MyNorth.com http://mynorth.com Everything good about Life in Traverse City and Northern Michigan Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:57:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Suttons Bay Union School Decorated by Local Shop http://mynorth.com/2016/02/suttons-bay-union-school-decorated-by-local-shop/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/suttons-bay-union-school-decorated-by-local-shop/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:21:08 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181126 Walking into At Home, a home decor store in downtown Suttons Bay, you’re greeted with colorful layers of fabric, the gleam of metal, and soft tones of distressed […]

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Walking into At Home, a home decor store in downtown Suttons Bay, you’re greeted with colorful layers of fabric, the gleam of metal, and soft tones of distressed wood. Each step forward brings something new to look at. The owners, Peggy Miller and Sarah Peschel, draw their inspiration from the area they call home.

“The water, the woods, the gardens, and greenery all around us … We are often inspired by the unexpected beauty in this area as well, weathered old cottages, farms, and barns that have stood for a hundred years or more,” Sarah says. “There’s so much history, and we aim to celebrate that whenever we can.”

The pair recently helped with the remodeling of the historic Suttons Bay Union School, which was built in 1907 on a hill above Suttons Bay. After being used as a school, the building provided housing for cherry workers and was also a single-family dwelling. By 2004, it sat vacantly and remained so for over a decade until it was purchased and fixed up by Cheryl Hutchinson and her husband Ian Hurlock-Jones.

To get a feel for the remodel, we talked with Sarah about the pieces they chose for the schoolhouse and its interior design.

Union SchoolHow did you and Peggy help with the renovations of the Union School?

Peggy and I assisted with the interior design element of the renovations. When we were invited on board the construction was complete. All that was needed were some finishing touches.

When we first walked through the Union School we were instantly in love with the high ceilings, the natural light and the original stonework throughout the space. We brought in pieces that we felt would complement those elements and enrich the already amazing story of the place. 

To do that, we had to be mindful of scale. Because the ceilings of the Union School are so high, we had to bring in large and unique pieces to break up the whiteness of the walls and add interest. We used two pieces that I think did an exceptional job of this—the large oil pastel drawing of the sun over the mantel in the living/dining area was so reminiscent of early childhood drawings for both Peggy and myself that we felt it belonged in what once was a schoolhouse. Its presence really connected the past to the present and I found myself thinking of studious young children often while I was in that space. (The oil pastel is pictured in the top photograph.) 

Union SchoolAnother piece we used was an antique Chinese Screen (pictured left). It added an interesting architectural element to the space while also evicting a sense of history. Something about that piece with its little remnants of rice paper felt consistent with the schoolhouse vibe as if it were an artifact for student learning rather than an element of décor.

Throughout the rest of the space, we added elements that we felt added warmth and comfort. Since the Union School is now a rental space, we wanted to create a feeling of respite and relaxation as well as interest and history. 

We added a large (and heavy) black iron mirror to the master bedroom. Its placement against the rock wall was striking and its reflection brightened up the natural darkness of the stones. We also added white vases and live plants throughout the space and created a dining room table out of reclaimed barn wood.

Each piece that we added we arrived at by weighing the depth of warmth and history it lent to the overall feel of the space. In the end, we felt successful in achieving that objective.

Rustic and modern are at opposite ends of the style spectrum. How do you combine the two?

We are drawn to the juxtaposition of many design elements to create an aesthetic that reflects the personality of our clients. We find that the marriage of the unexpected keeps things interesting, and while rustic and modern may be on the opposite end of the style spectrum, pulling from both extremes allows us to create spaces that have a depth and character unattainable by going wholly one way or the other.

Find more design inspiration in MyNorth’s directory of home services.


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Press On Juice Opens Downtown Traverse City Tasting Bar http://mynorth.com/2016/02/press-on-juice-opens-downtown-traverse-city-tasting-bar/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/press-on-juice-opens-downtown-traverse-city-tasting-bar/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:40:12 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181104 Each bottle of juice from Press On Juice contains at least two pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The beverage business has been providing their unique twist […]

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Each bottle of juice from Press On Juice contains at least two pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The beverage business has been providing their unique twist on healthy drink options for almost two years now with their location on Eighth Street in Traverse City.

