Winter event fundraiser
ELBERTA — The Mayfair Tavern will hold a fundraiser for Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Shiver by the River” event.
The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the tavern, 515 Frankfort Ave. A $10 entrance fee covers admission to a buffet and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Shiver by the River.
Silent auction items must be at the Chamber office, 517 Main St., Frankfort, before Tuesday, Feb. 4. For details or to donate an item, call Joanne Bartley, 352-7251.
OM history group presents program
TRAVERSE CITY — Monica and Bill Hoffman will share their history with the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society in a program titled “Five Generations of Farming on Old Mission Peninsula.”
The program will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome. To learn more email Nancy Jaroh, email@example.com.
Art from wine country
GLEN ARBOR — The Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA), the Homestead Resort and the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail will team up for “Art from Michigan’s Wine Country.”
The event from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, kicks off Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s “Taste the Passion” weekend. It will be held at The Homestead’s Mountain Flowers Lodge and features wine from Leelanau wineries, an exhibit and sale of original art by local artists and a small plates menu designed by Chef Piombo.
Advance tickets are $20 when reserved by Wednesday, Feb. 5; $25 at the door. Tickets include one glass of wine, food stations and coffee. Additional wine is $4 a glass or three glasses for $10. For advance reservations with will-call ticket pick-up at the event, call 334-5100. A portion of each ticket and art purchase supports GAAA class scholarships, after-school art and a summer art program for migrant children.
Sno-Blast festset for weekend
EAST JORDAN — The Sno-Blast Winter Festival, Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9, will include a Blessing of the Snowmobiles.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Rev. James Gardiner of St. Joseph Catholic Church, will bless participating snowmobiles at 10 a.m. at the East Jordan Sno-Mobilers Clubhouse/Grounds on Mt. Bliss Road. A variety of snowmobile and family fun events will follow.
To learn more, call Caron Rogers, 222-2127. For a complete Sno-Blast schedule, visit www.ejchamber.org or call 536-7351.
Scrabble tourney set for Saturday
CADILLAC — The Friends of the Cadillac Wexford Library will host a Scrabble Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library, 411 S. Lake St. Registration and a non-refundable $5 prepaid fee is required. Lunch is included and cash prizes will be awarded. To register and pay the $5 fee, visit the library. For details, call 510-9047.
Beulah WinterFest set for Saturday
BEULAH — WinterFest on Saturday, Feb. 8, will feature a variety of activities for all ages.
Activities open with a 5 a.m. fishing tournament and close with fireworks over Crystal Lake at 7:15 p.m. Highlights include a chili cook-off, Outhouse Races and a parade at 3:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.clcba.org.
Contra dance featured at lodge
TRAVERSE CITY — The Rhythm Billies will provide music for the next Bayside Travellers Dance Society contra dance.
The dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. A free dance lesson will be offered from 7-7:45 p.m. followed by dancing from 8-11 p.m. All dances will be taught and called by Dave Goodwin.
Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members, and $6 for students with ID. For details, call 313-2596, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dancetc.com.
Encore Art Bomb set for Saturday
TRAVERSE CITY — An encore Art Bomb reception will be hosted Saturday, Feb. 8.
The community art show reception will be held from noon-1 a.m. at Right Brain Brewery, 225 E. 16th St. There will be live music by area musicians, a dance performance by NMC iDance and an art display. All art may be purchased through the bar at Right Brain. Admission is free. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/grandtraverseartbomb.
Chile bet raises ire in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico.
If the Seahawks win on Sunday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative of his city. Among them: handmade skis, a hoodie and a sampling of Denver’s “amazing green chile.”
Chile from the Mile High City?
The question has fired up New Mexicans, resulting in a flurry of social media posts on New Mexico’s long history with the hot peppers.
Chile is the state vegetable and the basis of the official state question — “Red or green?” A state law even has been passed to protect the spicy reputation of New Mexico peppers by targeting impostors everywhere from roadside stands to grocery stores.
“We are the chile state,” declared Katie Goetz, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
To help set the record straight, department officials aren’t waiting for the outcome of Sunday’s matchup between the Broncos and Seahawks. They’re getting green chile care packages ready to send to both Hancock and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Hancock announced this week he would be wagering a sampling of green chile from a half-dozen local restaurants. There are some chile farms north of Denver and near Pueblo, but many of Denver restaurants source their peppers straight from New Mexico, which pumps out more than 60,000 tons of green chile every year.
“The flavor of New Mexico green chile is just unique, and nobody else can even come close to delivering that kind of flavor,” said Jaye Hawkins of the New Mexico Chile Association. “I’m assuming that’s what the folks in Colorado love about it.”
When it comes to green chile, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday there’s no question it’s synonymous with New Mexico.
“Although New Mexico doesn’t have an NFL team, we definitely win the Super Bowl of green chile every single year,” the governor said. “Our green chile, whether from Hatch or Chimayo or anywhere else in the state, is our state’s Lombardi Trophy.”
Chile is a sacred crop in New Mexico. For neighbors to the north, it has become a culinary pursuit.
“If you’re a Denver native, you’ll know all too well of the green chile culture here,” said Amber Miller, a spokeswoman for the mayor. “People put it on everything, and then you can even eat it straight up as soup. We have chile cook-offs.”
It’s not so different in Denver come late summer when the sweet smell of roasting green chile permeates the air outside some grocery stores and markets, Miller said.
“New Mexico and Colorado do share in two major items here — a love of our green chile and a love of the Denver Broncos,” she said.
And for the Broncos, green chile has become somewhat of a good luck charm. Hancock first wagered it for the AFC title game and again during the playoffs.
“We’ve just kept it on the table so hopefully it will take us through to a Super Bowl championship,” Miller said.
If not, New Mexicans say they’re ready to help Hancock make good on his wager with some authentic green chile.