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ith this issue, we are officially Perfect— we have a Spine! Just kidding. These are “printer lingo terms” for our bigger, thicker magazine known as Perfect Bound with a Spine. (Laymen: The edge is now bound, not stapled together like before.) Coming from a 27year background publishing a lifestyle magazine in Maryland, we are overjoyed that we have reached this milestone goal in just 10 issues. It is because of you, our wonderful readers, and the tremendous support of our advertisers who continue to allow us to grow and bring this magazine to our community for free! Please, readers, always shop local to keep our businesses busy and successful. (And tell them we told you to!) We also totally shook things up with the cover. It was a decision that was made after much angst and deliberation. We didn’t want you thinking that we had changed and become “Just a Home Magazine,” as our passion and vision is to always celebrate our surroundings with stupendous outdoor photography and our Bay Lifestyle. (The feedback we always get about past covers is amazing.) We sifted through the many opinions of trusted cohorts and friends, and they correctly guided us to the fact that living on the water is also the very epitome of the Northern Michigan BayLife, and truly what we all dream about with starry eyes. So George and Lauri, you are our inspiration! And we Thank You wholeheartedly for allowing all of us to ooh and aah inside your beautiful home. Jason Hulet gets a little credit for his spectacular photography — OK, a lot of credit because it’s definitely a Wow! (Jump to page 65 and see what I mean.)

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I won’t go into every facet of the features and articles. I’ll leave those for you to unearth on your own, but I do have a story to share. Armed with a personal list from the radio man himself, Ron Jolly (and his wife Laurie’s) Favorite Finds, and taking advantage of the fact our five-year-old was on her first sleepover at Aunt Connie’s—woo hoo!—my husband Tom, a Michigan native who sweet-talked me into moving here, and I spent the perfect weekend exploring and discovering nooks and crannies. These are hidden gems that we have not been privy to in the three years we have been blessed to call this home. Now, you may think we are doing you locals a disservice, and may disagree that we shared these hush-hush places in a big, glossy color feature that spills the sacred secrets. (Oh my, well yes, we kinda did?) But in our defense, first of all, we sure don’t know all of them, so don’t get your knickers in a twist (Old English saying). We probably never could know all of the secret places—there are so many of them. But we also didn’t draw a map or print specific information (we didn’t leave a trail of breadcrumbs either), so no one will GPS or plot the spot without working hard to find them. If the next time you show up there and it’s busy, I just have to say, “Oops, we did it again. People really do read our little magazine! Yaay!“ Go out and explore the BayLife, as every Summer has a Story.

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features 32 Show Off Secret Spots Favorite Finds from Locals you just may know! 46 Scientists & Sailors The Inland Sea’s; Making Water Lovers from Land Lubbers 65 living the dream We live here, we Love it here but we all dream to live on the Bay. Live Vicariously through George and Lauri Varga as we are welcomed into their luxury retirement home on East Bay.


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The first ever Winemakers Party was held the night before the big Traverse City Wine and Art Festival June 22nd that featured music legend Rodriguez. Pours a plenty and culinary small plates were the evening’s highlights and rubbing elbows with winemakers themselves proved to be a huge success.

Riverside Inn owner Kate Vilter and her team.

Trattoria Stella’s co-owners Paul Danielson and chef Myles Anton.

The Winemakers group shot, glasses in hand.

Mission Table’s Head Chef and GM Paul Olson with Megan Glunz.


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Taylor and Sam Simpson of Good Harbor Vineyards.

Coryn Briggs (right) joined by her fellow Black Star crew, Joseph Symons and Jennifer Hamilton.

Marsha Minervini taking in all the fun.

Emily and Norm Osborn with their "little cutie" daughter Ella.

Left: Bigs Director Cecilia Chesney with Chris Warren of the Midwest Broadcasting Company and US Coastguard Chris Chase. BELOW Left: Evelyn Stults gets her face painted by Mary Chesney. BELOW RIGHT: The Culver's mascot, with Abby Skerick and Sophia Thurk.

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Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

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Talk of The Town Did you know in the late 1800s 6th Street used to be called Stocking Row because of the caliber of beautiful homes, and their owners who wore silk stockings? Intrigued to learn more? That’s just a cute, fun fact, but to really bring Traverse City’s History alive, a stunning hardback book “Perry Hannah’s Gifts — Then and Now” is in the works. Perry Hannah (known as the founding father of Traverse City) built the Palatial Mansion on 6th Street that is now the Reynolds – Jonkhoff Funeral Home, this year celebrating its 120th anniversary. Owner Peg Jonkhoff is passionately putting pen to paper to share the story of its incredible history. Perry Hannah was a driving force, so the story isn’t just on the house. It will include the fascinating history of how the town actually came to be. The legacy of Perry’s philanthropic spirit, determination and vision is being written by co-author Fred Hoisington. No book is complete without stunning pictures, and this book will boast captivating original photography from the 1800s for a “Then and Now” beautiful gallery. The “Now” shots are by photographer Don Rutt. The book is due out in early October, and no coffee table should be without this treasure to share with generations to come. To reserve your copy early

Vote for the 8th Wonder of the World! Local Crowning Glory, The Sleeping Bear Dunes gained national attention as the most beautiful place in America. But did you know you can vote to propel our beloved home turf into Stupendous Worldwide Stardom being named The 8th Wonder of The World? If you think the dazzling dunes should bear the thrilling title, support the effort and vote at Voting is open until September 30th. It’s up against some pretty stiff competition from exotic and spectacular places from all around the globe, so don’t forget! 14

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Emmy Winner Amongst Us Another book has made quite the stir, written by Jane Fortune who is the co-owner of Bella Fortuna North restaurant in Lake Leelanau. Jane’s book, Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence was made into a PBS documentary and just won a coveted “Emmy Award” in the Historical and Cultural Program category. Lucky Jane lives in Leland and also Florence, Italy, where she was inspired to chronicle the works of early women artists who had no rights. Now their art, hundreds of years later, can be seen on the walls of the Florence Museum and a few others. The documentary is about a group of modern day “art detectives” who put together hidden clues from the past to help restore these works to their original beauty.


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Making a SPLASH! The official name is the William G. Milliken Waterscape, but the new Splash Pad at the newly renovated Clinch Park will be named F U N by the kids. The water feature includes an educational component that demonstrates the natural cycle of water, but your kids won’t care about that. And it was named after Milliken—the state’s longest-serving governor and Traverse City native son—to honor his advancement of environmental legislation that protects Michigan’s water resources. Yep, they won’t care about that either! They will care about the splash pad, mister, rain arch and playground. Bring a swimsuit, a towel and your patience, because they won’t want to leave.


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A Plate for the Place You Love A Sleeping Bear Dunes license plate is just waiting for your vote to help approve it! Who knew? The place that we all cherish continues to struggle from too little funding to protect the very resources that make it one of the most treasured, beautiful and beloved tourist locations in Michigan. Melissa Oakley, who designed the plates, had this idea more than two years ago. If the bill passes, every license plate that is bought will result in funds donated to the upkeep of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park. Take just a few minutes of your time and go to the Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear website for all of the details on how to help support the efforts and get this bill passed.


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I was going to make a delicious dinner, then I remember I don’t cook!

