Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chateau Grand Traverse

Northern Michigan's oldest commercial winery. The O'Keefe family has been growing and producing Riesling. on Old Mission Peninsula since 1974.
Traverse City, Michigan 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NW Mich Second Wave

An online magazine about Northwest Michigan's talent, spirit, environment and upbeat future. We love NW Michigan and we want to tell you why
NW Mich Second Wave

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Grand Traverse Insider

A weekly newspaper, with a circulation of 43,000+ that focuses on positive feature stories throughout northern Michigan.

The Grand Traverse Insider

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mich Senior Olympics

MSO offers the 50+ population competitive sports and a healthy and active lifestyle!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My North, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, has fresh info daily about Northern Michigan hotels, restaurants, events, attractions, people, Michigan travel ideas, Northern Michigan vacations, cabins and lake houses for rent, Michigan homes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, all things cherry, Michigan wine and wine tours and more. includes articles, video, directories, interactive maps and an amazing community where people share everything they love about Northern Michigan in photos, videos, blogs and discussions.

Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery

Positioned at the entrance to Leelanau County’s wine country, we invite you to begin your tour at the newly re-designed tasting room. With generations of farming history, the new owners bring our love for Northern Michigan into every aspect of Chateau de Leelanau. New wines and ciders are made from fruit grown in our family’s vineyards and orchards to ensure a true taste of Leelanau County in every sip.

 Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau

Experience the beauty & splendor of the Lake Michigan shoreline. SLEEPING BEAR DUNES VISITORS BUREAU is your resource for attractions, lodging, events & dining.

Hike Michigan

Hike Michigan - A resource site for hiking in Michigan, but mostly a good excuse to have a lot of fun and meet fellow hikers!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Traverse City TweetUp

Traverse City TweetUp connects Twitter users face-to-face for business networking in Traverse City, Michigan. We're a place to have conversations about social media and our awesome community that we live, work and play in


Monday, August 8, 2011

Northern Michigan Artists Market

The Northern Michigan Artists Market is about Northern Michigan art, our Northern Michigan neighbors who create it and the people from all over Michigan and beyond who enjoy, buy and collect Northern Michigan Art

Six Northern Michigan artists started The Market and opened it in October, 2003. Since that time, we have grown rapidly and now represent the best creative work of artists from all over Northern Michigan, from Traverse City to the top of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, giving The Market the best selection of Northern Michigan art anywhere!

Northern Michigan Artists Market

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is rich in history from early Native American cultures to the shipping, logging, and agricultural heritage of the area. Even the name of the area comes from the Native American Legend of Sleeping Bear.

Long before there were roads and highways in Michigan, people and goods were being transported regularly on the ships of the Great Lakes. The Manitou Passage (between the Manitou Islands and the mainland) was a busy corridor for commercial shipping. The location of the Manitou Islands made them ideal for a refueling stop for steamers to pick up wood for their boilers. That was one of the driving forces for early settlement of the islands. Docks were built, and trees were cut to fuel the growing Great Lakes Shipping fleet.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Nothing’s finer than Randy’s Diner!

Since 1997, Randy's Diner has been serving Traverse City the finest breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, smoke-free, family atmosphere.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 6am - 8pm
June-July-August - Open until 8:30pm,

Monday, August 1, 2011

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance

MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Current Local Events

Tour de TART: Non-competitive bicycle event
starting at the EuroStop Cafe, TC, and ending at
Marina Park, Suttons Bay, which will include Right
Brain and Short's beer available for purchase
and two food stops along the way. Start anytime
between 4 and 6:30pm. Total 19-mile ride. Bus service
from Suttons Bay begins at 7pm and ends at
9:30pm. Registration is $35 for adults; $10 for kids.

Music in the Park: Hipps n Ricco perform in
Pennsylvania Park, at 7pm. Free.

Friday Night Live: Front Street in downtown TC
will be open to pedestrians only for an evening
of music, food and sidewalk sales, 5:30-pm. This
week's theme is "Hagerty Night."

