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Do not despair!

My brother lives in Nashville and finds it more than amusing to send text messages of every little thing in bloom.  This past Friday I snapped back with, "Flowers? Big deal! The bay is still frozen up here.  I can see the boulders at the bottom it's so clear. That is what you call spring!" 


But do not despair my Northern Michigan friends.  We are getting closer to spring.  I know this because the sun is sticking around a little bit later than usual and I find…


Added by Shea Petaja on March 29, 2011 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Quality, Going Once - Your Home's Expertly Crafted Details Are Number One!

Time and time again, the authorities in the international design realm, such as Architectural Digest, lead consumers on a journey through the ethereal interiors of masterful architecture that is intertwined with timeless and cutting-edge interior design. These statement-making rooms of course include the…


Added by Shane D. Inman on March 28, 2011 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

Fudgie Packer

I’ve been feeling pretty full of myself about the way I’ve weathered

my first Up Nort h winter.


I rocked the Yankee Look, with the exception of a couple of lumberjack-style disasters. I didn’t bust my ass on the ice, except while walking across the frozen expanse of Glen Lake – which I’m just not…


Added by Anita Merlot on March 23, 2011 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Come on Spring, we're ready for the 2010 vintage!

We’ve been hibernating this winter. Can you blame us? While we embrace winter’s fury, there was quite a bit of fury to embrace this winter. With spring sending us a few warm and tingly signals (other than the threat of another winter storm), we’re anticipating new spring wine releases, longer tasting room hours and month-long April Wine Month celebrations. (Get the full scoop here.)… Continue

Added by Sharon & Lorri on March 22, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Grow Benzie Spreading the Good Greenhouse Word

Our little greenhouse, made with recycled materials, glowing under a bright sun last January.


Last Saturday—a sunny and spectacular last day of winter, when ideas of spring’s awakening were on every Northerner’s mind—I headed to a workshop sponsored by Grow Benzie that offered up tips…


Added by Jeff Smith on March 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Great White Exposure

It’s the middle of March and I’m itching to expose myself.


If not all of me, at least the long expanse of albino giraffe neck I’ve been hiding under turtlenecks for six months. Okay, four months – whatever. In October, I was all excited about it. Soooooo over it now.


Now, I’m all geared…


Added by Anita Merlot on March 21, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Chapter 2. Northern Michigan Events: M-22 Challenge@52.999

The tire looks so thin—like a pencil sketch arced across a page. Not a firm compass-drawn line; more the wobbly drawing of a small child wielding his first sharp point. This is what I think as I’m bent over the handlebars of my son’s black Tommaso, the clear, unobstructed March sunlight flooding around leafless trees and warming my forehead. It is my first day of bicycle training for the M-22 Challenge, and this sun and the white-blue disc that is Little Glen Lake sheathed in thin icy…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on March 20, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

RETRO REVIVAL - The '50s (and a bit beyond) Are The New Fabulous!

A new trend in current interior design styles is bringing back “retro” to dwellings everywhere. This iconic style – nostalgic, straightforward and individualistic – is winding its way back from the fringes of time.

Remember the avocado and gold paint colors from the kitchen of the…


Added by Shane D. Inman on March 19, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Buckley musicians win Acoustic Jam with huge local support

For Buckley, this seemed kind of like a championship basketball game.


The parking lot to the Southside Hideout overflowed onto M-37 last night (Wednesday, March 16), while inside, Tammy Sundelius and Mike Youker of Buckley edged out runner-up Black & Wild to win the Battle at the Hideout acoustic music…


Added by Tom Carr on March 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Northern Michigan Events: M-22 Challenge@52.999

March 15, 2011: My first day of training for the 2011 M-22 Challenge

In a burst of mid-life crisis last week I signed up for the M-22 Challenge. It seemed so far away then ...But driving home from work with the sun glaring through the windshield at 5:30 p.m. (thank you Daylight Savings Time), I decided, why not…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on March 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

A Month in Northern Michigan, concluded.

So I’ve finished my month-long sabbatical in Northern Michigan, and it was pretty cool.

    My girlfriend, speaking by phone from East Lansing, said, “But you’re so isolated up there.”

    If isolated means no traffic during the half-hour commute from Glen Arbor to Traverse City, she’s right. Otherwise it’s just perception. True, I’ve been lucky enough to stay at a condo my family owns in The Homestead, and that place in winter is sort of like where Jack Nicholson went homicidal…


Added by Dave Waskin on March 14, 2011 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

The Ravens of Lookout Mountain

Rising behind Eagle Harbor, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, there’s an ancient mountaintop that the locals call Mt. Baldy, but which is officially named Lookout Mountain. A guy at Downwind Sports in Houghton told me about it. I explained that I was meeting two friends for a long weekend on the Keweenaw, and we…


Added by Jeff Smith on March 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Cow: Boots, Hats, Boys & Balls

I’ve told you, in gory detail, about all the new experiences I’ve had since shedding my Fudgiedom and staying Up North all permanent-like.


Last week, I shed my puffy vest and headed back to Texas for a little HenFest, which is a bunch of women getting together and clucking incessantly.




Added by Anita Merlot on March 13, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

My new little friend

One thing I've noticed at the cabin, I can't stop claiming ownership of everything.  That is MY pine tree, that is MY Downy Woodpecker and this is MY clean air.  So I guess it's no surprise as I discovered a little baby red squirrel that I became a "proud mama" who had to share photos with all her friends of MY baby.


I mistakenly discovered my new baby as I was searching through my binoculars for eagles one day from the cabin deck.  A furry little head caught my eye.…


Added by Shelley Martinez on March 9, 2011 at 8:51pm — 1 Comment

Local product gives a jolt with your oats

Gary Wittig has married two morning staples in a way few people would have expected.


He's added coffee in with oatmeal for his product Bolajoe.


Coffee to get you going and whole grain oats to…


Added by Tom Carr on March 9, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Let the little kid out!

Release Your Inner Child

Every once in a while we are tempted to veer from the path of adulthood and embrace our inner child. Last summer Chelsea and I did just that.

While trying to steal the…

Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 9, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

Traverse City Events: Thursday Wine Tastings at Burritts Fresh Markets

Sometimes the gods smile. Or god. And maybe it was more a wink, but Bacchus was definitely playing me yesterday evening. I’d arranged to meet friends at Burritts Fresh Markets on West Front in Traverse City for a lift home to Glen Arbor after work. Early, I figured to buy a half-pound…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on March 9, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Making It Work: Rory the butcher

I call this a 'Making It Work' story because it's about someone trying something new to make it in this strange, new economy. I'll be featuring other stories of every-day innovators under the same heading.


The Buckley Butcher Block is a local shop that wants to become…


Added by Tom Carr on March 8, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Bear Creek, A favorite of mine.

One of the best things to do is to find a place that is out of the ordinary and right in your backyard. Fortunately for us we are in a rare area that has many of these gems a few miles away.

First off we took advantage of a little hiking trail down the road from home at the Spirit of the Woods Club. It was a dreary day with the sky unable to make a decision between spitting and downpouring. However we took to the woods anyway. Thank goodness that we did too.…


Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

In the Valley, Channeling Charles Bronson

So I’m not exactly new to the area, but I’m new to sticking around Northern Michigan for more than a week at a time, especially in February and March. To celebrate my third week in the Glen Arbor area I went for a hike on what I’d heard was one of the less populated trails of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.…


Added by Dave Waskin on March 7, 2011 at 11:24am — 3 Comments

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