This Week in Leelanau: December 3, 2010

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This Week in Leelanau

Sugar Loaf Heats Up

Ski season is just around the corner and comments are falling like snow on our Sugar Loaf blog. Apparently, a potential buyer, David Skjaerlund, has emerged and discussion has predictably followed.

We at are in the dark at the present time, but if you’d like to learn a little about Mr. Skjaerlund, here’s a video interview with him about land Dive in (if you dare).

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!

On Absolute Michigan we have an article about how invasive species may be teaming up to cause record numbers of avian botulism deaths. Filmmaker George Desort was on the north shore of Lake Michigan during a dead bird count and he captured photo & video that is deep disturbing. It is our hope that they are disturbing enough to motivate people to work hard to protect our water & wildlife from the tremendous threat posed by invasive species and other dangers. Watch it here.

Michigan in Pictures chronicled the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman in Flint, new happenings in wind energy in Michigan and this awesome photo of hang gliding’s heyday in Elberta in the 1970s.

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This week’s photo is Dune Star Trails by ShaneWyatt who writes that he took it the other night at Sleeping Bear Point using a 17+ minute exposure at iso 800. He used his LED headlamp to “paint” the trees and dunes in the foreground.

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Leelanau Holiday Shopping & Community Events

This is a busy weekend in Leelanau with events including:

The Merry Marketplace featuring Leelanau artists and craftspeople from 10-4 on Saturday (Dec 4) at the Old Art Building in Leland from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Holidays in the Village in Suttons Bay on Saturday (Dec 4) with special sales, giveaway of a shopping spree, live Antlers & Elves and the lighting of the Christmas Tree by Santa & carols around the tree accompanied by the Suttons Bay School choir.

Northport Holiday Bake Sale & Bazaar on Saturday (Dec 4).

Cedar’s Make and Take Christmas Party on Sunday (Dec 5) from 1-4 pm with free supplies to make your own wreaths and decorations, jewelry and crafts.

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Leelanau Holiday Concerts
Click above to get the details on the Leelanau Community Choir concerts in Leland, Glen Arbor & Suttons Bay (Saturday & Sunday, December 4/5), A Madrigal Christmas (Saturday December 4) and Northport’s Annual Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 11. Speaking of music, the legendary Yale Wiffenpoofs perform TODAY at 2 PM in the Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons!

Speed Networking in Leelanau
If you’re in business and between 21-40 years of age, you’re invited to meet colleagues and make new businss contacts in a fun, one minute-encounter format on Tuesday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Leelanau Governmental Center (downstairs) off M-204. It is sponsored by the Gen Netxt group of the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Traverse Jaycees. It is free and offered to 24 people maximum – RSVP to Dr. Jessica Carden at 231-334-3123.


Dec 3
– SwingShift and The Stars Dance-Off for Charity
Dec 4 – Lesley Gore, Dave Somerville & The Chiffons at Leelanau Sands
Dec 4 – Winter Open House – Ceramics & Jewelry
Dec 5 – Right Brain Brewery Holiday Art Sale
Dec 9 – Silent Auction & Cocktail Party
Dec 9 – Lady’s Night at Uncorked
Dec 10 – Vinyl Night at Circa Estate Winery
Dec 11 – Day of Giving
Dec 14 – Tweet and Taste with L. Mawby
Dec 14 – Meet the Winemaker Wine Dinner- Peninsula Cellars
Dec 14 – LIWDA monthly meeting
Dec 16 – Men’s Night
Dec 18 – Opening Weekend
Dec 19 – Christmas Celebration in Music & Word
Dec 31 – SwingShift and The Stars Grand Final Event

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1’ (PG-13) runs thru 12/9. Coming soon: ‘Fair Game’ (PG-13), and ‘True Grit’. The Bay Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay, MI is now underway! Our next feature is a drama/romance out of France titled ‘Wild Grass’ (PG). Mid-Week Specials are back!! 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_20101121_3070_tm2abKen titled this Spruced up Fir the Holidays’ and says:
(ouch, puns intended : ) this is a favorite road and scene that I seem to drive by more often that I realized . . . these November colors are quite the contrast to how it looked 2 years ago . . . I forgot that I had taken the wintery shot and am quite amazed at how close they line up in composition, being that it was unintended!

It’s 25 degrees under cloudy skies at 8:20 AM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a December 3 was 64 in 1962 with the low of 0 set in 1976. The forecast for today calls for 1-2″ of snow and temps in the low 30s. The weekend outlook calls for more snow and low 30s on Saturday and more snow and upper 20s on Sunday. Welcome to winter.

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