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have serial numbers and all syringes in that package have matching micro serial numbers traceable back to the purchaser. Sales to diabetics and other legal users is matched to their dose usages and tightly regulated. All needles are scored to be broken off after single use. At the present time a ten-year-old can walk in any drug store and walk out legally with hundreds of syringes. The only way to make this work is with a national law. So it’s law everywhere. Clean needles at a safe site, on-site use only, Crime and Rescue Map.......................................7 A Guardianship Overturned...............................10 addicts only and no needles to leave site. Two Men and Their Trucks..............................12 Road Trip.........................................................14 Bill Minore, Grawn Chasing the Elusive Hole In One........................15 Tour the True Mackinac....................................17 Not Your Average Restaurant..........................18 Michigan’s Jeremy Kittel to Return to Manitou...20 Northern Seen...................................................21




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Kudos for Civility Kudos to Stephen Tuttle! Harassing and assaulting people because of their political beliefs is indeed deplorable and counterproductive. Stephen also accurately points out that it is the left who is afraid of free speech and most likely to try to interfere with it, an unmistakable signal that they are incapable of participating in a civil and coherent debate.

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John Michael Casteel, Traverse City Get A Clue You are the problem; “irresponsible liberals are way out of line-whining about gun laws”….Wow, I’m not sure if it’s the air in Fife Lake, but did you actually read your own words? Whining about gun shootings? Get a clue: Children (and adults) are being slaughtered while sitting in classrooms, and your solution is for people to look in the mirror, whip your kids butts, take away Playstations & iPhones, and problem solved. Really? Is that all it takes? So the guy who slaughtered all those innocent souls in Vegas grew into a middle-aged man before he snapped needed his butt whipped too? Pretty sure iPhones & video games weren’t the rage when he was “coming up.” The world gets it — people love their guns but some of us think there should be common sense laws in place to possibly deter more killings. While our leader does absolutely nothing, including increasing funding to schools for security & training. Improvements in mental health care are non existent’ instead he is hard at work destroying peoples’ health care. I suggest that you stop pointing fingers at everyone else since you are apparently perfect and offer your genius to help solve this crisis. Whitney Allen, TC

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top ten Slabtown Named Top 10 Burger Joint in the Country Traverse City’s Slabtown Café and Burgers was named one of the top 10 burger joints in the country by travel website Slabtown comes in at No. 5 on the list, which was compiled through an analysis of reviews received by hamburger restaurants across the country. “We have leveraged the feedback from diners browsing TripAdvisor to surface the best burger restaurants in America,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “This list serves up some of juiciest, crowd-pleasing burgers you should try — ranging from the traditional patty, to those with toppings including peanut butter and fried eggs.” Slabtown, located at 826 W. Front Street, is the only Michigan restaurant on the list. It made the list on the strength of 465 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The top burger in the country, according to the survey, is served at Al’s Burger Shack in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Starring five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (along with Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina), directed by Big Little Lies’ Jean-Marc Vallee and based on the novel by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn, HBO’s new limited series is veritable prestige TV and a true crime lover’s dream. Adams plays Camille, a newspaper reporter in St. Louis, who returns to her rural Midwestern hometown to investigate recent killings of young girls. It’s dark, twisty, and cerebral, and while I don’t think we have True Detective style greatness ahead of us, the pedigree on this moody murder mystery cannot be ignored and makes it one of the biggest television events of the summer. On HBO Go and HBO Now.

5 Shop our summer collection now In sausage circles, fresh and fantastic pork sausage is something to be revered. Which is why Pete and Paul Spanitz, brothers and devout sausage fanatics, decided to forgo the endless search for the ultimate pork sausages and simply stuff their own. Crafted from lean pork butts sourced at Detroit’s legendary Eastern Market, the pair began building a small but innovative sausage empire, Spanitz Bros. Sausage Co. — until Paul’s unexpected passing in 2011. Pete has carried on their brotherhood’s legacy, and what a legacy it is. The company today offers not only its classic and outstanding Bratwurst but also some of the most innovative, tasty flavors ever to be encased: the Cheeseburger Special (with a taste that lives up to its name), the Coney (pork, chili spices, mustard, and onion), the Polish & Pepperjack, and our favorite, the Hearty Poleman (pork with potatoes, cheese, and a mix of Polish and brat seasonings). Flavors available vary, but all are worth trying. Find ’em at Francisco’s Market and Deli (2770 Silver Lake Rd., 231-932-7102) and Alley’s Market (113 E State St., 231-421-9601) in Traverse City; Harbor Springs IGA (300 W Lake St., 231-5262101); or order ‘em direct, by the pound:

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A lawsuit over a would-be wedding venue overlooking Lake Leelanau has been dismissed. Neighbors complained that Frank Noverr used his property to hold raucous events that compromised the quiet, rural character of their neighborhood. In dismissing the lawsuit, however, visiting Judge David Thompson found that the neighbors, known as Southeast Leelanau Association of Neighbors, hadn’t proved that they actually been harmed. Thompson did find that activities on Noverr’s farm violated the Elmwood Township zoning ordinance. Noverr’s attorney, Matthew Vermetten, called the lawsuit a waste of time. “We are very pleased that Judge Thompson, recognizing the baseless nature of SLAN’s lawsuit against Frank Noverr and Noverr Enterprises, LLC, dismissed the action,” he wrote in a statement. “We will continue to be good neighbors and welcome the Township’s input to help strike a balance that fairly and equitably enforces the applicable laws and ordinances, preserving private property rights in the community for all citizens.” SLAN’s attorney, Kristyne Houle, said the neighbors haven’t decided yet whether to appeal the ruling, but she’s pleased that Noverr was found in violation of the zoning ordinance. “SLAN is hopeful that the Township will now enforce the ordinance to protect the neighborhood,” she said. The years-long dispute was chronicled in “The Saga of Noverr Farms,” in the Feb. 10, 2018, edition of Northern Express.

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spectator by stephen tuttle The truth is, we’ve never much liked immigrants. This “nation of immigrants” was skeptical almost from the beginning. And, so far, we’ve never had a president or Congress able to craft an immigration system that works.

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George Washington wasn’t sure we needed any more immigrants at all. Benjamin Franklin was concerned too many Germans were arriving in the New World.

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(There was already a different kind of immigration occurring in parts of the country, immigration of the completely involuntary sort. But slaves didn’t count as people or immigrants, they counted as property.)

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We imported Chinese labor to do the backbreaking work of clearing routes and laying track for our first western railroads. Then we kicked them out of the country. California even tried to make it illegal to even be in the state if you were Chinese.

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The nativism movement — basically saying anybody already here deserves more than those just arriving — started well before the Civil War. Nativists opposed all immigration and are the seeds that sprouted some of today’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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Then there was eugenics, the idea of creating improved humans by selective breeding of people with desirable traits. Unfortunately, all of those desirable traits seemed to occur in western Europeans, so we had another wave trying to discourage immigrants from anywhere else. In the early 1900s, still a mostly agrarian society, we did invite European immigrants to fill the blue collar jobs needed for our move into the Industrial Age. New industries were happy to watch them come through the turnstiles at Ellis Island even as many people already here were not. Then we turned our attention south instead of east. We were fine with migrant workers who came seasonally and did the dirty work of harvesting in the fields and orchards. We even had treaty agreements with Mexico, like the ill-fated Bracero Program, designed specifically to bring in unskilled,, temporary labor workers.

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Mexicans here, legally and illegally, so we created the offensively named Operation Wetback. That’s actually what is was called. And we strongly encouraged those of Mexican descent, even American citizens of Mexican decent, to head on back to Mexico. And nearly a million did. Ronald Reagan went the amnesty route, coupled with stronger enforcement, and that didn’t achieve much. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush talked of increased enforcement and floated legislative plans but without much result. Barack Obama, for all the accusations that he was soft on illegal immigration, actually forcibly deported more illegal immigrants than all previous presidents combined. Immigration activists derisively referred to him as the Deporter-in-Chief. He attempted to find some common ground at least for those who had been brought here illegally as children but that has now been undone. Rational immigration solutions have again slipped our grasp. Politicians have successfully turned illegal immigrants into villains, and even legal immigrants into objects of suspicion. There is nothing illegitimate about favoring the enforcement of immigration laws. But the current zero tolerance policy, poorly conceived and designed, has done little but create chaos. The separation of families, which happened sparingly in other administrations, has been carried out indiscriminately and coldly. Children have been left in detention for long stretches with neither parents nor advocates. These children, some as young as one, end up in Immigration Court. There is no requirement that legal counsel be provided for them. In fact, there is no requirement they have any representation at all. The judge, as is protocol, is supposed to ask them if they understand the proceedings. As absurdities go, it’s very near the top of the list. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is responsible for these kids, doesn’t even know how many there are, though they’re pretty sure it’s somewhere between 100 and 1,000. They also don’t know where their parents now are. The federal courts ordered all families be reconnected by last Monday, July 9. HHS reported they had reunited 38 families.

But some stayed behind and found more permanent work. Many others started coming illegally. We didn’t much like that, and they were an easy target from the start: They looked different, spoke a different language, and could usually be found doing the most miserable jobs.

We like to lecture the rest of the world about their moral shortcomings, always ready to offer some constructive criticism of somebody’s human rights record. Meanwhile, we’ve created a dystopian nightmare in which toddlers, separated from their parents and unable to speak our language, are sent to court on their own.

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Crime & Rescue TWO-CAR CRASH KILLS TWO By the time a 91-year-old driver noticed a car had stopped ahead of him to make a left turn, it was too late — he swerved to the right and struck a van. The driver of the van, 64-year-old Dennis Gerald Renaud, of Indian River, was taken to McLaren Northern Michigan hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Emmet County Sheriff’s deputies said. The 91-year-old Mackinac Island resident, Marvin Stanley May, was also taken to the hospital and then transferred to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, where he died two days later. A passenger in May’s vehicle, a 2004 Ford Escape, was also injured. The crash happened at 11am July 6 near the intersection of US-31 and Powers Road in Littlefield Township. CAR FLIPS AFTER COLLISION A car flipped several times after a collision with a tractor. An 84-year-old Brethren man didn’t notice a road commission tractor mowing at the side of the road, and he drove into one of the tractor’s rear wheels, Manistee County Sheriff’s deputies said. The man’s vehicle flipped several times before coming to rest; deputies and firefighters from Maple Grove Township extracted the man from his car and saw that he got to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The tractor driver was not injured. The crash happened at 10:40am July 11 on Nine Mile Road in Marilla Township. MAN BELIEVED DROWNED A 38-year-old Traverse City man apparently drowned in Long Lake. A resident called 911 after they heard a man yelling for help from the water near Gilbert Park at 10:30pm July 9. Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies and Long Lake Township firefighters located the man near the swimming area within 15 minutes and pulled him from the water. Despite efforts to revive him, James William Pascoe was pronounced dead at Munson Medical Center at 3:30am. An autopsy was scheduled to determined cause of death. FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED A Florida man was arrested in Leelanau County after several people called about his drunk and disturbing behavior. Deputies were called at 10:25 pm July 3 to South Lake Leelanau Drive and East Lakeview Hills Road in Elmwood Township, where a man said someone had approached his house and asked for a beer; when the requestor was refused, he called the resident a racist and took off on foot. At 11:07pm, dispatchers got another call, this one about a drunk man on East Birch Point Road who was throwing rocks at vehicles and attempting to start fights. When the man approached a young female in a threatening manner, her uncle punched the man, deputies said. Deputies arrested the 24-year-old Okeechobee, Florida, man but first took him to Munson Medical Center to be treated for an injury to his face.

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CONDITINS FOR ANIMALS DEPLORABLE Police who responded to a complaint about dogs running loose launched an investigation that led to the seizure of 27 malnourished and neglected dogs and cats. Troopers from the state police Cadillac post responded to a house on Voice Road in Grand Traverse County’s Paradise Township and found dogs running with caked and matted feces in their fur. When they checked the house, the residents were not home, but troopers were able to see and hear indications that several more animals inside living in “deplorable conditions, with large amounts of feces covering the entire floor of the home,” according to state police. They called in Grand Traverse County Animal Control and the Cherryland Humane Society while getting a search warrant for the home, which led to the seizure of 17 dogs — one of them dead — and 10 cats. Animal control officers were lent hazmat suits and respirators to remove the animals from the home. All of the animals were in extremely poor health and suffered from starvation and dehydration, troopers said. Several animals were discovered inside the walls of the house. The health department was called to begin steps to condemn the house. The animals were taken to the humane society, and investigators planned to complete a report to be sent to the prosecutor’s office. CHARGES SOUGHT AFTER CRASH A Suttons Bay man told police that the brakes on his 1982 Honda motorcycle failed to work, causing him to lose control, but deputies suspect the man had been drinking prior to the crash. Leelanau County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Suttons Bay Township at 8:15pm July 5 to find the driver lying on the ground a short distance from his bike, having suffered non-life threatening injuries. The 26-year-old Suttons Bay man was traveling east on North Jacobson Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign at North West Bay Shore Drive, continued through the intersection, and struck a tree. Deputies determined the man had consumed alcohol prior to the crash, that he had a suspended license, and that he has two prior drunk driving convictions; he was taken to Munson M e d i c a l Center, and a report was sent to prosecutors.

REPORT: DAUGHTER STRANGLES MOTHER An 80-year-old woman told police that she’d been assaulted by her 58-year-old daughter. The woman appeared at the Law Enforcement Center in Traverse City July 7 and told Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies that she’d argued with her daughter about stolen sunglasses and that her daughter pushed her, raised her fists, and threatened this: “I’m going to kill you.” The 81-year-old father intervened as his daughter wrapped a phone cord around her mother’s neck; the man pushed his daughter away, and the mother and father left the Long Lake Township residence to report the incident to police in person. The woman was arrested for domestic assault involving strangulation and violation of a personal protection order.

poodle was dead. After the attack, the pit bull’s owner was able to get the dog into her apartment. When deputies arrived, they interviewed everyone involved and took possession of the pit bull. The dog’s owner, who deputies said is considering putting her dog down, is expected to face charges for letting the dog run at large and for the death of the poodle. Deputies noted on Facebook: “This is a reminder to all dog owners to have your dog under control at all times when the animal is out in public. Having a dog bite someone or harm another animal can have criminal and civil consequences.”

