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Notes From A South Manitou Island Lighthouse Keeper

Posted by Mary W on 26th Jul 2019

Nature's Way From The South Manitou Island LighthouseBy Jonathan SchechterThe landscape that is now Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is rightfully described as a masterpiece of ice, wind and water. It came into existence some 13,000 years ago as the last great glacier retreated leaving behind a raw landscape that gave birth to our Great Lakes and the rugged moraines along the western shore of northwest Lower Michigan. And then as winds howled, and waves crashed against the shores for hundr ...

Have Some Summer Fun in Leelanau County!

Posted by andi@cherryrepublic.com on 21st Jun 2019

Tackle the Sleeping Bear Dunes ‘Dune Climb’ What’s better than climbing up a golden sand dune? Running back down, of course! Serious hikers can choose to make the 3+ hour trek to Lake Michigan. Just be sure to bring water and sandals … that sand gets hot!   Kayak, canoe or tube the Crystal River A leisurely float or paddle down the lovely Crystal River in Glen Arbor is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Let your fingers skim the cool, clear water between lily pads, watch for Great Blue ...

Celebrating Our Love of Mother Earth

Posted by sarahm@cherryrepublic.com on 18th Apr 2019

If Christmas is our favorite holiday at Cherry Republic, Earth Day is a close second. Because as much as we love brightening peoples' spirits with ruby red morsels of joy, we also love caring for our planet. In fact one of our Core Values is "LIFE: We value and appreciate Northern Michigan and cherries." That's why we've given more than $2 million to mostly environmental and farmland nonprofits since our inception in 1989. Some of our favorite organizations have included the Leelanau Conserva ...

Some Snowy Springtime Fun

Posted by andrewm on 14th Apr 2018

It snowed eight inches again last night. Here we are, halfway through April and Northern Michigan is back to winter wonderland for the second time in 10 days. We’ve had these little windows of spring that allowed us a hike on the beach last weekend. It was a mix of beautiful sandy beach to stretch out on (in our coats) and yet, just 100 yards down the beach four foot ice mounds to climb on. Here are some photos of the family and I enjoying a beach of perfect balance between winter and spring. ...

Sutherland's Leaf Day Adventure

Posted by bob on 20th Oct 2016

Due to the thunderstorm, we started out on our third annual Leaf Day hike a little later than usual. The boys wanted to hike the dunes, so my goal was to hit the most remote and difficult-to-get-to spots on this special day off from work and school. Steph dropped me off with the boys at the southernmost point on the Sleeping Bear Dunes - The Scenic Drive overlook. Unfortunately, she could not join us as she had work to do in Grand Rapids, so she gave the boys and me some big hugs to carry ...

2016 Glen Arbor Area Winter

Posted by bob on 28th Jan 2016

Above is a favorite angle of the Crystal River at the Dunns Farm Rd culvert. Here is a second view of the Dunns Farm culvert looking straight up the Crystal River.  If you have never paddled the Crystal in the winter, this mild winter would be a great year to do it. Can you see the duck in flight at the far side of the Crystal.  If the river freezes over, the ducks all head to Lake Michigan. The plows were out in mass.  We had a two hour school delay, which is almost as ...

2015 Cherry Republic A Year In Review

Posted by bob on 7th Jan 2016

We took a look back at what was a fantastic year here at Cherry Republic.  We had so much fun and accomplished so much, we just had to make a top eleven list of some of our favorite events and accomplishments of 2015. New labels and Packaging - Over the course of a 5 months, we’ve updated much of the packaging of our your favorite products.  This 2 year project brings a new look that better fits the earthy, trendy and colorful company we’ve become. Summer Shear Storm - Ugh.  Ugh.  Devast ...

Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Raises $45,000

Posted by bob on 20th Nov 2015

  The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign has raised $45,000.  Thank you to all who have contributed to this important effort.  From the moment the storm cleared, we’ve been hard at work clearing, rebuilding and fundraising.  What have we accomplished in the three months since the storm?  Here is a short photo blog update: We have to begin with the Glen Lake Community Reform Church’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteer effort.  They have cleaned up 27 yards and put in 500 volunteer ...

Cherry Republic's Leaf Day

Posted by bob on 7th Oct 2015

What should citizens do on Leaf Day? Dress up? Give gifts? Hide Baskets? Make a big dinner? Those are all too much work. How about do nothing. How about a purposeless day? A day to just reflect on the beauty of nature? Leaf Day was created by Cherry Republic to celebrate the amazing colors of fall, and to take a day to reflect or enjoy the outdoors in the last of our good weather.  We are all so busy all summer and into fall that we don’t often find time to just enjoy the outdoors.  Leaf Day w ...

Cherry Republic donates tractor to Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear

Posted by andrewm on 10th Sep 2015

In partnership with between Cherry Republic, Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear, and Friends of Sleeping Bear have taken steps towards better maintaining the historic farm fields in the National Park. Cherry Republic has offered to purchase and donate, over five years, a tractor for the Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear is charged with maintaining and interpreting the historic park resources. The Preserve fundraising plans on purchasing a larger $16k mower for ...

Bob's Story of the Storm

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

4 pm ~ 8/3/15 I am sitting outdoors under a great white oak.  It is one of the proud survivors that stand among his fallen brothers.  Both oak and I are stunned at the severity of this storm and Glen Arbor’s great white oaks are the ones that took the brunt of this bewildering storm of August 2nd, 2015. Hawthorn is hacking at white pine branches with a hatchet.  All day he has watched men with chainsaws cutting into the tremendous swath of fallen trees.  And finally it is his turn to show hi ...

Spring in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 19th Mar 2015

Ice formations on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Sleeping Bear Bay After a long, cold winter, spring is coming to northern Michigan! While there is still a chill in the air and doubtlessly more snow before summer, the sun is noticeably warmer and the piles of snow and ice are melting. If you picture spring in northern Michigan, you probably imagine blue skies, cherry blossoms, and tulips and daffodils. We're a long way from any of that right now. While we've had some beautiful, sunny days ...

Dating the Dunes

Posted by bob on 13th Nov 2014

Last summer, a few of us at Cherry Republic made an exciting archeological discovery within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A day that began with young boys impersonating Indiana Jones (searching for arrowheads while keeping an eye out for the Arch of the Covenant), turned into a plot that would excite Indiana Jones himself. Just as we were preparing to end our excursion empty handed, Cousin Andrew sauntered past one last dune blowout and noticed an interesting array of what looke ...

Fall Around the Republic

Posted by bob on 30th Oct 2014

Fall colors surrounding the red barn at the Charles Olsen Farm in Port Oneida. It's hard for us to pick a favorite time of year up north in the Republic. But if you forced us to, we'd have to say "fall." It's so peaceful. The bustling crowds of summer have returned home and life up north returns to a more sedate pace. The weather is often beautiful with fair skies and mild temperatures. When the weather is not beautifully nice, it's often beautifully dramatic as autumnal squalls blow in a ...

Hiking Beautiful Alligator Hill

Posted by bob on 22nd Oct 2014

The breathtaking Islands Lookout on Alligator Hill affords a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Bay, the Manitou Islands, and South Fox Island. Alligator Hill is an often overlooked jewel in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Its nine miles of hiking trails loop their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in northern Michigan. Located smack in the middle of Glen Arbor, Alligator Hill has been driven past by almost every up north visitor. Driven over the Glen Lake Narro ...