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Interlochen Performing Arts Series Begins 9/30

Interlochen Center for the Arts card imageThe fall-winter season at Interlochen is just warming up

Interlochen Center for the Arts has a fabulous line-up of performances, concerts and entertainment by International artists and Interlochen students. If the summer slipped past without a trip to Interlochen, don’t let this next season disappear without attending a performance or two. Grab your planner and make a date with Interlochen.



Here’s what’s in store:


2010-11 Performing Arts Series
  • Sept 30:     Jason Mraz
  • Oct 7-8:     “Interlochen Arts Academy “Collage”
  • Oct 21:     Project Trio
  • Nov 4:     Benny Green, solo piano
  • Nov 8:     Ballet Hispanico
  • Nov 19-20, Dec 3-5:     “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical”
    Arts Academy Musical Theatre Co.
  • Dec 10-12:     “Sleeping Beauty”
    Interlochen Dance Company and Orchestra
  • Jan 15:     Jaleel Shaw, saxophone
    with Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble
  • Jan 22:     Joshua Roman, cello
    with Arts Academy Orchestra
  • Feb 17:     Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
  • Feb 20:     Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Apr 8:     In the Mood
  • May 13-14:     Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
    Arts Academy Musical Theatre Co.

Schedule subject to change.

Interlochen Website: tickets.interlochen.org

Phone: 800.681.5920

By |2019-12-26T16:48:33-05:00September 20th, 2010|Art Scene, Attractions, Traverse City|0 Comments

Downtown TC Art Walk 5-7

Amy Kerr Hardin imageGet Your Art Fix at the Traverse City Art Walk


The Downtown Traverse City Association will host the spring Downtown Art Walk, sponsored by ABC 29&8 and WTCM on Friday, May 7, from 5 – 9 pm. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music. Artists from the Traverse City region and beyond will feature their works at exhibits throughout Downtown Traverse City. Visit participating locations and check out the amazing art scene from oil paintings and photography to glass bead making and fine wood furniture along Front St., Cass and the Warehouse District. New participant this year includes the artist co-op, Artisan Design Network where approximately 30 local artists have their work on display.

The DTCA will again offer an opportunity to create public art at the Downtown Art Walk. The public art project will be hosted by the Traverse City ArtCenter and feature small tiles to be painted by the public. The tiles will then create a large mural that will be installed on the side of Ace Hardware on W. Front St.

Refreshments will be offered at various locations throughout the evening.  Purchase a commemorative wine glass and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Public Art projects. Participating galleries will also be offering prize drawings throughout the evening.  Walking maps will be available at each participating gallery and the Downtown Traverse City office.  For more information call 231.922.2050 or visit www.downtowntc.com.


Artwork shown here is “Franklinia” by Amy Kerr Hardin. You can find her work on display during the Art Walk at Gallery Fifty in Downtown Traverse City.

Welcome Gallery Fifty

Gallery Fifty Mealtickets cardMealtickets Introduces Gallery Fifty to Traverse City Visitors


They started in a hallway at Building 50 in the Grand Traverse Commons, and have expanded to two beautiful art galleries in the heart of Traverse City. And now Gallery Fifty is one of the latest additions to the Mealtickets family of advertisers.


The art scene in thriving in Northern Michigan. So it’s no surprise that we have hundreds of local artisits and galleries to showcase their work. Gallery Fifty has managed to create two different collections — in two very unique locations — that represent not only local art but art from all fifty states. The original Gallery 50, housed in a 125 year old insane asylum, is fun, funky and eclectic. The new downtown location, formerly Belstone Gallery, rests along the Boardman river and could be described as contemporary and refined.

Both galleries carry the well-known Fordite jewelry by artist James Blanchard. These are one-of-a-kind pieces created from layers of automotive paint recycled from an old Ford plant in southern Michigan.


Each space is unique, as are the works of art you’ll find there. Stop in, say hi to Chrisitie and enjoy the beauty captured by artists from across the country. You can find more information, and a map to each of Gallery Fifty’s locations, on our Attractions page. Visit them online at www.galleryfifty.com.

22 Reasons for a Fall M-22 Roadtrip

M-22 highway fall color tourTake a Roadtrip this Fall along the M-22 Scenic Drive


Living in the heart of the M-22 corridor I’ve seen it through all seasons. Each has something amazing to offer, but none more varied and beautiful than autumn in Northern Michigan.

