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Northern Express Weekly • june 19, 2023 • 1 norther nex NORTHERN express NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S WEEKLY • june 19 - june 25, 2023 • Vol. 33 No. 24 HAPPY PRIDE MONTH
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Forget the Has-Beens

Your June 12-18 edition included “A music nerd’s guide to the 2023 Interlochen Arts Festival.” Too bad it neglected to mention the World Youth Symphony (WYSO) that performs every Sunday evening in July.

If you might enjoy really good music, performed by talented youth from around the world, in an open-air venue, on a pleasant summer Sunday evening, forget the hasbeens and see the WYSO.

Be Like the Outer Banks

In the article “How Many Hotels (and Short-Term Rentals) Does Traverse City Need?” (June 12, 2023), Katy Bertodatto suggests that the tourist assessment be divided up so that rather than just tourism, the assessment be used to support infrastructure. She uses the Outer Banks in North Carolina as a successful example of this idea.

This is a wonderful idea, as the infrastructure of this town could use some supporting dollars to maintain all the attractions and services the tourists are here to see and use. Mr. Tkach, I ask you to support this idea and help move it forward so that this beautiful area can be maintained. There is enough advertising. Time to put a little money and attention into the infrastructure. Ms. Bertodatto, please let the community know how we can help move this idea forward. Thank you.

I would like your obviously biased Democrat, Mr. Tuttle, to please inform us where he got his information regarding the Presidential Records Act (June 12, 2023, column “Same Trump, New Campaign Lies”). It seems to me that he is reading something definitely different then 90 percent of what I have seen or read in news reports. Maybe he should check out what Obama, Clinton, Bush, and on and on have done with the boxes they took upon leaving the White House before he trashes President Trump. Perhaps if he wrote about the hundreds of lies that spew out of President Biden’s mouth, Mr. Tuttle might have more credibility.

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Viva the VIV Art Show

World-class horses and their riders won’t be the only draw to Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg this weekend. Saturday, June 24, from 4-8pm, the Traverse City Horse Shows venue will also be hosting the Veterans Inspiring Veterans (VIV) Art Show. Twenty-seven artists—all of them verified military vets—will display and sell their works. More than 100 pieces of art will be on display, from paintings to pottery sculptures to carvings. To learn more about the show and get a sneak peek at the artists’ works head to Tickets— which also include admission to Traverse City Horse Shows for the afternoon and food from Mane Event Catering—are $100 each and must be purchased in advance at Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Reining Liberty Ranch, a local nonprofit that offers community-based programs that serve veterans, their families, and other disabled/at-risk individuals in the Grand Traverse area.

A Long Day of Open Mics

Head over to Bier’s Inwood Brewery in Charlevoix on Wednesday, June 21, from 4-9pm to support “The Longest Day,” a nationwide effort to help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association (AA). This will be an open mic style event with live music, raffles, donation opportunities and a portion of beer and pizza sales benefitting the AA. Short sets of music are scheduled with Lou Thumser, Significant Others, Blair Miller, Frank Cook, Rhett & John, and many others.

Hey, read It! Yellowface 4

Athena Liu was dead, to begin with. So is it wrong for June Hayward, her sort-of friend and would-be literary competitor, to take Athena’s first draft of a new book that will never otherwise see the light of day? Is it wrong for June to finish and edit the story? To send it to her agent and pass it off as her own? To rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in advances and royalties? To double down on the lie that June created the book—focused on Chinese laborers in World War I—all by herself?

(The answer to all of those questions is, of course, yes.) As June, our main character and villain, shares her unfiltered story, she gets ever more tangled in a spider’s web of her own making, and it’s impossible to stop turning the pages. Called “a brutal satire” by The New York Times, R. F. Kuang’s Yellowface is part thriller, part dark comedy, and 100 percent worth a read.

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Third Coast Bakery’s Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Third Coast Bakery did the impossible 10 years ago when they opened a gluten-free and dairy-free—and primarily soy-free and vegan—bakery in Traverse City. But no one is missing those ingredients a decade later as the little bakery that could continues to churn out incredible pastries, confections, and coffees. For summertime, there’s nothing better than Third Coast’s Lemon Blueberry Loaf. This tangy-sweet dessert—or is it breakfast? You do you—tastes impossibly decadent, and it looks good enough to serve at your next dinner party. (Buy a slice at the store or order a whole loaf, which serves 8-12 people, for $34.99.) The best part: The blueberries come straight from Buchan’s Farm on Old Mission Peninsula, so you’re truly getting the local touch in every bite. Visit the bakery at 523 Munson Avenue Traverse City or shop online at (231) 421-8696

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6 Brewery Bookends on the Betsie Valley Trail

The Friends of Betsie Valley Trail are bringing you the first-ever Brew-to-Brew Trail Day this Saturday, June 24, from 10am to 2pm. The 22-mile trail runs through Benzie County, connecting key towns like Thompsonville, Beulah, and Frankfort. Lucky for us, there are two great breweries along the route: Stormcloud in Frankfort and Five Shores in Beulah. The Brew-to-Brew Trail Day encourages participants to bike the 20-mile loop between the breweries— or run/walk/roll a few segments—with a voucher for one beer at each brewery included in the $25 registration. (Good news: The vouchers are valid for a whole week in case you don’t make it from point A to point B.) Benzie Bus will offer free shuttle services between the breweries for those who traverse the route. Proceeds of the event will go to the Friends of Betsie Valley Trail, the nonprofit that helps make sure the trail is maintained and enjoyed. Learn more at

Stuff We Love: Hidden Dragons in the Forest

Karl Rykert is a self-taught sculptor who was enjoying anonymity until he chose to carve a dragon’s head jutting out of the woods on a busy section of US-131 south of Boyne Falls, near the Charlevoix/Antrim county line. Drivers took notice, word spread on social media, and before he knew it, the secret was out. “I am a bit overwhelmed by the interest from everyone,” he says. “All the pieces I have done have been in the woods, without scrutiny, so when I did this dragon, I was surprised by the response.” Rykert took up sculpting about three years ago and learned through trial and error, using various chainsaws and hand tools. His less visible works, about 25 in all, include animals, humans, signs, and benches, and are tucked away in the woods close to his retirement home in Boyne Falls. “I love being in the woods for any reason, so sculpting was just another reason to be there,” he says.

Books from Birth

Munson Medical Center is hoping to give every baby born and registered at their hospital from Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Antrim, and Benzie counties a new book each month for the first five years of their lives. To get age-appropriate books into the hands of kiddos and their parents, Munson has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Grand Traverse to pilot the program this fall for the first 100 babies born beginning October 1, 2023. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is an international book gifting program started by the Queen of Country—who actually prefers “The Book Lady” as her go-to moniker—to help encourage literacy and a lifelong love of reading. The pilot program will cost $15,000—supported by funds from Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary—but the hospital and DPIL Grand Traverse are hoping to expand the project to reach a goal of $225,000 annually to serve all of the approximately 1,500 local babies born each year. Learn more at

From across the pond to TC!

uspense writer Ruth Ware made her first NWS appearance during the pandemic. Now she’s returning in-person with an adrenaline-filled thriller that sheds light on the sinister workings of the digital world. She’ll take the City Opera House stage to talk about Zero Days, a heart-pounding mystery about a woman in a race against time to clear her name and find her husband’s murderer.

Join NWS on Sunday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m., livestreamed, for a conversation with Ruth and guest host Eric Hines, WNMC station manager.

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bottoms up Bailey’s Farms’ Hummingbird Nectar Kombucha

Pop quiz: what’s good for your gut, but still tastes great in a wine glass? If you guessed Bailey’s Farms small-batch kombucha, you’re right! Bailey’s Farms’ light and fizzy ferments are made from Light of Day Organics’ teas and are packed with local botanicals, making them totally poundable—in a healthy, booze-less sort of way. We love the Hummingbird Nectar flavor: It’s rife with notes of cherry, hibiscus, and currant—balanced by just a hint of maple syrup—and pairs beautifully with hot, sunny weather. Enjoy a bottle straight from the fridge, or, if you’re feeling extra fancy, go for a frozen kombucha smoothie or float. Sounds like serendipi-tea to us! Try all 12 tea-infused flavors online at (use the “Find Us” tab to locate statewide distributors), or visit them at farmers’ markets from June to October in Interlochen, Frankfort, and Traverse City.

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This is a tale of two Republican presidential candidates who both need the support of those identifying as evangelical Christians. Actually, it’s not just a tale—it’s a mystery. We’ll call them Candidate #1 and Candidate #2.

Candidate #1 is a serial adulterer having admitted to cheating on his first two wives and been accused of cheating on his third. He paid $130,000 to an adult film star so she would not talk about a fling he claims never happened.

Candidate #2 has been married to the same woman for more than 30 years, and there have been no accusations of adultery and no hush money payment has been paid to anyone. He won’t even have lunch or dinner alone with a female colleague.

Candidate #1, we are told in several books written about him, often takes the Lord’s name in vain along with other “colorful” language. Candidate #2 has never been

Candidate #1 attempted to subvert the U.S. Constitution. Candidate #2 protected and defended the U.S. Constitution.

Candidate #1 has been charged with dozens of felonies in two separate investigations in different states and has been found guilty of sexual abuse in a civil case and ordered to pay his victim $5 million. Candidate #2 has not been charged with any criminal behavior nor is he the target of any civil suits.

Candidate #1 is a serial commandment breaker whose only understanding of the Golden Rule is the “Do unto others...” part. Candidate #2 might as well have been created by mad scientists in a Bible study class.

Now we’ll get to the mystery, because those who identify themselves as evangelical Christians—you know, people who believe in the Bible and take the Ten Commandments pretty seriously—give 52 percent of

accused of taking the Lord’s name in vain or of uttering other profanities.

Candidate #1 usually plays golf or works on Sunday. Candidate #2 goes to church and then spends time with his family on Sunday.

Candidate #1 bears false witness pretty regularly and, according to The Washington Post Fact Checker, has averaged about 22 falsehoods a day since 2016, or more than 30,000 total. Candidate #2 has borne false witness, always about policy or politics, about one percent as often, according to the same source.

Candidate #1 settled many lawsuits in which he was accused of financial shenanigans, fraud, or failure to pay contractors for work completed. Candidate #2 has made no settlements in or out of court, though he was sued in an attempt to force him to overturn the 2020 election.

Candidate #1 was once pro-choice (while appearing on Meet the Press in 1999, he said, “I am very pro-choice”) before becoming pro-life and opposing Roe v. Wade. He has said he believes abortion laws should be up to the states as the Supreme Court decided.

Candidate #2 has always been pro-life and always wanted Roe v. Wade overturned. He favors a federal statute or statutes banning abortion nationwide.

Candidate #1 believes leaders in Russia, China, and North Korea are “top level” and we should be friends with Kim Jung-un, Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jingping. Candidate #2 doubts that Russia, China, and North Korea leaders will be our friends, as they have a history of ignoring treaties and should not be trusted

their support nationally to Candidate #1 according to a Monmouth Poll in late March. Even more mysterious, according to a Des Moines Register poll, 58 percent of selfidentified Iowa evangelical Christian voters also support Candidate #1 while Candidate #2 is mired in single digits in both polls.

Candidate #1 in this scenario is obviously Donald Trump and Candidate #2 is just as obviously Mike Pence. The mystery is clear: Why do voters who claim to adhere to conservative Christian values, like Mike Pence apparently does, support someone who adheres to none of them? (Yes, there are plenty of reasons for Democrats to reject Mike Pence on policy grounds and issues alone, but that’s a different column.)

Research reported in Time magazine indicates conservative Christians support Trump because he is anti-abortion, proChristmas, pro-religious freedom, and proIsrael. But Mike Pence shares those same positions without any of the Trump baggage. The research gets more interesting the deeper it goes. Nearly two-thirds of white evangelicals believe the 2020 election was stolen. Nearly as many believe the risks of COVID-19 were overstated and that this is a Christian nation more than a secular republic.

But Christian nationalism is anathema to real patriotism and is another falsity perpetuated by Trump to appeal to his evangelical Christian base. If his negativity and fear mongering—everything is terrible, he knows who to blame, and he will destroy them—are what truly attaches evangelicals to Trump and away from Pence and other Republicans… well, that isn’t very Christian at all.

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If his negativity and fear mongering are what truly attaches evangelicals to Trump and away from Pence and other Republicans…well, that isn’t very Christian at all.
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Northern Michigan is one of the most traveled destinations in the summer, especially during the festival season and holidays. But even as thousands of people explore our stunning state, some remain hesitant.

Small-town culture can seem closed-minded, but significant changes have been happening in the last few years. Many people within the LGBTQ+ community and their supporters have moved north, feeling comfortable and accepted in their new homes.

Towns all over the state have come together to celebrate our LGBTQ+ neighbors because that is what being a community is all about. These smaller destinations have a lot of love to give, and as residents of northwest Michigan, we can see a shift in the culture and acceptance happening in our businesses, at the housing level, and among the members of our communities.

It’s never been a better time to travel to a Higher Latitude in Michigan. Experiencing forested trails, the waterways, the nightlife, eateries, and dispensaries has never felt more liberating. Businesses are increasingly displaying signs showing that they are welcoming to all, and venues have made self-expression easier at LGBTQ-friendly bars or event spaces that offer Pride events.

Speaking of Pride events, there are multiple parades and celebrations happening throughout the state. Traverse City has continued to hold its major Pride celebration in the fall for the last few years, but there are plenty of events in NoMi— brought to you by Up North Pride—to enjoy in June, too.

