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Get Your Green On

March 7, 2020

Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop. Legend credits him with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by using a shamrock. He’s also credited with banishing snakes from the island. Saint Patrick is now the primary patron ... Read More >>

Long Road Grand Absinthe

March 7, 2020

Said to cause hallucinations and possibly violent behavior, absinthe was banned in the U.S. and abroad for nearly 100 years. Kyle VanStrien, co-founder of Long Road Distillers, never gave credence to the tales, and when the anise-flavored liquor was legalized in 2007, one of his distiller... Read More >>

One of World’s Leading Irish Bands to Play TC

Feb. 29, 2020

Time flies when you’re having fun. For Benny McCarthy, that’s been the case for the quarter century he’s been performing with Danú, an ensemble of Irish musicians who’ve managed to earn massive critical acclaim in the 21st century by playing traditional Iris... Read More >>

Retired Interlochen Instructor Launches Debut Album

Feb. 15, 2020

Crispin Campbell plays well with others.
His cello repertoire is outside the normal realm of orchestra and chamber music groups, including rock, jazz, Gypsy and classical.
In fact, his debut album, About Time, features three exemplary jazz musici... Read More >>

Staying Power

Feb. 15, 2020

Doesn’t matter how good the food is. A restaurant isn’t worth its salt without a smart, efficient, and highly skilled staff who knows how to hustle, smile, and make even a casual night out special. Here, we highlight just a few of the folks who are the lifeblood of one of ... Read More >>

Valentine's Gifts: For Him, For Her, For Yourself

Feb. 8, 2020

That day is coming again. Expressions of love – from candy hearts to flowers to chocolates – are all the rage on Valentine’s Day. But why be stuck with the mundane? Whether for a loved one or even yourself, there are plenty of unique and intriguing gifts and ways to spen... Read More >>

Insights and advice from couples who make it work 9-5 and then some

Feb. 8, 2020

Love and marriage are hard work, but some couples take this challenge to a new level.
Northern Express spoke with the rare breed that both live and work together. The couples shared their not only their concerns and challenges, but also what brought them closer t... Read More >>

Sleeping Bear Farms’ Raw Honey

Feb. 1, 2020

The secret to Sleeping Bear Farms’ raw honey: It’s spun out of its natural beeswax honeycombs without the addition of heat, which can change the taste and fragrance. All the enzymes, natural bee pollen, and floral essences from the star thistle flowers remain — and ... Read More >>

Beat the Winter Blahs

Feb. 1, 2020

It seems regardless of winter’s weather — whether we’re talking frozen lakes or muddy trails, mounds of powdery snow or sleet-filled roadways — a malady hits around this time each year. The frigid temperatures, short days, and lack of sunshine can leave even the ha... Read More >>

Ode to the Unsung Wards of Winter Fun

Jan. 18, 2020

Northern Michigan’s reputation as a haven for outdoor recreation is well-earned. But who maintains those miles and miles of trails for bikers, hikers, skiers, and snowmobilers? While the DNR has some responsibilities, in large part, winter maintenance is left up to volunteers.
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Jan. 18, 2020

You sit on a wooden bench, wearing a bathing suit (or less). The temperature rises to 100, then 120 degrees. You start to sweat, and then ladle water onto scalding-hot rocks. The temperature continues to climb, to more than 150 degrees, yet you continue to sit. And sweat. And sweat some m... Read More >>

Live: on Stage

Jan. 11, 2020

From shows that have never been performed before to those that have stood the test of time, the region raises the red velvet curtain on an astonishing number of stage productions each winter. Make a date to unpeel from the couch and take in some ultra-high-definition (i.e., in-person) per... Read More >>

Art & Joe

Jan. 11, 2020

How many people enter an art gallery each day? Is that number greater or smaller than the number of patrons who visit a coffee shop?
Carol Spaulding knows the answer. That’s why she her friend and fellow artist Angela Saxon create a monthly art show at BLK\MRKT in T... Read More >>

Willy Porter Coming to Cadillac

Jan. 11, 2020

He’s received accolade upon accolade. “A dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone,” according to The Washington Post. “A genre-defying maverick,” says Frets magazine. “A relaxed and fearless performer who’ll en... Read More >>

Sober Scene Small But Growing

Jan. 4, 2020

There are countless bars across the region, but indoor spots where people can socialize without alcohol around … ?
Turns out, they’re few and far between. Studio Anatomy in Traverse City is one. Brian Chamberlain started the underground hideaway as a recordin... Read More >>

Want to Feel Better? Try Vitamin V

Jan. 4, 2020

A family practitioner in Kalkaska, Natalie Okerson-Sparks, M.D., regularly treats a variety of ailments and complaints. One thing that’s long bothered her, as it does many physicians in the modern age, is the need to see as many patients as possible in a given day. The rush results ... Read More >>

Resolve to Move

Jan. 4, 2020

It’s undoubtedly the oldest and most common New Year’s resolution: Everybody wants to get in better shape, lose weight, become more flexible. But how to do it?
There are certainly plenty of options. Join a gym (and bail after a month or so). Get a home gym (th... Read More >>

Dry January: Actually Possible Up North

Jan. 4, 2020

With so many excellent distilleries, breweries, wineries, fine restaurants, and cozy hometown bars around northern Michigan, we’ve got a drinking culture some say is second to none. And that’s fantastic — until it’s not.
Should you find yourself on...

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Dec. 27, 2019

For many, going out on the town is the only way to ring in the New Year. Champagne at midnight, party favors, music, maybe even fireworks. So where to go and what exactly to do? We gathered a few fun options for adults and families from across the region.

Your 2019 Holiday Soundtrack

Dec. 21, 2019

No matter how many times we’ve heard “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or “Sleigh Bells,” each year a new crop of artists puts their stamp on songs of the season. This year’s holiday music crosses all genres, from jazz to rap, metallic to countr... Read More >>