DOG KILLES DOG A roaming pit bull mix attacked and killed a poodle as the small dog was walked on a leash outside a Leelanau County apartment complex. A 77-year-old woman was walking her granddaughter’s poodle, Riley, at 12:41pm July 8 at the York Apartments in Bingham Township when they encountered the other dog, who attacked and dragged the poodle under a parked car. By the time a bystander was able to separate the dogs by striking the pit bull with the golf club, the

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THE VIEW FROM MOSCOW opinion bY jack segal The first Putin-Trump Summit on July 16, coming on the heels of a NATO Summit, has a deep historical foundation dating long before President Trump’s tenure. For Vladimir Putin, the build-up to this summit began in East Germany, where he served as a KGB operative during the collapse of the Soviet empire. On June 12, 1987, President Reagan gave his historic — “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall …” — speech. By 1989, East Germans were slipping across the border into the West, demonstrators were besieging Putin’s KGB offices in Dresden, and on Nov. 9, the Wall was history. Putin would come to see the turmoil that ended Moscow’s domination of eastern and central Europe as a well-designed plot against Russia. But by 1991, President Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin began a “bromance” that foretold great hopes for the future. The re-unification of Germany had carried a promise that Russia would be a central player in designing a new pan-European security architecture to replace NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Agreements reached by their predecessors (Bush Sr. and Gorbachev) seemed to say that the U.S. and Russia would move in close partnership — and without NATO expanding eastward. But by October 1993, the mood in Moscow was already changing. The U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires in Moscow, Jim Collins, warned that the Russians “expect to end up on the wrong side of a new division of Europe … if NATO expands into Central and Eastern Europe without holding the door open for Russia … ” Although Yeltsin was reassured that NATO would focus on its new “Partnership for Peace,” not new members, President Clinton announced that NATO expansion was a question of “not whether, but when.” Yeltsin felt betrayed and embarrassed, and Yeltsin’s internal support withered. When Yeltsin handed power to Putin on Dec. 26, 1999, NATO was about to welcome into the Alliance Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Putin saw this as a bad faith move that violated promises made to Yeltsin in 18 Clinton-Yeltsin summit meetings held between 1991 and 1999. For Putin, the presidency of George W. Bush marked a further turn back to the Cold War. After 9/11, Putin called for a global coalition against terrorism. Instead, Bush delivered his “axis of evil” speech, and the U.S. invaded Iraq without UN authorization. The next blow came quickly in Nov. 2003 when the “Rose Revolution” in former-Soviet Georgia toppled the government of Eduard Shevardnadze. Leading up to that change of government, USAID had cut funding to Shevardnadze’s government and IMF loans were suspended while US NGO’s poured money into a pro-democracy movement led by a Georgian-American, Mikhail Saakashvili. To Putin, this toppling of one of the successor regimes in the former Soviet empire was a new American provocation. The new dividing line across Europe on Russia’s border went a big step farther when, in 2004, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined NATO. Russia’s hard-won buffer zone — a goal dating back centuries — disappeared. Leaving no doubt about U.S. intentions, President Bush became the first president to visit Saakashvili’s Republic of Georgia in May 2005, and Bush announced that “there would be no Russian veto” over

Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO. This was an easy commitment to make so long as Russia remained weak. But Putin had other ideas. In August 2008, provoked by the over-confident Georgians, Russian forces easily invaded the Georgian province of South Ossetia, where they remain today. With the inauguration of President Obama, relations with Russia started off well enough with the “reset” of relations proposed to Medvedev (Putin was sidelined by term limits) that led to the “New START” Treaty limiting nuclear arms. But Putin’s return to power in 2012 coincided with an oil price downturn, and Putin had to divert attention from Russia’s mounting economic problems. Grand gestures like hosting the Sochi Olympics were aimed at remaking Russia’s image as a nation that must be respected. But just before and during the Olympics, demonstrators in Ukraine, encouraged by U.S. officials and USAID-funded NGOs, demanded the ouster of the pro-Russian Prime Minister Yanukovych. Putin was outraged at U.S. interference during his Sochi “coming-out party.” Putin felt confident that he held the advantage with half of Ukraine’s population favoring ties to Russia and 800,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s border. He instigated a separatist movement in heavily-pro-Moscow Crimea and orchestrated a “referendum” that caused Crimea to shift allegiance to Russia. Pro-Russian troops gained control of eastern Ukraine’s industrial Donbass region in bloody fighting. These two moves remain unchallenged to this day, aside from U.S. and E.U. sanctions against Russia. Since the Ukraine crisis, Putin has pursued a strategic path to increasing Russia’s international role. He has increased his support of Syria’s Assad regime; harassed NATO operations in the Baltic Sea and Poland; and apparently attacked with a chemical weapon — in Kim Jong Un-style — a former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K. President Trump is in an awkward position with Putin. Putin and Trump have brushed aside allegations of collusion with Moscow as “fake news,” but making any major concessions to Putin in their first summit would raise questions about President Trump’s ability to stand up to Putin absent any concessions. Putin’s “wish list” — recognition of Crimea’s return to Russia, lifting of sanctions, rollback of NATO exercises in eastern Europe — would terrify our European allies and seem to validate Putin’s use of force. Putin’s tenure runs to March 2024, or perhaps longer; President Trump likely sees his presidency running through January 2025 — plenty of time to break Clinton-Yeltsin’s record of 19 summits. As the North Korea Summit showed, a grand joint statement without much substance can be spun as a “success.” And in this case, both presidents want this summit to look like a success. Jack Segal was NSC Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia from 1998 to 1999 and State Department Director for the Western Slavic States from 1996 to 1997. He co-chairs, with his wife, Karen Puschel, the International Affairs Forum, which is now accepting membership applications for its 25th Anniversary 2018–19 season (

Want to Get Away? Many citizens of the world are weary of the war and strife that seem to be consuming the news, and about 200,000 of them have already signed up to put it all in the rear-view mirror by becoming citizens of Asgardia. This coming-soon colony on the moon is led by Igor Ashurbeyli, a Russian engineer, computer scientist and businessman who was inaugurated as its leader on June 25 in Vienna. Asgardia’s parliament plans to set up “space arks” with artificial gravity in the next 10 to 15 years, where its projected 150 million citizens can live permanently, Reuters reports, and Ashurbeyli hopes settlement on the moon will be complete within 25 years. Asgardia is named after Asgard, a “world in the sky” in Norse mythology. Its leaders hope to attract a population from among the “most creative” in humanity, perhaps using “IQ tests,” according to Ashurbeyli. Best of all: For the time being, becoming a citizen online is free. Ewwwwww! Susan Allan of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, was driving with her son on May 9, enjoying the beautiful weather with the sunroof open, when they were suddenly hit with a cold material that smelled to them like feces mixed with chlorine. “Like a clean poop smell if that’s possible,” Allan told Vice. “My son threw up, and we had so much in our faces. Both of us, our faces were covered in poop.” Apparently, poop is falling from the sky all over Canada; Transport Canada has received 18 such reports this year. But the government has not issued an explanation for the phenomenon. Allan thinks it is related to airplanes flying overhead and the Canadian government is covering it up. But Transport Canada pooh-poohed her theory and has declined to comment further. Oh, Fudge KCCI TV in Des Moines, Iowa, reported on June 27 the loss of a tractor-trailer load of chocolate when the truck caught fire near Dexter, Iowa. The trailer, full of chocolate from Hershey, Pennsylvania, was westbound when it experienced brake problems that caused it to ignite. The driver pulled off and was able to detach the trailer from the cab before it caught fire. No injuries were reported, except to the chocolate, which was a total loss. Weird Science Montgomery, Alabama, resident Kayla Rahn, 30, had been trying for months to lose weight, but instead experienced dramatic weight gain and pain in her stomach. She became out of breath just taking a short walk. Finally, in May, Rahn’s mother took her to the emergency room at Jackson Hospital, where doctors discovered a growth attached to her ovary and removed what turned out to be a 50-pound, benign cyst, reported WSFA 12 News. The cyst resembled a large watermelon in size. “This is one of the largest I have ever seen,” Dr. Gregory Jones told reporters. “We are very excited things went well for her.” Litigious Society In Norman’s Bay, East Sussex, England, Nigel and Sheila Jacklin are studiously keeping their eyes down after being threatened with prosecution if they look at their neighbors’ house -- an adjoining property bought five years ago by Dr.

Stephane Duckett and Norinne Betjemann. The Jacklins, 26-year residents of the beachfront community, had repeatedly complained to authorities about noisy builders, verbal abuse and light pollution as Duckett and Betjemann turned a former workshop into a weekend retreat. In June, The Sun reported that after police were called into the dispute, the Rother District Council sent the Jacklins a “community protection warning” that defines an “exclusion zone” around Duckett and Betjemann’s home, forcing the Jacklins to take a roundabout route to the beach. Nigel Jacklin said: “We can’t walk to and from the beach or through the village without fear of being prosecuted.” The Jacklins plan to fight the order. Weird Food Minor league baseball teams come up with some wacky promotional ideas, and “Sugar Rush Night” at the Erie (Pennsylvania) SeaWolves game on June 23 didn’t disappoint. WNEP TV noted that one highlight was the cotton candy hot dog: a wiener nestled in a cloud of cotton candy, then sprinkled with Nerds candies. Brave SeaWolves fans could top off the meal with a cotton candy ball: ice cream covered with sprinkles and enclosed in cotton candy. Maybe the sugar rush was too much for the players; they lost 5-3 to the Altoona (Pennsylvania) Curve. Recurring Theme: Airport Nudity Travelers aboard a Delta Air Lines flight that had just landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on June 26 were startled when a nearly naked man ran up to their plane and jumped onto a wing, then attempted to open an emergency exit. Jhyrin Jones, 19, had scaled a fence topped with razor wire to reach the runway; just minutes before, he had jumped on some parked cars at a nearby construction site and threatened to “kill y’all, I’m going to blow this place up, trust nobody, you better believe me,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A police report indicated Jones “appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.” He was charged with criminal trespass and public indecency, among other things. Perspective An 82-year-old Japanese man who has lived as a naked “hermit” on a deserted island near Taiwan since 1989 has been forced to return to Japan. Masafumi Nagasaki made his way to Sotobanari Island 29 years ago and told Reuters in 2012 that he wished to die there. “Finding a place to die is an important thing to do,” Nagasaki said, “and I’ve decided here is the place for me.” Earlier reports indicated that he at one time had a wife and two children, and he ran a hostess club in Niigata, Japan. “In civilization people treated me like an idiot and made me feel like one. On this island I don’t feel like that,” he said. Nagasaki explained that at first he wore clothes on the island, but a typhoon destroyed his belongings. Alvaro Cerezo, who documents the stories of island castaways, told News. com/au that in April, authorities removed Nagasaki from the island and placed him in government housing in Ishigaki, Japan, because he was ill and weak. “They took him back to civilization and that’s it,” Cerezo said. “They won’t allow him to return.”

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Martha (in stripes) reunited with friends at a Fourth of July gathering.

The case of a court-appointed guardian who took control of an 80-year-old woman’s life has taken a turn. By Patrick Sullivan Jennifer Rodgers walked into a courtroom July 3 and got something that seemed for months to be out of her reach: permission to spend time with her mom. The court ruling arrived just in time for Rodgers — and friends and family of her mom, 80-year-old Martha — to get together for a Fourth of July cookout. The breakthrough occurred after Martha’s legal guardianship and conservatorship transferred from Leelanau County to Grand Traverse County. Some fresh sets of eyes noted problems that had occurred in Martha’s case, which had languished as court-appointed guardian Jill Case took almost complete control over Martha’s life. That’s all changed. Grand Traverse County Probate Judge Melonie Stanton appointed Jennifer Rodgers as co-guardian of her mom. And she said she would have to issue an arrest warrant for Case after Case failed to show up for that hearing. (Most recently, Case missed another deadline on July 11; an arrest warrant was expected to be issued for her arrest through the probate court.) “I’m very happy that there’s some clarity,” Rodgers said after the hearing. “It’s been a long road, and we just had to be patient until the situation exposed itself as an injustice.”

Lynn Hackenberger, Martha’s lifelong friend who filed one of the petitions to have Case removed, said after the hearing that she also was delighted with the outcome. She praised the manner in which Stanton handled the case. She said it was unlike her experience while the case was pending before Probate Court Judge Larry Nelson in Leelanau County.

and conservator laws in order to insinuate himself back into his mother’s milliondollar-plus estate after he had been left out of her will. After the hearing, Simeon Rodgers said he had no comment and expressed anger about an earlier Northern Express article about the case. The complicated, heartrending saga was profiled in “Fighting

“The Guardian refused to reveal Marty’s whereabouts to her daughter and friends and has failed to notify the Court of Marty’s change of address at any time in the past seven months, contrary to her statutory duty to do so.” “It was night and day,” Hackenberger said. “You had a judge that was willing to listen. In Leelanau, he didn’t give anybody a chance to say anything. He had his mind already made up.” A COMPLETE BREAK-DOWN At the July 3 hearing, a dozen friends and family showed up to support Rodgers. At the other side of the room, Rodgers’ adversary and estranged brother, Simeon Rodgers, stood alone. Jennifer Rodgers alleges that her brother took advantage of guardian

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for Mom,” a story that appeared in the Nov. 18, 2017, edition of Northern Express. The case began when Simeon Rodgers and his son, Spencer, along with a state Adult Protective Services worker and Case, alleged that Jennifer Rodgers had taken advantage of and neglected her mother in late 2016 and early 2017, despite evidence that Jennifer Rogers had attempted to make arrangements for her mom. Jennifer Rodgers was almost immediately stripped of legal control of her mom’s affairs even though Martha herself had legally

declared — while she had been in good health — that she wanted her daughter to care for her if her health should decline. Nevertheless, APS and Nelson put Case in charge of Martha’s health and financial affairs. The move infuriated Jennifer Rodgers. As Martha’s health faltered, Case enabled Simeon Rodgers, who had been written out of his mother’s will following a long-ago dispute, to get back into his mother’s life. Relations between Jennifer Rodgers and Case deteriorated and soon, Jennifer Rodgers’ visits with her mom were strictly controlled by Case. After the publication of the Northern Express article in November, Case moved Martha from a nursing home in Northport to an undisclosed location (which was later revealed to be in Traverse City) that she would not reveal to Jennifer Rodgers or Martha’s friends in her hometown of Suttons Bay, apparently fearing they would inform Martha’s daughter of Martha’s location. A NEW LOOK INTO WHAT HAPPENED When Martha was moved to Traverse City and jurisdiction of the case transferred to Grand Traverse County, a new lawyer was appointed to independently represent Martha’s interests. Attorney Janet Mistele looked into what was happening, and she was disturbed by what she found, according to a report she filed with the court.

The phone in Martha’s nursing home room while she was living as a ward of guardian Jill Case. Case prevented Martha from having contact with her daughter, as well as many of her friends. (Courtesy Jennifer Rodgers)

Missile’s report, dated June 28, chronicled how Jennifer Rodgers had been named Martha’s heir in 2007, and that Simeon Rodgers had been excluded from his mom’s affairs; moreover, Jennifer Rodgers had been named power of attorney and Martha’s guardian. In 2014, Martha updated her estate plan and named Jennifer Rodgers her patient advocate. Simeon Rodgers, meanwhile, remained written out of the will. Martha showed signs of dementia in early 2017, and while Jennifer Rodgers temporarily went to Florida for work, Simeon Rodgers’ son, Spencer, arrived from out of state and called APS, charging abuse and neglect of Martha. His claims led to Jennifer Rodgers being stripped of any say over her mother’s affairs and she was eventually forbidden to see her mom without permission from Case. Mistele found that state and Leelanau County officials had somehow unquestioningly sided with Simeon Rodgers. Mistele wrote: “Despite Marty’s extensive estate planning, when APS received a referral from Simeon’s son alleging financial exploitation and physical neglect of Marty, rather than doing a proper fact-based investigation and attempting to confirm or dispel information from and about Marty’s daughter, APS accepted as true hearsay and other unverified information provided by Marty’s previously estranged family.” Mistele noted that Case, in an abuse of her authority — and in favor of a son who had been cut off and against a daughter who had been appointed heir and decisionmaker — ignored her legal requirement to make Martha’s location available to her loved ones and apparently informed only Simeon Rodgers of the new location. Martha was cut off not just from her daughter, but also from contact with many friends. Mistele wrote: “The Guardian refused to reveal Marty’s whereabouts to her daughter and friends and has failed to notify the Court of Marty’s change of address at any time in the past seven months, contrary to her statutory duty to do so.” Case did not return messages comment.

