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Let the Sun Shine Through Your Hearts

Boat Buddies and BFF's Teaghan Gorsline and Maddie Hermann on a perfect Summer day on Power Island. (Aptly Mom Marcy Hermann wrote the Power Island article on page 36)

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s I sit typing this, I am being swayed gently by the glistening waters of the bay. In the spirit of encapsulating a Northern Michigan Summer day, we are anchored off the beloved local castaway island Power Island (or Marion Island, if you’re a true local). It’s probably the first real 80-degree-plus day Mother Nature has given us that fell on a weekend, and people are taking advantage of our little private paradise. The glowing Caribbean-like water has warmed just a little. The island sounds are buzzing with energy and laughter; families and friends are relishing boat life! There are Boats big and small, new and old, both sail and power. Many are all joined together in a “Tie up” rows of convoys, ready to boat hop, and party! Every Island picnic table is claimed with colorful coolers, and little children swim nearby. The braver ones swing on the rope hanging from an ancient tree, some even jumping from the dock that proudly displays the Power Island sign. There is a silent respect: This is a place everyone truly cherishes, and it is the epitome of our sensational Summer in Grand Traverse Bay.

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or my little family, we adore a day on the Island, and if we can swing it, even an overnight. Sometimes we are the only ones here and we feel like it’s all ours!! Or so we thought. We had no clue a ranger lives on the island fulltime till we met him last year! What a great idea for a feature? It is wonderfully written by Marcy Hermann. Proving that everything happens for a reason, she said that she wanted to take on the task of writing it when we bumped into each other on the island itself. Timing is everything, and it was just announced that a shuttle service will be available to and fro, so everyone can now enjoy the park, not just boat owners. It is a public park, after all, and one that all residents should enjoy. We are blessed that all four seasons of nature evoke rugged beauty and awe, but in the midst of summer, the wonders of the winter phenomenon come back to light in a new book by Ken Scott, titled The Leelanau Ice Caves. The amazing caves became national news, and the stunning photos that Ken took were such a

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sensation on Facebook, this actually brought about the underwriting funds for publishing the book. We just didn’t have the heart to remind you of winter so soon, so instead Ken treated you to a snippet of the magnificent body of work that spans over 30 years. We hope you are wowed and inspired by his superior talent and amazing eye for capturing the raw awesomeness of this place we all call home. Many people daydream of a summer spent at the beach, but owning a home on the beach? Now that’s real heaven on earth. And Mary and Bruce Byl envisioned building theirs as an open, flowing “beachy” waterfront home. But the story only starts there; the cool part is it stands on the very same spot where she grew up looking at the same view of West Bay. The pictures of their home are simply stunning, and even Mary says she can’t believe that’s her house when she sees it from the water! Lastly but certainly not least, we will transport you to Florence, Italy! Where the Lake Leelanau restaurant Bella Fortuna awaits, owners Jane and Bob want you to experience their Florence. They are lucky enough to own a home overlooking the Arno River where they spend six months out of the year. But their summer is spent at Bella Fortuna, and yours should be, too! Trust me, it will not be complete without sipping Italian wine on the award-winning Terrazza, eating delicious food Chef Mario specially prepares, and maybe even playing a little Bocce Ball? Ciao Bella! So between Florence, Italy, Castaway Islands, and places to see captured by Ken, we’re pretty sure we have given you a Fabulous Summer Must-Do list. Just don’t forget your flip-flops and sunscreen. Yaay, Summer Amazingness! Go Savor Every Second.


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features 36 THE KEEPER OF THE ISLAND By Marcy Hermann Power Island is our very own Caribbean jewel that we covet by boat. Park Ranger Fred Tank has been the steward of the island for years. If you like many, anchor off the island but never venture on land, its time you were introduced. 50 WIDE OPEN SPACES by Photographer Ken Scott Ken is at one with nature every day in his beloved home of Leelanau County, never without his camera. His body of work spans a few decades including publishing 6 books. The awe inspiring and jaw dropping photographs will have you gaze in wonder. 66 COMING HOME Photography by Jason Hulet Everyone dreams of living on the Bay, and for Mary Byl it was where she grew up! Once she was lucky enough to own her childhood home, her challenge was how to add personal touches, while holding cherished memories near. Here is how Mary and Bruce Byl built their Forever Home.

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SAY CHEESE

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THE SCOOP

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THE DISH

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FEELING GOOD

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STYLE IN THE CITY: MOVERS & SHAKERS TV 7 & 4’s Melissa Smith & Mark Watkins

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DATE NIGHT Bella Fortuna

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE By Jim Anderson

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SPROUTS & TYKES

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BIG KIDS & TEENS

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HOME STYLE Nifty Things

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HOME SCOOP

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SHOP · TASTE · EXPLORE

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LIVING THE NORTHERN DREAM PUBLISHER/EDITOR

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Kristy Kurjan & Greta Myers HOMES CONSULTANT

Rebecca Eyke CONTRIBUTERS – WRITERS

Marcy Hermann, John A. Gessner, Angela Goodall, Vickie Reese, Kym Gauthier, Kristy Kurjan CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ken Scott Photography, Jason Hulet Photography Greta Myers, Tom Gorsline, John A. Gessner, Chris Klau Jim Anderson – Anderson Aerial Photography ART DIRECTOR

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Captured by Ken Scott at the Grelickville Marina Copyright KenScottPhotography.com To view and purchase Ken Scott images & books visit Kenscottphotography.com

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Summer Solstice The Old Town Playhouse Black & White Gala is always a lively and entertaining event. This year’s theme was A Summer Solstice, where the guests mingled with friends, enjoyed gourmet dining by Bistro Fou Fou and celebrated the Magic of Community Theatre.

Tom and Fran Menzel

Craig and Mary Rosenberg

Brett and Kristina Nichols

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Purse Power

Photography by John Gessner To raise funds and awareness for the Goodwill Inn, the Power of the Purse brunch was the place to be Mother’s day weekend. It was celebrated by fabulous women doing great things reaching in their purses to help those in need.

Allison and Anna Beer

Mary Lou Dotson, Jody Dotson and DC Hayden Jen Lake and Megan Young

Maureen O’Connor, Lindsay Gielda, Carolyn Rawsthorne and Kate Flewelling

Edie Wheaton, Jessica Wheaton and Mary Dezelski

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Never let the things you WANT make you forget the things you HAVE

Wheels of Wonder: Book Bike Did you know the local library is available on wheels? Showing up everywhere at local events, The Commuting Library is a mobile library pedaled by Norte! Youth Cycling volunteers are on generous loan to TADL from Laura and Bob Otwell, residents of Traverse City. The collection includes popular fiction titles in paperback for adults, a variety of children’s’ books, and titles chosen from the collection on Woodmere specific to the destination location. TADL staff is able to issue new library cards, check out materials, update accounts, and feature the online resources available through tadl.org. MI-Spot donated two Wi-Fi hot spots to keep them truly mobile. Now there’s no excuse for being late with your library books—they come to you!