Interlochen Irish Festival: Live Celtic musical
performances featuring Leahy and Cathie Ryan at
Kresge Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets, $35.50.

Annual Hops and Berries: Wine & beer tasting
event at the Alden Depot, 5-8pm, includes live jazz
and silent auction. Tickets, $20 at the door.

Author Event: Marie Gates will discuss her book
"Are We Our Past Lives?" at Horizon Books, TC,

Live Music: Ken Bonfi eld performing Celtic,
American folk, blues and more at Pennsylvania
Park, Petoskey, at 12:15pm.

Public Viewing Night: See the night sky at Rogers
Observatory, TC, from 9-11pm. $2 donation or $5
per family.

Electronic/Drone Music Concert: Performance
by Morgan Evans-Weiler at Horizon Books, TC,
8:30-10:30pm. Free.

Author Signing: Jim Carpenter will discuss his
book "Surviving My Happy Childhood" at Leelanau
Books, Leland, from 3-5pm.

Art Leelanau Benefit: Featuring over 90 Leelanau
artists, with music by John Lindenau Quartet,
drinks and hors d'oeuvres, at the Old Art Building,
Leland, from 5-8pm. $25 donation and $30 at the
door. 231-256-2131. Art exhibit continues through
July 27.

Summer Sounds Concert: Neptune Quartet will
give an outdoor jazz performance at the Michigan
Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, at 7pm. Tickets
are $10 for adults, free for ages 17 & younger. Visit for more info.

Picnic Open House: Learn about the new program
model for substance abuse treatment in Northern
Michigan at Dakoske Hall, TC, 11:30am-1:30pm.
Rain or shine!

"The Center" Grand Opening: Community-led
class center in yoga, permaculture, art, herbalism,
breathwork and more, now open in Beulah.
Learn more from 7-10pm. Search "The Center
- Healing Enrichment Empowerment Well-Being"
on Facebook.

Folk Singer Performance: Hammer dulcimer and
banjo-playing singer/songwriter John McCutheon
will be at Aten Place, Boyn Falls, at 7:30pm. Tickets
are $25 per couple or $15 each.

Michael on Fire: Jazz, country, blues and folk
fusion concert at InsideOut Gallery, TC, at 8pm.
Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Loon Lookout: Pontoon tour of the Grass River,
6-7:30pm on Friday; 10am-11:30am on Saturday.
Hosted by the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire.
Call 231-533-8314 for more info.

Arcadia Daze: Located in Manistee County, featuring
a craft fair, 5k run, cart racing, live music and
more. Visit

Barn Dance: Kick up yer heels! It's a square dance
event at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, at 7pm,
featuring the Peace Meal String Band, a bonfi re and
homemade buffet dinner. Cost, $18 per person with
reservations or $20 at the door. 231-526-3276.
Summer Concert Series: The Banjo Picker and
Friends band will perform at the Roscommon
Gazebo, 7pm.


Antique Market: Featuring Midwest exhibitors at
the Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor, from 9am-

Kayak for a Cause: Take a 30 mile tour of the
shores of Walloon Lake, starting at 9am. Bring your
own equipment. Fundraiser for Camp Daggett. For
more info, visit
Breathe Owl Breathe: Performing folk Americana
music in the Piazza, located near Left Foot Charley,
TC, at 6pm.

Author Reading: Tina Marie will discuss her book
"Isabella" and several other works at Horizon Books,

Michael on Fire: Jazz, country, blues and folk
fusion concert at the Elk Rapids Town Hall, 8pm.
Tickets, $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Big & Rich w/ Gretchen Wilson: Country music
performance of two big ticket acts at Val Du Lakes,
Mears, at 5:45pm.

Native American Presentation: Arlene Marozas
will present "Jingle Dress Values & Ethics"
at the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center,
Peshawbestown, 1-3pm.

Author Event: William Whitbeck will discuss his
book "To Account For Murder" at Horizon Books,
TC, from 2-4pm.

