2018-06-28 / Front Page

July 4th Party Planner

Smiles wide for businesses and prolific fundraiser
By Jen Murphy
of the Enterprise staff

Jack Joyce won’t be the only one smiling at crowds this holiday week. The Leland middle school student, who this year raised $25,000 for the American Heart Association, will be riding alongside Sheriff Mike Borchovich in the Leland parade Wednesday.

“He really enjoys it,” said Borkovich, who figures anyone with that much devotion to the county deserves the attention.

The only smiles wider than Joyce’s may be those expressed by area business owners. While they aren’t focused on perfecting the parade wave - that’s something Joyce has been working on - they are preparing for increased traffic as summer officially moves into full swing.

Leelanau Vacation Rentals (LVR) marketing coordinator Angela Brown said business is booming for the company in charge of an inventory of 150 condo, home and cottage rental properties.

“It’s been incredibly busy,” she said. “It’s the best June we’ve had.”

Brown attributes the heavy rentals to the growing popularity of Leelanau County, beautiful summer weather and lower rates.

“Lots of people have discovered the area. And it’s somewhat weather-dependent,” she said.

While July and August tend to book up ahead of time, June is more spur of the moment with people looking at the weather reports before deciding to visit, Brown explained.

“It’s also a great time to get up here and take advantage of lower rates. Our summer rates don’t kick in until the last week of June.”

Suttons Bay Area Chamber of Commerce president Karen Pontius has seen an increase in traffic in Suttons Bay as well.

“We are hopping,” she said. “There are no open spaces. We have several new owners and new businesses here and that adds attraction.”

What’s the reason? Pontius echoed Brown’s reason: A lot has to do with the weather.

“Generally it picks up the first of July, but June has been strong the past couple of years,” she said. “Sales are up, and I would say overall and not just me (at Suttons Bay Trading Company).”

Pontius also said she thought the mention of Leelanau County in the Chicago Tribune will help continue interest in the area.

Bunting’s Market manager Bill Bailey said he has seen the same in Cedar.

“It’s extremely busy,” he said. “It’s a very good summer. Polka Fest was very successful. I’ve seen cars parked up and down the road. They’re parked everywhere.”

Like Brown and Pontius, Bailey attributes the crowds to the weather. However, his take is slightly different.

“I think the late winter played a part. People not being able to go up and open their cottages and waiting and just bringing the whole family up now,” he said.

Whether or not the sunshine and blue skies are the reason behind the crowds, Bailey and other business owners are seeing the uptick in visitors as a strong start to what looks like a very successful summer season.

Get ready for lots of boom booms and bands. Leelanau County’s Fourth of July festivities will be full of fireworks and fun for all. And don’t forget about the parades in Glen Arbor and Leland - just be sure to get there early to sit or stand up front.

Here’s the line-up for Tuesday and Wednesday. For more in-depth coverage of some events, see our Diversions section page 4.

Tuesday, July 2

7 p.m. — Northport Community Band performs at the 2018 Manitou Music Festival kick-off with an Independence Day celebration by Glen Arbor Art Center at the Old School House lawn (across street from Glen Arbor township hall). The free concert will feature patriotic and march favorites. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.

8 p.m. — Patriotic Hymn Sing hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church; Village Green, Leland.

Dusk — Fireworks display; Leland.

Wednesday, July 3

10 a.m. — Declaration of Independence readings at each post office

10 a.m. — Glen Lake Woman’s Club 42nd annual Flag Raising Ceremony at Old Settlers Park, located on the southeastern shore of Glen Lake near the corner of Dunn’s Farm Rd. (CR 675) and Burdickville Rd (CR 616). Bring your own chair. Event sponsored by Glen Lake Woman’s Club. Celebrate the founding of our nation in a patriotic, joyous ceremony with community members of all ages.

Noon — 4th of July Parade downtown Glen Arbor. The parade leaves from Glen Haven then makes its way through to the North/East end of town.

1-3 p.m. — Concert on the lawn and bike decorating. Enjoy a concert on the lawn at the Old Art Building & decorate your bike for the parade from 1-3pm at the Old Art Building (decorations supplied).

3 p.m. — 4th of July Parade Leland. After the parade is a free concert at the Village Green, sponsored by the Leland Township Fire & Rescue.

7-8 p.m. — Northport Community Band performs patriotic tunes

Dusk — Fireworks display; Northport Marina.

Your Independence Day party starts with Diversions, all of 16 pages dedicated to Leelanau’s plans for our country’s birthday.

We’veW prepared a holiday calendar tot keep track of county events. Please consider cutting it out for your refrigerator.

Plan to hold onto the Enterprise an extra day. We’ll be printing the July 5 edition on that date - one day later in the week than normal - to include Fourth of July events. Copies will be in stores next Thursday and in mailboxes next Friday, July 6.

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