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Great Lakes Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Expansion!

Celebrate the accomplishments of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, Michigan as they expand to protect the Great Lakes and their rich history!

This has been an absolutely incredible year for the sanctuary, and there are several exciting developments on the horizon. The Friends of TBNMS invite you to a Sanctuary Celebration on Saturday, September 6…


Added by Thunder Bay on August 25, 2014 at 6:12pm — No Comments

3rd Annual Traverse City Labor Day Bridge(s) Walk - FAMILY FRIENDLY

8 A.M. Monday, September 1, 2014  Front/Park Streets - in front of the EuroStop Cafe'  No Registration or Charge

Showcases the outskirts of our town crossing under and over the Grandview Parkway Bridge, viewing the bay and the new Clinch Park, walking through the Warehouse District and along the weir, crossing over Wadsworth Bridge again viewing the Boardman River, hiking behind the museum/old library, crossing over the Union St. Bridge and coming back to walk along the boardwalk over…


Added by Gloria A. Halligan on August 25, 2014 at 6:36pm — No Comments

2014 Northern Home & Cottage and Farm Market Tour

2014 Northern Home & Cottage and Farm Market Tour

Three homes on our…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 25, 2014 at 5:04pm — No Comments

City of Riesling Event, Traverse City

Panel discussion at City of Riesling event, Traverse City.

I'm not opposed to asking the obvious question, and I especially enjoy asking the obvious question when I have the chance to ask it of people who really have meaningful answers. Today I had that opportunity at the…


Added by Jeff Smith on July 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

2014 Northern Home & Cottage & Leelanau Wine Country Tour


Three homes on our 2014 Northern Home & Cottage tour are tucked into the heart of Leelanau Peninsula wine country. The peninsula’s 25…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

2014 Northern Home & Cottage Home & Old Mission Wine Country Tour


Three homes on our 2014 Northern Home & Cottage Tour are tucked into the heart of Old Mission Peninsula. Purchase your $15 ticket (complete with home tour directions for…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2014 Northern Home & Cottage Tour! Editor's Sneak Preview


This year’s Northern Home & Cottage Tour features 10 homes set along 113 miles of drop-dead gorgeous Northern Michigan scenery. Some might find that mileage a bit wearying … but for dyed-in-the-wool home tour aficionados that route merely says LETS GO!


Yes, it is totally doable to tour all…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on July 24, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

River Report : 7/25/2014

Saturday July 26th is the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon. On that Saturday, thousands of fans and canoe enthusiasts will gather around the gentle waters of the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers with great anticipation and excitement for the 67th annual marathon.

They’ll rent and/or bring boats to enjoy the rivers while waiting for the main event at nine o’clock Saturday night. The traffic on the river will be huge . . . you’ll see virtually every kind of craft that floats.

For the…


Added by Old Au Sable Fly Shop on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The 45th Parallel - Night of the Reaping Moon

My book, The 45th Parallel - Night of the Reaping Moon was just published by Taliesin Publishing and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Taliesin Publishing, Smashwords and just about anywhere you can buy an eBook.  It is a paranormal thriller set in Northport, Michigan.  Writing this book was so much fun because it allowed me to combine my love of Northern Michigan, wine and scary stories!  You can check out my blog on The Story Behind The 45th Parallel - on

Added by Maureen Hands on July 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Local author gets write-up in Grand Traverse Insider for "Amazing Grace, Our Littlest Hero"

‘Amazing Grace’ - Grand Traverse Insider - Morning Star Publishing


Added by Ashleigh Rose Bottorff on June 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

what you need in your Northern Michigan car at all times this summer

“So that’s what you do; you just have that stuff with you all the time?” said my downstate friend. That was my eureka moment. I had just described the key stuff a Northern Michigan mom needs to have in the car at all times to be ready for the impromptu beach swim, bonfire or boat ride. My friends had been up for a…


Added by Rachel North on July 7, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments


Hidden from view is the trailhead behind the old YMCA.  Cross the field following the river and it will soon appear.  While following the path there are almost continuous views of the Boardman river, along with a couple of creek crossings with woods and meadows.  Because this is a flat terrain it quite easy to walk, plus the Fox Den Trail, if you follow it to the right, has a long boardwalk. Following these two trails can lead to the Sabin Dam which is one of the dams to be torn down.  It is…


Added by Gloria Halligan on June 16, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

A love of Loons

If you know me, then you already know that my twitter handle is Loonchick1205, my cabin is decorated with Loon decoys and I will drop whatever I am doing once I hear the Loon's haunting call across the lake.  My husband says "The True North begins when the Loon greets you." I agree.

I love them for…


Added by Shelley Martinez on June 16, 2014 at 3:51pm — No Comments

When Not in the Woods

Foregoing expeditions to the Manitous and other Greats' like the Jordan Valley, sometimes I can be content right in town. Especially with these cool easy sleeping nights and mornings.

I can be content to pass through town at sunset amidst the vapours of evening. The reds, the whites, the IPA's, the funky porters, Nolans' tobacco perfuming freshly wrung yoga bodies, and the lilac which seems to emanate from/through cooler air deeper than in warm air. I exchange glances with…


Added by Michael Curiel on June 17, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

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

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

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