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Ross Boissoneau | Author

Unique Christmas Services

Dec. 21, 2019

As the cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas sings, “Christmas time is here.” And at churches across the area, that means special services: Maybe bigger music — with brass, winds and percussion joining piano, organ, or even drums and guitars. But sometimes the speci... Read More >>

POW! Winter Fun on the Slopes

Dec. 14, 2019

Area ski slopes are doubling down on improvements to not only the slopes but also what’s inside. From new paint to new equipment to new places to plug in your crockpot, it’s all about making things more accommodating for skiers and snowboarders. After all, winter is coming.Read More >>

A Breath of Fresh Aire

Dec. 7, 2019

There’s just no stopping the music in the Petoskey/Gaylord area, especially this time of year.
The more than 80 members of the Little Traverse Choral Society are poised to share their gift with the community this week at two concerts: Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Petosk... Read More >>

Oak Ridge Boys to Bring “Down Home Christmas” to Leelanau Sands

Nov. 23, 2019

It’s the holiday season, but don’t fret: While the Oak Ridge Boys show at Leelanau Sands Casino is billed as a “Down Home Christmas,” there’s no doubt Bobby Sue and Elvira will join in the fun. After all, it wouldn’t be an Oaks concert without bass Rich... Read More >>

Fudge, Unparalleled

Nov. 23, 2019

You can’t really say that Tim and Bridgett Lambdin’s candy store is without parallel. After all, Candy World is the sister operation to their 45th Parallel Café located right next door.
But maybe you can say it about the fudge. Certainly you can say its... Read More >>

12 Days of Christmas Spirit

Nov. 23, 2019

There’s no lack of seasonal spirit sparkling in northern Michigan this year (just look out your window). But if you’re looking for a little boost to amp up the festive mood, we’ve compiled 12 unique holiday outings and activities happening around the North, each sure to ... Read More >>

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov. 23, 2019

The Gift of Experience
For your best guy, gal, group of friends, or family

A Crafty Girl’s Night Out
Know someone who likes cheesemaking? Knitting? Making acrylic Christmas tree ornaments? String art? Candle-making? It&... Read More >>

Make it Rain

Nov. 16, 2019

Diane Dupuis is the new development director at FLOW (For Love Of Water), the Traverse City-based organization dedicated to preserving the waters of the Great Lakes basin. She previously spent ten years at Interlochen Center for the Arts in communications and fund-development roles before... Read More >>

Local Man to Throw Down in Turkey's World Chessboxing Championship

Nov. 16, 2019

It’s the same familiar story everyone knows: Youngster takes up chess, discovers he has an aptitude for it, begins to challenge older players, gets knocked down, gets back up and punches his opponent, moves rook to queens bishop four, then —
Wait a minute &md...

Young Author Gets Her Break

Nov. 16, 2019

Poor Fred Thorne didn’t deserve this, and neither did his sisters. When their home burned down and their great-aunt died, he was forced to take them through the wild to the refugee home, and there were so many perils along the way.
You can find out what happened to ... Read More >>

Mitch Albom to Talk Love and Loss in Traverse City

Nov. 9, 2019

Mitch Albom returns to the National Writers Series on Nov. 17 for a discussion about what might be his most personal story. “Finding Chika” is the tale of the Haitian orphan Chika Juene, how she came to live with Albom and his wife, Janine Sabino-Albom, and their quest for a c... Read More >>

The Art of Mourning

Nov. 9, 2019

You might not know that November is National Children’s Grief Month. But chances are good that you’ve known grief.
In honor of the kids and teens who know it all too well, Traverse City’s grief support center, Michael’s Place, is teaming up with Th... Read More >>

Nat King Cole Holiday to Come Alive at Odawa Casino

Nov. 2, 2019

Who doesn’t love Nat King Cole? The singer’s appeal has continued long after his untimely death in 1965. “I think Nat King Cole gives you a warm feeling,” said Evan Tyron Martin, “and everybody needs that around the holidays.”

That’s why M...

The Recordings that Made the Musicians

Nov. 2, 2019

Inspiration comes from many places: parents, teachers, books. For many musicians, particular recordings resonate, propelling them toward a path of professional or semi-professional music-making. Whether 78s or 8-tracks, CDs or MP3s, the music contained therein had a profound impact on man... Read More >>

Behind the Music

Nov. 2, 2019

Some you’ve heard on the radio or on the bandstand. One started a festival. One has never played in public — but he’s regarded by the others as a master craftsman.
Meet some of the area’s most esteemed luthiers. Tim Burke, Bob DeKorne, Jake Robinso... Read More >>

Rebuilding this City on Rock and Roll

Nov. 2, 2019

Old bands reunite, play a dance, and save the city. Sort of.
Spinal Tap? Nope, try Salt City Rock and Blues. And while that might sound like a band, it’s not. It’s the name of the Manistee-based nonprofit that emerged from a parade that switched holidays to be... Read More >>

Coming Soon: Soft Parade-flavored Cannabis Gummies

Oct. 26, 2019

With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Michigan, creating appealing THC-enhanced gummies is on the to-do list of many companies. But who knew that Short’s — already a purveyor of what many Northerners consider medicinal sustenance — would be one o... Read More >>

Sex and the Senior Citizens

Oct. 26, 2019

From 1985 to 1992, the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls told the story of four single women in their golden years who shared a house in Miami. It won multiple awards and critical and popular acclaim.
Now it’s back and about to hit the stage at the City Opera Hou... Read More >>

Monetizing Midlife

Oct. 26, 2019

In her 50s, Mary Rogers is having the time of her life. And so are her listeners.

“Of everything I’ve done in my career — and I’ve had some fabulous jobs I’ve loved — the biggest surprise was the joy I got from connecting with people on radio... Read More >>

World Series Warmup

Oct. 19, 2019

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and … Chuck Brodsky? Well, maybe. After all, the veteran troubadour has not only written nearly two-dozen songs about the great American pastime, he’s even performed them at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
So what better time to have ...