October 14, 2019


Little Bay Boards: Who Wants In?

Petoskey’s internationally known SUP builder nosing toward next level. Sir Richard Branson approves.
By Ross Boissoneau | Oct. 12, 2019

What dad hasn’t wanted to do something special for his child? Jason Thelen loved being on his standup paddleboard, so when his nine-year-old daughter asked for one too, he was happy to oblige. One caveat: Instead of buying her a foam board made in China, Thelen took it upon himself to build her one. As a carpenter — and a doting dad — it was a challenge he gamely took on. So began Little ... Read More >>

Better Beauty, Made in Northern Michigan

4 local makers making products for bodies, faces, and fingernails
By Ross Boissoneau | Oct. 12, 2019

When it comes to locally produced foodstuffs, there are probably more Northern options than you could eat in a week. Same for beverages, from sodas to beer, wine, spirits, even coffee and sparkling water in a can. That’s not the end of it. Companies from across the region are producing and selling — well, everything. That includes various skin and beauty products. From Traverse City to Harbor Springs, you can make your skin ... Read More >>

Meet the Artist: Colorado’s Bobby MaGee

The man behind Clinch Park Tunnel’s glyphitti
By Al Parker | Oct. 12, 2019

Traverse City's coming display of public art, a colorful mural in the Clinch Park tunnel, will be full of eye-catching images with several splashes of “glyphitti.”         “Glyphitti is a form of writing that combines ethnic characters and symbols to create an aesthetic version of a culture,” saidColorado artist Bobby MaGee Lopez, who created the panels that line the walls of the tunnel. “It combines elements of style and calligraphy.”          “It has ... Read More >>

The Saxiest Man in America to Play Leelanau Sands

(This time without whiteout blizzard accompaniment.)
By Ross Boissoneau | Oct. 12, 2019

Having sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, you think it’d be time for Kenny G to coast. After all, the smooth jazz sax star has sold. But after more than 40 years as a professional musician, the smooth jazz sax star continually hones his skills to make sure he’s always playing at his best. “I just finished my three-hour practice,” he said when reached by phone at his Los Angeles area home. ... Read More >>

Tune Into Taylor Cramer

Podcasting for personal growth
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 12, 2019

An MVP of a European basketball team. A single dad. A woman who was widowed at the early age of 33. A man who was unexpectedly injured out in the wilderness. And a plethora of local entrepreneurs, each with their own unique startup story. These are some of the people you’ll meet on the Cold Shower Podcast, a conversation-based show concepted, run, and hosted by Lake Ann resident Taylor Cramer. Cramer seeks ... Read More >>

Peek Inside the Minds of Interlochen’s Young Filmmakers

A single-night screening of the works of Motion Picture Arts students and alumni
By Ross Boissoneau | Oct. 12, 2019

The Interlochen Artists at Kirkbride series has showcased many musicians in multiple forms and genres at Grand Traverse Commons: singers, songwriters, opera, jazz. The next one in the series, however, goes in a different direction. “Artists from Interlochen at Kirkbride Hall: Motion Picture Arts,” taking place this Thursday, Oct. 17, will showcase short films on the campus of Interlochen Arts Academy — all produced by, featuring, directed by, and written by Interlochen ... Read More >>

Saving Our Sacred Earth

Fred Van Dyke leads the Au Sable Institute, a Christian outpost funded by oil and gas and dedicated to fighting the climate crisis in the name of God.
By Patrick Sullivan | Oct. 12, 2019

Located on 200 acres on a pond in the woods between Kalkaska and Mancelona, the Au Sable Institute still looks like the small summer boys camp it once was, since its founding in the 1950s.But it’s much more than a camp today. Throughout the school year, Au Sable hosts hundreds of students from around northern Michigan for field trips exploring the natural world. Each summer, the institute hosts 30 to 40 college ... Read More >>

Is Traverse City Ready for FishPass?

The final piece of a decade-long project to return the Boardman River to nature is almost a go. Is the risk worth the proposed benefits?
By Patrick Sullivan | Oct. 5, 2019

Construction of FishPass, an experimental fish sorting lock system, along with the development of a park, a small amphitheater and kayak/canoe portages, represents the culmination of a decade-plus-long project to restore the Boardman River to something closer to its natural state.Three upstream dams have already been removed and the river that Native Americans call the Ottaway is settling into something like a natural flow from the Brown Bridge Quiet Area to Boardman ... Read More >>

The Right Wine, Right Now

Our trio of wine experts direct your palette and pocketbook, and arm you for your next wise wine buy.
By Craig Manning | Oct. 5, 2019

What’s the best wine to drink in the fall? How can you get the most bang for your buck at the local wine shop? What trends or challenges are currently shaping the world of wine? Northern Expresstapped three wine experts to find out what’s tasty, trending (and a steal!) locally and internationally, which varietal is making a major comeback, and why canned wine is cooler than your average wine connoisseurs might think.OUR ... Read More >>

“We Are in a War Zone Against this Disease.”

Climate change is fueling fire blight, and northern Michigan’s apple orchards are at risk.
By Todd VanSickle | Oct. 5, 2019

What is this contagion? What does it mean for the future of our fruit and orchards? And what — if anything — can we do about it? In southwest Lower Michigan in 2000, fire blight ripped through a large portion of the region’s apple orchards. The hot, moist spring weather helped the contagion-causing bacteria spread and resulted in the death of 400,000 fruit trees. In the end, the epidemic resulted in $42 million ... Read More >>

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