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the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle and Roscommon June 2013 Volume IV, Issue 3 Published by: Info Northeast Jerry Nunn, editor (989) 780-0900 Contributing writers: Justin Burchette, Andrea Locke, Wayne Lusardi, Dennis Mansfield, Daniel Moffatt, Jerry Nunn, Brandon Schroeder, Jim Smith Contributing photographers: Kathy Neff, Jerry Nunn, Scott Nunn, Greg Teysen, Penny Wojahn Advertising manager and design: Scott Nunn (989) 245-7140 Layout and design: Kathy Neff


By JERRY NUNN editor

Hi, my name’s Jerry. You can call me sir. No, seriously. It’s not honey, baby or even Bud. Such feigned familiarity comes off as contrived and condescending. Our relationship, after all, is one of a business nature. You are the clerk, waitress or cashier, and I the customer. You offer chips and a soda, a daily lunch special or fuel for my car that I wish to purchase. I, on the other hand, have some hard-earned cash that your employer needs to

pay his mortgage, his taxes, his insurance premiums, his licensing fees and your wages. Now don’t get me wrong. I like you as well as the next party store clerk, maybe even better. But we really don’t know each other all that well. If we did, you’d call me Jerry. I don’t mean to criticize. But I recognize a slippery slope and it seems much of the customer service industry has already slid over the brink. After all, how often have I walked into a store lately, only to be greeted with a loud “Hello,” delivered by some inattentive employee who, it would seem, could care less that I am even there. At least look up from what you are doing. You’ve taken what was once a sincere greeting – what could have been a solid relationship builder – and turned it into a displeasurable annoyance. I think the example makes my point. I fear that once we informalize a time-tested customer service model there will be no going back. And the model that most customers know and the one they ought to expect is to be treated with a

modicum of respect. Take these bad examples from the past week alone. At a national chain of sports-themed restaurants, I was joined at my table by a waitress whom I did not know, apparently so tired she had to take the load off her feet while taking my order. Hope her other customers weren’t waiting for a coffee refill. What happened to the day when employers supplied a break table in back and relaxing with the customers, at least while on the clock or in uniform, was strictly forbidden. At another popular national chain, this time a movie rental, I waited in a long line of customers while the clerk allowed two pre-school youngsters to run roughshod behind the counter, with one kid scanning merchandise and movies as his younger sibling operated the disc cleaner. Even the kid’s father was uncomfortable with the arrangement but the clerk ignored his protests. She was busy baby-sitting and had one eye on the door, ready to give a half-hearted shoutout to customers crossing the threshold.

This issue’s cover photo of lilacs on Mackinac Island was taken by Penny Wojahn of Tawas City. Wojahn also shot this issue’s centerfold photos of last year’s Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix. Her work can be seen at Tawas Bay Art Gallery. Wojahn is also opening a studio, PW On-Location at 80 M-55, Suite B, just west of Tawas. Contact Wojahn at (989) 305-1722. The Guide • June 2013

I seriously thought it could get no worse. Then I walked into one of the many local branches of a well-known, regional gas and convenience store. There, the clerk had the weekly edition of the Northland Ad-liner spread across the counter. It seemed odd that she made no offer to move it for the two gentlemen ahead of me, who held a case of beer and snack items in their arms for lack of counter space as she rang them up. I set my gallon of milk deadcenter of her paper and she moved it aside, never glancing up from the Help Wanted ads. She didn’t address me as sir but then she did not call me honey, either. In fact there was no verbal exchange at all outside the price of my purchase. At least she didn’t try to hide the fact that she didn’t want to be there. And I sincerely hope she gets that job. I just pray it’s not in customer service.

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Purple Martin Mania, in Rogers City, a four day festival featuring street art, music, ice cream social, bonfire on the beach, sidewalk art contest, street dance, a high tea, drink specials and much more. Info: (586) 294-4992 or Memorial Day Sidewalk Sales, at Tanger Outlet Center in West Branch. Info: (989) 345-2594 or 13th Annual Memorial Day Open House, at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, seven miles north of Rogers City, tour the light tower, museum, 1912 Calcite Pilot House and fog signal building, with arts and crafts on the weekend, and Kiwanis Club of Rogers City whitefish sandwiches Saturday and Sunday, free admission. Info: (989) 734-7011 Mackinaw City Memorial Parade, 1 p.m. in Mackinaw City, one of the state’s largest and most celebrated Memorial Day parades, with clowns, bands, floats and more. Info: (231) 436-5578 Lisa’s Run, 5k run/walk, 9:30 a.m. at Alpena County Fairgrounds, entry forms and information available at Alpena Chamber of Commerce or Dork Brothers Racing Team. Info: (989) 354-2378 2013 Native American Festival, at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and Marquette Mission Park in St. Ignace, honor the first Native Americans and Anishinaabe culture with drumming, dancing, food, music and cultural demonstrations. Info: (906) 643-9161 or


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Annual Pancake While every attempt at accuracy has Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. at been made in producing this calendar the Steiner Museum north of it is always a good idea to call Fairview. Info: (989) 848-5362 Ogemaw ahead before taking that drive north. Historical & Confirming in advance is always a Genealogical Society, open house, with museum great idea. tours, exhibits and tours of the newly acquired Blumenthal House, future home to the museum. Info: (989) 345-0177 north of Rogers City, with artisans, musicians and crafters, Annual Brush Creek Mill Yard Sale, 8 refreshments, lighthouse and museum tours and more. a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brush Creek Mill in Hillman, Info: (989) 734-7011 or (989) 734-4587 with spaces still available. Info: (989) 742-2527 21st Annual Shoreline Lincoln Depot Bake Sale and Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m. Perennial Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tawas at the Lincoln Depot, with baked goods and perennial City Park, with multi-talented crafters of all mediums. Info: plants available for purchase, sponsored by the Alcona (989) 362-8643 or Historical Society. Info: (989) 727-4080 Hawks Spring Fling, in Uptown Grayling Spring Art Walk, 1 Hawks, with softball and to 5 p.m. with arts and their work on display horseshoe tournaments, live music, parade, community at Grayling’s downtown merchants. Info: (989) 348-2921 cook-out, kid’s activities and more. Info: (989) 734-7077 10th Annual Mackinaw Memorial 51st Annual Fort Bridge Race, one of only two Michilimackinac Pageant, opportunities where runners are allowed to cross the at the fort in Mackinaw City, with period dress and rebridge, MUST REGISTER by mail by May 22 or on-site the enactments, an 18th century fashion show, a voyageur’s evening prior to the race, cost is $45 prior to May 1, $50 encampment, fireworks at dusk on Saturday, kids activities, after, and $60 for Friday on-site registration, race runs Memorial Day parade and more. Info: (231) 436-5574 or north to south, transportation across the bridge provided. Info: (231) 436-5664 or B.J.’s Cruise In, 2-6 p.m. every Sunday 9th Annual Afternoon of through September at B.J.’s Restaurant in Arts & Crafts, and Lighthouse Gaylord, custom and classic cars, with drawings, buffet Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, specials, and more. Info: (989) 732-4010

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Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery Observance, 8:30 a.m. at Fort Mackinac cemetery, a brief ceremony to observe the service of the historic fort’s soldiers, admission for this event is free. Info: (800) 454-5227 or Lois M. Groen 5k/10k Challenge, 9 a.m. to noon down the trails of Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve, in Johannesburg, registration starts at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Gringell and Waters Roads; cost is $20. Info: (989) 732-4021 Rise and Shine, 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Horizon Senior Living II in West Branch, with free coffee and donuts. Info: (989) 343-9404 2nd Annual Thunder Bay Voice, auditions for the annual karaoke singing competition, 7-10 p.m. at Fletcher Street Brewing in Alpena, with the finals scheduled for June, with cash prizes for the top three finishers in both youth and adult competition; cost is $15 youth, $20 adults. Info: (989) 379-1037 Grayling to Oscoda 200-Mile Garage Sale, for details and a route map contact a chamber of commerce in Crawford, Oscoda or Iosco County. Or call (989) 826-5777 Art Stroll East Tawas, 5-9 p.m. in downtown East Tawas, meet local artists and see their work on display at local business. Info: (989) 362-8643 Grayling to Oscoda 200-mile Garage Sale, through June 2, for details and a route map contact a chamber of commerce in Crawford, Oscoda or Iosco County. Or call (989) 826-5777


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Builder’s Seminar, green building, sustainability and builder’s continued competence, runs through Saturday June 1, with classes 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Alpena Community College in Oscoda; cost is free, registration required. Info: (989) 358-7295

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Dinosaur Bone Exhibit, at the Besser Museum through July 23, with Paleo Joe and real bones of Edmontosuarus and cast of many others, posters and models; cost is $5 adults, $3 youngsters. Info: (989) 356-2202 or 5th Annual Indian River Walleye Tournament, with $3,600 in prizes, registration required prior to May 31, with a captain’s meeting May 31 and inspections at 5 a.m., weigh in at Fay Martin Motel at 3 p.m., two adults to a boat or two adults and two youth. Info: (231) 238-9325 or Gladwin Streetscape Project, through Labor Day, with a return of last year’s colorful and popular “Butterflies, Bugs & Bees in Bloom,” with an update to include streets full of flowers. Info: (989) 426-5451 Miltant Half Marathon, and 5K and 10K Run, 7 a.m. packet pick up at Hanson Hills recreation Area in Grayling, with 10 age groups, t-shirts, road tags awards and more. Info: (989) 348-9266 or Mullet-Burt Bass Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aloha State Park, registration and pre-tournament meeting the day prior, with weigh-in at 2 p.m. Info: (231) 627-7183 or

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First Saturday Stargazing Series, The Ten Chief Ecliptic Stars, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City, learn about the zodiac and more, telescopes provided. Info: (231) 8388181 or Breezes on Tawas Kite Festival, all day at Harbor Park and the State Dock in East Tawas, with kite demonstrations, kid’s activities and more; hosted by Kiteman Jack’s. Info: (989) 362-4615 Introduction to Colored Pencil Drawing, with Erv Lewandowski, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Besser Museum, a workshop designed for beginner or intermediate students interested in learning the fundamental of color pencil drawing; cost is $60, materials list available. Info: (989) 356-2202 or 4x4 Truck Mud Run, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cheboygan County Fairgrounds; cost is $5 per person. Info: (231) 627-7183 Rifle River Cleanup ’13, 9 a.m. at Troll Landing in West Branch or Riverview Campground in Sterling, a volunteer event sponsored by the Arenac Conservation District. Info: (989) 846-9662 Grayling to Oscoda 200-mile Garage Sale, starts May 31, for details and a route map contact a chamber of commerce in Crawford, Oscoda or Iosco County. Or call (989) 826-5777 6th Annual Nancy Douglas High Tea, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Ogemaw Historical Museum, this year’s theme is Native American; cost is $5. Info: (989) 343-0177 Mom to Mom Sale, a PTO fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clara Bolen Elementary in Tawas City, with baby, children and maternity items including clothes,

