Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 7, 2013

Northern Notes: Gift shop owner believes in angels

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.

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