This Week in Leelanau: August 5, 2010

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This Week in Leelanau
It’s been hot. It’s been humid. I have to say that the 42 from ’42 looks pretty good.

Bringing back the good stuff: Dunegrass Returns!

Greg Brown Gets DownHey everyone – sorry this is so late – lots going on here in the summer of 2010. One of the things that is going on is a whole lot of mainly unproductive complaining about Sugar Loaf. Regardless of what anyone is saying, not much is happening with the Loaf.

At such a time, it’s good to see something like the Dunegrass Music Festival is pretty much as Leelanau as you can get and for a while it looked like we’d lost it for good. Thankfully in 2010, Ryan and his crew have brought it back to its roots and are ready to kick off three days of great music in Empire this Friday through Sunday (August 6-8). Ryan writes:

We are taking the Dunegrass Festival back to its roots! In it’s 18th year, we continue to remember our focus of showcasing the fine talent that we are so blessed to have right here in our home state of Michigan. Dunegrass has been a hub to the community for many years and will continue to be a place where families can come and enjoy a weekend full of music, laughter and joy.

Amen! Some highlighted acts include Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Greensky Bluegrass, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Steppin’ in it, The Macpodz, Rootstand, Joshua Davis & Fool Rooster, The Rachael Davis Band, Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys, Detour Bluegrass, Ralston Bowles and the Luke Winslow-King Trio.

You best get your tickets now and check out some of the region’s and the state’s finest musicians this weekend!

Speaking of festivals, and Absolute Michigan went to the 2010 Traverse City Film Festival. Here’s our video!

From the Glen Arbor Sun…

A lovely face in the windowThe Glen Arbor Sun will be at Dunegrass as well – expect Jacob to get you the kind of interviews he gathered at the film festival. Seriously. The Glen Arbor Sun is Leelanau’s best news source.

Click the photo to the right for a great collection of photos from the photographers of the Traverse City Film Festival!


Get all kinds of information about the Sleeping Bear Dunes including trail maps, attractions and photo galleries. The site also offers tips on where to eat, stay and shop and other trip planning ideas!
Absolute Michigan had a Leelanau feel this week with features on Dunegrass and also the new book on the history of Michigan wine byLeelanau native Lorri Hathaway & Sharon Kegerreis.

Michigan in Pictures also had a northern Michigan feel with the Elk Rapids beach, a photos from the Northport Dog Parade and Michael Moore’s plan to help restore Michigan’s downtown movie theaters. The big topic of the week, however, was Viewing the Northern Lights in Michigan.

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Mark gets a rare back-to-back feature on the Leelanau Almanac for this amazing shot of South Manitou Island. Be sure to check this out bigger and post your comments and thoughts about the week and what you’re seeing & doing below!

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Art Leelanau Benefit Show & Sale ~ Friday, July 23
plein-air-paintoutThe Glen Arbor Art Association hosts the 2nd annual Plein Air Paint Out and Wet Paint Sale/Reception this Saturday, August 7.

The artists return with their paintings late in the afternoon and volunteers scramble to install the works for the juried exhibit and sale. The public is invited to the 5:30-7:30 sale and reception which offers the opportunity to purchase one of the paintings, sample wines provided by the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival and enjoy food tasting. A $10 per adult donation for entry to the exhibit and sale is requested to programming. To register or for more information please go to, or call 231-334-6112.

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival – August 21, 2010

promoimg5The 2010 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival takes place on August 21, 2010 at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

The festival features 22 wineries from the Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission and Traverse City along with food from Leelanau and Traverse City restaurants, a great slate of live music and at the center of it all, gallery tents featuring the work of over 60 area artists for show and sale! Tickets are available online at, area wineries and other locations listed on our web site.

2010 Leelanau Farmer’s Markets are underway in Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau, Leland, Northport and Suttons Bay. They offer you a chance to get out and connect with farmers and other folks who produce food in Leelanau County. You can also connect with Leelanau Farmer’s Markets on Facebook!

Also consider Sleeping Bear Dunes guided bike tours.

Aug 6 – Claudia Schmidt & The Funtet at Music in the Park
Aug 6 – Art Exhibition: Views of the Dune Country by Beth Bricker
Aug 6 – Views of the Dune Country: Pastels by Beth Bricker
Aug 7 – Plein Air Paint Out Art Sale & Reception
Aug 7 – Pig Roast & Family Festival
Aug 7 – Plein Air Paint Out
Aug 8 – Denice Franke & Mudslide/Manitou Music Festival
Aug 10 – Summer Singers/Manitou Music Festival
Aug 10 – LIWDA Candidate Forum
Aug 11 – Mystery Book Event with Elizabeth Buzzelli and Aaron Stander
Aug 11 – Glen Lake Library Annual Vintage Book Sale “Preview Party”
Aug 12 – Sailing Adventures with Linda Lindquist-Bishop
Aug 12 – Glen Lake Library Annual Vintage Book Sale
Aug 13 – Looking for the Unexpected: Landscapes by Neil Walling
Aug 13 – Bill Sears Quintet
Aug 13 – Jane Batteiger/Images of Leelanau
Aug 13 – Landscapes by Neil Walling
Aug 13 – Glen Lake Library Annual Vintage Book Sale, “Bag Sale Day”!
Aug 13 – Port Oneida Cultural Fair
Aug 14 – Port Oneida Cultural Fair
Aug 18 – Trina Hamlin & The Laws/Manitou Music Festival
Aug 20 – PHSB Historic Preservation Volunteer Project
Aug 20 – Don Julin and Ron Getz at Music in the Park
Aug 20 – Escaping Notice: Paintings by Margie Guyot
Aug 20 – Celeste Crouch/Gallery Show
Aug 21 – Traverse City Wine and Art Festival

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: Now Playing: ‘Inception’ (PG-13) ends 8/12. ‘Eat Pray Love (PG-13) starts 8/13. Coming soon: ‘Girl Who Played With Fire’ (NR), ‘The Kids Are All Right’ and ‘The American’. The Bay Select Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay, MI! The schedule for the film series has now been posted on the website. 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!

Beams, Glen Arbor, MI, July, 2010 By took this shot the other day in Glen Arbor. It’s been the kind of week that you want to be outside for dinner … and pretty much everything else.

It’s 70 degrees under mostly clear skies at 11:300 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor.  The record low for an August 5th was 42 in 1942 with a record high of an even 100 degrees in 1947. Birds of Leelanau says that the first sighting of swans in Leelanau occurred in the winter of 1947!  The weekend outlook calls for sunny skies but highs “only” in the low 70s on Friday with sun and low 80s on Saturday and partly sunny skies Sunday with highs in the low to mid 80s and a chance of showers. Time to make that trip to Leelanau!

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