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“Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings recently celebrated 60 years of serving this community. As I prepare to mark my own 30-year milestone with the company, I find myself filled with gratitude. Challenging times, particularly in the past few years, tend to show us all what we’re really made of. The dedicated support from our customers and our community is the reason we’re still here, and the reason we get to come to work every day with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. On behalf of our entire Golden-Fowler team, Amanda and I send our sincerest thanks and heartfelt cheers to the good things ahead.” Mike Mahn, President/Owner • Amanda Eshleman, Operations Manager

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“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W.T. Ellis

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irst, at this special time of thanks, from our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings. We always feel truly blessed to have such loyal readers. We’re especially thankful for every one of our amazing advertisers who put their trust in Baylife and invest in this beautiful magazine. Their support allows us to give this as a gift free of charge to our community. Please patronize these local businesses, especially during the holidays. Keep our dollars here and shop stores with doors. It’s the little things with BIG impacts. And just like that…it’s Christmas! Hi, my name is Teri, and I’m a Christmasholic. I always dream of a white Christmas. I may slightly be obsessed when decorating every square inch of the house with glowing lights, ribbons, wreaths, garland, and garb while blasting Céline Dion, NSYNC, and Mariah Carey Christmas albums, circa 1990s. I fully believe you can never, ever, have too many twinkling lights, Christmas parties to attend, cookies to bake, or presents to give. Sequins are always an option—bring it on! I love the holi-dazzle, sparkle, glitter, shimmer, and shine. And when not attending a festive event, nights of December must be spent watching every favorite holiday movie as a family, preferably snuggled by a roaring fire. As the quote goes in the hilarious movie A Bad Moms Christmas…“This is Christmas, it’s the big show.” Or as a dear friend used to say, “Christmas just threw up all over my house.” All of that aside and being respectful that not everyone celebrates the holiday of Christmas, I simply love that the true meaning of the holidays: isn’t a season, it’s a feeling. We finally “make time” for family, friends, and loved ones. We gather, sing, bake, eat, play, laugh, and drink…ho ho ho. We go out of our way to be kind to strangers, buy toys for needy children, give of our time gladly, and donate to worthy charities. It’s a time of magic where everyone goes the extra mile to be nice, even the naughty! We feel the hope in humankind and a genuine appreciation for our many blessings. So, most of this issue is dedicated to all the hoopla of the big show, with our small-town local uniqueness. We did the research; you go have the fun. It’s all good stuff, like where to order your farm fresh turkey, the best-loved places to hunt and chop down the perfect family Christmas tree, when to stroll downtown to buy presents for under the tree, and a few opportunities to do good that you maybe hadn’t heard of. We can’t forget all the Santa sightings and the last night of the year to party like it’s 1999. Stay sparkly and shine bright this season!

Just a few of my favorite memories. The angel and the wise men are from Christmas Eve Mass at Central United Methodist Church. It’s such a great family tradition if you have little ones.

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Teri Gorsline, Publisher BayLife Magazine


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contents LIVING THE DREAM I N T R AV E R S E C I T Y N OV E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 02 2

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LET THE MAGIC BEGIN Your personal guide to the all the local holiday happenings. We did the research; Show up and enjoy the fun.

52 LIFE ON THE LAKE The Nelson sisters built their perfect retirement home on Lake Michigan, you’ll see why Lake life is the best life.

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ON THE TOWN

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MOVER & SHAKER Piper Shumar

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LOCAL SCOOP

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SANTA SCOOP

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LOCAL DISH

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WICKED GOOD EATS The Tasting Room

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HOME GROWN & LOCAL Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

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TRENDING NOW

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STYLE IN THE CITY

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE by Michigan Sky Media

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HOME STYLE

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PROJECT HOME

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THEN & NOW

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NORTHERN ENCOUNTERS by Todd and Brad Reed Photography


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Celebrating 30 Years Locally Owned. Woman Owned. Let us help your family grow and protect your wealth.

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THE JONKHOFF FAMILY AND

BayLife Magazine is a family owned, Traverse City based publication with over 37 years’ experience in the industry. We are proud to be 100% made in Traverse City, Michigan.

