MyNorth.com http://mynorth.com Everything good about Life in Traverse City and Northern Michigan Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:45:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Charlevoix Circle of Arts Hosts Valentine’s Day Event http://mynorth.com/2016/02/charlevoix-circle-of-arts/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/charlevoix-circle-of-arts/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:30:41 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180983 Many of our parents and grandparents remember receiving homemade Valentines and handwritten love letters, finding romance in their sweetheart’s efforts spent thinking of the perfect words. Hoping […]

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Many of our parents and grandparents remember receiving homemade Valentines and handwritten love letters, finding romance in their sweetheart’s efforts spent thinking of the perfect words. Hoping to continue the tradition, the Armchair Theatre at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts presents “Barb and Fred and Other Love Stories.”

The community is invited to join in the celebration of Valentine’s Day by reciting your own favorite story, poem or memory about a friend, adored pet or loved one. There will also be Valentine’s treats, a photo booth, and Valentine’s crafts for the whole family. The heartwarming Northern Michigan event will be held in Charlevoix on Sunday, February 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.

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This photo of Barb and Fred was taken in 1947 at their house in Lansing.

This is the first year for the event, which was created by Armchair Theatre member Sandy Miles. Sandy’s parents, Barb and Fred, and their love for one another were her inspiration.

“Our story of Barb and Fred begins, at not an ending, but a new beginning,” Sandy says. “Let me explain. My mother, the Barb, in Barb and Fred, passed away in September of 2015. In doing those things you do to close a house and transition possessions, my sisters and brother and I were privileged to uncover a wonderful and sweet love story told in mementos, cards, and letters. Momentos of a life well lived, perhaps an ordinary life, but an extraordinary life by its quiet inspiration of love and devotion.”

Sandy will share more of her parent’s love story during the event. Sharing a poem or memory is not required, though. Attendees may choose to just listen.

“It would be a great event just to be present and be inspired and moved by the presentation,” says Gail DeMeyere of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts. “Having said that, however, if one felt so moved as to share a story, a poem, a song or a meaningful memory they would be welcome to do so. I would encourage folks to tuck something in their pocket to share and they can decide in the moment whether or not to take the stage.”

The Armchair Theatre is a free program for those interested in theater and written word. There are opportunities for all to act, direct, sing, dance and work behind the scenes. Contact the Charlevoix Circle of Arts at 109 Clinton St., Charlevoix or call 231.547.3554.


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Northern Michigan Microbreweries Near Ski Towns http://mynorth.com/2016/02/northern-michigan-microbreweries-near-ski-towns/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/northern-michigan-microbreweries-near-ski-towns/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:00:11 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180865 Snow-covered slopes and craft beer go together like peanut butter and jelly…well, better actually. The jolly duo is the inspiration behind many stories of winter merrymaking and […]

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Snow-covered slopes and craft beer go together like peanut butter and jelly…well, better actually. The jolly duo is the inspiration behind many stories of winter merrymaking and has a reputation for exceptional quality and a smooth finish.

After you’ve conquered the slopes, check out these Northern Michigan microbreweries near your favorite ski town. 


Bellaire, Shanty Creek

Known for their flagship flavors like Huma Lupa Licious and Space Rock along with their crazy specialties, this brewery has a flavor for every palate.

Gaylord, Treetops Resort

This brewery doesn’t just have great grub and brews, it also carries an exclusive line of bath and body products, furniture, home decor, and a whole lot more. It’s your one-stop spot!

Harbor Springs, Boyne Highlands & Nub’s Nob

Harbor Springs may not have its own brewery, but its neighbor Petoskey does. You honestly can’t go wrong with these three.

Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain

Located in the Clock Tower Lodge, you don’t have to leave the resort to wind down with good pizza and cold drinks.

Traverse City, Mt. Holiday

Traverse City is home to the mother load of craft breweries. Enjoy.

Thompsonville, Crystal Mountain

Okay, it’s not technically in Thompsonville, but Stormcloud is right next door in Frankfort and it’s well worth the 25-minute drive.

Glen Arbor, The Homestead

The family-owned saloon is known for their Mexican dishes perfect for heating you up after a day in the snow. 

Cadillac, Caberfae Peaks

Did you know Cadillac was originally known as “Clam Lake?” The tap room highlights the history of the town.