Other towns are now following along with the love, like Big Rapids, which held their first Pride event in 2022 and is back again Sunday, June 25. Straits Pride, which represents Mackinac Island, Saint Ignace, Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Les Cheneaux, and the surround areas, also has a busy summer calendar bookended by the St. Ignace Pride Festival (June 17) and Mackinac Island Straits Pride Festival (Sept. 14-17).

The LGBTQ+ community can shine bright wherever they go in Michigan. Over here at Dunegrass, you are family.

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There’s a meme I came across a few years ago, perhaps my favorite meme, that depicts a woman pointing angrily while shouting, “The beach gonna get whatever body I give it!”

I wholeheartedly embrace and appreciate this sentiment. For too long, my body has prevented me from doing things I’ve wanted to do. No, let me rephrase that—my insecurities about my body have prevented me from doing the things I’ve wanted to do.

When I was 16, I was invited to a friend’s birthday party. I was excited, until I looked more closely at the invitation and realized, with dread, that it was a pool party. In preparation, I went to the mall and tried on at least 10 different swimsuits. It was an exhausting day, in more ways than one, and I ultimately decided to just make up an excuse for why I couldn’t attend after all.

something as fun and simple as going to the beach, my body must first be made “ready.”

From what I’ve gathered, this means that, first and foremost, there should be no visible jiggly bits. Women must also make sure that they are completely devoid of body hair (the men cannot find out we are mammals), and we can’t be too pale, either. We should have some muscle definition, but not too much, and if we want to swim, we better make sure we’ve removed our eye makeup (see land-based gender requirements) so that we don’t come out with raccoon eyes. Better yet, don’t even bother going underwater—it’s best not to take any chances when it comes to our hair drying in anything less than a Jessica Alba-esque style of beach chic.

I wish I could say that I no longer internalize any of these harmful body messages that I grew up with, but I do. Not nearly as often as I used to, but I

I let my fear of what others would think of me stop me from joining the fun. Because I was not Paris Hilton thin, I was completely and irrevocably convinced my body type wasn’t the right one. It was made clear to me by Seventeen magazine, MTV, and virtually all forms of media I rabidly consumed in the early aughts that the only acceptable body to have was one that was nothing like mine.

This was not the first time I let my fear of humiliation prevent me from engaging in social activities, and it wouldn’t be the last. I spent much of my teen years and even my twenties worrying about whether or not my body was acceptable to others.

I wanted to do adventurous things like go parasailing, zip-lining, or tubing down the river. I wanted to do unadventurous things too, like attend a yoga class or go to the climbing gym with my friends. But each time I thought about doing something like that, a little voice inside my head would pipe up, unbidden, and say, “But what if you can’t? You’ll just embarrass yourself. You need to lose weight first.”

As a woman, I am constantly being reminded by online advertisements, TV, and even friends and colleagues that in order to be able to do something, even

don’t think I would be human if my little voice didn’t still make an appearance from time to time. The difference now is in how I handle the voice. I acknowledge its existence, examine its reasons for showing up uninvited, and determine whether or not I’m going to allow it to influence my decisions. Nine times out of 10, I don’t.

I am now twice the age I was when I declined that birthday pool party and am happy to report that I rarely, if ever, turn down a social gathering that I want to attend due to my body insecurities. Part of that comes with age, I know, but a bigger part of it is the result of a lot of hard work. And I don’t mean the “getting my beach body ready” kind of work. No, at 32, I am jigglier and squishier than ever and also more comfortable in my own skin than I have ever been before.

It took a long, long time to get here. And I still struggle with accepting that the way I look, or the way others look at me, does not define my value.

One day, the little voice inside my head may win. But until then, the beach is just gonna have to take whatever body I give it.

Emma Smith is a Leelanau County native who now lives in Traverse City. She works on the development team at Child and Family Services and is also a clinical mental health therapist.

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I still struggle with accepting that the way I look, or the way others look at me, does not define my value.


Up North Pride leaders share thoughts on June events, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, and allyship

Nearly 53 years ago, the first Pride march was held in New York City, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. In Traverse City, Up North Pride (UNP) hosted its first Pride march in 2014 and has since grown to offer one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the state.

But UNP no longer puts on their major events in June, aka Pride Month. In part due to the pandemic and in part due to the competition with other major festivals and events during the busy summer season, UNP’s march has taken place in late September for the last two years and will again in 2023.

Anna Dituri, president and advocacy chair of UNP, says she thinks of June as the preamble to the organization’s fall programming and events. “We’re doing some fun things in June, and our Pride [event in the fall] this year is going to be just as big as it was last year—just as wonderful and fabulous.”

Pride, Part I

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on in June to celebrate. Already this month, UNP has hosted a Pride Carnival in

conjunction with Northwestern Michigan College and Drag Bingo at Iron Fish Distillery. Other local partners have stepped up to partner on community-led events, like Pride at the Ballpark at Turtle Creek Stadium.

Throughout the month, UNP has also been offering a new community art project: Painting with Pride.

“The project aims to engage the community and provide a space for people to express their creativity while exhibiting the values of the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” says Nick Viox, UNP’s director of programming and operations. “The project feature[s] four 8-by-8-foot murals designed by two professional artists, Heather Spooner and Joey Salamon, in a paint-by-number style. Community members are invited to contribute their own splash of color in the mural series.”

Viox says the pro artists will polish up the mural at the end of the month. The murals will later be displayed throughout town “to serve as a permanent reminder of the creativity and inclusivity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.”

If you want to explore your creative side, you have a few more opportunities. This weekend (Saturday, June 24) is the Rainbow Run, an inaugural color run put on with TART Trails that follows the 4 miles of the

Boardman Lake Loop Trail. Participants will get splattered with eco-friendly cornstarch at five stations along the course, and an afterparty will provide music and refreshments at Hull Park.

The finale of June’s event calendar is the Drag Brunch on Sunday, June 25, at Short’s Pull Barn in Elk Rapids, with performances running from 11am to 4pm.

Cling to the Good Multiple Pride events around the country have been forced to cancel drag performances—and, in some cases, Pride celebrations altogether—due to a mix of safety concerns and so-called “drag bans” that limit or prohibit people from dressing in drag. When asked if the UNP team has extra concerns at the moment, both Viox and Dituri say they’re planning 2023 like it was any other year.

“In short, we are always concerned about the safety of our participants and performers,” Viox says. “Our host venue, Short’s Brewing Co., has been in contact with local police and will be monitoring the doors. … This isn’t extra planning on behalf of Up North Pride; this is something we always do because in order to make a safe space, we need to consider all scenarios.”

Dituri seconds the importance of being

in contact with local police and even private security for some events, but notes that the celebration will go on.

“We do have naysayers at the events,” she laments. “But the queer community in northern Michigan just far outweighs that. As long as we continue to show up as ourselves, our full selves, in those spaces, I think that we outweigh the negatives.”

Speaking of drag bans, at this time of this writing, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is tracking nearly 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the U.S., more than 70 of which have been passed into law in 20 states. In 2022, a record-breaking 315 bills were introduced, which means this year is already up 155 percent…and it’s only in June.

According to Dituri, Traverse City is somewhat insulated from the issues happening in other towns in America, and it’s something she doesn’t take for granted.

“We’re widely known [as a relatively] nondiscriminatory city,” she says. “We’ve known that for like 20-30 years, and the city has been great and at the forefront of that.”

Dituri adds the community’s support was clear at UNP’s spring fundraiser, where “there was a lot of love in the room” and UNP “raised a substantial amount of money.”

Another point of optimism happened at the state level this March when Michigan

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passed the expanded Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, an anti-discrimination law.

“It’s phenomenal for us. There’s now protections in the Michigan Constitution that prohibit discrimination against sex, gender identity, and sexual identity,” Dituri says.

It’s laws like these that give Dituri hope in the face of the restrictive bans being passed in other states. “We have to keep up that fight and just cling to the good to get through,” she says.

Seeking Solidarity

Dituri adds that the fight isn’t solely up to members of the LGBTQ+ community; allies need to lend their support too.

“Solidarity is really important,” she says. “Members of our community are getting attacked left and right across the country. I think it’s even more important than ever that allies come to the events and show their support and enjoy our festivities just as much as we do.”

For Dituri, solidarity can also appear in other forms. She says having tough conversations—whether it’s about anti-LGBTQ+ legislation or common misconceptions—at the dinner table is a great place to start. “Just fostering a sense of knowledge and fact-based conversation [matters],” she says. “There’s so much misinformation and hateful rhetoric that’s just getting thrown around.”

From there, she says donating to or volunteering with organizations that support the queer community can make a big impact.

Viox seconds this, and says the best thing an ally can do is be there at every turn.

“Keep showing up,” he says simply.

“If not for yourself, then for the younger version of you that didn’t have somebody to look up to when they were coming out. … Show up by simply attending and bringing a friend. Show up by not letting hate win and by defending the queer community, even when we’re not in the room. Show up.”


Up North Pride will be back in late September with the organization’s big celebration, which runs Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. Events include a visibility rally and march, drag night, silent disco, comedy night, pool party, bike ride, and the classic “Big Gay Brunch.”

In the meantime, UNP is also working on a new endeavor: the Resource Directory. Viox says this is a service the community has asked for, and it’s now live on the UNP website.

“The Resource Directory serves as a tool to help guide people towards businesses and physical spaces in Traverse City and the surrounding areas—up to 40 miles—that take active stances towards equity,” he explains. “Healthcare providers, attorneys, restaurants, places of worship, nonprofits, realtors, therapists—you name it—can go in the directory.”

Dituri adds that a committee reviews applications from businesses before adding them to the directory. Businesses must fill out a brief form that includes questions about anti-discrimination policies in the workplace as well as other core values of the company. To find the directory or submit an application, visit

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The 2022 Up North Pride Visibility Rally and March. Photo by Lil Jes Photography. Up North Pride's Drag Bingo in 2022. Photo by Lil Jes Photography. Photo by Tali Morrison Up North Pride's Silent Disco in 2022. Photo by Harpe Star.


Community college groups offering safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students

In 2022, the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus) was named to the “Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ+ Students” list by Campus Pride, an organization that has been working to create safer college environments for LGBTQ+ students since 2001. U of M has an overall 5-star rating, which is calculated based on a variety of factors including campus safety, policy inclusion, institutional commitment, and recruitment and retention for LGBTQ+ students.

As the Campus Pride list is focused on major four-year institutions, Northern Express set out to see if some of the community colleges in our region offer the same welcoming vibe. We talked with Pride groups at both North Central Michigan College (NCMC) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) to find out how those groups are building community, what the past year has looked like for LGBTQ+ students at local colleges, and what comes next.

Building a Movement at North Central Michigan College

At NCMC, a Pride movement is picking up speed just as nationwide discrimination against LGBTQ+ populations hits a fever pitch. The effort is spearheaded by Kaitlyn Hammerle, a sophomore at the Petoskey community college. A 2022 graduate— and salutatorian—from Boyne Falls Public School, she says it didn’t take long for her to identify a clear need for more LGBTQ+ support and visibility on the NCMC campus.

“I really noticed when I got here that there was a need for change on campus,” Hammerle explains. “I met a lot of professors and other faculty members who were very, very supportive of the community or were

even part of the LGBTQ+ community. And I thought, ‘Maybe there’s a need on campus for an organization, and they could probably help.’”

Now about six months into its existence, the NCMC Pride organization—called the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)—has adopted a mission of “making this campus safer and more welcoming to those in the LGBTQIA+ community.” During the school year, the group meets twice per month, providing a safe place for members to gather, enjoy one another’s company, and discuss “issues that might arise on campus.”

For Hammerle, who serves as GSA’s president, one of the first big accomplishments for the group was getting NCMC to implement a “name change request button” as part of the online student portal.

“Previously, a big, big thing on campus was that trans students didn’t know how to change their name in the system,” she explains—an issue that often led to teachers unintentionally deadnaming or misgendering those students in classes. “And that was through no fault of the teachers. They’d have a certain name in their computer, and wouldn’t know [a trans student had changed their name] unless they were told directly.”

As Hammerle explains it, the old process for changing names and genders within the NCMC system was difficult and convoluted, involving complex paperwork, identification documents, and more. GSA worked with the college’s tech department to create a simple all-online workaround that makes it easier for trans and gender-nonconforming students to convey to professors and other faculty what they prefer to be called.

“Now, there’s literally just a button that you click [on the portal] when you log in,” Hammerle says. “You can fill out a name

change request, and it gets sent through the tech department to make sure that it’s an appropriate name and no one is abusing the system. It went from being a really difficult process to a situation where students can get their information updated in the system in less than 24 hours.”

As for events, GSA helped plan and execute a community Pride Month event in Petoskey called Rhythm & Roots, which celebrated the LGBTQ+ population through art, music, poetry, and a community panel discussion. GSA is also already in talks with students and professors to plan a similar celebration for the fall semester, which would focus specifically on highlighting queer voices—including songwriters, poets, and speakers—on the NCMC campus.

Keeping Pride Alive at Northwestern Michigan College

While GSA is still in its early days at NCMC, Traverse City’s Northwestern Michigan College has had a student Pride organization for years.

