Author: Madison Gardner

The Drawbridge Ukulele Band: Music and Friendship. What More Could You Want?’

A quirky four string instrument called the Ukulele is bringing a fun-loving group together every Wednesday night in Charlevoix at the Villager Pub. The Drawbridge Ukulele band knows a thing or two about carrying a tune and having a good time. There are two very important rules that everyone in the group must follow… “We have two rules in ukulele-land. There’s no criticizing…

Love is in the Air… Or is That Just Chocolate?

The Four is kicking off February at Kilwin's Traverse City Learning about Delicious Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine’s day is a celebration of love. Whether that be romantic, platonic or self. Looking for gifts can sometimes be a struggle, but one thing you can’t go wrong with is some fancy chocolates or sweets!  Owner of Kilwin’s Traverse City Mary Daily says, “I love dipping it, I love the texture of the chocolate. When I’m dipping it’s just nice…

The Missing Person at the Finish Line

Thompsonville: Man to run Ironman Triathalon as Tribute to Late Mother

An Ironman is a Triathlon that is 2.4 mile swimming, 112 miles of  biking, followed by 26.2 miles (a marathon). Crossing this finish line means more to Aaron Mahoney of Thompsonville than just another experience checked off his bucket list. It’s a tribute to his mother who passed away last year to health complications.  His mother was Jean Mahoney who…

Association to Rescue Kritters: A Second Chance at Life

St. Helen Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Teaching the Do's and Don'ts of Animal Rescue

Many of us have a special place in our heart for anything cute, fluffy and wild. This instinct to nurture and love these creatures doesn’t mean taking them under your wing and into your home. In fact, this could hurt the animal and make it so they can never again be wild. That’s why rehabilitation centers like the A.R.K are…

Crystal Mountain: ‘It’s an Excuse to Get Out and Play in the Winter’

Plenty of people complain about the snow and the cold, but Northern Michigan snowboarders rejoice. Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is the perfect destination for those who love being outdoors. Braving any and all elements, Jayson Spaulding, a snowboarding instructor at Crystal, can’t get enough of it. He turned his passion for snowboarding into a job, helping people get out on…

Ice Wine or Liquid Gold?

Chateau Chantal Celebrates Ice Wine with a Festival on Jan 26th

A sweet dessert wine is making an appearance at Chateau Chantal’s second annual Ice Wine Festival. This Old Mission winery is hosting an event to celebrate the hard work they have put into harvesting thousands of frozen grapes that took place Monday, January 21st. Head Winemaker at Chateau Chantal, Brian Hosmer says, “It’s a huge gamble. You leave fruit out…

Adaptive Skiing: Carving out a Bright Future

Full Potential and Caberfae Peaks offer Ski Program for People with Disabilities

“Freedom and independence. That’s something I haven’t had in a long time,” says Susan Kegerreis a Northern Michigan woman who takes part in an adaptive ski program at Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac called Full Potential. This program uses adaptive ski equipment to get people out on the slopes – to enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan. “It’s really inspiring to see…