CARING STAFF ARE THE ONES YOU CAN TRUST

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Dan Jonkhoff Funeral Director Emeritus Retired, Peg Jonkhoff Administrative Director, and daughters Christy Jonkhoff-Hater and Lindsey (Jonkhoff) Rogers) Funeral Directors, CFSP, 6th generation co-owners

Today and Tomorrow.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rachelle Robinson, Todd and Brad Reed Hannah Ryder, Piper Schumar Darric Newman CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Tom Gorsline, Todd and Brad Reed Photography, Beth Price Photography, Carson Suttle Photography Jaqueline Southby, Digiovanni Photography By the Bay Photography GRAPHIC DESIGNER Bethany Gulde www.bethanydesigntc.com ADVERTISING SALES Teri Gorsline teri@baylifenorth.com ABOUT THE COVER The Downtown Traverse City Christmas Tree By Tyler Leipprandt - Michigan Sky Media BAY BREEZE MEDIA LLC 10966 S West Bay Shore Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 231-715-6088 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND INQUIRIES editor@baylifenorth.com @BayLifeMagazine @BayLifeMagazine BAYLIFE Magazine Number 64 is a bi-monthly publication of BAY BREEZE Media, LLC. Advertising Rates available at baylifenorth. com. or calling 231-715-6088. BAYLIFE Magazine is a controlled subscription, direct mailed to 8000 affluent homes located on Old Mission Peninsula, Wayne Hill, Slabtown, Traverse City, Incochee and distributed to locations throughout the Grand Traverse Bay and Northern Michigan. BAYLIFE Magazine is owned exclusively by BAY BREEZE Media, LLC. 2022. All content of this publication is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part for any reason without prior approval of the publisher. BAYLIFE Magazine is family owned and is a registered trademark of BAY BREEZE MEDIA, LLC.

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The Comfort Keepers Group

Patrick Miller, Executive Vice President Chief Operating Offer, Marcie Hillary, Senior Vice President Community Relations and Chief Development Officer, Robert Cahill, CEO

Traverse City Hospice of Michigan regional staff, Kathleen Lietaert, Michelle Clemens-Gray, Cammie Livingston, RN, Angela McLaughlin, Lisa Bloxsom, Mary McKillip, Karen Steinhebel

Kathleen Lietaert, Hospice of Michigan Manager Volunteer Program-Traverse City, Dr. Michael Paletta, Hospice of Michigan Senior Vice President Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer

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Presenters, Adam Mass, Event Committee and Steve Wade, Hospice of Michigan Foundation Board

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MOVER & SHAKER Piper Shumar

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Piper is Traverse City’s own Christmas Miracle! She was born with a chronic illness. Since being little, her escape has always been the joy of riding her bike. This hard working 12-year-old makes dreams come true collecting thousands of pop cans, raising money to buy bikes to donate every Christmas. Tell us all the bike races you’ve competed in, and how old you were when you started. “I started racing when I was four - Snow Cone, Slush Cup, Mud Sweat & Beers, Traverse City Trail Fest, Peak2peak, Bear Claw Epic, Racing for Home, Vasa Winter Races, Huma Loopa Licious Fat Bike Race, Cherry Republic Races and the Iron Fish Race.” Tell us how Piper’s Project began? “Back in November 2018 we were camping at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation during Iceman my dad was competing, and I was doing the Slush Cup. I saw there were so many cans around the campground, and I wanted a winter helmet. I thought ‘I can get the cans and I can buy myself a helmet.’ So, I went around with a wagon and there were like 10 loads. I got $97. It was my dad and mom’s idea to buy a bike.” 20

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You give to Bikes for Tikes partnered with Toys for Tots. Do you build the bikes too? “Yes, we build the bikes along with help from members of the community and our bike friends.” Your first year, you donated 10 bikes, last year was 230 bikes! How do you top that? “Because of the covid-19 issue there is a shortage in bikes right now, so I will try and buy as many bikes as I can. With the cost of the bikes going up, it has been more difficult, but I know I can do it.” What are your thoughts on why you are so passionate about your project? “Because I feel like every kid should be going outside for their health and to have fun, and that is exactly what biking does for you.

BRING YOUR CANS TO HELP PIPER 'This Girl Can' collection site is at Timber Ridge Resort. located at 4050 E Hammond Rd, Traverse City.

Because of my past health issues that has always been what I would do to stay healthy and feel good about myself.” Who’s your hero? “I don’t really have a hero, but some people who inspire me are: Simone Biles, my 1-2 grade teacher, Mrs. Adamzack, some of my old coaches and bike team members, and of course Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)” Tell us how we can help? “Just spreading the word around and donating to my project.” What are you asking Santa for? “I don’t really know what I want, but I have a wish that every kid in Michigan gets a gift that they hope for this Christmas.”

