This Week in Leelanau ~ January 13, 2011

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We’ve got snow (Ski!). We’ve got cold (Skate!). All we’re missing is

Run Across Ethiopia – January 6-20, 2011Through January 20th, a small group of runners and support team will run 400 kilometers across Southern Ethiopia as part of a campaign to generate awareness and funding for education. The Run Across Ethiopia aims to raise $100,000 for Ethiopian education projects, including the construction of schools in other coffee-growing communities. You can tune in to a master of immersive journalism who is in Ethiopia with the team, Glen Arbor Sun Editor Jacob Wheeler. Daily updates are posted at RAE Live where you can get links to live updates on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube where there are gems like Seth Bernard & Daisy May Erlewine jamminn with Ethiopian musicians.

What really makes it work is your donation!

Getting Out in Leelanau

This week we had a great video of Hiking Pyramid Point in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore by Michael Drinian.Dunes on Platte RiverIf you can’t get out and hike the real thing, this will definitely do!

Speaking of getting out, Mark took a hike on the Sleeping Bear Dunes. His slideshow is amazing. There will be a Quiz.


All in the Family Vacation Rentals offers properties in Leelanau County on Lake Michigan, Lake Leelanau, Little Traverse Lake, Bright Lake and Leland. You can experience living in a restored 100 year old barn north of Leland or choose to pamper yourself in luxury at Woods’ Haven on Lake Michigan. We can accommodate groups as large as 15 or 16 people in some of our properties. All properties are non-smoking and some are pet friendly. Make your summer plans early – anticipation is the 2nd best part!

The new year has been great for stories on Absolute Michigan with stories including Tip Up Town (Late January on Houghton Lake), a Live Blog from the Michigan Culinary Tourism Conference, a preview of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show (starting this weekend).

My personal favorite is The Buzz on the Green Hornet from the good folks at Seeking Michigan. It gives you some great history & links on this Michigan Original Superhero.

About all I can say about Michigan in Pictures is that this week was one of the best – mouse over these photos, maybe click a few. You can subscribe to Michigan in Pictures or follow it on Facebook.

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Windsail Winter

This week’s photo is Windsail Winter by leelanau2010 (Bill Blaida). Check it out bigger in his interestingly named Windsails and Birds slideshow. He has an enite Leelanau Winter Collection that you will probably enjoy.

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The Leelanau Calendar

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Fort Dix solar panels
Regional Energy Expo this Saturday!

The Grand Vision Energy Network and Northwestern Michigan College invite you to the 2011 Regional Energy Expo. 2011 Regional Energy Expo – Saturday, January 15, 2011. The Energy Expo will take place Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the brand-new NMC Aero Park Laboratories (2525 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City).

There is no charge to attend what will be one of Michigan’s largest energy expos that features over 60 energy industry experts introducing you to new technologies and helping you understand what’s what in the rapidly changing field of energy use and conservation. There will also be educational sessions on topics including Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Audits, Lighting & Geothermal Systems and Financing Renewable Energy Systems.

…and in case you are wondering about that crew in the photo, that’s the U.S. Army Environmental Command installing solar panels at Fort Dix.

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!!Winter Shadows at Brown Bridge Pond

Hey Leelanau Folks!
I don’t want to alarm you but the folks from Traverse City are posting a lot more events to the Leelanau Calendar. We’ve always included TC in events because we believe that TC is part of living in Leelanau, but we’d love it if some of you folks who are doing events in Leelanau would add them to the calendar!

I do have to say that the Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) is throwing DOWN the events this winter!



Jan 13 – Charlie Murphy-Talk About Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Jan 15 – FREE Snowshoe Demo Day (GTCD)
Jan 15 – Winter Warm Up (Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula)
Jan 15 – Snow Shoe Hike with the Grand Traverse Audubon Club (GTCD)
Jan 19 – Full Moon Family Snowshoe Hike (GTCD)
Jan 22 – Butch Thompson’s New Orleans Jazz (Not sponsored)
Jan 22 – Free First Aid CPR Class (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Jan 22 – Snowbird BINGO (GTCD)
Jan 22 – NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORIGINALS (Traverse City Opera House)
Jan 23 – Winter Festival (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Jan 27 – Green Drinks (GTCD)
Jan 27 – Landscaping for the Birds with the GT Audubon Club (GTCD)
Jan 29 – Downtown Chili Cook-Off (Downtown Traverse City Association)
Jan 29 – The Wonders of Raptors (GTCD)
Feb 4 – Art from Wine Country: Taste the Passion Weekend Event (GAAA)
Feb 5 – Taste the Passion (Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association)
Feb 5 – Michigan Wine Coast Art Exhibit (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Feb 12 – Free 50s-60s Sock Hop (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Feb 13 – Glen Arbor Winterfest (Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Next week is Greek featuring appetizers and entrees including Grilled Haloumi, Fennel Dusted Sea Bass over orzo tabbouleh, Spanakopita and Herb Braised Lamb w/ feta rissoto along with the wines of Greece!

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘The Fighter’ (R) starts 1/14. Coming soon: ‘Black Swan’ (R), ‘True Grit’ (PG-13) and ‘The King’s Speech’ (R). The Bay Film S
eries 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay, MI is now underway! The next presentation, ‘Bride Flight’ (R) Netherlands/New Zealand, will be held on 1/16-18. 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

Dunes on Platte RiverI’ve been pretty shamelessly featuring the photos of Mark Lindsay in this email. About this photo “Dunes on Platte River” he writes: Lake effect snows left a beautiful blanket at Platte River Point. Cold temperatures and blue skies. Blessed again by Nature, this is my Medicine.

It’s 24 degrees and snowing at 10:00 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a January 13th was 49 degrees during the January Thaw of 2006 and I can bet that if you were there, you remember the record low of -12 from 1964! We bottomed out at only 23 today. Overnight we are expecting lows around 20 with 3-4″ of snow by morning. Another 1-2″ is on tap for tomorrow with highs in the 20s and then 4-5″ Friday night. More snow and wind on Saturday and less wind but some snow on Sunday.

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