Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Friday Fundays! - ]]> This Friday series of events in downtown Petoskey is complemented by familyfriendly late-night Movies in the Park, one of the most popular outdoor movieviewing events in northern Michigan; all movies start around sunset.]]> <![CDATA[A Centennial at Bay View - ]]> Bay View’s John M. Hall Auditorium is celebrating 100 years this summer. The renowned local venue that sits alongside Bay View’s legendary Victorian cottages and campus buildings, many of which have hosted notable and famous guests, has certainly enjoyed a storied past.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Fest Rocks! - ]]> Actually, Cherry Fest more than just rocks. With a diverse slate of performers covering everything from alt-pop to country, comedy parodies to funk and vintage hairband jams, there’s something for every variety of music fan during festival week (including your chance to be a Cherry Festival musical idol).]]> <![CDATA[A Piece of the Pie - ]]> The tin used to bake a one-time world record pie sits proudly on the southern edge of Traverse City, just as the tin used to bake Charlevoix’s record-setting pie sits at its border, but these records are no more.]]> <![CDATA[Presidential Pie, The Original World Record? - ]]> A newspaper explained, “The two men reported that they were held up in Canada by a police officer for traveling at high speed, but they were permitted to proceed when they explained their mission and urged consideration of international comity.”.]]> <![CDATA[Top Cherries - ]]> Only five people have been served as executive directors of the National Cherry Festival since its beginnings 89 years ago. It’s a job that comes with parades and smiles and crowds – but also with lots of logistics and high expectations.]]> <![CDATA[Groundwork - ]]> The Michigan Land Use Institute celebrated its 20th birthday in an unconventional way: by changing its name. Now called Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Executive Director Hans Voss said he hopes to continue the same nonprofit advocacy work the organization focused on during its first two decades.]]> <![CDATA[Celebration in the Skies - ]]> The Cherry Blossom Festival emerged in 1925, later to become the National Cherry Festival. Almost ninety years later, this celebration recorded more than half a million visitors, many of whom arrived early for a thrilling display of aerobatic prowess by the renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels.]]> <![CDATA[Tired of the City? Visit the Farm - ]]> Need a reprieve from the noise, traffic and summer crowds of the city? Consider visiting one of the region’s many beautiful working farms.]]> <![CDATA[What Has Michigan Oil Done For You Lately? - ]]> While most people are aware of the pristine lakeshores, abundant parks and state game areas that form the foundation of our state’s tourism assets and enhance our quality of life, only a fraction are aware of how the MNRTF has made the acquisition and maintenance of many of these incredible properties possible.]]> <![CDATA[Iconic Northern Michigan - ]]> Phil Balyeat lives in a different northern Michigan than the rest of us — one where the sun always shines, the colors are richer and the lines are sharper.]]> <![CDATA[A Tale Of Three Lumberjacks - ]]> This year’s Lumberjack Festival, held June 26-28, will offer plenty of fun things to do. In addition to food, drink and the annual Lumberjack Parade at 10am on Saturday, the weekend will include live music, canoe and kayak races, basketball contests, a chicken dinner and nighttime fireworks on Friday, as well as lumberjack-specific activities.]]> <![CDATA[High-Flying Fun at Balloonfest - ]]> More than 50 brightly colored, massive hot air balloons will fill the sky above Howell, Michigan for the annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, which began in 1984. Watched by more than 100,000 spectators, the pilots at this event are competing for the state championship in hot air ballooning, including a trophy, cash and prizes.]]> <![CDATA[Antrim’s Breezeway Catches On - ]]> As you travel northwest Michigan, you may see bumper stickers encouraging you to “Ride the Breezeway.” The multi-county community project has grown from a scenic route campaign intended to promote an isolated area to a complete events program of cruises, garage sale weekends, concert series and festivals.]]> <![CDATA[Four Lighthouse Vacations - ]]> THE GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHTHOUSE Leelanau State Park, Northport grandtraverselighthouse.com Since 1858, this lighthouse has overseen Lake Michigan and the end of Grand Traverse Bay, although these days it functions only as a museum (it was decommissioned in 1972).]]> <![CDATA[Beats and Bands at the Bidwell - ]]> “CTAC has been presenting the Concert in the Park series in Pennsylvania Park (down the street from the arts center) for many years,” Ahrens said. “So, with those performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays all summer, we thought that adding Thursdays would be a great asset to downtown.]]> <![CDATA[Bag It! - ]]> Pack for the park, bring a book to the beach, stash your sunscreen, lug along your lunch — no matter where you’re going this summer, you’re going to need something to carry your stuff. Check out the latest bag styles and you’ll finally be able to leave that plastic grocery bag where it belongs — in the recycling bin.]]> <![CDATA[Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Blazes New Paths - ]]> Since the late 1970s, dreams of a multi-use trail in the park have been alive in the community and, for nearly 10 years, the trail has been an actual work in progress.]]> <![CDATA[Bill Engvall Headlines New Comedy and Music Fest - ]]> “I really did want to be a teacher!” Engvall insisted. “Teachers make such a difference. I had a creative writing teacher, Mrs. Brown, who taught me how to be unafraid and to perform, and I think that’s where this all started. So I might go back and become a teacher when this is all over.]]> <![CDATA[Fashion Forward Five - ]]> Fashion is subjective, it’s true, but there are always those who manage to fashionably stand out. We found five fashionistas from northern Michigan and asked them about their unique and striking style, right down to what they think of current trends and what they’d buy if they had unlimited funds to shop.]]>