In case you’ve never planned an M-22 Roadtrip I’ve put together a list of some of the fun, food and activities to experience along the scenic drive. Named one of the top five greatest driving tours in America by Rand McNally, M-22 has something to offer everyone. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself. Here’s my list of 22 Reasons for a Fall M-22 Roadtrip.


platte river weir image1. Canoe the Platte. Fall is one of the best times to take a canoe or kayak down the Platte River. The calm cool waters reflect mother nature’s painted canvas, but they also reveal a seasonal secret. The salmon run upstream in autumn to spawn and the Platte River is the perfect place to witness this natural wonder. The weir is closed this time of year which means you’ll portage around it. But on the other side the water boils with jumping fish. You couldn’t get a better view anywhere else. Riverside Canoes is located on M-22 and open until the second weekend in October for canoe and kayak rental, or fishing tackle if you’re feeling adventurous.


Ed Moody's pumpkin carving2. Check out the giant pumpkins by master carver Ed Moody. On a small city street in Frankfort you’ll find giant pumpkins that miraculously change overnight into fantastic jack-o-lanterns. Only here the miracle is performed by Ed Moody. They do change overnight though since it’s the only time he can work. During the day you’ll find him greeting the guests who come to visit his creations that line the sidewalk in front of his home. To catch a demonstration check out the Fall Festival mid-October in Frankfort.


3. Hike Old Indian Trail. Just on the outskirts of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on M-22 between Crystal Lake and the Platte River there’s a wilderness trail known as Old Indian Trail. There are 2 loops available, both about a 2.5 mile hike through evergreens and colorful hardwoods. But if you make it to the end you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Michigan, expanses of sandy beaches and dunes. It’s a great trip to take with your four-legged friends.


4. Benzie Fall Festival. There is so much to do at the fall festival we couldn’t list it all here. But you won’t want to miss the pumpkin chucking contest. Here you’ll see trebuchets, similar to a catapult, built by local high school students challenged to see whose construction will go the distance. Once loaded the trebuchets launch giant pumpkins into the air over Betsie Bay in Frankfort. Cheers and bragging rights go to the winning team.


5. Dinner at The Manitou. Nestled among the changing leaves along M-22 a few miles north of Crystal Lake, The Manitou Restaurant is a great place to stop and enjoy a fall meal. If you hear someone ask about Skinny Dippers they’re not suggesting a cold jump in the lake. They’re actually ordering a crispy appetizer basket of potato skins. All the soups and pies are made-from-scratch so save some room for their famous blueberry raspberry pie a la mode.


Kilcherman's Christmas Cove6. Visit Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove. Do you like apples? Then you’re going to love these apples. Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove grows over 280 varieties of antique apples. Great for eating and baking, some dating back to the time of Christ. This is not your typical orchard. And if that’s not reason enough to make the drive, how about the worlds largest bottle collection? Over 10,000 different glass bottles line the walls of their barn, more than the Guinness World Record!


7. Take in Breathtaking Views. The scenic drive through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park is an absolute must on any visit to Northern Michigan. The park has over a dozen picture perfect Scenic Overlooks which explain why so many of us come back year after year. No matter the season this drive is worthwhile, but the colors of autumn bring out the beauty of this hardwood forest in shining contrast to the crystal blue waters and miles of sand dunes.


Point Betsie lighthouse8. Explore a 150 year old Lighthouse. Point Betsie Lighthouse celebrated it’s sesquicentennial in 2008. It’s the second most photographed lighthouse in the nation. In the fall don’t be surprised to find windsurfers and kiteboarders donning their wetsuits to catch huge air off the crashing waves along the sandy shore. It’s one of the best spots to surf, Yes surf, in Northern Michigan. The lighthouse is open on the weekends through mid October for tours.


9. Visit Fishtown, the historic fishing village in Leland. Wooden shanties line the boardwalk of this century-old fisherman’s haven. Today charter fishing boats bring in fresh salmon to be smoked at Carlsons, and the Manitou Transit waits to take visitors on the short journey to the Manitou Islands. From unusual cheeses to locally-made clothing, these rustic shanties hold a vast array of treasures.


10. Tour Art Galleries. For the art lover there are dozens of unique galleries all along the M-22 corridor. Stop in Glen Arbor to discover the distinct style of Sticks painted furniture at the Ruth Conklin Gallery. Becky Thacher’s exquisite jewelry is a must-see along the road to the beach. And on the other side of the peninsula you don’t want to miss Michigan Artist’s Gallery in Sutton’s Bay, where art can be fun, fresh, stylish and affordable.


pinot noir grapes on the vine11. Hop on the Wine Trail. The Leelanau peninsula is home to more than 18 wineries. Many of them are off-the-beaten-path, but well worth the diversion. Taking a wine tour has become one of the most popular activities for Northern Michigan visitors. From the tiny tasting room of Chateau Fontaine in Lake Leelanau to the large and impressive Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, the wineries are as diverse and interesting as the wines they produce.


