September 29, 2022


Selling the Dream House

Pat Leavy’s take on two decades of real estate
By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 24, 2022

Real estate is part finance, part therapy, and part vision. The ability to combine those aspects has served Pat Leavy during his more than two decades as a realtor—the last several as one of the top-selling agents in the entire state—as he and longtime friend and business partner Wally Kidd have built their Petoskey-based firm Kidd & Leavy Real Estate into a powerhouse, primarily serving high-end buyers and sellers. Starting Out Up ... Read More >>

One Small House for Humankind, One Giant Leap for Attainable Housing

Accessory dwelling units offer a unique approach to the local housing crisis
By Craig Manning | Sept. 24, 2022

What if one solution to the housing woes of northern Michigan was as simple as letting homeowners build guest houses on their land? As local leaders look for ways to bring more abundant and affordable housing to the region—and to counteract challenges with strained housing inventory, robust real estate demand, skyrocketing property costs, and a sizable local population living at or near poverty level—accessory dwelling units (ADUs) could be the ticket to ... Read More >>

A Bridge to the Past

The history and architecture of some of NoMi’s famous bridges
By Al Parker | Sept. 24, 2022

Northern Michigan is home to a wide variety of historic bridges, some very high profile and others tucked away from the public eye. Whether you’re a pontist—aka someone who loves bridges—or just a casual appreciator of these feats of creativity and engineering, read on for a quick look at a few of the North’s most spectacular spans. (Did we hear someone say road trip??) Mackinac BridgeLast century, connecting the state’s two peninsulas ... Read More >>

Up North Pride Week Returns

A visibility march, drag night, and silent disco are all on the celebration schedule
By Alexandra Dailey | Sept. 24, 2022

Since 2014, Traverse City’s Up North Pride (UNP)—currently helmed by President & Programming/Events Co-Chair Nick Viox and a board of volunteers—has been fostering inclusion, providing education and resources, inspiring activism and advocacy, and producing a variety of community-focused 2SLGBTQIA+ programs and events for all. Last year, UNP decided to move their annual Up North Pride Week from June—the nationally recognized Pride Month—to the fall, a less hectic event season in northern Michigan. ... Read More >>

To Traverse City (and Beyond!)

The North American Space Summit heads to TC
By Joseph Beyer | Sept. 24, 2022

If you’re surprised that the Mitten State has rocketed into the global space race, you shouldn’t be, says Gavin Brown, the executive director of Michigan’s Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) and host of the upcoming North American Space Summit in Traverse City. “There’s nothing sudden about space-focused ventures being based here,” he points out. “Our state has been involved in manufacturing aviation and aerospace components since the first airplanes took flights and the ... Read More >>

The Ramsdell’s Community Art2 Project

Stuff We Love
By Craig Manning | Sept. 24, 2022

One great joy of childhood is getting creative in art class and then seeing your work proudly displayed in your school hallways. Similar opportunities don’t come along very often in adulthood, but the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee is offering one this fall. The Ramsdell’s Community Art2 project invites community members to turn blank 6-by-6-inch canvas “squares” into unique pieces of art, which will then be combined into a ... Read More >>

See Your Pet in Print!

Sept. 24, 2022

Every fall, Northern Express puts together our Pets Issue, which features stories about our favorite furry friends. As part of that issue, we create a collage of pet photos from across the North who are very much #livingtheirbestlives. That’s where you come in! Send us photos of your best bud—cat, dog, rabbit, turtle, you name it—for a chance to see them featured in our October 24 edition. We recommend image sizes that ... Read More >>

Harvests and Haunts in the Park

Sept. 24, 2022

Harvest festivals are popping up all over the region, and if you plan your autumn schedule just right, you can hit at least two or three for your fill of pumpkins, cider, donuts, and fall fun. For a twist on the traditional small-town celebration, the Michigan State Park system celebrates their annual Harvests and Haunts this weekend at parks across the North. Events are scheduled for several area parks: Keith J. Charters ... Read More >>

Illuminate the Night

Sept. 24, 2022

Do you still have that old prom dress hanging in the back of your closet? A tux from days gone by? (And the hair, makeup, and accessories to top it all off?) If so, Oct. 1 is the night to bust it all out at Illuminate the Night Adult Prom. The event is co-hosted by Right Brain Brewery, Spark in the Dark, and Illuminate My Life Counseling, and the goal—beyond a night ... Read More >>

Be Afraid...

By Jamie Kauffold | Sept. 24, 2022

Gaylord’s newest haunted house may send you screaming all the way home! The inaugural Haunted Bluffs at 254 Little League Dr. will hold its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8pm, and will then be open every Thursday through Saturday from 8pm to midnight and Sundays from 6-10pm through Oct. 29. $20/person. Read More >>

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