Little Fleet Big Flavor, Hot Bar For sure the newest place in town bursting with arousing aroma’s, bursts of flavor, cool outdoor seating that’s kid friendly along with a bike park, and a sleek happening indoor bar is The Little Fleet, parked on the corner of Wellington and Front Street Concept: The bar owned by transplant New York couple Gary and Allison Jonas, (not their first rodeo, people!) experienced in the food business from the Big City, have food trucks in the parking lot so you can grab a bite, and grab a drink in a relaxed atmosphere. Food Trucks really??? But one visit on a happening Friday night swayed me over to the Truck Stop dark side. The variety of flavors still do Traverse City proud as the 5th foodie town in the country by Bon Appetite and some are even operated by restaurants we love! Like Anchor Station by Siren Hall/Lulu’s, The Dragon Wagon by Red Ginger. And then EZ Cheesy, Pigs Eatin’ Ribs and Roaming Harvest. And if that’s not enough the bar is smokin’, think a New York vibe but laid back Traverse City Style. 448 East Front Street, Traverse City • 231.943.1116 Open 11:00am to Midnight daily, Friday and Saturday till 2:00am.

Cupcakes and Ice Cream Moomers has arrived at Simply Cupcakes! Little servings of heaven to go with your favorite Cupcakes in flavors like Cupcake, Caramel Sea Salt and Mint Chocolate. Coupled with the decadent choices of your favorite cupcakes you’ll have the perfect sugar high all summer long!

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Takes Two to Tango When you mix a little Spanish and a little English, you get Spanglish! Lucky us, the perfect marriage for Anna and Vicente Serrano, also created the perfect balance of food inspiration too. They met in San Francisco married in 2002, have eaten their way through 11 Mexican states, and have 2 amazing kids. But their new baby just grew from their catering business to a full blown restaurant in the Villages! (Previous Underground Cheesecake location). They love to cook together and it shows! Just recently opened, but thrilled with the crowds flocking to taste a little Spanglish so far. “We forgot we needed napkins because we are always in the back cooking.” Laughed Anna of their first few days’ success. Fresh, quick delicious food is on the menu including tacos, burritos, tamales and will also have delicious items “ready to go” for quick pick up. Here’s a fun fact: Anna’s 2 grandparents worked at the original Hospital, and her great grandmother and 2 sisters all graduated from the nursing school! 1333 Yellow Drive • 231.499.0792

Summer Super Swirl Make a fun date to attend Super Swirl, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Mingle among the beautiful backdrop of the Oil Painters of America Summer Salon! Stroll through the indoor and outdoor spaces of the arts center. Enjoy live-art demonstrations and music by multiple performers and sample fine wines and food from Glen’s Fresh Market. August 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance • july/august 2013 | BAY LIFE NORTH


Rollatini Di Melanzana

(Secret Recipe to try at home. Melanzana is Italian for Eggplant) Serves 6

1 Eggplant sliced thin Flour 4 Eggs (beaten) Vegetable Oil Filling 1lb Ricotta Cheese 2 Egg Yolks 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Chopped parsley Tablespoon of Garlic Salt and Pepper

Pomodoro Sauce 1 tbsp. Chopped Garlic Pinch of Red Crushed Peppers 2 cups Italian Plum Tomatoes Fresh Basil and Salt & Pepper to taste

Topping 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Cheese 1/2 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese Fresh Chopped Parsley

In the Chef’s Kitchen with

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What You'll Need Large Sauté Pan and Baking Dish

Directions 1. Coat eggplant with flour then egg, and repeat again with flour to bread eggplant. 2. Place in hot oil in sauté pan, and cook both sides until golden brown, let cool. 3. Mix up all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl. 4. Place 2 spoonful’s of the filling mixture on corner of breaded eggplant “wrap and roll” into Rollatini’s. Sauce 1. Heat oil in sauté pan, add garlic and crushed red peppers. 2. Cook until garlic starts to brown, add tomatoes and basil. 3. Cook until the sauce thickens and all the water is cooked out. 4. Spoon 1/2 the sauce on the bottom of baking dish. 5. Place rollatini’s in dish. Cover with remaining sauce, top with mozzarella cheese, bake in oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Sprinkle on parmesan cheese and fresh topped parsley. Delizioso!

The awesome crew at Centre Street Cafe with owner Pete (right).

Centre Street Café Off the Beaten Track! Foodie Gems you need to discover.

Not your normal lunch! Get your taste buds ready. This is a culinary experience that may have you lingering longer than your allotted lunch hour. Head south on Garfield Road, and you’ll find this diamond in the rough hidden away on Centre Street (hence the restaurant’s name). It has been owned by Pete Boothroyd since 1985!

On a regular day, it is abuzz with the business crowd who knew this secret long ago but didn’t share it! Daily specials will have you ooh and aah salivating over mere words on a chalkboard, and the scrumptious soups boast that every batch is made from scratch. Specialty sandwiches/wraps are justifiably special — names and rare combinations you’ve never encountered! (No really, never.) Consider “Wasabi Bleus, Smokin’ Jo, or a Tom of the Town.” The exclusive flavors and freshness are out of this world. Try a Campfire Wrap — turkey breast, turkey bacon, smoked Gouda, onion, cilantro and leaf lettuce all inside a whole wheat wrap with smoked apple butter and mesquite mayo (hungry yet?). With more than 36 unique options to ponder on the menu, see what I mean about a lingering lunch? The salads are crisp and bright, with delectable dressings that are all homemade. And one mouthwatering taste of Pete’s Pasta Salad will guarantee your Lunch will never be boring again. Last but not least, the service is outstanding and super-friendly. Is it 12 o’clock yet? 1125 Centre Street, TC • 231.946.5872

Darric Newman is the wine aficionado and co-owner of Folgarelli's Market and Wine Shop

Grüner Who? One of the more unfamiliar varietals from around the globe, Grüner Veltliner is truly something special. With its origins in Austria, world-class Grüner is being produced by some local wineries. Like most varietals, it is produced in various styles ranging from sparkling, slightly sweet to crisp and dry. This wine is typically designed to consume young while it expresses great mineral character—spicy with hints of white pepper and a clean finish. A couple of labels to look for from our local producers are Water Fire Grüner from Torch Lake, and Laika from Chateau Grand Traverse . Both are made from grapes grown right here in Northern Michigan and are truly fun wines. Cheers. Darric

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The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. author unknown

Sun Responsibly Summer is finally here. Soak It Up, but remember to Sun Responsibly. Dr. Wendy Rogers was named the “Rock Star Dermatologist,” so she knows a thing or two about skin care. Here are her top five reasons for never leaving home without Sunscreen. SHIELD The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays. DECREASE Sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer. PREVENT It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations. REDUCE It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness. SLOWS It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

The instructors at TC Surf Fitness.

Surfs Up!

abc’s Shark Tank Phenomenon It’s the workout everyone is talking about, and it’s available locally at TC Surf Fitness ! It was featured on the TV show Shark Tank and Mark Cuban was wowed! SURFSET® Fitness is a fun, new, extreme surf-inspired workout that mimics the movements of surfing without the water. The benefits of a single SURFSET® session boast burning 500 to 900 calories in just 45 minutes … the same results you would get from a few hours of surfing. Wow! Grab a girlfriend and go try it. The studio owned by Oden and Janelle Hachey just opened a few weeks ago, and they have certified instructors at the ready! You can even book your class online! They are located at 3031 Cass Road behind the "B" in Fitness Vibes Studio.

