This Week in Leelanau: January 20, 2011

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This Week in Leelanau
We’ve (still) got snow (Ski!). We’ve (still) got cold (Skate!). All we’re missing is (still)

Run Across Ethiopia – January 6-20, 2011

Role for Leelanau County Government in Wireless Internet?

Winter in the Leelanau Peninsula.In addition to a report on the first-ever Regional Energy Expo and a neat look back at the History of Suttonsburg/Pleasant City, we took a look at a report some possible action by Leelanau County government on wireless. County commissioner David W. “Chauncey” Shiflett and the county board’s Wireless Internet Subcommittee are exploring Leelanau County residents’ use of and satisfaction with their Internet service and whether or not there’s a role for county government in improving Internet service.

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We have a review of new Gov Rick Snyder’s first State of the State Address. Other neat stuff on Absolute Michigan this week included The Michigan roots of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech, the Civilian Cold Conservation Corps and The Water Semester at UM.

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Icicle Trees and Cold Lake

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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 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 this winter wonderland. There is also a special Glen Arbor Art Association “Art from Wine Country” event at the Homestead Resort on Friday night (February 4th) that is open to anyone.

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!!


Jan 18 – Alps Adventures with the GT Hiking 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 – NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORIGINALS (Traverse City Opera House)
Jan 23 – Winter Festival (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Jan 27 – Green Drinks (GTCD)
Jan 29 – Boardman River Paddle with Backcountry Outfitters (GTCD)
Jan 29 – Downtown Chili Cook-Off (Downtown Traverse City Association)
Feb 4 – Art from Wine Country: Taste the Passion Weekend Event (GAAA)
Feb 5 – Michigan Wine Coast Art Exhibit (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Feb 12 – Family Concert & Carnival (Leelanau Children’s Center)
Feb 12 – Free 50s-60s Sock Hop (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Feb 12 – Winter Wine and Vine Experience (Leelanau Community Cultural Center)
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 New Orleans featuring appetizers and entrees including Tournedos Louis Armstrong, Roasted Pork Tenderloin w/pecan mashed sweet potatoes, Veal Rene’ and Louisiana Crawfish Boil!

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘The Fighter’ (R) ends 1/20. ‘Black Swan’ (R) starts 1/21. Coming soon: ‘True Grit’ (PG-13) and ‘The King’s Speech’ (R). 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

Leland's Fishtown, ~1970This great photo was taken in Fishtown in 1970 by jimflix! More in his Boats slideshow.

It’s 24 degrees and snowing at 7 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a January 20th was 50 degrees in 1907, and though it was cold, we didn’t see anything like the bone-chilling -21 from 1994. West winds are ramping up and there’s a Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect until 5 PM tomorrow for 2-5″ of snow tonight with northwest winds at 20-25+ and more snow (1-3″) and HIGHS only around 13 degrees. More snow and mid teens on Saturday and sun and a balmy 20 on Sunday!

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