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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nearby Place, Now and Then

The tiny village of Omena, south of Northport at the 90-degree bend in the road, has been a lively place again recently, with the opening of the Leelanau Cellars tasting room and, now, a new restaurant called Knot Just a Bar. Many a burger and beer were enjoyed on the waterside deck in deep contentment back when Keith ran the Harbor Bar, and it's good to have something happening there again.

This coming Thursday, Oct. 5, Marcia Jongsma will make a presentation at 1 p.m. to the Questers Club and anyone else who would like to attend their meeting at the Sunset Lodge meeting room (separate from the lodge). Her topic is "Summer Resorts of Northport and Omena." Marcia's quest for information has turned up many stories new to her from various sources, among them the following:

A HISTORY OF LEELANAU TOWNSHIP (available for sale at the Leelanau Township Library in Northport);

OMENA: A PLACE IN TIME, by Amanda Holmes, published by the Omena Historical Society (signed copies available at Dog Ears Books); and

A HUNDRED SUMMERS: AN AFFECTIONATE HISTORY OF NORTHPORT POINT, by Sabin Robbins (out of print, but one copy is currently available at Dog Ears).

Documented history of this part of the world doesn't go back very far, and many of our oldest inhabitants remember a lot from the "old days." Much has changed. Happily for us, the hills and water remain.

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