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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine April 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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3 min.
ode to dirt roads

We got our first corgi from an ad in the paper that said, “This dog needs kids!” We had four children under the age of 8 at the time, so we had that covered. And we had been without a dog since Sara, our lab/shepherd mix had died at 13 a few years earlier. I hated being without a dog, but a puppy was just a bridge too far at that stage of the game, so a nine-month-old dog named Foxy and who loved kids sounded ideal. The first thing I did was look up corgis online, and when I called my husband, Neal, my first words were, “They are kind of odd-looking dogs with long bodies and practically no legs.” I’m sure Queen Elizabeth’s ears were burning, but it’s an…

3 min.
dr. norm fred

Fed Love For Our Parks New Dennos Galleries So, picking trash out of rivers… how did that become your thing? I used to be a dentist, and I spent most of my time indoors working. And one day when I was about 56, my brother-in-law wanted to teach me fly fishing up on the Boardman River, near the Forks. I was amazed. I said, “This is the Boardman River? It’s so gorgeous!” Till then, I thought the Boardman River started at the dam in downtown Traverse City. But every time we’d come around a bend there’d be a log in the river and a bunch of garbage jammed up against it. It was terrible. You started picking up garbage right then and there? It was a bit later. About ’92 I had a patient who…

1 min.
michigan… and again

Two federal departments started the year by shining bright spotlights of love on a couple of Northern Michigan national parks. First, on January 18, 2018, the U.S. Postal Service released a Priority Mail Express stamp ($24.70) with an illustration of the Sleeping Bear Dunes shoreline—gulls gliding, Lake Michigan whitecaps breaking and dunes aglow. The U.S. Mint then followed up on February 5, 2018, when they released a quarter showcasing Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the back. The image depicts Castle Rock, the white pine that grows from its top and Lake Superior spreading calmly to the horizon. The quarter is part of the Mint America the Beautiful Quarters series, which is an 11-year coin program that ends in 2021. —J.S. » KING TUT AT DENNOS We're loving the new exhibit spaces at…

4 min.

SUN 1 HAPPY EASTER! FRI 6 Music | Quebec's Le Vent du Nord is a driving force in progressive folk, with rich and varied instrumentation, well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals. Milliken Auditorium, Traverse City. 231.995.1055, SAT 7 Art | Celebrate the intersection of art, poetry, spring blooms and the environment at The Poetry of Fabric Workshop with Rachel Sytsma-Reed, Charlevoix Circle of Arts. 231.547.3554, MON 9 And More| Chef Collaboration Dinner at The Little Fleet featuring the Cooks’ House, Raduno and Pete Peterson. FRI 13 And More| Mutts Gone Nuts! Bring the whole family to witness the antics of these highly trained professional canines. Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts, Roscommon. 989.275.6777, SAT 14 Music | Luke Winslow-King is a guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter from Cadillac. Gopherwood Concerts. 231.846.8383, SUN 15 And More | The…

3 min.
reasons to roam in april!

Take it easy in Suttons Bay. Enjoy a decidedly lower-key weekend in Suttons Bay, where you can peruse the quaint downtown shops, lick an ice cream cone, and wander the waterfront, all in a sunny afternoon. Take to the paved Leelanau Trail for a hike or bike ride (rentals at and finish up at Hop Lot Brewing Co. for food and drink in this small-batch brewery’s on-site hop garden. Hungry for more? Head to nearby Black Star Farms, where each Friday this month you can savor an intimate three-course dining experience featuring delicious fare from award-winning chef Lance Griffus ($45/person, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM). Find a hotel at MYNORTH.COM/HOTELS. Fish for fun in Cadillac. Get outside and hone your fishing skills at the steelhead clinic at 10 a.m. April 7, Mitchell State Park, in…

4 min.
storms and stones

Lately I’ve been driving to the shoreline in foul weather, walking out into cold, heavy wind while lake-surge pounds the stone-and-sand shore that rims Little Traverse Bay. Sometimes it blows so hard I struggle to open the car door, but better to face into the wind than have the squall catch and rip the door open against its hinges. Layla, the English setter, comes with me the whole walk, but my other two little dogs won’t stay for long, running back to the car for cover no matter what I say. I let Layla point and stalk hunkering ducks and seagulls she’ll never catch, while I put on my waterproof, knee-high boots and a heavy, army-green raincoat I think was once my father’s. Down on the beach, facing sometimes into and sometimes…