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Steel Drum Band; event is free, lawn seating. Info: (989) 275-4957 or Enhancing Wildlife Habitat, 1-3 p.m. at University Center in Gaylord, learn how to improve the habitat to benefit wildlife, a class for homeowners featuring fisheries and wildlife biologists, native plant specialists, and more, hosted by HeadWaters Land Conservancy, register. Info: (989) 731-0573 ext. 11 National Health Care Reform Seminar, 10 a.m. to noon at McLaren Northern Hospital in Cheboygan, an informational meeting for business and individuals on coming changes by Jeff Rubleski. Info: (231) 627-7183 Perennial Plant Exchange, 6 to 7 p.m. at West Branch Greenhouse, bring your divide perennials or other garden items to trade, find something new or exchange ideas with other gardeners. Info: (989) 345-1133 VFW Fish Fry, 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday at Oscoda VFW, with fish, chicken strips, french fries, slaw or cottage cheese and a beverage. Info: (989) 739-3128 2nd Annual Thunder Bay Voice, auditions for the annual karaoke singing competition, 7-10 p.m. at Fletcher Street Brewing in Alpena; cost is $15 youth, $20 adults. Info: (989) 379-1037 Open Mic, 6 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month at Thanks A Lattè and Flowers by Josie in Grayling, music and literature welcome, come join in or sit and listen. Info: (989) 348-4006 Film Series 2013, 8 p.m. every Monday and Friday at Mackinac Island Center for the Arts, featuring classics and cult-classics, such as this week’s feature, An American in Paris; admission is $5 for most


films. Info: (906) 984-4124 or 11th Annual Nor-Eat’r Music Festival, at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds, with entertainment galore on three performance stages, more than 25 acts, crafts, arts, demonstrations, seminars, camping, classes, instrument give-away for youngsters, and much more. Info: (989) 826-3331 or 14th Annual Villages Garage Sale, a community-wide event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. Info: (989) 739-4915 31st Annual Lincoln Lions Lake Trout & Salmon Tournament, featuring the Shotmakers Women’s Classic and the Budweiser Super Tournament, with prizes for largest of the species, heaviest catch, and more. Info: (989) 736-8151 or (989) 255-6324 64th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, the year’s first and largest festival on Mackinac Island, with wine and food tastings, horse drawn carriage tours, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, boat cruises beneath the bridge and much more. Info: (800) 454-5227 or Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Westminster Park in Rogers City, with artists, crafters, sponsored by Rogers City Kiwanis and featuring their famous whitefish sandwiches. Info: (989) 734-4587 Optimists Kids Fishing Derby, 8:30 a.m. at Irons Parkin West Branch with planted trout up to 16 inches long, kids fish free. Info: (989) 942-6608



Julianne and the Rogues, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bay View Park fine arts band shell in Alpena, a True North summer music series presentation; event is free, lawn chair or blanket suggested. Info: (989) 354-4611 or Rifle River Stream Monitoring, a Huron Pines volunteer opportunity, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lupton, collect data at three future stream crossing improvement projects; registration required. Info: (989) 448-2293 or Family Fun Day, noon to 3 p.m. at YMCA Camp Nissokone in Oscoda, with a climbing wall, archery, giant waterslide, hayrides, zipline and more. (248) 887-4533 Go Fly a Kite, 1 to 3 p.m. at Rifle River Recreation Area, an all-ages event with Kiteman Jack, of East Tawas, and with free kites to the first 50 kids; event is free, state park passport required for entry. Info: (989) 473-2258 Kids Fishing Derby and Mobil Zoo, at Ross Lake in Beaverton. Info: (989) 426-5451 Aunt Shelley’s Goat Camp, 10 a.m. to noon at the Otsego County Conservation Forest, on the Yuli Campus, an introduction to youth 4- to 12-years-old to dairy and pack goats, while learning about the Otsego County Conservation Forest; cost is $20. Info: (800) 705-3031 Michigan Free Fishing Weekend, with events planned all across the state. Grab your kids and a fishing pole and go have some fun. Info: contact your local Chamber of Commerce or 27th Annual Tawas Point Celebration Days, at Tawas Point State Park, with lighthouse tours, historic and educational


displays, period encampments, traditional music, crafts and children’s games and more; event is free, state park passport required. Info: (989) 362-5658 Country Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon at Roscommon VFW, with pancakes, sausage, eggs to order, hash browns, biscuits, sausage gravy, coffee and juice; $6 adults, $3 for 10-and-younger, toddlers eat free. Info: (989) 275-4136 69th Annual Iris Show, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Plainfield Township Hall in Hale, with entries accepted until 10 a.m. and open to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; admission is free. Info: (989) 826-3068 Spring Tractor Pull, noon at the Onaway Tractor Show Grounds, two miles north of Onaway on M-211. Info: (989) 733-2874 Tawas Community Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. every Monday through the July, then at 7 p.m. through August, at East Tawas City Park on U.S. 23; free. Info: (989) 739-2635 Sunrise Creations Summer Art Show, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the summer at West Branch Medical Arts Center, with area artists displayed in the halls, and 20-percent of all sales donated back to the Tolfree Foundation. Info: (989) 343-3700 Back to the Bricks, Lakeshore to Lakeshore Tour, with a stop-overs Monday in West Branch and Tuesday in Oscoda on Wednesday, with classic and vintage vehicles, with a parade, car show, street acts, performances, dances and other cool things. Info: (989) 345-5226 in West Branch or (989) 739-3157 in Oscoda 1776 The Musical, 7:30 p.m. WednesdaySaturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through July 7 at Thunderbay Theatre in Alpena, cost is $14 adults, $12 military and $8 for 18-and-younger. Info: (989) 354-2267







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Frederik Meijer Garden Tour, depart Grayling at 8 a.m. return at 6 p.m. hosted by Crawford County Commission on aging, tour includes transportation, garden tours, lunch in the cafe, dinner at Burke’s Waterfront in Cadillac. Info: (989) 348-7123 Team Sandtastic, professional Sand Sculpture build and display, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harbor Park in East Tawas, with a sand sculpting clinic from 8-9 p.m. Info: (989) 460-2642 or Business After Hours, 5 to 8 p.m. at Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon, with door prizes, raffles, food, beverages, networking and more; $5 Roscommon Chamber of Commerce members, $10 others. Info: (989) 275-0700 A Taste of Mackinac, a picnic-style luncheon on the lawn at Habour View Inn, with culinary and beverage selections form the most popular restaurants on Mackinac Island; cost is $15 adults, $5 for youngsters, 5-and-younger free. Info: (800) 4545227 or Father’s Day Dinner, 4-6 p.m. at Crawford County Council on Aging, no reservations required; cost is $2.50 60-and-older, $5 for others. Info: (989) 348-7123 Brush Creek Writer’s, 2 p.m. every second and third Thursday of the month at Brush Creek Mill in Hillman, time to talk about writing and time to write. Info: (989) 742-2527 Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix, at Tawas Bay and Harbor Park in East Tawas, an Offshore Powerboat Association sanctioned event with boats from 24- to 50-foot, with inboard, outboard and turbine engines going 75 to more






14: Flag Day Big Band Night, 7-11 p.m. at Gaylord Regional Airport, with Glenn Miller favorites, dancing, food and more; period dress encouraged, cost is $10. Info: (989) 732-4218 or Open Mic, every first Friday at Comins Community Center, with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by music at 7 p.m. Info: (989) 848-2756 “Made in the Mitten,” kick-off event for Fabulous Fridays in downtown West Branch held 6-9 p.m. every Friday to a different theme all summer long; June 21 is “Down on the Farm,” June 28 is “West Branch’s Got Talent.” Info: (989) 345-5226 Cheboygan Street Rod Parade, followed by oldies music and 50’s-style burgers and shakes at Yeck’s Family Drive In. Info: (231) 420-0494 21st Annual Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat Show, in Presque Isle Harbor, with a boat display and parade, Light House open house, Friday Night Social, model boat display, arts & crafts and more. Info: (989) 225-5115 or Rogers City Garage Sale, city-wide sales, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rogers City. Info: (989) 734-8446 2012 Summer Arts & Crafts Show, 2-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Washington Park in Cheboygan,


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featuring jewelry, hand-designed clothing, painting, woodwork, and much more. Info: (231) 627-7183 Summer Sizzler, girl’s fast pitch softball tournament at Dewey Durant Park in East Tawas, featuring 9- to 14-yearolds. Info: (989) 362-5562 Au Gres-Sims-Whitney Fire Department Annual Walleye Tournament, 6 a.m. at the mouth of the Au Gres River, in Au Gres, with (989) 876-8579 Show & Sell, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AuSable River Center in Roscommon, with just about everything under the sun, booths available. Info: (989) 275-4392 or Annual Fly In, 8 a.m. to Noon at West Branch Airport, with breakfast, lunch, model planes for the kids, a real plane to explore, a pedal plane for photo ops and more, public, pilots and planes welcome. Info: (989) 873-5908 Seven Course Gourmet Wine Dinner, at Rose Valley Winery in Rose City, featuring locally grown food and wine, reservations required, $65 per person plus gratuity. Info: (989) 685-9399 Sinkhole Lakes Erosion Control, a Huron Pines volunteer opportunity, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pigeon River State Forest, work to address unnatural erosion on sinkhole lakes; registration required. Info: (989) 448-2293 or Kayaking 101, 10 a.m. at Grousehaven Lake in the Rifle River Recreation Area, with canoes and kayaks supplied by Big Mike’s Canoe and Rental for all to try and staff to assist. Info: (989) 473-2258 Vintage Base Ball, 1860s-style play, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the lawn at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, with the Walker Tavern Wheels, the