12. Dine along the water’s edge. When the warm summer’s breeze becomes a brisk autumn wind, find a room with a view and enjoy the scenery from the cozy warmth of the restaurant. Check out The Bluebird in Leland, where tables line the windows along the Leland River. Or visit Knot Just A Bar in Omena where you gaze over Grand Traverse Bay or sneak next door for a sip of wine from Leelanau Cellars tasting room.


Platte River State Fish Hatchery13. One Fish, Two Fish, They Fish or You Fish. All along the Platte and Betsie Rivers you’ll find fishermen casting their lines for salmon and trout as they head up stream. If you like to fish, bring your wadders as the water’s getting colder. For a learning adventure take a quick detour over to the Platte River State Fish Hatchery on US31 and 669 just past Honor. This is Michigan’s primary salmon hatchery, where eggs are harvested for coho and Chinook salmon to be raised and restocked in Michigan’s lakes.


14. Feeling Lucky? Visit the Casino. The Leelanau Peninsula is home to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and their original Northern Michigan casino, Leelanau Sands. From gaming, to dining to fantastic shows, they’re a little bit of Vegas in the tiny town of Peshawbestown just north of Suttons Bay. The tribe also opened a cultural museum, Eyaawing perched along grand traverse bay on M-22 near the Casino.


Betsie Valley Trail15. Bike or Hike the Betsie Valley Trail. One of the newest rail-to-trail programs, the Betsie Valley Trail is a 22 mile pathway from Frankfort, through Elberta and Beulah on to Thompsonville. Much of the trail is non-motorized and perfect for bikes and pedestrians. The entire trail is stunning this time of year. So pack your bikes, rollerblades and walking shoes for a great excursion through the land surrounding M-22.


16. Take a Beach Walk. The waters of fall are often too cold for swimming, but the beaches are still a great place to enjoy nature’s gift to Northern Michigan. Follow M-22 from Frankfort to Empire and explore some of the roads that lead to small beaches. Peterson Beach, Otter Creek and North Bar Lake are great places to hike the dunes, comb the shores for fossils and capture the picturesque views of Lake Michigan. Or join the park rangers for an evening beach patrol along Sleeping Bear Point in Glen Haven.


17. Shop ‘Til You Drop. The M-22 scenic drive takes you through a half dozen quaint towns defined by their unique locations and the collection of small businesses that make up these communities. Take time to browse through their stores, sample their homemade edibles and bring home something to remember your journey. Perhaps some M-22 logowear would be appropriate. The brand was created by local kiteboarders to symbolize the amazing experiences found on M-22.


Murdicks Fudge Shoppe mixing fudge18. Endulge Your Inner Foodie. From an agricultural perspective this region has become well known for cherries and grapes, but there’s much more to be discovered. Farms and orchards line the M-22 roadside. And the corridor is home to many amazing food producers. Grocer’s Daughter chocolates in Empire makes my favorite sweet; chocolate covered candied ginger. Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor started as a small t-shirt company and now produces cherry BBQ sauce, bottled sodas and so much more. You can watch fudge made on a marble slab at Murdick’s Fudge Shoppe in Suttons Bay. Or create a real memorable experience from Learn Great Foods fabulous culinary tours. Foodies beware, you’ll be in heaven here.


sleeping bear dunes boat cruise image19. Cruise the Dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of this area’s most well-known features. It’s so large it can be seen from outer space! And now visitors can experience the lakeshore from a new perspective. Sleeping Bear Dunes Boat Cruise operates a boat tour of the National Lakeshore from Frankfort harbor. Their narrated tour entertains you and the breathtaking views are unforgetable. If you’ve never seen the lakeshore from the water, you can’t beat this trip. Sailing twice daily until mid-October.


45th parallel Suttons Bay image20. Stand on the 45th Parallel. M-22 wraps around the Leelanau Peninsula on both coasts and has the unique claim of crossing the 45th parallel, not once, but twice! So go ahead, get out of your car and take that photo next to the big green marker. You’ll find one alongside Lake Leelanau on your way north to Leland, and then cross it again just north of M-204 and Suttons Bay near the Vineyard Inn. Looking for other ways to experience the 45th? Check out Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery near Lake Leelanau and 45th Parallel Cafe in downtown Suttons Bay.


A&W rootbeer image21. Drive back in Time at A & W. Feeling nostalgic? What better treat than enjoying an A & W rootbeer float, coney dog and fries served carside! At the corner of M-22 and M-115 in Frankfort this family-owned A & W restaurant is a great stop, especially if you’re traveling with kids. With a free jukebox, affordable all-american fare and the best rootbeer around, you just can’t beat it.