Press On Juice announced last week they’ll be moving into a second location downtown—where Venus used to reside—which will include a juice tasting bar. Set to open within the next month or two, owner Kris Rockwood hopes the new spot is a convenient location for downtown walkers to continue their healthy habits.

What else does the new downtown location mean for the raw juice business and their customers? We did a Q&A with Kris to find out.

Tell us more about the new location on Front Street, please! 

Press On Juice has been looking for the right downtown location since we started the business two summers ago. We were open to almost any layout and concept. With our primary location at 1125 E. Eighth Street, which provides retail space as well as serving as our production facility, we knew we only needed a retail space downtown. Once we heard that Venus was moving we thought it would be just right—a small space where we could sell all our products and continue production at our Eighth Street location.

Press On Juice 134 E. Front Street will have grab-and-go raw food options and will have a tasting bar that will look and feel much like our 1125 E. Eighth Street location. There will be a small cosmetic upgrade to our new location but we wanted to keep the current feel. I think everyone has asked if Press On Juice was going to keep the tile, which is original, and yes, we are going to keep it. We will continue to expand our menu items to provide options and help the community stay healthy.

When do you anticipate to open? What will your hours be like? 

Press On Juice 134 E. Front Street will be opening in the next 30 to 60 days, like a home renovation everything takes longer then you think.

Winter hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and closed on Sundays.

Summer hours will expand into long days on Saturday, and Sunday we will be open.

What will set this location apart from your original spot on Eighth Street? Will there be any products exclusive to this location?

We will have all Press On Juice products at both locations, and the BIG difference will be parking!  The Press On Juice 1125 E. Eighth Street location has great parking for easy in and out that will continue to serve the east side of Traverse City.

Many of our downtown customers have given their wish list to me and said they would come more often if they could walk.

Like any food establishment, the more convenient you make your location them more people will come and that is our hope with the new 134 E. Front Street location. And if everything works out, we’ll then plan our next location on the west side of town.

Is there anything else you want your customers to know about?

“Start Healthy Habits Here” is one of our mottos. And we all know vegetables and fruit are good for us, it is just hard to find and to have it taste great. It has to be quick and convenient and then it becomes an easy first choice. This is what Press On Juice is all about.

Learn more about what inspired Press On Juice’s Kris Rockwood to start up her business with this 2014 feature on MyNorth.com


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Frozen, Family Events at Downtown Beulah Winterfest http://mynorth.com/2016/02/frozen-family-events-at-downtown-beulah-winterfest/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/frozen-family-events-at-downtown-beulah-winterfest/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:43:42 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181118 The Beulah Winterfest in Benzie County has been an annual tradition for over 30 years. Locals and visitors come together for a day of winter fun and […]

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The Beulah Winterfest in Benzie County has been an annual tradition for over 30 years. Locals and visitors come together for a day of winter fun and family events. This year, the downtown Beulah event is set for Saturday, February 13 and will start with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and end with fireworks over Crystal Lake at 7:15 p.m.

We talked with Vicki Carpenter, an organizer of the event and a member of the Crystal Lake Community Business Association, about the Northern Michigan event.


For someone who has never attended, what are the top 3 “not to miss events” over the weekend?

“It’s hard to keep it to 3. The chili contest is open to businesses and individuals and voted by the ‘tasters.’ The games, such as frozen fish toss and turkey bowling are popular.  We are in our 6th year of our Outhouse Races. Individuals and groups in adult and youth categories run two 90-foot sprints and the best times win, in both categories. There is also a best in show category that wins a traveling trophy, an oak toilet seat with their name added to the plaque on the lid and a picture of their entry inside when you lift the lid. It’s a thing of beauty. There’ve been very creative entries over the years.”

The late freeze on Crystal Lake has canceled the Sheriff’s Dive Team event for safety reasons. Other activities, including a cookie sale and horse-drawn wagon rides, are listed on clcba.org.

You don’t often see “frozen turkey bowling” listed as an event. Tell us more about it.

