‘Cabin Fever’ talk
FRANKFORT — “Cabin Fever” Artist Talks continue Friday, Dec. 13, with a program by batik artist Elizabeth Abeel.
Abeel will discuss her art at 5:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, 132 Coast Guard Road. The program is free and open to the public. Call 352-4151 or visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a holiday potluck and contra dance on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The potluck starts at 6 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. Attendees should bring their own non-alcoholic beverage, table service and a dish to pass. The Rhythm Billies will present a musical program at 7:15 p.m. Contra dancing will start at 8 p.m. with the White Elephant gift exchange dance and continue until 11 p.m. Attendees should bring a wrapped gift to participate and recycled gifts are encouraged.
Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students with ID and free for members. For details, call 313-2596, email email@example.com or visit www.dancetc.com.
Library open house
THOMPSONVILLE — The Friends of the Betsie Valley District Library will host a Holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Visitors can enjoy holiday treats and visit with Santa Claus from 5-7 p.m. at the library, 14731 Thompson Ave. Call 378-2716 to learn more.
Lights, Bites, Books
SUTTONS BAY — The Suttons Bay Bingham District Library will host its inaugural “Lights, Bites and Books Gala” on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The holiday event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the library, 416 Front St., with local wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 each. For details or tickets, call 271-3512 or visit www.suttonsbaylibrary.org.
Back porch music
CHARLEVOIX — Blues musician Cal Manis will be the featured performer at the Saturday, Dec. 14, Back Porch Music Event.
Manis will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Charlevoix Senior Center Building, the corner of Carpenter and Sheridan streets. A circle jam session will follow. Donations are appreciated and include soups, coffee and cookies. All proceeds will go toward Back Porch food costs. For details, call 622-2944.
PETOSKEY — A new Artist Residency program is being established between Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Klco family of Good Hart.
Through the program, an emerging artist will be able to spend two weeks with room and board provided in northern Michigan. The resident artist will be housed in a rural setting within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the village of Good Hart along the “Tunnel of Trees.”
To learn more about the program, visit www.crookedtree.org or call the arts center, 347-4337. Artists interested in the program may apply through the CaFE website through Jan. 31.
Color on slopes
NEW YORK (AP) — Bright is the new black when it comes to colors and styles for snow bunnies to look their best on the slopes.
The move to color in winter-sport outerwear follows a trend seen in clothing for other active pursuits, such as running, rock climbing and cycling.
Part of the color revolution is driven by safety since it’s easier to spot a bright color in dim winter light, and there’s a fashion factor, too, but there’s also a little flamboyance and fun at play, say experts.
“On the ski slopes, there’s a chance to be a little wild and crazy,” said Nancy Taylor, Athleta’s senior director of design. “It’s a lighter atmosphere than your everyday life. Color takes any seriousness out of it.”
Liz Braund, the product director for outdoor apparel at The North Face, sees the rainbow as a sign of the times. “The hunger for color right now is showing that the economy is picking up.”
People are less inclined to stick to buying staples — and the black jacket is a staple.”
The SnowSports Industries America trade group doesn’t have much that could be called basic on its list of outerwear fashion trends for the season. Instead it touts primary colors, neon, electric florals and colorblocking, among others.
Men’s best-sellers at North Face include royal blue and an acid yellow that’s particularly popular for lining and trim. Women are into clashing brights, like turquoise paired with a yellow-tinted green, Braund reports. At Athleta, coral pink and mint green are outpacing the more traditional red and green.
Bold hues play off the white background of snow, making them look even better than they might elsewhere, Taylor adds.
And, once you’ve had bright, Braund says, it’s pretty unlikely you’ll go back to boring. It’s something North Face has had to adapt to. “We had been known for an array of black jackets, black jackets in every shade of black,” she said with a laugh. “But the fabric we’re using now takes color so beautifully, it’s an example of where we are breaking out of that black jacket mold ourselves.”
There are 37 colors included in this year’s fall-winter North Face collection — and 187 planned for 2014.
This trend isn’t limited to jackets. It’s the under layers and the hard gear, as well.
Brooks Running makes a lot of base-layer garments, and Gabriel Maricich, the brand’s men’s and accessories product-line manager, says bright colors have been oozing into the category for the last five years or so. But he noticed a real shift to fluorescents last fall, coinciding with a very 1980s fashion moment. It’s evolving into a more sophisticated but even more saturated color story.
The colors need to work for the winter athletes who like to go out and socialize at the end of the day, or have errands to run. “You don’t say, ‘Oh, let me go home and change,’” he said. “People are wearing it all day.”
Arnette’s Aloha goggles translate a Hawaiian shirt into protective eyewear. “What’s more fun than a tropical print on the slopes?” asked Joe Freitag, Arnette Eyewear’s global brand director. “People want to put their personality everywhere and into everything.”
The company’s older customers might be buying bright colors to match skis or boots, while the younger ones are buying into their own image as fun-loving, laid-back athletes, but, regardless, they’re all making a statement, he said.
And aren’t you more likely to compliment someone on mint green snowpants than on black ones? “It starts conversation,” said Athleta’s Taylor. “You spend so much time in line or on the lift, that a great color leaves the door open for human interaction.”
She says she’ll be sporting a mint-colored helmet this season, and feel free to come over and chat.