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Sidney Stars, Northville Eclipse and Saginaw Old Golds. Info: (800) 454-5227 or City-wide Garage Sales, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in West Branch, Info: (989) 345-0500 Father’s Day Reception, 1-4 p.m. at the Dragonfly Art Gallery in Harrisville, with an original work of art to be raffled to a dad. Info: (989) 736-8263 Higgins Lake Sunrise Run, halfmarathon starts at 7:30 a.m. at South Higgins Lake State Park, must be registered by 6:30 a.m., with a half-marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk and a one mile fun run. (989) 745-1426 or The Epona & Barkus Parade, 1 p.m. from Mackinac Island Public School to Windmere Point, with dogs dressed fancy. Info: (906) 8473571 or Mackinac Island Dog & Pony Show, at Windemere Point following the Epona & Barkus Parade, a one-ringed professionally trained animal show that featuring dogs and horses. Info: (906) 847-3571 or 30th Annual Car Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Cheboygan, with a variety of classes including under-21, unfinished, Mayor’s Pick, Leo Yeck Trophy and Graffiti Night. Info: (231) 420-0494 Shades of Blue, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bay View Park fine arts band shell in Alpena, a True North summer music series presentation; event is free, lawn chair or blanket suggested. Info: (989) 354-4611 or Harrisville Community-wide Garage Sale, 8:30 a.m. ti 4 p.m. all around Harrisville, maps available around town. Info: (989) 724-6384

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Lacemaking, a Coffee Talk presentation by the Thunder Bay Art Council, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thunder Bay Art Council gallery, with Peggy DiNergo, Info: (989) 356-6678 Luau Hangar Party, 7-11 p.m. at Gaylord Regional Airport, with Hawaiian-themed food, music, dancing and more, Luau-themed dressed encouraged; cost is $10. Info: (989) 732-4218 or 23rd Annual Lewiston Car Show, with entertainment, poker run and more, a cruise at 7 p.m. Saturday, dance for 4 to 11 p.m. and show starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Info: (989) 786-2293 or Wings Over Gaylord, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gaylord Regional Airport, with opening ceremonies at noon on Saturday and airshows 1 to 4 p.m. daily, $10 pre-pay for the weekend or $10 per day at the gate. Info: (989) 732-4218 or




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Fletcher and a one hour photographic journey down the rivers from his book. Info: (989) 876-8818 Animal Encounters, 1:30 p.m. at Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch with live animals. Info: (989) 724-6796 Grayling Youth Canoe & Kayak Club, 4:30 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday through July 23, for youngster 5- to 15-years-old, learn water safety, strokes, and fundamentals of canoe and kayak, everything provided; cost is $20. Info: (989) 348-9266 or Governor’s Mansion Tours, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion on Mackinac Island, more than 100 years old, the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence has functioned as a summer home for nine Michigan governors and their families dating to 1943, event is free. Info: (906) 847-3328 or DOE Day Ladies Golf Outing, 9 a.m. at Ye Olde Country Club in Roscommon, 18 hole tournament with shotgun start, breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, hole games, raffles, awards and more; $780 each. Info and registration: (989) 275-8760 Rhett Yocom Band 202, rock music, part of the summer concert series every Thursday through August 22 at the Standish Historical Depot. Info: (989) 718-3021 Music Gig, 6 to 9 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, at Corwith Township Hall in Vanderbilt, sing, play an instrument or just enjoy the music, with an open mic for vocalists, dancing, refreshments and more. Info: (989) 939-4185 Music in the Park, 7 p.m. every Thursday in the summer at Irons Park, West Branch,

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Lilac Festival Grand Parade, a wrap up to Mackinac Island’s popular, week-long Lilac Festival, 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Mackinac Island. Info: (800) 454-5227 or DC Electronics, for students aged 6- to 8-years-old, 9 a.m. to noon at University Center, learn to read a schematic, build a circuit board, and see real world application powered by a 9-volt battery; cost is $75 Monday through Friday. Info: (989) 705-3700 Paddle Now, Chores Later, 6 p.m. at Au Gres Library, featuring Michigan author Doc

and this week is polka with The Steve Drzewicki Band. Info: (989) 345-2821 Booked for Lunch, book reading for children, noon on every alternate Thursday, held at the East Tawas Beach and Tawas City Beach Parks with free books for kids. Info: (989) 362-6557 Big Ticket Festival, at Otsego County Fairgrounds, a Christian celebration with speakers, entertainers, music, sports, camping, games and more; tickets cost $25 to $79 for adults, $10 to $29 junior. Info: (989) 731-2808 or 24th Annual O’Mercy Golf Classic, 9 a.m. registration at Fox Run Country Club in Grayling, a four-man scramble with a 10 a.m. shotgun start, fundraiser for Mercy Hospital, with a silent auction, dinner and awards; cost is $80 each or $320 for a four-man team, $20 dinner for non-golfer. Info: (989) 348-0527 All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alpena VFW, sponsored by Under His Wings Christian ministry, with salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage; $7 each or $16 for the family. Info: (989) 727-3271 Storytelling and Stargazing, 8 to 10 p.m. at the Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City, join Mary Stwart Adams on a journey to a storytellers approach to the stars, event is free, picnicking encouraged. Info: (231) 838-8181 or Music at the Mill, open mic night at Brush Creek Mill in Hillman, music starts at 7 p.m. every third Friday. Info: (989) 742-2527 Roscommon Village Garage Sale, throughout the Village of Roscommon. Info: (989) 275-5743


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10th Annual Alpena Blues Festival, 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Alpena County Fairgrounds, with more than 10 of the best blues bands around including the Bluescasters, Motorcity Josh, Wild Rose and the Thorns, Blues Fury, Harper and Midwest Kind and more, cost is $5 Friday, $10 Saturday, camping is available. Info: (989) 464-1260 or Blessing of the Bikes, at Mio Church of God, with registration at 10 a.m. followed by biker games, blessing, free lunch, a group ride and an ice cream social. Info: (989) 848-5247 Pete Kehoe, 6 p.m. at Riverwalk Place in Gladwin, Gladwin native and Emmy Award winner in a special appearance, reservations suggested. Info: (989) 246-9123 17th Annual Antiques on the Bay, in downtown St. Ignace, featuring original and restored classic and antique vehicles, this year’s feature is the 1963 Chevrolet, with a Shelby exhibit;. Info: (906) 643-8087 or 6th Annual Lincoln Lions Golf Scramble, with 20 teams in a scramble format for merchandise and prizes, shotgun start at noon at Logger’s Trace, at Springport Hills Golf Club, dinner to follow at Village Lanes featuring raffles and entertainment. Info: (989) 724-9900 Bark in the Park, at American Legion Memorial Park in St. Ignace, celebrating all things to do with dogs; $15 registration includes a T-shirt for you and a bandana for your four-legged friend. Info: (906) 643-8933 Annual Garage Sale and Silent Auction, for Habitat for Humanity of

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Northeast Michigan, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ARA Site in Lincoln. Info: (810) 488-1652 Paleo Joe Bone Cleaning Demo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, learn how to clean dinosaur bones with Paleo Joe; cost is $5 adults, $3 youngster, seniors, under-5 and museum members are free. Info: (989) 3562202 or Wildlife Safari, 2 p.m. at the Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch, featuring Nelson the Animal Guy. Info: (989) 724-6796 Governor’s Mansion Tours, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion on Mackinac Island, more than 100 years old, the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence has functioned as a summer home for nine Michigan governors and their families dating to 1943, event is free. Info: (906) 847-3328 or A Garden Journey, 12:30 to 4 :30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Cheboygan, hosted by The Perennial Garden Club, learn about flower arranging, low maintenance gardening, cooking with herbs and more; cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Info: (231) 537-4539 Crash Course in Business Software, 6-8 p.m. every fourth Wednesday with a variety of classes, at Kirtland Community College West Branch campus, this week offering General Social Media, cost is $40 for the entire series, attend as many or as few as you like. Info: (989) 418-8107 Concert in the Park, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through the summer at Oscoda Beach Park, this week featuring Victory Trio; bring chairs and blankets for these free, weather-dependant concerts on the lawn. Info: (989) 739-7322 Free Summer Kid’s Concert, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Festival Square in Cheboygan featuring funny man Joel Tacey. Info: (2311) 627-7183 Music in the park, 8 p.m. at Marquette Park on Mackinac Island, with folk singers Seth and Mary; event is free. Info: (906) 984-4124 or 38th Annual St. Ignace Car Show, one of the largest, all-make/all-model car shows in the US, with parades, cruises, awards and more, special guest Gene Winfield. Info: (906) 643-8087 or Native American Gathering, at the Michigan Magazine Museum, Fairview. Info: (989) 848-2246 2nd Annual Thunder Bay Voice, final competition for the annual karaoke singing

competition, 7-10 p.m. at Fletcher Street Brewing in Alpena. Info: (989) 379-1037 Rifle River Streambank Restoration, a Huron Pines volunteer opportunity, moderate to heavy activity repairing a section of eroded streambank; registration required. Info: (989) 448-2293 or 4th Annual Long Lake Lights Festival, at Long Lake Park, Alpena, with a boat parade, fireworks, entertainment, craft show, contests, horseshoe tournament and more; admission is $1 includes shuttle. Info: (989) 595-3540 or Au Sable Valley Engine & Tractor Club Show. Info: (989) 727-3620 World War II Encampment, at the Iosco County Historical Museum, men and women in European and Pacific theater uniforms, with period tents, equipment and weaponry, as well as display boards featuring history of the war. Info: (989) 362-8911 34th Annual Besser Museum Log Cabin Day, noon to 4 p.m. at the Besser Museum, Alpena, Info: (989) 356-2202 or Fine Arts & Crafts Show, in Conklin Heritage Park, Mackinaw City, a juried show with paintings, woodwork, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-designed clothing, self published books, nature photography and more. Info: (800) 750-0160 or LongReef, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bay View Park fine arts band shell in Alpena, a True North summer music series presentation; event is free, lawn chair or blanket suggested. Info: (989) 354-4611 or Heritage Art Show & Sale, through July 20 at 4th Street Gift & Gallery in West Branch, open to all Michigan artists. Info: (989) 836-2932 30th Annual Art on the Beach, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Oscoda Beach Park, with more than 100 artisans, handmade arts, crafts and hobbies, on the shores of Lake Huron. Info: (989) 739-7322 Dairy Days, at Wellington Farm Park in Grayling, see dairy demonstrations and learn what life was like on a Depression-era working farm, with tours, demonstrations and more; cost is $7.50 adults, $5.50 for seniors, students and military, or $27.50 per family. Info: (989) 348-5187



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Maritime Festival, at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, tour tall ships, research vessels and docks, enjoy live music, kids games, crafts, see a small boat workshop explore the shipwreck century exhibits and more. Info: (989) 3568805, ext 13 or Biggest Little Fourth in the North, at Barton City, with parade, kid’s races, beer tent, cook shack, food vendors, fireworks and more. Info: (989) 736-3401 Mackinaw City Fourth of July, with games on the marina lawn, Straits Area Concert Band performing in Conkling Heritage Park and fireworks over the bay. Info: (231) 436-5664 or Mackinac Island Star Spangled Fourth, with a 38 gun salute at the fort, soldier demonstrations, dancing and cannon firing, games at Windemere Point, fireworks cruises, and the All American Picnic at Fort Mackinac; advance picnic tickets







