Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Showdown at Deer Park - ]]> The two-acre enclosure, which was created in 1946 to house injured deer, allows children come face-to-face with one of northern Michigan’s signature creatures.]]> <![CDATA[Breaking Ground on a New Cultural Icon - ]]> Five years later, a community cultural plan for Emmet and Charlevoix counties noted both the need for cultural activities and the absence of a suitable venue for year-round programming. It suggested Bay Harbor, a relatively central point, as a possible location.]]> <![CDATA[Happy Double Anniversary! - ]]>

Like the feel of much of Northern Michigan, there’s a neighborly relationship between Teysen’s Gift Shop of Mackinaw City and Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts of Petoskey. The former is celebrating 90 years of business this summer; the latter 70 years.

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<![CDATA[Spring Abloom - ]]> What plant is native to the Balkan Peninsula, is the state flower of New Hampshire, was the subject of a famous painting by Edouard Manet… and is the honoree of a major festival right here in northern Michigan? None other than that bountiful, perfumed spring bloom of the north, the lilac.]]> <![CDATA[Biking the Backcountry - ]]> Plunging into the forest south of Wilderness State Park in Emmet County, cycle guide Cayce Leithauser leads the way as we weave through bogs, beaches and winding trails on our high-tech fat bikes. It’s a rollercoaster ride through a jungle of trees, the forest breaking open here and there to reveal sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[The Lyric Theatre Preps For Debut - ]]> Since its Gatsby-era beginnings as a Packard automobile dealership, the Harbor Galleria building in downtown Harbor Springs has gone through multiple versions of itself. One of those was the original Lyric Theatre, a movie house that operated until the ’80s.]]> <![CDATA[Hello Summer in Petoskey! - ]]> Petoskey’s Spring Open House ran for six years, from 2006–2012, but fizzled out after the weather. Now it’s back, re-energized, and rebranded as the Petoskey Summer Open House. Under the direction of Downtown Promotions Coordinator Kate Manthei, the event’s popularity is quickly catching up to that of the city’s Holiday Open House in December.]]> <![CDATA[Summertime In Little Traverse - Where To Be When]]> Summer Open House – Petoskey – June 3 From The Graphic’s photo booth and the Taste of Downtown, to tunes from Lite 96.3, a fashion show, and an energetic performance by the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band, this is P-town’s way to welcome summer. For more information: petoskeydowntown.]]> <![CDATA[The Mackinac Island Ferries - What’s New!]]> Mackinac Island draws about a million visitors every year, and it’s primarily up to Northern Michigan’s big three — Arnold, Schepler’s, and Star Line ferries — to get those visitors there and back. With summer nigh and the pressure on, we checked in with the local ferry companies to see what’s new for summer 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Grab A Buffalo Burger Under The Pines... - ]]> This annual outdoor fundraiser picnic was started 60 years ago by the late Gerald Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores. “NMC was only a few years old when it moved to its Front Street campus,” said Diana Fairbanks, executive director of public relations, marketing and communications for NMC.]]> <![CDATA[Rainbow Inn - ]]> William T. West was a black man from Columbus, Ohio, who worked as a chef and porter for the Pennsylvania Railroad back when its Northern Arrow train kept a regular route north to Mackinaw City, bringing up vacationers from Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, and making a stop in Petoskey along the way.]]> <![CDATA[From Airwaves to Insects - ]]> Northern Michigan residents might recognize Roach from her former career in broadcasting. She was an on-air personality at WKLT-FM for many years, starting at the radio station on her 16th birthday and rising through the industry to work as a production director.]]> <![CDATA[New Housing Projects Dot Northern Michigan - ]]> Expect to see a lot of cranes in the air this summer as developers scramble to meet northern Michigan’s skyrocketing housing demand. Construction is particularly intense in Traverse City, but several other communities also have notable residential projects underway.]]> <![CDATA[Meet the Hardworking Caretakers of a Northern Michigan Summer - ]]> <![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off Summer Fun - ]]>

Running all weekend (May 28–30) at Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City is the historical recreation of events that took place in 1753 between the Native American tribes, French, and British, and followed by an evening of fireworks. For more information: mackinawcity.com

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<![CDATA[Inside Northern Michigan’s Real Estate Boom - ]]> Reamer started selling real estate in Traverse City in 1978, but with additional experience as a builder and an appraiser, he knows all too well the ups and downs of the region’s market. He said the only thing he’s certain of is that the ups are always followed by downs.]]> <![CDATA[Snapshots From Around the Region - ]]> <![CDATA[Operation Petunia - ]]> Can you name one of the most popular blooming annuals? We’ve got the answer: petunias! While these flowers originally hail from South America, they vacation quite well Up North, where they’re used in window boxes, hanging planters and — perhaps most...]]> <![CDATA[It’s a Small World - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Fish Farms in Lake Michigan? - ]]> Competing bills have been introduced in the state legislature, one that would ban fish farms on the big lakes outright and one that would allow as many as 10 of the facilities to be established in Michigan. The bills were introduced late last year and seem to be languishing.]]>