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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)

  • Essay by CHRIS SMITH Illustration by LINDSAY HIBBARD

“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.

  • Story by STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI Photos by Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau

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.

  • As told to KATHY GIBBONS Photos by JAN-MICHAEL STUMP

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

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  • Story by KATHY GIBBONS Photos by JAN-MICHAEL STUMP

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.

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  • Story by SALLY BARBER Photos by JAN-MICHAEL STUMP

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.

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  • STORY BY STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI PHOTOS BY CAROL LOCEY and the MANISTEE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU

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.

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  • BY KATHY GIBBONS PHOTOS BY JAN-MICHAEL STUMP

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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  • STORY BY ALLISON BATDORFF PHOTOS BY JAN-MICHAEL STUMP

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)

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.

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  • Story by STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI

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.”

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  • By SALLY BARBER Photos by DAN NIELSEN

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.

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  • By KATHY GIBBONS Photos by TESSA LIGHTY

Name: Chris Day. Position: Executive chef, Poppycocks, Traverse City.

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  • BY CYMBRE FOSTER Photos by KATY BATDORFF

Since you only live once, you might as well live adventurously, says Traverse City entrepreneur Heather Harrington.

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  • BY CODY SOVIS Record-Eagle photos

If you’ve got a calendar handy, consider pulling it out and counting the weeks between Aug. 13 and Nov. 4.

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  • BY SALLY BARBER PHOTOS BY TESSA LIGHTY and JAN-MICHAEL STUMP

Great picnic sites abound throughout the area whether for the quickie lunch, the leisurely alfresco afternoon or a romantic outdoor feast.

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  • STORY BY DANIELLE WOODWARD PHOTOS BY TESSA LIGHTY

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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  • STORY BY MIKE TERRELL

It’s the busy season on our northern rivers. Hordes of paddlers and anglers take to the rivers. It’s an annual tradition enjoyed by many outdoor people, myself included. But what if it weren’t available?

Editor's note: This story was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's Summer 2017, Part 2 issue. For more stories from the magazine, click here to read Grand Traverse Scene in its entirety online.

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  • BY KATHY GIBBONS PHOTOS BY TESSA LIGHTY

Name: John Larson

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  • BY STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI PHOTOS BY TIM SALMONSON

People may think of the canal-filled Italian city of Venice when they hear the word “Venetian.” But it has another meaning in northern Michigan: the Charlevoix Venetian Festival, which runs July 15-22.

  • Story by MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS

Ben Nye fell in love with kites during a college break. He watched a toy shop’s kite demonstrations from his job across the street. Shortly after, he took a job at the store.

  • Story by LEIF GRUENBERG Photos by the MARITIME HERITAGE ALLIANCE

The Maritime Heritage Alliance is getting ready to splash the newly restored Witchcraft, a 33-foot wooden sailing vessel of important local historical value.

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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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