Even though fishing boats have been outnumbered by pleasure boats during the hot spell, panfish and bass fishing should be great on the inland lakes. Those trolling on the Great Lakes are getting a mix of salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Boat and shore anglers are reminded to be respectful …

I enjoy two seasons — hunting and fishing. Each is good for six months, leaving little time for anything else, except season three … coaching. Ankle-biter aged-kids thrust willing and able parents into coaching roles for Jenny and Johnny’s T-ball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, and badminton teams. But those early years are like herding cats, and teaching anything technical to little dudes barely able to walk is pointless. Coaches sit back and laugh, just like parents in the stands.

Fun and bike safety is the aim of Lids for Kids, an annual Traverse City giveaway at F&M Park where trained professionals and volunteers properly fit hundreds of kids for free bike helmets. This year’s event also featured a free bicycle drawing from McLain Cycle & Fitness, free books and a meet-and-greet with local law enforcement and firefighters.

TRAVERSE CITY — Straw hats, dripping Popsicles and patios lined with people enjoying lemon-tinged brews — in northern Michigan, all sure signs of summer.

At Patty and Mike Martin’s house in the 800 block of Union Street, it wouldn’t be a Cherry Royale Parade Saturday without a party in the yard. A BIG party. Ever since they bought their home in 1987, that’s been an annual tradition.

The 18th annual National Trout Festival in Kalkaska is one of the first fairs of the season. Events include the Kids Trout Pond Fishing contest, the parade, chute dogging, fireworks and the Bump n’ Run demolition derby. Photos by Tessa Lighty.

Arcadia Dunes rouses the senses with a jolt of unfiltered nature. Bank swallows dive into nests tunneled into its massive cliffs. Wildflowers rooted in its sandy mounds display sumptuous colors. Sneakers of the young, and not so young, pad along its miles of pathways to discover breathtaking Lake Michigan views. Spirits soar.

If you want to know the difference between a chipping sparrow and a white-throated sparrow, just ask Lee Day.

If you’re looking for style inspiration for your cottage just take a peek out the window.

The story of what is known as the “H-28” began as Design No.80 on the drawing board of L. Francis Herreshoff, shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.


Visitors to northern Michigan can travel the M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route, roughly a 20-mile drive from Harbor Springs to Cross Village.

For a sportsman, winter can be a rough ride. Ice fishing or cross-country skiing can cast away the frozen blues only so much, but when temperatures plummet for weeks on end, getting outdoors becomes a chore instead of a favorite.

Kids — of all ages — packed Traverse City Central High School’s auditorium this March for the annual “Disney and Desserts” fundraiser for the school’s choir programs. The event features choreographed and costumed performances of Disney favorites, meet-and-greet characters, face painting and a long table full of treats.

THE BACKYARD ORCHARDIST — By Stella Otto: For novice and experienced fruit gardeners alike, this has been the go-to book for home orchardists for over two decades. (Plus more)


Spring officially began in March, but Mackinac Island kicks off the season with its annual Lilac Festival in June.

Old Mission Congregational Church is the quintessential country church. The Michigan State Historic Site — built in 1891 at the end of Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula — features paned windows, whitewashed siding and a graceful steeple. During the summer the church’s three rows of pews fill for the Sunday service. But winter can draw as few as 20 to 40 faithful.

TRAVERSE CITY — Some Traverse area bars are getting a little bitter — and customers are loving it.

Writing this article on making pasta, I couldn’t help but think about my first encounters with pasta-making in my grandma’s kitchen.

Spring arrives in the woodlands with a burst of wildflowers. Baby birds, rabbits and deer arrive on the scene — fragile, innocent and beautiful.

The Big Little Hero Race — fun run at 9 a.m. and 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. — is April 21 at Northwestern Michigan College Main Campus — West Hall. (Plus more)

“Hey Y’all, watch this!” is a line I should have been credited with. I believe Jeff Foxworthy coined the phrase, making millions while I, the true author of that great one-liner, remained behind, in a snowdrift of debt and despair.

For anyone who has ever wanted to try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking, Winter Trails Day provides a free introduction led by volunteer experts in winter communities across the country. This year’s Winter Trails Day at Timber Ridge Resort featured free trail access, introductory ski lessons, fat bike demonstrations, guided snowshoe hikes and equipment rentals for those ready to try a new winter sport. Photos by Tessa Lighty.

Before asphalt and pavement, competitive cross-country running took place on grass, snow and ice, dirt trails and farmland. The Farmland 5k Run hearkens back to the sport’s European traditions with a nod to the new with a Free For All Bike race on a Traverse City farm. Photos by Jan-Michael Stump.

Joy Liptak VanDrie, who was born and raised in Cadillac, said her family likes to get out in the snow — whether on skis or a snowmobile.

DEATH COMES TO THE RECTOR: By David Hall — The Rev. Dr. Daniel Henricks is shocked to learn that the police have called his best friend’s death on Easter Sunday morning a suicide, leaving Danny with unanswered questions.

Position: Owner/operator of MI Market in Suttons Bay, which is focused on local Michigan-made food items.


Bellaire restaurants take turns claiming bragging rights in annual soup cook-off that feeds 600. One year Toonies Fish and Steakhouse takes the prize. The next, it’s The Pelican’s Nest.


Alison Goss’ snowshoe affair began four years ago with a dare from friends. One month after strapping on snowshoes for the first time she was the top woman finisher in the annual Traverse City 5k Bigfoot Race — and had a new favorite winter activity.


Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sleigh bells ringing and holiday caroling are all part of the annual Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend in Manistee from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.


Just when you think you can’t make one more run to the grocery store or yet again turn on the oven, mess up the kitchen or clean the house for company, along comes New Year’s Eve.


There are some seasonal illnesses to which some are immune. The holidays set symptoms in motion:

‘Wait Until Dark’; Into the Arctic; Guided Walking History Tour. (Plus more)

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Low Bar General Manager Josef Hess demonstrates how to make a Bourbon Smash at the Low Bar in Traverse City. Record-Eagle video by Erin Sloan

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