May 26, 2018


A Wicked Cool Ride Around the Straits

Get your claws on a boat tour unlike any other
By Kristi Kates | May 19, 2018

You expect to see boats around Mackinac Island in summer. Sailboats, power boats, cruisers, and the ubiquitous ferries that run residents and guests back and forth across the Straits of Mackinac, sure. But there’s a more unusual vessel visible these days — an all-wooden Down East lobster boat, tourists included. Before we get into the wicked cool “Mainah” boat, let’s back up to its captain, Chris West a northern Michigan resident who ... Read More >>

Sounds of Summer Start Now

Blues, classic rock, and island music alongside the water in Charlevoix
By Ross Boissoneau | May 19, 2018

The summer music season gets underway with the Round Lake Music Festival in downtown Charlevoix May 25–27. Three bands each on Saturday and Sunday will provide the festivities, with the Jelly Roll Blues Band kicking things off with a special Friday evening performance starting at 5pm. Jellyroll has long been one of northern Michigan’s favorite bands, playing its lively blend of blues and boogie across the area, from longstanding gigs at Legs ... Read More >>

Rehearsal for a Line 5 Failure?

Line 5 is threatening the Straits of Mackinac
By Patrick Sullivan | May 19, 2018

When an anchor strike punctured an underwater pipe in the Straits of Mackinac on April 1, releasing an estimated 600 gallons of a petroleum-based fluid into the Great Lakes from an electrical transmission line, the response was hampered by extreme weather. Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil pipeline fear the incident shows that responders aren’t ready for a catastrophe; meanwhile, Enbridge and U.S. Coast Guard officials say the reaction proved they ... Read More >>

Master Storyteller Richard Russo

Coming to National Writers Series
By Clark Miller | May 19, 2018

  Richard Russo, Pulitzer prize-winning author of a dozen widely read novels and eight screenplays, comes to the National Writers Series stage at City Opera House on Friday, June 8, with his first book of essays in hand. In “The Destiny Thief,” Russo discusses how he struggled many years to find his authentic writer’s voice, which, once found, enabled him to create full casts of memorable characters. Northern Express interviewed Russo about ... Read More >>

Island Bound

What's new and improved around classic Mackinac
By Kristi Kates | May 19, 2018

Haven’t been to Mackinac Island in a while? While many things (thankfully) stay reliably the same on this little gem in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac, the island also works to stay current and to offer new fun to their many guests. We chatted with Mackinac Island Tourism’s executive director, Tim Hygh, to get a sneak peek at what’s new on the island for the 2018 summer season. Photo Destination ... Read More >>

A Story of Service

Walter Anderson is a local legend and real-life action hero
By Al Parker | May 19, 2018

With a thunderstorm approaching, the sky over Flint was splashed with ominous shades of black, yellow and green on the evening of June 8, 1953. It had already been a busy Monday for troopers at the city’s Michigan State Police post and at all other law enforcement agencies in the area. An outbreak of deadly tornadoes had touched down in southeastern Michigan and northern Ohio, and first responders were bone-tired dealing with ... Read More >>

Bob Carr’s Uphill Climb

Former state ward is vying of a seat in the U.S Senate
By Craig Manning | May 19, 2018

By all accounts, Bob Carr is an underdog. The Mackinac Island native seeking a seat in the United States Senate looks to be up against some heavy hitters in August’s primary race — John James, both a combat veteran and the president of supply chain management company James Group International; and Sandy Pensler, a former economics professor at Harvard and Yale, and the owner of private equity firm Pensler Capital. Even if ... Read More >>

A Shew of Illumination

By Mary Keyes Rogers | May 19, 2018

For anyone with an overactive love for snow, they can still find a dirty pile of winter stubbornly refusing to melt. But there is reason to believe that this seemingly never-ending season is in fact behind us. I ask you to look ahead a bit, I ask that you think about where you will find yourself on the Fourth of July? What will we all be talking about on that day? “What ... Read More >>

A Showcase of Restaurants

Our tri-annual restaurant round-up
By Kristi Kates | May 12, 2018

Trattoria Funistrada – Glen Lake Out in western Leelanau County, on the eastern edge of Big Glen Lake, lies Funistrada, a charming restaurant housed in a historic cottage-like clapboard building surrounded by greenery and flowers. Holly and Tom Reay, owners of Funistrada since the spring of 2000, were Glen Lake “summer kids” growing up. In the 1970s and ’80s, the building that Funistrada now occupies was a German restaurant called the Glen ... Read More >>

It’s Time for Prine at the City Opera House

By Kristi Kates | May 12, 2018

Now in his early 70s, John Prine — the singer-songwriter famous for blending country, folk, and comedy with social and political commentary — is a legend around the nation. But in Traverse City in particular, he’s got four big fans — so big, in fact, they’ve come together as a John Prine tribute band.         The musicians are well known in their own right: Seth Bernard, Mark Lavengood (formerly of ... Read More >>

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