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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine August 2017

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

6 min.
summer’s threads

Anyone who loves Northern Michigan in the summer knows that our days are defined by weather, by time of day, by landscape, by stage of life and by houses full and emptying and full again. Each moment in a day brings a ripple of past and present, an unbroken thread of connection that binds each of us, in our own ripples, to this place. Morning It’s just past dawn and we are eating Cheerios on the dock with four little ones who are bare-chested, sleep-rumpled but as always, awake. The world around us is perfectly still. Sunrise reflects on the trees across the lake from us and slowly, systematically, turns the face of the water into a subtle warm glow. Austin has already crept down the ladder to stand among the minnows…

3 min.
great lakes center for the arts

Inside: Field Guide to Northern Michigan Movie House Magic State Street Marketplace Could Petoskey soon become a national destination for music, dance, theater and film? It may sound like an ambitious vision, but the folks at the nonprofit Great Lakes Center for the Arts think they can pull it off. The group is entering the home stretch of an effort to create a world-class performing arts venue in nearby Bay Harbor. We asked Executive Director Jill O’Neill and Marketing Director Beth Anne Eckerle to give an update and look ahead to the inaugural 2018 summer season. So the building itself sounds like it’s going to be something pretty special. Can you give us a little preview? Well, the heart of the building is a state-of-theart 500-seat theater, but there’s also a community engagement room…

1 min.
meet your neighbors

The Grass River Natural Area’s James Dake was frankly a little surprised no one beat him to authoring a field guide to northwestern Lower Michigan. But the fact that the book, released in the fall of 2016, is already in its second printing proves that it wasn’t for lack of reader interest. Dake crams descriptions of 400-some species of the region’s plants, mammals and insects into a slim, backpack-friendly 150 pages—complete with color photographs. Grab a copy and use it to identify surprising Michigan species like the native prickly pear cactus; the eastern hognose snake, a mildly venomous predator that can impressively flatten its head to mimic a cobra; the elusive river otter, featured on the book’s cover; and the purple fringed orchid, the delicate star of Northern Michigan river…

1 min.
magic of a movie house

For years, Manistee has seemed like a place of untapped potential: It has great beaches, relatively inexpensive real estate, and a historic downtown with great bones. So a few years ago, it was easy to cheer on an effort by community leaders and hundreds of volunteers to restore the Vogue Theatre—the historic downtown movie house that reopened in 2013 with a nonprofit vision patterned after Traverse City’s State Theatre. Now, local leaders are seeing signs that all the work on the Vogue may be paying big dividends: Downtown restaurants are reporting an upswing in business; retailers are staying open late on movie nights; a new condo development is coming to the riverfront just blocks from the theater; and a new brewery, distillery, and music venue/recording studio are among the businesses…

1 min.
state street marketplace

As the TC economy continues its current roll, we’re seeing business incubators expand the models for starting new businesses. The latest experiment is State Street Marketplace—a 7,000-square-foot open-concept market that puts several restaurants, a handful of retailers and a new 4,000-square-foot production brewery under one roof. Like a hipper version of the food court at the mall, compact storefronts ring a communal dining space of about 100 seats (not including the outdoor patio), allowing diners to mix and match menu items from different vendors. Another cool perk: You can watch the beer at Monkey Fist Brewing literally get made, through a giant glass wall that divides the anchor tenant’s production space from the rest of the market. Though similar retail concepts have struggled in places like Grand Rapids, State Street…

1 min.
this is mynorth

Pack a Picnic! Find our favorite summer recipes on Pinterest. Search "TraverseMag" on Pinterest. MYNORTH.COM COTTAGE DIRECTORY The lake is calling. Search cottage rentals near the shore. AUGUST EVENT HIGHLIGHT 10th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & music Festival. August 11 & 12. Cheers! MyNorthTickets Share your#MyNorthMoments Northern Michigan inspiration: through your lens. Tag @MyNorthMedia…