Traverse City http://michiganradio.org en Cherry festival features air shows, orchard tours http://michiganradio.org/post/cherry-festival-features-air-shows-orchard-tours <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The <a href="http://www.michigan.org/cherryfest/">National Cherry Festival </a>is getting underway in Traverse City, with the opening weekend featuring a return appearance by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and several events linked to the region's growing reputation as a foodie haven.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:21:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18269 at http://michiganradio.org Cherry festival features air shows, orchard tours Traverse City fights "festival fatigue" http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-fights-festival-fatigue <p></p><p>Sometimes too much of a good thing is, well, too much.</p><p>That seems to be what some residents and city commissioners in Traverse City are thinking about the upcoming National Cherry Festival, and the many other festivals that draw visitors to Traverse City through the year.</p><p>In short, some of the locals are starting to push back. It’s been dubbed “festival fatigue.” Some residents complain in particular about the Cherry Festival in a downtown park called the “Open Space” that runs along Grand Traverse Bay. They grumble about noise, trash, and crowds.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:50:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 18166 at http://michiganradio.org Traverse City fights "festival fatigue" Michigan entrepreneurs want the saskatoon to be the next big fruit http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-entrepreneurs-want-saskatoon-be-next-big-fruit <p>An unusual berry should be widely available at farmers markets in northern Michigan this summer. In fact, the region has become the center of saskatoon growing in the United States.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people who grow </span>saskatoons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> around Traverse City were not farmers until a few years ago, but the berry could have a bright future in northern Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:22:12 +0000 Peter Payette 18033 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan entrepreneurs want the saskatoon to be the next big fruit Columbus Day name change issue removed from agenda http://michiganradio.org/post/columbus-day-name-change-issue-removed-agenda <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Traverse City commissioner has pulled from Monday's agenda a resolution to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:26:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18003 at http://michiganradio.org Columbus Day name change issue removed from agenda Living off the grid can be illegal http://michiganradio.org/post/living-grid-can-be-illegal <p></p><p>Energy use on the globe is expected to go up by <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=12251">more than 50% in the next 25 years</a>. Michigan law is mandating a heavier reliance on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-michigan-reach-30-renewable-energy-sources-2035">renewable sources</a> by next year. But some say that’s not enough, and they are taking matters into their own hands.</p><p></p><p><strong>Experimenting with sustainability </strong></p><p>Take Rolf and Mari von Walthausen for example. They were a typical Traverse City couple. They worked 40-hour-a-week jobs and lived in an average-sized home. But one day they did an experiment.</p><p>“We moved all of our belongings into one room of the house and said, let’s see how it is to live in a space that is 12 by 16 [feet],” Rolf von Walthausen said.</p><p>Then they tried another experiment.</p><p>“There was a time that one summer at our house, we actually set up the tent in the yard and we lived in this tent for four months,” Rolf von Walthausen said.</p><p><strong>Living off the grid</strong></p><p>Then came the big test. The von Walthausens sold their house, quit their day jobs and built a tiny cabin in the woods with no running water or electricity. They got new part-time jobs teaching yoga and tuning pianos, they were living in the woods, getting their water from a stream nearby, gathering wood to heat their wood- burning stove, and using their compostable toilet outside.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:43:58 +0000 Emily Fox 17948 at http://michiganradio.org Living off the grid can be illegal Traverse City public schools seeking more international students http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-public-schools-seeking-more-international-students <p>Traverse City public schools are getting ready to welcome about 55&nbsp; students from Dalian, China, in January. They will attend high school for two weeks and stay with local families.</p><p>In May, about 25 Traverse City high schoolers will do the same in China at a high school attached to Dalian University of Technology.