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Ludwa's "Codeswitch" Chronicles Life, Music and Murder of Mr. Soul, Sam Cooke

July 13, 2019

Sam Cooke’s mellifluous voice, undeniable stage presence, and talent took him to the top of the charts and to stages across the country. That all came to an abrupt end when he was shot and killed Dec. 11, 1964.
Now audiences will have a chance to hear some of his be... Read More >>

Golden Retriever Bash!

July 13, 2019

Each year, Golden, Colorado, holds a gathering of golden retrievers. Which gave local Golden canine owner Jeff Rabidoux an idea. Why not host a group in this area, giving the dogs and their owners a chance to socialize?
A Realtor at Crystal Mountain, where his dog, Fisher... Read More >>

Good Bowl's Bánh Mì & Goi Ga Box

July 6, 2019

Don’t waste a minute prepping a picnic for a sunny day on the boat or the beach — just order your crew a Good Box (our term) from the Good Bowl. Partners Soon Hagery and Tony Vu have put some of the favorites from their Vietnamese restaurant into handy-dandy kit form. There ar... Read More >>

Beulah’s Cherry Hut

June 29, 2019

Tradition can mean many things. For vacationers and residents around Crystal Lake and nearby, it often means a mandatory visit to the Cherry Hut. In an industry where 90 percent of independent restaurants close during their first year and 70 percent of those that make it past the first ye... Read More >>

Not Your Mom-n-Pop’s Hotels

June 29, 2019

Owning a hotel is hard enough. But building another? Then buying a third?
Welcome to the world of Peter and Megan Schous, among a number of hoteliers bringing new life to old hotel traditions across the area. They’re joined by Cooper and Emily Heston, who continue t... Read More >>

Equestrian Fest, Real-Life Horse Whisperer & Bliss' Secret Polo Grounds

June 29, 2019

The competition will be fierce. That’s to be expected; they’re some of the greatest athletes in the world. And the people riding on them aren’t exactly slackers, either.
The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival attracts thousands of riders and trainers, ... Read More >>

Grocer’s Daughter Fudgesicles

June 29, 2019

Fudgesicle (fuj-sikl) noun. The melding of chocolate ganache with various flavors in a delicious confection, served frozen on a stick. See Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate for details. Or just go there yourself and pick one (or more) up. The confectionary in the bright green bui... Read More >>

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...

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 >>

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 >>


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...

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.
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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 >>