At the court hearing, Simeon Rodgers repeated allegations that Case had made earlier, that his sister had upset their mother with talk about the guardianship and her finances. Mistele said she was disturbed by those allegations and how they were used to separate daughter from mother because she’d checked with staff at the two nursing homes where Martha has lived and found no evidence to support Simeon Rodgers’ claims. Furthermore, she said, she observed Jennifer Rodgers with her mother and found them to have a normal, loving relationship. “That has been a serious, ongoing issue in this case,” Mistele told Stanton. “It is shocking to the conscience.” Some of Martha’s friends agree. Jone Antetucci, a member with Martha in a Suttons Bay social group called “The Cottage Quilters,” also petitioned the court to have Case removed from control over her friend’s life. Antetucci wrote that Martha’s friends were confused when Simeon Rodgers re-emerged to gain control over his mother’s affairs. “She told several of us that her son had been hostile and dishonest, bankrupting the family business left in his care after his father’s death.” Antetucci wrote in her motion. “Consequently, they had not spoken to one another for 10 years.” QUESTIONS OVER JEWELRY AND MONEY All the attorneys at the hearing — including an APS attorney — stipulated that Case be removed as guardian and conservator. (Once a person is deemed unable to take care of themselves, a guardian can be appointed by the court to look after their health and well-being; a conservator is appointed to manage their financial affairs.) Simeon Rodgers argued that he didn’t believe his sister should be appointed guardian because of the neglect and abuse that was found in the initial — now questionable — APS investigation. “I don’t see how her being involved is going to solve anything. We’re going to be right back where we were 18 months ago,”

said Simeon Rodgers, who was representing himself at the hearing. “I just strenuously object to having her have any part of the guardianship.” Stanton responded that she doesn’t believe in punishing people by denying them access to loved ones unless there is a real medical reason to do so. “I’m not going to deny you access to your mother. I’m not going to deny anyone access to their mother,” Stanton told Simeon Rodgers. Stanton removed Case as conservator and put an independent professional thirdparty in control of Martha’s finances. She also removed Case as guardian and named the third party and Jennifer Rodgers as temporary co-guardians until a full hearing can be held on the matter in a month or so. Case did not appear at the hearing to defend her actions. In court, Simeon Rodgers offered an explanation for Case’s absence from the hearing: “She’s missing from this hearing because she has a once-a-year vacation with extended family in the Upper Peninsula.” Stanton responded that this was not the first recent instance of Case failing to show up at a hearing. There have been other instances in the past three months in other cases, Stanton said. “Sadly, Jill Case is not here today,” Stanton said. “She received notice of this hearing. She should be present at this hearing today. I have had to issue, sadly, a bench warrant for Miss Case’s arrest because of her failure to cooperate.” Stanton ordered Case to file an accounting of her guardianship and conservatorship over Martha by the end of July or face being held in contempt of court. The attorneys who fought to have the case moved to Grand Travers County, Adam Lett, who represents Hackenberger, and Andrew Shotwell, Jennifer Rodgers’ attorney, were delighted by the turn the case had taken, but they said that they remain concerned over irregularities in the handling of Martha’s finances. There is a lockbox missing, and there have been suspicious withdrawals from Martha’s accounts, Lett said. The lockbox contained hundreds of thousands dollars’ worth of jewelry, and it’s been missing since Case was appointed. In her report, Mistele described strange bank withdrawals: “Ms. Case was withdrawing large (in the mid-five-digit range) sums of money, something Marty had never done. When the [financial] advisor and his business partner questioned [Case] about this, she moved the account to another investment firm. This writer has repeatedly asked [Case] for her annual Accounting and Report of Guardian, but neither has been filed with the Court, despite having a May 12 due date.” Stanton issued a protective order so that the newly appointed conservator could search for and take possession the lock box, whether it’s in a safe deposit box at a bank or in possession of one of Martha’s caregivers. THE SCRAPPED SNOWBLOWERS CASE This isn’t the first time disturbing questions have been raised about Case. In 2014, Case’s then-boss at her day job at the Grand Traverse Commission on Aging suspected that Case improperly sold off county equipment. Georgia Durga, the former COA director, told investigators that years earlier Case had sold two snowblowers to a recycling company where her brother-in-law worked for $11 each and later returned to purchase one of them back for a price much lower than its value. In 2013, Case was also believed to have sold five supposedly scrapped lawn mowers to the same company — equipment

that was later determined to have been in good working condition, according to a police report. One employee told a state police detective that he and another employee took one of the snowblowers to the scrap yard at the direction of Case, and he couldn’t believe that they’d sell it for $11. He estimated the machine was worth $600 to $800. “He was also surprised when Jill Case began informing people she went right back that night and bought it for her personal use,” the detective wrote. The man also told the detective that Case repeatedly bragged about the bargain snowblower in front of other staff; he said, however, that other witnesses would be unlikely to speak about what they’d heard because they feared retribution or termination from Case. “One of the first things Jill Case had said to [a witness] when he started is she had the power to terminate his employment,” the detective wrote in his report. Amid the investigation, Case learned that the state police detective had been asking about the scrapped equipment and she showed up at the Traverse City post to see the police report. A trooper told her that since the investigation was open, she would not be given a copy of the report. The trooper asked whether Case, since she was there, would like to answer some questions. Case agreed. Case said she’d heard about the investigation from her brother-in-law and that she didn’t understand what it was about since she followed COA protocol when she disposed of county property. Case denied that she’d bought back the snowblower or that she’d contacted her brother-in-law to ask him to purchase it. Ultimately, prosecutors declined to press charges, but the police report prompted Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Robert Cooney to write a letter to the county’s then administrator/controller expressing concerns about Case. “Although I found the proofs insufficient to charge a criminal offense, I am sending you the police report because it contains some facts you might find concerning,” Cooney wrote. Cooney listed three suspicious sales of supposedly scrapped equipment that had taken place at the COA: a snowblower, scrapped for $10.75, which had an estimated value between $600 and $800; a lawnmower sold for scrap value that was then resold to a lawncare business where the owner estimated its value was $1,200; and another lawnmower sold as scrap, repurchased for $125, and later sold by the purchaser for $900 after the carburetor was rebuilt with a $15 kit. Cooney recommended that the county change its policy and require public auctions for scrapped property and prohibit employees and their families from bidding. “I also have concerns about the appearance of impropriety where COA property, supposedly worth hundreds of dollars, is scrapped one day and purchased the next by the brother-in-law of the COA supervisor who made the decision to scrap the snowblower in the first place,” Cooney wrote. COA Director Cindy Kienlen praised Case and said she was aware of the 2014 investigation but believes it exonerated Case. “I am aware of what happened — I know she was cleared,” she said. She said Case only spends time on guardianship clients when she is not on the clock at COA. “I’ve known Jill for nine months now. I’ve never had any one slight red flag,” Kienlen said. “She just always goes above and beyond.”

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Skyler Nelles and Ben Crow

TWO MEN AND THEIR TRUCKS Launching and sustaining a food truck business isn’t easy. Growing that business three times over is next to impossible. But against all odds, two ambitious northern Michigan guys have managed exactly that — in their spare time.

By Kristi Kates Entrepreneurs Ben Crow and Skyler Nelles have been friends since junior high school, when a chance accident turned the pair of classmates into lifelong pals. “Ben broke his leg at football practice, and I was the one who volunteered to get out of class early to push his wheelchair while he healed,” Nelles said. “We’ve been friends ever since.” When Nelles got his first job, at Taco Bell, at age 14, he talked Crow into working there too. As adults, they came together professionally again; Nelles, a graphic designer, did website and design work for Crow’s business, Green Bird Cellars and Organic Farm, in Northport. So when the pivotal phone call arrived in 2016, Nelles wasn’t really surprised. “Ben just called me up one day, and said, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about buying a food truck — you in?’” Nelles said. Nelles was in Grand Rapids attending art and business school. Crow was working as a manager at a local market in northern Michigan. “I’ve been in the food and beverage industry for 25 years,” Crow said, “including a stint as a sous chef at a Japanese fishing lodge in Alaska. But I always wanted to have a food truck.” With that call, Nelles decided fairly quickly that he was on board. He had just

gone through a divorce and, as he put it, “didn’t really have anything to lose.” “I was going through a big life change at the time, so I figured if I failed, well, it was a good enough time for something to fail,” Nelles said. BLANK CANVAS Two days later, their plan was underway. They checked out a trailer, but deemed it unsuitable, then Crow found a truck in Charlevoix at a reasonable price. “I handed Ben $10,000 in cash, he handsigned a note for it at my house, and he went and bought the truck,” said Nelles. Crow brought the truck back to Green Bird Cellars, where he stored it in a barn as he worked through that winter and spring to transform it into something suitable for cooking and serving food, commisserating with Nelles by phone nearly every day. The truck had already been stripped down to plain metal on the inside; Crow installed walls, new wiring, plumbing, and new equipment — coolers, hot wells, and refrigerators, etc. Meanwhile, Nelles was designing the truck’s logo and social media accounts to make sure they started with a solid digital presence. They named the business Birdhouse Bites, a nod toward Crow’s last name, a theme he often used in branding his business efforts. “We started taking the truck out in June

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of 2017,” Nelles said. “By the end of our first summer season, I’d made back my initial $10,000 investment, and I thought, Hey, this is going to work.” UPS AND DOWNS That first truck found its calling by parking at The Mitten Brewing Co. in Northport and serving up Poutine (French fries slathered in cheese curds and homemade beef gravy). By the end of the year, Short’s Brewery asked Birdhouse Bites to serve in Bellaire. Which meant they needed two trucks. About the same time, Mitten Brewing Co.’s crowd was asking for more. So they expanded the Mitten Brewing Co. truck’s menu to include Chicago hot dogs and chimichurri sauce-marinated beef sliders with beer cheese and mustard, and then started shopping around for another vehicle. “We found our next truck in Macon, Georgia,” Nelles said. “We drove down to get it, making a couple of stops along the way. One of those stops was at Edley’s Bar-BQue in Nashville. We were so inspired that for a while after we got back, we even added a similar Southern hot (spicy) chicken sandwich to our menu.” With the truck acquired, they drove back to Michigan, on a route full of ups and downs. “We did great driving through the mountains, then we got near Grand Rapids, stopped for gas, and found out the truck

had a major fuel line leak, so we were stuck there,” said Nelles. “We finally got moving again a couple of days later, and on the way Up North, my girlfriend called and told us there was a guy who wanted us to be the full-time food truck at a local business complex with loft apartments.” This, of course, meant that three trucks were now needed. TROUBLESOME THIRD The pair found the third Birdhouse Bites truck in Wisconsin. Conveniently, Crow was able to pick it up on his way back from vacation in that same state, even after a runin with the law (well … kind of.) “Ben went to a bank in Wisconsin early in the morning to take out the money to buy the truck,” Nelles said. “But he didn’t know that that particular bank had just been robbed the week before. So when the tellers saw him sitting in the parking lot waiting for the bank to open, they got all nervous and thought he was going to rob them, so they called the police.” Nelles, waiting to hear how everything went, figured it would be an easy transaction. Until his phone brought him another surprise. “The next thing I got was a text message from Ben, and the only thing it said was ‘Made it to bank. Cops showed up,’” Nelles said. “I had to wait and wait to find out what had actually happened!”

The misunderstanding was cleared up, the newest Birdhouse Bites truck made it back to Michigan with Crow at the wheel, and they launched it in May 2018. REFINED EATS Currently, Birdhouse Bites is running all three trucks. The ‘original’ truck is still in Northport at The Mitten Brewing Co., still serving up that poutine, plus decadent Chicago hot dogs and hearty chimichurri-marinated beef sliders with beer cheese and beer mustard. The second truck hangs out at Short’s Pull Barn in Bellaire, where patrons can enjoy gourmet craft tacos and specialty nachos. And the third is the “roaming” truck, carrying more gourmet craft tacos to events and festivals across northern Michigan (it spends much of its ‘regular’ time in Traverse City.) “We’re still refining our overall menu,” Nelles explained. “Ultimately, we want Birdhouse Bites to focus on small bites, things you can sit and share and enjoy with friends and family. But because we’ve been asked to be at these specific locations, so far we’ve been catering our menu for … each place.” THIN THE HERD, EXPAND THE BIZ To better serve their longstanding clients Chorizo nachos with beer cheese, chipotle lime cream, queso fresco cheese, cilantro

and grow their individual reputation, Crow and Nelles are considering paring down their flock and growing another side of their business. “I think we’re going to sell the first truck,” said Nelles. “We’re really figuring out that three is too many. So our future plan is to have one dedicated truck, at a brewery, with its own special menu, and the second as a roaming food truck.” “Plus,” adds Crow, “now that we’ve had so much experience building out trucks, and we have so many resources as far as where to get truck-friendly food service equipment, we’re also really open to building custom food trucks for other people, to help get them started in the food truck industry.” A food truck festival is also in the works; Birdhouse Bites is going to be meeting with local city officials to see what kind of event they can put together next year that would feature a host of food trucks all in one location. “But mostly, our goal is just to keep serving good food, and to have a good time doing so,” Nelles said. For more information on Birdhouse Bites and locations, visit Chimmichuri-marinated slider with beer cheese, beer mustard, and fries

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Live History at the Soo’s 350 Birthday Bash By Kim Schneider Michigan’s oldest city is throwing a weeklong birthday party, and while you may not find a cake that boasts 350 candles, you will find 3 ½ centuries of layered history amid the music, games, Native American craft demonstrations … and a 1600s-themed escape room. If you can catch just one event, local historian Bernie Arbec might tell you to eat the fish, perhaps in the opening night’s fish fry cook-off. Whitefish, he says, is maybe the key reason Michigan’s oldest city came to be. “The reason the Chippewa were here was because of the whitefish in the rapids,” he said. “The Jesuits set up camp because of the Chippewa — to convert the Chippewa. They came to fish for souls, or so they’d describe their mission in early writings.” Native Americans, whose legends place them around Sault Ste. Marie from the beginning of creation, named it Bawating, or “place of the rapids.” The plentiful fish drew tribes from around the Great Lakes during spawning, and they’d all feast together. You can explore that history July 20–26 at party events like demonstration of games of La Crosse — played as tribes did against one another more than 350 years ago — or check out artifacts on display every day of the year in the museum called the Tower of History. From a platform 210 feet up, you can also look out onto Canada and the St. Mary’s River, which flows between Lake Huron and Lake Superior and see how the area is connected to lands beyond. Early fur traders renamed this region Sault de Gaston after the brother of the French king, and if you doubt the importance of this chapter of the region’s history, consider that by the year 1800, the value of beaver skins carried through the Sault by the Northwest Fur Company alone was estimated at $1 million (in 1800-era dollars). Father Jacques Marquette tweaked the name a bit, adding the Ste. Marie to honor the Virgin Mary when he officially settled the community in 1668. His historic landing is depicted in a mural with a modern twist. It’s painted on the outside of the “1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery.” Geography is key, too, to the region’s settlement. The Soo Locks were not put in Michigan’s relatively remote Upper Peninsula as a tourism draw — though

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Upper Peninsula Tourism and Recreation Association Director Tom Nemacheck says he gets that question far too often. To understand why this region was — and still is — an international center of commerce, you have to look at water routes instead of roads. The Soo was the crossroads for a 3,000 mile fur trade route stretching from Montreal— and you can live that past in exhibits in the city’s River of History or Valley Camp, a museum on a boat. Then came the discovery of copper and other mining riches that kept the Upper Peninsula a key international trade route stop. But before the construction of the Soo Locks, it would take up to six weeks to haul a several hundred ton schooner around the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron at the rapids. Now, you can take a daily trip on the Soo Locks Boat Tours and “lock through” alongside a 1,100-foot freighter, living some modernday commerce history as you’re raised or lowered in minutes. Freighter spotting is almost sport here, evidenced by the crowds that gather inside the Soo Locks Visitor Center to watch the flashing lights on a board that marks the ever-moving locations of incoming and outgoing ships. You can also go old-school, traveling voyageur-style in a sense, on a paddling trip offered through Bird’s Eye Adventures. The company lets you glimpse freighters from a waterline point of view as you travel through the more park-like Canadian locks, perhaps alongside loons, bald eagles, osprey and deer. You also pass near the remaining rapids, a spot Ernest Hemingway once mentioned in an August 1920 piece in the Toronto Star Weekly. He wrote: “The best rainbow fishing in the world is the Rapids at the Canadian Soo.” However you choose to do it, just focus on the water this key birthday year, advises Linda Hoath, executive director of the Sault Ste Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want people to see how the river and water are so important to us,” she said. “You can see the progress through the years and how we’re such an intricate part of the country and world because of what we have with the Soo Locks. And it’s not just 350 years we’ll be celebrating but the thousands of years of Native American settlement before that.”