Bike There–Bus Back! Ever been on a great Bike ride somewhere, only to realize that you’ve run out of oomph for the long haul back home? BATA just introduced for the summer a new Bike-n-Ride program; it shadows the TART’s Leelanau Trail and lets you bike there (Suttons Bay) and Bus it Back! It is modeled after a successful program in Aspen, Colorado, and very few programs are found anywhere in the U.S. It begins July 1 and runs through Sept. 1. It’s just a $3-per-person fare, and bikes will be transported at no cost. • 231.941.2324

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Pistil Zinnia Blue Hat $38 Come on and Get happy, at The Happy Woman store ® in Suttons Bay. Owner Linda used to be a burnt out computer programmer until she opened her happy store originally in Pentwater in 2000. In 2005 she moved to Traverse City and opened in Suttons Bay, her store is a unique blend of fun eye-catching items that make shopping fun, for your wardrobe and your home. Pop by and see Linda, and see how happy you could be!

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Fun Find Here’s a great conversation piece for your next Girls’ Night: go-with-anything, cool, funky and one-of-a-kind cuff bracelets made out of old license plates. You can find them exclusively at The Red Dresser on Hall Street in TC. 144 Hall Street, Traverse City 231.929.8150


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Fresh Perfumes Library of Flowers perfumes, creams and body washes, are perfect for the summer days. Exclusively at The Exchange boutique.


Belt Buckles These trendy belt buckles can make any pants pop with style and color. Get seven and give a pair of jeans a makeover every day of the week!


Bohemian style: that is what defines the image, of The Exchange. Located on Union Street in downtown Traverse City. A fresh, bold and sassy experience!

Hand Bags Offering a large selection of vegan leather bags, The Exchange boutique became in a few months Traverse City’s handbag headquarters.

The Exchange The Exchange boutique on Union Street ( just off Front Street) earlier this year was voted, best new store in Traverse City. The Exchange boutique is all about affordable, eco-chic beauty that stands out with light, trendy, edgy and wearable Bohemian charm. This goes beyond just the clothing and into the numerous fragrances, jewelry and other gifts and accessories. Brand names include Free People by Urban Outfitters and other handpicked lines that create the trendy and fun look that is apparent the moment you step in the door. The Exchange • 116 South Union, Traverse City

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Urban Chic Dining

Dining out in our area is always a treat, from food laden tables that flow out onto bustling main streets where you dine to see and be seen, to serene dining area’s that nestle up to flowing waters edges, and even buildings with historic pasts. It is an area that has fast become world renown with being a foodie fabulous haven. It is, however still small town charm, and hundreds of miles away from the Big City feel that you may aspire for, long for or just plain miss. That unique Urban Chic sophistication one can only find in New York, Chicago and rich skylines beyond, or can you? Here’s a little Secret! Big City Style is here, alive and well! Just look to our very own skyline east of Traverse City, to the lone towering magnificent building, which is the Grand Traverse Resort. For there you will find what your little heart desires, at Aerie restaurant, a place remincent to the skyline and contemporary atmosphere of a big city, the luxurious top of the tower beckons your attention and your taste buds.


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this photo: Fresh local greens make the salads “Sing.” right photo: Mouthwatering Scallops paired with the perfect White Wine.

“The goal is to create bold flavors that surprise with an international flare.” First of all, just like living in the City, make a reservation, the minute you hang up, it sets the mood for the perfect Date Night, the anticipation of an evening to plan for, and look forward to. Feel free to dress up too, you won’t be overdressed, and it makes a real event of your special night. As you pull up to the resort, go right to the front door and choose valet parking, a small indulgence but so worth it. Walking into the resort's impressive foyer, you feel miles away from home already, guests are laughing and enjoying drinks and live music by the bar, your swanky date night has begun. Aerie is all the way up on the opulent 16th floor, once the elevator doors open you are transported to a magical metropolitan mecca. The Aerie restaurant, and the Aerie bar and lounge, are all housed in this majestic penthouse. The palatial windows will wow you, from top to bottom walls of glass frame the captivating view of the breathtaking Grand Traverse Bay, the sparkling blue dazzles against the backdrop of the luscious greenery of the award winning Bear Golf course right below.


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Tables hug the outline of windows all around so you can take in that stunning panoramic view at any angle, and cozy curved booths face the windows on the opposite side of the wall. While the view demands your attention, it is elegantly complimented with a modern decor of shades of gray that adorn the walls in the form of giant artsy flowers, the flawless urban chic theme that flows throughout creates a refined ambiance. Upon seating and settling in before starting to ponder on the menu, you are greeted with a chef’s little bite, an appetizing token of richly prepared food in just one bite on an inviting simple white spoon. Welcome to delicious! Drinks Anyone? To begin, a beverage of course! The wine menu is not overwhelming but has a superior selection that includes a dedicated section of the best of local vineyards. A definite highlight and must try is a sampling or two, from their enticing martini menu, yummy choices veer from the classic Cosmopolitan to a Michigan Apple or a Mandarin Sunrise and then some.

The menu is a beautiful balance of mouthwatering entrées of meat and seafood, dishes such as Pan Seared Duck, Grouper and of course a succulent Beef Tenderloin Filet. There is a splendid variety of delectable appetizers like a Tuna Tempura with Asparagus, Crab Cake and Crispy Shitakes with deliciously different salads to tempt your palate like a Blueberry Basil Caprice salad, with a goat cheese twist. The goal is to create bold flavors that surprise with an international flare, keeping in tune with the area being recognized nationally as a foodie destination. It changes three or four times a year, and they proudly make the statement on the menu that they work with local farmers in Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie Counties using the freshest ingredients. Also noted on the menu are labels for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, if you have special preferences food can also be cooked to order. Don’t pass on the scrumptious bread it’s a real highlight, not to be missed, it is made in house daily with no preservatives, and is served with local favorite Fustini’s oils and vinegars, they rotate the flavors, and carry a plethora of bottles stored on shelves that greet you upon entry. The service is impeccable, and an experienced staff enhance your whole dining experience, whether you’re in town for vacation, or call this home, they are extremely knowledgeable on the menu including the chefs stregnths and preferences, and are very well versed on the area for visitors, For example the deepest point of the bays are 630 feet! Who knew? They make you feel like you are their only guests, never rushed or settling for nothing short of perfection from beginning to end. The courses come at your leisure, so plan on an intimate lingering dinner where you and your better half can reacquaint with one another, (which also means plan on a longer evening for the babysitter, it’s worth it! Trust me!).