TADL YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT LIBRARIAN CHRISTOPHER SPEAR AND ADULT SERVICES COORDINATOR BRICE BUSH

Bike Sleeping Bear It’s official: The Most Beautiful Place in America is ready to ride! The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail’s 5.5-mile segment between the Dune Climb and Empire finally opened in June. The new segment doubles the trail length to 9.5 miles from Empire to Glen Arbor. Construction for the Glen Arbor to Port Oneida segment is anticipated to be complete spring 2015 with the Port Oneida to Bohemian Road section in 2016, adding nearly 8 additional miles of trail in the next two years. And don’t forget that with the BATA new ride-n-bike service out to Sleeping Bear, it opens up a new world of family fun while protecting our environment for future generations. (More information on page 20.) www.sleepingbeartrails.org

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Power up on the Island! Now you don’t have to be a Boat Owner to experience an awesome family day at Power Island! It’s been kind of unfair that you could enjoy our very own Treasure Island only if you were privileged enough to be on a boat. “It is a county park paid for by taxpayers, so it’s great they now all have accessibility,” says Alisa Kroupa, president at Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation Commission. Now the county has arranged its very own shuttle boat (driven by Park Ranger Fred Tank, who you can read all about on page 36). It runs back and forth from Bowers Harbor to the Island. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 231-922-4818. The cost is $30 for the first passenger and $15 for each additional passenger, which basically just covers the gas! Trust us, owning a boat is expensive! Plan for a day in the rugged wilderness, though. Bring a picnic, sunscreen and everything you would need! There are no stores to buy anything you may forget, but a day spent on the Castaway Island is truly heaven!

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Setting Sail If you are out on the bay or just taking in the view, chances are you will see a whole lot of sailboats come Aug. 4 – 8 when the 2014 U.S. Sailing CHUBB Junior Championships will be held in our area. Talented Junior Sailors from all across the country have qualified to compete in the prestigious Sailing event, and they have set their sails on winning the Sears Cup! This is a national event and a very proud accomplishment for the Grand Traverse Yacht Club to be to hosting. This is also the home base of our own Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS), where young men and women learn the ropes and adjust their sails under expert instruction. Kids also develop lifelong friendships and discipline while teambuilding.

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Good Food Ends with Good Talk GEOFFREY NEIGHOR

Foodie Fantasyland Get your taste buds ready for this Labor Day weekend at the Grand Traverse Resort and attend The Taste of Traverse City Festival. It is an annual mouthwatering event drawing the local food enthusiast as well as gourmet food and wine/beer travelers from across the country. Held on Aug. 29, 30 and 31, the three-day Taste Fest consists of five events in all. The most intriguing highlight that gets our vote is a White House Dinner with former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Experience the cuisine of presidents, dignitaries and diplomats! Less formal folks can enjoy a Grub Crawl, and the more adventurous have Dining in the Dark. The signature Taste of Traverse City is on Saturday, noon to 6pm. Early bird discount tickets are available—scoop them up at www.tasteoftraversecity.com

Destination Northport! If you haven’t taken a family trip to Northport lately, you are missing the newest happening spot in all of Northern Michigan! It’s Tucker’s of Northport, named after the owner’s lovable Golden Doodle dog. Tucker’s features delicious food, bowling, indoor and outdoor games and more. It is designed to be a great place to get together. It’s a high-quality, family-friendly restaurant with a six-lane bowling center and small arcade. Kids can play while adults have fun at the sweet sports bar with 10 craft beers on tap. It even has live music offerings and a dance floor. Get ready to party! And the food is amazing. (Trust me, a local foodie fanatic gave it a thumbs up!) Tucker’s has steak, ribs, pizza and much more—including, of course, a kids’ menu. 116 Waukazoo St. • www.tuckersnp.com 16

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Flock to this Brew Pub! Nate Crane and Tina Schuett are thrilled to finally announce their opening of the Rare Bird Brew Pub in the character-rich 1931 red brick building at 229 Lake Ave., just off 8th Street. Why Rare Bird? They met at a local brewery and found they shared rare birds and great beer as common passions. They are true beer people, with more than 13 years of experience in the industry. (Tina brews and Nate runs the front of the house.) Once you go tap, you’ll never go back! So, just to wet your palate, here is a description of four of the offerings of Tina’s Beers on Tap that will make Rare Bird stand out in the crowd! Whip-Pour-Will Wit—Light and refreshing Belgian wheat with a nice dose of citrus peel and coriander. Pants Party American Pale Ale—Beautiful local hop aroma and flavor without too much bitterness. Schadenfreude Chocolate Milk Stout—If you only try one dark beer in your life, let it be this. It will change your perception of dark beers thanks to the lactose sugar giving it a sweeter finish. Large Marge —A big Belgian Special Ale with orange peel and coriander. Rarebirdbrewpub.com

More Flowing Falls Copper Falls Restaurant has added more falls for your dining pleasure! The stunning waterfalls that face the entire back length of the restaurant through glass were just a preview of what was to come! The three new waterfalls are outside on the front patio where you can dine in an elegant setting surrounded by flowing fountains that mirror the sound of a tropical rainforest! Lounge for a leisurely lunch, or enjoy a romantic dinner. Its serene, calming and unique ambience also makes this the perfect place to have a private party! They already boast a few wedding rehearsal dinners and even a bridal shower! Way to impress and “shower” your guests in more ways than one! Coppers Falls • 1796 S. Garfield Ave. TC • 231.943.1103 • copperfallssteakhousetc.com JULY/AUGUST 2014 | BAY LIFE NORTH

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secret recipe: CHICKEN POT PIE FILLING Servings: 5 Serv. Size: 1 ½ Cup(s) Prep. Time: 0:35 Ingredients

Dave Denison Chef/Owner: Amical “It has been a privilege to serve our community for 20 years. We owe our success to our loyal patrons and fantastic staff. To see this area become a destination for many to enjoy the local dining establishments is the result of the skill and hard work of many, many people – not just those in the hospitality industry. Mother Nature and our region’s agricultural roots play a huge role, as well. Amical is grateful to be a small part of the story.”

