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Thanks for bays of
Northport, Omena
GLEN LAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY 10115 West Front – 326.5361 www.glenlakelibrary.net Downtown Empire
LEELANAU TOWNSHIP LIBRARY 119 E. Nagonaba – 386.5131 www.leelanautownshiplibrary.org Downtown Northport
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On the river in Leland
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On the beach in Suttons Bay
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mostly local bands performing in the park gazebo.
Art comes in many forms in Northport. The recently formed Northport Arts Association thrives in its own downtown building, and the Northport Community Arts Center offers everything from community plays to national acts in one
of the best acoustic concert venues in the area.
Family fun also can be found at a cozy six-lane bowling alley located inside Tucker’s, down at one of the many beaches, exploring the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, or walking through the town discovering local shops.
Automobile fans can start the summer season each Memorial Day at “Northport Cars in the Park,” and the Northport Fourth of July celebration includes a concert,  reworks and boats in the marina wrapped in red, white
and blue lights.
And there are two new
attractions: A walking trail around the village, and free car charging stations in the municipal parking lot next to Tucker’s.
Omena makes for a fun stop, too, with Tamarack Art Gallery providing an eclectic mix of local pieces, the Putnam- Cloud Tower House Museum, and a lightly-used public beach.
Staying through Sunday? The Omena Presbyterian Church, whose motto is “Proclaiming Christ since 1858,” offers concert-level music and engaging guest preachers every Sunday at 10 a.m.
And Omena, a traditional resort town, takes bragging rights when it comes to beautiful views of Omena and West Grand Traverse bays.
Snap a few photos, skip a few stones, and breathe in its beauty.
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Marina area decades in planning
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toward acquiring Lighthouse and Peterson parks,” the story stated.
The Northport harbor area, which is home to free concerts sponsored on Friday evenings by the Northport and Omena Chamber of Commerce, had humble beginnings. In 1944 the village purchased the estate of Ef e Gagnon to create a municipal bathing beach and play area.
“Acquisition of each succeeding parcel has been accomplished with the help of the Leelanau Township Foundation and the Northport Chamber of Commerce,” the story continues.
The marina was constructed in 1959 by the village and Michigan Waterways Commission.
No amount was given for the 1964 purchase. However, the buy was made possible
by the “generous donations of the Leelanau Township Foundation.”
The Foundation was started in 1945 with a $35,000 donation — representing about $250,000 in today’s dollars — given by Francis H. Haserot in memory of his long-time friend and business associate, Gilman Marsten Dame. It’s the third- oldest active community foundation in Michigan.
The marina has  ourished. It’s income from boat mooring fees was $1,000 in 1964. Northport Village budgeted for $672,572 in total marina revenue this summer.
A community-inspired project last September has made the marina stand out even more. Art enthusiasts came up with a way to involve much of the village in a “paint by number” project to create a 114-foot mural wall that’s as colorful as Northport itself.
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