Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 29, 2013

Community in Brief 08/29/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — GT Dems meet

TRAVERSE CITY — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Sept. 5, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board.

The board meets at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. Attendees should bring non-perishable food items for area food banks. For details, call 946-5555 or email

Newcomers dinner

TRAVERSE CITY — Paid reservations are needed by Friday, Sept. 6, for the Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse Fall Kickoff Dinner.

The event will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. A cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m. The price is $30 per person.

Registration forms are available at Checks payable to Michele Richard, executive assistant, should be mailed to 4915 Black Bear Dr., Traverse City, MI 49685. For details, call 631-2448.

Star gazing

EMPIRE — The night sky will be on view Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb parking lot.

The “Star Party” will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. with viewing of the summer Milky Way and deep sky objects. There is no charge, however National Park admission is required.

The event will be cancelled during inclement weather, with a decision made three hours before the event. Call 326-5135, ext. 331, for a voicemail message with the decision.

Puzzles needed

BENZONIA — The Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., is looking for donations of jigsaw puzzles in good condition with no missing pieces for its upcoming fund-raising puzzle sale. For details, call 882-4111.

Dine out for BACN

BENZIE COUNTY — On Tuesday the community can enjoy a dinner out and help Benzie Area Christian Neighbors.

A portion of each dinner check on that date at the Bayview Grille on Main Street in Frankfort or the Brookside Inn on U.S. 31 in Beulah will benefit BACN, the largest food and clothing pantry in Benzie County.

Wings festival

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tons of chicken wings have arrived by truck into downtown Buffalo in preparation for the city’s annual chicken wing festival.

National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival founder and organizer Drew Cerza says 40 tons of wings have been delivered Tuesday to Coca-Cola Field, the minor league baseball stadium where the event is held every Labor Day weekend.

Cerza says the more than 500,000 wings from Wayne Farms in Alabama arrived aboard two tractor-trailers.

The 12th annual wing festival is being held this Saturday and Sunday. Cerza says the event draws tens of thousands of people from all 50 states and about three dozen other countries to the birthplace of the Buffalo-style wing.

The weeked festival features servings of 100 different styles of wings, live music and a wing-eating contest.

Patsy Cline show

WINCHESTER, Va. — An exhibition focusing on the short but significant life of country music legend Patsy Cline is opening this week in Virginia.

The show opens Friday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. It will tell the story of Virginia “Ginny” Patterson Hensley before she became Patsy Cline.

Before her death at age 30, Cline recorded the country classics “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams,” among other enduring hits.

Cline spent most of her life in the Shenandoah Valley. The museum exhibit, called “Becoming Patsy Cline,” will include rare photographs, video and audio recordings and clothing. The museum says some objects have never been on public display.