The Pink Classic: Ladies-only charity golf tournament
at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, Suttons
Bay. Contact the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of

Jetty Rae: Northern Michigan artist performing at
the Good Work Collective, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $10.
Includes special guest Jessica Ripka.

Mulebone: Roots blues and folk band performing
at InsideOut Gallery, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $15 in
advance or $20 at the door.

Summer Concert: Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, Sarah
Darling, Scott Haggard, Blue Dirt, East Bay Blue,
Lonesome Fugitive Band and more perform at
the Southside Hideout, Buckley, starting at 3pm.
Tickets, $30 at the door. Part of the Disabled
Veterans Fundraiser.

Author Event: Larry Kuhnke will discuss his book
"Cloud Nine" at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.

Boardman River Dams Hike: Learn about the
slated dam removal with Steve Largent, from 10-
11:30am. Meet at the Boardman River Nature
Center, TC.

Fiber Arts Festival: Over 50 vendors will display
homemade hats, sweaters, lace shawls and more
for purchase at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, from
10am-5pm on Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday. $5
admission. Kids under age fi ve are free.

Author Event: Frank Slaughter presents his book
"Echoes of Distant Thunder" at the Cottage Book
Shop, Glen Arbor, at 1pm.

Indian River Hole-in-One: Competition worth
$100,000 at the Indian River Golf Club, from 6-8pm,
with the open qualifi er. Call 231-238-7011 for info.

Manitou Music Festival: Will Pearsall and Chelsea
Saddler perform at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor,
at 8pm. Tickets, $15. Visit

Author Signing: Marie Gates will discuss her book
"Are We Our Past Lives?" at Horizon Books, TC,
from 2-4pm.

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: Featuring special
guest Nathan Gunn on baritone, at Interlochen's
Kresge Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets, $25.50.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Performing at
First Congregational Church, Charlevoix, at 4pm.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Michigan Magazine

Michigan Magazine is seen twice weekly on the RFD TV network. Shows air on
Tuesdays at 3:30 pm and Wednesdays at 1:30 am EST. The museum is open
from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday and Noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays

Michigan Magazine

Monday, July 18, 2011

About The City Opera House

The City Opera House is the oldest of three historically intact Victorian Opera Houses in Michigan. The primary objective of the City Opera House, over the last 29 years, has been the restoration of this unique public environment. With its historic ambiance the theater offers to the northwest region of Michigan an exciting, one-of-a-kind venue for national, international, local and regional entertainment and arts opportunities, educational programming, and public and private celebrations. Learn More

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ongoing Events , Music, Charities, Food, Art, Nature

Drumunity: Family-friendly drumming event featuring
food vendors and more in downtown Elk Rapids,
every Wednesday, from 6-9pm.
Family Campfire Songs: Every Thursday evening
at Blackbird Arts, TC. Call Melissa at 231-421-8085
for more info.

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest Tickets:
Discounted tickets are available for the Aug. 26 &
27 Porterhouse Productions festival (held at the GT
Commons), now through July 14, with weekend
passes going for $55 (a $15 savings). Don't miss
performances by Martin Sexton, Grammy-nominated
Rebirth Brass Band, GT Pipes & Drums and many
more. Purchase tix at

Drake School Open House: Interactive display of
the Benzie area school that was open 1884-1950,
now through Aug. 26. Contact the Benzie Area
Historical Museum for info at 231-882-5539.

Beach Bards Bonfire: Storytelling, poetry and
music held every Friday on the Leelanau School
Beach, 7:30pm, now through Aug. 12 (no fi re on
July 29). $1 donation per person. Also, stargazing
Wed. & Thurs. nights from 10pm-midnight ($2
donation), now through Aug. 25. For info on both:

Wildflower Walk: Held every Tuesday at the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, at 10am. Guided hike.
Call 231-533-8314.

Historical Walking Tours: Explore Traverse City
every Tuesday & Thursday, 1pm; and Thursday,
10am. Offered by the History Center of Traverse City,
the leisure walk lasts approximately an 1.5 hours. Visit for more info.

