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Saturday, February 25, 2012

February Fun in Northport

Friday morning coming into town
Snow! How can there be fun in February without snow? In Northern Michigan there hasn't been much we could do about it this year, so most locals were relieved when the snow arrived on Friday, in time for the weekend.

Nothing goes together like kids and a sled

Looking north on Mill Street from Tom's Market

That's because today, Saturday, the main action will be north of town, where Winter Carnival will be taking place at Braman Hill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go north on Mill Street and turn left at the corner where you see North End Restaurant. Go up past the Old Mill Pond B&B. Look for the cars!

Forced forsythioa
As for me, I will be indoors at my bookstore, as usual, for anyone who gets too cold or too tired or just can't resist a quiet, sunny bookstore afternoon. Each of us has a role to fill in the community, and I chose mine nineteen years ago. Dog Ears Books is where you'll find me, even on a winter day.

Tonight? You want evening fun? The Garage Bar & Grill on Waukazoo Street has arranged for that! Beginning at 9 p.m., two bands will be playing in a specially constructed warm area, with tables cleared out of the restaurant to make room for dancing.

George is getting ready

Space under transformation
By tonight the drafts will be all sewed up, and the fun can begin. It's the first gig for the Droogs, so tonight will give new meaning to the term "garage band." Absolutely Nothing--that's the name of the other band--will be the pros on the bill.

And there! I have done my part, composing online (which I don't usually do), not proof-reading, not going for the fancy capitals at the beginning of paragraphs, all to get the word out that today is the day for fun in Northport!


P. J. Grath said...

Warmest thanks to Cheryl Parker, who smuggled me into Brew North after she’d closed for the morning but was still cleaning up before leaving for the Winter Carnival. Because of Cheryl, this post got up before 11 a.m. (Michigan time). Thanks also to George Twine for giving me the sneak preview of tonight’s doings at the Garage, which enabled me to include that fun, too, on today’s post. And while I’m in thanking mode, huge thanks to Steve and Lauran Gilbreath, for once again this year buying an ad for Dog Ears Books in this year’s Northport Community Arts Center program. Steve says that buying the ad supports two local institutions he believes in, my bookstore and the NCAC. Whether or not I have a single customer today on Waukazoo Street, I’m full of warm feelings for my little community and all its large-hearted members. Thank you for making me feel part of it all!

Kathy said...

See, there's fun things to do in northern Michigan even when it's less snowy than usual! There are many events happening here, as well. I would prefer to stop by your bookstore and find a good book to read.

P. J. Grath said...

Well, Kathy, I would have been happy to see you at Dog Ears today! We did have some friends drop in, and I sold a few books, but the main photo opp of the day (which deserves its own post--soon) was the visit of a Great Dane friend, Sadie. Dogs always enjoy visiting, whatever the weather.

Kathy said...

I love how you love dogs, Pamela. Glad you enjoyed Sadie's visit...

Dawn said...

Sounds like a fun day! Hope it all went well, and that there is lots of dancing tonight! Katie says some day she's going to get there!

P. J. Grath said...

Dawn, your Katie would fit right in--so would you, of course!!! To see a picture of Sadie, look at my subsequent post.