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Love and Kindness Win

I attended the closing performance of The Laramie Project performed at Old Town Playhouse on February 18. It was a powerful production about the murder of a young gay college student, Matthew Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming. The cast of all-volunteer theater enthusiasts performed admirably and bravely.

On the way into the theater, a lone evangelist spouted about the evils of homosexuality. There is ignorance and hate in our world, and to combat that we need art to foster understanding and compassion. That’s the power of theater: to share a difficult human experience and start a necessary conversation. I only wish that there had been more people in attendance. Love and kindness win over hate!

How Many More?

After each tragedy, we always hear how sad it was and how it was such an act of evil, but that’s as far as anything goes. It’s just all words. What we need is action. No posting emojis on news stories or putting something on your profile picture to show support. These make us feel good, but they don’t really do anything and instead deceive us into thinking we’re activists without doing the work.

I understand that it’s hard for working people with families to take action, especially in a rural area like northern Michigan. That being said, here are three basic things one can do to help fight gun violence on a busy schedule.

1. Write to your government officials. One of the easiest and most effective ways to make change is writing to your public officials. Look up your state and national representatives and senators and demand that they do something about gun violence. After all, we elected them to help us.

2. Donate to a cause. If you have the money, donate to help support survivors of mass shootings. There are many Gofundme pages set up to help pay for medical costs of survivors who are still recovering in the hospital. Another charity I support is 42 Strong, a foundation created by the Myre family to honor their son Tate who was killed in the Oxford High School shooting. The foundation’s goal is to develop a peer-to-peer mentorship program to help students build a stronger sense of community.

3. Educate yourself. Most importantly, educate yourself on gun violence and gun safety. Learn how you can help keep firearms out of the hands of children and prevent dangerous criminals from obtaining weapons. Be informed when you go to the ballot box.

Mental Health News

Did you know that a team of community stakeholders has been convening for over a year to create a hub for mental wellness for youth and adults? This initiative was

made possible thanks to the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) and their innovative team-building summit held in November 2021. Thank you, CHIR.

Our leadership team of three was represented by Munson (Terri LaCroixKelty), Northern Lakes Community Mental Health (Nancy Stevenson then Joanie Blamer), and community agencies (me). Over the last year-plus, we received multiple grants that allowed us to draft a business plan for a mental health hub that would provide crisis stabilization and residential services for youth and adults, along with a number of other resources to assist folks looking for help for their loved ones and themselves.

On February 13 at a community forum, Munson made a public commitment to effectively lead this initiative. Thank you, Munson. Sidenote: The Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Board discussed, but did not approve, being a lead entity for the $5M ARPA request to GT County several months ago. (NLCMH remains in an uncertain state currently with no permanent CEO and no six-county revised enabling agreement.)

Munson will have support from NLCMH, Pennie Foster-Fishman of the CHIR, and Seth Johnson of United Way. We can trust Seth and Pennie to see that kids’ services are not removed, minimized, or delayed—a concern for many of us. There is still opportunity for community stakeholders to be involved with Seth and Pennie, so please consider how you might help or advocate.

Associate Libraries

As an elected member of the Peninsula Community Library Board of Trustees, I was pleased to see the February 18 article “State of the Libraries.” Thank you for informing your readers of the vast array of services, programs, and materials available from libraries.

I was, however, disappointed to see no mention of the Fife Lake Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, and Peninsula Community Library. It appears they were lumped in with the Traverse Area District Library branch libraries. The three are independent libraries with elected boards of trustees and a library director who is hired by and reports to their boards of trustees.

Under Michigan library law, they are considered associate members of the District Library. They are not branch libraries like Kingsley and East Bay. TADL levies a millage dedicated to library operations in the county and, via contract, apportions funding back to the three associate libraries. Each of the associate libraries enjoys a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with the District Library, which provides some services to the associate libraries and receives a substantial amount of their library township millages.

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Sap, Syrup, and Spring!

We might have a dozen more huge temperature swings in our future, but the sap tappers have already been out and about as we approach the true start to maple syrup season Up North. (The rule of thumb is you need daytime temps above freezing and nighttime temps below freezing.) If you’re new to the game or want to brush up on your skills, Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire offers a virtual Maple Sugaring 101 on March 1 at 12pm to learn about selecting trees, using the right equipment, and the sap-to-syrup process. For in-person instruction, they team up with Northwestern Michigan College on March 2 from 1-3pm for “The Science of Making Maple Syrup” class. For more maple fun, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore hosts its first-ever Maple Sugaring Days March 4-5, featuring the history of maple sugaring and live demonstrations, and BrixStone Farms in Bear Lake has an open house March 18…just to name a few. Talk about a good way to make the end of winter that much sweeter!

the Ultimate Party in the Woods

“The Ultimate Party in the Woods” returns to Timber Ridge Resort on Saturday, March 4, from 1-6pm! The 16th Annual Suds & Snow starts with a half-mile hike to the backwoods where the event takes place. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras and will feature live music by Botala, The Daylites, Funky Uncle, and 2BaysDJs. There will be 20+ beverage vendors and two food vendors. Tickets are $40 in advance, and $2 of each ticket sold will support TC nonprofits.

Hey, watch It! Poker Face

If you had the ability to tell when someone was lying— every person, every time—would you use your power for good or for evil? Charlie Cale goes for good, even if she sometimes stumbles into it. Poker Face is a mystery of the week brought to you by Rian Johnson (the mastermind behind the Knives Out films) in which we viewers watch a crime occur in the opening scenes and then follow along as Charlie uses her BS-detector gift to suss out the guilty party. The twist is that Charlie is no cop—in fact, she’s on the run herself from some powerful and scary people—and her brand of justice often has to be a bit more creative. Her nomadic lifestyle fits the plot perfectly, allowing her to meet a whole new cast of characters (and excellent guest stars) each week, though she does have a penchant for winding up smack dab in the middle of a murder. Charlie’s big heart under her brash exterior will have you rooting for her to not only solve each crime but also get her own happy ending. Now streaming on Peacock.

Who says taking a mid-winter break means actually having to go somewhere? Go the staycation route instead and treat yourself to a night in at Hotel Indigo’s Warehouse KiTChen + Cork, starting with a plate of the restaurant’s signature Warehouse Wings. Released as part of the hotel’s revamped winter menu, this twist on a familiar favorite begins with a housemade spice-rub (think Frank’s RedHot seasoning, but better), which chefs seal in with a high-temperature bake. From there, the flavor-infused wings are fried to crispy perfection and drizzled with garlic-parmesan sauce before they’re piled up, piping hot, and topped with waffle-cut carrots, green onion, and an extra sprinkle of parmesan. Don’t skimp on the scratch-made bleu cheese dip, and no judgment here if you lick your fingers! Grab a plate for $18 at Warehouse KiTChen + Cork (263 W. Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City), and be sure to stay tuned for a new flavor lineup, including Sriracha Buffalo and Korean Barbeque, on the upcoming spring menu!

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Ever wanted to see what happens when you insert new wave rock into some of the most well-known fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm? (Think Into the Woods plus the over-thetop style and music of the 1980s, and you’ll have a pretty good idea.) Mashup Rock & Roll Musical is bringing it all together with a revival of their Grimm’s Alternative Fairy Tales show, which will have multiple performances at the newly-opened Alluvion in Traverse City between March 3 and March 11. The theater group calls the show “a twisted romp through magical woods” and “an irreverent spin on the notion of destiny” that’s bound to have you smiling—or singing—along. (Or maybe cringing if you still recognize your signature hairstyle.) Tickets range from $28-$38, though there is a special “pay what you can” performance scheduled for March 5 at 6:30pm (minimum $5). Get tickets and learn more at

Stuff We Love: Books on Books on Books

Remember those glorious days of book fairs in elementary and middle school? Where hundreds of new books would magically appear in the gym or a classroom or the library? Brilliant Books of Traverse City is putting some extra spin on that magic with their spring book fairs at Traverse City and Kalkaska schools. Not only do they bring the books—and do all the set-up, staffing, and tear-down—but they also donate 25 percent of each book fair’s sales to the school’s classroom and library collections. Last fall, Brilliant Books returned to hosting fairs after they were put on pause by the pandemic, and the 2022 fairs raised over $7,000 for NoMi schools, including Eastern Elementary, Long Lake Elementary, West Middle School, and Birch Street Elementary. According to Caitlin Marsh, the director of events and marketing for the bookstore, Brilliant Books is hoping to raise $10,000 this spring. Learn more at (and figure out how to get your school involved) at

A sixth Mammoth Distilling location will be opening this year, but it’s not in northern Michigan. The Central Lake-based spirits company is bringing the flavors of the north to Grand Rapids, with remodeling of their new Wealthy Street location underway now and license applications in the works for a potential summer 2023 opening. Mammoth already has locations in Central Lake, Bellaire, Traverse City, Bay Harbor, and Adrian. “One of our early goals was to create jobs and participate in growing small rural economies, which we have done with our first five tasting rooms,” Mammoth founder Chad Munger tells Northern Express. “Now it is time to grow by engaging with our first large urban market.” Munger explains that this will be Mammoth’s first satellite location that has a large outdoor space. The property also has a “secondary structure” that Mammoth plans to use for experiences with customers like whiskey blending and mixology. For more information, head to

American Stout

Hop Lot Brewing Company is a great place to spend a winter day in northern Michigan. While the brewery’s big outdoor space is certainly a blast in the summertime, we have a special fondness for the igloo lifestyle that Hop Lot embraces in the winter. (Those igloos are heated and furnished to be nice and cozy no matter the weather.) They are also the perfect place to enjoy a pint of the Tilted Radars, an outstanding American stout that’s just perfect for a winter weekend afternoon. Coffee and cocoa nibs give this beer the kind of roasty, chocolatey richness that you’d expect from a full-bodied American stout, but a super smooth finish and a not-quite-imperial-level alcohol content (the beer clocks in at 7.5 percent ABV) make the Tilted Radars nice and drinkable. Pair it with a burger or Hop Lot’s spicy fried chicken sandwich for especially satisfying results. Find it at 658 S W Bay Shore Dr, Suttons Bay. (231) 866-4445,

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We’ve become very good at this, haven’t we?