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15768 at http://michiganradio.org Traverse City public schools seeking more international students Traverse City leaders vote to limit festivals http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-leaders-vote-limit-festivals <p>The waterfront in Traverse City used to be an industrial area. Now it's open space with parks, beaches and bike trails.</p><p>With that comes festivals, and some city residents say there are too many. They complain of "<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-bursting-festivals-good-thing">festival fatigue</a>." City leaders <a href="http://www.upnorthmedia.org/watchgovtv.asp?sdbfid=6141#vid">voted last night</a> to lower the number of festivals allowed in the open space area from six to four.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.record-eagle.com/local/x1221248549/City-approves-festival-limits">Traverse City Record-Eagle</a>:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.25em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.25; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);">Commissioners said the new limitation would address resident concerns about the number of large events at the Open Space in a reasonable manner. Commissioners split on the question, reflecting the temperament of city residents who offered varying opinions on the need for more festivals.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.25em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.25; color: rgb(17, 17, 17);">“We are limiting one event at one park,” Commissioner Jeanine Easterday said before running through a long list of festivals and events that remain. “We are not eliminating events for Traverse City.”</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:23:14 +0000 Mark Brush 15725 at http://michiganradio.org Traverse City leaders vote to limit festivals Combating 'festival fatigue' in Traverse City http://michiganradio.org/post/combating-festival-fatigue-traverse-city <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Traverse City commissioners are considering a proposal to deal with so-called <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-bursting-festivals-good-thing">"festival fatigue."</a><br /><br />Some residents say there are too many summer festivals in a downtown park called the "Open Space" that runs along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. They complain about noise, crowds and trash.<br /><br />Others say the festivals are good for the tourist economy and fun for locals as well.<br /> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15689 at http://michiganradio.org Combating 'festival fatigue' in Traverse City American-US Airways merger could affect Michigan air travelers http://michiganradio.org/post/american-us-airways-merger-could-affect-michigan-air-travelers <p>Michigan air travelers could see some changes with the<a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mo-american-airlines-us-airways-merger-20131209,0,4763424.story#axzz2n0iNQQxW"> merger of American Airlines and US Airways.</a></p><p>The merger creating the world's largest airline became official today. &nbsp;But the new American Airlines has relatively few flights flying into and out of six Michigan airports.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Michael Conway is a spokesman for Detroit Metro Airport. &nbsp;He says the newly merged airline carries only about 6.6% of passengers flying out of Detroit.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:13:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 15615 at http://michiganradio.org American-US Airways merger could affect Michigan air travelers Stateside for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-december-4th-2013 <p>Can you imagine paying $7 for a gallon of milk? That reality isn't too far off if Congress can't get it together and pass a Farm Bill. We found out more about the so-called dairy cliff on today's show.</p><p>Then, scientists say Lake Superior is heating up faster than any other lake on Earth. We asked why.</p><p>And, Traverse City’s festivals are adding jobs and money to the local economy, some residents have had enough. Can a balance be reached?</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;move by the Michigan Lottery has caught retailers by surprise, a big surprise.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, the State Legislature said no to a budget request from the Michigan Lottery for money to launch online and smart phone lottery sales. Storeowners who sell lottery tickets thought that was the end of that.</p><p>Turns out, they were wrong.</p><p>Chris Gautz has been following this story for Crain's Detroit Business, and he joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:49:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 15539 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 Traverse City is bursting with festivals, but is that a good thing? http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-bursting-festivals-good-thing <p>Can there be too much of a good thing?</p><p>That question is buzzing around Traverse City now that summer is behind them.</p><p>Some residents are saying they're not happy with the burst of festivals drawing throngs of visitors to Traverse City. Others say those festivals and those visitors add up to jobs for locals and dollars pumped into the economy.