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Kristi Kates | Author

The Buzz To Save The Bees

April 8, 2017

Like so many people in northern Michigan, Anne Morningstar and her husband Brian Bates were drawn Up North for the lifestyle, abundant fresh water and affordable land to start their homestead. Morningstar, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree, joined Bates, who has a bachelor’s in... Read More >>

Great Lakes Swimmers Splash Into Boyne City

April 8, 2017

Half a dozen albums in and with a major tour already under their collective belts featuring A Forest of Arms, their latest full–length collection of songs, Tony Dekker and his Great Lake Swimmers bandmates are ready for something a little different: an “almost–unplugged&... Read More >>

St. Paul to Top the Bill at Meijer Gardens

April 8, 2017

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park just revealed the first chunk of their concert schedule for the 2017 summer season at the park’s outdoor amphitheater, with several big names on the bill plus a show full of woman power. The biggest news is buzz band St. Paul and The Broken... Read More >>

Hatching Inspiration At Hill House

April 8, 2017

Breathing space from the obligations of daily life and literal space to create are two things that artists of all stripes often find in short supply. So when an organization like the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology offers up something like the Hill House Artist Residency – an ... Read More >>

Get Prepared for Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion

April 8, 2017

From pink to puffs, paperbag waists to practicality, pendants to pockets, this upcoming season’s looks are an extravagant visual potpourri as we follow fashion’s usual cycles and transition (somewhat awkwardly) from one influential decade to the next. But never fear, fashionis... Read More >>

Wood Winds’ Hawaiian Burger

April 8, 2017

Winter might be taking its time departing northern Michigan, but you can get a sweet taste of warmer weather via one of the brand new selections arriving on Wood Winds Restaurant & Pizzeria’s menu, newly updated for spring.

Our pick, the Wood Winds Hawaiian Burger, st... Read More >>


April 1, 2017

Enya – The Celts – Reprise
It’s back, and on special edition vinyl this time, such good news for fans of the consummate new age performer. Classically-trained on piano, Enya’s instrumentals teamed with her distinctive vocal stylings are perfe... Read More >>

Raw Juice Company

April 1, 2017

Soon we’ll welcome warmer days, more outdoor activities, beaches opening for the season… and the annual panic about beachwear we might or might not fit into.

One simple way to get healthier is to join the raw juice craze. Among several regional options are those from ... Read More >>

Look Up For Michigan Astronomy Night

April 1, 2017

Organizers of Michigan State University’s Science Festival hope that thousands of Michiganders will aim their telescopes skyward on April 7 as part of Statewide Astronomy Night (SWAN).

Renee Leone, coordinator and co-founder of the MSU Science Festival, was inspired to ... Read More >>

Are Your Feet The Key To Health?

April 1, 2017

Do your feet hold the key to good health? Some think so, including Chinese dating back to 4,000 BC, William Fitzgerald, an ear/nose/throat specialist who pioneered reflexology in the U.S. in 1913…and Linda Franklin of Traverse City.

Franklin and others believe that through ...

Nature-Inspired Jewelry Designs

April 1, 2017

Jewel “Juju” Samsey spends infinitely more time looking down than looking up. But there’s a good reason; she uses nature as her muse — and as supplier for rock and stone ingredients, which she crafts into unique, handmade jewelry for Jujus Nature, the business she ... Read More >>

Jack White's Quiet Songwriting Delight

April 1, 2017

Detroit-slash-Nashville rocker Jack White, who recently purchased a house in Kalamazoo as yet another retreat for himself and anyone he chooses to invite, is reportedly working on some new material for himself this time, as opposed to contributing to one of the many side projects he&rsquo... Read More >>

City Park Grill Celebrates Storied History With Events

April 1, 2017

If you were a very important person of the gentlemen set, The Sampling Room was the place to be in downtown Petoskey in the late 1800s. It resided in McCarthy Hall, a building that served “intoxicating beverages” and cigars to a steady stream of (only) male customers who enjoy... Read More >>

A 70s Start and a New Revival

March 25, 2017

He’s collaborated with a surprisingly diverse range of big–name classic rockers and worked with a short list of Michigan bands that are undoubtedly familiar to anyone who’s spent time Up North. He’s also an experienced singer–songwriter and guitar player in h... Read More >>

Fresh Fish Served Up Fast!

March 25, 2017

The name Freshwater Grill says it all. If you’re into fresh local whitefish from our regional waters and/or delectable flat–top grilled burgers, this is one place you won’t want to miss.

Opportunity Knocks
Co–owners and longtime couple...

7 Monks Friday Night Fish

March 25, 2017

The second of two 7 Monks Taproom locations resides in Boyne City (its brother locale is in Traverse City), and both restaurants share many of the same qualities in their microbrew and food offerings and welcoming, woodsy atmospheres.

But if it’s a Friday night fish fry... Read More >>

Don Julin's A-Ha Moment at Mandolins Rule The World

March 25, 2017

With over 30 years of musical experience, Traverse City’s Don Julin is most definitely an integral part of the old guard of northern Michigan’s music scene. So when it came to kicking off a brand new project – well, for Julin, it really wasn’t all that new. It was ... Read More >>

Chicago Cranks Up Summer Festival Lineups

March 25, 2017

While it’s always exciting to look forward to, Lollapalooza isn’t the only game in town as far as big Chicago summer festivals go. Two more fests are returning for 2017, and both have already announced part of their lineup of performers. June 24–25 will bring you the Mam... Read More >>

Mackinaw Meltdown Aims to Heat Up Tourism

March 25, 2017

Brendon Koshoshek, director of sales and marketing for the Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism, doesn’t have exact numbers, but he’s observant, he’s an advocate of the region, and he knows how to follow his gut regarding what the locals need. These are the tools he’s ... Read More >>

Sweets Made in Traverse City

March 25, 2017

“Everything’s better with chocolate.”
“There’s always room for sugar.”
“A balanced diet is a cupcake in each hand.”
“Life is short; eat dessert first.”

Quotes abo...