JOIN THE BIRTHDAY BASH You’re in for a special celebration when helping to honor one of the country’s oldest cities — older even than relatively spry New Orleans, which is only 300 this year. Sault Ste. Marie is culminating a year of events celebrating its semiseptennial (350th) with a family-friendly weekend July 20–22 on the festival grounds at waterfront Aune-Osborn Park. For $5, you get a wristband that offers admission throughout the affordable weekend of fun. And celebrations don’t stop there. Special events run through the week and morph into the Rendezvous in the Sault, a living history event filled with historical re-enactors, musicians, entertainers, and merchants who will set up camps and displays with presentations and demonstrations on military and civilian life from 1668 to 1840. Events kick off Friday with a 5 p.m. opening ceremony, kid-friendly events like a sandbox search for gold rocks (that can be traded for free ice cream) and story times, as well as more adult-focused fun like a beer tent and country line dancing. History is dialed into focus Saturday with a lumberjack display and chainsaw carving, colonial games, and a competition to build a floating freighter along with festival fun like corn-hole tournaments, a hot-dog-eating contest, kayak races, and a pulled pork BBQ competition. Sunday brings more fun contests, a 1600s-themed escape room, and live music. Native American culture will be on display throughout the weekend in booths and demonstrations, and there will also be a photo timeline of Sault St. Marie history, as well as the chance to have your picture taken in a vintage photo scene. But stick around; the following Friday, the annual Rendezvous in the Sault begins, and re-enactors will be setting up camp through the week. Learn more:


The men, women, kids, and Up North courses who’ve had that single-stroke magic By Al Parker Frank Sinatra, Justin Timberlake, and Smokey Robinson all did it. So did Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon, who was so excited by it that he called it “the greatest thrill of his life.” Yeah, nailing golf ’s Holy Grail, a hole in one, is special and rare, right? Well, maybe not. After all, Manistee native Scott MacGregor has done it seven times. “It’s luck,” said MacGregor, 71, who now divides his time between Michigan and Florida. He recorded four of his aces at Verona Hills Golf Course in the Thumb area and three others at courses in central Florida. “A guy could play five or six days a week and never get one. It’s luck. Two of mine, I didn’t even see the ball go in. There’s a lot of luck to it.” Luck or skill, there’s no denying that a hole in one is special. After all, it’s the very best a golfer can do on any particular hole. But by some estimates, there are as many as 150,000 aces recorded in the U.S. each year. “We have 70 to 90 of them a year,” said Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf at Treetops Resort near Gaylord. “It’s not uncommon to have two of them in a day.” How about two in a day by the same golfer? It happened at Treetops in 2006 when Sanjay Kuttemperoor of Naples, Florida, did it. Renowned golf instructor Rick Smith happened to be in Kuttemperoor’s group when it happened. Shockingly, the Florida flailer had never even recorded a birdie before his historic round! At the Grand Traverse Resort, players record five or six aces a season on The Bear, The Wolverine, and Spruce Run courses, according to golf pro Mark Hill. Those courses are always busy in the summer. “We have 45,000 to 50,000 rounds a year, and the odds go down when you have that many players,” he said. It’s estimated that an average duffer would need 3,000 rounds to make a hole in one, and a low handicapper would need about 1,250 rounds. The chances of making two holes in one in one round, like Kuttemperoor did, are set at 67 million to one.

The overwhelming majority of holes in one are on par 3 holes. According to Golf Magazine, it’s estimated that in the U.S. alone more than two billion tee shots are launched toward par 3 holes annually. About one in 12,500 of them will find the hole, according to Greg Esterhai, co-owner of US Hole in One, a company that provides insurance to some 8,000 events who run hole in one contests. That might seem like long odds, but if you have an outing with 100 golfers and four par 3 holes on the course, there is about a 1 in 32 chance someone will make a hole in one, according to Esterhai. If the tourney includes professionals, the likelihood is five times greater. “Our assistant pro, Nick Lewis, had a hole in one last fall,” said McKinley. “Then this spring he had another one, this one on a par 4 on the Tradition Course.” And last Sept. 27, golfer Kyong Chae scored an ace on the third hole at the Treetops Course; she followed up the next day by recording a hole in one on the 16th hole of the resort’s Masterpiece Course. McKinley, who has been at Treetops for 14 years, has recorded four holes-in-one himself, all at his home resort. MacGregor, who started golfing at 10 years old and played in high school in Manistee, plays three or four times a week now that he’s retired. The Central Michigan University grad taught and coached sports in Bad Axe before getting into the insurance industry where he spent 25 years. Hole in ones come with a couple of traditions: First, the golfer who hits the shot is usually required to buy a round of drinks for at least the members of their foursome and sometimes for everyone in the club house. MacGregor, however, avoided that bar tab several times. “At Verona, the practice is that everyone buys you a drink,” he explained. “But I got stuck buying rounds in Florida (where he has recorded three hole in ones).” Hill has witnessed a tradition that can offset a hefty bar tab. “It’s called a Buck-A-Yard,” he explained. “Say it’s a 175-yard hole and a guy makes the hole in one. Each member of the foursome would pay him $175, a dollar a yard. It goes to the guy who makes the shot.”

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GREENS WITH ENVY Most Hole in ones California golfer Norman Manley has recorded 59 hole in ones. He shot his first in 1964 and aced four holes in 1979. Longest Hole in One It was hit by Robert Mitera in 1965 at the Miracle Hills Golf Club in Omaha, Nebraska. Mitera used his driver to ace the 444-yard 10th hole. He couldn’t even see the flag from where he teed off and only realized he aced the hole when he arrived at the green, and another golfer told him his ball was in the hole.

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Another tradition is that after a hole in one, that particular ball is taken out of play and never hit again. It often becomes the centerpiece of a framed bit of golf memorabilia, along with a photo, a flag, a scorecard and maybe a glove. So did MacGregor do that? “My first hole in one ball is out in the woods somewhere,” he laughed. “My sons used it to practice. It got misplaced, let’s put it that way.”

Youngest and Oldest Golfers Jake Paine was only three years old when he shot a hole in one on a 65-yard hole in Lake Forest, California. By comparison, Tiger Woods didn’t get first hole in one til he was 6 years old and Michelle Wie’s first came at the age of 12. On the other hand, Harold Stilson was 101 when he aced the 108-yard 16th hole at the Deerfield Country Club in 2001. Hole in one Odds According to Golf Digest, the odds of: • Professional Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1 • Low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1 • Average player making an ace: 12,000 to 1 • Two players in the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1 • One player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1

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Island cottage gawkers can get an insider’s glimpse By Kristi Kates Moira Croghan knows Mackinac Island right down to its roots. Her family has been there since the 1800s. Although she was raised in Washington, D.C. and later made her home in Richmond, Virginia, she’s spent most every summer of her life on Mackinac. Once she retired, she made the island her home, leaving only for a short time each winter to visit her kids, who still live in Virginia. But she said that when she retired to Mackinac, she suffered a bit of culture shock. As a child, Croghan’s summers had been storybook-quality, reminiscent of “Anne of Green Gables” and filled with swimming, bicycling, roaming the meadows and forests, and relaxing with the family’s close-knit group of fellow cottagers. “We were the baby boomer generation, and I grew up going into all the cottages here in a really informal way,” she said. “All of the neighbors would just wander in and out of each other’s cottages — that’s just how it was.” But when she moved back? “Things were just so different, and I felt like people weren’t seeing the ‘true’ Mackinac Island,” she said. Determined to show folks the way it was, Croghan launched her own specialty tour business, Mackinac Revealed, which would leverage Croghan’s background, experience, and knowledge to delve deeper into island life. IN FOCUS Croghan, who majored in cultural anthropology as an undergrad, said she wanted to go beyond the usual Mackinac lore for her tours. She wanted to explain

the island’s geology, history, Native American history, how people live in the winter, how the cottages were built, and discuss shipwrecks, military events, and the island’s horses. And she can — and does — share much of that information in her tours. But mostly, she found, her guests wanted to feel like they were … watching HGTV. “I realized that most people were interested in the cottages, above all other topics,” she said with a laugh. Croghan didn’t mind meeting her vistors’ wishes. Her great-grandfather had built two of the summer cottages on West Bluff; they still stand today. And she herself has a childhood full of memories created in cottages all over the island. So she’s shifted her focus to cottage tours and packed them with a wealth of fun facts and insider info. “The cottages here really are unusual for many reasons,” Croghan said. “First of all, Mackinac Island is 80 percent state park, so most cottage owners are essentially leasing land from the park [a few are on private land]. This is because, back in the day, the military didn’t want to relinquish ownership in case the land was needed in a time of war; obviously that’s not an issue now.” The materials to build the cottages had to primarily come over on boats, of course. Most of the ‘original’ cottages were built in the 1880s and 1890s, and they were truly built to serve. “They built these cottages big,” said Croghan. “We’re talking 10 bedrooms, six bathrooms, stables for the horses. The summer season then was only two months long, and it was a long and perilous journey to get up here, so you brought your whole entourage — family, friends, servants, dogs.

You had to bring food and provisions for the entire two months as well.” Croghan offers both walking and bicycling versions, geared to the guest’s particular interests. Mackinac Revealed’s cottage tours don’t go indoors for obvious reason — Croghan respects the privacy of the residents. But you’ll get to see the outside of cottages all over the island up close, and Croghan has photos of many of the interiors to share. VICTORIAN TIMES “As mentioned, the cottages were built in the Victorian era, but another interesting thing is that they weren’t necessarily built in Victorian style,” she said. “They’re actually all different styles. And generally, every side of each house is different from the others — they didn’t really go for symmetry back then. Shingles, as well, were made in all different shapes. And you’ll see lots of embellishments on all of the houses, like metalwork and stained glass.” The arrival of the Grand Hotel on the island in 1887 amped up the prestige of the area, which led to changes in many of the cottages as society folk tried to ‘keep up with the Joneses.’ “Some people added on different features to their cottages, while other people tore their cottages down entirely and started over,” Croghan said. Many features are common to the majority of the cottages, although in the current day and age some of them really wouldn’t fit in any more. “All of the cottages have two sets of steps — one for the family, and one in the back for the servants,” Croghan said. “All of the cottages have porches upstairs, usually several. People back then, and now, too, of

course, really liked spending time outside.” Playhouses were another cottage necessity in Victorian times. “Kids were very much meant to be seen but not heard back then,” said Croghan. “So if parents had plans to go out or company coming over, the children were sent out to the playhouse to study with their governess [nanny].” People attending Mackinac Revealed’s tours are usually full of questions about all of the above, plus what Mackinac Island is like in the winter. Croghan has a ready answer for pretty much everything for those who want more behind-the-scenes information. “My favorite thing about doing this is being able to tell people things about this island that I love that they haven’t heard anywhere else,” she said. “I have a very complete knowledge of Mackinac Island, and I’m a local — and that makes all the difference. Plus I just love meeting people from all over.” For more information on Mackinac Revealed’s Mackinac Island tours, visit Advance ticket purchases strongly recommended. Tours run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, and start at $36 per adult, $17 for kids ages 5–10, with kids under 5 free.

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Not Your Average Nursery Restaurant Dine at Kewadin’s Pine Hill By Ross Boissoneau There aren’t many restaurants where you can order a pizza, a glass of beer, and a forsythia bush. But that’s the thing at Pine Hill Nursery in Kewadin: What started as a nursery has morphed over the years into a gift shop, greenhouse, music venue, and yes, a restaurant. It offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine; and, three nights a week, live music — just like a real restaurant. Only with dahlias, kids’ plant workshops, and landscape design. That wasn’t what owners Ralph and Sandy Naples set out to do. They opened Pine Hill Nursery with Ralph’s sister, Sandy Rubert, in 1978, as a source of summer income while they searched for teaching positions. It became more successful than they’d dreamed. Be careful what you wish for. “We are all educators,” said Ralph. He taught at the TBA Career Tech Center in Traverse City, his wife taught at Elk Rapids, and his brother-in-law Fred Rubert was a teacher in Kalkaska. “We wanted to do it on a part-time basis. Eventually everybody left [education] and came to work [at Pine Hill] full time,” he said. In fact, the concept became so successful that the Ruberts opened Pine Hill South in Traverse City. But while the southern outpost boasts a greenhouse area, plants galore, seeds and related garden goods, alas, it lacks a restaurant. That distinction belongs to the Kewadin location and it alone. The business there has grown from a “dig-your-own” concept

to one that grows its own plants from seeds nurtured inside 30,000 square feet of greenhouse. “We grow all our own annuals and a lot of perennials, some trees and shrubs, and all the vegetables and herbs,” said Naples. And what better to do with the vegetables and herbs than use them in their own restaurant? Naples said that like the nursery itself, the concept started small and grew. “When people came in, they’d ask where to eat,” he said. They saw customers who would stop in briefly and then leave because they needed to get something for their hungry kids. Naples said they started offering ice cream, then thought, “Why don’t we have some baked goods?” That led to breakfast, then lunch featuring salads and sandwiches. “Five years ago we added dinner,” he said. That grew as well, from pizza, burgers, and brats to whitefish and other specialties, too, all under the watchful eye of chef Natalie Williams. “We have a quarter-acre garden for vegetables. The chef bases the menu on what’s available, what’s in season,” said Naples. He said Williams also creates her own specialties. “She makes crab cakes to die for, a meat and cheese board that will knock your socks off. We have a wood-fired Italian pizza oven.” With the addition of wine and beer, it seemed only a logical step to bring in live music. The current schedule has Robin Lee Berry and Glenn Wolff on Thursdays, Peter Tolias and Laurie Sears Fridays, and Jim Crockett and friends on Saturdays. The café offers the ambience of the

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surrounding nursery, as it is a mostlyoutdoors operation. In the even of inclement weather Naples said they move some tables indoors to the gift shop area. The café is open Sunday and Monday 11am–4pm, Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm. It opens for the season the first week of May for lunch, then expands as of Memorial weekend to include dinner hours Tuesday through Saturday. Naples is quick to credit the staff for the success of the nursery and restaurant. “Nothing happens without a great staff,” he said, whether that is the restaurant, the nursery or the gift area. What other operation employs a chef, waitstaff, and landscape designers? All told there are some

45 people on the payroll. It’s clear Naples is enamored of is operation, and that must hold true for the staff as well, many of whom have been onboard for years. He said that’s the case for those providing the music as well. “The musicians will tell you it’s their favorite place to play. It’s not like playing in a bar — people come to listen, and because it’s outdoors they can listen and carry on a conversation without bothering the band. “I get out there every night,” said Naples. “I see my customers in a different light, and they see me much more relaxed.” “It’s a unique place,” he added. “I had a customer last year who said it was Santa Barbara-ish.”


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Michigan’s Jeremy Kittel to Return to Manitou By Ross Boissoneau Fresh off a performance at Blissfest, violinist and fiddler Jeremy Kittel is returning to one of his favorite places to play: the Manitou Music Festival. “I’m excited for both,” he said from the road, prior to this past weekend’s annual celebration of folk and roots music at Blissfest. “I have a lot of fond memories of Blissfest, playing with various groups.” The same is true of the Manitou Music Festival in tiny Glen Arbor. “I played the Dunes Concert some years back,” said Kittel, adding that the backdrop of the towering sand dunes was an inspiration for his night of music. He also enjoys the ambience of the intimate outdoor setting of the studio stage at Lake Street Studios. The Michigan native is bringing with him his trio and a new set of tunes from the recently released album Whorls. Like much of his career, it encompasses multiple genres,

from folk and bluegrass to jazz and classical, even pop sounds. In addition to a variety of moods and styles, for the first time Kittel is featuring his vocals. One of the most striking tune on the album is “At Home in the World,” named after a collection of writing by Daniel Pearl. In addition to writing for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Pearl was also a musician. He took his fiddle with him wherever he went on assignment, up to and including when he was kidnapped and murdered while in Pakistan. In his honor, luthier Jonathan Cooper crafted the Daniel Pearl Violin, which is presented to a camper at Mark O’Connor’s annual String Camp. Kittel was the first recipient, in 2003, and penned the song in Pearl’s memory. Asked to choose a standout track, Kittel at first demurred, saying “They’re all pretty near and dear to my heart.” Ultimately he also cited “Ohmstead” and “Waltz” as among

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his favorites on the recording. “I love the way ‘Ohmstead’ keeps on developing and unraveling. ‘Waltz’ has some great vocals from Sarah Jarosz. The band’s performance was pretty wonderful.” While the recording featured his quintet, he’s touring as a trio, mostly due to economics. He said a trio is the most compact format in which he can still get across the complexity and spirit of the music. “A fiveand-a-half-week tour is most sustainable as a trio. Artistically it’s really great. We get to explore how the tunes sound during the Whorls tour,” he said. Kittel said each live performance is its own animal, with its own energy. “I like the social interaction of the live show. The rooms are always different. It’s different from the studio where you’re trying to create that energy. They’re so different in function — a one-time event for the people who are there versus an album, which is eternal,” said Kittel.

