November 28, 2021


Treat Yourself to Spring Flowers Before Snow Showers

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 27, 2021

If appliance stores can have Christmas in July, there’s no reason we can’t enjoy a little garden-season shopping and celebrating now. The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City is making it possible with a sweet (and sweet-smelling) deal on a bounty of Americana and Calliope geraniums. Order by Dec. 3 for pickup May 12, 2022 at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, and don’t feel a bit guilty for buying yourself ... Read More >>

Get Stoked, Bro!

Harbor Spring Ski Team Fundraiser
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 27, 2021

For those who’ve already had it up to here with tree lightings, hot cocoa, candy canes, and community sing-alongs, the Harbor Springs school ski team is hosting a radical alternative: a movie and pizza night that starts at 5pm Friday, Dec. 3, at the Boyne Highlands Day Lodge Cafeteria. Dinner — all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, cookies, lemonade, and iced tea (or soda for $1, with a cash bar for adults) — is just ... Read More >>

In Pursuit of the Perfect Cup

Chuck Korson offers the coffee obsessed — and curious — more than a taste of his expertise
By Brighid Driscoll | Nov. 27, 2021

Chuck Korson’s quest to craft the best possible cup of coffee began in, perhaps, a not-unexpected place. He was working at Morsels, a petite coffee shop in Traverse City known for its bite-sized baked goods, espresso, and brew-to-order coffee. Among those of us who rely on coffee as six so-what ounces of high-octane necessity, the intricacies of what ultimately goes into the making of your morning cup is hardly meaningful; it’s little ... Read More >>

50 Years in Focus

Local photojournalist John Russell captures his catalog of work — and our corner of the world — in new book
By Ross Boissoneau | 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 — gave him a 35-millimeter camera for Christmas. At the time, Russell was studying to become a landscape architect. But once he got that camera in his hands, its small shutter button ... Read More >>

Must-tries for the Modern Mid-lifer

Fun and funky wellness trends to make you feel 15 years younger (or at least better)
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 27, 2021

Blame Clark Stanley for giving snake oil a bad name. The self-named “Rattlesnake King” launched commercial sales of the stuff‚ initially a mix of rattlesnake fat and herbs, at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He told the audience he had learned of the concoction’s healing powers from a Hopi Indian tribe in Arizona. Over the next few decades, Stanley sold loads of his purported healing oil — until federal investigators took ... Read More >>

Manistee Old Christmas Weekend Dec. 2-5

Victorian Sleighbell Parade and more
By Jamie Kauffold | Nov. 26, 2021

Step back in time as you take part in the Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend in Manistee, Dec. 2­–5. The port city’s parade includes horse-drawn entries, bagpipers, a reindeer meet and greet, and carolers elegantly dressed in Victorian-style attire. The highlights are the enormous draft horses pulling a 30-foot Christmas tree down River Street, followed by a display of luminaries, caroling, and the lighting of the tree. There is so much ... Read More >>

9,260 Square Feet of Northport News

Big plans for the village's big anchor
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 26, 2021

The grand dame of Northport — the vast and vintage structure that has stood at center stage in the village’s downtown since 1902 — is about to embark on her next act.  Business partners Steve and Carrie Ball of Old Mission Peninsula and Lynden and Meghann Johncock of Elmwood Township have purchased the 9,260 square-foot building at the corner of Waukazoo and Nagonaba streets. Their plans: to restore the historic structure’s original ... Read More >>

New Hope Community Church Live Nativity

The reason for the season
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 26, 2021

Buried somewhere under the shopping receipts, wrapping paper, and gifts, there’s a reason for the season many Christmas celebrants believe is too often overlooked. New Hope Community Church is ready with a reminder: The Williamsburg church will host 45-minute outdoor tours along a wooded path, leading visitors to actors and live animals recreating elaborate scenes of the story of Christmas, from Creation to Bethlehem and beyond. Tours are scheduled for the evenings ... Read More >>

Our 2021 Gift Guide is Here!

Think outside the (big) box
By Krista Weaver | Nov. 20, 2021

No global supply chain issues here — NoMi's small businesses already have everything you need.Private ChefEnjoy the culinary flavors of northern Michigan right at home with the gift of a personal chef for a night. Available from Harbor Springs to Traverse City to Cadillac, local private chefs not only give the perk of a night off for your recipient but also an expertly prepared three or four-course meal for an intimate dinner with family ... Read More >>

Tickle Their Tastebuds

2021 Gift Guide
By Krista Weaver | Nov. 20, 2021

If, like John Waters, the only thing they like better than talking about food is eating it, this list is for them. Or you. Because it has ideas for you … to buy for them. You get the idea. Spice Things UpSince 1984, when Alden Mill House first started selling Chef Geno's iconic Miracle Blend, the family has continued developing and perfecting their offerings using only the finest, most carefully selected ingredients ... Read More >>

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