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Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine September 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

5 min.
common ground

A few weeks ago, we set up chairs on the beautiful lawn of Fountain Point in Leelanau County to listen to The Ragbirds. It was a perfect art meeting place. Americana influences mixed with Zydeco, Middle Eastern and Latin floated into open air, drifted into clouds turned apricot by the sunset and over water catching every color the sun wanted to throw. Erin Zindle, the founder, lead singer and classically trained violinist completed the circle by sharing that she had just come off three weeks working with future singer-songwriters at Interlochen’s National Music Camp and some of them were in the audience. Just another Thursday evening in Northern Michigan. Music, art, celebration of creativity have been a part of Northern Michigan for decades. And we’ve had a commitment to events since the…

2 min.
tami williams

The start of September means high school musical season will soon be upon us, and students are already hitting the stage for rehearsals this month in preparation for fall performances. We checked in with Traverse City Central High School Musical Director, Tami Williams (in the center, with her students), about what it takes to make a memorable opening night. So, first things first: The drama inside the TC drama world this spring was that both Traverse City high schools chose Newsies for their musical this year. Yeah, I think looking back it’s not all that surprising. Newsies just came out March 1 for amateur theater, so there are I-don’t-even-know-how-many schools in Michigan doing it. I think, at first, people were a little shocked and felt like this just couldn’t happen or one…

1 min.
harbor springs festival of the book

The vision for this going-on-three-year-old book festival was ambitious from the start: Get nation authors to descend on the town for a weekend of readings, panels, workshops and thoughtful community conversation. This year’s Harbor Springs Festival of the Book lineup proves yet again that organizers know how to deliver. Food is a big focus in 2018, with chef/writer/TV star Edward Lee’s new exploration of America’s melting pot cuisine (Buttermilk Graffiti) and Joshua McFadden’s James Beard-award-winning Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables holding down headliner spots. For fiction, don’t miss Laura van den Berg’s discussion of her brand new release, The Third Hotel; while Pulitzer-prize winning science author Deborah Blum (The Poison Squad) is one to bookmark in the non-fiction category. Best of all, most events are absolutely free. Get…

1 min.
readers, get ready

» SEPTEMBER 30 DR. MONA HANNA-ATTISHA What the Eyes Don’t See Even if you think you already know the story of the Flint water crisis, there is much to learn from this groundbreaking book, which reads like a scientific thriller set in real life. » OCTOBER 10 JOE HILL Strange Weather This #1 New York Times bestseller Joe Hill has been lauded as “the best horror writer of our generation.” (Did you know, his father is the legendary Stephen King?) Says NWS co-founder Anne Stanton, “every one of his novels has been optioned up by Hollywood, and Strange Weather is likely up next.” » OCTOBER 21 TAYARI JONES An American Marriage Tayari Jones’s new novel, An American Marriage, was an instant New York Times bestseller and a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection, telling the astonishing story of a couple at the…

1 min.
a band. a van. a plan.

It’s been an explosive year for Northern Michigan indie pop trio The Accidentals, with a major label release in the second half of 2017 and a nearly non-stop nationwide performance schedule. Tour life got a little more cush recently, though, when the group landed a spot in RAM’s “BandVan” ad campaign—the main perk of which was a few weeks on the road in a fully equipped Promaster van. “They put GoPros inside the van, so they saw some of the most intense touring moments and some of the goofiest,” says cellist Katie Larson. “Let’s just say there was a lot of Dungeons and Dragons and a lot of chips and salsa.” You can catch some of their van life highlights in their new YouTube commercial for RAM. But don’t expect…

1 min.
art in the woods

Hiking Thompsonville’s Michigan Legacy Art Park in the fall is one of the greatest ways to truly understand the living nature of the place. “The quintessential northern Michigan hardwood forest is as much part of the experience as the artwork in our collection, and it is a fluid experience—always changing,” says Troy DeShano, Communications & Special Projects Manager. “Visit the Art Park on any given day and it will be different than the day before. Visual art has a unique capacity to offer viewers the potential for new perspectives on their place in the cosmos.” On September 23, you can take in its collection of oversized outdoor sculptures alongside one of the park’s formative voices. Not only is Dewey Blocksma’s own work featured at the Art Park (his Wheels of…