In the forest grove behind Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC), an evening of stories, poetry and music about flags was enjoyed by the Beach Bards, Leelanau County's hometown wordsmiths who have celebrated the written and spoken word around campfires for more than 30 years.
What’s better than a beachside picnic with live music? Locals and visitors alike visited Marina Park in Northport to enjoy Music in the Park, which features a variety of free live music from regional bands through the first week of September.
As they reclined at table in the Village of Cana, celebrating the wedding of some friends of the fam, Mary, Jesus, and the first disciples were tipping a few back when the dreaded words drifted like the angel of death through the crowd: “We’re out of wine!”
There’s something romantic and adventuresome about gliding across Lake Michigan swells with only a paddleboard between you and the moody deep. As summer fades, autumn unfolds a new backdrop for mastering northern waters and joining the community of standup paddleboard enthusiasts ensues.
In northern Michigan fall colors and a river paddle go together like ice cream and a waffle cone. Each one is good, but put them together and they create an exquisite combination. Rivers enhance fall colors.
Northern Michigan towns celebrate the autumn season in a variety of ways, and Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor visitors can enjoy fall leaves — whether on a farm or near Little Traverse Bay.
Every year, Mackinac State Historic Parks hosts its “biggest event” of the year in Mackinaw City, boasting a haunted house, spooky stories around a campfire and lantern-guided werewolf walks — to name a few.
Fall is an exciting time in northern Michigan, as gourd enthusiasts display their prized pumpkins at farms and alongside roadside stands.
Mackinac Island officially opens for its summer tourist season in May. Reoccurring events like the Lilac Festival in June and Fudge Festival in August allow people to experience some of the island’s traditions.
Sometimes you just don’t have space for a garden. Or maybe you do, but you like the idea of having a pot of herbs ready on your porch or deck to pluck fresh as you cook.
Festival. Fes·ti·val (feh-stuh-vl): A day or period of celebration; an organized series of concerts, plays, or movies typically held annually in the same place.
When I think of summertime in northern Michigan, I immediately hear the song “Michigan and Again” by the beloved Traverse City band The Accidentals.
While fresh spring raindrops graced the vineyard vines at Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn on Old Mission Peninsula, attendees of United Way's inaugural Jazz in the Vines sashayed to the sheltered sanctuary of the winery's tasting room to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, proprietary wine varietals and …
What better way to kick off the season than trail running and beers? At Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, participants of the Traverse City Trail Running Festival gear up for some off-road running through Pere Marquette Forest, before celebrating their finish with post-race festivitie…
Not many siblings follow the same career path, but when they do, the history of time spent together seems to pay off. The following stories of two sets of brothers are good cases in point.
At F & M Park in Traverse City, participants of the National Cherry Festival’s Kids Club play Cherry Jenga, draw with colored chalk, go bowling, and engage with a variety of other activities for children ages 2-12.
Everyone has a happy place where they go to escape the bludgeoning of life from work, illnesses, the news, family responsibilities (via relatives by marriage?), etc. Sometimes, it’s a physical, special spot where life makes the most sense, which in turn leads to mental happiness when we close our eyes and remember.
Summers in Northport wouldn’t be complete without Music in the Park on Friday nights. Taking place at the Marina Park, attendees set up their fold-up chairs and blankets on the lawn and enjoy a variety of free live music from regional bands.
M-22 travels about 116 miles. The southern point of the state highway begins in Manistee and follows the Lake Michigan shoreline north to Northport. Drivers can also take M-22 along West Grand Traverse Bay from Traverse City to Northport.
Recently, a young man with aspirations to open a brewery in northern Michigan was visiting with us. He shared his plans and we sat around brainstorming names, having way more fun than I would have imagined. The task was not without its challenges: a name needed to be easily found on Google (no weird spelling), unique (not already taken) and evoke the idea of the business it represents.
Harvest time comes with a taste of the past at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where antique apple varieties planted in the early 1900s dot the land.
Fall is a beautiful time of year to explore nature trails. Autumn and hiking go together like October and pumpkins. Temperatures are normally comfortable for hiking, and the kaleidoscope of fall’s color throughout the woodlands can be breathtaking.
On a sunny June day in downtown Frankfort, a block of Main Street was closed off to traffic for the 2021 Frankfort Craft Fair, presented by the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce. Patrons munched on kettle corn while browsing a variety of local crafts including agates, lanterns and h…
From tomato butter and artisan cheeses to fresh asparagus and herbal teas, patrons of the 2021 Elk Rapids Farmer's Market browse the disparate local-produce offerings at Rotary Park in Elk Rapids. Presented by the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the event recurs every Friday from 8 a.m.…
Despite the pandemic, area golf courses ended the season last year in good shape. Many with one of their better years, and the feeling around the Grand Traverse Regional golf scene is that 2021 may be one the best years ever.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people have been investing into their outdoor living areas like never before, according to the owner of a local landscaping company.
Have you ever wondered how ginger and turmeric started to show up at the farmers’ markets? How do farmers choose to grow the produce or sell the products they do? I asked a few farmers who sell at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market in Traverse City this question.
This Week's Circulars
- New Mackinac Bridge chief engineer discusses its legacy and future
- Hagerty announces layoffs
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- Munson Healthcare lays off 31 employees across system
- Brendan Quealy: The value of just shutting up
- Lumen Christi's 4th-quarter comeback vs. St. Francis ends in title
- St. Francis falls in state championship game
- Kingsley ready to interview four superintendent candidates
- Benzie Central's Hunter Jones wins Champs Sports Midwest Regional, qualifies for East Bay Cross Country National Finals
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