This Week in Leelanau: January 28, 2011

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Our Ski Leelanau! report shows over a foot in many locations 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 lift line is looooooooong today…

(still) waiting for sugar loafWe posted this photo in April of 2008 after Brad Lutz announced he was pulling out of a purchase agreement.

While we’re waiting around for something (anything) to happen, we made a new poll asking if you are still interested in the future of Sugar Loaf. It’s an issue we’ve been tracking on for years, but sometimes we wonder if folks would just as soon forget about what was once a vibrant part of Leelanau’s economy.

In addition to a feature on the new Traverse City Restaurant Week we have a photo challenge asking you Where in Leelanau is it?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to share your love of Leelanau than with some beach glass & stone jewelry from Aurora Borealis Designs. Annie also specializes in custom jewelry for that perfect holiday gift.

Visit Annie online or at her Leland Studio overlooking Fishtown for original beach glass and “Leland Blue” jewelry.

Greater BuffaloOn Michigan in Pictures we celebrated Michigan’s 174th Birthday, checked in on New Year’s Resolutions and shared the fascinating story of the Steamer Greater Buffalo one of the last, largest, and fastest sidewheel passenger ships on the Great Lakes that grew up to be an aircraft carrier!

Over at Absolute Michigan, we have some ideas to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day the Michigan way and a great feature with photos & video about Earl Young’s Charlevoix cottages.If you have a Michigan business, you can add your link for free to Michigan’s largest site for Michigan news & links,!

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Icy Adornment

This week’s photo is titled “Icy Adornment” and it was taken by Mark Miller in Empire a couple of weeks ago. More wintry goodness in his slideshow!

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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.

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 our winter wonderland!

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 29 – Downtown Chili Cook-Off (Downtown Traverse City Association)
Jan 29 – The Wonders of Raptors (GTCD)
Jan 29 – Boardman River Paddle with Backcountry Outfitters (GTCD)
Feb 4 – Art From Michigan’s Wine Country: Taste the Passion Weekend (GAAA)
Feb 5 – Taste the Passion Wine Tour (Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association)
Feb 8 – Meet The Winemaker: Black Star Farms (Uncorked)
Feb 10 – Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival (Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival)
Feb 12 – Free 50s-60s Sock Hop (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Feb 12 – Winter Wine and Vine Experience (Leelanau Community Cultural Center)
Feb 12 – Family Concert & Carnival (Leelanau Children’s Center)
Feb 13 – Glen Arbor Winterfest (Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce)
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

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Next week is Chinese featuring appetizers and entrees including Seafood Eggrolls, Peking Duck, Sesame Crepes and Wasabi Crusted Chicken. You can celebrate Valentines Day with the food & wine of France. Other February feasts are India & New England.

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: Now playing: ‘Black Swan’ (R) plays thru 2/3. 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

KAScott_20110123_gp_8496bKen Scott took this shot on Bay Mountain at the Homestead during the 4H snowboard class. click here for a timelapse from the day!

It’s 27 degrees and with light snow at 2 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a January 20th was 55 degrees in 1916 with the low of -14 set in 1963. We’re expecting about 2-3″ of snow by tomorrow morning and light snow and low 20s on Saturday. Sunday, look for cloudy skies, light snow and low to mid 20s.

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