December 6, 2022

Lynda Wheatley | Author

Iron Fish Distillery’s Mad Angler

Sept. 4, 2021

To celebrate its fifth year, Iron Fish Distillery has just released its highly anticipated Estate Series line of spirits. The Estate Series spirits — 100 percent distilled and aged at Iron Fish Distillery, many using at least 51 percent grain grown its 120-acre farm in Thompson... Read More >>

Punch in for Labor Days Exhibit in East Jordan

Aug. 28, 2021

Just in time for Labor Day, Raven Hill Discovery Center’s collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program has unveiled Labor Days—A History of Work exhibit. In development between the national and East Jordan institutions since 2019, this l... Read More >>

Free Passes to Michigan Attractions!

Aug. 28, 2021

The secret to keeping the spirit of summer vacation adventures alive into fall? A library card. Yours will not only whisk you away to the countless worlds waiting inside books but also nab you free passes to (real-life!) attractions all over the state. Here’s how: Head to the Michig... Read More >>

Three Labor Day Bridge Walks

Aug. 28, 2021

You’ve probably heard of the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk that takes place every year on Labor Day (minus last year, for obvious reasons). The bridge closes to public traffic from 6:30am to noon so folks can walk the 5-mile stretch from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City starting at 7am. Th... Read More >>

NoMi to be home to nation’s first carbon credits program on state land

Aug. 28, 2021

Hot on the heels of the even hotter (and we mean that in a very, very bad way) climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is some cool Up North news: The nation’s first carbon-credits project on state forest land just got the necessary all-clear agreement to h... Read More >>

Tap 30’s Blood Orange Paloma

Aug. 28, 2021

As refreshing as the standard vodka soda or gin and tonic can be on a hot day, those of us who’ve spent this summer’s welcome multitude of sizzling afternoons and evenings sucking down such clear and present Plain Janes are, well … maybe just a wee bit bored by now. Spo... Read More >>

Now Hiring!

Aug. 28, 2021

Communications Specialist
Great Lakes Energy
Boyne City
And your parents thought your English degree would be useless. Tell ’em this: The Boyne City office of Great Lakes Energy — an 80-year-old company that takes a lot of pride in its competitive wages and c... Read More >>

Peek Inside Boyne Heritage Center Sept. 3

Aug. 28, 2021

Once upon a time, a team of active and passionate Boyne City volunteers painstakingly assembled the artifacts and documents that told Boyne City’s rich history.  They even helped bring about a millage to fund an addition to a city building to house the stuff. As some volunteers... Read More >>

Comedy Club to Debut in TC

Aug. 21, 2021

With the future of the two-years-dark Traverse City Film Festival in question, and the short-lived Winter Comedy Festival long gone, a group of local comedians has just announced plans to launch the Traverse City Comedy Club inside the Grand Traverse Events Center this October.

Big Beautiful Balloons Over Bellaire Aug. 27 & 28

Aug. 21, 2021

Take your lofty ambitions anywhere with a view of the sky over Lake Bellaire Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 and 28. At 6:30pm both nights, the annual and awe-inspiring Balloons Over Bellaire will launch more than 15 hot air balloons from the alpine tubing hill behind The Lakeview Hotel at S... Read More >>

Vintage 78 rpm Spins at the Ramsdell Aug. 24

Aug. 21, 2021

Somewhere on that vast timeline between classical music and classic rock, there is a blip that bears another kind of classic sound: those of-the-moment tunes captured on 78 rpm records. For the final presentation of its free Talks, Tunes, Tours lecture series, the Ramsdell Regional C... Read More >>

Behold: A New Trail Overlooking Torch Lake

Aug. 14, 2021

There’s a new hiking trail at the Torch Lake Nature Preserve — just about ¾ of a mile long wending through one of the prettiest wooded parcels in Antrim County — and it’s just opened to the public. Credit the new from-scratch route to the sweat of SEEDS EcoC... Read More >>

Sidewalk Sales, Free Jelly Roll Show & Shots

Aug. 14, 2021

A sure sign that summer is coming to an end [insert collective wail here]: Up North retailers’ annual inventory culling and price cutting. Harbor Springs’ sidewalk sales, happening the weekend of Aug. 20 & 21, will see 39 local stores — downtown and in Fairview Squar... Read More >>

Extraordinary Ingredients for Crappy Cooks

Aug. 14, 2021

Some of us can bake like Martha Stewart, cook like Alice Waters, and tuck in like Jamie Oliver. As for the rest of us? We’d be thrilled simply to make a family meal somewhere between forgettable and food poisoning. For those who like to cook but want to do better, as well as for tho... Read More >>

Short’s Soft Parade Shandy

Aug. 14, 2021

We feel downright silly for not mentioning this until now. Short’s Soft Parade — as much a summer tradition for northern Michiganders as Bell’s Oberon is to west Michiganders — got a cousin last Labor Day, and for us, she’s come to define summer of 2021.

Hexenbelle’s Coconut Curry Fried Rice

Aug. 7, 2021

You might not think it’s possible for fried rice to make an entire, or even filling, meal. You might not be familiar with fried rice that is actually, delightfully fried. But if you sat down to a plate of Coconut Curry Fried Rice from Hexenbelle in Traverse City, you’d know be... Read More >>

Michigan Lighthouse Festival Aug. 6 & 7

July 31, 2021

National Lighthouse Day is Aug. 7, and if you didn’t think to get your favorite area lighthouse a gift (cash donations are most welcome for these aging dames), you can still delight them with a respectful visit to one of the oldest in the crew, the Mission Point Lighthouse at the en... Read More >>

Susie Yang, Author of NY Times Bestseller "White Ivy," at NWS Aug. 5

July 31, 2021

Bestselling author Susie Yang is all for a little literary dilemma: “My favorite endings are [when] the moral — if there is any moral to a story — is very bleak,” she says. “It really feels unsettling, and that has always appealed to me.”

So per...

Need Employees? Enjoy a Free Ad, on Us!

July 31, 2021

Just in time for Labor Day, Northern Express will dedicate a special section of its Aug. 30 issue to connecting local businesses with job-seekers. If your business is looking to hire this fall, you can feature a help wanted ad — free! — if you get us the information by Au... Read More >>

Marky Mark Announces Commitment to Little River Holdings

July 31, 2021

We love our Five Guys burgers (if you haven’t tried one, get to Gaylord, stat), but there could be some more competition coming to the quick-and-delicious burger market Up North.

Wahlburgers, the burger-based restaurant franchise owned by celebrity brothers and actors Ma... Read More >>