Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Under the Sea - Cadillac Footliters Junior Players Mount Classic Disney Production]]> The show boasts a cast of over 50 area youth ranging from elementary to high school ages. They are bringing Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula the sea witch—and the many other characters that populate the underwater kingdom of King Triton—to life for a live audience.]]> <![CDATA[Charlatans HaveTheir Day at the Old Town Playhouse - ]]> The mountebanks in question are Lawrence Jamieson and Freddy Benson, a pair of hustlers who prey on women, vying for their attention in order to bilk them out of their money and self-respect. Not to worry, though. They’re just characters from the upcoming production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse.]]> <![CDATA[The Boyne River - A Little Jekyll, a Little Hyde, a Lot of Fun ]]> “The river isn’t deep, and if you do spill, just climb back in and keep going. It’s a warm day and the scenery is beautiful,” Conner added. “The first half is quick with bends, stringers and downed trees you have to maneuver around, but the last half is mellow as the river widens and dumps into the lake.]]> <![CDATA[The Faces of Little Traverse - Connecting with the people and places we’ve known for years ]]> I’ve been doing this since: “The store was founded in 1946 and I started working here in 1983 when I was nine years old. My Grandpa Shorter had passed away and my parents had started working in the business to help my grandmother out. I came here every day after school so I could help too.]]> <![CDATA[No Bus at the Station - Emmet County fights for its own public transportation]]> <![CDATA[Winter is Coming - Is another ‘Polar Vortex’ coming along with it?]]> 2014 also left us with a lot of questions — did it signal a new trend for colder winters? Was winter 2014 a record-breaker? Where did ‘polar vortex’ originate? What happened to global warming? What should we expect this winter?]]> <![CDATA[Goodman’s Good Works - Petoskey’s Passionate Advocate ]]> Well known for her steadfast pro-Petoskey attitude and dedication to her job, Goodman most often hovers behind the scenes; her real passion is to put downtown Petoskey center stage. Highlighting downtown has been her goal ever since she moved north from her downstate home, a spur-of-the-moment decision that has stood the test of time.]]> <![CDATA[Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis - A Boyne City Business SUCCESS STORY]]>

Like most kids, Jeff and Jonathon Thompson loved taking things apart and putting them back together. But they never thought that inquisitiveness would lead to a successful family business. In 2005, having cut apart a pair of Dynastar skis the winter before to make a ski bike, they decided to try building a pair of skis. It wasn’t a very successful start.

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<![CDATA[The Ripple Effect of the Mario Batali Tweet - ]]> Celebrity chef and part-time Leelanau County resident Mario Batali is all over the media, both traditional and social. And he’s effusive in sharing his love of northern Michigan — its scenery, its golf and, especially, its food.]]> <![CDATA[Pigstock TC 2014 - ]]> This extensive three-day course teaches whole animal use and charcuterie (meat preparation) practices. Now in its fifth year, it’s been praised for expanding the knowledge of both pros and everyday cooks, and for encouraging responsible and inventive use of ingredients.]]> <![CDATA[What ’ll I t Be? - Conversations with Some of the Region’s Most Beloved Bartenders ]]> There are bartenders, and then there are legends. Here we celebrate the latter, four locals who serve locals and boast stories like few others. Read about their habits, their histories, and their signature drinks [and by the way, have your own legendary local bartender of choice? Email us at info@northernexpress.]]> <![CDATA[Where Have All the Workers Gone? - ]]> The dramatic decrease in northern Michigan’s migrant worker population in recent years can be attributed to many factors, but, regardless of the reasons, there is no question this trend could change the face of the region’s signature fruit industry, making the way we harvest cherries, wine grapes, apples, peaches and berries a thing of the past.]]> <![CDATA[Restaurants Recently Reviewed - ]]>

Since May, you’ve read (or missed!) eighteen profiles of area eateries. As part of our RestauranTour issue, here’s a recap:

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<![CDATA[Day Trip: Lansing and East Lansing - ]]> It’s 180-220 miles from Northern Michigan to Lansing. You’ll likely spend $40-$60 on gas for a round trip. The best route from here is to take M-115 south of Cadillac to U.S. 10 until just past Clare, where U.S. 127 splits off towards Mount Pleasant.]]> <![CDATA[Day Trip: Grand Rapids - ]]> With world-class breweries, a cutting edge culinary scene, multiple music venues and one of the country’s most dynamic art events, it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids was named number one on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 U.S. destinations to visit in 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Harbor - How It Happened Twenty Years Ago: An Industrial Wasteland Becomes a $1 Billion Resort]]>

For most of the 20th century, the behemoth cement plant south of Petoskey was an economic driver that offered well-paying jobs for generations of workers. After the plant closed in 1980, the property sat idle for years and went into decay, coughing up powdery kiln dust and oozing leachate into the bay. Many saw the parcel’s development potential with its five miles of shoreline on Little Traverse Bay, beautiful views and easy access to Petoskey.

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<![CDATA[Fly Nearby - Making a quick layover at our regional airports ]]> While the number of flights in and out of the Traverse City airport has stayed fairly constant — about 50 to 60 a day in the summertime — the number of passengers has gone up. And, probably as a result, airfares in and out of TVC have gone down, meaning flying in and out of Traverse City makes economic sense again.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Exposure - How early festivals paved the way for today’s nonstop party calendar ]]>

Northern Michigan loves a party: food, music, and hobbies are all fair game here. But decades before the packed movie theaters, snowy beer tents and bayside concerts, other fests blazed the trails.

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<![CDATA[(Ultra) Marathon Man - ]]> “My dad made a joke, ‘What could he do if he trained? Look how good he does now,’” Kaupas said. “One of my cousins goes, ‘You should come out and do the Leadville.’” That was in 2013. At first, Kaupas thought he could just sign up for the 2013 race and try it with little training.]]> <![CDATA[From Beulah to Greenland and Beyond - ]]> “It’s a great place for day trips and skillbuilding programs, while still being a very nicely habitable region with good food, art, and culture, and it’s only gotten better,” he said. “It’s also a great springboard for our programs on lakes Michigan and Superior, as well as Alaska and Greenland, since it has a good airport and access to supplies.]]>