Last Wednesday did not start off very well for your hardworking Chamber director – in fact, I think of it as my own version of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day”. My dog was sick, I was not feeling well myself (Different causes since she ate the kitchen trash and I didn’t.) and as I dropped my coffee cup in the kitchen sink. I also dropped my phone and my keys in the dishwater. By the time I got to the Chamber office, late, after following a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on May 5, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Living now in Traverse City, a place I consider a food lover’s paradise, it sometimes shames me that my three favorite foods haven’t changed as I’ve become an adult. They are, exactly as they were at age six: pizza, ice cream, and cheese.
These are my deserted-island three. My last-meal trifecta. My go-to, triple-time-healer of a broken heart, bad hangover or even slightly irritable episode of P.M.S.
I eat the big three, I feel joy. It’s very simple.
They don’t… Continue
Added by Lynda Twardowski on May 5, 2009 at 8:11am —
Not for us.
Certainly, not for Rustic Russ
We had a wonderful time at the Yoder Horse and Carriage Auction in Mount Pleasant.…
Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 4, 2009 at 5:51am —
Remember how as kids we used to mess around in the back yard, at the lake, the crick, the woods? How we played outside with adult supervision but mostly without? Well, apparently kids don’t do much of that anymore.
According to various studies there has been a cultural shift over the last few decades in which children spend more time indoors in sedentary activities. The predictable result has been kids who not only don’t know much about nature but are increasingly obese and out of… Continue
Added by Tom Stanley on May 3, 2009 at 2:11pm —
Today's the day.
Our annual trek to the Amish horse and carriage auction. Yoder style.
While chatting about our Saturday trip to see the Amish, Rustic Russ
and I both agreed ~ we mirror the Amish in many of our thoughts and ways of doing business.…
Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 2, 2009 at 6:30am —
Almost every year for forty years, no matter where I lived, summer vacation meant Lake Michigan. I’d load up the car with my son, my dog, shorts, bathing suits and flip flops and head west to the beach. Vacations here meant family, a slower pace and so much fun that I hated to leave. (That’s why I moved here the first chance I got!) I’m no different than the thousands of visitors we host every summer here in Manistee. I saved up all year for a week or two here and I usually went home with not… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on May 1, 2009 at 1:30pm —
May is off to a good start…with three fantastic food & wine events Up North.
Taste the creations of T.C.’s up-and-coming chefs at Siren Hall’s Scholarship Dinner!
On Sunday May 3rd, Siren Hall Restaurant in Elk Rapids is hosting a scholarship dinner to benefit Great Lakes Culinary Institute students.
Five students will create the menu under the tutelage of chef-owner Michael Peterson. Their performance that night… Continue
Added by Emily Betz Tyra on May 1, 2009 at 12:00pm —
(To view Part 1 on MyNorth, go to "All Blog Posts", it's worth the walk.)
Yep ~ it's that time of year again.
Time to plan for the summer garden.
For me, one of the most exciting steps isn't mulling over the seed catalogs.
It's spreading manure.
It's knowing the nutrients of the manure created by our well-fed farm animals… Continue
Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 1, 2009 at 6:30am —
An upcoming report from the National Academy of Sciences is concerning. It says people are spending more time in front of computers and television than the outdoors.
“Declining nature participation has crucial implications for current conservation efforts,” said co-authors Oliver R. W. Pergams and Patricia A. Zaradic.
It’s all the more important we connect children with nature. At LandChoices
we are working to do that through our… Continue
Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on April 30, 2009 at 8:30am —
Yes, spring is here.
Our two piglets are on order.
Two more weeks to go, then we pick up the 6-week old little bundles of squealing joy.
Am I excited?
We enjoy raising pigs.
