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Northern Express Weekly • october 09, 2023 • 1 norther nex NORTHERN express NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S WEEKLY • october 09 - october 15, 2023 • Vol. 33 No. 40 What’s Next for the TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA? 71 YEARS OF MAKING THE CLASSICS ROCK + Spotlight on superstar volunteers + Art’s Tavern approaches nine decades in Glen Arbor + We search for the oldest house in northern Michigan
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Building Over Water

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Blair Township Planning Commission meeting, the commission approved the Special Use Site Plan Review submitted by Henry Husted of A-1 Professional Tree Service.

In his application, he proposes to build A-1 Professional Tire & Wheel Service and Towing Service at 4013 Vance Road, between the home at 4092 Vance Road and the roundabout. The proposed storage yard for vehicles is directly above a water source, according to the Master Plan Map.

I am concerned that the tow yard runoff will end up in the Boardman River and oppose this application. I encourage all residents of Blair Township and Grand Traverse County to attend the Township Board meeting on Oct. 10 at 6pm.

Linda Maginity | Blair Township


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So Many Stars on a Single Stage

Vegas’ top impersonators and impressionists will be at City Opera House in Traverse City on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7pm. The Edwards Twins bring legendary superstars to life with state of the art makeup and live vocals. See Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli, and many others at The Ultimate Variety Show! Tickets range from $25-$45.

Fall Fun at Crystal Mountain

Need to keep the whole family busy for the day? Head to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Every Saturday in October, they have a slew of activities available, like bike rentals ($15/hr), a climbing wall ($20 for 30 minutes), and an hour’s worth of trips down the Alpine Slide (price based on height). There’s also archery, outdoor laser tag, pumpkin carving, fall sand art, a scarecrow walk, and horse-drawn surrey rides! (Oh, and did we mention the Edge Adventure Course, which includes a 130-foot zipline?) If all that weren’t enough, their scenic fall chairlift rides are now up and running ($15 per person; ages 3-6 are free with an adult). What better way to take in the fall colors than from high above the rolling hills of Benzie County? Some activities do require reservations, so head to to make your plans.

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It’s always a good day when a trip to the farmers market results in the ingredients for an entire meal. Better yet when some of the cooking has been done for you. If you don’t want to hover over a pot of tomatoes for four hours, then we recommend opting for the Pasta & Pizza Sauce from Mangio Fresco. (Trust us: You’ll be hooked after sampling one of the pizza bites at their market stand.) This sauce is literally Nonna’s secret recipe—slightly sweet, low acidity, and a ton of slow-simmered flavor. We tried our jar over some cheesy, garlicky tortellini, and all that remained after the meal was a stack of licked-clean plates. Find Mangio Fresco at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market or visit them online at mangiofresco. com. (The sauce isn’t for sale online yet, but you can snag their “just add water” pizza dough—another recipe inspired by Nonna!)

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6 Shopping, Farms, and Festivals in Cadillac

The Cadillac area has a slate of can’t-miss autumnal activities happening this Saturday, Oct. 14. Shop ’til you drop at the Fall Mitchell Street Market from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy the downtown social district as you peruse seasonal sales from local retailers, and take the kiddos to The Market at Cadillac Commons for some family fun. A five-minute drive takes you to nearby NanBop Farm for their free fall festival (1pm to 4pm; 1 Broadcast Way) with pumpkin and face painting, hay rides, and more. Then, choose east or west for more fun. To the east in McBain is the Dick Family Farm, home of the annual Dairy Fest Celebration and more pumpkins than you could ever hope to pick. (Plus a corn maze and “cannon corner.”) To the west, at the Sportsman’s Port Campground in Wellston, they’re putting on a fall fest of their own with cider, donuts, bonfires, and music and karaoke. Choose your own adventure!

The Changing Season at Sleeping Bear

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore may not be seeing as many visitors this time of year, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t busy. Though it’s still a beautiful time to visit, the park is undergoing some updates and changes that may interrupt your plans. Here’s what to expect: Empire Bluff Trail will be closed from 6am-10am Mondays through Thursdays for trail work. Several prescribed fires are planned for the fall—dependent on weather conditions—to restore habitat in forested ecosystems in the park, and roads and/or trails will be temporarily closed during the active burning period. This includes 75 acres between Pyramid Point, Bohemian Road, and the northern part of M-22 and 930 acres between Otter Creek and Bass Lake. And a tip for those driving out for fall color views: Roadwork is underway on M-109 and M-22 north of Empire, so expect weekday lane closures through Oct. 27. See all the latest updates at



The National Writers Series welcomes Dr. Heather Cox Richardson, an historian and author of the popular daily newsletter Letters From An American. In her compelling new book, Democracy Awakening, she explains how America, once a beacon of democracy, now teeters on the brink of autocracy—how we got here and how we can turn back.

Join the livestream on Tuesday, October 17 at 7 pm. In-person tickets at Lars Hockstad are sold out but NWS still has a number of virtual tickets available. To be put on the in-person waiting list, please email

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Stuff We Love: The Intersection of Art, Culture, and History

The Jordan River Arts Council (JRAC) of East Jordan is known for its locally-focused exhibits, workshops, and annual Holiday Gift Market (mark your calendars for Nov. 12!). But before the holiday season is upon us, they’re presenting an Indigenous Art and Culture exhibit, which runs through Nov. 4 and features contemporary Indigenous artistic traditions by Jamie John, Randy Endicott, Gary Andress, Yvonne Moore, Zoey Wood-Salomon, Kelly Lynch, Richard Keller, Stella Kay, Robin Peters, and more. This is not simply an opportunity to experience these works of art—each week, JRAC is also hosting events with artists, musicians, and storytellers. Sunday, Oct. 15, Beatrice Manase Kwe Jackson will offer her telling of the Creation Story. Saturday, Oct. 21, historian Minnie Wabanimke will share the history of the quill box. And Saturday, Oct. 28, a beading workshop will be offered by Yvonne Moore. The exhibit is open daily from 1pm to 4pm at 301 Main Street in East Jordan. Get more details at

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Abraham, a busy fellow, is credited with creating the foundations of all three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Judaism came first, almost two millennia before Christ arrived and longer still before Mohammad.

It didn’t take long for the multitheists, pagans, and others to take a dislike to Jews for practicing a peculiar form of religion with but a single god. Anti-Judaism started early and never stopped. The history of the bigotry is so long and rich we’ll have to skip much just to contain it in a single column. It continues unabated today.

By about 1000 BCE, Jews were already the target of widespread discrimination because they refused to adopt the religious practices of tribal leaders. Shunned and threatened, they began isolating themselves. Fast-forward 1,000 years, and the first Christians were assumed to be just another Jewish sect, of which there were many at the time.

In fact, according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia, it was early Christians who solidified initial hatred of Jews, who had settled in what today is Israel, by blaming them for the crucifixion of Jesus. The Romans reclaimed Jerusalem in 70 CE and destroyed the Second Temple, and the resulting Jewish diaspora was punishment for their failure to accept Christianity.

(It’s a little odd for the Christians to create so much strife since the man after whom their religion is named was, in fact, Jewish. Jesus was born a Jew, lived as a Jew, died as a Jew, worshiped in what we would now call a synagogue, celebrated Jewish holidays and festivals, and preached from Jewish texts, and all his friends, neighbors, relatives, and disciples were Jewish.)

Skip ahead to 1095 CE, and things weren’t getting much better. Pope Urban II organized what came to be known as the Crusades, ostensibly to “free” those in the Middle East from Islam. But the Crusaders weren’t especially discriminating, and Jews were raped and murdered, their homes looted in what was recognized as the first pogrom, an organized massacre of a particular ethnic or religious group.

In the Middle Ages, Jews were blamed for poisoning wells and intentionally spreading the plague that wiped out a third of Europe. Never mind that Jewish people were equally impacted by the plague and died at the same rate as everybody else. Haters eagerly willing to believe the lies in Germany and Austria accused about 100,000 Jews of spreading disease and burned them alive.

It wasn’t going to get much better. In the 16th century, Martin Luther, father of the reformation that created Protestantism, wrote a pamphlet that overtly advocated

killing all Jews. It was reprinted and distributed by the Nazis in 1935 and marked a change from anti-Judaism based on the failure to accept and adopt Christianity to antisemitism, the hatred of Jews as a race.

All of it ultimately gave us the Holocaust, a genocidal horror show that nearly eliminated an entire religion and ethnicity while regurgitating all the old, ignorant tropes about the Jewish people: they’re dirty, they steal, they cause disease, they’re usurers, they’re controlling and conniving, and on and on.

Today, we have public figures and politicians spewing the same ugly nonsense with predictable results.

In May of 2023 during a concert in Berlin, Roger Waters, a founding member of the progressive rock group Pink Floyd, compared Israel to Nazi Germany and paraded on stage in a Nazi-style uniform. In an October 2022 webinar, he insisted that Israel “should join the human race,” perpetuating an old lie perfected by the Nazis that Jews weren’t even human. More than a decade earlier, Waters was an advocate of the BDS movement, an effort to boycott Israel and their products, divest any stock holdings from their companies, and sanction their government and leaders.

Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle have ongoing issues with antisemitism. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, a Republican election-denier who fancies Qanon conspiracy theories, used his own newsletter to promote a link to USSA News and their notorious antisemitic nonsense about Jewish takeovers of industries and entire countries. Their motto is “don’t let this happen to our country.” Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, has had to explain multiple comments she has made about Israel and the Israeli government. Antisemitism seems to be equal opportunity bigotry.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. Former President Donald Trump chose to dine with antisemitic rapper Kanye West, who once professed his admiration for Adolph Hitler, and self-avowed white supremacist Nick Fuentes who has said “Jews have no future in America.”

Ignorant hatred at this level matters. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports 2022 saw the highest incidence of antisemitic behavior and violence since they began keeping records, with vandalism of Jewish institutions up 51 percent and physical assaults against Jewish people up 36 percent, both increases from records set in 2021.

Hatred spewed for 4,000 years based on ignorance and lies, the oldest bigotry, is still out there now.

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We kept a close eye on each other.

A pair of mourning doves built a nest on a corner ledge on our front porch. It was the second time this summer. The first nest ended in tragedy when the nest was attacked by grackles and destroyed along with two newborn doves.

So when the second nest was built on the opposite ledge, 10 feet or so from our dining room table, we watched with anxious anticipation. The parents went through their routine, emitting their signature cooing sounds while they built their new nest from hastily gathered twigs. The doves watched us with a wary eye, trying to guard their creation from all potential predators.

I admit to becoming fascinated, if not a little obsessed, with the two birds. Why were they called mourning doves?

According to a Huron legend, a maiden named Iohara (or Ayu’ra) cared for a dove and the bird loved her. When Iohara died and went to the Underworld, the doves followed her but were not allowed to enter. According to the legend, doves have been in mourning ever since, hence the name. Most people however, believe mourning doves were named after their distinctive cooing calls that have a mournful sound.

Our excitement grew with each passing day. We watched as the adults, mates for life, made a loud whistling noise as they flew back and forth while constructing a nest of twigs and grass. The two eggs became two baby doves, or squabs, and the race was on. Could they survive for two weeks until they were ready to go off on their own? Could we stop the grackles from returning?

Things progressed quickly. The doves were exemplary co-parents as they gathered seeds and fed their offspring. The babies grew quickly and soon were flapping long wings of their own as they stood in the nest. How all of them were able to coexist in the cramped nest balanced on the ledge was beyond me.

I knew they could leave the nest at any moment, and I hoped I would be in the dining room to watch them lift off. My only regret was not having installed a motion activated camera to record their take off.

One morning it happened; they were gone. We didn’t witness their departure, but we were happy for them. We were grateful that we didn’t see any sign of grackles or a torn nest spewed on the porch floor.

Sadly, our happiness turned out to be short lived. It was Katherine who discovered the dove lying on the alley road the next day. The young dove was

dead. What compounded our grief was when Katherine saw the mother grab at her baby and attempt to move it, trying to do anything to make it wake up, to make it fly again.

So maybe it wasn’t a grackle after all. Maybe it was one of the neighborhood cats, or maybe the grille of an oncoming car. In the end, how matters much less than what. We were sad and began to wonder how the mother felt. She obviously had a response to her dead baby, but did she have any feelings about it? Was she mourning?

Do non-human animals have feelings or is it simply something that we project upon them? It’s a subject that has been controversial for some time, although more scientists believe that animals do have feelings. According to an article published in Scientific American “… humans and animals are fundamentally similar…in their responses to painful and pleasurable stimuli.”

For example, it has been reported that feelings of optimism and pessimism occur in a variety of species such as rats, dogs, chicks, and starlings. Mothers of domestic hens have been observed to be affected by the distressed state of their chicks.

What about empathy, or the ability to understand and share the feelings of others? Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that a neural process in the ability of humans to feel empathy was in fact first developed in our animal ancestors. Basically, when we see another person in pain, it often causes us to share that feeling and leads to efforts to console them. When people fail to show empathy for others, it’s typically a sign that they are simply too full of themselves. Interestingly, consolation responses can be seen in animals such as dogs, elephants, and primates.

There are several examples that have led scientists to believe that animals mourn. Elephants have been observed grieving the loss of their herd members. The primatologist Jane Goodall witnessed a young chimpanzee stop eating and become lethargic upon the death of its mother. Dolphins and whales will often attend to a dead member of the pod. Mothers of baby chimpanzees and gorillas have been witnessed carrying their babies several days after the baby has died.

No one can say exactly what animals feel, just as I can’t say for sure how the mourning dove felt that day. But more and more evidence seems to indicate that animals do have feelings.

How does that make you feel?

Greg Holmes lives and writes in Traverse City.

