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Ross Boissoneau | Author

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 >>

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...

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 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

The Life-Changing Magic of an Estate Sale Maven

May 4, 2019

Lisa Lamont will provide asset extraction — but she’s not getting any spies out of the country. These assets are items being sold at an estate sale. Lamont’s company, Moxie Estate Sales, is one of a growing number of such businesses. They step in when property is being s... Read More >>

Rare Books, Rare Sale

May 4, 2019

Book sales at libraries are nothing new. They typically include, among other things, books that were donated but don’t meet the library’s needs.
That is sorta, kind of the case for the Friends of the Traverse Area District Library’s upcoming sale of rare... Read More >>

The Time to Sell? Now.

May 4, 2019

If you liked 2018, the sequel looks to be even better. Real estate sales will continue to be strong for the rest of this year, according to those in the know. “We’re seeing good activity,” said Michael Cnudde, broker with Coldwell Banker A.L.M. of Manistee. “People... Read More >>

Paul Reiser Returns to His First Love

April 20, 2019

Paul Reiser is no stranger to audiences. He’s successfully navigated television, from My Two Dads to Mad About You to Stranger Things. He’s appeared in movies, such as Aliens, Beverly Hills Cop, and Whiplash. He’s wri... Read More >>

Let the Sculpture Challenge Begin!

April 13, 2019

If the budding trees and increasingly blue skies don’t inspire you to head out for a spring stroll, maybe this will: April 27 is International Sculpture Day, a singular day the International Sculpture Center created to get people seeing sculptures and thinking about the artform and ... Read More >>

Trombonist Billy Gauthier Started a Jazz Band in 1978.

April 13, 2019

Over the course of its 40 years of existence, Northwestern Michigan College’s Big Band has seen conductors come and go (and sometimes come again). Scores of musicians have passed through its ranks. It’s even spawned another big band, while performing music by a host of the gen... Read More >>

Must-have Items for Spring

April 13, 2019

It’s spring (some days, anyway), and rumor has it summer is right behind. Once stripped of our bulky parkas, hats, and boots, what will we need to stay in step with the styles and update ourselves in accordance with the warmer weather? We asked several stores across the region to pi... Read More >>