Even beyond that student group, NMC has grown over time into something of a hub for acceptance and inclusion in the community. The college prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as part of the strategic plan it adopted at the beginning of last year, which led to the hire of the first DEI-focused position in the college’s history. The NMC campus was also the venue for Up North Pride’s Pride Carnival earlier this month, and there are currently rainbow signs dotted across the NMC campus that proclaim “Everyone Is Welcome at NMC.”

Despite the strong track record for LGBTQ+ support at NMC, the student group that promotes some of that visibility

has struggled to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to NMC Human Resources Specialist Denny Nguyen—who was a member of the NMC Pride group in the late 2010s when he was a student and who now serves as one of its faculty advisors—the organization was “very different” and “much more active” before COVID. That trend is a common one for NMC student groups, he says: Activity and engagement in these groups largely fell off in March 2020 and, with a few exceptions, hasn’t fully recovered.

“As a result, we don’t actually have a lot of students who are actively participating [in NMC Pride] activities,” Nguyen admits. “I think we only have a couple students who come to meetings regularly.”

Nguyen recalls how, prior to the pandemic, having an active NMC Pride group helped him feel “very supported” as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Now, with fewer students involved, he says “it’s harder to organize any kinds of activities or programming on campus,” which he worries could have a negative impact on newer students who haven’t had an opportunity to build community on campus through other channels.

Not that Nguyen or his fellow NMC Pride advisor Christine Mac are giving up.

“I do think people have still been looking for this type of community,” Nguyen says. “I’ve gotten lots of communication from students who are interested in joining a group, and maybe the timing and scheduling just hasn’t worked out for them yet. But they do want to have a space where they can hang out with other people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community and just share space with them. So, I absolutely still think it’s important for us to have that.”

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The North Central Michigan College Gender and Sexuality Alliance logo.

Looking ahead to the 2023-24 school year, Nguyen is hopeful that NMC Pride can get a bit closer to its pre-COVID size and reach. That could mean adopting a different schedule, offering more mixers and social events on campus, promoting NMC Pride meetings to non-LGBTQ+ students as a place where they can learn to be better allies, or finding ways to partner with the NMC administration and the college’s DEIB Advisory Council to drive even more topdown efforts at making the campus a more accepting place.

One specific goal, Nguyen notes, is to expand NMC’s “clothing closet,” which works like a food pantry, but with the goal of offering professional clothing for students.

offers “a wider variety or selection for folks who might be transitioning or gendernonconforming.”

Are We Safe Here?

It’s a question more and more members of the queer community have had to ask themselves lately. In response to increasing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation around the country, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)— which describes itself as “the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization”—has declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. for the first time in its 40year history.

So how do Hammerle and Nguyen feel about safety and acceptance on campus for

Overall, Hammerle says the quick growth of GSA and the support from college faculty and administration have made her feel “100 percent safe” on the NCMC campus. While she’s not aware of any violence or threats to the LGBTQ+ community at the college, Hammerle does tell Northern Express that there are still signs of intolerance among some segments of the student body. (For instance, some members of the GSA group have been ordered by other students to stop holding hands with their partners.)

“I do think there are people on campus who are a little bit more closed-minded or who do have some kind of homophobia in their lives,” Hammerle says. “And they tend to stay in groups, which can make it feel even

Despite the slower-than-expected reboot of the NMC Pride group, Nguyen is of the mind that NMC remains a safe and inclusive place to be an LGBTQ+ student—even if there is always room for improvement.

“I’ve definitely had lots of students who have expressed that they feel incredibly safe at NMC,” Nguyen concludes. “They feel like we have spaces for students where they can feel free to be themselves, where they’re accepted, and where they don’t have to fear for their safety. But I also have heard from other students who have had interactions where they don’t feel like they’re able to express themselves how they want to. So, everyone has different experiences, and it’s our job to just keep moving things in the

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Finding “Beloved Community”

The impact of Title Track’s Understanding Racial Justice program

It’s been three years since the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests and racial reckonings that spread across the country. Traverse City-based nonprofit Title Track was one of the first local organizations to tackle conversations around racial equity, but how have those efforts changed since the nonprofit launched in 2019? Has the urgency and momentum of 2020 faded away?

Northern Express sat down with Title Track’s team to learn about their programming, local participation, and what it takes to build a more welcoming and equitable version of northern Michigan.

Who They Are

The brainchild of Michigan cultural worker and musician Seth Bernard, Title Track has three areas of focus—clean water initiatives, youth empowerment, and racial equity—with an emphasis on employing creative processes to build and sustain community.

The group also carries the torch of the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center (NREC)—an organization built around environmental sustainability and community resilience, upholding nonviolence, and respect for all life—which conferred its endorsement to Title Track before closing its doors in 2019.

“I think that [northern Michigan] is becoming a more welcoming place,” Bernard says. “The more we can come together to make these systems more liberating for everyone, the more all of us can survive and thrive.”

Though Bernard was the starting point for Title Track, he now shares his coexecutive director title with colleagues Holly T. Bird and Jenny Jones.

An accomplished attorney (and founding board member), Bird joined ranks at Title Track straight from the ground at Standing Rock, where she provided legal counsel. “I was already on so many boards, but I couldn’t resist Seth’s call to action,” she tells us. A native Detroiter, Bird has served as a school board official and worked in countless legal environments ranging from corporate to criminal. Today, she’s an indigenous judge in addition to maintaining her own private practice.

Meanwhile, Jones is the organization’s “intergalactic communicator.” A classicallytrained instrumentalist and community networker, Jones got her start as a liaison between musicians and businesses. She has more than two decades of experience in project coordination, scheduling, event planning, and even HR. “I like to get things done,” she says, “because when you connect people, you can really impact the community.”

What They Do

Title Track’s launch coincided with a particularly eventful global period that not only included the COVID pandemic but also heightened social and political tensions nationwide following the murder of George Floyd.

Title Track’s website, “themes explored will include race, racism, identity, solidarity, accountability, collective liberation, cultural healing, and embodied antiracism practice.” Participants attend five two-hour classes and complete about an hour of work each week in tandem with the live sessions.

Bernard recognizes that there are still misconceptions—and even fear— surrounding the idea of racial justice. “It’s not about picking people out and saying they’re good or bad,” he explains. Instead, he says it’s about identifying and dismantling oppressive systems that harm all of us.

Who Has Participated

Since URJ’s inception, more than 300 people have enrolled in the course, and

“Some of us have to get closer to the movement to see that it’s full of people pouring their hearts and souls into improving our society and making it less harmful,” Bernard says. “Once we discover how we connect, we find beloved community.”

“I think, for a lot of people, that [event] really cemented the reality of what Black and Indigenous communities live with, and that inspired us to work even harder,” says Bird. “We have plenty of racism [in our region], so the activism coming out that time period was really beautiful and exciting to watch.”

Prior to 2020’s events, Title Track had piloted a few programs surrounding inclusion in the region. Those efforts, Bernard says, largely fell flat, as the general public at that time just “wasn’t warm to the idea.” With the nation’s renewed focus on the fight for racial justice, though, Title Track noticed a sharp increase in interest towards anti-racist efforts.

One of those efforts is a Title Track program called Understanding Racial Justice (URJ). Established in 2020 in partnership with We the People Michigan (a fellow advocacy group), URJ is a five-week course created for white people who want to learn more about racial justice.

The course is meant to be a starting place for people with little to no prior antiracism or anti-oppression training. According to

preparations are already underway for its 15th and 16th iterations this year. The program began online and now offers both in-person and virtual options, and the face-to-face format—while a bit more of a commitment in terms of time and reserving space for the group meetings—seems to have paid off in terms of interpersonal connections.

“It has been so energizing to do this work in person,” URJ facilitator Lucy Waechter Webb says. “There is a deeper connection and a bigger trust we can wade into together when we can feel each other in the room. More transformation becomes possible as we turn toward the hard things.”

Title Track Communications Director

Chris Good reports that overall interest and engagement in the organization’s antioppression initiatives has remained mostly stable since 2020, though he acknowledges there was an intense upswell that coincided with the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020.

Good adds that participant feedback has remained overwhelmingly positive. “I

feel like this [is] a really powerful program where community members can grow in real time and in a space that we just haven’t had so far,” he says.

Rachel Jones, a URJ alum, said at the completion of the program, “I am taking away a greater understanding of the racist history of the United States and ways it is baked into our society. I am taking away tools to help resource myself and a desire to learn more about embodied antiracism. I am taking away a good feeling knowing this community of folks exists in northern Michigan.”

Another grad of the program, Lydia Bloem, said, “I think I’ll be processing this experience for a long while. … I found this program to be extremely valuable.”

Why Their Work Matters

Has all this work really moved the needle on creating racial equity in northern Michigan? For the folks at Title Track, the answer is a resounding yes.

For starters, Bird says that the group has witnessed a joyous domino effect wherein local anti-racism efforts support each other to strengthen the message. “We’re seeing not only [graduates] of that URJ training, but also the support and fellowship that goes with it in so many places. It’s just fantastic,” she says.

Northern Michigan E3, for instance, collaborates regularly with Title Track. Other local institutions, including the educational community (Bird names The Leelanau School, in particular), as well as Traverse Indivisible and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, are also active in URJ efforts.

Bernard underscores that while the topic of racial justice can seem daunting, we shouldn’t be afraid to explore the crusade for ourselves.

“Some of us have to get closer to the movement to see that it’s full of people pouring their hearts and souls into improving our society and making it less harmful,” he says. “Once we discover how we connect, we find beloved community.”

Understanding Racial Justice’s next in-person cohort will take place June 23-24 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Traverse City. The next virtual cohort will be offered this fall on Monday evenings from October 16 to November 13. To register, or for more information on future dates, visit understandingracialjustice/.

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Title Track leaders Jenny Jones, Holly T. Bird, and Seth Bernard. Holly T. Bird at a racial justice panel at Earthwork Harvest Gathering.

Understanding and Respect Among All

30 years of work from the Traverse City Human Rights Commission

In a city of nearly 16,000, Traverse City’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) exists to advocate for and protect the human rights of each person who makes up that number. Common in metropolitans like Detroit and Chicago, HRCs may vary slightly in nuance, but their commonalities outweigh their differences; specifically, they all serve as an independent safeguard to injustice within their community by monitoring the compliance of human rights standards and providing channels of recourse when a violation occurs.

Traverse City’s first rendition of a HRC began in the mid-1960s, parallel to the national Voting Rights Act of 1965 which banned racially-discriminatory voting practices across the country. Back then, TC residents Forrest Gregg and Ross Dodge formed a local “Human Relations Committee” with a charge to address civil rights and social justice issues happening here in northern Michigan. By 1969, an official Human Rights Commission was established.

It Takes a Village (and a Humanitarian)

Over the years, as the population of Traverse City grew, so did the need for a concrete force that would promote equality and fairness. Someone who noticed this need was a name ubiquitous to the city: Sara Hardy, who, during the late seventies and early eighties, questioned if the temporary orchard workers throughout the region were being awarded the same rights as other residents, wondering where and who they could go to to protest unfair working conditions.

Hardy was also concerned about Traverse City’s growing unhoused population as the Traverse City State Hospital began to shutter its doors in the 1980s, leaving its former residents without shelter or access to adequate healthcare.

Of these marginalized community members, Hardy’s son, Scott (who would also later serve as a Traverse City HRC commissioner), says, “They needed a voice, and she [Sara Hardy] thought that a Human

Rights Commission would at least give them a platform to be able to talk about their situation.”

If the commission was, at times, dormant through the decades, through Sara Hardy’s commitment (alongside others who shared her cause), it was officially and permanently resurrected in 1993.

Today, the HRC even offers an award in Hardy’s name—the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award—which has been given out since 1993 to individuals who exemplify the tenets of the HRC. Last year’s recipient was Courtney Wiggins, a co-founder of Northern Michigan E3, a local nonprofit devoted to celebrating and welcoming diversity and equity for all residents and visitors to northern Michigan. The 2023 recipient will be announced in the coming weeks.

Advocating for Everyone

Thirty years later, the commission is a sometimes-overlooked but ever-present advocate for those with concerns about anything from violations in their workplace to discrimination in the classroom to medical mistreatment in their doctor’s office.

As Sakura Takano, CEO of nonprofit Rotary Charities says, “A human rights commission tells our community and those who might want to join it that our community cares about creating a welcoming environment and strives to be safe for everyone. That takes advocacy, supporting marginalized groups, and honoring organizations and people who dedicate time to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to thrive here.”

Board members are appointed by the mayor and serve brief three-year terms with the mission to “strive to ensure human dignity through advocacy, education, negotiation and information ensuring understanding and respect among all,” as stated on their website. Instead of providing an instant fix, the commission, composed of motivated residents who volunteer their time, acts as a dynamic team of problem solvers ready to offer guidance, support, and investigatory prowess.

One of the core purposes of the HRC is to

field discrimination complaints related to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, physical or mental disability, family status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The HRC’s website has a form available which can be printed and mailed in after the information about an infraction is filled in. (Though, current chair Jen Loup says commissioners are often contacted directly through email and, “From there, we can connect them to various community resources, depending on what’s needed.”)

Susan Odgers, a current commissioner and former chair, recalls a young man who recently attended one of the monthly meetings held at the Governmental Center. He approached the board about his worry for an elderly neighbor whose rental was riddled with mold while her landlord ignored the issue.

“He didn’t even know where to begin— what her rights were and how to advocate for her,” says Odgers. “So he came to the Human Rights Commission and he told us all about

it. And, you know, we don’t have legal authority to actually solve that particular problem. But he was heard.” The commission spent the evening brainstorming ideas, sharing resources, and referring him to the legal experts who could escalate and resolve his concerns.

