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Northern Express Weekly • june 05, 2023 • 1 norther nex NORTHERN express NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S WEEKLY • june 05 - june 11, 2023 • Vol. 33 No. 22 HOW HEALTHY ARE OUR WATERS? Watershed experts weigh in on the well-being of NoMi waterways

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Do Wetlands Matter?

As an avid birder, I visit many wetlands. All manner of natural life is attracted to these seemingly unproductive and vast tracts of open spaces. I find solace in our wetlands.

Any astute observer of nature can see a disheartening truth: Biodiversity languishes in decline. The undeniable culprit is our (improper) human conduct. To recklessly despoil these intricate systems, created over centuries, is undeniably rash.

Those who dedicate time to immerse themselves in nature will understand this symbiotic bond. We perceive wetlands as our ally, not our enemy. Life pulsates in an intricate web of interconnections, woven within a fragile, shared existence. Tugging at these delicate threads will swiftly unravel the very tapestry of life itself.

Is it not infinitely wiser to embrace nature as our partner? What finer ally could humanity ever hope to support?

Skeptical about the Skepticism

Climate-change skeptic Neal Stout (May 8, 2023) asserts that “By burning fossil fuels, humans similarly help to replenish atmospheric CO2 after the concentration of this essential molecule got dangerously low (180 ppm) during the last glaciation.” Increases in CO2 caused by burning of fossil fuels has indeed enhanced an increase in forest growth, which, in turn, has reduced atmospheric CO2 by a significant degree (Haverd, 2020, cited by Stout).

However, Stout does not discuss the fact that increasing levels of CO2 (and other greenhouse gasses) also increase longwave infrared radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, where it is causing dangerous warming.

Stout’s skepticism about increased global warming is suspect, considering the vast scientific evidence indicating accelerating warming. NASA scientists have published graphs showing levels of atmospheric CO2 for the last 800,000 years. Ice Age levels of CO2 were about 200 parts per million (ppm), and warmer interglacial levels were around 280 ppm. By 1950, CO2 levels reached 300 ppm for the first time in recorded history and currently are above 420 ppm. NASA also found that 2010-19 was the hottest decade on record!

A source cited by Stout on the beneficial nature of CO2 is Patrick Moore, senior fellow of the Heartland Institute. The New York Times describes the Heartland Institute as “the primary American organization pushing climate change skepticism.”

In his letters, Stout cites climate-change deniers supporting his anti-warming arguments. However, these so-called “experts” are untrustworthy because they are paid to cast doubt on the reality of global warming. The Heartland Institute dispenses payments provided by groups with a compelling interest in confusing the public about the link between warming and fossil fuels that increase atmospheric CO2. Their efforts are then used by conservative politicians to justify opposition to legislation intended to curb global warming.

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A Big Brewery Bash at Short’s

A Lovely Wine Weekend in Leland

More festivals! A NoMi summer staple, the Leland Wine & Food Festival will be held Saturday, June 10, from 12-6pm at The Leland Lodge. Enjoy wine from Leelanau vintners, plus food from spots like Pleva’s, Art’s Tavern, Leelanau Bounty Boards, The Riverside Inn, and more. Laura Rain and the Caesars and Funktion will provide live music. Re-entry wristbands will allow you to explore all of Leland and return to the festival whenever you’d like. Tickets are $30 in advance ($40 at the event; VIP $70) at

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Remember last week when we told you festival season was coming? Well, it’s here! On our can’tmiss list is Short’s Fest, the summer kick-off party from Short’s Brewing Company. They’re celebrating their 19th anniversary with live music, food trucks, and plenty of brews. The only change in this year’s schedule? The party used to happen during Elk Rapids Harbor Days, but they’ve moved up the date to this Saturday, June 10. Tickets are $35 for general admission and include drink tokens to sample the brewery’s wares. (If you want to level up your experience, the $65 early entry ticket gets you in at 4pm, an hour ahead of general admission, and also comes with a fun swag bag.) The bash will be held at Short’s Pull Barn location in Elk Rapids (not the headquarters in Bellaire): 211 Industrial Park Elk Rapids. Get more details by heading to events and find tickets at

2 tastemaker The Dig’s Orange Chicken

Food trucks are out in force across the North, and we’ve made it a mission to try as many of them as we can. Our first stop for the season: The Dig’s of Gaylord (now also found at The Little Fleet in Traverse City). This truck—easy to spot by its bright red, black, and white paint job—serves up Asian-inspired dishes from potstickers to stir fry to sweetened cream cheese wontons. We recently gave their Orange Chicken a whirl, and fell for the crispy chicken doused in tangy, slightly spicy orange sauce. Choose from fried rice (complete with veggies like carrots and peas) or steamed rice (topped with sesame seeds) for a hearty meal on a sunny evening. Oh, and be sure to add a dash of Sriracha, available at the window, for an extra kick. Find them in Gaylord at 402 S Otsego Ave or in TC at 448 E Front St. (989) 3705091;

The sleepy vale of Cutter’s Pass is famous for outdoor adventures, which tourists travel for miles to experience. Recently, it’s also made national headlines as “the most dangerous town in North Carolina” following a string of disappearances linked to the popular Passage Inn. The most recent of these disappearances is Landon West, a journalist whose still-fresh case has all the locals walking on eggshells. At the center of everything is Abby Lovett, an outsider to the town’s close-knit community and longtime manager of the inn. When Landon’s brother turns up unannounced, Abby resolves to help him find answers. Meanwhile, her neighbors turn a blind eye as evidence starts to pile up, and Abby quickly discovers that even those closest to her have something to hide. From bestselling author Megan Miranda comes her latest suspense novel, The Last to Vanish. Delightfully twisty and tensely plotted, this complex thriller had us hooked to the end. (We recommend reading with the lights on!)

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6 A Bike Extravaganza for the Kiddos

A third festival? That’s right! This one is brand new to northern Michigan: The Lynn Duse Memorial Kids’ Bike Fest. Duse, the longtime Petoskey business owner of the Circus Shop, dreamed up the idea for the event but passed away this January before seeing it come to fruition. The Little Traverse Historical Society, Latitude 45 Bicycles & Fitness, and the Top of Michigan Trails Council are teaming up to put on the festival in her honor on Saturday, June 10, from 10am to 2pm at the Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey’s Bayfront Park. Kids will get to participate in outdoor games and activities as well as ride in the festival’s bike parade with decorated bikes. (Helmets required; helmet decoration optional!) The event is open to kids of all ages, and prizes are available for those who ride decorated bikes for 20 minutes in the parade. Get all the info at

Investing in Local DEI Efforts

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation announced it has awarded $11,000 from its Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Fund to support seven organizations across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties. To date, the DEI Fund has given over $87,000 in grants to local nonprofits. In this latest round, money will go toward projects like Arts for All of Northern Michigan’s Art Escapes Program, which recruits local artists to teach art classes to special education students across the region; Norte Youth Cycling’s More Girls on Bikes program, which offers all-girl rides, clinics, and mechanics classes led by local women cyclists; and Northern Michigan E3’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month community programming. Other spring 2023 recipients include Michigan Indian Legal Services, Northwest Education Services, Suttons Bay Public Schools, and Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. Find out more about the DEI Fund at


A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Join NWS at City Opera House on June 13 at 7:00 pm (+ livestream) for a conversation with Geraldine and guest host Anne-Marie Oomen, founding editor of Dunes Review and an instructor at Interlochen College of Creative Arts.

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Stuff We Love: A Year-Long Restoration Complete

When a deadly tornado hit Gaylord last May, it left a trail of destruction to people’s homes, businesses, and property in its wake. Doug Watson’s truck, a 1995 Chevy Silverado, was in the storm’s path, and the vehicle was so badly damaged it was considered totaled by Watson’s insurance company. Luckily, Watson’s friend Dan Bowers is a paraprofessional instructor in the Collision Repair program at Northwest Education Services (North Ed). Bowers arranged for the truck to be repaired by North Ed Career Tech students, who spent the last year working to restore it to its former glory. (The vehicle is considered “historic” due to its age!) Watson paid for the parts and supplies, Thirlby Automotive donated paint, and the students fixed up the dents, caved-in tailgate, and shattered windows. When Watson picked up his truck at the end of the school year, he said, “, it feels like I have a brand-new truck.” See more at

bottoms up Fingers Crossed’s Lavender Lemonade

There’s something about ice-cold lemonade on a sunny day that just feels right. This summer, find us posted up at Fingers Crossed in Northport, quenching that craving with their newly-released Lavender Lemonade. A kicked-up take on the classic Tom Collins, this drink begins with the citrusy-mellow profile of Valentine’s Liberator Gin, followed by freshsqueezed lemon juice and house-made lavender syrup. To really up the beverage ante, Butterfly Pea Flower leaves, an herbal tisane, rounds out the mix, which is what lends the cocktail its bright purple hue. Shaken, topped with a splash of soda, and finished with a lemon wedge, this seasonal sip is just begging for a swimsuit and a pool noodle. Don’t forget the SPF! (Psst—it can also be made as a zero-proof mocktail!). Enjoy a Lavender Lemonade ($12) at Fingers Crossed in Northport (108 S. Waukazoo St.). Find them on social media @FingersCrossedNP or call (231) 281-8940.

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Every agreement ever reached attempting to allocate Colorado River water has had the same problem—more water has been promised than actually exists.

In 1922, the seven states with a direct interest in the Colorado and its watershed came to an agreement called the Colorado River Compact. The seven states divided into the upper basin states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico, and the lower basin states of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Additionally, 30 tribal nations and Mexico also claimed a share of the river.

The lower basin states, with their rapid population increases and water demands, used the most Colorado River water, usually beyond their allotment. Fortunately, the upper basin states used less than their allotment.

Fast-forward and the imbalance of usage had become untenable as upper basin states now have increased water needs, too. And 22 of the 30 tribal nations have settled with the Department of the Interior for their rights and are entitled to 25 percent of the Colorado’s average flow, leaving others to divide the remaining 75 percent.

While we still take our abundance of water for granted here in northern Michigan, the West, particularly the Southwest, has little water to take for granted and must rely on overdrawn aquifers and an overallocated Colorado River.

Some 40 million people rely on the Colorado River for residential, industrial, and agricultural uses. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California is responsible for 42 percent of the nation’s fruit and nut production and nearly half the nation’s vegetable production, all of which require a lot of water.

Recently, California, Nevada, and Arizona—the high water usage lower basin states—came to a new arrangement with the Department of the Interior after a year of discussions. The choice came down to making some voluntary concessions or having the government impose likely harsher restrictions. Those states agreed to reduce their water usage by three million acre feet by 2026, about 13 percent of their total usage. Of that, 1.5 million acre feet will be reduced in the next year with California reducing the most. The carrot part of the governments carrot-and-stick negotiations was that they will pay $1.2 billion to the three states for the first 2.4 million acre feet of reduced usage.

(An acre foot of water, as the name suggests, is the amount of water required

to cover a flat acre of land a foot deep, or just under 326,000 gallons.)

Critics of the new deal claim the cuts are less than half what is actually needed to protect the Colorado, a position the Interior Department took early in the discussions but ultimately abandoned. Additionally, the new agreement and the Colorado River Compact itself expire in 2026.

In some areas, there are underground aquifers supplying some water for mostly residential use. But choices could come down to irrigation for food versus residential use versus industrial use, and food is going to win. Several major cities, including Phoenix, are already planning for water usage needs and reduced availability 50 to 100 years from now. Every city in the Colorado River basin should be doing the same, planning for more people but less water.

Speaking of Phoenix, researchers at the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech recently released a study on what might happen in the country’s hottest major city in the event of a blackout in the midst of a heatwave. Their conclusions were more than just a little alarming.

They projected such a scenario could result in 800,000 needing emergency room trips and 13,000 deaths. Phoenix’s population is 1.65 million residents, so Georgia Tech thinks nearly half the city will require emergency medical treatment, a problem given there are only 3,000 emergency room beds in the city. While the scenario of a blackout during a heatwave is not far-fetched—that would be the period of highest demand and temperatures in the already blistering city continue to increase—the huge numbers of people in medical distress are likely exaggerated.