First will come the flowers, candles, and teddy bears, all left at an appropriate site, some with notes of condolence. There will be a candlelight vigil and a non-denominational prayer service attended by more people than have ever previously been to a church. Then the president or governor or mayor will instruct us to lower flags to half-mast.

There will be eulogies sadly intoning the goodness of those murdered. Relatives of the dead will pledge to do “something.” Politicians will promise that this time, by golly, they are going to take action. T-shirts will appear

it’s been since 2001. There were about 45,000 gun deaths in 2022, with more than half the result of suicides, and, depending on whose definition is used, somewhere between 500 and 750 deaths from mass shootings.

Politicians on one side of the political aisle claim they are going to regulate the most dangerous guns and restrict gun ownership from the most dangerous people. The politicians on the other side of the aisle say the solution is more “good people” with guns who can stop the “bad people” with guns.

To be fair, the gun reformers have had some modest legislative successes. Some

with a one-word reference to the scene of the massacre, usually a city, followed by the word “strong.”

We will all be shocked, saddened, sickened, depressed, disgusted, infuriated, and appalled, but we can’t possibly claim to be surprised. Something happening out of the ordinary is required for a surprise, and shootings of the sort that recently occurred at MSU are commonplace—a regular part of our gun culture lives.

There is no official definition of mass shootings. The Gun Violence Archive defines it as four or more people, excluding the shooter, shot at roughly the same place and same time. By their definition, there have already been 71 mass shootings in 24 states just this year. They list 647 mass shootings in 39 states in 2022.

The FBI has a different approach. They track mass killings, not just shootings. Their definition of mass killing requires at least four non-familial fatalities excluding the shooter in roughly the same location and at the same time. They list seven such episodes so far this year, but the MSU incident didn’t have quite enough death to satisfy their definition.

(We now have to index killings by category. There’s mass killing as defined by the FBI; then there’s “spree” killing defined as multiple fatalities within a reasonably short time span but spread out of over more than one location; serial killing, which is multiple fatalities in separate locations over an extended period of time; then there’s familicide, in which someone wipes out their family; gang-related shootings including drive-by killings, which have their own category; and, of course, good old-fashioned murder of just one person.)

The murder-by-gun rate in the U.S. had been in a steady decline for the better part of four decades until recently, though mass killings have been on the increase during that same period. According to Pew Research, our current murder-by-gun rate is the highest

states did enact some regulations, and the Trump Administration banned bump-stocks nationwide.

But then those laws got to court and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) established a new benchmark for all the new reforms and restrictions. They must be part of an “historical tradition” of regulation, SCOTUS said—or at least five justices did. It is a standard that eliminates virtually all attempts at gun regulation or restrictions; since there is no tradition of firearm regulation, no new regulation meets the court’s test.

The Trump bump-stock ban was overturned based on that definition. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned a prohibition of gun ownership for someone accused or convicted of domestic violence because there is no historical tradition of such regulation. Well, no, because domestic violence wasn’t even codified as criminal behavior in most states until the 1970s. In fact, lots of our laws do not have a long held historical tradition; for example, women couldn’t vote until 1920, and most drugs were legal until 1935.

Based on that same “logic” of historical tradition, various courts have overturned laws banning guns without serial numbers, untraceable ghost gun parts, gun ownership for very young people, gun ownership by convicted felons, and the sale and possession of assault rifles as recent examples. The gun law reformers have lost.

Those wishing to shoot large numbers of people can now legally obtain their killing tools. Mass shootings have already occurred in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, Christian churches, synagogues, malls, factories, government offices, big box retailers, night clubs, big cities, small towns, villages…. We shouldn’t be surprised if it happens here— it might be happening right now.

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Something happening out of the ordinary is required for a surprise, and shootings of the sort that recently occurred at MSU are commonplace—a regular part of our gun culture lives.


We’ve reached that point of winter when, even after a snowstorm, the grass reappears within a few days. When we can feel the warmth of sunlight come through our windows once more. When birds we haven’t seen since last year start to sing in the maples. All these beautiful moments mean that spring in Michigan is right around the corner.

If you’re searching for spring break destinations but don’t have frequent flier miles or extra funds, perhaps a staycation is what you need. Family spring break trips are always fun, and if you’re in northwest Michigan, you don’t have to go far to make memories. With the bounty of adventures waiting for you in our region, it’s no wonder so many folks come from out of state to experience a taste of it all.

Want to fish on winding rivers? Take a day hike along a perfectly groomed trail? Maybe you’d like to swing a club on the bluffs near Lake Michigan? (Okay, we might not be there yet, but golf season will start soon!) Spring is a truly great time to finally shake off the cabin fever, get outside, and explore.

If the cold lingers in northern Michigan, head inside to marvel at art galleries, history exhibits, or indoor waterparks. Even just going for a drive can be filled with spontaneous thrill-seeking and breathtaking lake views. Michigan allows families the chance to do all that and so much more!

Whatever your Up North adventure is, remember to respect the people and places you visit and that there is a time and place for everything. Cannabis and cannabis products are intended for adult use only and should never be consumed before or during activities that may endanger yourself or others. As with any similar product, read the packaging to assure you know its content and dosage, know the effects, and know your limits.

Start planning your higher latitude staycation today for a memorable spring break tomorrow by visiting and roaming through our High Points around all six of our locations. While you’re there, check out our Responsible Cannabis Guide to keep your spring break safe.

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Family Values

Tony Toto and his wife, Frances, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, are celebrating 57 years of marriage, WFMZ-TV reported in a feel-good Valentine's Day story. "We have been blessed that we had all these years," Tony said, noting "that one time when we had a rough time." Yeah, that was the time in 1983 when Frances hired teenaged hitmen five times to kill Tony. "I don't think I was thinking straight," Frances said. "It was like it was a love-hate kind of a thing." Of course, the murder attempts weren't successful, and Frances and the young hitmen were arrested. She spent four years in prison, but their love never wavered. A feature film called "I Love You to Death" was made about their troubles, and they became minor celebrities, traveling to movie premieres and giving interviews. Tony and Frances got counseling and committed to better communication, and decades later, have a long marriage to show for their efforts.

The Aristocrats

On Feb. 11, during an intermission at the Hannover State Opera House in Hannover, Germany, ballet director Marco Goecke shocked even himself when he approached the dance critic from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, Wiebke Huester, and smeared animal feces on her face. The Associated Press reported that Goecke was unhappy with a recent review of a production he staged in The Hague. Following the incident, he took off through the crowded theater lobby. But strangely, Goecke seemed to justify his actions in a later interview, saying that after having his work "soiled for years ... Once a certain point has been reached, I disagree." The opera house suspended and banned him from the facility until further notice.

Weird Science

People who suffer from chronic constipation now have a high-tech treatment option: a vibrating pill that stimulates the colon, CNN reported. The Vibrant capsule, prescribed by a doctor, is taken at bedtime and reaches the large intestine about 14 hours later. Vibrations cause the gut to contract, moving food along. Eventually, the capsule is eliminated and makes its way to a sewage treatment plant, where it's sifted out and sent to a landfill. Dr. Eamonn Quigley of Houston Methodist Hospital helped test the new technology. He said most people couldn't feel it working. "A minority could feel it. None of them felt it was being uncomfortable." But we're uncomfortable just reading this.

Unconventional Weaponry

Christopher Gaddis, 41, was holding a cat in his arms when he was approached by Metro Nashville Police officers on Feb. 8, WSMVTV reported. Gaddis had two outstanding warrants, and officers were trying to arrest him when he shoved the cat into the face of one of them, leaving several cuts on the officer's hands. Gaddis also kicked the officer. After being treated for his own injuries from the cat, Gaddis was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

It's Come to This

In what prosecutor Owen Beale called an "organized criminal matter," Joby Pool, 32,

pleaded guilty to theft and criminal damage in Kidderminster, England, magistrates court, The Guardian reported. His crime? Pool broke into a warehouse on Feb. 11 and towed away a trailer with about 200,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs, valued at about $37,000. He didn't get very far; when police stopped him, he "walked toward (them) with his hands up." "This clearly wasn't spur-ofthe-moment offending," Beale said. "You don't just happen to learn about a trailer with that kind of value being available." The "Easter bunny," as police dubbed him, will be sentenced in March to about two years in jail.

Bright Ideas

In the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, one gas station is employing a dramatic tactic to try to keep people experiencing homelessness away: blasting opera music over its outdoor speakers. WPVI-TV reported that neighbors aren't fans: "I heard all this music, I couldn't tell where it was coming from. Loud, it was unbelievable that time of night," said Clinton Barnes, who lives close by. "I don't think it's a deterrent," said Karen Clark. "They have to find something else." One neighbor said it was as loud as if someone had "cranked the volume all the way up" on the TV inside their home. Gas station employees refused to comment.

Austin Bristoe, 26, of Bloomington, Indiana, was sick and tired of people breaking into his 1998 Buick and stealing stuff, Fox59-TV reported. On Feb. 12, when police responded to a car fire, they found Bristoe just standing next to his burning vehicle, and he told them he set it on fire to stop the thefts. "If there was nothing left of the vehicle, then there would be nothing left to steal," Bristoe's logic went. As it burned, the fire caused a small explosion, and Bristoe commented, "I hoped the explosions would be bigger." After arresting him for arson, they searched him, finding several packed syringes and benzodiazepine.

Suspicions Confirmed

Police in Santa Cruz, California, are warning locals not to "engage" with the Cookie Monster, KION-TV reported on Feb. 15. A man named Adam Sandler (not the actor), known to dress up as "Sesame Street" characters and harass people, has surfaced in Santa Cruz. Resident Sarah Jones said he entices people "to want to take a photo with him," but as soon as they approach, he flips up his costume head and starts yelling. "Based on how dirty his costume was I knew it wasn't going in the right direction," she said. Sandler has not been charged with any crimes.


News of the Weird reported last August about a 3 1/2-foot-tall, 200-pound bronze statue of Dennis the Menace that had disappeared from a playground in Monterey, California. On Feb. 8, Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto announced that Dennis had been found in Roberts Lake after authorities received an anonymous tip, the Associated Press reported. They were sure it was the same statue because the thief had cut through one of Dennis' feet to remove it, and the recovered statue's foot is damaged. "Today is a happy day!" Nieto gushed.