“Tables hug the outline of windows, the outside view begging for your attention... the flawless urban chic theme that flows throughout creates a refined ambiance.” this photo: Top of the tower inside the dining room

Of course with the whole bay at your whim out the window, the best laid plans should also include a crowning sunset with dinner, and this is the place to experience it. A whole 3 minutes and 12 seconds is exactly what it takes once the sun has hit the horizon, or so said our waiter Michael, he sees it every evening from that very spot, so who am I to doubt him. So, you’ve gone to the Big City, indulged in the perfect dinner, watched the perfect sunset, all with your perfect date, the best part is home is just a few minutes away! Here’s a thought, really shake it up and plan ahead, get a hotel room right in the resort and make it an all-night Date Night! Aerie Restaurant, The Grand Traverse Resort 100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard Reservations 231.534.6000 july/august 2013 | BAY LIFE NORTH


SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 • 800.681.5920

“Hamlet” Interlochen Shakespeare Festival July 3, 5 & 6

Melissa Etheridge Thursday, July 18

Capitol Steps Friday, July 5

Brian Wilson with special guests

Jennifer Koh, Violin

Al Jardine, David Marks and Wilson Phillips

Tuesday, July 23

Sunday, July 7

Trace Adkins Friday, July 26

Interlochen “Collage” Tuesday, July 9

“Oklahoma!” High School Musical Theatre Co. August 1-4

Kevin Cole, Piano with Sylvia McNair, Soprano Friday, July 12

Garrison Keillor’s

Turtle Island Quartet Saturday, July 13

Kris Kristofferson Friday, August 9

Steve Miller Band Wednesday, July 17

Enso String Quartet August 12, 14 & 17

World Youth Symphony Orchestra


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“A Prairie Home Companion – Radio Romance” Tour

Tuesday, August 6

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Show Off Secret Spots

When friends and relatives are in town, we have the opportunity to show off the best of our area and state the obvious of why we call this glorious part of the world home! The Arcadia Bluffs view.


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Stephanie Zalucha-Myers kite surfing. Photo courtesy of Broneah

Some places are no-brainers and, of course, are frequented by thousands of tourists in Summer. They are the Must Dos, Must Eats and Must Gos for any Up North Vacationer. But some spots are off the beaten track, so we asked for a little help from our friends (a few local residents you may have heard of) with our fun task of uncovering these secrets. The answers are in their own words to the question we asked. The extra added gem is, as we found out while researching, you can take this list and take a break from the ordinary. Carpe diem or “Seize the day.” Go on an adventure on any given day — explore, rejoice, be in awe. It will reaffirm and remind you why you chose the BayLife!

The Point Bestie Lighthouse

Note: Because they are Secrets we are Sharing,

we didn’t give you a map or exact locations. You have to work at it to find them. Trust us, the treasures are worth the hunt.

Matt Myers co-owner of M-22 and Broneah Brothers. “As for must do things for summer, I can’t give away my special spots, sorry, but here are two most people know about already but may not think of... Every summer we get a large group of guys together and ride the Arcadia mountain bike loop in the morning, then head down to Frankfort beach for a swim. Whenever it blows southwest we do a "down winder" kite boarding from Frankfort to Point Betsie riding the waves.” july/august 2013 | BAY LIFE NORTH


Otter Creek at the mouth of Lake Michigan.


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“A great example of Michigan’s Superior Beaches.”

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The breathtaking beach at the end of Esch Road.

Gnudi Located just south of M-204 at 104 W. Main Street in Lake Leelanau. For reservations call 231-994-2400 or visit the Reservations page at

Ron Jolly morning host at WTCM News Talk 580, and author of the Northern Michigan Almanac “Esch Road, Beach or Otter Creek are always fun places to show off. They’re a little more populated now than years ago, but still a great example of Michigan’s superior beaches. Also, the beach in Elberta up behind Trick Dog Gallery , which is one of our favorite stops for their custom dog art and Cuban sandwiches on the outdoor patio. The bike path from Beulah to Frankfort/Elberta is another fun activity that’s sort of off the beaten “bike” path. My wife Laura likes to take guests shopping downtown TC and other small neighboring downtowns, and she makes a point to hit The Red Dresser on Hall Street. I think she likes the eclectic collection of crafts, home decor items and other general stuff offered by the many independent merchants.

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I like Right Brain Brewery, as it is off the beaten path in its new 16th Street location. Overall cool and great beer. You’ll never find a crowd on the VASA Trail which is an overlooked gem in our area any time of the year. One more! Lately we’ve taken to renting a pontoon and heading out with guests on west bay, cruising Bowers Harbor and of course a stop at power island. It’s nice to actually get out on the water!”

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Lookout Point Photo by Jim Anderson


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Jim Anderson Owner Anderson Aerial Photography “South Manitou Island, I like to fly but probably easier to take the ferry from Leland.”

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Tom and Teri Gorsline Publishers Pick “Hike the Pyramid Point trail, (2.7 mile loop) the climb brings you to the top of the bluff at Lookout Point. You will experience the most incredible and breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.”

Chris Klau

Photographer and BayLife Facebook Guru

Chris is always outside on an adventure with his wife Nicole and kids. He wanted to make sure we shared this awesome new app. Experience 231 Mobile App. “It’s pretty cool, and a great thing to add to the mag! It’s an app for your phone about the area. It gives you details about beaches, bike trails, hiking trails and more.” It’s available for iTunes and Google play.



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Denise and Mike Busley owners of Grand Traverse Pie Company “Right away, the things that shoot to the forefront of my mind are the Empire Bluffs hike (almost hate to draw folks there as it is truly an amazing treasure, not sure how much it’s used... what if there’s a “line” next time I show up?) Empire Bluffs is where a person can find their soul, in case it's gotten misplaced or covered up! Then, Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor for a burger... So many things to do! Oh, and don’t forget to save a little room for some PIE!”

Becky Thatcher owner Becky Thatcher Designs “My sister Cookie’s lavender garden , behind Bay Lavender Trading Company. alligator hill, the overlook above Sleeping Bear Bay, a hoof, but great on the back of ponies!”

alligator hill: Above Sleeping Bear Bay


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“Empire Bluffs is where a person can find their soul, in case it's gotten misplaced or covered up!” Empire Bluff Trail

Cookie's Lavender Garden

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by J i m A n d e r s o n

West Bay Jim Anderson of Anderson Aerial Photography captures this stunning image of the five Dolphin helicopters of USCG Air Station Traverse City flying in group formation over West Grand Traverse Bay. This would be the first time an aerial photograph was taken of all five helicopters and plans had originally called for them to be photographed hovering above the Mackinaw Bridge but poor weather conditions moved the setting to Traverse City.


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Things go grey, when we forget how to play. Erma Bombeck

Fun Events

August 3-10

Northwestern Michigan Fair Rides, animals food and good old-fashioned fun.

Summer Do’s

August 15-18

As parents we are always on the lookout for “Good family Fun” to keep our kids entertained and create perfect summer memories. Here are a few ideas to keep your brood busy!

More than 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks—and a working 1923 steam locomotive that carries passengers around a mile of track.

Sunny Day

Rainy Day

Hit the beach: East Bay is a great little kid-friendly spot with shallow water and a playground.

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is a perfect place to enjoy

Bike it: The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail just opened more of the paved path, and there is no better place for a family bike ride. Boat it: Spend the day at Power Island, just anchor your boat, bring a picnic and let the fun begin. Climb: See who can make it to the top by climbing the Sand Dunes— coming down is fun, too.

nature both outside and inside. The History Center on 6th Street has a huge Lego exhibit that runs until Labor Day, and kids under 4 get in free.

Open up your kid’s “inner artist” and make a pottery piece at Hands on Art in the Warehouse District. Visit the Boardman River Nature Center; it is an admissionfree destination for nature learning and discovery.

