Giving back has always been a part of the MAWBY model. In 2019 we launched our “green Giving” program. We are surrounded by so many wonderful non profits, we wanted a way to thank them for their dedication. Their commitment to various causes make our community a smarter, stronger, healthier, cleaner, and better place to work, live and play.
We partner with three non profits each calendar year and contribute $1 from each bottle and glass of our wine green to the charities. In our inaugural year we made contributions of over $4,000 to the following organizations: Food Rescue, TART Trails , The Next Chapter at Munson Medical Center.
Our 2020 partners are:
If you are interested in learning more about the program, or would like to be a featured partner in 2021, please email email@example.com
We sat down with Casey Ressl and Brian Beauchamp to talk about the TART Trails and some of their favorite spots along the way.
Mawby: How long have you been with the TART Trails?
Casey Ressl: One year, but I’ve been enjoying them for years.
Brian Beauchamp: Five years on staff and 5 years on the board before that.
Do you have a favorite spot or view on the trail?
CR: Grandview Parkway. It’s always super busy and close to town, but I love seeing that activity. It transform the shoreline into this image of a really vibrant community.
BB: I agree with Casey.There’s boats, cars, people on their bikes, all together. And I have to mention the VASA Trail. It doesn’t see as much use, but it is beautiful. There’s a spot called Jack Pine Valley thats so scenic. There’s hilly terrain and open views. It really transports you.
MAWBY: Roller blades Yes or No?
CR: Yes! But I’m not that good and have not yet on the trail.
BB: Yes. But it’s been a while…
What is your first memory on the TART trail?
CR: I grew up on Webster and in 6th grade my mom let me bike to Burger King [in Acme]. I loved that freedom and independence and that’s really important for kids.
BB: Before I moved here I took my road bike from downtown up the Leelanau Trail and I have a freeze frame memory of a grove of poplar trees by the caboose. It really is the gateway to Leelanau County and a beautiful and welcoming way to enjoy it.
MAWBY: TART trail for beginners: Where to stop, sip, and see?
CR: The Leelanau Trail is perfect for beginners. With BATA you have the option for the bike and ride. It’s only 17 miles out and pretty flat, so you don’t need to be a rock star. Plus there wineries along the way ( wink wink) and great food in Suttons bay.
BB: There’s a water stop and porta john at Bingham Road that’s always helpful. And the new Leo Creek Reserve in Suttons Bay just off the trail is a must visit.