It’s with great disappointment that we announce that the 35th annual Leland Wine and Food Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 13th has been canceled due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19 Coronavirus. This is the first time since the festival began in 1986 that we haven’t joined together in celebration of fabulous Leelanau wines and delicious foods on the second Saturday in June, and we’re already planning on our best Wine Fest yet in 2021!
We would like to extend our gratitude to our incredible volunteer planning committee, our sponsors, local wineries, food vendors, musicians and artists who have been so understanding and supportive throughout this process, and to all of our Wine Fest attendees, many of which attend faithfully year after year!
For those of you who have already purchased your tickets, please note you can expect to see a refund in 7-14 business days.
Social distancing and shelter in place are difficult for all of us. Luckily, many area wineries who had planned to participate in the Leland Wine and Food Festival are offering special deals on shipping, offering curbside pick, hosting virtual tastings and more to ensure great wine can be had by all during these difficult times.
Experience The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail like a Wine Club Member! All September long, ticket holders will be extended the Wine Club benefits from each participating winery. Wine Clubs are a popular and fun way to stay connected to your favorite wineries and create access to special member benefi...
The 35th annual Leland Wine & Food Fest may be on hold until next year, but you can still get some great Leelanu wine and Wine Fest glasses at The Leland Lodge today! See you for Wine Fest 2021! 🥂🥂🥂During a normal year our crew would be packing up our coolers and the smoker and heading to the Leland Harbor for Leland Wine Festival. As we all know, this is far from a normal year however, and like many things the 35th annual Leland Wine & Food Fest has been postponed until next year. That said, we’ve got a plethora of Wine Fest glasses from our sponsorships over the years so we’re hosting our own mini Wine Fest at the Lodge! Head up the hill for a flight of Leelanau County wines including Blustone Vineyards Riesling, Blackstar Farms Rosé (It’s National Rosé Day btw 💕) & Boathouse Vineyards Pinot Noir. Flights are $14 and include the glassware! Come celebrate with us and toast to Leland Wine & Food Festival 2021 - doors open at 4! 🥂 ... See MoreSee Less
Join us for a wonderful afternoon of Wine on the Water on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 1-7pm at Suttons Bay Marina Park.
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival features tastes from local Leelanau wineries, cideries and breweries as well as delicious food from local restaurants. Enjoy drinks, food and all-day musical entertainment. Experience unforgettable wine, food and music beside the cool breeze from Grand Traverse Bay!
Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the gate. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass. Tasting tickets and food are available for purchase during the event.
Click to learn more about one coming up in September.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail #buylocalbuyleelanauLeelanau Peninsula Wine Trail has announced a new September event this year. Harvest Days - $35 to experience the trail as a Wine Club member at each participating location - FREE tastings, discounted wine purchases and more!
A brief case study of local wineries in Traverse City, Michigan On May 18th, Ben Gulow, tasting room manager of 45 North Vineyard & Winery in Leelanau, Michigan, was socially distancing with the management team of the Traverse City-area winery to discuss the winery’s potential reopening. The team ...
The festival originated when the wine industry was first developing in our region. The event was a great way to promote the vintners and raise awareness for our destination as a wine region.
While the Chamber continues to actively promote the vintners and agri-tourism for our region, our efforts have shifted away from hosting events so that we may continue to focus our efforts on business development, support, and advocacy while providing visitors to the region information about Leelanau.
Join us for the 11th Annual Friends of Fishtown 5K Sat, July 20, 2019 • 9:00am
Our beautiful course winds through Leland’s neighborhoods and along the Leland River, starting and finishing in the heart of Fishtown. Gradual climbs and descents make this an event for the serious runner or the whole family! Proceeds help us preserve and maintain the historical integrity of Fishtown, and ensure that it remains publicly accessible.
