This Week in Leelanau: December 17, 2010

News, weather, events and more from the week!

This Week in Leelanau

Last Day for Comments on Port Oneida

The Glen Arbor Sun reminds you that today (December 17) is the last day to provide community input on Port Oneida to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s too late for regular mail but you can submit comments on the Park’s website today! Read more from the Sun.

Sugar, Sugar, Honey, Honey*

Speaking of the Sun, Jacob Wheeler dove back into the soap opera that is Sugar Loaf Mountain, exploring Sugar Loaf’s new suitor. That was enough for us to turn the page on Sugar Loaf.

We asked folks to share their memories. Nobody did, so I posted a few of mine. Here’s hoping you have some too.

* The title was only so that I could link you over to Wilson Pickett singing Sugar, Sugar.

Black Star Farms invites you to order online through their online store. This month they have a special on their Be Dazzled Sparkling Wine – just use code BD! You can also visit any of their three tasting rooms on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas as well as TASTES of Black Star Farms in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City for some of the most sought after and awarded Michigan wines and spirits.

Want more? Experience a truly unique agricultural destination that features two winery production facilities with adjacent tasting rooms, a distillery, Inn, and equestrian facility. The luxurious inn is the perfect place to host private special events including weddings, corporate retreats, and family celebrations.

On Absolute Michigan we checked out stories including the largest hockey crowd ever at Michigan Stadium, the new Michigan By the Bottle wine touring app and a great feature on Daisy BB guns from Seeking Michigan.

Over on Michigan in Pictures we had our usual eclectic mix of scenery, history and nature including a feature on the greatest Detroit Lion, Mr. Barry Sanders.

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Ice Forms at Sunset, Leelanau St Pk, MI

This week’s photo is Ice Forms at Sunset, Leelanau St Pk, MI by arrdubyazee. For a real treat, check out his slideshow.

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Ski Season is Here!

We’ve got all the information about skiing this winter in Leelanau County and the surrounding area available online.

The Homestead opens this weekend and Crystal Mountain is open as well. You can check out their base, available runs and complete ski report and we also have snowfall totals and a rough idea of trail conditions for you cross-country or backcountry skiers!


Dec 12 – Inn at Christmas time (The Wellington Inn)
Dec 14 – The Giving Tree (LCC)
Dec 18 – Festival of Trains (History Center of Traverse City)
Dec 18 – Holiday Classics: Holly and Mistletoe (Dennos Museum Center)
Dec 18 – Greening up the Holidays (GTCD)
Dec 18 – Opening Weekend (Homestead Resort)
Dec 19 – Christmas Celebration in Music & Word (Northport Covenant Church)
Dec 19 – Free Yoga Classes (Yen Yoga and Fitness)
Dec 22 – Family Snowshoe Hike (GTCD)
Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve Cherry-T Ball Drop (Goodwill Industries)
Dec 31 – SwingShift and The Stars Grand Fi
nal Event (Melissa Coolman)
Jan 8 – Winter Trails Day – CC Ski & Snowshoe for FREE (The Homestead)
Jan 13 – Charlie Murphy-Talk About Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Jan 15 – Downtown Chili Cook-Off (Downtown Traverse City Association)

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘How Do You Know’ starts tonight! Coming soon: ‘True Grit’ (PG-13), ‘The Fighter’ (R) and ‘The King’s Speech’ (R). The Bay Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay, MI is now underway! 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_20101212_6289_fhdracbAbout the photo Ken Scott writes: I was out this past Sunday roaming the county to see what the blizzard was bringing and as I was driving through Omena, I saw this scene unfold … I call it a ‘drive by shooting’ as I had just enough time to pull off the road to get the shot … I thought about asking Sunny to come back out and do a smiley greeting pose, but the magic for me was the candidness in this.

It’s 27 degrees under cloudy skies at 3:30 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a December 17 was 56 in 1913 with the low of -10 set in 1973. The forecast for today calls for highs in the low 30s with scattered light snow (no accumulation) and maybe 1″ of snow overnight. For Saturday and Sunday, look for some snow and some sun with temps in the upper 20s and southwest winds at 10-20.

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