You’ve probably heard a lot about housing lately and could be getting tired of it. I’m not here to convince you that we have a housing shortage or crisis. We know that. But it’s important to share why this is a community effort with ways everyone can make a difference.

Housing is community development and economic development; they’re interconnected, and without homes for those who live and work in your community, the community cannot thrive.

Growth is inevitable. So why not embrace it in ways that make sense for your village, township, and county? Growth is already happening in our region—we are one of the few regions experiencing growth in the state. It’s an opportunity for northwest Michigan.

According to the report Population Trends in Northern Michigan, the Census Bureau’s five-year estimates for 2021 from the American Community Survey data reveals northern Lower Michigan’s population is growing but still getting older. We’re losing younger families and professionals and struggle to attract talent or keep our residents because there are not enough housing options. We also don’t have enough housing for our older residents to move into, opening up the larger homes for families. We need more housing diversity at a variety of price points to attract a diverse population.

We can work together to protect our natural resources and grow in a responsible way. We can protect our water bodies and plan for increased development close to infrastructure and other amenities. But it’s going to take time, collaboration, and effort on all sides.

It’s been impressive to see the conversations around housing shift over the three years I’ve worked in the field. We see more housing action groups or teams form to support positive housing changes and advocacy. We’re seeing more zoning changes for increased density such as accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and duplexes/triplexes. We see housing projects approved for underutilized spaces and creativity in how to bring more units to our downtowns. This is great progress—but we need more!

We need more homes for all residents. We need homes for the most vulnerable and for those who would move here for employment but can’t because there’s no housing that’s affordable or available close to their jobs. We need options for people to downsize and upsize—more housing diversity. And we see these changes happen with hope that more projects can be replicated in more communities.

So how do we bring more homes to our community? The four bills signed by

our governor in December will allow local governments to incentivize housing development. This is an effort that began years ago and has paid off as we now have new opportunities for rural communities to bring important housing development to the region.

These include expansion of two measures: Payments in Lieu of Taxes or PILOTS and Neighborhood Enterprise Zones or NEZs. They open up opportunities for any unit of government to enter agreements with developers for tax abatements or reduced property taxes for a specific period to lower the cost of housing and bring in economic development.

Why is this needed? The costs to build— particularly in places like downtown Traverse City—are high. Construction, site preparation, and approvals make it impossible to build apartments or homes for less than $225,000 per unit. These bills require an affordability component and are critical to generate more rental and home ownership units in our communities.

The two other bills allow local governments to establish districts for housing that provide reduced property taxes, similar to the Industrial Facilities Act but for housing. Information about these tools are on the Housing Michigan Coalition website or the Housing North website.

Now the real work begins. We need to help our communities embrace these tools and work collaboratively on projects that meet the housing needs. Housing North and other nonprofit partners are working to get these tools into our community, but you can play a role too. Let your elected officials know you support these new tools and that you want more housing in your community. Show up in support at meetings where a PILOT ordinance is proposed. Show up at planning commission meetings and master plan updates to make sure housing is a priority and your communities are aware of the new housing tools.

We’re seeing some great innovative projects. I’ve heard of some shipping container developments being planned and will visit SI Container Builds in Illinois this spring break to learn more. We have Commongrounds Cooperative, now open for both housing and office space with a lot of community benefits. Homestretch is working on a multi-use building in Traverse City known as Lot O which will use mass timber and provide a range of opportunities for rental housing.

There are many public-private partnerships happening and a lot to be celebrated. But there’s still a long way to go.

Yarrow Brown is the executive director of Housing North, a 10-county housing agency serving northwest Michigan.

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Time to melt away the inertia of winter—spring is coming and so are more than 25 races across northern Michigan that will have you competing with the region’s best skiers, bikers, paddlers, and runners.

This list is by no means exhaustive (though frankly, we’re a little exhausted just thinking about all that exercise), but it’s a great way to spring ahead with your 2023 fitness goals. Let’s get moving!


Tri45 Gaylord All Outdoors Winter Triathlon Treetops Resort, Gaylord


Black Mountain Nordic Classic 31km 10621 Twin Lakes Rd., Cheboygan


HEAD Head-2-Head Dual Paneled Slalom Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs


Black Mountain Freestyle 12km 10621 Twin Lakes Rd., Cheboygan


Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K Lake Ave., Traverse City


Big Little Hero Race

NMC Main Campus – West Hall Innovation Center, Traverse City


Interlochen Run for the Arts 5K

Interlochen Center for the Arts Campus, Interlochen


Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest: 25M, 13M, 2M, 1/4M Mt. Holiday, Traverse City

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023

Traverse City Trail Running Festival 5K & 10K Relays Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, Traverse City

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

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Full Steam Ahead for Summer Camps

Summer programs are filling up…or are already sold out

A rite of passage. A family tradition. An opportunity to learn new things and meet new people. (Or, sometimes, simply a way to keep the kids busy while school is out.) Summertime and camp go together like peanut butter and jelly, but amid staffing and childcare crises, demand has never been higher…nor has the need for camp options been greater.

Northern Express talked to a few local spots offering summer camps and programming to get insight into kid-focused fun, the ups and downs of the industry, and the best ways to get your kiddos signed up.

Northwestern Michigan College’s College for Kids

According to Director of Extended Educational Services Laura Matchett, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is expecting their College for Kids programs to be 90 percent full this summer. Last year, Matchett says College for Kids ran 111 classes and sold 1,317 seats, or about 70 percent of capacity.

In 2023, the program offers more than 130 weeklong courses for kids ages 4-17, ranging from chess to ukulele to tree climbing to the culinary arts. There is a “Great Lakes Charter Fishing Experience,” a “Take Flight with Women in Aviation” course, and a chance to get scuba diving experience and certification. Kids can build skills in core school subjects or explore a brand-new hobby.

“Our programming is different from many summer camps because we offer content specific instructor-led classes, not ‘summer camp,’” Matchett explains. “Because we do not run like a day camp, we hire instructors with teaching experience and expertise. Our own team manages the rest of the program.”

Although it’s not a day camp, kids can spend much of the day there, as NMC offers a supervised lunch break for kids who are signed up for morning and afternoon classes on the same campus.

One of the most popular age ranges for the program is kids ages four to six. “Many parents love this ‘first school’ type of experience where the classes are short—just four to five days long—the content is very fun and experiential, and the teachers are enthusiastic and compassionate about teaching,” Matchett says.

Speaking of teachers, Matchett tells us only a few of College for Kids’ regular instructors bowed out this year. Most folks come back time and time again, though NMC is always looking for additional instructors.

NMC’s College for Kids registration will open on April 4, 2023, at 7am at info/landing/youth-programs. Matchett recommends creating a household login profile before registration opens so you’re first in line for class sign-ups.

Arts For All

Arts For All is a Traverse City-based nonprofit focused on creating inclusive events for kids of all abilities. This year, they are hosting two summer programs which will soon be open for registration (more on that below!).

First, the organization is partnering with NMC’s College for Kids to offer a weeklong summer program. “We’re offering a diverse range of activities,” Executive Director Val McCarthy says. “Kids will do clay hand-building, yoga, sound meditation, mono printing, juggling, and singing. Our goal is to provide a welcoming environment for the kids to explore their creativity, have fun and learn new skills.”

Their second summer program offering will get kids outside with the Happy Camper Days in July—a hands-on gardening experience at the Children’s Garden next to the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere for people ages six through adulthood.

“Our goal is to teach children the importance of caring for our environment, our soil, and how to plant seeds and start a garden,” McCarthy says. At the end of the three-week program, the students will enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of their labor with a big, celebratory salad.

McCarthy isn’t surprised to hear that many camps in the area are already full for 2023. “I’ve learned that daycare and childcare is the number two need in our area,” she says. Enrollment for Happy Camper Days opens March 1 at To sign up for the weeklong program in partnership with NMC, head to when registration opens April 4.

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Camp Daggett

This 98-year-old summer camp is located on idyllic Walloon Lake in Petoskey and has persevered through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the pandemic, and countless other hurdles over the last century.

They’re doing something right; this year’s camp is already full. The overnight camp runs in eight one-week increments and is open to kids ages seven through 14 for a quintessential camp experience.

“We consider ourselves a traditional overnight camp,” Operations Manager Liz McKenney says. “We have opportunities for activities like sailing, canoeing, and fishing. We also have an archery range, and we’ll do art and crafts and large group activities.”

The camp also offers the Camp Daggett Adventure Center (CDAC), which includes an outdoor adventure and ropes course, and the 5,820-square-foot Indoor Adventure Center that makes rainy-day boredom a thing of the past.

While other childcare venues struggle to keep fully staffed, Camp Daggett has been lucky in 2023. “Staffing has been a struggle the past couple of years, but we have a new director this year, Doug [De Ceuninck], and he has been a rockstar getting us almost fully staffed.”

Although 2023 is full, McKenney says the best way to secure a spot for next year is to be prepared to register as soon as it opens. “Registration is incredibly competitive. We do offer a waitlist, but even that is almost full too. For next year, people will want to check out for instructions on when to register. You want to be on our website the second registration opens,” she advises.

Registration opens early in the year, so keep a reminder for late December to stay on the lookout for 2024 enrollment at

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA

Youths ages four to 16 have plenty of options to look forward to at the Y’s Summer Day Camp…so long as they’re already signed up. Like Camp Daggett, this summer’s camps are full for 2023.

“[Our] biggest issue for enrollment is capacity,” says Senior Director of Programming Thomas Graber. “We are licensed for 200 campers daily, and we filled 10 weeks at that capacity in a matter of hours. We have expanded capacity in several of our specialty camps, including Science and Nature and Art Camp. We are also excited about some new field trip opportunities and integrating more educational opportunities for our campers.”

Campers can look forward to different themed day camp experiences, including Traditional, Leaders Club, Sports Camp, Science and Nature, and Art Camp. The Traditional camp is offered for grades K-6 and includes tried and true activities like spending time outdoors, playing games, and singing songs, all while making new friends. Older kids grades 7-9 can attend Leaders Club, where they’ll learn leadership abilities like working within a team and helping their community and younger campers, all while having fun. For kids grades 3-6, Sports Camp, Science and Nature, and Art Camp are all options.

