December 6, 2022

Lynda Wheatley | Author


Crack Open Some Easter Fun

April 9, 2022

If your family celebrates Easter, chances are good you’ve got your Easter Sunday traditions down pat: Easter bonnet, Easter service, Easter ham, and Easter egg hunt. But it turns out, the day of, the day before, and even the weeks ahead offer some extra-special activities and social... Read More >>

Girl Power—Signed, Sealed, Delivered

April 9, 2022

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night has stopped the women of the Goin family from making sure Lake Ann’s mail is moving. According to the Benzie Area Historical Society and Museum, which highlighted northern Michigan women of note throughout Women’s History Month... Read More >>

Dog Bakery’s Bunny Tails

April 9, 2022

Kids get their Easter eggs and candy delivered straight from the Easter Bunny into their baskets. We adults can buy our own Cadbury eggs, chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies, Peeps, or whatever sinfully sweet celebratory treat we crave from childhood Easters of yore. But, we ask you, wh... Read More >>

10 Adventures Under $10

March 26, 2022

Going somewhere warm over spring break always sounds tantalizing—until you compare the prices this week to those of the same trip two weeks later. (Or earlier.) Rather than paying a premium, we suggest dedicating this week to exploring your own backyard.

With few tourists an... Read More >>

Bailey’s Farms’ Kombucha

March 26, 2022

Our palates—and guts—have grown to appreciate the sweet and sour fizz begat by China’s age-old refreshment, kombucha, but never have we loved it so much as when Bailey’s Farms’ kombucha came on the scene. Bailey’s uses some of our favorite teas from Tra... Read More >>

Four Chairs and a Keyboard Make a Broadway Musical

March 26, 2022

Theater geeks, rejoice: The mother ode to the utterly weird and wonderful world of Broadway, on and off, is getting its shot on the Old Town Playhouse stage in Traverse City. [title of show], the critically acclaimed musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing... Read More >>

Local Refresh

March 26, 2022

With spring on the horizon, Northern Express is looking for all the tips and tools to make cleaning, household projects, and life itself a little easier. (Because let’s be honest, what we really want is to go outside and play in this nearly-warm weather.)

The good n... Read More >>

Embracing the Art of Helping People in Need

March 19, 2022

You might not know Chef Jose Andres or the nonprofit he founded, the World Central Kitchen. But right now, he and his teams are at several sites along the Ukrainian border, serving hot meals to hungry refugees and delivering flour to bakeries in Kyiv. Joanne Condino of Three Pines Studio ... Read More >>

VH1 Gem Todd Snider to Play COH

March 19, 2022

A confirmed picker, grinner, and lover of “tellin’ stories,” musician Todd Snider is bringing his Takin’ Requests Tour to the City Opera House stage in Traverse City on March 25. Snider, who has toured with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett, and John Prine (an artist w... Read More >>

Independent Study: 10 Ways to Get Creative This Spring

March 19, 2022

If you want to learn how to grout a tile floor or install a new toilet…well, you already know where to go. But if the coming spring is motivating you to learn something that’s actually fun and can improve your home or life, we’ve collected a host of in-person and virtua... Read More >>

City Park Grill’s Speakeasy Cocktails

March 12, 2022

Way back in 1875, when Alanso McCarthy built the eponymous McCarthy Hall in Petoskey, it was known for three things: billiards, cigars, and “intoxicating beverages.” The location’s notoriety as a go-to for good libations persisted throughout the years—even through ... Read More >>

Stuff We Love: Found, The Remains of the Atlanta Shipwreck

March 12, 2022

The 130-year mystery of the Atlanta schooner’s underwater burial site has been solved. The barge, which sank in a Lake Superior storm on May 4, 1891, lies in 650 feet of water 35 miles from the coast of Deer Park. Credit for the find goes to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Soci... Read More >>

Stuff We Love: Mega Book Clubs & Free Books

March 5, 2022

Want to be part of the biggest book club in the nation? Be at Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center Ross Stokes Theater (461 E. Mitchell St.) at 5:30 on Wednesday, March 9. That’s the city’s kickoff to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read, a community reading... Read More >>

That’sa Pizza’s Idaho

March 5, 2022

That’sa Pizza eschews exotic toppings—you won’t find any Tandoori chicken, liver pate, or seaweed sprinkles crowning these rounds—but its menu nonetheless offers a little Intermountain West intrigue. At first glance, its specialty Idaho pizza might seem a non-start... Read More >>

Online Gambling and Sports Betting: Maybe Not a Great Bet

Feb. 26, 2022

It’s been one year since Michigan lawmakers legalized sports betting and online gambling, and it appears the seemingly nonstop barrage of radio and television commercials aren’t the only problem for Michiganders.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Servic... Read More >>

Murder with a Side of Scalloped Potatoes

Feb. 25, 2022

Pageantry and entertainment! Dinner and a used car showroom! Murder and a United Way fundraiser! Believe it or not, all of these things will go together like PB&J March 5, when the United Way of Wexford and Missaukee counties hosts its annual murder mystery theatre at the Fox Motors T... Read More >>

Stuff We Love: A 10-day Week of Deals

Feb. 25, 2022

We don’t generally need a reason to indulge in a night out at any restaurant, but from now until March 6, Harbor Springs is offering up 12. Yup, one dozen restaurants in that sweet city by Little Traverse Bay are participating in this spring’s restaurant week, which (bonus!) r... Read More >>

Like, There’s a Totally Tubular ’80s Ski Bum Bash at Timber Ridge

Feb. 25, 2022

Get out your puffy neon snowsuit and pop that collar: The ’80s are moonwalking into the 15th Annual Suds & Snow at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort on Saturday, March 5. You can meet the magical decade in all your ski bum finery by snowshoeing a half-mile into the Tr... Read More >>

Abracadabra at Otsego

Feb. 25, 2022

Bring the kids for an enchanting all-ages night of magic at Otsego Resort in Gaylord. The March 5 show stars magician Gordon Russ, who promises an evening of awesome tricks, humor, and hoodoo that’s fun for all ages. Best of all, it starts at 6pm, so you and your crew can spend the ... Read More >>

Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 19–20

Feb. 11, 2022

Michigan’s first Free Fishing Weekends will take place Feb. 19-20. Twice a year (the other weekend usually falls in June), residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy world-class fishing on two back-to-back days — without a fishing license. (All other regulations apply.) Gra... Read More >>