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A Modest Proposal

On Monday, Traverse City Commissioners banned alcohol in forested areas encompassing homeless encampments around the Grand Traverse Commons. Locals may recall another time in history when alcohol was presumably banned within the Commons complex, when it was known as the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The Commons is now host to Left Foot Charley Winery, PepeNero/ Ballaró Wine Lounge, Earthen Ales brewery, and several alcohol-serving restaurants. Michigan officials have effectively displaced vulnerable people into the outlying forest, and in between boozy parties in the privatized facilities that used to serve those vulnerable people, they have criminalized the consumption of the same substance in the forest where the displaced now precariously reside. A move this bold should not be overlooked.

I therefore propose that the discussion and passage of this ordinance be re-enacted in an alcohol-serving establishment at the Commons, where a special serving staff will be recruited from the forest encampment. After the ordinance is approved, this special staff will then be tarred, feathered, and chased back into the woods by a merry mob, with a firm reminder not to possess or consume any more alcohol out there.

The True Polluters

I just finished Stephen Tuttle’s latest tale of horrors regarding climate change. I can mention some northern Michigan changes which would not make Tuttle’s list.

For over 25 years, I have lived half my life on Grand Traverse Bay by Eastport. I can’t give a scientific explanation, but I am sure the intense storms on the bay in the last few years are related to climate change. A storm two years ago swept away part of my steps to the beach which had been in place for over 70 years. In the winter, I have groomed cross-country ski trails in nearby parkland for many years. For the last two years, the snow has never been deep enough for my grooming equipment. This year’s White Pine Stampede was a major achievement in the warm winter. Instead of natural snow, skiers had to do repeated circles around Shanty Creek on artificial snow. But these are all minor annoyances compared to floods, droughts, hurricanes, starvation, and deadly heat.

It’s become an article of faith that the warming is due to the greenhouse gasses from the burning of fossil fuels. But that is just a result of the true polluter—the overpopulation of the earth. When I was born, the world population was 2 million. A mere 81 years later, it has grown to 8 million, and the growth continues steadily. It is no coincidence that the earth’s temperature has grown with the population.

Draconian measures such as the China one child policy should not be needed to control the population. Nor should we need a war, genocide, or a pandemic. The same medical technology that has led to longer human life has also produced means of family planning so that reproduction can be by choice rather than chance.

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A Week of Dancing

Traverse City Dance Project is northern Michigan’s only professional dance company, and they are dedicated to spotlighting dance artists and making shows accessible and affordable for everyone. This week, they are putting on their summer show series across the region. Sunday, July 23, they’ll be at the Kalkaska Festival of the Arts, offering a free kids’ class at 3pm followed by a 4pm performance. Wednesday, July 26, you’ll find the dancers at Frankfort’s Garden Theater. The following day, they’ll be performing at Charlevoix Live on the Lake at 7pm in the East Park Performance Pavilion. And last but not least, on the 29th, they’ll be dancing the night away at Maple City’s Nash Road Red Barn as part of Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 2023 Manitou Music lineup. (That last one is the only ticketed performance; $35 for GAAC members and $40 for nonmembers.) Get all the details at

Song of the Lakes

Hop aboard the Tall Ship Manitou on Wednesdays in July and August from 6:30-8:30pm for an evening of jigs, chanteys, and ballads of sailing and life on the sea with Song of the Lakes, a Michigan-based group that has been singing the praises of the Great Lakes through their musical career. Tickets are $70, and the ship sails out from Traverse Tall Ship Company: 13258 W Bay Shore Dr. in Traverse City. For more info visit

2 tastemaker That French Place’s Blueberry Cream Cheese Croissants

Nestled in downtown Charlevoix, That French Place is all about treating our Midwest tastebuds to classic French recipes, and their seasonal Blueberry Cream Cheese Croissants ($4.50) are so authentic, they should come with plane tickets. Each batch begins with imported French butter folded into scratch-made dough. From there, these impossibly-flaky pastries are sprinkled with crunchy sugar and baked before being stuffed with a dollop of sweetened cream cheese and topped with a tangy blueberry compote, made in house with Dhaseleer Farm’s fruit. Grab a few to go, and you’ll swear you’re walking along the Seine. But be sure to get there early—these little delights can only be ordered in person, and they’re selling out faster than gâteau chauds (that’s hotcakes)! Find That French Place at 212 Bridge St., in Charlevoix. (231) 437-6037. Place other orders online at (call ahead for larger orders), and follow along on social media @that_french_place.

Hey, Watch It! The Afterparty 4

One of our very favorite, somewhat under-the-radar gems on Apple TV+ is The Afterparty, the first season of which aired in January of 2022. The premise: After a high school reunion, a classmate ends up dead at the afterparty, and everyone present is a suspect. Each episode is told from the perspective of a different character to piece together the crime, and—best of all—shot in a different film genre, from high-octane action to creepy horror to whimsical animation. The first episodes of season two just dropped, and murder is afoot once more when a groom is killed after his own wedding. We are already loving the return of favorite characters played by Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, and Zoë Chao, as well as the playful, clever storytelling techniques the writers use. Catch new episodes streaming on Wednesdays, or wait a few weeks to binge and see if you can name the killer first.


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6 A Front Row (Ski) Seat

What’s missing from your home décor? If you immediately started thinking the family room could use some extra seating—perhaps for four people, and perhaps in a lovely forest green color—then listen up. Nub’s Nob is bidding adieu to its beloved Green Chairlift, which had served skiers for more than 45 years before being retired at the end of last ski season. Now, as a new lift is being built, Nub’s Nob is auctioning off one of the iconic green chairs. Want a chance to add that bit of alpine history to your house? Enter the raffle! Tickets are $100 and are being sold at the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (or by calling the chamber at (231) 526-7999). The winner will be selected in a drawing at Nub’s Nob on Wednesday, July 26, during the Northern Michigan Women’s Club/Harbor Springs Area Chamber Art Show. For more details, head to

Exploring the Viewlands

A new trail is coming to Harbor Springs. The Little Traverse Conservancy and Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA) announced the Offield Family Viewlands, which opened in 2020 on the site of the former Little Traverse Bay Golf Club, will soon have 5 brand-new miles of trail. While the property already has old golf cart paths to explore, an accessible reflection labyrinth, and 4.5 miles of trails (some of which have very steep elevations), the new trail system will be beginner friendly and wind through different areas of the Viewlands. The trail will be open to walkers and mountain bikers and has a planned connection to a section of the North Country Trail at Kipp Road. Construction of the trail, which was designed by Flow Track, could begin as soon as August. The conservancy and TOMMBA are working to close a fundraising gap of $36,000 to begin the project. To learn more about the new trail, visit

Stuff We Love: Walking through a Storybook bottoms up Earthen Ales’ A2 IPA

This summer, the Bellaire Public Library and the Antrim Conservation District have teamed up to create a StoryWalk© experience along the Cedar River Trail. The StoryWalk© Project began in Vermont as “an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults!—to enjoy reading and the outdoors,” and now it’s made its way to northern Michigan! The pages of a selected book are laminated and placed along the path so kids and families can read along as they explore outside. (The Cedar River Trail is an accessible trail that is mainly flat and runs about 0.3 miles, making it ideal for all ages and abilities.) The book for the month of July is Mud by Anne Bailey and Jen Corace, and August’s book will be coming soon! Bellaire Public Library plans to display a new book each month of the year to get folks outside in sun and snow. Learn more about the project by heading to

One of the best parts of following the evolution of local breweries is seeing which beer becomes the “signature” for each spot. At Silver Spruce in Traverse City, it’s the German Pilsner. At Right Brain Brewery, it’s the CEO Stout. And at Earthen Ales, it’s the A2 IPA. We can’t say we’re surprised that the A2 has ended up being the biggest player in Earthen’s eclectic beer lineup. This American-style IPA delivers a nice, hoppy punch with a flavorful hint of citrus fruit. It’s the perfect summer beer, and its growing status as Earthen Ales’ most beloved beverage means it’s increasingly easy to find. From the shelves of Oryana to the bar at Turtle Creek Stadium, A2 is finding its way to more and more spots, and we couldn’t be happier about it. But, of course, the best place to drink is in Earthen Ales’ taproom at 1371 Gray Dr #200 in Traverse City., (231) 252-4270

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Last month, there was a bit of a dust-up at North Central Michigan College (NCMC) in Petoskey. They have a regular, ticketed event called the Luncheon Lecture Series, and on June 22, the lecture didn’t go so well.

The invited speaker was Paul Meneghini, the Community Engagement Manager for Enbridge, and his lecture involved the Great Lakes Tunnel Project which you might know better as the Line 5 tunnel. The lecture took a turn for the unfortunate.

As a brief refresher, Enbridge is a multinational energy and pipeline corporation

We have been debating Line 5 long enough that new information is almost non-existent. Opponents believe any accident in a pipeline across the Straits, in a tunnel or not, would be so catastrophic that Line 5 should simply be shut down forever, and the Canadian company shipping Canadian product to a refinery in Canada should build their pipeline through Canada.

Enbridge and Line 5 supporters say it provides most of the propane in the state—65 percent in the U.P., 55 percent statewide—after being stripped out of liquified natural gas at Rapid River, Michigan. (Michigan’s Department of

The intrusive protests in Petoskey, and public statements of ignorance and intolerance in Traverse City, furthered no causes and damaged the sources more than the targets.

based in Alberta, Canada. They operate four wholly owned pipelines in Michigan totaling 930 miles, including the infamous 645-milelong Line 5, built in 1953, which starts in Superior, Wisconsin, traverses the Upper Peninsula, and terminates in Sarnia, Ontario. It includes a 4.5-mile stretch that is actually two lines under the Straits of Mackinac.

Line 5 has been controversial since its inception, particularly among tribal nations across whose land it travels. According to the Sierra Club, there have been 29 documented leaks across the length of Line 5 spilling 1.1 million gallons of crude oil and liquified gas products. (In 2010, a different Enbridge pipeline, identified as 6b, ruptured and spilled more than a million gallons of tar sands liquid into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River, near Marshall, Michigan.)

Since a Line 5 rupture in the Straits would be catastrophic on multiple levels, Enbridge is boring a tunnel under the Straits as an alternative. Line 5 will be placed within a concrete tube in that tunnel. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Line 5 shut down, and a federal judge ordered Enbridge to halt operations of a segment of Line 5 until they move it off tribal lands. Nevertheless, Enbridge continues to operate Line 5 while they appeal those rulings.

As Mr. Meneghini was speaking, protesters interrupted by forcing themselves into the lecture hall while shouting their opposition to Line 5. The brief dust-up, caught on an attendee’s cell phone, was loud but not particularly violent from either side. The protesters, who did not have tickets for the event and were possibly trespassing, physically pushed themselves into the lecture hall only to be physically pushed back out by a group that included the NCMC president.

Now accusations of assault are being made, law enforcement is involved, and the college president’s actions are being investigated. It’s all sort of pointless.

Environment, Great Lakes and Energy puts the figure at just over 50 percent statewide.)

The issue is now before the courts and, since a treaty with Canada is involved, Congress. Louder and louder protests are not likely to change anything. Nor will after-the-fact howls about First Amendment rights. Trespassing is not protected speech. Shouting down someone with whom you disagree is not protected speech. Trying to grab a microphone out of the hands of an invited speaker so they can’t speak is not protected speech. Behaving inconsiderately might actually be protected but it’s not likely to garner support.

Line 5 opponents had already been scheduled to present their side of the debate at a future Luncheon Lecture series. They will likely win that argument with the content of their position, not the volume of their voices. Their “protest” in June could have done them more harm than good.

Meanwhile, in Traverse City, a hair salon owner provided an excellent example of creating a problem where none previously existed. She declared, in a social media rant, that she would not provide services to transgender people, who she said should go to a pet groomer. Having dug herself a hole, she just asked for a bigger shovel and declared she had “no problem” with gay or lesbian customers but did with transgender people because she doesn’t want the “woke dollar.”

As offensive as her comments were, they might be protected speech. There is no known transgender customer who has been refused service, so no victim to run afoul of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances. (There could well be such a customer by the time you read this.) Planning discrimination is offensive morally but maybe not legally.

The intrusive protests in Petoskey, and public statements of ignorance and intolerance in Traverse City, furthered no causes and damaged the sources more than the targets.

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I read Mary Keyes Rogers’ Northern Express guest opinion piece, “When Traverse City Lost Her Vibe,” from July 3, 2023, with great interest. Rogers makes it clear that her contacts among the “regulars” who’ve been visiting the region for years, if not decades, are quite unsettled about the changes they’ve been seeing and experiencing this year.

Change of late in the area, as she suggests, is distinctly in the category of “more.” More new construction. More people. More traffic. More what the heck is happening around here?

It’s human nature to romanticize the past. True, Traverse City used to be a sleepy northern Michigan town, as were the

sometimes accurately; other times, well, not so much. And I realize that it’s important to understand that younger people will always make their mark, for better and for worse, just as my generation of Baby Boomers has. We’ve done some good, and we’ve made our mistakes. Indeed, same as it ever was.

I’ve been coming Up North since 1986. The first time I saw Grand Traverse Bay, while driving over a ridge on M-72 from Kalkaska, I was immediately and permanently smitten. Hailing from Indianapolis—where the land is pool-table flat, the White River fouled by farm runoff and pollution, and the summer air often stale and toxic—I suddenly felt as if I had arrived at my true home. Since that

Don’t let the chance to imagine a prosperous, environmentally-friendly future for the Grand Traverse region get away. Otherwise, change will just happen. And you may not like the results.

outlying villages like Suttons Bay, Leland, and Glen Arbor. Of course, tourism here was a thing back then, as it had been for well over 100 years, though not in the extraordinary numbers seen today.

But even back in the eighties, locals, most notably in Traverse City, complained about the increasing number of tourists and the corresponding traffic congestion; about the high prices of nearly everything and the lack of affordable housing; and yes, even about the folks experiencing homelessness, especially around the Boardman-Ottaway River.

Yet profound change has come to the region, just as it has throughout the years since it was “discovered” in the 1600s by French trappers/explorers then later settled by Europeans in the mid-1800s. (On land that Indigenous peoples had called home for thousands of years.)

In the late 1800s and into the early nineteenth century, the logging industry decimated northwest lower Michigan’s forests. Thanks to conservation efforts by the U.S. Forest Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the woodlands and rivers victimized by the voracious lumber harvest have recovered.

More recently, the pandemic opened the door to remote work, and some of those younger white-collar professionals who had visited the region previously—and were awestruck by it, a universal visitor experience—found a unique opportunity to relocate Up North.

Just as those who came before them, these new migrants have brought their own lifeways to the Grand Traverse region. And why wouldn’t they? As the Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime” so aptly sums up human behavior, it’s the same as it ever was.

I’m 67 years old. I recognize that my lifetime experience informs my outlook:

magic moment, I’ve spent as much time as possible here, evolving from tourist to seasonal resident.

I hold tight to my precious memories of going to South Beach in Leland in the midnineties with my young family. The home we rented for three annual summer vacations running—way before the advent of VRBO and Airbnb—was conveniently located but a block from that beach, which we shared with, on average, perhaps 30 other people on “busy” picture-perfect August afternoons.

Alas, those days are long gone. Now, the “crowds” of vacationers finding their place in the sun in Leland has doubled or even tripled on any given summer day. Yet Coney Island it is not.

Locals and “regulars” should accept that the region has certainly been discovered (remember when Good Morning America’s viewers voted Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the “Most Beautiful Place in America” in 2011?), and there’s no returning to days of yore.

But there is a limited-time-only opportunity to plan for how growth can be managed. Don’t let the chance to imagine a prosperous, environmentally-friendly future for the Grand Traverse region get away. Otherwise, change will just happen. And you may not like the results.