Graber and the rest of the Y team are working to make next year even more accessible to parents searching for a good way to keep their kids active. “We are evaluating options to expand capacity and licensed sites in the future to accommodate [more campers],” Graber says.

“We serve campers from all around,” he continues. “Summer camp is often the only time some of these friends get to see each other. From my perspective, it is so much fun to see these kids and families get together year after year, and camp is their commonplace. Many campers are with us for 10 weeks out of the summer. I love seeing campers come in timid, shy, and uncertain of the situation only to see them make new friends, gain confidence, and completely change by the end of summer.”

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The Accidental Novelist

Brittany Cavallaro’s unexpected path to becoming a bestselling young adult author

You can take the girl out of Interlochen, but you can’t take Interlochen out of the girl.

Perhaps that’s why New York Times bestselling young adult author Brittany Cavallaro set her hugely popular Charlotte Holmes series in a boarding school. Or why Hello Girls, a young adult novel written with her fellow bestselling friend Emily Henry, takes place in Michigan.

It’s definitely why—a decade and change after graduation—Cavallaro came back to teach at Interlochen Arts Academy as an instructor of creative writing.

“When I was a kid, I read books about boarding school,” Cavallaro explains. “It’s such a fertile place for fiction; as you know, you’re living on your own at a young age, and oftentimes you’re in this very intense but rewarding setting. Your friends become your family. It’s a really wonderful place to set a young adult novel, because it’s just really ripe for narrative possibilities.”

Sherlock and the U.P.

Despite her love of all things boarding school, Cavallaro never set out to be a YA novelist. On the contrary, she had her sights set on poetry, earning her MFA at the University of Wisconsin alongside a PhD in literature. But, as Cavallaro says, along the way she started “sneezing out novels.”

“It was never part of the plan,” she tells Northern Express. “It was something I felt like I was pretty much doing for myself. I finished the book that became A Study in Charlotte, and I sent it off to agents not really thinking anything was going to happen with it.”

A Study in Charlotte made its debut in spring 2016—with a starred review from Kirkus, no less, and making the “best of” lists for organizations like the American Library Association. The second book in the series, The Last of August, became an instant New York Times bestseller in 2017, and by then it was pretty clear that Cavallaro’s expectations

had been way too low.

The four-book series follow the teen descendents of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson: Charlotte and Jamie, respectively. The stories pay homage to original Arthur Conan Doyle tales on the grounds of a Connecticut boarding school and have all the twists and turns—and interpersonal ups and downs—you’d expect in a faithful retelling.

“I feel like I relate equally to both Charlotte and Jamie,” Cavallaro says when asked which character feels most like her. “I feel like we’re having a conversation about vulnerability and about how to be a good person and how to really trust somebody else.”

Hello Girls came next, a Thelma and Louise inspired tale of two Yooper girls trying to get away from the toxic men in their lives. Though Cavallaro says the family dynamics of the book weren’t at all like her “really supportive” upbringing, there is a bit of her in that story too.

“Lucille is sort of a sailor-mouthed Italian girl, ride or die with her best friend, ready to take on all comers, there with a quick comeback—and that was very much me at 17,” Cavallaro says with a laugh. “It was so much fun writing that character.”

Science and Poetry

The latest feather in Cavallaro’s YA hat is her Muse duology, Muse and the recently released Manifest. As Cavallaro describes it, the books focus on an alternate-history America in 1893 where the country is a monarchy and science is king. The World Fair and Nicola Tesla play into the storyline, as do magic, love, and revolution. (Signed copies of Muse and Manifest are available locally at Brilliant Books!)

She says Manifest was the hardest book she’s had to write to date, in part because of her desire to do justice to the details of the time period while bringing in her own narrative and perspective.

“I think I’ve rewritten every single word,”

she admits. “When I sat down to write historical fiction, I had some trouble giving myself the authority to make big statements about the past and to play with these big important events that I had been taught in history books. … Events unspool differently in [my] books than they do in American history, but they obviously reflect them. But I hope that they also critique a lot of the events happening in 19th century America.”

She adds with a chuckle, “But, you know, I would sit down to write a scene and I’d be

like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I need to read three more primary sources before I can write these two paragraphs about people eating dinner.’”

Even with seven YA novels (and all that dinner research) under her belt, Cavallaro has still found time to devote to her love of poetry, publishing two anthologies, Unhistorical and Girl King.

And, we’re told, she’s making her first foray into adult publishing with a novel in verse co-written with another friend: acclaimed author Jeff Zentner, best known

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for his New York Times Notable Books The Serpent King and In the Wild Light “Bri asked me to write a verse novel with her, and I’m glad because I would have never invited her. That would have been way too intimidating to me,” Zentner tells Northern Express. “She’s a published poet and a teacher of poetry and truly accomplished in that field. It was such an honor to write with her. It was easily one of the most exciting and fun writing experiences I’ve ever had.”

Patience and Joy

Now, imagine if you can, all that writing—sounds like a full-time gig to us!— plus a teaching career. That’s what Cavallaro has been balancing since 2017.

“I really loved teaching, and I really loved being in the classroom,” Cavallaro says. “I knew that my dream situation was being able to work with the really motivated, passionate, wonderful kids and teenagers that I remembered from Interlochen. And then when I saw that they were hiring, I immediately applied, threw all my stuff in my car, and drove back up to northern Michigan.”

Having come full circle to her Interlochen roots, Cavallaro wants to pay it forward to the young writers of tomorrow, sharing the lessons she learned the hard way as an author. She calls writing “a study in patience” and advocates for being gentle with yourself during the writing process.

“One thing I tell my Writing the Novel students a lot, because it’s drawn from my life, is that you have to write a novel all the way through to know how to write a novel. When it comes to writing a poem or writing a short story, that seems like a no-brainer— of course you have to complete the thing to know how to write it. … I think one of the best skills that you can learn as a novelist is to just keep going.”

She goes on to say that the first novel may

not be the one you publish. In fact, nearly every writer has a manuscript “in a drawer,” whether it was their first, their tenth, or just a beginning of something they may return to later.

As such, Cavallaro’s parting advice for writers, those who truly want to write that novel (or 10 of them) whether or not it gets published, isn’t to write every single day or follow a prescribed path to success. Instead, it’s to do the very thing that drew you to writing in the first place.

“I think the most important thing that you can do is just to read,” she tells us. “Read voraciously. Read absolutely everything you can. And when you do sit down to write, to try to write toward those things that make you happy, that bring you joy.”


We asked Cavallaro what’s on her reading list in and out of the classroom. Here’s what she told us:

Her core classes are in novel and poetry writing, with books on her syllabus like The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, plus the work of poets such as Anne Carson and Inger Christensen.

For readers of all ages who want to improve their writing craft, she always recommends works by Tana French and Gillian McAllister.

And as for what she’s been loving lately in the YA space? Cavallaro lists Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer, The Winter Soldier: Cold Front by Mackenzi Lee, and Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat.

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From the Classroom to the Kitchen with Brooklyn’s Pepperoni Rolls

A local high schooler created her own restaurant and has grown it into a family business

What happens when a high school senior project transforms into a thriving small business?

When Brooklyn Hall originally had the thought to bake and sell her family’s pepperoni rolls, it was as part of an assignment to finish her high school education. She didn’t anticipate the wild success she would experience or the remarkable growth that would occur when Traverse City residents couldn’t get enough of her delicious food.

Today, Brooklyn works at and runs a restaurant with her mother and older sister, Maddy, where they’ve expanded their menu to not only include the pepperoni rolls that started it all but also from-scratch pizzas, subs, salads, soups, and more.

A Family Recipe

Brooklyn is now a 20-year-old with many of the same interests as her peers: music, friends, family, and animals. There are, however, some key differences between her and other young adults, primarily in how spends her free time, which is largely spent developing and toying around with new recipes and deciding if she should add them to her eponymous restaurant’s menu.

When she started selling her now-famous pepperoni rolls, it was for her senior project in her final year of high school. Brooklyn’s mom, Megan, tasked Brooklyn with creating a business plan to apply some of the things

she’d learned through her school career (the last of which was spent homeschooled). The pepperoni rolls were the Hall family’s prized creation, originating in West Virginia, where Megan grew up. Brooklyn figured northern Michigan would love them as much as the East Coast had.

Brooklyn doesn’t come from a restaurant background, but she has always been comfortable in the kitchen. She spent many hours of her youth measuring, mixing, and taste-testing in her family’s home, which lent her plenty of know-how when it came to starting Brooklyn’s. Surprisingly, Brooklyn does admit that she tends to be a bit of a picky eater, claiming, “I either love something or hate it; there’s little in between.”

During the last few years of running her own restaurant, she’s had the opportunity to play around with recipes and develop some of her own creations, several of which have ended up on the menu. “It’s fun and fulfilling to see people enjoy something you created,” she says.

The original plan had been wholesale production, but was altered due to licensing and the complications that come with wholesaling a meat product. (Plus, the rolls tend to taste best when they’re fresh out of the oven.) As the business has evolved, they’ve turned back to wholesaling their bread products, whereas their other delicious and more complex creations are available at their brick and mortar location in Logan’s Landing or at several local breweries and

taprooms, including Right Brain Brewery, Fresh Coast Beer Works, TC Whiskey Co, and Brewery Terra Firma.

Those partnerships, Megan says, are a great way to not only support other small businesses but also give people a way to enjoy the rolls in the winter months, as Brooklyn’s location currently lacks indoor seating. Their patio overlooking Boardman River is both picturesque and, according to Megan, the absolute best place to sit and enjoy a pepperoni roll…but you just might want to wait for warmer weather.

An Ever-Evolving Business

Brooklyn’s is currently operating as a small, family take-out establishment in the northwest corner of Logan’s Landing. What initially started out as a delivery-only service now has its own space, complete with a full (and drool-inducing) menu.

Outside of the well-known rolls, Brooklyn’s also offers Chicago-style stuffed deep dish pizza, calzones, thin-crust pizza, garlic knots, and cheesy breadsticks. There are even gluten-free pizzas that, remarkably,

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Brooklyn, Megan, and Maddy cheesin' in the kitchen.

taste anything but, plus a new array of sub sandwiches that have been receiving glowing reviews from customers.