The 44th Annual Buckley Old Engine Show

August 17

The Rubber Ducky Festival The Village of Bellaire has a huge family festival, and part of this is the Rubber Ducky Race in which 2,000 Rubber Ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River. Spectators can bet $5 a piece on the ducks and win cash prizes!


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Sunday Mornings

Church in the Park at 9 am | Sunset Park, overlooking West Bay Traditional Worship at 11 am | Sanctuary at 222 Cass Street

The classic film with on-screen lyrics so EVERYONE can join in.

It’s the one that you want!

SATURDAY, JULY 20 at 8pm • Tickets $15, $18 Grab your poodle skirt, saddle shoes and pink wig, or don your biker jacket and shades – and join us for a night at which you can fulfill your fantasy of being a T-bird or a Pink Lady. Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.

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If life was easy, where would all the adventures be?

Become a Super Surfer and More! The SBX Waterman Camp is a unique camp designed and taught by water enthusiasts to create water enthusiasts. The camp has a strong emphasis on the importance of outdoor activity and helps instill a respect for the environment. Every day a new adventure awaits, and these vary depending on the weather: surfing, skimming, SUPing, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking! July 22–26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Empire Beach. For all ages 10 and up! The cost of the camp is $300, which includes use of all equipment, a goody bag and, of course, major bragging rights!

Blast to the Past

Make your teens appreciate the modern marvels in their world with a trip back in time at the Port Oneida Fair. They’ll experience life as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They can imagine life without cell phones or the web, and peek at the life of the pioneers. They can learn about spinning, basket weaving, soap making, butter making, candle dipping, and fur trapping. Listen as park rangers and local history experts share the area's history. August 9–10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • 231.326.5134


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Volunteer Idea Summer is a carefree time for tweens and teens. Inspire them to put some of that time to good use doing some volunteer work locally. It’s a great way for them to learn that the world does not “only evolve around them” (really). They’ll realize that giving of your time is a valuable gift. On a more practical note, this counts as work experience (looks great on a résumé) and certainly helps develop a sense of responsibility. The obvious choices are always the many nonprofit organizations we have, but here are a few others. Summer Camps: A wonderful way to work with children. Hospital: Great if they love helping people or looking at the medical field as a career. Nursing Homes: Always can use a helping hand. Animal Shelters: Animal lovers are always welcome., Library: Great choice for the bookworm.

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scientists+Sailors An Inland Seas Adventure


Written by Callie Chappell, Photography Courtesy of The Inland Sea's

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“Our goal is to protect the Great Lakes through education.” left page, top: The Inland Sea’s Schooner parked at its home in Sutton’s Bay. lower left: The Inland Sea’s at full sail. lower right: The wheel at the helm. this page, top: The salty dog sailors learning about what’s below them. left: Hanging on the Bowsprit.

“Who are you? Are you a reporter?” I laughed. I wish. I’m the Inland Seas Communications and Marketing Intern.

“Is a canoe a boat?” Fatima innocently asked. A sixth grader from Ann Arbor, she was more familiar with the camera slung around my neck than the lake — Lake Michigan — we were approaching.

“I've never been on a boat before,” Fatima chattered away, “unless you count a canoe. I went on a canoe for the first time this morning.” Her eyes didn’t leave the jeweled tones of the surrounding bay. I couldn’t help thinking how far apart our two worlds were. My childhood was spent on a boat. It was catching minnows in Charlevoix and drinking my fair share of lake water. The confined space of the boat corralled my family together until someone had the good sense to jump in the water. From my family’s boat I would often watch the majestic sails and masts of Inland Seas moving, almost imperceptibly, across the horizon of West Bay. As I grew, that faint outline drew nearer, until I ended up literally standing on the breezy deck. This was also my first time sailing with this venerable Northern Michigan institution. “There’s a lot of water out there,” I commented in a half-joking aside to Fatima. “Trust me.” She shook her head vigorously. We weren’t in Kansas anymore.

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“It was the beaming grins bounding off the gangplank after a great sail.” Top: A proud Fish Moment! Middle: Microorganisms from the bottom being studied. left: Double mast and sail rigging.

Fatima’s classmates followed me out to the pier, running, pointing, exclaiming loudly as we marched from the Inland Seas Education Center down towards the schooner, Inland Seas. “Whoa! Look at that ship!” “Are we going on that thing?!” “Is that a pirate ship?” Excited and amazed voices clamored for details. This was the first time many of them had been on a boat, let alone a 77-foot, gaff-rigged schooner. The hum of inquisitive children filled the snappy Suttons Bay breeze. Standing next to the swaying schooner, I almost expected the air to smell salty. Watching over the kids’ antics, trained and experienced volunteer educators stood ready. These were the faces of parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. They were dedicated not just to the science, but to the simple things—the wonderment on the kids’ faces when they inspected zooplankton under a microscope for 48

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the first time, teaching them the word “benthos” and watching them savor feeling that quiet word under their breath, just like they savored feeling its namesake in their hands, that foreign and dark sediment from 60 feet under. It was the beaming grins bounding off the gangplank after a great sail that had them coming back to teach year after year. These were faces of our sentinels, content in a job well done. A job? No, a duty. The crowd became quiet. Shivering hands clasped handmade logbooks and pencils, ready to collect data. We piled onto the vessel. The kids were tentative, their feet cautiously probing for solid ground on the gently swaying deck. There were no sea legs here. “Scientists and Sailors,” that’s what they were, Fred, the lead instructor, had told them. The data they collected today would be sent up the chain of command to actual scientific analysis of the Great Lakes. With a sharp blast from the air horn, we were off; we set sail and left the mainland behind.

“This was also my first time sailing with this venerable Northern Michigan institution.”

The dock fell away to a nippy breeze and a misty sting. We sailed away from who we were on land. Aboard the vessel, we all donned different personas. The students— they weren’t kids anymore, they were scientists and sailors. The volunteers were no longer physicists, attorneys, doctors, social workers and grandparents; they were chemistry and ecology teachers, they were the ship’s crew, and so were we. The amazed kids stared at the effervescent water glimmering deeply under the sharp ship’s bow. We were flying. Caught up in the breeze, I snapped back to the everpatient Fred, explaining the “Deadliest Catch” — worthy contraption the crew was tossing overboard. An Otter Trawl, he called it. More unwieldy than its namesake, the trawl required a special license to catch a wide range of fish samples to be analyzed by the burgeoning scientists. As we hauled up the Otter Trawl and burnished deep-water fish thrashed in the pungent nets, half the kids leaned eagerly forward and the other half leaned

cautiously back. A brave, bespectacled classmate agreed to measure bottom temperature. With finality, she sent a lonely metal “messenger” to the bay’s murky depths to greet a sinking Van Dorn Bottle, thus triggering the contraption to snatch a sample of icy hypolimnion (water from lake bottom). To collect sediment samples, we used the PONAR Dredge; this resembles a child’s toy excavator gone wrong in the hands of University of Michigan students (true story). We let the rough, wet, fibrous rope fly across our open palms to excavate gelatinous muck hidden below the cobalt waves.

Top: The view down-ship from the top of the bowsprit. Bottom: Hauling the line.