Since graduating from the University of Michigan and then earning a Master’s in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music, Kittel has composed and arranged for such artists as Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Jars of Clay, and Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor and Mike Marshall, and for five years was a member of the acclaimed Turtle Island Quartet. He left that group to focus on creating his own music. Kittel and his trio mates, mandolinist Josh Pinkham (named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine) and genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand (a presidential scholar at Berklee College of Music), will perform July 18 at 8pm in Glen Arbor. Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For tickets or more information, go to and click on Manitou Music Festival.









1. George Smolak leads part of the Legs Inn team with his granddaughter in Cross Village. 2. Mary Bickley, Brenda McLellan and Kimberly Purdy looking elegant at Teetotaller’s in Traverse City. 3. A major crowd gathers at Grand Traverse Pavilions to watch the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. 4. Brad and Fran Doman caught up with sister Carrie Coon, along with her children, Brock and Elyssa, at Three Pines Studio. 5. Becky Serrano gives a wave as she passes in the Cross Village Community Parade. 6. Andy Hayes (left) and the team from the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance take a lunch break at Lake Street Pub in Boyne City. 7. National Cherry Festival Cherry Queen Grace Boyles pauses with Traverse City Rotarian and longtime Cherry Fest supporter Herb Lemcool. 8. Danny Sarns and Jeremy Ripley serving gelato at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village.

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FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: Current Y regular members can bring a friend for free over the summer months, through Sept. 3. Effective at any GT Bay YMCA facility.


27TH ANNUAL MICHIGANDER BICYCLE TOUR: July 14-21. Featured towns include Boyne City, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Petoskey, & all points in between, stretching from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. Choose from a 2-Day Weekend, 6-Day Tour, or 8-Day Tour.

---------------------SOUTH ARM CLASSICS: 7am-3pm, East Jordan. Annual car & boat show.

---------------------ALPENFEST: July 10-14. Featuring a parade, carnival, kids games & contests, Alpenfest Run: 10K, 5K & 1 Mile, pancake breakfast, ethnic food, stages with live entertainment, including Lauren Duski, & the World’s Largest Coffee Break.

---------------------BEAR LAKE DAYS: July 13-15. Featuring a parade, fireworks, food, 5K walk/run, fishing contest, puppet show, live music by the Scott Clown Band, Distant Brothers & others, & much more.

---------------------GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL: July 4 - Aug. 12. Six weeks of equestrian competition, featuring jumpers, hunters & equitation with riders from around the country competing for prestige & prize money.

---------------------SWEATY YETI RUN: 5K & 1 MILE: 8am, Boswell Stadium, East Jordan High School.

---------------------10TH ANNUAL KAYAK FOR A CAUSE ON WALLOON LAKE: 8:30am-4pm. $50 for one or two days.

---------------------21ST ANNUAL ARTISTS’ MARKET: 10am5pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Featuring over 80 art booths on the lawn, on Cedar Street & inside the building. 231-256-2131.

---------------------38TH ANNUAL BLISSFEST FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL: 3695 Division Rd., Harbor Springs. July 13-15. Featuring Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Blue Moon Marquee, Erin Coburn, Kinobe & Global Junction & many others.

---------------------50TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX ART & CRAFT SHOW: 10am-6pm, East Park, Downtown Charlevoix. Featuring over 150 exhibitors from around the country.

---------------------AUTHORS SIGNINGS: Horizon Books, TC.


10am-noon: Maggie Pill will sign her book “Peril, Plots & Puppies” & Vickie Fee will sign her book “Til Death Do Us Party.” 12-2pm: Annis Pratt will sign her book “The Battle for the Black Fen.” 2-4pm: R.J. Fox will sign his book “Awaiting Identification.” 4-6pm: Daniel Abbott will sign his book “The Concrete” & Brooks Rexroat will sign his book “Thrift Store Coats.”




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FIRST DISCOVERY DAY - LEELANAU POOR FARM: 10am-noon, Kasson Township Hall, Maple City. 231-334-4395. LAVENDER U-PICK EVENT TO BENEFIT MID-MICHIGAN HONOR FLIGHT: 10am-4pm, Lavender on Old Mission Peninsula. Help give veterans their own memorable, safe & rewarding Tour of Honor for free. For every lavender bundle picked on July 14, $2 will go directly to Mid-Michigan Honor Flight. Each u-pick bundle will cost $8. For more info contact Michele Young:

---------------------TRAVERSE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS: 10:30am. Start at the Perry Hannah statue on the corner of Sixth St. & Union St., TC. Free; donations appreciated.

---------------------MAGIC TREE HOUSE CELEBRATION: 11am, Horizon Books, Cadillac. Games, crafts, prizes & more.

---------------------15TH ANNUAL BOYNE THUNDER POKER RUN: Noon, Boyne City. See high performance boats, both on land & in the waters of Lake Charlevoix & Lake Michigan. Lakeside viewing of the parade lap of these boats starts at 10am on Sat. in Boyne City. Proceeds benefit Camp Quality, Challenge Mountain & the Boyne City Main Street Program. Free.

---------------------EAGLE RUN: Mount Mancelona, July 13-15. Motorcycle/auto/side-by-side poker run to benefit Forgotten Eagles Homeless Veterans. Featuring The Insiders: A Tom Petty Tribute Band, Big Dudee Roo, car show, arm wrestling, Mountain Top Race, 70s & 80s throwback silent disco & more. $22-$94.

---------------------BREWFEST EAST JORDAN: 2-9pm, Memorial Park, downtown East Jordan. Featuring craft & domestic beer, wine, live music by Lou Thumser, The Mickeys, & Full Circle; entertainment by Tommy Tropic & Just Us Four, & food trucks. Hosted by the Rotary Club of East Jordan. $5; under 12, free. Find on Facebook.

---------------------FIND YOUR PARK AFTER DARK SUMMER STAR PARTY: Dune Climb, Glen Arbor. Held from 4-6pm & 9-11pm. Safely examine the sun up close with solar telescopes during the afternoon & then come back later to observe Venus, Jupiter & Saturn. Park in the row furthest from the dunes with your headlights facing M-109.

---------------------“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”: 6pm, Veterans Memorial Park, Elk Rapids. Bring a lawn chair or blanket & picnic dinner. Free; donations accepted. Find on Facebook.


SWEET CHERRIES! Blueberries & Raspberries

Home-baked Bread & Pies Homemade Jams & Jellies Local Honey & Maple Syrup Ice Cream & Donuts Cherry Products & Wines ON M-72 JUST 3.5 MILES WEST OF TC 231-947-1689• OPEN DAILY 8am - 8pm

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More than 600 people will hit the TART and Leelanau trails on Fri., July 20 for TART Trails’ feature fundraising event of the year: Tour de TART. Starting at Darrow Park, TC, riders can begin anytime between 4-6:30pm. There will be two food and water stops along the 17-mile paved trail. The ride ends at Suttons Bay Marina Park where you will enjoy a bayside meal catered by VI Grill. Afterwards ride a bus back to TC while your bicycles are returned by truck. $15-$45. event/tour-de-tart/

AUTHOR RECEPTION WITH STEPHEN MACK JONES: 6pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Stephen will discuss his book “August Snow.” RSVP: 231.347.1180. Free.

---------------------UP NORTH VOCAL INSTITUTE: 6pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. A summer young artist training program that focuses not only on training the voice, but the mind & body as well.

---------------------“BORG VS. MCENROE”: 7:30pm, Petoskey District Library, Carnegie Building. Presented by the Petoskey Film Series. Donations appreciated.

---------------------“JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”: 8pm, Bay View, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. This musical features a cast of over 30 actors, full orchestra, Elvislike Pharoah, children’s choir & more. $15-$28.

#MEET MACKINAW SHOWCASE EVENTS: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw City. Featuring the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band.

---------------------STARS OF THE JOFFREY BALLET: SOLD OUT: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. $40-$110.

---------------------TIM ALLEN: 8pm, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee. An iconic comedian & actor. $75$100.

july 15


FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)


10TH ANNUAL LITTLE TRAVERSE TRIATHLON: 7am, Zoll Street Beach, Harbor Springs. 600 yard swim, 19.6 mile bike ride & 4 mile run.


---------------------RIDE AROUND TORCH (RAT): 7am, Elk Rapids High School. Rolling through the scenic heart of Antrim County, this event features routes that include 26, 40, 63 & 100 miles.

---------------------BEAR LAKE DAYS: (See Sat., July 14) ---------------------GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------MILITANT’S NATURE TRAIL RUN: 13.1, 10K, 5K: 9am, Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling.


BLISSFEST FOLK & ROOTS MINI-CONCERT SERIES: 7pm, Red Sky Stage, Petoskey. Enjoy gypsy blues with Nathan & Jessie. Tickets: $10 advance; $15 door. Students, $8; 12 & under, $5.

---------------------MONDAY NIGHT CONCERTS IN THE PARK: 7pm, Onekama Village Park. Featuring the acoustic sounds of Awesome Distraction. Free; donations encouraged.

july 17


FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)



10TH ANNUAL KAYAK FOR A CAUSE ON WALLOON LAKE: 9:30am-1:30pm. $50 for one or two days.




------------------------------------------50TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX ART & CRAFT SHOW: 10am-4pm, East Park, Downtown Charlevoix. Featuring over 150 exhibitors from around the country.

---------------------EAGLE RUN: (See Sat., July 14) ---------------------CEMETERY WALKING TOURS: 4pm, TC. Will start just inside the cemetery off Eight St., across from the fire station. Free; donations appreciated.

---------------------“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7pm, Elk Rapids Harbor Pavillion at the Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor. Featuring the Petoskey Steel Drum Band. Free.

---------------------ABIGAIL STAUFFER & DAVE HAUGHEY: 7:30pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. Folk siren Abigail Stauffer & cellist Dave Haughey bring their acoustic, pop & neo-soul music. $15/adults, $5/under 16.

---------------------MANITOU MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT SERIES: 8pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Featuring Brooklyn blues duo Mulebone. $18 GAAC members, $20 non-members, free under 18.

---------------------WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, LARRY RACHLEFF, CONDUCTOR: 8pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. $22 full, $19 senior, $12 youth. tickets.

july 16


FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)



---------------------GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------ANTRIM COUNTY WOMEN DEMS & FRIENDS MEETING: Noon, Vista Ridge Vineyard, Tasting Room, Alden. Featuring speaker Megan Cavanagh. Cost for luncheon: $13. RSVP:

---------------------MAKER SPACE MONDAY: Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Between 1-3pm the Great Lakes Room will be full of recycled supplies for kids to experiment & design with. Today’s theme is Race Cars.

---------------------AUDITIONS FOR “MAMMA MIA!”: 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, Schmuckal Theatre, TC. There are roles for at least 16 actors including at least six women & seven men.


COFFEE @ TEN TALK: 10am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, TC. A free talk by artist & illustrator Jim DeWildt.

---------------------COLOR IT BLUE: CELEBRATE WATER ELK RAPIDS GARDEN CLUB: 10am. Enjoy this bi-annual garden walk featuring six gardens selected to preserve northern MI waterways through sustainable practices. $10 in advance.

---------------------KIDS SUMMER READING CLUB EVENT: 10am, Peninsula Community Library, Old Mission Peninsula School, TC. Hear stories & walk along the frog pond trail. Also enjoy a craft, snack & small prize. Free.

---------------------GET CRAFTY: Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Create a dragon fly at 11am or 2pm.

---------------------GTAGS JULY MEETING: 1pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Mark Olsen presents “An Introduction to Family Tree Maker 2017.” Free.

---------------------JAMES MCCULLOUGH BOOK SIGNING: 2-4pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. James will present his new book “Echoes: Meditations on the Fly.” Free. event/james-mccullough

---------------------FREE SUMMER KIDS MOVIE SERIES: 3pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Featuring “Goosebumps.”

---------------------PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH SOCCER BIBLE CAMP: 5:30-7pm, Grace MacDonald Park, TC, July 17-19. Ages 4-12. A soccer ball will be provided. Free.

---------------------CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY TC MEETING: 6:30-8:30pm, Central United Methodist Church, third floor, TC. If you’re new, come at 6pm for an introduction to CCL. 231-499-6747.


INTERLOCHEN JAZZ FACULTY: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. $20.

---------------------STRAIGHTS AREA CONCERT BAND: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw City.

july 18


D’ART FOR ART: July 1819, Irish Boat Shop, Harbor Springs. Crooked Tree Arts Center’s premier summer fundraising event. Preview Night happens on Weds., July 18 from 6-8:30pm. Featuring live music by Distant Stars. The main event is on Thurs., July 19, featuring a gourmet dinner, silent & live auctions, live music by the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Music, & more. Begins at 6pm.

---------------------FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14) ---------------------27TH ANNUAL MICHIGANDER BICYCLE TOUR: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------48TH ANNUAL GLEN LAKE WOMAN’S CLUB ART FAIR: 10am-4pm, Glen Arbor Township Hall.

---------------------CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon, Pennsylvania Park, gazebo, Petoskey. Enjoy renditions of blues, folk & classic 1940’s music with Wyatt & Shari Knapp.

---------------------HOCKEY LEGEND “RED” BERENSON: Noon, Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. A “Lunch & Learn” event. Cost is $50. 231-487-0750.

---------------------SUMMER STEAM: Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. From 1-3pm the Great Lakes Room will be open for fun related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math activities. Today’s theme is “A” is for Art. Explore the art of Charley Harper.

---------------------PHOTOGRAPHERS SIGNING: 2-4pm, Horizon Books, TC. Todd & Brad Reed will sign “Wonderous West Shore.”

---------------------FREE SUMMER KIDS MOVIE SERIES: 3pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Featuring “Goosebumps.”

---------------------WRECKS & RESCUES OF THE MANITOU PASSAGE: 4pm, Leelanau Historical Society, Leland. Featuring Curator of Collections Kim Kelderhouse.

---------------------GAYLORD AREA BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5-7pm, The Blind Squirrel, Gaylord. $5 members; $10 not-yet members. gaylordchamber. com/business-after-hours

---------------------INDIAN RIVER SUMMERFEST: Marina Park, Indian River, July 18-22. Today includes the FOILS Lobsterfest & Free Beach Bash.

AUDITIONS FOR “MAMMA MIA!”: (See Mon., July 16)


MANISTEE SHORELINE SHOWCASE SERIES: 7pm, Douglas Park, Rotary Park Pavilion, Manistee. Featuring Tell Yo Mama. Free.


------------------------------------------COOKBOOK AUTHOR/CHEF JENNIFER BLAKESLEE: 7:30pm, Leelanau Township Library.

---------------------THE BEACH BOYS: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Enjoy hits like “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” & many more. $70, $65, $60, $53.

---------------------CHARLEVOIX CITY BAND CONCERT: 8pm, East Park, Odmark Pavilion, Charlevoix.