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Low-Speed Chase

Los Angeles Police Department cruisers were dispatched in pursuit of a fleeing suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon on the evening of Sept. 24, but rather than the typical high-speed chase through bustling L.A. streets, officers found themselves following a shirtless and shoeless man in a stolen golf cart, with a dog on his lap. KCAL News reported that the low-speed chase began around 9:10 p.m. and went on for much longer than expected, due to the ineffectiveness of spike strips the police laid out in several failed attempts to slow the suspect down. The chase topped out around 19 mph before the suspect pulled into a parking lot around 9:45 p.m. and abandoned the cart, though he continued to carry the pooch. In short order, the barefoot suspect dropped the dog and was detained by police. The man was treated for unknown injuries; his unwitting canine accomplice was returned unharmed to the suspect's family.

Choking Hazard

Everyone knows the dangers associated with texting while driving, but a man in Henderson, Kentucky, recently served as a reminder that eating while driving can be hazardous as well. WLKY News in Louisville reported that the unnamed driver pulled out of a McDonald's drive-thru after receiving his order and almost immediately began choking on a french fry. The passenger in the car attempted to offer assistance, but the driver lost consciousness and the car crashed into an Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The passenger and driver were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. As for the risks of eating on the run, witness Patricia Grossman told WLKY, "I do it, and I'm sure a lot of people do. It's not something I've ever thought about, but now will definitely think about it more."

Sign of the Times

An electronic construction sign in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas, offered the opposite of helpful advice to passersby when it was hacked on Sept. 25, reported KTRK-TV. "Due to weather," the first message, was harmless enough, but it was followed immediately by "Go ---- yourself." A city inspector was able to turn the sign off; representatives for Houston Public Works said their department does not operate the sign, and city officials have been unable to find the sign's owner.

Let It Go

If you're dealing in illegal drugs, it seems likely that cops are the last people you would want to see. But Eric Thomas, 33, actually called for police assistance on Sept. 22 in Largo, Florida -- where, mind you, it is illegal to possess marijuana with intent to sell. When officers arrived, Thomas "stated he was selling marijuana, and someone stole $10 from him while (he was) attempting to sell it." The Smoking Gun reported that the cops were inclined to believe Thomas' story, because he was holding 11 baggies of marijuana, totaling 40 grams, as he told it. Thomas, who has been convicted of marijuana, cocaine and battery counts in the last year, was charged with two drug felonies and booked to the county jail. The thief who stole Thomas' $10 apparently remains at large.

Next Time, Borrow a Dollar Tacos are arguably the most delicious and convenient fast-food item in existence,

but stealing one at gunpoint is, and always will be, a crime. On Sept. 8, Antonio Murray Jr., 19, approached an employee at Lilly's Panaderia in St. Louis, Missouri, pointed a gun and demanded the taco the employee was in the process of making. The employee handed over the taco, and Murray left without paying. KSDK-5 reported that police located Murray nearby, and that when confronted, he informed them he was carrying a BB gun in his waistband. Murray admitted to the incident and has been charged with one count of first-degree robbery.

Later, Gator

Take me out to the ballgame, but leave your alligator at home. The AP reported that Philadelphia Phillies fan Joie Henney of Jonestown, Pennsylvania, was turned away from Citizens Bank Park on Sept. 27 when he tried to enter with WallyGator, his emotional support alligator. Henney has owned WallyGator for several years -- legally, it should be noted -- and the reptile really is certified as a support animal. Henney has taken his leathery friend to schools and camps for educational presentations, according to a 2022 Washington Post story about the gator. He even visits a local nursing home in his red "support animal" vest. But the Phillies game seems to have been a bridge too far. The stadium's policy on support animals states, "Guide dogs, service animals, or service animals in training are welcome. All other animals are prohibited." Sorry, Wally. We'll save you some peanuts and Cracker Jack.

99 Bottles of Rum in the Wall ...

Calling Capt. Jack Sparrow, and all other rum-loving scallywags: If you ever give up on a life at sea, this might be the place for you. MSN reported that Cathy and Roy Aukamp were still settling into their newly purchased New Jersey house when a massive rainstorm hit, flooding the finished basement. When the couple began removing the damaged sheetrock, another flood began: this time, of empty Captain Morgan rum bottles. In a viral video of the discovery, Roy scoops up dozens of the bottles while Cathy is heard laughing and saying, "Thirsty? It's 5 o'clock somewhere!" Interestingly, the previous homeowner saw the clip and got in touch with the Aukamps. "The person who did it ... said there are hundreds more" bottles in the walls, Cathy said. "But also that he is now three years sober."

Unexpected Diversion

Flamingos have landed in Wisconsin -the first recorded sighting in state history, according to WISN-ABC. Five of the tropical birds were recently spotted on Lake Michigan, understandably drawing the attention of hundreds of people in the decidedly untropical region. Jerry Lorenz, Ph.D., an expert with Audubon Florida, speculated that the flamingos were flying between Cuba and the Yucatan, but were diverted by Hurricane Idalia in late August. (Another theory: They're Packers fans.) Lorenz encouraged the locals to "enjoy their presence" but give the flamingos plenty of space: "These birds are stressed right now. They just went through a terrible ordeal, no matter how you look at it." Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources said there are currently no rescue plans in the works, and that the flamingos' instincts would prompt them to head south again when temperatures drop.

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Playing a New Tune

Traverse Symphony Orchestra takes on new home, ensembles, and education program in its 71st year

It’s a season of change for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

First and foremost, the organization will soon be moving from Radio Centre in downtown TC to the former Kmart building at the Cherryland Center, leasing space from the Traverse City Curling Club. “It is super cool to be using existing repurposed space,” says Maestro Kevin Rhodes, the orchestra’s music director and conductor. The hope is the move will be sometime in spring of next year, depending on how construction goes.

That is where TSO will be launching its new Community Music School, serving students of all ages with a variety of musical classes and programming. TSO will also be creating new musical organizations alongside the symphony and the Traverse Symphony Jazz Orchestra, including a Youth Orchestra and Senior Band. On top of that, it has absorbed the Encore Symphonic Winds as another facet of the organization.

With all that newness, it’s important to remember this is an organization that has been a cornerstone of community culture for 70-some years.

“What’s great is we’re in our 71st year. That’s something, particularly in a small town, a small community,” says Rhodes.

Hitting the

High Notes

It’s no small feat for musical titans like the New York Philharmonic or Boston Symphony to thrive across the decades, as those are longstanding musical institutions

in densely-populated urban centers. By contrast, the TSO is a regional orchestra far from a large population center.

What the region does offer is a rich cultural scene, which has drawn musicians of all stripes. The influence of Interlochen Center for the Arts is obvious, with many of the orchestra’s members working there, while others boast music-related positions as faculty and staff members from nearby schools and Northwestern Michigan College. Some members of the orchestra travel from

19th anniversary season as music director with the TSO, as well as the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts, and his 10th season as principal conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston. He remains active in Europe as well, with ongoing relationships with the Opera Houses of Vienna, Milan, and Oslo.

“I started leading when I was 14 and was conducting at 16. It’s what I do, totally a part of my being,” says Rhodes. He believes the varied aspects of his career keep him fresh. “By the

With all that newness, it’s important to remember this is an organization that has been a cornerstone of community culture for 70-some years. “What’s great is we’re in our 71st year. That’s something, particularly in a small town, a small community,” says Rhodes.

Midland, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor to perform.

It adds up to an ensemble with professionalism and polish beyond what one might expect in a town the size of Traverse City. That reputation extends far beyond this area. “Guest soloists have played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra—they’re astounded when they step on stage for the first rehearsal,” Rhodes says.

This season Rhodes is celebrating his

time I come back in October, I will have done three projects with different orchestras.”



Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why TSO has stood the test of time, and why they continue to expand and innovate as the years go by.

Take, for example, the Traverse Symphony Jazz Orchestra, which was formed in 2021. It was created to broaden the reach of the TSO, to serve audiences

who may have been unaccustomed to a full symphony concert, but who still appreciated live professional music performance. This new ensemble enabled TSO to hold concerts on the smaller City Opera House stage and to create a Saturday evening concert experience in the heart of downtown.

The idea for a symphony orchestra is typically to play the music of the masters: Mahler, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, etc. Rhodes wanted to expand on that with the TSJO to include masters such as Ellington, Basie, and the like.

“The idea for this group goes way back for me to when I was in college and we [then-girlfriend, now wife, Jane] would have movie nights with friends from the theater department and watch old Hollywood musicals. And often those movies would feature Harry James and his band, Xavier Cugat and his band, Glen Miller, et cetera. So I always thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to have a group like that?’”

When the world began to reopen amidst the lingering shadow of the pandemic, Rhodes revisited that idea. It made sense at the time to extend and expand TSO’s offerings, as most orchestras have a pops season, in which they play music derived from sources outside the classical canon, such as pop, rock, Broadway, and movies. TSO does not, in large part due to the fact it doesn’t have a home venue, relying primarily on Corson Auditorium at Interlochen. But Corson serves the school and camp with student and professional presentations, limiting its availability.

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“We can only get the Corson Auditorium a very limited number of times in the year, which we want to save for our classical concerts. It is very difficult and sound-wise onstage—not so ideal—to work in the other main auditorium, Lars Hockstad, and only about 35 musicians fit on the City Opera House stage,” Rhodes says.

Such a new musical aggregation would also be the perfect vehicle for a collaboration with jazz legend Bob James, who Rhodes had come to know and who had performed with the TSO and with the Tokyo Philharmonic under Rhodes as part of the Tokyo Jazz Festival.

The group debuted in 2021, but Rhodes didn’t stop there.

“When putting our initial programs together, i.e., the pieces we would actually play, I was heavily inspired by the Las Vegas showroom heyday of The Rat Pack, the era from Sinatra to Buddy Rich,” says Rhodes. “So it was clear I wanted singers.”

Thus the Traverse Symphony Jazz Singers came to be alongside the TSJO. “I needed people I know I could work with quickly— we have only two rehearsals for those concerts—and easily,” Rhodes explains. “So that was always part of the idea to have a group of singers who could be with us when the occasion merited, without having to start from scratch each time.”

Connecting with the Community

Each of the new initiatives of the TSO— the TSJO, the Maestro Recital series, the Summer Pops concerts, and the upcoming Community Music School—have been developed to provide new, accessible music

opportunities for the community.

Including the Traverse Symphony Jazz Orchestra and Singers and the amateur Encore Symphonic Winds—as well as the upcoming Youth Orchestra and Senior Band—under the TSO umbrella has the potential to not only expand the TSO audience, but also to engender greater enthusiasm for music and the arts in general.

“A lot of our audience has a background in orchestra, choir, etc. That’s reawakened their interest,” Rhodes says.

He adds that’s particularly important given the decline in music programs in schools. “We need to deal with this in the industry,” he says. He sees the TSO Community Music School facility as an important way to bridge those gaps, as it will serve both youngsters and adults.

Preserving the Classics

Despite all of its new endeavors, this is still a musical organization built on a foundation of music from decades—even centuries—gone by. Bach, Brahms and Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and others from classical music’s celebrated past still make up the bulk of the concert programs.

Likewise, for years, there have been stories written about the graying of audiences for classical music, but Rhodes isn’t buying the proposition that the audience is disappearing, or that the form itself is dying.

“By and large, people come to [classical music] at a more mature time of life,” he says. As opposed to rock or rap shows, where an energetic audience will stand and/or dance, he suggests it takes more patience and maturity to sit in an auditorium for two and

a half hours and appreciate the efforts of 60 or 70 musicians.

That said, he also sees the more youthful members of the audience enjoying themselves. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm from our younger side.”

Striking that balance between generations is important, that’s where the musical selection comes in. For Rhodes, it’s always about choosing music that will interest the musicians, including any guest performers, and the audience as well. There’s also an educational aspect for both the members of the orchestra and the audience, and Rhodes says he often ties shows together thematically; this year’s programs are primarily geared toward German and Austrian composers.

Though there are still nine shows left in the current season, Rhodes is already working on programming for the 2024-25 season. “I have most of it laid out by January for (shows beginning in) September,” he says.

On the Program

The Oct. 24 TSO concert will feature violinist Yevgeny Kutik performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and his “Violin Concerto.” Rhodes says they are two of the composer’s greatest achievements, describing the symphony as ebullient and one of his sunniest and lightest works. The violin concerto is likewise described as graceful and lyrical, and will feature one of Rhodes’s favorite collaborators.

“Yevgeny and I first met when he was very, very young and I have worked with him regularly for well over 10 years. He’s matured into a masterful artist with whom I can’t wait

to play this work,” says Rhodes.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Kutik came to the U.S. with his family at the age of five. His 2014 album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures, features music he found in his family’s suitcase after emigrating from the Soviet Union in 1990. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart. He has released three other recordings and performed with orchestras across the country and internationally.

Other upcoming shows will feature pianist Spencer Myer performing Chopin and Debussy; cellist Julian Schwarz with music by Franck, Saint-Saëns, and Debussy; and Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty with the Interlochen Arts Academy Dancers and musicians, directed by Joseph Morrissey.

There are also two concerts featuring the jazz orchestra. “Home For The Holidays –Let It Swing!” will feature seasonal sounds with jazz, big band, swing, and Broadway, with a dollop of classical tunes. “Broadway Spectacular” will showcase songs from musicals on the Great White Way. Both will feature the Traverse Symphony Jazz Singers along with the TSJO.

Most of the TSO’s concerts are held at Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Exceptions include the November 11-12 shows with pianist Spencer Myer and the Feb. 17-18 shows with pianist Sara Davis Buechner, which will both be held at the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barn Park on the grounds of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The holiday shows will take place at Lars Hockstad Auditorium, and the “Broadway Spectacular” at the City Opera House.

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The Traverse Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 60-plus contracted core musicians in addition to TSO staff.

“Embrace discomfort, choose to do hard things, have a purpose.”

These folks taking on the next big adventure in their 60s

Ah yes, the golden years. That time when you qualify for an AARP membership and there’s nothing better to do than sit in the rocker on the front porch and sip lemonade while the days drift by. Or not.