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2 Cup(s) Chickendiced ½ Cup(s) Carrots, peeled ½ Cup(s) Celery, diced ½ Medium Onion, peeled, diced ½ Cup(s) Peas, frozen 1 Pound(s) Potato diced, cooked, skin off 1 Cup(s) Mushrooms sliced 1 Cup(s) Cream, heavy whipping 1 Cup(s) Milk whole 1 Tablespoon(s) Chervil ½ Tablespoon(s) Basil Dry ¼ Tablespoon(s) Salt ¼ Tablespoon(s) Pepper 1 Tablespoon(s) Chicken base 4 Ounce(s) Margarine ½ Cup(s) All purpose flour 2 Tablespoon(s) Parmesan grated 1 Piece(s) Puff Pastry Dough Sheet Preparation Saute vegetables in margarine in a small stockpot. When onions are translucent, add flour and mix. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk, cream, potatoes, spices and parmesan. Heat until sauce has thickened. Check for seasoning and proper thickness. Add more roux if needed. Place filling in a boat dish. Cut out a puff pastry dough lid to fit the top of the dish. Brush with egg wash and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling bubbles.

Congratulations to Amical Celebrating 20 Years! Did you know the Infamous Chicken Pot Pie has graced the menu since 1994?


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Introduce your palate to the “The Slow Food Movement,” happening right now at Off the Beaten Track! Market 22. The Deli – Pizza Place and Bakery Foodie Gems you need to discover. opened in the midst of our wicked winter in November and is located at 497 E. Harbor Hwy (M22), between Glen Arbor and Leland. It was once known as Michigan Traders, but the place was in desperate need of a serious makeover. In stepped born and bred local Neal Kokowicz, who felt he was the man to take on the task of Rejuvenating, Renewing and Remodeling the place. And boy, did he ever. When you see the bar stools fashioned from reclaimed and repurposed old barn wood, and shipping pallet tables, you may think Neal more a carpenter than a guy that has a very impressive résumé in the food world. But after one tasty bite of the fare, you will be a believer! Neal didn’t end the “wow” foodie factor there either. He brought his dad Paul along, too. After working in the culinary industry for more than 40 years and with a loyal local following, Paul is finally putting his elbow on a deli case he owns! And that’s a big deal! (Between the two, they have tantalized taste buds from the delicious kitchens of The Homestead and La Bécasse for years.) We promise you we have discovered some of the most delicious sandwiches and wraps you will find anywhere in Northern Michigan—all handmade to order and with the freshest ingredients! We can personally attest to the most scrumptious Chicken Salad Wrap ever. All of the Specialty sandwiches are literally “to die for,” served in “over generous” portions! There’s the Rueben (with house-made corned beef!) Jive Turkey, Bohemian, Sweet Caroline and even a Pan Fried PBJ. The roasting and curing of the meats is all done in-house, and along with authentic Detroit Style Pizza, all is made fresh daily, including soups from scratch. You just have to try it for yourself. Really! You gotta go! It’s the perfect pit stop as you take a drive along Good Harbor Bay’s quaint towns that make up our beautiful area, whether you are a visitor on a leisurely meander or a local who needs to take a time out and remember why we moved here. Once experienced, you will find all roads forever lead back to Market 22! Save us a bite!

Traverse City has become one of the rising stars on the global Riesling scene, and on the weekend of July 26-28, 2014, the world is invited to celebrate this beautiful wine at the inaugural City of Riesling. A special guest is noted wine writer Stuart Pigott, author of BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH - The Riesling Story. The City of Riesling co-founder, restaurateur and sommelier Amanda Danielson says “The fact that Riesling is widely thought of as a sweet wine is ours to undo.” Three Wine filled days of activities are planned. On Saturday, wineries and restaurants of Traverse City and the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas will host special tastings and dinners. Sunday’s events include “The Night of 100 Rieslings” at Clinch Park. This celebration will include the world premier screening of Stuart’s short film “WATCH YOUR BACK – A Riesling Movie” at the Bijou By the Bay. The Bar of 100 Rieslings, a popup Riesling bar featuring Rieslings from all over the world, will be a must do! On Monday, The Franklin will host the Midwest release Stuart Pigott’s new book BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH. Details and tickets info cityofriesling.com

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You can shake the SAND from your shoes, but it never leaves your SOUL

More Fabulous Looking good and feeling good all go hand in hand. You may be familiar with fabulous local Board-certified physicians Dr. Chris Jeffries and Dr. Steven Thomas at The Center for Skin Care at Copper Ridge in Traverse City, Charlevoix and coming soon to Petoskey. They work their magic keeping many beautiful women feeling confident and gorgeous! Adding a unique dimension to their Beauty Empire they recently announced an alliance with the Spa at Grand Traverse! “This affiliation was a natural choice,” said Dr. Jeffries “Spa Grand Traverse is renowned for their specialty treatments utilizing natural ingredients, and bringing relaxation and beauty to their guests. Dr. Thomas and I strive for the same excellence with our treatments and we are excited to begin offering these services at the spa to complement their many other therapies.” And for local TC ladies it adds a whole new experience, you can visit the resort like a tourist, spa, shop, play, dine and go home looking younger! What’s not to love here ladies? www.grandtraverseresort.com/spa.www.tc-plasticsurgery.com

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Don’t Fall Flat

Bike-n-Ride

With all the bike trails and new bike-n-ride programs in our area the only problem you may have is a flat tire! Once you are out and about on 2 wheels, head over to the The Traverse City Visitor Center. They installed a”Fixit” bike repair station outside its main entrance on Cass Street. The station features a hanger arm that fits all styles and sizes of bikes and includes an air pump and tools to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes. Visitor Center Manager Kathee McCafferty saw a Fixit station on the University of Kentucky campus and thought it would be a nice addition to downtown TC and the cycling community.

Last year the launch of a BATA Bike-n-Ride program that allowed cyclists to pedal paved trails one way and ride the bus back was so successful they’ve added more! In 2013 the Suttons Bay Loop route (Route 10) and TART’s Leelanau Trail had 477 bikes use the service, now added is Traverse City-Glen Arbor/Empire Village Loop (Route 11). Riders can experience the newly paved and much anticipated Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail between Glen Arbor and Empire and ride the bus to any other stop along the route. They have even added a Suttons Bay/Northport route too! For all the schedules and more details go to bata.net/bikenride or by calling BATA at 231.941.2324. So Get On Your Bike and Ride with this awesome program we have no excuse not to!