Tim Mulherin is the author of Sand, Stars, Wind, & Water: Field Notes from Up North, a nonfiction collection of essays and stories about his outdoor adventures in northern Michigan. He recently submitted his next book—which explores the impact of the pandemic, climate change, and tourism on northwest lower Michigan—to Michigan State University Press. When it comes to the subject of change, he is both excessively nostalgic and annoyingly pragmatic.

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Summer on the Leelanau Peninsula means many things, but for restaurants like Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay and Farm Club, tucked along a rural stretch of a county road outside Traverse City, it’s the bounty of the season. Orchards and farms dot the rolling, bucolic landscape, making the route from farm-to-table short for restaurateurs.

Martha Ryan and her son, Matthew, the creative chefs behind Martha’s Leelanau Table, tap local farms for a variety of vegetables and fruit and source fresh and smoked fish from Carlson’s in Leland.

For the business partners behind the popular Farm Club, much of that bounty is closer—literally steps away. Vegetable, flower, and herb gardens and orchards are planted on the grounds. That’s why Gary Jonas and Nic Theisen bill their eatery as a restaurant on a farm.

We stopped by the two restaurants this month and asked them to share some of their summer dishes using seasonal fare.

Martha’s Leelanau Table

Long a staple of Leelanau County’s dining scene, Martha’s Leelanau Table is located in a renovated century-old farmhouse on the main drag through Suttons Bay. The European-style bistro is the culmination of Martha’s years of service in the county’s restaurant industry and as food service director for Leland schools for two decades. Matthew came aboard full-time several years ago after trying his hand with other

food purveyors in Michigan and elsewhere. While local ingredients don’t always dominate summer dishes, the Ryans strive to use local produce and products as much as possible. Fresh asparagus from nearby Empire is common during that short growing season. They use locally grown tomatoes, and fresh rhubarb and strawberries (the latter of which come from Bardenhagen Berries) are used seasonally as well, tapped this summer for a homemade rhubarb-strawberry pudding.

“We do the best we can to buy local and incorporate those ingredients into our recipes,” says Matthew, who serves as head chef. “The growing season is short—only from June to September—but we really try to do the best we can.”

Dish No. 1: Leelanau Cassoulet

Matthew created this popular summer dish after stumbling upon a recipe for kale, beans, and sausage. He substituted the pork sausage for venison sausage, purchasing from a meat specialty shop east of Cadillac. He kicks this variation of the famous French dish up a notch by topping the cassoulet with seared duck breast (seasoned and sauteed ahead of time).

In his preparation, Matthew browns the sausage before adding garlic and sautéing for 30 seconds. He then adds Cannellini beans and chopped kale from a local farm. Chicken stock, cream, thyme, and lemon are stirred in, simmering for 20 minutes until the sauce thickens. He sprinkles with parmesan cheese before topping with the duck breast.

“It’s almost like making a soup, but we thicken it more,” he says. “It’s not really a

traditional cassoulet. It’s more of a variation, but we added a romantic name to it.”

Dish No. 2: Beef Short Ribs

This recipe was inspired by a recent vacation in Spain (Martha hosts international trips every year), where Matthew became enamored of beef cheeks, frequently served as tapas. Back home, he substitutes beef ribs for the beef cheeks.

In his preparation, Matthew trims the fat from the ribs, seasons with his own barbecue

rub (which includes smoked paprika), and sears on both sides. He places the meat in a half hotel pan, pours a can and a half of Coke over the ribs, covers with aluminum foil, and roasts in the oven at 275 degrees for six hours.

The ribs are served over buttermilk mashed potatoes—which are purchased from a Leelanau County farm—with a side of mixed vegetables, including onions, red bell peppers, zucchini, squash and carrots.

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Farm Club

Opened during the summer of 2020, Farm Club became an immediate success, not only because people wanted to be outside, but because of its contemporary, open-air setting amid Leelanau’s rolling hills.

This restaurant, brewery, farm, and marketplace is a collaboration between Gary and Allison Jonas, owners of Little Fleet in Traverse City, and Nic and Sara Theisen, the couple behind Leelanau’s well-known Loma Farm. The grounds include 2.5 acres of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and apples.

Farm Club does buy grain and beans from other small farms and outsources olive oil and lemons, for instance.

“We want to eat off our farm year-round, as much as we can,” Theisen says. “We’re not purists. We do buy other things. We don’t want to burn more fuel or use more light [to grow produce]. We’re not here for the sake of austerity. It’s a more sustainable and more enjoyable way to farm and to eat.”

Dish No. 1: Blackened Zucchini Sandwich

This sandwich begins, as you might suspect, with zucchini fresh from Farm Club’s gardens. Created by Chef Dan Compton, the sandwich highlights not only the eatery’s farm but also its bakery and mill. (Farm Club mills all of its whole grains, all sourced from Michigan and the Great Lakes.)

Compton dusts thin slices of zucchini with blackening spices and quickly sears on the griddle before assembling the sandwich. The hearty sandwich includes a basil mayo, mozzarella, bread and butter pickles, greens, and multi-grain bread.

All vegetable components are grown on the premises. The mayo is homemade. The pickles are seasoned in-house. The mozzarella comes from a farm in Wisconsin. The grain is milled in-house and the bread, of course, baked on the premises.

“I like the idea of serving summer bounty when we have it available,” Compton says. “Having a vegetarian sandwich with something we grow here is natural. I wanted to create something a little heartier that we could serve to carnivores. That’s where the idea of blackening came in…it makes it more savory, closer to meat.”

Says Jonas, “This recipe says a lot about what we do. We take a simple ingredient, and you don’t have to do much to it. It’s simple food.”

The main ingredient in this classic salad is kale, grown in the nearby garden. Unlike other greens, kale does not wither and die in the winter—it sleeps and remains edible, Theisen says—making it available to the Farm Club kitchen throughout the year.

Compton makes his own Caesar dressing using anchovies (you can’t do justice to the dressing without anchovies, he says) and parmesan. Croutons are made from Farm Club’s bread. What sets this salad apart are the preserved lemons. Compton packs lemon peel and rind in salt and sugar to cure. The cured product is finely diced and tossed into the salad.

“You end up with this delicious deep, rich lemony condiment that can be used in all kinds of dishes. It adds a brightness to the salad,” he says.

The Farm Board, a showcase for the vegetables grown on the farm, as well as homemade ingredients, has been a staple since the eatery opened.

On the board now are fresh baby bok choy, sugar snap peas, hakurei turnips, and sweet cherries. There’s always something pickled in-house plus the go-to homemade bread. A cooked vegetable adds texture to

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the mix. Lastly, there are always rotating dips made from vegetables, beans, and cream from local dairy farms.

“The idea behind the board is to showcase whatever we have, which is always rotating,” Jonas says. “Recently, we featured currants for five days. It was an interesting thing to feature. We’re sharing produce in its prime. We picked the sugar snap peas this morning to go on the board.”

Matthew Ryan from Martha’s Leelanau Table shared a few extra recipes with us to improve your grill game. We recommend adding them to your repertoire ASAP.

Dry Rub

• ½ cup chili powder

• ½ cup kosher salt

• ¼ cup granulated garlic

• ¼ cup granulated onion

• ¼ cup black pepper

• ¼ cup sugar

• 2 tbsp dry mustard

• ¼ cup smoked paprika

• ¼ cup cumin

Barbecue Sauce

• 3 cups ketchup

• ½ cup apple cider vinegar

• ½ cup Worcestershire sauce

• 1 ½ cups brown sugar

• ¼ cup yellow mustard

• 1 tbsp onion powder

• 1 tbsp smoked paprika

• 1 tbsp cumin

• 1 tbsp garlic powder

• 2 pinches salt

• 2 pinches pepper

• ½ cup water

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Dish No. 2: Caesar Salad Dish No. 3: The Farm Board


Conversations with three long-running northern Michigan restaurant workers

What brings you back to your favorite restaurant time and time again? The obvious answer, of course, is the food itself, while factors like location, ambiance, and affordability factor in, too.

But what about the staff?

There’s something magical about forging a connection with a server or a bartender at a restaurant you love and then becoming one of their regular customers. The inside jokes; the fact that they know your order by heart; their ability to get you an extra scoop of bread pudding when it’s time to order dessert.

Northern Michigan has no shortage of beloved servers who have built long, fulfilling careers out of cultivating lasting relationships with their customers. This week, Northern Express is paying tribute to those folks who, just like the restaurants that employ them, have become Up North food industry institutions.

21 Years and Counting

When Brenda Wright first applied for a waitstaff position at Charlevoix’s Weathervane Restaurant 21 years ago, she was a young mother looking for a job with a flexible schedule and plenty of work-life balance.

“I wanted to be able to attend all my kids’ sporting events,” she says.

Mission (almost) accomplished, on that front: Wright’s kids are now 21 and 17. Her son, Cole, graduated from Charlevoix High School in 2020, where he played as the starting quarterback on the football team; he ultimately signed on to play football at Michigan Tech. Her daughter, Abby, meanwhile, is headed into her senior year and is a standout player on Charlevoix’s volleyball and girls basketball teams, with offers to play at multiple colleges.

To this day, Wright is still committed to not missing a game. Perhaps not coincidentally, she’s also still holding down the job she started more than two decades ago.

These days, Wright is the Weathervane’s lead server, as well as a trusted “second set of eyes” on day-to-day operations for General Manager Paul Andrzejewski. As one of the longest-running employees at the restaurant,

she’s worked with or trained hundreds of other servers over the years—something she points to as one of the most rewarding parts of the job.

“Especially in the summertime, we get a lot of college kids working here,” Wright says. “Sometimes, that’s a challenge, because they’re only here for two to three months and they have to learn the whole business.” Despite the hurdles, Wright adds that it’s fun to work with and build friendships with a younger generation of the workforce.

“A couple of my son’s friends work here right now, and it’s fun to work with them, because I’ve known them forever,” she says with a laugh. “I really like getting to know them on a different level. I go from being ‘Mrs. Wright’ to ‘Brenda,’ and our relationship goes from ‘I don’t know what to say around her’ to ‘Oh, we can talk about anything; we’re work buddies now!’”

Part of the Community

For many local servers, that relationshipbuilding aspect of restaurant jobs is what makes the work worth doing. Take Michael Williams, a server-turned-manager at Traverse City’s Amical who moved to northern Michigan from the West Coast nearly a decade ago. While Williams’ husband is a Traverse City local, Williams himself didn’t know a whole lot of people in town when he moved here.

“I’m an introvert by nature,” Williams tells Northern Express, noting that his ideal night is probably spent relaxing at home. But when a job opened at Amical in 2015, Williams decided to apply. He got the gig and began waiting tables during the lunch rush. “It totally got me out of my shell,” he says. “I got to meet so many people and to really become a part of this community by working at Amical.”

It didn’t hurt, Williams adds, that Amical was and is one of downtown Traverse City’s most respected foodie destinations. On a daily basis, he says, he found himself waiting on locals who became important connections or even valued friends: lawyers, realtors, downtown business owners, other workers from the local restaurant community. Soon, this non-local introvert was a familiar face to a whole slew of Traverse Citians.

The Amical connection even helped Williams bond with people he met elsewhere in the community. Everyone, it seemed, had some sort of fond memory of the restaurant, which meant he always had something to talk about with new acquaintances.

“When I tell people I work at Amical, usually the reaction I get is, ‘Oh, that’s one of my favorite restaurants!’” Williams says. “Or sometimes, it’s ‘Oh, that place has been there forever! I love it! I’ve been going there since it first opened.’”

Now in an assistant manager role, Williams is excited to be a part of planning Amical’s 30th anniversary celebrations, which will occur next year. When the restaurant turned 25 in 2019, an Amical “Alumni Week” invited past servers, hosts, and cooks back into the fold in a variety of ways. While Williams isn’t sure what the festivities will look like this time around, he’s confident they’ll include similar acknowledgements of the Amical family— and of the fact that restaurants like this one tend to foster long-term employees rather than transient ones.

“It all stems from [owner and founder] Dave Denison,” Williams says of Amical’s employee-friendly reputation. “He’s built a pretty phenomenal thing [with Amical]. It’s a mainstay in the community in part because he’s a great person to work for. When you have somebody like that at the helm, it’s really easy to want to stick around. We’ve had servers that are now in the double digits in terms of how many years they’ve been there. We’ve got cooks that have been here forever. One of our dishwashers, we all call him Uncle Phil because he’s been here for over 20 years now. I think Dave just makes it really easy for you to want to stay.”

Meeting the Out-of-Towners

For Heather Chambers, a longtime server at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs, one of the most appealing things about working in the restaurant business is getting to be involved in northern Michigan’s bustling tourism economy. Chambers has been in the food service game almost all her life—and at the Pier since 2010—and keeps coming back because of the relationships she gets to build with visitors.

“My mom was in the restaurant industry since I was little, so I was kind of brought up in it,” Chambers says. “I started working in restaurants myself when I was 14, and I’ve been doing it ever since. I love meeting new people and how the job is different every day. But I’ve also built friendships with a lot of customers over the years. There are a lot of people who will ask for me [to wait on them] every time they come to the restaurant, and I’ve also gotten to know a lot of the summer people who have a house here and come up every year, or who will come here in the summer and then come back up during ski season.”

Wright shares Chambers’ fondness for connecting—and reconnecting—with outof-towners.

“There’s a couple that has a boat here in the summertime, and they have been coming to the Weathervane every single year since my second or third year working here,” she notes. “At the time, their kids had just been born. Last summer, they came into the restaurant and their kids were like 15 and 16. It’s just been so cool watching their boys grow up over the years.”

Sometimes, the clientele at local restaurants even falls into the “famous” category. Over the years, Wright says she’s waited on Tim Allen, spotted former Pistons superstar Bill Laimbeer, and grown close with Kid Rock and his parents, who are longtime Charlevoix residents. While other locals might be starstruck by those encounters, though, Wright says they’re just another unique facet of a job that involves meeting dozens or hundreds of people every day.

“Last year during the Venetian Festival, a band called Sweet Tea Trio was playing locally, and Kid Rock is actually their producer,” Wright says. “I was sitting with his parents, and then he came in and sat next to me. And you would not believe how many people texted me about it. We have a Facebook page called ‘Charlevoix: What’s Happening,’ and there was a photo of us sitting together. People were blowing up my phone and commenting on the post asking, ‘Do you know who you were sitting by last night?!’ One of my girlfriends ended up responding to that post saying ‘Come on, he should feel like the privileged one; he got to sit next to Brenda in downtown Charlevoix!’”

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Fingers Crossed for a New Era of Dining

Optimistic (and prolific) restaurateur reimagines Northport landmark

When Garage Bar owner Bruce Viger finally decided to end his three-decade career in the restaurant business, it was hard on the legions of regulars who loved the Garage. But Viger’s exit was an opportunity for Detroit entrepreneur Dave Kwiatkowski, who already had nine eclectic, high quality bars and restaurants in various neighborhoods throughout the city of Detroit.

Northport’s Fingers Crossed, number 10, is his first venue outside of Detroit, and its name refers to Kwiatkowski’s hopeful wait for the moment when Viger was ready to sell. (Kwiatkowski and his family had been coming to the area for the last five or six years and decided to purchase a home, though Detroit is still home base. “We fell in love with the area,” he says.)

The Vision

Kwiatkowski’s entry into the hospitality business came from the emergence of craft

cocktails, made from innovative, small batch spirits. “I fell in love with craft cocktails about 20 years ago,” he says.

The love affair began at Sugar House, his first venue and Detroit’s original craft cocktail bar in the city’s historic Corktown neighborhood. (The name references Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang.) The Sugar House has a regular selection of 101 craft cocktails made from small batch distilleries, plus a rotating selection of specials.

From there, things took off, and Kwiatkowski opened one new venue just about every year. How did he do it? “I work hard and [put in] long days,” he says. “But honestly, a lot of opportunities just presented themselves to me.”

