Just before deer season 2013, a gentleman by the name of Tim Ervin called me to see if I'd like to do another Manistee Day. Manistee Day is the informal name we have given to an occasional—maybe once every few years—rite in which Tim Ervin drives Jeff Smith around Manistee and shows off some of the latest stuff Tim loves about his home county.
Tim Ervin is a connector in the fullest sense of the word. "I'll have to put in you touch with..." is a phrase that comes from his… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on December 3, 2013 at 10:30am —
For the fourth consecutive year, Oryana Natural Foods Market—a community cooperative owned by thousands of area residents—will make a significant donation to a worthy non-profit.
Oryana currently seeks applications from local non-profit organizations for the Oryana Community Grant Program. Every profitable year, Oryana donates a portion of its end-of-year proceeds (pre-tax) to a local non-profit organization.
“Cooperatives work for the sustainable development… Continue
Added by Lydia Belanger on September 7, 2011 at 4:00pm —
One of the best things to do is to find a place that is out of the ordinary and right in your backyard. Fortunately for us we are in a rare area that has many of these gems a few miles away.
First off we took advantage of a little hiking trail down the road from home at the Spirit of the Woods Club. It was a dreary day with the sky unable to make a decision between spitting and downpouring. However we took to the woods anyway. Thank goodness that we did too.… Continue
Added by John Edward Yonkers III on March 7, 2011 at 11:00am —
Critical mass: Manistee locals gather to hear Michael Moore inspire them to renovate the Vogue Theatre, in downtown Manistee.
Something important happened today in Manistee. On its surface, that something had to do with Manistee’s decrepit and shuttered old movie theater,… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on February 9, 2011 at 7:00pm —
This holiday season, check out Betty Neff's recipes for Jalapeños Stuffed with Sausage
and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
, both just right for a casual holiday gathering.
Has this story reminded you of a favorite sausage dish… Continue
Added by MyNorth Food & Wine Up North on December 17, 2009 at 1:00pm —
The editors of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine
are taking nominations for the March 2010 Best Eats issue. Have you tried a dish at a Northern Michigan restaurant that has you licking your chops just thinking about it? Tell us what it is and where you had it in the comment box at the bottom of the Best Eats nominations page.
Have you picked up a food product at a… Continue
Added by MyNorth Food & Wine Up North on December 17, 2009 at 12:50pm —
Hunters' wives hear about Brian Neff while getting their nails done downtown. Others find out about his Old-World technique from their doctors. And hunters learn about him at camp, of course. In-the-know Petoskey locals and people as far flung as Iron Mountain in the U.P. and New York trust Neff with the spoils of their hunt, which he coaxes into natural, old-fashioned sausages and then hands over fresh, or deep frozen to last through the long winter.
Sausage is Neff's gift, and he… Continue
Added by MyNorth Food & Wine Up North on December 17, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Tim has a master's degree in poetry from the University of Michigan and, since leaving college, has managed the gourmet food and wine shop Esperance, in Charlevoix, for the past 4.5 years. He recently left that position to piece together a living that combines writing with working as a wine importer. Watch for his stories on MyNorth.com, in Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine
and of course here, in Food & Wine Up North.
Read more about… Continue
Added by MyNorth Food & Wine Up North on October 27, 2009 at 3:30pm —
The second annual Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour is history—and everyone involved from the tour-goers to the designers agree it was historically fabulous. I was able to make it to 10 kitchens between Traverse City and Charlevoix and at each kitchen I overheard exclamations about how much fun people were having.
It was so energizing to see so many folks finding their way to these kitchens scattered from Manistee to Petoskey. I was able to make it to ten kitchens from Traverse City to… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on October 26, 2009 at 7:39am —
The second annual Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour
is history—and everyone involved from the tour-goers to the designers agree it was historically fabulous. I was able to make it to 10 kitchens between Traverse City and Charlevoix and at each kitchen I overheard exclamations about how much fun people were having.
It was so energizing to see so many folks finding their way to these kitchens… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on October 26, 2009 at 7:30am —
Put this date on your calendar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24—the day of the Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour
when 25 professionally designed kitchens from Manistee to Harbor Springs open their doors to tour goers. Got that one down? Now add this footnote: plan your day of kitchen touring so that you end up at the brand new Wooden Hammer Annex
in the… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Edwards on August 26, 2009 at 3:00pm —
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 11:00am —
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 2:00pm —
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 8:30am —
Moving Spirit wine shop and art gallery
This is the second installment in a series of blogs about the entrepreneurial mettle that Manistee is relying on to move forward in Michigan’s changing economy.
There is a phenomenon that historic preservationists talk about, how an economic downturn can actually help preserve the character of a place. Intuitively we can see how this makes sense. When a community faces closed… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on July 6, 2009 at 8:30am —
This is the first installment in a series of blogs about the entrepreneurial mettle that Manistee is relying on to move forward in Michigan’s changing economy.
As Michigan continues the fight to right itself economically and scrambles to find models to follow and examples that inspire, our business and government leaders should take a look at a few things happening in Manistee County. I recently had the good fortune of taking a day to check out some of the success stories… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on July 3, 2009 at 8:00am —
Saturday I headed to the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama, about an hour and a half south of Traverse City, to check out the Michigan Energy Fair 2009, organized by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.
The fair, in its fourth year, is a gathering of what might be called technological optimists, people selling and buying and learning about ways we can reduce our energy use and carbon… Continue
Added by Jeff Smith on June 28, 2009 at 8:00am —