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

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Melissa Smith Morning News Anchor with 7&4 News Today and UpNorthLive.com in Traverse City

DRESS: Relish $40 RING: Federico’s Design Jewelers $200.00 CUFF: Federico’s Design Jewelers $675.00 EARRINGS: model's own HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Heather Choate of Salon Verve WHAT MAKES YOUR JOB INTERESTING? I love the fact that I can be one of the first people, viewers turn to when they’re starting their day. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BAY LIFE IN THE SUMMER? Nothing compares to the feeling I get when I’m sitting by the bay or out on a boat in the water. I instantly feel carefree and happy when I hear the sound of the water. It’s a gem and something I never take for granted. WHAT IS YOUR STYLE? For work, I like to wear bright, modern styles for the anchor desk. Outside of work, I usually have a casual, classic look that I like to stick with. I’m really big on all the local shirts “Up North” shirts and “Lake Michigan Unsalted” shirts! TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF WE DON'T KNOW: I moved away for about a year in March 2013 to December 2013 for a job opportunity at the NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa. During that time, I discovered a lot about myself, both personally and professionally. I realized what the top priorities in my life were, more than ever, and I realized where I was the happiest. For me, it was Traverse City. Where else can you walk down to the bay after work and relax to the sound of seagulls over head and then head downtown later for a fantastic dinner with your closest friends?

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Mark Watkins Meteorologist at WPBN & WGTU TV, 7&4 and 29&8 in Traverse City

LOOK: Captain’s Quarters Dapper Style, Sport coat $275, Tie $42.50, Shirt $99, Shorts $72.50 WHAT MAKES YOUR JOB INTERESTING? I talk about the weather on the local news show. Everyone knows something about the weather. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BAY LIFE IN THE SUMMER? I like being outside as much as possible. I don’t have to do anything. I love the wind, sun, and especially the quiet when I go into the woods. I’ve never lived in a place as dark as it is here at night. I love that. WHAT IS YOUR STYLE? Highly casual and eclectic, and I would say practical. I might wear anything regardless of label, and if I like it I’ll wear it until the threads separate. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF WE DON’T KNOW: Although every day I talk to thousands of people who are watching me on TV, in private life I enjoy living alone. I am single and have never been kissed…well maybe a couple of times.

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Have you have ever fantasized about being romantically whisked away to Tuscany to experience a captivating Italian love affair, indulging in cuisine, wine, and culture? You’ll be happy to know that you only need to take a drive to Lake Leelanau to discover the beauty of Florence—it’s all there at Bella Fortuna.

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The welcoming entrance with a peek at the award winning Terrazza

“We want you to feel like you’re in Florence; we tried to keep everything Italian.”

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estled on the corner of Main Street, Bella Fortuna magically (actually, very much on purpose) transports you to a corner of the world that mirrors the Italian dream destination of Florence. This is one of the world’s most visited cities, and the restaurant’s esteemed owners, Dr. Jane Fortune and Dr. Robert Hesse, are lucky to reside there for six months out of the year. The treasured city is known for its eternal culture, history and heritage, and it’s one of the reasons why these two immensely talented, cultured and accomplished individuals are so perfectly suited to introducing you, Italian-style, into the world they so love and adore. Jane and Bob say they have “been attached at the hip” for 23 years and do “everything together.” They certainly didn’t need to add restaurateurs to their résumés. Jane has authored five books and is working on a sixth; she even won an Emmy for a PBS documentary. Bob has played the violin since he was six, has played in symphony orchestras worldwide, was the senior vice president of UNICEF, has been president of a college, and founded the Indianapolis Ballet, to name a just a few accomplishments. When they conceived of the idea of Bella Fortuna, Jane and Bob had reached a point in their lives when they wanted to merge the two

You’re Hosts, owners Jane Fortune and Bob Hesse in the Medici Room

beloved places they call home into one welcoming Sojourn. (They and their families have owned summer homes in Lake Leelanau forever.) Also, there’s a funny little story: Bob vaguely mentioned he couldn’t get a reservation at a good Italian restaurant in Northern Michigan, so they opened one! It’s been two years now and a hilly Tuscan road, but the stars are aligning finally with smiling Italian Chef Mario Deruda and a happy kitchen. Good things come to those who wait. Now, don’t get me wrong. They haven’t recreated the Cysteine Chapel with Renaissance paintings by Michelangelo on domed ceilings. Don’t expect that! You can and should only experience that in Italy. What they have managed is to fully embody the easy European way of life, capturing its essence as only Italians can enjoy. First, there is the stunning Terrazza, the award-winning outdoor patio that is a remarkable homage to the terraces of Italy. Italians cultivate these outdoor areas and congregate, eating, drinking and living life to the fullest. Enjoy dining informally at tables or spend a summer evening lounging at the bar. There’s even a bocce court to play the beloved pastime game of the old country. JULY/AUGUST 2014 | BAY LIFE NORTH

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The Italian favorite pastime Bocce Ball Signature wine from Jane and Bob’s wineries in Florence and Leland The Medici Room

One could wine, dine and play out in the Terrazza all day, but if you did you would miss everything inside—like, for instance, the Emporio and Wine Cave that greets you, stocked with everything Italia! All are imported goodies from Florence and Tuscany, including a decadent balsamic reduction bottled that you can’t buy anywhere else in the U.S.! Jane’s love of books is also celebrated with a coveted bookshelf where most of the books for purchase are signed by the authors—this includes books by Jane and Bob, of course. From there, the restaurant divides into rooms. The Trattoria, which means an informal dining room, is family style with flowing tables, perfectly framed by the monumental bar that commands the Trattoria’s entire length. This bar has a history, too, traced back to the year 1892 when it began its journey in Belgium, loaded onto a ship bound for New York, then Chicago and then another on Lake Michigan, finally resting its sea legs in Lake Leelanau. It’s a place to sit for stories and memories in the making. 32

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Off the Trattoria is the elegant and regal dining room named the Medici Room after the 16th century family that ruled Florence for 500 years. This room is perfect for any special occasion or the odd royalty that may pop in! This is also where Chef Mario holds his chef dinners. The last room, the Sala Fiorentina, is the most vibrant in decoration and frivolity. This is where you are truly “entertained” by all the senses. Sala in Italian denotes a room where guests gather, and this room comes alive with the Arts, literally! On Wednesdays and Thursdays in July, plan to enjoy dinner and a show, “Bella Musica,” a musical revue with beloved Broadway Classics. The arts are such a huge part of Jane and Bob’s life. “We want to make this a total experience, but it always comes back to the food,” Jane explains. The food is authentic Italian. Simplicity is central to the Tuscan Cuisine with the freshest of ingredients cooked to perfection, and


Italian staples grace the menu The Emporia store where everything is imported from Italy Executive Chef Mario The Trattoria that also houses the magnificent bar

“We want to make it a total experience, but it is always about the food.”

all tantalizing in taste. Bella Fortuna also has natural wood-burning oven that creates signature flatbread pizzas. With Chef Mario at home in this kitchen, Jane and Bob’s vision of a Lake Leelanau Florence is receiving rave reviews.

guest is feeling like family. Jane and Bob love to visit each table and say hello. And if you end your evening with a hummer, it’s been a good night. Just don’t drink too many or you’ll have a hummer headache in the morning!