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CLOSES... Insurance professional Adam Brown and partner Patrick Lavis II are thrilled to announce they have purchased the Fitzpatrick Agency in Elk Rapids from founder and previous owner Sharon Fitzpatrick. The independent agency has been a respected fixture in northern Michigan’s insurance landscape since 1996. Together, the team has more than 80 years of combined experience. “We feel so blessed that we have made a wonderful life here. With this huge business commitment, we have firmly planted roots for our future,” explains Patrick. The dynamic duo is the epitome of the new breed of “movers and shakers,” who clearly see the vision of affluent rapid growth in our area and the endless potential in the categories of home, auto, marine, personal, and commercial. “We are planning the ultimate insurance collection, curated for all clients.” I think that’s a conservative way to say they want to make insurance branding sexy. To help accomplish these goals and maintain a family-owned integrity they have called in reinforcements. Namely Adam’s mom, Michelle Brown, with 34 years of insurance experience, knowledge and wisdom she can assist them.

Patrick Lavis II, Michelle Brown and Adam Brown

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Bon Voyage

Whenever globe-trotting locals plan a trip, one stop at Front Street’s iconic downtown staple Votruba Leather Goods is all you need. Owner Kerry Glaesmer has been the familiar face to loyal clients since 1988, but it’s time to pack his leather bags for retirement. His family has owned the store since 1966, but its historic legacy began in 1874 with Frank Votruba’s harness shop, servicing the horse-drawn buggy locals. Now, with travel back on everyone’s agenda, it’s great timing for a little change. Jumping at the chance to own a piece of Americana are Steve Ball and business partner David Rason. “We have been friends since college,” says Steve. “I have a lot of businesses I’m involved in, as well as being a fire fighter. Dave knows retail so it made sense. I’m the history buff, and I love that we can give an old business some TLC.” They have a list of a few updates to freshen it up, breathe new life into the store, and restore some unique elements of the original building. “We are also aggressively looking for new brands and are open to suggestions.” 112 E Front St, Traverse City votrubaleather.com 22

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Toys for Tots Kick Off To make sure every child has a toy under the Christmas tree is the core belief of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots National Campaign. This year it celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Locally, we celebrate Toys for Tots Northwest Michigan’s 25 years. “I can’t believe I’ve been around for that long,” laughs coordinator Mike Kent. Along with his wife Maggie, they dedicate their time every holiday season. Before COVID-19 shutdowns, the kickoff event at the Great Wolf Lodge with Santa’s arrival was the official start of the collecting season, with hundreds of families attending. It’s finally back this year on November 19th, though it will be not quite as big with measures taken to keep crowds minimal. “Instead of at the entrance of the lodge, we are going to utilize the convention center. There won’t be the usual door prizes as we required people to be present to win. But we are still hoping to have Santa flown in by noon by the Coast Guard helicopter,” Mike explained. One tradition that parents and kids alike look forward to is still happening, though: the allimportant free Great Wolf Lodge waterpark passes, available to everyone donating a new, unwrapped toy that day. Don’t forget the Toys for Tots drop off donation boxes that can be found all around town. You can also make cash donations on the website, allowing the campaign to buy toys in bulk and have them delivered directly to agencies. Toys for Tots works with nearly every human service agency in the region. Toysfortots.org

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LOCAL

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Foodie Find Meet Patrick and Michael Evans, Traverse City natives and talented chefs who are planning to spice up your life, coming in hot with a new tantalizing take-out restaurant, Crocodile Palace. They have taken over the former Habibi space on Cochlin Ave. They have been sprucing up the building and will soon be the newest hot spot in our local food scene. The menu will highlight Chinese Sichuan and Cantonese fare. “The food overall will be spicy; there’s nothing quite like it here, we are just going to go for it,” says Pat. They discovered the flavors in San Francisco. Both worked at Michelin-starred restaurants and frequented the hip food scene on days off. “It’s food Mike and I enjoyed eating.” Dishes such as dan dan noodles, pork wontons with chili oil, and salt cod and chicken fried rice. If you frequent Little Fleet’s Monday take-overs, Crocodile Palace is a cuisine you’ve sampled when the brothers and chef friend Ryan Corbin premiered it to rave reviews. Pat also tells us easy take-out ordering it will be available online with a hope to be serving up spice by mid-November, just in time for the cold nights. 124 Cochlin St. Traverse City

