May 22, 2019


Flying Civilians Saving Lives

Inside the North’s Civil Air Patrol
By Al Parker | May 18, 2019

Did you know that a service organization founded to protect America’s shorelines from German submarines lives right here in northern Michigan?“The Traverse City Civil Air Patrol started in 1955 and has been in continuous service ever since,” said Wayne “Buzz” Bauers, a retired U.S. Navy pilot who serves as the TC unit’s public affairs officer.          Part of the national Civil Air Patrol, which has evolved over the decades ... Read More >>

Pause. Honor. Remember.

Five ways to recognize Memorial Day Up North.
By Al Parker | May 18, 2019

For many in northern Michigan, Memorial Day weekend means the unofficial kickoff to summer — with cookouts, sports events and, if the weather allows, fun in the water.  But lest we not forget the real reason for this three-day weekend: to honor Americans who died in active military service to the nation. We scoured the North to find events both big and small that’ll make your heart surge with appreciation for those ... Read More >>

Judgment Day for a Dog

Does Chili deserve to die? An animal rescuer says no; an animal control officer, judge, and dog's attacked owner say yes.
By Patrick Sullivan | May 18, 2019

Based on appearances, the small, fluffy Norwich terrier looks fun-loving, with a little hint of mischief in his eyes.Based on a court ruling handed down on May 9, the dog, Chili, must be destroyed.It’s a complicated case of a dog who viciously attacked a woman and caused serious injuries after he was adopted out from a Leelanau County animal shelter dedicated to saving unwanted animals.The woman who runs that shelter didn’t think ... Read More >>

Go Big. Go UP This Summer, Eh?

Top 10 summer spots to visit in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
By Ross Boissoneau | May 18, 2019

Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the Upper Peninsula. Huge forests, wee towns, long stretches of uncrowded beaches, and endless character (and, some ight say, characters), the UP is home to a unique host of delights you can’t readily find in our neck of the woods. This summer, make a point to flee your own heavily touristed town and try being a tourist — aka, troll, as those below the bridge ... Read More >>


A son's search for his parents, who vanished from the skies over Michigan in '77, continues.
By Al Parker | May 18, 2019

The sun was high in an azure sky as John Block stubbed out his cigarette, hoisted luggage from the back of the family’s Ford Ranchero, and packed it neatly inside the white and green Cessna 150 at the Macomb Airport, north of Detroit. It was about 11am on a Monday, and John, along with his wife, Jean, were getting ready to fly north to visit family. The date was July 4, 1977. ... Read More >>

Criss Angel to Appear — and Probably Disappear

‘Mindfreak’ coming to Leelanau Sands
By Ross Boissoneau | May 18, 2019

Criss Angel is revered as one of the best magicians out there. Among his accolades, he’s been named the Magician of the Decade, the Magician of the Century, even the Greatest Of All Time. The escape artist, illusionist, and sleight-of-hand master is bringing his bag of tricks to Leelanau Sands Casino May 30. The show is part of a brief tour, which is what he does when he goes on vacation. “I’m ... Read More >>

Don’t Ride 100 Miles for a Banana

Benzie’s Bike Up North fuels riders with Cherry Hut pie; rewards with a hot buffet and craft cocktails  
By Ross Boissoneau | May 11, 2019

The Kentucky Derby is over, but race fans are just getting started in northern Michigan. And among the myriad races of all stripes is the 11th Annual Bike Up North, which takes place June 1. If you’re not yet a road biker, this might be your reason to become one. Put on by the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club as a fundraiser for Benzie Central Schools,  the event has expanded over the years. This year ... Read More >>

Where to Eat Now

Our Spring 2019 RestauranTour
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | May 11, 2019

Wren Suttons Bay (pictured above) opened on August 1, 2018. But this Wren is completely different from chef Adam McMarlin’s earlier eatery, Wren the Butcher, at State Street Marketplace in Traverse City. Though there is still meat on the menu, it is not the main event. Wren Suttons Bar is wholly focused on being a reflection of place. “I believe that your menu should represent where you are and when, so to ... Read More >>

Northern Michigan's Most Iconic Eats, 2019

Four legendary dishes to put on your summer must-eat list.
By Craig Manning | May 11, 2019

In early 2018, Northern Express set out to answer a vital question: What are some of the most legendary dishes in northern Michigan? Through hundreds of recommendations from readers, as well as extensive research on our part, we crowned our first class of iconic dishes. That installment featured everything from a tomato soup to an herb-encrusted rack of lamb and highlighted beloved Up North establishments like Amical in downtown Traverse City and Art’s ... Read More >>

LEAN ... on the Farm?

How Japanese auto manufacturing is changing the way one local farm works.
By Eric Cox | May 11, 2019

Atop the high, breezy hills east of Wolverine sprawls a fairly nondescript 40-acre farm owned by Dan and Wendy Babcock, northern Michigan farmers who place a high value on the integrity of the food they produce, consume, and sell.Obviously missing in the greening landscape of Serendipity Farms are the hard lines of fixed fencing that normally border such properties. Here, animals don’t traipse around the same patch of ground day after day, ... Read More >>

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