His willingness to present trusted employees with partnership options—he is the only common partner in all of the venues—in order to always have an owner/ partner on-site and his loyalty to community all play a role in the successful business model. All of his businesses are organized

under the parent company the Detroit Optimist Society, an apt name that speaks for itself.

Detroit Optimist Society’s newest member is already finding its niche. The smoothly cool interior of Fingers Crossed seats 52, and the covered patio accommodates another 70. The garage door opens fully to bring the outdoors in, and vice versa.

“It’s sophisticated, but not too sleek,” Kwiatkowski explains, adding that the environment is “playful.” Specially commissioned paintings hanging behind the bar (one of his wife and the other his sister-in-law) are from New York- and Milan-based artist Tyler Hays. Mirrors and shelving face the 25-foot zinc bar, which Kwiatkowski describes as a “fun material,” both for its utility and its weathering.

Zinc-topped tables, stained Michigan cedar walls, and a concrete floor round out the overall vibe. Outside, customers can sit under umbrellas by day and strings of lights

at night, where outdoor heaters will take the chill off.

The Food Now for what to eat at the bar, in the dining room, or on the patio. Fingers Crossed serves up fresh South American and Mexican inspired dishes—tacos, nachos, taco salads, and quesadillas—with uncommon flavors, presentation, and sophistication.

Eight taco varieties include the Baja, Carlson’s whitefish in beer batter, with slaw and ginger lime vinaigrette; Smoked Shrimp with avocado puree, lime crema, and cabbage; and the Al Pastor, traditional roast pork shoulder with pineapple, chipotle, and red onion.

Kwiatkowski says the big favorite is the Pork Slider tacos, with house-pulled pork and cherry whiskey BBQ sauce, served with slaw and pickles. Two more “huge sellers,” are the Carne (flank steak) tacos, with grilled shishito pepper, chimichurri, and queso fresco; and the half-pound Wagyu burger, sourced from Wisconsin’s renowned

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Snake River Farms, served with pepper jack, roasted poblano, and salsa roja.

Sides are both simple and traditional: Puerto Rican Rice with sofrito, peas, and adobo, or Cuban Beans with ham, bacon, and sofrito.

The Drinks

Like all Optimist Society venues, Fingers Crossed is serious about its craft cocktails, taking the idea of top shelf and expanding it exponentially. If a spirit isn’t among the best, you won’t find it at Fingers Crossed.

Of the 10 current choices on the menu, we couldn’t wait to try the House Old Fashioned, made with Long Road bourbon finished in nocino walnut casks, with demerara and root beer bitters; or the Snap Dragon, made with Corazon blanco tequila, raspberry, lime, and Baia Lambo. And then there’s the Skeleton Key, a combination of Benchmark bourbon and St. Germaine, with ginger, lemon, and bitters. Trust us: it’s really hard to choose.

But patrons need not be shy about asking questions. The friendly, expert bartenders will guide you through the choices and

help you make the perfect selection. Local brews, and a selection from well-regarded small breweries around the nation, plus a thoughtfully curated wine list, will please other tastes.

The restaurant also keeps things authentic with Mexican Coca Cola—sweetened with cane sugar instead of America’s ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup—a choice that is indicative of the attention to detail found at Fingers Crossed.

The cocktails and the food are already taking off. Kwiatkowski says the response from the community has been very positive and indicates that “people have been super complimentary.” His intention is to stay open through December, close in January and February, and then reopen in March.

And will this driven entrepreneur expand his empire beyond Fingers Crossed in northern Michigan? “No, this is it,” he laughs. “Having one restaurant up here is like a vacation.”

Find Fingers Crossed at 108 S. Waukazoo St. in Northport. (231) 281-8940, @FingersCrossedNP on social media

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Six international students share their stories

Every summer, hundreds of college students from around the world trek to northern Michigan…and the local economy would be seriously diminished if they didn’t make the trip.

These international students aren’t just visiting—they’re coming to northern Michigan to work under the J-1 visa program and spend May through September learning valuable career skills and experiencing summertime Up North.

A Cultural Exchange

“The J-1 students are absolutely critical to our operation,” says Jennifer King, vice president of human resources at Crystal Mountain Resort near Thompsonville. “We rely on their efforts in so many ways. And sometimes they get into the hospitality industry and change their minds about their careers back home.”

The college students—some are graduate students—come to the U.S. to gain valuable experience in their major fields of study, or sometimes in a completely different curriculum.

They provide many of the behindthe-scenes services that keep area eateries and resorts humming along. For example, at Crystal Mountain, J-1 students serve as lift operators, recreation attendants, golf groundskeepers, spa attendants, housekeepers, food servers, retail attendants, and culinary staff.

Crystal Mountain has 43 J-1 students from 17 countries, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Australia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Thailand, India, Nepal, Spain, Lithuania, South Africa, Mongolia, Turkey, Mexico, Philippines, and the Dominican

Republic, according to Human Resources Manager Agnes McNeil.

“It’s really a cultural exchange to give them a chance to learn about American culture,” says McNeil, who handles the dayto-day details of the program.

To help J-1s learn about northern Michigan, McNeil arranged a pool party, a trip to a Pit Spitters ball game, a Cherry Festival visit, a Platte River picnic, and a movie night in Frankfort.

Meanwhile, Stafford’s Hospitality— which operates the Petoskey’s Perry Hotel, the Bayview Inn, Crooked River Lodge, Noggin Room Pub, Pier Restaurant, and the Weathervane Restaurant—has 21 J-1 students from Romania, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Jamaica, according Beth Cottee, who handles human resources.

They fill positions like housekeepers, servers, prep cooks, dishwashers, laundry attendants, and hosts. “It’s a fantastic program,” says Cottee. “We get quite a few returning, and I love getting to know these kids.”

Cottee tells of a former J-1 student from the mid-1990s who returned to train with Stafford’s year after year. When she aged out of the program, the young woman acquired a student visa and attended North Central Michigan College. Eventually she became a U.S. citizen, now lives near Boston, and still comes back to visit Petoskey.

Northern Express recently talked with six J-1 students to learn about their experiences here and what they liked (or disliked) as they dipped their toes in American culture.

Tony Perez, Dominican Republic

“Everyone here has been so nice,” says food server Perez, flashing a big smile. The 27-year-old is in his second year at the resort. “I learn things every day.”

Back in the Dominican Republic, Perez is studying hotel management and says being exposed to all the operations at Crystal Mountain has been invaluable. He’s rooming with other J-1s from India and Nepal, and he’s learned from that experience too. “I tried some of their Indian food and Nepal food and I like it,” he says.

When his visit ends in September, Perez is looking forward to visiting friends in Atlanta and New York City. “It's a great opportunity to travel,” he says.

“At the end of the program, they have 30 days to travel [around the U.S.] before they go home,” adds King.

Memee Pangisrisomboon, Thailand

The 19-year-old is studying accounting in her Thai hometown but works in the always-busy housekeeping department at Crystal Mountain. “It was hard at first and I was no good at it,” she recalls. “But I’ve learned and it’s better now.”

Pangisrisomboon misses Thai food, especially pad Thai and Thai noodles, but has developed an appetite for some popular American delicacies. “I like barbecue and hamburgers,” she says with a laugh. “America is very good with the fast food. It’s really delicious here. And people here love their snacks.”

She says it took a lot of courage for her to travel alone from Thailand to come to northern Michigan. But she’s gained confidence and is looking forward to heading south when her term ends in September. “I'd like to go to Florida,” she says. “Disney World!”


Altai, Kazakhstan

“I haven’t seen this many trees in my life,” says Altai, whose homeland is dominated by mountains and grassy, sandy plains.

(Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth-largest nation and the largest land-locked country in the world.) “In my home, we have six to eight months of snow and mountains. I’m loving it here.”

At Crystal, the 20-year-old works in the housekeeping department, but back home she’s studying medicine, with no specific major yet.

She’s had a chance to travel a bit around northern Michigan. “We went to Traverse City and it's so beautiful,” says Altai. “For the first time, I saw a wild deer.”

When her visit ends in September, Altai would like to see more of America. “I'd like to visit National Parks and see cities that are so big, like New York City and Chicago,” she says.

Andrei Muresan, Romania

The 25-year-old food server at the Perry Hotel is learning skills that he’s hoping to take back to his native country and put to practical use.

“I’d like to maybe open a business, a small pizza restaurant,” says Muresan, who comes from Baia Mare, a city of about 125,000 in northern Romania. “I want to get information from everywhere. I’m always learning.”

When he's not honing his serving skills in the restaurant, Muresan is often in search of a good cup of coffee. “It’s very hard to find good espresso here,” he confides. “I’ve only found one good coffee shop here. And the coffee’s expensive—$5 for a cup, when the best back in Romania is $3.”

And he’s not really a big fan of American cuisine, either. “Everything is frozen or full of sugar,” he says.

When his gig at the Perry Hotel ends, he’d like to travel to the West Coast, with a must-stop visit in Las Vegas.

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Detrina Brown, Jamaica Brown is studying to be a high school English teacher at her island school, but at Crystal Mountain, she’s learning people skills as an attendant at Crystal Spa. “The spa is nice and the people I work with are so supportive,” says the 20-year-old. “It’s a very supportive environment.”

Like Muresan, Brown is not a big fan of American food choices. “The beef and stuff, I don’t know what’s in it,” she says with a laugh. “I enjoy the fresh seafood at home.”

When her program ends in early September, Brown has no plans to travel, but says she’s eager to return to Jamaica.

Diana Crefelean, Romania

The 24-year-old has already earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations but is interested in a career in journalism too. Meanwhile, for the summer, she’s busy as a food runner and server at the Perry Hotel.

“It’s wonderful here,” she says. “It’s really

different than my country where it’s mostly cities and not so much nature. And the people here are always smiling.”

When she’s not serving, you can usually find her exploring Petoskey or chilling at a nearby beach. “I have my bike, I take a book and go down to the lake,” she tells us.

Crefelean misses some of her Romanian dishes, like beef tripe soup and vegetable soups. But she’s developed a taste for a couple of American staples. “I like the food, especially ranch dressing and eggs Benedict,”

she says. “I like that the vegetables are fresh and not so expensive.”

When her visa visit is over at the end of September, Crefelean would like to go west. “Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, Hawai’i—I’d like to see,” she says.

The Romanian native absolutely enjoys the J-1 experience and would urge other students to apply. “All this travel has been good for me, Others should not be scared. It’s way better than I expected. Be brave, just come.”

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The Way the World Works

In 1973, Nissim Kahlon was living in a tent on a beach north of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Associated Press reported. He started scratching into a sandstone cliff wall along the beach, and eventually excavated a cave and moved in. Fifty years later, his created home is a sandcastle, with multiple floors, staircases, detailed mosaic floors and plumbing. But now Israel's Environmental Protection Ministry is moving to evict Kahlon, saying the structure is illegal and threatens the coastline. He said he first got a demolition order in 1974, but since then the government has left him alone, even connecting his home to the electrical grid. "I am not leaving here," Kahlon, 77, said. "I am ready for them to bury me here. I have no other home."

But Why?

French President Emmanuel Macron now has the singular distinction of being the first French head of state to receive a body part in the mail, the Evening Standard reported. On July 10, a severed finger belonging to a "living human being" arrived at the Elysee Palace, where it was "initially put in a fridge where the police put their snacks," a source said. "This was to make sure it was preserved and could be analyzed as quickly as possible." The former owner of the digit was identified and given "full medical support," but it was unclear what the meaning behind the delivery was.

The Tech Revolution

The Toronto Zoo has a favor to ask of visitors to Nassir the gorilla: Please don't show him photos or videos on your phone. Like any other 24-year-old primate, Nassir is "fascinated by videos, and screen time would dominate his life if he had it his way," according to the zoo's website. The Toronto Star reported that Maria Franke, director of wildlife conservation and welfare, is noticing the effect of visitors sharing their content. "It was causing him to be distracted and not interacting with the other gorillas ... He was just so enthralled with gadgets and phones and the videos." A sign now warns visitors: "Some content can be upsetting and affect their relationships and behavior within their family." Phones down, humans.

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tongue occurs when keratin causes a buildup of papillae, the tiny projections on the tongue. The man was directed to scrub his tongue with a toothbrush four times a day and stop smoking, and the green fuzz disappeared.

Welcome to My Fetish Lakewood, Colorado, police are searching for a serial panty thief, The Denver Gazette posted on July 6. The unknown suspect, described as having short black hair, a black goatee, dark eyes and a muscular build, allegedly lifts women's underwear from laundry rooms at the Lakewood Towers at Belmar apartments. Over the course of at least 26 incidents, he "has taken approximately $4,881 worth of items," Lakewood police said.

Animal Antics

People living in the Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, Texas, are thinking twice about venturing outdoors -- and it's not because of the heat. A red-shouldered hawk is terrorizing pedestrians -- to the point that U.S. mail delivery has been suspended in the area indefinitely, KTBCTV reported. "Imagine walking out of your house and knowing that you're going to get punched in the back of the head by an animal with large talons," said Alfred Del Barrio. He said he avoided the hawk on a run because he saw its shadow. Nicole Netherton of the Travis Audubon Society said the hawk is protecting its young. "Trying to ignore them so that they can get their business and breeding done is probably the best advice," she said. State and federal laws protect migratory birds. Meanwhile, residents are asked to pick up their mail at a local post office until further notice.

A wedding at Maison Albion in Albion, New York, recently sported an unexpected extra member of the wedding party, People reported. J, a llama, was hired to be a surprise groomsman by the bride's mother, who knew her daughter wants to own a llama farm one day. Llama Adventures provided J and outfitted him in a tux that made him look as if he was wearing white gloves and standing on two legs, and he gamely stood with the other groomsmen as the nuptials took place. "The bride was absolutely delighted," said photographer Cathy Craft, "and the guests thoroughly enjoyed it."

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Zorn Park - Downtown Harbor Springs

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Hosted by: The Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

An 8-year-old boy faces multiple charges, including first-degree robbery, after he carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint on July 11 in Montgomery, Alabama, WSFA-TV reported. Officers tried to stop the car, but the little driver wouldn't stop and later crashed into another car. A witness, "Snake" Knapp, said he saw the kid pick up two adults along the way. "I think parents just really need to know where their kids are, what their kids are doing," Knapp mused.


Doctors at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center near Dayton, Ohio, presented a case in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 6 that detailed a man whom they diagnosed with "hairy tongue." Gizmodo reported that the 64-year-old consulted with doctors when he developed a green, fuzzy layer on his tongue. He was prescribed antifungals, but they didn't help. Hairy

Quincy, Illinois, police are hunting for a rabbit, NBC Chicago reported. Early on July 6, someone wearing a full bunny suit entered the Winners Wash Laundromat and rifled through drawers, stuffing several items into a backpack. Surveillance video caught the fuzzy culprit, who has not been identified. Quincy police are hopping mad and seeking leads.

Least Competent Criminal KLKN-TV reported that on July 11, an unnamed 20-year-old man from Lincoln, Nebraska, was pulled over near Norfolk as he drove his motorcycle at speeds up to 106 mph. The driver had a suspended license and, in fact, had just left the Stanton County Courthouse, where he had been sentenced for ... driving with a suspended license and speeding. The judge had ordered him to pay fines for both offenses. He was charged again and bonded out of jail.

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Culinary Rookies of the Year

New(ish) restaurant owners step into the shoes of long-time favorite eateries

When new owners take over established restaurants, things change. Sometimes it’s décor, other times it’s a completely new menu or concept. Perhaps it just means reopening a shuttered establishment. Or maybe the new owner respects the restaurant and clientele so much that they don’t change much, other than adding a new coat of paint.

The restaurant industry, the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, totaled $937 billion in sales last year. So perhaps it’s no wonder that for most every owner getting out, a new one is waiting in the wings. The long hours and low margins aren’t for everyone, but those who are part of the industry say it is a rewarding career.