“Evviva” is Italian for cheers, and here you’ll find perfect pairings of glass by delicious glass! Most all the wines are Tuscan or Florentine. The house wine is Vespucci 58 sangiovese in red or white made specifically in Florence from Jane and Bob’s vineyard. The label is a photograph taken by Jane from the balcony of their Florence home overlooking the Arno River. The Bella Fortuna Pinot Grigio is an Italian cloned grape from their vineyard in Leland. And as Italians say, “Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.”

Mal di testa (Italian for Headache) and Bella Fortuna bei tempi (Italian for Bella Fortuna Good Times).

If cocktails are more your style, Charlie the bartender whips up a killer Cosmo or Bloody Mary (these, we personally tasted), and the Roberto Martini is named after Bob. You may see him sipping one at the owners’ table where they dine every night, making sure every

Where else, except Northern Michigan can you take a quick drive up the coast of the bay, arrive in Tuscany and dine like a Florentine! “Buon Appetito” Bella Fortuna is open for Dinner, and only during the Summer and Fall Months. 104 W. Main St. Lake Leelanau. 231.994.2400. www. bellafortunarestaurant.com

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For 29 years Tank has maintained the 5 miles of trails, 3 miles of beach and overall condition of the 200 acre island

When you live where people vacation and you work, it sometimes feels like you’re missing out on all the fun. Shuttling between work and camps, through traffic and heat while, seemingly, the rest of Traverse City is soaking up the sun and cooling off in the Bay, can be torture. And weekends are often filled with errands, kids’ activities and yard work. Our family’s remedy for this deprivation: a weeknight ride to Power Island, with a dip in the 55-degree water. (Trust me, it felt great.) We took advantage of the 10 p.m. sunset just a few nights before the summer solstice and stole a few hours of glory. Power Island is about a 6.5-mile ride from Clinch Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay. That equates to a 20-minute ride by motor and 1.5 hours by sail. Many consider it to be the crown jewel of the Bay. But what really makes this gem sparkle is the stewardship of the island. Currently, that job is shared by the Grand Traverse County Department of Parks and Recreation, along with a soft-spoken, retired Northern Michigan College professor of biology named Fred Tank. Fred Tank is Power Island’s park ranger. He has held the position for 29 years since 1985. If you follow the Park Ranger sign near the boat dock, you will discover the rustic cabin where he and his wife, Tina, reside from the middle of May through the middle of October. According to Tank, the cabin was built in 1959 by caretaker Ralph Matthews. “He had to be pretty clever back then to get it built … and to survive,” Tank said. According to Tank, Ralph lived on the island year-round with his wife, Clara, for 10 years. They survived on deer, chickens and the supplies brought to them by then-owner Pete Rennie, owner of Rennie Oil. Unfortunately, Rennie perished during one of the deliveries while crossing, what he believed to be, the frozen Bay. Much has changed since those days and since the early years of the Tanks’ summer residence on the island. Grand Traverse County provides a 24-foot power boat for Tank to access the 38

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mainland for food and supplies. Tank also uses the boat as a newly created shuttle service by the county to generate revenue for park maintenance (see sidebar). In the cottage, what was once powered by kerosene is now powered by solar panels. “It is a sign of the times,” said Tank’s wife, Tina. The solar power panels provide electricity for lighting, propane, refrigerator, and especially communication. That virtual lifeline to the mainland is important when you consider Tank’s responsibilities as park ranger. Besides maintaining the 5 miles of trails, 3 miles of beach and overall condition of the 200acre island, Tank also ensures that visitors to the designated Quiet Wilderness Reserve respect the rules posted to preserve its pristine state. “I inform people of their responsibility and call the authorities if there is a situation,” Tank said. That has meant quieting campers on nearby Bassett Island’s four rustic sites. “One group brought a huge sound system and blasted music,” Tank said. “That wasn’t going to fly.” With most situations, Tank’s mild-mannered presence and position as park ranger are enough to resolve situations. “Calling for help is expensive,” he said. Besides keeping the peace, there is the occasional emergency needing Tank’s assistance. Most incidents, according to Tank, are minor. “There have been no heroic rescues,” he said. But his presence has made a difference to visitors, including one who suffered a severe allergic reaction from a bee sting. As well, Tank recalled a camper showing up at his door one night quite upset because a moth had crawled into his ear and he could not remove it. Tank helped the camper by removing the moth with tweezers. “He was forever grateful,” Tank said. One other night, Tank recalled a woman knocking on the cabin door shivering in a bathing suit. “She and her boyfriend got into some windy weather and their engine cut out. They thought they might blow out into Lake Michigan,” Tank said. The woman, seeing Power Island in the distance, swam to shore and


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Tank has counted over 130 boats anchored off the island on busy weekends like July 4th and Labor Day.

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As night draws near the island becomes quiet and serene again.

hiked through the woods to the cabin. Eventually everyone was safe, thanks to Tank’s presence and a Coast Guard rescue.

Through the years, Tank has seen other creatures roaming the island—namely, his six children. Grown, married, and currently scattered around the country and across an ocean, Tank’s children For boaters, Power Island is a favorite destination on the weekends. spent many of their childhood summers on Power Island. That time Tank has counted over 130 boats anchored off the island on busy spent on the island had a large influence on their personal and th weekends like July 4 and Labor Day. Many boaters, however, never professional paths in life. Youngest daughter, Elizabeth, remembers set foot on the island. And most boaters anchor on the east side of the island, despite solitude and natural beauty on the west side. “I’ve wandering freely around the island, building forts, and reading— lots of reading. “When we weren’t running around in the woods, never understood that,” Tank said. we were reading,” she said. Elizabeth is currently a microbiologist Hiking the island you can discover just about every tree that grows in studying the genetics of aging at the University of Michigan. “Being Northern Michigan, according to Tank. One can spot voles and mice, immersed in nature we have three Ph.D. scientists,” said their mother, and the occasional deer. But survival on Power Island is challenging Tina. An appreciation of nature also comes along after spending to animals. While the island has seen huge populations of deer at summers helping their Dad take care of the island. Oldest daughter, times, as well as what Tank described as a “plague of rabbits,” the Jen, is an aquatic ecologist at the University of Notre Dame. “It isolation of the island provides balance to nature. For years, yellow shaped what I decided to spend my time doing. It also influenced jackets were a big problem on the island because, according to Tank, what I want to leave for my son,” said Jen. there weren’t skunks or raccoons to eat the larvae of the burrowing Spending summers on the island influenced the Tank children in bees. Then, according to Tank, a visitor to the island released other ways as well. Living with bugs and without electricity was raccoons that had been pestering him at his home on the mainland. the norm. Venturing to the outhouse during the night required The raccoons now dominate the yellow jackets. “You add one thing navigating via kerosene lamp. “Flashlights have been around a long and another goes away,” said Tank. time, but we didn’t have one,” said Elizabeth. The deer population has also fluctuated over the years. Recently What is present, however, is a plethora of art created from nature. numbers have been so high that the county allowed hunting on Rock collections, wood sculptures, and beautiful children’s paintings the island for a limited number of days to reduce the population. of island wildlife decorate the cabin’s interior. Hiking sticks inscribed “It was out of control,” said Tank. When the herd is too large there with the memories of each summer are lovingly displayed. “That’s is not enough vegetation for them and other animals to survive, mom,” said Jen, “20 years of sticks.” Both daughters fondly reflected he explained. But how did the deer get out there in the first place? on the experience of Tank’s tenure as park ranger. “It’s unique that “Most people don’t know it but deer can swim. And they can swim our Dad’s job shaped who we are. That doesn’t always happen,” said fast,” said Tank. They have what Tank described as “hallow hair,” so they float. Last fall, during the hunt, he witnessed six deer swimming Jen. across the Bay toward Old Mission Peninsula in an attempt to escape Tank’s grandchildren now visit the island and comb the beach for the hunters. “They were going so fast they were making a wake,” said Petoskey stones and other treasures. Thanks to the stewardship of Tank. And for the first time in several years, Tank is noticing more the island by Grand Traverse County and Tank’s role as park ranger, vegetation on the ground than he’s seen in a long time. “It’s a sign they can be assured that it will remain the crown jewel on the Bay for that it’s working,” said Tank. generations to come. 42