These three adventurers certainly chose the “or not” route. Ginny Coulter started a new business, one close to the earth and close to her heart. Michael Brown got away from his construction business to criss-cross the country on a bicycle. And David Ball retired to spend more time paddling, including a 41-day sojourn on the Manistee River.


Ginny Coulter hails from Old Mission Peninsula pioneer stock dating back to 1855. She grew up on a farm across the road from where she now lives, having moved back to the area with her husband Lew after college.

A flower-lover from an early age, she opted for horticulture over floriculture at school, then took another turn and spent years in governmental positions, first on the planning commission for Peninsula Township and then working for Grand Traverse County.

“I was tied to a desk, and there was administration upheaval. My husband retired, and I decided that was a good time to move on,” Coulter says. “I left in June 2015.”

So then what? The couple grew cherries, but could there be more? Coulter started to dream. “We had this side yard we hadn’t done much with. It had been a pumpkin patch, then left fallow.”

And so, Old Mission Flowers was born.

Her husband tilled that fallow land, and Coulter decided to try growing some flowers. “One thing led to another,” she says, by which she may be referring to the fact she now has cosmos, sunflowers, statice, asters, glads, and zinnias growing every which way. Lupines, roses, and lilies. Snapdragons, daisies, and some 40 varieties of peonies. The list goes on and on.

Though the garden ties them to the area during the summer—it’s nearly a full-time job to keep all those flowers happy—Coulter says that’s fine with her. “We like it here in the summer. The kids come home and bring the grandkids.”

The self-serve cutting garden is open from dawn until dusk from Mother’s Day through Labor Day. Depending on the weather, the season may be earlier, or maybe later. Because they’d had the pumpkin patch, Coulter says they were used to having strangers on the property, which is why they went with the self-serve method. Like many of the fruit, veggie, and flower stands on the peninsula, guests are expected to pay on the honor system whether that’s by cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo.

From planning and buying seeds and bulbs in the winter, planting in the spring and fall, and weeding and watering in the summer, the garden is a year-round endeavor. “The work list for today includes tidying some beds and mulching the edges, cutting down the spent sunflowers and deadheading the bloomed out gladiolus,” Coulter tells us.

Coulter says she’s not looking to get rich selling flowers. “One of the beauties of starting a business at this point is our livelihood is not dependent on it. I always liked to grow plants, but didn’t have this vision necessarily.”

Visit during the flower season at 16550 Center Rd in Traverse City.


As the longtime president of Traverse City’s Burdco, Michael Brown has been in the construction industry for some 30 years. The company specializes in the design and construction of medical, senior living, and other specialty commercial buildings.

To get away from the busyness of the day-to-day, he took up biking, though he was unenthusiastic at first. “When I would see a touring bike, it made me wince,” Brown admits. A good friend who rode motorcycles, kayaked, and rode bikes, insisted he would like it. “I resisted initially,” Brown says with a laugh.

After finally giving in, he says he became more and more enamored with the sport and began longer rides. Eventually he set himself a challenge: to see if somebody in their 60s could ride for 50 or 60 miles a day, and do it day after day, eventually crossing the country. “Do you have the persistence and drive?” he asks rhetorically. “It was kind of fun.”

As he considered the concept, there was another thought in mind. “Then I was motivated to be an example for my grandkids: Embrace discomfort, choose to do hard things, have a purpose.”

Brown says once he decided to go for the cross-country adventure, he began longer rides as he prepared. “I’d leave work and train for it. It’s nice to have a goal in front of you.”

Then came what he called a test of concept ride, riding 65 miles every day for six days. He went from Traverse City to Ludington, took the ferry across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, then went up to and through the Upper Peninsula.

After passing that test, he set out on what he called the big kahuna: Riding from Washington to the U.P., which worked out to riding six days a week for six weeks, 65 miles a day. He was accompanied by a friend and had a support vehicle for the trip in August and September 2021. The next year his friend didn’t want to go, so he rode solo and selfsupported, pulling a small trailer, from Ludington to Buffalo.

This year, the finale of the cross-country trip saw Brown mostly solo and self-supported as he rode from Buffalo to Bar Harbor, Maine. “My brother met me at the New YorkVermont border,” he says.

The 68-year-old Brown says by the last 45 minutes of his daily grind, he couldn’t wait to get off the bike. But the next day he’d get up and do it again. “It was a great adventure,” Brown says. “The biggest thing I learned is there are so many kind, loving people.”

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Edwardsburg resident David Ball frequently visits the northland, as his wife Cara Lawson-Ball is an artist and shows at both Crooked Tree Arts Centers.

Much of the time he’s Up North, you can find him paddling on the rivers. (His favorite is the Manistee River, though pretty much any of them will do.) He and a group of college friends gather each summer for a 10-day adventure on rivers from Michigan to Missouri, Wisconsin to West Virginia.

His love of the rushing water was such that not only would he canoe with his college buddies, he took pains to acquaint youngsters with outdoor activities. In his career as a social worker, he was able to secure grants to help kids experience the great outdoors. “That got me into the whole Outward Bound [type] experience. I started in the early ’90s for 15-20 years,” says Ball.

Ball later became a financial advisor, eventually retiring at age 68 in 2021.

“I wanted to do something as a gift to myself. My original goal was 90 days on the river,” Ball says. He decided that might be a little daunting, so he then set a goal of 30, “but that didn’t sound epic enough.” So he settled on 41.

The Manistee is surrounded by state land, providing both solitude and places to camp. This summer, he spent the days paddling his 16-foot Mad River Explorer canoe up and down the river, drinking filtered water directly from the Manistee, and spent the nights camping alongside the shore.

He was joined at various times by his wife, son, grandsons, and friends. Roughly half the time, however, Ball was by himself. He says the solo experience offered a sense of peace and connection to nature he’d never experienced, from the marsh marigolds blooming in early spring and the iris at the end of June, to the sound of birds singing, animals calling, and the wind whispering through the pines.

“What was most valuable was the quiet time in the woods just listening. I had a sense of contentedness … being grateful for my life,” he says.

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Three locals who give back in a big way

Ask anyone working at a nonprofit how they take such great care of their northern Michigan community, and they’ll tell you it’s their volunteers behind the scenes bringing it all together.

While hundreds of folks pitch in for local nonprofits each year, the backbone of these organizations is often a steady group of retirees who trade out their day jobs for volunteer work, like keeping trailhead markers clean and visible or stacking afterschool snacks for kids in need or providing access to arts and culture programs. We caught up with the Little Traverse Conservancy, Manna Food Project, and Great Lakes Center for the Arts to hear about the superstar volunteers who are using their retirement to give back in big ways.

“You can sit around without even realizing it,” says Stan Royalty of retirement and why he got involved with Little Traverse Conservancy three years ago. Since then, he has signed up several times each month to complete tasks as a “Land Steward” for the organization, a role that feeds his lifelong love of nature and being in the great outdoors.

The nonprofit protects and preserves accessible land and scenic areas across northern lower Michigan and maintains recreational spaces for hunting, fishing, biking, and hiking. Throughout the year, volunteers like Royalty receive training and conservation education from Little Traverse Conservancy’s staff to keep fresh on native plants and ecosystems. “They’re really the greatest organization you’d ever want to get involved with,” says Royalty, who often volunteers alongside his wife, Karen.

While Karen counts jaunts across boardwalks and uphill climbs as a bonus outdoor workout, Royalty says he’s more the type to meander “and look at everything and stop to wonder, ‘What kind of plant is this?’”

The outdoorsman gets to do his fair share of plant identification while cutting back brush from trails, trimming grass, and pulling up honeysuckle (an invasive species!). For bigger undertakings, volunteers band together to complete all-hands-on-deck projects like fence building, which Royalty recently participated in.

Once in a while, Royalty even gets to post up with trail cams to observe the comings and goings of the preservation’s wild residents. It’s something he finds far more entertaining and rewarding than vegging out on daytime reruns in retirement.

Digging his boots into the mud (and sometimes snow, as Royalty volunteers year-round) may be a rugged effort to some. But as Royalty sees it, protecting the natural resources in an area that’s reliant on nature both economically and recreationally is a way of caring for his local community. It’s also an opportunity to stay curious. “You feel like you should pay them to be able to do what you’re doing,” he concludes.

Petersen Decker: Nourishing Hearts and Souls

For the last eight years, Petersen Decker’s happy place has been between shelves of canned soup and trail mix. Though he’s based in southern Michigan, he and his wife, Marguerite, travel several times a year to Harbor Springs. When they arrive, checking in to Manna Food Project— where they’re two of over 250 volunteers—is at the top of their agenda.

The food pantry (a partner organization of Feeding America Food Bank Network) works to eliminate hunger throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties. It’s a cause near to Decker’s heart. As a retired military veteran whose service included tours worldwide, he saw first-hand the toll of hunger on children and families.

“It’s one thing to talk about people who are needy, people who are starving, children who are starving,” says Decker. “It’s another thing to witness it, to see it.”

With deliveries of up to 42,000 pounds of farmfresh fruits and veggies, gallons of milk, boxes of cereal, macaroni, and more arriving at the Manna Food Project warehouse every other week, Decker is often tasked with unpacking and stacking groceries for dispersion to the organization’s local clients and partner food pantries.

Decker also stuffs backpacks for the Food 4 Kids program, which provides backpacks filled with weekend meal supplies to local students participating in free or subsidized school meals. Decker points out that the need is so great within the tri-county area that families dealing with food insecurity used to walk miles to reach a food pantry. Now, he says, the organization’s mobile food pantry project brings food to many of these clients, easing their burden while increasing accessibility to resources.

Next time Decker is Up North, he’s hoping to sign up for these delivery duties. “Wherever the military sent me, we always worked to help the community. Now I’m able to continue that in this community through Manna Food Project,” says Decker. “It’s the most rewarding thing that I, and others with the organization, could imagine. It means the world to me.”

Midge Stewart and Gary Douglas: Volunteering as a Second Act Gary Douglas is a self-described extrovert. It’s something that’s suited him well in his volunteer role as an usher for Great Lakes Center for The Arts, where he greets and directs guests to their bay-blue seats before joining his wife, Midge Stewart, to enjoy the show.

Throughout the box office season, the theater hosts bigname musical guests, writer discussions, and live theatrical performances in a state-of-the-art, 525-seat theater. It’s a dream come true for Douglas, who grew up loving theater and live music.

Even before retirement, Stewart always enjoyed and sought out volunteer work. After the couple moved to the Harbor Springs area a few years ago, a friend steered the duo to volunteer at GLCFA in their retirement. Since then, they’ve attended well over two dozen events. “Every show is a different experience, every audience is a different crowd,” says Stewart who is often found front of the house, greeting and scanning tickets.

Though getting to stay for the performances is a huge perk, Douglas says his favorite moments are ones interacting with the audience before the lights go down or when they come back up.

At a recent show, he observed a couple reluctantly navigating toward their seats rows apart. They’d accidentally purchased tickets that would separate them for the entirety of the performance, something Douglas knew would sour what was supposed to be a memorable shared experience. Just as the lights were about to go down, Douglas pulled the forlorn pair to the side and told them he’d be right back.

After hurrying to the box office manager to explain the situation, Douglas returned to the couple with two box tickets that were a major upgrade from their original seats, and, best of all, right next to each other. “I sat them together in a box, and they were thrilled,” says Gary. “That was a really good day.”

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Stan Royalty: Preserving Paradise Stan Royalty (R) and Little Traverse Conservancy volunteer Pat Alguire (L) installing birdhouses at Waldron Fen Nature Preserve. Petersen Decker stocking shelves at Manna Food Project. Gary Douglas and Midge Stewart with their family after their granddaughter's performance at GLCFA.


Five homes that have stood the test of time for 145+ years

301 River Street, Elk Rapids

171 years old


northern Michigan have

reveal, and there are battalions of local historians and amateur sleuths working to unearth their tales, chapter by chapter.

Fueled by curiosity and a quest for knowledge, these folks pour over aging documents, searching for evidence to these structures’ humble beginnings. Tax records, building permits, interviews, personal documents, news reports, and aging photos are a few ways to mine the history of a dwelling.

Their work has led us here, to finding five of the oldest houses across the North.

Sitting on the main road through downtown Elk Rapids, this home holds the title of the oldest domestic dwelling in the village and the oldest on our list. It dates back to 1852 with a number of additions, mostly added in the 1920s. The saltbox-type structure features a large rear lean-to, and unlike many of its dolled-up Victorian neighbors, the domicile features no sweeping porches, magnificent millwork, or other pastry-like embellishments.

Three hints place this home in the 1850s, the village’s gritty lumber and iron works era, according to Nancy Baker, a volunteer with the Elk Rapids Historical Society. First, the simple design and its irregular window positions indicate a pre-classical influence. Secondly, there’s an 1881 title to Mr. A. Dunning. A news article about the transaction said “Mr. Dunning, who recently purchased the house on River Street formerly owned by S. B. Spencer, is grading and improving the looks of the lot.” This suggests an earlier construction date than 1881.

The final suggestion of an 1850s origin is a quirk of the property. The lot is nonconforming and extends five feet into the public right of way. As a later correction, five feet were shaved off the lot and granted to the next parcel. This pattern of correction occurs in a domino effect for the entire block, indicating that this structure predates the original village plat of 1852.

403 Mason Street, Charlevoix

155 years old

Built in 1868, this unassuming vintage home served as the community’s “Second School” for the first five years of its existence. It replaced Charlevoix’s original school, a rustic log affair that badly needed updating, to properly serve the youngsters of the region.

“The building stood at a site near the present entrance to Oleson’s,” according to Charlevoix II, written by noted local historian/author David Miles. “At the end of its tenure it was moved to 403 Mason.” Today, it’s a private residence on a quiet street.

