Music In the Park
On Friday evenings during the summer months you can enjoy live music in the park adjacent to the marina. There is some variety week to week, but it's been enjoyable every time I've been able to make it there. There are limited picnic tables in the park, so plan on bringing a blanket or your own lawn chairs.
The Fly-In Pancake Breakfast is held every August out at Woolsey Airport which is located about 1/2 way to the lighthouse. (Approx 4 miles outside of town.)
In addition to a very large number of planes flying in to attend, there are typically some USCG / USMC aircraft present as well. There have been rescue demonstrations by the USCG helicopter crew, and the USMC C-130 Transport opens for tours. (This may not be true now post 9/11.)
Leelanau County in Wintertime
"Early April Sky"
"Forest for the Trees"
After being sequestered for the better part of 6 months, people up in Leelanau County tend to let off a little more steam in the early springtime.
Late March and Early April bring perfect days for harvesting sap to make Maple Syrup. The warm days and cool nights have the maple trees moving the sap up from the roots by day and then returning to the roots as the air turns cold. After gathering about 30 to 50 gallons of sap, it will be boiled off and reduced to just a few gallons of syrup.
In a rustic "sugar shack" there were beams of sunlight coming through the metal roof, and as the steam from the boiling sap rose up towards the roof they would give away the secret of the sun to those standing below.
A few things to see
"FINAL APPROACH, WOOLSEY INTERNATIONAL"
A view from this fall, courtesy of the Leland Report (www.lelandreport.com)
"More Autumn in Northport"
This view is from the overlook just west of town, near the skate park/playground which can be found by following 3rd Street west out of town. Take the drive which winds around the back and up to the overlook.
Another view from the hilltop overlook, this one looks out over Northport and Northport Bay/Northport Point.
Peterson Park sits high on a bluff above Lake Michigan. The viewing platform offers great views of the Manitou Passage along with the Fox Islands to the north. It's a great spot to have a picnic and watch the sunset. To get there, follow M-201 north out of Northport about 1 mile and then follow the signs for Peterson Park.
"Just one more sunset"
At least for this page......
"Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore"
The Sleeping Bear Dunes is a diverse ecosystem encompassing sandy shoreline, large dunes, along with interior woodlands. The namesake Sleeping Bear Dune is the dark spot at the edge of the horizon in the center of this photo (sorry for the small scale.) The Sleeping Bear Dune is nearly gone now, a victim of a massive "washout" common to the sandy shoreline. This picture was taken in July 2001, and the light area you see on edge is actually the exposed area on the far side of the dune after the washout cut it in two.
The the Sleeping Bear name comes from an Ojibwa legend, which can be read about at http://www.geo.msu.edu/geo333/bearlegend.html and also at http://www.leelanau.com/dunes/dunes/legend-sleeping-bear.shtml
To get there from Northport, head towards Leland and follow M-22 past Glen Arbor to Pierce-Stocking Drive which winds through the National Park. You will need to purchase a National Park Pass, which is approximately $7 for a one day pass.
"Fly-in Pancake Breakfast"
Every August there is a fly-in pancake breakfast at Woolsey "International" Airport which is located on the road to the Lighthouse about 4 miles north of town.
"Seen here, but not likely again"
It's a tragic story of two persons passing in the night. A cryptic phone call led to a late meeting in the darkness of the Municipal Marina in Northport. That's me along with my son, a nephew, and Lord Stanley's Cup. It was the VP or GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 24 hours with the cup, and he used to frequent Northport back when he worked for the Detroit Pistons. I don't know him, mind you, just one of those "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" things.