Northern Express - Features <![CDATA[CREATE Community Arts Stydio Bringing a New Artistic Vision to Boyne - ]]> Longtime artist Sara Manchester grew up in East Jordan, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1997, attended the Chicago Art Institute — and then stepped away from her personal artistic pursuits to “be sensible,” moving back Up North in 2001 to chase a career in graphic design.]]> <![CDATA[Playhouse Presentation - ]]> The latest Old Town Playhouse production has just the thing for musical lovers: song after song after song, with nary a spoken word to be heard. But, that’s not the only unique thing about “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The show wasn’t even a complete stage play originally.]]> <![CDATA[Museums Offer Window to Past - ]]> While these unique landmarks are worthy of attention, what about the daily lives of those who came before us? Thanks to local history buffs, we can catch an intriguing glimpse into the logging industry, old-time school days or entire towns whose heydays have come and gone.]]> <![CDATA[Heroin's Popularity - Pushes Drug Dealing to A New Level in the Region]]> A drive-thru drug store in an East Bay Township motel parking lot? That’s what police thought their subjects’ activities looked like during a surveillance operation last February. Detectives turned up evidence against the man and woman they were observing that led them up the supply chain to a bigger fish: Ronald Norfleet, one of the most significant drug dealers ever captured in Grand Traverse County.]]> <![CDATA[Legacy of Learning - Andrew Carnegie Lasting Impact on Northern Michigan]]> Typically situated near a community’s center, many of these early 20th century structures continue to operate as community libraries, while others have found new life as museums, shops, offices or homes for nonprofit historical and art-related organizations.]]> <![CDATA[100 Years of Tree Tradition in Harbor Springs - ]]> In the early 1900s, youthful contractor George B. Hartung decided to enhance Harbor Springs’ Christmas spirit by placing a freshly cut tree in the middle of town, transported from his home at Larks Lake.]]> <![CDATA[The New Nutcracker - All-new director, sets, choreography meet tradition at Interlochen this holiday]]> You’ve seen it before, the legendary, 123-year-old story about the nutcracker doll that comes to life for a little girl. But you’ve never seen it like this.]]> <![CDATA[Nutcracker Notes - ]]> “The Nutcracker” ballet marked the first use of the celesta in an orchestral score. The celesta produces sounds much like bells. It was a new instrument Tchaikovsky had discovered in Paris. He wanted it for the character of the sugar plum fairy to characterize her “heavenly sweet sound.]]> <![CDATA[5 Gifts for your Co-Worker or Client - ]]> While it’s tempting to gift a co-worker or client a calendar, it might be tough to discern what kind of images they’d like to look at for a full year. This modern perpetual calendar solves that problem with its sleek and simple design.]]> <![CDATA[5 On-Trend Gifts for the Fashionista - ]]> Bohemian is big again this winter, which means it’s time to help your holiday giftee stock up on a musthave for every girl’s closet: the kimono. Topshop has a wide range to choose from, including several prints with flat hems or fringe, while Plato’s offers gently used kimonos sure to become fast favorites.]]> <![CDATA[5 Gifts for the Techie - ]]> Media streaming is big as more and more people sever their connections to expensive cable TV packages and find their entertainment elsewhere; Chromecast is a great way to start that process.]]> <![CDATA[Your Guide to the Holidays Northern Michigan’s 2015 Festivities - ]]> Your Guide To The Holidays Northern Michigan’s 2015 Festivities.]]> <![CDATA[Meet Joseph Morrissey - ]]> Joseph Morrissey came to Interlochen in August, having recently served as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre..]]> <![CDATA[About the Community Foundation - ]]> “Our unique role is to partner with donors and nonprofits, matching donor passion with purpose through grant awards,” said Alison Metiva, GTRCF director of community relations. “Through the Community Foundation, [donors’] gifts will impact lives in our region now and forever.]]> <![CDATA[Nine Stories of Conflict - ]]> Debate over two nine-story buildings proposed at the corner of Front and Pine streets in Traverse City has become about something bigger than whether developers should be able to build a large mixed-used apartment complex — it’s become a debate about the future of Traverse City.]]> <![CDATA[5 Nonprofit Giving Tips - ]]> “One easy first step is for people to identify what they’re interested in and what’s important to them,” said Program Director Joe Liszewski of NorthSky Nonprofit Network. “From there, people can look locally, statewide or nationally for organizations that fit those criteria.]]> <![CDATA[5 Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast - ]]> LoopRope is one of those things your giftee might not even know she wants, but once she gets it, she’ll wonder how she ever backpacked, boated or camped without it.]]> <![CDATA[A $ 15 Million Gift to Educate a Community - ]]> It’s not often that a single gift continues to touch countless lives for an untold number of years. However, that was the goal of Central Lake native Cleo Purdy when she left nearly $15 million to the children of the small, financially challenged northern Michigan village.]]> <![CDATA[Exploring the Wonder of Dolphins - ]]> Dolphins are athletic and cute; they are even said to smile. Seen by many New Age devotees as spiritual guides and by children and adults alike as excellent swim buddies, dolphins have held a special place in the human imagination as far back as 5,000 years ago in Minoan culture.]]> <![CDATA[Off-Season Shopping Fun - ]]> The Petoskey Chamber of Commerce farmers market may have ended Sept. 29, but that’s not the end of farmers market season for the city. A new market operated by Crooked Tree Arts Center is taking over for the winter, allowing farmers to vend and shoppers to buy well into the colder months.]]>