The oddly sonorous clang of the ship’s bell signaled the kids to divide into groups, each group tasked with testing a different aspect of Great Lakes ecology. Excited talk of fish population, pH (acidity and alkalinity of the water), stewardship, the sudden flurry of dichotomous keys, test tubes, and sodium thiosulfate signaled more science was about to be unleashed. I sat on the deck’s zenith, the students

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“Protecting the Great Lakes Though Education.” The Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a

non-profit organization based in Suttons Bay, Michigan, dedicated to science education on the Great Lakes. Its shipboard and shoreside education programs are designed to inspire an interest in science at all ages and to provide for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes. For further information, or to volunteer, contact the Inland Seas Education Association at 231.271.3077 •

“The amazed kids stared at the effervescent water, glimmering deeply under the sharp ship’s bow.” Top: Arriving at Gull Island. Lower: Hauling the lines

milling to one side, industriously organizing themselves while silvered volunteers watched, bemused. As I sat, literally, on the cusp of adulthood, I marveled at three generations around me. We had a little sister, an aunt, a new father and a grandfather on board, all focused on the lake we call our own. Fittingly, the schooner, Inland Seas, is only a metaphor for our larger purpose, to “protect the Great Lakes through education.” Our education is not one of dry semantics, but an education firmly rooted in experience. The buffeting wind off the lake, the peppery scent of the boat shop, these bring families and communities together. We connect the complex web of 50

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a community, an ecosystem, a microcosm of the north with our common passion and goal. Why do we love this place? The jeweled sunsets, doubly reflected in still waters. Misty mornings and dewy fields. Leaf piles and fresh peaches. The microclimate of the Bays makes Northern Michigan the experience, the community, the way of life. We sailed back to port, the kids exhilarated and a little tired. They bounded off the schooner, confident in their steps, reliving the experience in reverent whispers, but I lagged behind, keeping an eye on the volunteers’ knowing looks. As I stepped back onto the gangplank, I felt a pull on my sleeve and turned around. “Thanks.” Fatima whispered. She gave me a cockeyed grin and ran toward the bus, her logbook carefully zipped into a pocket close to her heart.

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Water is the driver of nature. Leonardo Di Vinci


Inspired Normally we delve into the world of only one artist at a time, but with so many artists inspired by the crystalline waters of Lake Michigan and the Bay, we thought we would take the opportunity to share the creative works of many and the wonderful local galleries that represent them. Warm Harbor Thomas LeGault Acrylic on Canvas. 48" x 36" Stafford’s Gallery, Petoskey A native of Michigan, he discovered his passion for painting at the age of 13. He received his formal training at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Traveling with his sketch book and camera, he gathers inspiration and also enjoys plein air painting. He manages to support his family solely on his paintings and is considered to be one of the top selling artists in the US.


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Pyramid Point Fred Petroskey Original Oil Gallery 22, Sutton’s Bay A native of Leelanau County, Fred graduated from Western Michigan University in 1962, majoring in Art and Political Science moving to Boston, in 1967 where Fred taught at the DeCordova Museum of Art. In 1984, Fred returned to Leelanau County, taught at N.M.C. and restored a 19th century farmhouse which became his studio where he continues to paint and be inspired.

Wine on the Waterfront Trish Witty Original Oil 36" x 36" Witty Gallery, Harbor Springs Trisha is a self-taught artist who grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Harbor Springs. She began her career at a young age, selling her first oil at age fifteen, and opening her own exclusive gallery at age nineteen, in 1992. Witty's career has taken her to all parts of the globe, with hundreds of paintings hung across the nation. Her enthusiasts and collectors have consistently grown, while her originals remain in high demand, increasing in value every year.

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Michigan Spring

After summering for many years on northwest Michigan’s Crystal Lake, she and her husband moved their residence Peggy Hawley from suburban Washington, D.C., to Frankfort, by the “Big Oil on Canvas 30" x 30" Lake.” Peggy finds artistic inspiration in and around this The Gallery Upstairs at “town for all seasons” – Nearby Point Betsie Lighthouse, Betsie Bay Furniture, Frankfort other historic structures, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are among her frequent “Up North” subjects.


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Boardwalk Babes Bonnie Wood Acrylic on Canvas. 16" x 20" Tamarack Gallery, Omena

Detroit Free Press Art Critic, Marsha Miro, wrote the following description of her work “She mixes a folk art eccentricity with modern proportions to make wonderfully decorative things.” In Bonnies artist statement she say’s “I use no visual references whatsoever. I paint intuitively and let these figures grow and evolve into distinct personalities, interacting with one another in decadent abandon.”

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Empire Breakers

Mark is a self-taught illustrator, who spent 25 years in architecture, design and illustration. His work has been seen in media campaigns on Mark T. Meyer television, web and print. More recently he has begun dedicating more Acrylic on Panel. 24" x 48" time to pursuing a finer art in subjects more organic. He lives locally, Gallery 50, Traverse City near his home town of Traverse City.

Sailing on Grand Traverse Bay Jim DeWildt Scratchboard Giclee Print 16" x 20" Jim DeWildt Gallery, Sutton’s Bay After a long and prestigious career in illustration that even included teaching at NMC. Jim, now retired, has his own art gallery and studio. He captures the beauty of Michigan through a variety of mediums; oil, pen and ink, pencil, and scratchboard. His artwork is featured in private collections and commercial publications and books.


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Washed and Rinsed Carol Spaulding Acrylic on Gessoed Paper 14" x 16" Cogs Creek Gallery, Traverse City For Michigan native Carol Spaulding, the process of painting and art making are enlivening and intimate endeavors. Spaulding earned her BFA from Syracuse University, School of Art. She expresses herself through painting landscape, still life, architectural forms and abstract constructions.



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Get Artsy! Summer is a time to celebrate the best of both worlds, the great Northern Michigan outdoors and to acquaint yourselves with the talent of local artists and their fabulous wares.

July 20 Art in the Park, Petoskey Artists from all over the United States, this year is the silver anniversary. For over 25 years, approximately 135 booths have graced Pennsylvania Park, with items ranging from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and much more 10am – 6pm.

July 27-28 Bay Harbor

Arts Festival Celebrating its 14th year, at Bay Harbor's breathtaking Lake Michigan waterfront, the festival is punctuated with pageantry, music and food while the quality of work exhibited attracts knowledgeable art lovers and buyers.

July 27 51st Annual Traverse Bay Outdoor Art Fair. N.M.C. Main Campus This is a juried event, showcasing more than 120 artists from across the country. Fairgoers can also enjoy live music, concessions, artist demonstrations and children's activities. 10am – 5pm.

august 17 Downtown

Art Fair Fine art will fill the streets on this weekend in Downtown Traverse City. This annual juried art fair features over 90 Midwest and National artists. Open to the public free of charge. 10am – 5pm.

august 3–4 Sutton’s Bay Art Festival One of the most competitive art shows in Michigan, this festival at Suttons Bay’s Marina Park features some of the area's best artists and crafters as well as artisans from other parts of the country.

Inside Tamarack Gallery, Omena

Crooked River Lodge & Suites

Your gateway to all things north! Located in Alanson on the picturesque Crooked River, recreational and winter activities are within arms reach. Just across the road is access to hundreds of miles of trails connecting you to Indian River, Harbor Springs and Mackinaw.

27 Holes of Championship Golf The Little Nine - Par 3 Course Sunset Bar and Grill Lake Ann, MI

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• Family friendly • 40 guest rooms and suites • Indoor pool and hot tub • Lodging packages • Complimentary breakfast Take a virtual tour

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Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.