In the past couple of years, several eateries around the area have welcomed new captains at the helm. The Express asked some of the new(ish) owners what it has been like to take up the gastronomic torch in the past year or two.

Lil Bo

For Jenni Scott, taking up the reins of the former Little Bohemia has been a blast. “It’s a community staple. It was one of my favorite haunts since I was in my early 20s,” she says. She and her family purchased the restaurant and bar in Slabtown two years ago this month. At that time, it had been closed since it shut down in March 2020 due to the pandemic. “It’s a neighborhood bar. The locals keep it thriving,” Scott says.

The owner and chef of the former Betty’s Hot Dish food truck has been in hospitality since an early age. “My first job was at Mabel’s at 14. I started bartending at 18 as soon as I was old enough. Then I shifted to the back of the house,” says Scott.

So what’s new at Lil Bo? Start with a return to what’s old for the longtime west side staple. “We wanted to bring it back to a neighborhood bar,” Scott says. So they kept much of the décor, as well as the iconic sign out front.

On the new side, the offerings have been revamped. “It’s my menu,” Scott says. That includes the Saturday Morning Cartoons Brunch, served from 9am to noon on Saturdays. It offers a host of breakfast bo-ritos, handheld egg sandwiches, and a couple different flights: your choice of three different mimosas, three bloody Marys or—wait for it—three different sugar cereals. (Can’t get enough of Super Sugar Crisp, right?)

Also new is the selection of Betty’s Po Boys from Scott’s longtime food truck endeavor. She has a food truck parked on-site, part of the attraction of the Front Yard, where she’s reclaimed some of the parking lot for al fresco dining, drinking, cornholing, and whatever else she can come up with.

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West End Tavern

Jeff Lobdell is used to the ups and downs of restaurant life, having grown up in it and worked in it virtually all his life. He’s also used to purchasing restaurants when owners are ready to move on and running them successfully.

His secret? Don’t fix what isn’t broken. “We try…the best we can to preserve a community gathering space. I’ve fallen into a niche of acquiring existing restaurants,” he says. “They [restaurant owners] know I’ll take care of their people, the name, the legacy.”

He and his business partner Scott Parkhurst at Restaurant Partners Management own 14 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area and five in this area, including Flap Jack Shack, the two Omelette Shops, Boone’s Prime Time Pub in Suttons Bay, and Apache Trout Grill on West Bay. Then Mike and Sheila Connors, who had sold the lattermost to Lobdell and Parkhurst, approached them about purchasing their remaining restaurant property, West End Tavern.

Originally Scott’s Harbor Grill, then Harbor 22 Bar and Grill, the restaurant was purchased by the Connors in October 2015 and became West End Tavern. Lobdell and Parkhurst took over last May, with no plans for big change. “People like it for what it

is,” says Lobdell. “I didn’t buy it to make it what I want, but what [customers] want. The menu’s primarily the same, the atmosphere is the same, the culinary and waitstaff the same.”

The restaurant’s customers seem to approve. “They’ve been very happy we haven’t changed too much,” Lobdell says.

As for those who might consider a career in the industry? “The old adage is if you want to make a small fortune in the restaurant industry, start with a large fortune,” Lobdell says with a laugh.

“Restaurant owners should know a lot about the business,” he continues more seriously. “For young people, it’s a great way to start a career as a busser, server, move into assistant manager, manager—it’s a great career path.”

Plus, given the pandemic, the Great Resignation, and the need for staff virtually everywhere, employees have never had more opportunities. “The pay has never been better, employers have never been more flexible,” Lobdell says.

And who knows where things might go? “Maybe someday you’ll work for someone without an exit strategy.”

Northport Pub & Grille

For Michelle Hemeyer, purchasing and opening the Northport Pub & Grille was a similar experience in that she and her family wanted to bring back a restaurant that had been the backbone of the community. As Tucker’s, it had been a thriving spot in the town on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula until it closed its doors in April of 2020.

“It was open five or six years. We didn’t want to see it vacant,” says Hemeyer. So she and her husband, Mark, decided to do something about it. And that something ended up being the purchase and reopening of the restaurant/bar/ bowling alley.

While both Lil Bo’s and the NPG, as Hemeyer refers to it, were reopened after being shut down, there’s one big difference: The Hemeyers live in the Detroit area, where Mark is the CEO of a wastewater treatment company. So it falls on Michelle to commute and oversee the operation.

Not that she minds. A longtime summer resident of Lake Leelanau, she and her family plan to move north permanently when their 16-year-old son graduates from high school. Until then, they will continue to travel back and forth between their homes in southeastern Michigan and Leelanau. “When we bought the post office building in Northport, we started spending more time here,” she notes.

The pub’s menu is a cross-section of popular tavern favorites, with a few creative dishes thrown in: fish tacos, fried pickles, pasta, and wings along with floats, cheese curds, and a peanut butter bacon burger. “The favorites are burgers and pizza. Calzones are now on the menu and gaining speed,” Hemeyer says.

One of her favorite specials is the weekly burger. “Everyone in the kitchen designs their own and it gets on the menu for a week,” she says. And with 20 taps, she says there’s always something new on the beer menu as well.

Hemeyer hadn’t worked in the restaurant industry for years, but says she loves being back in the midst of it. “It’s what I did in high school and college. Then I took a long break. I never thought I’d see myself back here,” she says. “In this job you’re constantly learning, changing, growing. You can’t stay the same. Whatever comes, you roll with it.”

That’s kind of the story in Northport itself. Over the past few years, the town has begun to undergo a bit of a resurgence. That includes the restaurant industry. “We have six places in a two-block radius where you can get food or drink, and every one of us is different,” says Hemeyer. “You’ve got something for everybody.”

For those who might be interested in opening or working in a restaurant, whether it’s a new establishment or one that’s been around a while, Hemeyer suggests jumping in feet first. “Just do it. It is rewarding and gives you great social skills. You put your heart and soul into it, but making people happy is rewarding.”

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The current size of the opioid epidemic and its stratospheric growth make it likely that if you don’t know someone who suffers from addiction now, you will eventually.

The opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency by the CDC in 2017. Overdose deaths were five times greater in 2021 than in 2000. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, there were more than 100,000 overdose deaths from April 2020 to April 2021, an increase of nearly 30 percent in a single year. In 2022, Grand Traverse County reported 23 fatal overdoses.

More and more often.

Between 2012 and 2019, the CDC reported, cocaine-related death rates tripled, and those involving methamphetamines rose six-fold. Fentanyl was the driver. Just two milligrams of fentanyl are enough to kill someone.

The life of an addict can be a horrible merrygo-round of getting high, looking for money, and buying more drugs to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal. “You’re throwing up. You have diarrhea. You ache so bad and you’re so irritable that you can’t stand to be touched. Your legs shake so bad you can’t

To understand how we got to this point, I read Sam Quinones’s Dreamland and Beth Macy’s Dopesick, two excellent references. It all started when Purdue Pharma invented a painkiller, called it OxyContin, and began marketing it aggressively to doctors. The company claimed that, when used to treat pain, Oxy was not addictive. Incredibly, the doctors believed this, aided by a line in the drug’s marketing materials that suggested Oxy was less addictive than other painkillers. This language had been approved by an FDA official who left the agency shortly afterward for a lucrative position at—you guessed it— Purdue Pharma. In reality, OxyContin was— and is—extremely and quickly addictive.

Consider this common scenario. A person treated by a doctor they trust takes Oxy for their pain and becomes addicted (which can happen in a timeframe as short as five days). This person tries to stop and feels so sick they cannot get out of bed unless they take the drug or its substitutes. “Using drugs repeatedly changes the brain, including the parts that help exert self-control. That’s why someone may not be able to stop using drugs, even if they know the drug is causing harm, or feel ready to stop” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

After years of deceitful marketing and abusive prescribing, the FDA and doctors backtracked. Fewer prescriptions were written, and desperate addicts turned to the street where Oxy was scarce and expensive. Heroin coming in from Mexico provided a cheap and plentiful substitute. “79.5% of new heroin initiates…reported that their initial drug was a prescription opioid.” (Richard C. Dart et al., New England Journal of Medicine, Jan 15, 2015)

Then came fentanyl, an opioid 50 times more potent than heroin and way cheaper to manufacture. Fake OxyContins and heroin, as well as cocaine and methamphetamines, began to be laced with the cheaper drug. Dealers mixed them without caring much about consistency or strength. People died.

sleep…And believe me, you’ll do anything to make that pain go away.” (Debbie Honaker, interviewed by Beth Macy in Dopesick.)

The ability to quit is incredibly difficult. Users are typically in and out of rehab multiple times before they finally can quit. “It takes the frontal lobe, the insight and judgment part that’s been shut down by continued drug use, at least ninety days just to start to come back online and sometimes two years to be fully functioning.” (Dr. Steve Loyd, quoted in Dopesick.)

The cost to our society is not just the individual tragedy when a loved one becomes addicted and changes into a person you no longer recognize. (Or they die.) It’s also the cost of the crimes associated with use and sales of drugs. And it’s the opportunity cost in terms of the lives of people who could’ve been productive contributors to our society. The economic toll of the opioid crisis reached nearly $1.5 trillion in 2020, up 37 percent from 2017 numbers, adjusted for inflation.

What can we do to curb this epidemic?

Providing more funding to establish new treatment centers is critical. (In 2023, Grand Traverse County commissioners took steps in this direction when they approved funding for a new center for mental health and substance use services). Ensure that health insurance is available and will cover treatment costs. Initiate discussions with young people about the danger of taking even one pill at a party. Limit your intake of prescription pain meds to a few days, if possible, and dispose responsibly of unused pills. The growth of this epidemic is so staggering that there is no time to delay.

“What each of us can do is expand our circle of compassion and empathy, and urge others—including our elected officials—to do the same.” (Travis N. Rieder, In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids)

Karen Mulvahill is a writer living in northern Michigan.

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Spring & Porter


The co-owners of Spring & Porter, Alyssa Harrold and Tommy Kaszubowski (who is also the executive chef), are entering their second summer at the site of the former Villa Ristorante Italiano, which operated for 45 years prior to closing in 2021.

Villa Ristorante Italiano was— you guessed it—an Italian spot, and Kaszubowski’s menu remains Italianinspired while making its own mark.

“I love the flavors of Italy. Italy has about the best diversity of food you can find anywhere. So I really like using that, but not traditionally,” he says.

He jokes that there will probably never be a lasagna on his menu, nor seven pasta dishes, but Kaszubowski is committed to having a “touch of Italian” to elevate what he sees as a locally-focused menu that allows him to be creative in the kitchen all year round.

On the Menu

“For staple things, it’s been the spaghetti Bolognese and the halibut on risotto,” he says. “Those are two staple sellers which I’ve been known for over the years.” On the Villa side, Kaszubowski has kept a version of Pane con Aglio—essentially garlic toast ciabatta with roasted peppers, four cheeses, and balsamic vinegar—that “sells like crazy.”

Frutti di mare items that jump off the menu include oysters on the half shell and the Georges Bank Sea Scallops. Landlubbers can opt for the Pesto & Fontina Crusted Chicken Breast, a thigh cut with red bell pepper fondue and potato gnocchi, while vegetarians will enjoy the Arancini (crispy fried parmesan risotto) and the Cheese Platter with a variety of cheese, fruit, nuts, and spreads.

New for this year is a revamped craft cocktail menu, though that’s not to say that wine is an afterthought. “Alex [Czinki, previous owner of the Villa] purchased amazing wines, and we’re very fortunate to have that be our backdrop for our wine cellar,” Kaszubowski says.

Find Spring and Porter at 887 Spring Street in Petoskey. (231) 347-1440,

Italian-inspired cuisine. Classic Irish fare. Spanish tapas. Authentic sushi. AsianFrench fusion baked goods. Small plates packed with local flavors. Texas-style BBQ. Polish favorites.

We’re traveling around the world and across northern Michigan with these eight restaurants, each of which pairs perfectly with a summer evening, a breeze off the water, and a glass of the good stuff. Here’s where we’re eating this summer.

Patrick Doud’s Irish Pub Mackinac Island

Fourth-generation Mackinac native Andrew Doud and his wife, Nicole, have always embraced their island heritage. Together, they operate the historic Doud’s Market—aka “America’s Oldest Grocery Store”—which they took over in 2007. They’re also the brains behind The Doghouse (an al fresco hotdog stand) and the Little Luxuries gift shop, which has just entered its fourteenth season. Opened this summer, their latest venture—Patrick Doud’s Irish Pub—offers tasty bar-style eats served up with a side of the history that makes Mackinac Island a destination.

The eatery is named after local icon and Edwardian architect Patrick Doud, whose carpentry chops left a permanent mark on the modern landscape of Mackinac Island.

He’s also a great-grand uncle of Andrew’s, so when the time came to name the business, an homage to Patrick felt like a no-brainer. “He was a real man who did some pretty neat things,” Andrew explains. “[It] was a name we thought people might recognize.”

On the Menu

The space offers pub-style fare with a homemade twist. “There’s a wonderful simplicity to [that kind of cuisine],” Andrew explains. “That’s what we’re going for.”

Helmed by executive chef John Armstrong, the kitchen cranks out tavern favorites (think hearty hand-helds and aleinfused stews), alongside several signature dishes that touch on traditional Irish flavors.

Of these, the Oysters Galway is a clear standout. “Not many pubs have oysters,” says Andrew, “so that’s a twist we’re excited about.” The recipe is inspired by one from his family’s ancestral Irish city and involves oven-baking a half-dozen oysters until they bubble with butter and garlic.

Other menu highlights include a Celtic seafood chowder, which they’ve packed with mussels, salmon, and clams, as well as a fish and chips preparation that features crunchy beer-battered cod.

Behind the bar, Guinness reigns supreme, along with four other Irish beers and a selection of popular Michigan brews, including the pub’s signature Patrick Doud’s Ale, crafted by Les Cheneaux Distillers of Cedarville.

The Social Lake Leelanau

First came Nittolo’s Pizza in 2021, then— only a month later—the restaurant’s seafood arm. Powerhouse Speakeasy joined the ranks in May 2022, and now the fourth brainchild has launched. Meet The Social, the latest addition to Chef Eric Nittolo’s restaurant empire.

The Social shares the same stunning 1938 Belgian-import mahogany bar and dining room space with Powerhouse Speakeasy (but on different weekly schedules) and is all about the tapas—as well as the sharing and conversation that goes along with them

“I’m not changing for the American palette,” Nitollo says. (And we will all be better for it.) To that end, he took two of his eight children to Spain, where they ate their way through tapas in Barcelona, Valencia (birthplace of paella), Mallorca, and Sevilla.

“[The Spanish] live differently,” Nittolo tells us. “In Spain, life is a party.”

On the Menu

The menu is small by some standards— just a dozen choices—but covers a lot of Spanish territory. While Nittolo expects “about half” of the items to become favorites, he can’t yet say which ones will win the popular vote and become permanent fixtures. “Will they eat a lot of paella? Yes. Mussels? Yes. Cheeses? Yes.” But, he adds, “time will tell” what eventually becomes the house favorites.

We’re having a hard time guessing too. The mussels with chorizo, saffron cream, and toast and the paella with saffron rice, prawn, mussels, and calamari seem like solid bets. But what about the crusted bread with fresh tomato puree, olives, and paprika garlic mayo...or the octopus with roasted pepper mayo and pickled cabbage? Will there be an underdog candidate in the oxtail in Rioja wine and tarragon with potato puree?

There’s also date salad, sea bass ceviche, prawns, and more. Not to mention a rotating selection of desserts. The Social will be

perfect for diners who like smaller portion sizes, and Nittolo hopes that the 20s and 30s demographic will think of it as the place for happy hour.

