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Ross Boissoneau | Author

Here Lies northern Michigan’s Famous — and Not So Famous — Dead

Oct. 20, 2018

The creepy graveyard haunted by restless spirits has long been a Halloween staple. Truth is, other than falling leaves, the Halloween season doesn’t really bring much change to a cemetery’s surroundings. Most across the region are peaceful, even scenic resting places for those... Read More >>

Aaron’s Tree

Oct. 13, 2018

There’s a particularly picturesque tree in Boyne City that, having withstood decades of harsh wind and weather, many people recognize. A recent storm, however, reminded many what this weeping willow still stands for.
One of the most picturesque ...

Son, Can You Play Us a Memory

Oct. 13, 2018

After sales of millions of albums, after working with the cream of jazz musicians for the last 50 years in virtually every setting, after jetting around the world for performances in front of enthusiastic fans alongside Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Kirk Whalum a... Read More >>

Ramsdell Ramps Up

Oct. 9, 2018

A new team effort to enhance the musical offerings at Ramsdell Theatre and at the same time make them less intimidating will kick off Oct. 12. The Shoreline Music Society will present two pieces of music — Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Schubert’s “Symp... Read More >>

A Tightening Market

Oct. 6, 2018

The housing market is always reacting to the law of supply and demand. When there’s a glut of homes on the market, prices drop. When demand outstrips supply, prices escalate.
So welcome to Traverse City, Petoskey, and Charlevoix — if you’ve got the money... Read More >>

Dark Days Done, Beulah’s Ursa Major Bistro Shines On

Oct. 6, 2018

In the wild, a match between a big bear and a caribou would probably tend to favor the bear. And one between a large, powerful caribou and a baby would be easy to call as well. Which all leads to Beulah’s Blue Caribou Café bowing to the inevitable, an onslaught from giant Car... Read More >>

Local John Wunsch Brings Two Guitar Legends to TC

Oct. 6, 2018

Ten fingers. Twelve strings. Nylon and steel, melodies and magic. Alex de Grassi and Andrew York will fill Milliken Auditorium with music from their guitars Oct. 14.
Though well-known for his recordings and performances on steel six-string, de Grassi didn’t start th... Read More >>

McLaren Nurses' Motivation to Improve Cardiac Care in Rwanda?

Sept. 22, 2018

Vianney Ruhumuliza wanted to give back to his home country. The mass murders of Tutsis during the Rwandan Civil War was one of the most harrowing acts of genocide in the 20th century: An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed in 1994, constituting some 70 percent of the Tutsi... Read More >>

St. Independent

Sept. 22, 2018

Commencement at St. Michael Academy in spring 2017 marked the first time students had graduated from a Catholic school in Petoskey in more than 45 years. That’s because the previoushigh school was shutteredin the early ’70s.
“It closed in 1971 when the n...

Ed Asner performing at Ramsdell

Sept. 8, 2018

Ed Asner has won more Emmy Awards — seven — than any other male performer. He’s one of the few actors to portray the same character in a comedy and a drama, and the only male to win an Emmy for both. He’s played Santa Claus in movies and TV shows numerous times, an... Read More >>

Less Attila the Hun, More Buddha

Sept. 8, 2018

The half-horse, half-human centaurs from Greek mythology were famous for their archery skills. The creatures, which also made several appearances in the Harry Potter stories and films, are the inspiration for a group based in Gaylord: The Michigan Centaurs. Their goal is to capture that e... Read More >>

Picking Up STEAM

Sept. 1, 2018

Robots have fueled our imaginations for decades in books, TV, and movies. Today, what was science fiction is becoming the stuff of everyday classroom learning, from the high school level to elementary classrooms.
Philip Leete is one of those at least partially responsible... Read More >>

Jazz Legend Chick Corea bringing Akoustic Band to Interlochen

Aug. 25, 2018

Jazz Legend Chick Corea bringing Akoustic Band to Interlochen
By Ross Boissoneau
It might have been his good friend and fellow jazz pianist Herbie Hancock who penned the jazz hit “Chameleon,” but no one in jazz shifts shades and styles as the ... Read More >>

Foraging for Food

Aug. 18, 2018

“Ever eat a pine tree?” asked naturalist Euell Gibbons in TV commercials for Post Grape Nuts cereal in the 1970s. Clay Bowers would have, and probably has. The Traverse City resident gathers the majority of the food his family eats — and not from the grocery store.

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Interlochen’s Off-season is on Fire

Aug. 18, 2018

At Interlochen, it’s all about balance. “We try to represent all the arts areas, especially those with majors at Interlochen,” said Rory Baker. “We want to provide students with examples [from their chosen art forms].”

As such, the upcoming season of ...

LivelyLands Festival Returns for Second Year

Aug. 18, 2018

Starting a music festival from scratch? Sounds like a lot of work, especially if you wanted it to be a lively event. It was, and now that she’s done it once, Emily Lively has decided to do it again. Just not at her family farm.

Instead, LivelyLands 2018 will take place at va... Read More >>

Earth Wind & Fire set for Interlochen debut

Aug. 18, 2018

Verdine White doesn’t bask in past glories. Despite being the only remaining original member of ’70s and ’80s hitmakers Earth, Wind & Fire, the bassist and vocalist instead looks at the present and to the future.

That was clear in a brief phone interview. &ld... Read More >>

Arts Junkies, Get Your Fix

Aug. 11, 2018

Acclaimed jazz flutist Ali Ryerson will perform two shows during a brief sojourn to northern Michigan. She’ll be at the Torch Lake Café in Eastport on Wednesday, Aug. 15 with fellow woodwind players Chris Bickley and... Read More >>

Meatless in Northern Michigan

Aug. 11, 2018

According to The Washington Post, the number of vegetarians and vegans in the United States has remained fairly consistent over at least the past 20 years, at around five to six percent. In northern Michigan, the number of dedicated vegetarian restaurants has pretty much remained... Read More >>

From Interlochen to India … and Back

Aug. 11, 2018

Will Marsh and Josh Mellinger are looking forward to returning to their hometown of Traverse City from their adopted homes in California. But this isn’t just a chance to touch base with family and friends. Marsh, a guitar major when he attended Interlochen, and Mellinger, who studie... Read More >>