August 2, 2021


Michigan Lighthouse Festival Aug. 6 & 7

Tours, dinner, and an "appearance" by Augustin Fresnel
By Lynda Wheatley | July 31, 2021

National Lighthouse Day is Aug. 7, and if you didn’t think to get your favorite area lighthouse a gift (cash donations are most welcome for these aging dames), you can still delight them with a respectful visit to one of the oldest in the crew, the Mission Point Lighthouse at the end of Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City during the upcoming Michigan Lighthouse Festival. Between 10am and 5pm Aug. 7, you ... Read More >>

Marky Mark Announces Commitment to Little River Band

Little River Holdings partners with Wahlburgers
By Lynda Wheatley | July 31, 2021

We love our Five Guys burgers (if you haven’t tried one, get to Gaylord, stat), but there could be some more competition coming to the quick-and-delicious burger market Up North. Wahlburgers, the burger-based restaurant franchise owned by celebrity brothers and actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother Chef Paul Wahlberg, recently entered a partnership with Little River Holdings, the economic development arm of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. While ... Read More >>

Need Employees? Enjoy a Free Ad, on Us!

Submit to our annual Now Hiring issue by Aug. 15
By Lynda Wheatley | July 31, 2021

Just in time for Labor Day, Northern Express will dedicate a special section of its Aug. 30 issue to connecting local businesses with job-seekers. If your business is looking to hire this fall, you can feature a help wanted ad — free! — if you get us the information by August 15.  The Now Hiring section, sponsored by Hagerty, will showcase hundreds of available jobs and be seen by 100,000 readers across 13 ... Read More >>

Lighthouse Getaways

Stay for an hour, a night, or months
By Brighid Driscoll | July 31, 2021

Though they’re rarely necessary to guide Great Lakes ships home anymore, Michigan’s lighthouses are still alluring destination points for travelers, photographers, and history buffs. What draws us to these relics of Michigan’s storied past? Their grand stature? The mysterious, isolated lives of their keepers? The legends of the days and nights they succeeded — or failed — to keep early sailors safe? While we don’t know your answer to the question, we ... Read More >>

Susie Yang, Author of NY Times Bestseller "White Ivy," at NWS Aug. 5

Author and NPR favorite Aarti Shahani hosts
By Lynda Wheatley | July 31, 2021

Bestselling author Susie Yang is all for a little literary dilemma: “My favorite endings are [when] the moral — if there is any moral to a story — is very bleak,” she says. “It really feels unsettling, and that has always appealed to me.” So perhaps it comes as no surprise that her debut novel, “White Ivy,” leaves more than a few loose ends untied. Inspired by classic social-climbing titles like F. ... Read More >>

August's Night Sky: The Hero’s Journey

An age-old lesson on entering darkness and conquering fear, courtesy of the stars
By Mary Stewart Adams | July 31, 2021

It’s said that wishing on stars began in ancient ages, on account of Claudius Ptolemy, a 1st Century Greek astronomer who explained that occasionally, out of curiosity or boredom, the gods would look down to the earth from between the planetary spheres.  Sometimes a star would slip through the gap, and because the gods were already looking earthward, if you were lucky enough to see the falling star and cast your wish ... Read More >>

Have Stage, Will Travel

Local professional dance company taking its show on the road
By Ross Boissoneau | July 31, 2021

Sometimes you can’t get to the dance, can’t easily afford to attend — or maybe just aren’t sure you’ll even like it. Traverse City Dance project is solving all three of those problems this summer. It’s bringing the dance to you.   This month, the professional dance company is unveiling a new mobile stage and launching its first Traverse City Dance Project Community Tour, a showcase of live performances at four locations ... Read More >>

Up North's Least Wanted Invasive Species

The dirty dozen
By Ross Boissoneau | July 31, 2021

You won’t see them on posters at the post office. But make no mistake, these threats to our fields and forests, lakes and streams are most unwelcome. A huge number of plants, animals, and insects are recognized as non-native threats to the state. Many of them are even prohibited to own in Michigan. Numerous organizations and governmental agencies are working to identify, control, and/or eradicate these pests while scientists, field workers, and ... Read More >>

Camp in Chic Style — No Posh RV Needed

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | July 24, 2021

Used to be that a stay in one of the state park’s rustic cabins or yurts felt like high style for those of us with nylon Target tents. That’s quickly changing. Motivated by the popularity of platforms like Airbnb, and of “glamping” (i.e. glamorous camping) trends, the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division’s Innovation Team is spearheading efforts to enhance state park lodging all over Michigan, bringing to its campgrounds and forests several ... Read More >>

OAC Challenge: 30 Days of Creative Wellness

Register by July 30
By Lynda Wheatley | July 24, 2021

August is coming, and the Oliver Arts Center is offering a unique challenge to keep Northerners from sliding into an end-of-summer slump. For the next 30 days, commit to embrace the arts — visual, literary, wellness, and more — by doing something creative for 30 minutes each day. Read or write, run, walk, bike, meditate, do yoga, boat, color, garden, cook, play, music, or karate chop — it all counts, and it’s ... Read More >>

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