For lighter fare, the Hall women also whip up salads and soups that have garnered their own devoted fan base. According to Megan, “We only keep amazing items on the menu, or they come off. We want everything to be the best you’ve ever had.” This reinforces the ultimate goal of the restaurant, which is “to blow your mind with flavors and textures.”


This starts with using top-notch ingredients, which are mostly organic, and making everything from the dough to the bread to the sauces by hand. Dressings, soups, desserts, salads, you name it—the Hall team makes it themselves. They even shred their own cheese to ensure the flavors are fresh and the cheese is nothing short of perfectly gooey (they use fresh and brick mozzarella).

The deep dish pizzas are baked to order, so calling ahead is a great way to make sure

it’s ready for you to pick up. Discounted meal deals and online-only specials—like the Family Meal Deal (a six-pack of pepperoni rolls, a large salad, and a cheese-stuffed deep dish pizza for just $55)—are a great way to save a bit of cash if you’re placing a large order.

As their business (and popularity) has grown, Brooklyn, Maddy, and Megan have adapted their model to meet rising demand, changing locations, menu items, and approaches to dining. While Brooklyn

may eventually pursue further education, she feels that working at and managing her own restaurant is the best way to learn about operating a business. She says she is learning new skills and evolving as a cook, business owner, and person every day.

Find Brooklyn’s Pepperoni Rolls at 2036 West South Airport Road. The restaurant is takeout only so call ahead at (231) 642-5001 or order online at

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Petoskey High School Sustainability Club has eyes on the skies with a new solar array and other eco-conscious projects

When the pandemic paused meetings for the newly-founded Sustainability Club at Petoskey High School (PHS), no one would have blamed the student members for letting the ideas they’d been brainstorming fizzle out.

But, taking into account the urgency of their cause, the students didn’t see that as an option, and when they found themselves in need of a formal advisor for their club at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, they asked history teacher Matt Henning if he’d take over to keep the club rolling. Henning, who currently teaches both U.S. History and Contemporary World History at PHS, agreed to the role but says that he acts as more of a facilitator than a leader. “They’re driven. They run it and I just kind of help narrow the focus.”

Their Goals

What they run exactly, is a group of about a dozen active PHS student members who meet up a couple of times a month with the goal of addressing climate change head on. Club members discuss the effects of climate change on both the present and future and what Gen Zers can do to tackle the crisis they were born into. They’re determined to spearhead the crisis in proactive and tangible ways, while encouraging their peers, local government, and policymakers to do the same.

It’s a daunting task for a group of teens who are also juggling homework and college applications, but they don’t see an alternative. “What scares me the most

about climate change is that we will reach a point of no return, and our lives will have to change because of this,” says PHS junior Cosmo Franseth. “Knowing that in some places this is already happening is scary, and I don’t want that to become the norm.”

Franseth, who’s interested in studying sustainable architecture after high school, isn’t being alarmist. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth was really hot last year, with the Northern Hemisphere experiencing its second hottest summer on record. And while we’ve seen excessive heat, flooding, and wildfires here in the States, students in the Sustainability (or “Sus”, as the students refer to it) Club are aware that the ramifications are global.

Another PHS junior, Nora Johnston, echoes her clubmate’s concerns over climate change. “I’m worried about the people who are being affected by the lack of sustainability, shown by food and water shortages as well as energy shortages.”

Their Progress

Dire, yes, but the club’s student members are not without hope—or motivation. With Henning’s guidance, the club is working to install a solar array on their school campus. By their current calculations, the array would offset the district’s energy costs by 10 percent while replacing a portion of their energy consumption with a clean power source. This push toward renewable resources by the student club members is in line with the city of Petoskey’s long-term goal of 100 percent renewable energy use by 2035.

The club’s involvement doesn’t revolve around only the solar array project though. Henning has been opening up opportunities for the club to learn about green jobs as an option for their post-high school careers, and the group has been working on ways to reduce food and plastic waste in their cafeteria too.

The solar array project has also meant that they’re getting a crash course in the initial high cost of sustainable infrastructure and the red tape that comes with implementing it. “They discovered that [the solar array] would cost approximately $820,000 to $980,000 for this 10 percent district offset, with a payback period of 24 years,” says Liv Rollinger, the climate and clean energy specialist for Groundwork Center (a nonprofit dedicated to building sustainable communities) who works alongside the Sustainability Club. “In this time, the array would save a total of $363,400.”

Rollinger has been an integral part of the club over the past year, helping the students navigate their financial options for the solar array, including seeking out grants and loan opportunities. While her role at Groundwork is broad and involves working on all kinds of projects, she says that working with the youth in the Sustainability Club has inspired her.

With Rollinger’s and Henning’s guidance, the club members are getting hands-on experience being changemakers in their community. The students we spoke to say that through the club they’ve learned how to pitch proposals, crunch numbers, and attend important meetings. They’re also making valuable connections with solar installers,

school board members, and their district administrators. At the top of their to-do list right now is exploring where the best place to install the array would be, weighing the pros and cons of a ground installation versus a roof installation.

Their Future

One student member who has some experience in this arena is Tommy Skinner, who says that he’s already installed a smallscale solar array at his home. Over the past few years, his family has been making changes in an effort to be kinder to the environment. He joined the club because “it seemed like the perfect way to ramp up my efforts outside of my family and apply my knowledge on a larger scale,” and adds that the solar project is important to him. “School solar would be a net win environmentally, financially, and educationally.”

While growing up in a place like Petoskey where natural resources are abundant might seem like the ultimate lesson in conservation, Skinner worries that it may actually have an insulating effect on how its residents view climate change, giving a false comfort that all is well in the world when the harsh reality just hasn’t reached their front door yet.

The urgency of that message is one that Skinner and his clubmates are determined to spread through their work in the Sustainability Club. It may seem like a bleak mission, but for the high schoolers, tackling climate change by integrating workable solutions and advocating for better environmental policies is just another fact of growing up and preparing for the future, a future where they may one day be leaders.

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Petoskey High School Sustainability Club members presenting their solar energy proposal to the school board in November 2022. (Left to right: Tommy Skinner, Simon Gleb, Cosmo Franseth, Ben Peters, Ryder DiGiulio) Petoskey Sustainability Club members host a cleanup of the Bear River Valley on Earth Day 2022.


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WINTER HARVEST HIKE: 10am, Kehl Lake Natural Area, Northport. Join docents Bert Thomas, Keith Rhodes, Karl Hausler & Beth Chiles for this fun hike along a generally flat & meandrous trail. leelanauconservancy. org/events/winter-harvest-hike-at-kehl-lakenatural-area

BALLET AT THE LIBRARY! “SCENES FROM A PARK” EXCERPTS: 11am, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Seating is limited for this performance. Enjoy a free preview of the upcoming Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre performance of “Scenes from a Park.” This Ballet meets Broadway production features stylish dresses & suits & is based on a series of short vignettes happening over the course of a year in a park in the 1940’s. Free.

CREATIVITY Q+A LIVE WITH MARK MEHAFFEY: 11am, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Mark moves fluidly between representing the visible world, & working with not-so-representational subjects: marks, lines, scratches, color stories. His practice is less focused on subjects than it is on ideas, & what-if?. Working primarily in water-based media, Mehaffey paints, draws, collages, & taught art in the public school for 30 years. Free.

VEGMICHIGAN GET-TOGETHER: Noon, Stone Hound Brewing Co., Williamsburg. Enjoy a 100% plant-based menu. Wraps, burgers, bowls & snacks. Free to attend. medium=referral&utm_campaign=share-btn_ savedevents_share_modal&utm_source=link ----------------------

BAKE AND TELL CHALLENGE 2023: 1pm, Kingsley Branch Library. Amateur lo-

cal bakers are bringing their best to Bake & Tell Challenge 2023. Ask them questions, sample their delicious treats, & vote for the People’s Choice. This is a potluck event. Free.

INLAND SEAS: TOOLS OF THE TRADE: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Want to know more about the equipment that Inland Seas uses to monitor our Great Lakes & on their Schoolships? There are hands-on elements but it is primarily an informational presentation. It is built for Adult & STEAM-interested student (6th - 12th grade) audiences. Free.


SNOWSHOE: 5-9pm, Camp Daggett, Petoskey. Trek across snow-covered trails illuminated by more than 100 torches. Afterwards, enjoy cocoa, cookies, & roaring fires. Free, but donations encouraged to support Camp Daggett.

GUNS-N-HOSES HOCKEY GAME: 6pm, Centre Ice Arena, TC. Watch local firefighters face off against police officers in this annual game to raise funds for a selected family in need. $5.


DINNER THEATER: Eagles Hall, Cheboygan. Featuring the comedy “The Second Time Around” by Henry Denker, presented under license with Concord Theatrical. Dinner at 6:30pm; show at 7pm. Reservations are required. Call 231-627-4051. $27.

GOOD ON PAPER IMPROV: 8-9pm, Traverse City Comedy Club, TC. Enjoy a highenergy, fast-paced comedy show with a six-person group who has been turning audience suggestions into completely improvised comedy scenes for over 10 years. $15.




TAURANT WEEK: Feb. 26 - March 4. Participating restaurants will have either a $25, $35, or $45 3 course meal. Call & make your reservations online at the restaurant(s) of your choice.


FESTIVAL: Noon-5pm, The Village at GT Commons, TC. Enjoy eight stages featuring a variety of musical acts. Stages will be set up in the Mercado corridor of Building 50, inside Kirkbride Hall, & at Left Foot Charley winery & Higher Grounds Coffee (Kids). Musicians include Rigs & Jeels with Celtic Dancers, The Nephews, The North Carolines, Dede Alder, Songwriters in the Round, Song of the Lakes, The Duges, Robin Lee Berry & many others. Find ‘The Great Indoor Folk Festival Returns for 2023’ on Facebook. Free.

WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE WORKSHOP: 2-4pm, Eastern Elementary School, TC. Learn how to throw, offense & defense movement, spirit of the game, & general rules. Free.