</p><p>What's the balance that can be struck as Traverse City works to develop a blue economy based on its beautiful freshwater location?</p><p>John Flesher, reporter for The Associated Press, and Ken Winter, the longtime Petoskey newspaper editor and publisher, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:41:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 15536 at http://michiganradio.org Traverse City is bursting with festivals, but is that a good thing? New MSU exhibit presents hundreds of Alan Lomax Michigan folksongs http://michiganradio.org/post/new-msu-exhibit-presents-hundreds-alan-lomax-michigan-folksongs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Famed folklorist Alan Lomax prowled through Michigan on his legendary 10 year cross-country trip, collecting American folk music for the Library of Congress. In that collection is a lively reel by a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;fiddler named Patrick Bonner&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">recorded on Beaver Island, Michigan in 1938.</span></p><p>Now, Alan Lomax’s hundreds of Michigan recordings are being presented in a traveling exhibition from Michigan State University. It’s called <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/1056">Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression</a>. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15062 at http://michiganradio.org New MSU exhibit presents hundreds of Alan Lomax Michigan folksongs In this Traverse City gallery, strong drinks but "no watercolors of cherries" http://michiganradio.org/post/traverse-city-gallery-strong-drinks-no-watercolors-cherries <p></p><p>If you’re a local in Northern Michigan, especially in a tourist town, you need a few places that are all your own.</p><p>That dive bar visitors don’t know. The private beach that’s hidden away.</p><p>For Traverse City residents, one place like that is the InsideOut art gallery.</p><p>First thing you do there is get a drink at the cocktail bar.</p><p>Then, you head to the patio that has no view of the lake (which, hey, no tourists!)</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:18:46 +0000 Kate Wells 13938 at http://michiganradio.org In this Traverse City gallery, strong drinks but "no watercolors of cherries" Bay Bucks: The local currency of Traverse City http://michiganradio.org/post/bay-bucks-local-currency-traverse-city <p>Today on Stateside, we talked with currency expert, journalist, and author Jacqui Dunne about local currencies. In case you're still a little unclear as to how a local currency would work in everyday life, we found out more about it.</p><p>Dena Ames is a Traverse City resident. She works at Oryana Natural Food Market where they use and exchange a local currency called Bay Bucks.</p><p>Dena Ames joined us today from Traverse City to talk about how Bay Bucks are helping the local economy.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:30:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13793 at http://michiganradio.org Bay Bucks: The local currency of Traverse City New splash park in Traverse City rains sewage on kids http://michiganradio.org/post/new-splash-park-traverse-city-rains-sewage-kids <p>They shut it down when they discovered the problem, but still... it makes for a not-so-fun splash park.</p><p><span class="author vcard"><span class="story_credit fn">Brian McGillivary and Michael Walton from the </span></span><a href="http://record-eagle.com/local/x35806244/No-permits-obtained-for-faulty-splash-pad">Traverse City Record-Eagle</a> have more on how the new splash pad in Clinch Park happened to rain "water contaminated with human waste on a half-dozen children":</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:33:36 +0000 Mark Brush 13361 at http://michiganradio.org New splash park in Traverse City rains sewage on kids Michigan poet builds his own Stonehenge http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-poet-builds-his-own-stonehenge <p>Across the world ancient cultures built impressive stone circles, think Stonehenge in England, the Dromberg Stone Circle in West Cork Ireland, or the stone circle at Beaver Island.</p><p>No one knows exactly their significance. But, whether they were used as burials, for community gatherings or connected to agricultural events, like the summer solstice, people will always wonder why they exist.</p><p>Today, stone circles have appeared across the U.S., mainly to pay homage to our ancient ancestors. And, one of those exists here in Michigan.</p><p>Poet and educator Terry Wooten built his own stone circle nearly 30 years ago, designed to capture the atmosphere of ancient cultures. It's located north of Traverse City.</p><p>Terry joined us today to tell us all about it.</p><p><em>For more information, visit Terry's website:&nbsp;</em><a href="http://terry-wooten.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://terry-wooten.com/</a></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:38:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 13163 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan poet builds his own Stonehenge Not exactly 'beach' weather http://michiganradio.org/post/not-exactly-beach-weather <p>The summer holiday season is getting off to a cool start this weekend.