“Our ‘frozen’ events fit the winter theme. Frozen turkey bowling involves frozen 2-liter bottles as the pins. The turkey is indeed frozen, and for women and children, we have a frozen chicken and a frozen game hen. The kids have fewer ‘pins’ to hit. The frozen fish toss is by distance, and the size of the fish varies based on the participant. Winners get to keep their turkey and the fish along with a plaque and a Winterfest T-shirt.”

What else can visitors do in Beulah during the weekend?

“The Benzie County Players have a performance of ‘Love Letters’ on Saturday and Sunday at the Mills Community House in Benzonia. The Oliver Art Center in Frankfort has a free exhibit: Furniture, Fiber, Photography and Sculpture, which will appeal to all ages. They are open on Saturday and Sunday. The Garden Theatre has family matinees on Saturday afternoons this winter.”

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“We have a bonfire on the beach all day, and the chili contest is in the pavilion, which has side panels, and we have heaters inside that area as well. We want people to have fun and be able to come in and warm up too. The Crystal Lake Community Business Association (CLCBA) is an all volunteer group and promotes the Beulah and Benzonia area of Benzie County. The CLCBA sponsors events all year.”

For more information about the Beulah Winterfest, visit the Crystal Lake Community Business Association’s website


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Black Star Farms Snowshoe, Vines and Wines Event http://mynorth.com/2016/02/black-star-farms-snowshoe-vines-and-wines-event/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/black-star-farms-snowshoe-vines-and-wines-event/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:13:53 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181110 Black Star Farms Winery & Spirits in Suttons Bay invites you to experience a winter weekend journey across their 160-acre property on the scenic Leelanau Peninsula this […]

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Black Star Farms Winery & Spirits in Suttons Bay invites you to experience a winter weekend journey across their 160-acre property on the scenic Leelanau Peninsula this February.

Tickets to this fun day out include a 2-hour snowshoe rental to explore the Black Star Farms trails through orchards and vineyards. After the excursion, warm up in the tasting room with a glass of mulled wine. Finish your outing by enjoying a tasting featuring their award-winning Black Star wine.

This Northern Michigan event is family-friendly. Child tickets are available and also include a 2-hour snowshoe rental to explore the easy to moderate trail system. Plus the fireplace in the tasting room is a perfect spot to warm up with some hot chocolate!

Event dates include February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Ticket prices are $24 for adults and $15 for kids.

Purchase tickets for the Black Star Farms Snowshoes, Vines & Wines event at MyNorthTickets.com.

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Tres Leches Cake Recipe by Small Batch in Harbor Springs http://mynorth.com/2016/02/tres-leches-cake-recipe-by-small-batch-harbor-springs/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/tres-leches-cake-recipe-by-small-batch-harbor-springs/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:48:03 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181096 Ssshh … don’t tell anyone, but the town 
of Harbor Springs has an addiction—to the Tres Leches cake that Lauretta Reiss served to around 100 people at […]

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Ssshh … don’t tell anyone, but the town 
of Harbor Springs has an addiction—to the Tres Leches cake that Lauretta Reiss served to around 100 people at a fundraiser in the town last fall. Now Lauretta can’t make enough of it at her Small Batch Harbor Springs bakery! The former designer for Rocket Dog shoes opened the downtown gem as her retirement project just over a year ago.

Small Batch took off in a big way and now Lauretta is set to open a second location, Small Batch at the Cupola—a full-service restaurant located in the recently shuttered Harbor Springs restaurant of the same name. Good news for the sweet tooths of Traverse City, Lauretta is partnering with Georgina’s Anthony Craig to provide the baked goods for his new Elsie’s coffee shop on East Front Street.

For those times when you find yourself between the two towns and just plain gotta’ have a piece of Tres Leches, her recipe is below.


Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 
2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 
1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1  (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2  ( 14 ounce) cans sweetened 
Condensed milk
  • 4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9-by-11-inch pan, sprinkle with flour and shake out excess. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside. In 
a separate bowl, with clean dry beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture to the batter in stages alternating with the whole milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture. Add vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.