Healthy Fast Food: Superfruit Every success has a great story. The new Playa Bowls on State St. has a really great one. Playa Bowl franchise owners, Amy and Lee Goldberg, were living in West Chester, PA. Always mindful of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, they loved eating at Playa Bowls for smoothies, coconut, acai, and pitaya bowls. It was easy to eat healthy with the freshest and highest quality ingredients without the wait. The Goldbergs dreamed of moving to Traverse City ever since their 2017 wedding at The Boathouse. In 2020 they finally did. After a few weeks they both came to the realization: “We need a Playa Bowls here!” So, they bit the bullet and purchased a franchise, becoming store #156. The origin of Playa Bowls goes back to two surfers from New Jersey. On surf trips to exotic locations like Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, each beach town offered a unique version of fresh acai and pitaya bowls. Back home, they made a deal with the owner of the pizza shop they lived above and bought a blender, a patio table, a fridge, and a freezer and set up a makeshift pop up stand on the sidewalk. They spent a lot of time educating their customers about the benefits of the superfruit acai and it took off. Pretty crazy! So, back in TC, Amy and Lee just opened a few weeks ago and it’s already doing great. “We are doing good so far! We are also on DoorDash,” says Amy. Lee on the left, and Amy on the right with their team on opening day.

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CHEERS with Darric from Folgarelli’s

Hostess Helper When you have a passion of making nibbles look pretty for family and friends, why not start your own business? That’s what Paige Hooker did with the fun name Graze by the Bays. She calls it “Artistic Charcuterie,” and she is specializing in serving the Grand Traverse region! “It’s in its baby steps. I just started,” she laughs. You wouldn’t believe that from her amazing website. Simple, great photos, set prices, and easy to order in your cart—done and done (thanks to her talented stepbrother). “Each order is custom, handcrafted, and delivered fresh right to your door.” The timing with the holidays upon us couldn’t be more perfect. Plan your parties galore and take the less stress route. You can be the hostess with the mostess by working smarter not harder. grazebythebays.com

Holiday

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many wonder what wines to pair with foods. For the most part, I suggest you drink what you like. If you are into sweeter wines such as Late Harvest Riesling, don’t force yourself to drink a huge, bold and tannic wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon. But for those that enjoy drinking a wide array of wines, here are some suggestions for you to pair with your holiday feast.

WINE PICKS

Paige Hooker in

her kitchen

If you are cooking Turkey or another lighter meat, I would suggest you pair it with a fuller bodied white such a Chardonnay or a lighter bodied red such as Pinot Noir. The chardonnay typically carries enough fruit with balanced acid to accompany these types of dishes while the lighter bodied pinot noir, with great aromatics and bright flavors works well. For those planning to cook a bit bolder meal such as Beef Tenderloin of a heartier Game Meat, pairing up a bolder, more structured red is the way I would go. A big Napa Valley Cabernet with bold tannins, dark fruit flavors and a rich mouth feel holds up to the rich flavors of the beef. Another suggestion would be a delicious Nebbiolo from Piedmont Italy boasting earthy flavors powdery tannins and dark fruit flavors. There are obviously a great number of other wines that would match up to any type of dish you are preparing, so just stop in and we can help you out. Just remember that wine is part of the meal and just plain out fun. Enjoy the holiday season.

Cheers,

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wicked GOOD EATS J&S Hamburg South

J&S

HAMBURG South

With cooler temperatures comes the crave for comfort food, good old fashioned made-from-scratch big portions of hot yumminess, served up with a side of service that makes you feel like family. You’ll find all that and more at J&S Hamburg South. It’s a rarity in our upscale foodie town: a bona fide, come as you are, burger joint that never disappoints. This hidden gem sits in the corner of a strip mall on South Airport Rd. The décor is fashioned after an airplane hangar, and it’s warm and friendly atmosphere is inviting. Let’s dig in! The breakfast selection is heavenly and available all day. Their lunch/dinner menu is loaded with American diner staples, including shakes and malts. But the superstars are the platter entrees, like homemade meatloaf, country fried steak, and prime rib, just like your grandma’s cooking. You’ve got 14 juicy specialty burgers to choose from. On the lighter side, there’s salads, wraps, and soup. And they still honor a traditional Friday Fish Fry special! But if you’re feeling extra naughty, tempting appetizers like chili cheese fries and onion rings are worth a cheat day. More importantly, when you eat here, you help a much bigger cause.

