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.
This February’s Spirit Cider, Pooches and Pints at Bowers Harbor Vineyards featured Olympic-events like life-sized Jenga and cornhole to benefit the Special Olympics. Photos by Jan-Michael Stump.
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)
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.
“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.
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.
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.
This year's summer Harbor Days served up the usual festival fare — games, rides, contests, food and fun — but added a new twist — a tornado. The National Weather Service reported that a small tornado touched down in Birch Lake, a few miles from Elk Rapids' downtown, festivalgoers took cover and no damage was reported.
The summer marked the 50th Annual Northwest Michigan Engine & Thresher Club Show. The Old Engine Show’s golden anniversary featured Lily Pearl’s Square dancing Tractors, expanded exhibits of International Harvester Collections, scale model tractors, and steam traction engines. Photos by JAN-MICHAEL STUMP.
In the mid-1960s, two businessmen visited Switzerland and set out to transform Gaylord’s Main Street into what Otsego County Historical Society Executive Director Jim Akans called “Swiss with a Bavarian touch.”
Chilly autumn weather summons sweaters which haven’t seen the light of day for months. Slip one on, pour a cup of hot chocolate and chew on this yarn of an East Jordan family’s serendipitous journey to success.
Summertime at St. Ambrose Cellar keeps the Beulah tasting room abuzz with customers looking for their honey fix in a tall glass of cider, beer or good old-fashioned mead.
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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
See below for past issues
- Record-Eagle 2017-18 Boys Basketball All-Region Team
- Crashes on the rise at 'most dangerous' intersections
- Destination: Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
- Students suspended for tampering with water bottle
- Report: Aneurysm killed Elk Rapids police chief
- Union contract talks continue at Munson
- Brethren's Pringle aims to chip in at MCC
- Records: Man put up hidden camera in bathroom
- Suspect requests venue change
- Moving Wall returns to Kalkaska