January 24, 2022


Little Traverse Conservancy's Best Year Ever

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 22, 2022

Maybe 2021 stunk for most of the world, but in one little corner of it, last year was its best ever: “In 2021, more people than in any other single prior year of [the Little Traverse Conservancy’s] existence stepped up to conserve specific land or to financially support our efforts to protect and care for the land and trails,” says the Conservancy’s Executive Director Kieran Fleming. He doesn’t exaggerate: In 2021, the ... Read More >>

Gwen Frostic’s Benzonia Haven for Sale

$1.9 million for artist's 12-acre property
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 22, 2022

The 12-acre property in Benzonia where renowned northern Michigan artist and writer Gwen Frostic once lived and worked is on the market. The asking price? $1.9 million. The property, which includes the late artist’s former residence and sod-roofed roundhouse studio, printing shop, retail store, library, and warehouse, is being sold turnkey, says broker Diane Ives of United Country Great Lakes Realty. All printed inventory, equipment (including 2,200 linoleum blocks and 15 Heidelberg ... Read More >>

Snowshoe & S’mores at Mill Creek

Free event in Mackinaw City
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 22, 2022

Picture it: The quiet beauty of the northern forests, flocks of winter songbirds, the meandering Mill Creek — and you, eating a s’more. If you have snowshoes, that’s what’s in store Saturday, Jan. 29, when Mackinac State Historic Parks invites you to its “Snowshoeing and s’mores event at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park for a naturalist-guided 2-mile hike along the park’s trails. Along the way, guests will stop at a forest clearing ... Read More >>

Talkin' a Crock of Climate Change Denial with Peter Sinclair

NMEAC hosts international journalist Peter Sinclair for 2022 Climate Update
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 22, 2022

The Midland man once called "The most important videographer on the planet," “The sharpest climate-denier debunker on YouTube” and “a national treasure” is zooming in for a sobering update on climate change at 7pm Jan. 27. Presented by NMEAC, Peter Sinclair’s 2022 Climate Update promises to be a no-holds-barred conversation about the latest developments, reports from the field, and — thankfully — what we can do. Who is Sinclair? An internationally recognized ... Read More >>

Slip-slidin’ Away in Fife Lake

Carly’s Hill Cardboard Classic Snow Fun Day
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 22, 2022

Helmets and ingenuity required; cardboard, Duct tape, glue, and string helpful: The 8th Annual Carly’s Hill Cardboard Classic Snow Fun Day runs 11am to 3pm Saturday, Jan. 29, at Springfield Park & Recreation Area in Fife Lake. Make and bring your own cardboard sled for a chance to win prizes and go sledding, plus join in safety games, get your kids’ helmet fit correctly, and take your littlest ones on a special ... Read More >>

How to cook – for your dog

Local vet crafts cookbook for humans
By Ross Boissoneau | Jan. 22, 2022

The idea of pets as family members isn’t new. But what 95 percent of pet owners around the world feel (and your monthly Bark Box subscription shows) is our love for our fur babies isn’t something that has limits — especially not in terms of the time and money we’re willing to spend. (According to results of a survey The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Zoetis released just this month, ... Read More >>

Book Now for Summer

3 one-of-a-kind Up North getaways going fast
By Al Parker | Jan. 22, 2022

Maybe the white stuff outside your window has you dreaming of a trip to the Caribbean this winter. By all means, we won’t stand in your way. But one thing we find when showcasing some of our best summer travel ideas in our summer issues is this: Most are already booked out a full year by the time you read about them. This winter, we thought we’d save all of us a ... Read More >>

Homelessness Up North

The struggle is real — and getting harder
By Victor Skinner | Jan. 22, 2022

Across the northwest Lower Peninsula, hundreds of Michiganders are struggling to find shelter this winter. It’s not a new situation, but the problem is steadily getting worse for a variety of reasons, from the global health pandemic sapping already limited resources to unprecedented demand driving up the cost of homes. From Traverse City to Charlevoix, Cadillac to Leelanau County, folks from all different backgrounds and ethnicities are out on their own. But ... Read More >>

Daytrip or Dine at Suttons Bay’s Shady Lane Cellars

Soup + Ski Weekends and Farmhouse Dinners
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 15, 2022

Looking for a quick cure for cabin fever? The team at Shady Lane Cellars is spooning up two delicious reasons to brave the cold: Soup + Ski Weekends and Farmhouse Dinners. Every Saturday and Sunday through the end of February, Shady Lane Cellars welcomes guests to snowsuit up and hit the groomed trails for cross country skiing, fat tire biking — or even take a winter hike. One-hundred-fifty gorgeous, rolling hills await. ... Read More >>

The Bootstrap Boys' New Beginnings

Nab their new EP
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 15, 2022

Hot on the heels of a new year and — we pray — the end of this getting-very-old pandemic, The Bootstrap Boys have hit exactly the right note with their latest release, New Beginnings. We’ve been fans of this Grand Rapids quartet since they sauntered into the woods to play a show at the Michigan Legacy Art Park in the summer of 2019. Their boot-stomping Americana-bluegrass not only had the forest’s aspens ... Read More >>

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