm.

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On the Fourth of July the annual flag raising ceremony will be held at Old Settlers Park. Celebrate the founding of our nation in a patriotic way. The flag raising will be performed by the VFW Post 2780 and American Legion Post 33 followed by an invocation by Pastor Dockery. Jerry Pearson will share thoughtful comments about the Declaration of Independence, titled “Remember, Appreciate and Celebrate.”

A sing-along will follow of well loved and familiar patriotic songs which will be led by the Summer Singers. The flag raising ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Please bring your own lawn chairs. The event is sponsored by the Glen Lake Women’s Club.

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On Tuesday, at 7 p.m. the Northport Community Band kicks off the Glen Arbor Art Center’s 2018 Manitou Music Festival season. The concert will be held on the Old School House lawn, which is located on M-22 across from the Glen Arbor Township Hall. There is no charge, bring a lawn chair, friends and family. In the event of rain the concert will take place at the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

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The Glen Arbor Arts Center is now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. when exhibitions are in the gallery.

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Ready, get set, parade. The infamous, bigger and better than ever Glen Arbor Anything Goes parade on the Fourth of July. This year the parade marshal will be longtime Glen Arbor clerk Bonnie Quick. As always anyone wanting to enter the parade should assemble in Glen Haven no later than 11 a.m. Again a reminder for those throwing candy, T-shirts or anything else that can be thrown: Please throw them over the crowd and keep it off of the road as much as possible. Think about the safety of the kids and parents watching the parade.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Christina Carels Ley, Calvin Coolidge, George W. Bush and to my brother Steve Thompson.

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Have a safe happy Fourth of July.

Be Happy and let's celebrate this great country without discord at least on this day.

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