Owners with BIG HEARTS Tiffany and Jason McQueer

J&S Hamburg is family owned and operated by Tiffany and Jason McQueer, who continue the 40-year tradition of filling happy bellies. But for the last two years, the big-hearted couple found a way to feed the empty bellies of our community, kids, veterans, the homeless, and the needy with Project Feed the Kids. It started during the pandemic with Tiffany wondered how needy kids were eating on weekends with no available school meals. This small act of kindness has grown expeditiously, providing 81 to over 900 bagged meals. Outside the restaurant is a magic cooler that gets stocked every weekend, each meal hand-packed by the McQueer family and volunteers on Thursdays. During Christmastime, they have an Adopt-a-Family Drive. Last year they adopted 400 families. “You should come see the hangar, it looks like a Santa’s Workshop,” laughs Tiffany. J&S Hamburg South 1083 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City jshamburgsouth.com projectfeedthekids

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HOME GROWN & LOCAL

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

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HOME GROWN &

Local

with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

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In the little village of Empire sits a bright green building, step inside to discover the ultimate chocolate paradise, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. Tell us a little history of your chocolate beginnings and the origin of the name. “Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate was founded in 2004 by Mimi Wheeler, our dear friend and chocolate fairy godmother, and we purchased it from her in 2013. We’ve since moved locations and expanded but at the heart of the business has always been a commitment to the highest quality and integrity, both in our products and as members of our community. We both knew Mimi in different capacities prior to purchasing Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate and, when she told me she wanted to sell it, I was excited for the opportunity to learn about a new industry and carry on her beloved chocolate legacy.” What makes your chocolates so unique? “Our chocolate is traceable back to the farmers in Ecuador and these farming groups are committed to cultivating a rare, prized variety of cacao known as Nacional, which produces some of the most flavorful, aromatic chocolate in the world. In our shop, we use only natural ingredients to enhance the innate flavors of the chocolate. No artificial flavoring or preservatives. And we source as many local ingredients as we can! Finally, we have a super talented staff and without them we couldn’t make such wonderfully, unique chocolates.” You recently also added a Gelato shop, how did that come about? “We were hoping to find other vehicles for our chocolate that complimented our current offerings, but also wanted to give customers another delicious treat option while visiting Empire. We’ve seen wild growth in the popularity of our fudgesicles these past years so a frozen treat seemed like a smart idea. And gelato is a natural addition to our product line. It’s all about the quality and flavor of the ingredients.”

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Just how busy do you get at the holiday season? “In November, the holiday buzz begins and our business shifts significantly to shipping gifts around the nation. Depending on the day we ship 50-100 orders. We do corporate gifts and supply our many wholesale accounts. It’s fun, fast and furious but there’s always a magic to the season! And this year we’ll be offering cookie boxes, too, and we anticipate they’ll be a fun, popular item.” What’s one thing we’d be surprised to know about chocolate? “It comes from a tart, sweet tropical fruit!”


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Generations Ahead

Helping Teen Parents This Holiday Season Let us introduce you to Generations Ahead, the only program in northern Michigan focused on supporting teen and young adult parents. It’s one of the worthiest local non-profits, making sure little innocent babies born into difficult situations grow up healthy and happy.

“These are young parents who have babies, and they need to be able to support their babies themselves. Often, they are holding down jobs and they’re attending school,” says Marjie Rich, Generations Ahead Executive Director. The program is housed at Traverse City High School but is funded wholly by donations and grants. The goals of the program are to help the students complete high school and then help them find work, job training, or post-secondary education, all while raising children. The organization offers important services, from mentorships to peer group meetings, home visits, even assistance with supplies like diapers, wipes, and clothing or help with expenses such as gas cards to make sure they can get back and forth from home to school. Sometimes it’s just a listening ear with their on-staff social worker. Generations Ahead helps about 50 families each year. Once the students graduate, they can still receive help up to age 22. The program needs donations all year round, but last year made Christmas extra special for around 35 families when they were “adopted” by other families, churches, offices, and schools. Please join us in adopting a family this year.

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From turkeys to tinsel, we break down the local holiday happenings so you don’t miss a Santa sighting or any other chance to make magical memories. Make new traditions for your family this holiday season.

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Gobble Gobble Find your fresh Thanksgiving turkey at one of these local northern Michigan farms. Order ahead for the best selection.