As someone who lived in Phoenix for more than three decades and experienced a handful of summertime power outages, I can testify it becomes very unpleasant very fast but not typically fatal if water is still available. Phoenix didn’t have any air conditioning before 1929, and though it was not as hot then, especially at night, people figured out how to deal with extreme heat during the long summer.

It’s ironic that air-conditioning, created to keep us cool indoors, actually creates more heat outdoors. Researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences determined exhaust from air conditioners in Phoenix increased nighttime temperatures by two degrees Fahrenheit. The hotter it gets, the longer air conditioners run…the hotter it gets.

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You miss out on the rhythm of nature when living indoors. The birds chatter in loops, the trees dance, and every little detail is living and on its own journey. Perhaps it was my young age and lack of real-world experience, but making the plunge to van-living really exposed all of this to me.

I am Arthur, an eclectic artist who decided to embrace the van life, a nomadic way of exploring the world where nearly everything you own has to fit into your vehicle.

For me, the process of finding van life happened in about 24 hours. To a crow brain like mine—meaning I can sometimes be a bit of a pack rat—the idea of a 21-by-7-foot living space was terrifying, but making the leap encouraged me to say goodbye to things I genuinely didn’t need.

With the goodbyes came new beginnings. I started using cannabis right around the time that Dunegrass opened its first location in Manistee. My stomping grounds have always been the Manistee National Forest, and I love supporting local businesses.

In addition to offering local touch, the crew at Dunegrass stores usually have excellent recommendations for places to park the van, which made my exploring significantly easier. I also always have reliable cannabis when I set my travels around one of their six locations.

I like to sit with a place before moving on to the instant gratification of a beautiful view or cool attraction. The first thing I do with a new location is to clean it up and build a functional fire pit adorned with things from the area, like rocks, bottle caps, and items left behind. This allows me time to develop a genuine sense of the environment.

Before outdoor living, I could pinpoint the big events in my life—the memories I lived and the events I looked forward to. But now those core moments are indistinguishable, as every day is a new exciting adventure.

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Another day, another mass shooting. There have been over 200 mass shootings so far this year in the U.S. as we head to an all-time yearly record. The question is no longer if a shooting will occur, but where it will happen next.

Is there anything that can be done to stop these horrific attacks? After each shooting, there is an understandable outcry and debate about whether guns and access to them should be regulated. Regardless of how you might feel about this issue, a deeper, more disturbing question remains: Why would anyone commit a mass shooting in the first place?

When police and mental health experts attempt to shed light on the motivation for shootings, two factors are invariably discovered. First, it is believed that most shooters are seeking vengeance against someone or something they believe has hurt them, such as an employer who has fired them or a lover who has jilted them. A second factor is that the suspect is often times suicidal, knowing they will likely be killed during the shooting.

Obviously, not everyone who is aggrieved and/or left by their lover kills someone. Most people who are mad or depressed experience their feelings without acting them out on others or themselves. Are there other factors that might help us understand the motivation behind the mass killers?

We know people are not born angry or depressed. Important patterns can be discerned during the early journey through childhood and adolescence that can possibly help us identify those vulnerable to committing later acts of violence.

Two excellent accounts of well intentioned beings who ultimately turn murderous can be found in the 1818 book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and the 2019 film Joker (Spoilers ahead.)

Frankenstein tells the story of a scientist who creates a being whom he calls “the Creature.” Unfortunately, the results of his creation do not go as planned, and Dr. Frankenstein believes the Creature’s appearance to be hideous. He is so mortified by his creation that he abandons the Creature and runs away.

The Creature soon discovers other people hate him and are afraid of him, too. He decides to hide in an abandoned structure attached to a poor family’s cottage. While there, he secretly helps the family with their chores and learns to speak by listening to them speak to each other. As he listens to them through the walls, he believes that because they love each other, they will likely accept him as part of their family.

Sadly, his dream about being loved and accepted turns into a nightmare when the family, horrified, rejects him because of his appearance.

The Creature is spurned by everyone he encounters and eventually gives up any hope for humanity. He goes in search of Frankenstein, who refuses to help him, and the Creature ends up killing Frankenstein’s wife in retaliation.

The film Joker is a story about Arthur Fleck, who is a clown for hire and an aspiring comedian. He suffers from a neurological disorder for which he takes medicine to keep himself from bizarre fits of laughing uncontrollably. His dream is to be a guest on a television talk show, the host of which feels to him like a father figure that he never had.

Fleck is bullied and attacked while working as a clown for hire. When bullied again later, he kills the drunken businessmen who make fun of him. Later in the film, he discovers his mother is not his mother after all, and that she had been lying to him. A report of her hospitalization described her as a “narcissist” who raised him with an abusive boyfriend. She was sent to jail for allowing the boyfriend to abuse him. Fleck becomes so enraged about the truth of his upbringing that he kills his mother.

When his medications for his condition are discontinued by social services due to a lack of funding, Fleck’s attempts at stand-up comedy fail miserably. His routines at the comedy club are filmed by the aforementioned talk show host, who invites Fleck to be on his show, only to humiliate him. Fleck responds to the host’s verbal attacks by killing him on the air.

Both Frankenstein and Joker illustrate the disturbing dynamics shared in the lives of mass shooters. The Creature and Fleck were abandoned, just as most mass shooters are abandoned, either literally or psychologically. Both of the Creature and Fleck were abused and subject to a history of violence in their lives. The vast majority of mass shooters also experience early childhood trauma and exposure to violence. All of them were looking for love and acceptance, only to find rejection, humiliation, and violence.

Yes, the mass shooter is ultimately responsible for pulling the trigger. But what about the responsibilities of others who have neglected their cry for help and ignored signs of depression and hopelessness? What is our responsibility when we encounter the lonely, the disadvantaged, the abused person looking for love?

Greg Holmes lives and writes in Traverse City.

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We’re all about to be waist deep in the busy summer season, and for many of us, it’s also time to get waist deep in a northern Michigan lake, river, or stream to enjoy our favorite water activities.

But what’s the current health of that water that we’re playing in? Northern Express reached out to a pair of local watershed experts for some answers.

Heather Smith is the baykeeper at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. As such, she’s the eyes, ears and voice for GT Bay and its watershed. She’s a relentless advocate for swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water in the region.

Samantha Nellis spent two years working in Alaska before joining Huron Pines of Gaylord three years ago. She’s the water program director and works with coastal communities to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality. She’s passionate about conserving wild places, protecting overlooked species, and savoring clean water.

Express: What letter grade would you give the overall health of our watershed?

Smith: I am hesitant to assign a grade; [it] depends on what use you are considering— drinking water, habitat, invasive species, etc. What I can say is that overall, the health of Grand Traverse Bay is better than your average Great Lakes embayment.

Nellis: It is difficult to give an overall score for the Northern Lower Peninsula as a whole. The region is home to more than 10 major watersheds, each with their own unique characteristics and threats… If I had to assign a grade, it would be in the realm of a B. Our watersheds are generally quite healthy, but there is room for improvement.

Express: How do pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers impact our waterways, and what can we do instead?

Smith: Anything you spray or apply to the ground may make its way into the water, especially if application is near water. Fertilizers can bring added nutrients that can contribute to excessive plant or algal growth. Pesticides and herbicides can contain toxic materials that can pose a risk to humans, fish and wildlife. Some

pesticides may dissolve in water, depending on the substance, while other pesticides stick to sediment in the lake and stream bottoms and can persist for years. We can limit our use of these products, especially near surface water. When application is necessary, we can consider safer alternatives or applications using

best management practices, like applying products during dry weather to prevent immediate runoff. We can also attempt to shift our expectations on what a healthy yard or lawn may look like.

Nellis: Pesticides, including herbicides, and fertilizers negatively impact our

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waterways if they are used improperly or excessively. Historical overuse of fertilizer has led to high nutrient levels in some of our Great Lakes which contribute to algae blooms, beach closures, and other ecological problems. Mitigation efforts include minimizing chemical fertilizer and pesticide use, landscaping with native plants which require less water and fertilizer, and filtering stormwater runoff before it can reach waterways.

Express: Backtracking from spring yard work to winter weather, how did the region’s relatively mild winter impact the watershed?

Smith: The mild winter resulted in less ice cover. Less ice cover can affect everything from water temperatures, to less protection for fish eggs, to more water evaporation.

Nellis: It’s the persistent effects of climate change which is causing problems. Climate change warms stream habitats and impacts native cold-water fish like trout. It contributes to more severe storms, which

overwhelm city sewer systems, discharging untreated wastewater and stormwater into our Great Lakes. Climate change makes it easier for invasive plant and insect species to thrive and outcompete our native species and significantly change our northern Michigan ecosystems.

Express: Speaking of invasive species, what are you watching these days?

Smith: Our lakes and streams are continually under threat from invasive species. There are a number of alarming species that have been recently found in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed, from rock snot in the Boardman/Ottaway River to New Zealand mudsnails in the Boardman/ Ottaway River and Shanty Creek.

Invasive species are easily transferred between water bodies and waterways, so it is important everyone follows these decontamination steps: clean, drain, and dry. Clean off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from all equipment before leaving water access. Drain watercraft bilge, livewell,

motor, and other water-containing devices before leaving water access. Dry everything for at least two weeks. For anglers, we encourage the disposal of unwanted bait, worms, and fish in the trash.

Nellis: Invasive species are indeed in our waterways and folks can visit Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) to learn about all of the invasive species that may be found in Michigan. Specific to waters in northern Michigan are didymo algae (also known as rock snot) in streams, New Zealand mud snails, sea lamprey, rusty crayfish, and round goby. Plants that people might see on the river include honeysuckle, autumn olive, reed canary grass, phragmites, European frog-bit, glossy buckthorn, and purple loosestrife.

Express: What else can be done to keep waterways healthy?

Smith: We can all do things every day to protect clean water in our region. Limit the use of—and properly dispose of—chemicals,

toxins, and trash. Decontaminate your equipment to prevent the spread of invasive species, practice environmentally-sound construction practices, ensure your home or business property manages stormwater on-site, retain and plant trees and plants, especially around water.

Take part in community events like beach cleanups and tree plantings, or initiate your own. Stay informed on water-related issues and speak up for clean water when decisions are made. Use your time and donations to support organizations that are protecting our water.

Nellis: Collect any litter you see. Leave no trace. Take steps to reduce your use of water, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and the like. Landscape with native plants. Advocate for trees and green spaces in your community. Volunteer for litter clean-ups, planting days and similar efforts.

There you have it, readers. To learn more about the efforts of these organizations, visit and

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An April beach clean up along West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City. New Zealand mud snails are so tiny that you could fit dozens on a dime. A sea lamprey, sometimes called a "vampire fish," is considered "an efficient killer of lake trout and other bony fishes" by the National Ocean Service. Huron Pines and group of 20 volunteers tackle invasive phragmites on the shore of Au Sable River Park.

Dig This

The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, with over 50 active members, is still going strong after a century.

The group enjoys an advantageous mix of skill sets: master gardeners trained in the science and art of gardening, enthusiastic novices, self-taught hobbyists, retirees, and professional landscape designers. “There is such a wealth of knowledge in [the] group,” says publicity director Jean Spagnuolo.

You’ll see the work of the Friendly Garden Club (FGC) all across town, and in a moment, we’ll explore their many projects and beautiful public gardens. But first, we know that spring gardening is top of mind, and FGC members want to share that wealth of knowledge with you. Handson experience, measured over the seasons, is the best way to develop gardening skills, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few rules we should all live by.

Spagnuolo, once a “novice gardener,” joined the club to expand her skills. “There’s one very important thing that I am still working on [and that’s] the soil,” she says. “You have to [learn to] amend the soil.” Amendments include adjusting soil pH, improving texture with organic matter, and adding appropriate nutrients.

Sandi Clark, the club’s co-president, has been a master gardener for 20 years and an FGC member for five. She says that native oaks—swamp white, red, and bur oaks—are “the most powerful trees you can plant. [They] support the food web, sequester carbon, and support over 900 species of Lepidoptera.” (Butterflies and moths for the uninitiated.)

