Northern Express - Features <![CDATA[Bring a Mate, Lace Up Your Skates - ]]> Centre Ice Arena, Traverse City The dual rinks primarily host team ice sports, so if you’re into hockey and/or curling, this is your destination. Hockey teams congregate here, including the local Midwest Junior Hockey League, and you might spot a Detroit Red Wings player, as the team’s NHL training camp is held here.]]> <![CDATA[Bahle's at 140 - ]]> When Bahle’s of Suttons Bay celebrated its centennial in 1976, Owen Bahle’s five children had moved away, and the business was struggling in a village filled with shuttered storefronts. Bahle decided his store needed to be reinvented. And maybe if he turned around his store, Suttons Bay would turn around with it.]]> <![CDATA[Resorts Looking Forward to Slopes Season - ]]> “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let snow!” goes the refrain of the popular holiday song, and that’s certainly the mantra for resorts across the region. From Cadillac to Harbor Springs, whither Boyne Mountain or Shanty Creek, the hope this year is for plenty of snow and cold weather — though please, not too cold.]]> <![CDATA[Gaylord Shop Tunes Up Drag-Racing Snowmobiles - ]]> The local company strictly works on dragracing sleds, not so much for long-distance endurance racers such as those who compete in the International 500 Snowmobile Race in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Price also serves clients who seek to improve the durability of their trail-riding snowmobiles but admits the most exciting work is for the racers.]]> <![CDATA[Immersive Play Lights Up With History at Wellington Farm - ]]> When you visit Wellington Farm in Grayling, you’ll find yourself smack dab back in the middle of the Great Depression, whether you’re old enough to have experienced it the first time or have only read about it in history books.]]> <![CDATA[Ride the Rails With Santa Claus at Castle Farms - ]]> Santa Claus has been visiting Castle Fams every Christmas season since 2009. But over the past several years, ol’ Saint Nick has been taking something of a backseat to his train collection, which has been drawing a big crowd of adult model train aficionados right alongside the kids.]]> <![CDATA[Millions of Donors' Dollars Flow Through Northern Michigan - ]]> “We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign; there are an amazing number of campaigns going on,” said Phil Ellis, executive director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. “I think some of them are potentially transformational for our region.]]> <![CDATA[The Past, Present and Future of ‘A Christmas Carol in Prose’ - ]]> She’s referring, of course, to Parallel 45’s upcoming production, “A Christmas Carol in Prose,” known to most as simply “A Christmas Carol,” the classic Victorian-era morality tale of a bitter old London-dwelling miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly holiday experience that.]]> <![CDATA[New Ballet Awakens At Interlochen: ‘ The Sleeping Beauty ’ - ]]> “The Nutcracker” is known worldwide as the traditional Christmas ballet and a must-see for many. But this year, Interlochen Center for the Arts has decided to do something a little different for the holiday season and will be telling the story of “The Sleeping Beauty” in a way that’s at once elegant and unexpected.]]> <![CDATA[Behind the Bells - ]]> The donation pots — typically placed in front of well-trafficked local businesses and accompanied by an volunteer or paid bellringer — have become such a familiar sight that the reaction from passersby is often automatic. Hear a bell, reach for loose pocket change or a dollar from the billfold to put in the kettle.]]> <![CDATA[Beneficial Backpacks: Two Local Programs Help Children - ]]> The first three are the food bank; the food rescue program, in which Manna rescued and redistributed a half-million pounds of useable food last year; and the food pantry that serves 100 families every week, functioning much like a grocery store where families can shop for food but with no bill at the end.]]> <![CDATA[‘The Nutcracker’ Times Two - ]]> <![CDATA[Irish Christmas In America Arrives At Dennos - ]]> Five years ago, Oisin Mac Diarmada and his traveling variety show, “An Irish Christmas in America,” made not one, but two journeys — one by plane across the Atlantic to get from Ireland to America, and the second a twohour boat ride to Beaver Island, Michigan’s own “Emerald Isle.]]> <![CDATA[Sun, wind and a cutthroat business on the bay - ]]> An extortion case that sprung out of bad blood between a resort owner and a parasail operator could help determine when aggressive business tactics become criminal]]> <![CDATA[Irish Holiday Traditions - ]]> Nollaig Shona Duit! (“Happy Christmas!” in Gaelic.) There are many Irish Christmas customs today, some rooted in the old, and others inspired by the new.]]> <![CDATA[2016 Gift Guide - ]]> It’s never too early to start thinking about what gifts to buy this holiday shopping season. Here are 20 suggestions available at local shops or online for everyone on your list from art lovers to that certain someone who aspires to live in northern Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Treetops Resort to Sparkle With Lights Spectacular - ]]> Mike Reling, morning show host for WMJZ- FM Eagle 101.5, will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to precede the ceremonial lighting of the trees, and then the trees themselves are switched on to send glowing washes of color across the darkening landscape.]]> <![CDATA[A Christmas Story Comes to Cadillac - ]]> A lamp shaped like a stockinged leg, with a garish fringed shade and a black high-heeled shoe at the base. A Little Orphan Annie secret decoder pin. And a Red Ryder range model air rifle that’s spoken of with the foreboding warning, “You’ll shoot your eye out.]]> <![CDATA[A Guide to the Holidays Up North - ]]> BELLAIRE In its seventh year and counting is Bellaire’s Light Up the Night holiday celebration on Dec.]]> <![CDATA[Art Center’s Holiday Shopping Market Expands To Traverse City - ]]>

This holiday shopping season, the Crooked Tree Arts Center continues to offer a little extra merriment.

The two-day Merry Makers Marketplace coincides with the downtown Holiday Open House in Petoskey and is kicking off its first year in Traverse City, so it’s poised to be popular in both locations.