Author: Madison Gardner

Tip-Up Town USA 2019: Catch Fish & Festival Fun

For some, the cold, snow and ice are a reason to hibernate. But for others, it’s cause to celebrate! Especially in Houghton Lake, where it’s time for Tip-Up Town USA. It starts Saturday and is two weekends long. There are snowmobiles, live music, food, games, ice fishing, polar dips, ice sculptures, and more. Catching a fish should be easier than…

Old Town Playhouse: ‘Fun Home’

A musical that encompasses an array of emotions has hit the Old Town Playhouse stage, and not too late to get your tickets! “Fun Home” runs in Traverse City until Jan. 26. Debbie Hershey, the co-director of this musical, says, “Our audiences are very responsive and the musical is very poignant. Audiences have laughed, cheered, cried – all emotions. They…

The Journey Program: Bonding Over More than Just Exercise

Plenty of people are hitting gyms across the country, following through on their new year’s resolutions. But there is a group of Northern Michigan women who are bonding over more than just lifting weights and jumping on the treadmill. The bond they’ve created is over their cancer diagnoses. A small intimate group of five women are participating in a free…

Snowshoeing: Create your Own Trail

Looking for something to do to fill your weekends until summer rolls around? Snowshoeing is an opportunity to explore the beauty Northern Michigan has to offer without breaking the bank. Big Bear Adventures in Indian River offers snowshoe rentals for several hours and for extended periods of time. Pati Anderson, the owner of Big Bear Adventures claims that this is…

Big Bear Adventures: Winter Rafting on the Sturgeon River

With temperatures lowering each day, it is clear winter is here in Northern Michigan. This however, is not stopping one iconic summer destination from drawing people in with their winter rafting excursions. David Paquette, who has been coming to Big Bear for years, is quite surprised how different his experience is in winter compared to summer. “It’s a relaxed but…

Ludington’s HumaniTea Combats Human Trafficking With Awareness

A tea shop in Ludington is serving more than just a really good, hot cup of loose-leaf tea. HumaniTea is also bringing attention to anti-human trafficking efforts here in Michigan. Friday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and the shop is shining a light on this disturbing problem with a special event. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., a video…

Surfs Up this Winter in Northern Michigan

When you think of winter sports you probably think of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Larry Bordine thinks of surfing and you can find him in Frankfort catching some gnarly waves during Northern Michigan’s winter months. “Typically the water is colder in the winter so it’s dense so we get a smoother wave. Plus the wind and air is colder so…