July 17, 2019


Cadillac, Michigan: Pro Wrestling Hotbed of the North

Cadillac, Michigan: Pro Wrestling Hotbed of the North
By Patrick Sullivan | July 13, 2019

On a hot Saturday night in Cadillac, inside the auditorium at the Wex, a ring is set up, surrounded by rows of folding chairs on each side. At the back, there’s a stage and a runway where wrestlers can make dramatic entrances under spotlights. In the lobby, a couple hours before showtime, a dozen or so fans sit on the polished concrete floor, waiting for the doors to open at 6pm.Welcome to ... Read More >>

Golden Retriever Bash!

The nation’s second largest gathering of Golden Retrievers … it's happening in Traverse City July 20
By Ross Boissoneau | July 13, 2019

Each year, Golden, Colorado, holds a gathering of golden retrievers. Which gave local Golden canine owner Jeff Rabidoux an idea. Why not host a group in this area, giving the dogs and their owners a chance to socialize? A Realtor at Crystal Mountain, where his dog, Fisher, is the official canine ambassador, Rabidoux discovered such a project generated enthusiasm. “I started a Facebook page. It went from 500 to 1,600 followers in about ... Read More >>

Ludwa's "Codeswitch" Chronicles Life, Music and Murder of Mr. Soul, Sam Cooke

Premiere performance at Bay View July 26
By Ross Boissoneau | July 13, 2019

Sam Cooke’s mellifluous voice, undeniable stage presence, and talent took him to the top of the charts and to stages across the country. That all came to an abrupt end when he was shot and killed Dec. 11, 1964. Now audiences will have a chance to hear some of his best songs — and learn more about him on July 26 at Bay View, when Jerome Collins performs “Codeswitch: The Life and Music ... Read More >>

Apples to Apples

By Stephen Tuttle | July 13, 2019

The United States Women's National Team (USWNT) just won the World Cup, the world championship of soccer. There was a chance they wouldn't play at all.  As the national debate about pay equity between men and women continues to bubble along, our soccer program for women might be the most glaring example of pay disparity we can find. Our players were not very happy about it.   They threatened to strike and forego the ... Read More >>

Legendary Detroit Artist to be Honored Up North

94-year-old working artist Charles McGee to receive Michigan Legacy Art Park's Legacy Award
By Ross Boissoneau | July 13, 2019

  Charles McGee is a legend in the Detroit art scene. His work is found in many contemporary art collections around the world, as well as the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and the Dennos Museum Center. He was awarded the first Kresge Eminent Artist award in 2008. Now the 94-year-old McGee is being feted once more. ... Read More >>

Where to Dine Waterside

Nosh by the Water in Northern Michigan
By Craig Manning | July 13, 2019

No matter what dish or drink you order from the menu, come summertime, it all pairs well with a scenic waterfront view. Fortunately, northern Michigan offers no shortage of such spots. Allow Northern Express to be your guide to some of the best waterside dining experiences in the region. We handpicked seven restaurants that are must-visits for this brief season, each offering a different kind of food or atmosphere but all united ... Read More >>

Harbor Springs teen graduates in June, owns dance studio by July

Plus, Watch or Workshop: Tri-Coastal Pro Dancers Coming to Traverse City
By Al Parker | July 13, 2019

She's danced all over the world and now, at the age of 18, has become owner of her own business, the Beautiful Feet Dance Studio of Harbor Springs. Amanda Humphrey, who has been teaching at the studio for the past two years, took over as owner this month and will teach classes, offer workshops, and more. “I've always wanted to own my own business,” said Humphrey, who graduated as valedictorian from Harbor ... Read More >>

An Otherworldly Beauty

Diver Chris Roxburgh takes Northern Express on an underwater tour.
By Patrick Sullivan | July 6, 2019

People come to northern Michigan for its natural beauty. Whether it is sparkling waters, rolling hills, steep sand bluffs, or dark green forests, there’s no shortage of stunning vistas around here.Chris Roxburgh, an electrician from Traverse City who got seriously into diving several years ago, has found a way to access an altogether other sector of the outdoors that few get to see with their own eyes. He photographs the haunting scenes ... Read More >>

BBQ Beavertail

The story of a man, an Up North dinner party, and the grilling of a northern Michigan delicacy.
By Tim Chilcote | July 6, 2019

It’s not fishy. It’s not gamey. It doesn’t taste like a rodent or anything with whiskers and webbed feet. No, beavertail is meat candy, the cousin of bone marrow. It’s rich and buttery and bizarre. If you want a story to tell, it’s the most curious meat you’ll ever stick a fork in. How do you procure a beavertail? With great difficulty and discomfort, and in my case, on the coattails of an ... Read More >>

Adam Begley's Handicaptain Rising Again

A son's invention for his wheelchair-bound dad could help handicapped boaters
By Al Parker | July 6, 2019

It's been a little over a decade since Adam Begley launched a plan to build and market a device to aid boaters who need help making the sometimes tricky transfer from the dock to their boat.          Early in 2010, Begley was poised to sell  the “Handicaptain,” which had already received glowing reviews and interest among buyers. It looked like the device's four-year journey to the marketplace was smooth sailing.       ... Read More >>

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