2018-08-09 / Columns

Npt. Dog Parade going to the cats

By LESLIE DISCH
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THE UKULELE Orchestra of Suttons Bay played Saturday at the Leelanau Farmers Market. Shown from left are Catherine Southwick, director Martha Meek, Pat Seiler, Ann Perrigo, Judy Jensen Fowler and Cindy Standley. THE UKULELE Orchestra of Suttons Bay played Saturday at the Leelanau Farmers Market. Shown from left are Catherine Southwick, director Martha Meek, Pat Seiler, Ann Perrigo, Judy Jensen Fowler and Cindy Standley. The Northport Dog Parade has extended an invitation to participate to all of the Omena Village Council including feline mayor Sweet Tart McKee, which breaks a long-time tradition of no animals except dogs in the parade. We expect a good turn out of Omena Village Council members Saturday. The Mayor, having assumed that she was not able to attend, is trying to clear her calendar in order to be there. If not, we have heard rumors that she has a body double.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. in Northport, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. for anyone who wants to join. This year’s theme is “Dogs to the Rescue! Furrr-st Responders.” Costumes are always amazingly creative. It’s a fun event, so be sure to come cheer the Omena Village Council on.


THE OLDEST and youngest attendees of the Rule Reunion. Alis Robinson, 94, holds her 3-month old great, great nephew, Cooper Love. Cooper’s parents are Trevor and Emily Love, and his maternal grandparents are James and Janet Wickemeyer from East Ada and Omena. THE OLDEST and youngest attendees of the Rule Reunion. Alis Robinson, 94, holds her 3-month old great, great nephew, Cooper Love. Cooper’s parents are Trevor and Emily Love, and his maternal grandparents are James and Janet Wickemeyer from East Ada and Omena. * * *

The Northport Wine Festival begins after the Dog Parade, lasting from 1-6 p.m. at Marina Park. And on Saturday evening, the Accidentals perform at the NCAC starting at 7:30 p.m. One of Traverse City’s favorite bands, they became a phenomenon with their national tour in 2015, and their inclusion in Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017” has added to their popularity.

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Mayor Sweet Tart will definitely be making an appearance at the Omena Historical Society (OHS) Annual meeting Sunday at 4 p.m. at Shady Trails Camp. Everyone is welcome to come have some fun, learn more about OHS, and meet Her Highness.

Sweet Tart recently visited her other home in Ft. Wright, Ky., where she spends about half of the year. While there, she was interviewed by the Cincinnati Enquirer for its cincinnati.com publication. It was very fitting, since the Enquirer’s coverage area also includes Rabbit Hash, Ky., where the idea of electing an animal as mayor originated. Interestingly, Rabbit Hash is about the same size in population as Omena, and its mayoral elections also benefit its historical society.

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We in Omena should not have been as surprised as we were that the election received international interest. Rabbit Hash’s second mayor, Junior, a black lab, reveled in the spotlight as the star of Animal Planet’s hour-long program “Dog Mayor.” Lucy Lou, Rabbit Hash’s third mayor and first female, gave many radio and magazine interviews, and attended a Japanese pet show. She also attended charity events, served as spokespet for a women’s crisis center, and shared a “Talking Points” walk with Bill Geist on CBS Sunday Morning.

Lucy Lou offered this advice to Sweet Tart to chew on: “Don’t accept the kibble, you’ll gain weight.”

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Omena is bustling with visiting friends and family. John and Judy Smart have been busy beavers with their children and grandchildren in town. Son Adam and his wife Jennifer arrived with Violet, 6, and Tula, 4. They were at Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Friday Night in the Park with daughter Amy, her husband Carter and Flora, 19 months. They picked cherries and then raspberries. They went boating and swimming, and headed for the Happy Hour. They found tons of Petoskey stones, which they wanted to take home. But the presence would have sent their suitcase weight way over the top, so the rocks are here waiting for their return next summer! They enjoyed going to Fishtown, and spent time on the Smart beach catching and and releasing tiny frogs, and looking for fairies in mud puddles. They returned to California happy and tired. John and Judy report that they are also home, happy and tired!

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Just down the beach from the Smarts, Bob and Jeanne Grabowski had a full house with their daughter Heather and her husband, Bart, and the Grabowski’s one-year-old granddaughter, Haven, from Fairfax, Calif., and their son Brian with their grandchildren, Walker, 7, and AJ, 5, who came from Charlottesville. Bob said it was great seeing all the young people playing on the beach.

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The Rule Reunion also had a good showing of the younger generation. The three youngest there were 2-year old Christina Darrah from the Dallas area, 9-month old Callie Merrick from California, and, the youngest, Cooper Love, from the Battle Creek area. Marguerite and Colter Rule had 29 grandchildren. Of those, 26 are still living, and 22 were at the reunion, which is pretty impressive. That includes Rink Smith, Debby Disch, and James Wickemeyer, who are Omena residents. The 88 attendees included a bunch of second cousins, and 12 third cousins, including the three youngest attendees. The number was completed, of course, by many very tolerant in-laws. I am proud (that’s Debby’s word) to report that I am now the only in-law to have been at every reunion since they started in 1979. There were only a handful of Rule descendants who have been to every one.

Judy Merrick won the poker contest, a title she will hold for the next three years, and Emily Wickemeyer Love came in second.

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The Northport Art Association’s (NAA) Member Exhibit show will be open to the public starting Saturday through Sunday, Aug. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. daily, except Thursday when it will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The NAA has some wonderful art classes coming up. Edee Joppich’s Watercolor Workshop Aug 20-22 is filling up. Gene Rantz is offering an oil painting class Aug 27-29.

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Don’t miss the Northport Follies next Thursday, August 16, at 7 p.m. at the Northport Auditorium. The NCAC Annual Sousa Concert is set for Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m., also in the Northport Auditorium.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that the Rev. Dr. Cornelius ‘Neal’ Plantinga will be preaching Sunday. Former President of Calvin Theological Seminary, Neal is Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dorothy Duensing, a Metropolitan Opera District Finalist and featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony, will provide the special music. Patrick Kuhl will be on the organ. Everyone is welcome to attend this very special worship service at 10 a.m.

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Happy Birthday to Samantha Huffman, Sophia Orsello, Be Fuertges, Joel Shapiro, Melanie Wheeler, Penny Valmassoi, and George Husted. Happy Anniversary to Brian and Sally Shapiro.

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