Find Nittolo’s Seafood and Pizza, Powerhouse Speakeasy, and The Social at 104 Main St., Lake Leelanau. (231) 9942400,

The Dojo Traverse City

“My mom always told me to stop playing with my food,” Brent Shafer jokes while explaining how he got behind the counter at The Dojo, his new space at the Long Lake Culinary Campus where he slices sashimi, shapes sushi, and rolls maki by hand.

Shafer opened the doors early last December, and the space immediately became a dining destination for sushi lovers willing to go beyond downtown TC.

“I enjoy being creative and working with my hands,” he says when asked about what the main appeal of sushi was. “I enjoy really tedious projects, which is weird. I’ve trained a lot of people to do sushi at prior jobs, and you can sometimes see it in their eyes—once they realize that ‘this is a lot more work than I [thought],’ more than just twisting it up. I thrive on it.”

On the Menu

The Dojo’s menu is in the Goldilocks zone of not too big, not too small, just right (and very fairly priced) for the eightseat space: A few simple sides, including miso soup and seaweed salad, and then an assortment of maki rolls, sashimi, and nigiri.

You’ll find your classics, beloved for their simplicity, including tuna rolls, cucumber rolls, and avocado rolls—“Normally I have an avocado hosomaki every morning … I don’t know what it is but it really just calms me,” Shafer shares—alongside some interesting maki choices including ones filled with carrot, mango, or asparagus.

The uramaki menu and the chef’s specials step things up a bit, with familiar options like the Dragon Roll or the Philadelphia Roll, plus fun selections like the King Kombu roll, the Seven Spice Tuna Roll, and the Seared

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Find Patrick Doud’s Irish Pub at 7304 Main St. on Mackinac Island. (906) 847-4012,

Salmon, all of which see the benefit of a quick blast from a blowtorch. No shame if your tastes skew to the less adventurous side of the menu, though.

“I like to have a California roll every day—you probably wouldn’t expect that,” Shafer says.

Find The Dojo at 7738 N Long Lake Road in Traverse City. (231) 590-4366,

Merlyn’s Patisserie Traverse City

When Anna Kucharski and her brother Jun Dupra— the owners of Merlyn’s—moved to Mancelona from the Philippines, they brought their love of cooking with them. “It’s a cultural thing,” Kucharski says. “We grew up around cooking every day. Learning how to cook when we were young, you eat what you make.”

Merlyn’s Patisserie primarily sells their goods at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market, in addition to their online orders. Dupra says the market has been an excellent way to share their Asian-French fusion pastries with customers.

“I don’t know if you can get these kinds of pastries anywhere else in Michigan,” Dupra says. “It’s something different, and people like it.”

On the Menu

The bakery is best known for its cornerstone creation, the Supreme Croissant. Its shape looks similar to a cinnamon roll, but its taste is all buttery croissant, with the addition of the flavor they’re selling that week, like chocolate and kalamansi (a limelike fruit from the Philippines) meringue.

For the more standard, arc-shaped pastry, you’ll find classics like chocolate, ham and cheese, almond, and mixed berries and cream. But it’s the brilliantly purple ube croissant (pronounced ooh-beh) that folks around town seek out. Ube has a taste that’s been described as nutty, vanilla-like, and similar to sweet potato.

Also on the menu: milk bread, a soft, fluffy, Japanese-style bread made with milk, flour, sugar, and yeast. Its versatility makes it perfect for sandwiches, French toast, or enjoying plain.

And then, of course, there are the macarons. A few of their flavor options include pistachio-raspberry, strawberrychocolate, and yuzu-Earl Grey tea. “We like incorporating those Asian flavors, so we like mango, coconut, and yuzu. Yuzu is a Japanese lemon,” says Dupra.

From there, the menu houses treats to delight any baked-goods enthusiast, with eclairs, cookies, tarts, donuts, and other breads and desserts, including some savory items for when your sweet tooth has been satisfied. (Think Japanese sausage bread, Korean garlic bread, or the BA*ES muffin with bacon, sausage, Asiago cheese, and a whole soft-boiled egg baked inside.)

Find Merlyn’s Patisserie pastries at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market this summer or by placing a pick-up order on their website at

on the eDge Charlevoix

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

“Seventy percent of our meals are gluten-free,” 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.

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

Primos BBQ


Jason Towers first got into barbeque as a hobby. In 2017, he was working at a large dairy farm and opened a barbeque food truck as a side gig. Towers and his business partner hoped to cater an occasional event and maybe donate some of the proceeds to charities.

But it didn’t take long for the demand for barbeque to exceed what their “hobby food truck” could provide, and Towers and his partner decided to open a brick-and-mortar location. Although they started Primos because of a passion for smoking meat, opening a barbeque joint in Cadillac turned out to be a good business decision that filled a gap in the market.

“There’s not a lot of barbeque in northern Michigan north of Grand Rapids, at least in the style that we do,” Towers tells us. “People were really excited about being able to get brisket every day.”

On the Menu

Brisket is definitely one of the most popular menu items at Primos. It’s also a signature dish of Texas-style barbeque, which tends to emphasize beef over the pork offerings that are popular in other

regional barbeques, such as Carolinastyle. Texas-style often incorporates a heavier, tomato-based sauce, but that’s actually one of the ways Primos BBQ does things a little differently.

“Our meat is not all sauced up,” says Towers. Primos prefers to keep it simple and pure, using two or three spices before smoking the meat. Afterward, customers can add sauce to their own liking. “We let the meat and the smoke do the talking.”

The pulled chicken is another stand-out dish that sometimes flies under the radar but happens to be Towers’ favorite. “It’s not heavily smoked…it’s just really nice, flavorful, and tender chicken.”

A unique item on the menu is the Primos Parfait, made up of a choice of either pork or beef layered with two sides (slaw, smoked mac-n-cheese, baked beans, or smoked cheesy potatoes) and served in a parfait cup. You’ll also find classic BBQ staples like ribs, wings, and pulled pork, plus sampler and family meals that give you and yours a taste of the menu.

Find Primos BBQ, Willow Market & Meats, and The Greenhouse at 916 S. Mitchell St. in Cadillac. (231) 779-1575,

Polish Countryside Kitchen

Cedar Thomas Koch, owner of Polish Countryside Kitchen in Cedar, was born and raised in Hamtramck, a little city just a few miles outside of downtown Detroit. He says he was blessed growing up surrounded by family and great food. “I’ve had a love for the same things most of my life because it’s what my childhood was made of. I can still taste the love in every bite.”

Eventually he and his wife, Kathleen, decided to move north and acquire their own farm in Cedar. It didn’t take them long to realize how rich the community was with Polish culture, and the Kochs saw a need for Polish dining in the area. They never imagined it would be them, given how busy they were, until their food truck idea became a reality.

On the Menu

Koch says that by far the most popular dish that they sell is the Polish Platter. It gives you a sampling of most of the items the food truck serves: Polish sausage, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, dill potatoes, sauerkraut, and a slice of rye bread.

The goat burgers also do very well on the menu. It’s served “burger style,” with a beet horseradish spread, grilled onions, and pepper jack cheese, topped with a slice of tomato on a butter bun.

“If anyone knows me though, I do like to have a few surprises throughout the season and last year we offered a few weeks of cutlets, smoked ribs, and half chickens smoked and then deep-fried in Mangalitsa pork lard,” Koch adds.

He also admits to loving a great Coney dog, so he offers a Polish veal casing hot dog topped with homemade chili, onions, and mustard. He says that the customers really seem to enjoy them.

There is one item though that the customers hesitate to try, but always love it when they do: kiszka, aka blood sausage. “I serve it with crisp purple cabbage with onion, tomato, and rye bread,” Koch tells us. “If my six-year-old is there, she will tell you that is her favorite thing to eat, along with the apple pancakes we serve.”



1126 Barlow Street, Suite 3B 231-409-8086

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23RD ANNUAL BAY HARBOR ARTS FESTIVAL: 10am-5pm, The Village at Bay Harbor, along the waterfront on Marina Lawns. Featuring artists from across the country. There will be live music by Kanin Elizabeth on Sat., July 22 from 1-4pm, & live music by Make Believe Spurs on Sun., July 23 from 1-4pm.


III: Flintfields Horse Park, Williamsburg, July 19-23. CSI 2*, USHJA National Hunter Derby, Premier Hunters/Jumper 6/Equitation. GA, $15.

KALKASKA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: 10am-5pm, Railroad Square Park, Kalkaska. Ceramics, candles, photography, mixed media & more. There will also be live dance performances, a free kids make & take fish project, dance classes & food trucks.

OPEN STUDIO: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in art for all ages. Free. crookedtree. org/event/ctac-petoskey/open-studio-july-22

BOOK SIGNING WITH MICHIGAN AUTHOR KATHRYN RANKIN COVINGTON: 10:30am-1pm, Tinker Studio, TC. Meet the author & pick up your signed copy of “The Ripple of Stones.”

COASTAL CARAVAN ART FAIR: 11am7pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Juried art fair with free admission & free hot dogs. There will also be a kids’ craft tent & other family activities, from trying out the ceramics studio to exploring new wellness programs.

COFFEE W/ THE AUTHORS: 11am, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Join author Jerry Dennis & artist/illustrator Glenn Wolff, both of TC, in a conversation about working collaboratively. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the discussion. Dennis & Wolff have worked together for more than 30 years. Together, they’ve published nine books about the natural world stories, myths, natural histories, fly fishing, & wooden canoes. Free.

FRIENDS OF THE CADILLAC WEXFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE: 11am-1pm, Cadillac Wexford Public Library, Cadillac.

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MINDFUL ME FOR KIDS: 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.


OTP YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS “DISNEY’S NEWSIES JR.”: 2pm & 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. The tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy & leader of a band of young newspaper sellers in 1899 Manhattan. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack rallies young workers from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions & fight for what’s right. Prices include fees - Adults: $21; Youth under 18: $12. disneys-newsies-jr.html


BOOK SIGNING: 3-5pm, Horizon Books, TC. Author Abra Berens will sign her book “Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit.”

GENE RANTZ PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT & WET PAINT SALE: 6-8pm, Northport Arts Association, Northport. Up to 50 artists paint for two days & then sell their original paintings on Sat. at the Wet Paint Sale; reception starts at 6pm. Gallery Exhibit continues July 23 - Aug. 6. $20.


THE NEIL DIAMOND LEGACY: 7pm, City Opera House, TC. Not an imitation but a musical celebration of the artistry with vocalists & an all-star live band playing all the big hits such as “Cherry, Cherry,” “I’m A Believer,” “America,” “Hello Again,” “Sweet Caroline,” & many more. $32; student, $28.

DEAN YOUNG COUNTRY MUSIC: 7:30pm, Cheboygan Opera House. Dean Young is the lead singer for the Epic Eagles. Enjoy an evening with Dean (backed by his Epic Eagles bandmates) as he showcases his original country music, as featured on the album “Makin’ a Life.” Tickets are $30 adults; $25 Veterans; $15 students. OR buy tickets to this event AND the Epic Eagles concert on Fri., July 21 for a discounted price: $50 adults; $40 Veterans; $20 students.


DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Experience the music of three beloved ballets. The ensemble will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, & selections from Act III of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. $52-$69. detroit-symphony-orchestra-2023-07-22


ARTURO SANDOVAL: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. A protégé


Disability Network Northern Michigan, Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation, and Norte Youth Cycling present 2023 Accessible Recreation Day on Weds., July 26 from 1-4pm at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, TC. Learn about regional inclusive recreation agencies and grow community connections while the family has fun exploring hands-on activities. Enjoy free accessible bike demos, a fishing activity, multi-sensory scavenger hunt, bowling and much more.

of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval is the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, 10-time Grammy Award Winner, Emmy award recipient, & six-time Billboard award winner. $107, $92, $77, $62, $47.

MUSIC IN MACKINAW: JUST FOLKIN’ WITCHA: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw City.



AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today includes Spikes Challenge - Sun., & more. event-calendar

SGT. JUSTIN HANSEN MEMORIAL PATRIOT RUN: 8:30am, Rodes Field, Kingsley. Featuring a 5K Fun Run & Kids Quarter Mile Fun Run. $25, $10. Kingsley/SgtJustinHansenMemorialPatriotR un?aflt_token=vkmwDmweQ4iCYn8otSOO nKQ3vCO8buOw

5K WINE RUN: 9am, French Valley Vineyard, Cedar. Besides walking or running this 5K, also enjoy the amazing scenery & landscape, & a pour of wine. Find ‘French Valley Wine Run 5k’ on Facebook. $35; $50 after July 12; $25 ages 1-20.


INDIAN RIVER KAYAK BIKE BIATHLON: 9am, Burt Lake’s DeVoe Beach. 2.24 miles of kayaking on the Inland Waterway & 11.68 miles of bicycling on the North Central State Trail. $80.




CRUISE-IN CAR SHOW: 10am-2pm, Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey. Free.






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joy Olympic-caliber show jumping at the $77,300 Grand Prix. Featuring equestrian performances, food & drink options, & familyfriendly activities. This week’s event is dedicated to supporting Interlochen Center for the Arts. Gates open at noon. $15 GA.

HEADSTONE CLEANING: 2pm, Crystal Lake East Cemetery, Frankfort. The Benzie Area Historical Society is offering this program with historian Jane Purkis to train volunteers in the correct methods of cleaning cemetery gravestones. Bring a cleaning kit: bucket, gallon or two of water, stiff natural brush, stiff sponge, old toothbrush, trowel, trash bag, & plastic or wood scraper. 231-882-5539.

CLASSICS AT THE GARDEN: 3pm, The Garden Theater, Frankfort. Enjoy music from the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra wsg musicians from Frankfort High School. $10$15. ----------------------

SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE PARK: 4-6pm, Marina Park, Harbor Springs. Enjoy the Sunshine String Band. Bring a blanket. Free.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium. Wsg Interlochen Arts Academy singer-songwriters. Bringing his unique falsetto voice, Grammynominated singer-songwriter Five for Fighting is known for his brand of piano-based soft rock. Enjoy favorites like “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” & “100 Years.” $46-$62. interlochen. org/events/five-for-fighting-2023-07-23 ----------------------


TRA: JADER BIGNAMINI, CONDUCTOR WITH DSO SIDE-BY-SIDE: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium.


See classical artists of tomorrow with some of the nation’s finest musicians as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. $26 adult; $19 child through college. world-youth-symphony-orchestra-jader-bignamini-conductor-dso-side-side-2023-07-23


AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today includes Marathon Monday, Well Being Evening, & more.


FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIESJAMMIN’ MONDAYS ON BETSIE BAY: 7-9:15pm, Waterfront Park Amphitheater, Elberta. Featuring multiple award winning “little” big band from Detroit, Planet D Nonet.


SERIES: 7:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. Presented by the TC Pit Spitters. Today includes the Homerun Challenge & much more.

DONNY OSMOND: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. A musical icon & television star for more than six decades, Donny Osmond has 65 albums to his credit, has sold more than 100 million albums, & topped the charts with hits such as “Go Away Little Girl,” “Soldier of Love,” & “Puppy Love.” $49-$99. events/donny-osmond-2023-07-24

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT: 8pm, Platte River Campground Amphitheater. Find out

which animals roam in the park after dark. Join a Ranger as you explore the adaptations that allow Michigan wildlife to survive. Must have a park entrance pass or annual pass. Free.


RUNNING BEAR RUN: 9am, Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor. Glen Arbor Women’s Club 16th Annual Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 mile Kids Run/Walk. After the run, enjoy a celebration & refreshments. Proceeds benefit local scholarships & local charitable organizations. $5-$25; $30 day of. ----------------------

AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today is Kids Day & includes Rock & Rest Event, & more. festival.ausableriverfest. com/event-calendar

BABY’S BREATH WORKBEE: 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.

