Thursday, September 29, 2011

Suttons Bay-Leelanau Rotary Club Partnership

The Suttons Bay-Leelanau Rotary Club and Rotary Charities of Traverse City have been supporting ISEA's Scholarship Program for Leelanau County Schools for years.  Read about it here:

Thanks Rotarians!   --Capt. Tom

Foggy Morning at the Schoolship

The sun rises through the fog at the ISEA Schooner Dock in Suttons Bay.  Getting ready for Blair Elementary this afternoon then securing for the big blow tonight and tomorrow.  T. Kelly photo.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jerry Dennis Publishes New Great Lakes Book

This from Jerry Dennis:

Dear Friends,

I'm pleased to announce the publication of The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes, my first full-length book since The Living Great Lakes. It’s available now in bookstores coast to coast, on land and online. I hope you’ll check it out. The cover art and interior wood engravings are by the incomparable Glenn Wolff, with whom I’m always delighted and honored to collaborate. If you like the book, tell your friends!

For those of you in the area, the official launch party is this Friday, September 30, at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City, MI. The festivities run from 6-8 pm, with Chateau Chantel wine, cheese, and a motley crew of book lovers, friends, street musicians, bewildered passersby, and my mom and dad. I’ll be talking about the book and reading a bit from it, and of course can be persuaded to sign copies of the highly collectible, virtually priceless first edition, while they last.

More about the launch party is here:

For more about the book, including a link to an excerpt and a schedule of events to come, go to my website:

Hope you’re enjoying the change of seasons. Onward to winter!

Best Wishes,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Inland Seas Fall Sailing Schedule

Schooner Inland Seas - Fall 2011 Sailing Schedule
“Great Lakes Schoolship Program”

September 9 – 11: Michigan Schooner Festival

September 12: NMC Watershed Studies Class

September 13: NMC Watershed Studies Class

September 14: Lake Shore High School, Stephensville – 2 classes

September 15: St. Francis of Assisi, Ann Arbor 7th grade – 2 classes

September 19: Traverse City West HS, German Exchange Students

September 20: Willow Hill 5th grade

September 21: Willow Hill 5th grade

September 22: Willow Hill 5th grade

September 23: Greenspire School 7th grade & Groves High School

September 27: Concord Montessori, Mancelona

September 28: Concord Montessori, Mancelona

September 29: Blair Elementary School, Traverse City

September 30: Blair Elementary School, Traverse City

October 3: NMC Ethics Class – 2 classes

October 4: Kalkaska 7th grade

October 5 : Kalkaska 7th grade

October 6: Kalkaska 7th grade

Fish Station aboard Inland Seas

Friday, September 16, 2011

90,000th Schoolship Student Aboard Inland Seas

The Inland Seas Education Association welcomed its 90,000th student on board the 77’ schooner Inland Seas on Thursday September 15, 2011. The 90,000th Schoolship participant, Will, is a 7th grade student at St. Francis Assisi in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Will was given ISEA gifts and apparel and the whole class received ISEA wrist bands and shared in a big cake with an image of the schooner on the frosting. The group was led by Sister Rebecca Mierendorf.
Executive Director and Captain, Tom Kelly, said, “This is a really exciting day for Inland Seas and the students of St. Francis. We had a great sailing day on Suttons Bay with our young scientists. After 23 years it is good to see that our mission of Great Lakes education continues to be relevant and vital to the entire Great Lakes region.”

90,000th Student Will with Capt. Tom Kelly

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

90,000th Schoolship Student Sails on Thursday

Thursday morning,  9-15-11, ISEA will host its 90,000th Schoolship student when St. Francis of Assisi Middle School from Ann Arbor sails with us.  Join us for a short celebration at the dock at 12:30 when we return from the morning sail.  - Capt. Tom Kelly

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September Comes to Suttons Bay

Early Morning at the Dock - 48 Degrees F, but sunny.
We will be getting the boat ready for the fall season this week...painting, cleaning, rigging.  If you would like to help the crew, give me a call at 271-3077.  --Capt. Tom