22. Stop, Look and Listen. The change of seasons brings much to enjoy if we take a moment to do so. Listen for the honk of Canadian geese overhead as they migrate in their tell-tale V-formation. Examine the forest floor and you’ll discover mosses and fungi of all sorts thriving on the moist soil. Bite into a honeycrisp apple and enjoy the syrup-sweet taste of Michigan’s fruitful harvest. Soak it up and savor this season.


Autumn in Northern Michigan has so much to offer. So to all you leaf-peepers, welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy these stops as much as I do. While you travel along M-22 through Benzie and Leelanau counties don’t hesitate to take a few detours of your own along the way. And whatever you do, don’t forget your cameras!

Downtown TC Art Walk 9/18

Downtown Traverse City celebrates local artists


The Downtown Traverse City Association will host the fall Downtown Art Walk, sponsored by ABC 29&8 and WTCM on Friday, September 18, from 5 – 9 pm. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music. Artists from the region and beyond will feature their works at exhibits throughout Downtown Traverse City.

Visit participating locations and check out the art scene from oil paintings and photography from space to glass bead making and floral arrangements along Front St., Union and the Warehouse District. Refreshments will be offered at various locations throughout the evening. Purchase a commemorative wine glass and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Public Art projects.


The public has an opportunity to participate in a Public Art project throughout the evening featuring a gold theme in conjunction with the upcoming Dennos Museum exhibit, A River of Gold. Participating galleries will also be offering prize drawings throughout the evening. Walking maps will be available at each participating gallery and the Downtown Traverse City office. For more details call 922.2050 or visit www.downtowntc.com.

By |2019-12-30T13:06:05-05:00September 15th, 2009|Art Scene, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

First annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival at The Village


After years of watching the wine festivals in Leland and Northport swell to numbers that can barely be contained by the tents overhead, there is finally a festival right here in Traverse City. Saturday, August 22nd the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will be held on the grounds outside Building 50 at The Village.

The festival features wines from 22 area wineries, from both Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas. And unlike other wine festivals, which operate primarily as tasting events, attendees will receive 2 full glass pours with the $20 ticket. Additional drink tickets are available for $4.


The event also includes a juried art show, live music from Thom Jayne and the Nomads, as well as food from Underground Cheesecake, Bourbon 72, Silvertree Deli and Maybings.


Tickets are $20 and are available through participating wineries or purchase online through the LPVA. For more details about the festival visit their website at www.traversecitywinefestival.com.


New Tuskegee Airmen Sculpture, Michigan Legacy Art Park

Fallen Comrade sculpture by David GreenwoodFallen Comrade sculpture dedication at Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain Resort


Stop by the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, on August 14th at 2pm for the dedication of the Art Park’s latest addition: Fallen Comrade by artist David Greenwood. The dramatic sculpture is inspired by the P-51 flown by the heroic Tuskegee airmen during World War II.

The Legacy Awards Gala will follow the dedication at 6pm. The evening includes a silent auction, dinner and cash bar. The Legacy Award will be presented to the Tuskegee Airmen nationwide, with special attention for those in attendance.

Special lodging packages for those attending the gala are available. Contact Crystal Mountain reservations at 800-968-7686 ext. 5100 for more information.


Michigan Legacy Art Park one of the places on my Up North Summer To-Do List. Now there will be one more amazing sculpture to check out this year. And another reminder for me that summer is flying by and I still have a lot of To-Do items to accomplish.


By |2019-12-30T13:43:32-05:00August 8th, 2009|Art Scene, Attractions, Benzie, Check This Out|0 Comments

My Up-North Summer To-Do List

Every year summer seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. In an effort make sure I enjoy it I’ve learned a helpful trick. Start out the season with a summer “Must-Do” list. Mine is usually a combination of favorite activities and things I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t made time for. There’s something to be said for writng things down that makes you more apt to do it.

So I’ll share with you a few from my 2009 Summer Must-Do checklist:



Five Needles at Michigan Legacy Art Park1. Enjoy a Day at the Park – I’ve never been on a walk through the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain Resort, so this is the year. I can’t wait to see the larger than life-size sculptures, like Five Fingers, scattered throughout the park.



2. Learn a New Trick – It’s important to keep learning. So this summer I thought I might take a watercolor class. There are great day classes or seminars at the Crystal Lake Arts Center. Or maybe I’ll try to improve my photography skills with the digital photography workshop at Interlochen. There’s something out there for everyone if you know where to look.



fresh michigan cherries3. Pick Fresh Fruit – When I was a kid we picked cherries, strawberries and raspberries to eat, freeze and make jam. I think my kids are ready to continue the tradition. My favorite was always picking cherries. But since that usually requires a ladder, perhaps we’ll go for blueberries this year. With all the U-pick farms in the area it shouldn’t be hard to decide.