In a blender, combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and two cups of whipping cream. Reserve half the mixture for sauce on the side
 of the cake. Poke holes in cake and pour the remaining sauce over the cake while still warm.

Cool the cake completely and refrigerate overnight. In a chilled bowl, whip the remaining two cups of heavy cream with confectioners sugar until peaks form. Cover the entire cake in whipped cream. Garnish with fresh fruit and enjoy!

Find more local dessert recipes in MyNorth’s recipe directory!


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Northern Michigan Style: Plum, Grape, Fun! http://mynorth.com/2016/02/northern-michigan-style-plum-grape-fun/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/northern-michigan-style-plum-grape-fun/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:36:35 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181058 Though we’re nearing spring, the month of February is still filled with snowy days, icy lakes, and cold nights. Thoughts of warmer days to come were the […]

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Though we’re nearing spring, the month of February is still filled with snowy days, icy lakes, and cold nights. Thoughts of warmer days to come were the inspiration behind the February 2016 issue of Northern Home & Cottage. Deep, vibrant plum tones add a touch of warmth and color to the white landscape.

Shops in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, and Elk Rapids are filling their shelves with shades of plum and grape. Here are a few of our favorite Northern Michigan style pieces from the latest Northern Home & Cottage.

 

1. Basket 2. Glass Tumbler & Glass Dessert Plate 3. Plum Brandy 4. Witch Ball 5. Artisan Glass Bowl 6. Glass-Bottle Lamp 7. Pillow

1. Basket

The Cheese Lady, Traverse City

$42

2. Glass Tumbler & Glass Dessert Plate

Green Island, Traverse City

$29, $25

3. Plum Brandy

Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay

$27.50

4. Witch Ball

Higher Self Book Store, Traverse City

$45

5. Artisan Glass Bowl

Mullaly’s 128 Gallery, Elk Rapids

$925

6. Glass-Bottle Lamp

Cedar Creek Interiors, Elk Rapids

$250

7. Pillow

What a Stich Embroidery, 231.313.7911,103 River St., Elk Rapids

$45


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PB & Jelly Pancake Recipe by Northern Michigan Chef http://mynorth.com/2016/02/pb-jelly-pancake-recipe-by-northern-michigan-chef/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/pb-jelly-pancake-recipe-by-northern-michigan-chef/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:20:10 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181082 This fun Northern Michigan recipe gives everyone an excuse to eat peanut butter and jelly for breakfast! Thanks to As You Dish’s Northern Michigan chef Michelle Rodriguez for […]

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This fun Northern Michigan recipe gives everyone an excuse to eat peanut butter and jelly for breakfast! Thanks to As You Dish’s Northern Michigan chef Michelle Rodriguez for the recipe.


Fluffy Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • *3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray, coconut oil, or additional butter (to use on griddle)

*(Note: If you don’t have buttermilk in your house, that’s okay. Just use regular milk and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to it. Then let it sit for 5 minutes. That will “sour” the milk and work just fine!)

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk the large egg and melted butter into buttermilk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone. Don’t overmix.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with butter, coconut oil or cooking spray. Pour batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Gently (on low heat, and keep an eye on it) warm some of your favorite peanut butter, and jelly separately in the microwave and pour however much you like over the pancakes!
  5. Serve to your kids and be prepared for some high fives & hugs!

Find more yummy recipes from Northern Michigan chefs in MyNorth’s recipe directory!


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Award-Winning Chili at Glen Arbor Winterfest http://mynorth.com/2016/02/award-winning-chili-glen-arbor-winterfest/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/award-winning-chili-glen-arbor-winterfest/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:18:21 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=181070 The annual Glen Arbor Winterfest is coming up this weekend on Saturday, February 13. Festivities include the Perch Fishing Contest and the famed Chili Cook-off. The cook-off […]

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The annual Glen Arbor Winterfest is coming up this weekend on Saturday, February 13. Festivities include the Perch Fishing Contest and the famed Chili Cook-off. The cook-off kicks off at noon at Boonedocks in downtown Glen Arbor. Entrants will compete for bragging rights and a plaque commemorating the event, which is judged by popular vote.

