Author: Madison Gardner

Crossroads Industries: People with Disabilities Channeling their Inner Artist

Crossroads Industries in Gaylord offers training and skill building services to help people with mental and physical disabilities. They offer community outings, minimum wage business services jobs and studio 45– a space for their clients to channel their inner artist. “When they express themselves through art we get to see a side of them that we may not have seen…

Shoreline Fruit: A Northern Michigan Staple Sharing the Fruits of their Labor

“It’s like magic isn’t it?”  Take one step inside of the Shoreline Fruit production facility in Williamsburg and you’re immediately in cherry heaven! The cherries have fallen from the trees and now they have made their ways to production facilities across Northern Michigan. C.E.O. John Sommavilla took the four’s Madison Gardner and photojournalist Zach Razminas on a grand tour during…

19th Annual Earthwork Harvest Gathering Preview

Summer may be slowly coming to an end but the fun and festivals aren’t ending anytime soon! Earthwork Harvest Gathering is an annual cultural celebration that takes place in Lake City at Earthwork Farm. This year it’s taking place September 20th-22nd. Each year they welcome performers, volunteers, vendors and attendees to take part in an array of workshops, panel discussions…

Nicole Ver Kuilen Brings us Forrest Stump & Her Story

Anyone and everyone can be an athlete, but only some people can become an athletic inspiration. Three steps that one Northern Michigan athlete says are vital are a good attitude, motivation, and a pair of shoes. Nicole Ver Kuilen is a National Champion triathlete and she isn’t letting anything hold her back from reaching her goals. She said, “When people…

Paint Grand Traverse is Attracting Artists Nationwide

From beaches to farmland and everything in between, it’s no secret northern Michigan is absolutely stunning. That’s what’s bringing in artists from around the country to take part in this year’s Paint Grand Traverse. A Plein Air Festival and Competition that is giving artists the chance to challenge themselves, find inspiration and connect with other artists. Rick Koehler is one…

Rennie Orchards: Fourth Generation Cherry Farmer Stays in the Industry for the Joy it Brings Season after Season

It’s crunch time here in the cherry capital and at Rennie Orchards in Willamsburg that is no exception. Sandy Rennie is a fourth generation cherry farmer who has been looking after the farm since the 1960’s. “Cherry season is intense. You gotta get up every day and it’s boom boom boom and it’s gotta happen in 30 days,” says Sandy…

MOOmers Welcomes New Flavors!

Ice cream is a summertime must and we are lucky enough to have MOOmers Ice Cream right here in Northern Michigan. They are welcoming some new flavors this summer and one of them has us all at a halt – “Prego Pickle” Ice cream. Yes, you heard that right, pickle flavored ice cream. Tomorrow on ‘the four’ we are talking…