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Friday, November 28, 2014

Coming SOON This Holiday Season

On bookstore bulletin board

Coming to Northport

Writer Jerry Dennis and artist Glenn Wolff are no strangers to Northport. They’ve come to Dog Ears Books together for a big event; Glenn has signed on his own once; and Glenn has also appeared in musician guise, playing string bass at Lelu Cafe. On Saturday, December 13, they will again be guests at Dog Ears Books, again with beautiful new books to sign, and also as part of their new venture as book publishers. The little red Wolff-designed logo tells the story: "Indie Bookstore Edition." Not available elsewhere!

With Gail Dennis, Jerry’s wife, joining the team as designer, Maple Tree Press is launching new paperback editions of The Bird in the Waterfall and It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes. (These books will be available on the 13th, along with a book of prose poetry by Jerry Dennis, A Daybreak Handbook, published by Alice Greene & Co. in Ann Arbor.) In 2015 a third book of essays, as yet untitled, will appear in the Maple Tree Press wonders-of-nature series.

So please mark your calendar today and plan to join us on the second Saturday in December. Jerry and Glenn will be at the bookstore from 3 o’clock to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and I’m thinking there will probably be cookies, too....

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Closer at hand, on the Saturday of this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, (November 29), Northport will hold its traditional merchant open house, followed in the early evening by caroling (5:45) and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. (intersection of Waukazoo and Nagonaba Streets), but there will be an exciting addition to this year’s downtown festivities – horse-drawn sleigh rides, free, from 3 to 7 p.m., with big, beautiful Belgian horses pulling a sleigh through the village! My friends know how I feel about this: every event is better with horses. 

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Coming to Leland

-- And/or music. The Leelanau Children’s Choir and Leelanau Youth Ensemble will present their holiday madrigal concert on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6. I’m disappointed that a scheduling conflict prevents this lovely annual event from taking place in Northport this season; instead this year’s madrigal evening will be at the Methodist church in Leland. But wherever they sing, these young people put their hearts into their music, as does their devoted and inspiring director, Margaret Bell. This is a concert guaranteed to fill even Scrooge’s heart with holiday spirit.

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