Making Change

While local government boards have a ton of administrative ground to cover, HRCs exist to ensure dignity for every community member, and not just through discussion and recommendations but also through collaboration with other organizations that promote diversity, inclusion, and equality. For example, in May, the HRC partnered with FLOW (For Love of Water) for a hybrid virtual/in-person lecture about access to clean, affordable water, featuring two leading Michigan civil rights and environmental attorneys.

Anna Dituri, president and advocacy chair of Up North Pride, says HRCs operating

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Left to Right: Commissioner Corey Winfield, Chair Jennifer Loup, Commissioner Marilyn Jaquish, Vice Chair Kimberly Romberg, Commissioner Bernard Rubin, Commissioner Michael Earl, Center: Commissioner Susan Odgers. Absent: Commissioner Jessica Forster

in a city like ours is important because “their area of focus is entirely different from most county and city boards.” Dituri notes that the commission was “instrumental” in the hiring of the Traverse City Police Department’s first LGBTQ+ liaison in 2021. That liaison, according to the Traverse City Police Department, “strives to enhance Traverse City’s livability by implementing community policing projects and supporting a variety of diversity and equity initiatives.”

This is just one of the many tangible outcomes the HRC has helped facilitate over the years. They also recommended

a city resolution recognizing the second Monday of October (often referred to as Columbus Day) as Indigenous Peoples Day. Other resolutions put forth by the HRC have included recognizing the rights of homeless persons and support of accessible gender neutral public bathrooms.

TC’s HRC also realizes their mission through educational outreach, some of which is paid for through their annual budget, provided through city funding. Frequently though, they partner with changemaking organizations to create informational programming, something the commission

managed even through lockdowns.

“During the pandemic, when we could not provide in-person events, we provided space for a zoom panel and discussion with the Michigamiing Journalism Project highlighting the need for Indigenous-centered journalism,” says Loup. She adds, “We try to actively seek out connections with the many area organizations that work daily in various causes connected to our mission and purpose.”

With representation at the forefront of so many discussions, Loup says that the commission is considering adding a youth member to the board. “A human rights

commission should represent various points of view and include diverse voices,” she says, though she notes that they have to adhere to city regulations as they explore the idea.

Now, with 30 years behind them, the commission’s mission may be definite, but it’s never complete, especially in a region whose population continues to grow in both numbers and diversity. Learn more at, or attend meetings on the second Monday of each month at 5:30pm at the Governmental Center in Traverse City.

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The Language That Was Almost Lost

The near-destruction and recent revival of Anishinaabemowin

In the middle of June, the downtown streets of Harbor Springs bustle with visitors whose boats pack the harbor. At the end of Main Street, there’s an old church that once led one of the longest-running Native American boarding schools in the nation: Holy Childhood of Jesus.

That school and others like it played a major role in an effort to destroy the language and culture of native peoples across northern Michigan and beyond.

Anishinaabemowin, the native language of the Anishinaabe or Ojibwe people, was nearly extinct until a flickering ember of interest was nourished and grew into a steady flame of learning for younger generations.

“About 25 years ago, students began meeting at the Indian Hills Gallery,” explains Netawn Kiogima, language director of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) based in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. Kiogima heads up an effort to teach the tribal language to anyone interested in learning one of the oldest and most historically important Native American languages in North America.

Her interest in the language goes back more than two decades when she attended an event at Bay Mills Community College. “I went to one of their summer language programs,” says Kiogima, who had been active at annual powwows as a teenage dancer. “Of course, I knew of my Odawa identity and wanted to learn more.”

Erasing Culture

To understand how Kiogima’s native language almost vanished after centuries of use, it’s important to learn more about the Holy Childhood school, built in 1829, reportedly with the help of members of the LTBB.

“Back then lessons were taught in Anishinaabemowin,” the LTTB Director of Archives and Records Eric Hemenway told National Public Radio in a 2015 report. “The kids were encouraged to speak


Fast-forward 60 years, and things had changed dramatically at Holy Childhood, which was run by the Catholic Church.

In the late 1880s, the federal government took control of Native American education and created policies designed to wipe out native languages and cultures. Haircuts, clothing, and even the ways students spoke were regimented to erase the tribal culture and traditions. All of this was an effort to conform students to white Christian American standards.

Students at Holy Childhood were forbidden to speak Anishinaabemowin, and punishment was strict and severe. The U.S. Department of the Interior released a report in 2022 that found between 1819 and 1969, the U.S. ran or supported 408 boarding schools, where students endured “rampant physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.” The report also recorded more than 500 deaths of Native children.

“That’s how we almost lost our language, because they quit speaking it,” one former Holy Childhood student said in the NPR report.

And the effort to revive the language still faces challenges. Instructors or “speakers” are typically elders and are dwindling in numbers. The LTBB relies mainly on a small number who live in Ontario and parts of Michigan.

“In the last 10 years, we’ve lost a lot of speakers,” says Kiogima, who earned her bachelors and master’s degrees in the language department at Central Michigan University. “It’s a complicated language because it describes what’s happening. It takes several years to learn and then be able to teach.”

Reviving Interest

Like so many other aspects of society, the LTBB's Anishinaabemowin classes were impacted by the pandemic. “Before COVID, interest was strong,” says Kiogima. “We had about 20 enrolled from the community and on Zoom it went to about 40.”

The classes are taught mostly online, in part because the instructors are not always

local. Today, there are only about a dozen students in the program, including Kiogima’s two adult children.

Sarah Schilling is a 29-year-old member of the LTBB and she’s been inspired to take the language classes to help it stay alive and pass it down to the next generation.

“As Anishinaabe, we’re taught to think of the generations that came before us and the ones who will come after,” she explains. “As an individual, I was really drawn in by how descriptive Anishinaabemowin is. Hearing speakers and teachers break down words to show what the word is describing intrigues me. I stay inspired to continue learning by getting these glimpses into the way our ancestors saw the world.”

Schilling says learning the language helps her connect with her culture because the two things are so intertwined.

“As I’ve learned more Anishinaabemowin, I am able to understand more songs and prayers,” Schilling says. “I enjoy cultural crafts, and knowing the words for the materials helps me connect to what I’m making in a deeper way. I also love to be able to identify plants and learning their names in the language makes me feel more connected to the natural world.”

It was a talented tribal artisan who guided 28-year-old Jenna Wood toward the language classes.

“I worked with Yvonne Walker Keshick learning quillwork, and within that process she told me she thought her biggest barrier to learning more of our culture was understanding more of the language,” says Wood.

“I took her advice and signed up for classes even though I was apprehensive,” Wood continues. “I’ve taken classes for about three years now, and my understanding is growing. My everyday experiences and interactions with people, objects, [and] beings is more in-depth because the language helps me see relationships and my place in those relationships too.”

Sharing with the Next Generation

Both Wood and Schilling are quick to

encourage others to learn the language. Wood speaks the language to her youngest nephew, a bright seven-year-old who has a natural knack for pronunciation.

“He listens in on my classes sometimes,” she says. “I try to incorporate Anishinaabe words of things into the books we read, games we play, or when we take walks with the dog.”

“Not everyone can set aside the time for classes, but there’s so many books and online resources now to help folks learn a few words at a time,” says Schilling. “I find the more I learn, the easier it is to make time for classes and studying.”

In addition to the regular classes provided by the LTBB, an opportunity to learn more about the language will be available at the 28th annual Anishinaabe Family Language and Culture Camp held July 28-29 in Manistee. It’s sponsored by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and features presentations on cultural teachings, traditional medicines, craft making, games, and learning the language.

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Aanii, Boozhoo: hi, hello

Anishinaabe: native person, indigenous to the land

Anishinaabemowin: language of the people

Biidaasige ndonjibaa: I am from Petoskey

Miigwech: thank you

Odawa ndaaw: I am Odawa

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Jenna Wood, artist and Anishinaabemowin student. Netawn Kiogima, language director for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Sarah Schilling, Anishinaabemowin student.


JUNE 19 - JUNE 25

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): New College in Oxford, UK has educated students since 1379. Among its old buildings is a dining hall that features beams made of thick oak trees. Unfortunately, most oak wood eventually attracts beetles that eat it and weaken it. Fortunately, the 14th-century founders of New College foresaw that problem. They planted an oak grove whose trees were specifically meant to be used to replace the oak beams at New College. Which they are to this day. I would love you to derive inspiration from this story, Gemini. What practical long-term plans might you be wise to formulate in the coming months?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): History has provided contradictory reports about Isabeau of Bavaria, who served as Queen of France from 1385 to 1422. Was she a corrupt, greedy, and indecisive fool who harmed France’s fortunes? Or was she a talented diplomat with great skill in court politics and an effective leader during the many times her husband, King Charles VI, was incapacitated by illness? I bring these facts to your attention, Libra, hoping they will inspire you to refine, adjust, and firm up your own reputation. You can’t totally control how people perceive you, but you do have some power to shape their perceptions—especially these days.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The next four weeks will be an excellent time to create and celebrate your own holidays. I recommend you dream up at least four new festivals, jubilees, anniversaries, and other excuses to party. Eight or more would be even better. They could be quirky and modest, like Do No Housework Day, Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day, or Write Bad Poetry Day. They could be more profound and impactful, like Forgive Your Parents for Everything Day, Walk on the Wild Side Day, or Stay Home from Work Because You’re Feeling So Good Day. In my astrological opinion, Scorpio, you should regard playful fun as a top priority. For more ideas, go here: CreateHolidays . . .

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a god who stole fire from his fellow gods and gave it to humans to help them build civilization. His divine colleagues were not pleased. Why? Maybe they feared that with the power of fire, people would become like gods themselves and have no further need for gods. Anyway, Sagittarius, I hope you’re in a fire-stealing mood. It’s a good time to raise your whole world up to a higher level—to track down and acquire prizes that will lead to major enhancements. And unlike what happened to Prometheus (the other gods punished him), think you will get away with your gambits.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Let’s discuss magical doorways. Each time you sleep, you slip through magical doorways called dreams. Whether or not you recall those adventures, they offer you interesting mysteries utterly unlike the events of your daily life. Here’s another example: A magical doorway opens when an ally or loved one shares intimate knowledge of their inner realms. Becoming absorbed in books, movies, or songs is also a way to glide through a magical doorway. Another is when you discover an aspect of yourself, a corner of your being, that you didn't know was there. I bring these thoughts to your attention, Capricorn, because I suspect the coming weeks will present an extra inviting array of magical doorways.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Let’s discuss magical doorways. Each time you sleep, you slip through magical doorways called dreams. Whether or not you recall those adventures, they offer you interesting mysteries utterly unlike the events of your daily life. Here’s another example: A magical doorway opens when an ally or loved one shares intimate knowledge of their inner realms. Becoming absorbed in books, movies, or songs is also a way to glide through a magical doorway. Another is when you discover an aspect of yourself, a corner of your being, that you didn't know was there. bring these thoughts to your attention, Capricorn, because suspect the coming weeks will present an extra inviting array of magical doorways.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Curious blends and intriguing juxtapositions are in the works—or at least they should be. Improbable alliances might be desirable because they’re

curative. Formulas with seemingly mismatched ingredients might fix a glitch, even if they never succeeded before and won’t again. I encourage you to synergize work and play. Negotiate serious business in casual settings and make yourself at home in a wild frontier.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When I was still an up-and-coming horoscope columnist, before I got widely syndicated, I supplemented my income with many other jobs. During one stretch, I wrote fortunes for a line of designer fortune cookies that were covered with gourmet chocolate and sold at the luxury department store Bloomingdale's. The salary got paid was meager. Part of my compensation came in the form of hundreds of delicious but non-nutritious cookies. If you are offered a comparable deal in the coming weeks and months, Aries, my advice is to do what I didn’t do but should have done: Ask for what’s truly valuable to you instead of accepting a substitute of marginal worth.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): My mentor Ann Davies said that of all the signs of the zodiac, you Tauruses are most likely to develop finely honed intuition. At least potentially, you can tune in to the inner teacher better than the rest of us. The still, small voice rises up out of the silence and speaks to you clearly and crisply. Here's even better news: I believe you are entering a phase when your relationship with this stellar faculty may ripen dramatically. Please take advantage of this subtly fabulous opportunity! Each day for the next 14 days, do a relaxing ritual in which you eagerly invite and welcome the guidance of your deepest inner source.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the Northern Hemisphere, the astrological month of Cancer begins with the sun in its greatest glory. Our home star is at its highest altitude, shining with maximum brightness. So then why is the sign of the Crab ruled by the moon? Why do the longest days of the year coincide with the ascendancy of the mistress of the night? Ahhh. These are esoteric mysteries beyond the scope of this horoscope. But here's a hint about what they signify for you personally. One of your assets can also be a liability: your innocent openness to the wonders of life. This quality is at the heart of your beauty but can also, on occasion, make you vulnerable to being overwhelmed. That's why it's so important that you master the art of setting boundaries, of honing your focus, of quaffing deeply from a few cups instead of sipping from many cups.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The coming weeks will be a delicate time for your spiritual unfoldment. You are primed to recover lost powers, rediscover key truths you have forgotten, and reunite with parts of your soul you got cut off from. Will these good possibilities come to pass in their fullness? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on how brave you are in seeking your healing. You must ask for what’s hard to ask for. You’ve got to find a way to feel deserving of the beauty and blessings that are available. PS: You ARE deserving. I will be cheering you on, dear Leo.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Whether or not you have been enrolled in a learning institution during the past 12 months, I suspect you have been getting a rigorous education. Among the courses you have almost completed are lessons in intimacy, cooperation, collaboration, symbiosis, and togetherness. Have you mastered all the teachings? Probably not. There were too many of them, and they were too voluminous to grasp perfectly and completely. But that's OK. You have done well. Now you're ready to graduate, collect your diploma, and apply what you have learned.

