This Week in Leelanau: June 10, 2010

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Inside the M-22 Challenge

Jacob Wheeler, editor of the Glen Arbor Sun, will be taking immersive journalism to the next level as a participant in the M-22 Challenge. This annual event takes place this Saturday morning (June 12 – 9 AM) and features athletes of all levels in a bike/run/kayak triathalon along M-22 in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get all the details at and definitely check it out on Saturday morning!

Speaking of the Glen Arbor Sun, a little bird told me that the Sun will once again scoop regional media with another hard-hitting interview of someone at the heart of this confusing tale. If you’re not reading “Leelanau’s other newspaper”, you should be!

Sugar Loaf Update

Discussion about Sugar Loaf has been fast & furious on the blog. Click over to our Sugar Loaf post to read the latest and to add your own thoughts. Latest comment from LeelanauLocalFolk:

…OK, but after Liko clears out…THEN what? Has the idea of another plan based right here in our area been discussed? Me, I’d feel a lot better about someone going in and taking over the property if they were FROM here. Such folks would have a far better understand of the local situation than Liko did in the few months he “graced us with his presence”. If someone were to step up and put something like that together, I’d like to see what they had in mind. Anything would be a step forward from the circus that we’ve been witnessing for the last couple of months. How ’bout it?

How ’bout it indeed? Where are we going from here and is there any way out of The Black Hole of Sugar Loaf?


LPVA Small Plates

The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association invite you to visit their web site to learn about the Leelanau Wine Trail. The Leelanau Peninsula has long been famed for its fruit, and these 18 wineries offer diverse opportunities to learn about and enjoy the wines our grapes & winemakers produce.

Next Saturday (June 19th) form 6-9 PM you can enjoy wines from a number of these wines, along with artfully prepared Tapas-style dishes at the first-ever LPVA Small Plates.

lostIf you’re lost in the fog near canyon falls and see a blue heron … well … you’re probably on Michigan in Pictures.

On Absolute Michigan this week, we featured a couple of regional events: the Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival which takes place this Sunday (June 13) at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Lore, a multimedia event produced by a group of women artists next Friday (June 18) at 7 PM at the historic Mills Community House Theater in Benzonia.

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This week’s photo of the South Manitou Lighthouse was taken by lomeranger (Jason Lome). See this and more photos in his South Manitou slideshow!

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Leland Wine & Food Festival / Saturday, June 12

The Leland Wine & Food Festival is a northern Michigan tradition held on the second Saturday in June (This Saturday – June 12). 2010 is the 25th Annual Event, and this year the festival is celebrating the contribution of Leelanau wine industry pioneer Bruce Simpson. Come out from Noon til 6pm (no advance tickets needed!) and enjoy a day on the Leland Harbor tasting wines from local wineries and food from local restaurants. There’s live music all day and beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Admission is $12, which includes an etched wine glass and two tickets for wine tasting. Additional wine tasting tickets are available and the event is held rain or shine! Visit for details and check here for a gallery of wine festival photos!

Visit Up North Photo Contest and Open House / June 11

Visit Up North Rentals is hosting an Open House this week. Visit their new location at 600 W Front Street in Traverse City anytime between 1pm – 4pm tomorrow for light refreshments and their official Ribbon Cutting, celebrating with hot dogs and burgers!

Second Annual M-22 Challenge / Saturday, June 12

“The Broneah Brothers,” Matt and Keegan Meyers, are once again bringing us the M-22 Challenge to be held on June 12. The Challenge, which begins Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park (aka Little Glen Lake Picnic Area), is multi-discipline event, with biking, running, and paddling, which is designed to challenge athletes against the natural terrain and environmental elements of the area.

Reception and Exhibit for Artist in Residence, Charles Murphy / Friday, June 11

The Leelanau Community Art Center’s Ann Hall Artist in Residence for 2010 is Charles Murphy. The Old Art Building in Leland will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, June 11, and an giving opportunity to meet the artist and view a mixed media presentation of a lifetime collection of original artwork in oils and watercolor. The reception is from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit continues Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 to 4 pm.

LPVA Small Plates / Saturday, June 19

The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association is debuting a new event this month. The LPVA Small Plates will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 6-9 PM and will feature seven of member wineries offering a full glass of wine paired with a well-presented and substantial tapas dish. There will be three seating’s at each winery, 6-7, 7-8 and 8-9. Tickets are $10 and very limited for each time slot. Scroll down to see a list of participating wineries and their partnering chefs. Purchase tickets!

Northport Lighthouse and Maritime Festival / Saturday, June 19

Once again the Grand Traverse Lighthouse and the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce are joining together for the Northport Lighthouse and Maritime Festival on Saturday, June 19 in Northport. The festival celebrates the lighthouse and Northport’s maritime history and will be held at Haserot and Marina Parks from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A few of the highlights of the festival include Nautical Silent Auction & Flea Market, maritime historical displays, a nautical arts and craft show, Model Sailboat Making & Pond Races, Historic Boats on Display, Northport Weather Tower Interpretation, and more.

Jun 12 – Bingham Township Ice Cream Social and Community Day Picnic

Jun 13 – Children’s Summer 2010 Events: Make A Splash: READ!!

Jun 13 – FREE Concert at the Northport Community Arts Auditorium

Jun 17- Kerri VandenBerg: Watercolorist

Jun 19 – NPS/PHSB Barn Workshop

Jun 25 – PHSB – Historic Field Clearing Volunteer Project

Jun 26 – Wastin Away on Grand Traverse Bay -Beach Bash

Jun 26 – Here Comes Summer/Three Men & a Tenor

Jun 27 – Free Polka Lessons

Jun 28 – FREE Summer Day Camp

Jun 30 – Children’s Summer 2010 Events: Make a Splash: READ!


Jul 02 – Northport Community Band/Manitou Music Festival

Jul 03 – Cedar’s Polka Festival Parade

Jul 07 – Meet “Drew” a Live Australian Parrot!

Jul 08 – Boatloads of Great Lakes Fun!

Jul 11 – Dune Climb Concert/Jeremy Kittel Band/Manitou Music Festival

Jul 14 – Sister Wilene/Manitou Music Festival

Jul 18 – Still on the Hill/Manitou Music Festival

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (R) ends 6/17. Coming soon: ‘Toy Story 3’ starts June 18 and ‘Oceans’ (NR). Enjoy The Mid-Week Specials: Tuesday-FREE POPCORN (One medium popcorn free with ticket purchase. Not valid for Film Series or special engagements.), Wednesdays $5.50 admission (one price for all patrons). 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!

KAScott_20100606_8582_ftmbThe Weather…

This photo from Ken Scott shows the best of last week’s weather. While there wasn’t a ton of sun, there was much needed rain!

It’s 60 degrees under clear skies at 8:30 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a June 11th was 93, set way back in 1911. The low of 32 was reached in 1966, and we only made it to 62 today. The forecast for Friday calls for a good chance of rain on Friday with highs in the low 70s. The outlook for Saturday calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and highs in the low to mid 70s. For Sunday, expect partly sunny skies with highs in the low 70s again.

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