Leelanau Almanac for the Week of June 18-24, 2009

Lake Michigan Christmas Tree

Lake Michigan Christmas Tree by jimflix

News from the Week

Stories from the week included an invitation to the public to provide input and ideas for the future of the former Sugar Loaf Resort AND the surrounding areas. and Results from the 1st Annual M-22 Challenge. We also featured the long standing Beach Bards bonfire, and their by-heart story telling, poetry, and song.

The Week’s Weather

Looks like summer is here to stay!

June 18, 2009: Partly sunny & upper 70s (81/53)
June 19, 2009: Partly cloudy & upper 70s (78/65)
June 20, 2009: Partly sunny & upper 70s (81/61)
June 21, 2009: Sunny & low 80s (81/57)
June 22, 2009: Sunny & mid 80s (88/59)
June 23, 2009: Mostly sunny & upper 80s (90/64)
June 24, 2009: Partly sunny & 90s (95/55) Record High!

You’ll also want to check out the Leelanau Calendar and the latest news and features from Leelanau, Traverse City and the surrounding area in our blog! Here’s the June 2008 archive and the Leelanau Almanac for the Week of June 18-24, 2009 and the Leelanau Almanac for the Week of June 25 – July 2, 2009.



2 replies
  1. Andrew McFarlane
    Andrew McFarlane says:

    The record low for a June 19th was 37 degrees in 1979, but in 1933 the mercury hit 98! The Leelanau Enterprise says that 1933 was a pivotal year for Leelanau County:

    By 1933, Leelanau County had already lost its once familiar freight and passenger steamships, following the stock market crash of 1929. A transportation element that for decades had done much in building up the county was gone for good.

    The county’s rail lines faltered, too, but they would survive the Depression only to face elimination in later years.

    On the other hand, although the Great Depression gripped the entire country, its hold on Leelanau may have been less apparent than elsewhere. In fact, “we hardly knew we were in a depression,” Al Barnes, an area historian and former Lake Leelanau resident, once said. “Times simply were tough, just as they had been for years.”

    What Barnes was alluding to was the passing of Michigan’s fabled lumbering era, which had spurred growth for virtually all of the Northland in the latter 19th century. After this era had peaked, there was a long sliding decline, which is reflected in census figures (Leelanau hit a peak in 1910).

    Here’s an interview I did with Al Barnes just before he passed away.

  2. laura
    laura says:

    Northport High School graduate (class of 1989) Hillary Lang Porter will be appearing at Dog Ears Books, 106 Waukazoo Street, Northport, on Saturday, June 27,
    to sign her new book, The Colors of Beech Hill. The book signing and reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m..
    Porter taught preschool for 10 years in Suttons Bay and Traverse City before deciding that she really wanted to devote herself fulltime to writing. The Colors of Beech Hill is her first book and has recently been nominated for a Michigan Notable Book award.
    What’s it like to grow up in a small northern Michigan community? And what might it be like
    for a young boy still mourning the death of his father? How could that boy’s summer outdoor activities
    help him to move forward and accept difficult changes? Those are some of the questions answered by
    The Colors of Beech Hill. Most of the story’s action is set outdoors in northern Michigan woods and
    waters, and Porter’s fictional “Beech Hill” is a composite of Northport’s Braman Hill and the hill
    south of town where the family lived each summer and while Porter attended Northport High School.
    For more information, contact:
    Dog Ears Books
    106 Waukazoo Street
    P.O. Box 272
    Northport, MI 49670
    (231) 386-7209

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