Toparary $23.95 Lake House Sign $26.95

Coffee Frog $34.95, Tea Frog $34.95 Wire Lantern $49.95

Whether decorating your Bewitching Backyard, Charming Courtyard, Perfect Porch, Terrific Terrace, Palatial Patio or Darling Deck to enhance your coveted outdoor space, be inspired at Monarch Garden and Floral in Petoskey. It’s like the quintessential English Secret Garden. They just recently moved to a bigger location and there you can find your accents for the Perfect Outdoor Oasis. Fabulous fresh flower arrangements are the specialty of the house and are the dazzling highlight of any event on your busy social calendar.

Stone Lantern $62.95

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Victorian Birdhouse $159.95

Contact REALTOR®  Nicole  Hulet  when  selling  or  buying  a  home.   Impressive  Marketing  and  Quality  Care  for  todays  real  estate  needs…  

Contact REALTOR® Nicole Hulet when selling or buying a home. Impressive Marketing and Quality Care for todays real estate needs…

Natural Stone: Creating Beautiful Spaces • • • •

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Visit our extensive showroom, shared with Tilestone Imports, for slab selection, design ideas and assistance Unparalleled selection ~ granite, marble and quartz Local ownership and expertise, fabrication, installation and service Inspiration photo galleries at

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People are either born hosts or born guests. Max Beerbohm

Easy Breezy Outdoor Entertaining Ah, Sun and Sky, Family and Friends. Summer combines the best of both worlds, all in your own backyard! Make the most of every moment with these Must Haves.

Must have Margarita Recipe Makes 9 cocktails

Set the Table: It’s fun to have a theme

setting the tone. Take your color cues from the natural hues around, the tree’s, the lake and the bay. Shake it up with a rainbow or neon brights or sail away and go nautical. Let It Flow: Glass drink dispensers simplify the work of hosting, by letting friends and family serve themselves. Choose an eclectic mix of shapes and sizes, and fill with fruit infused drinks, and of course a fun summer adult beverage. Make for the Shade: A colorful sturdy umbrella is a mainstay to be sure there’s a little shade to retreat to. Gather Round: A great outdoor dining table is the heart of your Summer. Choose one that is an elegant backdrop against barbecues, and also to enjoy your morning coffee. An expanding table is a great way to have the flexibility to keep the mood cozy or seat a crowd.


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• 1 large English cucumber peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced, plus more slices for garnish • 1.5 cups 100 percent agave silver tequila • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice • 1 cup Lime Simple Syrup • 1 lime wedge • Coarse salt Directions Place cucumber, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in the jar of a blender; blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Moisten the rims of three martini glasses with lime wedge. Dip rims of glasses in salt to coat. Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add 1.5 cups cucumber mixture. Cover and shake 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into prepared glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices. Enjoy!

design: kitchen choreography photo: hulet photoagraphy

ang e la by angela goodall

photo: greta myers

Every Batch From Scratch


Angela Goodall is the lead designer and co-owner of Kitchen Choreography with her husband Mike.

Macarons • Cakes • Party Room Special Events • Gift Cards

Open 10am ‘til the last cupcake! 445 E. Front Street (across from Bubba's) 231.633.CAKE (2253)

Est. 1995 “Cedar Creek was showing it long before Restoration Hardware. Come by and see us.” Kevin Graves

415 S. Union Street Traverse City, MI 231-933-4321

Celebrating 10 Years of Exemplary Design! Dedicated to excellence in kitchen and bath design and redesign throughout northern Michigan.

Bringing the Outdoors In Winter seems so far away. Summer warms our soul and is one of the reasons I believe we so often use the colors of our beautiful Northern Michigan natural surrounding into each of our designs. In our region there are so many color palettes to choose from. The ones that tend to stand out the most are the blues, grays and whites of the water and sky. A clean design that sparkles is considered a new trend, but incorporating a shade of blue into homes with a water view has been a goal of mine as a designer since the day I started. The clouds enter the picture with the most popular shade of countertops being white with gray marbling. The maintenance concern that comes with marble countertops has been resolved by the quartz manufacturers. They have developed a stain resistant product that has the beauty of real marble with the durability of granite.

Another popular design choice that incorporates our beautiful surroundings is to utilize shades of wood, green and rust tones that remind us of the woods, fields and trees. This technique may still have some painted features, but it tends to incorporate colors of Buttercream or Green. Stone is still a prevalent feature, but may be incorporated into different facets of the design other than countertops. A favorite new product of mine is thin sliced stone that is sold in stacked “sheets” and can be installed by a tile setter. It is lighter than normal stone, so it gives us the opportunity to apply it to different surfaces without the weight associated with thicker versions of the same material. So, enjoy all of the beauty that summer in Northern Michigan has to offer and keep it in mind when redesigning a room in your home. Use some of your favorite pieces as inspiration to bring the outdoors in.

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AwArd winning wine List Over 300 wines A wide seLectiOn Of Beers & spirits The New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs offers an eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay’s waterfront featuring fine gourmet dining, a professional and attentive wait staff and talented bartenders. Our restaurant opens daily at 5:00 p.m. and features nightly appetizer and dinner specials, which may include such delicious dishes as oysters on the half shell, mussels Provencal, walleye, rack of lamb and many other favorites.

Corner of Bay & State Streets in Downtown Harbor Springs 231-526-1904 •

Explore Northern Emmet County Day and night! McGulpin Point Lighthouse

One of just 8 International Dark Sky Parks in the U.S.!


The Headlands Gift shop, docents, tours 500 Headlands Dr., Mackinaw City • No charge 231.436.5860 • open daily through Sept. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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an International Dark Sky Park 7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr. Mackinaw City • 231.436.4051

Free monthly programs:

The Headlands • Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga • Cecil Bay • Fairgrounds • Pellston Regional Airport

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a great love p l ac e to fa l l i n

photography by Jason Hulet of

Hulet Photography

George and Lauri Varga met when they were both working for the Homestead. “It was like a gift from God. It’s a great place to fall in love,” George says. Originally from Ohio, he was living in Boston at the time and commuting to the Homestead. Lauri is from Midland and always summered here as a kid. She was living in a house on Crystal Lake and had just become the PR and Marketing Director. In adjacent offices, they shared a wall; this was the beautiful beginning of sharing many walls in many happy homes. A romantic courtship ensued where George racked up many sky miles flying to and from Boston, with each visit staying a little longer!

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The two married, moved to Dallas and then

Connecticut, but they summered here for years and longed for the area year-round. Thus began their love affair with wanting to call Northern Michigan home and build their little slice of heaven by the water. As George says, “Because we met here it was special to us.� One summer was spent totally dedicated to finding the perfect spot. Success came when they realized the impressive lot they had found and adored was on the water just five doors down from a home they had rented one summer. (Had to be fate?)


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But the journey to their perfect home had a roadblock: The lot already had a contract on it. As luck would have it, though, that couple also liked a lot on Torch Lake and were having trouble making up their minds. The wife’s choice prevailed. She picked Torch Lake, and George and Lauri got their perfect lot! George and Lauri knew they wanted sunsets and a home close to town. The lot offers 150 feet of bay frontage, so the location was a no-brainer. But when it came to actually building their summer home, they had a longer list of must-haves. They turned to Mike Collings of Mac Custom Homes, who enthusiastically helped to create it all.

