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July 2009 Blog Posts (76)

and a time to dance at kickin cancer barn dance july 18 ellsworth

Primarily, I write about my desire to squeeze the greatest possible joy out of our lives in Northern Michigan. And so today I might talk about the handful of citrus-colored nasturtiums in the pop-bottle-turned-vase that nod over my desk. Or I might drone on about the handfuls of blueberries that ruined last night’s pot of strawberry jam by adding too much flavor. Instead I’m going to talk about phone calls, loss and a dance. The… Continue

Added by Rachel North on July 14, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Kindred Spirits

Today, I received a very special package in the mail.

An unexpected package. Which, is the very best kind.

From Donna. Donna from the dairy state.

We met last fall, when she and her husband, James, attended our Full Moon Fall Fling. (Now re-named Meet the Mushers since we pushed the date into August.)

Donna, through an act of… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on July 14, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

brides, grooms and the petoskey pier: a wedding up north

Overheard while I was snapping these shots of a lovely wedding party at dusk on the Petoskey pier, “I was looking at my mom’s wedding pictures. They were funny. The guys were wearing velvet bow ties.”

“Do you think we’ll look back at these photos someday and laugh about something like that?”

"I don't know. At least no one’s wearing a velvet bow tie.”

Please include your snaps of beautiful weddings Up North on… Continue

Added by Rachel North on July 14, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Beaver Dams, Alpena, and the Trail Ahead

By the time you read this, the DNR will have pulled or cut the trees off the Petoskey to Mackinaw City Trail and done something with the beaver dam (see photo) that caused what looked to one user like a “washout.” From the original complaint, that would leave only the weeds that in some sections can reach hip high on adults but which might seem creepy to small children. So my judgment is that although the trail is “unimproved” it is still generally… Continue

Added by Tom Stanley on July 13, 2009 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Thomas Wolfe was right ~ You can't go home again

Writer Thomas Wolfe didn't live to see 40, but he knew about people and their yearnings.

I've always called Petoskey my home.

Grew up there. Went to school there as a child. Raised my children there. My mother still lives there. My father is buried there...

I was always drawn to the lifeblood. Lake Michigan waters.

But now, my… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on July 12, 2009 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival Tickets On Sale!

My husband snapped this photo of Friends of the Traverse City Film Festival lining up this afternoon to buy tickets for the festival. This year's festival runs from July 18 to August 2. The photo doesn't do the crowd justice. The line of smiling, happy film buffs wound down the block.

Ticket sales for the general pubic begin next Saturday, July… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 12, 2009 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

Gatsby in Harbor Springs!

When I was invited to attend the Harbor Springs Historical Society’s gala event, I jumped at the chance to go. Any opportunity to drive to this sweet resort hamlet on Little Traverse Bay is a treat, but when the occasion was a 1920’s Great Gatsby-themed party, who could resist?

I rounded up a black, fringed flapper dress and a pair of fishnet stockings and last night my husband and I took off from our home in Glen Arbor for the Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 12, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

wine notes for traverse city global wine pavilion at the cherry festival

I love wine. I love that a bottle captures all the nuances of the land, the weather and even the people around the winery when it’s made. And while I’m a fan, I’m not a student. I quit learning about wine when I met my beloved husband,Scott, a sommelier. For those of you new to the language of wine that’s French for “wine guy.”

I figured that with him around I could learn other things, since it would take a lifetime… Continue

Added by Rachel North on July 10, 2009 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Windy City (that'd be Manistee)

Gray and gusty, just how the Windspire vertical wind turbine likes it.

This is the fourth installment in a series of blogs about the entrepreneurial mettle that Manistee is relying on to move forward in Michigan’s changing economy.

Sometimes, when a company has to work its way out of a jam, it pays to just do the obvious thing. For John Holcomb, general manager at the MasTech Manufacturing plant in Manistee, that… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on July 10, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

2009 Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour: Saturday, October 24

I can't believe it, but the second annual Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour is rolling around again. Mark it on your calendar: Saturday, October 24.