“I have only one tip for the home

TC’s Friendly Garden Club celebrates 100 years

gardener,” says Terry Harding, the club’s historian/librarian, a member since 1996, and a former master gardener. “Be mindful of how large a garden you create. The temptation [is] to build big, but as you age, your body may not be able to maintain [it]!”

Susan Snyder, a member since 2013 and the club’s other co-president, has been gardening “forever” and learned at the side of her mother, who grew extensive rose gardens. “Don’t give up,” she advises, and “learn about which plants prefer sun or shade.”

Sue Soderberg joined the FGC upon retirement 20 years ago. “Never stop learning,” she says, “[and] take time to sit down and enjoy your garden. Most gardeners go out to enjoy the garden only to end up weeding, moving plants, et cetera for the next four hours.”

In other words…stop and smell the roses.

Deep Roots

Speaking of roses, yellow ones are the official flower of the group, signifying friendship. For many, the sisterhood of the club lasts decades, so it is only fitting that a pair of sisters started it all.

The Barnum sisters, Edna and Annette, were club founders in 1923. They were forward-thinking and serious about their roles; in that first decade, the club beautified Legion Park (today’s Lardie Municipal Park), marched in the Cherry Festival Parade, and took on numerous causes.

They were protesters: No overnight camping in Bryant Park. They were civic leaders with a litter campaign and billboard oversight. And, like serious gardeners everywhere, they were warriors, going to

battle against ragweed and tent caterpillars.

Unsurprisingly, the original FGC members were also environmentalists, protecting native plants, trees, and waterways. Even now, the slogan “Plant Michigan, Plant Native” tops the FGC website and illustrates the importance of restoring native plants to the area and adding them to personal gardens.

Native plants are vital to a healthy ecosystem, and the FGC has been promoting native species for years. “We all can invite wildlife, birds, bees, and butterflies into our gardens just by planting a few native plants,” explains Snyder. She cites her favorites: anemone, columbine, cosmos, butterfly weed, aster, blue false indigo, coral bells, goldenrod, milkweed, bleeding hearts, swamp sunflowers, and rudbeckia.

One hundred years later, the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City maintains the founders’ ethos and carries on in their spirit. (Perhaps the biggest change in all those years is simply the cost of dues, which started at only $1 back in 1923.)

Today, the FGC lists more than 10 major ongoing projects on their website. One of the most recognizable is the Logo Garden, found in downtown Traverse City at the Open Space and seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals each summer.

The theme of the Logo Garden, an annual endeavor since 1987, changes every year. For 2023, the theme is “A Nod to Our Hundred Years,” and shows a bright yellow flower (paying homage to the club’s mascot) on a red background with a white numeral 100. Red and white begonias, Dusty Miller, ageratum, marigolds, zinnias, and parsley—5,500 in all—comprise the design.

A 12-person committee chooses the theme and design, and then creates a planting grid with help from Traverse City Parks and Recreation. Plantings depend mainly on the colors chosen for that year’s particular design, but co-president Sandi Clark indicates that some plants are chosen for their stability. For example, begonias are a good choice, “because they’re tough” and can hold up under a variety of conditions.

Sowing New Seeds

Another huge undertaking is the new Children’s Sensory Garden at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park.

“Our club has worked with kids for more than 50 years,” says Spagnuolo, explaining that this installation is indicative of that dedication. “This will be FGC’s Legacy project to the community, with ongoing tours, classes, and learning opportunities,” adds Harding.

At the heart of the project is the opportunity to offer a hands-on experience for the kiddos. This is a learning garden, a chance for children to discover, play, and explore the garden with all five senses.

“The Children’s Sensory Garden will feature all types of plants that are sensory in nature, such as lambs’ ear for touch, lavender for scent, blueberries to eat and taste, vibrant colors throughout the garden for sight, and grasses that move in the wind for sound,” says club member Stephanie Nelsen. “The garden will give children of all ages a place to put their hands in the dirt, feel the texture of plants, and learn about healthy eating and nutrition.”

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Garden Club members complete the 2023 planting of the Logo Garden at the Open Space in Traverse City.

Construction on the garden began in 2020, and even though it is a work in progress, there are plenty of existing features to make it a fun destination, including the life-sized bronze statue of Colantha, worldchampion milk producer cow; Kinderbells, an interactive installation of musical flowers; and a Little Explorer Creek water feature. Summer will bring the amphitheater, corn crib, kaleidoscope, and maze. The garden is wheelchair accessible for all ages and abilities. The FGC anticipates the project will be completed in 2024. In addition to designing the many gardens and features, the club is also working to amend the soil on the site so that future planting will be successful.

Blooming All Year

The Logo Garden and Children’s Sensory Garden are just the tip of the iceberg for the FGC. They also manage the Giving Garden (a teaching garden for kids where produce is donated to local food banks) and the Blue Star Memorial Garden at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. There are projects in conjunction with Michigan Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs, educational opportunities and scholarships, and much more.

The Friendly Garden Club also has some

big events coming up. First is this year’s Garden Walk, on July 20, which celebrates two anniversaries: the 40th of the garden walk itself and the centennial of the FGC. (Hence the choice of two of Traverse City’s historical neighborhoods, the Boardman and the Central.) Get a good look at some of the city’s most distinctive architecture and beautiful gardens and see special exhibits and demonstrations along the way including bonsai tree and shrub display; plein air painters; ikebana demonstration (Japanese floral arranging); and a tutorial on transitioning container plantings. The Garden Walk is a major fundraiser for the FGC and supports a variety of projects, grants, awards, and initiatives.

Their second big event is the Centennial Celebration, which takes place on Sept. 26 at the Hagerty Center. Join the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City for a luncheon and a presentation from award-winning floral designer Derek Woodruff. The FGC invites the general public to join them along with current and former club members.

To become a member, make a donation, and for a complete overview of the activities, events, and projects of the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, visit

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A Garden Walk home shows off beautiful pink and red blooms. An overhead look at the Children’s Sensory Garden this spring.


Inside the campaign to end chronic homelessness in northern Michigan by 2028

Could northern Michigan’s chronic homelessness problem be a thing of the past by the end of the decade? That’s the goal of a new initiative launched by the Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness (the Coalition). To achieve the mission, though, the Coalition and its partners will need to navigate a tricky labyrinth of different issues, including the region’s insufficient housing stock.

Earlier this year, the Coalition adopted a five-year Strategic Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in the northwest Michigan region. “Chronic homelessness” is the term that the National Alliance to End Homelessness uses “to describe people who have experienced homelessness for at least a year—or repeatedly—while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness, substance use disorder, or physical disability.”

Right now, Coalition Director Ashley Halladay-Schmandt says there are around 70 people in the Coalition’s 10-county region that meet the “chronically homeless” definition. The group’s goal is to bring that number down to zero by the end of 2028.

Halladay-Schmandt says the Coalition has already gotten numerous local government officials involved in its five-year plan, including representatives from the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County. Those connections could prove key, given that Traverse City, in addition to being the largest city in northern Michigan, is also where most of the area’s chronically homeless individuals tend to cluster—a situation that typically garners a lot of attention at this time of year.

A Seasonal Visibility Shift

“We don’t tend to see a seasonal shift in our overall numbers, but what we do see seasonally is an increase in unsheltered homelessness in the spring and summer months because Safe Harbor closes,” Halladay-Schmandt explains.

Located on Wellington Street, Safe Harbor provides overnight shelter services in Traverse City from October through April but isn’t available during the warmer months.

“So, right now, we have roughly 70 people who are unsheltered,” Halladay-Schmandt continues. “They’re either living in tents, encampments, that sort of thing; or they’re in their vehicles; or they’re ‘sleeping rough,’ which means they are just sleeping outside.”

She says that since Safe Harbor closed for summer 2023, the Coalition has been hearing a lot of community concern about “The Pines,” the name given to the encampment of tents clustered throughout the woods near the corner of Silver Lake Road and Division Street. “That’s where our region’s largest encampment of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness is,” Halladay-Schmandt says.

Because springtime sends more people to places like The Pines, Halladay-Schmandt says the seasonal shift inevitably triggers an uptick of calls from community members who “see

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people experiencing homelessness and call out of concern that this is happening in our community.”

If all goes according to plan, the Coalition’s new five-year initiative would make it so that encampments like The Pines aren’t necessary, though Halladay-Schmandt says there is only major lever that collectives like the Coalition can pull.

“There’s really only one solution to homelessness, and that’s more housing,” she tells Northern Express.

The Housing Puzzle

Of course, the Coalition isn’t the only entity calling for more housing in northern Michigan. From BATA to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, numerous local employers have recently taken matters into their own hands in an effort to build more workforcefriendly housing options in the community.

To make housing available for people experiencing homelessness, though, Halladay-Schmandt says the Coalition needs developers or landlords to set aside units specifically for that population.

With the local housing shortage being what it is, it hasn’t always been easy for the Coalition to find allies on the development or property management side. But HalladaySchmandt says there has been “quite a bit of progress” on that front recently, and it’s giving her reason to be optimistic that the five-year plan is actually realistic.

In particular, Halladay-Schmandt points to the City of Traverse City’s approval of Annika II—an affordable housing development planned for Hastings Street—

as a watershed moment in the fight to end local homelessness.

“For Annika II, [project developer Woda Cooper Companies] will set aside 19 units for people experiencing homelessness, and those units will actually be set aside specifically for our most chronic homeless individuals,” she says. “That’s huge progress. And then, on top of that, the Coalition has also secured over $1 million from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to provide support services in housing once this population becomes housed.”

Local homelessness advocates have other reasons to feel optimistic, too. This winter, due to the expansion of day shelter services at Jubilee House (part of Grace Episcopal Church), Halladay-Schmandt says the Coalition saw significantly fewer incidents involving people experiencing homelessness at Traverse Area District Library, a spot that had become a de facto day shelter the previous winter when Jubilee House hours were more limited. Additionally, the Coalition’s data-tracking shows that more families and more youths or young adults have exited homelessness in the past year than have entered it.

But Halladay-Schmandt stresses that the work is far from done, as The Pines attests. And because creating more housing is a solution that takes time, other stopgap measures will be necessary to protect the local homeless population this summer and in the future.

Meeting Urgent Needs, Now Ryan Hannon, who serves as the housing

and homelessness services community engagement officer for Goodwill Northern Michigan, leads much of the work around more immediate, on-the-ground responses to local homelessness.

In particular, Hannon chairs the Basic Needs Coalition, which brings together a variety of players—including Goodwill, Safe Harbor, Jubilee House, Salvation Army, the Father Fred Foundation, and Addiction Treatment Services—to address basic and pressing needs for people experiencing homelessness. Those needs can include anything from hygiene products to warm clothing.

At this time of year, because of the transition away from overnight shelter services at Safe Harbor, the Basic Needs Coalition focuses on providing unsheltered individuals with sleeping bags, tents, and tarp. In any given year, Hannon says the Basic Needs Coalition will distribute about 70 tents and sleeping bags just at the end of Safe Harbor to keep the chronically homeless population equipped.

But because the broader homelessness count in the region is significantly higher than the chronic homelessness statistic shows—Hannon says there are currently around 270 people in the region total who are experiencing some version of homelessness—the Basic Needs Coalition typically needs to collect at least another 100 tents and sleeping bags to get throughout the spring, summer, and fall months before the overnight shelter opens again.

Right now, the Basic Needs Coalition is calling on community members to donate

those items to help prepare for the next five months of the Safe Harbor “offseason.” Supplies can be dropped off at the donation door at the Goodwill on South Airport Road, or supporters can buy items for the Basic Needs Coalition via the group’s Amazon wishlist.

Summer Shelter?

When asked whether it might be more logical to keep Safe Harbor open yearround—or to pursue some other year-round overnight shelter offering—rather than equip people to camp in places like The Pines, both Halladay-Schmandt and Hannon say dialogue on that subject is starting to pick up among Coalition partners.

“The work of the Coalition is really to bring more housing online,” HalladaySchmandt says. “That’s our focus. However, we do have to prioritize people having a safe place to be while we wait for housing, and the only solution there is more emergency shelter, which we don’t have open in the summer. And so, I would think we’re getting close to needing to have a conversation around shelter options in the summer.”