Find a complete guide to Northern Michigan microbreweries in MyNorth’s brewery directory


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Traverse City Barbershop Quartet Serenades Valentines http://mynorth.com/2016/02/traverse-city-barbershop-quartet-serenades-valentines/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/traverse-city-barbershop-quartet-serenades-valentines/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:30:24 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180832 Wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day with an extraordinary serenade. Have a Traverse City barbershop quartet from the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus deliver your wishes of […]

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Wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day with an extraordinary serenade. Have a Traverse City barbershop quartet from the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus deliver your wishes of admiration, love, or just fun!

The price for a “Singing Valentine” includes two songs, a long-stemmed rose, card with your special message, and a digital photograph. This barbershop quartet sings to your heart’s desire and will deliver unique valentines between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12, Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14.

Valentines can be delivered to almost any location, including homes or businesses within 10 miles of Traverse City. Click here for information on scheduling other locations.

The Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus stopped by our offices at MyNorth Media in downtown Traverse City for a perfect preview performance!

 

Surprise someone special this Valentine’s Day!

Purchase tickets at MyNorthTickets.com.

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Winter Comfort Recipe By Bistro Foufou Chef Guillaume http://mynorth.com/2016/02/winter-comfort-recipe-by-bistro-foufou-chef-guillaume/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/winter-comfort-recipe-by-bistro-foufou-chef-guillaume/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:00:28 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180927 Gratin, a classic French dish of cream, butter, cheese, and starch, is crafted for winter comfort. In downtown Traverse City, Chef Guillaume at Bistro Foufou helps us […]

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Gratin, a classic French dish of cream, butter, cheese, and starch, is crafted for winter comfort. In downtown Traverse City, Chef Guillaume at Bistro Foufou helps us eat our way through winter with delicious dishes.

This recipe was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.


Gratin Dauphinois

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Unsalted butter
  • 16 russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream, garlic and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Butter the inside of a 14-inch ceramic baking dish. Using a mandolin, thinly slice the potatoes and layer them in the baking dish. Season each layer lightly with salt and pepper and thinly cover with cream mixture. When baking dish is full cover with foil and bake for 45 to 55 minutes until potatoes are cooked through. Uncover the dish and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve warm.

For the full dish on winter comfort, check out the feature article Bistro Foufou Chef Guillaume Shares Gratin Recipes.


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Elegant, Outdoor Grand Traverse Resort Wedding http://mynorth.com/2016/02/elegant-outdoor-grand-traverse-resort-wedding/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/elegant-outdoor-grand-traverse-resort-wedding/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:37:49 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180922 Lindsay and Christopher wanted their wedding to be a mini-vacation for their guests. They found the perfect destination complete with gorgeous views, golf, boating, and shopping at […]

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Lindsay and Christopher wanted their wedding to be a mini-vacation for their guests. They found the perfect destination complete with gorgeous views, golf, boating, and shopping at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City. With help from the resort’s staff, the couple’s Grand Traverse Resort wedding was exactly what they’d envisioned.

This article was originally published in the 2016 issue of MyNorth Wedding.


All photography: Cory Weber Photography

The reception tent decor continued the outdoor theme, with trees wrapped around the tent poles, white lights illuminating their branches. Lindsay chose garden and spray roses as well as dahlia and freesia for the table arrangements. The tree theme set by the decorated tent poles played out in a miniature tree for the escort card table. Lindsay created the cake topper herself, fashioning it from antique broaches and buttons. (A nod to her love of antique and heirloom jewelry.) Lindsay’s bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, garden and spray roses, freesia and the greenery Dusty Miller. The wedding party included 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen, consisting of family and friends. (“We’re both one of five kids,” Lindsay says.) Potted hydrangeas lined the aisle in the ceremony tent. The celebration continued well into the evening, with guests enjoying music and dancing alongside Lindsay and Christopher until midnight. “We definitely were dancing the night away,” she remembers.

A weekend trip north for Chicago residents Lindsay Thompson and Christopher Lipari helped them find the ideal location for the Labor Day weekend wedding they envisioned. Naturally the couple sought a venue that would make a lovely stage for their wedding, but the venue would also have to feel like a satisfying mini-vacation for their guests, many of whom would be traveling long distances. Her family is all in California and Chicago. His family is in Detroit.

The couple selected the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, just east of Traverse City, in large part because of the connection they made with Liz Brooks, Grand Traverse Resort’s special events manager. “She played a huge part—we felt we connected with her on the first day we met her. She had answers to all of our questions, could accommodate all of our guests, and she executed our vision. Every time we talked with her she made us feel we were a priority and she was going to bat for us—and she did,” Lindsay says.

Grand Traverse Resort Wedding

Click here to view Lindsay and Christopher’s wedding in the 2016 MyNorth Wedding issue.