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It's Come to This

In Japan, people who are just being freed from COVID mask-wearing mandates feel they've lost their ability to do a simple thing: smile. Sky News reported that 20-year-old Himawari Yoshida, among many others, has enlisted the help of a "smile instructor," Keiko Kawano. "I hadn't used my facial muscles much during COVID," Yoshida said. Oneon-one sessions cost about $55. Kawano has students stretch the sides of their mouths and hold up a mirror to smile into. "Culturally, a smile signifies that I'm not holding a gun, and I'm not a threat to you," Kawano said.

Can't Possibly Be True

When Corinea Stanhope, 36, of Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, found a dead deer on her property, she and her grandfather set up a trail camera, hoping to catch some interesting wildlife attracted to the carcass. Instead, Fox News reported on June 6, Stanhope reported capturing something quite different: "two witches holding a carcass-eating ritual. ... Grandpa said he'd got naked people on the camera and I said, 'No you didn't.' So he showed me," Stanhope said. She said the two people showed up shortly after sunset and appeared to be wearing long wigs. "You can't really tell from the photos, but the hoof was brought right up to her mouth. I don't know if she was kissing it, smelling it or eating it, but to touch a decaying carcass like that makes me feel sick." Stanhope hopes the incident was a prank; she decided not to contact police because there was no crime committed.

Going in Style

Go As You Please, a funeral company in Edinburgh, Scotland, is hoping to "break the taboo" of talking about final arrangements, Sky News reported, by offering custom-made coffins. For instance, general manager Scott Purvis said, the company created a coffin that looked like a Dyson vacuum box for someone whose history included repairing vacuum cleaners. "Most of our coffin designs come from having honest conversations with the person when they are still alive," Purvis said. Other designs they've made include a pint of Tennent's lager and a Greggs sausage roll.

Least Competent Criminal

A phone repair store in Miami Gardens, Florida, was the target of a robbery in the early hours of June 3, NBC6-TV reported. The suspect, 33-year-old Claude Vincent Griffin, employed a brilliant disguise: He wore an ill-fitting cardboard box over his head as he smashed the glass countertop and reached into a case, grabbing 19 iPhones and $8,000 in cash. Naturally, it's hard to see through cardboard, so Griffin at one point removed the box and revealed himself to a surveillance camera. The store's owner, Jeremias Berganza, did some sleuthing around the area after the robber left the store and found him at a nearby liquor store, drinking with friends. Griffin was charged with grand theft, burglary, cocaine possession and resisting an officer.

Tone Deaf

The Woolshed nightclub in Adelaide, Australia, is in apology mode after running a sketchy promotion offering free drinks based on bra size, 9News reported on June 4. The

campaign promised one free drink for an A cup, two drinks for a B cup, etc., and included hanging bras up in the bar. "The bigger the better," a social media post read. Patrons weren't impressed: One woman said she would choose to go somewhere else. The Woolshed apologized and said future promotions would be reviewed by senior management to ensure an "inclusive environment" for all patrons.

This Is Not How We Sonic

As the debate about appropriate hot dog condiments (Relish? Mustard? Ketchup?) rages on, a worker at an Espanola, New Mexico, Sonic threw a new hat into the ring when he customized a patron's order a bit more than she liked on May 30. Fox News reported that as the woman bit into her hot dog, she encountered a plastic bag with a white powdery substance inside. She contacted police, who tested the powder and found it to be cocaine. It seems that as Jeffrey David Salazar, 54, was preparing her order, he allegedly dropped his stash; video surveillance showed that Salazar began to frantically search the area "as if he had lost something." He admitted to police that he had bought the coke from someone in the restaurant parking lot.

Clothing Optional

At a Lancashire, England, gas station on May 23, Quinn Kelly stepped into the store for a snack and was shocked as he came out to see a man filling up his tank while completely nude -- except for boots. Stuart Gilmore, 44, of Manchester was "casual about it," Kelly said. He said Gilmore is a "naturist" and "goes around naked to spread positivity and has been doing it for a few years," according to Fox News. "I don't take any notice when people take photos," Gilmore said. "I don't do it for attention. I'm doing it to promote naturism and the benefits," which he said include improved mental health.

It's Good To Have a Hobby

Rocketry enthusiasts gathered near Alamosa, Colorado, over the Memorial Day weekend to ... enthuse about rockets, but one person's rocket got away from them in a most inconvenient location: a hotel room at the Comfort Inn, according to the Alamosa News. "There was a malfunction with the motherboard in the rocket which caused the motor to catch on fire," explained Alamosa Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul Duarte. The resulting explosion caused "enough pressure in the room to dislodge the drywall and panels in the ceiling to fall." The 4-foot-8-inch rocket had to be disarmed by firefighters to mitigate any further risk. Duarte didn't believe the guest was injured in the incident. Hotel clerks didn't expect any charges to be filed.


If you happen to be traveling along Twentynine Palms Highway in California before June 11, make sure you make a pit stop at the "biggest, cheesiest roadside attraction to ever grace America's beloved highways and byways." KTLA-TV reported that a niche pop-up store was created by the makers of Cheez-It crackers for just one week -- but what a week! Visitors can fuel up with the "world's first and only Cheez-It Pump" that pumps bags of the treats into your vehicle, or find rare flavors and other memorabilia. You'd have to be crackers not to go!

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Where the Croissant Reigns Supreme

Merlyn’s Patisserie in Traverse City is elevating the pastry game one creative ingredient at a time

The French popularized it, pastry connoisseurs love it, and bakers revere it… it’s the almighty croissant.

A tedious process that involves layering dough with butter, croissant-making isn’t for the impatient. But a well-made croissant is a pastry worthy of its labor—a tender, lightly crisp exterior that shatters when bitten into, with layers of buttery goodness in between.

You want to know who’s taking croissants to a whole new level in Traverse City? Merlyn’s Patisserie.

A Pastry Calling

When Anna Kucharski and her brother Jun Dupra—the future 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.”

They soon found kitchens in the Philippines were different from the kitchens in American households. Before moving to Michigan, they had a kitchen with a cooktop, but having an oven was new. “I didn’t have a baking experience until I was in high school,” Kucharski tells us. “We weren’t used to having an easy way to bake at home. But once I tried it, I really liked it.” She says the delicate nature of pastry making was new and exciting.

Kucharski was 19 and Dupra was 16 when they moved to Mancelona to be with their mom and stepdad. Soon after, Kucharski started attending school at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) for accounting. She received her associate degree, but getting a bachelor’s in accounting didn’t feel right.

“At that point, I just thought about how much I like cooking and how much it’s a part of who I am,” she says, so she switched gears.

Dupra has an eye for beauty and studied fine art at NMC. When Kucharski began the pastry program at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, her infectious energy piqued his interest in the program. “A year or year and a half later, he started in the program too and just really loved it. With his background in art, there was an interest in creativity for him. I think he loves doing this more than me!” Kucharski says with a laugh.

A Fusion of Flavors

Now, back to those croissants. After working in the restaurant industry for several years, the siblings decided to take the leap to starting their own bakery in May of 2022. Merlyn’s Patisserie—which has no storefront for guests but now occupies a commercial kitchen on Barlow Street in Traverse City—is named for their mother.

“My mom has always provided for our family when we were growing up,” Dupra

says. Even now, Merlyn helps out at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market in Traverse City, one of the spots where the family sells their delicious delicacies.

Dupra says the market has been an excellent way to share their Asian-French fusion pastries with customers, and the bakery already has plenty of glowing reviews and regulars. “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.”

Today, the bakery is best known for its cornerstone creation, the Suprême Croissant.

“The Suprême Croissant is so popular and demonstrates all of the skills we’ve accumulated. All that knowledge and experience comes together, years of it, and we can make something like this,” Dupra says.

Croissants are notoriously finicky, and many hours of trial and error are behind a good pastry. But it’s an effort that has paid

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off for Dupra and Kucharski. The Suprême Croissant’s 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. They also have a chocolate-cherry bread pudding croissant, a monkey bread version, and one topped with “everything” seasoning.

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. The purple yam is a popular dessert ingredient in the Philippines and a

flavor only a few in northern Michigan have had the pleasure of tasting.

That’s why Merlyn’s Patisserie is bringing these new flavors to the area by way of the pastries we know and love. “The unique flavors are meant to elevate the classic recipes, not overwhelm them,” Dupra says.

“They’re a delicious way to get out and try something different.”

A Few Other Fan Favorites

First up is the milk bread, a soft, fluffy, Japanese-style bread made with milk, flour, sugar, and yeast. It has a slightly sweet and rich flavor with a tender and light texture, as adding milk to the dough gives it a creamy and delicate taste. Its versatility makes it perfect for sandwiches, French toast, or enjoying plain.

“It’s almost similar to brioche, but it’s a bit more on the sweeter side,” Kucharski explains.

And then, of course, there are the macarons. These colorful French pastries are made with egg whites and almond flour. They have a crisp exterior, a chewy texture, and a creamy filling sandwiched between two cookies.

Macarons come in various flavors, and Merlyn’s is no exception. A few of their flavor options include pistachio-raspberry, strawberry-chocolate, 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.)

In every category, you’ll find something a little different, a little creative, and a lot delicious.

“We want to give people an experience more than anything, something they will enjoy and remember,” Dupra says. “We put a lot of time and care into our products because we’re very proud of what we do.”

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

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Ube Croissant
Chocolate Suprême Croissant

Artists on location in Traverse City including Darrow Park, Botanic Gardens and Jacobs Farm (late afternoon)

FREE PGT Artist Demo at CTAC

10:00 am - Noon




Gallery open 10AM Fearless First Timers Workshop

Artists on location in Traverse City including Oryana, the Civic Center and Lay Park

FREE PGT Artist Demo at CTAC 10:00 am - Noon


Gallery open 10AM

Small Wonders Society Event

Artists on location on Leelanau Peninsula including Grocer's Daughter Chocolates, Fish Town and a sunset painting at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

FREE PGT Artist Demo at CTAC 10:00 am - Noon


Gallery open 10AM

FREE PGT Artist Demo at CTAC 10am-Noon




Twisted Fish, Elk Rapids Old Mission Peninsula: Dougherty Mission House

Chateau Chantal Jazz at Sunset

Gallery open 10AM

Purchase Award ticket holders early entry 5:00-6:00 pm

PGT Awards Presentation 5:30 pm

FREE Pint-Sized Paintout 10:00 am - Noon

RSVP encouraged Limited to 100 participants

Gallery open 10AM Fresh Paint Party ticketed event 6:00-9:00 pm

Presented by:

Crooked Tree Arts Center 322 Sixth Street, Downtown TC

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Schedule of Events

saturday CHARLEVOIX MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K: Draw Bridge, downtown Charlevoix. 6am: Marathon; 6:30am: Half Marathon; 7am: 10K Run/ Walk; 7:15am: 5K Run/Walk.

MICHIGAN MOUNTAIN MAYHEM: North Country Cycle Sport, Boyne City. This road bike event is one of the most grueling & challenging rides you will ever participate in. Choose from: a 50K teaser, a 100K metric century, a 160K (100-mile century), or a 200K double metric with almost 10,000 feet of climbing. You can start between 6-9am. mmmspringclassic -------------------- --



SUMMER BIRD WALK: 8am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Learn to ID birds by song & habitat on a guided bird walk. Register. $5. ----------------------

KID’S FREE FISHING DAY: 9am-1pm, NMC Great Lakes Campus, TC. Kids can try to hook one of 750 rainbow trout stocked by the TC Rotary Club.

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

PLANT SALE: 9am-1pm, Emmet County Fairgrounds, Petoskey. Presented by the Northern Michigan Master Gardeners Association. A variety of plants at reasonable prices all sourced by Master Gardeners from local gardens. Free admission. nmmga.

ANNUAL FRANKFORT CRAFT FAIR: 10am-4pm, Main St., Downtown Frankfort. Featuring more than 75 booths of crafters & artists.

BAY HARBOR IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: 10am-8pm, Front St., Bay Harbor. Check out the latest in watercraft, boating accessories & more. A Tiki Island Obstacle Course for kids will be present all weekend. Live music by Chris Calleja today from 2-5pm. Free.

COFFEE @ 10, PETOSKEY: 10am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. Julia Dufault McGrath will be exhibiting her work in CTAC-Petoskey’s Atrium Gallery, June 17 - July 22. Hear her presentation about her creative practice & experimental approach to painting. Free. event/ctac-petoskey/coffee-10-julia-dufaultmcgrath

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OLD TOWN ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: 10am5pm, Old Town District, TC. Dozens of artists & crafters will be displaying & selling their work.

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

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RIDING FOR RECOVERY - BOYNE CITY: 10am-noon, Sunset Park, Boyne City. Welcoming all donated, working bikes. They will go to those in Recovery Housing who do not have access to transportation. Monetary donations welcome. Donate, get a t-shirt. 231270-7873.