Biehl’s Circle B Turkey Ranch Mancelona ___ www.biehlsturkeyfarm.com Duerksen Turkey Farm Mancelona ___ www.duerksenturkeyfarm.com Hubbell Farm Cedar ___ www.hubbellfarm.com

Perfect Pairings For all the delicious fixings (not forgetting wine!), shop at our local, family-owned Baylife advertisers’ stores. Edson Farms Market Traverse City ___ www.edsonfarms.com Folgarelli’s Market Traverse City ___ www.folgarellis.net Tom’s Food Markets 5 locations: West Bay – East Bay – 14th St. Interlochen - Northport ___ www.toms-foodmarkets.com

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Here Comes

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We have all the Santa sightings of where Santa Claus comes to town.

Williamsburg – Myrtle and Maude’s Christmas on the Farm Nov. 17 – 20 There is no place like home on the farm! You will find the market exploding with the warmth of Christmas, including gifts, décor, and treats! Santa arrives on Sunday with his LIVE reindeer! Make sure to bring the kids out for a squeeze from the big guy and so he can hear their biggest wish this year! ___ 10937 Elk Lake Rd., Williamsburg 231-313-1051 www.myrtleandmaudes.com|

Traverse City - Downtown Light Parade, Santa’s Arrival, and Tree Lighting Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. Who is ready for a night of holiday joy? Enjoy holiday music at Cass & E. Front St. at 5:30 p.m. before Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to light the tree. Afterwards, watch the light parade. To top it all off, stop at Civic Square to see Santa! ___ www.downtowntc.com Charlevoix - Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration Nov. 25, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Take a holiday road trip north with the family and experience the holiday parade along Bridge St. and tree lighting in downtown. ___ www.community.visitcharlevoix.com Petoskey – Light Up the Night – Holiday Parade Nov. 25, 5 p.m. You are invited to the 2022 Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade. This year, we are going to “Light Up the Night” with family activities in Pennsylvania Park at 5 p.m., followed by a festive evening parade. ___

Suttons Bay – Holiday in the Village Nov. 26 – All day The magic of the season is captured beautifully in this charming village. The stores are adorned with lights and holiday finery. Highlights include Caroling on the Corner, Santa arriving via fire truck, story time with Mrs. Claus, tree lighting, mail letters to Santa, gifts from Santa, extended business hours & more! ___ www.suttonsbayarea.com Kingsley – Santa Night at the Rock Dec. 10 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free fun for the whole family! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, a silent auction, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Take a family picture with Santa for your Christmas card. Donations are appreciated to keep this tradition going! ___ 115 E. Blair St., Kingsley 231-263-7000 www.therockofkingsley.com

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Oh Christmas Tree

Hunting acres of farmland forest for the perfect evergreen tree is a priceless family memory, especially when topped off with hot cocoa and popcorn balls around the fire. Santa Tip: Most farms only take cash.

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Schmuckal Christmas Tree Farm Schmuckal’s offers wagon rides, free bonfires, hot chocolate, and popcorn balls. It’s a wholesome traditional family holiday experience you’ll cherish forever. ___ 5719 Schneider Rd., Kingsley | 231-263-5033 Kolarik Christmas Tree Farm Just minutes from Traverse City this little farm is a true hidden gem, and a favorite family tradition for many. You can drive right up to the trees in the field, no walking miles and miles. They will shake it, pack it, and help put it on top of your vehicle. They also sell lots of handmade treasures. ___ 9071 E. Kolarik Rd., Suttons Bay | 231-271-3983 Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm ​At the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm, you have the option to walk around the farm and pick a tree for them to cut and bring to your car for you or select from pre-cut trees while listening to Christmas music. Don’t forget to stop into the barn after you pick your tree to get a wreath and free hot chocolate and homemade chocolate chip cookies. The kids will also enjoy watching the goats and steer. Bring your dogs along and let them run. ___ 6777 Herkner Rd. Traverse City | 231-499-3166.


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It’s time to shop for the perfect gifts. Downtown shopping is a small-town tradition and an experience to cherish. Skip the over-commercialized mall and embrace local at these fun events. Zonta Festival of Trees Nov. 11 – 13 Stop by Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings to shop for professionally handcrafted Christmas home designs including wreaths, table and wall décor, plus gift baskets and Christmas trees, all brought to life by the crafty, talented ladies of Zonta. ___ 1137 S Garfield Ave., Traverse City Shop Your Community Day Nov. 12 Get a jump on your holiday shopping while giving back! For every purchase you make at participating downtown merchants, 15% of the sale will be donated to the organization of your choice. ___ www.downtowntc.com Ladies’ Night Dec. 8 This event is a tribute to the ladies! Join the restaurants and merchants of Downtown Traverse City for a night filled with specials, food, refreshments, and fun while you conquer some holiday shopping! ___ www.downtowntc.com Christmas in the Village Dec. 8 – 10 The Village of Grand Traverse Commons is hosting a holiday celebration filled with shopping and fun. This weekend-long celebration will be filled with music, carriage rides, Santa Claus, and much more. Merchants are also featuring stocking stuffer items for $20 and under. ___ www.thevillagetc.com Men’s Night Dec. 15 This night is a salute to the men! Join the restaurants and merchants of downtown Traverse City for a night of fun. Enjoy all the excitement with specials, food, and refreshments while you shop the night away and snare those last-minute holiday gifts! ___ www.downtowntc.com NOV/DEC 2022 | BAYLIFE MAGAZINE