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 30, 2009 at 7:00am —
In the beginning there are gazillions of brown, rumpled leaves. Daps of decaying cellulose that cover the forest floor as far as your eye can see. Then morel season dawns and you wonder, What do just-born morels look like minutes after they poke their cone-shaped heads through compost to greet the light? Are they born 2 inches high and ready for the skillet? Do they come out with porous, craggy skin, or is it smooth as, you know, a baby's behind?
This evening I found out. It was on a… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on April 29, 2009 at 7:21pm —
My kind of Tweet.
As a child, much like… Continue
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 29, 2009 at 6:24pm —
I just learned about the coolest recycling network right here in the greater Traverse City area--TC Freecycle. It's part of a nationwide network that's all about...
- keeping things out of the landfill.
- sharing an item that retains usefulness.
- clearing out our unused clutter.
The Traverse City chapter began in May 2004 with the goal of reducing waste by connecting individuals who are throwing away goods with others who are seeking them.… Continue
Added by Jodi Simpson on April 28, 2009 at 9:58am —
There's no other way to say it.
Winters are hard on us.
They are a busy time.
Sometimes just struggling to get by. To make it through.
No hibernation for us.…
Added by Sherry Sutherby on April 26, 2009 at 11:45am —
A TRAIL STORY
You probably wouldn’t give a man much credit for reinventing the wheel, but what about a man who reinvents the Wheelway?
The man in question is Dr. John Shields and the Wheelway is the Little Traverse Wheelway from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs that is nearing completion this summer.
The “reinvention” had to occur because the original wheelway from Petoskey to Harbor Springs that had been built around 1890 during a bicycle boom had fallen into… Continue
Added by Tom Stanley on April 26, 2009 at 10:00am —
The leeks are up and my 12-year-old son and his friends have already brought home bags full. Their harvest has been so bountiful we turned our videographer Jeffrey Morgan on them. The boys (we're starting to call them the Wild Food Dudes) did a great job--and so did Jeff. Hopefully, this video will inspire kids of all ages to get out into the Northern woods this weekend.
P.S. I have checked and double-checked: it is legal to dig leeks in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on April 24, 2009 at 3:15pm —
I (Heart) Kalkaska
It is quite special to witness the culinary prowess in Kalkaska, a very small northern town in the heart of blue-ribbon trout streams. Every small town has one dinner spot secret—the place that all the locals go. This town has several. Wednesday night I had the honor of judging the Taste of Trout at the kickoff of the National Trout Festival, and the town's top chefs were very much on their game when challenged with… Continue
Added by Emily Betz Tyra on April 24, 2009 at 3:00pm —
photo by David Williams
I am in the process of transforming one of my flowerbeds, which (in my dreams) I want bursting with billowy poppies and funky purple allium flowers. I planted allium bulbs last fall and they’ve already started to pop up! I cannot wait to see their Dr. Seuss-y, orblike flowers.
But the poppies, I may have to wait for. In these parts, you can only get poppy plants/bulbs right now, the spring. And I am… Continue
Added by Emily Betz Tyra on April 24, 2009 at 3:00pm —
What a way to spend a lunch hour! The folks at Interlochen Center for the Arts rolled out the proverbial red carpet for their 2009 Summer Arts Festival with a beautiful media luncheon at the City Opera House in Traverse City. As usual, the lineup is filled with gotta-see-them and gotta-go-to-that entertainment. The lineup features some newbie acts to the festival: the 1970's rock band Styx; the bluegrassy sounds of Cherryholmes; comedienne Paula Poundstone; Steve Miller Band (c'mon do I have to… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on April 23, 2009 at 1:53pm —
We embrace the idea of distinctive businesses with local character, but sometimes forget that their survival depends on our patronage. Each time we spend a dollar, we should consider the full value of our choices and remember that each dollar is a vote for the future direction of our community. The votes we cast with our dollars, every day, influence our community even more than those we cast on election days.
In mid-March, I spoke to the Sunrise Rotary Club about the Invest In… Continue
Added by Manistee Chamber on April 23, 2009 at 1:30pm —