2013 MyNorth Vacation Guide! Traverse City
Ideas for your ultimate Northern Michigan vacation. A supplement to Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine.
Vacation! Interlochen Center for the Arts Situated on 1,200 wooded acres between two glacial lakes, Interlochen Center for the Arts is a major hub for music, art and culture in Northwest Michigan. The annual performing arts series here is a summer highlight, bringing some of the world’s top musical touring acts in all genres (the 2013 schedule was not available at press time; last season’s headliners included the Beach Boys, the Decemberists, Chicago, Lucinda Williams and A Prairie Home Companion). The main stage here is the lovely 3,900-seat covered outdoor Kresge Auditorium on Green Lake, but there are smaller venues, too: 952-seat indoor Corson Auditorium for dance and music; 200-seat Dendrinos Chapel for intimate recitals; state-of-the-art Harvey Theatre for dramatic performances; and the brand-new, Elizabethaninspired Upton-Morley outdoor pavilion, with open seating and lawn space for taking in Interlochen’s annual Shakespeare Festival performances. Interlochen is more than just a cluster of fine venues in a lovely setting, though. The sprawling woods here also comprise the campus of a nationally acclaimed independent boarding school devoted to the fine arts. Here, high-schoolers are immersed in a major of their choosing, including music, creative writing, theater, dance, visual art and filmmaking. After graduation, many students go on to become household names—some of Interlochen’s A-list alumni include Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Rufus Wainwright, David Blum and Felicity Huffman, to name just a few. And in addition to the four-year academy, Interlochen hosts an annual summer arts camp, drawing some 2,500 talented young artists between the ages of 8 and 18 from around the world. The public can tap into all this talent and energy at Interlochen’s regular student recitals—a great source of summer entertainment, at a fair price to boot (tickets for student events are often under $10). Interlochen’s annual “Collage” performance is one not to miss; the signature event is an exhilarating “rapid-fire sampler” of student performances in all mediums, showcasing the talents of these rising young stars. Find more about Interlochen, a full events schedule and ticket information online. 231.276.7800, INTERLOCHEN.ORG. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 27 CARLY PASZEK