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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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New Feast

Torches Calories, Too

Mike Terrell - January 27th, 2014  

Food lovers who also cross country ski, take note. For two Saturdays in February, Treetops Resort and Spa in Gaylord is hosting its inaugural Skiable Feast.

The progressive ski/meal, held on Feb. 1 and 15 beginning at 11am, features a four kilometer tracked trail through rolling hills and pine forests along the Pigeon River on the resort’s property.

Stops along the way include an old bridge shelter and a couple of vintage cabins, where skiers will sample gourmet goodies prepared by Treetops’ culinary team.

Novices and experienced cross-country skiers will cruise at their own pace through Project Nature, an area that once held an outdoor zoo with exotic animals back in the early 1980s.

Project Nature fell on economic hard times, and Treetops, then owned by Harry Melling, purchased the remote tract of undeveloped acreage. Elk and deer have been spotted in the area and bobcat tracks have been seen along the river.

The cost of the event is $79 per person, which includes trail pass, transportation and five food stations paired with Michigan beers and wines. The Nordic Center in the Jones Pro Shop is the meeting place and first food station. There are assorted miniquiches and a Greek yogurt bar with lots of flavors to start.

Next, skiers will be bused to Project Nature, embarking on the trail from the Old Bridge shelter after sampling pastry treats and fruit kabobs.

A kilometer later, skiers will enjoy venison or white bean chicken chili and grilled vegetable and beef kabobs brushed with a house-made bourbon glaze.

The longest section is about three kilometers and meanders to a wilderness cabin near a pond. Organizers say this section is best for viewing wildlife. Pan fried cod sliders topped with coleslaw and tarragon tartar sauce will be served by an open fire.

A final half-kilometer ski takes skiers back to a bus, which circles back to the Nordic Center and the final food station. There, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served for skiers who want to unwind one final time.

For those who would like to stay overnight, Treetops has a package that includes a night’s lodging, breakfast, and feast. It starts from $146 per person, based on double occupancy.

The Skiable Feast is scheduled for two Saturdays in February: the 1st and the 15th. The feast starts at 11am and costs $79 per person. For more information, call Treetops Resort and Spa at (866) 348-5249.

 
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