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recommended. Info: (906) 847-3783 or 13th Annual Thunderbay Maritime Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Maritime Heritage Center, with entertainment, kid’s games and crafts, face painting, water slide, hands on science, story telling, the shipwreck century exhibits and more. Info: (989) 356-8805 ext. 13 or 37th Annual Harrisville Children’s Parade, 12:30 p.m. at Richard’s Pharmacy in Harrisville, decorate you bike stroller or just yourself, with a parade a 1 p.m. down Main Street and refreshments at the VFW. Info: (989) 724-5178 43rd Annual Dancing Hippo Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Presque Isle County’s Bearinger Township Hall, with more than 45 juried exhibitors displaying hand-crafted items, as well as food, music and more. Info: (989) 734-7584 Cheboygan Waterways Festival, formerly Riverfest, with wanigan and kayak racing, flea market and antique appraisals, Friday fish fry, kid’s day, with kid’s fishing tournament and kiddie parade, nightly music and entertainment, beverage tent and more. Info: (231) 627-7183 64th Annual St. Helen Bluegill Festival, with carnival, fishing contests, games, lids and family activities, Daytona 500 Party, Gardener’s Gathering, medallion hunt and much more. Info: (989) 389-7030 or Curley Memorial Canoe Race, memorializing canoeists Harry, Jerry and Kevin Curley, from Cooke Dam to Oscoda,

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with MCRA C-1, youth races, business relay, Battle of the Townships and more on Sunday. Info: (989) 820-5196 Ogemaw Hills Bike Week, at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds, Michigan’s largest week-long motorcycle rally with camping, concerts, racing and hill climbs, stage shows, organized rides, a biker parade, vendors and more. Info: (989) 896-6429 or Indian River Summer Fest, a family event with an art expo and wine tasting, craft show, entertainment, classic car show, golf scramble, sand castle contest, water events, 5k and 10k races, kayak/bike biathlon and much more. Info: (231) 238-9325 or 49th Annual Alpenfest, Gaylord’s celebration of summer and its Alpine heritage, with Burning of the Boog, entertainment, social events, food, games, kids activities, carnival, parade and more. Info: (989) 732-6333 or Wood Shaving Days, at Hartwick Pines Logging Museum, with woodwork crafts, sawmill demonstrations, 19th-century music and more: event is free, state park passport required for entry. Info: (989) 348-2537 or 2013 AuSable River Festival, a week’s worth of activity centered around the AuSable River, with events in Grayling and Oscoda and culminating in the 66th Annual AuSable River Marathon and the Avita Black Bear Challenge bicycle race. Info: www. or



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Classic Attractions ELK COUNTRY CRUISERS CAR SHOW Lewiston – When six guys got together to share a common admiration of old cars, Elk Country Cruisers was born. A decade later, six became 40, their combined stable of vintage iron numbers nearly 60. Ranging from a 1926 Ford Model “T” to a 1973 Winnebago, from a 1929 Ford AA Stake Truck to a 1979 Fire Truck, Elk Country Cruisers could literaly hold their own at any car show. To prove that point club members have top prizes and trophies they’ve collected from shows across the state. But Elk Country Cruisers can’t be blamed for taking without giving back. On June 23 they’ll host their own Elk Country Cruisers Car Show on

June 23 at Briley Park in downtown Atlanta. The show offers dash plaques to the first 50, door prizes and raffles.Registration cost $15 and runs 9 a.m. to noon. Voting ends at 1 p.m. with awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Elk Country Cruisers a fun seeking group, often found cruising to car shows across the state or just out for a ride through the Montmorency County countryside. The club meets on Tuesday all summer long. For more information call (989) 785-3496 or (989) 785-2127.

an’t wait for the next scheduled car show? Next month The Guide will feature a story highlighting these less formal, more frequent car shows. For now, check them out:


B.J.’s Restaurant Cruise-in Where: B.J.’s Restaurant When: Sunday 2-6 p.m. Info: (989) 705-2355 Big Boy Weekly Cruise-In Where: Houghton Lake Big Boy When: Monday 4-9 p.m. Info: (989) 422-5193 Northern Rods and Rides Where: Indian River Eagles Club When: Wednesday 5-8 p.m. Info: (231) 238-0966



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By JERRY NUNN editor

MIO – In this land known for its backwoods pathways, trail riders along the Timberland Quilt Trail can stick to the main roads. With 12 quilt blocks already adorning barns, businesses and properties across Oscoda County, it is hoped the new quilt trail will act as a calling card to tourists and curious locals alike and help drive traffic through the rural, wooded region. It is that scenic AuSable Valley backdrop, the county’s agricultural roots, as well as its Amish and Mennonite heritage, that provides inspiration for the quilt trail, according to organizer Susan Shantz. While promotion of the stillin-process trail has already begun, Shantz hopes to have nearly all the county’s worthwhile attractions signed on once the trail is complete. The Guide • June 2013

“I hope to add 12 every year until we have 50 or 60 up,” Shantz said. While the county’s rural aspect may be the quilt trail’s largest hindrance, folks are expressing interest and “as more go up, the interest increases,” Shantz said. “With the small population and the large amounts of state and federal land we have in this county, eventually I am going to run out of places to put them.” Those wishing to display a quilt block pay $400 for the right, which includes the finished quilt block, installation and helps pay for the trail’s promotion. An acceptance process determines if a location is appropriate. Owners can chose nearly any quilt pattern they like and Shantz says they often find one fitting to the business, their heritage or its geographic location. Oscoda County’s Timberland Quilt Trail joins five other Michigan

quilt trails, including the awardwinning quilt trail in neighboring Alcona County that was the first organized trail in the state. As a long-time quilter, Shantz knows first hand the attraction a quilt trail can provide. “I’m a quilter and not just a quilter. I am a passionate quilter and that’s not just me. Most quilters are the same way,” Shantz says.”I need my fix. No one understands a quilter quite like another quilter.” Denise Hartz, owner of the Hollyhock Quilt Shop in Harrisville, understands that passion. But she says the Alcona County Trail has proven attractive to more than quilters. “People who are interested in history, people who are interested in barns, people who just want to go for a ride through a rural setting. I was amazed at the numbers of people our quilt trail attracted,” Hartz said. “We have seen plenty of quilters, too, so I think we’ve seen some traffic from people who have never been here before, who came up just to do the quilt trail so I think it helps.” The increasingly popular trails first began in Ohio in 2001 and

the idea quickly spread. Usually planned as a county-wide effort, the trails have been proposed by groups ranging from scouts and 4-H’ers, to economic developers and quilt guilds. From elaborately designed to the most simple, it is estimated that more than 3,000 quilt blocks adorn trails nationwide making the quilt

trail movement the nation’s largest public arts project. When Shantz first conceived the idea, she entered her plan in Oscoda County’s 2x4x6 competition, a local contest run by the Economic Development Alliance of Oscoda County that awards cash prizes to

encourage business start-ups. While the quilt trail idea did not win the competition, Shantz received the whole-hearted support of EDA directors. “Ultimately, we did not select the quilt trail to receive financial support from 2-by-4-by-6, but we immediately felt we wanted Susan to have a place on our board” says Bob Matteson, chair of the development board. Eventually the alliance did one better than that: They formed the Oscoda County Arts Council and put Shantz in charge. As well received as Shantz’s plan was at home, folks in neighboring Ogemaw and Roscommon Counties picked up on the idea as well. While Roscommon County economic developers seek groups to undertake their effort, two blocks have already been installed at the area’s Historical Museums. And in agriculturally-rich Ogemaw County four quilt blocks are now spoken for and their construction begun, while promotion of the effort has not even started

yet, according to Christie Blackford, director of the Ogemaw County Chamber of Commerce. She said trail developers are working closely with the Ogemaw County Historical Society and the West Branch Arts Council, just as was done in Alcona County. “We’re trying to use it as a community project,” Blackford said, noting the preliminary blocks will all adorn barns. “I think it is going to be very well received.” Shantz agrees and feels confident that the more counties that sign on, the greater will be the attraction. Even in a land better known for its wilderness, Shantz figures the Timberland Quilt Trail will be popular with both locals and visitors. “We have hunting, fishing, off-roading, but what if you don’t do that stuff,” Shantz said. “You can sit in the cabin or the hotel room and go, ‘I’m bored,’ or you can find something else to do. This brings in a whole different group of people.” – While efforts advance in the organizing of Roscommon County’s quilt trail, and as efforts for Ogemaw and Oscoda County trails continue to grow, The Guide will stay in touch with organizers and report on milestones and promotions.



Northern Michigan’s

By Justin Burchett

special to the Guide

constructs by reaching into the recesses of her soul. She describes her songwriting process as “cathartic.” It seems to be working. Based on the friendliness and easy-going manner of Brooke’s conversation, one would never expect the depth of emotion present in her songs. Her newest album, A Killer’s Dream, harnesses an inner darkness that she has been exploring since she first began this current project back in 2007. On a Saturday afternoon in April, we sat down with Brooke at Trust Fall Records & Coffee in downtown Grayling to find out a little more about this woman who has been called “the Queen of Underground Country Music.”

GRAYLING – Shaped by You can check out Rachel a musical upbringing full of Brooke’s music, videos, touring banjos and bluegrass, punctuated by a period in an all-girl punk schedule, and more by going to band, Northern Michigan songwriter Rachel Brooke has Q: How would you describe your emerged crafting songs that defy a music? label. It is rare that the old and the new A: I guess I would describe it as live in such harmony as they do in country-blues-roots-Americana. Brooke’s recordings. Through her If I had to put it into those terms. music, country and blues legends I’m inspired by The Beach Boys are brought back to speak to a as well as Howlin’ Wolf. If I modern world. was sitting in a circle with all Often playing multiple my influences around me, then it instruments, Brooke’s simple vocal would be a twist of everything. melodies cut through the darkness that permeates the songs she The Guide • June 2013

Q: Why do you think so much of your music comes out so dark? A: I don’t do it on purpose. I just think that is where my mind goes. I guess I really like the unknown. When I’m left by myself my mind will wander to things that I probably shouldn’t think about. I’m kind of an anxious person. So, when I’m in my state of mind I kind of hover over there for a while and I write the songs from there. If I’m worrying about something or thinking about something a lot I write it down. Once it is out and done, I’m done with it. It helps. Although I enjoy the happy things in life, I’m not really inspired to write that. Q: It looks like you have a pretty intense touring schedule. How do you like touring and how are you handling going around all over the place? A: I kind of like touring and I kind of don’t. It is a really good way to get your music out there. It is a solid way to get people into your music, and that is what I want. I like traveling for short periods of time. I like to see different places and eat different foods. But I only like to do that for so long and then I want to go home. I get homesick and miss my animals, a yellow lab named Sadie and two cats, Dan and Roseanne. Q: What has been one of your strangest experiences on the road? A: Sometimes people offer to let you stay at their house. You don’t have to pay for a hotel or what ever , which is good, but we’ve stayed at some crazy

people’s houses before. I have anxiety, especially about people. So that is scary. Q: You’re touring Europe soon. Have you been there before? A: Nope. First time going over.

