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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine February 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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4 min.

I once had a live snowy owl as a touchstone. Small and silent and seemingly carved of pure white marble, this owl allowed me to pass on skis at least once each winter, my eyes wandering back each time to see if he’d moved a feather. He never did. At first I was merely elated when my husband told me in hushed tones to look slowly toward the lower branches on my right. But the owl’s presence came to mean something more than just elation after the first winter or two; his presence made me slow down and feel lucky and grateful and awed. The owl lived, at least on the days we saw him, on land behind our first house, a farmhouse nestled against a sumac-covered hillside from which we skied…

2 min.
u.s. ski team super-fan   dick wagner

Seven hundred eighty-nine. That’s exactly how many autographs from world-class skiers Dick Wagner has hanging on the walls of his Harbor Springs home. And that’s not counting the 1,500 other pieces of memorabilia (that’s an estimate) that Wagner donated to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame amd Museum in Ishpeming, Michigan in 2002. Recently, we got the U.S. Ski Team’s number-one fan to share some stories behind his epic archive. So how did this collection get started? Well, I actually grew up in Indiana, and I had nothing to do with skiing. That didn’t come until after high school, when I moved to Colorado just for the heck of it. I started working at a ski area; I got paid about a buck an hour, but you got free skiing…

1 min.
myth and meaning

Sometimes the best ideas are the ones you rescue from the cutting-room floor. For example, documentary producer David Crouse says the origins of his latest film, Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination & the Quest for Meaning, can be traced back to the PBS biopic he did on C.S. Lewis (Narnia series author) way back in 2002. In researching that documentary, his team discovered the story of a legendary night of conversation between Lewis and Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien—a moment in which Lewis had a faith conversion and began a career as one of the great Christian authors of the 20th century. The night was just a footnote in his first film, but Crouse and director Chip Duncan found it the perfect vehicle for exploring how myth shapes…

1 min.
more places to sip

Proof that the wine industry is due for a toast: Not one, but two recent studies found that the sector is adding roughly $5 billion annually to the state’s economy. For sure, we’ve seen plenty of growth recently in Northern Michigan, where nine new wineries and tasting rooms have come online just in the past year or so. The TC-Leelanau area was responsible for nearly half of those, with Rove Estate (Traverse City), K & K Farms (Suttons Bay), Amoritas (Lake Leelanau), and Glen Arbor Wines (Glen Arbor). Out in Antrim County, both WaterFire Vineyards (Kewadin) and Vista Ridge (Alden) made debuts. And we’ll be keeping an eye on Resort Pike Cidery and Winery (Petoskey), Chateau Lake Charlevoix, and Castle Farms (Charlevoix).…

1 min.
tc’s electric dreams

Traverse City Light and Power is a little utility with some big dreams—none larger than the goal of having all city operations running on renewables by 2020. But TCLP’s Tim Arends says getting there will take some creativity. “We just don’t have the land to build a large, multi-acre solar array, so public-private partnerships make a lot of sense for us.” A case in point: A new solar installation on M72 that’s feeding one megawatt of energy into TCLP’s grid. That project, where a private company owns the solar array and the city utility purchases the energy, has helped TCLP pass the 20 percent renewable mark for city operations (and 11 percent for the utility as a whole). Arends says an expansion of that project could get the city even…

1 min.
this is mynorth

Engaged during the holidays? Plan your Northern Michigan wedding! E-NEWSLETTER Gorgeous + fun winter travel ideas! Subscribe to our Getting Up North newsletter. TWICE AS HOT The 2018 Red Hot Best vote heats up with two stages— a nomination process and a final ballot. Your votes put your favorites on the ballot. Then, you choose which of those favorites are the hottest. FEBRUARY 1–20: NOMINATIONS. Your votes determine the Top 10 in 101 categories. MARCH 1–10: FINALS. Your vote decides the winners in each Top 10 category.…