EVENING ON RIVER STREET: 6-9pm, River St., Downtown Elk Rapids. Enjoy food from local restaurants, kid’s activities & live music by DJ Rob Bachi - Dance Night.

---------------------FREE ADAPTIVE KAYAKING CLINIC: 6-8pm, Interlochen State Park. Participants will experience paddling with the necessary adaptations & modifications in order to increase enjoyment & independence while out on the water. Equipment provided. Pre-registration required.

---------------------WINE & PIE WITH WADE ROUSE: 6pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Rouse will celebrate his new book “The Recipe Box.” Suzie’s Pies will also give a brief demonstration.

Reservations requested: 231.347.1180. Free.

---------------------BENZIE COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT: 7pm, the park along Crystal Lake. Free.

---------------------PLANT IT WILD PRESENTS “NATIVE TREES & SHRUBS”: 7pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfort. Featuring Josh Shields, forester. Free.

---------------------THE BIRTH, RISE, & DECLINE OF WALTON JUNCTION: 7pm, Fife Lake Library. Featuring author Randy D. Pearson, who will also do a reading from his latest novel, “Trac Brothers.” The Fife Lake Area Historical Society annual meeting will precede this program

---------------------BRENTANO STRING QUARTET: 8pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium. This quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular & critical acclaim. $32. tickets.

---------------------MANITOU MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT SERIES: 8-10pm, Lake Street Studios, Studio Stage, Glen Arbor. Featuring the Jeremy Kittel Trio. Violinist Jeremy Kittel blends ideas & techniques from other genres into Irish & Scottish tunes. $18-$20. concert-jeremy-kittel-trio

july 19


D’ART FOR ART: (See Weds., July 18)

------------FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)



---------------------GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------FRIENDS OF PCL USED BOOK SALE: 9am, Peninsula Community Library, Old Mission Peninsula School, TC. An ice cream social will be held on Thurs., July 19 from 4-7pm for Friends members, with the sale opening at 7pm to the general public. Continues at full price until July 25. A bag sale starts July 26. The Local Artists Fair will also be held here on Sat., July 21 from 9am-4pm.

---------------------AUTHORS EVENT: 10am, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Anne & Jerzy Drozd will present their book “Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity.” RSVP: 231.347.1180. Free.

---------------------CHILDREN’S ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS: 11am-1pm, Mackinaw City Pavilion, behind Mackinaw City Schools. Create driftwood wall mobiles. Questions? Email: alianalee.

---------------------DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC: 11am-2pm, Benzonia Public Library. Advice on solving garden & landscape problems including plant, weed, bug, & disease identification. Free clinic offered by MSU Extension & Local Master Gardeners. Info: 231-882-4111.

---------------------INTERACTIVE STORY TIME: 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Featuring “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey.

---------------------36TH ANNUAL GARDEN WALK: 12-7pm. “The Gardens of the Western Hills.” Presented by the Friendly Garden Club of TC, this event will feature five gardens on the west side of TC. There will also be floral displays & educational displays at The Botanic Gardens. $10 advance; $12 day of. Find on Facebook.

---------------------THE MAKING OF THE FIELD GUIDE TO NW MICHIGAN: 1pm, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Join James Dake, education director & author of Grass River’s “Field Guide to Northwest Michigan,” as he shares the making of

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50TH ANNUAL CADILLAC ARTS FESTIVAL PHYLLIS OLSON ART FAIR: 10am, City Park, Cadillac, July 20-21. Today includes the Library Book Sale, Taste of Cadillac, Cadillac Symphony Orchestra, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic & more.

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DISCOVER WITH ME: Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Between 10am-noon have fun with watercolors in the Great Lakes Room.


INDIAN RIVER SUMMERFEST: Marina Park, Indian River, July 18-22. Today includes the 38th Annual Craft Show, Cruise Night, live music by Remedee Band, & much more. event-schedule/summerfest-2

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SHAY DAYS: 10am-3pm, Harbor Springs History Museum. A celebration of inventor Ephraim Shay & his contributions to the community.

the field guide & tells stories behind the photos. Kids can create their own field guide page. Free, donations appreciated.


HONEY BEE HARMONY: 2pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Featuring bee keeper Don Snoeyink. Learn about bees in a hive & their respective roles, how they affect our food supply, honey’s nutritious & medicinal qualities, & more. 231-331-4318. Free. INDIAN RIVER SUMMERFEST: Marina Park, Indian River, July 18-22. Today includes the Family Fun Night, Rubber Duck Race, Fireman’s Water Spray, gaming table & much more. HIKE MAPLEHURST: 5pm, proposed Maplehurst Natural Area. Learn about the property’s natural features & why it’s important to act now to protect it.

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GREAT BENZIE READ: 5:30pm, Benzonia Public Library. Borrow the book “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich from your library, & meet up to discuss it with other readers from around Benzie County. Free.

---------------------- -----------------------------------------------------------------CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon, Pennsylvania Park, gazebo, Petoskey. The Real Ingredients draw from folk, rock, & funk.

---------------------- ---------------------PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH SOCCER BIBLE CAMP: (See Tues., July 17)

---------------------Bay View inn Bay View Victorian country inn. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch seasonally. 800-258-1886

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Just off the bay in Petoskey’s historic downtown Gaslight District. 800-737-1899

Waterfront dining at the marina in beautiful Harbor Springs. 231-526-6201

Waterfront dining. On the channel at the drawbridge, downtown. 231-547-4311


COMMUNITY MEETING: WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN: 6pm, Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. Hosted by the Watershed Center GT Bay to discuss updating The GT Bay Watershed Protection Plan with a focus on shoreline communities in Antrim, Grand Traverse & Leelanau counties.

---------------------MUSIC ON MAIN W/ CHARLIE MILLARD BAND: 6-8pm, Main St., Village at Bay Harbor.

---------------------“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”: 7pm, Hannah Park, TC. Bring a lawn chair or blanket & picnic dinner. Alternate rain venue is The Presbyterian Church, TC. Free; donations accepted. Find on Facebook.

---------------------CONCERTS ON THE LAWN: 7pm, GT Pavilions, lawn, TC. Rebooted featuring Judy Harrison.

---------------------GT MUSICALE PROGRAM: 7pm, First Congregational Church, TC. Featuring Sally Lewis on organ, Barbara Hoig, soprano, & Emma Talbot on oboe. Free will offering.


STREET MUSIQUE: 7-9pm, Main St., downtown Harbor Springs. “Road to Hiawatha” featuring The Vogts Sisters, Bob Fawcett, Crosscut Kings, Black Jake & the Carnies, Polyphony Marimba, face painters & Tommy Tropic.

---------------------2018 BIG READ: 7:30pm, Bay View, Voorhies Hall, Petoskey. “The Living Great Lakes” author Jerry Dennis will speak. He also wrote “The Windward Shore,” “It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes,” & “A Walk in the Animal Kingdom.” $10 advance; $15 door.

---------------------THE FITZGERALDS: 7:30pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. A family group consisting of fiddling & step dancing siblings: Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. $15/adults, $5/under 16.

---------------------MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9pm, Village Park, Alanson. Featuring “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Free.

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FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)

PETOSKEY MUSIC, ART & FARM EXPO: Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey. Featuring The Craig Cotrill Band, The Marsupials, Hardy Dam Ramblers, Galactic Sherpas, TOOMUCHOFAGOODTHING, The Pistil Whips, Kirby, Bruce Smith, Eliza Thorp, Chris Koury, Ryan Peters & others. There will also be arts, antiques, crafts, “Yoga & Saxophone” with Heidi Dietrich & Marty Ward & more. This is a fundraiser for music and art in northern MI schools as well as the new School of Music at Crooked Tree Arts Center. $5; $1 12 & under.


TOUR DE TART: 4pm, Darrow Park, TC. Join in this tour that will hit the TART & Leelanau Trails for a 16 mile ride that begins in TC at Darrow Park & ends at Village Marina & Park in Suttons Bay. Includes two food stops, a waterfront dinner at the Suttons Bay Marina, local microbrews & a bus ride home. $15-$45.

---------------------26TH ANNUAL STREET LEGENDS CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6-9:30pm, East Park, Odmark Pavilion, Charlevoix.


AUTHOR RECEPTION WITH KAREN DIONNE: 6pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Enjoy wine & cheese with Karen Dionne for the paperback release of “The Marsh King’s Daughter.” RSVP: 231-347-1180. Free.


PIZZA & PIPES: Music House Museum, Williamsburg. Enjoy a gourmet pizza dinner & a concert from Michigan Theatre staff organist Andrew Rogers on the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ theater organ. Doors open at 6pm with the concert at 6:30pm. $30 adults; $10 10 & under.

---------------------RED DRIVE CONCERT SERIES: 6-9pm, The Village at GT Commons, TC. The Moxie Strings bring their “instrumental wizardry” & rock-influenced rhythms. 941-1900.

---------------------AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL & CANOE MARATHON: Grayling, July 20-28. Tonight includes the Pre-Show Cruise Night & BBQ at Northstar Auto Wash.

---------------------“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”: 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. $15 adults, $8 under 18.

---------------------“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”: (See Thurs., July 19)


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“THE SUMMER COTTAGE”: 7:30pm, The Leelanau School, auditorium, Glen Arbor. Presented by the Glen Arbor Players.

---------------------STAR PARTY: Betsie Valley District Library, Thompsonville. Bob Moler will present a Twilight Talk on the exploration of Mars at 8:30pm. If weather permits, the GTAS will set up their telescopes to view Jupiter & the moon from 9:30-11pm. Free.

---------------------FIREHOUSE: 9pm, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee. This platinum-selling metal band is on their 27th anniversary tour. $20, $30, $35.

july 21


FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)


26TH ANNUAL STREET LEGENDS CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6am-6pm, East Park, Odmark Pavilion, Charlevoix.

---------------------27TH ANNUAL MICHIGANDER BICYCLE TOUR: (See Sat., July 14)

---------------------AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL & CANOE MARATHON: Grayling, July 20-28. Today includes the 33rd Annual Classic Car Show on Michigan Ave., Meet the Artist Day at Main Branch Gallery, Duck Race in City Park, Junior, Fledgling, Mentor races on the Pond, & much more.

---------------------INDIAN RIVER SUMMERFEST: Marina Park, Indian River, July 18-22. Today includes the Kiwanis Club 5K & 10K Foot Race, Classic Custom Car & Truck Show, live music by Charlie Reager & Mike Ridley, Cornhole Competition & much more.

---------------------14TH ANNUAL NORTHERN MI SPORTS MEDICINE BEAR RIVER CRAWL: 8am, Bay Front Park, Petoskey. Choose from the 5K walk/ run or 10K run.

---------------------GREAT LAKES EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 14)

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EMPIRE’S ANCHOR DAY: Featuring the Anchor Day Fun Run, Anchor Day Parade, Lions Club BBQ Chicken Dinner, & live music by Sweet Charlie.






------------------------------------------50TH ANNUAL CADILLAC ARTS FESTIVAL - PHYLLIS OLSON ART FAIR: City Park, Cadillac, July 20-21. Today includes the Garden Club Flower Show, Taste of Cadillac, live music by Chris Buhalis, Seth Bernard, Northern Lights Irish Dancers & more.

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TC TRAILS FESTIVAL: 9am, Ranch Rudolf, TC. Presented by the Northern MI Mountain Biking Association & Short’s Brewing Co. Highlights the trails of the Pere Marquette Forest near TC. Choose from a 40-mile race, 40-mile tour, 25mile race or 25-mile tour. There will also be an 8-mile kids race. $15-$50.


33RD ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK: 10am-6pm, Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey. Featuring more than 100 vendors.

---------------------ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: 10am-4pm, Downtown Elk Rapids. More than 70 artisans will display, sell & demonstrate their work.


BABY’S BREATH WORKBEE: 10am-noon. Help the Northwest MI Invasive Species Network & the GT Regional Land Conservancy at Elberta Beach to remove invasive baby’s breath. Dress for the weather & bring water & sunscreen.


BIKE SWAP: 10am-3pm, Top of Michigan Trails Council, Petoskey. Bikes must be in rideable condition. Drop off bikes for sale at the Trail Center between 7-10am on July 21. Pick up unsold bikes between 3-5pm. Proceeds will benefit maintenance of the local trails.

---------------------PEDAL & PETALS: Join TC Community Garden, Norte! & Oryana for a kids bike ride from Darrow Park at 10am to TCCG at 1500 Red Dr. At the Garden, kids can enjoy lunch & games. Free.

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---------------------REO CLUB CAR SHOW DISPLAY: 10am, Great Wolf Lodge, TC. Enjoy seeing antique cars dating from 1906 to 1936 & trucks dating from 1911 to the 1970’s.

---------------------REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS OF ANTRIM CREEK: 10am, Antrim Creek Natural Area, Atwood.

---------------------SHAY DAYS: 10am-3pm, Harbor Springs History Museum. A celebration of inventor Ephraim Shay & his contributions to the community.

---------------------JOB WINSLOW CHAPTER, NSDAR MEETING: 11am, American Legion Post 35, TC. Lunch follows meeting. Reservations required. 946-6337.

---------------------- ---------------------KINGSLEY HERITAGE DAYS 5K & FUN RUN: Registration & packet pick up takes place from 7-8am at Brownson Park under the tent. Fun Run begins at 8am with 5K following. events.


FRIENDS OF PCL USED BOOK SALE: Peninsula Community Library, Old Mission Peninsula School, TC. An ice cream social will be held on Thurs., July 19 from 4-7pm for Friends members, with the sale opening at 7pm to the general public. Continues at full price until July 25. A bag sale starts July 26. The Local Artists Fair will also be held here on Sat., July 21 from 9am-4pm.

ANNUAL FISHTOWN 5K: 9am, Fishtown, Leland. “The Year of the Tug.” In addition to the usual medals given, specific medals will be given for best fish tug costumes as well as the first three tugs to cross the finish line.


DIVERSE ENTERTAINMENTS: 9am-7pm, Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City. Historic Pastimes & Games Theme Weekend.

KINGSLEY LIONS CLUB CAR, TRUCK & MOTORCYCLE SHOW: 11:30am-3:30pm, S. Brownson St., Kingsley. 100% of the $10 suggested entry fee will be donated to the GT Area Veteran Coalition. Featuring live music by Steven D and the Keys. 231-313-1837.


CHARLEVOIX VENETIAN FESTIVAL: July 21-28. Featuring Aquapalooza, Beach Bash Basketball, 4-H Youth Sailing Regatta, Venetian Rhythms with Ruth & Max Bloomquist & Charlevoix City Band, Sailing Regatta, fireworks, Drenth Memorial Footrace, Ryan Shay Mile, Bridge Street Block Party, Boat Parade & much more.


HORIZON BOOKS, TC EVENTS: 12-2pm: Gina Ferwada will sign her book “Meals From the Mitten: Celebrating the Seasons in Michigan.” 2-4pm: Brittany Cavallero will read from her book “The Case for Jamie.” 4-6pm: Tom Bailey will read from & talk about his book “A North Country Almanac.”

---------------------WINE ON THE WATER: 1-7pm, Marina Park, Suttons Bay. Featuring 10 local wineries, one brewery, food vendors & live music from Soul Patch, Olivia Millerschin & Levi Britton. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 gate.

Come Hungry. Leave Happy. Join us lobby level at the Warehouse KiTChen + Cork for dinner. Happy Hour 4 - 7pm every day of the week. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings.

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“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”: 2pm & 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. $15 adults, $8 under 18.

---------------------PETOSKEY MUSIC, ART & FARM EXPO: (See Fri., July 20)

---------------------“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”: 6pm, Hannah Park, TC. Bring a lawn chair or blanket & picnic dinner. Rain site is The Presbyterian Church, TC. Free; donations accepted. Find on Facebook.

---------------------UP NORTH VOCAL INSTITUTE: (See Fri., July 20)

---------------------“THE SUMMER COTTAGE”: 7:30pm, The Leelanau School, auditorium, Glen Arbor. Presented by the Glen Arbor Players.

