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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine December 2018

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

3 min.
in praise of winter

It happens on cue as the days shorten and frost greets us in the mornings: Some people start groaning about winter, making jokes about escape, already hunching shoulders as if to ward off the cold that is upon us. And then there’s me. The annoying one in the group who steps up in praise of winter and inevitably, happily a few like minds chime in. Some people truly don’t like winter; others just enjoy the low hum of winter woes and I think still others just haven’t figured out how magical and powerful the season is. It’s easier to love winter during this time of year when holiday lights make Northern Michigan’s small towns glimmer like the best Hallmark movie set. It’s easier to deal with the darkened days when streets…

3 min.
up north

A NORTHERN NEIGHBOR The Sleighbell of the Ball The Manistee Old Christmas Weekend, best known for its locally famed Sleighbell Parade, turns 30 this year. For 29 of those, local architect Kendra Thompson has been buying, roasting and gifting chestnuts with friends at four grilling stations along the parade route while decked out in a period-perfect cape and hat. Most parade-goers have tasted the treat but not all know the origins of the custom—and event itself. But first, the chestnuts… Where do you get them? We initially got them through the local grocery store’s produce wholesaler—an Italian chestnut. Later a gentleman from Grant, Michigan, contacted me about the chestnuts he was growing. We’ve purchased from him ever since. They’re a little smaller and much sweeter. How does the cooking process work? Cooking time is really dependent…

1 min.
grandpa shorter’s

As the first flurries fly, you’ll find Jennifer Shorter bustling amid the shelves or cheerfully beautifying boxes and bags at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts in Petoskey. The third-generation proprietor has been walking over the same hardwood floors since she was a little girl helping her grandparents, Carl and Ruth, who opened the business in 1946. Prior to the 1980s, it was called Shorter’s Indian Craft Shop. The store’s namesake sold totem poles, birch bark canoes and other Native American goods from what was then a modest 8-by-24-foot space. Shorter’s very first account as a storeowner was none other than the famed Minnetonka Moccasins. Both brands have grown together over the past seven decades, and you’ll still find significant floor space devoted to the carefully crafted footwear today. Though years have passed and shelves…

8 min.

SAT 1 Music | Voice finalist and Leelanau County resident Joshua Davis shares heartfelt stories of family, friends and traveling on the road along with original and cover songs. Old Art Building, Leland. SUN 2 HANUKKAH BEGINS SUN 2 Music | Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season with Irish Christmas in America at The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City. THU 6 Holiday | Step back in time at the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend in Manistee, complete with a beautiful display of luminaria, caroling, and the lighting of the tree. FRI 7 Theater | Catch a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts on Dec. 7 and…

1 min.
this is my north

12/11 SHORT'S BREWERY DINNER The Cooks' House 12/14 MAY ERLEWINE AND THE MOTIVATIONS Leelanau Community Cultural Center 12/16 BRUNCH WITH SANTA Black Star Farms 12/20 MESSIAH St Francis Xavier Catholic Church 12/31 THE GREAT GATSBY NYE'S PARTY Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts For more information visit Hearty winter recipes, chef profiles, new restaurants and more. Indulge in MyNorth’s free Food & Drink newsletter. Sign up at GET IN ON THE FUN AT #MyNorth Follow @MyNorthMedia and tag your winter pics with #MyNorth. Your Up North adventures could end up in Traverse Magazine. @VISIT_CHARLEVOIX @PONDHILLFARM FEATURED EVENTS Look for this symbol in our Events listings and get your tickets at…

2 min.
small-town new year’s eve

MACKINAC ISLAND Mackinac Island’s anti-party has perhaps counter-intuitively become one of the state's hottest tickets, says Bart Berkshire at the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa. Otherwise closed for the winter, the hotel opens for the weekend, and it generally sells out for the next year shortly after the clock strikes midnight. There’s a special magic to having the snow-cloaked island mostly to yourselves, he says, and once a couple or family visits, they seem to make it a tradition, he says. Just a few restaurants open, and mingling locals and visitors become fast friends. Most guests round out the weekend with outings on silent ski trails or sledding hills and take a trek on a horse-drawn carriage. Then there’s the low-key but well-cheered drop: a large stuffed turtle wrapped in lights,…