This Week in Leelanau: November 11, 2010

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This Week in Leelanau

Sleeping Bear Point Shipwreck

Sleeping Bear Shipwreck XXIVThe big windstorm washed up a new shipwreck in the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The team hiked out to the wreck yesterday afternoon. Contrary to some published reports, the hike is 4+ miles round trip on the Dune Trail (head straight up the Dune Climb) or about 5 miles round trip on the beach. Time is about the same but the shore route from Glen Haven (go left from either location) would be a lot less strenuous!

We got some photos (check out the slideshow) and will hopefully have a video. Photographers Jeff Rabidoux of Life on the 45th and Ken Scott were also there! TV 9&10 has a nice video report and the Record-Eagle talked with Steve Harold, director of the Manistee County Historical Museum, who said the shipwreck could be that of the St. Nicholas or the General Taylor.

Read more on and stay tuned for details as we learn them!

Heritage Trail dream becomes a reality

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore celebrated its 40th birthday in late October and very soon work will begin on one of the Park’s biggest achievements — the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The project is a 27-mile, multi-use trail that promotes access and safety for bikers, hikers, rollerbladers and wheelchairs, alike, though not all locals agreed on whether or not certain portions of the trail should be paved.

The Glen Arbor Sun talked with Park Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich about the trail – click here to read the interview.

Aurora Borealis Designs invites you to visit them online or at their Leland Studio overlooking Fishtown for original beach glass and “Leland Blue” jewelry. Annie also specializes in custom jewelry for that perfect holiday gift.
“My Daddy said ‘it will never cost you a dime son to be nice.’ I will never forget that. I was eleven years old and I will die with that because that means so much to me.”
~ George “Sparky” Anderson

Legendary Detroit Tigers manager George “Sparky” Anderson passed away last week, click here for a tribute to Sparky

All November we’re remembering shipping & shipwrecks on Absolute Michigan & Michigan in Pictures. Michigan in Pictures has lots of great features at that link you’ll want to check out. Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald and we had probably the best YouTube video ever, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald edited by Joseph Fulton featured on Absolute Michigan.

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Suttons Bay Norsemen meet Iron Mountain Friday in Regional Football

Suttons Bay will play in the state Regional football finals tomorrow (Friday, Nov 12). The 11-0 Norsemen are coming off a 42-6 crushing of Farwell in Districts and will meet the 10-1 Iron Mountain Mountaineers Friday night at 7 PM in Suttons Bay.

Go Norsemen!

Leland School presents Oliver
The musical OLIVER, directed by Jeremy John Evans and with a cast of fifty Leland students grades 3-12 hits the Leland stage November 5th–7th and 12th –14th. Tickets may be reserved in advance or purchased at the door – call 256-9857 ext 3895. A bring to life the classic Dickens’ characters of Oliver, Dodger, Nancy and Fagin. Oliver opened London in 1960, where it became the longest running production, playing for 2,619 performances.

Twitter Tasting with Black Star FarmsOur friends over at Michigan By the Bottle will be holding a Twitter Tasting next Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm. In anticipation of the holidays, the tasting will feature two new sparkling wines from Black Star Farms: 2009 Be Dazzled and 2010 Bubbly Nouveau. Both wines are in their third vintage and the Be Dazzled incorporates both Brut and Demi-Sec styles, while the Bubbly Nouveau is an appetizer style sparkling wine that is fun & fruity. Click here for details!

Nov 11 – Dawn Erickson:Textile Designer
Nov 11 – Franc D’Ambrosio
Nov 13 – WCMU Features Film Festival With Dennos Museum’s
Nov 17 – Insight and Inspiration Speaker Series
Nov 19 – Artcenter Traverse City Winter Show
Nov 21 – Dolly & Me Tea with the Trees
Nov 26 – Where the Holidays Begin!
Nov 27 – Great Macaroni and Cheese Bake-Off
Dec 3 – SwingShift and The Stars Dance-Off for Charity
Dec 4 – Merry Marketplace
Dec 5 – Cedar’s Make and Take Christmas Party
Dec 9 – Lady’s Night
Dec 11 – Day of Giving
Dec 16 – Men’s Night
Dec 31 – SwingShift and The Stars Grand Final Event

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘Nowhere Boy’ ends 11/11, Mao’s Last Dancer starts 11/12 and ‘Winter’s Bone’ plays 11/14-16. Coming soon: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1’ (PG-13) – Opens Thursday 11/18 at Midnight!, ‘Wild Grass’ (PG) and ‘True Grit’. The Bay Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in SuttonsBay, MI is now underway! Mid-Week Specials are back!! 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

Ken took this shot in Omena and says that he’s grateful for water – me too!!! See it in his ones that “got away” set.

It’s 63 degrees under partly sunny skies at 2 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. We missed the record high yesterday by just two degrees and will be close but not quite for the November 11 record high of 69 degrees set in 1915. The low of 15 from 1985 will be safe for another year. The forecast for today calls for partly to mostly sunny skies with highs again in the low to mid 60s with south winds at 10-20. Tomorrow will be cooler with temps in the 40s and clouds increasin in the afternoon and bringing a chance of evening rain. There’s a good chance of rain Saturday (60%) with highs in the 40s and snow is possible on Sunday!

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