Last week, after 15 years of fundraising and restoration, the 1842 Dougherty Mission House on Old Mission Peninsula, a major historical structure, was opened to the public. That event provides an opportunity to put Dougherty’s missionary activity into context.

Nothing grabs my attention more than the sound of nothing at all. Not that I have become a hermit, lost my hearing or have forgotten to pay the cable bill; rather I’m becoming a bigger and bigger fan of silence.

Every month brings a slew of national and world food celebrations. June alone recognizes more than 50, including National Veggie Burger Day (June 5), National Falafel Day (June 12), National Eat All Your Veggies Day (June 17), National Sushi Day (June 18) and National Onion Rings Day (June 22).

ROTHBURY — Arguably Michigan’s biggest — and most internationally renowned — camping-based music festival returns to Rothbury next weekend with a hefty lineup of electronic music and jam-band stars, plus a fair number of funk and soul acts.

"Robert's problem," began the anonymous fax sent to Jim DeRogatis at the Chicago Sun-Times in November 2000, "is young girls." The "Robert" it referred to was Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, the R&B superstar who had sold millions of records because of hits such as "I B…

LANSING — Should Upper Peninsula fish fear wolves? Or thank them?

Plastic crayfish have been around for decades and have always been big with bassers for jig trailers or Texas-rigged. Now, Z-man has introduced 2 1/2-inch models — TRD Crawz — designed specifically for Ned Rigs (though they can be fished on conventional jigs, too). The highly buoyant claws f…

ALGONAC — It has been my very good fortune to have become buddies with Mark Martin decades ago. Martin, who is Michigan’s best-known walleye pro, regularly invites me to tag along when he has an event — a tournament or fishing school — coming up, as he pre-fishes. So when he called and asked…

Our Great Lakes have special meaning to those of us from “up north.” Each year, as June sets in with its warmer weather, the time arrives for taking advantage of our pristine northern waters.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has either created or helped to create many preserves and natural areas in the last quarter-century that have contributed to the great number of delightful hiking opportunities scattered across the Grand Traverse Region.

A collection of columns from Record-Eagle Outdoors Columnist Mike Terrell:

Be prepared to get your feet wet when launching boats in several areas along the Great Lakes. Because of the extremely high water levels, many of the ramps have water up into the parking lots. Most rivers are still running high as well.

In 1954 U.S. Sen.Homer Ferguson (R-MI) announced there would be two jet interceptor bases established in Michigan to protect an area ranging from the locks at Sault St. Marie to Chicago from the threat of Soviet nuclear bombers.

Editor's note: Road Trip is a monthly travel series by northern Michigan journalists Dave and Jeanne Barber. The series takes regional readers on easy, one-day road trips to visit Michigan museums, parks, nature sites, businesses and festivals, including many of the state's “hidden gems.”

Road Trip is a monthly travel series by northern Michigan journalists Dave and Jeanne Barber. The series takes regional readers on easy, one-day road trips to visit Michigan museums, parks, nature sites, businesses and festivals, including many of the state's “hidden gems.”

I changed my look last month. I started wearing a construction hard hat. Early one afternoon I carted a load of firewood down to Stone Circle. When I stepped out of my pickup, I heard a loud, screeching sound above my head.

Have you ever noticed that it’s really hard to change? There are a number of reasons for this — your brain gets hardwired, we like habits, we want to predict the future so we stick with what we know — but it’s actually far more simple than these answers given by neuroscience.

SUTTONS BAY — The sounds of ropes slapping the sails and waves splashing against the hull of the Inland Seas schooner were all that could be heard as a class of fourth-graders fell silent and pretended they were sailing in the 1800s.

On Saturday our family assisted daughter Elizabeth and Tim with their work. Church services will be held at their house next so lots of cleaning is getting done. A big tent will be set up for the services to be held under that day.

There is a wonderful Edward Lear poem, "The Table and the Chair," describing how a table convinces a chair to take a walk about town: “… I’ve as many legs as you, Why can’t we walk on two?”

We’re approaching the season of blockbuster movies and highly anticipated sequels. Over the next couple of months, we can look forward to cinemas around the world showing "Shaft," "Men in Black: International," "Toy Story 4," "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & S…

SUTTONS BAY — Actor and comedian Tim Allen will introduce the fourth installment in Disney’s “Toy Story” series at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Bay Community Theatre. Allen has voiced space ranger Buzz Lightyear alongside Tom Hanks, who plays the cowboy Woody, since the first film about the secret …

Cosmic Knot frontman and guitarist Tom Wall exudes positivity, something that propels the Michigan band’s “unique song structures” and “blistering level of intensity” during its lengthy stage jams.

There's horror and then there's Horror. The movies with jump scares and gore and chainsaw-wielding murderers — that's horror with a little "h," stuff that can momentarily shock you or even forestall sleep. But capital-H Horror is a monster of a different color, one that burrows.

TRAVERSE CITY — Summer reading is often light — and mystery and romance authors are among those who will visit Traverse City this summer as part of the National Writers Series. But the beefed-up season lineup also includes authors whose books range in subject from national politics to human …

OLD MISSION — If it weren’t for Peter Dougherty traveling to northern Michigan to find collaboration between the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in the late 1800s, Old Mission Peninsula might not have its name.

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