Corral Starting Line – Fastest runners at front
RFID Chip Timing* – Timed by Endurance Evolution of Traverse City
$35 per participant – July 1-20:* Thursday and Friday, July 18-19 (in-person only) –10:00am-4:00pm at the FPS office (203 E Cedar, Leland) – and 10:00am-6:00pm at the Welcome Center in Fishtown – Saturday, July 20 before 8:30am on race morning in Fishtown * You MUST be registered prior to 8:30am on race day to be chip timed. ** Registrations through Sunday, June 30 will receive preferred t-shirt size.
Fishtown 5K athletic tee**
Reusable water bottle
Chance to win incredible race medals unique to Fishtown!
Entry in “Run Like a Fish” Costume Contest for medals and prizes
The 2019 Traverse City Film Festival will be held July 30 – August 4, 2019.
The Traverse City Film Festival was founded by Oscar winning filmmaker Michael Moore as a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and helping to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema.
The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August, and also owns and operates a year-round, community-based, mission-driven art house movie theater, the State Theatre.
Last week was supposed to have been our week! The 2020 Traverse City Film Festival! Our 16th year in a row of bringing “Just Great Movies” to Northern Michigan.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how utterly sad I was that we were not watching amazing films at The Kubrick in the historic Central Grade School, attending exciting and hilarious panels at the Old Town Playhouse, and lying out under the stars watching “Casablanca” with loved ones (and 5,000 strangers) in the Open Space by the bay. I know you’re with me on this. It’s a bummer, pure and simple. And if anything, it steels my resolve to not let this festival die. No way.
It has now been five long months since the Governor rightly closed all movie theaters and cancelled all festivals in Michigan. This shutdown of our theaters has been a disaster for TCFF. It has cost us a whopping $500,000 in lost revenue. And by not having our festival, that’s another $500,000 of lost funds we normally raise to help run the theaters year-round. This is a blow we won’t recover from without your help, without the government’s help, without our vendors and partners giving us a generous break.
So let me try to offer some hope. Most important for all of us is to remember that this is not a forever pandemic. It WILL end. It could end (or be contained) within the year — as it seems to have in nearly every other developed nation in the world. Or it will take us three to four years. That’s entirely up to us and our friends who are partying out on the Torch Lake sandbar.
This is not our first encounter with adversity. Powerful forces tried to stop the Traverse City Film Festival before we even unspooled our first film back in 2005. The State Theatre has twice had big fires in the past 97 years, but that didn’t stop the movies from being shown. World Wars, the Great Depression, the Flu of 1918 — none of that stopped us. Only Covid-19 did. In just five months it has left us at the festival and at the State and Bijou broke, in debt, and our entire staff without a job.
Friends of mine have died in New York City. Everyone I work with in the film industry has lost their job. And across the country, another 50 million Americans have also lost their jobs. As of midnight last Friday, their federal unemployment benefits vaporized. Now massive foreclosures and evictions will begin. We are in a nationwide panic of epic proportions.
The only silver lining in all of this has been you. 309 of you responded to our crowdfunding campaign in June. You saved us from totally going under in June and July. Even in lockdown, we still have significant monthly bills to pay: fire, theft, liability and building insurance, security systems, warehouse rental, utilities — the list goes on. We currently have five sump pumps that run continuously, 24/7, to shove the Boardman River out of the basement of the State Theatre.
We had hoped we could reopen by now, but the Hollywood studios are shut down and are not making movies. They have decided not to release any major new films for perhaps the rest of the year. And the spread of the virus in our area just got worse. There is no way we’re risking anyone’s life in order to show a movie.
Here’s what I’m doing with my time. First off, I’m well. And I’m alive! I meet daily on the phone and on Zoom with the festival board’s exec committee members and with our task force which has been charged with getting us through this and creating our post-pandemic relaunch. We are putting together a great and sensible plan for our return.
I’m also working hard on many other initiatives to help end this pandemic and to stem the forces that are only making it worse. I’m also writing my next film and I’ve started a podcast where each week I interview, among others, brilliant scientists and provocative thinkers to help us sort ourselves through the mess we’re in. There are some things you and I simply have no control over. But saving this festival and its theaters and making sure they re-open? THAT is something that WILL happen because you and I will accept no other alternative.
