This blog, published free of charge since September 2007, is a way for me to stay in touch with seasonal bookstore visitors from afar and with all customers and friends when I am closed during the winter. My annual seasonal retirement will begin this year on November 1, and I expect to be back and open again by June 2021. Meanwhile, thank you so much for following Books in Northport and for supporting Dog Ears Books.
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Monday, July 31, 2017
August ALREADY? (Did I Say This Last Year?)
Chicory-chick, cha-la, cha-la
last day of July is upon us! Back when was a kid and again when I lived
downstate, periods of life when August meant vacation to me, it seemed as if it
would never come, as if July were an endless month. Not so since I became an Up
North business owner 24 years ago. After a few years I came to understand that the Leelanau business
owner’s summer is divided into three distinct periods:
of July will never get here!
it’s 4th of July already!
of July is over! Summer’s almost gone!
It’s really a little different in Northport, because we also have the dog
parade in August. This year it’s August 12, the theme is “Hairy Tales,”
registration is $5 a dog, I’m doing registration (but so are other places—see
posters around town), and for the first time in Northport’s dog parade history, an agility
competition will follow the parade. Anyway, you can substitute “dog parade” for
“4th of July” in the list above, and you’ll have the Northport
point – and I am coming to it – is that this week will be a very busy one and,
consequently, the bookstore schedule will be radically different for a couple
August 2 – Dog Ears Books CLOSED!
August 3 – Dog Ears Books open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed at 3 p.m., and
then open again in the evening for 7 p.m. event with Gregory Nobles, author of John
James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman.
reason I’ll be closed this Wednesday is that the reception for David’s show at the
Dennos Museum will finally take place that evening! Technically, it is not the
“opening” of the show, since paintings have been on the walls and visitors
given free admission throughout the week of the Traverse City Film Festival,
but museum members are accustomed to a party for special exhibits, so Wednesday
it is, at last. I have no idea if the renovations were be complete (last I
heard, floor was not finished), but David Grath, Sally Rogers, Diane Carr, and
the work of all three artists will be feted on August 2. I don’t have to “do
anything” that evening but should be presentable and well rested, so that is my Wednesday plan.
Gregory Nobles and I planned his bookstore presentation and book signing for
I had no idea it would follow by 24 hours one of the most important evenings in
my husband’s life (originally, the museum opening seemed it would take place in
late June), but things change -- and while plans must often be revised, I
didn’t want to confuse anyone who’s been watching my blog all summer and seeing
Greg scheduled for August 3. August 3 it is! 7 p.m.! He is ready, and I will
be, and I look forward to an enjoyable and informative evening. Greg has a whole slide show planned!
morning at the bank my teller asked, “Are you ready for the big weekend?” “It’s
only Monday!” I told her. “I have big events on Wednesday and Thursday! I can’t
think as far ahead as the weekend yet!”