Northern Express - Features <![CDATA[Climb a Tree With Bo - ]]> Burke hosts climbs all year round and helps roughly 300 people climb trees every year. Each person is individually instructed and equipment is provided. If you have a specific tree you’d like to climb, Burke can even arrange to come to you in order to make that goal a reality.]]> <![CDATA[All About Arborists - ]]> Bo Burke is a certified consulting arborist and treeworker/climbing specialist from Cedar. Ben Veling is also a certified arborist and owner of Timberwolf Tree Care in Harbor Springs. As they’re both experts on this very topic, we got the scoop from them.]]> <![CDATA[Grape Harvest Down Again, But Still Plenty of Wine - ]]> Harsh winters, late frosts, significant summer storms — if it’s not one thing, it’s another in the world of agriculture, and the world of wine is no exception. The result is a grape harvest over most of the region — and the state — that will be significantly below average this year.]]> <![CDATA[A Red Wine Odyssey - ]]> Marty Lagina is on a lifelong treasure hunt. He made a fortune discovering natural gas in the ’90s, turned wind into electricity with large-scale turbine development, and his search for actual buried treasure on Canada’s Oak Island is the subject of a History Channel television show.]]> <![CDATA[Recapturing Our Heritage, One Apple at a Time - ]]> That’s not a relative, but an antique nevertheless. So-called antique apples date back 50, 100, 150 years ago. Favored varieties such as Macintosh, Paula Red, Granny Smith, and especially Red Delicious took over shelf space, while Sunset, Grimes Golden, Hawkeye Greening and, yes, Aunt Lucy, became all but unknown.]]> <![CDATA[Get Wild at Wilderness State Park - ]]> One of the most incredible nature destinations in Emmet County may also be one of the most overlooked. Unlike its cousin, the popular Petoskey State Park, its location isn’t obvious. It’s also not as showy as its other relation, historical Fort Michilimackinac State Park.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Michigan’s Woodstock - Two Decades After The Party’s End, Nostalgia for Castle Farms’ Wild Years Still Grows]]> It’s been 20 years since armies of halter top- and mullet-clad heavy metal kids took over Charlevoix on summer weekends, jamming up roads and leaving beer cans, whiskey bottles and cigarette butts in their wake. For most locals, the era was a bad dream they hope will never return. For the revelers, it was a beautiful time; thousands of people follow a Facebook page dedicated to those long-gone days.]]> <![CDATA[Reclaiming a Classic in Harbor Springs - ]]> Of all the spots in downtown Harbor Springs, the one that’s been the subject of the most querying eyes is Juilleret’s. The former restaurant was in business for 112 years as a classic soda fountain and well-known summer destination. It closed in 2007 when its owners retired and has been sitting empty ever since.]]> <![CDATA[Who Was Robert Emmet? - ]]>

Sometimes, a person is honored who had absolutely nothing to do with the place like Ypsilanti, named after Demetrios Ypsilantis, a hero in the Greek War of Independence of the 1800s.

The same is true of Emmet County, named for Robert Emmet, the leader of an Irish uprising. Ed Karmann, 2015 chairman of the Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey, has the scoop on Robert Emmet and how he became an intrinsic part of the northwesternmost county of Michigan’s lower peninsula – although he never even set foot there.

<![CDATA[New Casino Proposed in Mackinaw City - ]]> A Nicolet Street property in Mackinaw City has been owned by the tribe for several years; their intent was always to eventually develop the land. The site formerly hosted a motel and then a water park, which was in operation until 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Lyric Theater To Return - ]]> Now, the two entities are set to meet, as summer resident Roger W. Blaser, president of the Harbor Springs Lyric Theater, is working to revive the Lyric in a new location, again showing movies right downtown and giving 275 East Main a new lease on life.]]> <![CDATA[What To Do With All That Squash - ]]> She often uses squash in things like soups or a rich Moroccan stew, and local vegetables are often included as accompaniments to both her starters and entrees, but she finds that it takes more than a little effort to shape squash into something more complex or exotic.]]> <![CDATA[Have Food, Will Travel - Catering Industry Thrives in Northern Michigan’s Destination Wedding and Event Boom]]> Labor Day used to mean the return of a more relaxed pace for almost every business in northern Michigan, but this is no longer the case in many of our region’s industries – especially when it comes to food...]]> <![CDATA[Restaurant Openings - ]]> Details: Owner-chef Anthony Craig has already incubated one successful restaurant in the tiny 350 square-foot space on East Front Street in Traverse City. After moving his Latin-Asian fusion eatery Georgina’s to bigger digs down the street, Craig is now turning his attention to the upcoming launch of breakfast/lunch café Elsie’s.]]> <![CDATA[The Foods That Say "Michigan!" - ]]> While Faygo started with just three varieties – grape, strawberry and fruit punch – today you can find 53 (if you include diet versions), from their legendary Red Pop and Citrus Twist to Pineapple Watermelon, Candy Apple and Michigan favorite, Black Cherry.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Capital Foods - ]]> Our region has become an undeniable beacon for food connoisseurs. From casual cafés to fine dining establishments, eateries have adopted the farm-to-table mantra and upped the ante with innovative ingredients and unexpected preparations.]]> <![CDATA[Changing it Up at Taste of Harbor Springs - ]]> The premise of Taste of Harbor Springs has remained the same throughout its 22 years, a testament to Hughes’ careful research and planning in the early days, but as new restaurants and chefs find their way to the city and carve out their own...]]> <![CDATA[Hampton Sides Shows How History Can Aspire to Literature – And It Should - ]]>

Top American non-fiction writer, Hampton Sides, will discuss his art and the characters that inspired it – from Kit Carson to James Earl Ray – Thursday, Sept. 17 at the City Opera House in Traverse City, as part of the National Writers Series.

Sides – a world traveler, magazine writer and self-described “journalist who writes about history” – tells true stories, but with a novelist’s flair. While his work is based on facts, it’s no exaggeration to call his books thrillers.

<![CDATA[Forty Years of Kiss in Cadillac - Anniversary brings tribute concert and events to site of 1975 history-making show]]> When your high school football team is wound too tight to meet expectations, there’s only one thing to do: invite the baddest band on the planet to town and hope they can loosen things up. Forty years later, Cadillac is reliving the epic day Kiss visited their city.]]> <![CDATA[St. Ignace Welcomes The Big Rigs - ]]> If you like to 10-10 in the wind (listen to CB radio while driving), appreciate a good hundred-mile coffee (to keep you awake on those long stretches of road) and wish your fellow travelers “good numbers” or “keep it shiny side up,” then you’d better get rolling at double nickels (55 mph) up to St. Ignace for the 20th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Truck Show Sept. 18–20.]]>