2018-10-11 / Columns

Glen Arbor Art Center gets grant

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Not much going on this time of year, boats and docks coming out of the water and some of the summer homes and cottages are already being winterized.

It appeared that the Endurance Evolution Sleeping Bear Marathon last week was a success because there was a whole lot of people running and participating.

The Hops and Harvest Festival in Empire was well attended as always in spite of the weather. Good food, good music and a good way to end the summer.

Unfortunately the last three-day weekend turned out to be wet and gloomy, but some of the fall colors are running.

To some of the out of state visitors that might read this little ditty, remember, crushing pop cans is soda pressing.

Congratulations to the Glen Arbor Art Center. The Glen Arbor Art Center has been awarded a 2019 operational support grant of $20,000 from the Michigan Council for arts and cultural affairs. Operational support is a competitive grant program that provides operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. The Glen Arbor Art Center’s grant scored 95.3 points out of 100 possible points and described in great detail the Glen Arbor Art Center's mission, programs and provided MCAC with an in depth look at the art center's operations. Each year the Michigan Council for arts and cultural affairs awards grants to cultural organizations across the state. This year the grants totaled $10.7 million, including three non-profit organizations in Leelanau County. The funds provided vital support for a range of community-based organizations with the purpose of preserving local history and cultivating an appreciation and participation in the arts according to Michigan Council for arts and cultural affairs executive director John Bracey.

Don’t forget the Heritage Day Celebration at the Empire Area Museum complex on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. This is probably the most interesting museum that I’ve ever seen, especially in a small town and in some larger towns. If you have never seen the Empire Area Museum, do yourself a favor and go to the Heritage Day Celebration and see the woodworking shop, blacksmith shop, turn of the century saloon, one room school, fire house, barn filled with much horse drawn equipment and enjoy music, food and Moomers Ice Cream.

The Empire United Methodist Church will celebrate fall with its annual Swiss steak dinner and women’s country store on Friday, October 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. more later.

Happy Birthday wishes to former resident Elaine Wilcox, I hope she is well, Dave Taghon, Chris Martin, Judy Jacobs, Janice Freeman, Beth Bricker, Frank Siepker Jr., Ron Raymond, Finley Ann Soderholm, Elizabeth Ives, Dwight D. Eisenhower and to one of my favorite people Stacey Wilcox. The Glen Lake Community Church will host a 100 year birthday party on October 28th for Dorothy Zboyan at 7 p.m. Anyone who knows Dorothy is invited her actual birthday is on October 29th, congratulations.

I hate to say it, but the Cubs are back to “wait till next year.”

Be careful driving on the wet leaves, be happy, be kind.

Go Patriotism.

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