4. A Quiet Day at the Beach – Sometimes the best activity is inactivity. Toes in the sand, book in hand, and all by myself. That sounds like a perfectly relaxing way to enjoy a sunny afternoon.



Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre popcorn5. Eat a Barrel of Popcorn – …on a lawn chair, in front of the car, at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In. I’ll try to share, but I’m not promising. With real melted butter poured on top of the fresh kernels, it’s hard to resist this movie-lover’s treat.



6. Sip and Savor – I’ve been looking forward to an evening sipping a glass of Riesling and one of the small plate appetizers at Left Foot Charley in The Village. Sitting outside watching visitors come and go – ahhh, this is the life.



dinner at LuLu's in Bellaire7. Try a New Restaurant – Summer is a great time to try new things. And since I love food, one of my favorite adventures is to discover a new restaurant. Whether it’s new to the area, or just new to me, it’s always a treat. Last summer we enjoyed Blu in Glen Arbor, and this winter LuLu’s in Bellaire. Who knows where this summer will lead.



8. Shop the Farmers Market – Almost every town in Northern Michigan has a farmer’s market. From the Sara Hardy market in Downtown Traverse City, to The Village, you can’t beat the fresh foods, handmade products and beautiful plants available each week.



Point Betsie Lighthouse image9. Climb the Lighthouse – I’ve been to the beach at Point Betsie Lighthouse dozens of times, but I’ve never been inside. This summer I want to climb to the top of the light and check out the view. It’s amazing that after 150 years, boats still depend on the light to guide them safely through the Manitou passage.



10. Experience a Silent Movie – I’ve seen movies at the drive-in, the State Theatre and even at the City Opera House, but I’ve yet to experience an authentic silent film at the Music House Museum. Watching Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin with live accompaniment on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ is a truly unique opportunity.


Now that I’ve shared some of my Up North Michigan summer must-do list, what about you? Take a few minutes and compile your own list of new places to visit, favorite activiites to share, and adventures to experience. Already have a list? Join our discussion on Facebook and share your summer ideas! Let’s make this season a memorable one.

Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair, Traverse City 6/28

Artists & Craftsmen Showcase Work Along Union Street

Arts and Crafts will fill the street this weekend when Downtown Traverse City hosts its annual Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair on Sunday, June 28.  Located along Union Street between Sixth and Eighth Streets, the annual juried fair will feature close to 90 Midwest and national artists and craftsmen.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The event is the first summer art fair hosted by the Downtown Traverse City Association.  The others included the National Cherry Festival Arts and Crafts Fair in July and the Downtown Art Fair in August.  All are open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050 or visit www.downtowntc.com.

By |2020-01-06T13:02:06-05:00June 23rd, 2009|Art Scene, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Downtown Art Walk Friday May 1st

Artists take to the streets and storefronts this Friday in Traverse City

The Downtown Traverse City Association will host the spring Downtown Art Walk, sponsored by ABC 29&8 and WTCM on Friday, May 1, from 5 – 9 pm. Downtown Traverse City invites the public to enjoy art, refreshments, food and music while supporting our local and regional artists. Visit participating locations and check out the art scene from oil paintings to glass bead making along Front St., Cass, Union and the Warehouse District.

Refreshments will be offered at various locations throughout the evening.  Purchase a commemorative wine glass and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Public Art projects.  The public has an opportunity to participate in a Public Art project throughout the evening, featuring a water theme.

The Annual Downtown Art Walk is provided by the over 200 merchants, restaurants and businesses who are members of the Downtown Traverse City Association.  Please contact the Downtown Traverse City Association at 922-2050 or e-mail colleen@downtowntc.com for further information. www.downtowntc.com

By |2020-01-06T15:29:11-05:00April 30th, 2009|Art Scene, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Downtown TC Celebrates Earth Day, Children & Chocolate

 Festivals, Parties and Parades, Oh My! Downtown Traverse City will be busy this weekend.


The fun begins on Saturday, April 25th with the 20th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade. It begins at noon starting at Central Grade School.  Everyone is encouraged to parade in costumes, or just sit back and watch.  After the parade, gather at Hannah Park for more festivities and a community potluck.

Along with the parade Downtown Traverse City is also hosting their Celebration for Young Children from 11am – 3pm on Saturday. Activities and events will be held at the City Opera House, Traverse City State Bank, Horizon Books and various locations downtown.

