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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine November 2017

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.
a christening

I overslept this morning. Usually I am well into my day by the time the first November light creeps over the hill behind the house. Dawn, always serene, seems to happen while I’m in the shower. But this morning I opened my eyes as the barren trees began to glisten on their eastern sides, black bark wet with a night’s rain. I watched the browned meadow grass begin to glow, lit by a shaft of morning sun breaking through clouds the color of gunmetal. In the heart of it all, 25 yards from my window, four deer picked their way gracefully across the slope. I had seen five just a few evenings before and was reminded: It’s bow-hunting season. Neal was out of town. I thought about waking my son, Ben, to…

5 min.
up north

FASHION. GOOD. Red Dirt Road Charlevoix’s Marie Eckstein never expected to be in the fashion business. The retired Dow Corning executive says black suits were pretty much standard issue during her tenure at the company. But today, her socially conscious business, Red Dirt Road, revolves around unique, handmade scarves, shawls and handbags—and the Cambodian women entrepreneurs who make them. And the enterprise is making a big difference in a village half a world away. Give us the backstory on how Red Dirt Road got started. Well, this all began when I visited a village in Cambodia in 2011. During my visit I met this young woman named Saly. She and the four other women she was working with had all worked together in the garment industry and were now trying to start their own…

5 min.

TIX Look for this symbol in our Events listings and get your tickets at MyNorthTickets SAT 4 BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET SAT 4 Sports | Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge is a 30-mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City. SAT 4 Theater | Grease, the musical, takes the stage, evoking the look and sound of 1959. West Shore Community College, Scottville. 231.845.6211, SAT 4 Music | BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Concert at Milliken Auditorium, Traverse City. SUN 5 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS TUES 7 ELECTION DAY TUES 7 Theater | The talented actor, writer and musician Jeff Daniels performs with his son in the Ben Daniels Band. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee. THU 15 TOAST THE SEASON SAT 11 And More | The Great Beerd Run…

3 min.
festive november escapes

Raise your glass Home to 26 wineries and ample options for cozy lodging, the Leelanau Peninsula hits the spot for late-fall festive getaways. Two consecutive weekends—Nov. 4–5, Nov. 11–12—celebrate tasty holiday fare and delicious drink along the wine trail. Tickets to Toast the Season include featured wine and food pairing at 20+ wineries, souvenir wine glass and holiday gift. Special nondrinking/designated driver food tickets are available for $25. Book a stay at nearby Black Star Farms, where seasonally inspired local harvest dinner ($100/person) takes place on designated dates throughout the fall, including the evening of Nov. 11. Need space for a larger group? Stay in one of the two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom historic Stone Schoolhouse condos in Suttons Bay, walking distance to hiking trails, shopping and restaurants. LPWINES.COM. Cut a rug Experience a classy, old-fashioned…

5 min.
that michigan

When John and I were near-strangers, in the same master’s writing program in Chicago, he showed up late one night to a Michigan party that my friend and I used to throw for Mitten expats. Looking around, he raised his voice above the Motown soundtrack and told us we were “not that Michigan.” I was not immediately charmed. See, I am pretty Michigan. My great grandpa, who suffered paralysis on his left side, customized his car with a suicide knob and got the first handicapped taxi cab driver’s license in the state. Automotive ingenuity? Pretty Michigan. As a very small child, my grandma and her big brother, Frankie, sat in the empty, seatless back half of a car on the drive to Canada and rode home perched on disguised rum barrels.…

3 min.
cast streamers for trout in november

For the outdoor enthusiast in Northern Michigan, November is one of the most exciting months of the year. Hunting, fishing, surfing and kiteboarding are all picking up. If you are unsure of what to pursue, I would recommend trout fishing. Some of the biggest trout of the year can be caught during this time of year on streamers. Fall is a major spawning time. There are typically a few salmon still laying eggs, and the brook trout and brown trout are starting to move from cover to spawn. As this shifting around of the river occurs, fish can be more aggressive than normal. While it is unethical to fish for trout that are spawning on their redds, there are still plenty of fish against the banks and in the holes that…