This Week in Leelanau: November 4, 2010

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Leelanau (and in the News

In today’s featured story on we have a roundup of some recent regional & national media coverage Leelanau has gotten recently that includes a video report on M-22 that was a part of. We’ll keep bringing you these stories, and if you have links, email us or share them on the Facebook!

Leelanau County Election Results

The results are not final, but probably the biggest news is Republican Ray Franz beating incumbent Democrat (and Leelanau resident) Dan Scripps for the 101st District State House. The Record-Eagle’s Leelanau County Results page says that the new 86th District Court Judge will be Mike Stepka and that Larry J. Nelson looks to be the new Leelanau County Probate Judge. The parks request in Suttons Bay failed, but Fire & Rescue Millage in Leland & Elmwood and the solid waste and recycling proposal rolled to passage. School bonds in Suttons Bay and Leland passed as well. If you click through to you can see your new slate of County Commissioners and don’t miss this feature on Leland School’s regional student mock election.

Sugar Loaf Rumors

Discussion about Sugar Loaf has been heating up over the last couple of weeks about a mysterious “2nd buyer” – tune in on the Leelanau Blog.


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On Absolute Michigan we’ve posted out November Michigan Event Calendar with all kinds of great things to do around the state. We also kick off a month-long focus on ships & shipwrecks today with a feature from on Gordon Lightfoot’s song about Michigan’s most famous shipwreck.

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Toast the Season Wine Tour


Grab that special someone or gather some friends for a mini-vacation for the annual Toast the Season wine tour. They offer the tour this weekend and next (Nov 6-7 or Nov 13-14), that make it easier to enjoy this tour featuring food & wine pairings at 18 Leelanau Peninsula wineries with holiday ornament and a gift bag featuring food & drink from the members of Sleeping Bear Gourmet! Get tickets and more details about the event by visiting Tickets are nearly sold out, so definitely make sure you get your ticket now if you’re planning on doing the event!!

Leland School presents

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.

Nov 5 – SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity
Nov 5 – OLIVER! – presented by Leland Drama (through Nov 14)
Nov 5 – Vertical Tasting
Nov 6 – The Iceman Cometh
Nov 6 – A Christmas Carol Ballet
Nov 7 – OLIVER! by Leland Drama
Nov 7 – A Christmas Carol Ballet
Nov 7 – Last Comic Standing
Nov 9 – Meet the Winemaker Wine Dinner- Silver Leaf Vineyard
Nov 11 – Franc D’Ambrosio
Nov 11 – Dawn Erickson:Textile Designer
Nov 19 – 28th Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Show
Nov 26 – Leland: 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


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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘Secretariat’ (PG) ends tonight. ‘Nowhere Boy’, a GREAT feature that played as the opening film at the 2010 Traverse City Film Festival starts tomorrow (11/5)! Coming soon: ‘Winter’s Bone’ (R) and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1’ (PG-13). The Bay Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in Suttons Bay 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

Good Harbor Bay PierTerry took this shot last Friday and says that Lake Michigan seems quite low right now with the old dock pilings at Good Harbor Bay are right up on the shore now!

It’s 43 degrees with light rain and north winds at 10-20 at 5:40 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a November 4th was 76 degrees set way back in 1896 with a record low of 13 from 1966. Expect north winds gusting up to 35 bringing scattered showers and maybe up to 2″ of snow by tomorrow morning (yes, I used the “s” word!). The weekend outlook calls for a chance of light snow and rain Friday with partly sunny skies and 40s on Saturday and mostly sunny skies and 50s on Sunday!

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