The Grand Traverse Resort’s numerous offerings and amenities—golf and tennis, on-site spa and pool, boating, shopping—also helped seal the deal. That the resort was re-doing its beautiful Tower rooms was a bonus. “So many of our guests ended up raving about that,” Lindsay says.

Celebrating Northern Michigan’s landscape and the outdoors was important to the couple. “As far as aesthetics go, I wanted to be outside because Traverse City is so beautiful,” Lindsay says. “With weather being a little unpredictable, we wanted a tent … I wanted to bring the outdoors inside the tent. I wanted a romantic, elegant feel.” To achieve that plein air, natural feel, the couple worked with a vendor who decorated the poles of the Grand Traverse Resort’s own Plaza reception tent—located near the golf course—to look like towering trees. Lights made the branches sparkle. An altar designed by the couple featured willows. “Her style was on point—it was very classic, very elegant, not over the top. It was the perfect amount of perfect,” the resort’s Liz Brooks says.

With 250 wedding guests, Lindsay and Christopher realized they’d be hard-pressed to be able to catch up with friends and family as much as they’d like on the day of their wedding. For this reason, they hosted two other gatherings over the weekend, first an “all-white” beach barbecue Friday night and then a Sunday brunch at the resort’s gorgeous Tower restaurant, Aerie. “It gave us time to give each guest quality attention,” Lindsay says, adding that a post-brunch gathering with the bridal party and family members featured time on the water in rented pontoon boats. “Everyone enjoyed all of our events.”

Liz couldn’t agree more about the success of the weekend. “They’re just a beautiful couple,” she says. You can really tell when two people are in love, and they just complement each other well, from their humor to their seriousness. They are a match made in heaven.”

Find more Northern Michigan wedding inspiration in the MyNorth wedding directory, or get your copy of the 2016 issue of MyNorth Wedding on ShopMyNorth!

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Chicago Band Mucca Pazza to Perform at Winterlochen http://mynorth.com/2016/02/chicago-band-mucca-pazza-to-perform-at-winterlochen/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/chicago-band-mucca-pazza-to-perform-at-winterlochen/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:36:27 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180904 A fish toss, hot chocolate, and madcap not-marching band Mucca Pazza are on tap at ‘Winterlochen,’ the annual winter festival at Interlochen Center for the Arts. MyNorth […]

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A fish toss, hot chocolate, and madcap not-marching band Mucca Pazza are on tap at ‘Winterlochen,’ the annual winter festival at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

MyNorth Media’s entertainment writer Ross Boissoneau tells us more about the Interlochen event and its featured highlight Mucca Pazza.


Artist

Interlochen Arts Academy’s annual salute to winter includes a compendium of events, featuring the eclectic sounds of Chicago band Mucca Pazza.

How they got their start

Name one group as comfortable at Lincoln Center as Lollapalooza. Okay, name one group besides Mucca Pazza. The group combines marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities. After forming in the parking lot of a steel mill alongside the river in Chicago, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members (emphasis apparently on odd) in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. The music moves from brass band groove to noise rock to avant-garde game show themes without blinking, taking the audience on a wild ride. Hang on tight.

Style

It incorporates everything from Prokoviev and Morricone to funk-rock. Don’t forget to include Balkan folk brass and the golden age of television music.

Influences and Inspirations

Classical music, cinema verité, N’Awlins brass bands, ethnic music, rock

Additional Background

Despite the drums, horns, uniforms and cheerleaders, Mucca Pazza insists it is not a marching band. The sound is dynamic enough, but a closer look reveals that none of those uniforms match. And while there’s plenty of percussive power and brassy blare from the trumpets, trombones and saxophones, the band also features guitars, violin, even accordion. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain. True, the band might move from point A to point B during performance, but don’t expect any familiar formations from football halftimes. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. There are speaker helmets. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with synchronized absurdity. Mucca Pazza is as comfortable in the fine arts and performance art world as the local rock club or parking lot.

While Mucca Pazza is the featured highlight, Winterlochen includes a host of other family activities. Music, dance, readings, hands-on visual art activities and acting workshops, a frozen fish toss, s’mores, and other snowy fun are on tap.

Quotes

“A gypsy punk, New Orleans funk, mambo tango, rock and roll circus.” – John Schaefer, WNYC

“Some have called them ‘circus punk,’ some say they’re ‘geek love,’ but no one calls them dull.”– Schuba’s Tavern/Lincoln Hall

Venue

Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen

Date & Time

Winterlochen is a day-long event on Feb. 20. Mucca Pazza performs at Corson Auditorium at 1 p.m.

