Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Up Up and Away! - ]]> Looking to take to the quiet skies in a hot air or gas balloon just like Phileas Fogg in the film version of Around the World in Eighty Days, French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard, or modern day gadabout Richard Branson? Two places in northern Michigan offer balloon flights to the public, complete with expansive and amazing aerial views.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Treats For All! - ]]> A rich maroon skin encasing a dark, juicy red fruit, the Balaton cherry’s striking color is matched only by the intensity of its cherry flavor. Spoon Foods preserves the flavor power of these little fruits in a rich cherry syrup spiked with brandy, vanilla, and spices, creating a topping that’s perfect for spooning over crepes or ice cream.]]> <![CDATA[Conservation districts are turning to voters for new sources of funding - ]]> Not to be confused with nonprofit organizations, conservation districts are actually government offices created across the United States in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an environmental catastrophe that saw fertile Great Plains farmland swept away by wind, drought and poor farming practices.]]> <![CDATA[Shakespeare Festival Focuses on Love - ]]> Such is the legacy of the now nine-yearold Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, led by Interlochen’s Director of Theater Bill Church and featuring a core cast of Interlochen faculty, staff, and returning alumni that work tirelessly to celebrate Shakespeare’s works and bring them to a new audience.]]> <![CDATA[Not Your Typical 4th in the North - ]]> Parades, picnics, bright fireworks and sunny beach days. Block parties, barbecues, hot dogs and ice cream. They’re all essentials for a classic Fourth of July celebration.]]> <![CDATA[There's Something Fishy Going On at the Oden State Fish Hatchery - ]]> The Oden State Fish Hatchery does a lot of good work for northern Michigan. Not only is it a major rearing facility for brown and rainbow trout, it also helps teach people about the lake and rivers in their own backyard through the awareness and educational components made available at the hatchery’s on-site visitor center.]]> <![CDATA[Elk Rapids Vibrant, Growing - ]]> Some people think of Elk Rapids as a sleepy little town just north of Traverse City — if they think of it at all, that is. As US-31 bisects the village’s two main business areas, those driving north or south might notice only the chamber of commerce office next to Elk Lake, with its enormous swan statue.]]> <![CDATA[A Tour Of Northern Michigan’s Nonprofits - ]]> We’ve compiled lists of the 10 largest nonprofits in Traverse City and Petoskey. The organizations are ranked based on annual income, as stated in the nonprofit’s most recent Form 990 filing to the Internal Revenue Service, according to records compiled by Guide star, a website that tracks nonprofits.]]> <![CDATA[A Different Way To Give - ]]> Cameron Clark operates hometown giving.com from Beulah. It’s a website dedicated to connecting northern Michigan consumers with local businesses and nonprofits. Nonprofits can register for free on the site; businesses pay a small fee.]]> <![CDATA[Antique-Lovers’ Paradise Returns to Petoskey - ]]> Dave Fraser is a longtime antiques dealer with over 30 years of experience, and he manages this year’s pair of Petoskey antiques shows with his wife, Lena, from their home in Torch Lake. “Petoskey’s been running this show for 22 years, and I took it over after Emmet County revamped the fairgrounds,” Fraser explained.]]> <![CDATA[Changing it Up at the SOBO Arts Festival - ]]> The SOBO arts district in Boyne City has truly become a mini local phenomenon. As this formerly quiet neighborhood has evolved, adding more events, shops, and opportunities to downtown Boyne City, so, too, has the district’s SOBO Arts Festival.]]> <![CDATA[High-Tech Treasure Hunt Geocaching Up North - ]]> Also common in caches are disposable cameras finders can use to capture and leave a photo of themselves, as well as tiny takeaway gadgets called hitchhikers, generally TravelBugs or GeoCoins that are trackable, enabling the person who placed the cache to track how far his or her hitchhiker gets.]]> <![CDATA[Nathan Scherrer’s Behind The Screen Life - ]]> He grew up “absolutely obsessed” with music videos, at a time before the internet offered on-demand musical hubs like YouTube and Vevo. Today, he’s crafting music videos of his own for such big pop names as Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. He’s Northport’s own Nathan Scherrer.]]> <![CDATA[A Dangerous Road - ]]> Goch told police that she had felt unsteady when she reached the top of the curve, so she hit her brakes, causing her car to slide across the center line of the rain-coated highway. The vehicles crashed head-on. Anthony Erving died at the scene; Deanna Erving died later that day at the hospital.]]> <![CDATA[Gills ’N Thrills Lures - ]]> The 1,972-acre lake is about six miles long and relatively shallow — averaging less than 10-feet deep with a maximum of 23 feet at its deepest point. In spots, its bottom is littered with the remnants left from the long-gone lumber mills that once lined the shores.]]> <![CDATA[Summertime Means Street Musique! - ]]> of musicians playing each night by adding locations, as well as rotating some of our locations to give the musicians and visitors different spots to enjoy different types of music without stepping on each other,” she said. The music also has been diversified, and now includes everything from string quartets to world music to indie-rockers.]]> <![CDATA[Downstate Destinations - ]]> While the list of shows Up North is long and varied each summer, some bands and artists never quite make it up this far, so you have to road trip downstate to see them live. But which ones are worth the drive? We’ve sifted through the scads of shows and selected all the can’t-miss concerts worth the ride.]]> <![CDATA[Go Mobile for More Music! - ]]> <![CDATA[U.P. Road Trip: 10 Must-see Sights - ]]> If you’ve lived in or visited Michigan for any length of time, chances are you know about many of the Upper Peninsula’s highlights: Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Bay, the Hancock copper mines, and Pictured Rocks. But there are plenty of lesser-known sights that also deserve a spot on the U.]]> <![CDATA[Park Performances in Petoskey - ]]> The Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series, a summer staple, really begins in February. That’s when the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) starts receiving phone calls from music fans wondering when their favorite musicians will perform … in June.]]>