Another venerable structure from that era (circa 1870) sits at 103 Park Street, where Smoke on the Water has been serving tasty breakfasts and tangy BBQ lunches since 2014. It was originally a residence, but now is a landmark eatery for locals and visitors alike.

413 Washington Street, Traverse City

165 years old

Traverse City’s oldest home is a modest one-story bungalow, according to local historian Larry Wakefield, who described the house in his book The Way It Was, published in 2006 by Arbutus Press.

It was built in 1858 by Morgan Bates, who established the first newspaper in TC, The Grand Traverse Herald. At that time, the 400 block of Washington was still in the woods, some distance from the tiny village. In addition to his newspaper career, Bates was very active in politics and served as county treasurer. In 1868 he was elected lieutenant governor of Michigan and served from 1869-1873 under Governor Henry Baldwin.

Bates sold the home to his favorite nephew, Thomas Bates, who moved in with his bride, Martha Cram, on their wedding day, May 5, 1867. Thomas Bates built the first sidewalk in town, a wooden boardwalk that ran from his house to the Park Place Hotel.

Originally only three rooms, the house now features 10 rooms, according to Wakefield.

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517 First Street, Manistee

162 years old

This is Manistee’s finest remaining Greek Revival home, built in the early 1860s by D.L. Filer. Filer was one of the pioneer residents of Manistee who served the town as a doctor and lawyer prior to 1860. In 1863, Filer sold the house to William Moore, who built the addition on the rear of the home.

In October 1871, the Great Michigan Fire destroyed a sizable portion of the city, but luckily, this unique home survived. At the time, the house was owned by Horace Green, and during a visit by his brother and pregnant sister-in-law, a baby boy, Fred, was born. Fred Green would grow up to become the 32nd Governor of Michigan.

The house was later owned by Edward Buckley, who later went on, like Filer, to become a prosperous lumberman. Today, a small historical plaque sits outside the home, which is a private residence.

519 Kalamazoo Street & 613 Mitchell Street, Petoskey

146 years old

There’s an ongoing debate over which of these homes might be the oldest in town. Both date to 1877, according to Jane Garver, executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Museum. The home on Kalamazoo was built by attorney, judge, and village president John G. Hill, while the other was constructed under the guidance of another attorney, Charles J. Pailthorp. Both are now private residences.

“We have several others that we haven’t completely ruled out yet, but these two seem to be our top contenders,” said Garver. Anecdotes that help date these historic houses include a news article in May 1878 that says “J.G. Hill moved to his new home [on Kalamazoo] today.”

An obituary of Hill notes that “In 1875 he, with his wife and family, came to Petoskey, and for many years they have made their home in the house at the corner of Kalamazoo Avenue and Hill Street, where Mr. Hill had one of the prettiest places and best cared for orchards and small fruit places within the city limits.”

Pailthorp also served Petoskey as its village president and was 100 years old when he died in 1948. A scrapbook compiled by Pailthorp's daughter features a handmade drawing of the Mitchell Street house and notes that “Father built our first house in 1877.”

“We aren’t sure, actually, which one was finished first,” notes Garver. “They were both built beginning in 1877. Many people say the Kalamazoo Street house is the oldest, but I suspect maybe it is the Mitchell Street house. Both families owned so much property that it isn’t easy to trace. We’re still researching here!”

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A look back (and forward) for this Glen Arbor tradition

Chances are, if you spend any time exploring the Leelanau Peninsula, you’re going to end up eating at least one meal at Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor.

This welcoming throwback to another era stands proudly on M-22 in the heart of Glen Arbor, welcoming tourists and locals alike, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost every day of the year. Staples like burgers and tater tots and a rotating selection of Michigan craft beer and other ales keep customers coming back.

But it’s more than that. Art’s Tavern is a big personality in a small resort town. It’s also an anomaly—cash or check only—in an era of Apple Pay and Google Pay. The dining room looks pretty much as it always has (there have been no additions to accommodate more guests, despite demand): college sports pennants blanket the ceiling, old photos line the walls, and a streamlined jukebox awaits to play your favorite tunes.

Nine Decades in Northern Michigan Art’s Tavern has been serving meals for generations. Next year, the beloved landmark will mark its 90th anniversary. That’s quite an accomplishment in the restaurant business, an industry known for slim profit margins,

transient staff, and other challenges (and that doesn’t even include the hassles of the pandemic).

Technically, Art’s Tavern began its decades-long run not as Art’s but as The Blue Goose Saloon, founded by Frank Sheridan and opened in the 1920s. Unfortunately, Sheridan died in an accidental electrocution in 1934, and his son, Art Sheridan, inherited the business. He renamed the saloon after himself: Art’s Tavern. Another tragedy occurred in 1950 when an electrical fire destroyed the business. By spring of the following year, a flat-topped brick and concrete structure was completed, and Art’s Tavern has remained in that space ever since.

The official opening of Art’s Tavern in 1934 predates many of the big draws that bring people from all over to the region. Leelanau’s first commercial winery didn’t open until decades later. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore wasn’t established as a national park until 1970. The Homestead, a destination resort, didn’t open to the public until the late ’70s. Cherry Republic established roots in Glen Arbor in the 1990s.

“Art’s has been at the corner of Lake Street and M22 for a long time,” says Bonnie Nescot, who, along with her husband, Tim Barr, are the current proprietors, the third owners since Prohibition. “Many people

enjoy coming back and seeing that Art’s is still there. For a lot of people that have property in the area, gathering at Art’s has become a family tradition, something going back generations.”

Ownership has changed only a few times over the decades. Art died in 1970 and his

widow, Mary, ran the business until 1986 when she sold the business to the Wiesen family. Tim Barr and Bonnie Nescot purchased Art’s Tavern in 2000, and they’ve been running the business ever since. Barr had worked for the Wiesens at Art’s; Nescot had worked in accounting in the oil and gas industry.

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Step into Art’s Tavern and you’ll likely see Tim sitting with regulars at the bar or chatting with visitors. As you might guess, he’s frequently mistaken for the restaurant’s namesake, to which he’ll reply: “I’m not Art.” Nescot handles the books and everything office-related.

The duo have implemented some updates over the years. They purchased the gas station next door to put in a new wastewater system, and the building became a store for Art’s merchandise, including T-shirts, hats, and hoodies, as well as homemade food products like Tim Barr’s Best Damn Jam and Tim Barr’s Tavern Mustard, locally sourced and produced. They also created outdoor dining (formerly the right of way for gas delivery trucks).

Inside the restaurant, the couple has replaced the bar, booths, the floor, windows, and the kitchen hood. “We worked hard

at making sure anything we replaced was similar in look to what was being replaced,” Nescot says.

Some Things Never—or Rarely—Change

There have been menu additions too. Art’s served only burgers and fries when Barr and Nescot took over more than two decades ago. Today’s menu includes breakfast staples, everything from eggs to pancakes, and a variety of sandwiches, salads, and entrees like parmesan crusted whitefish and European perch. Dessert options include Art’s chocolate chip cookies and Moomers vanilla ice cream.

But what has continued to make Art’s Tavern relevant in an ever-changing and growing tourism town has been consistency. Beloved menu items—burgers, tater tots, chicken jalapeño soup, grilled cheese, chili,

and mac and cheese—endure and remain as popular as ever. Art’s has also continued the tradition of 2-for-1 burgers on Mondays through the winter months, much to the delight of locals.

Just as those favorite dishes remain, the restaurant’s hours have remained largely consistent throughout the year, while many other businesses have limited days of operation since the pandemic due to staffing and other issues. And while seasonal businesses in Leelanau County’s resort towns close during the winter, Art’s keeps the lights on and the grill going.

“We say open consistent hours seven days a week most of the year, only closing for maintenance and a few of the holidays,” Nescot says.

Still, some changes have had to be made. Hours have been reduced, and the menu was

redeveloped to feature a smaller selection of offerings than in the past, with a “focus on what we do best,” Nescot says.

“We have stayed with our core menu offering of fresh ground burgers,” Nescot tells us. “The pandemic taught us how to pivot much more quickly to changes in supply, which, at times, has caused frequent menu changes.”

As Art’s Tavern embarks on its 90th year, Barr and Nescot remain enthusiastic about running the beloved eatery and welcoming old and new generations.

“The diversity of our visitors and the experienced, top-notch staff keep things interesting at Art’s,” Nescot says. “There are always new stories to share.”

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Democracy Is a Participation Sport

And author Heather Cox Richardson’s latest work is the playbook

When asked why she is optimistic about the future of American democracy, Heather Cox Richardson says the answer—for her, at least—is a simple one.

“I believe in the concept of human selfdetermination, and I believe that democracy is the form of government most likely to bring that to life. It helps that I also believe most people are good and will choose to have control over their own destiny before they will hand that power over to someone else.”

The professor of history at Boston College and author of several award-winning books will take the stage for a National Writers Series conversation at Lars Hockstad Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7pm. The topic for the evening? Our country’s democracy, and how understanding its past can help us accurately assess its present and actively preserve its future.

Democracy vs. Autocracy

In the years since the Founding Fathers gathered to write the Constitution, many of the principles enshrined in its text have served as a guiding beacon, a foundation for American ideals, and a blueprint for liberal democracies abroad.

But the Founders could never have anticipated many of the changes the U.S. would undergo in its comparatively youthful 247 years. The tumultuous upheavals of settler colonialism westward, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and so many other chapters stand out as America’s still-adolescent growing pains. And that’s to say nothing of the major changes and struggles of the last decade.

In Richardson’s new book, Democracy

Awakening: Notes on the State of America, she explains how much of America’s “one step forward, two steps back” malaise can be traced back to small groups of people, who, over time, have made war on American ideals, leading us down dangerous paths to authoritarianism. From one decade and century to the next, Richardson brings her penchant for clear and evocative storytelling to bear in providing historical context for why American democracy is in trouble.

“Democracy Awakening began as a series of essays designed to answer the questions people ask me every day: how did the parties switch sides, what is the Electoral College, what was the Southern Strategy, and so on,” Richardson explains. “Above all the theme was ‘how did we get here, where is here, and how do we get out?’”

But that was only the beginning of Richardson’s process. She says that after she had written an initial draft and let it sit for three or four months, she discovered the manuscript had a much larger theme. The new question she set out to answer was: Why do people in democracies vote to throw away their right to a say in their government in favor of autocracies?

“That story is about the way strongmen use language and history,” Richardson says. “So, while this book covers all of U.S. history in three different chunks, the overarching theme is one that is very dear to my heart in two different ways. It explores the fall and rise of democracies. It also examines the effect of image on reality.”

An Unhealthy Democracy

Is our democracy flailing, failing, or even falling? Most folks seem to think we’re somewhere in that spectrum. According to new data published in September 2023 by

Pew Research, only 4 percent of U.S. adults say the American political system is working extremely well or very well.

Similarly, just 16 percent say they trust the federal government always or most of the time. Meanwhile, 63 percent say they have “not too much confidence” or “no confidence at all” in the future of the U.S. political system, and 65 percent say they feel exhausted when thinking about politics.

Pew also reports that, for the first time since polling began in the 1980s, more Americans now hold an unfavorable opinion of the Supreme Court than a favorable one, and nearly three in 10 people express highly unfavorable views of both political parties. In fact, 86 percent of those polled strongly agreed with the following phrase: “Republicans and Democrats are more focused on fighting each other than on solving problems.”

Why are Americans expressing the most negative views of democracy since polling began? “Majorities say the political process is dominated by special interests, flooded with campaign cash, and mired in partisan warfare,” said the authors of Pew’s latest work. “Elected officials are widely viewed as self-serving and ineffective.”

Understanding how U.S. institutions earned this dismally negative view requires analyzing the American history that brought us to this point. That’s exactly what Richardson has set out to do with her book.

“In the short term, we have to grapple with the reality that one of our two major political parties has abandoned democracy. I don’t think most people have really processed that crisis yet,” Richardson says of the most urgent concerns America faces. “The next issue is that the mechanics of our government have ceased to represent us

accurately. Fixing that will help us address the many other issues we face, including the crucial need to mitigate and address climate change.”

Taking Back the Power

Though the subject matter can be heavy, Richardson’s trademark prose is both realistic and optimistic. She argues that restoring democracy starts by remembering the elements of the nation’s true history and values.

In Richardson’s telling, it’s the dedication to an egalitarian society that Americans— especially marginalized Americans—have fought for throughout history that has sustained our democracy. Such dedication can be a roadmap for our future, just so long as we are brave enough to follow it.

“I want people to know their voice matters, and that they have agency to change the direction of our society,” Richardson concludes. “I hope I’ve given folks some ideas about how to do that. I also hope this book shows people how close we are to losing our democracy, and what that will look like if we do, and how to recognize the ways in which politicians manipulate language and history to garner power.”

About the Event

An Evening with Heather Cox Richardson is presented by the National Writers Series at Lars Hockstad Auditorium at 7pm on Tuesday, Oct. 17. In-person tickets are sold out, but NWS has unlimited virtual tickets. Virtual tickets are $40.50 plus fees: $15 base ticket price plus $22.50 for a hardcover copy of Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America from Horizon Books. Tickets can be purchased at

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SLEEPING BEAR MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 5K: 7:30am, Empire. These scenic races run through the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The half & full marathon start at the Dune Climb Parking Lot off of Hwy. 109 at Hunter Rd., Glen Arbor. The 5K starts in the village of Empire. All races finish at Empire Beach. Marathon: $85-$125; Half Marathon: $75-$115; 5K: $35-$65.

LEIF ERIKSSON DAY ROW & RUN: 9am, Depot Beach, Charlevoix. A 1 mile row from Depot Beach to Ferry Beach, followed by a 5K run along Lake Charlevoix. Options for row only & run only are also available. Find ‘10th Annual Leif Eriksson Day Row & Run’ on Facebook. $35.


POPS ON: Northport Arts Association, Village Arts Building, Northport. Featuring artwork from members of the Northport Arts Association, music & wine. Pops On: Oct. 1 & Oct. 3-7, noon-4pm.