Ticket information

All the events are free, not including local food concessions. However, the free tickets for Mucca Pazza need to be reserved by calling 276-7800 or visiting tickets.interlochen.org.

For more

MuccaPazza.com


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Traverse City Valentine’s Day Treats For You and Your Pup http://mynorth.com/2016/02/traverse-city-valentines-day-treats-for-you-and-your-pup/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/traverse-city-valentines-day-treats-for-you-and-your-pup/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:40:05 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180857 Valentine’s Day isn’t just for you and your sweetheart. Your pup loves you, too! Show your darling and your dog you care with these Traverse City Valentine’s […]

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just for you and your sweetheart. Your pup loves you, too! Show your darling and your dog you care with these Traverse City Valentine’s Day treats.

We know the holiday is just around the corner, so we made it easy for you. You’ll find all of these decadent sweets on Front Street in downtown Traverse City. No running around!


Cherry Republic Murdick's Fudge Kilwins D.O.G. Bakery Benjamin Twiggs

1. Cherry Republic

Show your sweet and spicy side with Chili Chocolate Covered Cherries. Available online and in stores.

2. Murdick’s Fudge

Nothing says “I love you” like this classic Valentine’s Day treat. Find it at the downtown shop.

3. Kilwins

These sweet little packages include four truffles, perfect for sharing! Get them in store.

4. D.O.G. Bakery

Gourmet dog treats are sure to cause lots of tail wagging and excessive drooling. Available online and in stores.

5. Benjamin Twiggs

Chocolate covered cherries are a Northern Michigan favorite. Find them downtown and on ShopMyNorth.

Still looking for the perfect gift? Don’t worry! Here are 11 Michigan-Inspired Valentine’s Day Gifts on ShopMyNorth.


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St. Francis High School Performs “Into the Woods” http://mynorth.com/2016/02/st-francis-high-school-performs-into-the-woods/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/st-francis-high-school-performs-into-the-woods/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:45:52 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180808 An epic fairy tale takes the stage at Traverse City’s St. Francis High School this February. Don’t miss the daring adventure about your favorite storybook characters! Into […]

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An epic fairy tale takes the stage at Traverse City’s St. Francis High School this February. Don’t miss the daring adventure about your favorite storybook characters!

Into the Woods incorporates wishes, family, and the consequences of choices made. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later.

Tickets cost $17 for adults and $11 for students and seniors (ages 18 and under and 65+).

Performances:

February 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m.

February 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Purchase tickets for this Northern Michigan event at MyNorthTickets.com.

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Kitchen Choreography in Traverse City Wins Best of Houzz http://mynorth.com/2016/02/kitchen-choreography-in-traverse-city-wins-best-of-houzz/ http://mynorth.com/2016/02/kitchen-choreography-in-traverse-city-wins-best-of-houzz/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:32:48 +0000 http://mynorth.com/?p=180756 Each year, Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design, selects the top home remodeling professionals throughout the nation. The Best of Houzz 2016 is a […]

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Each year, Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design, selects the top home remodeling professionals throughout the nation. The Best of Houzz 2016 is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide of the best home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros, and other professionals. This year, there were several Traverse City winners including Kitchen ChoreographyUrban-Diversions, and B.C.D. Interiors.

There are three categories for the award: design, customer service, and photography. Urban-Diversions earned a Best of Houzz for design while B.C.D. Interiors and Kitchen Choreography took home awards for customer service, which are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews.

We talked with Shanna Tompkins, the executive assistant at Kitchen Choreography about what it means to win a Best of Houzz.


All photography and design by Kitchen Choreography.

How does it feel to win a Best of Houzz for customer service?

“We have been steadily growing in recognition for our design and quality level of product. What is so hard to place value on is the experience our clients have working with us. We take the stress out of the project and make it fun. We are very happy to have been given an award that helps future clients know that is the difference between us and other companies in the area.”

Have you won in the past?

“This is our first time, but we hope to make the awards an annual occurrence.”

What inspires your work?

“The excitement each client brings for their project. We hope to make their vision a reality for them.”

What do you enjoy about working on and designing homes in Northern Michigan?

“That it is true custom. Our customers are retiring to the area and have lived in many places. They bring those experiences with them to be incorporated into a home that fits them and their needs.”

Kitchen Choreography’s interior designer Erica Murdock earned national recognition for her work. Read the profile here. 


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