“As advocates whose work is to end homelessness, we don’t want to just make more shelter, because we would end up with a neverending need to create more shelter,” Hannon adds. “So, if we are adding shelter, we always want to be increasing housing, as well. Right now, I know there is a plan to build some lowincome affordable housing right next to Safe Harbor. So that, I think, justifies the ability to increase shelter space—as long as we’re continuing to increase housing, as well.”

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Ryan Hannon and Ashley Halladay-Schmandt with Lisa Chapman, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness's Director Public Policy

Blazing the Trail(s)

After 25 years, where will TART Trails head next?

In the last quarter century, the Traverse City area trail system has come full circle, both literally and figuratively.

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails celebrates 25 years as a nonprofit this year, and in that time their portfolio has expanded to include roughly 100 miles of trails, including the Vasa Pathway, Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail, the Leelanau Trail, and the Boardman/ Ottaway River Trail. Of course, there’s also the frequented TART in Town Trail and the new Boardman Lake Loop Trail, not to mention other connector trails to various attractions and landmarks.

So what will the next 25 years bring? Will we see another 100 miles of walkable, bikeable, and skiable paths added to northern Michigan? How else can we improve nonmotorized access in our community?

TART at Work

To answer at least one of those questions, if TART’s efforts from 2022 are anything to go by, another 100 miles does not seem out of reach.

Perhaps the nonprofit’s biggest achievement of the year was the completion of the centerpiece of the downtown trail system—the Boardman Lake Loop Trail. The trail began as the vision of former Park Place Hotel manager Ted Okerstrom in 1966, decades before the first leg was completed in Hull Park in 2021. Last summer, TART

officially turned Okerstrom’s vision a reality, completing the final leg of the four-mile loop connecting University Center to Medalie Park on the south side of Boardman Lake.

Within the first two months, the loop attracted more than 60,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists, including many who contributed their time and money to turn the project into reality.

“It’s been a phenomenal success, in terms of community use activity we’re seeing and the feedback we’ve gotten,” says Julie Clark, CEO for TART Trails.

Other recent TART milestones include construction of a 1.8-mile Acme Connector Trail, linking the former TART terminus at Bunker Hill Road to the southernmost section of the Nakwema Trailway that runs north to Elk Rapids.

The Nakwema—Ojibwe for “where paths connect”—is part of a much larger project to eventually connect Traverse City to Charlevoix (a 45-mile gap) that involves partners including Top of Michigan Trails, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids, and other communities along the route. In Acme, the trail now connects to TART, with another new section running east toward the Acme Meijer and the Grand Traverse Town Center.

The Boardman Loop and Acme Connector were “the big ones from last year,” Clark says. “We began work on a series of other trails that in the next two to three years should be completed. This is a year that’s more pen to paper than scissors to ribbon,” she adds. “We have 25 miles of trails

currently under design.”

When asked what letter grade she would give TC’s trails, Clark says that 10 years ago the trail system was a B and grades it an A now. She predicts in a decade it will be an A+.

“The most important part to get to that A+ is an all out community effort,” she says.

Where to Now?

The push toward that A+ is underway. In East Bay Township, TART Trails is working with township officials and Norte Youth Cycling to design a two-mile section of Three Mile Trail between South Airport Road and Hammond Road, connecting thousands of kids at six area schools with

the new Mitchell Creek Meadows Preserve, recreation facilities, grocery stores, a library, and other amenities.

Another five miles in the works will expand on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Leelanau County, connecting the existing trail at Bohemian Road north to Good Harbor Trail. The paved trail and boardwalk path is separated from the roadway with a meandering path through conifer forests and wetlands, along meadows and rolling dunes, and past a historic farmstead.

The collaborative project with TART Trails, Michigan Department of Transportation, National Park Service, and Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes will increase

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An aerial view of the Boardman Lake Loop Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes can enjoy the beauty of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

the heritage trail to more than 27 miles, with communities from Suttons Bay to Frankfort, Leland to Glen Arbor, pursuing connections.

In Traverse City, the backbone of the TART trail network, TART Trails is also designing and engineering the TART Bayfront Improvement and Extension with the goals of revamping on the 30-year-old trail along the bay to improve safety, while providing new routes from Cherry Bend to Eastern Avenue and safer crossings from the city to the bay.

That effort will involve about 2 miles of new trail, widening the existing 8-foot path to 10 feet, as well as separate sections with a 6-foot pedestrian path “where it makes sense,” Clark says. “The community has wanted for a long time better connections along the lakeshore.”

Connecting the Community

The completion of the Boardman Lake Loop has also opened up opportunities to increase access to the trail system for parts of the city, particularly neighborhoods around the lake, says Traverse City Commissioner Tim Werner.

“We finally did it as a community,” he says of the loop. “It’s extremely popular, and I feel we need to provide better, safer and more convenient access to the trail.”

Werner also would have graded the trail system a B a decade ago. He says now it’s an A- and should be an A+ in another decade… “as long as we keep investing.”

Currently, Werner is encouraging the city to consider extending Franklin Street through the city-owned wastewater facility to ease congestion near the Traverse Area Community Sailing club in the summer and to provide a more direct route from the loop to downtown.

“The congestion is a safety concern

because of limited sightlines and those kinds of things,” Werner says.

Another opportunity for better access would be at 10th Street by Oryana Community Co-op, where “it could be more well thought out,” he says. “It needs to be connected … to get people to the right side of Tenth Street. It’s not that it’s horrible; it’s been that way for a decade, … but I think more and more people will be using it.”

Better connections from downtown to the trail along the bay, as well as standardizing signage in the city, are other priorities that would help to improve safety and convenience for folks using the paths for both recreation and transportation.

“I think we’ve made some great progress,” Werner says. “I’m hopeful [that by] completing the loop around the Boardman Lake we will inspire people to do more.”

“We need to be deliberate about what we need to do … to help people access what we have,” he adds.

Putting Locals First

Ty Schmidt, who founded Norte in 2014, agrees the area trail system has come a long way—though he declined to pass out any grades—and he’s advocating for building on that success to connect locals to where they need to go.

“Ultimately, trails are like interstate highways, and we can’t just have interstate highways to get people around,” he says. “Trail wise, how can we get any better? I think we have a lot to be proud of. Now we should look at connections for people to get around for ordinary life.”

That involves prioritizing work that will benefit locals over tourists, and Schmidt questions whether projects such as widening the TART trail along West Bay

makes the most sense.

“Personally, I think there’s other places I would spend the money,” he says, citing Safe Routes to School projects—which are designed to help children walk and bike to school safely—as an example. “There were many things that got left off [that effort] because of budget constraints.”

Schmidt, who doesn’t have a driver’s license and commutes by bike, praises TART Trails for building the foundation of a “pretty awesome” trail network across the region. He believes Traverse City’s ongoing efforts to craft a mobility action plan for non-motorized travel will help to build on

the momentum in the city.

With those pieces in place, he feels there are opportunities to connect surrounding communities—from neighborhoods off LaFranier Road to the south, to communities in Garfield and East Bay townships to the east—to improve lives beyond the city. There’s also work needed to improve crossings, signage, and connections to what residents need in everyday life that could elevate the accomplishments of the last quarter century to new levels, Schmidt says “There’s still lots of other work to do that doesn’t involve trails,” he concludes.

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The Nakwema Trailway will connect Traverse City and Charlevoix (plus many communities in between). The Acme Connector Trail was one of the first new pieces of the trail to be completed. The TART Trails team celebrates the ribbon cutting of a segment of the Nakwema Trailway in 2022.

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Horse racing, art intrigue, and forgotten U.S. history blend together in Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel

What does a Smithsonian scientist have in common with an enslaved horse groom and a 20th-century art collector? The answer might surprise you.

In her newest book, Horse, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks chronicles the legacy of distinguished thoroughbred Lexington in a multi-tiered narrative packed with love, endurance, and oppression that permeates American history.

Join the National Writers Series (NWS) on Tuesday, June 13, (both in-person and via livestream) as Brooks takes the stage for an event that’s bound to stirrup conversation.

Catching the Horse Bug

Australian-born author and journalist Geraldine Brooks has always known she was a writer. “I wanted to be a newspaper reporter from the time I was a little girl,” she says.

An alumna of Columbia University, Brooks spent more than a decade in journalism, including stints at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal, where she covered international crises as a foreign correspondent. From there, she turned to novel writing after her first son was born. “I decided to see if I could turn an idea that I’d been thinking about for years into a novel,” she says.

That idea became Brooks’ debut book, international bestseller Year of Wonders (2005). Since then, she’s written 11 more titles, including Pulitzer Prize-winner March (2006), as well as bestselling novels People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing, and The Secret Chord. She has also authored three nonfiction works: Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence, and The Idea of Home

She wasn’t bitten by the “horse bug” though until she hit middle age. In fact, says Brooks, she’d never thought much about horses until an extraordinary ride at a writer’s conference changed everything. “It was just by chance, but it was such an ecstatic experience,” notes Brooks. “I just fell in love with [them].”

Now a self-proclaimed “horse-fanatic,” Brooks even has a mare of her own, a gentle-souled pony named Valentine, and highlights the lessons in communication and leadership we can

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learn from them. She tells us establishing mutual trust with equines calls for a blind leap of faith. “It takes a lot of patience to get there, but when you can create that bond, it’s very special,” she says.

Better Than Fiction

It’s this interspecies bond that inspired her newest novel, Horse. Set in three distinct time periods from the mid-19th century to present day, the novel follows Lexington, a record-breaking thoroughbred, and the forgotten history of racism and enslavement in American horse-racing.

The spark for the story, Brooks explains, arrived when she overheard a Smithsonian official discussing the delivery of Lexington’s skeleton to The Museum of the Horse in Kentucky. “He was talking about this horse’s remarkable racing career and what racing was like in the antebellum period,” she says, “and I was like, ‘That is my next novel. I’ll be able to unite my fascination for horses with something actually gainful.’”

(Quick history lesson: Lexington, named for his Kentucky birthplace, was a champion American racehorse that lived and competed in the 19th century. Throughout the 1850s, he won all but one of his races, earning his owner the modern equivalent of about $1.5 million. For 20 years, Lexington held the title of fastest horse in the world. He was also the country’s greatest stud sire, fathering nearly 600 foals and the most racing champions in U.S. history.)

The timeline begins in the 1850’s South, where a young Black groom named Jarret forges a bond with Lexington as a foal. Meanwhile, a young artist is joining the Union side of the Civil War. Jump 100 years

into the future, and a gallery owner becomes obsessed with a remarkable painting of a horse. Jump again to 2019, and a Smithsonian scientist and an art historian are piecing together the history of Jarret, Lexington, and the novel’s other core characters.

The art thread of the novel, says Brooks, was something of a surprise. (We won’t give too many spoilers, but it involves said equestrian portrait and an edgy art gallerist.) Brooks caught wind that there was a painting of Lexington and his groom painted by Thomas Scott while researching at the Smithsonian.

“The provenance of the painting opened another mystery,” she explains, which sent her digging in the weeds of 19th-century art for answers.

It’s exactly this better-than-fiction setup that the author in Brooks just can’t resist. “I’m attracted to stories that [feel] incredible but actually happened,” she explains, “because they’re just more intriguing when they’re true.”

Her historical fiction practice, she says, is to follow the facts as far as they lead, uncovering as much information as possible. And if the line ends before she’s finished?

“When the research runs out, the voices fall silent, or the people you’re interested in didn’t get the chance to tell their story, that’s where the novelist’s imagination comes in,” she says.

Digging into the Past

Brooks quickly discovered that one of her main characters fell into that third category without the chance to tell his story in the 1800s. At that time, owning a great racehorse was a critical factor of white gentleman status, a standing that came with social prestige, not to mention high-stakes

financial gain. But the success of those racehorses often came down to the skill and expertise of their enslaved Black stablemen.

To thoroughbred owners, these stablemen were invaluable, and as a result, they were often respected in a way that other marginalized groups weren’t. “It was a really fascinating aspect of the period,” notes Brooks. Nonetheless, while the history of horse racing—which was not only a “national obsession” but also ubiquitous, as most people traveled by horse—has been well preserved across the centuries, Brooks found that the lives of Black grooms were poorly documented, if at all. To flesh out that narrative, Brooks relied heavily on the work of historians excavating the antebellum era.