YAK FEST: 9am-5pm, A Yak or 2 Ranch, Mancelona. Take a wagon ride into the pasture with the yaks, learn about them, have a bite to eat, pick a pumpkin, listen to live music, enjoy family friendly activities & more. Free.

14TH ANNUAL SKITOBERFEST: 10am, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Enjoy keg bowling, stein hoisting, Kids’ Zone fun, pond pedaling, craft brews, live music, Pray for Snow Bonfire, & more. boynemountain. com/annual-events/skitoberfest

15TH ANNUAL AUTUMN ON THE BREEZEWAY: Start in Atwood at Royal Farms & Cellars from 10am-noon. Hit the corn maze, a hayride, enjoy pumpkins, apples, wine & more. Then cruise the Breezeway at your leisure from Atwood, through Ellsworth & East Jordan, passing through Deer Lake & ending in Boyne Falls. Take in this 26-mile scenic route & visit attractions & businesses along the way. End at Boyne Mountain where they offer chairlift rides, the SkyBridge & much more. For more info call 231-536-7351.

25TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL: 10am-4pm, Bellaire. Art & craft show, live music, kids activities, food truck rally & much more.

3RD ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW: 10am-4pm, TC Elks Lodge #323. There will also be a bake sale held during the show.

ART BEAT - GALLERY TOUR IN ELK RAPIDS: 10am-5pm, Elk Rapids. Featuring Blue Heron, Mullaly’s 128 & Twisted Fish galleries. Meet artists & watch them demonstrate. Visit all three galleries for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate or an opportunity for prize give-aways. Free. twistedfishgallery. com/event/art-beat-gallery-tour-in-elk-rapids

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SUTHERLAND: 10am, Bellaire Public Library. Learn how to make a recipe with a story. Registration required. Free.

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MACKINAW CITY SIDEWALK SALES: Deals at participating stores.

FAMILY FUN DAY!: Suttons Bay Bingham District Library. Drop by between 10:30am12:30pm for Family Fun with Monsters &

Unicorns! Enjoy crafts, games, & fun with STEM. All ages welcome. Free. event/family-fun-with-monsters-unicorns


WEEK: Frankfort & Elberta, Oct. 2-7. Celebrate all that is great about Michigan Craft Beer & the awesome food scene in Frankfort & Elberta. Participating locations offer specials. For more info, visit the web site.

23RD ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL: 11am-7pm, Chateau Chantal Winery, TC. 1pm: Public Cellar Tour. Learn the basics of winemaking from vine to glass. 2pm: Grape Stompin’. Crush grapes the old-fashioned way; with your feet! 3pm: Public Vineyard Tour. Learn the basics of viticulture from vine to glass.


USED BOOK SALE: 11am-1pm, Cadillac Wexford Public Library, Cadillac. Fundraiser.

HIGHLANDS HARVEST FEST: 11am-4pm, The Highlands at Harbor Springs. There will be activities for everyone, including face painting, cookie decorating, toy in a haystack, burlap sack racing, pumpkin ring toss, yard games, & s’mores.

PUPPETEERING CLASS: 11am, Bellaire Public Library. Kids ages 5-14 will learn about puppeteering & will prepare to perform at noon the same day. Register online. Free.

TOUR GT METRO FIRE: 11am-2pm, Grand Traverse Metro Fire, at Station 9, TC. Food, prize drawings, kids obstacle course. Tour 1st responder truck. See Sparky the dog.

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ALANSON OCT. FALL FESTIVAL: Noon4pm, Downtown Alanson. Pumpkin painting & carving, cider, donuts, food, Business Poker Run for Prizes & more.

BOOK SIGNING: 1-3pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Michael Balter will sign his book “Chasing Money.” Free.

REBEL GIRLS FEST: 1pm, East Bay Branch Library, TC. Celebrate the International Day of the Girl with activities, snacks, & stories & letters from inspirational changemakers read by local inspiring women, Holly T. Bird, Lisa Thomas, & TADL’s own Michele Howard. Write your own letter, & get one back from a Rebel Girl featured in the new book “Dear Rebel.” Free.

TRAVERSE CITY LUPUS SYMPOSIUM: 1-4pm, Park Place Hotel & Conference Center, TC. Hear from experts on mental health, therapeutic nutrition & more. Open to those with lupus, friends & family, medical professionals & students. Registration opens at 12:30pm. Speakers include Dr. Jill Balla D.C. of Authentic Health LLC; Rick Coates, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Grand Traverse; & Kimberly Dimond, MI Lupus Foundation executive director. $10 or free for members.



EVENT: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Youth readers & their families are invited for a presentation by author Dana Vanderlugt about her middle grade novel-in-verse, “Enemies in the Orchard.” Afterwards, ask questions, get books signed, & interact with Vanderlugt. Free.

The Traverse City Comedy Club is back with a bang! Well known comedian Carlos Mencia will grace their stage on both Fri. and Sat., Oct. 13-14 with two shows each night at 7pm and 9:30pm. Mencia is best known for his raw and unfiltered style of comedy, which he has shared on comedy stages and in television shows and movies. He has been sharing his newest material with smaller audiences lately, on his “No Hate No Fear” comedy tour. He starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in “The Heartbreak Kid.” $28-$50.

ROTARY CLUB OF PETOSKEY’S FALL FESTIVAL: 3-7pm, Petoskey Winter Sports Park. Pumpkin painting, lawn games, live music by Levitator, magic shows, cornhole tournament, & much more. Free.

FALL FREEDOM FESTIVAL: 4-9pm, Cherryland VFW Post 2780, TC. Enjoy live music from Sean Kelly, the Boardman River Band, & Jabo Bihlman Family Jam Band. Food & drinks available for purchase. Free admission. ----------------------

BLISSFEST COMMUNITY CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE: Alanson-Littlefield Community Hall, Alanson. Music by The Johns & caller Larry Dyer. Potluck at 6pm; bring your own table service & a dish to pass. Dancing begins at 7:30pm. All dances taught. $10/ person, $5 student.

FORT FRIGHT: 6:30-9:30pm, Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City. An 18th-century fort & fur trading village full or werewolves, witches, goblins & ghouls. Hear spooky folktales around a bonfire while enjoying hot mulled cider, cookies & candy. $12 adults, $8 ages 5-12, & free for 4 & under.

COMEDY W/ ADAM DEGI: 7-8:45pm, Traverse City Comedy Club, TC. Besides being a comedian, Degi has had cancer twice, & his 2nd album ‘Limp Nodes’ will be available on iTunes, Spotify & SiriusXM this fall. He’s performed in The Best Of The Midwest Competition at Gilda’s LaughFest & Boston Comedy Festival. He was in the Semi-Finals of the Comedy 10K as well as being featured on the cover of Revue Magazine. $25-$30.

NWS PRESENTS V.E. SCHWAB: 7pm, Lars Hockstad Auditorium, Central Grade School, TC. This author will discuss her latest book, “Fragile Threads of Power.” Schwab is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.” Tickets: $45 plus ticket fee; $40 plus ticket fee for livestream; $10 in-person students.

REPERIO - FEATURING NANCY STAGNITTA, DANE PHILIPSEN, & YA-JU CHUANG: 7-9:30pm, The Alluvion, TC. Reperio shares a passion for chamber music & the art of collaboration. Featuring music by Lili Boulanger, William Grant Still, Madeline Dring, Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, & Johann Sebastian Bach. $20 advance; $25 door.

OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS RIPCORD: 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. Adults: $33. performances/mainstage/ripcord.html ----------------------

BLKBOK: 8pm, City Opera House, TC. Born & raised in Detroit’s inner city, BLKBOK (Charles Wilson III) grew up in a music-filled house & was an acclaimed piano prodigy, winning statewide accolades & college-level competitions by the time he was 8. The name BLKBOK symbolizes his journey from pop & hip-hop culture to his critically acclaimed, neo-classical debut album “Black Book,” & various Mixtape projects & collaborations. $10-$27. ----------------------


BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS: 8pm, Freshwater Art Gallery & Concert Venue, Boyne City. Enjoy this high energy band who is right out of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame & travelling the world. 231-582-2588. $40.

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG’S BROADWAY: 8pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Tony & Grammy Award-winner John Lloyd Young interprets the showstoppers that shaped his earliest Broadway aspirations. He sings from “Jersey Boys,” “The Wiz,” “Chicago,” “Hair,” “Dreamgirls,” & more, along with classics by legendary Broadway writers. $37 - $82. greatlakescfa. org/events/detail/john-lloyd-young

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MACKINAW CITY SIDEWALK SALES: Deals at participating stores.


TOUR: Noon, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Maggie Pavao, assistant director of the Tusen Takk Foundation, will lead an in-depth tour of “A Separate Shining: Selections from the Tusen Takk Foundation Collection.” Limited to 20 people. Please limit groups to 4 people. $0 - $10. simpletix. com/e/a-separate-shining-tour-tickets-139692


- ELIZABETH MANNING: Noon-5pm, WaterFire Vineyards, Kewadin. Meet local watercolor artist Elizabeth Manning from Two Hoots Studio. She may do a demonstration, show off some of her work in progress, or give some one-on-one tips & techniques. Free to attend.

HARVEST GATHERING: 1-4pm, Samels Farm, Williamsburg. All the buildings will be open, & there will be demonstrations of various farm activities. There will be food available, music, wagon rides, tours of the woods, archaeological exhibits/lectures, & games.

HISTORY OF SPENCER CREEK VILLAGE: 2pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Paul DeLange, president of Helena Township Historical Society, will give a historical photo presentation of Spencer Creek Village, along with a discussion on its origins & how it later was renamed Alden. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. 231-331-4318. Free.


RIPCORD: (See Sat., Oct. 7, except today’s time is 2pm.)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: 2:15pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, west lawn, TC. Bring your dog, cat, turtle, or other pet to be blessed with a little music & a message of love. If you are not able to bring your pet but would still like them to be included, bring a picture. Free. ----------------------

“BRAVO ENCORE, BRAVO”: 3pm, First Congregational Church, TC. Free community concert by Encore Symphonic Winds. Pieces by Whitacre and Barnes, Curnow’s Rejouissance, Leroy Anderson & Richard Rodgers, & selections from the scores of Star Wars & The Lord of the Rings.


BRAND: NELSON MANDELA, HOPE, & HUMANITY THROUGH STORIES, MUSIC, & DANCE: 3pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Christo Brand was responsible for monitoring Nelson Mandela during his time in prison. In his discussion with moderator & film producer David Crouse, Brand will explain the power of hope that unites us all as members of one human race. He will also share details that recount his time spent with Mandela & touch on topics discussed in his book – “Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend.” Preceding this discussion & integrating themes from Mr. Brand’s book is a performance by the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet entitled “Resonance.” Following the talk, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Chorus Master André Strydom will perform “He Walked to Freedom,” a song by South African composer Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph. $5 student, $25 GA, $125 VIP.

ROMANTIC VIOLIN: 4pm, Benzie Central High School Auditorium, Benzonia. Presented by the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra featuring Tina Chang Qu, violin soloist, & Tom Riccobono, conductor. Suggested donation: $15 adults; $10 seniors. facebook. com/BenzieAreaSymphonyOrchestra


PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES IN ART: 9:3010:15am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Classroom, TC. Drop in for hands-on fun for preschoolers & their grown-ups. Early registration encouraged. $5. preschool-adventures-art-october-9

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY FREE DAY: 11am-6pm, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Enjoy stories, dancing, a film screening & indigenous foods. The Dennos will be hosting story time, picture book giveaways, & crafts followed by a preview of the brand new PBS series, “The American Buffalo.” This event will include Chef Sam Anglin, a Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Member. Register. “The American Buffalo” will be shown in entirety at 4pm. Free. events/community-programs.html


INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY SPEAKER EVENT: Noon, Old Art Building, Leland. This event will feature three local speakers who will shed light on various aspects of Indigenous culture, history & activism. They include JoAnne Cook, Holly T. Bird & Jamie John. Free.

SUTTONS BAY BY-THE-BAY GARDEN CLUB MEETING: Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire Station. This month’s presentation is “The Trees of Leelanau County” by Ellie Johnson, forester, Leelanau Conservation District. Social gathering at 12:30pm; presentation at 1pm. Free.

G.T. HUMANISTS MEETING: MAKING LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORK: 6pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Featuring TJ Andrews, Grand Traverse County Commissioner & local environmental attorney. Free.

“DREAMS, DISAPPOINTMENTS, & SERENDIPITY”: 7pm, Mackinaw Area Public Library, Mackinaw City. Presented by the Mackinaw Area Historical Society & Bill Marvin, who will give a review of the people & events that brought us here today.


PEEPERS PROGRAM: “AN APPLE A DAY”: 10-11am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. An adult-accompanied program for learners ages 3-5 years old of all experience levels with the natural world. Enjoy stories, crafts, music & discovery activities. Register. $5/child.

PARKINSON’S NETWORK NORTH: 1pm, The Presbyterian Church of TC, 701 Westminster Rd. A family-oriented support group, tips & tricks for daily living. Updates on treatment & current research. Info: 947-7389. Free.

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WTP MEETING: 1pm, Up North Arts Community Arts Center, Cadillac. WTP (Write to Publish) welcomes new writers to the writer’s group meetings. Email Peggy at: hoard@ for more info. 10

“CREATING BUTTERFLY HABITATS IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN”: 7pm, Northern Lights Recreation, conference room, Harbor Springs. A Petoskey Audubon program about monarch butterflies presented by Skylar MacNaughton of Michigan Butterfly Habitats Inc. Free.

RICH ACKERMAN: DUNES OF LAKE MICHIGAN’S EASTERN SHORE: 7pm, Glen Lake Library, Empire. A presentation by photographer Rich Ackerman. Rick’s new book is available at the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor & will be available at the library tonight.



