March 19, 2018

Staycation Time!

You Gotta Have Art (And Time and Support)

Opportunities for Artists
Who isn’t inspired by a little time Up North? For decades, artists have been flocking to northern Michigan to lose themselves in its sublime beauty, slower pace, ... Read More >>

Columnist-Turned-Novelist Anna Quindlen Visits National Writers Series Stage

In 1995, having decided the world had enough instant internet pundits, Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen charted a new path for herself as a ... Read More >>

Super Summer Getaways

(you can still get away to)
Looking for a summertime sabbatical in northern Michigan? You’re in luck. Even though many Up North cottages are rented out a year in advance, just as many ... Read More >>

Camp Chasm in Charlevoix

A project to turn a one-time girl’s camp on Lake Charlevoix into a township park has thrown Hayes Township into turmoil.
There’s a township just northeast of Charlevoix with miles of Little Traverse Bay shoreline along its northern end, and at its south, miles of Lake Charlevoix shore. ... Read More >>

Four Mini Road Trips

Fun within a six-hour drive or less
Longing to get the heck out of Dodge, but don’t feel like venturing too far away? Check out these easy-to-get-to destinations. Each are a sweet six-hour drive ... Read More >>

Helping Haiti

The list of what’s wrong in Haiti is a lengthy and discouraging one. It’s been eight years since Haiti was hit with a major earthquake. And over ... Read More >>



Respect. Aretha Franklin wasn’t getting enough of it, and these days, neither are medium-bodied, elegant red wines like Blaufränkisch. Which is puzzling, because this traditional Austrian cool-climate red is infinitely approachable, delicious, and food ...

March 10, 2018 | COMMENTS


The Many Faces of Larb

Is it larb, laab, laap or larp? That depends on where in the world you are. In the U.S., it’s often just called lettuce wraps. This particular version — from Samsara, the new ...

March 10, 2018 | COMMENTS


Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Coming to Michigan

In a major musical coup, northern Michigan’s inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival, helmed by the members of local favorite band Greensky Bluegrass, have snagged Jeff Tweedy, frontman of Wilco, for their very first two-stage ...

March 17, 2018 | COMMENTS


What Does it Mean to be a Progressive?

Early in 2017, I joined Woman2Woman TC (W2WTC), a local non-partisan group formed to take action on protecting human rights, ensuring civil liberties, preserving the influence of evidence and reason, and promoting public policy ...

March 17, 2018 | COMMENTS

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Welcome to Michigan’s Most Remote Brewery

After years of planning and honing his beer-making skills, this spring, Patrick McGinnity plans to open Beaver Island’s first microbrewery. Opening a craft brewery is challenging. Opening one on a remote island in Lake Michigan that’s either a 15-minute plane ride or a two-and-a-half-hour ferry ride from ... Read More >>

Kalkaska Murder Mystery

One of the suspects in a Kalkaska County murder case — one that’s been alternately described as a botched robbery or a drug deal gone wrong — also faced questions in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in Detroit two years earlier. Jason Morgan (above center) faces ... Read More >>

Pangea's: Movin’ On Up

Take a good look around the narrow, cozy, eclectically adorned interior of Pangea’s Pizza Pub in Traverse City next time you stop in for one of their award-winning artisan pizzas. Because by this summer, you might not recognize it. A major renovation, expansion and branding project now ... Read More >>

Abuzz in Petoskey

  On the north side of Petoskey, there are the Victorian cottages and music of Bay View. On the south, there’s the appeal of tony Bay Harbor, with golf, equine and water activities, and the upcoming opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. North, south, ... Read More >>