BREWERY: Meet at Right Brain Brewery at 11:30am. You’ll be provided with a magnet, 50 feet of rope, & a bucket with your name on it to collect your scrap metal. Go fish! Take to the trails & utilize the 4-mile loop of the Boardman Lake Loop Trail to hit any public access areas around the Boardman Lake. Fish from shore only. Your bucket will be collected when you’re done fishing. Meet back at Right Brain for refreshments & weigh-in. The person with the most weight in metal wins $100! All proceeds from the collected scrap metal will go toward the Boardman River Clean Sweep. $25/person.

HBAGTA’S 34TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES: Noon, Grand Traverse area. June 15-18. Top area builders will showcase the latest trends in home design, technology, & landscaping in stunning new homes. $18 advance; $20 door.


1-3pm, Horizon Books, TC. McVey’s book is the winner of the Prism Prize in Climate Literature. Free.


AUTHOR: 1-2:30pm, Renee’s House of Quilting, Williamsburg. Presented by Miss Nancy Writes, LLC. Author reading of children’s book with presentation about quilts featured in the book & other vintage quilts. Free.

JUNETEENTH FUN RUN/WALK: 2-5pm, Right Brain Brewery, TC. Featuring a 4K or 6.4K walk/run/roll. $5.

RIDING FOR RECOVERY - GAYLORD: 2-4pm, Alano Club, Gaylord. Welcoming all donated, working bikes. They will go to those in Recovery Housing who do not have access to transportation. Monetary donations welcome. Donate, get a t-shirt. 231-270-7873.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR: 2pm & 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tom, a new schoolteacher, is nervous about his first day of teaching. As he tries to relax by watching TV, various characters emerge from the set & show him how to win his students over with imagination & music. Adults, $16; youth under 18, $8 (plus fees). oldtownplayhouse. com/young-company/performances/schoolhouse-rock-live-jr.html

AUTHOR ANGELINE BOULLEY: 3pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Ovation Hall, Petoskey. This author of “Warrior Girl Unearthed” will be in conversation with Eric Hemenway. RSVP required.

ST. JOSEPH CAR SHOW: 3pm, St. Joseph Catholic Church, TC. No registration fee. Bring your fun car!


ROCK THE DOCK WITH KNEE DEEP: 6pm, Downtown Charlevoix & marina. Free.




CAL”: 7pm, Elenbaas Performing Arts Cen-

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TC PIT SPITTERS VS. ROCKFORD RIVETS: 7:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC.

BREATHING SPACE: AN ORIGINAL COMEDY: 7:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Leland local Rebecca Reynolds & co-director McAdoo Greer will bring their dramatic spoof “Breathing Space” for three hilarious shows, June 16-18. The play is set in an upscale lakeside village populated by the one percent & features an all-star cast of local & national, professional actors. $40. events/breathing-space-national-premiere

ABBACADABRA: 8-10:30pm, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee. Performing 20 of ABBA’s greatest hits from 1973-1983, Abbacadabra – the ultimate ABBA tribute - recreates all of the excitement & passion of their record-breaking 1979 world concert tour experience. Enjoy hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Fernando,” “Waterloo,” & “Super Trouper.” $25, $35, $40. lrcr. com/event-calendar/concerts/abbacadabra



2023: June 18-24. An annual plein air (outdoor) painting festival & competition, presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center & located in TC. Each summer, talented artists from across the country come to TC to be inspired by the region’s beautiful landscapes, Lake Michigan shorelines, & charming town & villages. The festival includes classes, live demos, kids activities, art sales, exhibitions, & more. See web site for schedule.


BAY HARBOR IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: (See Sat., June 17, except today’s time is 10am-3pm.)

MADE IN CHEBOYGAN CRAFT SHOW: (See Sat., June 17, except today’s time is 10am-3pm.)

FORGING FOR PEACE PROJECT: 11am3pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center. The Forging For Peace Project blacksmiths return to the Glen Arbor Arts Center Forge. These northern Michigan artists & craftsmen use the ancient art of blacksmithing as part of a worldwide project to raise funds for non-profits focused on peacemaking. Free.


BREATHING SPACE: AN ORIGINAL COMEDY: (See Sat., June 17, except today’s time is 3pm.)

TC PIT SPITTERS VS. ROCKFORD RIVETS: 5:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC.

RANDY HOUSER: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Randy Houser has racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits & more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album “How Country Feels.” Tickets range from $52 - $117. randy-houser ----------------------

VESPER: SOUNDS OF SUMMER: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Celebrate the return of summer in an array of styles from The Beach Boys to Samuel Barber. $14.50, $19.50.

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Live Free in ’23! The Grand Parade is one of the highlights of the East Jordan Freedom Festival on Sat., June 24 at 3pm. The Festival runs June 21-25 and has something for everyone, including a Carnival, Youth Parade, Lip Sync Contest, 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament, fireworks, live music by Derailed and Michael Allman Band, and much more. Visit for a schedule of events.

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SUMMER LIBRARY CHALLENGE KICKOFF PARTY: 10am, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Gather on the front lawn of the Main Library with games, snacks, & activities with friends from Challenge Island, the Grand Traverse Conservation District (and SciStarter), E3, & the Youth Services department. There will be collaborative art activities available for patrons of all ages to contribute to, including the mini art wall. The kickoff show with magician & entertainer Cameron Zvara will be held at 11am. Free.

AI IS NOW: 5:30pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Patricia Henkel teaches you – hands on - how to use Chat GPT & other forms of artificial intelligence from your iPhone. RSVP. 231-223-7700. Free. ----------------------

FRAUD AWARENESS: 6-7:30pm, NMC, Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, TC. A free presentation by Deputy Preston from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. He will discuss the current trend involving email/text scams that target the elders of the community. Registration required. cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_ class_id=2489&int_category_id=0&int_sub_ category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0 ----------------------

MULTIMEDIA JOBS UPDATE: 6pm, Right Brain Brewery, TC. Hear an update on the progress to bring film, TV, commercials, & music work back to Michigan. Free. mifia. org/event-5306774

THOMPSONVILLE SUMMER FEST: 6-9pm, Thompsonville. Free food, Human Services Expo, live music with Barefoot, & raffles with prizes. Park at the Thompsonville Airport & Church, & receive a free park & ride shuttle.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIESJAMMIN’ MONDAYS ON BETSIE BAY: 7-9:15pm, Waterfront Park, Elberta. Jazz, blues, rock, R&B & soul. ----------------------

REFIT® TC: The Presbyterian Church of TC, 701 Westminster Rd. A group dance fitness experience that rocks your body, heart, & soul with powerful moves & positive music, to inspire you from the inside out. Classes are held Mondays at 7pm & Thursdays at 9:30am. $1 suggested donation. facebook. com/profile.php?id=100090460000055

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: 7:30pm, Bay View Association, Voorhies Hall, Petoskey. Featuring “My Old School.”


PAINT GRAND TRAVERSE 2023: (See Sun., June 18)

LEELANAU COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES SENIOR EXPO: 10am-2pm, Suttons Bay Public High School. 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. ----------------------

SLC KICKOFF PARTY: 11am, East Bay Branch Library, TC. Kick off the Summer Library Challenge. Live music with Rebekah Jon, free sno-cones provided by Sno Great, games, snacks & prizes. There will also be a tie

dye station set up for making free SLC shirts. Free. ----------------------

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: 2pm, Leland Township Public Library, Leland. Dr. Carrie Sands, certified sports physician, will discuss the factors that contribute to a good night’s sleep, sleep cycles & tips to improve your “sleep hygiene.” Free. programs-events

LOCAL HISTORY TALK: 2pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. OMPS 3rd graders share their winning coloring artwork from the “Once Upon a Peninsula” activity book & Tim Carroll shares one room schoolhouse tales. 231-223-7700.

DIVERSITY UNDER THE DOME: STORIES OF THE VERY DIFFERENT PEOPLE BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THE CAPITOL: 1835-1956: 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Capitol buildings are, by their very nature, places where different people come together. These people come to work in the building as legislators, governors, secretaries, clerks, librarians, & pages. Learn their stories & celebrate their contributions in this program by Capitol Historian & Curator Valerie Marvin. Join us in person or via Zoom. Free.

MICHIGAN NOTABLE BOOKS AUTHOR TOUR WITH ANNE-MARIE OOMEN: 7pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. AnneMarie will talk about her newest book, “As long as I know you: The Mom Book.” Light refreshments provided. Dog Ears books will have copies of the book available for purchase. Free. event_listing?mode=day&date=2023-6-20

QUEER TALES BOOK CLUB: 7pm, Traverse Area District Library, Nelson Room, TC. Chat about books that are by &/or about LGBTQ+ people. Reading is not required, & everyone is welcome. Held the third Tues. of the month. This month’s book is “Cosmoknights” by Hannah Templer. You can read it as a webcomic ( or get a physical copy through TADL & MeLCat. You can also read it through Hoopla. Free.

SOLSTICE FREEFORM DANCE: 7pm. Located behind the building at 10781 E. Cherry Bend, TC. Outdoors. Free-form dancing for all bodies. Intentionally sequenced music allows for full expression, opening, & release. Beginner friendly. Donation: $1-$20. ----------------------

SWEETWATER EVENING GARDEN CLUB: 7pm, Acme Township Hall, Williamsburg. Guest speaker will be Mark Breederland, MSU Extension educator for Michigan Sea Grant Extension, & the team lead for Great Lakes Levels Variations/Coastal Erosion. He will present a program on “Great Lakes - Up, Down & All Around,” speaking on the vital importance of our Great Lakes here & worldwide. 938-9611. Free.

RESCUE OF BAT-21 BRAVO: 7:30-9pm, Bay View Association, Voorhies Hall, Petoskey. Hear the story of Bat-21 Bravo, the largest rescue operation in USAF history, from the commander of that rescue operation. John van Etten, USAF forward air controller, will speak. Free.


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KICK-OFF & REGISTRATION W/ GREAT LAKES CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 10:30am, Green Lake Township Memorial Park/Freedom Park, Interlochen. Enjoy hands-on, interactive activities from the museum’s mobile unit. 231-276-6767.


CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon-1pm, Pennsylvania Park, Gazebo, Petoskey. Featuring Eliza Thorp. Free. charlotte-ross-lee-concerts-park-2023

“WOMEN IN MEDIA”: 1-3pm, Omena-TC Yacht Club, Omena. The Omena Women’s Club will present this thought-provoking panel discussion. Panelists will be Amy Hubbell, editor, Leelanau Enterprise; Miya Ingle, nighttime anchor, 7/4 TV News; Michelle Perez, news director, WTCM Radio; Rebecca Pierce, exec editor, Record-Eagle; & Kerry Winkler, editor, Northern Michigan Woman. To reserve a spot, call or text: 269-491-7207. Free. ----------------------

“THE LONGEST DAY”: 4-9pm, Bier’s Inwood Brewery, Charlevoix. A nationwide effort to help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association (AA), this will be an open mic style event with live music, raffles, donation opportunities & a portion of beer & pizza sales benefitting the AA. Short sets of music are scheduled with Lou Thumser, Significant Others, Blair Miller, Frank Cook, Rhett & John, & many others. ----------------------

AFTERNOON CHILL: 4-6pm, Harbor Springs Area Chamber office, 118 E. Main St., Harbor Springs. Find out what’s happening around town, &meet other chamber members & some of the folks from Northern Community Mediation. Free. ----------------------

RESTORATION TOUR: 4pm, Offield Family Viewlands, Harbor Springs. The restoration at the Offield Family Viewlands is well underway, but it will be years before this former golf course functions as a cohesive natural area. Join staff from both organizations & learn the methods that are being used to remove invasives & support prairie projects. Be prepared to hike. Meet at kiosk near white tent in upper parking lot. Free; pre-registration required.

SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT: 5-7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Friends of PCL kick off the garden concert series with Irish music by Doc & Donna Probes. Free ice cream. 231-223-7700.


AN EVENING WITH VIOLA SHIPMANBOOK RELEASE: 5:30pm, Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Petoskey. Enjoy the release of “Famous in a Small Town,” set in Good Hart, MI. Each ticket includes a paperback copy of the book. $25. viola-shipman-famous-small-town

EAST JORDAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL: June 21-25. Tonight includes the Miss & Mr. Firecracker Pageant at 6pm at Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan. summer-lecture-series/summer-lecture-series-full-itinerary.html


DUELING PIANOS - CASEY ROBARDS & ANTHONY PATTERSON: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. $15.50.




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

REFIT® TC- OUTSIDE!: 9:30am, The Presbyterian Church of TC, 701 Westminster Rd. A group dance fitness experience that rocks your body, heart, & soul with powerful moves & positive music, to inspire you from the inside out. Classes are held Mondays at 7pm & Thursdays at 9:30am. $1 suggested donation. php?id=100090460000055

SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICKOFF!: 10:30am, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge & receive a free reading kit. Musician Gary Powell will lead in song. For all elementary or middle-school students. Free.


TOUR LEELANAU COUNTY: 11am-5pm, Leelanau County. Featuring 6 gardens, all very different & unique to their owners. Visitors may visit the gardens in any order; they are spread out to north of Leland, Leland, & south of Leland. Tickets are available through Garden Club members, & at outlets throughout the county: Empire: Greystone Gardens; Glen Arbor: Northwood Hardware, Home and Garden; Leland: Leelanau Books, Two Fish Gallery; Northport: Pennington Collection; Suttons Bay: Haystacks, Plantmasters; Traverse City: Four Seasons Nursery, Garden Goods. $20; children free, including high schoolers.

