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.
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.
It’s summer. Time for a super-casual, laid-back cookout at the house. An impromptu one. Like, “Hey, I have some (insert grillable food item here), let’s cookout at my house. Say, in 40 minutes?”
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.
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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
- Benzie Commission fields complaints from former airport manager
- Nurse punched at CMH
- UPDATE: Murder, torture case nets life sentence
- City could help with 'dark stores' fight
- Medina family faces sentencing
- UPDATE: Man surrenders after standoff
- Police: Traverse City man fondled teen
- Couple charged in animal abandonment case
- Serious injuries in three-vehicle crash
- UPDATE: Standoff ends peacefully