Writing those characters, though, was a source of trepidation for Brooks, especially in the context of recent discourse surrounding appropriation.

“There’s been tremendously important [conversation] around whether white writers can imagine Black lives,” she notes. “I felt that responsibility acutely. … I couldn’t write [the book] without the Black characters, because that would be erasing the contributions of those men again.”

To ensure an accurate representation, Brooks took “a lot of deep dives” into the lived experiences of Black community members. “I wanted to get the details as close to something a person [in that position] would experience,” she says.

She does, however, note that sometimes imagination must transcend identity, at least when it comes to fictional works. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t really be able to have literature at all,” she adds.

About the Event

An Evening with Geraldine Brooks takes place on Tuesday, June 13, at 7pm at the City Opera House in Traverse City and via livestream. Tickets range from $36-$46 (plus fees) and come with a hardcover copy of Horse: A Novel. In-person tickets can be purchased through the City Opera house, and livestream tickets can be found through the links on the National Writers Series website. The guest host for the event will be Michigan author and educator, AnneMarie Oomen. For more information, visit

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Most of us continuously absorb information that is of little or questionable value. We are awash in an endless tsunami of trivia and babble. But in accordance with current astrological omens, I invite you to remove yourself from this blather as much as possible during the next three weeks. Focus on exposing yourself to fine thinkers, deep feelers, and exquisite art and music. Nurture yourself with the wit and wisdom of compassionate geniuses and brilliant servants of the greater good. Treat yourself to a break from the blah-blah-blah and immerse yourself in the smartest joie de vivre you can find.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Over 25 countries have created coats of arms that feature an eagle. Why is that? Maybe it’s because the Roman Empire, the foundation of so much culture in the Western world, regarded the eagle as the ruler of the skies. It’s a symbol of courage, strength, and alertness. When associated with people, it also denotes high spirits, ingenuity, and sharp wits. In astrology, the eagle is the emblem of the ripe Scorpio: someone who bravely transmutes suffering and strives to develop a sublimely soulful perspective. With these thoughts in mind, and in accordance with current astrological omens, invite you Scorpios to draw extra intense influence from your eagle-like aspects in the coming weeks.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "When I paint, my goal is to show what I found, not what I was looking for." So said artist Pablo Picasso. I recommend you adopt some version of that as your motto in the coming weeks. Yours could be, “When I make love, my goal is to rejoice in what I find, not what I am looking for." Or perhaps, “When I do the work I care about, my goal is to celebrate what I find, not what I am looking for." Or maybe, “When I decide to transform myself, my goal is to be alert for what I find, not what I am looking for."

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Vincent van Gogh painted Wheatfield with a Reaper, showing a man harvesting lush yellow grain under a glowing sun. Van Gogh said the figure was “fighting like the devil in the midst of the heat to get to the end of his task.” And yet, this was also true: “The sun was flooding everything with a light of pure gold." see your life in the coming weeks as resonating with this scene, Capricorn. Though you may grapple with challenging tasks, you will be surrounded by beauty and vitality.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I suspect that your homing signals will be extra strong and clear during the next 12 months. Everywhere you go, in everything you do, you will receive clues about where you truly belong and how

to fully inhabit the situations where you truly belong. From all directions, life will offer you revelations about how to love yourself for who you are and be at peace with your destiny. Start tuning in immediately, dear Aquarius. The hints are already trickling in.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): The renowned Mexican painter Diego Rivera (1886–1957) told this story about himself: When he was born, he was so frail and ill that the midwife gave up on him, casting him into a bucket of dung. Rivera's grandmother would not accept the situation so easily, however. She caught and killed some pigeons and wrapped her newborn grandson in the birds' guts. The seemingly crazy fix worked. Rivera survived and lived for many decades, creating an epic body of artistic work. bring this wild tale to your attention, Pisces, with the hope that it will inspire you to keep going and be persistent in the face of a problematic beginning or challenging birth pang. Don't give up!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves," said psychologist Carl Jung. What was he implying? That we may sometimes engage in the same behavior that bothers us about others? And we should examine whether we are similarly annoying? That’s one possible explanation, and I encourage you to meditate on it. Here’s a second theory: When people irritate us, it may signify that we are at risk of being hurt or violated by them—and we should take measures to protect ourselves. Maybe there are other theories you could come up with, as well, Aries. Now here's your assignment: Identify two people who irritate you. What lessons or blessings could you garner from your relationships with them?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian author Denis Johnson had a rough life in his twenties. He was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Years later, he wrote a poem expressing gratitude to the people who didn't abandon him. "You saw me when I was invisible," he wrote, "you spoke to me when I was deaf, you thanked me when I was a secret." Now would be an excellent time for you to deliver similar appreciation to those who have steadfastly beheld and supported your beauty when you were going through hard times.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t make a wish upon a star. Instead, make a wish upon a scar. By that I mean, visualize in vivid detail how you might summon dormant reserves of ingenuity to heal one of your wounds. Come up with a brilliant plan to at least partially heal the wound. And then use that same creative energy to launch a new dream or relaunch a stalled old dream. In other words, Leo, figure out how to turn a liability into an asset. Capitalize on a loss to engender a gain. Convert sadness into power and disappointment into joy.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): ): At age nine, I was distraught when my parents told me we were moving away from the small town in Michigan where I had grown up. I felt devastated to lose the wonderful friends had made and leave the land I loved. But in retrospect, I am glad I got uprooted. It was the beginning of a new destiny that taught me how to thrive on change. It was my introduction to the pleasures of knowing a wide variety of people from many different backgrounds. I bring this to your attention, Virgo, because I think the next 12 months will be full of comparable opportunities for you. You don't have to relocate to take advantage, of course. There are numerous ways to expand and diversify your world. Your homework right now is to identify three. 05 - JUNE 11
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "All the things I wanted to do and didn’t do took so long. It was years of not doing." So writes Gemini poet Lee Upton in her book Undid in the Land of Undone. Most of us could make a similar statement. But I have good news for you, Gemini. I suspect that during the rest of 2023, you will find the willpower and the means to finally accomplish intentions that have been long postponed or unfeasible. I'm excited for you! To prepare the way, decide which two undone things you would most love to dive into and complete.
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A visitor at Wonderland amusement park in Toronto, Ontario, was filled with more than wonder as he rode the Leviathan roller coaster on May 16, the Toronto Sun reported. Hubert Hsu of Toronto said as his coaster car neared the top of one of the ride's loops, it collided with a bird -- possibly a pigeon. "I looked down and saw blood on my hands and my face," Hsu said. "There was a feather on my hand, and feathers on the girl next to me's shirt. It seemed like the coaster car hit the bird and then it sort of exploded on us." Hsu said attendants gave them a roll of industrial brown paper towels, and he ended up washing up in a restroom. "The kids who work in the park seemed like they had no idea what to do, and that might be an issue," he added.

It's Come to This

Two Louisville, Kentucky, roommates got into a heated dispute at their home on May 20, The Charlotte Observer reported, over an unlikely subject: Hot Pockets. Clifton Williams, 64, was charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly shot the victim. Williams "got mad he ate the last Hot Pocket and began throwing tiles at him," police said. When the victim moved to leave the home, Williams retrieved a firearm and shot the man in the posterior. He remains in the custody of Louisville Metro Corrections.

Clothing Optional

After crashing his truck into a Volusia, Florida, utility pole around 2 a.m. on May 21, completely severing it, 39-yearold Kevin Gardner did the obvious thing: He took off all his clothes and started banging on the front door of a home nearby. ClickOrlando reported that when officers arrived at the home, Gardner had injuries on his face and legs. The truck was registered to him, but he said it had been stolen ... and that he'd had seizures and didn't remember anything. A breath test revealed an illegal blood-alcohol content, and Gardner was held on multiple charges.

In Georgia, residents can now use a digital driver's license, which can be uploaded to Apple Wallet and allows users to leave their IDs in their bag or pocket at TSA checkpoints. But, as United Press International reported, snapping a selfie for the ID comes with a few rules. "Attention, lovely people of the digital era," the Georgia Department of Driver Services posted on its Facebook page on May 23. "Please take pictures with your clothes on when submitting them for your Digital Driver's License and ID. Cheers to technology and keeping things classy!" Put your shirt on.

You Had One Job

Residents in Halethorpe, Maryland, are frustrated with the progress of a new bridge on U.S. Route 1, WBAL-TV reported. They've been waiting for months for the bridge to fully open, but a tiny error stands in the way. The bridge crosses over CSX railroad tracks, which require a minimum of 23 feet of vertical clearance, and it was built 1 1/2 inches too short. CSX has halted the remaining construction to complete

the bridge, according to a Maryland Department of Transportation engineer. "I understand you get hiccups, but ... this is not a hiccup. This is a mistake. Somebody needs to be held accountable and it needs to be taken care of," said resident Desiree Collins. "You have engineers. This should not have happened." The State Highway Administration now estimates completion in late 2023 or early 2024.

The Passing Parade High school seniors in Marlin, Texas, are getting a few extra days of school tacked on, KWTX-TV reported on May 23. The reason: Twenty-eight of the 33 seniors -about 85% -- were not eligible to graduate, according to an audit performed by the Marlin Independent School District, because they had failed or neglected to complete a course or they had too many absences. The ceremony, originally scheduled for May 25, will take place sometime in June. "They told us that because of the students that didn't meet the requirements, it wouldn't be fair for only five students to walk the stage," said Alondra Alvarado, who is eligible to graduate. Victoria Banda, whose son did not meet the requirements, said they were given very little notice about the change in plans. They had family "traveling in from Mexico" for the original ceremony -- "and if anyone knows, it's not cheap," she said. Administrators hope the extra time will allow the majority of students to meet the state's requirements.


When the Brevard (Florida) Public Schools board met on May 9, the topic of dress codes came up, but it went way beyond hoodies and beachwear, ClickOrlando reported. Vice chair Megan Wright told board members that she has heard concerns about students dressing up as "furries" -people who anthropomorphize animals. District 5 Rep. Katye Campbell weighed in: "I'm not a big fan of the furry movement, but ... if 'ears' means a headband with pointed ears on them, it's a hair accessory. Tails are different, and students meowing and barking at other students -- that's not cool. But that's not dress code." Chairman Matt Susin said his daughter is "tired of furries" at school and the subject comes up at least once a month at his dinner table. Leave it to District 3 Rep. Jennifer Jenkins to cut through the kitty litter: "This is not rocket science ... If you don't want tails on kids, just say you don't want tails." She said among middle school students, the new thing is barking and meowing at each other, unrelated to furry costumes: "It's weird, but they're doing it."

Omar Gutierrez, 32, of Gainesville, Florida, donned a cat costume before plunging a knife into his roommate's neck on May 22, WCJB-TV reported. When the victim asked why he stabbed him, Gutierrez said, "It was instinctual." Police reported that Gutierrez had told the victim a week earlier that he was "not above killing" him; Gutierrez had claimed that the roommate had hurt his cat, although he denied it. Gutierrez was charged with first-degree attempted murder -- because, you know, he had to plan the costume.

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Outdoor Living on a Budget

Six ways to dress up your outdoor spaces for under $200

It’s all too easy to daydream about splashy outdoor rugs, cool egg chairs, eightperson farmhouse tables, and flower-laden gazebos this time of year. But if your eyes are bigger than your wallet, decorating your outdoor space might seem like too much of an investment.

Never fear: Whether you have a porch, a patio, or just a spot in the grass, Northern Express found some budget (and eco!) friendly ways to create your outdoor oasis. Get ready to DIY or shop local stores for the perfect look.

1. Light the Way

Lighting goes a long way in creating outdoor ambiance. If all you have is two camping chairs and some string lights, you’ve got a good foundation. However, there are several inexpensive ways to bring light into your outdoor world.

Solar landscape lighting (usually about $10-25 per piece) is a low maintenance way to add some sparkle. Consider using solar powered path lights to enhance your walkway and guide guests easily in and out of your home. They’re simple to install and can be found at most home improvement and garden stores.