CWIB LUNCHEON: 11:30am-1pm, Inn at Bay Harbor. “Heavy Hitters of Michigan Hospitality.” Panel discussion includes: Judy Booth, vice president of Boyne Resorts; Amy Cox, senior director of sales and earned revenue at The Henry Ford Museum; Jody Ewbank, director of restaurant operations at Stafford’s Hospitality; & Liz Ware, coowner of Mission Point Resort. $35 CWIB members; $40 all others.


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Karasi Fitness and Healing Arts presents a soul-stirring sound and healing arts experience. The Alluvion will be transformed into an open candlelit sacred space for music, restorative movement, and a sound healing meditation.

Featuring Crystal Woodward-Turner, with special guests Seth Bernard, Jordan Hamilton, and David Chown





ARTIST IN THE WILDERNESS: FIELD WORK & ART MAKING: 7pm, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston. This lecture will be given by Leslie Sobel, an environmental artist from Ann Arbor, who is an artist in residence in June at the University of Michigan Biological Station. She connects climate, water, & data through art. Free. lsa.

LUNCHEON LECTURE: ENBRIDGE STRAITS TUNNEL: 11:30am-1pm, NCMC, Library Conference Center, Petoskey. An overview of the planned Great Lakes Tunnel Project beneath the Straits of Mackinac will be presented by Paul Meneghini, manager of community engagement for the Great Lakes region of Enbridge Energy. He will also explain Enbridge’s vast energy transportation network across North America, its growing renewable production, & its low-carbon energy transportation capabilities. $15.

EAST JORDAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL: East Jordan, June 21-25. Today includes the Youth Parade, Magic by Jania, outdoor movie - “Sonic 2,” & more.


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AN EVENING WITH WADE ROUSE (WRITING AS VIOLA SHIPMAN): 6:30pm, Elk Rapids Harbor Pavilion. Presented by Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library. $15; includes one glass of wine.

RUN LAKE ANN 5K: 6:30-8pm, 6530 First St., Downtown Lake Ann. Will benefit a U.S. Marine veteran, Erik Florip, & his family. Fun Run begins at 6:30pm, followed by 5K. $20. 963&eventId=715418

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

GALA ENCORE: 5:30pm, City Opera House, TC. A troupe of 11 handpicked members of the Adult Company plus six members of the Young Company will join in performing 16 songs from Broadway past & present & Hollywood. $50.

LIVE MUSIC IN BARR PARK: 6-8pm, Crystal Mountain, Barr Park, Thompsonville. Featuring Tim Krause. event/barr-park-fridays

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2023 MANITOU MUSIC: THE PULSE SAXOPHONE QUARTET: 7pm, Leelanau School Beach. Enjoy the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 2023 musicians-in-residence, Interlochen Public Radio’s The PULSE Saxophone Quartet. Free. events/2023-manitou-music-musicians-inresidencethe-pulse-saxophone-quartet ----------------------


COMEDY FESTIVAL: 7pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. Featuring Bert “The Machine” Kreischer, Tiffany Haddish, Fortune Feimster, Big Jay Oakerson, Jay Pharoah, Chad Daniels, & more. $59-$129.

BIG & RICH WSG COWBOY TROY: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Big & Rich’s debut album, “Horse of a Different Color,” went triple-platinum. Their more recent hits include “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” & “Look at You.” $46-$111.

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THE FRIENDS OF IPL USED BOOK SALE: 9am6pm, Interlochen Public Library. Thousands of books in dozens of genres for adults, teens & children, along with DVDs, CDs, puzzles & games. Prices for adult & teen books are $2 for hardcover; $1 for softcover. Children’s books are half that amount. 231-276-6767. ----------------------

NATURE STORY TIME: 10:30am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Enjoy a short children’s story & an activity or hike. Best for ages 4 & up, but all ages welcome. Register. $5/child.

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Noon-1pm, Pennsylvania Park, Gazebo, Petoskey. Featuring The Full Moon Jam Band. Free. ctac-petoskey/charlotte-ross-lee-concertspark-2023

WADE ROUSE AKA VIOLA SHIPMAN INSTORE BOOK SIGNING: 1pm, Horizon Books, TC. Enjoy this author of “The Recipe Box” & “The Clover Girls.” horizonbooks. com/event/wade-rouse-aka-viola-shipmanstore-book-signing-event

EAST JORDAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL: East Jordan, June 21-25. Today includes the Block Party, Corn Hole Tournament, Carnival & more. ----------------------

GUSMACKER: Otsego County Sportsplex, Gaylord, June 23-25. Registration runs today from 4-7pm. There will also be a Cornhole Tournament & Hero’s Tournament.



GAYLORD’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7-10pm, Claude Shannon Park, Gaylord. Featuring The Marsupials. Bring a chair. Free.



SINGIN’ TOUR: SOLD OUT: 8pm, Odawa Casino, Ovation Hall, Petoskey.


FISHING: 9:30pm, Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort. On Fri., June 23 at 9:30pm, a Nightcrawler Hunt will be held. Bring a flashlight, rain gear & a bucket. Then on Sat., June 24 at 8am, enjoy a day of fishing. Kids receive a free t-shirt, pizza, drinks & sweet treats. Bring a fishing rod if you have one. 231-352-7251. Free.

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GUSMACKER: Otsego County Sportsplex, Gaylord, June 23-25. Today features a Slam Dunk Contest.


GET TO KNOW YOUR (NON-HUMAN) NEIGHBORS! HIKE: 9am, Houdek Dunes Natural Area, Leland. Learn how can you connect with birds, animals, plants, rocks & fungi that are surrounding you at your homeland. This walk will launch a 3-part exploration into the tools & techniques used by top naturalists Tom Brown, Jon Young & animal communication expert George Bumann. Free.

TRAMPS REMOTE CONTROL AIRSHOW: 9am-4pm, TRAMPS Airfield, TC. Featuring a variety of aircraft from trainers to jets, helicopters to drones. Amazing pilots from around the area fly here.

THE FRIENDS OF IPL USED BOOK SALE: 9am-2pm, Interlochen Public Library. Thousands of books in dozens of genres for adults, teens & children, along with DVDs, CDs, puzzles & games. Prices for adult & teen books are $2 for hardcover; $1 softcover. Children’s books are half that amount. A $5 per bag sale will begin at noon today. 231-276-6767. ----------------------

24TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX SUMMER ART SHOW: 10am-5pm, East Park, Downtown Charlevoix.

ARTATTACK - CRAFT SHOW: 10am5pm, Pellston Historical Museum grounds,


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FESTIVAL: 10am-4pm, Bay Harbor Village. A collection of the finest classic, future classic & rare cars, & boats in the country. This year’s show will feature up to five Duesenbergs & Ford GTs. Parade line up for cars is at 9:30am. Free.


HIKE: Explore the Whaleback Natural Area just south of Leland at 10am. Slow, easy pace. Stop to explore, discussing theme often. Free.

MACKINAW CITY PREMIER ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: 10am-6pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw City.

OPEN STUDIO: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in art for all ages. New projects are offered each week. Free. event/ctac-petoskey/open-studio-june-24 ----------------------

RAINBOW RUN: 10am, Hull Park, TC. TART Trails & Up North Pride are hosting the first-ever Rainbow Run, a color fun run & fundraiser around the Boardman Lake Loop Trail. To celebrate the trail systems & the Northern Michigan 2SLGBTQ+ Community during Pride Month, join together at Hull Park to enjoy music & refreshments before & after the run. $25/$30. event/rainbow-run

Drop-in telescope & info stations will be available for you to visit. Stop by the ranger greeter table in the parking lot at the Dune Climb for more info about the stations & their locations. Free.

THE HACKWELLS: 6-9pm, Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City. Enjoy this Americana/ folk/country band from Detroit who sings about prison graveyards, flea market beauty queens, & other people’s faults. $30.

TC PIT SPITTERS VS. MADISON MALLARDS: 7:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC.

BENZIE COMMUNITY CHORUS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7:30pm, The Mills Community House, Theatre, Benzonia. $20 per person.

COCHRAN & MCCALLISTER: 7:30pm, The Garden Theater, Frankfort. The duo compromised of Scottish guitarist Matthew McCallister & American guitarist Matthew Cochran will debut Cochran’s original piece “Pale Blue Dot,” a homage to one of the duo’s literary & scientific heroes, Cal Sagan. $15. ----------------------

KITTY DONOHOE: 7:30pm, The Rhubarbary, 3550 Five Mile Creek Rd., Harbor Springs. Enjoy this evening of music with storytelling & songwriting mastery. 231-4998038. $20 donation requested.

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SHOWY LADY SLIPPERS & ICE HIKE AT TEICHNER PRESERVE: 10am, Good Harbor Bay Watershed. Explore how the most recent glaciation created the habitat for the Showy Lady Slippers & the glacial geomorphology features of Good Harbor Bay Watershed. You will also observe the floristic components along the boardwalk with focus on the Showy Lady Slippers. Free.

THE SCHOONER ALLIANCE PIER PARTY: 11am-3pm, 100 Dame St., Suttons Bay. Help welcome the schooner Alliance to Suttons Bay. Enjoy deck tours of the schooner Alliance, music, activities, & food. Free.

EAST JORDAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL: East Jordan, June 21-25. Today includes the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Grand Parade, Lip Sync Contest, Grand Festival Raffle, fireworks & more.

BREGE BOOK SIGNING EVENT: 1pm, Horizon Books, TC. Author Karen Bell-Brege & illustrator Darrin Brege will sign their book “Biggie and Birdie are Different (so what).”



CAL”: (See Sat., June 17, except today’s times are 2pm & 7pm.)

VETERANS INSPIRATIONAL ART SHOW: 4-8pm, Flintfields Horse Park, Williamsburg. Featuring over 100 pieces of art created by 32 artists.

LIVE MUSIC IN BARR PARK: 6-8pm, Crystal Mountain, Barr Park, Thompsonville. Featuring Andrew McQuillen. crystalmountain. com/event/barr-park-fridays

STAR PARTY: 6pm, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Dune Climb, Empire.

MICHIGANDER: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Indie rock artist Michigander delivers “elevated & eloquent songcraft, uplifting instrumentation, & plainspoken heartland storytelling punctuated by alternative flare.” $25, $20. greatlakescfa. org/events/detail/michigander

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FESTIVAL: East Jordan, June 21-25. Today includes the Freedom Lovers Breakfast at 7am at Trailblazers Clubhouse.

GUSMACKER: Otsego County Sportsplex, Gaylord, June 23-25. Today features a Free Throw Contest.



ART SHOW: 10am-3pm, East Park, Downtown Charlevoix.


ARTATTACK - CRAFT SHOW: (See Sat., June 24)


MACKINAW CITY PREMIER ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: 10am-3pm, Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw City.


TANK HILL GARLIC MUSTARD WORKBEE: 10am-noon, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Join ISN & the City of Frankfort for an opportunity to foster habitat improvements by controlling highly invasive garlic mustard. Please bring a water bottle & gloves. Free.

LOG CABIN DAY: 11am-3pm, Dougherty Mission House, TC. Discover the Dougherty Mission House built by the Odawa & Chippewa in 1842. Explore the House, summer kitchen, carriage shed, icehouse, demonstration gardens & 15 acres of trails. The property has been a Presbyterian Mission, apple farm, Inn, family summer home, an-

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WALLOON LAKE WINERY ARTIST MARKET: 1-5pm, Walloon Lake Winery, Petoskey. ----------------------

HEADSTONE CLEANING: 2pm, Brundage Wilderness Cemetery. 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.

REGIONAL PREMIERE MOVIE, CAR SHOW, FILMMAKER DISCUSSION: 4:30pm & 7:30pm, The Bay Community Theatre, Suttons Bay. “Detroit: The City of Hot Rods and Muscle Cars” is a 90-minute documentary that was filmed partially in Northport by Michigan native filmmaker Keith Famie & includes famed local residents Tim Allen & the late Bill Collins. It conveys the immense impact that the people & cars of Detroit made throughout the world during this unique era of muscle cars. Keith will be on-hand for discussion, following. Preceding the film, there will be a live display of these cars outside the theatre, from noon until 3:30pm. $25. ----------------------

TC PIT SPITTERS VS. MADISON MALLARDS: 5:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. ----------------------

A SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: 5:30-8pm, The Alluvion, TC. A Soul Stirring Sound & Healing Arts Experience. Featuring a mini concert with Seth Bernard, acoustic guitar & vocals; Crystal Woodward-Turner, vocals & sacred sounds; David Chown, piano; & Jordan Hamilton, strings. Next will be a sequence of nurturing & restorative movements, concluding with a sacred sound healing meditation. Please bring a mat, water, blankets, pillows, blocks &/or bolster. Tickets: $40.

LIVE MUSIC IN BARR PARK: 6-8pm, Crystal Mountain, Barr Park, Thompsonville. Featuring Dominic Fortuna. crystalmountain. com/event/barr-park-fridays

NWS PRESENTS RUTH WARE: 7pm, City Opera House, TC. The New York Times bestselling “new Agatha Christie” Ruth Ware brings her adrenaline-fueled thriller “Zero Days.” Doors open at 6pm with a cash bar & live music. A personalized book signing will follow the main event. ----------------------


VESPER: HOLLYWOOD TO DOLLYWOOD: 8pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. Movie music, best of bluegrass, & some classic country. $14.50, $19.50.