---------------------Eduardo Mileris received his first wristwatch as a young man, and the role of functionality deeply influenced his future aesthetic views. As a result, he studied the key components of watchmaking, including engraving, enamels and glass work. '”I choose the path of creation as a lifestyle, with a strong belief in the transformative, reflective power of art in our daily lives.'”

THE PEKING ACROBATS: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Expanding the concept of gymnastics, flexibility & balance. Enjoy this “Chinese Carnival” with trick-cycling, tumbling, juggling & more. $37, $32, $27.



MANITOU MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT SERIES: 8-10pm, Lake Street Studios, Studio Stage, Glen Arbor. Enjoy fiddle/cello/percussion trio The Moxie Strings. $18-$20. glenarborart. org/events/concert-the-moxie-strings

---------------------WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Featuring JoAnn Falletta, conductor, & Sarah Chang, violin. $32.


ALDEN EVENING STROLL: Downtown Alden. Featuring live music & street entertainers every Thurs. through summer from 6-8pm. Shops & restaurants stay open late.




BOYNE CITY’S STROLL THE STREETS: Fridays through Aug., 6-9pm, Downtown Boyne City. Featuring traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz & rock music. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painters & balloon-twisters.

BOAT IN MOVIES IN THE PARK: Village Green Park, Walloon Lake. Starts 20 minutes after sunset & can be watched from the park’s lawn or from your boat. Tune your boat radio in to listen for sound. Tonight features “Wonder.” 231-535-5000. Free.

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FITNESS WITH A FRIEND: (See Sat., July 14)




---------------------GUIDED WALKING HISTORY TOUR OF TRAVERSE CITY: Perry Hannah Plaza, corner of 6th & Union, TC. A 2 1/2 hour, 2 mile walk around the city & through its historic neighborhoods. Held at 2pm on Mondays & Tuesdays.

---------------------HARBOR SPRINGS COMMUNITY BAND: Mondays, 8pm through Aug. 20, on the lawn next to The Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs. Performances include show tunes, pop, standards, folk, classical, marches, jazz & more.



JORDAN VALLEY COMMUNITY BAND: Thursdays, 7:30pm, through July 26. East Jordan Memorial Park Band Shell.


LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK SIGNINGS: Saturdays, 11am through July 28, Horizon Books, Cadillac. Meet & greet new MI authors.

INDIAN RIVER SUMMERFEST: DeVoe Beach, Indian River, July 18-22. Today includes the 11th Annual Indian River Kayak Bike Biathlon.

AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL & CANOE MARATHON: Grayling, July 20-28. Today includes Spike’s Challenge. river-festival-events-2018

---------------------DIVERSE ENTERTAINMENTS: 9am-7pm, Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City. Historic Pastimes & Games Theme Weekend.

---------------------FRIENDS OF PCL USED BOOK SALE: (See Thurs., July 19)

---------------------PETOSKEY MUSIC, ART & FARM EXPO: (See Fri., July 20)

---------------------CHARLEVOIX VENETIAN FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 21)

---------------------AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION TC FUNDRAISER: 5-9pm, Chief Golf Course, Pelican’s Nest, Bellaire. Benefits the Darkness Walk, held in Sept. Includes dinner, live music, an information table regarding the walk, & a silent auction. Free.

---------------------“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”: 6pm, Hannah Park, TC. Bring a lawn chair or blanket & picnic dinner. Alternate rain site is The Presbyterian Church, TC. Free; donations accepted. Find on Facebook.

---------------------MULEBONE: 7pm, Acoustic Tap Room, TC. Enjoy this blues duo from NYC. 231-275-2041. $20 advance; $25 door.

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BEACH BARDS BONFIRE: Featuring By Heart poetry, storytelling & music. Fridays at 8pm, through Aug. 3, on the beach at the Leelanau School. One dollar per being. 231-334-5890.

UP NORTH STANDUP PADDLEBOARD CLASSIC: 8am-8pm, on the shores of Lake Michigan in Frankfort & Crystal Lake in Beulah. Featuring the Crystal Lake SUP Challenge & Lake Michigan Downwind Duel. Register:

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rock & music from all over the world. $20/adults, $5/under 16.

MAY ERLEWINE: 7:30pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. May’s music ranges from good old fashioned folk & country swing to soul,

------------------------------------------MINI/JUNIOR SPEED OF LIGHT: A laid-back race series. Ride bikes on dirt, explore the woods & more. Held every Thurs. this summer at 6pm. Meet at the Vasa parking lot off Bartlett Rd., TC.

---------------------MONDAY EVENING OLD MISSION PENINSULA RIDE: Mondays, 6pm, TC Central High School. Presented by Cherry Capital Cycling Club. Choose from 15, 20, 35 & 40 miles.

---------------------MUFFIN RIDE: Fridays, 9am. Presented by the Cherry Capital Cycling Club. Pick from 30, 38 or 44 miles. Leave from the parking lot behind Subway, Greilickville.

---------------------THE HONOR RIDE: Mondays, 9am. Presented by the Cherry Capital Cycling Club. Meet at Honor Village Park, across from the Honor Plaza. Choose from 25-30 miles or 35-50 miles.

---------------------VASA DOMINGOS: Sundays, 10am, Timber Ridge RV Resort, TC.

---------------------MONDAY MOVIE NIGHT: Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Held every Mon. through Aug. 20 at 8pm. Bonfire at 7pm. movie-nights

---------------------PETOSKEY ROCKS!: Fridays, 6pm through Aug. 10. Featuring free carriage rides throughout downtown, an eerie Ghost Walk, Music in the Park, & a Movie in the Park at Dark.

---------------------ROCK ‘N RIDES: Wednesdays, 6-8pm through Sept. 12, Little Bohemia Family Tavern, TC.

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---------------------STONE CIRCLE: Held on Saturdays through Sept. 1 at 9pm. Featuring poetry, storytelling & music in an outdoor amphitheater. Poet bard Terry Wooten will host the gatherings around the fire. Located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right on Stone Circle Dr., & then follow signs. $5/adults, $3/kids. 231-264-9467.

---------------------YOGA ON THE BEACH: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30am; Fridays, 10am through Aug. 14. Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. All levels.

---------------------ALDEN FARMER’S MARKET: Thursdays, 4-7pm through Aug. 30, Downtown Alden.

---------------------BELLAIRE FARMERS MARKET: Held on Fridays, 8am-noon, ASI Community Center & Park, Bellaire.

---------------------DOWNTOWN PETOSKEY FARMERS MARKET: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, 400 block of Howard St., Petoskey.

---------------------EAST JORDAN FARMERS MARKET: Sportsman’s Park, East Jordan. Held on Thursdays from 8am-noon. Featuring local organically grown fruits & vegetables, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, flowers & more. Free coffee.

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------------------------------------------INTERLOCHEN FARMERS MARKET: Sundays, 9am-2pm through Oct. 28. Interlochen Corners, parking lot behind Ric’s Grocery Store, Interlochen.

---------------------MANISTEE FARMERS MARKET: Saturdays, 8am-1pm, Washington St. & Memorial Dr., Manistee.


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ART WALK WEDNESDAYS: Petoskey/Bay Harbor. Every Weds. through Aug. 15 from 4-6pm, participating galleries, including the Northern Michigan Artists Market, will have events like artist meet & greets, artist demos, music, appetizers & more.

---------------------COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS EXHIBIT: The Gallery at Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville. Featuring the art of Barbara Webb & Jane Smeltzer, who work together to create paintings in a style they call “rustic/contemporary works of art which emerge from a combination of wood, metal & paint.” Runs July 8 - Aug. 28. The gallery is open on weekends from 12-7pm, & on weekdays by appointment. Call 231-378-3474 to schedule.


WOHADLO: Traverse Area District Library, TC. This exhibit runs through the summer. A Meetn-Greet Slideshow with Wohadlo will take place on Sun., July 29 from 1-3pm.

---------------------INNER LIGHT: Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids. The art of Katarzyna Korytowska, Mark Mehaffey & William Sievert will be featured in this exhibit through July 29.


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MAGIC THURSDAY ARTISTS SUMMER SHOW & SALE: Runs through Aug. at City Opera House, TC. Featuring nine artists with over 100 pieces of original art. A special feature is “Seeking Van Gogh.” Each artist has painted a local scene as Van Gogh might have painted it.

---------------------MONSTER FISH: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RIVER GIANTS: A Major Exhibition of National Geographic. Runs through Oct. 7 at Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Dennos Museum hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10am-5pm; Thurs.: 10am8pm; & Sun.: 1-5pm.

---------------------OAC EXHIBIT: Oliver Arts Center, Frankfort. Join Higher Art Gallery owner & artist Shanny Brooke, along with artists Joe De Luca & Daniel Heron in a group show. An opening reception will be held on Fri., July 20 from 5-7pm. An artist talk will be held on Sun., Aug. 4 at 1pm. Runs through Aug. 30.

---------------------SOLO SHOW FEATURING THE ART OF MELONIE STEFFES: Higher Art Gallery, TC. Steffes features “Nature & Nurture,” Magical Realism, Oil Paintings, that runs through July 20.

---------------------CENTER GALLERY, GLEN ARBOR: - JOSEPH LOMBARDO: Painter Joseph Lombardo revisits some of his favorite & signature motifs — Glen Arbor night scenes, Lake Michigan beaches, & up-close looks at some of the region’s historic barns. Runs through July 19. - LYNN UHLMANN: This painter sees the forest & trees, & it’s all on her canvases. Runs July 20-26 with an opening reception on Fri., July 20 from 6pm - sundown. Center Gallery is open daily, 11am-5pm. 231-334-3179.

---------------------CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE OF ARTS, CHARLEVOIX: - “PORTRAITS IN MICHIGAN”: The works of 27 artists will be on display representing different approaches to the fine art of portraiture. Runs through July 14. - JURIED FINE ARTS SHOW: An opening celebration will be held on Fri., July 20 from 5-7pm. Runs through Sept. 8.

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---------------------CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER, PETOSKEY: - MIND INTO MATTER - CYNTHIA RUTHERFORD: Runs through Aug. 18 in Gilbert Gallery. Cynthia’s paintings include textures, images, graffiti, glazes, & washes of paint. - SEEING & BEING SEEN – THE WORKS OF SUSAN OFFIELD: Runs through Aug. 18. Susan enjoys painting the human being & standing before an inspiring object. - “NORTHERN MICHIGAN, LIVING IT, LOVING IT!”: This CTAC Kitchen Painters Exhibit runs in the Atrium Gallery. Over 20 area artists capture the beauty & spirit of Northern MI in their original paintings. Runs through Sept. 8.


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---------------------CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER, GALLERY, TC: - OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA JURIED SUMMER SALON SHOW: Runs July 14 – Sept. 1. Featuring about 230 pieces by many top oil painters. An opening reception will be held on Fri., June 22 from 5-7pm.

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Paul McCartney


The Beatle is back — Paul McCartney is returning with a brand new studio album, Egypt Station. He said its concept is illustrated through the album itself, which starts on one station and then makes stops at each subsequent song to follow. The main “Egypt Station” is a “dream location” where all the tunes start from. The album was recorded in a trio of actual locations — London, Sussex, and Los Angeles — with production by Adele/Beck collaborator Greg Kurstin and additional assistance from Ryan Tedder. This will be McCartney’s first set of all-new tracks since 2013 and will arrive in outlets on Sept. 7 on Capitol Records … Beyonce and Jay-Z have released a joint album on the Tidal music service; titled Everything is Love. The album, which only contains nine songs, plus a bonus Tidal-only exclusive track (“Salud!”), was announced at the couple’s recent London tour stop, when they counted down a big screen announcement of the album’s release with the audience. The album is attributed to “The Carters.” (Carter is Jay-Z’s surname.) First single, “Apesh*t,” is out on streaming and radio outlets now … The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival is set for Sept. 21 – 22 at the T-Mobile Arena

in Las Vegas, Nevada — and it’s a great midfall break for northern Michigan music fans. Appearing at the fest for the very first time will be Fleetwood Mac, fronted by the legendary Stevie Nicks. Also performing live sets throughout the weekend will be Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons, Kelly Clarkson, and Detroit hometown boy Jack White … In other festival news, the 20th anniversary edition of the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana’s popular City Park is now set for Oct. 26–28, with 65 bands and solo artists performing across four big stages (check out the full lineup at This year’s will include the fest’s three big headliners Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, and Childish Gambino; they will be joined on this year’s bill by Ty Dolla $ign, The Revivalists, Odesza, Modest Mouse, and many more … LINK OF THE WEEK The rapidly growing alternative music event The Audiotree Music Festival, taking place in Kalamazoo Sept. 22–23 this year, is booking bigger and bigger named indie artists. Its 2018 edition will include sets from Real Estate, Local Natives, Father John Misty, Basement, and Diet Cig. Get your tickets now at…

THE BUZZ One of the biggest current hipster music trends is the ukulele — and hopefully it’ll still be that way when the just-confirmed date (March 19, 2019) arrives for The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to play the Wharton Center in East Lansing … Social Distortion just confirmed a Michigan date, as well — it’ll play The Fillmore in Detroit on Oct. 12… Get jazzy with it at the Lansing Jazzfest, this year happening in (where else?) Lansing Aug. 4–5 …

Also happening in August is the annual Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston (Aug. 17–19), where you can watch live music from Dawes, Billy Strings, Luke Winslow-King, and more local favorites at a chill venue set in the Manistee National Forest … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock. Comments, questions, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ’em to Kristi at

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The Orb – No Sounds Are Out of Bounds – Cooking Vinyl

The English ambient/EDM pair are back for album No. 15, and for this one seem to have decided to throw a collaborative party, considering that Roger Eno, Andy Cain, Youth, Jah Wobble, Roney FM, Guy Pratt, Gaudi, Brother Culture, and more (whew!) show up to throw vocals into the ring. Emma Gillespie kicks things off with the synth-’70s vibe of “The End of the End,” with Eno’s contributions to “Ununited States” surfacing right on the heels of “The End”; while standout “Soul Planet” features subtle vocals from Mary Pearce in a wraithlike soundscape.

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“Where Friends Gather” Featuring Super Greek Food in a Relaxed Atmosphere

A deft and enthusiastic blend of grungy rock and traditional Congolese music, this is an unexpected mix that doesn’t succeed only because of its uniqueness but also because the resulting music is impressively good. Scratchy guitars crank alongside the snap of hand drums; spoken word segments interrupt and improve (“Le Temps Passe”); “Musonsu” calls to mind Paul Simon’s bubbly Graceland album; and tunes like the high-spirited “Ofakombolo,” the horn-festooned “Pondjo Pondjo,” and the balletic poise of “Hello” will stick in your head for days.





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Manic Street Preachers – Resistance is Futile – SD

Fusing rock and pop in equal measure, the latest from the Preachers — its 13th overall – is spiked throughout audio-wise at unexpected moments with a little sharpness from the band’s early days, most notably on such tracks as the dark “Sequels of Forgotten Wars.” But not all is pointed and doomladen here; funnels of anticipation also work their way up through the set, from the tinkling guitars of “People Give In” to the spry, flourishing choruses of “Hold Me Like a Heaven.”

American Aquarium – Things Change – New West

With frontman BJ Barham back from his brief venture into a solo career, the new American Aquarium is back, having added some new members who then cranked through some recording studio sessions last December in Oklahoma. The result album is remarkably not as haphazard as this rush work might have you anticipate; instead, it’s thick with determination, from the muscular chorus of “The World is on Fire” to the earthy “Tough Folks,” and personal commentary on tracks like “When We Were Young Men.”