SNOWSHOE & BREW: 2:30-4pm, Elizabeth B. Hoffman Nature Preserve, Harbor

Mashup Rock & Roll Musical is reviving their 2014 show, “Grimm’s Alternative Fairy Tales,” and will donate half of their proceeds from their performance on Sun., March 5 to Up North Pride. This pay what you can performance will be held at The Alluvion, TC at 6:30pm and will be shown with a minimum $5 ticket price. The story is a twisted romp through magical woods, where creatures, royalty, & lost children are mashed up with New Wave & Rock stars from the 1980s. For more info, including other upcoming showings of this musical, see our listings and visit:

Springs. Join LTC staff to traverse through this winter wonderland preserve on snowshoe. The 1.5-mile trail passes through a mix of apple orchards, woods, & farm fields, & follows a section of the Inwood Creek. Please bring your own snowshoes. After the hike, gather at Bier’s Inwood Brewery for drinks & pizza. Please park at the brewery. Register. events-template/snowshoe-and-brew-atbiers-inwood-brewery



DROP-IN PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES IN ART: 9:30-10:15am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, TC. Young artists can engage in themed activities while exploring various art methods. Early registration encouraged. $5. ctac-traverse-city/preschool-adventures-artfebruary-27-1


KID’S CRAFT LAB: IN LIKE A LION: 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. As March comes roaring in like a lion, make a lion head collage! Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.

BICYCLE REPAIR CLINICS: 5pm, McLain Cycle & Fitness, 750 E. Eighth St., TC. Topics change every week. Free.




STORYTIME ADVENTURES: 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Featuring “Duck Soup” by Jackie Urbanovic. Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.




CWIB LUNCHEON: 11:30am-1pm, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Hear the sto-

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ries of JoJo’s Cookies & Tootsie Bluffins. Lunch will be Mediterranean Linguine with a side salad & roll. $35 CWIB members; $40 all others.

FARMERS RESOURCE FAIR: Noon, Banks Township Hall, Ellsworth. Join the Antrim Conservation District & partners to learn more about resources available to farmers in Antrim County. Federal, state, & county representatives will be available to answer questions & provide info for farmers on everything from federal programs to county organizations that can help small & large farmers. $5 for lunch - or free to attend. antrimcd. com/2023-farmer-resource-fair.html

REMOTE WORKER MEET-UP: Meet up for one or both parts. Part 1: Snowshoeing. 5pm: Meet up at the Jones Activity Center/ Pro Shop at Treetops, Gaylord. 5:15pm: Start snowshoeing. Trail pass is $15. Snowshoe rental is $15. Part 2: Sports Bar. 6:30pm: Meet up at the Treetops Sports Bar. Do brief introductions before social hour.

INSTANT POTS WITH SCOTT: 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Discover the world of Instant Pot cooking, learn new recipes, & enjoy free samples. Scott Morey will lead you through a cooking demonstration using the multipurpose Instant Pot. Free. event/instant-pots-scott




VEGMICHIGAN - TRAVERSE CITY - MONTHLY MEETUP: 11am, Edson Farms Natural Foods, TC. Vegans, vegetarians, & omnivores are all welcome. Fun conversations about food & life. Free. medium=referral&utm_campaign=sharebtn_savedevents_share_modal&utm_ source=link

MARCH SPRING BREAK RECESS: 5-7pm, Flat Cap Ventures, Chums Corner, TC. Join The Ticker for this after-work happy hour where attendees will be entered to win great prizes including a two-night getaway for you & up to 13 guests at a beautiful Big Platte Lake vacation rental, a $250 Gift Basket from Riley’s Candles, & two one-hour golf simulator gift certificates from Traverse City Golf Performance Center. Food will be provided courtesy of Marco’s Pizza, with wine from Aurora Cellars & local beer provided. $10.


THE STORY OF THE GROVE HILL SCHOOL: POSTPONED TO TODAY: 1:30pm, Leelanau Historical Society Museum, Munnecke Room, Leland. Presented by Mark Smith of the Omena Historical Society. Mark will explore the efforts of Reverend Peter Dougherty in his establishment of one of the first residential schools for Native Americans in the country, in 1853, in Omena. Find out how this residential school was more enlightened & attuned to the advancement of the local Anishinaabe people than the oppres-

sive government-run schools which would follow. Free.


OFF THE WALL MOVIE NIGHT & POTLUCK: Held at Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Potluck at 6pm; movie at 7pm. Call for movie details & to sign up for potluck: 231-331-4318. Free.


WEEK: (See Sat., Feb. 25)

COFFEE @ TEN, PETOSKEY: 10am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. Join Michigan artist, Mark Mehaffey, who is an internationally renowned & award-winning artist whose works are featured in permanent collections from Muskegon to China. Free. ctac-petoskey/coffee-10-mark-mehaffey


KID’S CRAFT LAB: IN LIKE A LION: 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. As March comes roaring in like a lion, make a lion head collage! Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.




NMC CAREER & EMPLOYMENT FAIR: Hagerty Center, NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, TC. Held in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works, NMC’s 17th Annual Career Fair will be held from 3-6pm (2:30pm for veterans). 80 area employers will be looking for full time, part time, seasonal employees & interns. Free.



MORE TO EXPLORE: TODDLER GYM: 9:30am, noon & 2:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Drop into the Great Lakes Room anytime during the session & bounce, slide, roll & climb with the toddler gym equipment.


STORYTIME AT THE LELAND LIBRARY: 10:30am, Leland Township Library, Leland. Stories & more for young ones ages 0-6 & their caregivers. Free.



YOU”: 11:30am-1pm, NCMC, Library Conference Center, Petoskey. Daniel Thorell, health officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, & Dr. Joshua Meyerson, medical director, will explain how local health departments affect our daily lives by protecting the environment, preventing disease, promoting healthy families, & advocating for the physical & mental health of residents. $15; includes a buffet lunch.

FIRST FRIDAYS IN DOWNTOWN CHARLEVOIX: 4-8pm, Downtown Charlevoix. Happening the First Friday of each month from Feb. through May. Enjoy a cocktail trail, shopping, & fun activities. You could also win Downtown Dollar Gift Cards for coming out for the events. Free. downtowncharlevoix. com/first-fridays


“GRIMM’S ALTERNATIVE FAIRY TALES”: 7:30pm, The Alluvion, TC. Tickets: $28 GA;

$38 VIP Reserved Front Row. Mashup Rock & Roll Musical is reviving their 2014 show “Grimm’s Alternative Fairy Tales.” The story is a twisted romp through magical woods, where creatures, royalty, & lost children alike are mashed up with New Wave & Rock stars from the 1980s. mashuprockandrollmusical. com/upcoming-shows-tickets

COMEDY W/ JOSH ADAMS: 7:45-9:15pm, Traverse City Comedy Club, TC. BET Apollo Live winner, Fox Laughs, Thrillist Top 50 undiscovered comedians, HBO NFL HardKnocks. $30-$35. events/comedy-wjosh-adams-3-3-2023


MACKINAW CITY’S 30TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST: (Postponed to today.) Featuring Outhouse Races, Big Freeze Obstacle Course, party at the Dixie Saloon, & much more. ----------------------


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TOOL SHARPENING CLASS: 9am-noon, Maritime Heritage Alliance, TC. Learn how to sharpen hand tools, planers, chisels & knives in this hands on experience. You are welcome to bring your own tools, or to practice on some at the class. This class is limited to 12 people, taught by Captain Rod Jones, Schooner Madeline’s chief carpenter. The class is located in building 1. Please email or call 946.2647 to reserve your spot. Suggested donation: $20.

MAPLE SUGARING DAYS: 10am-3pm, Dechow & Olsen Farms, Port Oneida Rural Historic District, Empire. Hosted by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Learn the history of maple sugaring & the process of making maple syrup from start to finish. There will be a guided hike, demonstrations, kid’s activities, maple syrup sampling, & goodies to take home. Free with a park pass.

OPEN STUDIO: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in free arts & crafts for the whole family.

TRI 45 WINTER TRIATHLON: 10am, Treetops Resort, Gaylord. 5K Cross Country Ski: 3.12 mile classic ski only, groomed trail. 10K Fat Tire: 6 mile fat tire mountain bike, off road in the snow. 5K Run: 3.12 mile mixed road & trail.

MARDI GRAS AT THE MOUNTAIN: 11am11pm, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Enjoy slopeside BBQ on the Lodge Deck, live music, find the Crystal Mountain Court Jester skiing on the mountain, enjoy the OnSlope Scavenger Hunt, take part in Mardi Gras mask making, & much more.



WALK + TALK THE EXHIBITIONS: 11am, Glen Arbor Arts Center. A guided walk-andtalk through the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Telling Stories & A Feral Housewife exhibitions. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads a conversational tour of these exhibits about visual storytelling. Free.

16TH ANNUAL SUDS & SNOW: 1-6pm, Timber Ridge Resort, TC. “The Ultimate Party in the Woods.” This event starts with a half-mile hike to the backwoods where the event takes place. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras & will feature live music by Botala, the Daylites, Funky Uncle & 2BaysDJs. There will be over 24 beverage vendors & two food vendors. Tickets are $40 in advance.

THE VILLAGE JIGSAW PUZZLE COMPETITION: 1-5:30pm, The Village at GT Commons, Kirkbride Hall, TC. Teams of 2-4 people. Snack & NA beverages provided. BYO adult beverages. Register. the-village-jigsaw-puzzle-competition

BELLAIRE ART IS SWEET: 2-5pm, Downtown Bellaire. Bake Off: Taste samples from each participating business’s sweet treats & vote. Art Stroll: View & purchase local arts & crafts. Student artwork also on display.

