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Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Report from Michigan's Little Easy


A visitor today from farther south in Leelanau County remarked that Northport looked "kinda quiet" to him. Really? He thought that? It seemed very busy to me! But then, we don't go in for elbow-to-elbow crowds here, except on the Fourth of July and dog parade day. Northport should really be called the “Little Easy.” Like New Orleans, we’re not on the way to anywhere else--if you come here, it's because this is where you set your compass. Also, like the Big Easy, we got our own way of doin’ things here. This is life in the slow lane. That doesn’t mean nothing is happening--don’t be fooled. There’s things goin’ on, cher. You just gotta seek 'em out.



For starters, there’s the Friday Farmers Market, down by the marina parking lot, just past the Depot. In June, local produce means, among other things, local strawberries; any time of the summer, you’ll find local honey and fresh-baked bread; and I don’t know about your heart, but there’s nothing to warm mine like the sight of young people involved in growing produce to bring to our local market. Here's the gang from Bare Knuckle Farm with their gorgeous edibles:




Busy bookstore day, Sarah greeting and charming, i.e., playing proprietor, while I played clerk. Division of labor. It works.

A little after five o’clock, after closing Dog Ears Books until tomorrow, I made way up Mill Street to David Chrobak’s latest venture, a little shop where he is selling various items he has collected over many years and housed in the Old Mill Pond B&B. David’s looking to downsize, and that means opportunity for new collectors. Today was opening day at Pot of Gold, and by the time I got there he’d sold a third of what he’d started with that morning—but never fear, there are literally tons remaining, and the shop will feature new items (that’s “new”) on a daily basis.



Finally, to wrap up the last Friday in June, Northport’s first “Music in the Park” featured the Stray Dogs from 7 to 9 p.m. I’m betting there was a good crowd, as this is a favorite weekly summer event for many who call Northport home or home-away-from home, and the rain seemed to be holding off, but I'll have to find out tomorrow from someone else. The front porch of the old farmhouse was calling my name....

6 comments:

Deborah said...

For some reason I can just imagine David bringing that wonderful carousel horse home!

torchlakeviews said...

I have loved Northport every time I've set my compass there. Maybe if I show him the carousel horse, Mick Ambler will drive over there with me, make the time pass. He already has a wooden carousel pig from Argentina.

Maiya Willits said...

Can't wait to set my compass to Northport in a couple of weeks!

P. J. Grath said...

I doubt David would be tempted by a carousel horse. Me, maybe. For him, a boat or a car would be more likely. So send Mick Ambler on over, Gerry--or, better, bring him over!

Maiya, we're really looking forward to your visit!

arwen22266 said...

Does the farmers' market look like that every Friday? Hope so! See you this weekend!

P. J. Grath said...

It's much bigger and better this year. Seems like it's really arrived. And next weekend is the 4th, so should be fabulous!