Add some overhead light by placing string lights over your porch, patio, or yard. String lights (often starting around $25 per string) create a space by giving the illusion of a ceiling, and you can make them extra romantic by using warm toned bulbs. No, it’s not the set of A Midsummer Night’s Dream…it’s your backyard!

2. Pick Cozy (and Durable) Touches

Summer fabrics should be airy, soft, and wash up well. Jen Vander Roest, owner of Freshwater Textiles in Traverse City, is a textile designer, and she creates sustainably made blankets, towels, tablecloths, napkins, and other daily items from natural fibers. Her items are crafted ethically in small batches, with proceeds from remnants going to the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed.

This summer’s must-have: the Turkish towels ($44), which pull double duty as a beach towel or cozy blanket. But if you want to add polish to your outdoor dining space, it’s their table linens you’ll want. Using tablecloths, runners and napkins made of linen is one of Vander Roest’s favorite ways to dress up an outdoor dinner and add

a pop of color. This ultimate summertime fabric is luxurious, durable, and gets softer with every wash.

P.S. If you have a little extra in your outdoor living budget, be sure to check out the Loll Designs furniture Freshwater Textiles carries. The brand is hardy in all weather conditions, sustainably made, and super stylish.

3. Bring in Soothing Scents

Long known for its stress-relieving benefits, the smell of lavender also deters bugs. If you don’t have a green thumb, we have good news: A wreath made of lavender can last years. Even better news: Northern Michigan is home to several lavender farms, and the season for purple blooms is nearing. (Check out Lavender Hill Farms' wreath workshops July 12 and 26 at Or you can DIY with some wire wreath form, floral wire, scissors, and lavender springs. Collect around 50 sprigs and cut their stems so they’re all even in height. Split the sprigs into bunches and lay them over the wreath form in the way you like. Secure each bunch to the form and voila! A beautiful—and useful—wreath to display.

4. Add Some Summery Sounds

We all know one of the biggest perks of living in NoMi is the access to the beach, where you can get a dose of vitamin D and hunt for rocks and beach glass. With its smooth edges and pale, frosty colors, beach glass screams—or, more correctly, tinkles—summer vibes. A beach glass wind chime is a beautiful way to display your treasures while creating seaside sounds to accompany a mid-afternoon breeze. If you have a stash of found pieces, use an embroidery hoop and some polystring to get started. Otherwise, local garden stores carry wind chimes of all shapes, sizes, and materials.

Bonus: Wind chimes aren’t just for looks; they can also help keep deer and other wildlife away from garden plants you don’t want them to eat.

5. Work with the Weather

For those who have a garden, landscaping, or any other outdoor plants, a rainwater drum can be a piece of décor that provides function. These barrels collect rainwater that drips off the roof or your gutters. They hold anywhere from 40 to 75 gallons of water and

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are a great way to mitigate flooding and erosion in your yard. Later, you can use the water for your plants. Styles vary, with popular ones looking like a classic oak barrel or a large, woven basket. All models will include a spigot to hook your hose up to.

These can be a little pricier—often landing in the $200 range—but they have both function and aesthetic value. Lowering your water bill and keeping your garden happy? Always a win. Find options at your local home improvement and garden stores.

6. Upcycle Old Pieces

Level up your sprucing at Red Dresser Marketplace in Traverse City, which always feels like stepping into a farmhouse décor dream. Owner Tammy Simerson has intentionally curated a group of local sellers under one roof to offer beautiful gifts, apparel, furniture, and of course, plenty of outdoor goodies.

“I have an amazing group of vendors that are so creative and talented. We’ve got a mix of vintage, new, and locally made,” Simerson says.

She and her team came up with some easy and budget-friendly ways to polish up your outdoor space. “We loved using galvanized buckets as planters, or old wash tubs. There are so many used pallets available, and they’re great for creating walls to divide spaces. Chalk paint is a great way to revive outdoor furniture too, or grab a can of Rustoleum. Adding color can be a huge transformation.”

If you’re an inexperienced DIY-er, consider checking out a workshop hosted at the shop. “We do chalk paint workshops, succulent planter workshops, cookie-decorating workshops, and in the fall we have a workshop for women who would like to learn how to use power tools,” says Simerson.

Stay up to date on workshop dates and more at June 25th will be their annual Junkers Alley outdoor market, which will have over 20 vendors and food concessions.

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BIKE BENZIE TOUR: 8am, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Presented by the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club, this is an annual charity ride for the benefit of area youth. Choose from the 28-mile, 42-mile, or 62-mile courses.


GEAR SALE: The Discovery Center, TC. Viewing & garage sale, 9am. Auction, 11am. Proceeds support Schooner Madeline, Cutter Champion youth programs, & Great Lakes maritime history preservation with the nonprofit Maritime Heritage Alliance. ----------------------

FRIENDS OF TADL SPRING BOOK SALE: 9am-6pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Browse a wide array of non-fiction, fiction, mystery, children’s books & young adult books. Half-off for Friends of the Library all weekend. Membership available at the door. Free.


RUN: 9am, Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling. Includes a 5 mile trail run & 3 mileish trail run. $25, $20. MI/Grayling/HansonHillsChallenge5MileTrai lRun?aflt_token=vkmwDmweQ4iCYn8otSO OnKQ3vCO8buOw

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY, GRAND TRAVERSE HIKE & POTLUCK: Fletcher Creek Campground, Mesick. Join the NCTA Grand Traverse Hiking Club Chapter for a nature hike along Hodenpyl Dam Pond & a potluck to celebrate National Trails Day. Choose from two guided hikes. Long hike option: Fletcher Creek Campground to the entrance to Northern Exposure Campground & back; a distance of 5.4 miles. If anyone wants to, they could possibly continue farther to the bridge - a total round trip of 7 miles. Meet at 9am at the parking lot. Short hike option: Fletcher Creek Campground to the Northern Exposure Trailhead & back for a total of 3 miles. Meet at 10am at the parking lot. Bring a water bottle, hiking shoes & rain gear. Afterwards, enjoy a potluck lunch at Campsite #27. Please bring a dish to pass with serving utensil, eating plates & utensils, beverage of your choice, & a folding chair. Free.

NORTE PAPER PLATE RACE: VASA Bartlett Trailhead, 4450 Bartlett Rd., Williamsburg. Bikes, friends, & Moomer’s homemade ice cream. 9-10am: Arrival, paper plate decorating, & warm-up. Races begin at 10am &

the event will be over by noon. RSVP. Free.

67TH ANNUAL MANCELONA BASS FESTIVAL: June 1-4. This festival celebrates the opening of the bass fishing season with entertainment/beer tent, car show, parade, raffles, kids & pet parade, cornhole tournament, crafters market, carnival, & more.

ART BEAT - THE BIG DAY OF ART IN ELK RAPIDS: 10am-5pm, Elk Rapids. Join Blue Heron, Mullaly’s 128 & Twisted Fish Galleries in celebrating 18 years of this collaborative gallery tour. Visit all three galleries & you’re eligible for prize give-aways & a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Free.

BOOKMOBILE SUMMER LIBRARY CHALLENGE SIGNUP: 10am-noon, F&M Park, TC. Find the Bookmobile at F&M Park for the Summer Library Challenge (SLC) sign-up event. There will be crafts, games, SLC signups & more. This summer program will run June 19 - July 30. Finale party in Hull Park on July 31. Free.


MACKINAW TRAIL WINE RUN 5K: 10am, Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery, Petoskey. MackinawTrailWineRun5k?aflt_token=vkm wDmweQ4iCYn8otSOOnKQ3vCO8buOw

TC SPRING ART & CRAFT SHOW: 10am5pm, Open Space Park, TC. Painters, sculptors, jewelers, wood workers & so many more to choose from. Over 40 artists will fill the field with handcrafted, unique items.

ARTIST OPENING: 11am-3pm, Patina, Onekama. June 2-4. Featured local artist, Anne Calhoun, will show & create original works. Free.


DIRTY DOG DASH: 11am, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. The race route covers 5km across the slopes of Boyne Mountain Resort with competitors climbing, crawling, wading, & sliding to conquer the numerous obstacles in front of them. New for 2023, Boyne Mountain is opening the adventure run up to 8 years of age & older. The postrace festivities feature live music, a cookout, & more. $45. events/racing-events/p/dirty-dog-dash

PRIDE CARNIVAL: 11am-2pm, NMC, TC. Enjoy an array of food vendors, engaging activities from local non-profit organizations, & carnival-style attractions. Dennos Museum will also be open to visit. upnorthpride. com/event/2023/6/3/pride-carnival

CHERRY CAPITAL CYCLING CLUB SPRING PICNIC: SMART COMMUTE KICKOFF!: Noon-3pm, Vasa Trailhead, 4450 Bartlett Rd., Williamsburg. Enjoy burgers & veggie burgers with all the fixings. Come early to ride on the road or mountain bike the trails. id=4002&club_id=87045&item_id=1921861 ----------------------

EMPIRE ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL: Noon6pm, Empire. Featuring the Kick-yer-Assparagus 5K Fun Run Walk; Recipe Contest; Asparagus Eats with food vendors, local breweries, & live music with Deep Water Samba Band, 5th Gear Band, & Andre Villoch; Empire Area Museum Open House; “Miss Asparagus on Stilts”; Children’s Magic Show with Gordon Russ; & Ode to Asparagus Poetry Contest. $5; under 16, free. event/2023-empire-asparagus-festival

KINGSLEY ADAMS FLY FESTIVAL 2023: Noon-6pm, Brownson Memorial Park, Kingsley. Enjoy fly fishing education & demonstrations, live & silent auctions, Adams fly history tours, live music, & a microbrew tent.

The Kingsley Branch Library benefits from all proceeds. Free; $20 for beer tent 21+.


SALE: 1-5pm, Old Art Building, Leland. GLPAPA artists from all across Michigan will gather to interpret the Leelanau en Plein air using oil, watercolor & pastel. Head to the Old Art Building to see the paintings created during their weekend paint out.


PAST: 1pm, Marilla Historical Society, Copemish. Noted scholar & historian Dana Johnson will reflect on a century past in Marilla Township, a place of lumbering, farming & a small community that demonstrated the power of connection in building & maintaining community. Children’s old time activities will be featured along with hammered dulcimer music by artist Katelyn Baas. Donations welcome.

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B.B. King’s nephew, Phillip-Michael Scales, will perform his “Dive Bar Soul,” a blend of indie rock storytelling and the passion of the blues, at the Old Art Building in Leland on Fri., June 9 from 7-9pm. $25 OAB members; $30 non-members.

TYLER BENSON: 1-2pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Benson will present his book, “The Guardians of the Straits.” Free.

DISCOVER THE NATURE MEGAPHONE! - AN EARTH WEEK PLUS EVENT FOR FAMILIES: 3-5pm. Meet at the Agnes S. Andreae Nature Preserve parking area on Riverwoods Trail & Big Sky Trail. Amplify the sounds of nature with the Nature Megaphone. Join Little Traverse Conservancy staff & two little LTC ambassadors (ages 2 & 4) as you make your way through woods & over water to the Nature Megaphone. Expect 2 miles total of slow walking on trails. Pre-registration required. Free. ----------------------

EVENING ON THE DIAMOND GALA: 5:3011pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC. Support the 4Front Foundation that focuses on four pillars of giving - providing scholarships, grants, emergency crisis relief, & financial wellness education. Enjoy a night full of glitz, glamour, & FUNdraising. Special guest Lance Parrish, a former Detroit Tigers player, will host a Q&A session for attendees. There will also be dinner, drinks, & prizes. $100 per person.

FREE CONCERT TO KICK-OFF LESS CANCER’S 2023 HIKE AND BIKE AMERICA: Mt. Holiday, TC. Featuring The Insiders: A Tribute to Tom Petty. Gates open at 5:30pm/concert starts at 7pm.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN CHORALE PRESENTS “FROM THIS MOMENT ON”: 7pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Featuring songs from a variety of Disney productions, a Motown Spectacular!, a collection of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, & “From This Moment On” by Cole Porter. $0-$15.

“SOMETHING ROTTEN”: 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. In the 1590s, brothers Nick & Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” $28 adults; $15 youth under 18, plus fees.