INLAND SEAS: ROV PRESENTATION: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Join Inland Seas to learn about their remotely operated vehicles (ROV) & how they are used in the Great Lakes. After the overview, participants will have the opportunity to build a ROV & get more info about the Inland Seas program. This event is intended for adults & families with youth in 6th-12th grades. Free. event/inland-seas-rov-presentation

FLY FISHING FILM TOUR: 7pm, City Opera House, TC. Brought to you by The Northern Angler Fly Shop in TC. Featuring locations from Cuba to Patagonia, Mexico to Australia, Alaska, Wyoming, the Deep South, Massachusetts & beyond. $25. cityoperahouse. org/node/497?mc_cid=9e2873a71f&mc_ eid=36a666ea46


BLISSFEST PRESENTS: GINA CHAVEZ WITH THE CRANE WIVES (DUO): 7:309:30pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Theater, Petoskey. Gina Chavez refuses to fit into a box. From her Mexican & Swiss-German raices to her life as a queer, married Catholic in Texas, to her bilingual music, the Latin Grammy nominee is unapologetically herself. The Crane Wives will open for her. $25 Blissfest members; $30 GA. event/blissfest-presents-gina-chavez-/listing

COMEDY W/ JOSH ADAMS: 7:30-9pm, Traverse City Comedy Club, TC. BET Apollo Live winner, Fox Laughs, Thrillist Top 50 undiscovered comedians, HBO NFL HardKnocks. $30-$35. events/comedy-wjosh-adams-3-4-2023



MAPLE SUGARING DAYS: (See Sat., March 4)

“GRIMM’S ALTERNATIVE FAIRY TALES” PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE: 6:30pm, The Alluvion, TC. In partnership with Up North Pride, this special performance of Mashup Rock & Roll Musical’s “Grimm’s Alternative Fairy Tales” will be shown with a minimum $5 ticket price. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Up North Pride. Mashup Rock & Roll Musical is reviving their 2014 show, “Grimm’s Alternative Fairy Tales.” The story is a twisted romp

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THE ACCIDENTALS - TIME OUT 3: EP RELEASE CONCERT: 7pm, City Opera House, TC. This night of stories & songs will be hosted by The Accidentals, & will feature musical guests Mary Bragg, Gary Burr, & Georgia Middleman. VIP Seating Package includes early admission for a pre-show meet & greet, premier seating, exclusive merchandise & one entry per ticket to win a Fender guitar. $30, $20; VIP: $100. node/495



GROUP: Tuesdays through March, 1:30pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. 2023 Great Decisions with the Foreign Policy Association. Pick up a briefing book at the library & join for a deep dive into foreign affairs.

SNOWSHOES, VINES & WINES: 12-4pm, Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay. On Saturdays through the winter, explore easy to moderate trails & then warm up on the heated Terrace Patio & Hearth & Vine Café with wine & snacks. Onsite snowshoe rentals are available from noon - 4pm. blackstarfarms. com/snowshoes-vines-wines

RANGER-LED SNOWSHOE HIKES: Saturdays through March at 1pm, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, Empire. Rangers will first provide an introduction & basic snowshoeing instructions, & then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day. Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s features & winter’s effect on them by exploring & discovering clues on site. Plan to be outside for about two hours. event-details.htm?id=3E7D5940-991FBB2C-DDC71C23B7DB9C99

VINE TO WINE SNOWSHOE TOUR: Saturdays, noon-4pm. Enjoy a snowshoe adventure through the vineyards & orchards to three wineries. The private vineyard trail connects Suttons Bay Ciders, Ciccone Vineyards, & Big Little Wines. This guided tour starts at Big Little Wines, Suttons Bay. The tour includes your snowshoe & pole rental, a catered warm lunch of chili & soups overlooking the bay, & a wine purchase pick up service.

BABYTIME WITH MISS MICHELE: Tuesdays, 9:30am through Feb. Traverse Area District Library, TC. An interactive story time introducing early literacy to the youngest patrons. Geared toward families with children ages 0-12 months.

TADL TEEN WRITING GROUP: Tuesdays, 4pm through Feb., Traverse Area District Library, Teen Services, study table, TC. Talk about writing, play writing games, read, write, & discover new skills. If you are working on something, feel free to bring it with you to share with the group. Snacks will be provided.


WIGGLERS STORYTIME: Mondays, 11am through Feb., Traverse Area District Library, TC. Join Miss Rosie for stories, songs, fin-

ger plays & fun. This literacy based program is geared toward preschool aged children & their care givers.


BELLAIRE WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Fridays, 9am-noon. Held at 3 locations: Bee Well Mead & Cider, Short’s Brewing Co., & Terrain, Bellaire.

BOYNE CITY MARKET AT THE PAVILION: Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm, Veterans Park Pavilion, Boyne City. Shop local produce, baked goods, artisan foods & crafts.

THE VILLAGE INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: Saturdays, 10am-2pm, The Village at GT Commons, Mercato, TC. Fresh produce, eggs, pastries, honey, jams & more.


REVERBERATIONS: WORK BY NIK BURKHART AND MARTI LIDDLE-LAMETI: Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. This exhibition runs through March. The Oliver Art Center’s hours are Mon. - Sat., 10am-4pm.

“SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION”: Charlevoix Circle of Arts. See unique works from 11th & 12th grade budding artists from Charlevoix County & the surrounding area. Featuring scholarship awards from Kendall College, & CCA prize awards. Runs through Feb. 25. Charlevoix Circle of Arts is open Mon. through Fri., 11am-4pm; Sat., 11am3pm; or by appointment. charlevoixcircle. org/exhibits-2023

A TOAST TO ARTIST JERRY GATES: Mari Vineyards, TC. Twisted Fish Gallery & Mari Vineyards present the abstracted landscapes of artist Jerry Gates. The Jerry Gates exhibit will be on display for two months.

PHANTASMAGORIA ART EXHIBITION FOR THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL: Right Brain Brewery, TC. Featuring a huge display of the work of local artists. Special reception date of March 4 will include live performances, music, dancing & more. Exhibit runs through March 4. ----------------------


- SPECIAL NEEDS ARTISTIC MOVEMENT: Held in the Dance Studio, this class provides the special needs community a chance to expand their artistry & movement creativity while giving the example that the arts are for everyone. This dance & movement class is designed for teens & adults. It includes basic to intermediate dance education, & is held on Mondays & Fridays from 1-2:30pm through May 12. Register. event/ctac-petoskey/special-needs-artisticmovement

- GUILD MEMBER SALON SHOW: Hundreds of original works of art by Crooked Tree Arts Center’s artists fill the galleries, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, new media & more. Runs through March 4. ctac-petoskey/guild-member-salon-show2023-opens-january-14

- KALEIDOSCOPE: RECENT WORK BY LINDSEY CLAIRE NEWMAN: Held in Atrium Gallery. Lindsey’s deceptively simple mixedmedia collages reflect complex themes of time, creation, deconstruction, & motherhood. Runs through Feb. 25. crookedtree.




- “A RICH HISTORY: AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS FROM THE MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART”: This exhibit highlights the growing legacy of important African American artists from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent art collection & features over 75 years of artistic excellence. Runs through April 2. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.

- “US”: Teresa Dunn’s solo exhibition is a collection of her recent narrative painting se ries that brings voice to stories that people of color, individuals with complex cultural iden tities, & immigrants shared with her about their daily experience in America. Runs through May 28. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.

- “VITALITY AND CONTINUITY: ART IN THE EXPERIENCES OF ANISHINAABE, INUIT, AND PUEBLO WOMEN”: This ex hibit celebrates some of the critical roles Anishinaabe, Inuit, & Pueblo women fulfill in their families, their communities, the art world, & beyond. Runs through May 19. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm. ----------------------


- A FERAL HOUSEWIFE: Held in the Lobby Gallery. An exhibition of collages by Leelanau County artist Mary Beth Acosta. Runs through April 21. Acosta uses simple, familiar tools & a range of recycled, vintage papers to create collages about mid-century housewives, big-finned cars, & labor-saving appliances that were promoted as drudgerybusting machines that would revolutionize the modern home. A video interview with Acosta about her materials & methods can be seen as part of the online version of this exhibition:

- TELLING STORIES EXHIBIT: Held in the Main Gallery. This juried exhibition about the power of visual storytelling runs through March 23. The GAAC’s exhibitors tell their own stories in the media of photography, fiber, clay, paint, wood, collage & more. The themes behind the Telling Stories exhibit are explored in two video interviews with three northern Michigan residents. Winter hours are Mon. through Fri., 9am-3pm, & Sat., noon-4pm.

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2/25 -- Bruce Matthews, 7-9

3/3 -- John Piatek, 8


2/25 -- The Truetones, 7:30-10; Nathan Walton, 10

3/3 -- The Vinyl DJ Robbie

Greco, 9

3/4 -- Tyler Roy, 7:30-10; Drew Hale, 10



2/27 -- Barrels & Beats w/ Rob Coonrod, 6-9


2/25 -- Rebekah Jon, 5-7


Tues. – Trivia, 8-10

Weds. – Aldrich, 9

Sun. – Karaoke, 8


3/2 -- Rebekah Jon, 3-5

3/3 -- Randy Hall, 4-6


2/25 – Mallory Brooke & Michael Hunter, 8-11


Fri.-Sat. -- Jim Hawley & Jeff Currie on keyboard, 7-10



Thurs. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 5-8

Fri. & Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 6-9


2/25 -- Themed DJ Sat.: Afro

Beats Electronique

3/4 -- Themed DJ Sat.: Vibe and Flow

Antrim & Charlevoix


2/25 -- Delilah DeWylde, 7

2/28 -- Open Mic & Musical Talent Showcase, 7

3/1 -- Jazz Show & Jam, 6

3/3 -- Ted Bounty, 7-9

3/4 -- Chris Michaels Band, 7-9


Tues. – Trivia, 7-9


2/25 -- Good On Paper Improv, 8-9

3/3 -- Comedy w/ Josh Adams, 7:45-9:15

3/4 – Comedy w/ Josh Adams, 7:30-9


2/25 -- 1000 Watt Trio, 10

2/26 -- Open Mic, 6-9

2/28 -- Open Mic Comedy, 8-9:30; then Karaoke

Leelanau & Benzie


3/2 -- Open Mic: Sign-up at 6:15pm; Music at 7pm


Thu -- Sean Bielby & Adam Engelman, 6-9



2/26 -- Tyler Parkin, 7-10


2/24-26 -- DJ Bill Da Cat, 1-4


2/25 -- Charlie Reager, 4-7; DJ Parker Marshall, 9:30


2/25 -- Steve August, 5-8


2/25 - 80s Party w/ DJ Franck, 7

3/4 -- Winter Music Series, 7-10


2/25 -- Darrell, 6:30-9:30

3/4 -- Rick, 3-7


2/25 -- Clint Weaner, 7-10


3/1 -- Nelson Olstrom, 6



2/25 -- Tai Drury

3/3 -- Chris Sterr

3/4 -- Rolling Dirty Duo

Otsego, Crawford & Central



2/25 & 3/3 -- Mike Ridley

3/4 -- Zeke


2/28 -- Nelson Olstrom, 5



3/4 -- Don Swan & The 4 Horsemen, 9


2/28 -- Patrick Niemisto & Chris Skellenger, 5:30-8


3/4 -- Jabo Bihlman, 2:30-4:30


2/25 -- Blair Miller

3/4 -- Rhett & John VISTA LOUNGE:

2/25 -- Dominic Fortuna, 2-5; Scarkazm, 8-11

3/3 -- Barefoot, 8-11

3/4 -- Chris Smith, 2-5; Barefoot, 8-11


Sat. -- Karaoke, 10-1


Fri -- Open Mic Night Hosted by Andy Littlefield, 6-8



2/25 – Jason Locke

3/3 – Zie Simmons

3/4 – Elizabeth Landry


2/25 -- Runaway Mule, 6:30-


3/3 -- Levi Britton, 6:30-9:30

3/4 -- A Daydrinkers Pop Up w/

Emmet & Cheboygan

Luke Woltanski, 3-6; New Third Hip, 6:30-9:30


3/3 -- Friday Night LIVE w/ Jeff Socia, 5:30-8:30


2/25 -- Skye Martin, 5-8


3/1 -- Andy Lynn, 6-8


2/25 -- Michelle Chenard, 2-6


2/25 -- Eric Jaqua, 7-10


VICTORIES, 9: Sat -- Live DJ

3/3 -- Derailed


2/25 -- Happy Little Accidents,



2/25 -- Michelle Chenard, 7-10

3/3-4 -- Sunny Bleau w/ Nic Cocco feat. The Moons, 7:3010:30

3/2 -- Open Mic Night, 6-8

3/3 -- Ryan Cassidy, 8-11

3/4 -- Todd Aldridge, 8-11

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Sunny Bleau brings her straight forward lyrics and passionate blues performances with Nic Cocco featuring The Moons to The Noggin Room Pub, Petoskey on Fri. & Sat., March 3-4 from 7:30-10:30pm.


PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Piscean author and activist W. E. B. Dubois advised us to always be willing to give up what we are. Why? Because that's how we transform into a deeper and stronger version of ourselves. I think you would benefit from using his strategy. My reading of the astrological omens tells me that you are primed to add through subtraction, to gain power by shedding what has become outworn enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it.” Now I’m offering you Huxley’s counsel, Aquarius. As much as I love your zealous idealism and majestic quests, I hope that in the coming weeks, you will recharge yourself with creature comforts.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): ): According to the color consultant company Pantone, Viva Magenta is 2023's color of the year. According to me, Viva Magenta is the lucky hue and power pigment for you Virgos during the next ten months. Designer Amber Guyton says that Viva Magenta "is a rich shade of red that is both daring and warm." She adds that its "purple undertone gives it a warmth that sets it apart from mere red and makes it more versatile.” For your purposes, Virgo, Viva Magenta is earthy and exciting; nurturing and inspiring; soothing yet arousing. The coming weeks will be a good time to get the hang of incorporating its spirit into your life.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you are not working to forge a gritty solution, you may be reinforcing a cozy predicament. If you're not expanding your imagination to conjure up fresh perspectives, you could be contributing to some ignorance or repression. If you're not pushing to expose dodgy secrets and secret agendas, you might be supporting the whitewash. Know what I'm saying, Libra? Here's a further twist. If you're not peeved about the times you have wielded your anger unproductively, you may not use it brilliantly in the near future. And I really hope you will use it brilliantly.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Storyteller Martin

Shaw believes that logic and factual information are not enough to sustain us. To nourish our depths, we need the mysterious stories provided by myths and fairy tales. He also says that conventional hero sagas starring big, strong, violent men are outmoded. Going forward, we require wily, lyrical tales imbued with the spirit of the Greek word metis, meaning "divine cunning in service to wisdom."

That's what I wish for you now, Scorpio. I hope you will tap into it abundantly. As you do, your creative struggles will lead to personal liberations. For inspiration, read myths and fairy tales.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Many astrologers don’t give enough encouragement to you Sagittarians on the subject of home. I will compensate for that. I believe it’s a perfect time to prioritize your feelings of belonging and your sense of security. urge you to focus energy on creating serenity and stability for yourself. Honor the buildings and lands you rely on. Give extra appreciation to the people you regard as your family and tribe. Offer blessings to the community that supports you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you are like 95 percent of the population, you weren't given all the love and care you needed as a child. You may have made adaptations to partly compensate for this lack, but you are still running a deficit. That's the bad news, Capricorn. The good news is that the coming weeks will be a favorable time to overcome at least some of the hurt and sadness caused by your original deprivation. Life will offer you experiences that make you feel more at home in the world and at peace with your destiny and in love with your body. Please help life help you! Make yourself receptive to kindness and charity and generosity.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The philosopher Aldous Huxley was ambitious and driven. Author of almost 50 books, he was a passionate pacifist and explorer of consciousness. He was a visionary who expressed both dystopian and utopian perspectives. Later in his life, though, his views softened. “Do not burn yourselves out,” he advised readers. “Be as I am: a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves for pleasure and adventure. It is not

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1993, began work on my memoirish novel The Televisionary Oracle. It took me seven years to finish. The early part of the process was tough. I generated a lot of material I didn't like. Then one day, I discovered an approach that liberated me: I wrote about aspects of my character and behavior that needed improvement. Suddenly everything clicked, and my fruitless adventure transformed into a fluidic joy. Soon I was writing about other themes and experiences. But dealing with self-correction was a key catalyst. Are there any such qualities in yourself you might benefit from tackling, Aries? If so, I recommend you try my approach.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Two Taurus readers complained that my horoscopes contain too much poetry and flair to be useful. In response, I'm offering you a prosaic message. It's all true, though in a way that’s more like a typical horoscope. (I wonder if this approach will spur your emotional intelligence and your soul’s lust for life, which are crucial areas of growth for you these days.) Anyway, here’s the oracle: Take a risk and extend feelers to interesting people outside your usual sphere. But don't let your social adventures distract you from your ambitions, which also need your wise attention. Your complex task: Mix work and play; synergize business and pleasure.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Astrologer

Jessica Shepherd advises us to sidle up to the Infinite Source of Life and say, "Show me what you've got." When we do, we often get lucky. That's because the Infinite Source of Life delights in bringing us captivating paradoxes. Yes and no may both be true in enchanting ways. Independence and interdependence can interweave to provide us with brisk teachings. If we dare to experiment with organized wildness and aggressive receptivity, our awareness will expand, and our heart will open. What about it, Gemini? Are you interested in the charming power that comes from engaging with cosmic contradictions? Now’s a favorable time to do so. Go ahead and say, "Show me what you've got” to the Infinite Source of Life.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): "Only a lunatic would dance when sober," declared the ancient Roman philosopher Cicero. As a musician who loves to dance, I reject that limiting idea— especially for you. In the upcoming weeks, I hope you will do a lot of dancing-while-sober. Singingwhile-sober, too. Maybe some crying-for-joy-while-sober, as well as freewheeling-your-way-through-unpredictableconversations-while-sober and cavorting-and-reveling-whilesober. My point is that there is no need for you to be intoxicated as you engage in revelry. Even further: It will be better for your soul’s long-term health if you are lucid and clearheaded as you celebrate this liberating phase of extra joy and pleasure.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Poet Mary Oliver wondered whether the soul is solid and unbreakable, like an iron bar. Or is it tender and fragile, like a moth in an owl's beak? She fantasized that maybe it's shaped like an iceberg or a hummingbird's eye. I am poetically inclined to imagine the soul as a silver diadem bedecked with emeralds, roses, and live butterflies. What about you, Leo? How do you experience your soul? The coming weeks will be a ripe time to home in on this treasured part of you. Feel it, consult with it, feed it. Ask it to surprise you!



1. Kama ___ Records (Lovin' Spoonful label)

6. Frittata ingredients

10. Aeration

14. "It's worth ___!"

15. Actress Petty of "Orange Is the New Black"

16. "Garfield" drooler

17. Fictitious "100% Colombian Coffee" farmer in an old ad campaign

19. Clue weapon

20. Sculptor, e.g.

21. Sailor's hook

23. Mil. mess duties

24. Acorn, later

27. Beastly sorts

31. Musician such as StÈphane Grappelli (and not many others in that genre)

35. Ooze with

37. Award named for a TV network

38. Sch. with a campus in Atlanta

39. Fundamental physics particle

40. They'll get to U afterwards

41. Religious crusade

43. CN Tower's prov.

44. Conditional suffix?

45. Courtroom figs.

46. Business partnerships

50. Eventually

51. "I ___ a lot of problems with you people!"

(Festivus "Airing of Grievances" line)

52. Move like a toad

55. Nest builder

57. Pooh's morose friend

60. Nursery rhyme pet

63. French science fiction novelist who's the second most-translated individual author in the world

66. Like the goateed twin, it's said

67. Shimmery gem

68. Fur tycoon John Jacob

69. Stare intently

70. Trees used for archery bows

71. Some Wikipedia entries


1. "Wheel of Fortune" host since 1981

2. Unlawfully take over

3. "I'm as surprised as you ..."

4. Pasta ___ (boxed dinner)

5. Dune buggies, briefly

6. Pipe bend

7. Pan, for one

8. Actor Kinnear

9. In a rather large way

10. Not seriously

11. Altar-ed statement?

12. Five-digit address ender

13. Tappan ___ Bridge

18. The whole gamut

22. Part of TGIF

25. Disinclined (to)

26. Word spelled out after "sitting in a tree"

28. Cyclist's wear (for aerodynamic purposes)

29. Test type

30. Small earrings

32. Fuss

33. Type of garden with rocks

34. Decides on

35. Smiley face, for example

36. Element in strobe lights

41. Pasta sauce container

42. "Graph" ending

44. Make way happy

47. Just a bite

48. Initials for an oversharer

49. Sporty trucks, for short

53. "Ripley's Believe It ___"

54. Jury's makeup

56. Deceive

58. Performance assessment, for short

59. "Oh ___ can!"

60. One way to get your kicks

61. Director DuVernay

62. "Les ___" (Broadway musical, casually)

64. Congressional creation

65. Golfer Ernie

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