This Week in Leelanau: October 8, 2010

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This Week in Leelanau

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Fall Color Report: Fall color is very nice indeed as you can see from the photo above. While there’s still a fair amount of green in spots, aspens are in full yellow and maples are showing a lot of yellow, orange and red. We’re not sure if this weekend will be the true peak, the sun and solid color in the forecast make it a great bet for excellent fall color and color touring weather!

Job ShadowingLooks like the old cannery at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is getting a fresh coat of paint as part of a renovation this fall. The Cannery Boathouse Museum is the largest public exhibit of Great Lakes small craft and features all kinds of historic boats used around Glen Haven and the Manitou Islands.

360 Michigan has a cool 360 degree panorama of the cannery and the beach at Glen Haven that you’ll want to check out.See it bigger in Mark’s slideshowwhich features some outstanding fall photos!!

Get all kinds of information about the Sleeping Bear Dunes including trail maps, attractions and photo galleries. The site also offers tips on where to eat, stay and shop and other trip planning ideas!
The winners of ArtPrize 2010 were announced last night in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids resident Chris LaPorte took top honors and $250,000 for his work Cavalry, American Officers, 1921, a phenomenally detailed work in pencil. Svelata by Mia Tavonatti and Lure/Wave, Grand Rapids (Lure/Forest) by Beili Liu rounded out the top 3.
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This week’s photo was taken in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by Ian Pettman. Check it out background big and tune into his slideshow for some great fall color!!

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2010 Leelanau Fall for Art Gallery Tour

The 2010 Leelanau Fall for Art Gallery Tour will be October 8-10. As part of that county-wide event the Glen Arbor Art Association will have an exhibition of GAAA members’ artwork. On display will be the paintings of over twenty GAAA members, including Lou Heiser, Mary Fuscaldo, Chips Feeley, David Westerfield, and many others. Most of the pieces will be for sale. There will be an opening reception Friday, October 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Art Association. Gallery hours will be Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9, 10:00-5:00 and Sunday, October 10, 10:00-2:00. For more information call 231-334-6112. The exhibition is free & open to the public.

10th Annual Fiber Festival at the Old Art Building ~ October 8th
The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the annual Fiber Festival on Friday, October 8 from 5 to 8 pm and Saturday, October 9 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Old Art Building in Leland. Artists with original fiber art will exhibit and sell their work in mediums of paper, wearable art, textiles, weaving, art quilts, baskets, knits and yarns. Admission is free. Learn more!

Empire Heritage Day ~ Saturday, October 9th
Heritage Day at the Empire Area Museum Complex in Empire will be celebrated on Saturday, October 9th, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be demonstrations in the making of apple cider, ice cream, butter, apple butter, maple sugar candy, sauerkraut, surveying (the old fashion way) and other demonstrations using turn of the century methods. For more info, call Dave at 231-326-5519 or email.

Run FOR Ethiopia – Saturday, October 16
On the Ground hosts the Run FOR Ethiopia, a special evening of running, pasta and film on Saturday, October 16 at 5 PM at Food for Thought just south of Empire. You ca
n choose between a 5k, 10k, or 1 mile fun run. Following the races, participants and their families can hang out on the farm and enjoy a post-race pasta dinner and the movie Black Gold. Funds raised will support an effort to build schools in Ethiopia. Click above to register and click here to read more and see the Black Gold Trailer.

2010 Leelanau Farmer’s Markets continue in Northport on Friday mornings and in Empire and Suttons Bay on Saturday mornings with lots of great produce and products available. Apples anyone? See the complete list on their website and check them out on Facebook

Oct 8 – Blue October
Oct 8 – Leelanau Fall for Art Gallery Tour
Oct 8 – Leland Fiber Festival
Oct 8 – UNION/YOGA Teacher Training Soiree
Oct 11 – Traverse City Signature Chefs Auction
Oct 14 – Pat Willard: Photographer
Oct 15 – Autumn Dunes Eco-Photo Tour Weekend
Oct 16 – Northport Fall Festival
Oct 16 – Polka Fest
Oct 17 – Northport Promise Second Annual Chicken Dinner
Oct 18 – Silversmithing
Oct 22 – Suttons Bay Art Walk
Oct 23 – Leland Fall Frenzy
Oct 27 – Dancing in the Vines Alzheimer’s Charity Event
Oct 29 – Harvest Wine Tour Weekend
Oct 29 – Downtown Halloween Walk
Nov 5 – Vertical Tasting
Nov 5 – SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity
Nov 6 – A Christmas Carol Ballet
Nov 6 – Toast the Season
Nov 6 – The Iceman Cometh

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘Get Low’ (PG-13). Coming soon: ‘The Social Network’, ‘Secretariat’ (PG) and the second Bay Film Series presentation, ‘Alamar’ (NR). The Bay Film Series 2010/2011: Another year of great world cinema available right here in SuttonsBay, MI is now underway! The schedule for the film series has now been posted on the website. 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

september sweet lightSometimes the beaches get all the photographic love, but m•cole•m caught this sweet September light near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

It’s 68 degrees under sunny skies at 12:30 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a October 8th was 87 degrees just a few years ago in the scorching October of 2007, with the record low of 29 set in 1989. The forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skies and low to mid 70s with light southwest winds. The weekend outlook is for mostly sunny skies Saturday with highs in the upper 60s and sunny with a high near 70 on Sunday – a great weekend to take a trip to Leelanau or to get out and enjoy the Peninsula if you live here!

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