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Ross Boissoneau | Author

50 Years in Focus

Nov. 27, 2021

Have you ever given someone a gift that changed the trajectory of their life? John Russell’s girlfriend did. A half-century ago, when Russell was a mop-topped 19-year-old at Michigan State University, his girlfriend — “my first serious girlfriend,” he says — ... Read More >>

Is There Something Strange in Your Neighborhood?

Oct. 23, 2021

If your nonprofit group is hosting an event, and you want to drum up some attention to your cause, who you gonna call?

Your local Ghostbusters group, of course. Yes, northern Michigan has one, and it stands ready to aid your fundraising efforts — no spirit-raising, unfortuna... Read More >>

Cherry Capital Comic Con Strikes Back

Oct. 23, 2021

Legions of good, evil, and the artists, authors, and voice actors that bring them to life will converge for what is likely Cherry Capital Comic Con’s most anticipated sequel.

The locally founded convention dedicated to superheroes, cartoons, and comic books, and their ... Read More >>

Posh Escapes

Oct. 16, 2021

In Michigan, everybody heads north to vacation. It’s what in large part built the reputations of places like Traverse City, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs.

But what if you live here? Fear not. Sure, you can still go to the UP or beyond, but this region has plenty of great get... Read More >>

Lighting Up the Marquee in Marquette

Oct. 9, 2021

The Upper Peninsula, like this region, has always attracted people to its natural beauty.
It has also inspired filmmaker Aaron Peterson, store owner Bill Thompson and U.P. influencer Bugsy Sailor to create the first-ever Fresh Coast Film Festival in Marquette, devoted (mostly) to doc... Read More >>

Guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall bringing original hybrid instrument to Traverse City

Oct. 9, 2021

How do you define the music of Trevor Gordon Hall? There are folk influences for sure – and some New Age-y sounds and textures. A bit of worldbeat, what with the kalimba and all. There are some jazzy chords, but it’s not jazz. And while he performs Bach and Satie, it... Read More >>

Onekama celebrates 150 years

Oct. 2, 2021

In the last scheduled celebration of its sesquicentennial, Onekama will host a history-themed evening at the Portage Point Inn on Portage Lake Thursday, Oct. 7. It will include displays of Onekama’s history, tributes to the families involved in “The Cut” and live music, ... Read More >>

Mortgage Rates Low, But Will That Last?

Sept. 26, 2021

As anyone who has had even a passing interest in the housing industry has noticed, for the past two years real estate sales have been on a tear. Between remote working, the area’s appeal, and the dearth of homes for sale, it has been a seller’s market.

One key to a str...

The Next Hot Spot Up North: East Jordan

Sept. 25, 2021

Paths, trails, a bridge, high-speed internet, a revitalized downtown: What might sound like a few dry infrastructure projects is actually a part of a substantial series of thoughtful investments positioning East Jordan, a town of about 2,300 in Charlevoix County, to become the next hot sp... Read More >>

Escanaba in da Moonlight at Old Town Playhouse Sept. 23–25

Sept. 18, 2021

A trip to the U.P. is as close as Old Town Playhouse. The venerable community theater is welcoming back audiences with Jeff Daniels’ play about the vagaries of deer camp. “It’s ridiculously silly,” says OTP Artistic Director Phil Murphy. “I look at it as he l... Read More >>

Touring Shows Return to City Opera House

Sept. 18, 2021

A number of national touring acts are coming to downtown Traverse City as the City Opera House returns to business as (almost) normal.

Events like the TCNewTech Pitch and Networking nights and presentations by National Writers Series and artists like May Erlewine have brough... Read More >>

Read ’Em and Meet

Sept. 18, 2021

Bibliophiles rejoice: The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is returning Sept. 23–25, with a slate of authors, in-person events, and books.

“We’re thrilled,” says Amy Gillard about the upcoming festival. It will take place at four venues across the city; ... Read More >>


Sept. 11, 2021

Tarah Elhardan and Satya Pillay say they want their breakfast and lunch eatery to provide options that anyone will enjoy. Which is an interesting concept, given that Zest Café is entirely vegan. Nevertheless, “We want our restaurant to be something for everyone,” says E... Read More >>

LEGO my Art Center!

Sept. 4, 2021

Roldan Grace wanted to give back to the facility that has meant so much to him. So he’s going to build a replica of it using LEGO blocks. Grace, a 16-year-old student at Concord Academy in Petoskey, has participated in numerous programs at Crooked Tree Arts Center, including plays, ... Read More >>

Education, Faith & New Frontiers

Sept. 4, 2021

Who knew there was a college hidden away in the wilds of western Grand Traverse County back in the 1800s? Students of history do, though even some of them might not realize that the Mills House in Benzonia — the only building still standing from that long-ago social and educational ... Read More >>

Second Wind

Aug. 28, 2021


Jon Zickert thought he had it made. 

He attended school for hospitality management, then almost immediately got a job with Marriott, eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife.

But the Wisconsin native and his wife, originally from Reed City, ... Read More >>

Small Towns, Big Screens, High Hopes

Aug. 21, 2021

For many small cities and towns, a key to a vibrant downtown has often been the draw of a movie theater. That's proven especially true in northern Michigan.

In the latter part of the 20th century, many of our screens went dark as huge multiplexes and a rapidly expanding sele... Read More >>

Don’s Drive-In

Aug. 21, 2021

It’s hard to determine exactly what it takes for someone or something to be dubbed an icon. Yet it’s clear that whatever those requirements are, Don’s Drive-In has met them.

Located on US-31 in East Bay Township, the eatery opened in 1958. While the world around ... Read More >>

Welcome to Ellie’s Dairy-free Kitchen

Aug. 14, 2021

While living in the nation’s capital and finishing her master’s degree from Georgetown University, Ellie Kebler had an idea.

She would leave Washington, D.C., move to a place she’d never been before and, while working full-time at a law firm, write about food. &n... Read More >>

Mayfair Tavern for Sale

Aug. 14, 2021

If you like history, small-town life, and the beautiful blue waters the area is known for, then Kari King has a deal for you. The Realtor with Century 21 Northland is representing the Mayfair Tavern of Elberta, now for sale at $549,900. The popular watering hole lies just across the stree... Read More >>