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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine September 2020

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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.
for the love of downtown

All families have lore. One of ours is that my dad grew up in a small, southern Illinois town where he had the run of the place. At four years old, his mom told him he needed new shoes, so he walked the few blocks downtown to the shoe store and got new shoes. It was a romantic notion to grow up with. I was lucky enough to grow up with an intact downtown although surrounded, and I knew even as a kid how special it was to walk from the bakery we loved to the movie theater. Lore matters, and I have been a downtown person my whole life. When it came time to raise kids in Northern Michigan, my husband and I chose a small town on the water…

3 min.
keeper of culture

Your book, “ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland” is incredible. It’s like a tome! I’ve always been fascinated with Irish history, and I realized I had a book in me. I researched the early years of my clan—about 1000 A.D. to 1600 A.D.—reading about how they lived and what they did. I’ve always wondered, “Why am I a McDonnell? Why am I an American?” My great-grandfather came to this country in 1845, to New Orleans. He and my great-grandmother married and had children later in life, which is how you get from my great-grandfather (born around 1825) to me (born in 1950) in so few generations. Tell us a bit about your family’s history. The first McDonnells were mercenaries often called to service in all corners of Ireland. Their descendants included nobles and…

3 min.
the ever-evolving story of the national writers series

All this started back in 2009, when my husband, Doug Stanton, was on a national tour for Horse Soldiers, a book about a dozen soldiers riding into Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. They joined forces with Afghan soldiers and defeated the Taliban, although the victory was short-lived. The book was a hard one to write, and took both of us to finish it. We decided to throw a big party to celebrate. I was working at Northern Express at the time, but with the help of my friend Paulette Parsons, we pulled together an event at the City Opera House in Traverse City. We persuaded a friend to design a poster, and Doug’s mom put them up all over town (which she ended up doing for years in all kinds of weather).…

1 min.
local makers artists to watch

KATHERINE CORDEN Katherine’s first career is physical therapist, and her background in anatomy influences her work. She’s known for capturing the way people naturally move through their landscape—and since she’s based in Traverse City, many of her paintings’ settings and color schemes are influenced by the North. Katherine donates 5 percent of her proceeds to FLOW, For Love of Water. KATHERINECORDEN.COM SWEET FERN COLLECTION The woman behind Sweet Fern, Haley Jo Hildebrand, makes a statement with her earrings. A recent collection, “That Woman from Michigan,” features modern pieces honoring strong Michigan women—Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel, Cora Reynolds Anderson and Aimee Stephens. ETSY.COM/SHOP/SWEETFERNCO LOU POTTERY @loupottery Based in Leelanau County, Laura Brown uses locally produced clays that are found in the same soil she lives on, loves and explores. Her wheel-thrown pottery is made in small batches,…

1 min.
a thriving region

It’s impossible to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Traverse without also honoring the small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have supported our mission throughout the years and who make Northern Michigan such a special place to live and visit. Each month we’ll continue to share these important anniversaries in print, and you can find the full list at —A.J. 59 YEARS Lucky Jack’s, Traverse City 55 YEARS Interlochen Golf Course 52 YEARS Vacation Trailer Park, Benzonia 50 YEARS The Candle Factory, Traverse City Rolling Hills Antiques, Traverse City Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area Bill Stireman, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, Traverse City Peninsula Construction, Traverse City The Homestead, Glen Arbor…

2 min.

TUE 1 HARVEST DAYS Experience the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail like a wine club member. All month long, ticket holders will get extended club benefits—such as special releases, discounts and complimentary tastings—from each participating winery. SAT 3 MARQUETTE MARATHON The marathon won't be held in a traditional format this year, but runners can take part in a virtual marathon or half marathon from September 3-11. SUN 6 THIRD ANNUAL BEER, BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL This year's event at Treetops Resort in Gaylord is headlined by blues rocker Albert Castiglia. His latest album was named 2020 Blues Rock Album of the Year. FRI 11 ART IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS Glen Arbor Arts Center is featuring an exhibition of postcards, contributed by the public, that express people’s pandemic experiences. It will be installed in GAAC’s…