Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Mixing Water With Fire - ]]> <![CDATA[‘Crazy-Good’ Festival - ]]>

Short’s Brewery is upping the ante on their annual Elk Rapids fest. Beyond the popular brewery tours and special beers on tap, Short’s has snagged the indie band Deer Tick to headline their one-day party in the parking lot.

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<![CDATA[Boyne Falls Celebrates 40 Years of Polish Festival - ]]> For four days in Boyne Falls, everyone within spitting distance of downtown is Polish. And for 40 years, the Boyne Falls Polish Festival has been the place to be for pierogis, polkas, and parades.]]> <![CDATA[‘Les Mis’ at Interlochen: ‘No Way These are High School Students’ - Hundreds auditioned from all over the country; only 40 got in.]]> Each summer, the two team up and immerse themselves and their students in that year’s production. Last year, it was “Oklahoma!” This year, Hellems says he and Church chose to present a production that would have greater familiarity to the cast as well as to the audience.]]> <![CDATA[A Traverse City Film Festival Oral History - PART II OF II]]> After the success of that first TCFF in 2005, organizers decided to try for a second act. And — critical for downtown Traverse City — they set their sights on taking over the State Theatre, a classic American movie house that had fallen on hard times..]]> <![CDATA[Film Fest Success Takes a Village - Four volunteers share their stories ]]> “It’s like a wine and food pairing,” he said. There also are outdoor gigs, including Clinch Park, which this year will feature music from noon-10pm each day. Sullivan hopes to have daily themes, like a cappella or jazz. He’s also planning nightly jam sessions at the Workshop Brewing Co.]]> <![CDATA[Chicago’s Longest-Running Play at InsideOut - ]]> That’s right. Thirty plays in 60 minutes. Presented by the Traverse City-based theater troupe Parallel 45 at InsideOut Gallery, “Too Much Light…” is many things, but is definitely not traditional theater, said Erin Anderson, the company’s executive director.]]> <![CDATA[Nostalgia, Real Butter Rule at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In - A 1950s time capsule boosted by modern film technology has made the Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor one hot ticket for summer fun.]]> One of only 340 drive-ins left in the country, and only one of 10 in the state, the Cherry Bowl is a beloved local landmark, carrying the flame for wholesome outdoor entertainment..]]> <![CDATA[RECYCLING: It’s All in the Details - Recycling used to be so black and white … literally.]]>

Going green just meant recycling newspapers, with glass and aluminum a close second and third. With practically everything recyclable now, being a responsible recycler can be a bit of a buzz kill on your Up North getaway.

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<![CDATA[2014 TCFF at a Glance - ]]> Movie magic on Grand Traverse Bay, free for everyone! The biggest screen, the biggest stars, the biggest stars — nothing is better than watching a Hollywood classic with friends and family on a 60 foot screen beneath the stars. Come early for free music, entertainment, and fun beginning at 7 pm.]]> <![CDATA[A Traverse City Film Festival Oral History - The Traverse City Film Festival, now among the most noted in the nation, began as a whim a decade ago.]]>

It appeared from nowhere. It crawled from dinner party conversations. It took shape at a lunch at Amical. It quietly made its way onto the city agenda. Soon scores of volunteers knocked down cobwebs, scrubbed floors and walls and alighted the sparkling marquee of the State Theatre.

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<![CDATA[Who Ya Gonna Call? - Local woman writes book about how to get rid of demons ]]> Harris, who moved to Traverse City in March, uses herbs (white sage, sweetgrass), olive oil, salt and holy water in her house blessings and says she has a 98 percent success rate. The failures were at homes where the family didn’t follow her instructions, she says, or weren’t fully behind the process.]]> <![CDATA[Local Teens Unfriending Facebook - ]]> As the popularity of newer, quicker, “cooler” social networks continues to rise, Facebook has seen a dramatic drop in users—6 million in the United States just in the last month— and trends show that the middle- and highschool age demographic is one of the biggest contributors.]]> <![CDATA[Revving It for Father Fred - Catholic chaplain. Counselor. One of America’s “1000 Points of Light.”]]> This special trek runs from Blue Star Drive up the east side of the Old Mission Peninsula to the lighthouse. The ride pivots along West Bay, and ends back at Streeters for a special Sunday brunch that welcomes all riders, sponsors, and guests..]]> <![CDATA[Solar Golf - Michigan’s first solar course opens after a three-year statewide drought of new courses.]]> Bigger players are also getting into solar. Consumers Energy announced July 1 that they had selected 22 solar projects across the Lower Peninsula as part of their Experimental Advanced Renewable Program. The program enables participants to sell excess energy back to Consumers.]]> <![CDATA[Eight Days of Totally Free Fun: Venetian Fest 2014 - ]]>

Venetian festivals, primarily a Midwestern phenomenon, have been lighting up the water for decades … but none longer than Charlevoix’s. The 84-year-old festival has matured through the years, growing from a single evening’s candlelit boat parade to an eight-day festival of free-to-the-public games, music, and the hugely popular fireworks.

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<![CDATA[New Biking Book - For Road And Rail-to-Trail Cyclists ]]> Robert Downes’ new book, Biking Northern Michigan, details 30 well researched rides across the northern Lower Peninsula that accommodates a variety of bikes. Each ride recommends the type of bike best suited for the ride. Some of the rail-to-trail rides are best suited for hybrids, cruisers and mountain bikes.]]> <![CDATA[The New Social Hour - Experts, Users Speak Out About Social Media ]]> Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Foursquare, Snapchat, Digg, YouTube, and a host of other sites and technologies have come and, in some cases, gone (anyone remember MySpace?). Some people dabble in it; for others, it can replace actual interaction. Fortunes have been made and lost, lives enhanced and ruined. It all depends on how it’s used.

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<![CDATA[Cherries On Paper - New Cherry Fest Book Is All Fun ]]> Just in time for Cherry Festival 2014 comes The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City: Blessing of the Blossoms, by Brooks Vanderbush. This book’s subject matter and bright cover are bound to attract the attention of locals and visitors to the Grand Traverse region.]]> <![CDATA[Growers Cheery About Cherry Crop - ]]> Cautiously optimistic, cherry growers and their crops have emerged from months of harsh weather none the worse for wear. The cherries – expected late July – “came out of dormancy really slow,” meaning less risk of frost damage, said Nikki Rothwell, coordinator at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center.]]>