If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated check out the Traverse City Chocolate Festival. The inaugural event takes place Sunday, April 26th at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City from 1-5pm. The proceeds  benefit the Michigan Community Action Agency’s food programs. It features area chocolatiers along with wine and other beverages. For more info check out this link: http://www.lpwines.com/wine/traverse-city-chocolate-festival-this-sunday/


By |2020-01-06T15:35:08-05:00April 23rd, 2009|Art Scene, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Name the Slope at Crystal Mountain

Name the Slope at Crystal Mountain graphicYour Namesake Could be Your Legacy

Michigan Legacy Art Park is pleased to announce a unique opportunity! In partnership with Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, the Art Park is auctioning the naming rights to the Crystal Mountain ski slope currently named “N11.”

The online auction will run through April 24 and culminate at a live auction and dinner event on April 25 (the high online bidders will be invited to bid via proxy if they can not attend.) Other auction items include a Crystal Spa package and season ski pass. All proceeds go to support Michigan Legacy Art Park. Individuals, groups, and organizations alike are invited to bid online at:   www.NameTheSlope.com


About Michigan Legacy Art Park:
Located within Crystal Mountain, Michigan Legacy Art Park offers an unparalleled experience of art, nature and history. More than 40 major works for art line 1.6 miles of hiking trails that wind through a 30-acre preserve of wooded hills. The Art Park is a unique cultural and recreational destination.

View more at www.michlegacyartpark.org.

By |2020-01-06T15:49:06-05:00March 4th, 2009|Art Scene, Benzie, Check This Out|0 Comments

ArtCenter "New Beginnings" Exhibition

Artcenter Traverse City is hosting an opening reception for its member exhibition, “New Beginnings.” The public is invited to celebrate their local artists and their work in the updated and improved Artcenter gallery space.


Friday, February 6, 2009

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Artcenter Traverse City

720 S. Elmwood Ave.

Traverse City, Michigan


Show runs thru February 28

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday; noon to 6 p.m.



By |2020-01-06T15:57:08-05:00February 5th, 2009|Art Scene, Attractions, Traverse City|0 Comments

Warehouse District Progressive 12-6

Holiday Open House in the Warehouse District, Traverse City

Saturday, December 6th from 5pm – 9pm


Check out the unique shops, restaurants, galleries and more during the Warehouse District Open House. Fourteen merchants will open their doors into the evening offering raffle prizes, food, music and of course Shopping.

Follow the merchant trail and enter for a chance to win a $140 gift certificate. Must be present to win.

Merchants include:

  • By Candlelight
  • Lighting Center
  • Waara Technologies
  • Handz on Art
  • The Red Dresser
  • Bay West Antiques
  • Boardman Paddle & Pedal
  • Rebecca’s Studio & Gallery
  • Salon/Saloon
  • Right Brain Brewery
  • Cuppa’ Joe
  • NM3
  • Vision Modern Salon
  • InsideOut Gallery
By |2020-01-06T16:19:07-05:00December 3rd, 2008|Art Scene, Check This Out, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Downtown TC Art Walk Friday 9/19

 Art Adorns Downtown Traverse City


Downtown Traverse City will host the semi-annual Art Walk on Friday September 19th. Take a self-guided tour of the participating shops and galleries downtown, enjoy wine and snacks along the way and discover the many talents of the artists on display. Visit all participating shops, collect a stamp at each location and enter to win a $500 gift certificate.

For more information visit the Downtown Traverse City website or call 231.922.2050


By |2020-01-08T12:43:12-05:00September 19th, 2008|Art Scene, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Top 5 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Traverse City

 A Little Rain Won’t Dampen Your Fun in Traverse City

I know the last thing you want to see on vacation is rain. But before you reach for the TV remote take a few moments to consider the great opportunities waiting indoors at some of Traverse City’s best destinations. Here’s a guide to some of my favorite rain or shine day trips.

Lightpaintings exhibit at Dennos Museum Center1. Visit Local Museums

Traverse City has a thriving culture of artists, musicians, and the patrons who support them. Whether you’ve always wanted to know more about Inuit Art, or have wondered what ever happened the original “model city”, our local museums can show you.

The Dennos Museum Center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College invites you to “Come Alive Inside!” They have several gallery exhibitions featuring fine art, science and the performing arts. Kids will love the Discovery Gallery with it’s hands-on exhibits. You’ll also find one of the largest and most historically complete collections of Inuit art.

For the lovers of history and music, you must check out one of Traverse City’s most unique museums. The Music House Museum, located just outside Traverse City on US 31 North in Acme, is a one-of-a-kind collection of music making machines from 1870 – 1930. To see an antique Nickelodeon or a phonograph is a treat, but to experience the music of these historical pieces is a memorable visit indeed. On the one-hour musical tour you’ll see the 1924 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, rescued from the Cinderella Theater in Detroit, and the impressive 1922 Mortier Dance Organ from Belgium.