STEPHENS: 2pm, Bellaire Public Library. All ages are invited to join Yvonne as she talks about poetry & helps participants create their own poems. Registration required. Free.


AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN DUREN: 5-6:30pm, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Join renowned artist Stephen Duren as he takes you on an immersive journey through six decades of his career. Through a slide presentation, Duren will share insights into his artistic evolution, from the landscapes of northern California to dynamic interplay between realism & abstraction in his works. A reception & meet & greet with the artist will follow his lecture. $0-$5.

GAYLORD BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5pm, BJ’s Catering & Event Center, Gaylord. Register. $5 Chamber members; $10 not-yet members.

BELLAIRE AUTHOR REG SPRIK: Presented by the East Jordan Historical Society. Sprik will share stories & experiences of the past from his autobiography “Rowing Against The Waves: Overcoming Adversities, Leading to a Life Well Lived.” 6pm, East Jordan City Hall.


MACKINAW CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5-7pm, Shepler’s Marine Service & Ship Store, Mackinaw City. Appetizers, beverages, networking, games, prizes & tours. RSVP: 231-436-5574. $5 Chamber members; $10 not-yet members.


5-7pm, Bay Harbor Golf Club. The theme is fall. Come dressed in a flannel or sweater. Bring business cards. Food, cocktails, networking & prizes. $10 chamber members; $15 not-yet members. ----------------------

UNCORK UP NORTH: 6pm, Hagerty Garage. Food, Wine & Classic Cars Combine for Breast Cancer Research. Presented by breast cancer foundation, The Dynami Foundation. For more info visit web site.

HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUESMANAGING SAD: 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Enjoy a shared conversation about how we cope with winters & SAD with northern Michigan health educator Amy White. Register. Free.


FUTURE PROOFING YOUR HOME: 7pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. A presentation & discussion of the many solutions

available to mitigate the threat of climate change to our homes. Free.


PETOSKEY’S FILM SERIES: 7pm, Carnegie Building, Petoskey. Featuring “The Lobster.” Free.

AN EVENING WITH LESLIE SAINZ: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Writing House. Join the Interlochen Arts Academy Creative Writing Division as they host a reading, Q&A session, & signing with poet & New England Review Managing Editor Leslie Sainz. A three-time National Poetry Series finalist, Sainz has published works in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, & elsewhere. Free. ----------------------

JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 7:30pm, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium. The music of Count Basie & Thad Jones with Marcus Elliot. $17 adult; $14 child through college.


NMCAA’S LAUNDRY PROJECT: 8:30-11:30am, Eastfield Laundry, TC. Free laundry service for those in need. Call 9473780 with questions.


COFFEE @ 10, PETOSKEY: 10-11am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. Featuring Benjamin Cheney of The Croft Residency. Free. event/ctac-petoskey/coffee-10-benjamincheney-croft-residency

BOOKENDS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: 2pm, Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, lower-level Community Room. Books for the upcoming month will be available at the library’s front desk, or use the Libby app to borrow the title from the library’s digital collection. October’s pick is “The Disappearing Spoon” by Sam Kean. Free. bookends-book-discussion-group-4 ----------------------

EXHIBITION RECEPTION - ART SPEAKS: 5:30-7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Atrium Gallery, Petoskey. Recognize the creative work of students in CTAC’s Creative Arts Studio for Adults with Disabilities program. Free. exhibition-reception-art-speaks-creativearts-studio-adults-disabilities


WORLD TOUR: City Opera House, TC. Presented by the VASA Ski Club. Enjoy short films & documentaries about mountain culture, outdoor action sports, & the environment. Pre-show Social at 5:30pm; movies at 6:30pm. $20.


BOOK GROUP: 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, Thirlby Room, TC. Facilitators for the discussions will be professional mental health providers. This month’s book is “What Happened To You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing” by Dr. Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey. Oprah shares stories from her own past, & a renowned brain development & trauma expert discusses the impact of trauma & adversity & how healing must begin with a shift to ask-

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ing, “What happened to you?” rather than “What’s wrong with you?” Free.

ON THE GROUND PARTY & FUNDRAISER: 7pm, The Alluvion at Commongrounds, TC. With performances by Jordan Hamilton, Amber Hasan & Charlie Millard. Hear from members of the On the Ground Team including Nassar Abufarha, a Palestinian olive oil producer, & past runners from the Run Across Palestine, Ethiopia & Congo. $10 in advance on Eventbrite or $10 at the door.

SWAYING TO THE MUSIC: 7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Vocalist & guitarist Dave Baumann shares songs you know & love. If the weather is nice, pack a picnic. Rain venue in the community room - no picnic. 231-223-7700.


44TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX APPLE FEST: 10am6pm, Charlevoix. Food booths, art & craft show, farm market, orchards, petting zoo, live music, Twister Joe balloon artist, Fun Run, & more.


LITTLE TRAVERSE CONSERVANCY HIKE: 10am-noon, L. John And Helen Bishop Working Forest Reserve, 3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs. Join LTC staff on a casual walk of the new trails found just outside of Afton, east of Indian River. This is a 360-acre reserve. Register. Free.

LUNCHEON LECTURE: ELECTIC VEHICLES: 11:30am, NCMC, Library Conference Center, Petoskey. Electric utility companies will play an essential role as they help build & support the infrastructure needed to provide electrical charging for EVs. Thomas Mann, energy programs manager for Great Lakes Energy, will explain what his company is doing to figure out some of the pieces of the puzzle that must be solved to facilitate the growth of EVs. $15; includes a buffet lunch.

STORYTELLING & ORAL HISTORY W/ FRANCIS CAREW: 4pm, Bellaire Public Library. Family friendly event with Francis Carew, librarian for the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians. Free.

THRIVE45 FALL SOCIAL: 5-7pm, Bear Creek Organic Farm, Petoskey. Enjoy networking & food. RSVP. Free.

MINI MAKERFEST: Traverse Area District Library, TC. Try out new robots from the library, see demos from the Raptors Robotics team, explore fun STEAM projects with Challenge Island, get to know the animals that live in the area with the Conservation District, explore the beauty of rocks & fossils with the Pebble Pups, & use your hands to explore wind, balance, & shadows with the Youth Services Department. Drop-in for this special after-hours event anytime between 6-8pm. Free.


COMEDY W/ CARLOS MENCIA: 7pm & 9:30pm, Traverse City Comedy Club, TC. Carlos is best known for his raw & unfiltered style of comedy, which he has shared on comedy stages & in television shows & movies. He has been sharing his newest material with smaller audiences lately, on his “No

Hate No Fear” comedy tour. He starred opposite Ben Stiller & Michelle Monaghan in “The Heartbreak Kid.” $28-$50. mynorthtickets. com/events/comedy-wcarlos-mencia-

EDWARDS TWINS PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW: 7pm, City Opera House, TC. Anthony & Eddie Edwards use state of the art make-up to look & sound like the superstars of today & yesterday. $25$45.


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.


REPERIO: 7:30-9pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Theater, Petoskey. Featuring resident woodwind faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts, including Nancy Stagnitta, flute; Dane Philipsen, oboe; & Ya-Ju Chuang, piano. $25 members; $35 non-members; $10 students.


COUNTRY CONCERT SERIES W/ CJ SOLAR, FOLLOWED BY DJ: 9pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Victories, Petoskey. $10.


CHIEF DAY DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: 9am, Northern Natural & Downtown Chief, Kaleva. Tee off at the Northern Natural Disc Golf Course located behind the Tasting House. This will be a 9 Hole Scramble (playing the best disc from each threesome). There will be live music, food, drinks & more. Please pre-register through the Facebook event link by clicking on “Going” & tagging your teammates in the comments. $10 per person.


FLEE & ELUDE 10K, 5K & KIDS 1 MILE FUN RUN: 200 W. Michigan Ave., Grayling. 10K: 9am, $55; 5K: 9:10am, $45; Kids Fun Run: 9:30am, free. Benefits Crawford County’s youth. FLEEELUDE5K10K?aflt_token=vkmwDmwe Q4iCYn8otSOOnKQ3vCO8buOw

OCTOBER BIG DAY BIRDING EVENT: 9-11am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Support conservation worldwide by submitting observations, counting birds, & learning how the data is entered online. Register. Free.

OPERATION BLANKET: Asking for donations of new blankets today from 9am-noon at the market & parked enclosed trailer in the Main Street Center Parking Lot in East Jordan. If you are not able to do so today, new blankets may be dropped off at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Office, Mon. through Fri., 10am-3pm. The blankets will be available to be picked up by those in need, Sat., Oct. 28 from 1-5pm & Weds., Nov. 1 from 4:30-7:30pm. 231-536-7351.


THE WHOLE WOMAN COLLECTIVE WOMEN’S WELLNESS EXPO: 9am-noon, ELEV8 Climbing & Fitness, TC. The Whole Woman Collective is a community of over 50 holistic women’s wellness providers supporting women on their wellness journey. At the Wellness Expo, connect with, learn


Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Omara Portuondo is about as close to legendary as its gets in her own sphere of the musical world. Over the course of a career that’s spanned more than sixty years, she’s put the Cuban styles of bolero and bueva trova well and truly on the musical map. Now 92, Omara is conducting one last tour, with only one stop in Michigan—right here in Traverse City.

WEDNESDAY, Oct 18 doors 6:30 PM show 7:00 pm

$30 adv/$35 door

Fri, Oct 13 @ 7 PM

$10 adv/$15 door

SAT, Oct 14 @ 7 PM $20 adv/$25 door

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15TH ANNUAL AUTUMN ON THE BREEZEWAY: Start in Atwood at Royal Farms & Cellars from 10am-noon. Hit the corn maze, a hayride, enjoy pumpkins, apples, wine & more. Then cruise the Breezeway at your leisure from Atwood, through Ellsworth & East Jordan, passing through Deer Lake & ending in Boyne Falls. Take in this 26-mile scenic route & visit attractions & businesses along the way. End at Boyne Mountain where they offer chairlift rides, the SkyBridge & much more. For more info call 231-536-7351.


FEST: 10am-6pm, Charlevoix. Food booths, art & craft show, farm market, orchards, petting zoo, live music, Twister Joe balloon artist, Fun Run, & more.

4TH ANNUAL CHIEF DAY: Downtown Chief. Car Show, 10am-2pm. Parade down Chief Road; line up at 11:30am at corner of Chief & Johnson roads. Parade starts at 11:45am from Johnson to Balsam. Free. facebook. com/events/998590294668562

ALDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL: 10am-4pm, Alden Tennis Court Park.

FREE DROP-IN FAMILY ART: 10am-noon, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Cornwell Gallery, TC. Fun art activity inspired by exhibit in the gallery.

OUTDOOR CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW: 10am-3pm, The Village at GT Commons, Historic Front Lawn, TC. Browse Michigan vendors offering art, jewelry, crafts, food & more. This is a free event & great for all ages.


CITY: Hull Park, TC. The world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support & research. Registration is at 10am & the Promise Garden Ceremony is at 11am with the Walk to follow. Free. MI-GreaterMichigan?pg=entry&fr_id=16626

EARTH, MOON & SUN: 11am, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Enjoy displays, a sun print craft & moon pie. While the annual eclipse view will be limited in the area, special safety glasses donated by StarNet will be available. 231-223-7700.

FRANKFORT FALL FESTIVAL: The Fall Festival Parade starts at 11am with The Scottville Clown Band, giant pumpkins, Mutt March & more. Following are many activities in Open Space Park, including carnival rides, cornhole tournament, live music, wagon rides, craft fair, giant pumpkins, squash & watermelon weigh-in, corn maze & much more.

FUN WITH THE SUN - IT’S ECLIPSE DAY: 11am-1pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. Families are invited to celebrate the annular eclipse with an eclipse-themed story, craft, & STEM activity. Watch a livestream of the eclipse starting at noon in the StoryRoom or drop in anytime between 11am-1pm for fun with the sun. Free.

WALK + TALK THE EXHIBITS: 11am, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Enjoy a guided walk-andtalk through the new exhibit, “In Translation.” The Walk + Talk will also include conversation about “The Side Of The Road,” an exhibition of abstract landscapes by Alice Moss. Free.

SOLAR ECLIPSE OPEN HOUSE: 11:30am, Bellaire Public Library. Enjoy fun activities & pick up a set of solar eclipse glasses (2 per family limit) as you prepare to view the partial solar ecplise. Glasses distributed on a first come, first served basis. Free.



SHULL: Noon-1:30pm, Higher Art Gallery, TC. Enjoy an in depth talk with TC artist Justin Shull. Justin will discuss his background, sources of inspiration & delve into his techniques. Q & A follows. This Artist Talk is in tandem with his Solo Show featuring new & selected works which runs from Oct. 10Nov. 4. Free.


BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING: 1-3pm, Horizon Books, TC. Celebrate the release of Michael Balter’s debut novel, “Chasing Money.” Free.


OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS RIPCORD: (See Sat., Oct. 7, except today’s times are 2pm & 7:30pm.)


BINGO: Registration & shirt pick up will begin at 4pm at the American Legion, Boyne City. Each participant will be given a bingo board, & will then begin to crawl at their own pace. The squares of the bingo board contain items to either find or complete at each of the participating establishments. At 9pm meet back at the American Legion. Participating establishments include Stigg’s Brewing, Boyne City Eagles, Boyne City Tap Room, Café Sante, Provisions Lounge, Lake Street Pub, Muskrat Distilling, Red Mesa & Boyne River Inn. $30 per person or $100 for 4.

COMEDY W/ CARLOS MENCIA: (See Fri., Oct. 13)

LUMINATE TC: 7-10pm, Right Brain Brewery, TC. An electronic music event with DJ Zeb K & DJ Sykes. 100% of ticket proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Michigan chapter. Ages 18+. Food truck available. $5/person.