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The reel

by meg weichman

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ennis shoes. A sweater. Our great secular saint. There’s only one man I could be describing, and it’s Fred Rogers. He’s the subject of a new documentary that traces his life, work, and incalculable legacy. By the end of its 90-some touching minutes, you’ll not only find your face tear- and snotstained (pro tip: bring tissues) but also washed clean of the anguish of modern adult life and wanting to be the person Mr. Rogers thought you could be. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is an altogether rare experience, an empathetic tearjerker that could not be more deeply felt. Using archival clips and interviews with friends, family, and co-workers to tell the story of Fred Rogers’ path from seminary school to writing, producing, and starring in that staple of youth, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, this is pretty simple and straightforward filmmaking. But as we remember from watching clips of the low-fi magic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which didn’t need fancy sets or puppets, just because it’s simple doesn’t make it any less impactful. While certainly following the template of a standard biography, it transforms into a much-needed salve to these troubled, embittered times. And the film serves as a rallying cry sung in the softest and sweetest of sing-songy voices, stirring things you have long lost touch with or forgotten — those formative lessons he shared with us and the power of being warm, loving, patient, and kind. So let yourself cry, and you’ll come out better on the other side, ready for the days and fight ahead.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Guys, these dang super hero movies just aren’t ever going to stop, are they? In some ways its comforting; regardless of the ebb and flow of popular culture we’ll always have these films with which to trace our collective cultural experience. And as I know I’ve mentioned in a previous review for some superhero blockbuster or another, some of them are pretty entertaining. Some actually engage you to the point that you become invested in their worlds. But some are also just so boring and insider-thick that it can wound you on the whole genre real quick. So thank goodness for Ant-Man, which falls effortlessly in that former category of superheroes who know when to keep the pace quick and the plot light, but not too light. Ant-Man is, for the uninitiated, a superhero who uses a sci-fi suit to shrink down to do his do-gooding. His namesake isn’t only a reference to his insect size; he can also control ants to do his bidding. He is also the least serious, least essential of the Marvel superheroes whom, it has been deemed, need their story told, leaving the story to do its own thing. And in the hands of Paul Rudd, the most effortlessly charming and likeable actor out there right now, the film makes for a light and enjoyable two hours. There was a previous Ant-Man installment, if you didn’t know. In it we first met the well-meaning burglar Scott Lang (Rudd), who was basically dragooned into being Ant-Man after unknowingly stealing the suit from its inventor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Pym and his wife, Janet, were the original Ant-Man and Wasp, but Janet has been trapped in the Quantum Realm after shrinking herself down to sub-atomic size in order to disarm a Soviet missile (like you do). Pym and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), hope to use Lang and the suit to finally rescue their marooned wife and mother. Oh, what’s exactly is the Quantum Realm, you ask? It’s doesn’t really matter. All you

need to know is that you have to be very, very, very small to get there, and you can only access it once every century (or something like that) via a Quantum Tunnel. Out to stop them is a villain named Ghost, a young woman who can pass through solid objects. This is called “phasing,” and it’s due to an experiment gone wrong, to which her father, Bill Foster (Lawrence Fishburne), had subjected her. Naturally, Foster and Pym have to work together, and, naturally, they are bitter ex-partners with far different visions on how these powers they have at their fingertips should be handled. As things grow more and more contentious, Hope becomes the new Wasp (basically a suit with the same powers as ant man, but also with wings and laser blasters), and the two heroes fighting side by side makes for some pretty snazzy fight scenes. Aside from a spirited plot, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a lot of fun with its central premise of shrinking but also enlarging people and things. For example, Pym’s lab — a multistory mid-century office building — is repeatedly reduced in size for portability and dragged around like a wheeled carryon bag. There are plenty of sight gags that help ground the movie in a playfulness that many comic book movies often eschew. It’s honestly pretty refreshing, seeing a movie be this much fun while still fitting within a construct that has been designed to be taken so seriously. And especially on the heels of the ultra heavy, people-are-still-recovering-fromits-finale Avengers: Infinity War, this is the kind of Marvel fluff we need. And no, it doesn’t offer too many insights into what will happen next in the Marvel-verse (the action take place before the events of Infinity War). So give it a shot. Even if comic books aren’t your bag, I think you’ll find Ant-Man and the Wasp to your liking. Meg Weichman is a perma-intern at the Traverse City Film Festival and a trained film archivist.



ag is a perfectly serviceable comedy you’ll probably enjoy. You’ll get a few chuckles out of it, and you’ll come to like the characters. You won’t love it, but you certainly won’t hate it. You’ll most likely just forget it. It’s sort of the film equivalent to an OK sandwich from a so-so restaurant you stopped at while passing through an unremarkable town. “Did I eat lunch today? Oh right, I ate at that one place … ” That’s Tag. But really, when it comes down to it, sometimes, what more do you really want? Based on a true story, the film centers on five friends who have engaged in the same game of tag — you know, the game of “you’re it” from our childhood playgrounds — for basically their whole lives. The game is only in effect for the month of May, and it’s ongoing. The object isn’t to win, per se, it’s just to not be “it.” But something is afoot this year, as reigning never-been-tagged-ever player Jerry Pierce (The Avengers’ Jeremy Renner) says he’s quitting after this round, his perfect record intact. This injustice will not stand, so Hoagie Malloy (The Office’s Ed Helms) rounds up the gang (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, New Girl’s Jake Johnson, and Broad City’s Hannibal Buress) for an especially crucial month of play. What makes Tag stand out is the heartwarming reality of the true story it’s based on. For this alone it’s worth a shot. Just don’t be too worried if you don’t run to see it.

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lease do not lump in Incredibles 2 in with other superhero movies. Sure it’s about a bunch of superheroes doing daring deeds, but it’s really about a loving family (and may I remind you they don’t even wear capes!). So for these reasons and so many more, please don’t think for a moment this is just another superhero movie, or even just another quick cash grab of an animated sequel. Cause after 14 years coming, what it is is a film filled with rich and wonderful characters, inventive whiz-bang action, quick-witted humor, heartfelt storytelling, empowering and thoughtful messages, and exhilarating family fun. We pick up right where the previous film left off. Superheroes are outlawed, but that can’t stop the Parr Family — father Bob “Mr. Incredible” (Craig T. Nelson), mom Helen “Elastigirl” (Holly Hunter), daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell), son Dash, and baby Jack-Jack – from doing their thing. Enter superhero superfan Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a billionaire mogul with a plan to get supers back into the public’s good graces, a plan that involves Elastigirl fighting crime on the streets and Mr. Incredible staying home and folding the sheets. A total delight from start to finish, Incredibles 2 is here to do nothing less than save the summer movie season.

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: I’m a 34-year-old woman in a two-year relationship with a guy. I’ve never been the jealous type. Yet, I do feel oddly possessive and jealous in this relationship, especially lately. My friends say this a sign I need to “work on” myself. Really? If so, how? What do I need to do? — Worried : “Hey, where’s the boyfriend?” your friend asks as she plops down on the couch next to you. You look at your phone: “Well, according to my tracking device, he’s at the end of Main, turning right onto Slauson.” Jealousy gets a bad rap. Sure, it’s sometimes a sign that your self-worth is in the toilet. But it can also be a sign that your boyfriend has been sneaking off to the toilet at work with his boss’s busty assistant. Evolutionary psychologist David Buss notes that sexual jealousy appears to be one of the “mate guarding adaptations” that evolved over human history — a sort of police dog of emotions to protect us from being cheated on. Buss observes that sexual jealousy is activated by “threats to mate retention,” including “the presence of mate poachers” (rivals trying to lure your partner away), “cues to infidelity, or even subtle signals that suggest that a partner might be dissatisfied with the current relationship.” But there are signals, and then there are meaningful signals. A possibly helpful thing to recognize is that we have overprotective defense systems. “Defense expression is often excessive,” observes psychiatrist and evolutionary psychologist Randolph Nesse. This isn’t an accident or a design flaw. It’s evolution saying, “Hey, hon, let’s be on the safe side here.” Consider the smoke alarm that’s a little oversensitive. This can be annoying when it screams for the hook and ladders whenever the neighbor lights incense next to her tub. But it’s far less annoying than waking up to your toes being crisped by your flaming bedroom rug. Figure out the source of your feelings so you can address it. Is there something amiss in your psychology that leads you to be overly sensitive — to see a threat where it doesn’t really exist — or are you sensing some meaningful danger to your relationship? It’s one thing to follow the person you love with your eyes as he walks off; it’s another thing entirely to do it with a pair of high-powered binoculars and a bug sewn into his laptop bag.

: My boyfriend and I have a TV ritual -watching our favorite show together every week. Yesterday, I had a dinner meeting, and I asked him to wait to watch it with me, but he didn’t. There’s so much other stuff on TV. Did he really need to watch “our show”? He doesn’t understand what the big deal is and told me to just watch the episode myself and get caught up. Grrr. — Mad : So, your boyfriend’s saying, “My know your happiness means the world to me -- just not enough to masturbate and read a book for an evening.” To be fair, it probably seems like a TV show is just a TV show. What is the big deal if he watches ahead? But it turns out that context matters. This is a TV show you watch together — or, as my boyfriend describes it, it’s a “relationship show.” That probably sounds romantic, but considering our shows are usually murder-centric, date night is basically “Come over at 7, and we’ll have a nice dinner and watch six innocent people being gutted like hogs.” It turns out that the fictional social world couples share through their “relationship shows” can be important to their partnership. According to research by social psychologist Sarah Gomillion and her colleagues, it works like sharing a social network of real live friends and family members, fostering a “shared identity.” In fact, their research suggests that sharing a fictional social world “predicts greater relationship quality.” This was especially true among couples who “reported sharing fewer mutual friends with partners.” For those partners, “sharing media more frequently was associated with greater interdependence, closeness, and confidence in the relationship.” As for why you feel hurt, your boyfriend basically sent you the message, “I want to watch this show now more than I want to watch it with you.” But look to how he is in general. Is he loving? Does he usually — or at least often — prioritize your happiness and well-being? If so, you can probably get him to mend his episodestraying ways, simply by explaining why your collective fictional friends are important to your relationship. This is likely to fire up his empathy — or, at the very least, his dread of a brand-new recurring argument: “How can I ever trust you if you can’t— for a single evening — resist the seductive nature of the balding, annoying Larry David?”

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(June 21-July 22): Self-described skeptics sometimes say to me, “How can any intelligent person believe in astrology? You must be suffering from a brain dysfunction if you imagine that the movements of planets can reveal any useful clues about our lives.” If the “skeptic” is truly open-minded, as an authentic skeptic should be, I offer a mini-lecture to correct his misunderstandings. If he’s not (which is the usual case), I say that I don’t need to “believe” in astrology; I use astrology because it works. For instance, I have a working hypothesis that Cancerians like myself enjoy better-than-average insight and luck with money every year from late July through the month of August. It’s irrelevant whether there’s a “scientific” theory to explain why this might be. I simply undertake efforts to improve my financial situation at this time, and I’m often successful.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will

never find an advertisement for Nike or Apple within the sacred vessel of this horoscope column. But you may come across plugs for soul-nourishing commodities like creative freedom, psychosexual bliss, and playful generosity. Like everyone else, I’m a salesperson -- although I believe that the wares I peddle are unambiguously good for you. In this spirit, I invite you to hone your own sales pitch. It’s an excellent time to interest people in the fine products and ideas and services that you have to offer.

PIScES (Feb. 19-March 20): Would you do me

a favor, please? Would you do your friends and loved ones and the whole world a favor? Don’t pretend you’re less powerful and beautiful than you are. Don’t downplay or neglect the magic you have at your disposal. Don’t act as if your unique genius is nothing special. OK? Are you willing to grant us these small indulgences? Your specific talents, perspectives, and gifts are indispensable right now. The rest of us need you to be bold and brazen about expressing them..

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Take a lover

who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” Whenever that quote appears on the Internet, it’s falsely attributed to painter Frida Kahlo. In fact, it was originally composed by poet Marty McConnell. In any case, I’ll recommend that you heed it in the coming weeks. You really do need to focus on associating with allies who see the mysterious and lyrical best in you. I will also suggest that you get inspired by a line that Frida Kahlo actually wrote: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” (If you don’t know what a bourbon biscuit is, I’ll tell you: chocolate buttercream stuffed between two thin rectangular chocolate biscuits.)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s what

author Franz Kafka wrote in his diary on August 2, 1914: “Germany has declared war on Russia. I went swimming in the afternoon.” We could possibly interpret his nonchalance about world events to be a sign of callous self-absorption. But I recommend that you cultivate a similar attitude in the coming weeks. In accordance with astrological omens, you have the right and the need to shelter yourself from the vulgar insanity of politics and the pathological mediocrity of mainstream culture. So feel free to spend extra time focusing on your own well-being. (P.S.: Kafka’s biographer says swimming served this role for him. It enabled him to access deep unconscious reserves of pleasurable power that renewed his spirit.)

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Am I delusional

to advise a perky, talkative Gemini like yourself to enhance your communication skills? How dare I even hint that you’re not quite perfect at a skill you were obviously born to excel at? But that’s exactly what I’m here to convey. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to take inventory of how you could more fully develop your natural ability to exchange information. You’ll be in robust alignment with cosmic rhythms if you take action to refine the way you express your own messages and receive and respond to other people’s messages.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here are some of the fine

gifts you’re eligible for and even likely to receive during the next four weeks: a more constructive and fluid relationship with obsession; a panoramic look at what lies below the tip of the metaphorical iceberg; a tear-jerking joyride that cracks open your sleeping

sense of wonder; erasure of at least 20 percent of your selfdoubt; vivid demonstrations of the excitement available from slowing down and taking your sweet time; and a surprising and useful truth delivered to your soul by your body.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): During the

last three months of 2018, I suspect you will dismantle or outgrow a foundation. Why? So as to prepare the way for building or finding a new foundation in 2019. From next January onward, I predict you will re-imagine the meaning of home. You’ll grow fresh roots and come to novel conclusions about the influences that enable you to feel secure and stable. The reason I’m revealing these clues ahead of time is because now is a good time to get a foreshadowing of how to proceed. You can glean insights on where to begin your work.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reader asked

Libran blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle, “How does one become more sensual?” I’ll ask you to meditate on the same question. Why? Because it’s a good time to enrich and deepen your sensuality. For inspiration, here are some ideas that blend my words with Cardelle’s: “Laugh easily and freely. Tune in to the rhythm of your holy animal body as you walk. Sing songs that remind you why you’re here on earth. Give yourself the luxury of reading books that thrill your imagination and fill you with fresh questions. Eat food with your fingers. Allow sweet melancholy to snake through you. Listen innocently to people, being warm-hearted and slyly wild. Soak up colors with your eager eyes. Whisper grateful prayers to the sun as you exult in its gifts.”

ScORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “If people

aren’t laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.” So says bodybuilder Kai Greene. I don’t know if I would personally make such a brazen declaration, but I do think it’s worth considering -- especially for you right now. You’re entering into the Big Bold Vision time of your astrological cycle. It’s a phase when you’ll be wise to boost the intensity of your hopes for yourself, and get closer to knowing the ultimate form of what you want, and be daring enough to imagine the most sublime possible outcomes for your future. If you do all that with the proper chutzpah, some people may indeed laugh at your audacity. That’s OK!


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This mini-chapter in your epic life story is symbolically ruled by the fluttering flights of butterflies, the whirring hum of hummingbird wings, the soft cool light of fireflies, and the dawn dances of seahorses. To take maximum advantage of the blessings life will tease you with in the coming weeks, I suggest you align yourself with phenomena like those. You will tend to be alert and receptive in just the right ways if you cultivate a love of fragile marvels, subtle beauty, and amazing grace.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I swear the

astrological omens are telling me to tell you that you have license to make the following requests: 1. People from your past who say they’d like to be part of your future have to prove their earnestness by forgiving your debts to them and asking your forgiveness for their debts to you. 2. People who are pushing for you to be influenced by them must agree to be influenced by you. 3. People who want to deepen their collaborations with you must promise to deepen their commitment to wrestling with their own darkness. 4. People who say they care for you must prove their love in a small but meaningful way.




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