Main Photo: The palatial bay windows that frame the Waterfront Bay View. The upstairs balcony is the Vargas favorite spot off their master bedroom. Left: The spectacular front of the home, beckoning you inside. Right: More views of home facing the waterfront. Right: Lauri and George on one of the many the 2nd floor balcony’s.


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“Because we met here it was special to us.” “Because we met here it was special to us.

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The house was built in phases. Phase one was developed

while George was still working and planning to retire in 2004. At this point, the house was completely sustainable but accommodated future plans to double its size. George and Lauri just felt that at the time they didn’t have the energy to dedicate toward building such a large house, and they wanted fun summers spent here instead.

top of page: A Room with a view, the dining room table Lauri personally designed. above: Harmonious arches complete with inset one of a kind lighting lead you through the hallway. top of page, top: The elegant yet relaxed living room, with a custom fireplace and cabinet that hides the “yet to be bought” 60 inch TV, complete with a remote control door. bottom: A colossal curved staircase wows you upon entering


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So after many summers in phase one, phase two was executed. George and Lauri were now armed with the time to commit to meticulous detail and rethink those must-haves for a lifetime of summers. The much-pondered list included a stepped-down dining area so the view wouldn’t be blocked from the entrance and living area. There had to be a continual Bay Breeze throughout the house, as they rarely like to use air conditioning. And light—this one was a biggie. The lighting in this house is more elaborate than the attention to detail paid in most people’s entire homes! George and Lauri enlisted the help of a professional who actually won an award for the impressive lighting in their Connecticut home. He has a degree in theatrical lighting and is working on an apartment in Trump Tower right now! They sent him the plans, and he sent back six pages of specifications in projected lighting for the entire house. The last configured detail they had to have was a relaxed look with an Eastern Coastal feel; each room would flow and create a casual yet refined elegance.

“We call it Tree Talk; we can hear the wind blowing through the trees.” “Because we met here it was special to us.”

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left to right filmstrip: A close up of the winding river bend sink. Lauri’s dazzling backsplash tile she adores. below: Even the kitchen sink gets its own blue bay view! right page, bottom: View of the entire kitchen looking out.

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811 SOUTH GARFIELD TRAVERSE CITY 231.922.7499 Sara Ann Busby, CKD Certified Kitchen Designer

The colors were all chosen and influenced by Lauri. She is also a very talented portrait artist, so using her natural eye for color certainly wasn’t a challenge. “I didn’t want a Sensual Overload,” she says. "I wanted it very subtle.” The kitchen, of course, is always the most important hub in the house, and this one is no exception. It is striking. It was redesigned in phase two with the help of Sara Busby Design. “She gave me the idea to make the pantry much larger, using space from the old guest room, and with the leftover I got to have an office!” says Lauri. It is a huge pantry, and even contains a second oven and a fridge! “She also

designed to have my sink right by the window with a view, which used to be a sliding door.” Lauri’s favorite feature in the kitchen is the backsplash tile, and it is truly stunning in metallic silver tile. She embraced the challenge to decorate locally, and on the tour of the house you can see detail elements, furniture and accessories from many area stores and galleries. George and Lauri recall fun highlights of their “house” story, especially the process of coming up with ideas for redesigning room to room. Mike from Mac would be inspired to literally sketch and configures ideas right there on the actual wall. I think that solidifies him as the original caveman builder!

“We were blessed to work with really great people.”

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With George’s background in engineering and Lauri’s in art, the staggering attention to detail in every room

this page, top: A water view off Old Mission Peninsula. below: Ahoy Matey’s! The grandkids bunkroom, lovingly designed by Lauri (Her most fun project) all 3 children’s initials are even carved in the wooden floor!

is astounding, and most definitely the biggest wow factor aside from the palatial view, of course. You can understand why this home has taken literally years to come to fruition. Crown molding is in every room. The floors even have a story. In the grandkids bunkroom, Lauri did the floor and even has the kids initials carved in it. The floor in their master bedroom is exquisite lake-recovered elm wood. The floor in the bike room is unique painted cement, complete with a custom sink counter made from bowling alley floor recovered and bought at Odom’s. In the basement hides a sommeliers dream wine cellar, chilled to perfection. The fireplace was inspired by a trip to the H Hotel. Lauri also draws and dreams up many of the custom-designed furniture in the house, including her desk, the windows and the dining room table. Oh, and did we mention there is an elevator? Reason being, the original layout had the master suite on the ground floor, but once phase two kicked in they fell in love with the balcony off what was to be Lauri’s studio. Realizing this is a retirement home, they knew that spectacular curved staircase might prove a little difficult as the years wear on the knees!

right page: The casual sun rooms living area.

“Most fun for me was the Bunkroom.” “Because we met here it was special to us.” 74

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“Because we met here it sunsets.” was special to “We knew we wanted us.

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Lauri is pretty passionate

about the bunkroom and to enter is to be transported aboard a sailboat (aye aye, Captain) complete with nautical accents, cleat drawer handles, four divine custom-built bunks and even ship stairs to descend. (Grandkids Logan, 11, Teagan, 6, and Stephen, 3, fill this room in the summer.) George’s passion is the fact that they were blessed to work with really great people, and he loved the concept of having to problem solve along the way. The house is still not quite finished, and one of George’s goals is to have the whole thing wired to his iPhone. There’s no TV in the 6 foot by 8 foot custom-built hidden cabinet in the living room. But hey, who needs a TV when you’re living in a paradise by the water?

Looking down, the stunning staircase ready for a grand entrance!

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Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre Opened in 1953 “The Fabulous Fifties,� The Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theatre in Honor is celebrating its 60th anniversary this summer. The screen tower was widened in the late 1950's to accept the "New" phenomenon, "Cinemascope," a larger aspect ratio than was previously available. Look closely during the "Vintage" cartoons to see the size of movies before cinemascope. The sound system consists of the original vacuum tube motiograph amplifiers that still power the speakers at the speaker posts. They always play a double feature, never R rated, the Popcorn is even topped with real creamery butter and made in the Original 1953 Popper. Historical Photo Courtesy of Cherry Bowl Drive-in Now Image by Tom Gorsline


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Circa 1953



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by john a. gessner

On the Edge of Sun and Rain The slow, warm tranquility of this summer day was set against a wall of ominous thunderheads to the northwest. Like timid antelope in the great plains of Africa, we splashed, swam, and sailed in the full glory of the summer sun, all the while keeping a keen eye on the foreboding presence on the edge of our periphery. As the daylight dwindled, we were given a gift of magnificent light, as the threat of rain passed north of Grand Traverse Bay. Sitting on the rock-strewn shore, reflecting on a day living the Bay Life, we sat huddled and watched the waves crash until darkness stole the light. 80

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Bay LIFE North July/Aug 2013  

Bay LIFE North is the fastest growing Lifestyle magazine for Northern Michigan distributed free to over 550 locations from Frankfort, Glenn...

Bay LIFE North July/Aug 2013  

Bay LIFE North is the fastest growing Lifestyle magazine for Northern Michigan distributed free to over 550 locations from Frankfort, Glenn...