Your contributions have resulted in us getting through these first five months. Thank you for that!
But now we desperately need to get through the next five to ten months, keeping our theaters maintained and safe and our infrastructure intact.
Thank you for your support over the years. None of this exists without you. Please stay safe and stay kind. And don’t despair. The virus may mess with us, but it can’t kill art. It can’t kill the movies. Here’s to turning our marquee on once again and to lighting up the silver screen!
(If you would like to share with me any ideas or ask any questions, please write me at my private email address: email@example.com. I read all my own email and only I have access to it. I’d love to hear from you!)
Your love and dedication to film is an inspiration, and the festival is a gift to all of us that crave storytelling at its best.
What is this “The Kubrick at central grade school” of which you speak? Was there a ‘re-name’ which Lars (Hockstad) and I missed?
Doesn't Michael Moore have an estimated net worth of over $50,000,000? I'm sure he can handle it himself....
Look its like this. If your not interested. Just shut up and scroll on by. So sick of seeing nothing but negative comments on damn near every single post on social media anymore. Hes asking for help. If you dont want to help then don't. But shut your traps. Remember This is your town your help taking care of. And if it's not your town? Then you really dont need to be here spewing your negativity because its none of your business.
TCFF is proud to be a part of the team that brought this incredible @upnorthpride streetscape to life last night. Special shoutout to our fest designer @mikeerwaydesign for his colorful vision! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍💗 ... See MoreSee Less
Traverse City Film Festival – Photos From Instagram
Here are the latest photos of the Traverse City Film Festival via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to the Traverse City Film Festival, choose “Traverse City Film Festival” as your location and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.
This annual art fair takes place at the beautiful Suttons Bay Marina Park on the first weekend of August (August 3 & 4th, 2019, Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sun. 10am – 5pm). One hundred artists along with community groups, a community library book sale, food vendors and a children’s area make this the perfect place to spend an art-filled weekend at the beach. Join us on Sunday morning for a pancake breakfast in the park (free to exhibiting artists). This is the second year Blackbird Arts has hosted the breakfast.
A committee of volunteers oversees the selection of visiting artists and the distribution of funds generated by the event. Thousands of dollars have been contributed to local arts-related education projects. These include music and dance performances, artist in residence programs and scholarships for local art students.
Come to Suttons Bay in August, participate – as an artist, as a shopper or as a volunteer. Join in the fun!
The SBAF would like to send a big shout out to Plamondon Oil Company for these sign stands that the Art Fest and M-22 Art2Art will be able to use with our own signage for future events. ... See MoreSee Less
The Suttons Bay Art Festival committee, with great disappointment to ourselves, the artists and attendees, has decided to postpone the 41st annual Suttons Bay Art Festival to August 7th and 8th, 2021.
The committee was making plans and arrangements up until now; however, it was concluded that we couldn't have the event and assure that it would be the joyful and stress free experience for the artists and attendees as it has been for the past 40 years.
With artists and attendees, some participants coming from distant locations, the ability to logistically have the flawless experience for all involved as in the past was beyond our control. ... See MoreSee Less
We've been keeping a close eye on Michigan.
This is the right call.
THANK YOU for making it now.
We are in complete support.
Keeping your beautiful little community safe now will go a long way to insure that 2021 will happen.❤️❤️
I'm sure this is a very difficult decision. Looking forward to next year.
Thanks for keeping our health first in mind. I hope to be back in 2021.
thanx for keeping everyone safe! respect and support your decision and will be there for sure in 2021!!
The right call. Charlevoix Waterfront, the following weekend, canceled last week.
A difficult decision, I’m sure, but the right one.
Well as you might imagine the Suttons Bay Art Festival also had to cancel the Eliza Gilkyson concert at the Bay Theater on May 7th. We are disappointed that our first year concert series will not happen this year. Thank you all for your interest and stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less