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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine February 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.
dinner and a story

Coming out of a movie at The State Theatre one winter night a few weeks ago, my husband, Neal, and I were in the mood for a great bowl of soup in downtown Traverse City. If you know the culinary options available now in just a few short blocks, you know narrowing it down can be a challenge. We decided on Poppycocks. Their Tomato-Spinach-Swiss always draws me back even though I inevitably order a different soup-of-the-day. It was crowded with its relaxed, warm vibe and as we waited for a table, my eye was drawn to the soda fountain, now with beer taps instead of the soda taps and blackboards alongside the big mirror introducing the always-creative specials, including a pasta special, a green plate and the ever-inspired gold plate. In that…

3 min.
third coast conversations

Author Jerry Dennis kicks off the Third Coast Conversations series on February 28 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College. Funded by the Michigan Humanities Council, the series of dialogues about water in Michigan feature invited authors, artists, musicians and community leaders and gather the public to explore the role that fresh water plays in Traverse City’s history, culture and sense of place. Following Dennis' keynote speech, the conversations will break into small-group explorations led by trained facilitators in an innovative conversational style developed by Oregon Humanities. The project aims to create new connections among people who are interested in water and inspire attendees with a renewed sense of local pride in our water. Dennis, who lives with his wife Gail on Old Mission Peninsula, is known…

1 min.
we (heart) hardware stores

In Northern Michigan, we are undyingly smitten with our hometown hardware stores for good reason. Their tenured staffers beckon us in from the cold and hand us what we need, whether it’s a bolt or a bratwurst. Here are three charmers—some in operation for 100 years—where the shelves overflow with both practicality and true small-town perks. 1 | W.W. FAIRBAIRN & SONS Hunt for delightful surprises like badminton rackets and ice cream makers among the handy necessities at this Michigan Historical Site. Scottish immigrant Walter W. Fairbairn founded the store in 1895. His modern-day descendants, who dispense state-of-the-art plumbing advice and still repair your screen door the old-fashioned way, run it with pride. 7529 US 31 Alanson, 231.548.2244 2 | FIFE LAKE TRUE VALUE Wander the nooks and crannies of this 1890s hardware store…

1 min.
this is mynorth

Twitter Instagram Facebook MyNorth Tickets MyNorth Tickets FEATURED EVENTS Look for this symbol in our Events listings and get your tickets at ▴ TIX 2/23 GRAND TRAVERSE GUNS AND HOSES 6TH ANNUAL BENEFIT HOCKEY GAME 2/22 - 24 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS 2/23 THE HIGHLANDS WINTER WINE TASTING 2/1 - 23 WEEKEND DINNERS AT THE INN AT BLACK STAR FARMS 2/17 NMC CHOIR’S WINTER CONCERT 2/19 ROMANCING THE RIESLING NEW! THE WEEKEND WAVE The 5 most popular articles on emailed to you every Saturday morning from our editor, Carly. Sign up at YOUR LIFE UP NORTH #MyNorth We love to see your adventures. Follow and tag @MyNorthMedia and your photos could end up in Traverse Magazine. For more information visit…

8 min.

FRI 1 Theater | Sylvia is the story of the odd love triangle between a husband, wife, and a dog. The Studio Theatre @the Depot. SAT 2 Festival | Head to Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Park for a bonfire cookout, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball, broom hockey and a photo contest to select pictures for the 2020 Mackinac Island Calendar. February 1-3, FRI 8 And More | Visit Golden-Fowler’s beautiful showroom to vote for your favorite room and enjoy an evening of festive holiday-of-love fun at the Celebrity Dream Room Classic. All of the proceeds benefit Child & Family Services/Third Level. SAT 9 Sports | The 43rd Annual North American Vasa is a winter tradition in Traverse City, with various race formats, distances and combinations for all abilities. THU 14 VALENTINE’S DAY FRI 15 Festival |…

2 min.
winter renewal

CHARLEVOIX Pick up some loaner snowshoes (free at the Charlevoix library), then head to Fisherman’s Island State Park, where meditation comes easily. Stroll near the water’s edge along some of the five miles of Lake Michigan shorefront, where waves splash against ice formations. Warm up in a waterfront room at the Edgewater Inn, heading just down the hall for jambalaya and bread pudding at the French Quarter Bistro. It’s worth heading out for a nightcap of creative brews like “A Beach Named Sandy” and “Walkabout” at new small-batch Bier’s Inwood Brewery, behind Bier Art Gallery. VISITCHARLEVOIX.COM BARAGA This town’s namesake, Bishop Baraga, was affectionately known as the snowshoe priest, and see if there isn't something holy about a stroll by snowshoe or snow boots along Lake Superior during a stay at the LaRose…