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Fun Facts: Power Island is a public park, managed by the Grand Traverse County Department of Parks and Recreation. It’s been known as Hog Island, Harbor Island, Marion Island and Ford Island, after former owner Henry Ford. But the current name is the result of a grassroots effort by Eugene and Sayde Power to save the island from development in the 1970s.

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The name Marion Island came about in 1881 when owner Frederick Hall petitioned the state of Michigan to officially name it after his daughter, Marion Hall Fowler. You can arrange for the park ranger, Fred Tank, to take you on a hiking tour of the island. He has many stories about the island and its significance to the community. There are no skunks, squirrels or chipmunks on Power Island, according to Tank.

Power Island is a popular geocaching location. “We are on the international geocaching website,” said Tank. As a result, he has welcomed geocache enthusiasts from a variety of locations, many from Canada, and even a group from Australia. “Having found the cache from Power Island on their list is highly sought after,” Tank said.

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There are four campsites on nearby Bassett Island, which can be reserved through the Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation website. The county has plans to add sites to Power Island in the near future.

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Bassett Island was once owned by the Chicago Yacht Club and once sported a dance hall.

Arrangements can be made for Tank to shuttle small groups of passengers from Bowers Harbor to Power Island. (see Scoop page 15) There is a timeline Mr. Tank made for his blog that has lots of other cool info if you need more… http://dnalsirewop. weebly.com/timeline.html

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“Bees’ll buzz, Kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz, and I’ll be doing whatever snow does … In Summer! ”

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Rainy Day The STATE THEATRE runs kids 25c matinées Saturday mornings and all summer on select days. www.statetheatretc.org The GREAT LAKES CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is fun and educational for all ages. www.glcm.org The HISTORY CENTER on 6th Street has a huge Lego exhibit that runs until Labor Day, and kids under 4 get in free. www.traversehistory.org Open up your kid’s “inner artist” and make a pottery piece at HANDZ ON ART in the Warehouse District. www.tchandzonart.com Visit the BOARDMAN RIVER NATURE CENTER; it is an admission-free destination for nature learning and discovery. www.natureiscalling.org

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Do your little ones know the Legend of the Sleeping Bear? Get them the book and they will forever be connected to the most beautiful place on earth. Sleeping Bear took its name from an Ojibway legend about its formation. According to the story, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven by forest fires from what is now Wisconsin and forced to swim across Lake Michigan. When the mother bear reached the Michigan shore, she turned to discover that her cubs had vanished. The Great Spirit was so touched by her plight that he had her fall off to sleep there, creating Sleeping Bear Dune, and marked the place where her cubs disappeared by creating the Manitou Islands. Book By Kathy-jo Wargin


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If you have a budding Elsa who has been belting out the Frozen song since Winter, you need to harness and encourage that talent! (Really.) We are blessed to be surrounded by the arts in our community, and The City Opera House is thrilled to announce that the amazing summer camp/theatre arts program, TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, is back and better than ever! The fourday musical theatre workshop was created by a passionate team of Broadway professionals to give youth the chance to discover and deepen their natural talents—singing, dancing and acting under the nurturing guidance of world-class professionals. Top Broadway Casting Director Justin Huff will see the students in action, giving you the extraordinary chance to audition for the shows he is casting! And we have no doubt that a Frozen: The Musical will be in the works soon. Don’t Delay! Register today. Space is limited. www.cityoperahouse.org • August 5–8

De Clutter Do your kids have too much STUFF? The RecycleSmart Kids Garage Sale is a great opportunity to have your child become a savvy businessperson and at the same time learn how to reuse and recycle their old toys, games, books, movies, DVDs, etc. Only items pertaining to kids may be offered for sale. All items must be confined to the assigned 10’ X 10’ space. One table will be provided. Participants are responsible for setting up and cleaning up afterwards. The cost is $2.00 to register early! 231.941.5555. Ages 5-12 (with parent/guardian supervision). Grand Traverse County Civic Center – Howe Arena. Sat., Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. www.recyclesmart.info • Goodwill Industries will be onsite accepting donations that don’t sell.

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Surfs Up, Hang Ten Camp!

