This Week in Leelanau: March 3, 2011

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A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach around Lake Michigan

Next Friday (March 11, 2011) at 7 PM at Brilliant Books in Suttons Bay, Loreen Niewenhuis will release her book, A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach. The book chronicles her walk around the shoreline of Lake Michigan and her observations along the way.

We caught up with Loreen and asked her a couple of questions – click here to read more!

Sugar Loaf: Old Faces, New Numbers

The redoubtable Liko Smith returned to the web with a new effort. We don’t really care about that but it seems to have sparked some new & concrete discussion.

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Ice Woman

On Michigan in Pictures we featured lots of watery goodness including this crazy March swimming photo! Why? Well, other than the fact that Michigan isn’t a hand without the Great Lakes, the fact that the Great Lakes are a $62 billion dollar job-creation engine responsible for over 1/2 a million jobs in Michigan alone was probably reason enough! Sign up for a daily photo email from Michigan in Pictures – just click that link and add your email in the box on the right!

Absolute Michigan had all kinds of stories this week including features on the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury (July 4th weekend) and a feature on spring hikes in the Grand Traverse region.

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The photo this week is Sailing takes me away… by SkySnapper. I love winter but it seems like being taken away to summer wouldn’t be all bad right about now! See more in Anthony’s Northport slideshow.

Sailing takes me away...

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Lucky Leprechaun Ball Fundraiser and Danny Boy Singing Contest
Support the work of the Father Fred Foundation and enjoy great entertainment at the annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball on Sunday, March 13 beginning at 5 PM at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House in Traverse City. Performers for this family friendly event will be Song of the Lakes and the Young Sullys, an Irish family band with 6 kids ages 6 to 14 years old. The evening will also feature the top 5 Junior & Adult Finalists who are seeking “The Best Singer In Traverse City Award” in the 31st annual Danny Boy Singing Contest (first round on March 10 – still time to register to compete!).

More information right here!

Traverse City Restaurant Week – through March 5The Downtown Traverse City Association is hosting the first Traverse City Restaurant Week in response to the many accolades regarding great restaurants and food offerings in tour region. $25 gets you appetizer, main course and dessert at any of 15 representatives.

Click here for the details and let’s try really hard to get on this culinary tourism train in Leelanau!!

Leland poppy.Art in the Garden

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan welcomes MSU Professor of Horticulture Dr. Art Cameron, who will take you on a virtual walk through the garden this Saturday (March 5) at 9 AM at the Leelanau County Government Center. Dr. Cameron will highlight various gardens, mostly from Michigan, pointing out interesting and noteworthy annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, vegetables and more.

Click above to pre-register but the organizers say there will be space if you want to just show up!


Mar 4 – Chanticleer (WTCM)
Mar 5 – Photo Frenzy on the Natural Education Reserve (GTCD)
Mar 7 – Fundraiser for Third Level’s Transitional Living Program (Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.)
Mar 8 – PEEPERS – Here Come the Birds! (GTCD)
Mar 8 – Meet The Winemaker Wine Dinner featuring Chateau Fontaine (Uncorked)
Mar 11 – A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach – Book Launch Party (Brilliant Books)
Mar 12 – The Irish Comedy Tour (Traverse City Opera House)
Mar 15 – A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach (Inland Seas Education Association)
Mar 18 – Talk about Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)
Mar 20 – Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (Traverse City Opera House)
Mar 26 – An Introduction to Native Trees and Shrubs (GTCD)
Mar 31 – Flora Hoffman – Talk About Art (Glen Arbor Art Association)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Tonight is Southwest – The “real” Tex/Mex and next week is Asian Fusion.

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: Ending tonight is The King’s Speech (r). he Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon & Emily Blunt starts Friday. In March, the Bay Film Series brings Waste Land (Check out the web site – looks amazing!. 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_20110302_3204_IssStckbKen writes: ISS Flyby 3-2-11 two airships, pass in the night . . . Waiting on the frozen shoreline of Lake Michigan for the ISS to fly over … always a sweet sight! would have been aWSOMe had the northern lights also appeared : Click for his timelapse!

It’s 31 degrees under mostly cloudy skies at 4:15 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a March 3rd was a sweltering 64 in 1974, and all I can say is that I hope you weren’t the kid with their tongue stuck to the flagpole when we notched the record low of -30 in 1943! The forecast for today calls for temps right around 30 with flurries. Light snow and upper 20s overnight with southeast winds at 10-20+. We’ll see a mix of snow & rain early Friday with highs in the upper 30s. Snow returns Friday night and into Saturday with early highs Saturday in the low 30s before north winds ramp up and the mercury drops. Sun and 20s on Sunday. Is it just me, or is March the calendrical equivalent of a see-saw?

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This Week in Leelanau: March 3, 2011