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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine August 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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4 min.
magic channel

There is a small passage connecting North and South Lake Leelanau that is referred to as simply The Narrows. This ribbon of water winds through grass-filled areas that offer safe harbor to families of swans and into narrow river passages that flow past wide, wooden docks hosting young kids fishing for bluegill or boats tied up and waiting for the return of people who have walked up into the village of Lake Leelanau. The Narrows, a portion of whose shoreline is forever protected by the Leelanau Conservancy and featured on the back page this month, is exquisitely beautiful any month of the year. I’m often hard pressed to decide whether my favorite is our first drift through in the spring when baby ducks and swans follow noble parents through the grasses…

2 min.
fresh paint

A festival described as both inaugural and annual takes some confidence to pull off, but it’s clear organizers at Crooked Tree Arts Center have something big in mind for their week-long Paint Grand Traverse event. The festival will showcase more than 40 artists from across the country as they spend the week capturing some signature northern Michigan landscapes on canvas, on the spot. Here's what Crooked Tree’s Megan Kelto told us is in store for the August 13-18 celebration of plein air painting. So there are similar events in other scenic parts of the country, but it’s a first here. Can you explain what exactly happens at a plein air painting festival? Artists spend up to a week in a place, exploring different locations, capturing the atmosphere, the lighting, the weather conditions…

1 min.
ziibimijwang farm

Tribal communities across the country are getting in on the movement to recover traditional foods, and you’ll see some exciting examples at the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians’ Ziibimijwang Farm. Spokesperson Kevin Donner says they’ve been working recently to “rematriate” some heritage varieties of beans, corn and squash—the celebrated Three Sisters crops—some of which were farmed by the Odawa for hundreds of years. But Donner told us they're blending that cultural connection to cultivation with techniques of modern season extension technology. The hope is to meet more of the fresh food needs of both the tribal community and the region at large. “For many tribal communities, obesity and diabetes are big challenges, and we believe developing a different kind of food system can be key for helping people…

1 min.
stormcloud has six packs!

If you had told Brian Confer six years ago that he’d be putting beer in cans, the co-founder of Frankfort’s Stormcloud Brewing says he would have scoffed at the idea. And not just because at that point, their brewpub in downtown Frankfort was still just a dream. It’s because back then, cans were still seen as a vessel for dad beer and little else. That’s changed a lot since—so much so that when Stormcloud opened a new brewing facility in early 2018, they skipped glass and went straight to cans. “The three enemies of beer are heat, light, and oxygen—and a can does a better job at keeping those out than a bottle,” Confer said. Look for six packs of their Rainmaker Ale and Whiled Away IPA at your local store…

1 min.
sip easy

WHILED AWAY IPA STORMCLOUD BREWING COMPANY 303 MAIN ST, FRANKFORT A wild beer with crisp hops that’ll carry you all day while the waves crash against your toes. CRANIUM CRUSH PETOSKEY BREWING COMPANY 1844 M119 HARBOR-PETOSKEY ROAD, PETOSKEY Imagine a raspberry brain freeze from ice cream but also something you can crush all summer long. LUMINOUS LEMON ALE RIGHT BRAIN BREWERY 225 E SIXTEENTH ST, TRAVERSE CITY An aromatic cream ale with real lemon zest that won’t drain you like the summer sun. SOFT PARADE SHANDY SHORTS BREWING COMPANY 121 N BRIDGE ST, BELLAIRE A welcoming balance of sweet and tart that finishes crisp for those who don’t normally enjoy beer. MANISTEE’S IPA NORTH CHANNEL BREWING COMPANY 86 WASHINGTON ST, MANISTEE Brewed with Michigan Columbus hops during the boil and Citra hops for dry hopping, this is summer in a can.…

9 min.

WED 1 Festivals Bright lights, cool city! The Traverse City Film Festival is in full swing. “One Great Movie Can Change You!” July 31-Aug. 5, THU 2 Festivals The most remote inhabited island in Lake Michigan offers up The Baroque on Beaver Music Festival—orchestral, choral, chamber and solo performances starring musicians from Michigan and beyond. SAT 4 Music Grupo Ayé, a high-energy, ten-piece Latin orchestra, pleases with a Cuban Timba, Salsa, Bachata, Merengué and Latin Jazz mashup. Michigan Legacy Art Park’s Summer Sounds, Thompsonville., MyNorth SUN 5 Kids Celebrate local agriculture and local kids at the Northwest Michigan Fair through Aug. 11. THU 9 Music With the Big Mac bridge glowing on the horizon, The Harmaleighs perform at Marquette Park on Mackinac Island as part of the summer concert series. Every Thursday at 7pm. SAT 11 Theater The African savanna comes…