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Leland Holiday Wonderland, Sat. 12/14, 10-5pm

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Join the Leland Chamber of Commerce this Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Leland for refreshments and a seasonal celebration throughout the entire village!

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There will be entertainment throughout the day, paired with warm treats, a food drive, holiday shopping, gift wrapping and Santa!

The day events are as follows:

10:30 – 12:30 pm, enjoy Holiday Caroling by LPS Comet Chorale
11 – 3 pm, there will be a Holiday Story Hour at Leelanau Books for ages one – a hundred.
Noon – 4 pm, Come out and meet Santa at the Leland Toy Company
Doors open at 12:45 pm for the 1 pm show of ‘Shrek the Halls’ in the Old Art Building.

There will be a Leland gift basket drawing, fantastic gifts and sales, free coffee at Sisson’s, warming fires, a food drive with Leelanau Christian Neighbors, gift wrapping at Hullabaloo (donations appreciated) and wreaths for sale at The Merc, in support of Booster Club.

Snow showers are expected with a high of nineteen degrees, so please dress warmly!

Leland is the oldest and largest Ottawa Village on the Leelanau Peninsula. Not far from the river, which flowed into Lake Michigan, bark-covered shelters, gardens and fishing sites marked the settlement of Mishi-me-go-bing, “the place where canoes run up into the river to land, because they have no harbor.”

European settlement began when the Antoine Manseau family came from North Manitou Island in 1853. Antoine Manseau, his son Antoine Jr., and John Miller, built a dam near the outlet of what was called the Carp River. Next to the dam they erected a water-powered sawmill, a necessity for the building of a new community. More families soon arrived, constructing docks as wooding stations. Steamers and schooners tied up at these docks, bringing more and more settlers, and Leland had two hundred people by 1867.

As comforts increased, by way of lodges and mercantile, resorters also arrived on the Lake Michigan vessels. While some returned summer after sumer, others made Leland their permanent home. By early 1900, the county population registered over ten thousand people, and Leland became the county seat.

Today, Antoine Manseau’s route between Leland and the Manitou Islands has been travelled thousands of times, by residents of the visitors to North and South Manitou.

Leland’s historical district, known as Fishtown, features rustic shanties and docks reminiscent of life and commercial fishing one hundred years ago. Today, galleries and unique shops fill their wall, and charter fishing trips and the only public ferry to the popular Manitou Islands depart from those same docks. The adjacent full service marina is the perfect place for launching and mooring boats on Lake Michigan.

Come visit Leland this weekend at their Winter Wonderland and discover why residents and guests alike value this place called Leland!

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