Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 7, 2013

Northern Notes: Gift shop owner believes in angels

by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Recently, a customer from Traverse City was shopping for Petoskey stones at the Swans Nest Gift Shop at the same time as a group of residents from Orchard Creek Senior Living were in the store. A gentleman with the senior group made a comment about how beautiful Petoskey stones are, which was heard by the Traverse City shopper.

“I now believe in angels!” wrote Mike Borer, owner of the Swans Nest Gift Shop. “This angel told the clerk to include a Petoskey stone on her bill and for him to give the stone to the gentleman. This angel left without acknowledgement and the gentleman not knowing from whom the gift came. We have served the Traverse City area for over 34 years and this is the first of this type of gifting (we’ve seen). Thank you to this generously beautiful angel.”


A beautiful weekend on the Leelanau Peninsula greeted the 70 artists participating in the Glen Arbor Art Association’s fifth annual Plein Air Paint Out in August.

The weekend kicked off with a “quick draw” event with artists working to complete a painting within a two-hour time limit. The following “Quick Sale” resulted in 20 paintings being sold by 38 artists within 50 minutes.

The next day, registered artists fanned out to paint the beauty of Leelanau County then returned their paintings to be judged and entered into a “Wet Painting” sale. One hundred paintings competed for cash awards. First place was awarded to Kathleen Kalinowski of Comstock Park. Second place went to Traverse City artist Joan Richmond, and third place was awarded to Midland artist Alan Maciag. The sale attracted more than 300 potential buyers, who also voted for the People’s Choice Award, which went to Traverse City artist Sue Bowerman. Forty-nine paintings were sold, with 40 percent of the sales going to support the Glen Arbor Art Association and 60 percent going to the artists.

“This event truly reflects the mission of the art association,” said GAAA Director Peg McCarty. “We are both supporting the arts and encouraging artists. Our great volunteers are already making plans for next year.”


The goal of the August “Senior Northern Camper Picnic and Hike,” sponsored by Northern Camper Magazine, was to connect senior citizens with nature and it succeeded admirably.

Seniors arrived at the Autumnwood of McBain in style on Cadillac Wexford Transit Authority buses. Live music greeted the guests and Ray Vasquez from Autumnwood already had burgers and hot dogs grilling. After lunch, the groups headed out to explore the nature trail.

“Big thanks to sponsors Autumnwood of McBain, Belle Oakes Living Center, Missaukee Conservation District, Missaukee Commission on Aging and Cadillac Wexford Transit Authority, the volunteers and especially the guests,” wrote Kathy Salvatore from Northern Camper Magazine. “Seniors are still thanking their caregivers and talking about the day, so plans are already in the works for next year.”