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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine August 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.
our parks, our land

By any measure, it is amazing that the Michigan state park system (Michigan State Park Commission) is celebrating 100 years. What forethought and commitment individuals showed who donated land to the state and state officials exhibited as they saved land and water to make them accessible for generations to come. It was 1919. Think of them making this a commitment through economic disasters and wars. Their work over the next 100 years has provided public lands, preserved for each of us so that no single person can prosper from their resources or deny any person or family access to its wonders. We jumped on celebrating this anniversary in Traverse as soon as we realized it was happening. And yet, even though I have been a devotee of Michigan’s state parks forever,…

3 min.
the interpreter

Most days, Craig Wilson’s mornings are pretty typical. As the Curator of History for Mackinac State Historic Parks, getting dressed for work usually means putting on a button-down shirt and tie. But, one day a week, his uniform is that of an 18th-century British soldier: a bright red coat with white leather straps that form an X across his chest, a black tricorn hat and a short land pattern musket commonly known as “Brown Bess.” Mackinaw City’s Fort Michilimackinac dates back to 1715 when it was constructed by French soldiers. Today, the fort relies on interpreters like Wilson to help visitors engage with and understand its vast history. Originally from the Detroit area, Wilson’s background is in anthropology and archeology. While in undergrad and graduate school, he spent time working as…

1 min.
the chalk fairy

Susan Melton (you’ve heard her on the Afternoon Drive on 102.9) started the Sidewalk Chalk Project in Cheboygan on Memorial Day in 2011 as a way to help her depression. Every day since then she’s been leaving messages of hope on sidewalks across Northern Michigan. Over the past eight years, Susan has gathered a following of almost 14,000 fans on Facebook and Instagram. Some have even started their own chalk projects across the nation, and even the world, spreading inspirational quotes in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Tennessee, New Zealand and Spain. Susan’s favorite memory: “I got a Facebook message from a mom who said her young son was having a hard time at school. They were out walking and came across one of my sidewalks that said, ‘Because of you, I didn’t give…

1 min.
dog days of summer

#MyNorthPets Know a cool NoMi pooch? Follow and tag @MyNorthMedia on Instagram. TICK FOR TAT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TICKS IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN Michigan has seen a steady increase in ticks and tick-related diseases over the past several years, according to Dr. Erin Shaw of Elk Rapids Animal Hospital. Take these preventive steps to avoid ticks April through October: • Use a topical or oral tick and flea preventative on your pet.• Keep grasses short as ticks can jump from long grasses onto your pet.• Keep wood piles away from your home.• Check your pet for ticks by rubbing a hand over their chest, neck and stomach. Learn what to do if you find a tick on your pet and the symptoms of Lyme disease at…

1 min.
this is mynorth

InstagramFacebookMyNorth FEATURED EVENTS 8/1–8/24 THE YOUNG AMERICANS DINNER THEATRE Boyne Highlands Resort 8/2 A SPECIAL EVENING WITH TERRY BARBER Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts 8/3 SHORT’S FEST 2019 Elk Rapids 8/10–8/24 DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK Old Town Playhouse 8/17 NORTHPORT WINE AND CRAFT BEVERAGE FESTIVAL G. Marsten Dame Marina, Northport 8/24 TASTE OF BOYNE HIGHLANDS Boyne Highlands Resort For more information visit GO ROCK HUNTING! You've heard of Petoskey stones… but what about pudding stones and fulgurites? Find out where you can uncover them at and download our free Rock Hunting Guide. YOUR PETS UP NORTH #MyNorth We want to see your furry friends' adventures. Follow and tag @MyNorthMedia for a chance to be featured in Traverse Magazine.…

8 min.

THU 1 Festivals | Baroque on Beaver Island’s 18th consecutive season celebrates classical music! The Papas and Sons perform tonight with the festival orchestra. FRI 2 Music | Don’t miss internationally-acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber as he performs a special concert to benefit The Ramsdell Regional Center and Michigan Legacy Art Park. Manistee. SAT 3 Sports | The Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo in Leelanau County is a race, ride and party all rolled into one big day of cycling. Choose your distance for epic climbs, rolling vineyards and great views of Lake Michigan. SUN 4 Festivals | The magical, spirited Mary Poppins Returns delights everyone on the big screen for FREE. Open space at dusk. FRI 9 Music | A little bit of rock and roll, a little bit of pop, a little bit of R&B.…