PEEPERS: “GOING BATTY”: 10am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. An adult-accompanied program for learners ages 3-5 years old, of all experience levels with the natural world. Enjoy a 60-minute nature program that includes stories, crafts,

music, & discovery activities. $5/child.

TADL SUMMER CLUBHOUSE & SNACKS AROUND THE WORLD: 10am, Traverse Area District Library, front lawn, TC. Books, games, craft kits, & more - plus snacks from north Africa courtesy of Oryana Food Co-op. Free.

OUTDOOR STORY TIME: 10:30am, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on. Geared towards children pre-K to grade 2 & their caregivers. Free.

BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING EVENT: 1pm, Horizon Books, TC. Celebrate the launch of “Horses of Fire” by A.D. Rhine, a historicallyrooted retelling of the Trojan War in which Troy’s strong yet misunderstood women take center stage. The two authors behind this cowriting team are lifelong friends who met as military “brats” on a U.S. Army post in Germany (and one of them is now local to TC). Both authors will be present to sign copies of their book. Free.

ALL TOGETHER NOW TEENS: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Grab a snack & read a book, color, play a game, talk or just hang out. Free.

TELL-A-TAIL: 4pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Children are encouraged to read aloud to TADL’s kind & gentle therapy dogs. Young readers are welcome to bring their own book or choose one from the library collection. Free.




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Co-op, outdoor patio, 10th St., TC. Meet representatives from the TC Horse Shows & gain insight into the equestrian sport. Also connect with six local non-profit organizations partnering with the horse show through the Charity Ticket Program. Free.


LIVE ON THE BIDWELL PLAZA: JELLY ROLL BLUES BAND: 5:30-7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Bidwell Plaza, Petoskey. Pack a picnic & groove to family-friendly tunes. Bring a folding chair. event/ctac-petoskey/live-bidwell-plaza-jellyroll-blues-band


LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE: 7-9pm, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Opening Night: “The Tempest on Tank Hill.” BYO lawn chairs. RSVP. $25 donation at door; $10 for 12 & under.

INAUGURAL GREAT LAKES ALL STAR SERIES: 7:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. Presented by the TC Pit Spitters. Today includes the Great Lakes All-Star Game & much more.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE OF THE DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. $82, $72, $57, $42, $37. events/detail/dso-quartet



BAND: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City.





CHAMBER ART SHOW: 9am-4pm, Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs. Featuring more than 75 artists. 50% of all proceeds go directly back into the community. Suggested donation: $3.


IV: Flintfields Horse Park, July 26-30. CSI 3*/ Dudley B. Smith Equitation Championship & $10,000 Trainer Bonus/$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby/Pro & Non Pro Traverse City Derby’s/Premier Hunters / Jumper 6 / Equitation.



TUARY: 10:30am, Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767. Free.


STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN: 11am, GT Area Children’s Garden, behind Traverse Area District Library, TC. Grab your sunscreen & a blanket & head to the garden for nature-inspired tales. Best for ages 2-6 with an adult. Free.



IN THE PARK: Noon-1pm, Pennsylvania Park, Gazebo, Petoskey. Enjoy music by Third Degree. Bring a chair or blanket. Free.

ACCESSIBLE RECREATION DAY: 1-4pm, GT Civic Center, TC. Presented by Disability Network Northern Michigan, GT County Parks & Recreation, & Norte Youth Cycling. Learn about regional inclusive recreation agencies & grow community connections while the family has fun exploring hands-on activities. Enjoy accessible bike demos, a fishing activity, Multi-Sensory Scavenger Hunt, bowling & much more. Free.

IN-STORE MEET & GREET: 1-3pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Meet A.D. Rhine, author of “Horses of Fire.” Free.

OPEN STUDIO CREATIVE HOUR: 3:30pm, Arts for All of Northern Michigan, 1485 Barlow St., TC. Bring your own project or try some of our supplies for sketching, painting, beaded jewelry-making & stop-motion animation. Ages 9 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Free.


AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today includes ARCM/Time Trials, HUP ABC Race, & more. event-calendar

NATURE MAKERS - FOSSIL FUN: 4pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Friends from the Pebble Pups (the kids’ version of the Grand Traverse Rock & Mineral Club) join to explore the art of dinosaur drawing as well as some hands on viewing of rocks & fossils. Best suited for ages 6 - 12. Free.

AUTHOR KATHERINE REAY: 6pm, Glen Lake Library, Program Room, Empire. Enjoy a conversation with author Katherine Reay, who will read from her new novel “A Shadow in Moscow.”

EVENING ON RIVER STREET: 6-9pm, Downtown Elk Rapids. Enjoy live music from TC Knuckleheads, kids’ activities, food from local restaurants & more.


ELLSWORTH CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE: 7pm, Ellsworth Community Square, next to Banks Township Hall. Enjoy acoustic rock with Ryan Cassidy. Bring a chair or blanket. Free.


FREE TRAVERSE CITY DANCE PROJECT PERFORMANCE: 7:30pm, The Garden Theater, Frankfort. Enjoy original choreography, live music & professional dancers from around the country. Following the performance will be a Q&A with artists.

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NMCAA’S LAUNDRY PROJECT: 6-9am, Eastfield Laundry, TC. Free laundry service for those in need. 947-3780.


36TH ANNUAL WALLOON LAKE FLYWHEELERS TRACTOR, ENGINE, & CRAFT SHOW: 00145 US 131 N., Boyne Falls, July 27-30. Featuring Unstyled Tractors, washing machines, Economy Small Engines, & a parade of power at 2pm daily. fee donation of $7.

COFFEE @ 10, PETOSKEY: 10-11am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. With photographer Tom Barrat & writer Sarah Moran Martin. Free.


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PETOSKEY LIBRARY FRIENDS’ ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE: 10am-4pm, Petoskey District Library, lower level. Thousands of titles. 25cents - $3. Plus vintage & collector books, puzzles & board games individually priced.

SUMMER CLUBHOUSE - SPECIAL GUEST DAY: 10am, Traverse Area District Library, front lawn, TC. Play games, grab a craft kit to go, find a new book, enjoy snacks & more. At 11am performer Mat Emerick joins as Silly Sailor Snoopenheimer. This program will feature wacky comedy, stories, juggling, music, mime & illusions. Free.


PARTY WITH SBBDL: 10:30am, North Park Pavilion, Suttons Bay. This week’s Summer Reading theme is All Together Now with PLAY! Great Lakes Children’s Museum will connect through play. For all kids, preschool through 8th grade. Free.

KIDS CAN COOK COOKING CLASS: 11am12:30pm, Interlochen Public Library. For ages 5-12. This class helps educate kids about good nutrition, what’s in season, planning & preparing meals, & reading food labels. Registration required. 231-276-6767. Free. ----------------------

SUMMER READING PROGRAM FINALE!: 11am, Richardi Park, Pavilion, Bellaire. Call 231-533-8814 to RSVP. Free.

“SCOTCH-IRISH RESEARCH”: 1pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Enjoy the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society’s monthly program. Guest speaker will be Derek Blount. Free.


SIGNING: 2-4pm, Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. Featuring “Who Am I” by Julie Buchholtz.

AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today includes live music by Derek Boik, Main Stage & Brew Ave., ARCM/Time Trials, The Business Canoe Relays, live music by 2nd Hand, live music by The Knockauffs, & more.

TWEEN TIME: 4pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. This program aims to inspire young minds & encourage their artistic expression through a variety of hands-on craft projects. Geared toward ages 9-12. Free.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BBQ: 4-6pm, Bayfront Park, Festival Place Shelter, Petoskey. Presented by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Volunteers can enjoy grilled hotdogs, sides, beverages & Tom’s Mom’s Cookies. RSVP.

ARTIST MEET & GREET: TRISHA WITTY & NANCY ADAMS NASH: 5:30-7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Galleries, Petoskey. Help welcome the artists of CTAC-Petoskey’s summer exhibitions. “Animal - VegetableMineral: Paintings by Nancy Adams Nash” & “Trisha Witty: Pilgrimages in Paint, A Retrospective 1988 to Present” will be on display & the exhibiting artists will be in attendance. ----------------------

“JOY” TO THE MUSIC: 6pm, The Ridge at Verterra, Northport. Presented by the Leland Women’s Civic Club, this is a performance by Interlochen Arts Camp students & faculty. $100/person. joy-to-the-music-interlochen-studentsperforming-at-ridge-at-verterra-tickets620208158297?aff=oddtdtcreator


Harbor Springs. Featuring the Kyle Brown Band, John Paul, Mike Ward, The Revel Eyes, & Magic by Jania.

CONCERTS ON THE LAWN FEAT. THE GORDON LIGHTFOOT TRIBUTE: 7pm, GT Pavilions, Grand Lawn, TC. Free. gtpavilions. org/news-events/2023-concerts-on-the-lawn

JOSHUA DAVIS: 7pm, Elk Rapids Day Park, Deborah Wentworth Memorial Pavilion. Enjoy Americana folk, blues, country & jazz with Davis. Free.

LAKE CITY MUSIC IN THE PARK: ADAM JOYNT BAND: 7-9pm, 115 E. John St., Lake City. ----------------------


THE SOUND GARDEN PROJECT: FIVEMIND REEDS: 7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, outdoor courtyard, Petoskey. Free.

UPBEAT CADILLAC MUSIC SERIES: PLANET D NONET: 7-9:15pm, 100 S. Lake St., Cadillac.

THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Enjoy The Temptations, five-time Grammy Award winners who topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart 53 times & scored four number-one hits: “My Girl,” “Can’t Get Next To You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” & “Just My Imagination”; & The Four Tops who rocketed to overnight fame in 1964 with their breakout hit “Baby I Need Your Loving,” along with other Top 40 hits including “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).” $36-$73. interlochen. org/events/temptations-four-tops-2023-07-27

OPERA: GIANNI SCHICCHI/SUOR ANGELICA: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Comedy & tragedy in one night of soaring voices, sublime orchestral harmony & great storytelling. $0-$30.




62ND ANNUAL UGOTTA REGATTA: Little Traverse Bay. Featuring nearly 100 boats. Presented by the Little Traverse Yacht Club.



AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today includes live music by The Knockauffs, Street Eats Food Court, Arts & Craft Show 2023, MI Ave. Booths, live music by Grayling Marching Band & The Bridge Between, ARCM/ Time Trials, Grayling Eagles #3465 Meat Dinner & Horseshoe Tournament, & more. festival.

PETOSKEY SIDEWALK SALES: 9am-6pm, Downtown Petoskey.





QUILT & ART SHOW: 10am-4pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Torch Area Artisans Guild, also known as TAAG, will hold a Quilt & Artisan Show with Boutique. There will be a variety of quilts, needle-

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work, paintings, etc. on exhibit as well as a Boutique with handmade items & paintings for sale. No entry charge.

THE SCARROW FRIDAY FORUMS: 10am, Bay View Association, Voorhies Hall, Petoskey. “Socialism, Capitalism and the Political Divide: A Look at the Past to Help Decide Our Future.” Presented by Jarrett Skorup. Free.

STORIES ON THE FRONT LAWN: 11am, Traverse Area District Library, front lawn, TC. Geared toward families with young children. Free.

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon-1pm, Pennsylvania Park, Gazebo, Petoskey. Enjoy music by The Real Ingredients. Bring a chair or blanket. Free.


9TH ANNUAL BENZIE BAYOU: BLUES & ZYDECO FUNDRAISER: 4pm, Waterfront Park Amphitheater, Elberta. Nationally acclaimed musicians perform blues, jazz, & zydeco music with local food vendors cooking up southern inspired cuisine. Proceeds benefit Grow Benzie’s community center & partner programs. Performers include Joshua Davis & Friends, The Fabulous Horndogs, and K Jones & the Benzie Playboys. $35.

AFTER-HOURS GALLERY VISIT: 5-8pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center.


lage, Mackinaw City. Tonight is Friday Fun Night with the Picture Perfect Pet Parade & hot dog dinner.


STROLL THE STREETS: 6-9pm, Downtown Boyne City. Enjoy live music, entertainment, children’s activities & more.

31ST ANNUAL ART LEELANAU BENEFIT & EXHIBIT: 6:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Enjoy art, music, food & community. Proceeds from this event support programming at the Old Art Building for adults & youth. Your ticket includes food from Island Thyme Catering, live music from The Springtails, & a cash bar with local volunteer bartenders. Only members will have Early Access to the Exhibit beginning at 5:30pm. Works will be on display 11am-4pm daily from July 29 - Aug. 6. $70.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC IN THE PARK: TWO TRACK MIND: 6:30-8:30pm, Marina Park, Harbor Springs.

DOWNTOWN GAYLORD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7-10pm, Claude Shannon Park, Gaylord. Featuring The Real Ingredients. Bring a chair.


EAST JORDAN MUSIC IN THE PARK: 7-9pm, Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan. Enjoy funk & blues music with The Marsupials. ----------------------




SHOW: 7pm, The Greenhouse - Willow/ Primos, Cadillac. Presented by Cadillac Footliter Teens. ts/1421153018737112/1429378574581223


“SHOWSTOPPERS”: 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. The OTP Young Company’s Teen & Advanced Musical Theatre Workshops present their annual musical revue. Ticket prices include fees: Adult: $21; youth under 18: $12.


7-8:30pm, Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey. Enjoy Delta blues & gypsy jazz with Bee Taylor. Free.

CHENG SQUARED DUO: 7:30pm, Cheboygan Opera House. Featuring Chinese-Canadian pianist Silvie Cheng & her brother, cellist Brian Cheng, winner of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Competition & 2021 Concours de Gen ve. Enjoy works by Dvorak, Brahms & Chopin. $30; $25 Veterans; free for students.

LAVENDER GOES PINK: JILL JACK & THE KEYNOTE SISTERS: 7:30pm, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Breast Cancer Benefit Evening: Wear pink & enjoy performances by Americana, folk, rock, country, pop & blues singer & guitarist Jill Jack; & Americana artists Phoebe & Jaclyn. $44 theater seats; $20 lawn seats.

COMEDIAN BRIAN REGAN: SOLD OUT: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Vanity Fair calls Regan “The funniest stand-up alive.” $87, $82, $72, $67, $47.

MACKINAW CITY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City. Enjoy Motown & rock music with the Motor City Memories.


GELICA: (See Thurs., July 27)

TEEN LOCK-IN: Traverse Area District Library, TC. Kids 13-18 years old are invited to spend the night at the library. Arrival time is 8-8:30pm. After that there will be no arriving late or leaving early, except for the optional pick-up time of 11pm. Featuring games, crafts, music, movies & more. There will be pizza, snacks & something healthier. All participants must turn in a signed permission slip no later than 8pm on Mon., July 24. Permission slips may be picked up at the library or printed from the event link. Free. event/teen-lock-0

MOVIES IN THE PARK AT DARK: 9:30pm, Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey. Featuring “Top Gun Maverick.” Free.

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PATRICK’S HEAVY RIDE: 6:45am, Darrow Park, TC. Norte’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Choose from routes of 90 miles, 55 miles or 20 miles. Post-ride celebration at The Little Fleet. cid=40b7bddb8f&mc_eid=df24b9efb4 ----------------------

MACKINAC BRIDGE SWIM: This 4-5 mile swim starts at Forst Michilimackinac State Park, Mackinaw City at 7am.

AUSABLE RIVER FESTIVAL: Grayling. Today includes the GRA 10K & 5K, Lumberjack Breakfast, Miss AuSable River Festival, live music by Love Thug & Adam Hoppe, Duck Derby, Downtown Parade, & much more.

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ALDEN DAYS: 9am-4pm, Downtown Alden. Includes The Alden Run, farmer’s market & craft show, parade, kids’ games, face painting, blacksmith & wood carving demonstrations, & more.


