December 4, 2020


Treat Yourself

A little lux for the one you know best
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 28, 2020

If ever there was a year to reward yourself in a big (make that HUGE) way, this is the one. Here’s five utterly extravagant splurges you shouldn’t just put on your wish list but actually make come true, just for you. The Bed of RosesYou know that place you spend one-third of your life — the place you go to rest, to cuddle, to love, to cry? Where you find yourself lucky to ... Read More >>

A Girl, a Bird, and a Gardener

First a poem, then a book, and now a musical composition on the cusp of its world premiere
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 28, 2020

An unlikely trio of characters from the pen of a local author has inspired a concert-length musical composition by the author’s husband. After delays caused by the pandemic, the piece will receive its world premiere, online, Dec. 4. And it all stemmed from events of 100 years ago. Laura Cobb was turning 50 when she stumbled over a troubling statistic: The life expectancy for women a century earlier was only 55. She ... Read More >>

Transforming Manistee

The Spirit of the Woods Gateway project promises to ring in a new era for downtown Manistee.
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 28, 2020

The entrance to downtown Manistee, as it stands today, is drab. On each side of River Street for the first block, buildings are crumbling and vacant or else look like they should be. Trash blows into empty, unkempt lots, and a House of Flavors restaurant, vacant since the business shuttered last year, stands as a fading symbol of an era gone by. Now, a group of Manistee business leaders wants to revamp ... Read More >>

Let the Local Cash Registers Ring

One-stop virtual and in-person holiday shopping
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 25, 2020

If you love the look and feel of the North’s quaint downtowns, skip shopping at the Big Box stores and online behemoths this year. Instead, spend your hard-earned holiday money supporting our local shops, artists, and community gathering places. Here, a short list of virtual and in-person holiday shopping opportunities coming your way. Northport Holiday Arts Market Online If you aren’t able to mask up and set out to shop our local ... Read More >>

Holiday Entertainment: Will the Curtain Rise Anywhere?

The latest on this season's holiday shows
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 21, 2020

The show must go on — except when a pandemic changes things. That more or less describes the holiday season in 2020. The usual cornucopia of concerts, plays, showcases, and multiple “Nutcracker” performances around the region has been whittled to a precious few this year. Most — but not all — will be virtual, as the threat of COVID-19 and accompanying quarantining of much of society puts a new and decidedly un-Christmas-like ... Read More >>

Gifts for Kids

2020 holiday gift guide
By Anna Faller | Nov. 21, 2020

1. Sega Homestar Flux Home PlanetariumTurn your kid’s bedroom into a stunning night sky with the Sega Homestar Flux Planetarium. The most advanced model available, the Sega Flux features a black satin finish and is crafted with the brightest LED lightbulbs to date, keeping her view of the night’s constellations clear as day. A great excuse to snuggle in together under the stars. Sweet dreams, heavenly star-hunters. $199.99 at Enerdyne in Suttons Bay. ... Read More >>

Your 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

Gifts for Her
By Anna Faller | Nov. 21, 2020

1. Ugear DynameterChances are good the puzzle-lover on your list has completed dozens of one-dimensional challenges in lo, these many socially distanced months of 2020. In honor of the coming new year, ship her a brain-bender she hasn’t tackled. This all-natural wood 3D puzzle requires no glue or cutting (its 48 pieces come ready for assembly) but in an estimated two hours, she’ll have created a tabletop gear that transforms air pressure ... Read More >>

Gifts For Him

2020 holiday gift guide
By Anna Faller | Nov. 21, 2020

1. CRO Icons Stainless Steel Tervis TumblerFor the modern-day mountain man, the gift of mobility is always a good bet. This Tervis tumbler from Coastal lets your globe-trotter take the trails, and all with his favorite beverage in tow. A whopping 20 ounces, this sturdy, stainless tumbler’s got you covered from the forest to the family room. $29.95 at Coastal ( in Glen Arbor. 2. Learn to Curl ClassFit for the smooth-talker on ... Read More >>

Leland Noir

The story of how one of the world’s most popular true-crime podcasts — “Hollywood and Crime” — was invented and produced in Leelanau County.
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 21, 2020

Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter didn’t listen much to podcasts when, four years ago, they decided to use their own money to produce one. The Leland couple knew a lot about film, television, and theater — they’ve produced plays, television shows, and movies, including 2013’s “The Girl on the Train” (not to be confused with the 2016 film of the same name that’s based on the popular book by Paula Hawkins and ... Read More >>

Is Bird Still the Word?

The North's biggest purveyor of pasture-raised turkeys takes on the strangest Thanksgiving yet.
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 14, 2020

At Thanksgiving, thoughts always turn to the big bird. Not the yellow one from Sesame Street but the bronze and buttered breast-side-up bird on a platter that’s the centerpiece of so many family gatherings each November. This year, the pandemic has altered so much of what’s been considered normal. Large crowds are out, and at many Thanksgiving celebrations, the number of guests gathered for the traditional feast is likely to be downsized ... Read More >>

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