To All the 2019
I wish to sincerely thank you for your part in
supporting the most dynamic and widely attended festival
in Leelanau Countyís history, Leelanau UnCaged! You made
this happen! Thank you.
Congratulations to the scores of volunteers who rolled
up their sleeves to assist in early morning setup and
late night breakdown of: center stage, the flags and
bird lines, putting chairs and tables in place (not a
light task), plus building and painting props and signs
and hoisting them into place.
We would not be near the size or the fun without you. It
all went up and came down smoothly. It is a big job.
Over the winter we will explore an easier system of a
lighter hinged, decorative panels and flags that attach
to those and to the easels. Joey Thomas has suggested
clips of some sort that we can snap intoÖanything to
streamline it. We are always open to suggestions!
I would like to mention as many volunteer names as
possible! Letís start with Andy Thomasís early morning
workers; Helen and Gordon MacKenzie, Betsy and Kris
Ernst, Chris and John Woomer, Ty Wessel, Brett from Lake
Leelanau, Tom Page from Suttons Bay, Joey Thomas, Kirk
and Jamie OíGreen, Fred Budd, Tom Shaver and Jerald Bell.
Getting information out by placing signs beforehand,
attending the Information booth and helping at stage
made our visitorís experience enjoyable and easy.
Special thanks to Melanie Rogers, Wendy Kilgren,
Peter Vandusen, Jane Les, Don Les, Janet Popper, Steven
Popper, Nancy Didrichsons, Debbie and Les Disch, Crisann
Breed, Ray Leenhouts, Cathy Fenlon, Norm Wheeler and
The Barrier Greeters remained at their posts while
others continued the fun, we so appreciate you!
Susan Vaglia, David Lightner, Fred Budd, Gary Brown,
Steve Zinger, Joan Kalchik TenBrock, Renee Milliken, Sheri
Sutherland, Anne Harper, John Putman, Helen Bradley,
Phil and (thanks for the photos too Phil), Patricia
McGee, Peter Vandusen, Denise Branch, Rick Cross, Nancy
Fitzgerald, Judy Warren, Harry Biller, Linda Coppard,
Jim Scherrer, Becky Holton, Nancy Didrichsons, Greg
Nobles, Jenny Barley, Jane Packard, Scott Cain, Fred
Steffens, Lydia Woodruff, Dan Nedow, Luke Lambdin, Barb
Charpentier, and Georgienne Hammer.
Then there are the volunteers who helped by housing
out-of-town bands. Thank you, Campbell McLeod, Yvonne
Nordstrand, and Debbie and Les Disch.
Will Parker and Rachel Dean have for the past three
years offered the front of their yard as the Mill Street
Stage. The Mill Street and Waukazoo stages offer the
best Rock N Rollin and do they rock! Indoor venues were
donated by the Willowbrook Millís Mimi DeFrancesca and
Joel Heberlein and Eric Allchin. Ericís space at The
Union was the newest indoor venue this year. The smaller
inside venues offer a perfect setting for smaller bands
and performances. Thank you!
A special shout out to Lynelle Wilcox for organizing
Emcees and to Megan Ernst who managed the Web site and
facebook page until this year. Thanks also to Gloria
Thomas for her tedious detective work to find the Domain
Name server registration information in order to
transfer and rebuild the new Web site. Great job!! Phew!
The WNMC Radio Staff broadcast live all day allowing
those who could not attend an opportunity to listen to
music and conversations. Tim Sparling saved the day by
donating his cat5 cable in order to connect the
broadcast to the Willowbrook Mill router. Thank you Mimi
and Joel for the use of your Internet connection!
We are grateful for the community services that support
the festival, the Fire Department, Emergency Services,
The Leelanau County Sheriff department, Mike Borkovich
and his staff who were on hand in case we needed them.
In addition, we want to thank the Northport Arts
Association for being the organization that believes in
our mission and supports our efforts by being the
Nonprofit organization that has adopted the Leelanau
Our core committee is a standout and I wish to give them
each a shout out.
Thank you to:
Andy Thomas had the inspiration for Leelanau Uncaged
years ago and is considered the founder. He is always
working toward improving the festival. This year he and
his volunteers built new props and spruced up the old
ones, creating what we call the streetscape. In the days
before UnCaged Andy and others worked for hours on end
using the Thomas & Millikenís pole barn to build and
paint, including this yearís big hit; the freestanding
UnCaged street letters. Andy is a great support system
for the team!
Ann Marie Mitchell wears so many volunteer hats itís
hard to keep track. Everything Ann Marie touches makes a
marked difference to the festival including organizing
the info tent to gathering sponsorships, plus organizing
sponsorship signage for the stages that are applied by
Andy Thomas and his crew.
Trish Vandusen is organized and thoughtful. Her
management of food vendors, their placement throughout
the festival, her coordination of all the finances of
UnCaged, and her help with sponsors are key to our
Susan Ager manages marketing, including posters,
advertisements, press releases and news coverage. She
also solicits donations from street merchants and is the
UnCaged liaison with them. Susan is enthusiastic and
ever ready to talk about UnCaged!
The art vendors were headed up by Patty Canfield and her
assistant for the day, Cynthia Jackson. Patty reports
that she continue to get accolades
about the exceptional sales figures of the day.
Organizing many artists into neighborhoods and
categories is a
challenge and each year Patty simply says, ĎBring it on!
A heartfelt thanks to Larry Coppard and his team Ty
Wessel, and Tom Shaver who took excellent care of our
sanitation with porta potties and hand washing kiosks.
Larry continues to make UnCaged a zero-waste event with
more and better recycling stations.
Joanne Cook and Maria Elena Gasparai who were key to
organizing and performing the Water Blessing, it is a
very special and meaningful way for us to open the
Our streets were ready and the barricades in place early
because of the efforts of Chris Holton and the DPW team
(Dave Tompkins, Steve Gregory and Kent Holton) Roads
were closed and reopened smoothly and on time!
Kids UnCaged was headed out by Art Teacher Jenny Evans.
Her team of young art students added a flavor of fun and
adventure to the day. Her student team members were:
Emily Reynolds, Lindsey Somero (double shift) Brooke
Duffiney (double shift) Hayden Gregg (double shift),
Owen Stevens, Joshua Somero, Laura Christianson, Logan
Adams, Austin Agosa, Henry Stanton, and Lyndsay Collins.
Keeping our children engaged was the goal and it was
achieved with a great variety of activities.
Finally the music committee headed up by George Powell
deserves a huge applause. The committee included Jonah
Powell, who was the sound engineer on the Mill Street
Stage and Kent Holton the sound engineer on the Waukazoo
Stage. Other music committee members were Patrick
Niemisto and Joe Bottenhorn, all were committed to
selecting over 30 performers and musicians that were
diverse and exciting. George also designed the maps and
final music schedules.
Other Volunteers who did a variety of tasks were: Percy
Danielle, John Putman, Jerry Schatz, Nance Schuman, Tom
and Martha Shaver, Don and Shari Shaw, Rick Snede, Mike
Stoffel, Linda Szarkowski and Joan and Mike Tenbrock.
Tom and Kim Todd, John Fletcher, Nellie Danke and Darin
If I did not mention your name, I apologize, and please
let me know so I can make public amends! You all count
and made a difference. We owe our success to our
volunteers and sponsors who support this annual dream
that, for just one magical day, becomes a reality.
Now for more fun! We will be announcing the Afterglow
party date soon. It will be in early November.
Thank you again for all your help, and hope to see you
again next year.
Leelanau UnCaged Director