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Ring in the

New Year Get a head start by planning your reservations now and get ready to celebrate in style. These sell out fast!

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The Boathouse Restaurant Celebrate the new year in style at the Boathouse’s annual New Year’s Eve Dinner. Early bird seating starts at 4:30 p.m. ___ 14039 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City 231-223-4030 | www.boathouseonwestbay.com Black Star Farms New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner The talented and inspired culinary team at Black Star Farms will present a very special five-course, wine-paired dining experience for you and your loved ones hosted in their luxurious inn. ___ 10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay 231-944-1270 | www.blackstarfarms.com Annual CherryT Ball Drop Each year, our town gathers on Front Street to ring the new year in the way the Cherry Capital ought to...with a giant glowing cherry descending onto the city followed by fireworks! The party on Front Street begins at 10 p.m. and ends just after the new year. ___ www.cherrytballdrop.com Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s New Year’s Eve Fire and Ice Party The New Year’s Eve Fire and Ice Party features fireworks, the John Pomeroy Band, a cash bar, and after-party hors d’oeuvres. ___ 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme www.grandtraverseresort.com


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A Day With The Coastguard by Tyler Leipprandt of Michigan Sky Media Tyler Leipprandt of Michigan Sky Media had the opportunity to go up with the Traverse City USCG on Wednesday, October 19th on a MH-60 Jayhawk. Their mission was to do some SAR (search and rescue) training, confined area landings, hoist training, and of course check out the beautiful Traverse City fall colors. Continuous training keeps Coast Guard flight crews from Air Station Traverse City ready to save lives at a moment’s notice, and a training flight Wednesday afternoon was just one example of the work they do to live up to the service’s motto of “semper paratus” — always ready. michiganskymedia.com 44

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Spread the spirit of the season to the bedroom, especially guest rooms, if family and friends are coming to stay. Slumber in a cozy, festive sanctuary. An easy addition is to switch sheets for holiday designs, and pops of color with jolly throw pillows.

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Make the fireplace the focal point of the room and get creative with it. This trend has no rules and lets you be as creative as a Santa’s elf. Invest in a Christmas garland to layer up and experiment. Add lights for extra glow, and ornaments for texture and height.

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Following in the footsteps of Barbiecore 2022, where pink has dominated red carpets and runways. A pink hued Christmas will be more popular than ever. Create on a budget it by adding pink elements to gold for an easy transition to modern up your old décor.

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The trend gained popularity, as people embraced being home due to the pandemic. A decorated doorway is a first impression of the family who call the inside home. Make it a grand one, upping your curb appeal and delighting neighbors in the process.


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life on the

Lake Written By Hannah Ryder Photography By Jaqueline Southby

Any way you look at it,

Lake Michigan is a gorgeous, limitless body of water. It carries freighters full of supplies around the region, provides the state treasure that is the Petoskey stone, and brings us lake effect snow. Its shores are a vacation destination for many and home for some. Since 2019, Dr. Martha Nelson and two of her sisters have been part of the lucky few who get to call their slice of Lake Michigan home year-round. After a twenty-year stint in Portland, Oregon, Martha felt drawn to return to Michigan after she retired. More specifically, she wanted to return the Onekama/Manistee area where she and her six siblings had spent their summers in the family cottage just three miles south of her current home. “It’s beautiful, and it’s a great location. The beach is wonderful…the winter weather’s terrible, but otherwise, it’s lovely,” Martha laughs. One day, while at her family’s cottage, Martha bumped into a man who owned some lakefront property and was looking to sell. “There was an old house built on this property before and the guy who owned it lived in Japan. I started talking to him one day on the beach and he mentioned he wanted to sell it. I looked at it and thought it was great,” Martha says. Everything fell into place for her. “I bought the property in the mid-2000s and hung onto it knowing someday I would build a nice house here and once I got it built, we moved in and have been here ever since!”

