This Week in Leelanau: February 10, 2011

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This Week in Leelanau

Jeez o Peets! I realized today that the email for last week didn’t send. Really sorry about that folks!!!

Our Ski Leelanau! report shows over a foot of snow in most places and our hills, trails and ski resorts are in great shape for all manner of skiing/snowshoeing/sledding/snowmobiling enjoyment! Check out our Lodging Guide for some great winter getaway ideas!

The Village of Good Harbor

G.H. Dock PiersWe have a cool feature on the now-vanished village of Good Harbor courtesy the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Good Harbor was started in the mid-1870s when a man named Vine built a small sawmill and dock. The only evidence of the village today are the dock pilings you see in Terry Clark’s photo to the right!

Sugar LoafLast week we ran a poll asking Are you still interested in the future of Sugar Loaf?. 89% said that they were still interested and the other 11% were not (or only here for the popcorn). We’ll continue our coverage of the issue!

Today there was a flurry of activity including an Enterprise editorial regarding David Skjaerfund’s quiet efforts and reports that Skjaerfund’s purchase agreement to buy at least one property had expired. What does this mean? Read all about it in our Sugar Loaf blog.

Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
There’s still time to make that special someone’s Valentine’s Day and even if it’s a day or two late, Mimi Wheeler’s amazing truffles, caramels, bon-bons and other delectable chocolates made with fine and fairly traded ingredients will make them forget about everything . There’s even many of them that incorporate Leelanau herbs and fruits!!

Call them at 231-326-3030 for fastest shipping or click for their online store … and trust me – you will not find a better gift for the chocolate lover on your list!

Click the photo to learn from Michigan in Pictures which northern Michigan theater the State Theatre Project will assist.If you watched the Super Bowl and are from Detroit, chances are the Chrysler “Imported from Detroit” commercial with Eminem was a favorite. Click that link to see one of the most powerful Super Bowl ads in recent memory. Other stories include a feature on the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin that includes a great video from 1964 and one on HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Last week we had news that the Michigan Film Incentive might land Oz: The Great and Powerful starring Johnny Depp! This week there’s one on Raleigh Studios Michigan which might land many more big budget features for Michigan!

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Bracketing the Exposure

This week’s photo is Bracketing the Exposure by ETCphoto. See it bigger and in his Wintry Scenes slideshow!

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TCCF by Dan Sultana,Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival ~ February 10-13, 2011
The 2nd annual Traverse City Comedy Arts Fes
is bringing some of America’s top comedic talent to Northern Michigan February 10-13. Bob Saget’s opening night show is on standby, but Friday and Saturday night feature performances by some of comedy’s most respected and well-known faces including Patton Oswalt, Jeffrey Ross, Caroline Rhea and Aubrey Plaza and festival hosts Jeff Garlin and Michael Moore. There will also be family-friendly performances by Comedy 4 Kidz and ComedySportz, free late-night events, surprise guest performers and some of the funniest movies ever made showing in the historic State Theatre.

For more information and to buy tickets for all of this year’s performances visit!

Leelanau Children’s Center Carnival ~ Saturday, February 12
The annual Leelanau Children’s Center Carnival kicks off at NOON this Saturday (Feb 12) with a concert by Twang, Bang, Fiddle in the Leland Performing Arts Center. The Carnival begins at 12:30 in the gymnasium at Leland Public School and lunch will be served in the cafeteria. It features great family fun for all ages with games, raffle (including an iPad!), prizes, music, cake walk, fun and food! Click for more information!

Leelanau Winter Festivals in Glen Arbor, Empire & Northport!
February is the time to celebrate winter in Northern Michigan and Leelanau County has three great festivals that do exactly that with broomball, ice fishing, chili cookoff, sledding, polar bear dip and much more winter fun!

Click to the Leelanau Blog for information about the Glen Arbor & Empire Winterfests (next weekend) and Northport’s Winter Festival on February 26th.

Just a thought for the folks in Glen Arbor & Empire: Why don’t you call up the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and do a big old “Sleeping Bear Winterfest”??

Snowshoe Hikes in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Join a Park Ranger at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore every Saturday and Sunday through the month of February for a guided snowshoe hike. Read more from the Glen Arbor Sun and even if you don’t do the guided hikes, DO get out and ski or snowshoe in the Dunes and on other trails around the county!!


Feb 10 – Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival (Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival)
Feb 12 – Winter Wine and Vine Experience (Leelanau Community Cultural Center)
Feb 12 – Family Concert & Carnival (Leelanau Children’s Center)
Feb 12 – Free 50s-60s Sock Hop (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Feb 13 – Glen Arbor Winterfest (Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce)
Feb 16 – Insight and Inspiration Speaker Series (Leland Educational Foundation)
Feb 17 – City Opera House Volunteer Orientation (City Opera House)
Feb 17 – Desiree Vaughn-Talk About Art (GAAA)
Feb 18 – Talk about Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Feb 18 – Lewis Black: In God We Rust Tour (n/a)
Feb 20 – City Opera House Volunteer Orientation (City Opera House)
Feb 24 – The Aluminum Show (Castle Carpet Care and David and Jill Hall)
Feb 26 – Northport’s Seventh Annual Winter Carnival (Northport Omena Chamber of Commerce)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Tonight you can celebrate Valentines Day with the food & wine of France featuring appetizers and entrees including Tarte Five Provencal, Terrine de Maison, Salmon Wellington and Cinnamon Poached Squash w/Calvados Pork! Next week is the exotic, aromatic cuisine of India paired with some delicious & bracing wines.

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: Now playing is True Grit (PG-13) by the Coen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin. Coming soon is The King’s Speech. The Bay Film Series 2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay, MI is now underway! The next presentation, ‘Women Without Men’ (R) Iran, will be held on 2/13-15. 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_20110202_7318_fhbKen titled this Mt. Leelanau … erupts II and writes: Here is the next eruption following this one … notice the chunk of ice in the middle, the airborne one?! The chunk missed me, but I got a good soaking and new respect for the cone fields ; )

It’s 16 degrees (windchill of 4) under partly sunny skies at 3:15 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a February 10th was a scorching 57 degrees (2009) – a far cry from the mind, body and likely soul-numbing low of -33 set in 1899. They had a long run of double digit lows – that had to be hellish! The forecast for today calls scattered snow (no accumulation with highs in the mid teens and west winds at 10-15. There’s a chance of snow overnight and tomorrow with highs in 20s and southwest winds at 10-20+ on Friday. The weekend outlook calls for light snow, southwest winds at 15-25 and temps in the  low 30s on Saturday. For Sunday, expect some sun and temps in the mid 30s!

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