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Letters 05-30-2016

Oaks & Moths All of last week’s letters regarding recommendations for the best native plants from “Listen to the Experts” from the previous week were right on target. Those who are interested in learning more about native plants, and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies, would do well to read Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s wonderful book, Bringing Nature Home...

Poor Grades On Standardized Testing We have been enduring standardized testing for the last few weeks as our district isn’t allowing for opting out without student removal. I think other parents need to know and the district needs to address their own inconsistencies in policy...

Beware Trump  To describe Trump: hubristic, narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopathic. There are more descriptors. Should we pity this misfit or fear that his values attract such a large segment of our society? Hitler was spawned in the ferment of economic unrest...

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

It’s a Small World

Features Kristi Kates From Pinterest and Martha Stewart to local garden centers and Vogue, terrariums — decorative containers that hold a condensed version of a live garden — are one of the hot trends in indoor-outdoor decor, even though they got their start back in the mid-1800s.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great Gardens

Four Must-See Garden Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While she had no gardening experience (“I had never planted as much as a blade of grass before,” Blair chuckled), she poured over dozens of books and applied her new knowledge to what has become one of the most striking and frequently visited private gardens in northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Find Joy Through Decluttering

Features Kristi Kates The best-selling author and Time Magazine “influential person” is the now-famous japanese organizing consultant whose little turquoise book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, made decluttering famous and started a movement.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Listen to the Local Experts!

Features Kristi Kates Spring is here, which means it’s time to focus on your personal great outdoors! Whether you’re looking for top tips on trees, popular picks on posies or favorite finds in the flower department, these local experts have all the dirt on how to keep your garden and grounds looking great.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Fine Fungi Life

Features Kristi Kates “Ken literally went just one day to — I think it was the Petoskey or Boyne City market — with a basket of chanterelles,” Ashleigh said. “He was sold out by 11am and had $300 in his pocket! And that was the light bulb; we thought we could really do something with this.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Top Mushroom-Hunting Tips From Tony Williams, Local Morel Expert

Features Kristi Kates 1. “Listen to what people are saying and gather info on where other people are picking. If you have all kinds of time to go out into the woods and scout, that’s great, but otherwise I wait until I hear the morels are out; I wait until I hear that my friends and colleagues are finding them.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Celebrating the Mighty Morel!

Boyne City Fest Returns for 56th Year

Features Kristi Kates May, mushroom hunters from around the state and around the country converge at Boyne City for the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, an ode to everything mushroom, from savory foods made of this earthy treat to tales of secret mushroom spots, music, dancing and, above all, the thrill of the mushroom hunt.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Your Guide To The Food Trucks

Features Kristi Kates THE LANDING CRAFT A spinoff of Charlevoix’s popular restaurant, The Landing, The Landing Craft offers up a mixed menu from their custom-designed “mobile kitchen” that features summer favorites, plus selections from the restaurant’s main menu. Two to try: The Beach Fries with Old Bay seasoning and fry sauce; chicken salad sliders.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Catching Up with Mustard Plug

Music Kristi Kates It’s been more than a year since we checked in with northern Michigan’s favorite ska band, the Grand Rapids–based Mustard Plug. So, with a big show coming up this month at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery, what better time to brush up on our skanking?.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Terry’s Place

Dining Kristi Kates FRENCH FORMALITY In 1981, Left opened Great Lakes Fish and Chips in Charlevoix, which he soon expanded into the Villager Pub. Next up was Terry’s Place, in the same building, named to impart a casual flair, as if you were just dropping by Left’s house for a friendly dinner.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nailed It!

Features Kristi Kates Spring is here, summer’s around the corner and, with it, the arrival of a whole new slate of nail colors perfect for the bright days of the new season. But, don’t just swipe on a single shade; this year, it’s all about nail art, from abstract to precise.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Conscious Style from Yana Dee

Features Kristi Kates From the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. to Traverse City, Yana Dee has made quite a journey to become a successful fashion designer. Even though she’s built a strong local following, this is one fashionista who won’t be pinned down.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Step On It!

Features Kristi Kates Laced high up the calf with that distinctive criss-cross, gladiator sandals are back in vogue this season, whether you prefer them plain or jazzed up with details worthy of a night on the town.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bria Skonberg

Music Kristi Kates “In the following years, I managed multiple jazz bands that traveled and I would perform as a soloist overseas in Europe and Japan,” she said. “By the time I moved to New York, I had visited five times and made friends who I would end up working with; New York is an incredible jazz mecca.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spike’s Keg O’ Nails

Dining Kristi Kates They call it Home of the Spikeburger, The Meeting Place of the North and The Friendliest Place in Town. Spike’s Keg O’ Nails has collected a lot of nicknames over its whopping 83 years in business — and its popular Friday night fish fry is nothing to sneeze at, either.
 
 
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