12TH ANNUAL RECYCLEA-BICYCLE BIKE SWAP: 9am-2pm, Old Town Parking Deck, TC. The R-A-B Bike Swap is for anyone who wants to sell &/or purchase an unused or out-grown bicycle or bike accessory. Accessories include bike trailers, hitches, bike racks & sometimes frames & wheels. If you are selling a bike, drop off is between 6-8pm on Sat., June 3 at the Old Town Parking Deck. Sellers receive 75% of the proceeds & the Recycle-A-Bicycle program receives 25%. Pick up unsold bikes on Sun., June 4 from 2-4pm.

BRENGMAN BROTHERS WINE RUN 5K: 9am, Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyard, TC. token=vkmwDmweQ4iCYn8otSOOnKQ3vC



4-H BIRDING WORKSHOP SERIES: 10am. Learn how to identify & observe new species while enjoying the health benefits that birding can bring. Best suited for youth ages 1014, but more experienced birders are wel-

come. Workshop 2 will be held at Shumsky’s Canoe Landing on the Boardman River. Registration: Look to register for the event “4-H Birding Workshop 2: Migration and Bird ID Practice!” Free.



TC SPRING ART & CRAFT SHOW: (See Sat., June 3)


ARTIST OPENING: (See Sat., June 3)

FRIENDS OF TADL SPRING BOOK SALE: (See Sat., June 3, except today’s time is 124:30pm.)


TART SMART HAPPY HOUR RIDE: Start in downtown TC at The Little Fleet anytime between noon-5pm. Let the bartender know you are part of the Smart Commute Happy Hour & receive a free drink (beer or wine) & then continue down the trail to Farm Club & receive your next free drink! Suttons Bay Bikes will be set up at Farm Club offering bike tune ups. You’ll earn TART bonus points for your Smart Commute Week Challenge.

FIELDS OF WONDER: A FUN FAIRY HOUSE COMPETITION: 1-4pm, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, TC. See the new artful fairy houses on the Fairy Trails at the Botanic Garden made by people in the community. Kids can enjoy making a simple craft, a glass of lemonade, & a cookie as they stroll through the gardens, & take in the trails. Free.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN CHORALE PRESENTS “FROM THIS MOMENT ON”: (See Sat., June 3, except today’s time is 3pm.)


SMART COMMUTE WEEK: 7am, TC. Held to promote alternative forms of transportation & to educate area residents of the benefits of a smart commute. The week consists of events promoting cycling, walking, taking the bus & carpooling. Free daily breakfasts are hosted at various locations around town for smart commuters from 7-9am. Today’s is at North Peak Brewing Co. Every year community members challenge each other to a friendly competition known as the Commuter Cup Challenge. Free.

KID’S CRAFT LAB: WILD ABOUT ANIMAL RUBBINGS: 10:30am, 1pm & 3:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Pick your favorite animal picture outline, & then add color & texture with geometric rubbing plates. Sign up when you reserve your attendance at the Museum.


LUNCHEON LECTURE: 11:30am, NCMC, Library Conference Center, Petoskey. Dr. Jaclyn Butler presents “Our Changing Demographics.” Butler is the demographer for the State of Michigan. Register. $15; includes a buffet lunch. ncmclifelonglearning. com/event-5269978

SENIOR CENTER TUNE-UP & BIKE RIDE: Senior Center, TC. Norte will provide basic tune-ups for folks looking to get back on two wheels this spring. The tune-up will be held from noon-3pm, followed by a slow roll (fun, slow 4-6 mile ride) from the Senior Center at 4pm. Free. senior-center-tune-up

WING WATCHERS: 6:30pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Featuring Kay Charter of Saving Birds Through Habitat.

REFIT® TC SUMMER KICKOFF PARTY: 7pm, 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 “Brooklyn.” Free.



WEEK: (See Mon., June 5, except today’s free breakfast is at Bubba’s & Disability Network at Silver Spruce Brewing from 7-9am.) ----------------------

COFFEE & CONVERSATION: 8-10am, Harbor Springs Area Chamber office, 118 E. Main St., Harbor Springs. Connect with chamber staff & other members. 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.

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

TCNEWTECH: City Opera House, TC. Pitch & Networking Event. Select startups will be allowed 5 minutes to present their pitch & 5 minutes of questions & answers from the audience. The audience is made up of technology-minded people. 5:30pm: Cash bar & networking. 6pm: Investor pitches begin. 7pm: Winners announced. ----------------------

A MEN’S GROUP COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: 6-8pm, East Park Pavilion, 601 Quarry Dr., Petoskey. Men can connect with other local men who are interested in creating safe & thriving communities. RSVP.


MEETING: 6pm, Silver Lake Recreation Area, TC. Enjoy this meeting/picnic/potluck. Free.



SMART COMMUTE WEEK: (See Mon., June 5, except today’s free breakfast is at BATA Transfer Station & The Kitchen from 7-9am.)

TC PIT SPITTERS VS. KALAMAZOO GROWLERS: 11:05am, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC.

WATERSHED WEDNESDAYS: 2pm, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, or Pennsylvania

Park, Petoskey. Watershed Model: Join the Watershed Council for family-friendly activities, crafts & workshops. Free.

KINGSLEY SEEDLING SWAP: 3-5pm, Kingsley Branch Library. Meet your fellow gardeners at the Kingsley Farmer’s Market for a seedling swap. Participants are encouraged to plant 10-15 extra seedlings to swap. 231-263-5484. Free. seedling-swap


OPEN STUDIO CREATIVE HOUR: 3:30pm, Arts for All of Northern Michigan, 1485 Barlow St., TC. Arts for All hosts this open art studio with Val. Bring your own project or try some of the supplies for sketching, painting, beaded jewelry making or stop motion animation. Free for all ages.

JUNE RECESS: 5-7pm, West Shore Bank Event Space & Waterfront Patio, TC. Afterwork happy hour & networking for adults. Includes food from Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop, & wine & beer from Earthen Ales & Lake District Wine Co. Door prizes include a $250 gift card to Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop, an intimate tasting experience for 6 at Lake District Wine Co. valued at $300, & a four-top table at a TC Pit Spitters home game. Admission is $10.

WEEKLY SLOW ROLL - TC: 6pm. Bike ride starts at Oryana, 10th St., TC & ends at The Little Fleet. Tonight volunteer mechanics will be available to get your bike rolling after a long winter. Free. community-slow-rolls ----------------------

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE: 7pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. Enjoy an evening in the stars. The JWST took 25 years & $10 billion to make... hear about the how & why of this incredible scientific achievement from long time seasonal resident Kurt Lauckner PhD. Free.


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

SMART COMMUTE WEEK: (See Mon., June 5, except today’s free breakfast is at Brady’s & Grand Traverse Pavilions from 7-9am.)

REFIT® TC: (See Mon., June 5)

COFFEE @ 10, PETOSKEY: 10am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. Artist Liz Ahrens will talk about her career & the way she connects our area with arts on a national & international level. Free. ----------------------


PARKINSON’S NETWORK NORTH SUPPORT GROUP FOCUS: 1pm, Leelanau Governmental Center, Suttons Bay. “Parkinson’s: You Have Questions? We Have Answers.” Info: 947-7389. Free.

BOOKENDS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: 2pm, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. This month’s pick is “The Woman in the Library” by Sulari Gentill. Free.


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Interlochen Public Library. Featuring AnneMarie Oomen & Katey Schultz. 231-276-6767.

MSU EXTENSION: FOOD DEMO & COOKING TECHNIQUES: 5:30pm, Grow Benzie, Benzonia. Learn about using ingredients to create healthful meals. Free. growbenzie. org/events/2023/6/8/msu-extension-fooddemo-amp-cooking-techniques

CLOSE TO HOME: A STORYTELLING EVENT: 6-9pm, Jacob’s Farm, TC. This event will feature 5-6 stories from local community members that demonstrate their authentic interpretation of the concept Close to Home. Presented in partnership with Here:Say Storytelling & Housing North. All donations collected will benefit Housing North. Free; suggested $15 donation.

WEEKLY SLOW ROLL - ER: 6pm. Bike ride starts at the Cedar St. parking lot in Elk Rapids, & ends at Short’s Pull Barn. Free.

IAF: NUCLEAR WEAPONS: WHO HAS THEM? WHO WANTS THEM? WHO NEEDS THEM?: NMC Hagerty Center, TC. Featuring Thomas Countryman, retired career Foreign Service officer, former acting Undersecretary for Arms Control, & Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation. Moderated by Jack Segal, former senior U.S. diplomat & National Security Council Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls. 6:30pm program; 5:30pm reception. $15 in-person ticket; $10 livestream suggested donation; free to current students & educators.

TWO RECITALS BY GT MUSICALE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: 6:30pm & 8pm, First Congregational Church, TC. Featuring middle & high school musicians from the greater Grand Traverse area. Free.

ART LECTURER LINDA YOUNG: 7pm, Glen Lake Community Library, Empire. Linda’s illustrated talk will highlight works by 19th & 20th century artists. Her program will cover paintings across the globe including the Arctic “Sea of Ice,” Denmark coast, the Mediterranean, the eastern seaboard of the US, & the Caribbean. Register in advance: 231-326-5361.

BENZIE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S BENZONIA ACADEMY LECTURE SERIES: 7pm, The Mills Community House, Benzonia. “Car Ferries in Ice” will be presented by car ferry historian Grant Brown, Jr. A story of men fighting severe elements with weapons that were not always up to the task by today’s standards. Donation; $5 suggested.

“THE DRAWER BOY”: 7:30pm, Glen Lake Church, Glen Arbor. Presented by the Glen Arbor Players, this is a multiple award winning story by Michael Healey. Free.

COMETS, BROOM STARS OF THE NIGHT SKY W/ KEVIN DEHNE: 8pm, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City. Have a discussion on the history of comets, how best to observe them, & equipment. Includes an active demonstration of comet making.

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3RD ANNUAL MACKINAW CITY MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Mackinaw City, June 9-11. Today includes a flag raising ceremony, onsite registration for Poker Run & Bike Show, live music by the Jim Elwell Band, Mighty Hiawatha, & Scarkazm, mechanical bull, & fireworks at dusk.

BETSIE RIVER CLEAN SWEEP: 9am. Enjoy a day on the Betsie River while helping clean 13 miles of this precious natural resource. Registration required: or 231-882-4391. home/betsie-river-clean-sweep-2023

ART LECTURER LINDA YOUNG: (See Thurs., June 8, except today’s time is 10:30am.) ----------------------

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PRESENTATION: Noon, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Pennsylvania artist Ruth Trok will use her Glen Arbor Arts Center residency to produce a body of porcelain pots & vessels that explore the interaction between native & invasive species in Leelanau County. Free. events-all

NIGHT AT THE NATURE CENTER: 5-7pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Afterhours fun where you will discover the world around you through indoor & outdoor activities. Featuring new themes monthly. Register. $5. ----------------------


CREATE”: 5-8pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center. This is an exhibition of work by 49 GAAC members. Painting, mixed media, sculpture, clay & more in the GAAC Main Gallery. Free.

KARAOKE NIGHT: 5:30-7pm, Arts for All of Northern Michigan, 1485 Barlow St., TC. Enjoy a fun night of music & dance. Free for all ages; under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

RISE OF IMPRESSIONISM: 5:30-7:30pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Carnegie West Gallery, TC. A talk & demo by Debra Howard.


MICHAEL “WILDMAN” WILDNER: 6-8pm, Railroad Park, Manton.


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



“MOTHRA”: 7pm, Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center. Join the CTAC School of Ballet for their original, full length production of the 1961 Japanese Fantasy, “Mothra.” $20 adult, $5 student, $50 Friends of the School Ballet (reserved). event/ctac-petoskey-ctac-school-ballet/ctacschool-ballet-presents-mothra-friday-evening ----------------------

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TOTAL ARCHERY CHALLENGE: 6:15am, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Nearly 2,500 participants from all over the country will be competing on six, specially designed archery courses throughout the resort. June 9-11.

EAST JORDAN MUSIC IN THE PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7-9pm, Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan. Country music with Todd Michael & the Ghost Town Marshalls. ----------------------

GAYLORD’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7-10pm, Claude Shannon Park, Gaylord. Featuring Aldrich & Co. Bring a chair or blanket. If weather is bad, the concert will be held under the pavilion on Court St.

