2018-07-19 / Columns

Lakeshore crowded, temps hot; still a beautiful place

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

How many times this week have you heard this comment, “Is it hot enough for you”? Of course it was. That’s why we have lakes.

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First of all to get myself off the hook, the Art Fair in Glen Arbor is done by the Glen Lake Woman’s Club and the Running Bear Run is done by the Glen Arbor Women’s Club. I apparently mixed them up but now I can come out of hiding.

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I know everyone thinks the Glen Arbor/Empire area is crowded, which it is compared to November. However I don’t think there are as many people here this year as normal. I know many people are happy about this, but the many, many people that count on a good summer are not. I’m not sure how many are aware, but Glen Arbor was named No. 4 on Time Money’s list of the 20 best places to go in 2018. I really do understand why there are so many people visiting our area.

Years ago, in fact starting in the 1920s, my family visited the area and spent summers here from Chicago. Since we became a national lakeshore, however, I think there have been many changes, not only with the amount of people but the attitudes of the people that are here. It seems to me the main attitude is, “I now have mine, stay away,” which in some instances I can understand. However, many I feel are wrong. Don’t swim in my water, don’t walk on my beach, don’t go anywhere near me because I have what I have and you can’t have it or enjoy it.

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The Empire Area Heritage Group will be presenting programs at the Glen Arbor Township Hall on July 24 and 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The first program will be on the Dunesmobiles, which many of us remember, and the July 31st program will be on the sinking Of The Dorsey Boat, The Rescue, which even I am not old enough to remember. They will be interesting programs so bring friends and have some popcorn and enjoy the show.

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Also in Empire there will be a community wide yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 4 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I know this is early, but people wanting to participate should contact JoAnne Beare so they can be on the map of sales sites. Call 631-4316.

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I’m sure the Glen Lake Woman’s Club Art Fair was a huge success, it always is. It is an amazing event. All the profits go to scholarships and last year over $15,000 was awarded

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Just a reminder that on Sunday the Glen Arbor Arts Center will present an open-air concert on the Studio Stage with Mule Bone at 8 p.m. Rain accommodations have been made at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. And next Wednesday, July 18, Jeremy Kittel Trio with traditional Irish music will perform. Both concerts are sponsored by the Manitou Music Festival

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Once again don’t forget the 12th annual Running Bear Run on Tuesday presented by the Glen Arbor Women’s Club.

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Empire’s annual Anchor Day celebration is Saturday. (Editor’s note: Please see the story on page 9 for details.)

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Get well wishes to Bill Lyon, who I understood is progressing and we wish him the best. And get well wishes to Cindy Rosiek who found out Pickle Ball is a very dangerous sport.

Happy Birthday wishes to Linda Gretzema, Anne Lichliter, Teddy House, Jennifer Williams, Ron Calsbeek and David Baldwin.

The week of July 9 Empire Lions Club Lucky 13 winner is Janice and Chris Doherty from Madisonville, MI. Congratulations

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When it’s all said and done, we have visitors, we have friends and relatives coming up to visit us and sometimes the friends and relatives bring friends and relatives. Because of what we have, where we are and what this area offers.

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As always, be kind, be polite, be courteous, have fun.

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Go Patriotism, now more than ever.

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