Q: Are you excited? A: I’m excited and nervous. I’ve never been out of the country. I’ve never even been to Canada. I’m kind of nervous about flying over there and being in a whole new place. I’m trying to look at it in a positive light because I know that it is a good thing. It is something that a lot of people dream about and I’m finally going to do it. I’m pretty sure it is going to be a good time. Q: I’ve noticed that most of the time when you are touring it is pretty far from Northern Michigan. Why do you live in Northern Michigan still and do foresee yourself staying here?

A: I was born here and I love Northern Michigan. It is my home. I’m a homebody. I feel like if I’m going to be on the road all the time and I’m going to be traveling around, when I come home I want to come home.

I plan on staying here for probably the rest of my life. My fiancé and I lived in the Detroit area for a while, but it’s not the same. My family is up here. We’re probably not going to leave. Q: Where can people catch your show in Northern Michigan? A: I’ve got a couple shows I’m working on booking. I’ve got one up in Boyne City in the beginning of July. I hope to be at Short’s Brewery sometime this summer. I hope to host an open mic night at Trust Fall Records and Coffee in Grayling. Q: I think that’s about it. Thank you. A: No, thank you a lot.

— Justin Burchett is the founder of Gaylord Local Music, an arm of Otsego Tomorrow. Find out more about Gaylord Local Music by visiting www.facebook. com/gaylordlocalmusic



From student sailors to old salts

By JERRY NUNN editor

ALPENA – Seeking recruits to bolster their organization’s shrinking membership, officials of the Alpena Sailing Club started a sailing school for youth, hoping the well-trained youngsters would join their club and its associated sailing team. Now, 12 years on, membership in the club has never been higher, the Alpena Sailing Team has never been stronger, and the Alpena Youth Sailing Club has gone a long way toward populating the nation’s sailing sport. While past members of the club stand in the ranks of the top-rated college sailing teams, others serve as crew for world The Guide • June 2013

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and on Grand Lake, in Presque Isle County. While the purpose of the club is to teach youth to sail, sailing is neither the group’s sole focus nor its most important the Yngling Open cause, according to World Championship 2013, and organizers. “We call it a school, and it is, but to Sakonnet, Rhode Island and the we run it more like a summer day U.S. Navy Challenge, where they’ll camp,” said physician and founding train with and compete against the member Mark Upham. Towards U.S. Navy sailors. that end, play time, snack time and Alpena Youth Sailing also holds plenty of time to swim built right private lessons for older youth, into the daily schedule. “If all a kid adults and families ranging from wants to do is sail around, get wet beginner to advanced. In addition and hang out with their buddies, special targeted classes can also well that’s fine too.” be held for Boy and Girl Scouts While Alpena looking to earn Youth Sailing merit badges. offers three levels For all its hile the of classes, youth classes the club purpose of provides boats, train together for the most part, safety equipment the Alpena Youth scoring their and just about Sailing Club to advancement everything else teach youth to sail, a student needs against a set of sailing is neither personal goals. aside from Young sailors close-toed shoes the group’s sole advance through and sunscreen. focus nor its most four levels, Additionally, important cause. attaining the safety comes first, rank of 1st Class life jackets are Seaman over a period of years. worn at all times, training includes Those who advance far enough water safety and young sailors are are often invited to join the Alpena taught to behave safely around Youth Sailing Team to compete in power boats. local and distant regattas, according While the class is informal, Upham. instruction is far from casual. Those regattas regularly entice The club employs three full time Alpena’s youth and adult sailing instructors each summer, most of teams to the east coast, Wisconsin them from the club’s ranks, who and points around the Great Lakes, undergo 40 hours of training to be while annual championship races certified to become U.S. Sailing have local teams traveling as far Association certified. Students as Austria, the Netherlands and advance through four levels of Sweden, Upham said. This summer training to reach 1st Class Seaman. teams will travel from Alpena to Brunnen, Switzerland to compete in




hat better place to spend a vacation than in Northeast Michigan. W Something about time spent along lakeshores, riverbanks and secluded forests that renews our souls and clears our heads.

Nonetheless, that weekend retreat or month-long getaway must sooner or later come to an end. Rather than bring those good times to a close by racing back to the fray, The Guide suggests an alternate ending. Next time you head south veer a little to the east; plan some time, set a slower pace, wander the road less traveled and see a few sights along the way.

Here are some of our suggestions:

You’ll find lots to do on along Northern Michigan’s main corridor. Grab some Grub in Indian River, with a stop by locallypopular Wilson’s Rivers Edge Restaurant. Well known for their breakfast, the menu here offers something for everyone and best of all, prices are reasonable. Discover Scenic Views by heading south out of Indian River head south on old US 27, (the road leads to Gaylord, through Northeast Michigan’s only traffic roundabout.) In Gaylord, stop by the Gaylord Tourism Bureau’s Information Center and peruse a piece of local History and Heritage – On display is the only remaining example of the Gaylord, a production automobile manufactured by the Gaylord Motor Car Company in 1911-1912. Double up on this stop. Folks here can load you up with Directions and Information on things to do in the Otsego County area. Stop by West Branch on your way past to Buy or Browse at Tanger Outlets, where 24 stores offering apparels, shoes, kitchen ware, soaps and more. The Guide • June 2013

Forested but not forlorn, this backwoods highway passes through the Scenic Views of the Mackinaw State and the Huron-Manistee National Forests. If Outdoor Adventure is what you seek, stop by Clear Lake State Park, south of Onaway, where more than 4 miles of foot trails and nearly 50 miles of backroads lead to wild discovery. Further south take a side trip through Lewiston and Grab some Grub at Talley’s Log Cabin Bar, where the burgers were recently voted Best Burger in Northern Michigan by 9&10 News. From Lewiston head south to Luzerne and M-72, or back east to M-33, to a Local Attraction that folks who live here call the “Tickle Belly Hills,” a series of steep hills located south of M-32 left over from the glacial age. South of Comins you can Buy or Browse the rustic décor and wood siding at Woodworker’s Shoppe. Then, just down the road from there, visitors can experience Heritage and History at the Steiner Museum, where the late Earl Steiner’s artifact collection provides a museum-worth of browsing.


A cruise down this country-set highway will satisfy any traveler’s desire for Scenic Views. If starting all the way to the north, plan some time before leaving Rogers City, Grab some Grub – sausage and cheese from 100-yearold Plath’s Meats makes for good road food – and cruise the residential streets where Heritage and History are on display in the form of craftsman-style homes. Head south and duck down M-32 to Hillman, and Buy or Browse at A-1 Woods & Waters, where you can stock up on fishing bait, and get Direction and Information on the local fishing or hunting. Head south towards River Road, where Scenic Views of the mighty AuSable River earned this stretch of road national designation as a Scenic Byway. There you’ll find experience the local Heritage and History of Iargo Springs, an important waterhole for pioneer settlers, as well as Lumberman’s Monument, a federal memorial to the loggers who cleared this land. .

Hard to beat this road along the water, especially considering that it leads straight to Alpena, where you can Grab some Grub at Fresh Palate, located in the Center Building in this historic downtown. Get one of their popular wraps to go, then stroll across the way to Buy or Browse at Thunder Bay Winery. Looking for Art and Culture? Upstairs at the Center Building is Art in the Loft, or if Heritage and History is more to your liking, head northeast down 2nd Avenue and stop by John Henry’s Coins & Antiques, where you can Buy or Browse treasures of yesteryear. Leave Alpena and the ride south offers plenty of excuses to stop and explore. One Scenic View that is bound to become popular is the new Oscoda Beach Park Pier and board walk. Jutting 300-feet out into Lake Huron, the pier offers an unprecedented view of our greatest resource. If Outdoor Adventure is what you seek, detour through Iosco County’s Tuttle March Wildlife Area, a 5,000 acre sanctuary especially popular with birders.


Featured Event

Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix June 13-16, 2013 at Tawas Bay Family-oriented, fun-filled, weekend entertainment with boats 24- to 50-feet-long traveling as fast as 200 mph, with time trials on Saturday, and races on Sunday, with a dry pit and a driver meet & greet, boat parade, heritage rowing race, community block party, wine & ale tasting, Team Sandtastic sand castle competition and workshop, teen bonfire on the beach, family bonfire and concert on the beach, and much more.

For more information call (989) 460-2642 or visit .

Photos by Penny Wojahn

Featured Event

Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix June 13-16, 2013 at Tawas Bay Family-oriented, fun-filled, weekend entertainment with boats 24- to 50-feet-long traveling as fast as 200 mph, with time trials on Saturday, and races on Sunday, with a dry pit and a driver meet & greet, boat parade, heritage rowing race, community block party, wine & ale tasting, Team Sandtastic sand castle competition and workshop, teen bonfire on the beach, family bonfire and concert on the beach, and much more.

For more information call (989) 460-2642 or visit .

Photos by Penny Wojahn

Summer Volunteer Events

Invasive Garlic Mustard Pull

Tuesday, June 4 - 10am to 1pm - Gaylord

Rifle River Stream Monitoring

Saturday, June 8 - 10am to 3pm - Rose City

Sinkhole Lakes Erosion Control

Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, August 3 - 9am to 3pm Pigeon River Country State Forest

Rifle River Streambank Restoration Event Friday, June 28 - 9am to 3pm - Ogemaw County


Saginaw Bay Invasive Species Workshop


Friday, July 12 - 10am to 3pm - Arenac County


Sturgeon River Stream Habitat Work Day

Saturday, July 20 - 10am to 4pm - Cheboygan County

Rifle River Streambank Restoration Event


Saturday, August 10 - 9am to 3pm - Ogemaw County

Au Sable River Erosion Control

Saturday, August 17 - Wednesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 22 8am to 1pm - Oscoda County


Hemlock Lake Invasive Phragmites Control

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Friday, August 30 - 10am to 1pm - Pigeon River Country State Forest

Free Site Visits Personalized stewardship recommendations

Our staff is excited to offer area landowners free site visits and personalized stewardship recommendations. During a site visit, you will have the opportunity to speak directly to one of our highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff about your property.