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A decade later, Martha began her

search for custom builders in the area, which brought her to MAC Custom Homes and Joe Colgrove’s outstanding crew. “I found them and called them. We started talking and it just went from there,” Martha says. One thing she had to have: a large kitchen. “I wanted a really big stove. We all gather in the kitchen and prepare meals.”

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Martha went into the custom home

process knowing three things: the color, size, and where on the property the house would sit. Everything else was left up to Colgrove, whose stellar team made her dreams a reality. Looking up from the lake, the home is a mirror image of itself, perfectly symmetrical with plenty of windows to let in the natural light. Martha requested the house be blue and MAC Custom Homes delivered with a stunning navy shake siding. Natural stone surrounds the home and breaks up the slope of the hill leading to the backyard, which features a patio overlooking the expanse of Lake Michigan and an outdoor fireplace. Plants dot the exterior, something all three sisters pitch in to make happen. “We all kick in together. I hate gardening, but we split it up!” Martha says. Inside, varying shades of blue are balanced with crisp white walls and eye-catching lines. The simplicity of the colors is set off with splashes of pattern in the form of wallpaper, tile, and multitoned hardwood floors. Marble countertops, subway and mosaic tile, and floral patterns give Martha’s home personality. Silver hardware, simplistic light features, and delicate rain chains complement the house. Altogether, the home is not ostentations. “We’re kind of low-key, but we enjoy ourselves,” Martha explains.

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gravitate toward the outdoor spaces, especially during warmer months. Friends and family join them in reveling in the crisp breeze on the front patio or catching up around the fireplace, which holds a unique feature that draws the eye and lots of questions. It’s a large, shining Petoskey stone, but not in the usual color. Instead, the rare dark hue sets off the surrounding neutral stone of the fireplace. “You have to look at it closely. We show it to everyone, of course!” Martha says proudly. “A lot of my friends are from Oregon, and they don’t know what a Petoskey stone is and what it means.” She knew she wanted Petoskey stone to be included in the fireplace, having a soft spot for them since childhood. Luckily, Colgrove had just the thing and immortalized the polished stone for all to see. The love of rocks, and the region’s famous stone, is one that Martha and her siblings have not been able to shake. While living in Oregon, Martha wore a Petoskey stone necklace, which drew the eye of curious friends. Even now, she wears the necklace,

an homage to where it all began. Petoskey stones are a rarity on the sisters’ slice of shorefront and can be challenging to find, though Martha claims her sister is the “Petoskey hound” of the trio. Right now, their collection of stones is unpolished. “We haven’t polished any Petoskeys, but we should start so we can show them off.” It’s a fun hunt that everyone who visits loves to partake in—there’s an important title at stake. Each summer, family and friends are challenged to scour the beach and select a rock that stands out to them. Any rock is fine as long as the person finds it to be captivating. Onto the windowsill it goes for the possibility of being crowned Rock of the Summer. “You find a rock you like or think is interesting-looking and put it on the windowsill in the interim. Then next year, whichever one is the best from that group is crowned Rock of the Summer,” Martha explains. The Lake Michigan experience is one that Martha and her family have loved for years. “We spend as much time outside as we can stand in the summer and less time in the

winter,” Martha says. When the holidays roll around, there is plenty of space for everyone to gather. “We have a big family and invite people up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.” As cooler weather rolls in, the sisters enjoy more of their time on the back patio instead of overlooking the lake. “Our back patio is my favorite area. We weren’t going to put a patio out there, and my sister said we should. We sit out there when it’s sunny in the morning. The wind gets blocked back there.” No matter the season or weather, the home provides a space for Martha and her sisters to relax, entertain, and enjoy the quiet beauty of the region. From family barbeques on the beach to hiking in the surrounding woods, Martha couldn’t be more elated to live on the lake. “The whole thing is a hidden gem,” Martha says. “It’s just beautiful.” Now, Martha and her sisters are preparing for a chilly Michigan winter. “It’s a little sad, but it has to be done,” Martha laments. Just like always, though, another pictureperfect summer on the lake is right around the corner.

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229 E FRONT STREET

229 E FRONT STREET, CIRCA 1945

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McLellan’s Department Store was located in the Steinberg Opera House. A fire in 1963 burned down several of the buildings. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVERSE AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY

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Amical Restaurant and Backcountry North are located in first floor buildings.

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