CROOKED TREE 62ND ANNUAL ART FAIR: 9am-4pm, GT County Civic Center, TC. Featuring 130 artists & artisans from across the country. Enjoy a kids activity tent, food vendors, & free parking & admission. Artists represent a variety of art media, including sculpture, jewelry, glass, fibers, paintings & other 2-D fine art, pottery, metalwork, & more. Free. crookedtree. org/event/ctac-traverse-city/crooked-tree-artfair-july-29-2023


MADE IN CHEBOYGAN CRAFT SHOW: 9am5pm, 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: madeincheboygan@

PETOSKEY SIDEWALK SALES: 9am-6pm, Downtown Petoskey.

THE ALDEN RUN: 9am, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Featuring a 5K, 10K Run & 2 Mile Fun Walk. $25; price increases after July 25. MI/Alden/TheAldenRun


$25,000 USHJA INTERNATIONAL DERBY/ DUDLEY B. SMITH EQUITATION CHAMPIONSHIP: 10am, Flintfields Horse Park, Williamsburg. Enjoy Olympic-caliber show jumping. Featuring equestrian performances, food & drink options, & family-friendly activities. This week’s event is dedicated to supporting the Cherryland Humane Society. Gates open at 9am. $15 GA. eventbrite. com/e/25000-ushja-intl-hunter-derby-and-dudley-b-smith-equitation-championship-tickets617322065917?aff=odcleoeventsincollection

18TH ANNUAL MACKINAW AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY/HERITAGE VILLAGE HISTORIC FESTIVAL:10am-3pm, Heritage Village, Mackinaw City. Today includes the Jack Pine Lumberjack Demo, Maypole Freedom School, Gospel music with Jim Stevens, Vintage Baseball Pick-Up Demo/Game, music with Dan House, raffle drawing, quilters, spinners, juggler, & much more.


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


QUILT & ART SHOW: 10am-4pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Torch Area Artisans Guild, also known as TAAG, will hold a Quilt & Artisan Show with Boutique. There will be a variety of quilts, needlework, paintings, etc. on exhibit as well as a Boutique with handmade items & paintings for sale. No entry charge.


CREEK: 10am, Antrim Creek North Entrance. A Grass River Natural Area naturalist will guide you as you explore this unique dune & forest ecosystem by admiring endangered species like Lake Huron Tansy & learning the area’s natural & human history. Free.


COFFEE W/ THE AUTHORS: 11am, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Poet Holly Wren Spaulding will talk about keeping & banning words. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the discussion. Spaulding, a northern Michigan native now living in southern Maine, published her third book of poems, “Familiars,” in 2020. It was a response to the 2015 deletion of words by the Oxford Junior Dictionary. “Familiars” is full of poems about trees, flowers, magic, touch, memory, erasure, power, & [Spaulding’s] grief over the changing climate. Free.


“SAND, SEA & SHELLS”: Noon-4pm, Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. 22nd Annual Flower Show presented by the East Jordan Garden Club & the Jordan River Arts Council. Over 50 entries. You vote for the winners! Free admission.


LADY LUCK’S M-22 AUTOMOTIVE SHOWCASE: 3-5pm, Peshawbestown, north lot of Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge. All motorized vehicles are welcomed to attend & bystanders are encouraged to place their votes on multiple judging classes. play/lady-luck-m22-automotive-showcase

GAYLORD COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA - PAVILION POPS: 7-9pm, Pavilion on Court St., Downtown Gaylord. Free.


SHOW: 7pm, The Greenhouse - Willow/ Primos, Cadillac. Presented by Cadillac Footliter Teens. ts/1421153018737112/1429378574581223



“SHOWSTOPPERS”: (See Fri., July 28)

TC PIT SPITTERS VS. BATTLE CREEK BATTLE JACKS: 7:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. ----------------------

2023 MANITOU MUSIC: THE TRAVERSE CITY DANCE PROJECT: 7:30pm, Nash Road Red Barn, Maple City. Enjoy original choreography, live music, & professional dancers from around the country. $35 GAAC members; $40 non-members. glenarborart. org/events/tc-dance-project


OPENING NIGHT: YING LI, SOLO PIANO: 7:30pm, BIC Center, Beaver Island. Ying Li is the winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions and the inaugural Antonio Mormone International Prize in Italy. $100. product/ying-li-solo-piano ----------------------

WOOD BOX HEROES: 7:30pm, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Melding together various sounds including country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, rock & classical. Wood Box Heroes has numerous GRAMMY, IBMA, CMA, ACM & other industry-recognized honors. $35, $15.

GIRL NAMED TOM: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. This trio is made up of three siblings: Bekah, Joshua, & Caleb Liechty. They notably made history as “the only group to ever win NBC’s The Voice.” GA: $30.


SERIES: 8pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Roth Performance Shell, Mackinaw City. Enjoy folk & pop music with Brady Corcoran.

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36TH ANNUAL WALLOON LAKE FLYWHEELERS TRACTOR, ENGINE, & CRAFT SHOW: (See Thurs., July 27) ----------------------


MADE IN CHEBOYGAN CRAFT SHOW: (See Sat., July 29, except today’s time is 10am-3pm.)


FOURTH ANNUAL TC CHERRY WHISKEY FEST: Noon-4pm, The Stillhouse - TC Whiskey Co., TC. Tickets include a premium cocktail, sample of 2023 Barrel Proof Cherry Whiskey, TC Whiskey tasting glass, raffle

ticket, live music & yard games. $23 online; $30 door. ----------------------

COFFEE WITH THE AUTHORS: 1pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center. A live, conversational interview with local & regional authors about the writing craft & process. Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding in a conversation about keeping & banning words. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, will lead the discussion. Free.

$145,100 CSI3* GRAND PRIX: 2pm, Flintfields Horse Park, Williamsburg. Enjoy Olympic-caliber show jumping. Featuring equestrian performances, food & drink options, & family-friendly activities. This week’s event is dedicated to supporting Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Gates open at noon. $15 GA. sincollection

OTP YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS “SHOWSTOPPERS”: (See Fri., July 28, except today’s time is 2pm.)

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

BUY THE RUNWAY GALA: 5pm, French Valley Vineyard, event barn, Cedar. Leelanau Christian Neighbors’ annual fundraising event. Fashions from Samaritan’s Closet will be modeled & available for purchase, along with silent auction items. Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine, & entertainment. Help support this local food pantry. $75.


WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: GEMMA NEW, CONDUCTOR: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. New Zealand Symphony Principal Conductor Gemma New joins the World Youth Symphony Orchestra for their fifth performance of the season. $26 adult; $19 child through college. events/world-youth-symphony-orchestragemma-new-conductor-2023-07-30


FREE CHILDREN’S DENTAL FAIR: Copper Ridge parking lot, TC. United Way of Northwest Michigan has partnered with Delta Dental to borrow a large dental bus & park it out front of their new building in Copper Ridge, TC to host a four-week long “pop-up clinic” to help alleviate some of the backlog of young children waiting to be seen by a dentist.

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Hours are Mondays, 9am-3pm & TuesdaysFridays, 8am-3pm from July 11 - Aug. 4. Services are provided on a walk-in basis only.


LAVENDER FEST FRIDAYS: Fridays, 10am5pm, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Bring a picnic & enjoy live music, face painting, classes, activities & more.


HARBOR SPRINGS COMMUNITY BAND: Mondays, Harbor Springs waterfront, next to Pier Restaurant, 8pm. Free outdoor symphony band concerts.

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. The 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.

DOUGHERTY MISSION HOUSE TOURS: Held Weds.-Sun., 10am-4pm, June 10 –Aug. 26. Docent led tours of the 1842 Rev. Dougherty Mission House, TC built by the Odawa & Chippewa with Chief Agosa. Explore the House, summer kitchen, carriage shed, icehouse, demonstration gardens & trail through the 15 acres. Visiting exhibit features the Inns of Old Mission. Discover where Old Mission Peninsula earned its name.

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


KET: 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 22 market will feature live music by Lee Dyer. The July 29 market will feature live music by Kyle Brown.

CADILLAC FARMERS MARKET: Tues. & Fri., 9am-3pm. 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.

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., 8am-noon. Parking lot “B” at southwest corner of Cass & Grandview Parkway, TC. dda.

THE VILLAGE AT GT COMMONS OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKET: The Village at GT Commons, The Piazza, TC, Mondays from 1-5pm. Farm fresh eggs, fruits & veggies, meats, honey, maple syrup, & more. 3530997102798/?active_tab=about


GENE RANTZ PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT GALLERY EXHIBIT: Northport Arts Association, Northport. Up to 50 artists paint for two days & then sell their original paintings at the Wet Paint Sale reception & in the gallery until Aug. 6.

ALAN MACIAG EXHIBIT AT MARI VINEYARDS, TC: Plein Air painter Alan Maciag exhibits gorgeous Michigan landscapes. Runs through Sept. event/alan-maciag-exhibit-at-mari-vineyards-with-twisted-fish


JORDAN RIVER ARTS PRESENTS FARMER, FARMHERS & FARMS: Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. This exhibition celebrates local farms with works in a variety of media. Runs through Aug. 5. Regular gallery hours: 1-4pm, Thurs.-Mon.

“GREAT BODIES”: Higher Art Gallery, TC. Group exhibit - 32 artists - celebrating the life giving, fresh bodies of water throughout Michigan. Runs July 7 - Aug. 5.

SUMMER SALON: Runs June 30 - Sept. 2 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. 4th annual salonstyle exhibit showcasing regionally inspired work by local & area artists. Gallery is open Mon. through Fri., 11am-4pm, & Sat., 11am3pm or by appointment. exhibits-2023

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. charles-culver-public-art-display-2023

“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

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events. Featuring original paintings in oil,

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 paintings that encompass a broad range of vintage vehicles, recent classics, off-road vehicles, exotics & more. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.


- “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



SHOW – ART OF THE TABLE: July 1525. Enjoy work by Phoebe Moll, ceramist, & Joann Condino, fiber artist. Phoebe’s farmhouse inspired functional ware filled with earth tones is complemented by Joann’s Italian rooted woodblocked linens.

ROBERT SCUDDER SHOW - FARM TO TABLE: July 15-25. Oil paintings by Robert Scudder.

ing 65 works by 58 artists working throughout the Great Lakes region. Works were reviewed & selected by guest juror & judge of awards, Kathleen Newman. event/ctac-traverse-city/great-lakes-pastelsociety-2023-members-juried-exhibition-

REFLECTIONS BETWEEN CONVERSA: Held in Carnegie East Gallery. This exhibit is showcasing 2D & 3D artwork by Rufus Snoddy & Glenn Wolff, who are friends & teaching colleagues in the Art Department at NMC, & have often collaborated on public art. Runs July 8 - Aug. 5. event/ctac-traverse-city/reflections-betweenconversations

- 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. royce-deans-and-angela-saxon-new-monotypes ----------------------


- 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.


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Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Should you choose to accept the mission, before you rush out to see the seventh installment of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise, you’ll need to clear your schedule for the 2 hour and 43 minute film (and more in 2024 if you’d like to see the second part finale).

It’s all part of a monumental effort to bring you back to the big screen, and Cruise himself seems intent on trying to save the motion picture industry, seeing no other option than to go rogue like the Ethan Hunt character he’s been playing now for almost 30 years. As the key M.I. creative, Cruise is star, stuntman, producer, and keeper of the flame for the last generation of movie stars known by their real names and not the comic book characters they play.

And in the short term at least, it seems to be working. Dead Reckoning is having the best M.I. opening to date, with over $80M in box office receipts during just the first five days of its release. Cruise’s enthusiasm for “mass entertainment” is, in fact, bringing audiences back.

Based on the characters created by Bruce Geller in 1966, the original Impossible Mission Force (IMF) formula remains largely the same: A secret, elite force for good takes on assignments only if they are impossible and have the more-than-likely outcome of saving the world. And for those who adore Cruise’s slow-squinting twinkled eyes, dramatic jaw clenching, and absurd confidence in the face of danger, you will not be disappointed.

Is it all worth it again? This familiar journey of motorized chases, aerial feats, and characters who look ridiculously good doing epic things where they never even break a sweat?

For this critic, the answer was reluctantly, “I guess so.” Because what else is there anymore that lets you feel like a night out at the movies is worth it? So intent is this desire by Paramount Pictures that at the screening I attended, the staff gave out full color posters and IMF tchotchke pins on the way out—possibly to juice the Tomatometer but definitely as a heartfelt thank-you from the studios for remembering how to attend a large-format film in the first place.

While I realize I’ve told you precious little about the story, it’s also because there is truly precious little you need to know for this experience. You will be entertained by action sequences, interstitial moments of comedy from characters reduced to background, and adolescent abstractions about the future controlled by a Godlike artificial intelligence entity that has taken over our digital grid and is now the world’s most dangerous weapon. Of course it’s destined to fall into the wrong hands… unless the IMF team can stop it.

The AI enemy starts as an interesting premise for an interesting time, but truly is just a conventional villain disguised as a hard drive. The tactics for avoiding The Entity are to go analog and stay off the grid, forcing the CIA and other governments to run their intelligence gathering through closed-systems and outdated technologies with just enough processing power to give them a fighting chance.

Sure, some might feel the film is a bit redundant, predictable, and worn out (although it’s definitely the year of upside down and vertigo-inducing train escapes, and I’ll say no more). But for those who will always be Tom Cruise fans, this mission might be just what you’re looking for in the movies … a perfect compliment to go with your popcorn.

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7/28 -- Mark DeNoyelles, 6-8