Answers to your conservation questions


Our staff can provide you with information about conservation options available to assist you with taking care of your land and reaching your goals. After the visit, we will continue to assist you with implementing conservation practices on your property. We look forward to meeting you and getting the chance to learn about what makes your property unique and beautiful.

Huron Pines 4241 Old US 27 South, Suite 2, Gaylord, MI 49735 (989) 448-2293

Huron Pines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity provider.


NORTHEAST MICHIGAN – April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. This spring may have seemed a little slow in coming but unlike those of us who eagerly waited to get outside, spring flowers patiently waited to emerge and start showing off. First out of the gate is spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), which blooms as early as mid-March. Found most often in our more open, not-too-wet, not-toodry forests within our southern and coastal counties, this flower is sometimes referred to as fairy spuds in reference to the small root tubers that resemble miniature potatoes. If you’d like to see this one blooming, you’ll want to get out early in the day or on a cloudy one - their flowers close when it gets too sunny out. Next up are some of our violets which typically start to bloom in mid-April. Violets are found in many natural communities

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nterested in learning more about what grows in your backyard? Huron Pines offers area landowners free site visits and personalized stewardship recommendations. Visit or call (989) 448-2293.

from woodlands and prairies, to wetlands and forests. Yellow violet (Viola pubescens) (pictured) can be found in deciduous and mixed forests, while bird’s foot violet (Viola pedata) are found in open sandy areas, specifically those areas with jack pine. Lance-leaved violet (Viola lanceolata) is found in different wetland communities. Contrary to their name, only Lance-leafed violet is actually violet in color. Common blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium


albidum) is another of Northeast that depend upon them. Made possible Michigan’s early bloomers. Despite by a generous grant from the National what its name suggests, the common Fish and Wildlife Foundation, our staff blue-eyed grass is not a grass at all is excited to offer area landowners free but a deep blue/purple flower with long site visits and personalized stewardship grass-like leaves. This sensation can recommendations. be found in open areas. Similar looking During a site visit, you will have the species, mountain blue-eyed grass opportunity to speak directly to one of (Sisyrinchium montanum) is found in our highly dedicated and knowledgeable grassy places, gravelly shores and staff about your property. We will mixed forests while slender blue-eyed answer all of your questions and grass (Sisyrinchium mucronatum) is provide you with information about found in various open wetlands and is many conservation options available to less common. assist you with taking care of your land Of course, there are our traditional and reaching your goals. forest flowers like trillium and We’ll even take time out to stop and Dutchman’s britches. Nodding trillium smell the flowers! (Trillium cernuum) is found in coniferous swamps and wetland edges while common trillium (Trilliumgrandiflorum) is found along streams and hardwood forests. Dutchman’s britches (Dicentra cucullaria) and squirrel-corn (Dicentra canadensis) are both fairly common dry deciduous forest residents. As these plants highlight, Northeast Michigan has a remarkable natural landscape. From the many waters to the northern hardwoods, conifer swamps, forest openings and wetlands, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Interested in learning more about what grows in ia your backyard? ton y a l Huron —Andrea C Pines is Locke is dedicated a private lands to helping coordinator for Huron landowners Pines. For more of northern information about Michigan Huron Pines and to care for these request a site visit, lands, waters please visit our website e c es or call b and all of the pu Viola plants and animals (989) 448-2293.


Invaders! By DANIEL MOFFATT & BRANDON SCHROEDER special to The Guide

THUNDER BAY WATERSHED – Invasive species are an issue of enormous magnitude for the Great Lakes and our coastal Lake Huron communities, impacting the health of our fisheries and costing all of Northeast Michigan millions of dollars a year in lost tourism. Students from Sanborn Elementary in Ossineke are not intimidated by these foreign invaders. Their student-led Thunder Bay River Watershed Project tracks water quality while providing a vehicle for scientific research, allowing the students to tackle the problems caused by invasive species head on. Supported by the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative network, this place-based educational experience has scienceminded students researching realworld ecological problems caused by invasive species on our local watershed and then presenting possible solutions. With a goal of understanding how invasive species affect the health of the watershed by disrupting the ecosystem and 24

food web, students take on realworld issues in collaboration with community partners such as Michigan Sea Grant, US Fish & Wildlife Service, DNR Fisheries and the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The high-profile, 1980s invasion of the Great Lakes by zebra and quagga mussels have arguably caused some of the most dramatic ecological changes in our local freshwater resources, resulting in costly consequences to our communities. The invasion also provides a natural topic for research for students who began by monitoring zebra mussel populations in their very own Thunder Bay River watershed. Benefiting from the support of area agencies that were on wrecks and learn which types already working on the problem, the of substrates mussels prefer when highly-skilled students work with anchoring themselves to objects USFWS to understand population underwater. With the help of the densities and the locations of the sanctuary’s dive team, students mussels in the river. Knowing that each mussel lpena Public alone filters one liter of water per day, students School’s student applied science and researchers unite math to understand how nutrients are being filtered out of the river rather than with local agencies to study flowing into the Lake aquatic invasive species Huron food web to benefit the Great Lakes fishery. It turns out that invasive mussels submerged a sample of substrates are as equally bad for shipwrecks near the Oscar T. Flint shipwreck, and other maritime artifacts. In a a 1909 wreck that lies in 30 feet of separate study, students work with water, to monitor mussel presence. reasearchers from NOAA’s Thunder The students return each year Bay Marine Sanctuary to better aboard the R/V Storm to deploy understand the effect of mussels the underwater robots built by


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the grade-schoolers themselves, using the vehicles’ underwater cameras to observe what organisms live on the substrates. Research goes well beyond mussels. Diving deeper into other invasive species negatively affecting our local freshwater resources, students worked with Michigan Sea Grant to study the lesser known invasive rusty crayfish, an aggressive species that displaces native crayfish. Using a crayfish survey conducted by Michigan State

University in the 1970s, the team discovered how far the invasive crayfish have spread in the past 30 years. Spending time wading local waters, capturing and counting crayfish, students document the spread of this invasive and looking for areas where native crayfish might still remain. Using this capture, mark and recapture method, student researchers apply math skills to estimate rusty crayfish populations in certain stretches of

the Thunder Bay River, then calculate an estimated population of these invaders for the entire river. With fisheries researchers from the DNR, students identified smallmouth bass – voracious feeders on crayfish – as a potential biological control. A healthy smallmouth population could help control invasives, as well as provide increased fishing opportunities for people who use the river. Students think this could be a real solution and are communicating through public service announcements to promote catch and release of smallmouth bass to help combat the crayfish problem. Students are applying writing and

communication skills in developing posters and presentations, in support of their education and outreach efforts. Coordinated with Michigan Sea Grant, they are cooperating as partners in the distribution of AIS educational materials within their community, incorporating the regional “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” campaign as part of their educational efforts. Sanborn’s students also contributed much of the text on the “Lake Huron’s Most Un-Wanted” poster for the rusty crayfish, of which they have become expert. Some of the rusty crayfish that they collected have been cast in acrylic blocks and are now used across the Great Lakes region as specimen examples, teaching others about the important environmental issue of aquatic invasive species. The Thunder Bay River Watershed Project is a great example of multidisciplinary

learning. Not only does it engage these third, fourth and fifth grade students in science, technology, engineering and math, but also history, language arts, social studies and communication. Students must apply artistic creativity in designing their displays and presentations, while learning life skills such as problem solving, team-building, leadership, communication and civic engagement. Sanborn students, through their learning, are ensuring a bright future for Thunder Bay River and their local communities.

Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is a regional partnership of schools and community partners working to promote place-based, community-based learning experiences. This network serves to engage youth as partners in protecting our Great Lakes and natural resources of Northeast Michigan through hands-on, feet-wet learning in (and with) the community.

Visit NEMIGLSI online to see projects in action & learn how you can participate

The NE MI GLSI supports: • Place-based education programs with youth: Hands-on, place-based education is a proven method for developing knowledgeable and active stewards of the environment. • Educators and school improvement: Through training and professional development for teachers, NEMI GLSI supports the use of best practices that maximize the effectiveness of PBE. • Strong school-community partnerships: Schools and communities working together producing powerful partnerships that are beneficial to all.

Help NE MI GLSI support youth development and environmental stewardship in our communities! To donate contact: Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (877) 354-6881 or Funding in support of the NE MI GLSI provided by Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Community Foundation for NE MI, NOAA B-WET, and Toyota 4-H20, among many other local contributing partners.



Mooring buoys Protecting the wrecks

NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

By WAYNE LUSARDI special to The Guide


better access to the shipwrecks, the Michigan Underwater Preserve Committee and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary began establishing permanent moorings on the more heavily visited shipwrecks. The moorings are not attached directly to the shipwrecks but rather are anchored to the lake bottom using heavy train wheels, concrete blocks, or rods that are screwed into bottom sediments. Now boats no — longer have to drop anchor in or near a shipwreck and A can simply tie into an already established mooring buoy. M Mooring buoys make it easier for boaters, kayakers o p and snorkelers to find the shipwrecks.

early 1500 shipwrecks are located in the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan.

THUNDER BAY MARINE SANCTUARY – Nearly 1500 shipwrecks are located in the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan. Many are popular tourist attractions visited by hundreds of divers and fishermen every summer. Repeated anchoring on the shipwrecks or tying boats directly to them has caused considerable damage to the fragile historic vessels. To lessen the impact on the sites as well as to provide The Guide • June 2013

Follow Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary Facebook: ThunderBayShipwrecks Twitter: ThunderBayWreck YouTube:

The white, blue striped buoys also provide a safe means of descent and ascent for scuba divers. Many of the buoys are lighted to increase visibility at night, and some nearer the shipping lanes have radar reflectors so larger freighters can see and avoid them. Buoys may be used by all visitors on a first come first served basis. Approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, the moorings are a safe, highly-visible replacement for the many small and unlicensed marker floats that are frequently placed on the shipwrecks. The mooring buoys are installed and removed seasonally and are usually in the lakes from May through September, so before planning a dive trip be sure to check the Sanctuary’s mooring status at . Click “Shipwrecks” on the left of the page, then follow the link to “Moorings.” — Wayne Lusardi is Michigan’s State Maritime Archaeologist stationed at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena. Lusardi has dove many of the wrecks in and around the sanctuary and helps preserve them for future generations.

