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Where's the Beef?

Our hen, Chicken Little, has one slight problem.

She doesn't know she is a chicken.

Last week, she strolled into our fenced dog yard while I was scooping and Rustic Russ was feeding, only to play a game of avian pinball with the sled… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 13, 2009 at 6:44am — No Comments

Gone Fishin'

Springtime in Michigan is an angler's dream,,,.and for good reason. With so many beautiful lakes and streams, the fishing options are endless. They can can range from fast paced smelt dipping in gallon buckets or riding through the open waters charter fishing on the Great Lakes. Others may seek out a quiet afternoon on a winding stream casting for the elusive trout or tossing a line out for perch from a pier. For others, the perfect fishing experience is trolling for crafty walleye from a small… Continue

Added by Moescorner on May 12, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Glen Lake Marine Service

Glen Lake Marine Covers Both Ends of the Summer Boating Season!

In the fall, and before the snow falls, we begin the process of winterization for local boat owners. We shrink-wrap boats, remove boat docks and hoists, and begin the process of storing, on site at Glen Lake Marine, boats for winter storage. Please call 231.326.5666 or 231.883.9417 to make your reservations for inside boat storage.

In the springtime we reverse the process. After the ice melts we are busy… Continue

Added by Jeff Gardner on May 12, 2009 at 8:14am — No Comments

Glen Lake Boat Rentals!


We Have the Boats and Water

You Have all the Fun!

The two combined Glen Lakes - Big Glen Lake and Little Glen Lake - have over 6,000 acres of surface water which many boaters and fishing enthusiasts enjoy during the summer months in Leelanau County. Big Glen Lake has a depth of up to 130 feet, and Little Glen Lake has a maximum depth of 13 feet. Both lakes are perfect for fishing, whiling… Continue

Added by Jeff Gardner on May 12, 2009 at 8:13am — No Comments

Tuesday Tidbits

Tonight, Rustic Russ has his first Horse Show. (Click HERE.)


Who says you can't relive your childhood dreams?

This will be an every Tuesday night event ~ for the entire summer.

Follow along...won't you?…


Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 12, 2009 at 6:58am — No Comments

Let's Not Wait Until...

One of the coolest things about my job is the Chamber office, which is right on the Manistee River Channel. My window looks right out at the US 31 bridge, so from time to time I watch boats navigating the river. It’s a good thing – when boats (whether business or pleasure) are moving that means money is also moving. It’s especially good to see boats moving now, after a long winter with all boats tucked safely away.

Boats spend the winter safe in the harbor, but that’s not what boats… Continue

Added by Manistee Chamber on May 11, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Cheese Throw Down Afterglow (and a Trip for Tastebud Travelers Who Missed the Party)

It’s been a few days since I’ve attended the Wisconsin Cheese Throw Down at Bowers Harbor Inn, and I apologize for the delay in the post-party blog. But you see, I’ve been in a cheese coma.

This is what happens when a cheese lover attends an event showcasing a thousand-plus chunks of fine cheese and a dozen cheese-inspired gourmet dishes, all of which is washed down with her favorite local beers and wines.

Judging by the turnout (Bowers Harbor Inn, its fabulous new outdoor… Continue

Added by Lynda Twardowski on May 11, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

My Mother's Day Surprise

As the day nears the end, and another Mother's Day has passed, I am reminded of all things cyclical.

My thoughts turn to Freddie the Leaf.

If you have never read the book, "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf", by Leo Buscaglia, you must seek it out. (Click HERE.)

It's a book about a… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 11, 2009 at 7:43am — No Comments

Musing About Trails on a Busy Saturday Afternoon

This morning as I ran along the Little Traverse Wheelway from the History Museum to a little way past the main entrance to Bay Harbor and back I noticed something different from a similar run ten days or so ago. This time there were arrows, numbers, and lines, all in pink, on the asphalt. This can only mean one thing. It’s a sign that the sections on which the pink inscriptions appeared are being prepped for maintenance and that the City of Petoskey,… Continue

Added by Tom Stanley on May 10, 2009 at 11:08am — No Comments

The Equine Equation

Upon arriving home Friday night, I found company in the corral.

And excitement.

Excitement about being outside, the sunshine, the warmth, the horses.…


Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 9, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments


Full. That's how I'd describe our days as of late, as we rush headlong into summer with every waking moment spent outside playing and exploring and planting and eating and, well, just living. I have to admit, as much as I love the still quiet world of winter, I am humbled by the bursting energy of spring. It makes me realize (again and again) how fantastic our little nook in this world really is....

My top five reasons for loving Up North (today).

The fact that… Continue

Added by Kate on May 8, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Saving a ranch using conservation development

The Sun Ranch, a scenic 18,500-acre real estate development in Montana, is for sale.

Owner Roger Lang said he’s selling the property in order to buy and preserve more land in another spot. 98% of the land is protected with a conservation easement.

“Maybe there’s some other ranches that I can get involved with purchasing, restoring and protecting,” Land said in an article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

He… Continue

Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on May 7, 2009 at 8:48am — No Comments

Parallel Friends

Rustic Russ and I love it when people "get it".

When they understand why we live the way we do.

Why we would rather spend… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on May 6, 2009 at 7:05am — No Comments

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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 2:30pm — No Comments

I am the cheese.

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 9:11am — 3 Comments

Out Among the Amish

Culture shock?

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 6:51am — No Comments


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 3:11pm — 1 Comment

Amish Attitude

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 7:30am — No Comments

The Experience Business

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 2:30pm — No Comments

Who needs May mint juleps? We have May wine, beer, cheese...

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 1:00pm — No Comments

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