7/23 & 7/28 -- Timothy Michael


7/27 -- Blair Miller


Thu -- Jazz at Sunset w/ Jeff Haas

Trio w/ Laurie Sears & Watercolorist

Lisa Flahive, 7


7/21-22 -- 1Wave DJs, 2-9


7/21 -- DJ Ricky T, 9

7/22 – DJ Ricky T, 10

7/27 -- Larz Cabot, 8-10

7/28-29 – DJ Ricky T, 9



7/23 – Round Creek String Band

7/26 – Rhett & John

7/27 – The North Carolines

7/28 – Jabo Bihlman’s Family Jam

7/30 – Mike Moran feat. Ryan McGee


7/24 -- Trivia, 6-8

7/25 -- Open Mic, 6-8

7/26 -- KDJ, 7-9

7/28 -- Bossa Nassa, 7-9



7/24 -- Open Mic w/ Rob Coonrod,



7/22 – Weston Buchan

7/29 -- Eliza Thorp


Tues. – Trivia, 8-10

Weds. – Open Mic Night w/ Aldrich, 9-11

Sun. – Karaoke, 8


7/22 – Rebekah Jon, 1-4

7/23 – Dirty Duo, 1-4; Brett Mitchell,


7/28 – Jonathan Stoye, 1-4; Kevin Paul, 5-8

7/29 – Rob Coonrod, 1-4; Empire Highway, 5-8

7/30 – Nick Vasquez, 1-4; Luke Woltanski Duo, 5-8


7/28 -- Mateo, 6-9


7/28 – Drew Hale, 5:30-8:30



Thurs. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano,


Fri. & Sat. – Tom Kaufmann on Piano,



7/30 -- Jordan Hamilton Duo + Gail,



7/26 – BYOVinyl, 8


7/28 -- Brother Wolf, 6:30-10


7/22 – Bryan Ruby & Trent Ingram,

6-9; Jazz Cabbage, 9-12

7/25 -- Jesse Jefferson, 8-11

7/26 -- Wink, 8-11

7/27 -- Jimmy Olson, 8-11

Emmet & Cheboygan



7/22 – Peter Allen Jensen, 7



7/22 -- The Mighty Hiawathas, 7

7/23 -- Mary Kenyon, 5

7/29 -- The North Carolines, 7

7/30 -- DJ Clark After Dark, 8-10



7/22 -- Chase & Allie, 2-6

7/28 -- Jelly Roll Blues Band, 4-7:30


7/28 -- Annex Karaoke, 9:30


7/21-22 & 7/28-29 – Pete Big Dog

Fetters, 8



7/23 -- Mike Ridley

7/30 – Doug Thomas



7/23 – Ron Getz

7/28 & 7/30 – Holly Keller



7/26 -- Kevin Johnson

7/27 -- Bill Oeming

7/28 -- Sean Megoran



7/22 – Holly Keller

7/26 -- Todd Aldrich

7/27 -- Will Springsteen

7/28 -- Kyle Brown

7/29 -- Donald Benjamin



7/27 -- Joel Lewandowski, 6:30-8:30


7/28 -- Dave Crater, 6-9; Old Mission Fiddle Vine, 9-12


7/22 – Les Dalgliesh, 1-4; Empire Highway, 8-11

7/23 – Drew Hale, 4:30-7:30; Nick Vasquez, 8-11

7/26 – Tyler Roy, 8-11

7/27 – Steve Clark, 8-11

7/28 – Amanda Igra, 1-4

7/29 -- Craig Jolly, 1-4

7/30 – Drew Hale, 4:30-7:30; Nick Vasquez, 8-11


7/22 -- Stonefolk, 8-10

7/25 -- Open Mic, 7-9

7/26 -- Jazz Show & Jam, 6-8:30

7/27 -- DJ Dance Party, 9

7/28 -- The Crosscut Kings, 8-10

7/29 -- Marsupial Creampie, 8-10

7/30 -- Comedy Mixtape w/ Tilt Think Improv, 7-9


7/22 – True Tones

7/27 -- TSP

7/28 -- Protea

7/29 -- 4 Horsemen


7/28 -- James Dake, 6 UNION STREET STATION, TC

7/22 -- Happy Hour w/ USS Comedy; then The Timebombs

7/23 -- DJ Fasel, 10

7/25 -- USS Open Mic Comedy,


7/26 -- Skin Kwon Doe, 10

7/27 -- DJ PRIM, 10 7/28 -- DJ Parker Marshall, 10 7/29 -- Kenny Olsen, 10

-- Producer AJ, 10


7/28 -- Driving Dawn, 9


7/22 – Ty Parkin, 4-8

7/23 – Peter Allen Jensen, 4-6

7/26-27 -- Kirby Snively, 6-8

7/29 -- Serita's Black Rose, 4-8

7/30 -- Jackie Pappas, 2-5



7/22 – Dr. Timothy Jay Pickett, 5-7

7/23 – Lee Anne Whitman, 6

7/28 & 7/30 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 6

7/29 -- Terry Coveyou, 5-7



7/22 -- The Pints

7/28 -- Serita's Black Rose

7/29 -- Wife Island


7/27 -- The Real Ingredients, 6

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7/22 -- Drew Hale wsg John Richard


7/29 -- Adam Joynt Band w/ Ryan

Curtis Band

Leelanau & Benzie


7/27 -- Pinter Whitnick, 3-6


7/22 -- Dominic Fortuna, 4-6

7/23 -- Larry Perkins, 2:30-5:30 7/25 -- Michael Fahey & Luke Woltanski, 5:30-7:30 7/29 -- Jedi Clampetts, 2:30-5:30




7/25 -- Amanda Igra & Friends

7/26 -- Andre Villoch

7/27 -- Jim Hawley


7/23 -- Rigs & Jeels, 2-4:30

7/27 -- Jazz Cabbage, 5-7:30

7/30 -- Rhett & John, 2-4:30



7/22 -- Brady Corcoran

7/23 -- Doc Probes

7/28 -- Meg Gunia

7/29 -- Tim Krause

7/30 -- Blair Miller

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7/26 -- Jim Hawley 7/27 -- Dave Barth 7/28 -- Dominic Fortuna

7/29 -- Nick Vasquez




7/23 – Blair Miller

7/30 -- Larry Perkins


7/26 -- Open Mic Night w/ Andrew

Littlefield, 7


7/23 -- Sav Buist's Songbird Sundays,


7/27 -- Legal Rehab, 4-7



7/22 -- Blair Miller

7/27 -- Luke Woltanski & Dalton Sala

7/29 -- Kevin Johnson




7/26 -- Rhett & John, noon-3



7/22 -- The Shouting Bones

7/24 -- Blair Miller

7/26 -- Jameson Bros


7/22 – Matt Gabriel, 6-8

7/23 – Monte Pride, 5-7

7/24 -- Pete 'Big Dog' Fetters, 6

7/27 -- Jackie Pappas, 6-8

7/28 -- Rhett & John, 6-8

7/29 -- Busted Balloon Feat. Fremont

John, 6-8

7/30 -- John Piatek & Friends, 3-5


7/28 -- Karaoke, 9


7/22 -- The Daydrinker Series w/ Chris Skellenger & Paul Koss, 3-6; then Chloe Kimes Band, 7-10

7/25 -- New Third Coast, 6:30-9:30

7/26 -- Mike Struwin, 6:30-9:30

7/27 -- Drew Hale, 6:30-9:30

7/28 -- Happy Hour w/ Sam Hess,

3-6; then The Derrell Syria Project,


7/29 -- The Daydrinker Series w/ The Menchacas, 3-6; then The Derrell Syria Project, 7-10

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Sat,Thu -- Adam & The Cabana Boys, 7



7/28 -- Nelson Olstrom, noon


Wed -- Chris Calleja & Adam Engelman, 6-9


7/22 & 7/28 -- Rick Woods, 7-10

7/29 -- Darrell Boger, 6:30-9:30


7/22 & 7/29 -- Steve Dawson, 7:3010:30


7/27 -- Jeff Greif, 7-10


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7/22 -- Les Older

7/28 -- The KnockAuffs

7/29 -- Rolling Dirty


7/22 -- Botala, 6:30-9:30

7/23 – Randy Reszka, 6:30-9:30



7/24 -- Blake Elliott, 8-10


7/22 – The Make Believe Spurs, 1-4; Monte Pride, 5:30-8:30

7/23 – Jabo, 3-6

7/24 -- The Duges, 5:30-8:30

7/25 -- Deep Blue Water Samba School w/ Marc Alderman, 6-7

7/26 -- Bill Frary, 5:30-8:30

7/29 -- Mark Lavengood, 1-4; Porcelain Train, 5:30-8:30

7/30 -- Jabo, 3-6



7/28 -- Friday Night LIVE with Clint Weaner, 5:30-8:30



7/23 – Adrian + Meredith

7/27 -- Barefoot



7/23 – Loose Change

7/30 – Levi Britton



7/22 – Timothy Michael Thayer



Sun -- Waterbed feat. Jimmy Olson & Matt McCalpin

Thu -- Blake Elliott & Friends



7/22 – Liz Landry

7/27 – The Time Bombs

7/29 – The Duges


7/26 -- Craig Jolly, 6-9

Sat. – Karaoke, 9


7/29 -- Timothy Michael Thayer, 6-9


7/22 -- DJ 1Wave House Dubstep Dance Party, 7-11


7/22 -- Hanna Von Bernthal, 1

7/23 & 7/30 -- Zeke, 7

7/25 -- Gretchen Andrews, 7

7/26 -- Jesse, 7

7/28 -- Jeff Socia, 7



7/22 -- Ray Townsend

7/29 -- John Sanger



7/26 -- May Erlewine

7/28 -- Alex Teller


7/28 -- Local Ground Live Music w/ Heartspace, 6-7; Jill Jack & The Keynote Sisters, 7:30-9

7/29 -- Wood Box Heroes, 7:30


-- Adam Hoppe

-- Nelson Olstrom

7/27 -- Porcelain Train, 6:30-9:30

7/28 -- The Rebel Eves, 6:30-9:30

7/29 -- The Groove Suns, 6:30-9:30

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): I hereby appoint myself as your temporary social director. My first action is to let you know that from an astrological perspective, the next nine months will be an excellent time to expand and deepen your network of connections and your web of allies. I invite you to cultivate a vigorous grapevine that keeps you up-to-date about the latest trends affecting your work and play. Refine your gossip skills. Be friendlier than you’ve ever been. Are you the best ally and collaborator you could possibly be? If not, make that one of your assignments.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I’m wondering if there is a beloved person to whom you could say these words by Rumi: “You are the sky my spirit circles in, the love inside love, the resurrection-place.” If you have no such an ally, Libra, the coming months will be a favorable time to attract them into your life. If there is such a companion, I hope you will share Rumi’s lyrics with them, then go further. Say the words Leonard Cohen spoke: “When I’m with you, want to be the kind of hero I wanted to be when I was seven years old.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your theme for the coming weeks is “pleasurable gooseflesh.” expect and hope you’ll experience it in abundance. You need it and deserve it! Editor Corrie Evanoff describes “pleasurable gooseflesh” as “the primal response we experience when something suddenly violates our expectations in a good way.” It can also be called “frisson”—a French word meaning “a sudden feeling or sensation of excitement, emotion, or thrill.” One way this joy may occur is when we listen to a playlist of songs sequenced in unpredictable ways—say Mozart followed by Johnny Cash, then Edit Piaf, Led Zeppelin, Blondie, Queen, Luciano Pavarotti, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Here’s your homework: Imagine three ways you can stimulate pleasurable gooseflesh and frisson, then go out and make them happen.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Fire rests by changing,” wrote ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. In accordance with astrological omens, I ask you to meditate on that riddle. Here are some preliminary thoughts: The flames rising from a burning substance are always moving, always active, never the same shape. Yet they comprise the same fire. As long as they keep shifting and dancing, they are alive and vital. If they stop changing, they die out and disappear. The fire needs to keep changing to thrive! Dear Sagittarius, here’s your assignment: Be like the fire; rest by changing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There’s ample scientific evidence that smelling cucumbers can diminish feelings of claustrophobia. For example, some people become anxious when they are crammed inside a narrow metal tube to get an MRI. But numerous imaging facilities have reduced that discomfort with the help of cucumber oil applied to cotton pads and brought into proximity to patients’ noses. I would love it if there were also natural ways to help you break free of any and all claustrophobic situations, Capricorn. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to hone and practice the arts of liberation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone,” said Aquarian author Gertrude B. Stein. She was often quirky and even downright weird, but as you can see, she also had a heartful attitude about her alliances. Stein delivered another pithy quote that revealed her tender approach to relationships. She said that love requires a skillful audacity about sharing one’s inner world. I hope you will put these two gems of advice at the center of your attention, Aquarius. You are ready for a strong, sustained dose of deeply expressive interpersonal action.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): According to the International Center for Academic Integrity, 95 percent of high school students acknowledge they have participated in academic cheating. We can conclude that just one of 20 students have never cheated—a percentage that probably matches how many non-cheaters there are in every area of life. I mention this because I believe it’s a favorable time to atone for any deceptions you have engaged in, whether in school

or elsewhere. I’m not necessarily urging you to confess, but I encourage you to make amends and corrections to the extent you can. Also: Have a long talk with yourself about what you can learn from your past cons and swindles.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You are about to read a thunderbolt of sublime prophecies. It’s guaranteed to nurture the genius in your soul’s underground cave. Are you ready? 1. Your higher self will prod you to compose a bold prayer in which you ask for stuff you thought you weren’t supposed to ask for. 2. Your higher self will know what to do to enhance your love life by at least 20 percent, possibly more. 3. Your higher self will give you extra access to creativity and imaginative powers, enabling you to make two practical improvements in your life.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 1991, John Kilcullen began publishing books with “for Dummies” in the title: for example, Sex for Dummies, Time Management for Dummies, Personal Finance for Dummies, and my favorite, Stress Management for Dummies. There are now over 300 books in this series. They aren’t truly for stupid people, of course. They’re designed to be robust introductions to interesting and useful subjects. I invite you to emulate Kilcullen’s mindset, Taurus. Be innocent, curious, and eager to learn. Adopt a beginner’s mind that’s receptive to being educated and influenced. (If you want to know more, go here:

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I could be converted to a religion of grass,” says Indigenous author Louise Erdrich in her book Heart of the Land. “Sink deep roots. Conserve water. Respect and nourish your neighbors. Such are the tenets. As for practice—grow lush in order to be devoured or caressed, stiffen in sweet elegance, invent startling seeds. Connect underground. Provide. Provide. Be lovely and do no harm.” I advocate a similar approach to life for you Geminis in the coming weeks. Be earthy, sensual, and lush. (PS: Erdrich is a Gemini.)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There are two kinds of holidays: those created by humans and those arising from the relationship between the sun and earth. In the former category are various independence days: July 4 in the US, July 1 in Canada, July 14 in France, and June 2 in Italy. Japan observes Foundation Day on February 11. Among the second kind of holiday is Lammas on August 1, a pagan festival that in the Northern Hemisphere marks the halfway point between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. In pre-industrial cultures, Lammas celebrated the grain harvest and featured outpourings of gratitude for the crops that provide essential food. Modern revelers give thanks for not only the grain, but all the nourishing bounties provided by the sun’s and earth’s collaborations. believe you Leos are smart to make Lammas one of your main holidays. What’s ready to be harvested in your world. What are your prime sources of gratitude?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): For many of us, a disposal company regularly comes to our homes to haul away the garbage we have generated. Wouldn’t it be great if there was also a reliable service that purged our minds and hearts of the psychic gunk that naturally accumulates? Psychotherapists provide this blessing for some of us, and I know people who derive similar benefits from spiritual rituals. Getting drunk or intoxicated may work, too, although those states often generate their own dreck. With these thoughts in mind, Virgo, meditate on how you might cleanse your soul with a steady, ennobling practice. Now is an excellent time to establish or deepen this tradition.



1. Go halfsies on

6. Host Convy or Parks

10. College grad

14. Novelist Ferrante

15. St. George's setting

16. Facility

17. University with a focus on adventurous journeys?

19. Actor Reynolds

20. Turmoil

21. Longest river within Spain

23. "___ Along" (Pet Shop Boys song)

24. Roswell visitors(?), for short

27. Abate

31. First name in TV "neighborinos"

32. "The King of Queens" actress Remini

33. Start of a Steinbeck title

34. Potential brand name for a cleaning polish for reflective surfaces?

36. Philosopher with a "razor"

39. "I ___ you one!"

40. One of the Three Musketeers

41. Planned undertaking to visit the coast?

44. Large moon of Jupiter

45. "___ that special?"

46. "Exit full-screen mode" key

49. Unleash, as a tirade

50. Serene type of garden

51. Muppet who hosted the "Not-Too-Late Show"

52. Sunset direction

54. Turmoil

56. Nil

59. Nuts about a particular disco dance?

62. Love, in a telenovela

63. Voting against 64. Part of a "Supermarket Sweep" route 65. Hockey projectile 66. Routes

67. Fold and press


1. Costume sparkler

2. Deep dive

3. Looked rudely

4. Map adjunct

5. Body art

6. "Close ___ no cigar"

7. Airport stat

8. Cost per minute, say

9. Amorphous movie villain

10. "Dream On" rock group

11. Put down, as tile or carpet

12. Olympics chant that's often parodied

13. "The ___ Who Stare at Goats" (2009 movie)

18. Take the helm

22. Bend with a prism

25. Deck with wands

26. Entertainment realm

28. "OK, whatever" sound

29. "OK, whatever" sound in response, maybe?

30. Shrimpboat gear

32. Key dessert

34. "La Mer" for Debussy, for example

35. Joaquin's "Walk the Line" costar

36. European GM affiliate

37. Motley ___ (Tommy Lee's former band)

38. Actor Bud of "Harold and Maude"

42. Kate who married Spielberg

43. Cancel out

46. Plaza Hotel girl

47. It's almost always used to spell "and"

48. Like old phones, retronymically

51. Rommel of WWII history

53. Subway option

55. Mountain range feature

56. Bolt from the blue

57. Adelaide biggie

58. "1001 Nights" creature

60. Porcine home

61. 1999 Frank McCourt book

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