2018-10-11 / Columns

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HOLDEN AND Elsa Preneta are shown here at the M22 Art2Art show in Northport. HOLDEN AND Elsa Preneta are shown here at the M22 Art2Art show in Northport. Congratulations to all of the organizers and artists who were part of last weekend’s M22 Art2Art Tour around the county. The event was sponsored by the Suttons Bay Art Festival nonprofit. Donna Popke and Bill Perkins were the co-directors. Northport’s Village Arts Building was one of the four venues, featuring furniture and sculpture. Omena resident Larry Fox was one of the artists who participated. Wood sculptor Nick Preneta also has tie to Omena. He works with Thad Tomlinson and has been quite busy in Omena in the aftermath of the September 21 wind storm. His two children, Holden and Elsa, helped him at the opening reception on Friday night.

The Village Arts Building (VAB) will be home to another special show later this month. It was two years ago that Bill and Nina Collins gave the Northport Arts Association (NAA) the use of the VAB. In that short time, it has proven to be a wonderful base for showcasing the arts in the Northport-Omena area. To celebrate its second year, the NAA is holding a Members Art Show from Saturday, October 20 through Saturday, October 27 from noon to 4 pm daily. There is an Opening Reception for NAA Members only on Friday, October 19 from 6 - 8 pm.

Northport and Omena are also home to a lot of top quality musical talent. The Village Voices and the Northport Community Band are two of the organizations that showcase that talent. The Northport Community Arts Center annual Christmas Concert featuring both groups will be Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm.

The Village Voices welcomes anyone who loves to sing and can make the commitment to attend rehearsals to join the group. Rehearsals for the Christmas Concert will begin on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Northport Public School Music Room and continue until the concert.

Villages Voices Director Jonah Powell is also the director of the Leelanau Community Choir, and a talented singer and musician. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Village Voices please contact publicity board member Laura Kalchik at familiestc@gmail.com or call 231-386- 1168.

This has been the craziest weather. As I got in the car on a warm and sunny morning this past Tuesday, there were the winter hats and gloves that we wore at UnCaged just a week and a half ago, and have used on a couple of chilly early mornings since then. We don’t usually get those out in early October. We are approaching peak color around Omena. It depends on far inland you are, but it is coming along everywhere. I always have mixed feelings about this time of year. It is beautiful, but such a harbinger of things to come. The other phenomenon that is peaking is fruit flies. I actually thought we were going to get by with a pretty light year, but the returning warmth has brought them out over the last two days.

The Leelanau Conservancy is celebrating autumn with a number of fall color docent-led hikes. This Saturday at 10 am is a Peak Color Hike at Houdek Dunes. An Autumnal Bliss Hike is this Sunday at 1 pm at Whaleback Natural Area. The following two Saturdays, also at 10 am, are the Changing Seasons Hike at Krumwiede Forest Preserve on October 20, and then the Late Fall Color Hike at Clay Cliffs Natural Area on October 27. Call the Conservancy, 256- 9665, or go to their website to make a reservation for these hikes.

There are also two Conservancy workbees in October. There will be a Native Shrub Planting Workbee at Chippewa Run on Monday, October 15 from 10 - noon, and a Trailbuilding Workbee at DeYoung Natural Area open Wednesday, October 24.

Do you ever wonder exactly how and why the leaves change color? Leaves are colored by molecules called pigments. Chlorophyll is the pigment that causes leaves to be green, and is critical for plants to make food using sunlight. In autumn when there is less sunlight, some plants stop making chlorophyll. Instead, those plants break down chlorophyll into smaller molecules. As the chlorophyll goes away, other pigments start to show their colors. If the plants can break down the chlorophyll and move it out of their leaves before the leaves fall, they save energy. The plants can then reabsorb the molecules that make up chlorophyll. Then, when it’s warm and sunny enough to grow again, the plants can use those molecules to remake the chlorophyll without starting from from scratch.

The carotene and xanthophyll pigments are yellow and orange. Anthocyanins are other plant pigments that are only made in the fall. These pigments cause red, pink, or purple colors. All trees contain chlorophyll, carotene and xanthophyll, but not all of them produce anthocyanins. Even the ones that do have anthocyanins only produce it under certain circumstances.

The prevailing theory is that anthocyanins protect the leaves from excess sunlight and enable the trees to recover any last remaining nutrients. If it’s been especially rainy and overcast, you won’t see much red foliage. Without bright sunlight, the trees don’t need the added protection that the red pigments provide, so they don’t bother producing them.

October is National Book Month. Leelanau County is fortunate to have a number of wonderful, local independent bookstores. Be sure to visit one or two and pick out some good October reading.

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to Ed and Caroline Oberndorf on October 11. Matt and Meg Wilkes and their children, Ella and Peyton, will be joining them in Cleveland for the celebration.

Happy Anniversary also to Dick and Nana Kennedy, Bill and Rat Renz, and Adam and Jennifer Smart.

Happy Birthday to Suzie Mulligan, who is celebrating her first birthday in her new residence in Cordia in Traverse City. Happy Birthday also to Jim Browning and Jim Morrison.

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