Make a Splash! Sleeping Bear Kayak in Empire is holding its 2014 SBX Waterman Camp again! It’s a unique camp designed and taught by water enthusiasts to create water enthusiasts. This year there are two camps for ages 7-12 years and then 13 years and up. Every day a new adventure awaits: surfing, skimming, SUPing, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking! July 21–25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the cost of the camp is $300, which includes instruction, use of all equipment, and a goodie bag. Why go to a normal summer camp, when they can experience this? www.sbsurfandkayak.com


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The Ice Caves of Leelanau In the midst of this winter’s Polar Vortex that put the entire nation in a deep freeze, the area of Leelanau County that hibernates like a sleeping bear suddenly became National Headlines. The Ice Caves of Leelanau were a mega star right along with the movie “Frozen.” We’re talking about the massive monuments of ice parading the shore that were awe-inspiring and just plain “wow,” made from scratch entirely from Lake Michigan. The area was flooded with thousands of people who had to see and experience this Once in a Lifetime Legendary Occasion. Quietly in the masses was local, renowned photographer Ken Scott, capturing these magnificent winter wonders. “Ice is a phenomenon of Mother Nature—it is the ultimate Outsider Art in an Outside Art gallery,” says Ken. He visually documented the Gills Pier ice caves through his lens on 21 different explorations. And the spectacular pictures he shared with the world on Facebook and Flickr became EPIC. 58

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The subject of a book was raised immediately by people far and wide who said, “You have to publish a book!” Folks almost demanded! Once this snowball started rolling, it didn’t stop! Underwriters jumped on board: Tom and Burma Powell, Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor, The Business Helper, LLC in Suttons Bay and The Leelanau Enterprise. The design and layout was done by Angela Saxon of Saxon Design Inc., with Ken making many decisions too. And along with the tireless efforts of Barbara Siepker of The Leelanau Press as the publisher, within two weeks it was at the printer! Collaboration, too, with writer Jerry Dennis who wrote the opening essay and meteorologist Ernie Ostomo gives ice event descriptions page by beautiful page got this book to where it is today. Like the natural phenomenon that the stunning book visually documents, so too has been its success. It SOLD OUT of its first print—before the truck arrived. This is 48 pages of pure Wonderment that people craved to own. It’s now in its second print, due Late July. Reserve your piece of The Winter that Generations will talk about! Available at stores in the region or directly from Ken at Ken@kenscottphotography.com


Ken Scott Bio: From The Ice Caves of Leelanau Book The quintessential photographer of Leelanau County captures the heart and soul of this beautiful place in his amazing images. On his long rambles through the county’s landscape, he observes and patiently listens to nature, catching unique moments in the natural world as they are revealed. Ken is self-taught, and has adapted fluidly to changing photographic technology and techniques over his decades of work. Ken has become a local icon whose following continues to grow. He has produced six books of images of Northern Michigan, and his photographs adorn the walls of Leelanau County lovers far and near. Ken is currently represented by Two Fish Gallery in Leland, Michigan Artists Gallery Suttons Bay, The Bookstore in Frankfort, and the Cottage Bookshop in Glen Arbor. To view countless pages of Kens dazzling images visit kenscottphotography.com.

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Home is where the WAVES Crash

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Endless Summer When decorating your Home for the Summer or your Up North Summer Home look no further than Nifty Things! Owned by Martee and Doug Hickman, the stores boast 4 locations for fabulous convenience (oh heck visit all four!) in Traverse City, Alden, Elk Rapids and just opened in Suttons Bay. Here is the Nifty part, it’s a must visit, to jazz up your home, but once inside you’ll be dazzled by all things truly “Nifty” and not just for sprucing up room to room, or wall to wall. But yourself too! From head to toe! As Doug says “Everything we buy has to have a Wow factor!” and we promise as well as experiencing a fun “sensory overload” you’ll be wowed! www.niftythingsonline.com

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Life needs more beaches and bonfires

Ignite Back Yard Bliss Hot summer days morph into crisp cool Northern Michigan nights, and the feeling and emotions tied to our campfire memories are how today’s fire pits were born. If you’re handy you can take on the task to create one yourself, or hire a contractor to dream up custom one, or purchase a gas one. Here’s some Red Hot inspiration. Don’t forget the S’mores!

FUN TIP: To maximize space on a small terrace, look for a pit that doubles as a coffee table!

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Customized Storage As a designer, I will never recommend that you “over accessorize” your spaces. I fell into that trap when redoing my personal kitchen and realized that some flexibility is needed to shift things around as you get familiar with your new space. There are, however, the top 5 storage requests that we always take into account when we are designing your new space.

SPICES AND OILS We cooks, love our spices and who can resist a stop into Fustinis for the perfect oil or vinegar. 2 popular approaches to this item. With a minimum of 3" a pull out with adjustable shelves can be installed. These can be above or below counter, can have a leg attached so to also be decorative. Optionally for spice, my favorite approach, is the spice drawer. This will allow you to lay your spices on a tilt and have better viewing of the label. EVERYDAY DISHWARE With the concept of more open floor plans still being the trend, upper cabinets have become fewer. Peg drawer inserts for dishware are a great way to approach that obstacle. As dishware has also become larger, it sometimes does not fit in standard upper cabinetry. KNIVES A wooden knife block on the counter has become so passé. Put them in a drawer instead. Removes counter clutter and still keeps the blades from dulling when stored in a wooden holder.

TRAY DIVIDERS Not just for cookie sheets. These handy divisions work great for cutting boards and serving platters. A great way to use the deep space over the refrigerator or wall ovens. So when planning your next kitchen project or even wanting to organize your current one, consult a design professional as to the availability of accessories that fit your space and needs. 64

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Bruce and Mary Byl

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f you’re lucky enough to live at the Beach, you’re lucky enough! Or so the saying goes. Mary Byl, who was born and raised in a Traverse City home on the beach of West Bay, knows she’s pretty darn Blessed. “I’m sure my mom is looking down and smiling,” says Mary. The familiar, pristine view from the very same spot where her parents’ Cape Cod once stood is now Mary and husband Bruce’s forever home. The home has been in the family ever since Mary’s grandmother built it when her dad was little in 1942. Being an only child, Mary’s father inherited it. Today this cherished home, already packed with memories aplenty, brings new life to a whole future generation of memories to come. The first big family event was hosting her niece’s wedding on the beach.

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After growing up here, Mary moved away, travelled and married, returning to her roots to raise their family. The family lived on Old Mission Peninsula in a Frank Lloyd Wright style home that screams thoroughly modern and a darker interior. When the opportunity arose to purchase her mother’s beloved Cape Cod, salmon-colored house with green shutters, Mary and Bruce were thrilled. Of course, this all happened right as the economy tanked and their current house wouldn’t sell for what seemed like forever! Now, they didn’t just tear down Mom’s “home sweet home” willy-nilly. They even seriously considered trying to remodel and renovate, adding the touches they wanted. The very traditional house held treasured memories that spanned an entire lifetime, and you don’t change a home like this lightly. But they also knew they planned to grow old in this house. “We realized we weren’t getting any younger,” recalls Mary. Bruce was already no stranger to bionic-like surgeries fixing both knees, so a fully handicapped accessible and equipped first floor made practical sense. So when the time came to decide, the two realized it was better to start with a fresh canvas. Still, not a thing went to waste. They recycled, upcycled, repurposed and donated! Freedom Builders took all the appliances and completely stripped the home, helping to fix up seven new homes. Then came in Odom’s for the hardware and ornate décor. This left only the frame of the home, which was handed over to the fire department. City ordinance didn’t allow fires, but they were able to practice search and rescue drills. In other words, a life may even be saved from the salvage. That’s pretty awesome for an old house to boast! Once it was ready to be levelled, it took only four hours! A bittersweet day for sure, but Mary also kept some treasured vintage crystal chandeliers that grace the new home’s ceilings in homage to her mother.