</p><p></p><p>There’s a chance of frost tonight in parts of Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; And daytime temperatures will struggle to make it into the low 70’s the rest of the weekend.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It may feel a little chilly for the first weekend of summer, but weather forecasters say more seasonable temperatures are coming.</p><p></p><p>But will this be a warmer or cooler summer?</p><p></p><p>Jeff Andresen is a state climatologist. He says Michigan’s average summer high temperatures range in the upper 70 to lower 80’s.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 22:13:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 12739 at http://michiganradio.org Not exactly 'beach' weather Before and after photos of Traverse City's converted mental hospital http://michiganradio.org/post/and-after-photos-traverse-citys-converted-mental-hospital <p><strong>Update: Tours now available of untouched building </strong></p><p><span class="author vcard"><span class="story_credit fn">Saw an <a href="http://record-eagle.com/local/x1533633667/One-last-chance-to-see-hospital-history">article by Matt Troutman</a>&nbsp; of the </span></span>Traverse City Record-Eagle where he reports that tours through the last remaining undeveloped portion of the former state mental hospital and its labyrinth of tunnels are now available.</p><blockquote><p>People lucky enough to land a spot on a tour will start in the Mercato and walk outside toward the north wing of Building 50. Many of the patient rooms are open for exploration, though people are warned to be aware of the peeling lead paint and must put protective covers over their shoes.</p><p>Once outside Building 50, the tour will go underground into the brick-lined tunnels that stretch beneath the hospital. The tour ends where it started: inside the new, redeveloped portion of Building 50.</p><p>Future tour dates will be announced on The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Facebook page. They cost $25, with the proceeds going toward maintaining and replanting the former arboretum.</p></blockquote><p>------------</p><p>The transformed Northern Michigan Asylum has been up and running as the Village at Grand Traverse Commons for several years.</p><p>Ray Minervini has been working on restoring the old state mental hospital for more than a decade.</p><p>You could call it a <strong>mega-</strong>fixer-upper.</p><p>Minervini <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=3006">told us back in 2006</a> that the work being done on the site "equates to the largest rehab project for sure in the Midwest."</p><p>The former state mental hospital in Traverse City is a castle-like compound of about 27 buildings.</p><p>They were closed in 1989 and vacant for a decade after.</p><p>In 2002, Minervini bought all 63-acres of the property for just $1.</p><p>After putting in over $60 million, it's now a showpiece for the area. Once it's complete, the owners expect that approximately 1,800 people will live or work there. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:35:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11736 at http://michiganradio.org Before and after photos of Traverse City's converted mental hospital Stateside: NWS founder Doug Stanton helps put literary spotlight on Traverse City http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-nws-founder-doug-stanton-helps-put-literary-spotlight-traverse-city <p>Since 2009, readers&nbsp;from&nbsp;across the country&nbsp;have been&nbsp;making their way&nbsp;to downtown Traverse City&nbsp;for&nbsp;an opportunity to get to know&nbsp;some of the most celebrated authors and&nbsp;story-tellers&nbsp;of our time.</p><p>Now heading into its fourth year, the&nbsp;<a href="http://nationalwritersseries.org/">Traverse City National Writers Series</a>, founded by&nbsp;Traverse City native&nbsp;Doug Stanton,&nbsp;has nearly doubled the amount of authors featured, according to their website.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:43:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 9267 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: NWS founder Doug Stanton helps put literary spotlight on Traverse City Legitimate membership into the 'mile high club'? Michigan business wants to help http://michiganradio.org/post/legitimate-membership-mile-high-club-michigan-business-wants-help <p>Not surprisingly, there are online, <a href="http://www.milehighclub.com/about/member.html">how-to instructions</a> for joining the 'mile high club,' but to join might set off a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2011/09/the_captain_requests_that_all_zippers_be_returned_to_the_upright_position.html">security alert</a>.</p><p>That's where someone like Traverse City pilot Scott Conaway steps in.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:11:09 +0000 Mark Brush 9263 at http://michiganradio.org Legitimate membership into the 'mile high club'? Michigan business wants to help