This Week in Leelanau: October 28, 2010

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This Week in Leelanau
Fall Color Report: What a difference a day can make, especially when that day has 50+ MPH winds!! These winds have stripped a lot of trees. However we do have color hanging on in sheltered locations, so this weekend will still be good.

The Gales of November are really early…

Dark CloudsYesterday the Grand Traverse Light measured winds in excess of 60 MPH and Buoy 45002 out in the middle of Lake Michigan recorded wave heights of 20+ feet! Tune into our Leelanau County Webcam page for scenes from Empire, Good Harbor & Leland! The Record-Eagle included dock destruction in Suttons Bay and downed powerlines all over the county resulting in over 2,500 without power in Leelanau County. They also talked Mike Boguth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord about the storm. He said “It probably will go down in history books as one of the strongest storms in Great Lakes history. It’s one of the elite few.”

David posted a set of photos from the beaches of Leelanau – check them out in his Gales of November slideshow!

Other stories included the University of Michigan women’s rowing team on Lake Leelanau and a feature about Preserving Sonny Swanson’s Farm!

The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association invites you to visit their web site to learn about the 18 wineries of the Leelanau Wine Trail and upcoming events including the Toast the Season wine tour.

The tour happens on either of two weekends, November 6th & 7th or November 13th & 14th. It features special wine & food pairings at each winery and you also receive a gift bag with holiday ornament and food & drink from the members of Sleeping Bear Gourmet! Limited tickets still remain and information is available at

Over on Absolute Michigan & Michigan in Pictures, we’ve been going a little Halloween crazy, with stories about the devil maker of Detroit, Ghosts in the Cornfield and the legend of The Ada Witch, a supposedly adulterous woman who was murdered and some say still haunts the area of her death.

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Halloween Activities in Leelanau


We filled up our plastic pumpkin with a massive list of things to do in Leelanau and nearby this Halloween. From the haunted Grand Traverse Lighthouse to trick-or-treating and Halloween parties and spook houses – we’ll make sure that you get all the thrills and chills you deserve!

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 two weekend options, November 6 and 7 or November 13 and 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! There’s lodging packages by area B&Bs, resorts and hotels too. Get tickets and more details about the event by visiting

Oct 28 – An Evening With Sutton Foster
Oct 29 – Dow
ntown Halloween Walk
Oct 29 – Harvest Wine Tour Weekend
Oct 31 – Trick or Treating at Glen Arbor Businesses
Nov 3 – Art of Recovery Show – Opening Reception
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!


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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘The Social Network’ (PG-13) ends10/28. ‘Secretariat’ (PG) starts 10/29. 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 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

Scenic driveCreed 400 snapped this pic on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. We hope you got a chance to tour Leelanau’s beauty this fall. If not, make sure not to make that mistake next year!

It’s 45 degrees under cloudy skies with west winds at 10-20 and sporadic rain at 12:12 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for October 28th was 80 in 1927 with the record low of 20 set in 1965. Thankfully the wicked winds of the last two days have eased up a little. The forecast for today calls for steady temps in the mid 40s under cloudy skies with scattered rain and west winds at 10-20 (gusting into the 30s). Expect winds to shift to the northwest late this afternoon (gusts as high as 45 possible) dropping temps overnight into the mid 30s. Friday will be sunny & breezy with west winds at 10-20 and highs around 50. The weekend outlook calls for partly sunny skies Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid 40s on Saturday and around 50 on Sunday.

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