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Inspiring Signs of Economic Progress in Manistee County

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…


Added by Jeff Smith on December 3, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Grape to Wine Conversion Chart

Ever wonder how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of Silver Leaf wine? How many grapes are in a glass? How much wine does one vine yield? We've answered these burning questions and more in this handy-dandy conversion chart.

Grape-to-Wine Conversion Chart:…


Added by Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery on December 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival -- Behind the Screens with the New Foreign Jury

It's almost noon on Sunday, two days before the start of the 7th Traverse City Film Festival.  The New Foreign Jury has just watched the French film Queen to Play.  Leave it to the French to make chess sexy.  Queen to Play makes my jury's eighth foreign film so far. We've been ensconced in the cozy 35-seat Dutmers Theatre at the Dennos Museum on the southwest edge of NMC's campus since Friday morning.  All in all we'll have seen eleven films by the end of tonight.  After a…


Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival -- Jury Duty vs. Wife Duty

Tomorrow (7/22) from 3-5PM, my husband Jim Carpenter will be signing his new book of short stories, Surviving My Happy Childhood, at Leelanau Books in Leland. However, tomorrow from 3-5PM, I will be in the Dutmers Theatre in Traverse City watching the French romantic…


Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 21, 2011 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

Five Leelanau Tours from Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau

SBDVB Area Guide and Map

The National Park Service provides some excellent resources for park visitors, including a map, brochures and bulletins. At the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau we wanted to help our visitors experience attractions both inside and outside of park boundaries, so we created an Area Guide and…


Added by Sleeping Bear Dunes Visit Bureau on February 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A Toast to the Season: Cheers to Wine Weekend Fun!

I love wine, so when the opportunity to enjoy a whole weekend of it presented itself, I gladly accepted and decided to make it a celebration. I invited my sister, cousin and best friend up to visit me for a girls weekend of wine tasting, laughter and cheers to one another! Being the organizer that I am, our tickets were purchased a month in advance and itinerary emails were sent weekly in excitement for another girls' trip. As the weekend approached, I emailed everyone with a final outline of… Continue

Added by Renee on November 11, 2009 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

Dreaming of Northern Michigan

It's an ongoing dream of my husband and mine. We want to live in Northern Michigan. Every weekend when we drive back downstate from our log home, I feel like I'm leaving my "real home." We built our modest vacation log home last year and are already looking forward to the next one. I love how it's the perfect compliment to nature - perfect for living up north.

And it's had an effect on me. I recently left my job as a commercial broker to… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on January 7, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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