If you have young children to entertain I’d recommend the Great Lake Children’s Musuem. Their new location across from West Bay on M-22 has wonderful interactive exhibits for the young and curious. The museum teaches children about the Great Lakes through hands-on activities and water-themed play areas. Their giftshop is also a great place to pick-up learning based toys and books.


2. Tour the Wineries

Black Star Farms winery on Old Mission peninsulaTraverse City, and the peninsulas which surround it, are making a name for themselves in the wine industry. We share the same latitude as several famous wine-making regions in Europe. The bays that surround us help cultivate some of the best grape growing regions in our country. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself how wonderful Traverse City wines can be.

The Old Mission peninsula is home to seven distinct wineries and counting. From small tasting rooms to expansive estates, there are many tasty stops along the wine trail. The first of which is Black Star Farms Old Mission tasting room. Some of you may know of their expansive agriculinary destination near Suttons Bay, but Black Star Farms is making fabulous wines from Old Mission vineyards as well. Their tasting room, on McKinley Rd, is the only place you’ll be able to taste some of their vintages, including 2007 Arcturos Pinot Noir Rose as it can only be sold on Old Mission Peninsula.

Just up the road you’ll find Peninsula Cellars in the little red schoolhouse along M-37. This tiny tasting room has refined big flavors into some award-winning wines including the region’s only white cherry wine. Peninsula Cellars is owned and operated by the Kroupa family, who also grow much of the fruit used in their production.

There are several other wineries on Old Mission peninsula well worth your attention including our well known Chateau Grand Traverse, and the estates of Chateau Chantal. However I’d be remiss if I didn’t send you back into the heart of the city to Left Foot Charley. Located in The Village, Traverse City’s own Central Park. The former Northern Michigan Asylum is home to a bevy of food artisans, shops and businesses including the area’s only urban winery. If you’re lucky you might catch wine-maker Brian Ulbrich behind the bar where he’s likely to serve a little wit along with his latest vintage.


3.  Play Ball!

golf simulator at the Traverse City Golf CenterIf you’re stuck in with a rain delay at the Traverse City Beach Bums baseball game don’t despair. I have some great ideas for the sports fans too. Whether you’re a bowler, a golfer, or prefer your sports with a comfy seat and a refreshing beverage, you can satisfy your athletic nature in Traverse City no matter the weather.

Just a few miles from the Beach Bums stadium, on the other side of Chums Corners you’ll find one of the the area’s newest and most entertaining venues. Wilderness Crossings sits back from the road just off US-31. This is family entertainment at it’s finest. The kids will love the arcade games, laser tag and cosmic golf course. Mom and dad, you can kick back in the sports bar or enjoy a meal in the Wild Pony Saloon. When you’re all back together don’t forget to slip on some bowling shoes for a game or two. And the best part is, the entire 34,000 sq. ft. facility is smoke free.

Golfers, if a downpour on the course sent you back to the clubhouse, I’ve got just the place for you. The Traverse City Golf Center on Secor road, near Boones Long Lake Inn, has everything you need keep your head in the game. From their extensive indoor pro shop with PING fitting center, to the indoor chipping stations and putting green, there’s more here than meets the eye. Ever wanted to play with the pros at Pebble Beach? Well step up to their golf simulator and you’ll get the chance. If the weather improves, be sure to step outside to test your shot on the driving range or improve your skills in their sand trap.


A barrel of popcorn at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In4.  Celebrate Movie Magic

There’s been much ado about the movie industry coming to Traverse City, and rightfully so. We have so much to offer movie fans and movie makers alike. From art films in an historic theater to classic family entertainment, a movie is a great way to save a rainy day.

The renovation of downtown Traverse City’s State Theatre brought our community together in support a common goal. Michael Moore helped establish the area’s first Film Festival which put Traverse City on the map for cinephile’s everywhere. Become a Friend of the Festival and get a sneak peak at the upcoming films, as well as first shot at tickets. But you don’t have to wait for the Film Festival to enjoy a movie at the State. The marquee lights up every night with their feature presentation.

If casual family fun is more your style then you don’t want to miss stepping back in time at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre. Rain or shine dusk is the time. That’s their motto. I admit, it’s great fun to bring your chairs, pop the tailgate and enjoy the movie magic pouring from the original post-mounted speakers. But don’t let a little rain stop you. Tune your car stereo to their FM channel and enjoy the movie with windows closed, fresh barrel of popcorn in your lap and the big screen just outside. What better way to enjoy some classic americana.


The Radish restaurant in Olde Town Traverse City5.  Focus on Food

If you need an excuse to get out and sample the flavors of Traverse City I suppose a rainy day is as good an excuse as any. Personally I don’t need much encouragement. In all honesty I couldn’t possibly highlight all our great food options in one short list. Instead I hope to send you on a foodie excursion, where you just might pick up a few new favorites to share.