A sanctuary diver prepares a shipwreck mooring buoy. Some of the shipwrecks that are regularly buoyed in Northeast Michigan include the following: SITE NAME





Albany...................................Paddle-Wheeler......... 1853........... N45°19.401’........... W83°27.511’.................5’ E.B. Allen..............................Schooner..................... 1871........... N45°00.968’........... W83°09.902’...............100’ American Union..................Schooner..................... 1894........... N45°21.411’........... W83°35.368’................10’ Barge No. 1...........................Schooner..................... 1918........... N45°00.974’........... W83°18.252’................42’ Bay City.................................Schooner..................... 1902........... N45°03.371’........... W83°25.606’................14’ Harvey Bissell.......................Schooner..................... 1905........... N45°03.295’........... W83°25.610’................14’ James Davidson...................Bulk Freighter............ 1883........... N45°01.859’........... W83°11.769’................35’ Duncan City.........................Tug............................... 1923........... N45°24.787’........... W83°45.733’................12’ Joseph S. Fay.........................Bulk Freighter............ 1905........... N45°29.317’........... W83°54.600’................18’ Oscar T. Flint........................Bulk Freighter............ 1909........... N45°01.568’........... W83°20.843’................30’ Grecian bow.........................Bulk Freighter............ 1906........... N44°58.119’........... W83°12.060’...............100’ Grecian stern........................Bulk Freighter............ 1906........... N44°58.099’........... W83°11.991’...............100’ Haltiner Barge bilge.............Barge........................... 1927........... N45°02.085’........... W83°19.597’................18’ Haltiner Barge boom...........Barge........................... 1927........... N45°02.143’........... W83°19.626’................14’ Heart Failure........................Barge........................... 1906........... N45°03.732’........... W83°22.652’................17’ Chester B. Jones...................Schooner..................... 1924........... N45°24.607’........... W83°45.981’................14’ L.M. Mason..........................Schooner..................... 1861........... N45°20.784’........... W83°29.613’................14’ W.G. Mason..........................Tug............................... 1924........... N45°24.652’........... W83°44.826’................17’ Middle Island Sinkhole................................................................ N45°11.938’........... W83°19.672’................72’ Monohansett........................Steam Barge................ 1907........... N45°01.996’........... W83°11.988’................18’ Montana bow.......................Bulk Freighter............ 1914........... N44°59.025’........... W83°16.013’................63’ Montana stern......................Bulk Freighter............ 1914........... N44°59.046’........... W83°16.038’................66’ New Orleans.........................Paddle-Wheeler......... 1849........... N45°02.589’........... W83°14.414’................13’ Ogarita..................................Bark............................. 1905........... N45°06.326’........... W83°13.133’................26’ Portland................................Schooner..................... 1877........... N45°14.851’........... W83°24.451’.................6’ W.P. Rend..............................Barge........................... 1917........... N45°03.739’........... W83°23.555’................15’ Shamrock..............................Steam Barge................ 1905........... N45°03.083’........... W83°26.031’................11’ W.P. Thew.............................Steam Barge................ 1909........... N45°02.712’........... W83°09.210’................82’ L. Van Valkenburg...............Schooner..................... 1887........... N45°03.392’........... W83°10.210’................60’ John F. Warner.....................Schooner..................... 1890........... N45°03.043’........... W83°26.113’.................9’



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SOME SECRETS WERE MEANT TO BE SHARED Stay & Play on Tawas Bay in 2013! • 877-TO-TAWAS 21st Annual Shoreline Arts & Craft Show May 25 - 26

7th Annual Breeze on the Bay June 1

Over 100 booths with arts, crafts and more. Something for the whole family! Spend the day at the Tawas City Park and view crafters’ wares and enjoy time on the beach overlooking Tawas Bay. Admission and Parking is free!

A family event on the shore of Tawas Bay, featuring free kite making for kids, candy drop, giveaways, kite demonstrations and a Nite Kite Flight, and more.

2nd Annual

4th of July Celebration

Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix

Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix

June 13 - 16 Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix returns for a second year with four fun-filled days of activities on Michigan’s Heritage Coast. Much more than just a boat race with plenty of activities: child’s play area, a block party, bonfires on the beach, a boat parade, racer meet and greet and so much more.

July 4 Annual Parade begins at 11 a.m. on July 4th. Starting at the corner of Newman St. and Lincoln St. in East Tawas, traveling down Newman to US-23 continuing down US-23 to Tawas City, about a 5 mile long event with over 100 parade entrants. Beginning at dusk at 10 p.m., enjoy the fireworks all along Tawas Bay.



By DENNIS MANSFIELD special to The Guide

MACKINAW CITY – The Straits Area has long been known for its historical attractions, such as Mackinaw Island, Fort Mackinaw and Fort Michilimackinac, not to mention the splendor of the Great Lakes and the awe-inspiring Mackinaw Bridge. Now, a growing group of more than 70 local residents are working to add the fine arts to the list of lures that bring thousands of people to the area each year. And, they’re focused on doing the entire year, not just during the heart of the summer and early fall tourist season. Cidney Roth, president of the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council or MCAAC, said the organization was formed less than two years ago with a six-person steering committee. “So, we’re pretty new,” Roth said, adding the MCAAC now has about 78 members. “The realization was that The Guide • June 2013

there was a need for this kind of organization in town,” she said, about why the group formed in early 2011. “We had artists in town. We had musicians. … We had everything else, but the arts weren’t represented.” The MCAAC’s purpose is clear – “Promote and encourage participation in and appreciation of the Fine Arts in the Greater Mackinaw City Area through exhibits, education, activities and performances throughout the entire year,” its mission statement reads. “We have more goals then we have time and people,” Roth said. “We just want to get kids introduced to the arts. We want to give the adult artist opportunities to showcase their art and they’re abilities. “We’re just promoting art in Mackinaw City as best we can” And, the art council has definitely hit the ground running, hosting a bevy of events and art exhibits, including two art exhibits – one for kids, and another for adult artists – this winter.

“We’ve had exhibits for about a year and half now at the Pellston (Regional) Airport,” Roth said. Admittedly, an airport sounds like an odd place for an art exhibit. “That’s true,” she said. “But, they have a long hallway that wasn’t being utilized. “We’ve had a lot of positive comments from having art there.” There was also a music recital last fall at the Church of the Straits in Mackinaw City. “We’re running full tilt,” Roth added. “There’s an astonishing number of artists, musicians and art lovers in this area. “We’ve kind of gotten together and promoted these events.” And, the MCAAC has a busy summer schedule planned for 2013, including: From May 17 to June 30, students may submit original photographs to the MCAAC Facebook page in the categories of “people” and “nature.” First- and second-place monetary prizes will be awarded in several different age categories. Group guitar lessons will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays, from July 5 to Aug. 2, for $5 per session. MCAAC is offering a $15 scholarship for students who wish to partake in the workshop, “A Gentle Introduction to Watercolor,” with Mary Lou Peters on June 25. Her June 18 adult session is already full but she has another scheduled for July 30. Also, local artist Carmel Peppler will be holding art workshops for students.

“Of course, the summer youth theater program is being held once again in Cheboygan,” said Karen Fornes of the MCAAC’s Promotion Committee. “It culminates in a stage production at the Cheboygan Opera


a region known for its history, a burgeoning effort to promote the arts is underway.

House on June 21 and 22.” That event isn’t sponsored by MCAAC, Fornes added, but by Northland Players. “We are trying to encourage more participation in the arts for Mackinaw City youth, and we feel good about our progress thus far,” she said.

Roth says the art council is also working to help promote a summer concert series with Music of Mackinaw on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. starting June 23 and running through Sept. 1, at the Ross Performance Shell at Conkling Heritage Park. “There’s a lot to do and lot more to come,” she said. Not to mention, in August, the MCAAC is hosting its second “Plein Air” event. This year includes a two-day workshop with instructor Sharon Griffes Tarr of Williamston on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at Mackinaw Women’s Center on Jamet St. The weekend will include one demonstration from the artist, lecture and personal instruction and assistance. The workshop is limited to 14 persons and cost is $100 per person. Inquiries may be made by email at or by calling Lorie Axtell at 989-5290752. Also, MCAAC is currently surveying segments of the community to determine future program offerings and the facilities needed to house them. For those looking to find out more about the MCAAC online, the group is still working on creating its own website. “We don’t have our own website yet,” Roth said. “We are, at this point, on Facebook and a link on the Village of Mackinaw City’s website (, and click on the “Community” link). “It’s something we need, but we haven’t gotten there yet.”

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LUZERNE – As a kid growing up in Michigan’s Thumb I wanted to learn to fly. Washing planes and mowing grass at our local sod strip earned me enough flight training that I was able to solo at the minimum age of sixteen. Next came cross-country flying to learn navigation skills. My instructor’s favorite exercise was to identify desolate, out-of-the way landing strips and see if I could find them from the air. That’s was how I discovered Lost Creek Sky Ranch. That was back in the 1950s and even then we would fly in, grab a ‘burger and some fries and fly home, all in one afternoon. You have to work to get to the Sky Ranch. It’s stuck out in the jack pine forests between Luzerne and Mio a mile north of M-72. Over the past seven decades the Ranch has gone through numerous iterations, from a Dude Ranch with The Guide • June 2013

trail rides and rodeos, to a major fly-in destination, to a local sports center, to a lodge that visitors to use as a base of operations for all things people come Up North to enjoy. Through multiple ownerships the common thread for the Ranch has been food and lodging. Recently I offered my wife and better-half, Sue, a date night out, intent on discovering if the rumors of major change at the Sky Ranch were true. I am pleased to say, we were very pleasantly surprised. About seven years ago, a nice young Mio couple, Kelly and Dennis Kahn, purchased the Sky Ranch because, as Kelly says, “It seemed like a good idea and the area needed a good family restaurant.” Since Kelly and Dennis took over they have completely modernized the building. The dining area has been opened up and the bar moved. The renovations on the eleven guest rooms upstairs are about complete.

