June 26, 2019

Ross Boissoneau | Author


Motown Magic at Cherry Festival

June 22, 2019

“Bring over some of your old Motown records,” sang Rod Stewart in “The Motown Song.” The National Cherry Festival is going one better, with a July 4 show featuring the Four Tops and The Spinners.
 
The Four Tops have been Motown royalty since the 196... Read More >>

Cherry Fest Top 10

June 22, 2019

Nearly a half-million people hit Traverse City during the National Cherry Festival — this year, June 29–July 6 —  and the festival delivers seven jam-packed days of good and fun: amusement park rides, concerts, parades, races, contests, games, get-togethers, and mor... Read More >>

Pack a Picnic for Parallel 45’s Outdoor Summer-theater Series

June 22, 2019

The tradition of summer stock theater — productions usually staged outside in the heat of summer — is an old one, harkening back to a handful of American cities (and their outskirts), circa 1920.

But what’s brand spanking new in Traverse City this July: Parallel ... Read More >>

Matt Younkin never intended to be a stunt pilot — until his dad died in an airshow.

June 22, 2019

For Matt Younkin, flying isn’t the only thing, but it is the best thing. Especially when he’s in his Beech 18. 
 
While some aeronautic shows feature planes known for their breathtaking speed or maneuverability, Younkin instead flies a Twin Beech that was n... Read More >>

Wheels Up!

June 22, 2019

Eight — count ’em, eight — different airshows will take to the skies over West Bay as the 2019 National Cherry Festival takes flight. The shows take place beginning at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, and run till 4pm, with no letup. Headlining the show will... Read More >>

The Fabulous Miss Peppermint to Headline Drag Night

June 15, 2019

A fixture on the New York nightlife scene, Miss Peppermint will headline Drag Night at The Little Fleet on June 21. Peppermint has starred on TV and the Broadway stage and will be bringing her talents to Traverse City as part of Pride Week, June 17–23.
 
Peppermint is... Read More >>

Paula Poundstone Returning to Boyne City

June 15, 2019

Paula Poundstone is bringing her smart, observational humor and spontaneous interaction with the crowd to the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. Again. Her upcoming June 29 date will be the third time the comedian has performed in Boyne City. “My manager asked, ‘Would you work... Read More >>

Polish for a Day — or a Weekend (recommended) — at Cedar Polka Fest

June 15, 2019

Pennsylvania has nothing on Cedar. Sure, it boasts the Pennsylvania Polka, but Cedar has the Polkafest. And can you get kielbasa, golabki, or pierogies in Pennsylvania? Well, yes, you likely can, but Cedar is much closer, and besides, there’s the parade, dancers, and yes, plenty of ... Read More >>

Polka Fest Spotlight: Larry & His Larks

June 15, 2019

Larry Fleis can’t kick the polka habit. President and chairman of the board of directors of the multi-state engineering company he helped found, Fleis, on the night of June 20, will pick up his accordion and bring back one of northern Michigan’s finest family polka bands, Larr... Read More >>

2019 EDITION

June 8, 2019

Hear that? There’s a twang in the air, voices raised in song, the beat of the drum, squealing saxophones, and the rumble of bass lines. It’s the sound of summer, from music in the park to vast auditoriums filled with people shouting out choruses. 

From folk to bar... Read More >>

4 Can’t Miss Events for Wine Lovers

June 8, 2019

 

No, the entire region has not become a wine trail. But thankfully for oenophiles, with some four dozen wineries between Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas to the south, and the Petoskey Wine Region to the north, you don’t have to travel far to taste or toast the Nort... Read More >>

New Life for Teen-Parent Mentoring Program

June 1, 2019

It’s a truism that no matter how hard one might try, no one is ever completely prepared to be a parent. The challenges for those who are still in school are even more daunting. Trying to keep up with studies while caring for a newborn can be overwhelming.
 
That&rsquo... Read More >>

Go North of the 45th, Young Man

May 25, 2019

Your trip begins — well, wherever you are. But where it heads is the lush and lively region north of the 45th Parallel, running east-west just north of the tip of Old Mission Peninsula. So we’re looking at you, Charlevoix. And Petoskey. And Harbor Springs. And you too, Gaylord... Read More >>

Crowd Faves from SXSW, America's Got Talent Coming to Bay View

May 25, 2019

The Bay View music festival of the summer-only community north of Petoskey is the longest-running such festival in the U.S. Its combination of performances by music faculty, students, community members, and guests presents a broad mix of sounds, from voice to instrumental, rock to classic... Read More >>

Vintage Holiday

May 25, 2019

Turn of the century ambience, elegant dining, Victorian quaintness, maybe even a ghost or two — the Terrace Inn seems to have everything contemporary hotels lack. Owners and proprietors Mo Rave and Patty Rasmussen try to ensure that’s the case.

“This place is all... Read More >>

The Grapes That Could Change Everything

May 25, 2019

Years ago, people thought it was too cold to grow grapes in this region. Then in 1964, Bernie Rink planted some grapes — and soon, an industry was born. Today, with more than three dozen wineries and three wine trails — Leelanau, Old Mission, and Petoskey — it’d be... Read More >>

Go Big. Go UP This Summer, Eh?

May 18, 2019

Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the Upper Peninsula. Huge forests, wee towns, long stretches of uncrowded beaches, and endless character (and, some ight say, characters), the UP is home to a unique host of delights you can’t readily find in our neck of the woods. This su... Read More >>

Criss Angel to Appear — and Probably Disappear

May 18, 2019

Criss Angel is revered as one of the best magicians out there. Among his accolades, he’s been named the Magician of the Decade, the Magician of the Century, even the Greatest Of All Time. The escape artist, illusionist, and sleight-of-hand master is bringing his bag of tricks to Lee... Read More >>

Lawyer-Turned-Author Showcases the Women History Hides

May 11, 2019

For Marie Benedict, the opportunity to explore and share her vision of female pioneers overshadowed the perks of her day job. A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Benedict was a successful litigator with two of the cou... Read More >>

Don’t Ride 100 Miles for a Banana

May 11, 2019

The Kentucky Derby is over, but race fans are just getting started in northern Michigan. And among the myriad races of all stripes is the 11th Annual Bike Up North, which takes place June 1.
 
If you’re not yet a road biker, this might be your reason to become one.Read More >>