This Week in Leelanau: February 3, 2011

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This Week in Leelanau

It’s been a while since we gave anything away, so let’s take care of that. The 2011 Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival is bringing some great comedy to the region next weekend and we’ve got 2 adult and 2 kids tickets to give away to see ComedySportz Kidz this Saturday!

As with most of our email giveaways you don’t have to answer a trivia question, jump through a hoop or do anything but have your email on our list. The winner is SR from points unknown! Stay tuned and share with your friends because you could be our next winner.

Our Ski Leelanau! report shows nearly 2 feet of snow in 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!

Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
There’s still time to make that special someone’s Valentine’s Day and even if it’s not me (hint) you should definitely think about sending some of Mimi Wheeler’s amazing truffles, caramels, bon-bons and other delectable chocolates that are made with fine and fairly traded ingredients wherever possible. There’s even many of them that incorporate Leelanau herbs and fruits!!

Click for their online store and trust me – you will not find a better gift for the chocolate lover on your list!

Boyne Falls MI RARE 1950s Ice Sculpture at Boyne Mountain Snow and Ice Sculptures were a popular attraction at Ski Resorts in the 50s and 60s Bob Miles Photo Card S24328 Unsent
While the forecast Snowpocalypse didn’t do much in Michigan, Michigan in Pictures commemorated The Storm That Mostly Wasn’t with the above giant snow bunny from Boyne Mountain in the 1950s. There’s lots more great stuff there including news that the Michiagn Film Incentive might land Oz: The Great and Powerful starring Johnny Depp!

Stories on Absolute Michigan include a Michigan Radio feature on the arts and economy in Michigan and a feature on the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin that includes a great video from 1964.

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Sleeping Bear Climb

This week’s photo is Sleeping Bear Climb by Joel Dinda. Check it out background big and see more in Joel’s Sleeping Bear slideshow!

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Taste the Passion
Taste the Passion Weekend ~ February 5-6, 2011
Celebrate wine, chocolate and love at the upcoming Valentine’s Day at the Taste the Passion weekend this weekend (February 5 & 6, 2011). The combination of winter’s beauty in Leelanau with the special pleasures of life always makes for wonderful weekend. You can enjoy special pours and tasty chocolate treats or savory pairings at Leelanau wine trail wineries.

To add to the weekend’s festivities, several of the wineries will hold special events and activities exclusively for “Taste the Passion” ticket holders to celebrate the beauty and fun to be had in our winter wonderland!

Art From Michigan’s Wine Country
Great art, wine and food are the main events for Art From Michigan’s Wine Country, Friday, February 4th from 6-8 p.m. in the Mountain Flowers Lodge at The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor. It’s a special evening that kicks off the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association’s Taste the Passion weekend. For a third year, this fun winter event features wine from Leelanau wineries, original art by local artists and a fabulous small plates menu designed by The Homestead’s Chef Piombo.

The price is $20 per person, a portion of which benefits the Glen Arbor Art Association, and includes one glass of wine and food stations with delectable small plates. Additional wine available for $4/glass or three glasses for $10. A coffee tasting will be provided by Leelanau Coffee Roasters.

TCCF by Dan Sultana,Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival ~ February 10-13, 2011
The 2nd annual Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival 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!

Snowshoe Hikes in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

There’s no better way to stick to your New Year’s Resolution than by joining a Park Ranger at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore every Saturday and Sunday through the month of February. 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 8 – Meet The Winemaker: Black Star Farms (Uncorked)
Feb 8 – LIWDA monthly meeting (LIWDA)
Feb 12 – Family Concert & Carnival (Leelanau Children’s Center)
Feb 12 – Winter Wine and Vine Experience (Leelanau Community Cultural Center)
Feb 12 – Free 50s-60s Sock Hop (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Feb 13 – Glen Arbor Winterfest (Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce)
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)
Feb 27 – Fundraiser for Pete’s Place Youth Shelter (Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Next week 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! Other February feasts are India & New England.

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_7285_enKen Scott writes that he got this shot of a pond, in the ice, on the shoreline of Lake Michigan the day after the winter “storm of the century”. See his shot along with many more winter pics (and a few summery pics) in the Leelanau(dot)com Photo Group slideshow!

It’s 28 degrees under cloudy skies at 7:30 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a February 3rd was 50 degrees in 1922 with the low – a frigid -25 – set in 1996. Expect sunny skies again tomorrow with highs near 30 and southwest winds at 10-20. The weekend outlook calls for partly sunny skies Saturday and Sunday with list snow and highs in the low 30s.

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