There is a small conference room on the second floor for business meetings and the sunroom off the main dining room is perfect for banquets, receptions and larger meeting or luncheons. For years Lost Creek was known for its pizza, prepared in a separate kitchen in the basement. The Kahn’s moved the pizza kitchen upstairs next to the main kitchen and updated everything. Today the menu emphasizes good food, beef, chicken, pasta and pizza, made from scratch by head chef, Beverly Mayville. The fare ranges from half-pound burgers in a basket to fine dining. It is definitely not a fast-food place. For those who enjoy a cold beer, Kelly maintains a 22 draft service of varieties, all served at 30 degrees thanks to their new, state-of-the-art, glycol cooling system. The selection also includes over thirty bottle ybeers representing the majority of Michigan brewers. Hearing Kelly brag about the importance of presentation and how a dish looks, inspired me to give Chef Beverly a challenge. My wife is a beef connoisseur – she ordered prime rib. My order was rchef’s choice of chicken, fish or pasta with the caveat that I had to want to take a picture before the first bite. Chicken on a bed of pasta covered with a Parmesan cheese cream sauce and a sprig of sage for

garnish met the challenge nicely. Besides looking good it tasted great. To top it off, my wife said her prime rib was about the best she had ever tasted. A special treat while we were waiting for our meal was a chance to talk with former Sky Ranch owner Miss Betty Hardy who still works part time as a hostess. Miss Betty and her husband Jim purchased Lost Creek Sky Ranch in 1957 after a disastrous fire and re-built it into the Dude Ranch – Fly-in Lodge it became known for. They helped develop the crossMichigan horse trail and hosted a variety of horse oriented events until 1970 when Jim was lost in an airplane crash. Miss Betty’s stories alone make a visit to Lost Creek Sky Ranch worth the effort. Lost Creek Sky Ranch has definitely changed since I flew in for burgers and fries a half century ago. It’s a great place to take the family or friends for well prepared, reasonably priced food and an evening of relaxed and comfortable friendship. It’s really worth the detour. Call Kelly at (989) 826-9901 for more information, directions or reservations. You won’t be sorry.



Journey stories

From the earliest Native Americans to the most recent immigrants, we all have a story of our journey. Thanks to a Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit, those stories are going on display in Alpena. By JERRY NUNN ALPENA – America’s collective journey from foreign shores to a new land has been lengthy and arduous but the singular stories of individual arrival and the coming of our ancestors form the narrative of legend. Passed down through generations, those remarkable stories of inspiration tell the struggle that we and our people experienced to reach our dreams.

It is the stories of those journeys we are invited to experience and share when Journey Stories, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute pays a visit to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena. As part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street project, brought to Northeast Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council, Journey Stories will be on display at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena from June 1 through July 26. “We’re very excited to be the first site in the state to host the Journey Stories exhibit,” said Sarah Waters, education coordinator for the center. While Journey Stories highlights the struggle that everyday people made coming to America

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and the ensuing move west, Waters points out that for many, that journey continues today. “One of the cool things about the exhibit is that people can record their own oral history. The Smithsonian will archive those stories and they will become part of the collection,” Waters said. Tales of immigration may invoke visions of world travel but people’s journey rarely stop when they reached America’s shores, Waters notes. While the push west forms a large part of our shared story, it is also a major focus of the exhibit. From that view point, the exhibit gives folks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary an opportunity to highlight their role in the preservation of America’s history. “We think there is a close tie-in. That’s why we invited the Journey Stories to come here,” Waters said. “At one time we were the west. Our rivers, lakes and waterways were the first highways and the Great Lakes provided a major route on the move west.” The history that the NOAA Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary preserves is vast. Measuring 448-square miles and including some of the most treacherous and highly traveled waters of the Great Lakes, the sanctuary and preserve encompass an area known as “shipwreck alley.” Over the years more than 200 vessels went down in Thunder Bay and its adjacent waters and today more than 50 of those vessels are preserved here. While the sanctuary proves wildly popular with divers and under-water preservationists, Alpena Shipwreck Tours offers seasonal glass-bottom boat tours that make the sanctuary accessible to all. Additionally, the Great Lakes

Maritime Heritage Center located along the river in downtown Alpena serves as the sanctuary’s land-based headquarters. A visitor’s center, with its permanent Exploring the Shipwreck Century exhibit is a free, year-round attraction to locals and visitors alike. Visitors arriving here are invited aboard a full-sized, replica Great Lakes schooner, in the midst of a ferocious and thankfully imaginative storm. The exhibit is interactive – above the water line visitors walk the deck and look in on diminutive crew quarters, then experience the wreck as it lies at

People have no idea how much history we’re sitting on right here in the marine sanctuary.” As a visitor greeter specialist, Shaffer offers guidance to the exhibit for the center’s 80,000 annual visitors. While the job gives Shaffer a chance to meet people from across the state, he has gotten to know many Alpena locals well. “We have families that come in here once a week. It’s not just a cultural center. It’s an educational center as well,” he said. “We get people from downstate. We get a lot of people who’ve already done the west side, who are now coming over

They are finding things to do over here that they never knew about.” Now, with the nationally recognized Journey Stories about to makes its Michigan debut, Shaffer will likely greet more people than ever. “This is a great opportunity for us,” Waters said. “This is something new, even for people who have been to the museum before. How often do you get to visit the Smithsonian Institute?”

Visit the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days July & August open until 7 p.m. Admission is free (989) 356-8805


hile the Smithsonian Institute’s Journey Stories exhibit makes its appearance at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, related programs and presentations will be held all over town. Check out these attractions at the Heritage Center and elsewhere: At the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center June 1 at 2 p.m. Exhibit opening reception and lecture by Anna Pegler-Gordon, MSU Professor June 13 at 10 a.m Journey Stories – Children’s Program June 20 at 10 a.m. Journey Stories for-Youth Program July 4, all day Genot Picor, storyteller and musician July 11 at 3:30 p.m. C. Patrick Labadie, maritime historian July 18 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. John Jensen, maritime historian (989) 356-8805

Walk the decks ­— Great Lakes Heritage Center serves as a public portal for NOAA’s Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary and Preserve. Here you will find Shipwreck Century, the center’s permanent exhibit that includes a full-sized replica Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck. The exhibit is open year-round and admission is free. the bottom of the Great Lakes. As visitors move throughout the exhibit they see scaled models of Great Lakes vessels, artifacts recovered from the sanctuary’s wreckage and wooden, mechanical workings of actual ships. “People are very impressed,” said Owen Shaffer, manager of the gift shop. “They’re usually impressed with the quality of the exhibit but also by what they experience here.

here to see this.” While many of those visitors were specifically attracted to the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary, most spend time visiting attractions up and down the Sunrise Coast, Shaffer says. “They are exploring the whole east coast; they’re discovering new things to do here. And those aren’t just my words. Those are the words they use, exploring and discovering.

At Alpena Library Alpena Stories – Alpena’s timber and maritime industries brought thousands of early immigrants to northeast Michigan. Hear lectures highlighting the journeys of French Canadians, Norwegians, and others, plus the library has shelves full of journey stories for you to enjoy. (989) 356-6188 At Art in the Loft Create Your Journey – Design a creative postcard that you can send to family and friends. (989) 356-4877 At The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan Journey to the Moon – Take your own journey to the moon with special showings of the film Journey to the Moon in the Planetarium at 7 p.m. every Thursday in June, price is included with regular admission. (989) 356-2202



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NORTHEAST MICHIGAN – As spring turns to summer, produce farmers across Northeast Michigan are gearing up production in hopes they can supply a growing demand for farm fresh vegetables, fruit and other products. Facing a growing awareness of the fresher-is-better concept, and with a renewed consumer emphasis to “Buy Local,” small market farmers may have a long row to hoe.

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The new pavillion at Gladwin Farmers Market located on North State Street behind the Historical Villiage has proven a big attraction to market goers. Combined with a growing awareness of the “Buy Local” consept, increased vendor offerings and the state’s new vocher program, officials here, like other market masters across Northeast Michigan expect 2013 to be a very good year for the fresh produce market. Most we talked to say they are up to the task. In fact, stop by one of the many Northeast Michigan farmers markets and you’ll encounter the suntanned and smiling faces of those who stand at the very heart of a growing entrepreneurial spirit; an open air market where producer-directto-consumer is not just another business

model but the only way they know of doing business. Last month, at the Gladwin market’s spring opener, an annual tractor show helped draw attention and booth set up took place rather quickly in early morning chill. Once products were on display, vendor attention turned to catching up on news with their market neighbor and the small

but anxious crowd of buyers. That’s typical farm market behavior according to Lori Hedrick of Beaverton. As owner of Beaverton’s Wild Pumpkin Farm, where they cultivate 16 varieties of pumpkins in addition to an entire list of fruit and other produce, Hedrick is a well known fixture around the Gladwin market. “There are a lot of people who come every week,” Hedrick said, noting she attends the farm market in Houghton Lake as well. It’s those regular

customers who keep vendors coming back, Hedrick said, and when vendors prove dependable, they develop a following. “It’s just like the two ladies who were just through,” Hedrick says. “I knew they wanted a dozen eggs and I had them ready for them when they walked up. They could go to the grocery to get eggs but they don’t, they came here and they ordered asparagus for next week. “They chose to support us.” Located behind the Gladwin County Historical Village and now in its third year, the city-

Here is a list of Northeast Michigan’s more organized farm markets. Just remember that market operations and produce offerings are seasonal and some don’t open until mid-June or later. Standish Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Historic Depot in Standish Au Gres City FarmersMarket 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri. Old Water Funland Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Westover Street, East Tawas 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed. Shoreline Park, Oscoda Alcona County Farm Market 3-6 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m.-noon Sat. USDA Service Center

run Gladwin Farm Market benefited strongly from grants from the USDA and Midland Area Community Foundation that helped fund last year’s installation of a roof and restroom facilities, according to Market master Becky Gleason. Like most farm markets you’re apt to find anything here from fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey and jam, to seasonal fruit and veggies, baked goods and confections, arts and crafts and even garden art, she says. “It’s amazing, the growth we’ve seen,” Gleason said, noting that

the increased visibility has increased sales. “We’re still seeing the same regular customers we saw before, but now we have a lot more people coming through.” Like most farm markets, organizers here accept Senior Project Fresh and WIC Project Fresh and like many others will start accepting the SNAP Bridge Card after July 1. Along with that later move the market will participate in Double Up Food Bucks, where SNAP Card users receive up to $20 in one-for-one discounts on fresh fruit and produce.

ARA Farmer’s Market 9 a.m to12:30 p.m. Sat. ARA Fairgrounds, Lincoln

Grayling Farmers Market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs. City Park, Grayling

Alpena Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed. & Sat. Behind Alpena City Hall

Rogers City Farmers Market 8 a.m. to noon Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed. Rogers City Marina

3-7 p.m. Sat. Downtown Grayling

Roscommon Farm Market 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Au Sable River Center Houghton Lake Farmer’s Market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri. Houghton Lake Playhouse

Cheboygan Farmers Market Natures Best Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Cheboygan City Hall Boney Park, Fairview Indian River 3-7 p.m. Wed. Growers Market South of Kittle Road, Mio 2-6 p.m.Wed. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Rose City Farmers Market Citizens Nation Bank 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Rose City City Hall Onaway Farmers Market 2-6 p.m. Tues. Subway Complex Gaylord Downtown Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed. & Sat. Under the Pavilion,

West Branch Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. South 3rd Street Gladwin Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Historic Village


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The Guide, June 2013 issue  

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