DIXON’S VIOLIN WSG TRILLIUM GROOVE & LIVE VISUALS BY SUPER NUCLEAR: 7:30-10pm, The Alluvion, TC. Enjoy an evening with the world’s premier visionary violinist, Dixon’s Violin, who has performed more than 1,000 concerts across North America, including giving four TED talks/performances, over ten years at Burning Man & Electric Forest, plus radio, TV, & film appearances. $20 advance; $25 door.

GLEN ARBOR PLAYERS: READERS’ THEATRE: 7:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. From the cornfields of Iowa to the ramparts of Buckingham Palace to the middle of the ocean, three one act plays will take place with an ensemble of nine actors playing multiple parts. The plays include “Trifles,” “The Dark Lady of the Sonnets,” & “Out at Sea.” Suggested donation: $10. events/glen-arbor-players-readers-theater


44TH ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX APPLE FEST: 10am4pm, Charlevoix. Food booths, art & craft show, farm market, orchards, petting zoo, live music, Twister Joe balloon artist, Fun Run, & more.

THE CUMMINGS QUARTET: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Series. 4pm, Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Petoskey. Free.

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL: Noon-5pm, Lake Ann Farm. Featuring a children’s costume contest, trunk or treat, pony rides, petting zoo, line dancing, cornhole tournament & more. $10/person or $25/family (max, 5 people).

BEAUTY IS THERAPY AT THE HISTORIC COMMONS: 1pm, Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Join Friends of the Historic Commons for this free event including panels explaining hospital life & the historic buildings of the former Traverse City State Hospital. Opt for a free guided tour of Dr. Munson’s arboretum with Matthew Ross, director of the Botanic Gardens.


HAUNTED BLUFFS: Alpen Bluffs Outdoor Resort, Gaylord. Held on Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm-midnight, Sept. 29 - Oct. 28.

GREAT DECISIONS: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CURRENT WORLD AFFAIRS: Traverse Area District Library, Thirlby Room, TC. Join for an eight week series to discuss current affairs topics that are timely & important talking points for our society. Discussion Topics for 2023 are, in order: Energy Geopolitics, War Crimes, China and the US, Economic Warfare, Politics in Latin America, Global Famine, Iran at a Crossroads, & Climate Migration. The discussions will be led by local education professionals. You are expected to attend all 8 weeks of discussion, or as many as are left in the series. The discussions will be held every Weds. from 1-3pm on Sept. 20 through Nov. 8. Once you have registered, please obtain a copy of the Great Decisions Briefing book.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME!: Tuesdays, 10:30am, Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, lower-level Community Room. Preschoolers of all ages are invited to join for stories, songs & active fun.


TRAIL: Fridays & Saturdays, 7-11pm, Oct. 7 - Oct. 28. Ghost Farm, 5010 Pierce Rd., Kingsley. Non-scary walk for little ones at 7:15pm. As full dark falls, the scaring begins on The Ghost Farm.


WHEN FORM MEETS FUNCTION EXHIBIT: Northport Arts Association, Village Arts Building, Northport. Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 13, 5-7pm. Exhibit continues Oct. 14-28, Tues. - Sat., noon-4pm. This exhibit features artists’ work in a variety of mediums from clay, wood, fiber, metal & glass. Includes artists who are working in mediums beyond 2D painting that represent form & function. Free.

“THE WAY WE SEE IT” ARTIST EXHIBITION: City Opera House, TC. Enjoy the artwork of Jan Wilson Oliver, Ken Thomas, & Sherry Kay Marshall. Free to view MondayFriday from 10am-2pm during Box Office hours & during Opera House programming. Runs through Oct.

BARBARA REICH EXHIBIT: Bonobo Winery, TC. Original artwork by plein air/studio artist Barbara Reich, featuring “Paintings from Around the Peninsulas.” Runs through Nov. 28.

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


- ART + PLACE + COMMUNITY: 10 YEARS WITH GOOD HART ARTIST RESIDENCY: Held in Gilbert & Bonfield galleries. The exhibit will contain works from GHAR alumni, including visual artists, writers, & composers, highlighting the unique breadth of creative work that has been supported by the residency over the past decade. Runs through Nov. 4. CTAC, Petoskey is open Tues. through Sat., 10am-5pm. event/ctac-petoskey/art-place-community10-years-good-hart-artist-residency

- ART SPEAKS: CREATIVE ARTS STUDIO FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES: Held in Atrium Gallery. This exhibition features work created by students in Challenge Mountain & Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Creative Arts Studio program. Runs through Oct. 21. Open Tues. - Sat., 10am-5pm. event/ctac-petoskey/art-speaks-creativearts-studio-adults-disabilities


- “INTERLACEMENTS: THE FINE CRAFT OF WEAVING”: Featuring nine Michigan artists including Boisali Biswas, Martha Brownscombe, Deb Cholewicki, Sharon Gill, Carol Irving, Jasmine Petrie, Carol Madison, Nancy McRay, & Shanna Robinson. A range of fiber art practices are explored. Runs through Oct. 28. CTAC - TC is open Tues. through Fri., 11am5pm, & Sat., 10am-4pm.

- “LOST AND FOUND: JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION”: Held in Carnegie Galleries. 28 artists were selected for inclusion. Selections were made by guest juror Kathryn Dimond, executive director of Detroit’s historic Scarab Club. Runs through Oct. 28. lost-and-found-juried-photography-exhibition

- LIFETIME OF ART & TRAVEL: A FLORA RICCA HOFFMAN RETROSPECTIVE: Held in Carnegie Rotunda. This exhibit celebrates the artwork of the late prolific artist Flora Ricca Hoffman. Runs through Oct. 8. lifetime-art-and-travel-flora-ricca-hoffmanretrospective


- “A SEPARATE SHINING: SELECTIONS FROM THE TUSEN TAKK FOUNDATION COLLECTION”: The Tusen Takk Foundation & the Dennos Museum present this exhibition representing artists who have participated in its artist-in-residence program to date. Taking its title from the poem “Joy” by Hilda Conkling, the exhibition surveys the artist’s exploration of the intangible, the unseen qualities of joy, beauty, & hope. Runs through Jan. 7. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.

- “PASSAGES: THE ART OF RON GIANOLA”: Gianola’s paintings are the result of a fifty-plus year long experience with the Art Spirit, pursuing the possibilities of a personal transformative vision, engaging emotion, expression, & the poetry of visual music. Runs through Jan. 7. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.

- “STEPHEN DUREN: A LIFE OF PAINTING”: This exhibit brings together works by artist Stephen Duren that cover his sixtyyear career & bring greater definition to his artistic contributions. Runs through Jan. 7. Open Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm.


- “IN TRANSLATION”: Held in Main Gallery. A multi-pronged project that explores how humans employ creativity & the arts to translate the world, contemporary life, contemporary social & political issues, & the world in which they live. The exhibit features the work of 32

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- BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD: Held in Lobby Gallery. A series of abstract landscapes out of the imagination of painter Alice Moss. This small show runs through Dec. 15. Moss’ focus is on Leelanau County roadways, woodlands, & beaches, all of which she has been walking, watching, & visiting since childhood in the early 1960s. glenarborart. org/events/exhibit-by-the-side-of-the-road


- “SAFE HARBOR”: This annual fundraiser exhibit benefits the TC emergency shelter for people facing homelessness. Runs through Oct. 7.

- JUSTIN SHULL - SELECTED WORKS: See this TC based artist’s paintings that capture both everyday scenes & extraordinary moments. Runs Oct. 10 - Nov. 4.


- ANNUAL JURIED ART EXHIBITION: Work in all media by regional artists. Runs through Oct. 20.

- EXHIBEERTION POP UP EXHIBIT: In honor of Frankfort’s Fall Festival Beer Week, Oliver Art Center will be hosting “ExhiBEERtion,” a popup art show devoted to beer, beer products, beer-making, beer venues, & beer enjoyment. Runs from Sept. 26 - Oct. 13.

- TERRAIN BIENNIAL 2023: Enjoy this international art exhibition featuring an original sculpture installment by Manistee artist Nat Rosales. Nat’s work, “The Echo Effect,” will be on display outside from Oct. 1 - Nov. 15.



- SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBIT: Enjoy the newest Smithsonian Museum’s national traveling exhibit, “Spark! Places of Innovation” through Oct. 7. The exhibit features stories gathered from diverse communities across the nation. Includes photographs, engaging interactives, objects, videos, & augmented reality. Free.

- “YOUTH INNOVATION IN RURAL AMERICA”: Community-based youth design projects by local students. Runs through Oct. 7.



farmers markets

BOYNE CITY OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKET: Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-noon through Oct. 14. Veterans Park, Boyne City. Shop local produce, artwork & artisan foods at over 50 vendors. There will also be live music & kids activities. The Oct. 7 market will feature live music by Peter Jensen. The Oct. 14 market will feature live music by Hannah Harris.

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

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, food trucks on site, & more. Follow the Facebook page for the schedule: @oldtownemmetfarmmarket.

SARA HARDY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET: Sat., 7:30am-noon; & Weds., 8am-noon. Parking lot “B” at southwest corner of Cass & Grandview Parkway, TC. dda.

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

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Finding Joy, Health, Hope For All For Live Streaming Information: Finding Joy, Health, Hope For All “We can find the good in life now, live it now, and experience it with greater consistency.” Steven Salt, CSB Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM Free Christian Science Lecture Milliken Auditorium, The Dennos Museum Center 1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686 Sponsored By: First Church of Christ, Scientist Traverse City, Michigan Steven
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10/13 -- Jesse Jefferson, 6-8


10/7 -- Timothy Michael Thayer, 6:30-9:30


10/7 -- DJ Ricky T, 9

10/13 -- The 4 Horsemen, 8-10; DJ

Ricky T, 9

10/14 -- The Jon Archambault Band,

7-10; Vintage Vinyl DJ Robbie Rob Greco, 10




10/6-7 -- J Hawkins

10/13-14 -- E Quality showband


10/9 -- Trivia, 6-8

10/10 -- Open Mic, 6-8

10/12 -- Elizabeth Landry, 7



10/9 -- Open Mic Night w/ Rob

Coonrod, 6-9


10/13 – Mountain Gloom & Mountain Glory, 5-7


Tues. – Trivia, 8-10

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

Sun. – Karaoke, 8



10/7 & 10/13 – Andrew Lutes

10/14 – Dawn Campbell & the




10/10 -- Sam & Bill

10/12 -- Randy Hall


10/7 -- 3rd Annual Oktoberfest w/

Wink Solo & Rebekah Jon, noon



10/7 – Luke Woltanski Duo

10/12 – Drew Hale

10/13 – Jim Hawley

10/14 – Jesse Jefferson


10/14 -- Luminate w/ DJ Zeb K & DJ

Sykes, 7-10


10/13 – Chris Smith, 5:30-8:30



Thurs. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano,


Fri. & Sat. – Tom Kaufmann on Piano,



10/7 -- Reperio: Nancy Stagnitta, Dane Philipsen & Ya-Ju Chuang,


10/9 -- Big Fun, 6-8

10/12 -- On the Ground Party & Fun-

draiser w/ Jordan Hamilton, Amber

Hasan & Charlie Millard, 6-9

10/13 -- The Domi Edson Trio, 7-9

10/14 -- Dixon's Violin wsg Trillium

Groove & Live Visuals by Super Nuclear, 7:30-10


10/11 – BYOVinyl, 8


10/7 -- 1979 with DJ illway, 8-11



10/7 -- Brett Mitchell

10/10 -- Jesse Jefferson

10/11 -- Wink Solo

10/13 -- Blue Footed Booby

10/14 -- Larz Cabot



10/12 – Steve Clark


10/7 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 8

10/10 -- Open Mic, 7

10/11 -- Jazz Show & Jam, 6

10/12 -- Trivia Night, 7

10/13 -- The Make Believe Spurs, 8

10/14 -- The Smokin' Dobroleles, 8


10/7 -- Protea

10/13 -- Rolling Dirty

10/14 -- J Hawkins Band


10/6 -- Comedy w/ Adam Degi,


10/7 -- Comedy w/ Adam Degi,


10/13-14 -- Comedy w/ Carlos Mencia, 7 & 9:30


10/7 & 10/14 -- Ben Richey, 6-8


10/7 -- DJ PRIM, 10

10/10 -- USS Open Mic Comedy,


10/13 -- Happy Hour w/ Chris Sterr; then One Hot Robot

10/14 -- One Hot Robot, 10

Otsego, Crawford & Central


10/8 -- Blair Miller, 4-7

Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee

10/14 --

Leelanau & Benzie



10/7 -- Dominic Fortuna, 3:30-5:30

10/8 -- John Piatek, 3:30-5:30

10/10 -- Lars Cabot, 3-5:30

10/14 -- Luke Woltanski, 3:30-5:30



10/8 -- Rhett & John, 2-4:30


Sat. -- Karaoke, 10-1



10/8 – Larry Perkins

10/15 – Jerome Ford


Thu -- Trivia Night, 7

Fri -- Open Mic, 7


10/12 -- Dennis Palmer, 4-7


BAY 2-5: 10/7 -- Luke Woltanski Duo 10/14 -- Silver Creek Revival


6-8: 10/7 -- Blair Miller 10/13 -- Brian T McCosky

10/14 -- Levi Britton


10/7 -- New Third Hip, 3-6; Levi Britton, 6:30-9:30

10/12 -- Trivia Night, 7-9

Jesse Jefferson will make the rounds in TC with his acoustic variety including rock, pop, hip-hop, country, oldies and popular classics. He’ll take over The Parlor on Tues., Oct. 10 from 8-11pm; Bonobo Winery’s patio on Fri., Oct. 13 from 6-8pm; and North Bar on Sat., Oct. 14 from 7-10pm.

