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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine May 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

4 min.
the woods is calling

My first ever morel hunt didn’t begin with a peaceful stroll in a newly green forest. Mine began behind a surging pack of morel zealots, some racing, others just managing a trot as the annual Boyne City Mushroom Festival took to the woods. I was attending the festival to write a piece for the magazine in its earliest years. I didn’t know what to expect but had envisioned some time to get my bearings and chat with hunters ahead of time. No such luck as the people gathered in a field, poised to go, were clearly not there to talk. And go they did, at whatever speed their tennis shoes and battered boots could take them. As I ran alongside a heavyset man, he tried to share some information with me but…

2 min.
up north

Kam, a junior at Northern Illinois University, is headed North for the summer as a utility player for the Traverse City Pit Spitters. As a baseball fan and former Battle Creek Bomber staffer, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kam earlier this spring as he prepares for a summer Up North. Between “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am” I was treated to Southern hospitality and the best pre-game ritual I’ve ever heard. Let’s play ball! When did you start playing baseball? Age three because my dad was a coach in high school. I followed in my grandfather’s, dad’s and uncle’s footsteps. Baseball has been in our family for a long time. What’s your favorite baseball memory? I have two: The first was being at home watching Derek Jeter run across the field, cut a ball…

1 min.
for the love of log marks

For 19th century loggers, springtime was shipping time. As soon as the rivers thawed and the floods came, lumberjacks rolled the season’s yield of cut logs to nearby rivers and lakes to float them to the mill. An 1859 law required each company to mark the end faces of their logs with a distinct symbol, and each log mark had to be registered with the county. That way, the mill could easily differentiate between companies. Still, thieves often tampered with the marks by cutting them off and affixing their own. These are a few of our favorite designs—featured in the book Michigan Log Marks, originally published in 1941 by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. CONTENT RESOURCED FROM A PUBLICATION OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (MICHIGAN LOG MARKS – MEMOIR BULLETIN NO. 4)…

1 min.
kayak pictured rocks

Kayaking is exploding in the U.P., in part thanks to Pictured Rocks Kayaking, which offers guided tours and transports guests from the docks in Munising to the famous sandstone cliffs towering up to 600 feet above Lake Superior. This summer, a new custom boat built by Onaway’s Moran Iron Works, with two kayak launches onboard, will make it easier for paddlers to experience more of the lakeshore's attractions, including Miners Castle, Chapel Rock and Grand Portal. The 64-foot-long vessel will have room for 72 passengers and 36 two-person kayaks. Moran Iron Works, a national custom steel fabricator specializing in work for marine, mining and other industries, has built numerous boats—barges, ferries, research ships—but this is the first of its kind on the Great Lakes, says Cora McLennan, the company’s marketing…

1 min.
this is mynorth

MyNorth Tickets FEATURED EVENTS 5/2 - 18 THE WHO'S TOMMY Old Town Playhouse 5/9 PETOSKEY UNCORKED! Petoskey Wine Region 5/18 THE ERNIE PYLE SHOW Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts 5/18 - 19 MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE Erickson Center for the Arts 5/25 MICHIGAN BEER & BRAT FESTIVAL Crystal Mountain 5/31 MICHIGAN SPACE FORUM Hagerty Conference Center ADVENTURE AWAITS Grab a buddy and your car keys—let's hit the road! Our Tunnel of Trees scavenger hunt is the perfect way to kick off May in Northern Michigan. Get your adventure map at YOUR LIFE UP NORTH #MyNorth We love to see your adventures. Follow and tag @MyNorthMedia for a chance to be featured in Traverse Magazine. Twitter Instagram Facebook MyNorth Tickets For more information visit…

7 min.

TIX Look for this symbol in our events listings and get your tickets at MyNorthTickets THU 2 Nature | The Three Tenors of Climate Change use personal stories and long-term studies to bring their message to audiences across the nation. Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. FRI 3 Art | Michigan Artists Gallery presents The Art of Coming Undone: 30+ artists interpreting the work of NYC artist Daniel Belardinelli, coincides with the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk, 5-9pm. SAT 4 And More | Voted one of the “Top 100 Comedians of All Time,” don’t miss a night of stand-up with Paul Reiser at the City Opera House, Traverse City. SAT 4 And More | Ring in spring with the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and indulge your senses with scrumptious food and wine pairings. Self-guided…