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The Homestead – Super Soups Contest – February 4, 2017


What is your favorite soup? Is it bean with ham or perhaps tomato bisque, cheddar broccoli or chicken noodle? No matter your preference, you’re invited to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at The Homestead’s “Super Soups” contest.

While homemade soup can be traced back to about 20,000 BC, the word “soup” likely comes from the French “soupe” or “sope” (meaning broth) which comes from Latin “suppa” (meaning “bread soaked in broth” – much as “sop” from Germanic sources). The word “restaurant” was first used in France in the 16th century, to refer to a highly-concentrated, inexpensive soup, sold by street vendors. In 1765, a Parisian entrepreneur opened a shop specializing in such soups, prompting the use of the modern word for eating establishments world-wide.

The Super Soups will run from 11am until 3pm, admission is $10 per person ($5 for seniors and children under 12 years of age) and includes unlimited 4-ounce samples of soup. Guests will also be given a ballot to vote on their favorite soups, with prizes awarded at the end of the day.

All proceeds from the cost of admission will go to Buckets of Rain, a Leelanau County-based organization founded in 2006 by local musician Chris Skellenger (a live entertainment regular at The Homestead). Buckets of Rain pioneered the use of gravity-fed, drip irrigation to help impoverished communities feed themselves in Lesotho, South Africa, as well as Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

Buckets of Rain has now focused its energies on the urban struggles in inner city Detroit. By repurposing 30 vacant lots into food production sites, they have provided hundreds of thousands of servings of vegetables, free of charge, to its partners and neighbors. Through the construction of urban gardens on abandoned city lots, Buckets of Rain has helped diminish urban blight, rekindle hope in struggling neighborhoods, bring fresh produce to the community and feed the homeless.

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Crystal Mountain – USCSA College Racing – February 4 – 5, 2017


Crystal Mountain welcomes the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and their student athletes for a weekend of competitive racing.

In excess of 150 colleges from coast to coast, the USCSA fields some 4,200 men and women, alpine, Nordic, freestyle and snowboard athletes in over 300 race events annually.

Where: Thor

Time: 10am

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The Homestead – Winter Concert & Dance with Jazz North – February 4, 2017

An extension of our popular summer concert series, The Homestead is hosting a concert at Mountain Flowers Saturday, February 4 from 7pm to 10pm. The music and energy will be so inspiring you’ll have a hard time sitting still.

Jazz North is a “little” big band combining the best acoustic and electric jamz for all genres.

The horn section gels with the rhythm section to perform everything from funk to swing to rhythm and blues. You’ll also hear some Latin, bebop, and rock.

This seven piece band also throws in plenty of fresh original arrangements for a mix that’s delightful for listening and dancing!

The experienced core musicians have played together for many years, creating a tight musical camaraderie that demonstrates their love for music and inspiring anyone with a toe to tap.

Advance tickets are $15 each or $20 at the door. Cash bar available. Call 231.334.5100 for advance tickets.

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The Homestead – Cooking Demonstration: Gluten Free Dinner – February 5, 2017


A demonstration especially for those who enjoy or must have gluten-free dining options.

Nonna’s, award-winning Chef John Piombo has created a delicious gluten-free dinner menu for this demonstration which provide a special opportunity for culinary enthusiasts to learn new skills and savor the creation.

$25 per person.

Advance reservations. 231.334.5222.

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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail – Taste the Passion ~ Wine & Love – February 11 & 12, 2017

Join us for Taste the Passion – the SWEETEST event of the year!

February 11 & 12, 2017
Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Love is in the air along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail during “Taste the Passion,” an annual celebration of wine, delicious fare and love!

Tickets are $35 per person and include a souvenir wine glass and a delicious Leelanau wine and small plate pairing of sweet or savory fare at each winery.

The fabulous weekend starts on Saturday as you chart your own course along the wine trail between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sunday. It’s a great way to enjoy the peninsula’s winter wonderland.

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Crystal Mountain – Valentine’s Day at the Mountain – February 14, 2017


Valentine’s Day at Crystal means specials and deals around the mountain for love birds and singles alike.

Two-for-One Day Lift Ticket + Rental

Available February 14, 2017

Purchase one day ticket (9am-4:30pm) and receive another day for free!

Purchase one day equipment rental and receive another day equipment rental for free!

Offer only valid Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Additional ticket or rental cannot be used at a later date. Not valid in combination with any other discount.

For questions, call the Snowsports Desk at 888.968.7686 ext. 2000.

Park at Water’s Edge

Available February 14, 2017
• Two-for-One Ice Skate, Fat Tire Snow Bike, and Snowshoe rentals at Park at Water’s Edge
• Snowmobile Tour* for two at 2pm – Double sled for the price of a single sled!
• Valentine Creative Craft at the Mountain Adventure Zone, 5:30pm
• Horse-Drawn Surrey Rides*, 6pm-10pm
• Two-for-One Outdoor Laser Tag*, 7pm, 7:45pm and 8:30pm

Kids can stop by the Park at Water’s Edge for Valentine Glitter Tattoos ($7 each) or a fun complimentary Heart Search for candy!

*Reservations required. Call the Park at Water’s Edge, 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.

Crystal Spa

Enjoy $80 OFF when you book two, 50 or 80-minute Massage, Facial or Body Treatment Services on February 14 or 15, 2017.

Valid for one or two guests; services must be booked on same day. Book today by calling 888.968.7686 ext. 7200.

An 18% adjustable gratuity and 2% service charge will be added to all spa services based on the original service price. Advance reservations recommended. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts.

Valentine’s Day at Thistle Pub and Grille

Features available February 14, 2017

Make your Valentine’s Day perfect with some delicious features at the Thistle Pub and Grille.

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