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“We wanted an open floor plan and a beachy feel.”

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“The food is simple, easy and casual in our kitchen.”

Their best-laid plans of selling first and building later were thrown to the wind, with real estate a buyers’ market at the time; the other driving force was Mother Nature! Northern Michigan winters dictate that you can only pour foundations at certain times of the year! So under the experienced guidance of builder Paul Maurer, pour they did, when it was a good time to do so. They became the talk of the town when this foundation sat for almost two years! People drove by the seemingly abandoned project, presuming they had gone broke. But once the building got in motion it went smoothly, taking just 13 months to be completely finished. Mary and Bruce moved in on May 8, 2013. The plans for the new house were entrusted to architect Bob Cornwell, who funnily enough grew up down the street and was childhood friends with Mary and her mother—how’s that for generating the fond and familiar feel of truly “Coming Home” and meant to be? The strategy and plan for this dream home where they could grow old together revolved around an Open, Beachy, Relaxed feel with a few guest bedrooms with no maintenance! “I wanted to see the water,” Mary says. This is why the floor-to-ceiling windows all frame the entire West Bay, crystal-blue waterfront that runs the entire length of the 70

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(Top) The stunning kitchen was designed by Kitchen Choreography The separate butler’s pantry is awesome for parties. Mary's Cave has a hand painted compass ceiling by Famed local watercolor artist Jeanne Larson. The laundry room is big enough to spin in


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“I’m sure my mom is smiling down.”

“We wanted a nautical cottage feel.”

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sprawling open living space from one end of the home to the other. It’s reminiscent of a Four Seasons Caribbean 5-star resort palatial suite! Beachy? Oh yes, they achieved that perfectly! The finer details of interior design created an entirely flawless home, one that resembles those in Architectural Digest or Veranda Magazine. Mary and Bruce entrusted this to professional Kim Abbott. Other cosmetic finishing touches reflect Mary’s superb taste. (However, she is quick to tell us that her nickname because of her lack of Godgiven craftiness or creativity is Monster Martha!) There are some killer wallpaper choices, custom pillows with paintings of their dogs, and even the old house by Barbara Prince. One major highlight is striking work by ubertalented watercolor painter Jeanne Larson, a local artist who paints in New York and Paris, too, no less! She painted a compass on the ceiling and stars on the walls in a room that was intended as a study; with the spectacular view from the walkout balcony, this study has become Mary’s Cave. Jeanne’s paintings adorn the walls in many other rooms, too.

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“Wow that’s really our house.”

You are literally wowed at every turn. The easy, breezy kitchen flows so effortlessly off the dining room and breakfast nook (all with palatial views of the dazzling blue bay, of course). The exquisite tile and granite hues of aqua and turquoise all sing in coordinating colors from beyond the picturesque windows outside. Not every home can boast a Butler’s Pantry either. It’s a whole other kitchen, right off the main kitchen, that serves fabulously for when Mary and Bruce have parties. Or it’s a place where you just need to put all your kitchen stuff and groceries where nobody can see it, so the house always looks spotless! 74

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Mary’s office with a view (Mary also claims an upstairs study as Mary’s Cave) Bruce’s office with a bigger view


The golden retriever wind vane arrived the day they had to put down their beloved 15 year old named Maverick. It sits above the man cave in his honor. And is also the birthday of Brulee their Labrador, along with Golden Retriever Colonel.

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And when Mary couldn’t decide on a backsplash for the custom cabinetry bar framing the back wall, she actually woke in the middle of the night remembering her mother used to have an elegant, full-length horizontal mirror—why change what was a perfect idea? The area sparkles as it reflects the iridescent glistening water in the light. Plus, it’s a great tribute to the memory of the original house. Both Mary and Bruce have offices on the first floor. Each has beautiful bay views that make working in them not too terrible to bear. And Bruce’s man cave on the second floor came around almost by accident. It was not really originally planned, but Mary remembered her own mother’s parties where all the women ended up in the kitchen and the men would migrate to watch the game. She decided a man cave was a needed addition! It’s all the way on the other wing of the house (in case they get too rowdy, I guess), complete with a butcher’s block, shuffleboard, a built-in kitchen and a fridge full of beer! Oh yeah, and a big screen TV! Bruce and Mary are allowed to spend their days and nights here only with permission of the true home owners, their beloved dogs, Colonel and Brulee, who even claim the master bed as a napping pad! But they wouldn’t have it any other way. Who says you can never come home again? And as Mary says when she sees the house from the water, “Wow, that’s really our house?” 76

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The real homeowners; Their beloved dogs Colonel and Brulee pictured with Bruce (Above) The man cave complete with a shuffleboard and built-in granite kitchen


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Bassett Island

THEN circa Summer 1907 photo courtesy of The History Center of Traverse City A dance pavilion and dock was built on Bassett Island by the Traverse Bay Line to accommodate nightly cruises on the steamer Columbia from Traverse City. Bassett Island was separated at that time due to higher lake levels from nearby Marion (Power) Island.

NOW Summer 2014 photo by Tom Gorsline Today Bassett Island accommodates 4 rustic campsites and is attached to Power Island (lower lake level) and is owned maintained by the Grand Traverse County Park Services.

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NORTHERN MICHIGAN

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Mystical Morning I was swept away by enormous beauty while walking the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The immensity of her; the clouds that moved in pace with my own heart; the sun rising in the east; a quickly moving squall on the western horizon. I sat and thought, lazily scanning from east to west, searching for the right frame to capture the essence of the morning’s mood. I changed the lens on my camera in order to alter the way I saw the world. When I more closely examined a group of pilings, a sudden feeling struck me. This was it. The soft gradient of blues brought upon by the morning’s heavy clouds and light rains. The thin strip of pink sky along the horizon; an encouragement for those willing to look. A small colony of seagulls enjoying a respite atop the tired pilings while their cousins fly soundlessly overhead. All the enchantments of that morning came together in one frame, creating something both beautiful and esoteric. 80

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Bay LIFE North Magazine July/Aug 2014 "Living The Northern Dream"  

Bay LIFE North Magazine is a bi-monthly Lifestyle publication serving the readers throughout Northern Michigan. Traverse City, Frankfort, Le...

Bay LIFE North Magazine July/Aug 2014 "Living The Northern Dream"  

Bay LIFE North Magazine is a bi-monthly Lifestyle publication serving the readers throughout Northern Michigan. Traverse City, Frankfort, Le...

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