This Week in Leelanau: September 24, 2010

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We’re not as far along in fall color as the photo above shows, but we’re definitely starting to see yellows, oranges and even reds dotting the canopy!M22 Fall Colors - Leland, MI

Color Tour along M-22 through Leelanau County this fall

Speaking of fall color, over on Pure Michigan they list the Top 10 Reasons for a Fall M-22 Roadtrip. A few highlights include Wine Tours, standing on the 45th Parallel, Dining Destinations and my personal favorite, antique apples at Kilchermans’ Christmas Cove.

An interview with Bill Milliken

The Sun has a great interview with my personal favorite Michigan politician, former Governor Bill Milliken, who spent 14 years presiding over state government in Lansing (the longest tenure in Michigan history) and currently lives on the Old Mission Peninsula. Milliken has long served as a shining example of cooperation across political party lines. Click to read it!.

Between September 17 and October 17, when you donate to the Fall Food Drive at your gift will be automatically matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to some very generous grants and gifts!

They’re also holding a “live” food drive October 3-9 – do what you can to take a bite out of hunger in our region!

ArtPrize - if pigs could flyOn Absolute Michigan we’re featuring the wonderfully amazing ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. I went to the inaugural event last year and was stunned by the scale of this event – it has to be one of the richest cultural experiences in the world today. If you’ve been, you know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, you should pack family, friends and random strangers into a car and head to Grand Rapids. It takes place September 22 – October 10, 2010 so there’s lots of time to make plans! The photo to the right is my early favorite to win the $250,000 ArtPrize, Steam Pig.

Michigan in Pictures featured the moons of September, painted rocks at Pictured Rocks and the belted Kingfisher.

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This week’s photo was taken by Jennifer_4444, who writes that she found this barn off M-22 a couple of miles south of Northport en route to Leland in October of 2008. Check out this and other shots in her Autumn in Michigan slideshow.

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Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage Esperanza 5K and Fiesta 2010 (Sep 25)

“We all think we have problems, but you come here and you see what problems are really like.”

Join others in 12 locations around the world including Traverse City this Saturday, September 25th to walk or run 5K (or just come to a Fiesta) and change a child’s life! Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage will host Esperanza 5K and Fiesta 2010 on Sept. 25th at the beautiful Grand Traverse Commons, located at 11th St. and Elmwood in Traverse City. Following the 11:00am 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk, the 5th annual Fiesta (12:00 – 2 p.m.) on the Village at GT Commons lawn will feature food and beverages, live music, Guatemalan craft market, video and slides, and much information about Safe Passage programs.

Visit their web site for details, email or call 231-590-6072.

Safe Passage is a non-profit that educates at-risk children of impoverished families working in the Guatemala City garbage dump. The 5K will unite runners and walkers worldwide in bringing hope to families seeking better lives.

10th Annual Fiber Festival at the Old Art Building ~ October 8th
The Leelanau Community C
ultural 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!

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

Sep 25 – Dine in the Vines
Sep 25 – Discovering the Changing Landscape
Sep 26 – Dining on the Fly
Sep 27 – Free Movie Night at the State Theatre – The Soloist
Sep 29 – Amy Falstrom:Painter
Sep 30 – Jason Mraz with special guest Robert Francis
Sep 30 – Artist-in-Residence presentation
Oct 1 – SwingShift and The Stars Dance-Off for Charity
Oct 2 – Tannahill Weavers in Concert
Oct 2 – Happy Apple Days
Oct 3 – Make a Wish Motorcycle Color Tour
Oct 4 – Coffee Hour with Dan Scripps
Oct 4 – Fall Watercolor Painting Workshop with Edee Joppich
Oct 4 – One Painting-Many Parts-Edee Joppich
Oct 7 – Wine & Dine With A View at Leelanau Cellars
Oct 7 – Late Night Leland
Oct 7 – Oryana Presents: A Toast to Local Farmers
Oct 7 – Plein Air Paint Out
Oct 8 – Blue October
Oct 8 – Leland Fiber Festival
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 17 – Northport Promise Second Annual Chicken Dinner
Oct 22 – Suttons Bay Art Walk

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Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ starts Friday 9/24. Coming soon: ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Secretariat’ (PG) and ‘Get Low’ (PG-13). 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

leland reflections (4)Ian took this shot in Leland that gives you an idea of where color development is right now. Check it and others out in his Leland slideshow!

It’s 70 degrees under cloudy skies at 8:30 AM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a September 24th was 89 degrees in 2007 with the low of 30 notched in 1943. Winds are going to really ramp up this morning at 25-35 out of the west (gusting to 50) with some rain but also some sun and highs in the upper 60s. The weekend outlook calls for a chance of rain Saturday morning with skies clearing and temps in the low 60s. Sunday, look for sunny skies with highs in the mid 60s.

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