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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine February 2020

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.
any given tuesday…

I started my love affair with Northern Michigan as a child who found wonder and joy in the months of summer: In untold adventures on the lake; in early morning light as it seeped through the trees into the attic where I lay listening to my sisters’ slow breathing; in the awareness of family being truly present as we flipped cards on a scarred table; in being lost in a book, the only sound moths pressing themselves against the screen porch in search of its yellow light. Life at the family cottage was wholly and completely different than life at home and I was forever, inexorably, hooked. I began the first stage of becoming a “local” in my early twenties having traveled after college and then settling for a few years…

2 min.

On Saturday, February 22, Courtney Fender is hosting her second annual TNT’s Ride Like a Girl to Save The Girls Bikini Radar Run during East Jordan’s Sno-Blast festival. The event works like this: Women (and men) wear bikinis on their snowmobiles (in the snow) and drag race for top speed (measured by radar). Fender started the event last year in honor of her grandmother, who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The event drew eight riders (including two men) and raised $3,500. Fender hopes to raise $5,000 and draw twice as many racers at this year’s event. “The funds stay locally for men and women going through breast cancer treatments,” Fender says. “Last year, Megan Pixley raised the most money with $1,000, and she also had the fastest speed with 77…

2 min.
the new general store

Recently, several families in the region have chosen the general store concept as a basis for their businesses and also as a launching point for their desire to reinvigorate their hometowns. The general store framework allows for creativity and flexibility, melding with the lifestyle priorities of this generation of entrepreneurs. The proprietors offer grocery basics, like a traditional general store, but also local art, home goods and more, adapting as their community’s needs change. Here are two shining examples. THE CURATOR 200 E. MICHIGAN AVE., GRAYLING Penny and Erich Podjaske-Pippo took over a storefront in a 120-year-old building in downtown Grayling that had sat vacant for six years. Their mission: help revitalize the Grayling marketplace while supporting Michigan makers. They carry beautiful home goods, pet items, baby supplies and gifts, toys, clothing and…

9 min.

Look for this symbol in our events listings and get your tickets at SAT 1 Music | Beat the winter blues listening to the hot sounds of Northern Michigan musicians The Easy Picks, guitarist Nathan Towne and the CTAC Garage Band. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. MON 3 And More | Tilt Think Improv: This four-week course teaches the fundamentals of improvisational theater through games and exercises at Copper Ridge in Traverse City. Reserve your spot at FRI 7 Theater | Love, Loss, & What I Wore is a play of monologues about the nostalgic power of clothing. The cast of women shares funny, wistful and universal memories through the prism of their closets. Thru Feb. 22. The Studio Theatre @ The Depot in Traverse City. SAT 8 Festival | The annual Harbor Springs…

2 min.
february festivals

MICHIGAN TECH WINTER CARNIVAL | 5-8 We’re not surprised one of Michigan’s northernmost cities has given rise to one of the country’s largest and longest-running winter festivals. The annual Winter Carnival in Houghton includes elaborate and massive snow sculptures, sleigh rides, a winter queen pageant, a beard-growing contest, a broomball tournament and plenty of other antidotes to cabin fever. DOWNTOWN HARBOR SPRINGS ICE FEST | 7-8 The second annual fest will have more than 30 ice sculptures, live carving demos, ice bowling, sled dogs, a chili cook-off, carriage rides and more. BEULAH WINTERFEST | 8 This day is jam-packed with activities for all ages. Go bowling with frozen turkeys at Beulah Park during the chili cookout, test your snowball-throwing accuracy at the target competition, watch the Winterfest parade and wrap the day up…

2 min.
cozy cabins

Step 1) Pick your winter adventure. Step 2) Head north. Step 3) Hunker down for a snowy weekend. EPIC SNOW DAY Resting at the base of Marquette Mountain, Rippling River Resort’s log cabins give downhill skiers and snowboarders walk-out-the-door access to the slopes. The resort is also located directly on UP8, a designated snowmobile trail, and the Carp River. Rent a pair of snowshoes from the resort’s general store and trek along the beautiful riverside. After your day in the snow, warm up in the shared outdoor hot tub then head to the River Lounge for a Michigan craft beer by the fireplace. Luxury and rustic cabins available. 906.273.2259, RIPPLINGRIVERRESORT.COM SECLUDED ESCAPE (THAT’S CLOSE TO TOWN) This waterside cabin is tucked away on 11 wooded acres with 350 feet of frontage on Craven Pond in Bellaire.…