All proceeds from the event go the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. Though the date to enter the cook-off has passed, you can still attend and vote for your favorite chili. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (70+) and kids 12 and under. The cost includes unlimited chili samples.

Before the event, we took a moment to catch up with Blu’s Chef Randy Chamberlain who took home first place last year with his son Logan for their black bean and chorizo chili topped with homemade Fritos. It was their first time winning, and Randy is hoping for a second this year.


What’s the recipe for your award-winning chili?

“I don’t have a recipe for the chili. Nearly every soup I make doesn’t, especially with chili since I only make it once a year for the cook-off. Last year’s black bean-chorizo was rather spicy with a homemade mix of chili spices. This year, I’m using local turkey from Duerksen Turkey Farm to make a white bean and jalapeno turkey chili.”

How many years have you entered the cook-off?

“This will be my 11th year. Each year I try different recipes and have fun doing something original and unique.”

How does it feel to be in a community that hosts events like the Glen Arbor Winterfest?

“As a restaurateur, we’re asked to do many events and donate lots of our time, and ineveitably we have to turn away some, but this event is something I really believe in. We’re a small town, and I know a lot of people at the local event from living here, my customers and friends. The funds raised go directly to Glen Lake students to further their education, and I think it’s a great event.”

Make your own award-winning chili using Northern Michigan recipes from MyNorth’s recipe directory!


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Orchestra Performs Hollywood Hits in Traverse City http://mynorth.com/2016/02/orchestra-performs-hollywood-hits-in-traverse-city/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/orchestra-performs-hollywood-hits-in-traverse-city/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:04:37 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180994 Combining film and music, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra is a touring group dedicated to the performance of music from current films and classics. Their next stop: Northern Michigan. […]

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Combining film and music, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra is a touring group dedicated to the performance of music from current films and classics. Their next stop: Northern Michigan. MyNorth entertainment writer Ross Boissoneau tells us about the small symphony making big sounds before the Hollywood Concert Orchestra: Night at the Oscars event in Traverse City on February 18.


Artist

Hollywood Concert Orchestra

How It Got Its Start

Longtime music producers John and Judith Giattino were associated with some of the biggest names in the pop orchestra field, including Percy Faith, Arthur Fiedler, and Mantovani. John was a musical contractor for Columbia Artists and provided touring orchestras for such artists as Rosemary Clooney, Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Robert Goulet, and Carol Lawrence. The two also produced a tour titled “A Tribute to Mario Lanza,” featuring MET tenor Thomas Booth.

In 1999, they founded the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, dedicated to performing music movie-going audiences would know and love. The Giattinos believe audiences should recognize and enjoy music, and that an orchestra dedicated to music they were familiar with from the movies was the perfect vehicle to provide that sense of familiarity and delight.

The orchestra is accompanied by vocalists on several selections, and the backdrops further bring back the memories of some of the greatest films ever made.

Style

Light classical

Influences and Inspirations

John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein

Additional Background

The orchestra has toured across the United States as well as in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Known as “the Orchestra of the Stars,” it features its own special arrangements of current and classic movie themes.

Audiences will remember the action and grandeur of films such Superman, Schindler’s List, The Sting, Mission Impossible, The Wizard of Oz, Titanic and many more. From superheroes to Western heroes (including a tribute to John Wayne), the Hollywood Concert Orchestra brings back the sounds of movies that inspired and delighted audiences, from favorites of the 30s to modern-day favorites like The Incredibles.

The group includes symphony veterans from across the country as well as recent graduates from some of the top music schools in America.

Quotes

That’s what I love about doing this: making music and sharing it, having that connection with other people.” – Conductor Jason Altieri

“In 2009 I departed from my usual concert schedule to tour with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra … and if I am left with any one prevailing memory it was the nightly gratification of performing with artists of such consummate musicianship.” – Shirley Jones

Venue

City Opera House in Traverse City

Date & Time

Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at CityOperaHouse.org.

For More

artsmg.com


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