February 28, 2024

Ross Boissoneau | Author


Moomers Keeps Moo-ving On: 25 years of America’s best ice cream

March 26, 2022

Northern Michigan’s most popular ice creamery began with sweet and simple roots. Nancy Plummer had always wanted to have an ice cream parlor, so the first-grade teacher at Long Lake Elementary convinced her husband Bob to construct a little building next door to their farm on North ... Read More >>

Loudon Wainwright III and the Life of a Troubadour

March 26, 2022

Actor, singer, songwriter, band sideman, TV sidekick—each are roles played at one time or another by Loudon Wainwright III. (And don’t forget Grammy-Award winner and father to several other popular musicians.)

Wainwright takes all these roles in stride. “I see my... Read More >>

Funky Soul from Syria

March 12, 2022

For Bassel Almadani, sharing his experience as a first-generation Syrian American involves more than just talking to people. For a start, you can dance to it.

That’s because he’s the frontman for Bassel & The Supernaturals. The band blends his soulful melodies and ... Read More >>

Drink Disruptors

March 12, 2022

Whether you’re the designated driver, it’s dry January, or you’re just taking a night off from the strong stuff, there are countless reasons to seek alcohol alternatives. For those of us skipping the booze, the status quo has long been pop, water, or a virgin daiquiri. I... Read More >>

Here They Come

March 12, 2022

Coming soon, a chance to hear the music made famous in the '60s by those four lovable mop tops.

Wait, are we talking The Beatles or The Monkees? Improbably, it’s both. The Sixties Sound concert at Little River Casino on March 19 will feature the music of the Beatles performe... Read More >>

Kennedy’s Kitchen to Play Petoskey & Suttons Bay

Feb. 19, 2022

While many people look to the month of March — specifically St. Patrick’s Day — for their dose of music from the Emerald Isle, the leader of Kennedy’s Kitchen celebrates his vocation on a daily basis. “Every day when I wake up, I get to do music,” says ... Read More >>

February is Snow Fun

Feb. 12, 2022

For some, February is when the winter doldrums start to set in (though that happened three months ago for others). Regardless, what better way to reckon with those feelings than to embrace the frosty temperatures. Bundle up and get outside to schuss, slide, or straddle a big sled at one o... Read More >>

Chill and Chase (for) the Dragon in Harbor Springs

Feb. 4, 2022

On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12, the Harbor Springs Ice Fest will welcome residents and visitors downtown, where more than 30 ice sculptures are on display and a host of activities await: An interactive ice sculpture park in Zorn Park, ice carving demonstrations and competitions, i... Read More >>

Winterlochen: Hours of Free Family Fun

Feb. 4, 2022

Following last year’s virtual version, the renowned arts facility’s annual celebration of winter is rewinding to its traditonal in-person approach on Saturday, Feb. 12, with fun, kid-friendly events planned for both indoors and out. Bring the fam to make s’mores, study a... Read More >>

Short's Pub: Beyond the Beer

Jan. 29, 2022

Short’s Brewing is iconic in the area. Whether it’s Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown or Huma Lupa Licious, or slightly more exotic varieties such as Melt My Brain or Double Psychedelic Cat Grass, the company’s beers have received awards, accolades, and affirmation across the ... Read More >>

How to cook for your dog

Jan. 22, 2022

The idea of pets as family members isn’t new. But what 95 percent of pet owners around the world feel (and your monthly Bark Box subscription shows) is our love for our fur babies isn’t something that has limits — especially not in terms of the time and money we’re... Read More >>

Here We Are Now: Entertain Us

Jan. 8, 2022

As the new year begins, venues throughout the region are open, but performances are still relatively sparse.

Nonetheless, there are a number of theatrical and musical performances taking place this winter in northern Michigan for kids of all ages.

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Cheap Seats

Jan. 8, 2022

So, there are some shows you’d like to attend. But you can’t always afford the price of tickets to all the performances you’d like to see.

But reduced prices – even free tickets – are out there, especially if you’re willing to invest a little ti... Read More >>

Grayling: The Little City that Could

Jan. 1, 2022

Grayling’s crossroads location has been a blessing and a curse. Located at the junction of I-75, M-72, US 127, and M-93, the small city at the center of northern Lower Michigan is a convenient stopping point on the way to many places. Yet it’s also that fact that has contribut... Read More >>

Bahle's: The Store that Built Suttons Bay

Dec. 18, 2021

*With its antique displays, wood floors, classic clothing lines and various reminders of days past, Bahle’s of Suttons Bay feels like it’s been there forever.

Just about. As Bahle’s nears its sesquicentennial, it’s interesting to observe how its rise, fall,... Read More >>

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Dec. 18, 2021

New Year’s Eve 2020 was … quiet. New Year’s Eve 2021, on the other hand … ? It’s ready to rock. For those who prefer a quiet celebration with family or a few friends, more power to you. But for those looking to break out and make up for lost time, revelry i... Read More >>

Cue Up the Holiday Soundtrack

Dec. 4, 2021

 

’Tis not only the season for hosting parties, over-indulging and exchanging gifts, it’s also the time when we all want to gouge out our ears at the first bars of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” and Wham’s “Last Christmas.&... Read More >>

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 >>