What’s up for March

March is a little slow but relaxing time near the Sleeping Bear.  Plenty to do till the snow disappears! Skiing, Fishing, Snowshoeing, Shopping, and my favorite Eating.  We had a wonderful meal at Hanna Bistro last night! Decided to take part in the Restaurant Week in Traverse City.  3 courses for 25 bucks..such a sweet deal.  I enjoyed my valdalia onion soup with polenta croutons, grilled duck breast and for dessert..banana fosters bread pudding with ice cream, it was awesome!   A good time of the year to read a book!  If you have never visited the Cottage Book Store in Glen Arbor check it out.  Cute place which was once a log cabin on Glen Lake.  It was moved to it’s present location in Glen Arbor.

Don’t forget the Irish Comedy Show this weekend in Traverse City…scroll down for details.

Traverse City Wine Festival

Traverse City is doing it again @ the Village at Grand Traverse Commons on Aug 20 th 2011

So why am I telling you this now!  So you can get tickets NOW!  Festival under the tents on the lawn at the Village.  Perfect setting for Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula wineries to come together and partner with area restaurants and caterers for gourmet food with wine pairings!  Awesome!

Tickets on sale at www.traversecitywinefestival.com  hurry..it’s already been in the paper!

Michigan Fishing

Ice Fishing on Michigan Lakes! Time to get out there and fish!  It won’t be long and all the fish shanties will have to be removed off the lakes.  March 15th at midnight is the dead line.  So make the most of your fishing opportunities the next 2 weeks.  Fishing on Michigan’s lakes is the best!

Traverse City Home Expo

Home Expo in Traverse City Feb 26-27  time for those Spring projects you have been planning to do.

Talk to the pros or invest your time and take in a free seminar.  Check out the latest remodeling ideas and design concepts. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm @ Traverse City East Middle School ( 1776 3 Mile Rd.) Sponsored by the Grand Traverse Area Home Builders Association.

Art in the Garden – Master Gardener Association

Well, Spring was in the air last week…snowing and getting nasty today!  So, Back to Spring, and with Spring comes working in the garden. The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) furthers the horticultural educational activities of MSU Extension and provides increased horticultural knowledge and experience to members, enabling them to share this knowledge with otheresof their communities through gardening projects, educational programs and activities. That was a mouth full.  Garden enthusiast read on!

Art in the Garden  – is one of these activities that takes place Saturday, March 5th, 9am – 12:30Pm @ the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay.  Take a virtual walk through gardens from Michigan with Dr Cameron who will teach, inspire and amuse you.

Are you interested in Master Gardening? Volunteer Training? Educational Programs?

Check out www.mganm.org for more details which will take you to MSU Extension for even more gardening opportunities.   There will be opportunities in Benzie, Leelanau, and Grand Traverse Counties to expand your gardening knowledge.  Check it out as some of these opportunities are only available this Spring!

Northport Winter Carnival

The winter festivities are winding down but there is one more in Northport.  Activities include ice sculpture demonstration, snowmobile poker run, milk jug curling, broomball, a chili contest and tasting and snowshoe races are all part of the fun.

February 26, Saturday  11AM – 4PM

Hosted by the Northport- Omena Chamber of Commerce.

for more info call 231-386-7303 or visit the website http://www.morthportomenachamber.org

Sleeping Bear Dunes Community

What a beautiful week up North!  It sure warmed up nice.  The sun is shinning now with a cooler wind blowing.  The wind is sure to bring back the colder temperatures.  That is good for those that are planning a trip North with the kids for outdoor activities.  It’s President’s Day on Monday and there is no school so  head to the sloops at Crystal Mountain and The Homestead for skiing, hiking, or shopping!

It’s a busy  this weekend with Shiver on the River in Frankfort and winterfest in Empire and Glen Arbor. Scroll down for those details.  Hopefully the sun will continue to shine for some awesome picture taking along Lake Michigan!

I checked out the icebergs last week in Empire…pretty awesome.  They say on a clear day you can see forever!

Hope you get a chance to visit the Sleepin Bear Dunes Community and enjoy the surroundings.

Free Yoga Trial

Back to the New Years resolution – Well maybe Yoga will get me back in shape? If you’ve ever intended in checking out a yoga class her is the chance. 3 FREE Sundays.  February 6, 13, 20  8:30 -10:30 am or 10:15-11:45am.

Looks like there is only one Sunday left.  Union/Yogo Lake Leelanau www.unionyoga.com or call 231-256-2100.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

We are very fortunate to have a place like Interlochen so close.  I have been to many performances over the years and have enjoyed every one.

A very nice place to visit and this Sunday they are having “Ladysmith Black Mambazo”  Africa’s best -selling musical group and the international voice of South African a cappella music!  Ladysmith Black Mambazo first gained acclaim performing on Paul Simon’s 1986 Graceland Album.

Tickets: $30 adult $27 Senior and $9 students

Corson Auditorium boxoffice@interlochen.org 231-276-7800

M-137  Interlochen, MI 49643 February 20 2011 @ 7:30pm  That’s a Sunday!

What was your New Year’s Resolution?

I’m sure most of you have come up with something every year.  Like a lot of people I become determined to eat well and exercise more!  Well, what can you do in the Sleeping Bear Area?  Zumba! Yes with it’s famous slogan “Ditch the workout  and join the Party” (something like that anyway) it’s become the new craze.  I have to admit I went out to buy the new WII version.  It is fun!  Even has slow instructions on teaching the steps…I like the fact that  if you didn’t get it the first time you can have do overs!  In our area classes are being offered in Northort, Maple City, Sutton’s Bay, and Empire.  They say its for the Active older adult…but I think everyone would enjoy it .  The local instructor here is Cheryl @ 330-507-6537.  Let me know how the parties going!

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