The wildly popular Small Plates events are back! This year’s events take place Friday, April 25 and Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. There are three seating for each event, which are roughly 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Participants enjoy a full glass of wine paired with a well-presented and substantial tapas dish in the tasting rooms or vineyards of participating wineries. Each seating is $15 each and one, two or three seatings can be selected for each evening. Many of the wineries work with local chefs to prepare and serve the pairing offering a high-class food and wine offering, catering to culinary aficionados.

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Join the Village of Empire at its 10th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival

2014 Schedule of Events

Please note that this schedule may be
subject to change as planning continues.

Friday, May 16th

Dance & Pig Roast 7.00pm to 10.00pm Front St. Empire

Come Dance & Dine on Art’s Taverns famous Pig Roast and wash it down with one of your favorite Right Brain Brewery Brew!! It will be a foot-stompin’ butt swingin’ good time with music from THE BENZIE PLAYBOYS!!!!

Saturday, May 17th

5K Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk
10.00 a.m.

Registration for the run starts at 9.00am at Empire Public Beach

Click here for more info on the run!

11.00 am Asparagus Recipe Contest Asparagas Cook-Off

Recipe Form

1PM to 4 PM Empire Area Museum

will be open. Click here to visit our site


No Entry Fee But MUST Salute Asparagus, Walk, Pedal, Dance, Horseback etc…

Asparagus Eats/Wine and Beer Tasting under The BIG TENT


1pm thru 4pm BoBossa Swing Band

6pm Thru 9pm The Accidentals

11:00 a.m. thru 9:00 p.m. featuring…

Scalawags Fish & Chips

Stone House Bread

Norconks Asparagus/Fresh & Pickled Asparagus

Empire Village Inn

Gemmas Coffee Shop & Baked Goods

Joes Friendly Tavern

Bay Town Kitchen

Horizons N Sunsets

Black Star Farms Hearth & Vine


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Empire Asparagus Festival Facebook Page!

A Celebration of Blossoms, Beauty and Bounty on Old Mission Peninsula

Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Advance tickets will be available online 60 days prior to the event.

Tickets will also be available at Black Star Farms and 2 Lads Winery the day of the event, while supplies last.

Please note: if traveling in a group, purchase all tickets from the same starting winery.

Old Mission winemakers invite you to their tasting rooms for a sample of unreleased wines! Barrel and Reserve wines are showcased in addition to each winery’s standard tasting list. The $25* ticket price includes a souvenir glass** and special Blossom Day tastes at all eight wineries. Enjoy the beauty of the blossoms and a weekend on Old Mission Peninsula!

Contact 231.223.4110 for further information.

*Plus My North ticketing processing fee

**Limited number of commemorative glasses available.

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Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day Weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain.

Enjoy live entertainment while sampling Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.

Held outdoors, slopeside.


VIP Access: 3-4pm
Beer and Brat Festival: 4-8pm


Day of Admission
• $25
• Includes 5 tokens

Festival Packages

Beer & Brat Package
• $20
• Includes 5 tokens

Buy Online »

Beer & Brat VIP Package*
• $40
• Includes 10 tokens
• Early admission with exclusive access to two rare beers from the Rare Beer Tour

*VIP Package is only available online.

Buy Online »


3-5pm: The Cookies

Stay tuned for more musical entertainment!


Michigan Breweries*


*Confirmed 2014 Participating Breweries

Stay tuned for more event details!


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The Cove’s annual Here Comes The Sun Party. Where the sun is shining and the beer is flowing.

So come out and enjoy a day of celebration for the kick off to the summer.

Hidden Agenda Band returns for “Here Comes the Sun” on Memorial Day 2014.

Must be 21+ with valid government issued photo ID.

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Free-spirited, fearless and fierce, nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow has been influencing millions with her work for nearly a quarter of a century. Known for chart-topping hits like “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” and “Picture,” she is currently on tour with her latest album, “Feels Like Home” – a take on country music with a Nashville influence. Traverse City native Mandy Alexander, a rising country star, will open the show at 8 p.m.


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Sip, Savor and Enjoy This Fun “Girls Night Out” Event!

Friday, June 13, 2014 • 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale 60 days prior to the event online.

Visit the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula on this evening devoted to women, wine and food. Each of the eight wineries will offer a wine selection and food pairing. The evening also includes giveaways from local businesses and artists.

Regular tickets are $25* and DD tickets are $15*. Both go include a souvenir wine glass,* tasting and food pairings.

“Designated Divas” (those volunteering to drive) tickets will be offered at a discounted rate.

Purchase tickets together if you would like the same starting location. Location will be indicated on your ticket. Tickets sell out every year and will only be available online.

Contact 231.223.7615 for further information.

*Plus MyNorth Tickets processing fee.

**Limited number of commemorative glasses available.

For sponsorship info, email

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After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. With his rich, warm voice and nimble guitar technique, the singer-songwriter weaves tales of love and longing in eloquent musical masterpieces that have become enduring standards, including “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Early Morning Ran,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” and many more.


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