The first tour was an incredible success. After spending the day yesterday reviewing photos and designer statements for this year's 25 kitchens, I can tell you to expect another spectacular tour.

These kitchens, located from Manistee to… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Rally for Clean Energy Jobs! July 29th in Lansing

July 8, 2009

Cassidy Edwards

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Urgent: Rally for Clean Energy Jobs in Lansing Wednesday July 29

More dirty coal plants will jeopardize Michigan’s clean energy future

Wednesday July 29th over a thousand people will converge on the capitol steps in Lansing to support Governor Granholm’s stance on clean energy jobs to turn around Michigan’s economy. The rally will also make it clear that Michigan’s proposed coal… Continue

Added by cassidy edwards on July 9, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments

I'm going to Green Cuisine. See you there!

Back when the morels and the leeks were just popping out of the forest floor, I spent a whole day foraging with the Young family. Tim and Kathy Young operate the all-organic Food For Thought preserves and wild foods company in Honor. We had such a blast together. While Tim and their two children hunted for the elusive morel—they got a few!—Kathy and I followed behind in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore forests with just the tinges of chartreuse… Continue

Added by Emily Betz Tyra on July 9, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Food Inc., the movie

Food Inc - Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and his grass fed herd. Photo courtesy Food Inc

I'm writing off topic. Instead of talking about conservation development, I want to let you know about our food.

From the Food, Inc. media kit: "In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food… Continue

Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on July 9, 2009 at 7:05am — 2 Comments

Pavlov's Cow

It didn't happen with Mama Cow.

It didn't happen with Papa Cow.

And it didn't happen with baby cow, Luna.

Who, incidently,… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on July 8, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What If ... They Made Movies in Manistee

Harold Cronk, a partner in Manistee's new 10 West Studios

This is the third installment in a series of blogs about the entrepreneurial mettle that Manistee is relying on to move forward in Michigan’s changing economy.

Anyone looking for evidence that Michigan’s film tax credits are generating business for Northern Michigan should have been in Manistee last week when the filming of What If was in full swing.… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on July 8, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Biz Blast

Business After Hours ____________________________________________________________

Thursday's are usually a highlight of the week because it means that the next day is Friday which is the beginning of the weekend. However, this Thursday is even more exciting because the time has come once again for the...

Business After Hours

The Well Being Spa & Yoga Studio

1516 S. Bridge Street

5 to 7pm

$5… Continue

Added by Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce on July 8, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

Pow Wow at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

Today held not nearly as perfect weather as yesterday. It was raining on my way to Traverse City this morning, so when Lissa (Managing Editor of Traverse Magazine and my “boss”) told me I was to go check out Heritage Day at the National Cherry Festival, I tried not to be skeptical. Luckily, it didn’t rain on my way there, or… Continue

Added by Whitney Duque on July 7, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

traverse city traffic ... of the dearest kind

Sometimes when I'm driving around the Leelanau Peninsula, I have to slow down or even stop for traffic. Unlike commutes in other places, I'm encouraged to grab the camera and snap a shot of the offending party. Please forgive these shots taken out of my sunroof, lest I disturb my traffic jam and send it scurrying out of sight.… Continue

Added by Rachel North on July 7, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

of horses, hills and bays: a tour of traverse city's horseshows by the bay

A few days ago I visited the Horses By the Bay venue. It's one of those times where biz and my own curiosity were sated by one trip. Alex Rheinheimer and I have enjoyed the occasional cup of coffee and some happy conversations about collaborating further on her events. Among many of her responsibilities, she heads up the marketing and promotions of the event, co-producing with her husband… Continue

Added by Rachel North on July 6, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Out and About at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

Even though I’ve lived Up North all my life, this year was only my second time attending the

National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. I really enjoyed it when I went last year (my fiancé, Jeff, and I grabbed some sodas from the Cherry Republic and strolled around) and this year was no different. It’s a perfect day… Continue

Added by Whitney Duque on July 6, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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