Last week, my hus-and and I visited ouron David, who’s anngineering studentt the University of assachusetts. I lived inhe north of Boston areaor 18 years, but it wasat’s first visit, so it wasun to show him aroundhe “cradle of liberty” andake him to all our favoritelaces.It’s no surprise to any-ne to hear that most of y favorite places involveood! Parts of our visitere wonderful — Fanueilall marketplace, theemetery where Samueldams, John Hancock andother Goose are buried,twin boiled lobsters forless than $20, the AtlanticOcean, clam chowder, a winning football team — but parts of our trip werenot that great.In the north of Bostonarea, it takes about 20minutes to travel four orfive miles. When you getto your destination, there’sno place to park. Youcannot pahk youh cah inHahvahd yahd! When you finally dopark, you never see anyone you know, even if you’re at your favorite restaurant.I missed home. I’m gladto come home to a place where five miles takes fiveminutes. I’m glad to livein a place where squirrelsaren’t the only wildlife youever see. Most of all, I’mglad to go places and seepeople I know. You know the expres-sion, “it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want tolive there?” For almost 20 years I lived in Boston and visited western Michigan.Now, I live here and visitBoston. It’s so much betterthis way!May your arm be steady and your aim be true this week!
If you’re tired of thesame old spot for yourholiday office party or your yearly holiday get together with friends, then uncork the holiday season atDouglas Valley.They have just the rightspace for an intimate holi-day party. There is a dis-tinctive menu offering deli-cious bites and they can work with you to createanything that meets yourneeds. Call them at (231)887-3333 for details.
Look what’scoming in 2011
The ManisteeRecreation Associationhas an exciting line up of programs for 2011. Theprograms include family nights, deep water aero- bics, tot swim, swimminglessons, pee wee play,men’s basketball — leagueplay — tentative, Musikids,soft soccer clinic, lifeguardcertification amd CPR,Healthy Active Manisteeactivities and spring soc-cer.For more informationor to register for pro-grams, visit the ManisteeRecreation Associationoffice located in the Briny Building. Office hours areMonday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.and Friday from 10 a.m.until 1 p.m.
Husband goneaway to deercamp?
Sounds like a perfecttime to grab your girl-friends and bring themin for wine tasting andfree appetizers (with thepurchase of wine by theglass). Visit Douglas Valley on Saturdays, Nov. 20and 27 from 11 a.m. until5 p.m., grab a seat next tothe fireplace and embracethe season. If you’re lucky there just might be someDeer Camp Chili.There will be a chanceto win a great door prize both Saturdays, given away at 4 p.m.
OPENING DAY LOVE LETTER
Saturday, Nov. 20
First CongregationalChurch Heritage Bazaar,10 a.m.-2 p.m., 412Fourth St., ManisteeBasics of BirdFeeding, 10-11:30a.m., Lake Bluff BirdSanctuary, 2890Lakeshore Rd., ManisteeFriends of the Library Book Sale, 10 a.m.-3p.m., 95 Maple St.,ManisteeCraft Show, 10 a.m.-4p.m., Onekama SchoolCafeteriaChili Cook-Off, 11a.m.-2 p.m., OnekamaSchool CafeteriaLudington Knightsof Columbus Arts andCrafts Show Onekama Festivalof Lights, 5 p.m., FarrCenter“Proof,” 7:30 p.m.,Center Stage Theater, West Shore Community College“Dirty RottenScoundrels: TheMusical,” 7:30 p.m.,Harvey Theatre,Interlochen Center forthe ArtsJohn MichaelMontgomery, 8 p.m.,Little River CasinoResort
Sunday, Nov. 21
“Proof,” 2 p.m.,Center Stage Theater, West Shore Community College
Other upcomingeventsNov. 22
— Free linedance lessons, 7-9 p.m.,St. Joseph Parish Hall,249 Sixth St., Manistee
— Linedancing, lessons 6:30-7p.m., dancing 7-9 p.m., VFW Hall, 1211 28th St.,Manistee
— Friendsof Note, 7-9 p.m., Zeppi’sPizza, Coates Highway,Brethren
— JohnCafferty, Little RiverCasino Resort
— Ludington Area Centerfor the Arts ChristmasExtravaganza, 7 p.m.
— ChristmasJoy Fest, 4-8 p.m.,Marilla Museum andPioneer Place, 9991Marilla Rd., Copemish
— 14thannual Holly Berry Arts& Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-4p.m., Frankfort HighSchool
— David/Paxton Duo concert, 8:3p.m., Horizon Books andMusic, 243 E. Front St.,Traverse City
— Sparkle inthe Park opens, 6 p.m.,Hopkins Park, Bear Lake
— Concert by The Balance Duo, 7p.m., Grace EpiscopalChurch, 301 James St.,Ludington.
— Free linedance lessons, 7-9 p.m.,St. Joseph Parish Hall,