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The Most Michigan of Mushrooms

Like everyone else I harbor memories of the mysterious outings I used to make with family (as a kid) to hunt for Morel mushrooms. It's not like we spent all that much time in the woods either, but for some reason never explained we would for Morels. The only reason in evidence was the evening's frying pan which rendered them very tasty. Still, perch seemed better fare (and more fun).

As a member of NMC's Mycological Society I don't spend much time talking about Morels. In fact no one…


Added by Michael Curiel on June 10, 2014 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Summer's Flood

Up Leland way, summer’s flood of flowers, and their quest for brilliance, has begun in earnest.


Some are already asking, “How will Brenda J. Clark paint me this year?”


At the wellhead out back…


The Poppy buds of a sole plant – some 20 strong – swell, waiting to burst forth in their vibrant orange. They do not seem to mind being boxed in by mounds of Catmint to the back. Nor do they object to being flanked in front by the soft purple…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on June 10, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

Leland area place to rest my head June 14th

Well, usually I dont wait to the last minute, but events caught me off guard. I cant seem to find any accomodations for June 14th after I promised Bel Lago that I would again volunteer to help pour and set uop for the Leland wine festival.

Even TC seems booked up. I would rather not stay way down in Frankfort, but closer in case I have a glass or 2 of wine.

Does anyone have a suggestion or let me camp out (sleep in back of my Suburban on an air mattress) for the one night? No…


Added by vinnie manco on June 9, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments


In my quest to bring more of you who live in Grand Traverse County and surrounding counties downtown, two Labor Day’s ago the Traverse City Labor Day Bridge(s) Walk began.  This kind of welcoming family-friendly walk provides the opportunity for all to rediscover the beauty of town by traversing the perimeter, including crossing over four bridges, viewing the Boardman River and the Grand Traverse Bay almost the entire way, and realizing that when the trails are messy and muddy or too buggy,…


Added by Gloria Halligan on June 6, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

Watershed Center Awarded One of Seven DEQ Water Quality Grants

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is just one of seven organizations statewide to earn a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant to improve water quality in Michigan lakes and streams.

Nonpoint source pollution is contamination caused when rain, snowmelt or wind carry pollutants from the land into lakes, streams, wetlands and other waterbodies.

The $634,321 award will fund low-impact development, green infrastructure practices and…


Added by Watershed Center on June 5, 2014 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Paying Tribute to Northern Michigan's Morels--Sautéed, With Truffle Cream Sauce, Served with Grilled Asparagus

While the morel mushroom season started late, we’ve been overjoyed at the morel bounty that Leelanau County has brought to our kitchen door. Folks are finding morels where they’ve never been before and in plain sight. Some mushroom hunters claim it's the biggest harvest ever. Others worry this is the last week for…


Added by The Riverside Inn on June 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment


Their translucence  captures you.

That yellow and white blend, shifting.

Their color seems so dependent on Mother Nature's time of day and placement of the sun.


It’s as if a bunch of fairies with magical paint brushes whisk ‘round them, making them sway oh so gently like a soft breeze coming off Lake Michigan.


I wonder... What do the eagles think of those masses of blossoms when they venture out to patrol the skies from their…


Added by Johnston M. Mitchell on May 31, 2014 at 6:50pm — No Comments

River Report 5/29/2014

Did you know that there’s a lizard native to Michigan? Not a salamander but an actual little reptile about 5 inches long. I was about to leave the house for work last week and as I was about to start the car I noticed something strange on my woodpile. Something dark dangling from the cracks between the logs and hanging over the face of a piece of cordwood. I got closer to investigate and, no kidding, there it was, a little striped lizard sunning…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 30, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments


As I run out of adjectives to describe our myriad of trails all around us in the Traverse City area, I continue to love this little trail behind Grand Traverse Crossings off of Airport Road near Division St. Miller Creek trailhead and parking are found behind Aldi’s (which is where I prefer to begin) and also in-between the Bam Bookstore and Ulta.  Explore little by little and each time you can find something new to explore.

Woods, creek, swamp, meadows, and well-marked trails - in…


Added by Gloria Halligan on May 29, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Cottage Boom!

This newspaper article ( highlights the great news about the cottage market Up North! 

Added by christopher werner on May 28, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

Grass River Natural Area Benefit Dance featuring Steppin In It

Come and kick up your heels under the big tent on the shores of beautiful Torch Lake~

Saturday, June 28th 6pm-11pm

Alden Depot Park, Downtown Alden

Opening act - The Up North Brass Quintet

Michigan’s own Steppin’ In It will be rocking the shores of Torch Lake (Rain or…


Added by Jamie Creason-Applesauce Inn B&B on May 27, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments

Riverside's Northern Michigan Style: Getting Comfortable in a Modern World Filled with Antiques

It’s a tricky style-line we walk, meeting modern expectations for vacation comfort with our historic setting along the Carp River, a block from Van’s beach on Lake Michigan in Leland. 

There’s enough cluttering our world of instant access. Charms ringing in every text, email and…


Added by The Riverside Inn on May 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Inspire teens to volunteer and change the world

In my new book Smile and Succeed for Teens (available late June, 2014) I dedicate an entire chapter, "Be a Rock Star", to volunteering. I think teens are one huge solution to the poor marketing and weak fundraising that plagues so many…


Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on May 18, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

Published Author from Interlochen, features her new book "Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero"

Ashleigh Rose Bottorff has written a great resource/reference/feel good book that features rescued animals, the importance of spay/neuter, animal welfare groups, feral cats and how you can help, pet friendly accommodations and pet travel, how to be a responsible pet owner and a poem to honor all abused animals and those who help them.

Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero is named for a beautiful and brave mama-cat…


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on May 17, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

Friendly Skies - not at this price!

More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines’ trade and lobby group predicted Thursday and Delta will resume it’s Atlanta to Traverse City non-stop service – but at a whale of a price. 


We looked at fares from ATL to TVC in June and found limited flight availability with a price tag of over $600 per passenger.   Then we looked at a quick hop across the lake to Minneapolis (remember it is about a 1 hr flight) and found rates varying from $464 to $515!…


Added by christopher werner on May 15, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Coastal trails catching on

In the news is the Great Lakes Coastal Trail - slice of Europe travel style comes to midwest. Check it out at


Added by christopher werner on May 15, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Boyne Mountain’s Dirty Dog Dash Offers New Course and Challenges

Boyne Mountain’s 5th Annual Dirty Dog Dash, a 3.1 mile obstacle race, returns on Saturday, June 7, with an all-new course and challenges.  And you can get muddy for a good cause.  A portion of each entry fee supports Wounded Warrior Project with a mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors. 

This year’s Dirty Dog Dash has a whole new route utilizing more of the mountain’s natural…


Added by BOYNE on May 15, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

It Takes a Village...Community Playground Build

You've heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a…


Added by Suttons Bay Public Schools on May 12, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

River Report 5/9/2014

It's Friggin' May!!


April showers do indeed bring May Flowers and we’ve certainly had our share of rain over the last couple of weeks. So it should be a great May flower year! 


Spring’s just taken a little longer to get here than we’re used to here in Northern Michigan this year. But the aquifer is charged up and that should really pay off by pumping those springs later this Summer.


Now, though, it seems we’re finally shaking off…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on May 9, 2014 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

Fish Stocking Day in Traverse CIty

First short sleeve day in Traverse City coincided with fish stocking day: The DNR truck is pulled up behind the Chamber of Commerce building. I love a city that values its aquatic life!…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on May 8, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

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