This Week in Leelanau: July 16, 2010

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I really try to get these out on Thursdays – summertime in Northern Michigan is just so darn distracting!!

The Glen Arbor Sun has a great story about Growth in Glen Arbor by Keenan May and Peter Spaulding. Happy colorsThey also report that current Sugar Loaf Owner Kate Wickstrom has confirmed that two buyers are interested in Sugar Loaf – one of which may partner with Liko Smith. Apparently a different buyer, whose identity she wouldn’t disclose, emerged in May, and she said “The guy’s not interested in putting a city out there. He’s geared more toward the kids and family. He had been interested in the area, and followed the blogs and news (about Liko Smith), and then he contacted me about two months ago.”

We’ve been hearing from Kate and others about the whole deal on the Sugar Loaf blog at Our featured sound bite is from Kate herself responding to a question from Mark about why it’s taking so long:
“These things take time Mark. It’s not like going in buying a burger.”

While these things may take time, I have to say that I feel that if Sugar Loaf were a burger, it would be on the “charcoal” side of well done…


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Over on Michigan in Pictures, we highlighted Noah Stephens compelling project The People of Detroit. Be sure to check that out and other posts including a great old photo of logging Michigan’s white pines.

On Absolute Michigan we went into the past with the Archives of Michigan to get the story of the Interlochen Academy for the Arts. We also featured a statewide series of forums exploring

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2010 Inland Seas Music Festival ~ Saturday, July 17The 2010 Inland Seas Music Festival will take place on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 10 AM – 5 PM on the waterfront at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. The Festival will provide live music from Song of the Lakes and others, sails aboard the Schoolship, food & more!

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival Launch Party
TONIGHT Friday, July 16th from 6 – 7:30, the second Traverse City Wine & Art Festival kicks off with a Launch Party at InsideOut Gallery, downtown Traverse City at 211 Garland Street. The free TCWF Launch Party will feature wine tasting, multimedia entertainment, giveaways from event sponsors and a one-night only chance to purchase wine festival tickets at a discounted rate!

Art Leelanau Benefit Show & Sale
The opening reception for the 18th annual Art Leelanau benefit art exhibition and sale for support of programs at the Old Art Building in Leland happens Friday, July 23 from 5-8 PM. Tickets for the event are $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and one drink are included in the ticket price, and there also will be a full cash bar with live jazz by the John Lindenau quartet.

2010 Leelanau Farmer’s Markets are underway in Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau, Leland, Northport and Suttons Bay. They offer you a chance to get out and connect with farmers and other folks who produce food in Leelanau County. You can also connect with Leelanau Farmer’s Markets on Facebook!

Jul 16 – Sky, Land Garden – Paitings by Carol Spaulding
Jul 16 – Sour Mash at Northport’s Music in the Park
Jul 17 – Frog Hop
Jul 17 – Inv
asive Species Workbee
Jul 18 – Still on the Hill/Manitou Music Festival
Jul 20 – Cedar River Kayaking
Jul 20 – Tuesday evenings- Music by Windy Ridge Boys – Leland Lodge
Jul 21 – Claudia Schmidt/Manitou Music Festival
Jul 21 – Firefly Frenzy
Jul 22 – Musica Batteria Concert – Top of the Bay Mountain
Jul 23 – PHSB Historic Preservation Volunteer Project
Jul 23 – Neptune Quartet at Northport’s Music in the Park
Jul 23 – Book Event with Jody Marquis
Jul 23 – Looking Closely: Oil Paintings by Peggy Hawley
Jul 23 – Lori Feldpausch/Plein Air Painter/Gallery Show
Jul 24 – Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear Picnic
Jul 24 – Story Time and book signing with Gary Wise
Jul 24 – HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE collection event
Jul 24 – PHSB Historic Preservation Volunteer Project
Jul 25 – Mulebone/Manitou Music Festival
Jul 27 – Tuesday evenings- Music by Windy Ridge Boys – Leland Lodge
Jul 27 – 4th Annual Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run
Jul 28 – Story Time and book signing with Charles Murphy
Jul 29 – Western Brass Quintet/Manitou Music Festival
Jul 30 – Steve Sandner Quintet at Music in the Park
Jul 30 – Space In Between: Paintings by Margo Burian
Jul 30 – Grace Dickinson/Historic Photographs
Jul 31 – Path to Page: A day of writing and hiking
Jul 31 – Butterfly Beauty
Jul 31 – Northport All School Reunion
Jul 31 – Book Event with Michael Federspiel

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘The Karate Kid (PG) ends on Thursday 7/15. ‘Inception’ (PG-13) starts Friday 7/16. Coming soon: ‘Eat, Pray, Love (R), “Girl Who Played With Fire’ (NR). The Bay Select Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay, MI! The schedule for the film series has now been posted on the website. 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!

Glen Arbor PierThe Weather…
LeelanauLens took this photo from the Glen Arbor Pier a year ago, but that’s about what it looked like this week – gorgeous summer weather!

It’s 86 degrees under sunny skies at 2:30 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record low for a July 16th of 40 degrees set was set waaaay back in 1898 with the high of 98 set in 2006. The forecast for today calls for sunny skies with temps in the mid to upper 80s and southwest winds at 10-20. Saturday’s forecast is for sunny skies and 80s again. There’s a slight chance of rain on Sunday with 80s again and partly to mostly cloudy skies.

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