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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Improvements, Mysteries, Plans, Excitement
If you haven’t been to
Northport in a while, you might not know about all the renovations and
additions to the marina park. After driving by and gawking for weeks on my way
to errands and work, I finally walked down with Sarah one day to see the
improvements up close. Northport's sheltered harbor and easy walking distance to bank, library, post office, shops, galleries, restaurants, and grocery store make it a popular stayover for boaters, who also enjoy Music in the Park concerts throughout the summer on Friday evenings.
Beautiful, big new bathhouse at marina
One other boating note: See new link in my blog list for Northporter Kevin's solo Atlantic sail. Follow him! The word "intrepid" definitely applies.
A local team working with a
hired consultant has been exploring how our community, Northport and Leelanau
Township, can come together on “Designing and Achieving Our Potential” in the
near future. Property owners in the township will receive notice in the mail
along with their summer property tax bill, and I’ll have more information, too,
as the first public meeting, July 29, comes closer. The entire process is
intended to be community driven, fluid, and transparent.
Mystery Poem #3 Arrives
On a more personal note, a third Mystery
Poem appeared in my post office box last week. (In principle, it should not have been put in the box, since it bore only a street address and no p.o. box number, but our local post office went the extra mile, and I thank them.) This one does not say on the back “This is
a poem,” and it lacks the sender’s initial--H., you’ll recall--but otherwise
Mystery Poem #3 follows the pattern set by the first two. It was typed on a
manual typewriter on lined paper, paper folded with poem inside and address
typed outside, adorned with a variety of interesting postage stamps, and
postmarked “Metro” (i.e., Detroit). The poem this time is short and sweet, and
I’m no closer to identifying the poet than when I received the first one, but
it’s a charming mystery, isn’t it? And I love the poem:
My summer calendar has pretty
much come together, in a very exciting way, with the following bookstore events planned:
AUTHOR EVENTS at DOG
12, 11 a.m.
Bill O. Smith –
recitation & signing
18, 4 p.m.
Laurie Kay Sommers -
19, time TBA
Bonnie Jo Campbell –
reading & signing
Once Upon a River
AUGUST DATE & TIME TBA
Lynne Rae Perkins
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!!!
Seed to Seed: The
Legend & Legacy
Am I thrilled that Lynne Rae Perkins wants to have her book launch
party in Northport? You bet! After all, as a Newbery winner for her YA novel Criss Cross, Lynne has a place in the children’s literature Pantheon. The new book she has illustrated, Seed by Seed, by Esme Raji Codell, about Johnny Appleseed, will be
released on August 21, and I’m already thinking of how to involve local apple
growers, cider makers, and history folks, so keep a watch here on “Books in
Northport” for details concerning that late summer book party. Maybe a Caldicott is next for Perkins?
Before then, however, only a
couple of weeks from now, we will have the author of another beautiful and fun illustrated
children’s book, Bill O. Smith, coming to do a recitation from his
at Night. Birders and grandparents,
mark your calendar for Bill’s appearance on Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m., and if your grandchildren are visiting, bring them along, so they can
sign Bill’s petition to have the chickadee replace the robin as Michigan’s
state bird. Bill will convince everyone, I'm sure! He is a passionate chickadee advocate.
In an upcoming post (as soon as
my copies arrive) I’ll tell you more about the Fishtown, Leland book and Bonnie Jo Campbell’s return visit to Dog
Ears Books (Once
Upon a River, now in paperback,
available here now). You’ll also want to check out the summer author series
sponsored by Leelanau Township Friends of the Library, because they've got a great lineup this year.
For today I want to showcase a new 500-piece jigsaw puzzle from Avery Color Studios in the U.P. because all Avery products are “proudly printed” in the U.S.A., and nothing says
“Vacation!” and “Summer cottage!” like a good Michigan jigsaw puzzle.
New from Avery Color Studios
Coming from a very different
angle, Avery’s new book this season is I Talk/You Walk: 40 Years of Winning
Defense Strategies, by U.P. lawyer
Thomas P. Casselman, and if you’re wondering why you would want to read such a
book if you’re not a lawyer, I’ll tell you that it will fascinate you for the
same reasons it fascinates me: Casselman is a terrific story-teller, and his
stories provide an insider’s view on Michigan’s criminal justice system. Okay,
okay, I am also fascinated because all the cases come from my beloved U.P.
Can you believe it’s almost
the 4th of July? Around Memorial Day it seems that the 4th will "never" get here, then in late June we're amazed that it's "almost here," and suddenly it's past, and we're shocked that Independence Day is "already over!" for another year. Would you like to invent another holiday to add to the summer calendar? What would it be and when, and how would you celebrate it?