If you’re in Olde Town Traverse City there’s a new twist on fast food you’re going to enjoy. In fact, it’s fast food with no guilt, no grease, and no regrets. The Radish focuses on fresh ingredients with a 60+ item salad bar. No more, “hold the onion,” or, “dressing on the side,” you make just the way you like it. You can’t argue with that logic.

Downtown Traverse City is a great destination it’s own rite, with countless restaurants, eateries, brew pubs to explore. But let’s not forget the retail outlets that offer fantastic edibles as well. A couple of my favorites include Fustini’s, where you taste and enjoy olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The Cherry Stop is the only place to go for anything cherry. And if time allows I have to endulge in some gelato at American Spoon Foods.

My tour du jour wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some off-the-beaten path restaurants that spring to mind when family and friends come to town. For a fabulous view of West Grand Traverse Bay you can’t beat Scott’s Harbor Grill. Even in the rain you can enjoy the boats in the harbor from a window-side table. Everyone loves a good italian restaurant and my family is taken with Chef Mickey Cannon at the Tuscan Bistro. But if your trip takes you along the Old Mission peninsula I’d recommend the Old Mission Tavern. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s a top-notch white-tablecloth restaurant with a beautiful gallery to browse while you wait.


So next time you find yourself pulling out the umbrella with a sigh, just remember Traverse City is full of great ways to keep the whole family happy on a rainy day, or anytime for that matter.


Meet the Artist: Linda Chamberlain

Gallery 50 Hosts Artist Reception on Saturday August 16th

A few weeks ago at the Suttons Bay Art Fair I had the opportunity to meet Linda Chamberlain and speak with her about her mixed media paintings. I was drawn in by the colors and textures she uses to create the original works.

She explained that every artist, and especially every painter, must work diligently to create a technique that is distinctly their own. Brush strokes, depth of color and texture, and the media with which you work all play a part. Chamberlain may spend several hours working and reworking a background to bring about the feeling and intensity that suits her.

Chamberlains paintings reflect and explore the relationship between man and his natural environment. She often uses tactile found objects in her work including wire, letterpress type and antique numbers. You’ll also find the appearance of birds, the moon tree, and in her latest pieces, a bear by the name of Bob.


For those of you who missed the Suttons Bay Art Fair you still have a chance to meet this artist and see an exhibition of her work. Gallery 50 is hosting an artists reception on Saturday August 16, from 6:00 – 9:00pm. The exhibit, ReCollections: Mixed Media by Linda Chamberlain & Ginnie Cappaert, will be on display through September 24th.

For more information on exhibitions at Gallery 50, visit their website. For a map to The Village and Gallery 50 check out our Attractions page.

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Downtown TC Art Fair Saturday 8/16

 Fine Artists Showcase Their Work Along Cass Street


Fine art will fill the street this weekend when Downtown Traverse City hosts its annual Downtown Art Fair on Saturday, August 16.  Located along South Cass Street between East Front and Washington Streets, the annual juried fine arts fair will feature approximately 70 Midwest and national artists.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The Downtown Art Fair, sponsored by McMillen’s Instant Framer and WCCW,  and is the third and final summer art fair hosted by the Downtown Traverse City Association.  The others included the Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair in June and the National Cherry Festival Arts and Crafts Fair in July.  All are open to the public free of charge.

For more information, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050 or visit www.downtowntc.com. To learn about the restaurants, events and businesses in Downtown Traverse City check out their card on our Attractions page.


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ArtOff at Right Brain Brewery

Most artists will tell you it takes days, often weeks or more to create a work of art. But the creators of the ArtOff are here to challenge that notion.

On Saturday June 14th at the Right Brain Brewery up to 20 artists will create a work of art right before your eyes, in only three hours. This unusual competition, created by designers Sean Tobin and Skyler Nelles, will benefit Little Artshram. Participants will be working in various forms of media including painting, welding and even needlepoint.

Come and experience art first-hand, and get a unique glimpse into the creative minds of Northern Michigan. The cost is $10 and includes a glass of local wine or beer and catered appetizers from Chef J.W. Pascoe of Pearls. Proceeds benefit Little Artshram, for scholarship to summer art-farm camps. The audience has the opportunity to cast a ballot for their favorite work, and may even purchase finished pieces via silent auction. The winning artist receives a cash prize.


For more information the ArtOff visit the website for Little Artshram.

Right Brain Brewery is a sponsor of the event. The doors open at 6:45pm. They are located in the Warehouse District in downtown Traverse City. For a detailed map of their location click here.

By |2020-01-09T12:22:10-05:00June 12th, 2008|Art Scene, Check This Out, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments