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Northern Express Weekly • july 03, 2023 • 1 norther nex NORTHERN express NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S WEEKLY • july 03 - juLY 09, 2023 • Vol. 33 No. 266 • Explore new and under-the-radar festival events • Escape the crowds in these three NoMi river towns CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH 20% OFF YOUR FIRST PURCHASE. Free Rec delivery to Traverse City and surrounding areas. LUME.COM LUMECANN 2023 NatioNal Cherry Festival

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Julius Caesar - Interlochen Shakespeare Festival

JULY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, World Youth Symphony Orchestra & AUG. 6



“Collage” - A Multidisciplinary Showcase






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AUG. 19

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

JULY 23 Five for Fighting



Donny Osmond

JULY 27 The Temptations & The Four Tops

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Ragtime - High School Musical Production

AUG. 9 Dark Star Orchestra - Grateful Dead Tribute


AUG. 11

Lindsey Stirling (LIMITED TICKETS)

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AUG. 19



The Lone Bellow Trio with Drew Hale


The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA

The Beach Boys

Brandi Carlile (SOLD OUT)

For the full lineup visit: Food and beverages available onsite—including beer and wine at select Kresge shows!

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Meaning of Most

Mr. Tuttle has an interesting take on what the word “most” means. In his article on the unhoused population, he states, “Contrary to myth, most of these people are not shiftless bums; fully 43 percent of the unhoused population are employed full or part time…”

So that leaves 57 percent who aren’t employed full or part time. Yet, somehow, 43 percent qualifies as “most”? I think “most” of us think 57 percent better fits the definition of “most” than 43 percent Mr. Tuttle unwittingly confirmed the myth he was trying to discredit.

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A Local’s Guide to Cherry Festival ........ 10 Pin Their Hopes on Pins................................. 13 The Rivers of Our River Towns........... 14 Tee See Tee....... 16 A River Towns Special....................... 18 Cooking on the Edge. 21 columns & stuff Top Ten........... ......................... ..... ............... ..4 Spectator/Stephen Tuttle............ 6 High Points........ 7 Guest Opinion.............................. 8 Weird 9 Dates.. 22 Nitelife............................. 28 Crossword.................................. 29 Astro................................... 29 Classifieds 30 Northern Express Weekly is published by Eyes Only Media, LLC. Publisher: Luke Haase PO Box 4020 Traverse City, Michigan 49685 Phone: (231) 947-8787 Fax: 947-2425 email:
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Friday, July 7 Cherry
Saturday, July 8 The Livery
Sunday, July 9 Wild Rose Moon
Tuesday, July 11 WNMC’s Farmhouse Concert Suttons Bay Saturday, July 15 Common Good Bakery Traverse City (Hugh
Sunday, July 16 Short’s Tap Room Elk Rapids
Monday, July 17 Private Party Harbor Springs Tuesday, July 18 Camp Tosebo Manistee Wednesday, July 19 Concerts on the Bluff Cross Village Friday, July 21 Ore Dock Brewing Co. Marquette Saturday, July 22 Nahma Inn Nahma
Sunday, July 23 Gypsy Distillery Petoskey
Tuesday, July 25 Private Party Norton Shores
Wednesday, July 26 Concert In The Park Lakeview Thursday, July 27 Concert in the Park Fennville
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Jazz Legacy Lives On

Harry Goldson was known in northern Michigan and beyond as a talented jazz musician and major supporter of the genre. (One of his nine albums was chosen to fly aboard the United States Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station in 2008, making Goldson one of very few artists to have their music heard in space!) On Saturday, July 8, from 1-9pm, the Suttons Bay JazzFest will honor the memory of founder Goldson under the big tent at Marina Park in Suttons Bay with the inaugural Harry Goldson Memorial JazzFest. Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and producer Bob James will headline the event alongside fellow performers Steve Sandner & Friends, the Jeff Haas Trio, David Chown Combo, and the Interlochen Student Jazz Band. Wineries and restaurants from Leelanau Peninsula will provide food and beverages at the event. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door; visit to purchase. Proceeds from the event support music scholarships and nonprofit community projects.

Patriotic Spectacular!

Honor America with the “Patriotic Spectacular” and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra! Hear everything from Fourth of July songs to Broadway tunes to salutes to the Armed Forces, along with the music of Sousa, Gershwin, and Leroy Anderson on Monday, July 3, at 4pm at Rotary Square. (Find the new community square at State St. and Union St. in Traverse City.) Reserved seating tickets range from $45.50 to $61.50; general admission with lawn seating is free.

Hey, Read It! Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers 4

When 60-year-old Vera Wong finds a dead body on the floor of her tea shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, she does what every upstanding citizen would do: She calls the police. But she also outlines the body in permanent marker, goes through the dead man’s wallet, and takes the suspicious-looking flash drive from his outstretched hand. Why? Vera knows she has the making of a great detective, and this is going to be her case. (The police will just botch the job anyway.) Soon, she pulls together a list of suspects, a group of 20-somethings who all had a motive to kill. But Vera finds her mother bear instincts are just as strong as her investigative skills, and as she spends more and more time with her suspects, she begins to hope that none of them are truly guilty. Bestselling author Jesse Q. Sutanto (Dial A for Aunties) has put together another delightful (and intergenerational!) cozy mystery…and we recommend enjoying it with a cup of good tea.

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If you live in northern Michigan long enough—or visit often enough—you make your way through a lot of takes on whitefish. Just about every restaurant has their version, whether it’s an appetizer or an entrée, an ingredient or a main dish. But if you don’t have time to wait for a table and you have guests to impress (or a whitefish craving to sate), then pick up a tub of Natural Northern Foods’ Original Fishtown Whitefish Pâté on your next grocery run. Made in Traverse City by a company that focuses on great tasting, whole, healthy foods, this pâté features all the creaminess and amazing smoky whitefish flavor you could dream of. Trust us—this one disappears from the fridge fast. (Like, in one sitting fast. Don’t judge us!) Natural Northern Foods can be found in over 100 locations throughout the state, including staple stores like Family Fare, Oleson’s, Tom’s, Oryana, and more. Get the scoop on all their dips, sauces, and salsas at

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An Art Walk for All the Senses

Downtown Leland is turning into a 24/7 outdoor art gallery this week. Artist Sally Taylor is the founder of Consenses Walks, a national program that “takes the art out of the museum and turns every neighborhood into a gallery.” Taylor is partnering with seven local artists—including painter Kristin McKenzie Hussey, musician Joshua Davis, and sculptor Charlie Hall—to interpret one another’s different works and mediums to create a treasure hunt of art around town. Attendees will meet at the Old Art Building in Leland at 5pm on July 6 for the free event. (Which also comes with free ice cream—win, win!) Following the opening event on July 6, guided walks will be held weekly on Thursdays at 4pm at the Old Art Building. (July 13, 20, and 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.) To learn more about the walk and the artists, visit walks. Pictured: “The Infinite Disc” by Charlie Hall

Stuff We Love: Clever (and Sometimes Cutting) Candles

Evil Queen Candles has been selling its quirky, hilariously-named candles for years, moving operations from L.A. to Traverse City in 2021 and opening up retail space in TC’s Warehouse MRKT this summer. All candles are made using non-toxic ingredients and 100 percent soy wax, but that’s not what makes them stand out. Nor is it their intoxicating scents, some of which come garnished with dried flower petals and herbs. No, it’s those names that get us every time. Here are a few gems from the 2023 summer collection: “tanned + tipsy: pretending my backyard is a 5-star resort”; “summer glow: sunsets are my favorite color”; and “sunday morning: meet me at the farmers market”. There are also some NSFW names that crack us up, as well as the infinitely relatable “homebody: I want to be invited, I just don’t want to go” and “do not disturb: do me a favor and leave me alone.” Explore all the scents—and indulge in a few gleeful chuckles—at

Boating and Buoys on Black Lake

If you’re planning to have some fun in the sun on Black Lake this month, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants you to use extra caution while out on the water. The DNR has partnered with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) and Michigan State University (MSU) to survey the juvenile lake sturgeon population of Black Lake in July for the first time since 2013. According to the DNR, the survey will take place from July 10-27 using “gill nets made specifically for capturing sturgeon” that will be set and marked with buoys Monday through Thursday of each week and removed overnight. The survey will include measuring and tagging the sturgeon to calculate population estimates and determining fish age to “evaluate growth of both stocked and naturally produced lake sturgeon in Black Lake.” Boaters are asked to avoid the buoys and nets during the survey time frame. For more information, visit

bottoms up Neu Cellars’ 2022 Crispy

“Honey Flow” is almost here! Harvest of the sticky goodness begins in the next couple weeks and goes through late fall The honey bees had a great spring and early summer season in over 250 pollination locations across Northern Michigan. Hilbert’s Honey Co specializes in raw honeycomb that comes straight from our hives, to our packing facility, then to your table Get your sweet fix at our 5 Mile location in Traverse City, on our website and many local businesses

In German, “neu” means new, young, or fresh, and northern Michigan winemaker Neu Cellars is more than living up to the name. Established in 2018 by ferment-fanatic John Keller and his father, this “nano-winery” uses regional fruit, sourced from both Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas, to create all-natural wines (there’s no added sugar or yeast) that are just as unique as you’d expect. This week, we invite you to treat your tastebuds to a bottle of the 2022 Crispy. A blend of hand-picked Chardonnay, Baco Noir, and Leon Millot grapes, this deliciously dark rosé features mouth-watering structure and tart acidity, balanced by flavors of red fruit, watermelon, and hibiscus. We’d pair it with buttery cheeses or ceviche—and maybe a side of summer fireworks. Grab a bottle for $26 at (orders ship out in four to six weeks) or use the “Distribution” tab to find state-by-state availability. Psst—keep an eye out for their newly-planted vineyard in Northport!

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

Thomas Jefferson’s self-evident truth of equality did not apply to all men and not at all to women. Today, we just pretend it did

But let’s back up.

Many historians believe our quest for independence began almost as soon as we showed up on North American shores. The Mayflower Compact, often considered foundational to our own Constitution with its call for “just and equal laws,” goes all the way back to 1620. It likely borrowed extensively from an even earlier and decidedly non-European document, the Iroquois Federation Constitution of 1570 .

(Never mind that the Puritans, who arrived in 1630, were famously intolerant of anyone who didn’t agree with them. Unlike the Pilgrims who preceded them, the Puritans were hardcore followers of the Church of England, but they didn’t think it was quite strict enough. Maryland’s Act of Tolerance of 1649 was another setback that was actually uniquely intolerant of anyone’s religious beliefs not in concert with the Maryland Puritans.)

Skipping ahead more than a century, we get to Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 “Plan of Union” and the skeletal framework of independence that began taking shape. Little more than a decade later, the meat began growing on those bones, unwittingly abetted by the Stamp Act of 1765, inflicted on colonists by the British occupiers.

Though the Stamp Act was repealed a year later, it was replaced by equally onerous duties, taxes, and levies. The inevitable protests grew louder and larger, and by 1770, there was rebellion in the air when a group of British soldiers fired on protesters in Boston, killing five in what would come to be known as the Boston Massacre.

By then, revolution was brewing. In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, “…we are determined to foment a rebellion…” And so they did.

In the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere, William Dawes, and others quietly warned the colonists British troops were on the march. The ensuing battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19 mark what many consider the official beginning of our Revolutionary War. (It should be noted Revere likely did not dash through streets yelling, “The British are coming!”, since most colonists at the time were still loyal to England and such noise would have surely alerted British troops. It’s more likely Revere, Dawes, and others rode quietly and carefully.)

In June of 1776, a committee of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston were tasked with creating a document declaring our independence. Three weeks later, the 33-year-old Jefferson presented a draft he had created mostly on his own.

It was not just the “We hold these truths” section we are often required to memorize in school; that’s the second paragraph of a 1,320-word document that is an indictment of King George III and his occupying minions. It’s not even focused on the famous taxation without representation issue we’ve been taught; there are 27 separate charges, and Jefferson doesn’t get around to taxes until number 17.

It should be noted that Jefferson, to his credit, included England’s slave trading as one of the charges against King George, but it was removed by the Second Continental Congress. At the time, slavery was legal in all 13 colonies and it would be another 90 years before slavery was abolished by the 13th Amendment.

Our independence was declared on July 2, 1776, the day John Adams assumed would be celebrated far and wide. But the document wasn’t printed so it could be read by all colonists until July 4, the day we’ve celebrated ever since. It was not fully signed by delegates to the Second Continental Congress until August 2.

The ensuing war was long and bloody. It dragged on for seven years and, according to the American Battlefield Trust, 6,800 American militia and military died in battle, 6,100 were wounded, and another 17,000 died of disease while prisoners of the British. It finally ended when the British surrendered at Yorktown in 1783.

We didn’t live up to the promises in the introduction to our Declaration. Women were far from equal, considered the property of their husbands or fathers and not even allowed to vote until 1920. The scourge of slavery, one of our country’s two greatest sins, was codified into our Constitution and wasn’t abolished until 1865. Its shadow still darkens a part of America’s heart.

But we started the slow march of progress on those days in 1775 and 1776. Sometimes it has moved glacially, but progress has been made. We rightfully celebrate our country but must remain mindful that our journey is a long way from the destination of equality. Even now there are political forces trying to restrict rather than expand the rights and freedoms at least implied by our words 247 years ago.

If we hold Jefferson’s truths to be selfevident, then we should commit to living by the credo that all of us are created equal.

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Kicking off summer Up North includes Independence Day parades, beach days, and consuming cherries in every form. This summer, Dunegrass has more adventures to share to get you rollin’ just right. The cherry on top of all our endeavors is our new location opening this month on the west side of Traverse City!

Located on US-31, a short jog from Chum’s Corners, the new store will provide a space where residents can come together, interact, and form meaningful connections. We’ll stock all your favorite Dunegrass products, plus have our knowledgeable Grasstenders available to help you explore the area and find new adventures to enjoy.

Opening the first of two locations in our home of Grand Traverse County evokes a sense of excitement and significance for us. For those who have followed Dunegrass’s story, you know this store has been a long time coming! Introducing a new establishment in our backyard holds immense importance to our team and promises a wave of positive changes. This location represents progress, growth, and a commitment to the future of our community.

As lifetime residents of northern Michigan, we have a home-grown perspective on the Up-North experience. Supporting the communities we serve, helping develop our local economies, and contributing to the preservation of Michigan’s natural beauty are commitments we’re passionate about.

With the legalization of adult-use cannabis, the emerging industry is uniquely positioned to be a positive contributor to the region, and we are actively working within the industry to foster the betterment of our communities. While continuing to grow, we’re focused on the vital tourism industry in the region, which cannabis is now a part of, to legitimize cannabis to the region’s visitors.

Working with associations like the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) and area vacation rental operators, we are on a mission to attract legal, responsible, adult cannabis enthusiasts and build an infrastructure of acceptance and normalization of legal cannabis use.

With locations in Beulah, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Gaylord, Manistee, Marquette, and now TC West(!), Dunegrass strives to be your cannabis outfitter, delivering a higher latitude for whatever northern Michigan adventure awaits you. Find out about our other events on our website by scanning the QR below.

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Happy summer vacation to all of our returning visitors! We’ve missed you—

Before I moved here permanently in the ’90s, I remember being so excited to get Up North to the fresh air, get my toes in the sand, eat breakfast in a fabulous cheap diner, and stay in a cottage or a motel. Yay,

Over the years, you’ve appreciated how Traverse City maintained her comfortable welcoming vibe with friendly locals that the wealthier northern coastal towns had lost. You’ve had years of laid-back good times in Traverse City. Our town became your vacation tradition passed from one generation to the next. When you visit,

Hotels cost so much more. Downtown sidewalks are beyond crowded. They are surprised to see some people experiencing homelessness each day. All the new buildings, so many new buildings! Everything is so upscale.

Everywhere you go, the lines are longer, and the service is slower. Where are you supposed to park your car? Who are all these people? Again, where do I park my car?? What happened to Traverse City?

Here is what I want to say to our Regulars, especially our fellow Pure Michiganders: I’m sure this must feel like a jolt to your senses. I’m so sorry that, at least in my opinion, as a community, we sort of screwed this up.

where you stay, and the things you do while you are here—keeping things the

You, my friend, are an Up North Regular. You’re not really a local because you don’t actually live here. But you’re more than a tourist because you’ve been coming here forever. Your friends may ask your advice on visiting here because you’re considered a Traverse City expert.

It’s easy to feel like a local when you have come to the same vacation spot summer after summer, year after year, since you were a kid. Your heart is invested in this town. You know some locals. You know your favorite beach, you comfortably find your way through the same grocery store, and you will always remember, when downtown, Front Street is one-way traffic only.

As Up North Regulars, you offer a unique annual perspective on the changes locals experience incrementally.

Today, I ask my fellow locals, have you heard what I’m picking up from the Up North Regulars? I’ve heard something different this year. Rather than, “So good to be back!”, they arrived this year and felt somewhat blindsided. “Whoa! What happened?”

Their observations: The vibe has changed. Downtown has changed. Everything is more expensive. There are so many more people than before. So many cars.

Was it reckless developers? Thoughtless investors? Poor civil planning? Overly zealous promotion of tourism? Short-term rentals? Lack of vision and leadership? Maybe. If you ask five locals, each will tell you something different, each of us pointing our fingers in a very different direction. Most of us griping. Many avoid downtown altogether.

The Up North Regulars and locals have a great deal in common now. We’ve seen it coming, but now we really must let go of our nostalgic ideas of Traverse City. That is in the past. This is now the metro area of northern Michigan and an international tourist attraction.

We can’t put the genie back in the bottle. While there is much excitement here, there will be locals and Up North Regulars who may not love the new vibe and will leave.

I am being sincere, not in a smart-aleck kind of way, when I say what a shame it is that the trek Up North to the old Traverse City will become a memory exclusive to people of a certain age. Fewer regular visitors will see their own children grow up visiting here.

I am so grateful to have experienced it. Mary Keyes Rogers is a resident of Traverse City who has held leadership roles throughout the community. She is an outspoken advocate for the U.S. Constitution and women’s rights, and is a freelance writer, speaker, and podcaster

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Thong and Cheek

Protesters at the Massachusetts Statehouse bared more than their souls as they demonstrated against climate change on June 15, according to an NBC-10 Boston report. Shouts began to rain down from the public gallery just after 1 p.m. from eight members of Extinction Rebellion, an international environmental movement, followed by a warning: "We are going to be mooning you ... You can look away if you wish." At that point, the octet turned their backs on the senators and dropped trou, revealing pink thongs and bare buttocks emblazoned with the words "stop passing gas." The protesters continued with chants of "You're a senator, not an ass, why are you still passing gas," and "Butts out for climate" for about an hour before they were arrested and escorted out of the chamber.

Reunited and It Feels So Good

A first edition of George Orwell's "1984" has been returned to the library ... 65 years late. UPI reported that the Multnomah County Public Library in Portland recently received the return from an 86-year-old patron. The patron attached a note to the book, explaining that they meant to return it in 1958 after checking it out as a Portland State University student, they just "never got around to it." But talk about excellent timing: The library just went fine-free.

Sheriff's detectives in Kanawha County, North Carolina, made an odd discovery while executing a search warrant on an impounded vehicle in February: a 1965 class ring from Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, bearing the initials "M.P." Their investigation determined the owner was one Michael Pedneau, who told the Charleston GazetteMail that he only vaguely recalls losing the bling some 50 years ago, perhaps on a trip to Princeton, West Virginia. "There's probably 40 or 50 of us

Up in Smoke

A dispensary in Baltimore faces fines for blowing smoke ... literally. WMAR2 in Baltimore reported that the Cookies dispensary opened May 27, only to be shut down less than a week later after a surprise inspection revealed a laundry list of violations, including "large plumes of medical cannabis smoke being blown from a large gun apparatus into the mouths of persons outside the dispensary," according to the suspension notice. Cookies is part of a franchise, and Cookies San Francisco was the first to utilize a "Flame Thrower" smoke blower, created by Jeff Dick of Colorado. The blower has since become part of the Cookies brand.

Some Things Beg Certainty

Relatives were mourning Bella Montoya, 76, at her wake in Ecuador on June 9 when they heard strange sounds coming from the coffin. "There were about 20 of us there," the woman's son, Gilberto Barbera, said. "After about five hours of the wake, the coffin started to make sounds." The supposedly deceased had been declared dead the Martin Icaza Hospital in Babahoyo earlier that day, but that evening, "my mom was wrapped in sheets and hitting the coffin, and when we approached we could see that she was breathing heavily," Barbera said. Montoya was rushed back to the hospital, but the Associated Press reported

that she was intubated and is not expected to recover. Ecuador's Health Ministry has launched an investigation into the incident.

A Bear's Gotta Eat

Workers for American Plate Glass in Sunapee, New Hampshire, learned an important lesson about locking up their valuables on June 14, but it wasn't at the hands of the typical thief, and the valuables weren't the usual tools or construction materials. Curtis Fidler was working onsite when he noticed movement in his peripheral vision: "I turn and it was a bear nonchalantly just having lunch in the front seat of the truck." The bear enjoyed all of the snacks it could find, left the truck and disappeared into the woods. Fidler FaceTimed his mother-in-law, Melinda Scott, who watched the encounter live and later told WHDH-7 News that "There is not a single scratch on the box truck. He did no damage. He just had lunch and took a nap."

The Agony of the Heat

The hopes of Bangkok residents were slightly deflated on June 9, as a long-awaited art installation in Victoria Harbor lost steam.

Dutch artist Forentijn Hofman's giant rubber ducky installation, which tours cities around the world and captured the affections of Bangkok residents when it visited there back in 2013, returned to the city earlier this month, this time with two giant rubber duckies, which the artist said would bring "double luck." Unfortunately, Yahoo News reported that rising temperatures put one ducky -- and residents -- at risk. The "rubber duck skin had become strained because the hot weather has caused air pressure to rise," organizers said in a statement. They deflated the duck as a precaution.

Two Paws Up, Way Up

Theatergoers in Thailand have a new petfriendly place to bring their furry friends. Yahoo News reported that the country's largest movie theater chain, Major Cineplex Group, started offering weekend showtimes for patrons who want to bring Fluffy or Fido with them. Of course, there's a catch: Pets must weigh under 11 pounds and either wear a diaper or be kept in a carrier. Visitors turned out in droves for a pets-welcome showing of "The Little Mermaid," cosplaying their creature companions as Sebastian the crab and Ariel the mermaid. Not everyone's a fan, however; as one former resident said, "It's so ridiculous dogs are not allowed in (most Bangkok) parks but they can go to a movie or cafe. What comes next, you bring your dog or cat to a massage parlor?"

I Hope That Someone Gets My ...

Almost exactly 34 years after it was thrown into the sea in Newfoundland, a message in a bottle was recovered in Quebec. "I was so excited. I mean, what I'm looking for all the time is a note in a bottle," Trudy Shattler told Saltwire of her discovery. After some social media sleuthing, she learned that the bottle belonged to one Gilbert Hamlyn, who was known for writing messages on cigarette packs, stuffing them in bottles, and setting them to sea. Sadly, Mr. Hamlyn passed away two years ago, but his son, Rick, was all too happy to hear of the bottle's recovery, and intends to place it at his father's grave.

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A LocAL’s Guide to cherry FestivAL

Free, new, and under-the-radar activities to put on your list

Skies are blue, temperatures are rising, and your morning commute is probably a little longer than usual; it’s Cherry Festival time in Michigan’s favorite vacation spot. Though the National Cherry Festival (NCF) attracts over half a million visitors, it also offers some under-the-radar opportunities for locals (and tourists) to escape the crowds and see (or try!) something new. We chatted with National Cherry Festival Media Manager Susan Wilcox Olson and Creative Director Bailey Judson for some insight.

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July 3-7, 10am to 1pm | Free

The Michigan State University Extension, NCF, and Michigan Cherry Committee are teaming up to help you learn more about farm life and the journey cherries make before landing in your favorite bowl.

“Something we love being able to do during the festival is educate people about cherries,” Olson says. “This year, we have a farm tour for all ages led by Nikki Rothwell. She’s going to talk about all things cherry.”

Rothwell is a Leelanau farmer with a PhD in entomology and is the fruit specialist for the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center, where the tours will be held. A born and raised farm girl, Rothwell understands the industry’s intricacies, threats, and successes.

Hop on the Hall Street BATA bus at 9:30am or 10:30am or arrive at the orchard at 10am, 11am, or noon to take the tour. (Pro tip: A 4-H petting zoo on the tour makes this an especially fun afternoon for kids.)

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July 1 (and daily throughout the festival), 10am to 5pm | Free

Beat the heat at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park this year. Located near the Grand Traverse Commons, The Botanic Garden offers 25 acres of natural exhibits, including gardens for pollinators, healing medicines, and rain- and fire-hardy plants.

But the biggest draw for the kiddos are the dozens of fairy homes (created by artistic locals) that wind through a woodland trail behind the garden. This year for the NCF, a program called Hidden Cherries will create a story walk through the fairy trail. (And as a bonus, shade from the tree canopy makes this a great way to cool off on a hot day.) “The Botanic Garden is beautiful and this is something really fun for the family,” says Olson.

P.S. Save the date—also on the NCF schedule is a Garden Party at The Botanic Garden planned for July 5, with free and ticketed activities for all ages.

BinGo tent

July 1-7, 12pm to 8pm

A retro favorite is back! The past several years, NCF has not had a bingo tent, but this year it’ll be back in action. “The locals asked for it, and we love giving them what they want,” says Olson. Must be 18+ to play.

cornhoLe tournAMent

July 4-5, 12pm to 6pm | $25

Speaking of Midwest pride, this year’s festival is holding a round robin cornhole tournament at the Beer Tent. This beloved backyard barbecue game requires more skill than athleticism, but you can bet that there will be some fierce competitors in the mix. Do you have a cornhole all-star (age 16 and up) in your life? Encourage them to claim their fame at this year’s NCF! The Michigan Cornhole League and Cornhole America are helping sponsor the event, and those who wish to enter can register for either day or both.

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Fun & Games For special cherry Kids

July 5, 9am | Free

Kids of all abilities will have a slew of fun and games to pick from on July 5 at this inclusive event, which is geared toward children and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. The morning includes opportunities to play games, make art and crafts, get faces painted, and meet the Cherry Queen and Queen’s Court. Judson says her favorite part of the festival is watching the kids have fun. “Seeing them smile and make these memories is special and so wonderful to see,” she says.

Amusement rides will also operate at a slower speed, with assistance from Arnold’s Amusement staff helping kids on and off the rides. “It’s a little quieter than midday at the festival, and being near the bay in the morning is so nice,” Judson adds.


cherries Got talent Finals

July 7, 2pm | Free

Northern Michigan has plenty of talented locals ready to get on stage and put on a show. Formerly called Cherry Idol, the Cherries Got Talent Finals will offer a variety of entertainment ranging from music to dance to theater. Catch the live performances at the Open Space and see who walks away with the gold.

picKleball tournament

July 7- 8 | $50

Another favorite pastime that’s been gaining traction in NoMi is pickleball. “Our local community has just fallen in love with pickleball,” said Olson. “When some locals reached out to us about including it, we thought it was a great idea.” Enter: the first ever National Cherry Festival Pickleball Tournament.

Friday, July 7, will host the women’s and men’s doubles part of the draw, and Saturday, July 8, is mixed doubles. You can compete in more than one event, with another $10 registration fee for the second event. Each day’s games start at 8am at the Slabtown courts. Skill levels will be split by age, and the round robin brackets will be limited to seven teams.

curlinG with the national cherry Festival

July 6, 10am to 6pm | $10

Curling has exploded Up North over the last few years, and indoor arenas make playing possible all year around. When the team at the newly built Traverse City Curling Center reached out to the folks at NCF about joining the events roster, it was an easy yes. “It’s gotten so popular, especially after the Winter Olympics,” says Olson. “It’s really become part of local culture up here, and we’re excited for people to try it out.”

The one-day event has 24 available spots for each hourly time slot, and participants will compete to see who can throw the stone closest to the button. Must be age six and up and bring a clean pair of sneakers (no sand or dirt on the ice!). Register ahead of time online.

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cherries Got talent Finals

July 7, 2pm | Free

Northern Michigan has plenty of talented locals ready to get on stage and put on a show. Formerly called Cherry Idol, the Cherries Got Talent Finals will offer a variety of entertainment ranging from music to dance to theater. Catch the live performances at the Open Space and see who walks away with the gold.

picKleball tournament

July 7- 8 | $50

Another favorite pastime that’s been gaining traction in NoMi is pickleball. “Our local community has just fallen in love with pickleball,” said Olson. “When some locals reached out to us about including it, we thought it was a great idea.” Enter: the first ever National Cherry Festival Pickleball Tournament.

Friday, July 7, will host the women’s and men’s doubles part of the draw, and Saturday, July 8, is mixed doubles. You can compete in more than one event, with another $10 registration fee for the second event. Each day’s games start at 8am at the Slabtown courts. Skill levels will be split by age, and the round robin brackets will be limited to seven teams.

more new stuFF this year

Want to be the first to experience the next best Cherry Festival Tradition? Here are a few more new activities on the event roster for 2023:

● July 1-3: Bayside Beach Volleyball Tournament (2-person men’s, women’s, and youth teams)

● July 1-2: Picnic at the Park (held at the Park Place) and The Flight Path at Delamar (at Delamar Traverse City) are two new ticketed luncheons that give you great views of the Air Show

● July 1-7: Family-friendly classic movies will have matinee showtimes (10am) at the State Theatre. Tickets are $1/person.

● July 2-3: Traverse Symphony Orchestra and Rhythm Revolution from Chicago will lead a free, hands-on drumming program in Rotary Square.

Curling has exploded Up North over the last few years, and indoor arenas make Curling Center reached out to the folks at NCF about joining the events roster, it was an easy yes. “It’s gotten so popular, especially after the Winter Olympics,” says Olson. “It’s really become part of local culture up here, and we’re excited for people

The one-day event has 24 available spots for each hourly time slot, and participants will compete to see who can throw the stone closest to the button. Must be age six and up and bring a clean pair of sneakers (no sand or dirt on the ice!). Register ahead of time online.

● July 7: Cherry Pins and Pizza bowling party at Lucky Jack’s.

● July 7: A free dancer mixer will be held at the Clinch Park Pavillion from 7-10pm. A DJ will provide tunes, and a photo booth will be on-site. (Note: This is an alcoholfree event.)

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Pinning Their hoPes on Pins

How the Cherry Fest’s Commemorative Pin Program raises $70,000 each summer

Now in its 97th year, the National Cherry Festival has drawn local crowds for decades for its celebration of local fruit, time-honored traditions, and the singular opportunity to eat a cherry pie with no hands. But, beneath all the thrill rides and funnel cake, the festival is also a critical generator of funds for community events and organizations, driven in large part by its Commemorative Pin Program.

The festival’s Commemorative Go for the Gold Pin Program dates back to 1989. The initiative surrounds two souvenir pins— silver and gold—whose designs change almost every year, making them a collectible item for Cherry Fest fans.

“The idea is that you would keep purchasing,” says National Cherry Festival Executive Director Kat Paye, so the pins— which began as simple metal buttons—have ranged from farmstands to pies to (spoiler!) fireworks for the 2023 season. “It all depends on what we can fit on a pin and what makes sense [for that year],” she explains.

Going for Gold

But the pins aren’t just for decorating your backpack, hat, or lapels. Once the festival is underway, pins are required to access the beverage pavilion, home of the almighty Beer Tent.

Here’s the catch: Each pin is doled out in a sealed envelope, so there’s no way to know what color you’re getting. Draw a silver pin, and you have a fun souvenir and a one-way ticket to a frosty drink.

But, if you open a gold pin, the odds of which are 1 in 12.5, according to Paye, you also have the opportunity to enter into the Grand Prize drawing. Provided in conjunction with the Michigan Lottery, this tradition offers participants such big-ticket prizes as flight vouchers, TVs, speed boats, shopping sprees, and this year’s jackpot: a two-year lease on a Toyota Camry.

Within those basic parameters, the program hasn’t changed much since its inception. “There’s a lot of nostalgia for the

pin program, so it’s stayed pretty traditional,” Paye notes.

There have been a few minor tweaks, though, most notably pin prices, which have slowly climbed to $5 a pop from just 50 cents in the 1980s.

Selling the Pins

Of course, the program wouldn’t be possible without its legendary pin sellers. As Pin Program Director Don Eastway explains, the program’s early years saw just a handful of sellers and required a $20 entry fee. Since then, their ranks have doubled, though he admits attracting volunteers to the festival since the pandemic began has been difficult. “It’s just harder right now, but [selling pins] is a fun and easy thing to do,” he says.

Like other festival ambassador positions, pin sellers work on a volunteer basis and can choose between stationary selling locations or roving the festival grounds as they please. Volunteering comes with its own incentives, including free lunch in the Ambassador Oasis, a behind-the-scenes spot for off-shift volunteers, as well as a $500-dollar cash prize for the seller with the highest sales (more on that in a bit!).

Though prizes are helpful motivation, veteran seller Margaret Anne Slawson explains that it’s the fun of the job—and connecting with others—that keeps her coming back year after year. “Little crazy things happen, and it’s just fun!” she says.

From families getting the gold more than once to being recognized by locals all over town, Slawson’s seen just about everything in her 26 years selling festival pins. (Heck, she even met her best friend mid-shift!) In that time, she’s claimed the title of secondplace seller a whopping 20 times over and, though she isn’t keeping track, suspects she’s sold around 80,000 pins.

Local celebrity Peter Garthe, however, is the uncontested Cherry Festival kingpin “Peter always comes in first,” Slawson says. “He has a memory like a steel trap, and he knows just about everyone.”

A talented statistician, Garthe has played an integral role in the pin program

for more than three decades and doles out a significant percentage of their yearly 20,000pin stock. This, says Paye, is because Garthe does so much more than simply sell his pins. Instead, there’s an infamous handshake involved—“one, two, three, boogie!”—and you have to open your envelope on the spot to find out if you’ve struck gold.

“It’s amazing. It’s all part of [Peter’s] fun,” Paye says.

To date, Garthe has sold 14,225 gold pins, and his lifetime sales top 250,000. He’s also responsible for raising nearly $780,000 dollars in funds and takes care of festival presales, which usually kick off in early May and include in-person visits to some 200 local businesses.

“I love to sell pins!” he says with a laugh. “I try not to get carried away, but [it’s hard].”

As for his eventual retirement? That’s not in the cards until 2027, or until Garthe meets his one-million pin goal. “He’s an icon of pin sales,” Paye tells us. “This program wouldn’t be what it is without Peter’s dedication.”

Funding the Festival

In fact, the program’s community impact has only increased throughout the last three decades. For starters, there are the Grand Prize winners, many of whom receive real opportunities after buying a simple fivedollar pin.

In this regard, some of Paye’s favorite stories include a couple whose flight vouchers gave them the means to visit faraway family, as well as the unmatched excitement she felt when two longtime ambassadors won a car. “[The grand prize winner] is often a visitor, but what a great reward when it’s one of your volunteers who’s given so much to the program,” she says.

There’s also the initiative’s fundraising aspect, which finances a significant chunk of festival operations. To put the concept into perspective, Paye explains that 90 percent of Cherry Festival events (e.g., fireworks, parades, and the like) are free of charge for the public. Pin sales help offset these costs, which usually ring in at about $80,000, as well as food court and vendor expenses.

From there, any leftover pin revenue goes to the National Cherry Festival Foundation, which is then distributed via grants or helps compensate local groups (e.g., nonprofits like animal shelters and scout troops) that donate their time throughout the festival.

All in all, Paye estimates that the program raises about $70,000 each year, for a total of $750,000 in pin proceeds throughout her 13year tenure, all of which feeds back into the community.

“That personal connectivity piece comes full circle [in our organization], from corporate memberships to sponsors to volunteers stuffing envelopes and getting them out there,” she explains. “There’s a sense of pride that this is their home community and their festival, and they have the pin to prove it.”

For more information on the Commemorative Pin Program, visit And P.S. The festival is on the hunt to complete its own gold pin collection dating back to 1989, so be sure to check your drawers and storage boxes

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The Commemorative Pin Program got its start in the 1980s. Peter Garthe, reigning king of pins. (Or, as we like to say, the kingpin!) A collection of past NCF pins.




Connecting Ecosystems Across the Tip of the Mitt

The Cheboygan River is just seven miles long, but it is one of the most important rivers in northern Michigan. Flowing from the north end of Mullet Lake to the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron, the Cheboygan River provided the foothold for the colonial settlement of northern Michigan in the 1800s, as the river’s current could be harnessed to power sawmills and float logs downstream.

Today, the river is best known as a way to access the popular Inland Waterway, a string of rivers and lakes stretching 40 miles across northern Michigan. Beyond its recreation opportunities, the Cheboygan River Watershed provides habitats for critical aquatic biodiversity in the Great Lakes Ecoregion. According to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, this watershed provides essential habitat to endangered aquatic species like the Michigan monkey-flower, Hungerford’s crawling water beetle, and the statethreatened lake sturgeon.

The Cheboygan River is also the terminus of a watershed system that spans more than 900,000 acres. Because of the river’s connection to thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and lakes, invasive species introduced to the Cheboygan River could access most of northern Michigan.

“Invasive species are a core concern of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council,” says Water Resources Manager Marcella Domka. “We have to think about cascading effects from the introduction of invasive species into our waterways.”

When asked to expand on this concern, Domka introduced us to the term “eutrophication,” a serious biodiversity threat caused partly by invasive species.

“Zebra and quagga mussels are particularly worrying for their sheer population size,” says Domka. “They can survive in a range of aquatic environments and are filter-feeding organisms, meaning they consume nutrients within the water and thus make the water clearer. That might look nice to the observer, but clearer water allows for more sunlight penetration. When more sunlight gets in, it causes more plant growth in deeper water. Those new plants essentially take over ecosystems in the water and use up dissolved oxygen, effectively pushing out other lifeforms and causing habitat loss for already at-risk native species.”

Luckily, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is working to inform the public about invasive species. Education is a

According to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Michigan has over 76,000 miles of rivers and streams. To put that figure into perspective, if each river and stream in the Great Lakes State were connected, they’d be long enough to circle the Earth three times.

Michigan’s rivers have supplied habitats for plant and animal life throughout history, and the waterways created transportation and trade opportunities for Indigenous peoples and Euro-Americans alike. Most notably, rivers provided havens where humans could gather, establish settlements, and live out their days.

Our river towns look much different now than they did centuries ago; as human habitation changes, so too do the rivers. What do our beloved northern Michigan rivers look like now? What challenges do they face?

significant part of the organization’s activities, and the Council set up a mobile boat washing program to help boaters clean their boats and to inform them on invasive species prevention techniques.

Tip of the Mitt is also concerned about septic systems near lakes and rivers that may leach toxins into the waterways. In addition to advising area residents to have their septic systems inspected and pumped every two to five years, the Watershed Council also recruited students from Central Michigan University to collect water samples and test for contaminants. Once the samples are analyzed, the Council will draw up a report and make it

available to the public. That report (and others like it) will then be used to draft policy on how Michigan landowners can do their part to keep waterways free of contaminants.

There’s a lot of work to be done to keep the Cheboygan River healthy so it can continue to be the gemstone feature of the town that shares its name, and some of those tasks are more than a little bit daunting.

“Invasive species and septic encroachment are just two issues,” says Domka. “There’s also climate change, which causes more severe and frequent storms and erosion which leads to more water runoff contaminated with phosphorus, nitrogen, sulfate, and chloride

from farms, golf courses, and gardens.”

But there’s hope, too, because Michiganders know how valuable the state’s natural resources are. Domka finished her interview with us on a brighter note.

“For me, it’s the dedication of not only my team, but of our community members. From keeping boats clean to frequent river cleanups to volunteer river monitors and samplers to homeowners putting in greenbelts to prevent erosion, folks want to do their part to keep our rivers clean and healthy. If we all work together, we can do this. The residents of northern Michigan are invested in their environmental future. That gives me hope.”

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The Manistee River Coursing from the Depths of Glacial Sand Hills

Beginning in the deep glacial sand hills of southeastern Antrim County, the Manistee River is known for its remarkably stable flow of clean, cold water year-round, making it a popular river for fishing and canoeing. Throughout its 190 miles, the river drops from around 1,250 feet above sea level to 579 feet at the river’s terminus in Lake Michigan.

Like the Cheboygan River, the Manistee was once used for commercial logging, an activity that drastically altered the landscape between 1880 and 1910. Logging enterprises completely denuded habitat areas in and around the Manistee River, with silt runoff and logging debris impacting the river’s water quality and causing species loss.

Today, much of the river’s natural beauty has been restored, and the Manistee River Watershed continues to be a regionally important Lake Michigan tributary supporting a nationally recognized fishery. Not only is the health of the Manistee River essential to the local economy and way of life for residents, but the river’s natural beauty is a crucial draw for the region’s growing tourism industry.

According to the Manistee Conservation District, the Manistee River Watershed has good overall water quality, but it is degraded in some areas due to human activity both past and present. The primary source of pollution in the watershed is sediment, often caused by road/stream crossings and inadequately sized or improperly constructed culverts that cause sediment deposition in important in-stream habitat.

“Improper culvert sizes and poorly installed culverts can lead to excessive sedimentation in otherwise high quality cold-water habitats, as well as perched culverts that make fish passage improbable or impossible,” says Josh Shields, forester and wildlife biologist.

Shields spoke about many of the same issues that Marcella Domka did, highlighting the existence of broad, interconnected, and human-caused pollution and contamination concerns that affect the Manistee River and the Cheboygan River, even though the rivers are 187 miles apart. For example, both Shields and Domka referenced ongoing threats like nonpoint source pollution,

residential development, PFAS (forever chemicals), septic systems, bank erosion, invasive species, and recreational impacts.

But just as hopeful attitudes permeate the thoughts and minds of those in Cheboygan, the same can be said for community members and volunteers in Manistee. “The Manistee Conservation District takes a lead role on projects such as aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling, lake monitoring, boat wash stations, and aquatic invasive species identification,” says Shields, noting that his organization receives enthusiastic support on the above projects from locals.

Other examples of improvements in the Manistee River Watershed include general conservation practices that landowners now implement, such as planting native trees, shrubs, and other vegetation along rivers and streams to improve the habitat and reduce erosion. Landowners have also placed valuable structures in streams, such as woody debris for fish habitat.

The Au Sable River

Providing the Best Trout Fishery East of the Rockies

Designated as a blue ribbon trout stream by the Michigan DNR, the Au Sable River runs approximately 138 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula. The river is a core attraction as it passes through the towns of Grayling and Mio before reaching its terminus in Lake Huron at the town of Oscoda.

A 23-mile portion of the river is primarily managed by the Huron Manistee National Forest (HMNF) service as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

“The Wild and Scenic section of the Au Sable was chosen for designation due to its outstanding water quality, scenery, fishery, recreational values, and historical and cultural significance,” says Bradley Schumaker, assistant ranger for HMNF.

“The Au Sable is a renowned cold water fishery that sees anglers from around the world come to [use] their skills and enjoy this fishery.”

Like the Manistee and Cheboygan Rivers, the Au Sable faces threats from invasive species. Didymo algae, also known as rock snot, is one that is being closely monitored, as it has been found in the Manistee and

Boardman rivers. Not only is it unpleasant for humans—a thick, brownish algae with the texture of wet wool—but it can also cover river and stream bottoms and alter habitat and food sources for fish.

Didymo can travel easily on fishing gear, so HMNF Fish Biologist and Hydrologist Luca Adelfio recommends allowing your gear to dry thoroughly before transporting it between waterways and soaking waders and wading boots in a 2 percent bleach solution or a 5 percent dish soap solution.

But the news isn’t all doom and didymo gloom. Good changes are happening, too.

“Anglers of the Au Sable have planted 100 cedar trees along the National Wild and Scenic River section in the last two years to help preserve this iconic tree species and to provide future shade for trout, a cold water dependent fish,” Adelfio tells us. “This year, the cedar planting work day is scheduled for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 23. Anglers of the Au Sable also organizes a river cleanup each fall to remove garbage from the river— Sept. 9 this year.”

The HMNF team also does a river

cleanup of their own. A date hasn’t been set just yet, but interested folks who want to volunteer for the float-and-clean day can reach out to the Huron Shores ranger station in late July to find out what dates are being set aside for the cleanup.

Adelfio adds that we can all do our part in keeping the Au Sable clean and beautiful for generations to come.

“The National Scenic section of the Au Sable is one of the most popular rivers in Michigan,” Adelfio says. “Packing out your trash, camping only in designated areas, and utilizing outhouses at access points are important to protect the quality of visitor experience for those who come after you.”

To learn more about critical conservation work in northern Michigan’s rivers and what residents and visitors alike can do to keep the rivers healthy and clean, visit: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at watershedcouncil. org; Manistee Conservation District at; and Huron-Manistee National Forest at recarea/?recid=23980.

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Fisherman in the Au Sable River, photo courtesy of Michigan State University MCD volunteers sampling tributaries of the Manistee for macroinvertebrates, 2019

The Voice (and the Apparel) of the Michiganerds

Beau Warren, owner of Tee See Tee in Traverse City, has been designing T-shirts since he was a kid, and he credits his smart and frugal mom for giving him his start.

In the early 1990s, all Warren wanted was to be like the cool kids, wearing the top name-brand T-shirts like Big Johnson, Hot Tuna, and Ocean Pacific. Not having the funds to support his vision at the time, his mom took him instead to Kmart and bought him some plain shirts, then to the craft store to purchase fabric and paint, and told him to get to creating.

Warren started off by painting killer whales, Ninja Turtles, and yin-yangs on the shirts. When he wore them to school, he received lots of attention from the other students.

“People asked me where I got my shirt. When I told them I made them, they asked if I could make one for them. Before you know it, I was collecting lunch money in exchange for custom printed tees,” Warren says. “That is truly where Tee See Tee was born.”

100 Percent, All or Nothing

Leading up to the decision to break out on his own, Warren says that he bounced around within the artistic field in several different industries, doing everything from animation to marketing. His favorite role, however, was designing the stuffed animals that you see in claw machines and in carnival games.

“But always in the background, I would design T-shirts. It was an itch that I had to scratch, and eventually, I took the leap of faith and went all in,” he says. In “true Beau Warren fashion: 100 percent, all or nothing,” as Warren explains it, in 2014, he impulsively

quit his job (without even running it by his wife) and launched Tee See Tee.

And despite some bumps in the road early on, he remained focused on his passion for making T-shirts and putting smiles on people’s faces. Warren started off by designing shirts based on what he thought a Michigan-based T-shirt company was supposed to offer, creating six initial designs with four based on lakes and nature. The other two were more personal and truer to his character, the Captain Michigan—which offers a shield design in the style of Captain America—and the Mirate (aka Michigan Pirate).

To his surprise, the “nerdier designs” outsold the other ones 10 to one. “People can tell when something is authentic,” Warren says, “so the big hit was Mirate, a skull and bones design that was opposite of what you expect from Michigan shirts at the time. It was grittier, edgier, and bolder than anything out there, and it was also the most ‘me’ of any of the designs because I am a huge pirate enthusiast.”

Warren eventually learned to trust his gut when creating new designs. He says, “Now, nine years later, I have basically become the voice of the Michiganerds, and I couldn’t be more proud of that.”

The Pop-Culture Spark Warren admits that most of his design ideas hit him at 3am. “No kidding, I will wake up, sketch the idea down in the dark, wake up and have to spend a few minutes deciphering the scribbles.”

To date, he has designed approximately 370 T-shirts, with his five most popular designs being Lord of Michigan (a Tolkien inspired map of Michigan), Mirate, Greatful Lakes (a Grateful Dead-inspired shirt),

Captain Michigan, and The Department of Sasquatch Research.

And since most of his designs are based on pop culture, as long as the world keeps making new movies and creating video games, he feels he will never run out of ideas for his designs. He is occasionally inspired by current events, though. “As much as I should not let my personal beliefs and opinions bleed into my business,” Warren says, “I have always felt Tee See Tee and I are one in the same, and it is my honor and my duty to use my business to take a stand for what I believe in.”

One specific example is his now infamous “Shark Week” T-shirt that he created based on the comical hot mic situation with Gov. Whitmer in the middle of the pandemic. (For those who missed it, the governor was about to go live at the 2020 virtual Democratic National Convention— which happened to fall just after Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming—and was heard saying: “It’s not just Shark Week; it’s Shark Week mother f******.”

“It was such a brilliant and human moment, I had to do something with it,” Warren shares. “I created and posted a shirt literally within an hour of that moment and was printing hundreds of them the next day. It became so huge, I received a thank-you letter from Gretchen herself.”

Warren says he decided to donate a portion of the sale of these shirts to a shark protection organization. Tee See Tee ended up raising thousands of dollars, and when Discovery Channel caught wind of the movement, they ordered a few hundred of the shirts for their staff. A week later, they ordered another 500 more for other employees who wanted the shirt, too.

“It was a beautiful, busy, and mind-

blowing moment, because I was shipping thousands of these T-shirts all over the world,” Warren says. “I always speak to the power of T-shirts as a way to unify people behind a shared belief or sentiment, and at a time when so many people were isolated, that tee helped them feel togetherness.”

Expanding the Brand

Tee See Tee has shipped their printed shirts all over the world, including to the Ukraine, Japan, Africa, and Australia. This year, Warren came upon the realization that they didn’t need to continue to solely be a Michigan brand, but could branch out and be more of a pop culture brand.

With that idea in mind, along with a very successful market test at the LexiCon in Kentucky, he started seeking out printers not only in Michigan, but in Kentucky and even Hawai’i that shared the same integrity and attention to detail as he does.

“This allows me to focus on creating new designs and traveling from comic con to comic con, introducing Tee See Tee to thousands of awesome people,” says Warren.

Now, when you visit the Tee See Tee website, you see the slogan “Where State Pride Meets Pop Culture.” You can select Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and the coming-soon Ohio buttons to shop statethemed shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers.

But never fear—even as Tee See Tee grows, Warren assures us Michigan will always be at the heart of the company, as will his sense of playful creativity.

“We are bigger than ever, but I have found a way to bring everything back to my roots of being a kid who just liked drawing cool T-shirt designs.”

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While crystal blue lakes and bays draw people to northern Michigan, some of the wildest, purest waters you’ll find flow in our rivers. And the towns you’ll find alongside these waterways hold just as much magic, offering a slower pace and a connection to nature you can’t find anywhere else. Between the restaurants and shops and excursions, you can breathe deep and go with the flow. Find out what’s just around the riverbend in Manistee, Cheboygan, and Roscommon.


With its quaint shops and storefronts and historic architecture, this northwest Michigan town is a great getaway any time of the year. Manistee, which sits along the river of the same name, encourages visitors and locals to get out and enjoy the water as much as possible. Float, boat, paddle, or fish—this river town is your oyster.

Must-sees & Must-dos

An independent bookstore in the heart of downtown Manistee, the Happy Owl Bookshop offers a curated collection of books, ranging from the classics to today’s critically acclaimed, as well as magazines, newspapers, educational toys, and cards. For those visiting Manistee, the Happy Owl Bookshop also has great Michiganthemed items and interesting souvenirs to take back home as a vacation memento.

If you’d prefer your souvenirs to come with a side of history, head to MaryAnn’s Antiques. This downtown business— nearing its tenth anniversary—showcases a wide variety of items from different eras, including records, crystal, jewelry, art, furniture, toys, kitchenware, sports memorabilia, and more.

In search of an entertainment destination? Little River Casino Resort offers slot machines and table games, a lodge-style hotel, an RV park, indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, and a spa. The resort also books nationally headlining musical and comedy acts in its 1,600-seat on-site performance venue throughout the year.

Nosh & Nibble

Positioned on the Manistee River, North Channel Brewing is a great spot to enjoy the scenery while grabbing a local brew with American fare for lunch or dinner. Try one of the brewery’s craft beers and observe the river’s drawbridge and freighter traffic from their newly added patio space.

If you want to appreciate the views and dine on farm-to-table creations, give Blue Fish Kitchen & Bar a try. At their location on River Street, this artisanal eatery offers an upscale-casual menu and is open for brunch and dinner.

Manistee’s oldest pizza place—Big Al’s Pizza—celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It’s a great stop for families, where the pizza is always hot (and gluten-free and

vegan options are available). Homemade sandwiches and wraps are also on the menu.

Lay Your Head

For a unique place to rest, try a stay aboard the historic S.S. City of Milwaukee car ferry. This “boatel” is open May through September and offers cozy accommodations on its Passenger Deck, 50-minute walking tours, and an experience of living in the 1930s. A continental breakfast is included, as are additional amenities like Wi-Fi, fans, and perfect places to watch sunrises and sunsets.

The last-standing industrial period mansion in Manistee, the historical Dempsey Manor, built by lumber baron James Dempsey in 1894, serves as a luxurious bed and breakfast. It showcases gorgeous Victorian architecture, which was restored by Hollywood set designer and decorator James Colburn. (And if you’re curious about the mansion but aren’t staying the night, Dempsey Manor offers public tours.)

Situated in the heart of downtown Manistee, the Ramsdell Inn is another historical structure that features Victorian architecture, stained glass, and gorgeous

woodwork. This 10-room boutique hotel was renovated in 2003 and sits above the popular restaurant TJ’s Pub. The corner suites feature stunning peeks of downtown and the Manistee River, so you’re never too far away from water views.

Get on the Water

When visiting a river town, you want to enjoy and experience the river itself, and thanks to the Manistee County Historical Society, there is a 1.75-mile designated riverwalk that takes you from the banks of the Manistee all the way through downtown. There are even 25 plaques along the route that provide engaging information about the area.

For the engineering inclined, there are several fascinating structures to check out on a self-guided tour of Manistee’s bridges and dams. The town has three vehicular bridges, three railroad bridges, a large pedestrian bridge, two hydroelectric dams, and a salmon harvest weir.

Last but not least, don’t forget the tackle box when visiting this four-season fishing community. Some restaurants may even be willing to cook up your catch!

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Whether you’re an avid angler, watersports enthusiast seeking new terrains to explore, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Cheboygan. This river town is not only situated on the stately Straits of Mackinac, but also along the Cheboygan River, the northern starting point for Michigan’s Inland Waterway.

Must-sees & Must-dos

It’s not so bad to be inside on a summer day if you can catch a film at the Kingston Theatre, which offers the latest blockbusters, or the Cheboygan Opera House, where musicians of all genres take the stage inside the building that has been around for almost 150 years.

Did you bring your clubs along on this trip? Cheboygan has two nearby golf courses—the public Cheboygan Golf and Country Club (18 holes) and the semiprivate Mullett Lake Country Club (9 holes).

This river town is also home to several lighthouses that are worth checking out, notably the Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse and the Cheboygan Front Range Light, the latter of which is now a tourable museum. Those with a penchant for history can set their sights on finding the ruins of the original Cheboygan Lighthouse at Cheboygan State Park.

Nosh & Nibble

After a full day spent enjoying the unbeatable Michigan summer weather, look no further than Cheboygan Brewing Company to refuel and unwind. With a rotating selection of fresh beer on tap and a patio to enjoy it on, this brewery makes for the perfect post-river pitstop.

For casual morning or afternoon eats, Step Inn serves up classic breakfast and lunch fare, along with some truly remarkable burritos that locals swear by.

Come dinner time, the Nauti Inn Barstro is a must for those who want a superb wine list and creative offerings; some of their menu

items for this upcoming season include a pistachio pesto pasta and a Chicago-style hot sub.

Lay Your Head

many thanks to nearby Higgins Lake and the famed Au Sable River. While fishing is a main attraction—and worthy of an article unto

Nibbles Ice Cream shop is a classic aesthetic with modern and nostalgic flavors. Customers like this shop for their variety of 20+ flavors and affordable prices—plus


walleye, brook trout, rainbow trout, and sunfish on the Cheboygan River, whether they’re fly-fishing, baitcasting, or using spinners. Cheboygan State Park (just northeast of downtown) is home to Elliot Creek and boasts access to Duncan Bay, providing opportunities to catch trout, small and largemouth bass, and panfish.

There are also a few highly praised local fishing charter companies to choose from: Rockin’ and Reelin’ Sportfishing, Diabolical Sport Fishing, or MFM Sport Fishing and Guide Service.


Brunch is a must while traveling. The Bird and the Bear Bakery has a menu full of different choices for a group of any size, with pastries, omelets, and lunch options for those who show up a bit later in the day. The Beechwood Cafe also offers classic homestyle offering for breakfast and lunch.

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For dinner, Matt’s Lake Street Grill and Pizzeria has a little bit of everything: shrimp, chicken, sirloin, and—you guessed it—pizza and breadsticks. (They also serve breakfast and lunch if you want to double dip!)

options in town, including Campbell Canoes and Kayak Livery and Paddle Brave. You can also level up to white water paddling, the lesser-known sibling of white water rafting, on the Au Sable River. Ask an expert at a local rental facility for more information on safely preparing and instructing best practices before attempting. For the true adrenaline chasers, there is the popular Au Sable River Canoe Marathon each July, where racers paddle all day and all night for a finished journey of 120 miles.

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in Cheboygan. This river town is not only private Mullett Lake Country Club (9 holes).

This river town is also home to several lighthouses that are worth checking out, notably the Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse and the Cheboygan Front Range Light, the latter of which is now a tourable museum. Those with a penchant for history can set their sights on finding the ruins of the original Cheboygan Lighthouse at Cheboygan State Park.

Nosh & Nibble

After a full day spent enjoying the unbeatable Michigan summer weather, look no further than Cheboygan Brewing Company to refuel and unwind. With a rotating selection of fresh beer on tap and a patio to enjoy it on, this brewery makes for the perfect post-river pitstop.

For casual morning or afternoon eats, Step Inn serves up classic breakfast and lunch fare, along with some truly remarkable burritos that locals swear by.

Come dinner time, the Nauti Inn Barstro is a must for those who want a superb wine list and creative offerings; some of their menu

items for this upcoming season include a pistachio pesto pasta and a Chicago-style

Lay Your Head for any type of traveler. Cozy up at Secrets on Main Bed & Breakfast, a historic building built in 1892 and recently restored to its former Victorian glory by the new owners Musclow. With an art , a lovely tea room for an afternoon gathering, and classic Midwestern hospitality, Secrets on Main is the perfect combination of escaping to a new place and time while

Nearby, you’ll also find the Continental Inn, situated right near the Lake Michigan coastline, as well as the Best Western or Fleetwood Inn, both of which are located along the Cheboygan River just south of

Michigan’s Inland Waterway stretches for nearly 40 miles, connecting Cheboygan with Mullet Lake, Burt Lake, Crooked Lake, Pickerel Lake, and Petoskey, with multiple other stops along the way. Visitors can rent kayaks or glass-bottom boats from Nautical North Family Adventures and paddle up the Cheboygan River to Mullett Lake, keeping

Fishermen will find salmon, bass, walleye, brook trout, rainbow trout, and sunfish on the Cheboygan River, whether they’re fly-fishing, baitcasting, or using spinners. Cheboygan State Park (just northeast of downtown) is home to Elliot Creek and boasts access to Duncan Bay, providing opportunities to catch trout, small

There are also a few highly praised local fishing charter companies to choose from: Rockin’ and Reelin’ Sportfishing, Diabolical Sport Fishing, or MFM Sport Fishing and Guide Service.

Roscommon is a small village known to many thanks to nearby Higgins Lake and the famed Au Sable River. While fishing is a main attraction—and worthy of an article unto itself—the town has plenty of charms for outdoorsy visitors. There’s a farmer’s market each Saturday at the River Center, cool shops to explore, and plenty of opportunities to get your toes (or your waders) in the water.

Must-sees & Must-dos

For those who enjoy blending landbased adventures with watery experiences, there are several hiking trails available in Roscommon’s parks and natural areas. We love the Au Sable River Trail, a flat trail that offers beautiful views of the river. (For a similar vibe via car, the Scenic Byway offers the opportunity to drive along the river and take in its wild beauty.)

Every now and then, we may have a rainy day, so in that case, we recommend looking into the Higgins Lake Nursery and Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. Learn about the history of one of the world’s largest pine nurseries that operated from 1903 to 1965 and broke ground with efforts in conservation and reforestation.

Want to keep the family busy for an afternoon? Opt for a few hours of bowling at Fred’s of Roscommon, which also has an expansive food menu and pool tables in addition to its eight bowling lanes.

Nosh & Nibble

Brunch is a must while traveling. The Bird and the Bear Bakery has a menu full of different choices for a group of any size, with pastries, omelets, and lunch options for those who show up a bit later in the day. The Beechwood Cafe also offers classic homestyle offering for breakfast and lunch.

For dinner, Matt’s Lake Street Grill and Pizzeria has a little bit of everything: shrimp, chicken, sirloin, and—you guessed it—pizza and breadsticks. (They also serve breakfast and lunch if you want to double dip!)

Nibbles Ice Cream shop is a classic aesthetic with modern and nostalgic flavors. Customers like this shop for their variety of 20+ flavors and affordable prices—plus some vegan and dairy-free options.

Lay Your Head

Camping is a big draw for Roscommon, home to two state parks: North Higgins Lake State Park and South Higgins Lake State Park. From spring to fall, campers can enjoy a cup of coffee while immersing themselves in nature with a lake view. (For our dogloving friends, there are designated dog areas in each park so that your furry family member can join.)

Grayling is the closest bigger town, where you can book a room at the Au Sable Riverview Resort, which is dog friendly and offers amenities like Wi-Fi and free parking. The Lake AuSable Lodge, meanwhile, sits just 35 yards from the first tee of the Forest Dunes golf course.

For a historical feel, Hanson House Bed & Breakfast of Grayling—another former lumber baron home out of the 1890s— offers a charming experience that includes breakfast to start your day feeling energized and ready for all your Roscommon activities.

Get on the Water

Renting a kayak, paddle boat, or inner tube is a great way to enjoy the calm parts of the river while leisurely floating along with friends and family. There are several rental options in town, including Campbell Canoes and Kayak Livery and Paddle Brave.

You can also level up to white water paddling, the lesser-known sibling of white water rafting, on the Au Sable River. Ask an expert at a local rental facility for more information on safely preparing and instructing best practices before attempting.

For the true adrenaline chasers, there is the popular Au Sable River Canoe Marathon each July, where racers paddle all day and all night for a finished journey of 120 miles.

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Veteran chef Darlene Kline is depending on small plates to realize her big dream.

Kline, known to her many friends as Dee, is the owner of the newly-opened on the eDge tapas, just north of the drawbridge in bustling downtown Charlevoix. She received her liquor license in January and has been open for about three months now.

“This is a 34-year-old dream coming to fruition,” says Kline, who got her first food industry gig as a teen at an Italian eatery in her hometown of Bellaire. “Thirty-four years in the school of hard knocks is paying off.”

At the Table

Tapas are small plates of appetizers or snacks in the cuisine of Spain. They are combined to make a full meal and can be served cold—think olives and cheese—or heated, such as pan-seared shrimp.

“It’s fun; it’s lighthearted,” Kline says of the tapas concept. “And it’s not what everyone else is doing.”

Small plates lend themselves to a communal eating style, with dishes being shared and taste-tested among all diners in the gathering. Typically, several tapas are ordered so there’s something for everyone.

“Think of it as dining at Grandma’s, where every dish gets passed around,” explains Kline. “Each order comes to your table every 15 minutes or so. We have

a lot of fun here, and it’s like you’re at my dinner table. And our food is always made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. We believe only fresh ingredients can make great food. Our mission is to deliver you one of the best meals you’ve ever had.”

Her menu changes weekly for a reason.

“I don’t ever want my staff to say to a guest, ‘Sorry, we’re out of that,’” says Kline. “So we change the menu every week, and everything is so fresh.” She’s proud of the fact that so many of her ingredients are sourced locally—like cherries from King Orchards and beef from Oleson’s.

“Seventy percent of our meals are glutenfree,” adds Kline, who cooked at the Horton Bay General Store for 13 years before opening on the eDge tapas. “And our meals are pan-fried, not deep-fried. My deep fryer is empty—doesn’t even have the pilot light lit.”

On the Menu

When we visited, the restaurant was featuring its eDge Salad with fresh greens, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, Cippolini onions, Marcona almonds, asiago cheese, and Castelvetrano olives topped with a house dressing.

Seared Lamb Lollipops with crispy capers and a vegetable du jour are popular with guests, as is Dee’s Smoked Whitefish Pate, which features sauteed bell peppers, roasted jalapeño, and cilantro with tortillas.

The Salt and Pepper Shrimp comes with

a tangy habanero jelly that some diners mistake for honey. The shrimp are breaded, then pan-seared to perfection. The result is a tasty treat made even better by a dab of the jelly. Another edgy choice is the Drunken Frog Legs, which are fried in a Bourbon pan sauce and served with a bed of lemon quinoa with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Beef eaters won’t see burgers or steaks on this menu, but they will find Sage and Oregano meatballs bathed in a flavorful gorgonzola cream sauce. They pair well with Patatas Bravas, oven-fried Yukon potatoes topped with a spicy red sauce and roasted garlic aioli.

One thing you won’t find at on the eDge: any northern Michigan wines. Instead, the restaurant’s small but interesting wine list includes selections from Argentina, Spain, and other foreign climes. “Every other restaurant serves regional wines,” Kline explains. “I want to offer something different.”

Kline’s bar is small but contains all the basic liquors and is growing steadily. One of her most popular drinks is the Capone, a tribute to the gangster whose floating speakeasy, The Keuka, sank in Lake Charlevoix in 1932. That potent potable is a blend of Seagram’s 7, ginger beer, simple syrup, and Modenaceti balsamic vinegar. Another popular option, the Northside Special Cocktail, combines Gosling’s Black Rum, orange, lemon, and club soda.

Off to a Flying Start

If you couldn’t already tell, when others in the food service industry zig, Kline tends to zag.

For example, none of her eatery’s dozen tables feature condiments on them—no salt, pepper, mustard, ketchup. Her food, she believes, is properly flavorful and doesn’t require condiments. Also, she’s open on Mondays, traditionally a day when many spots in the industry are shuttered.

Kline is also planning to add experiences like cooking classes to the restaurant. In those 34 years she’s been working in the kitchen, she says she learned from many mentors and is now ready to pass on her lessons with hands-on cooking lessons in the fall. On August 10, she’ll also host a wine pairing evening, featuring four courses and five appropriate wines.

But it’s the diners—local and visiting— that remain at the heart of all Kline does.

After being open only a couple of weeks, Kline had an experience that made her proud. “There was a table of foodies sitting along the canal view and bridge view,” she recalls. “And they turned their chairs around, away from the view, to watch me cook in my open kitchen. It was instant gratification for me. I was floored!”

Find on the eDge tapas at 100 Michigan Ave in Charlevoix. (231) 437-3432,

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NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes the Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast, Balance Bike Race, Zumba


Bay, Two Person Beach Volleyball, Cherries at the Botanic Garden, Opening Ceremonies, Air Show, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest, concert with Here Come The Mummies & Laith Al-Saadi, & much more.



RUN: 8am, Manistee MS/HS.


JUNIOR HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP –EAST: Flintfields Horse Park, Williamsburg, June 27 - July 1. traversecityhorseshows. com/events



SHOW: 9am-5pm, Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey. Featuring more than 120 antique dealers. $10; kids under 16, free.


BOOK SALE: 9am-2pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Sponsored by Friends of the Alden District Library. Proceeds will help fund enrichment programs for children & adults.



RUN: 9am, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. The course begins at Kinlochen & follows Mountain Center Rd. to the Trailside neighborhood & then back on the Aspen trail, Keweenaw & Crystal Mountain Drive. $15 through June 30; $20 day of.

MADE IN CHEBOYGAN CRAFT SHOW: 9am-5pm, Washington Park, Cheboygan. Featuring a large assortment of crafters selling jewelry, home decor, pottery, clothing, toys, kitchen essentials, custom printed shirts & mugs, & more. For vendor info, email:

LOON DAYS ON WALLOON LAKE: 10am5pm, Village Green, Downtown Walloon Lake. Hand crafted art, crafts & more.

OPEN STUDIO, PETOSKEY: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in for free arts & crafts for the whole family. ctac-petoskey/open-studio-july-1

PETOSEGA 5K FUN RUN: 10am, Camp Petosega, cross-country trail, Alanson. Benefits local parks & facilities. $15 advance; $25 day of.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT NEC: Northern Exposure Campground, Mesick, July 1-4. Today includes kids activities at 11am; bike parade at 1pm; & live music with Freshwater Roots from 7-11pm. facebook. com/northern.campground

LOST AND FOUND LANDSCAPES: Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, July 1-6, 11am5pm. Landscape painter, Wendy McWhorter of Kewadin, will exhibit her oil paintings of Historic Port Oneida Homesteads, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore & beyond. Free.

TADL KIDS - MINDFUL ME PROGRAM: 11am, Traverse Area District Library, TC.

Join Emily Kotz from 4-H/MSU Extension for a kids program on mindfulness. This program aims to promote mindful practices in youth that lead to improvements in managing goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, & mindful eating practices. Free.

FRANKFORT 4TH OF JULY CARNIVAL: Noon-10pm, Open Space Park on Betsie Bay. Annual old-fashioned carnival with games, rides & food.

NMC CONCERT BAND PRESENTS SUMMER ‘23 FREE CONCERT SERIES: 3pm, TC West Senior High School Auditorium, with the Lansing Concert Band.

WOODWORKS: LIVE DANCE & MUSIC: 3pm, City Opera House, TC. FALCO presents its third season of Woodworks Residency, original live Dance & Music, & a space to empower collaboration, creative opportunity & accessible immersive performance events. Donation based. cityoperahouse. org/node/519


BUFFALO ROSE: 6-9pm, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Enjoy this charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band from Pittsburgh, PA. $30. the-series ----------------------

MARK WEAKS: 7-10pm, Manton Trails RV Park, Hotel & Campground, Manton.

CLINT PARK W/ CODY & NICOLAS: 7:30pm, Coyote Crossing Resort, Cadillac. Enjoy country music with long time performer Clint Park. $10. clint-park-with-support-from-cody-nicolastickets-609846295687 ----------------------

“JULIUS CAESAR,” INTERLOCHEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 8pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Upton-Morley Pavilion. Starring Interlochen alumni Sydney James Harcourt (Broadway’s “Hamilton”) & James Ginty (“K-19: The Widowmaker”). $39.

C.S. LEWIS ON STAGE - FURTHER UP & FURTHER IN: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. With award-winning actor Max McLean. $59, $69, $99.

MUSIC IN MACKINAW: LIVE FIRE - 126TH ARMY BAND: 8-9pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City. National Guard rock n’ roll.

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Family-friendly entertainment. Over 4 million views on YouTube. Enjoy exciting vocalists, instrumentalists & tapdancers. GA, $30; under 18, free. bva.booktix. net/view/39/5cdbb432ab59479c


SUTTONS BAY - RUN MICHIGAN CHEAP: 13.1M, 10K, 5K: 8am, Suttons Bay TART Trailhead. $25, $30, $35.

NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes Yoga By the Bay, Beach Volleyball Tournament, Classic Car Show, Arts & Crafts Fair, Air Show, Flight Deck, Great American Picnic, Indigo View Airshow, Kids Cherry Teddy Bear Tea, Classic Movie Matinee, Family Sand Sculpture Contest, concert with Flo Rida, & much more.

20TH ANNUAL PETOSKEY ANTIQUES SHOW: 10am-4pm, Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey. Featuring more than 120 antique dealers. $10; kids under 16, free.


MADE IN CHEBOYGAN CRAFT SHOW: (See Sat., July 1, except today’s time is 10am-3pm.)

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT NEC: Northern Exposure Campground, Mesick, July 1-4. Today includes a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at 11am; cornhole tournament at 1pm; & karaoke & DJ from 7-11pm.



BOYNE CITY 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: Today includes the Patriotic Boat Parade from 12-1:30pm: Line up at Boyne City Marina at noon, boat two loops around Lake Charlevoix & end with a sand bar party at Young State Park; & the Cornhole Tournament from 1-5pm at Old City Park.


SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE PARK: RIVERTOWN JAZZ BAND: 4-6pm, Marina Park, Harbor Springs.

TC PIT SPITTERS VS. KOKOMO JACKRABBITS: 7:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. Fireworks follow the game.


WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: JOANN FALLETTA, CONDUCTOR: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Experience the talents of Interlochen Arts Camp’s high school orches-

tral musicians. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta leads the Camp’s flagship ensemble in “Three Spirituals” by Adolphus Hailstork & Symphony No. 5 in C Minor by Beethoven. $26 adult; $19 child through college. events/world-youth-symphony-orchestrajoann-falletta-conductor-2023-07-02


VESPER: A NIGHT WITH SINATRA: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Songs made popular by Sinatra featuring faculty artists in various formats. $14.50. view/30/94185ed6892ab365


NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes the Kids Pet Show, Cherry Farm Market, Festival Open Space Park, Kids Club!, Orchard Tours & More, Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest, GT Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Pow Wow, Night Ranger concert & much more.


BOYNE CITY 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: Today includes the 48th Annual Waterside Art & Craft Fair + Food Trucks from 10am-5pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park; Boyne City All School Class Reunion from 1-3pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park Pavilion; Packet pick-up for the 47th Annual Independence Day Run from 4-6pm at Peninsula Park, & more.

KIDS CRAFTS WITH KRISTY: 10:30amnoon, Interlochen Public Library, Community Room. Geared toward ages 5-12,

all welcome. 231-276-6767. Free.



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Internationally renowned bassist and Origin Records recording artist Rodney Whitaker is making the rounds in northern Michigan this summer! Now based in East Lansing, Whitaker is the Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. You’ll find him performing at the Waterfront Park Amphitheater in Elberta on Mon., July 3; Manistee Rotary Gazebo on Tues., July 4; and Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion in Cadillac on Thurs., July 6, with all three performances running from 7-9:15pm.

TSO SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 4pm, Rotary Square at State St. & Union St., TC. “Patriotic Spectacular” with the full Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Lawn seating, free; reserved: $45.50 & $61.50.

BAY VIEW WOODS WALK II: 4:30pm, Bay View Woods - Gateway Trail Entrance, Petoskey. Children in Club will build fairy houses to display along the woods trail & will share stories they’ve written about their houses. There will also be music, the Little Traverse Conservancy, & the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Free.

BAY HARBOR FIREWORKS: Bay Harbor Village. The Petoskey Steel Drum Band will perform at 7pm & fireworks will be held at dusk. ----------------------

FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIESJAMMIN’ MONDAYS ON BETSIE BAY: 7-9:15pm, Waterfront Park Amphitheater, Elberta. Featuring world respected, chart topping bassist/composer, anchors swinging combo Rodney Whitaker.

NMC CONCERT BAND PRESENTS SUMMER ‘23 FREE CONCERT SERIES: 7pm, Glen Arbor Township Park on M22. With Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor.


4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT NEC: Northern Exposure Campground, Mesick, July 1-4. Tonight is Movie Night featuring “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” northern.campground


BOYNE CITY 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: Today includes the Independence Day Breakfast from 7-10am at FOE Eagles Hall; 47th Annual Independence Day Run - 10K & 2 Mile - at 7:30am at Peninsula Park; Kids Decorated Bike Parade Lineup from 9-9:30am at the Early Education Building Playground; Pre-Parade Entertainment by Boyne Area Gymnastics, Lake Side Elite, & Boyne Area Skate Park at 9:30am; the Grand Parade in downtown Boyne City at 10am; Kiwanis/Family Fair Kids

Pie Eating Contest at 12:30pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park; live music from 1-7pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park; Boyne Area Chamber’s 35th Annual Duck Race at 2pm on the Boyne River; Grand Fireworks over Lake Charlevoix at 10:30pm, & much more. boyne4thofjuly. com/2023-schedule-of-events.html


2023: Beulah. 8am: 5K Firecracker Run, Beulah Park. 9am: 1 Mile Sparkler Family Walk/Run, Beulah Pavilion. 10:30am-noon: Kids Games in Beulah Park. 12:30-1:30pm: Coin Hunt on Beulah Beach. 1:30pm: Independence Day Parade. 10:30pm: Fireworks. Info: 231-882-5246.


4TH OF JULY IN HARBOR SPRINGS: 8am: Paul Revere 5K & 10 Mile Run. 8-11am: American Legion Breakfast: 101 E. 3rd St. 9am-4pm: Art in the Park: Zorn Park. 1pm: 4th of July Parade: Starts at City Hall on the east end of Main St. Dusk (approx. 10:30pm): Fireworks over the harbor.



SCHOOLS ART SHOW: 9am-4pm, Zorn Park, Harbor Springs.

NORTHPORT RUN FOR CANCER FUNDS: 9am, Northport Visitors Center. 2 Mile Walk or 5K. $30. nforFunds?aflt_token=vkmwDmweQ4iCYn8 otSOOnKQ3vCO8buOw

PETOSKEY 4TH OF JULY: 9am: Parade: Starts at Petoskey High School, down Mitchell St., across on Petoskey St. to Lake St., & then up Lake St. where it ends at the gazebo in Pennsylvania Park. Dusk: Fireworks show along the shores of Little Traverse Bay. Best viewing area is Bayfront Park.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT NEC: Northern Exposure Campground, Mesick, July 1-4. Today includes coffee & donuts at 10am.

FRANKFORT 4TH OF JULY CARNIVAL: 10am-11pm, Open Space Park on Betsie Bay. Annual old-fashioned carnival with games, rides & food.


1-8. Today includes the Go For The Gold! Pin Program, Hole-in-One, Arnold’s Amusements Midway, Beer Tent, Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Theory of a Deadman & Skillet concert, 4th of July Fireworks, & much more.


4TH OF JULY IN MACKINAW CITY: 11am4pm: Mackinaw Woman’s Club Strawberry Social: Mackinaw City Municipal Marina

Lawn, $5. Starting at 1:30pm: Games on the Lawn for all Ages. 9pm: Straits Area Concert Band: Roth Performance Shell, Conkling Heritage Park. Dusk: Fireworks over Harbor

CADILLAC FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Cadillac, July 4-8. Today includes the 4th of July Parade at 1pm; lining up at The Cadillac Commons at 11am. cadillac-freedom-festival


LITTLE TRAVERSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ICE CREAM SOCIAL: 7-8pm, Little Traverse History Museum, Petoskey. Donations appreciated.



FOURTHFEST!: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Annual Independence Day Pops Concert in a mix of the patriotic & the poignant. GA: Members, free; Guests, $19.50. view/31/b83b8b9260a65eee


CONCERT BAND: 9pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City. Marches, show tunes, pop.


BEULAH FIREWORKS: Enjoy a fireworks display over Crystal Lake from downtown Beulah. Held at dusk.


FRANKFORT FIREWORKS: Enjoy fireworks on Frankfort’s Lake Michigan beach at the end of Main St. Held at dusk.


NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes Sara Hardy’s Farmers Market, Fun & Games

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3 Doors Down concert, Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest, & much more.

EVENING ON RIVER STREET: 6-9pm, River St., Downtown Elk Rapids. Enjoy local food, kids’ activities, & live music by Brotha James.

IPL’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM PIZZA PARTY & STAFF DAY: 10:30am, Interlochen Public Library. Join library staff for stories, songs, crafts & pizza. 231-276-6767. Free.

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CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon-1pm, Pennsylvania Park, Gazebo, Petoskey. Featuring Kevin Johnson. Bring a lunch & lawn chair or picnic blanket. Free. charlotte-ross-lee-concerts-park-2023


I: Flintfields Horse Park, Williamsburg, July 5-9. Gates open at noon. CSI 3*, USHJA National Hunter Derby, Premier Hunter / Jumper 6 / Equitation. GA, $15.

CADILLAC FREEDOM FESTIVAL: The Cadillac Commons, July 4-8. Today is Family Day & includes kids activities, the Northern Lights Irish Dancers, Splash Dance Party, & Outdoor Movie Night. cadillac-freedom-festival

PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN MARK HANSON: 4pm, Bellaire Public Library. Michigan based photographer John Mark Hanson will talk about his book “Grandmothers of America.” Free.

CIRCUS AT THE BOWLING ALLEY: 5pm & 7:30pm, Gaylord Bowling Center. Proceeds benefit Veterans dealing with physical & mental health challenges. Advance tickets: $13 for 13+, $8 seniors & ages 2-12, free for under 2. Tickets on sale at Gaylord Bowling Center, Family Fare, & Jay’s Sporting Goods.

“SLOW BIRDING: THE ART & SCIENCE OF ENJOYING BIRDS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD”: 7pm, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston. Presented by Joan Strassmann, evolutionary biologist, professor of biology & author. Free.

ELLSWORTH CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE: 7pm, Ellsworth Community Square, next to Banks Township Hall. Featuring 50’s & 60’s classic rock with Two Beats. Free.

THE STEEL WHEELS: 8pm, Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall, Elk Rapids. Enjoy bluegrass & rock with The Steel Wheels. $30.


NMCAA’S LAUNDRY PROJECT: 8:30-11:30am, TC Laundry, Garfield Plaza, TC. Free laundry service for those in need.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: 10am, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Story Time (ages 0-5) & Kids’ Crafts: Make a kaleidoscope (for ages 6-12). 231-331-4318. Free.

NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes the Cherry Pie Make & Bake, Ultimate Air Dogs, Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Cherry Mile, Cherry Kids Fun Run, country music artist Jordan Davis, Consumers Energy Community Royale Parade, & much more.

SUMMER READING EVENT WITH TSO: 10:30am, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. The Traverse Symphony Orchestra will be joining. For all elementary or middleschool students. Free.


CADILLAC FREEDOM FESTIVAL: The Cadillac Commons, July 4-8. Today includes vendors in City Park, Kids Pet Parade, Up Beat Music Series, & After Hours Market.



LAND: 5pm, Old Art Building, front lawn, Leland. Meet Sally Taylor & Leelanau’s collaborating artists. These local artists have interpreted one another’s art in the view of the game of “telephone”: Charles Hall, sculptor; Joshua Davis, musician; Kristin MacKenzie Hussey, painter; Michelle Leask, poet; Benjamin Maier, potter; Maggie Revel Mielczarek, textile designer; Joe Welsh, icecreamer. Free. oldartbuilding. com/events/consenses-a-walk-around-leland

HARBOR SPRINGS STREET MUSIQUE: TOUR DE BLISS: 6:30-8:30pm, Downtown Harbor Springs. Featuring the Deep Fried Pickle Project, Gasoline Gypsies, RAMBLXR, Solo Act, & Magic by Jania.

CONCERTS ON THE LAWN FEAT. GRAND TRAVERSE PIPES AND DRUMS: 7pm, GT Pavilions, Grand Lawn, TC. Free. gtpavilions. org/news-events/2023-concerts-on-the-lawn

MUSIC IN THE AIR: MULEBONE: 7pm, Old Art Building, front lawn, Leland. Featuring multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa & roots music specialist Hugh Pool. They bring traditional blues. Free. events/music-in-the-air-mulebone ----------------------

MUSIC IN THE PARK: FREE INDEED: 7-9pm, 115 E. John St., Lake City.

SOUND GARDEN PROJECT CREATIVE CONCERT EVENT: 7-9pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Join Fivemind Reeds, a dynamic, 21st-Century reed quintet, for a concert in the main gallery. Concert is presented as part of The Sound Garden Project, sponsored by IPR. The Sound Garden Project’s mission is to plant classical music in unexpected places as they reimagine the performance experience. A limited number of free tickets are available & can be reserved. Free.

UPBEAT CADILLAC MUSIC SERIES: RODNEY WHITAKER: 7-9:15pm, Cadillac Rotary Pavilion. Enjoy jazz, blues, soul & rock. FUNNY BUSINESS COMEDY: 9pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Victories, Petoskey. Featuring Chris Young & Andy Beningo. $5.



TIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes the Cherry Golf Scramble, Kids Sand Sculpture Contest, Diaper Derby & Toddler Trot, DTE Energy Day, Ultimate Air Dogs, Kids Chalk Art, Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Meijer Festival of Races, Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Queen’s Coronation, Adult Cherry Pit Spit Contest, concert by Chicago, & much more.

BLISSFEST FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL: 3695 Division Rd., Harbor Springs. July

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7-9. This year’s lineup includes Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Colin Hay, Valerie June, Abigail Washburn, Marc Broussard, Lindsay Lou, The Moxie Strings, Seth Bernard, The Third Degree, The Vermeers & many others. There will also be a silent disco, buskers, drum & dance, folkscool, healing arts, craft show, kids area & activities, & more.

BOOK SIGNING: 10am-1pm, Castle Farms, Charlevoix. Linda Mueller & Kathleen Paterka will sign their book “For the Love of a Castle II, The Romance Continues.” Free.

CADILLAC FREEDOM FESTIVAL: The Cadillac Commons, July 4-8. Today includes Kids Carnival, Cadillac Farmers Market, Gelly Ball, live music, 5K Race to benefit Healing Private Wounds, Fire on Water Military Tribute & more.

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon-1pm, Pennsylvania Park, Gazebo, Petoskey. Featuring the Crosscut Kings. Bring a lunch & lawn chair or picnic blanket. Free. ctac-petoskey/charlotte-ross-lee-concertspark-2023



VEGMICHIGAN - TC - MONTHLY MEETUP: 1pm, 835 S. Garfield Ave., TC. Enjoy a sampling of dairy free dips & dressings. Meet other folks & learn more about eating, cooking & enjoying plant based foods. Free. medium=referral&utm_campaign=share-btn_ savedevents_share_modal&utm_source=link


GROWLERS: 5pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center, front porch. Enjoy this acoustic trio from Grand Rapids who plays tradition inspired, toe-tapping fired, vintage acoustic blues, jazz, & country. Free. events/b-side-growlers


RUN: Fun on the water with big rigs. Starts Fri., July 7 in downtown Boyne City from 6-9:30pm with Stroll the Streets, a street party with a collage of music, entertainment, dining, shopping, boat displays, & a car show. Check the web site for more info. ----------------------

MANTON MUSIC SERIES: DOC PROBES: 6-8pm, Railroad Park, Manton.

RED DRIVE CONCERT SERIES: 6-8pm, Village Piazza, across the street from Left Foot Charley Winery, Patio, TC. Featuring HAIVEN, LORRYNE, & Bella Wright. A culmination of folk & indie-pop. Bring a lawn chair. Find ‘Red Drive Concert Series feat. HAIVEN, Bella Wright & LORRYNE’ on Facebook. Free.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC IN THE PARK: 6:308:30pm, Marina Park, Harbor Springs. Featuring Hannah Harris & John Warstler.

EAST JORDAN MUSIC IN THE PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7-9pm, Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan. Enjoy acoustic rock with Ryan Cassidy. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.


PERSHAYLA: 7-10pm, Claude Shannon Park, Gaylord. Bring a chair.


LAVENGOOD: 7-9pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Amphitheater, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. $15 advance; $20 night of;

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MUSIC IN MACKINAW: YANKEE STATION: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City. Pop, rock ‘n roll.


NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: TC, July 1-8. Today includes the Meijer Festival of Races: 13.1M, 15K, 10K, 5K; Cherry Farm Market, Festival Open Space Park, Go For the Gold! Pin Program, Ultimate Air Dogs, Festival Finale Fireworks, DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy, & much more. ----------------------

SWEATY YETI RUN: 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN: 8am, 101 Maple St., East Jordan. $15, $35.


54TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX ART & CRAFT SHOW: 10am-6pm, East Park, Downtown Charlevoix.


BABY’S BREATH WORKBEE AT ELBERTA BEACH: 10am-noon, Elberta Beach. Join ISN & the GT Regional Land Conservancy to remove invasive baby’s breath. Please bring work gloves. Long pants & close-toed shoes are recommended because there is poison ivy around the beach. Meet at the Elberta Beach parking lot. Free. babys-breath-workbees.html



CADILLAC FREEDOM FESTIVAL: The Cadillac Commons, July 4-8. Today includes the Classic Car Show, Cornhole Tournament, live music by HoneyBadger, North 44, & Claim Jumpers, Pork in the Park BBQ Competition, fireworks & more. cadillacmichigan. com/cadillac-freedom-festival



SALE: 10am-2pm, Leland Township Library, Munnecke Room, Leland.


GUIDED BIRDWATCHING HIKE: 1011:30am, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Join Executive Director & birding guide Angie Quinn on this hike to hear a variety of Michigan birds. Meet at the trailhead at 10am. Free with Art Park admission.

HAPPY DAYS ART & CRAFT SHOW: 10am-5pm, Depot Park, Alden.

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

THE 25TH ANNUAL ARTISTS’ MARKET: 10am-4pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Offering more than 70 booths of original work from artists & makers around the Midwest. There will also be gourmet food, kid’s booths & more. Free.

TRAVERSE CITY SHOP & SIP: 11am-5pm, Jacob’s Farm, TC. Featuring a diverse range

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FREE CONCERT: 6pm, Old Settlers Park, Glen Lake. Featuring The Fabulous Horndogs & The Burdickville Boys. Presented by the Glen Lake Church Men’s Group. Benefits the Empire Community Emergency Fund & Leelanau HelpLink. Free will offering. ----------------------

PERIL: 7pm, Northern Exposure Campground, Mesick.

“JULIUS CAESAR,” INTERLOCHEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: (See Sat., July 1) ----------------------

BLACKBERRY SMOKE: 8-10:30pm, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee. This band has always embodied Georgia’s rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places & sounds of their home state. $50, $60, $65.

DAVID KWONG: INSIDE THE BOX: AN EVENING OF PUZZLES: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Kwong has created crossword puzzles for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal & the Los Angeles Times. His show “Inside the Box” garnered a Critic’s Pick from the New York Times. Tickets start at $20. bva.

MUSIC IN MACKINAW: ROSE CITY TROUBADOURS: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City. Americana, folk, rockabilly.



54TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX ART & CRAFT SHOW: 10am-4pm, East Park, Downtown Charlevoix.

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WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESCRISTIAN MĂCELARU, CONDUCTOR: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Join the World Youth Symphony Orchestra & Grammy Award-nominated guest violinist Philippe Quint for an evening of classical music. $26 adult; $19 child through college.

JORDAN VALLEY COMMUNITY BAND: Thursdays, 7:30pm, Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan.

BICYCLE MUFFIN RIDE: Fridays, 9am1pm, Darrow Park, TC. Join the Cherry Capital Cycling Club for their weekly Muffin Ride from TC to Suttons Bay & back. Ride is 33 miles round-trip & includes a stop at a bakery or coffeehouse in Suttons Bay.

BLOOMS & BIRDS: WILDFLOWER WALK: Tuesdays, 10am through Sept., Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Go for a relaxing stroll on the trails with GRNA docents to find & identify the unique wildflowers at Grass River Natural Area. Along the way look & listen for the birds who call Grass River home.

GUIDED WALKING HISTORY TOURS OF TRAVERSE CITY: Tours are at 10am on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays through Labor Day. They are about two miles long & take a little more than two hours. They begin at the Perry Hannah Plaza at the corner of 6th & Union St. near downtown. Groups of six or more can schedule tours at other times.

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

BOYNE CITY OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKET: Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-noon through Oct. 14. Veterans Park, Boyne City. Shop local produce, artwork & artisan foods at over 50 vendors. There will also be live music & kids activities. The July 1 market will feature live music by Kanin Wren. The July 8 market will feature live music by Michelle Held.

CADILLAC FARMERS MARKET: Tues. & Fri., 9am-3pm, except July 4. 117 W. Cass St., Cadillac. Featuring 60 vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, live music & more.

DOWNTOWN PETOSKEY FARMERS MARKET: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm through Sept. 29. Howard St., between Mitchell & Michigan streets, Petoskey.

ELK RAPIDS FARMER’S MARKET: Next to Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, on US 31 by the swan. Every Fri. through Oct. 6, 8am-noon. Local growers & producers from all around northwestern Michigan. ----------------------

FRANKFORT FARMERS MARKET: Saturdays, 9am-1pm, June 10 – Sept. 9. Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce, 231 Main St., Frankfort.


HARBOR SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET: Saturdays, 9am-1pm through Oct. 14. Corner of State & Main streets, Harbor Springs.

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OLD TOWN EMMET FARM MARKET: Sat., 9am-2pm through Oct. 7 at Friendship Senior Center parking lot, Petoskey. Local homemade & homegrown products. Special events throughout the season include donation based cookouts, Christmas in July, food trucks on site, & more. Follow the Facebook page for the schedule: @oldtownemmetfarmmarket.

SARA HARDY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET: Sat., 7:30am-noon; & Weds., 8amnoon. Parking lot “B” at southwest corner of Cass & Grandview Parkway, TC. Takes place on the ground floor of the Old Town Parking Deck during the National Cherry Festival.

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SUMMER SALON: Runs June 30 - Sept. 2 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. 4th annual salonstyle exhibit showcasing regionally inspired work by local & area artists. An open house will be held on Fri., July 14 from 5-7pm with Paint Out Event Wet Paint Sale & Reception. Gallery is open Mon. through Fri., 11am4pm, & Sat., 11am-3pm or by appointment.

OLIVER ART CENTER PRESENTS SUMMER MEMBER SHOW: Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Featuring a wide variety of work in all mediums. The show runs through July 28. Oliver Art Center is open Mon. - Sat., 10am4pm.

CHARLES CULVER PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION: On display throughout downtown Bellaire, mid-June through Oct. Each piece of art will display a QR code to access an audio presentation providing history & background of the particular piece.

“SUMMER’S PALETTE,” THE MAGIC THURSDAY ARTISTS’ 10TH ANNUAL SHOW & SALE: City Opera House, TC. The show runs through July & Aug. from 10am3pm weekdays & is open during evening events. Featuring original paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, gouache & acrylic by artists Sue Bowerman, Lori Feldpauch, Linda Goodpaster, Ruth Kitchen, Dorothy Mudget, Joyce Petrakovitz, Marilyn Rebant & Laura Swire. An opening reception & meet the artists event will be held on July 10 from 5-7pm.

PARTS OF THE PROCESS - SHANNY BROOKE ART EXHIBIT: Twisted Fish Gallery, Cottage Gallery, Elk Rapids. Taking us on her emotional journey, painter Shanny Brooke explores the creative steps that emerge when processing the loss of a loved one. This selection of paintings is an intimate glimpse into Shanny’s journey of healing & insight. The exhibit runs through mid-July with viewings: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Free.

“YOUTH INNOVATION IN RURAL AMERICA”: Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan. Community-based youth design projects by local students. Runs through Oct. 7.



- MICHIGAN SUMMERS: WORKS BY JULIA DUFAULT MCGRATH: Held in Atrium Gallery. Julia includes colorful & texture-filled watercolor & mixed-media paintings that capture the beauty of Michigan Summers. Runs June 17 - July 22. Hours are Tues. through Sat., 10am-5pm.

- ANIMAL - VEGETABLE - MINERAL: PAINTINGS BY NANCY ADAMS NASH: Held in Bonfield Gallery. Enjoy new paintings from Nash, as well as select works from the past. Runs through Sept. 2. CTAC hours are Tues. - Sat., 10am-5pm.


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hibit is showcasing 2D & 3D artwork by Rufus Snoddy & Glenn Wolff, who are friends & teach ing colleagues in the Art Department at NMC, & have often collaborated on public art. Runs July 8 - Aug. 5.

- ROYCE DEANS & ANGELA SAXON: NEW MONOTYPES: Held in Carnegie West Gallery. Showcasing new work by artists & collaborators, Royce Deans & Angela Saxon. The prints celebrate the collaborative energy of the two local artists. Runs July 8 - Aug. 5.


- A NEW PERSPECTIVE: LANDSCAPES FROM THE DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER: Runs through Sept. 3. Hours are Tues.Sun., 11am-4pm.

- JERRY’S MAP: This exhibition is comprised of over 4,000 individual eight by ten inch panels. Its execution, in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, & inkjet print on heavy paper, is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules & randomly generated instructions. Runs through Sept. 3. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.

- LUSTER: REALISM & HYPERREALISM IN CONTEMPORARY AUTOMOBILE & MOTORCYCLE PAINTING: Runs through Sept. 3. This is a traveling exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by 15 leading photorealists & hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles & motorcycles as their primary subject of choice. Featuring dazzling paintings that encompass a broad range of vintage vehicles, recent classics, off-road vehicles, exotics & more. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 11am4pm.


- “THE BIRDS ARE WATCHING”: Runs through Aug. 25 in the Lobby Gallery. Mixed media constructions by Jessica Kovan.

- 2023 MEMBERS CREATE: An exhibition of work by 49 GAAC members. Runs through Aug. 10 in the Main Gallery. events/exhibit-2023-members-create



“THE NATURE WE CREATE”: This exhibit features Deana’s sculptures made of clay & found objects which explore ideas of how wildlife & humans intersect, thus animals adapting to us. The show runs during open gallery hours through July 1.

- “GREAT BODIES”: Group exhibit - 32 artists - celebrating the life giving, fresh bodies of water throughout Michigan. Runs July 7Aug. 5. An opening reception will be held on July 14 from 6-8pm.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): I wrote my horoscope column for over ten years before it began to get widely syndicated. What changed? I became a better writer and oracle, for one thing. My tenacity was inexhaustible. I was always striving to improve my craft, even when the rewards were meager. Another important factor in my eventual success was my persistence in marketing. I did a lot of hard work to ensure the right publications knew about me. I suspect, fellow Cancerian, that 2024 is likely to bring you a comparable breakthrough in a labor of love you have been cultivating for a long time. And the coming months of 2023 will be key in setting the stage for that breakthrough.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I found a study that concluded just 6.1. percent of online horoscopes provide legitimate predictions about the future. Furthermore, the research indicated, 62.3 percent of them consist of bland, generic pabulum of no value to the recipient. I disagree with these assessments. Chani Nicholas, Michael Lutin, Susan Miller, and Jessica Shepherd are a few of many regular horoscope writers whose work I find interesting. My own astrological oracles are useful, too. And by the way, how can anyone have the hubris to decide which horoscopes are helpful and which are not? This thing we do is a highly subjective art, not an objective science. In the spirit of my comments here, Libra, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to declare your independence from so-called experts and authorities who tell you they know what’s valid and worthwhile for you. Here’s your motto: “I’m the authoritative boss of my own truth.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Is it a fact that our bodies are made of stardust? Absolutely true, says planetary scientist Dr. Ashley King. Nearly all the elements comprising our flesh, nerves, bones, and blood were originally forged in at least one star, maybe more. Some of the stuff we are made of lived a very long time in a star that eventually exploded: a supernova. Here’s another amazing revelation about you: You are composed of atoms that have existed for almost 14 billion years. I bring these startling realities to your attention, Scorpio, in honor of the most expansive phase of your astrological cycle. You have a mandate to deepen and broaden and enlarge your understanding of who you are and where you came from.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I foresee that August will be a time of experiments and explorations. Life will be in a generous mood toward you, tempting and teasing you with opportunities from beyond your circle of expectations. But let's not get carried away until it makes cosmic sense to get carried away. don't want to urge you to embrace wild hope prematurely. Between now and the end of July, I advise you to enjoy sensible gambles and measured adventures. It's OK to go deep and be rigorous, but save the full intensity for later.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Is there a crucial half-conscious question lurking in the underside of your mind? A smoldering doubt or muffled perplexity that’s important for you to address? I suspect there is. Now it’s time to coax it up to the surface of your awareness so you may deal with it forthrightly. You must not let it smolder there in its hiding place. Here’s the good news, Capricorn: If you bring the dilemma or confusion or worry into the full light of your consciousness, it will ultimately lead you to unexpected treasure. Be brave!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In Larry McMurtry’s novel Duane’s Depressed, the life of the main character has come to a standstill. He no longer enjoys his job. The fates of his kids are too complicated for him to know how to respond. He has a lot of feelings but has little skill in expressing them. At a loss about how to change his circumstances, he takes a small and basic step: He stops driving his pickup truck and instead walks everywhere he needs to go. Your current stasis is nowhere near as dire as Duane’s, Aquarius. But I do recommend you consider his approach to initiating transformation: Start small and basic.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Author K. V. Patel writes, "As children, we laugh fully with the whole body. We laugh with everything we have.” In the coming weeks, Pisces, I would

love for you to regularly indulge in just that: total delight and release. Furthermore, I predict you will be more able than usual to summon uproarious life-affirming amusement from the depths of your enchanted soul. Further furthermore, I believe you will have more reasons than ever before to throw your head back and unleash your entire self in rippling bursts of healing hysterical hilarity. To get started, practice chuckling, giggling, and chortling for one minute right now.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Genius physicist Albert Einstein said, "The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old questions from new angles, requires creative imagination and makes real advances.” What he said here applies to our personal dilemmas, too. When we figure out the right questions to ask, we are more than halfway toward a clear resolution. This is always true, of course, but it will be an especially crucial principle for you in the coming weeks.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.” So said Taurus biologist and anthropologist Thomas Huxley (1825-1895). I don’t think you will have to be quite so forceful as that in the coming weeks. But I hope you’re willing to further your education by rebelling against what you already know. And I hope you will be boisterously skeptical about conventional wisdom and trendy ideas. Have fun cultivating a feisty approach to learning! The more time you spend exploring beyond the borders of your familiar world, the better.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Hooray and hallelujah! You’ve been experimenting with the perks of being pragmatic and well-grounded. You have been extra intent on translating your ideals into effective actions. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you so dedicated to enjoying the simple pleasures. I love that you’re investigating the wonders of being as down-to-earth as you dare. Congratulations! Keep doing this honorable work.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Maybe you wished you cared more deeply about a certain situation. Your lack of empathy and passion may feel like a hole in your soul. If so, I have good news. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to find the missing power; to tap into the warm, wet feelings that could motivate your quest for greater connection. Here's a good way to begin the process: Forget everything you think you know about the situation with which you want more engagement. Arrive at an empty, still point that enables you to observe the situation as if you were seeing it for the first time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You are in an astrological phase when you’ll be wise to wrangle with puzzles and enigmas. Whether or not you come up with crisp solutions isn’t as crucial as your earnest efforts to limber up your mind. For best results, don’t worry and sweat about it; have fun! Now I’ll provide a sample riddle to get you in the mood. It’s adapted from a text by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace. You are standing before two identical closed doors, one leading to grime and confusion, the other to revelation and joy. Before the doors stand two figures: an angel who always tells the truth and a demon who always lies. But they look alike, and you may ask only one question to help you choose what door to take. What do you do? (Possible answer: Ask either character what the other would say if you asked which door to take, then open the opposite door.)



1. Haydn's nickname

5. The Big ___ ("Chantilly Lace" singer)

11. Drain of energy

14. River that passes by Essen, Germany

15. European country, to its residents

16. Boxing victory, for short

17. Nucleus locale

18. Aggressive handshaker's quality

20. Isle of ___ (Irish Sea land)

21. Nuts

22. 15-Across's capital, to us

23. Frankincense, e.g.

25. Amorphous (or creepy U.K. TV character Mr. ___... yeah, go look it up)

27. ___ Bell (Anne Bronte pseudonym)

28. Protagonist in "Racing Stripes," e.g.

31. Nondiscrimination hiring letters

32. Sudden good fortune, for example

35. Prefix with "allergenic"

36. A complete buzzkill

37. "Buyer beware" phrase

41. Shade enhanced by a diet of shrimp

44. Musical tool

47. "All good, thanks"

48. 1980s TV character Brewster

49. Home of the world's tallest building for about six years

51. Like Rembrandt

52. "Alice's Restaurant" singer Guthrie

53. Pop-up breakfast food?

56. Director Ang

58. Betty White's character on "The Golden Girls"

61. Indian restaurant basketful

62. "Another Green World" composer Brian

63. School poster paper

64. Celtic great Larry

65. Tax form ID

66. "Why am I included in this?"

67. A&E component


1. Baby buggy, to Brits

2. Absolute sovereignty

3. Espionage device, pre-digital era

4. Triceps spot

5. Yellowstone grazers

6. Palindromic name

7. Gearshift position

8. Bit of strategy

9. One at Oktoberfest

10. Dryer at a car wash, sometimes

11. Flash light?

12. "Kimberly ___" (2023 Best Musical Tony winner)

13. Olive's guy

19. Miracle-___ (plant food brand)

21. Charles, now

24. "___ Flubber" (movie sequel)

25. Carried along, colloquially

26. Fond du ___, Wisconsin

27. Koln complaint

28. Goes fast

29. ___ Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, in "The Hunger Games")

30. Straightforward

33. As a friend, in Paris

34. Completely broken

38. Author Upton

39. German Y.A. fantasy series adapted into a 2008 movie

40. Blue, in jigsaw puzzles, often

42. Two Truths and a ___ (icebreaker game)

43. Orchestral work

44. Disconcerting looks

45. Producer Spelling and others

46. Subject of the article "How Tom Hanks Made Us Cry Over a Volleyball"

50. "The Raven" author

51. Ram maker

53. City northeast of Reno

54. Chutzpah

55. Eat away (at)

57. Remnants

59. On the double

60. "Boo-___!"

61. Hawks' and Bucks' org.

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