Tennis MIxed Doubles League: Every SUnday at
Central High School for eight weeks starting June
26, happening at either 5pm or 6:30pm. Cost, $25
per player. Call Vince Szymanski, USTA League
Coordinator, for more info at 231-392-6303.

Yesterday Once More: Williamsburg Dinner
Theater featuring iconic sounds of yesteryear,
every Friday, starting July 1. Visit cateringbykellys.
com for more info. Tickets, $39.95.

Ghastly Mackinac: Tour of Mackinac Island’s places
of catastrophe and death that occurred nearly 200
years ago. Held June 29; July 9, 13, 16, 20 & 27; Aug.
3, 6 & 10. Reserve your spot: 906-847-3328.

Alden Evening Stroll: Every Thursday, in downtown
Alden, featuring live music, from 7-9pm
UpBeat Cadillac: Live jazz, blues and R&B musical
performances at the Rotary Pavilion, Cadillac, 6pm,
every Thursday.

Father Fred Cash Donation Drive: Help the local
TC charity reach a goal of $10,000 for the summer.
Now accepting donations through June. Visit fatherfred.
org for more info.

Rock 'n Roll Heaven: Williamsburg Dinner Theater
tribute show, every Saturday, starting July 2. Visit for info. Cost, $39.95

Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every
Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2
donation to participate. 947-6675.

Summer Ranger Programs: Family-friendly events
happening June 11-Aug. 13, featuring a variety of
activities including hikes, junior ranger program
and more at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore, Empire. Call 231-326-5134 or visit nps.
gov/slbe for more info.

Cruisin' to Lil Bo: Classic car night every Thursday,
at Lil Bo Pub & Grille, TC, from 6-11pm.
Northern Rods 'N Rides Cruise Night: Every
Wednesday, at the Indian River Eagles Club, 5-9pm.

Evenings at the Gazebo: Free concert held in Old
City Park, Boyne City, every Wednesday, at 6:30pm.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

A Chance to Learn to Dance: Held at Steven's
Place, TC, featuring Tuesday Swing, Wednesday
Tango and Thursday Social, 8:15-9:30pm. Call 929-
8945 for more info.

Stone Circle Gatherings: Music and storytelling
around the fire, every Saturday, at 9pm, now through
Sept. 3. Located on US-31 10 miles north of Elk
Rapids. Call 231-264-9467 for more info.

Cherryland Flea Market: Indoor market selling
books, music, handmade crafts, jewelry, household
goods and more every Saturday & Sunday,
9am-4pm. Located at 5161 US 31 South, TC. Visit for details. Open through

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is a Michigan Beachtown (Nominated by Travel & Leisure as one of America's Best Little Beachtowns) located along Lake Michigan’s sweeping shoreline just a few miles west of US-31 between Muskegon and Pentwater, Michigan. Just a short few hours from Chicago, Detroit, Traverse City and the Mackinac Bridge. The home of the National Asparagus Festival and annual Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival.

During your visit at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, you will find an endless amount of sand piled into lofty mountains, miles of pristine shoreline beaches, unique attractions and events, great food, excellent accommodations and memory-making family fun…all to explore. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes East of Utah to drive a private motorized vehicle from April 1st through October 31st .

Current Local Events

The History of Crystal Downs: Presentation on
the fi rst round of golf played in August 1972 at the
Benzie area golf course, happening at the Mills
Community House, Benzonia, at 7pm.

Historic Port Oneida: The Land Tells It's Side
of the Story: Presentation at the Olsen Farm, Glen
Arbor, at 7pm. National Parks Service presentation.
Petoskey Steel Drum Band: Performance on
the grand lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions,

The Poetry of Painting: Create a poem inspired
by nature with added watercolors at the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, 10am. Pre-register at

Adventure Hike: Guided hike through the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, 2pm, geared for all

Beaver Island Music Festival: Weekend-long
event featuring music from Ernie Douglas, Dave
Boutette, Baynard Kurth and much more. For lodging
and ticket info, visit

Street Legends Car Show: Held in downtown
Charlevoix, featuring a Friday cruise-in (with live
music by Dominic Fortuna), car show on Saturday
with games, music, food and prizes, as well as a
silent auction. Visit

Roots on the River Concert Series: Lindsay Lou
and the Flatbellys perform on the river in downtown
Manistee, 7pm.

