Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

July 2021
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Since 1981, Traverse, Nothern Michigan's Magazine celebrates the best of life Up North through award-winning photography and editorial. Every month, you'll get insider travel tips, regional history, armchair adventure and pristine landscapes. With Traverse Magazine you'll stay in touch with life Up North all year long-wherever you are.

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6 min.
water’s wonders

WHO CAN READ ASHLEA WALTER’S ESSAY this month on open water swimming without wishing you were one of those women 500 yards out into the big lake, bobbing on buoys and reveling in the sunrise and the stories shared? Anyone who swims, who knows the freedom and release found in the water, will find themselves in Ashlea’s sentiment about what it’s like to jump into the water: “I’m 8 years old again: immediate smile, freedom, a release from gravity and the worries that only seem to live on land.” But while I’ve been a swimmer since I was a toddler—much like Ashlea, sink or swim—I marvel at the open water swimmers who head out as early as May to swim in the big lake. I am enormously grateful to get to…

3 min.
climb on!

KEVIN VLACH AND NICK Olson’s paths have paralleled over the years, though it wasn’t until more recently that the two met each other and became business partners in a first-of-its-kind endeavor in Traverse City: an indoor climbing gym. ELEV8 Climbing and Fitness, coming this summer to Traverse City’s NOBO District, will offer climbing—with the tallest walls reaching 42 feet—various types of yoga, high-intensity interval training, aerial silks, slacklining and on-site child watch. Baked into the heart and soul of ELEV8 is the essence of the outdoor communities Kevin and Nick have discovered, and felt at home in, throughout the world. “ELEV8 came from a search for a word that had connotations beyond just climbing—something that communicated the goals of our facility and the commitment we wanted to make to ourselves and the…

3 min.
project rustic

If you could spend your summer exploring rustic state forest campgrounds all across Michigan, would you jump at the opportunity? Paige Lackey, a Traverse City resident and Huron Pines Ameri-Corps service member spending 10 months with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is doing just that. She came up with the idea for Project Rustic, hitting the road in May on an RV trip to collect info, such as GPS locations and campground and trail descriptions, for a DNR database. We caught up with Paige to learn more about this dreamy outdoors excursion and how her work will benefit all campers. Q. First, tell us a little about your background and your passion for the outdoors. A. At school I studied environmental studies and sustainability, so I’ve always been drawn to…

1 min.
new up north

FRESH COAST BEER WORKS & UBREW HOMEBREW SUPPLY 120 PARK ST., TRAVERSE CITY Relocated from its Cass Road location, the taproom offers indoor and outdoor seating, and the homebrew section carries local malt and hops. fcbeerworks.com NORTHPORT PUB & GRILLE 116 S. WAUKAZOO ST., NORTHPORT A downtown restaurant, bowling alley, sports bar and event space in the former Tucker's space. npgrille.com SLEEPING BEAR TOUR CO. HONOR A National Park Service-approved company offering small, personal tours into the park's wilderness areas led by former park ranger Julie Den Uyl, the first commercial operator to be granted permits for accessing these regulated, rarely-visited areas. sleepingbeartourco.com TC PICNIC COMPANY TRAVERSE CITY Marisa Farr creates customized, luxury picnic settings for groups of two people up to 20, delivering and setting up tables, candles, flatware, decor and more. She partners with caterers for private events, or…

1 min.
help build the migizi aviary

Wings of Wonder, a Leelanau County-based nonprofit, and the Little Traverse Bay Bands (LTBB) of Odawa Indians are working together to create the first Tribal Eagle Aviary and Rehabilitation Center east of the Mississippi River and one of only eight in the country. The Migizi Aviary will be located north of Harbor Springs on LTBB land. Rebecca Lessard, the now-retired founder of Wings of Wonder who spent 31 years nursing sick and injured raptors back to health at her Empire sanctuary, is providing hands-on rehab and training expertise to Doug Craven, the director of natural resources for LTBB, and his team. The rehab facility at the aviary will be named The Wings of Wonder Rehabilitation Center in her honor. The aviary will break ground once it’s secured the first $200,000…

1 min.
gwen frostic’s studio on national register of historic places

The Northern Michigan artist’s Frankfort property, which served as a studio, retail shop, printing operation and private residence, was added to the National Register, a National Park Service program, in April. The designation will help ensure the property's preservation by giving the owners, Greg and Kim Forshee, promotion opportunities and access to grants and tax credits. The Forshees have continued the printing operation, and the studio is open seasonally to the public to see it in action and shop Gwen Frostic’s designs. gwenfrostic.com…