Antrim & Charlevoix


10/12 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 6


10/13 -- Adam & The Cabana Boys, 7-9


10/7 – Old Mission Fiddle Vine

10/14 -- Knee Deep


10/7 -- The Urban Sturgeons

10/14 -- Nathan Walton Band


10/9 -- Trivia Night, 6:30-8:30

Emmet & Cheboygan

10/13 -- Drew Hale, 6:30-9:30


10/7 -- Andrew Littlefield, 6


10/7 -- Oktoberfest w/ Honky Tonk Hippies, 5-8

10/12 -- Open Mic, 6-8:30

10/13 -- Tula Skylark, 5-8

10/14 -- Bill Frary & Friends, 5-8



10/13 -- Friday Night LIVE w/ Drew Hale, 5-8



10/13 – 45 RPM

10/14 – Andy Wynkoop


10/7 – Analog Groove Session w/ ClarkAfterDark, 6:30-9:30

10/9 – Trivia: 80’s, 7-9

10/14 – John Piatek, 7-10


10/7 & 10/14 -- Chris Calleja, 2-6

10/13 -- Yankee Station, 4-7:30


10/8 & 10/13 -- Annex Karaoke, 9:30

10/10-11 -- Trivia Night, 7-9


10/6-7 & 10/13-14 -- Pete 'Big Dog'

Fetters, 8


10/7 & 10/14 – Sean Megoran,


10/12 – Trivia, 7-10

10/13 – Sean Bielby, 7:30-10:30


10/11 -- Peter Allen Jensen, 5:30



10/7 -- Michelle Chenard

10/13 -- Matt Sayles

10/14 -- Holly Keller



10/7 -- Heart of Gold Band: A Grateful Dead Tribute, 7-9:30


10/14 – Kevin Johnson, 6-9

10/13 -- Country Concert Series w/ CJ Solar, followed by DJ, 9


10/7 – M119 Band, 3-6

10/8 – Ty Parkin, 3-6

10/13 -- Jelly Roll Blues Band, 5-8

10/14 – Last Exit, 3-6

10/15 – Underleaf Band, 3-6


10/7 -- Happy Little Accidents, 8-11

10/12 -- Musicians Playground ‘Open Mic,’ 6-8

10/13 -- Sam & Justus, 8-11

10/14 -- Octobeaufest w/ Dale Rieger, Ryan Cassidy & More, 4

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NORTHERN NATURAL CIDER HOUSE & WINERY, KALEVA Chief Day w/ Trillium Groove, Thirsty Perch Blues Band, Barefoot Music, & Ted Bounty & The Bounty Hunters, noon-10


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran philosopher and writer Michel Foucalt aspired to open up his readers’ minds with novel ideas. He said his task was to make windows where there had been walls.

I’d like to borrow his approach for your use in the coming weeks. It might be the most fun to demolish the walls that are subdividing your world and keeping you preventing free and easy interchange. But I suspect that’s unrealistic. What’s more likely is partial success: creating windows in the walls.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo journalist

H. L Mencken said, "The average person doesn’t want to be free. He wants to be safe." There's some truth in that, but I believe it will be irrelevant for you in the coming months. According to my analysis, you can be both safer and freer than you've been in a long time. hope you take full advantage! Brainstorm about unexpected feats you might be able to accomplish during this state of grace.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): More and more older people are transitioning to different genders. An article in The Guardian (tinyurl. com/GenderMeaning) describes how Bethan Henshaw, a warehouse worker, transitioned to female at age 57. Ramses Underhill-Smith became a man in his 40s. With this as your starting point, I invite you to re-evaluate your personal meanings of gender. Please note I’m not implying you should change your designation. Astrological omens simply suggest that you will benefit from expanding your ideas. Here's Scorpio singer Sophie B. Hawkins, a mother who says she is omnisexual: "My sexuality stems from an emotional connection to someone’s soul. You don’t have to make a gender choice and stick with it."

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian author Mark Twain said that in urgent or trying circumstances, uttering profanities “furnishes a relief denied even to prayer." I will add that these magic words can be downright catalytic and healing—especially for you right now. Here are situations in which swearing could be therapeutic in the coming weeks: 1. when people take themselves too seriously; 2.when you need to escape feelings of powerlessness; 3. when knowit-alls are trying to limit the range of what can be said; 4. when people seem frozen or stunned and don't know what to do next. In all these cases, well-placed expletives could provide necessary jolts to shift the stuck energy. (PS: Have fun using other surprises, ploys, and twists to shake things up for a good cause.)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Roman mythology, Venus was goddess of love, desire, and beauty. Yet modern science tells us the planet Venus is blanketed with sulfuric acid clouds, has a surface temperature of 867 degrees Fahrenheit, and is covered with 85,000 volcanoes. Why are the two Venuses out of sync? Here’s a clue, courtesy of occultist Dion Fortune. She said the goddess Venus is often a disturbing influence in the world, diverting us from life’s serious business. can personally attest to the ways that my affinity for love, desire, and beauty have distracted me from becoming a hard-driving billionaire tech entrepreneur. But wouldn’t have it any other way. How about you, Capricorn? I predict that the goddess version of Venus will be extra active in your life during the coming months.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Thousands of heirloom food species are privately owned and hoarded. They once belonged to Indigenous people but haven't been grown for decades. Descendants of their original owners are trying to get them back and grow them again—a process they call rematriation—but they meet resistance from companies and governmental agencies that commandeered the seeds. There has been some progress, though. The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin has recovered some of its ancestral corn, beans, and squash. Now would be a good time for you Aquarians to launch your own version of rematriation: reclaiming what was originally yours and that truly belongs to you.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): like Piscean poet Jane Hirshfield's understanding of what "lies at the core of ritual." She says it's "the entrance into a mystery that can be touched but not possessed." My wish for you right now, Pisces, is that you will experience

mysteries that can be touched but not possessed. To do so will give you direct access to prime riddles at the heart of your destiny. You will commune with sublime conundrums that rouse deep feelings and rich insights, none of which are fully explicable by your logical mind. Please consider performing a homemade sacred ritual or two.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Indigenous Semai people of Malaysia have an unusual taboo. They try hard not to cause unhappiness in others. This makes them reluctant to impose their wishes on anyone. Even parents hesitate to force their children to do things. I recommend you experiment with this practice. Now is an excellent time to refine your effect on people to be as benevolent and welcoming as possible. Don't worry—you won't have to be this kind and sweet forever. But doing so temporarily could generate timely enhancements in your relationship life.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus author Shakespeare reshaped the English language. He coined hundreds of words and revised the meanings of hundreds more. Idioms like “green-eyed monster” and “milk of human kindness” originated with him. But the Bard also created some innovations that didn’t last. “Recover the wind” appeared in Hamlet but never came into wide use. Other failures include, “Would you take eggs for money?” and “from smoke to smother.” Still, Shakespeare’s final tally of enduring neologisms is impressive. With this vignette, I’m inviting you to celebrate how many more successes than flops you have had. The time is right for realistic self-praise.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I hope beauty will be your priority in the coming weeks. I hope you will seek out beauty, celebrate it, and commune with it adoringly. To assist your efforts, I offer five gems: 1. Whatever you love is beautiful; love comes first, beauty follows. The greater your capacity for love, the more beauty you find in the world. —Jane Smiley. 2. The world is incomprehensibly beautiful—an endless prospect of magic and wonder. —Ansel Adams. 3. A beautiful thing is never perfect. —Egyptian proverb. 4. You can make the world beautiful just by refusing to lie about it. —Iain S. Thomas. 5. Beauty isn’t a special inserted sort of thing. It is just life, pure life, life nascent, running clear and strong. –H. G. Wells.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I read a review that described a certain movie as having "a soft, tenuous incandescence—like fog lit by the glow of fireflies." That sounds like who you are these days, Cancerian. You're mysterious yet luminous; hard to decipher but overflowing with life energy; fuzzy around the edges but radiating warmth and wellbeing. I encourage you to remain faithful to this assignment for now. It's not a state you will inhabit forever, but it's what's needed and true for the foreseeable future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The published work of Leo author Thomas de Quincey fills 14 volumes. He inspired superstar writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Nikolai Gogol, and Jorge Luis Borges. Yet he also ingested opium for 54 years and was often addicted. Cultural historian Mike Jay says de Quincey was not self-medicating or escaping reality, but rather keen on “exploring the hidden recesses of his mind.” He used it to dwell in states of awareness that were otherwise unattainable. I don’t encourage you to take drugs or follow de Quincey’s path, Leo. But I believe the time is right to explore the hidden recesses of your mind via other means. Like what? Working with your nightly dreams? Meditating your ass off? Having soul-altering sex with someone who wants to explore hidden recesses, too? Any others?



1. "C'mon, quit it!"

7. High poker pair

11. #1 bud

14. Friendly New Orleans address

15. "90210" actress Spelling

16. Shapiro on NPR

17. Annoying consumer levy

19. "What's in the ___?!"

20. Jeopardized

21. Exert some effort

23. Beverage suffixes

24. With authority derived from one's position, in Latin

30. Baltimore player

31. Word in a fall forecast, maybe

32. Word in a fall forecast, maybe

35. La Mediterranee, e.g.

36. "Mater" intro

37. They're quintessential

41. ___-lock brakes

42. ___ Gatos, CA

43. Old U.S. gas station still seen in Canada

44. "Things are not always what they ___"

45. Anaphylaxis treatment

48. 114-year-old gas station logo

50. "To be," to Bizet

54. Prefix meaning "fire"

55. Good place for a pool table

57. Name on 1950s campaign buttons

59. Payment down to the penny (or what the theme entries exhibit?)

63. Play on linear TV

64. "Sonic & Knuckles" publisher

65. Follower of multi- (or if it's a gadget criticized by Alton Brown, uni-)

66. "Unforgettable" singer ___ 'King' Cole

67. High-altitude seat feature

68. Like clothes after a workout


1. "Amor vincit ___"

2. Baskervilles beast

3. Attack from a distance, in Overwatch

4. Zaps, on "Jackass"

5. Epps of "House, M.D."

6. More tree-scented

7. Played the restaurant critic

8. Hotel suite extra

9. Noteworthy time period

10. Like ESP, sense-wise

11. Toys that may wet themselves

12. "To" opposite

13. Awkward situation

18. 161, to Claudius

22. "Previously on" segments

25. "Here! Take a chair"

26. "It's... Little ___ Horne!"

27. "Trillion" prefix

28. ___ Void ("Never Say Never" new wave band)

29. "'Tis a shame"

30. Less than a couple

32. Actress Zellweger

33. Someone who knows their Monet from their Manet

34. "Allow me"

37. We all have one

38. Letters to ___ ('90s rock band)

39. High-rated

40. About 79% of the old "Guess Who?" board

46. Haircut line

47. Raises, as a skyscraper

49. Family insignia

50. Remove, as chalk

51. Maker of small trucks

52. Peter who had a way with words

53. Abrasive material used for nail files

56. Chunk of tobacky

57. Jeff's character in "Jurassic Park"

58. Korean car company

60. Gen-___ (one who's nearly fifty-something)

61. Palindromic Turkish title

62. Bahamas islet

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MAH JONGG CLASSES - BASIC AND STRATEGIES: Mah Jongg Classes with Barbara: Basic 4 Thursdays Oct 19-11/9; Strategies 4 Wednesdays 10/18-11/8, 1-4 PM. MiddleCoast Brewing Co. $45, preregister. 231-383-0803,

COTTAGE FOR RENT: Traverse City 1BR Cottage; Fully Furnished; Includes All Utilities; New Appliances; W/D; A/C; Cable; Very Nice; Quiet Setting; No Pets; $1,700 per month; (231) 631-7512.

FREE: FREE, 36X60 GLASS TABLE TOP Create your own base…could be cocktail or dining (231) 645-5545


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 2024: The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City is seeking local organizations in ministry to submit proposals by 11/1/2023 to receive grant monies.Our goal is to address critical needs in our community.

Link for the non-profits: yXRhJ1zdzFFkHT6Q7

NORTH HOPE CRISIS: New location NOW OPEN! Help Those Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis by joining our direct care team. Sign on Bonus $1,000 - Starting pay $17Full Benefits start first day - Paid training provided – No experience needed. All shifts available. Contact Dana @ 616-260-7266 or

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TRAVERSE CITY October 6-8. Sale hours 9am-4pm Friday-Sunday. Furniture, home goods, clothing and more. Third house north of Carver Street. Please park in alley. Call 833-944-1025 for more info.

NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE IS HIRING NMC has new full-time, staff openings! We are seeking a Student Success Coordinator $54,745.00/ year, a Data Analyst- Nursing $54,745.00-$58,577.15/ year, a Nursing Recruiter $54,745.00$58,577.15/ year, a Nursing Coach $49,723.00-$53,203.61/ year, EES Office Manager & Registration Specialist $45,164.00/ year, and a Groundskeeper $17.77-$19.22 Hourly. NMC is EOE

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INCREDIBLE Silver Lake views at this 4 bed, 3 bath, completely remodeled topto-bottom home! 149’ of private, beach sand frontage on Silver Lake. High-end finishes throughout including custom cabinetry, hickory floors, stainless steel appliances, beautiful lighting, Granite and Quartz countertops, a new hot tub, indoor/outdoor bar, and covered multi-level decking with speakers. Brand new game room in lower level with glass garage door to capture the gorgeous view. Fresh paint in every room, with new carpeting in bedrooms. Heated garage with extra storage capacity. Professional landscaping, underground sprinklers and invisible fence with mature trees on either side of property for privacy. Beautiful beach with storage shed and plenty of room for toys. Kayaks, shorestations and docks are all included. Wonderful setting to entertain family and friends!

353 Paradise Point Trail, Traverse City • $1,890,000


WEST SIDE LIVING!! Positioned in the popular Tyler Hills neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Traverse City, this ranch-style home, with main floor living, offers an open concept floor plan, three bedrooms, two baths, spacious living room, main floor laundry, two covered porches and a partially finished walk-out lower level. The spacious lower level includes a fourth bedroom, 3/4 bath and a family room perfect for entertaining family and friends.

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