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PHILLIP-MICHAEL SCALES: 7-9pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Hear B.B. King’s nephew, Phillip-Michael Scales, perform his “Dive Bar Soul,” a blend of indie rock storytelling & the passion of the blues. $25 OAB members; $30 non-members. events/phillip-michael-scales

TC SACRED DRUM CIRCLE: 7pm, House of Bear, 4242 Co. Rd 633, Grawn. Held the 2nd Fri. of the months (through Oct.). No experience necessary. No drum necessary, but feel free to bring an acoustic item of your own making. Dress for outside. Children must stay with adults. 231-383-0803. Free.

VIRIDIAN STRINGS SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT: “MUSICAL RIVALS CONCERT EVENT”: 7-9pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Join the Viridian Strings for an evening of classical music. Featuring Brahms’ G Major String Sextet & Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. $36 members; $40 non-members. ----------------------

“THE DRAWER BOY”: (See Thurs., June 8)

SWING INTO SUMMER WITH BILL SEARS & THE TRAVERSE SYMPHONY JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 7:30pm, Rotary Square at State St. & Union St., TC. The program will feature arrangements written for some of the greatest big bands including those of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Count Basie, & Stan Kenton. Also included will be one of Bill Sears’ original compositions, plus more.

BEN GALLAHER: 9pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Victories, Petoskey. Part of the new Victories Country Concert Series. DJ to follow. $10.



M22 CHALLENGE: FULL: Starts in the south-bound lane of M-109, Empire. Includes a 2.5 mile run, including a 100 yard climb up the sand dune; 17 mile bike ride, & 2.5 mile paddle.

DISCOVER FISHING AT THE PIER: Discovery Pier, TC. This program was developed by Discovery Center & Pier in partnership with Inland Seas Education Association, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, & the Northwest Michigan Fishing Club. The program will focus on teaching youth aged 9-14 about Great Lakes food webs & basic fishing techniques. Pre-registration is required. Two sessions will be offered: 9-11:30am (arrive at 8:30am) & 1:30-4pm (arrive at 1pm). Free.

LOOP THE LAKE: 9am, TART’s Boardman Lake Loop Trail, Hull Park, TC. The 4-mile course will follow the completed Boardman Lake Loop Trail, which includes mostly pavement, as well as some gravel, bridges, & the boardwalk. Proceeds benefit TART Trails. Register. $45; $25 for 18 & under; TCTC members save $5. TraverseCity/LoopTheLake?rsus=500-40061e59e60-7160-4b83-886a-50daac523b83

NORTHPORT WOMEN’S CLUB’S PERENNIAL PLANT SALE: 9am-noon, Northport Marina Park Pavilion. $5 each. ----------------------

MAPLEHURST NATURAL AREA HIKE: 9:30am, Maplehurst Natural Area, Kewadin. Join Grand Traverse Hiking Club

Chapter of the North Country Trail for a 4-5 mile jaunt around Maplehurst Natural Area. Plan to hike clockwise through hardwoods, along streams, & over rolling terrain, visiting Torch Lake & Lake Maplehurst along the way. Bring good hiking shoes, rain gear if weather threatens, water & a snack (if desired). Free. 787077839/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[]%7D


3RD ANNUAL MACKINAW CITY MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Mackinaw City, June 9-11. Today includes the Poker Run, Bike Show, live music by Charlie, Jim Ewell Band, & Onager, & mechanical bull.

CREATE A CHARACTER WRITING WORKSHOP: 10am-noon, Interlochen Public Library. Learn how to invent a character & write a creative story about it with local author/illustrator Brianne Farley. 231-2766767. Free.

FREE DROP-IN FAMILY ART: 10am-noon, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Cornwell Gallery, TC. Stop by for a fun, free art activity for all ages.

GUIDED BIRDWATCHING HIKE: 1011:30am, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Featuring Executive Director & birding guide Angie Quinn. Free with Art Park admission. michlegacyartpark. org/tours-workshops/birdwatching-series ----------------------


FEST: 10am-2pm, Little Traverse Historical Museum, Petoskey. Kids can decorate their bikes prior to the parade at a free Decoration Station. There will be bike safety inspections, car seat safety checks, an antique bicycle display, Native American games & activities, & free admission to the Museum. Loaner bikes & helmets will be available. Helmets required. Bike Parade runs from 1111:30am. Free.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN WALK WITH US TO CURE LUPUS: 10am, Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort. event/2023-northern-michigan-walk-with-usto-cure-lupus/e475174

TORCH LAKE WHITEFISH FESTIVAL: 10am-5pm, Depot Park, Alden, June 10-11. This art/craft show will feature multiple mediums & unusual nature themed artists. There will also be whitefish vendors.

WORLD WIDE KNIT & CROCHET IN PUBLIC DAY: 10am, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Knit at the library! Meet on the front lawn, weather permitting. Bring your own chairs. Free. ----------------------

HOOP’S PET FOOD PANTRY COMMUNITY DOG WALK: 10:30am-2pm, Medalie Park, Pavilion, TC. Hoop’s supports local families in need of pet food & has helped over 5,000 animals since 2020. Doggie goody bag provided at the start. $20/dog suggested donation.

LELAND WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Noon6pm, The Leland Lodge. Enjoy wine from 45 North Vineyard & Winery, Aurora Cellars, Blustone Vineyards, Chateau Fontaine, Good Harbor Vineyards, Bel Lago & many others, & beer from Stormcloud Brewing Co. Food from Pleva’s, Art’s Tavern, Leelanau Bounty Boards, The Riverside Inn, & many more establishments will be offered. Laura Rain and the Ceasars & Funktion will provide live music. The ‘Come & Go’ re-entry


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Max is a seasoned songwriter and solo artist also known for his work with Big Dudee Roo and Tom Pe tribute band The Insiders. Join us in support of his third full-length solo album, Diamonds.


a jam session led by TC Central High School's Jazz Quartet. You don’t have to be a student to come and play—or listen!


Two extraordinary songwriters performing separate, solo sets for one intimate evening.


A collective of promising young musicians from around the US performing stellar chamber music.


Celebrates the beautiful athleticism of bel canto singing and tells a new, queer-ified story of love and acceptance.


Karasi Healing Arts presents a sacred celebration with live music, gentle movement, and sound healing. This description doesn’t do it justice. Read more




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wristbands will allow you to explore all of Leland & return to the festival whenever you’d like. GA tickets are $30 in advance & $40 at the event. They include a commemorative glass & two wine-tasting tokens. VIP tickets are $70.

BOOK LAUNCH: 1-3pm, Horizon Books, TC. Ann Tisdale will release her book, “Mighty Miss Maya Say Hello,” the follow up to “Mighty Miss Maya See It, then Be It.” Ann & little Maya will sign copies of the book.


“MOTHRA”: (See Fri., June 9, except today’s times are 1pm & 7pm.)

PROTECTING OUR LAKES & SHORELANDS: SHORELAND ECOLOGY & SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT: 1pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. District Forester Ellie Johnson will discuss the importance of trees to the shoreland ecosystem & how to sustainably maintain this human/ surface water interface. Virtual join-in option available. Registration required. Free.

RHYTHM & ROOTS: CELEBRATING LGBTQ+ & TWO SPIRIT VOICES: 2-8pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Blissfest Music Organization, Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey, Good Hart Artist Residency, Petoskey District Library, Waganakising Naagwagan Group, Petoskey High School Diversity Club, & NCMC Gender and Sexuality Alliance are collaborating to provide an afternoon & evening of events that will include an art activity & art installation, a panel discussion, & a free concert.

GREAT LAKES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S SUMMER-OPENING CONCERT: 7pm, Bay View Association, John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. “From Bohemia’s Woods & Groves.” Featuring violin soloist Dylana Jenson. The concert is free for veterans, active service members & students 18 & under by calling 231-4870010. Tickets include an optional pre-concert talk at 6pm by Libor Ondras, music director & conductor, as well as a post-concert reception. $35, $45, $65.

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE!: 7pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. See objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye, & so much more in this interactive magic experience. Tickets range from $27-$52.


“THE DRAWER BOY”: (See Thurs., June 8)




RALLY: Mackinaw City, June 9-11. Today includes live music by Bradley Curpus & fireworks at dusk.

TORCH LAKE WHITEFISH FESTIVAL: (See Sat., June 10) ----------------------

WELLNESS DAY AT THE GARDEN: 10am, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park,

TC. Free sessions include Herbal Tea Basics, Terrariums for Kids, Experience The Labyrinth, Meditative Forest Walk, Qigong, Keynote Lecture (on Quality of Life for Adults with Autism) & more. Must register. Also, stroll through the Stable Garden & Secret Garden to explore the world of Bonsai & Ikebana floral arrangements, receive a free houseplant, & much more. Free. Register. wellness-day-at-the-garden-registration631706921407?aff=erelexpmlt ----------------------

BLESSING OF BIKES (AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION TOOLS!): 11am, The Presbyterian Church of TC, 701 Westminster Rd. Celebrate a safe & healthy commuting season. The Blessing, provided by Associate Pastor Jordan Starkenburg, will immediately follow the 10am morning worship services & will occur outside after 11am. Participants are encouraged to walk, ride, scooter, skate, or carpool. A fellowship ride or garden stroll will follow the blessing. Free.


THE DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: 3:30pm, Llama Meadows Eco Farm, Benzonia. These dances blend chants with live music & simple movements into a living experience of unity, peace & joy. There will also be Dances on July 16 & Aug. 27. Love offering of $7-$10.



DOCK SPIDERS: 5:05pm, Turtle Creek Stadium, TC.


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:


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.

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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. Located next to the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on US 31 by the swan.

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.


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.

3pm or by appointment.

WORDLESS EXPRESSIONS EXHIBIT: Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Art exhibit by Rebecca Casement, Cherie Correll, & Susan Thompson. On display through June 9. Open Mon. - Sat., 10am-4pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. exhibition-calendar


- 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. event/ctac-petoskey/animal-vegetable-mineral-paintings-nancy-adams-nash-opensmay-25


PORTFOLIO PROGRAM EXHIBITION: Held in Atrium Gallery. Work from CTAC’s new High School Portfolio Program. Runs through June 3.

- 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 ----------------------


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JERRY’S MAP: Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. 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.

NORTHPORT PHOTO EXHIBIT: Northport Arts Association, Northport. Runs through June 11. Northport Arts Association celebrates its 6th annual photo exhibit featuring creative works of professional & emerging photographers. Award categories for 2023: Best of Show, People’s Choice, Color Creative, Color General, B&W/Monochrome, Nature, Mobile Photography and Automotive.

“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., 11am-

- INSIDE CROOKED TREE: FACULTY & STAFF EXHIBITION: Held in Carnegie West Gallery through June 3. Those who teach & those who work at Crooked Tree Arts Center Traverse City share artwork they created in this exhibit.

- THIS IS 6:47: Held in Carnegie East Gallery through June 3. Featuring artwork from the latest Crooked Tree Arts Center High School Portfolio Students. ctac-traverse-city/647-featuring-ctac-highschool-portfolio-students

- THURSDAY PAINTING: BRENDA J. CLARK’S GROUP OF SEVEN-ISH: Held in Cornwell Gallery through June 3. See the work of seven (or more) artists who meet online every Thurs. for two hours to explore a problem-solving agenda put forth by artist Brenda J. Clark. Throughout the session, participants share their artwork, seek inspiration, & encourage one another in creativity under the guidance of Clark. See some of these paintings created by this group. ctac-traverse-city/thursday-painting-brenda-jclarks-group-seven-ish-opens-april-28


- “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 June 9 - Aug. 10 in the Main Gallery. An opening reception will be held on June 9 from 5-8pm. glenarborart. org/events/exhibit-2023-members-create



“THE NATURE WE CREATE”: Runs June 6 –July 1. This exhibit features Deana’s sculptures made of clay & found objects which explore ideas of how wildlife & humans intersect, thus animals adapting to us.

- KRISTEN EGAN: ON A FAR SHORE: Featuring a collection of new masks. Runs til June 3. Open Tues. through Sat., 11am-5pm.

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