2018-07-26 / Columns

Glen Arbor Hall gets new sign; you like?

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Glen Arbor Township Hall has a new sign or is it a marquee. I am certain the township board is anxious to hear your comments on this addition. Call 334-3539.

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The ever popular Anchor was honored with gusto in Empire over the weekend the rain not withstanding. And the Empire Lions Club Chicken Dinner was a success and they almost ran out of chicken shows you how good it was.

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On Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Platte River Camp Ground Amphitheater, the poet/story teller troupe The Beach Bards will team up with the musical group Good Boy to perform Michigan’s state story, the Legend of The Sleeping Bear, as well as relate history and lore of The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Local participants include writer Anne-Marie Oomen; bards Bronwyn Jones, Joe VanderMeulen and Norm Wheeler; singer/songwriters Patrick Niemisto and Chris Skellenger recount tales of the early settlers on the Manitou Islands, the hanging tree at Otter Creek and tall ship era shipwrecks near Glen Arbor. The program is free, donations will be accepted and a park pass will be required.

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The Glen Arbor Players will present “The Diaries of Adam and Eve”, an adaption of Mark Twain stories about a couple in Paradise. The play is a witty charming. Performances will be Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church.

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The kickoff event called Sundowner for the 10th annual Plein Air weekend will be next Thursday, Aug. 2. The challenging painting opportunity requires capturing the beauty of sunsets in the Glen Arbor area. Weekend events are expected to bring 70 artists to the area.

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There were a lot of people who took the challenge for the 12th annual Running Bear Run and tried to run faster than the bear. A great event with all the proceeds going to scholarships and community projects. The Glen Arbor Women’s Club works very hard to put this event on and it’s always a success.

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Discovery Day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon with Coleman family stories and memories, Charles and Mabel Coleman were caretakers at the county poor farm for 25 years. Grandchildren visited and stayed on the farm on weekends, come and hear their very interesting stories of life on the county poor farm firsthand at the Kasson Township Hall.

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If you’re interested in learning about the history of the area and of the Sleeping Bear Settlers, Historic Sleeping Bear is conducting Bike Tours through the Port Oneida rural historic district on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Horse and Wagon tours through Port Oneida are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and at 5:45 p.m.. Advance reservations are required by calling 334-6103; there is a charge. Also, Guided Auto Tours in individual cars or carpools are offered on alternating Wednesdays through Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Coming up, two Manitou Music Festival events. On Sunday. The Crane Wives starts at 8 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Art Center’s Studio Stage, or in case of rain at the Leelanau School Auditorium. And coming next Wednesday, Aug. 1, local talent Emma Cook + Questionable Company will play folk funk on the Studio Stage at 8 p.m. and if rain at the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

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I think there will be a bridge walk this year, I know people are trying to work on it, hopefully it will workout.

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Happy Birthday wishes Kathy Aylsworth, John Peppler and Bonnie Kay.

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The July 16 winner of the Empire Lions Club Lucky 13 drawing was Dotti Thompson, who doesn’t share.

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It’s hard to believe this is the last full week of July already. It seems like the summer, tourists, visitor season just began. I guess the older you get the faster it goes, not that I’m getting older.

However they are all still here and will be for another two weeks at least. So as always, watch for pedestrians who think the you have to stop, be careful on the grassy areas, there’s a lot of dogs, be courteous, be kind and have fun.

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Go Patriotism.

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