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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine April 2019

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.
the travel bug

Welcome to our first issue where every feature is devoted to a great Northern Michigan road trip. We could not be more excited about this, as our shoulder seasons are perfect to explore the North during a slightly quieter time and, of course, what is better than gearing up for a summer road trip filled with fun at each stop… This theme is near and dear to my heart as I am a road tripper from way back. My mom spent her twenties driving around the U.S. on summers off from her work at a school. Then she loved nothing better than throwing her four kids into her convertible Olds 98 to head north or south. In those days we were footloose in the car, roaming its seats and foot wells…

3 min.
the traveling doctor

Becoming a small-town doctor in the 21st Century was (almost) always the dream for Dr. Bruce Lirones, who is also a music enthusiast and musician, playing trumpet for many years in the NMC jazz bands and bass with family and friends in a garage band. He practices in Rapid City, and he and his photographer wife, Lisa, live on Clam Lake, where they raised their sons Brett (now with T.C.’s Hagerty Insurance) and Luke (studying to become an optometrist). Why did you go into medicine? My dad was a doctor in the city [Flint] and I didn’t want his job. I never saw him. The dentist in our subdivision came home at 4:30. I thought, “He’s got a great job.” So I was going to be a dentist. I changed my mind…

1 min.
a good sign

“My junior year of college, I got a summer job at a sign shop—mostly to pay my tuition at Kendall, but selfishly because I loved hand lettering (way before it was cool) and wanted to get my hands dirty (because I'm a tomboy). This sign shop wasn't just any sign shop. The focus was hand-carved and routed redwood signs as well as traditional hand-painted signs. It was named ‘In Other Woods’—not even kidding. We did everything from large golf course orders to signage for locals’ cabins. This is where my fascination of vintage signs came to be—as well as gaining a second family that I love. They have since dissolved the sign shop, opened and recently retired from running The Old Spud Warehouse in Gaylord. The signs I’m drawn to most are…

1 min.
this is mynorth

My North Tickets FEATURED EVENTS 4/11 SOLACE AND SOLIDARITY: SUPPORTING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE Milliken Auditorium 4/13 BLACK STAR FARMS HARVEST DINNER: HOOP HOUSES Inn at Black Star Farms 4/26 IDENTITY CUBED PERCUSSION TRIO Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts 4/26 - 28 WHO'S TOMMY Old Town Playhouse 4/27 SIP + PAINT WITH KRISTEN JONGEN Bonobo Winery 4/27 MYNORTH WINE & WEDDINGS Leelanau Peninsula 4/28 VIOLINS OF HOPE Great Lakes Center for the Arts ROADTRIPBINGO! Head to to print a Michigan-inspired bingo board, and keep the kids entertained during summer road trips Up North. YOUR LIFE UP NORTH #MyNorth We love to see your adventures. Follow and tag @MyNorthMedia for a chance to be featured in Traverse Magazine. For more information visit Twitter Instagram Facebook MyNorth Tickets…

7 min.

FRI/5 Music | Aguankó, a talented group of Michigan-based musicians steeped in the tradition of jazz-infused Son-Salsa, perform at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City. SAT/6 And More | The Cajun Creole Cooking Class at Chateau Chantal makes you feel like you’ve been down on the bayou in Louisiana. SAT/13 Nature | Grass River Natural Area hosts a spring bird walk in beautiful Bellaire. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. SUN/14 Theater | At the 8th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, enjoy six original one-act plays produced and performed for the first time on the City Opera House stage. Written by regional high school students. SAT/20 And More | Coffee and conversation with Green Elk Rapids and HERTH to celebrate Earth Day, 9-10:30 a.m. SUN/21 HAPPY EASTER FRI/26 Theater | The Who's Tommy is a classic rock opera…

2 min.
have dog, will travel

CATCH A FLICK from the comfort of your car at Honor’s Cherry Bowl Drive-in, where all movies are at most PG rated and dogs are invited. When it’s time to stretch two- and four legs, there’s 50s era fun such as mini-golf or hula hoop contests. CHERRYBOWLDRIVEIN.COM TASTE WINE at Rudbeckia Farm and Winery near Walloon Lake. Owners set out dog treats and water bowls for visiting pups, wine, beer and cider for the humans, and all love hanging out at bocce and corn hole courts. RUDBECKIAFARM.COM PADDLE WITH THE POOCH at Oscoda Canoe Rental, where dogs can help navigate the river and love the plentiful sandbars for an easy park and splash. OSCODACANOE.COM BRING THEM ONBOARD the ferries to pet-friendly Mackinac Island and then to the Upper Peninsula and an unforgettable self-steering…