Voices Without Borders: Multi-national children's
choir performs two free concerts (12:30pm &
7:30pm) on the lawn of the Village at Bay Harbor.

Music in the Park: Peacemeal String Band performs
at the East Jordan Band Shell, 7-9pm.

Full Moon Paddles: Guided tour along Lake
Charlevoix, 8:30pm. Includes a bonfi re. Cost, $35.
Visit jvoutfi for details.

Senior Center Dance: Featuring music from the
High Society Wise Guys at the Grayling Senior
Center, 6pm. Cost, $10 per person. 231-348-7123.

Igor & the Red Elvises: Russian rock n roll group
performing "Siberian Surf Rock" at the InsideOut
Gallery, TC, at 9pm. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25
at the door. Call 929-3254.

Kaleva Days: Celebrate your Finnish heritage with
live music and a beer tent, 5k run on Saturday,
parade, arts & crafts show and more. Located in
Manistee County. Visit for info.

Cadillac Festival of the Arts: Held in City Park,
featuring a juried art fair, children's games and

Dat Phan: Last Comic Standing winner performing
at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets,

Kingsley Heritage Days: Softball, volleyball and 3
on 3 basketball tourneys, bounce house, food and
more, starting at 10am. Call 231-631-3309 for more
info on silent auction.

Summer Sounds Concert Series: Jim Hawley,
Lawrence "Doc" Probes and Donna Wilson Probes
of Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered will perform
at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located on
the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, 7pm. Tickets, $10 adults; free for

Song Writers in the Round: Local musicians perform
at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Free.

Perry Paint Out Auction: Silent auction and reception
at the Perry Hotel, Petoskey, 7-9pm. Portion of
proceeds benefi t the Women's Resource Center of
Northern Michigan.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Singer/songwriter performing
with her fi ve-piece band at the City Opera
House, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $30-$55. cityoperahoouse.
org for more info.

Art in the Garden Show & Sale: Mixed media on
display and for sale at Bellwether Gardens, Suttons
Bay, from 10am-5pm on Saturday; noon-4pm
on Sun. Light refreshments served. Call 231-271-

ISLAND Benefit Concert: Live music by Seth and
May, Gifts or Creatures, Mike Shimmin, Samantha
Robbins, Airborne or Aquatic and Josh Davis at
Short's Brewing, Bellaire, 4pm to late. Suggested
$10-$20 sliding scale donation benefi ts Institute for
Sustainable Living, Art & Design. 231-480-4515.

Port City Run: 5k run and one mile fun run in
Goose Park, Frankfort, starting at 8:10am. Visit for more info.

Annual Venetian Festival: Battle of the bands,
parade, food and beverage tent, live music (includes
Think Floyd) and much more. Held in downtown
Charlevoix. Visit

Survey Expedition: GPS track invasive species
at the Boardman River Nature Center's Sabin and
Boardman Ponds bottomlands, 8am-noon. RSVP
by calling 941-0960.

Aquapalooza: On-water party featuring the
Caribbean Blue Band, 12:30-5pm, on Ferry Beach
in Charlevoix. Includes fun activities for all ages.

Roscommon River Festival: Fly fi shing-tie workshop,
canoe & kayak boat show, paddle demos and
more. Visit for more info.

Leo Kottke: Six and 12-string guitar player performing
at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 8pm.
Visit for more info.

26th Annual Art in the Park: Held in Pennsylvania
Park, Petoskey, featuring a variety of area artists.
Visit for more info.

Emerson Drive: Nashville recording artists will perform
such hits as "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall
Voices without Borders, featuring children from
around the world, will perform two free choir
concerts (12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) on the lawn
of the Village at Bay Harbor, July 14.

source: Northern Express

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Porterhouse Productions