STROLL THE STREETS: Fridays, 6-9pm, Main St., Boyne City. Listen to music, enjoy entertainment & children’s activities & more.

TRAVERSE CITY SPRING HORSE SHOWS: Flintfields Horse Park, TC, June 7-25. Three weeks of competition to earn qualifying points, prize money & more.

LESS CANCER’S 2023 HIKE & BIKE AMERICA: Register & put in as many miles

as you can between June 2 - July 2. Your commitment to a daily walk or weekly ride will help support the critical work of preventing Cancer.

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.

HIKE: Saturdays, 7:30am, June 3-24, Boardman River Valley Preserve, TC. Located at (Old YMCA) 3000 Racquet Club Dr., TC. Trail hazards: mud, boardwalk, bugs, stairs, etc. Show up to experience the “Peace” trail before noise of new bridge happens. For more info, email:

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.

BOYNE CITY OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKET: Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-noon through Oct. 14. Veterans Park, Boyne City. Shop local produce, artwork & artisan foods at over 50 vendors. There will also be live music & kids activities. The June 17 market will feature live music by Les Older. The June 24 market will feature live music by Lara Fulford.

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

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

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

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


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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., 8amnoon. Parking lot “B” at southwest corner of Cass & Grandview Parkway, TC. Takes place on the ground floor of the Old Town Parking Deck during the National Cherry Festival. ----------------------

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“VISIBLE/INVISIBLE DISABILITY”: Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. This Photovoice display will be exhibited through June 30, so the public can view student-created work & learn about the perspectives of people with disabilities. The Photovoice project was a collaboration by students from North Ed’s Career Tech & Transition Campus programs Life Skills Center & Adult Community Experience.

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.


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

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

NANOK & KOWALESKI: A DUO ART EXHIBITION: The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee. Runs through June 17. Gallery hours are Weds. through Sun., noon3pm.


14TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION: Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Runs through June 17. Charlevoix Circle of Arts is open Mon. through Fri. from 11am-4pm, & Sat., 11am3pm or by appointment.


“THE NATURE WE CREATE”: Higher Art Gallery, TC. This exhibit features Deana’s sculptures made of clay & found objects which explore ideas of how wildlife & humans

intersect, thus animals adapting to us. The show runs during open gallery hours through July 1.

RETROSPECTIVE POP-UP: Runs June 1025 at Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. This exhibit spotlights works from the collections of three artists familiar to many who frequent JRAC: Margie Guyot, Karen Kimmell & Meredith Krell. Each in their own voice & style bring a fresh perspective to the beauty & unique character of northern Michigan. Gallery open Thursday-Monday, 1-4pm.


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

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

- TRISHA WITTY: PILGRIMAGES IN PAINT, A RETROSPECTIVE 1988 TO PRESENT: Runs through Sept. 2 in Gilbert Gallery. Retrospective exhibition highlighting Trish Witty’s paintings from the past 35 years. trisha-witty-pilgrimages-paint-retrospective1988-present-opens-may-25


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

- LUSTER: REALISM & HYPERREALISM IN CONTEMPORARY AUTOMOBILE & MOTORCYCLE PAINTING: Runs June 16 - Sept. 3. This is a traveling exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by 15 leading photorealists & hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles & motorcycles as their primary subject of choice. Featuring dazzling paintings that encompass a broad range of vintage vehicles, recent classics, off-road vehicles, exotics & more. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 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 ----------------------


- SUMMER MEMBER SHOW: Featuring a wide variety of work in all mediums. The show runs through July 28. Oliver Art Center is open Mon. - Sat., 10am-4pm.

- WISH YOU WERE HERE: Recent artwork by members of the Lakeshore Artists Alliance will be on display from June 12-23. This exhibition is part of the Pop-Up Exhibits program.

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6/23 -- Sam & Bill, 6-8


6/25 -- Blair Miller, 6:30


Thu -- Jazz at Sunset w/ Jeff Haas

Trio, 7-9:30


6/17 -- The 4 Horsemen, 8; DJ

Ricky T, 10

6/22 -- Larz Cabot, 8

6/23 -- DJ Ricky T, 9

6/24 -- The 4 Horsemen, 8; Vintage Vinyl DJ Robbie Rob Greco, 10

JACOB'S FARM, TC 6-8:30:

6/17 -- Mike Moran feat. Ryan


6/18 -- Jameson Bros.

6/21 – The Duges

6/22 – A.S. Lutes

6/24 – Jedi Clampetts

6/25 – Doc Probes


6/23 -- Sweet J, 9:30



6/19 -- Open Mic w/ Rob Coonrod, 6-9


6/17 – Kevin Johnson

6/24 – John Piatek


Tues. – Trivia, 8-10

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

Sun. – Karaoke, 8


6/23 -- Chuk Light, 6-9


6/17 -- Rebekah Jon, 2-5; Tropical Sundance Party w/ DJ Zesty Nebula, 8

6/18 – The Fridays, 1-4

6/23 – Rob Coonrod, 1-4; Rhett & John, 5-8

6/24 – Nick Vasquez, 1-4


6/23 -- Chris Smith, 5:30-8:30



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

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


6/21 -- Donizetti's D[x]n Pasquale: An LGBTQ+ Take on Classic Opera!, 6:30-9

6/22 -- The Greg Vadnais Quartet, 6-8:30


6/23 – Ben Davila & The Powers That Be, 6:30-10


6/17 -- Craig Jolly, 6-9; Mallory Brooke & Michael Hunter, 9-12

6/20 -- Jesse Jefferson, 8-11

6/21 -- Wink, 8-11

6/22 -- Jimmy Olson, 8-11

6/23 -- Chris Sterr, 6-9; Levi Britton, 9-12

6/24 -- Rolling Dirty, 6-9; Luke Woltanski, 9-12


6/17 – Trillium Groove, 4:30-7:30;

Emmet & Cheboygan


6/17 -- Randy Reszka, 2-5


6/17 -- Chase & Allie, 2-6

6/23 -- Yankee Station, 4-7:30

6/24 -- Chris Calleja, 2-6


6/23 -- Annex Karaoke, 9:30


6/17 -- Pete Jackson, 2-5

6/24 -- Lejet, 1-4

6/25 -- Randy Reszka, 1-4


6/23 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 8-10



6/18 -- Adam Engelman

6/23 -- Tyler Parkin

6/25 -- Nelson Olstrom


6/17 & 6/24 -- Lou Thumser, 1


6/21 -- The Shouting Bones

6/22 -- Brett Mitchell

6/23 -- Bill Oeming



6/17 – Indian River Night Bazaar w/ The Shifties, 5

6/23 – SOL Preview Party w/

Djangophonique, 6-9

6/24 – SOL Preview Party w/ The Bootstrap Boys, 7-10




6/23 -- The Oak Ridge Boys: Front Porch Singin' Tour: SOLD OUT, 8


6/23 -- Country Concert Series: Billy Gunther & The Midwest Riders,

Jazz Cabbage, 8-11

6/18 -- Jesse Jefferson, 1-4; Drew Hale, 4:30-7:30; Rob Coonrod, 8-11

6/21 – Tyler Roy, 8-11

6/22 – Steve Clark, 8-11

6/23 – Drew Hale, 8-11

6/24 – Amanda Igra, 1-4

6/25 – Jesse Jefferson, 1-4; Drew Hale, 4:30-7:30


6/17 -- StoneFolk, 8

6/20 -- Open Mic, 7

6/21 -- Jazz Show & Jam, 6

6/23 -- Pinter Whitnick, 8

6/24 -- Dawn Campbell & The Bohemians, 8

6/25 -- Comedy Mixtape, 7


6/17 -- Protea

6/22 -- Matt Mansfield

6/23 -- Styleguides

6/24 -- TC Guitar Guys


6/23 -- Fiddlevine, 6


6/23 -- Jabo Bihlman

6/24 -- DJ Mark Wilson


6/17 -- Rolling Dirty & Baccano, 10

6/19 -- Jukebox, 10

6/20 -- USS Open Mic Comedy,

8-9:30; then Karaoke

6/21 -- DJ Jr, 10

6/22 -- DJ Prim, 10

6/23-24 -- Brett Mitchell & The Mitchfits, 10

6/25 -- AJ from Z93, 10

Leelanau & Benzie


6/22 -- Blake Kimmel, 3-6


6/17 -- Dominic Fortuna, 3:30-5:30

6/18 -- Zeke Clemons, 3-5

6/20 -- Larry Perkins, 5:30-7:30

6/24 -- Jazz, 3:30-6



6/18 -- Dominic Fortuna, 4-6

6/25 -- Pinter Whitnick, 3:30-6



6/20 -- Amanda Igra & Friends

6/21 -- Patrick Niemisto & Chris


6/22 -- Andre Villoch


6/18 -- Jazz Cabbage, 2-4:30

6/22 -- Rhett & John, 5-7:30

6/25 -- Luke Woltanski, 2-4:30



6/23 -- Tim Krause

6/24 -- Andrew McQuillen

6/25 -- Dave Barth

LEVEL4 LOUNGE, 8:30-10:30:

6/16-17 -- Carl Pawluk

6/21 -- Jim Hawley

6/22 -- Dave Barth

6/23 -- Christopher Winkelmann

6/24 -- Nick Vasquez

9, followed by DJ


6/24 -- M119 Band, 4-8

6/25 -- Jackie Pappas, 2-5


6/18 -- Lou Thumser, 2-4

6/23 -- Terry Coveyou, 5-7


6/22 -- Open Mic, 6-8

6/23 -- Ed Tatum, 8-11


6/20 -- Pete 'Big Dog' Fetters, 6


6/16-17 & 6/23-24 -- Pete 'Big Dog' Fetters, 8


6/22 -- Delilah DeWylde, 6-9

Otsego, Crawford & Central


6/17 -- Spencer Oppermann, 6

6/18 & 6/23 -- Nelson Olstrom, 6

6/22 -- Lou Thumser, 7

6/24 -- Lara Fullford, 6




Sat. -- Karaoke, 10-1



6/18 -- Blair Miller

6/25 -- Loose Change


6/23 -- Monte Pride, 6-9


6/19 -- Patrick Murphy

6/22 -- Bob Roberts



6/17 -- Elizabeth Landry

6/22 -- Luke Wolstanski & Dalton


6/23 -- Blair Miller

6/25 -- Peter Allen Jensen




6/17 -- Delilah DeWylde

6/23 -- Jameson Bros


6/17 – Brett Mitchell, 5-7

6/23 – Alex Teller, 6-8

6/24 – Monte Pride, 6-8

6/25 – Elizabeth Landry, 3-5


6/17 -- The Daydrinker Series w/ 16

Strings, 3-6; then Barefoot, 7-10

6/20 -- New Third Coast, 6:30-9:30

6/21 -- Andre Villoch, 6:30-9:30

6/22 -- Mike Moran, 6:30-9:30

6/23 -- Johnathon North & John

Kumjian, 3-6; Phil Profitt & His Fast

Fortunes, 7-10

6/24 -- Looking Forward CSN&Y Tribute, 3-6; Uncle Z, 7-10

Antrim & Charlevoix


6/17 -- Shady Hill, 7-10

6/21 -- "The Longest Day" Benefit for Alzheimer's Association w/ Lou Thumser, Significant Others, Blair Miller & More, 4-9

6/23 -- Goofy Foot Band, 7-10

BOYNE CITY TAP ROOM Sat,Thu -- Adam & The Cabana Boys, 7


6/17 & 6/24 -- Outdoor Music Series, 8-11


6/17 -- Andrew McQuillen, 1-4; Chelsea Marsh, 5:30-8:30

6/18 & 6/25 -- Jabo Bihlman, 3-6

6/20 -- Luke Woltanski, 5:30-8:30

6/21 -- Barefoot, 5:30-8:30

6/22 -- Wink, 5:30-8:30

6/23 -- John Piatek, 5:30-8:30

6/24 -- The Whiskey Charmers, 1-4; Blair Miller, 5:30-8:30


6/23 -- Friday Night LIVE w/ Swingbone North, 5:30-8:30


6/17 -- Stormstock w/ Cal in Red: Maddy Sharp, Andy Wynkoop, Jake Frysinger; Hosted by Blake Elliott, 4


6/18 – Brady Corcoran, 4:30-7

Tues. – Trivia, 6:30-8

6/25 – Billy and the Kid, 4:30-7



6/17 -- Andrew Lutes & Friends

Sun -- Waterbed feat. Jimmy Olson & Matt McCalpin

Wed -- Jeff Haas Quartet feat. Laurie Sears w/ Lisa Flahive

Thu -- Blake Elliott & Friends

6/24 -- Robin Connell Trio



6/17 -- Blair Miller

6/22 -- The Time Bombs

6/24 -- Liz Landry



6/17 -- Jessica Dominic

6/23 -- Nick Vasquez

6/24 -- Matt Gabriel


6/24 -- The Hackwells, 6


6/16-17 & 6/24 -- Clint Weaner,



6/23 -- Matt Mansfield, 7-10


6/23 -- Laura Thurston

6/24 -- Les Older


6/17 -- Shawn Butzin, 6:30-9:30


6/24 -- Timothy Michael Thayer, 6-9

Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee

6/17 -- Lou Thumser

6/22 -- Kenny Thompson

6/23 -- The Rounders

6/24 -- Terry Coveyou

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23. Be noisy upstairs

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