This Week in Leelanau: January 6, 2011

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Run Across Ethiopia – January 6-20, 2011

A number of runners & support team members from our area have touched down in Ethiopia and on Saturday, January 8th, they join more runners and team members from around to country for the Run Across Ethiopia, a 400km ultramarathon to raise funds and awareness for Ethiopian education. DONATE HERE!

Starting on January 8, 2011 and spanning 12 days, a small group of runners 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 Glen Arbor Sun Editor Jacob Wheeler who is in Ethiopia, the Run Across Ethiopia Facebook and RAE Live for daily updates including photos & video all during the run or check in at Higher Grounds or Pangea Pizza in Traverse City.

Sugar Loaf – the results are in!

Here’s the results from our poll about what YOU want to see at Sugar Loaf. With nearly 100 votes, it’s pretty clear that the community wants to see Sugar Loaf return more or less as it was:

  • Four season resort with ski, golf, lodging, etc (make it like it was) (49%)
  • Simple ski resort (bare bones, like Nubs Nob) (24%)
  • Community ski resort (simple, but with nonprofit managing skiing) (12%)
  • Community Center / Business Park / Affordable Housing with community skiing (8%)
  • Housing/condos (skiing is done) (2%s)
  • Let it rot (I am sick of Sugar Loaf) (2%)
  • Community Center / Business Park / Affordable Housing (no skiing but let’s think outside the box) (1%)

Our discussion on Sugar Loaf continues and, when not degenerating into meanness which I confess I might have aided, there’s some pretty interesting thoughts and info.

LPVA Small Plates
The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association invite you to celebrate wine, chocolate & love the first weekend of February with the annual Taste the Passion Wine Trail Tour. The event takes place Saturday & Sunday (February 5&6) and features wine & food pairings at each of the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association. Click the link for ticket & package information and to see a video!

Also on Friday night (Feb 4) at Mountain Flowers Lodge from 6-8pm, the Homestead Resort and Glen Arbor Artists will be hosting “Art from Michigan’s Wine Coast.” Art will be on display and for sale from local artists.

On Absolute Michigan, we marked the passing of Geraldine Hoff Doyle of Lansing, the woman behind this iconic image of the bandana-clad, muscle-flexing Rosie the Riveter. Doyle was just 17 when her photo was taken by a United Press International photo in a metal-pressing plant near Ann Arbor. Click through for her story and a great video on Rosie the Riveter from the Library of Congress!

Over on Michigan in Pictures, we featured Lake Superior State’s annual List of Banished words, where someone noted that the standards for using ‘epic’ are so low, even ‘awesome’ is embarrassed!

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Seminar on Fishtown and Great Lakes Fisheries

Leelanau Leland early Fishing Fleet in old ChannelThe Inland Seas Education Association will present a seminar that focuses on the Great Lakes fishery at 7 PM next Tuesday, January 11th at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. The seminar is free and open to the public and will be presented by Amanda Holmes, Executive Director of the Fishtown Preservation Society.

The shores of the Great Lakes and their islands were once fringed with commercial fisheries like Leland’s Fishtown, where fish were processed for the burgeoning Midwest. As it has been for over a century, Fishtown is still a commercial fishery, although on a smaller scale. Holmes will share her explorations of some of the few remaining fishing operations throughout the Great Lakes, why they have survived, and what they have taught her about the rarity of Fishtown.

Snowshoe Hikes in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

There’s no better way to get outside and burn off some of those extra holiday calories than by joining a Park Ranger at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on a weekend s every Saturday and Sunday, starting on January 2, 2011 and going 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 6 – Insight and Inspiration Speaker Series (Leland Educational Foundation)
Jan 8 – Nothing but Superior – An Introduction to Winter Camping (GTCD)
Jan 8 – Winter Trails Day – CC Ski & Snowshoe for FREE (The Homestead)
Jan 11 – PEEPERS – Let it Snow! (GTCD)
Jan 11 – January’s Meet The Winemaker Wine Dinner (Uncorked)
Jan 11 – LIWDA meeting (LIWDA)
Jan 13 – Charlie Murphy-Talk About Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Jan 15 – Snow Shoe Hike with the Grand Traverse Audubon Club (GTCD)
Jan 15 – Winter Warm Up (Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula)
Jan 15 – FREE Snowshoe Demo Day (GTCD)
Jan 18 – Alps Adventures with the GT Hiking Club (GTCD)
Jan 18 – PEEPERS – Let’s get Tracking (GTCD)
Jan 19 – Full Moon Family Snowshoe Hike (GTCD)
Jan 22 – Free First Aid CPR Class (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Jan 22 – Butch Thompson’s New Orleans Jazz (Not sponsored)
Jan 22 – Snowbird BINGO (GTCD)
Jan 22 – NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORIGINALS (Traverse City Opera House)
Jan 23 – Winter Festival (Cedar Area Community Foundation)
Jan 25 – PEEPERS – Trees in Winter (GTCD)
Jan 27 – Green Drinks (GTCD)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Tonight’s offerings are from Southern Italy featuring items like Saltimbocca, Artichoke Stuffed Shrimp, Lobster Soup and Chianti Marinated Ribeye. Next week is Spanish Tapas: Small plates, big flavors and great wine! Dig into Grilled Pizzetta w/smoked salmon, boursin &caviar, Fennel Soup w/black mussels, Wild Mushroom Strudel, Butter Poached Lobster w/sweet potato agnolotti, Chorizo and Cheese Tortilla w/white Gazpacho and much more including Lamb Lollipops. No idea what that is but it sounds way better than a dum-dum!

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘How Do You Know’ (PG-13) ends 1/6. ‘Fair Game’ (PG-13) starts 1/7. Coming soon: ‘True Grit’ (PG-13), ‘The Fighter’ (R) and ‘The King’s Speech’ (R). The Bay Film Series 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

KAScott_20101230_9035abHere’s a little Winter Cross Stitch from Ken Scott Photography!

It’s 26 degrees with light snow at 2:15 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a January 6th was 51 degrees just a few years ago in 2008, but you have to go all the way back to 1912 for the low of -10. Boat owners might remember that as the year that Stander Marine in Leland was founded. Our snow cover is building back up. The forecast for today calls for up to 2″ of snow with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds picking up to 15-20 this afternoon (gusting to 35). We could see as much as 3″ of snow tonight and on Friday we’ll pile on 3-4″ more with a high only around 20. The weekend outlook is for snow and 20s on Saturday and light snow and upper 20s Sunday!

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