This Week in Leelanau: April 29, 2011

Read on for all the news, events & weather.

This Week in Leelanau
The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival blog has information about their wine pour tonight featuring Leelanau & Old Mission wines along with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the festival which takes place August 20, 2011.

Click for all the details!

Sleeping Bear Point

Sleeping Bear Point Trail: #1 Hike to View!

National Geographic has a new book out entitled The 10 Best of Everything National Parks, and the Detroit Free Press reported that our very own Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Sleeping Bear Point Trail was listed first for “Hike-to Views”.

Click through for more including a cool slideshow of Sleeping Bear scenes!

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Bull Moose

On Absolute Michigan we learned the amazing story of Lansing’s Batmen and caught up with women in Michigan brewing.

Arbor Day is today, and in addition to a feature on Arbor Day’s Michigan connection, we looked how to build a toad house, wished John J. Audubon a Happy Birthday and stopped for that Bull Moose in the road on Michigan in Pictures.

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The photo this week is The Dunes by ETCphoto. Terry writes: “Sleeping Bear Dunes in the morning on a beautiful day. Always interesting to see this place early in the spring and see how it has changed over winter… sometime it can be hard to understand how much the sand moves around.” Dive into his Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore slideshow!

The Dunes

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The Leelanau Calendar

If you’ve got a Leelanau event, you can add your information (for free) to the Leelanau Calendar. Not only will it be listed in this newsletter every week, but we may do a feature story on your event on Leelanau.com!

FEATURED EVENT
Spring Sip & Savor Wine Tour This Weekend!
The annual Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association Spring Sip & Savor wine tour takes place this weekend ( April 30 & May 1) and offers special wine and food pairings at each of the wineries on the wine trail. You can also don your PJs or fancy hats to seek one of the many prizes wineries are offering. The Grand Prize winner will receive two nights lodging at The Homestead, dinner for two with appetizers and desert at La Becasse, brunch for two at the Bluebird and a wood fired pizza from Hearth & Vine Cafe!

Click for details, pairings, prizes and tickets!

Suttons Bay Saturday ~ April 30th!
This spring the Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce and Suttons Bay Schools are combining forces to create a new event, Suttons Bay Saturday. This Saturday (April 30) fifteen area businesses will donate 10% of their proceeds back to the department of your choice at Suttons Bay schools. Click for details!

Exposures Student Journal Reception
The 2011 Leelanau student journal of visual arts and creative writing will be unveiled tonight! The opening reception takes place tonight (April 29) from 4:30-7:30 at the Old Art Building in Leland. It continues from 10-4 on Saturday, April 30. The opening is free and the public is invited to meet student writers and artists from Leelanau County schools while you enjoy original visual art, poetry and essay readings, along with live music and refreshments.

Click through to learn more including the history of this incredible publication!

Leelanau Wine at the Downtown Art Walk (and an opportunity for artists)
The Downtown Art Walk happens tonight (Friday, April 29). It’s an evening of art, refreshments, food and music with 16
art exhibits along Front, State and Union St. As part of the festivities of Art Walk, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will be offering wines from Leelanau & Old Mission for tasting from 6-9 PM at the grand opening of the Good Work Collective at 417 South Union in Traverse City.

Click here for more including a link to information for artists about participating in this summer celebration of our area’s culture & cuisine!

Boizard Letters Presentation at Empire Museum
Check out “The Boizard Letters” next Friday, May 6th at 7PM at the Empire Area Museum. A half hour video presentation will feature recollections of Julia Dickinson and Joan Bolton telling the tale of finding of over one hundred letters written before, during and after the Civil War between a husband, off in the service, and his wife, left in Glen Arbor to fare for herself and her small child. Fascinating letters between them and other relatives telling what it was like to live in Glen Arbor and him telling of the outside world and his military life. More information!

Annual Empire Asparagus Festival ~ May 20-22
The 8th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival will be held May 20-22, 2011 and features a slew of asparagus-themed events including a fun run (or walk), Asparagus Eats/Wine and Beer Tasting, Asparagus recipe contest, the Asparagus Parade, chalk art, music & dance and kids games. You can get all the details on the tasty eats and drinks from Leelanau.com!

MORE EVENTS FROM THE LEELANAU CALENDAR

Apr 30 – (and May 1)
Leelanau Community Choir concert (Leelanau Community Choir)
Apr 30 – Michigan Natural Shoreline Education Workshop (GTCD)
May 1 – Taste of Grand Traverse (Women’s Resource Center)
May 3 – The New Wine Fundamentals Conference (East Lansing Marriott)
May 5 – Martine MacDonald-Artist in Residence (Glen Arbor Art Association)
May 6 – A Night of Comedy (Suttons Bay Community First, Inc.)
May 6 – LELAND DRAMA Thoroughly Modern Millie (2 weekends!)
(Leland School)
May 6 – Comedy: The Cemetery Club (Old Town Playhouse)
May 6 – Saving Birds Thru Habitat @ Circa Winery (Saving Birds Thru Habitat)
May 6 – Eco-Photo Tour in Sleeping Bear Dunes (Great Lakes Photo Tours)
May 10 – LIWDA Meeting/Wind Energy Opportunities for NW MI (LIWDA)
May 12 – Sheila Stafford – Talk About Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)
May 13 – “Spring in Bloom” Wine Tasting Weekend (The Homestead)
May 14 – Household Hazardous Waste Collection (Leelanau County Solid Waste Council)
May 16 – Medical Marijuana Legal Issues – Session (Leelanau County Planning Commission)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Next week is New Orleans featuring familiar Cajun and Creole preparations, and great wines.

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: The Lincoln Lawyer (R) starts tonight. Mid-Week Specials are available!! Tuesdays – Free Popcorn (one medium corn with ticket purchase), Wednesdays – $5.50 for all seats (Specials are not valid for special events or film series). Bay Theatre Gift Certificates: ‘Say it with a Movie’ gift certificates provide a memorable and enjoyable experience all year ’round. Check the web site for details!

The Weather

KAScott_20110424_2799bKen took a peek inside the spring hoop house and found onions!

Blossom Watch: It’s been cool but we’re forecasting some blossoms in time for Mother’s Day Weekend with peak bloom around the 12th! Stay tuned to the Leelanau Almanac for updates!

It’s 45 degrees under sunny skies at 8:55 AM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. We’re halfway to the record high of 90 set in 1970 … we’d choose that over the 22 record low from 1977 any day. We had a really rainy week – a weather watcher near Greilickville in Elmwood township measured over 1 1/2″ of rain on Tuesday – wow!! The forecast for today calls for sunny skies with light north winds keeping highs around 50. Clear & cold overnight and then mostly sunny with highs in the 60s on Saturday. We might see some rain overnight but Sunday should be nice as well – sunny skies and 50! Time to take a trip to Leelanau!

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