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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine January 2018

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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in this issue

5 min.
fresh air, fresh spirit

You can’t do what we do here at Traverse/MyNorth and not love both Northern Michigan and photography. Sometimes that means we share something and everyone says, “Oh, I’ve seen the sky just like that,” making us the kindred spirits we are. Other times, one of our photographers captures something most of us will never, ever experience. And to those experiences we say, “Wow.” The known and loved. The mysterious and magnificent. The serene and the wild. It is all a part of this place we love. And this is so true of capturing winter. The wow: Ice climbing on Grand Island. Eric Olson, photographer and outdoor adventurer, had us hooked as he talked about snowshoeing or skiing the backcountry of the U.P. to get to ice cliffs. When he started talking about…

3 min.
doug stanton

Inside: New Life for Sugar Loaf Beulah Beautifies Checking with Karly Shorr PEOPLE NATURE ARTS NOSTALGIA BUZZ WISDOM CURIOSITIES Doug Stanton can tell a hell of a war story. His 2001 World War II survivor drama, In Harm’s Way, was a New York Times bestseller; as was 2009’s Horse Soldiers—a rendering of the true story of a 12-man U.S. Special Forces unit that helped rally Afghan fighters to topple the Taliban in 2001. The latter title was recently reborn as 12 Strong—a real-deal Hollywood movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer that Stanton calls “a Western with lasers.” But he insists the film, which debuts in January 2018, still preserves much of the humanity of the original story. So this is the first of your books to make it to the screen. What was it…

1 min.
beulah beautifies

Luna Boutique owner Mary Perzigian concedes there was a little good-natured griping among downtown business owners during this fall’s improvements to Beulah’s streetscape. Fair enough: When the sidewalks are so torn up that you just have to close up shop some days, we can understand the frustration. But now that the new brick-paved walkways, streetlights, bike racks and other upgrades are in, there’s no disagreement about whether it was all worth it. The fresh look “really was the missing ingredient,” Perzigian says. “People might not realize this, but back in the day, Beulah was the place to go Up North.” Then Traverse City built its malls, and people migrated there. Now things have come full circle, Perzigian believes. “People are looking for small-town charm,” she says. Beulah had loads of…

1 min.
new life for sugar loaf

Southern California lawyer and developer Jeff Katofsky created a buzz in 2016 when he took ownership of the long-shuttered Sugar Loaf ski resort in Leelanau County. Since then, he’s been flooded with questions about what the future holds, but for the time being, he doesn’t have a lot of answers about what to expect next. “Honestly, I won’t be looking at the project for a good year,” he says, citing another development downstate that’s been eating up all his attention. What he could tell us is that there won’t be condos; wine will likely be part of the mix, though not a retail vineyard; and the whole thing is likely to be anchored by an upscale, year-round resort. “This community can support—and needs—a high-end hotel resort,” he says. As for…

1 min.
checking in with karly shorr

Last time around, Karly Shorr was the young upstart Olympic hopeful; today the 23-year-old Michigan native is considered the team mom. “Really—that’s what they call me,” says Shorr, the Olympic snowboarder who cut her teeth at Boyne Mountain and finished 6th in the women’s slopestyle event at the 2014 Sochi games. “But I think it’s just because the younger girls know I care about them. I mean, we’re competitors, but I really want them to go to the Olympics; it’s the biggest stage in the world.” In fact, Shorr’s role at the PyeongChang games in February could very well be mentoring two new “young guns,” who she says are most likely to claim spots on team USA. But Shorr isn’t giving up on landing the fourth and final roster spot…

4 min.

MON 1 NEW YEAR'S DAY SAT 6 Music | Internationally renowned bassist and recording artist Rodney Whitaker performs jazz at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. 231.347.4337, MYNORTHTICKETS.COM. ATIX SAT 6 Kids | 7th Annual Coyote Cup Youth Snowmobile Race in Cadillac: Kids 12 & under. 231.862.3212, COYOTECROSSINGRESORT.COM. WED 10 And More | Bring a yoga mat and come thirsty for the Jolly Pumpkin’s Beer Yoga Series, every other Wednesday evening. 231.223.4333, JOLLYPUMPKIN.COM. SAT 13 And More | Beat the blues with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula’s Winter Warm Up. A souvenir mug, wine tastings and food pairing at each location. 231.223.9303, WINERIESOFOLDMISSION.COM. ATIX SAT 13 Music | Enjoy an evening of Sumkali’s world music at the Gopherwood Concert Series, Cadillac. 231.846.8383, MYNORTHTICKETS.COM. ATIX MON 15 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY FRI 19 Theater | Insanity doesn’t run in this family, it gallops!…