January 16, 2021

Features


MI Coffee’s Snickerdoodle Lattes (& Bonus Adventure)

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 16, 2021

Consider it kismet: Just steps from BATA’s Route 12 bus stop at Blue Vase Book Exchange in Interlochen — home to thousands of used books and, just recently, a fab new section featuring vinyl from Traverse City’s RPM Records — a new drive-thru coffee hut has opened. Sure, you could drive on through MI Coffee to get your caffeine fix like a normal person, but if you’re looking (read: desperate) for a ... Read More >>


Frankfort’s Garden Theater Sold

Nonprofit takes over, raising money to ready it for its next century
By Ross Boissoneau | Jan. 16, 2021

An innovative, eco-friendly move to include solar energy at the Garden Theater instead led to it being sold to a local nonprofit. Owners Rick and Jenni Schmitt and Blake and Marci Brooks signed it over to the Friends of the Garden Theater just before the turn of the new year, and the nonprofit is quickly raising funds to refurbish the iconic 96-year-old theater and bring it up to code. The handover stemmed ... Read More >>


Are Co-Op Customers Subsidizing Dirty Energy?

Some say Wolverine Power's decade-old contract for coal-fired energy costs ratepayers far too much.
By Patrick Sullivan | Jan. 16, 2021

Michigan environmental groups and clean energy advocates say a deal that Wolverine Power Cooperative entered into a decade ago forces today's Michigan residents to unknowingly pay millions more in electricity bills to subsidize two inefficient 1950s-era coal power plants in Ohio and Indiana. They’d like Wolverine and its members — including Great Lakes Energy, Cherryland Power Cooperative in northwest Lower Michigan, and three other Michigan-based co-ops — to find a way to ... Read More >>


Author Alan Lightman Talks Progress & Patriarchy

Free National Writers Series event also features filmmaker Kalyanee Mam
By Anna Faller | Jan. 16, 2021

Author Alan Lightman isn’t the type to take inspiration lightly. “Sometimes I’ll come up with an idea,” he said, “and I’ll let six months or a year go by before I decide to write about it. If I’m still interested six months later, then I know it’s deep inside of me.” With nearly 12 years of research contained in its pages, Lightman’s newest novel, “Three Flames,” cuts straight to that core.  Lightman’s ... Read More >>


Arts & Entertainment to Warm Your Winter

Galleries, lectures, author events, international "travel" sketching classes, and more
By Ross Boissoneau | Jan. 9, 2021

The pandemic has played havoc with all facets of life, including the arts. Whether music, lectures, visual art, dance, the live experience has all but disappeared. While the world awaits the vaccine and (hoped-for) subsequent return to something approaching normality, artists of all stripes continue to create.  A project initiated by Michigan Legacy Art Park has now expanded to include Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. Their “Stay Safe Face Mask Project” ... Read More >>


Tusen Takk’s Gift to Artists

A solitary time and place to create significant work
By Craig Manning | Jan. 9, 2021

What if you could escape your normal environment for a few weeks — ditch your day-to-day obligations and disappear somewhere quiet and remote, free of distractions and routine? What could you get done? What could you create? Would it be your masterpiece? These are the questions that the founders of the Tusen Takk Foundation are asking artists as they launch a brand-new residency program aimed at giving creative people a dedicated space ... Read More >>


The Legendary Moose Jaw Safari

There's a detour ahead — but history shows it won’t be lost for long.
By Eric Cox | Jan. 9, 2021

The nation’s longest-running snowmobile event – the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club’s annual Moose Jaw Safari – has shown tremendous resilience. For 54 years, the 30-mile ride has survived frustratingly warm winters and disappointing, low-snow Januaries, choosing carefully altered routes aimed at sustaining the proud procession of consecutive events. It worked, and the decades-long string of fun, socially centered annual rides remained unbroken. Until now. This time — in what would’ve been its ... Read More >>


New Year, New You

Bring on your best in 2021
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 2, 2021

It won’t be hard to top 2020, a year that we’ll remember for all that it wasn’t and couldn’t safely be. So while you probably could do nothing but sit on the couch and wait for the calendar to plod toward an almost-certainly better tomorrow, why not invest the singular time you have now — near-empty of travel, social commitments, and extended family gatherings — on No. 1: you. We tapped mind, ... Read More >>


Are You Up for the Mocktail Challenge?

4 cheers for making a month without alcohol easy
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 2, 2021

Michigan sure is making “Dry January” easier this year, eh? The annual tradition in which the tough and puffy among us swear off alcohol after so much holiday-induced imbibing, this year’s detox time poses less temptation than usual. With our beloved bars, restaurants, and indoor tasting rooms closed until at least Jan. 15, staying in and drinking clean should be a cinch. If you’re partaking in less partying this month or simply ... Read More >>


The Age of Flying Fortresses Over Northern Michigan

Fifty years ago, this week, an aviation tragedy occurred over Little Traverse Bay — a B-52 bomber with nine men onboard crashed into Lake Michigan.
By Patrick Sullivan | Jan. 2, 2021

 There was a time when the roar of a B-52 in the skies around Little Traverse Bay was a regular occurrence. Suddenly, a flying fortress designed to carry nuclear warheads would pass overhead with a rumble that stirred people to their bones. The massive warplanes routinely flew training missions over northern Lake Michigan, and the military used the newly built Big Rock Point nuclear power plant as a target in simulated bombing ... Read More >>

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