Boyne Mountain became home to the largest skiable terrain in the Midwest this month, with seven chairlifts and one Magic Carpet conveyor lift making a projected 35 runs available to skiers and snowboarders. Boyne Mountain, already beneficiaries of a plethora of natural snowfall early this year, have also made a $350,000 investment in snowmaking to increase snow output and grooming. Boynes cross-country trails are open, as well, with 10-15 kilometers of trails already groomed.
SNOWSHOE THE DUNES
Snowshoe walks are now being offered every Saturday beginning December 29th at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and will be offered every Saturday through the end of February. Bring your own snowshoes, or use the Lakeshore Visitor Centers (in Empire) free of charge - the hikes start at 1:00 pm, and park rangers will provide snowshoeing instructions and will guide the snowshoe treks to teach visitors about the parks unique features in the winter. For more info or to make reservations, call
WINDMILL OR POWER LINES?
Theres a power controversy going on - and if it affects you, be sure to voice your opinion regarding the proposed M72W substation along the M-72 (West) Green Corridor between Traverse City and Empire at the Elmwood Township Hall on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm. You can also call your utility company (Wolverine, TCLP, Cherryland Electric, or Consumers) to let them know how you feel on this issue.
RAVEN HILL HOLIDAY
Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan will be holding their annual holiday open house on December 28th from 5 to 8 pm, and theyre inviting everyone to stop by for snacks and to check out the Center. Raven Hill will continue to be open over winter break from noon to 4 pm daily from Saturday, December 22nd to Wednesday, January 2nd; theyll be closed on Christmas and New Years Day.
ARTCENTER IS DOWNTOWN
artcenter Traverse City recently opened their new gallery space at 300 East Front Street, with an opening show of 18 local and regional artists. They say that they are delighted to be joining the City Opera House and the State Theatre as a cultural anchor organization in our beautiful, vibrant downtown, while maintaining our studio facilities on South Elmwood.
PLANS FOR PETOSKEY
And the Petoskey Parks and Recreation Commission are proposing a variety of plans for Petoskey over the next five years; the tentative plan - yet to be approved/funded - includes a paved trail for non-motorized use to follow the Bear River corridor, upgrades to the day-use and camping facilities at Magnus Park, additional hiking/walking trails throughout the region, upgrades to the citys marina, and possible access to the downtown railroad track for use with a city-owned trolley to shuttle people between downtown stores and outlying parking areas. The plan can be viewed at City Hall and the Petoskey Public Library, or can be downloaded online at www.ci.petoskey.mi.us.