December 2013 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

December 2013 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Includes Northern Home & Cottage inside!

How to Holiday Up North

Recipe: The Christmas Cookie You'll Bake Every Year

Big Boyne: Prez Kircher Talks Post-Everett & the 21st Century Surge

Tuesdays with Michigan: Winter Photos from the Reeds' Gorgeous New Book

Inspiring the Remarkable Story of TSO Conductor Kevin Rhodes

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December 2013 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

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December 2013 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Annual Winter Festival Round-UpThe Unlikely Conductor
The remarkable tale of Kevin Rhodes’s transition from a chaotic boyhood in an Indiana truck stop to the world stage of symphony orchestras—and how the Traverse Symphony Orchestra landed him.

Bella e Dolce
Beautiful and sweet, a fitting name for Kim Sperl’s catering company and for the delectable creations she bakes (and shares for your holiday gatherings).

After Everett -- Steve Kircher Brings Change, Fosters Growth of Boyne
As a son of Boyne ski resorts founder Everett Kircher, Steve Kircher never wondered about where he’d work after college, but what he couldn’t predict is how he’d so dramatically change the company after his father’s passing while creating the second-largest ski resort company in the nation.

Tuesdays With Michigan
Ludington’s father and son photo team Todd and Brad Reed headed out to shoot Michigan on every Tuesday of a single year. We share gorgeous winter photos from the resulting book!

Northern Home & Cottage
The Year-Round Home Issue: Three fabulous ways families have settled into the North.

Plus, Departments:
Winter Fest Super Guide:  Wow! Winter festivals all around the North. From small-town Christmas festivities through Slush-Cup skiing of March.
December Events: Catch a show and create warm holiday traditions with your family.
Travel: Rekindle the holiday spirit with a weekend of twinkly lights and small-town shopping in the North.
Up in Michigan:  Bill Milligan reflects on inheriting the family home on Milligan Hwy.
Dining:  Break from holiday bustle for a quick meet-up with friends. We like these places for that kind of thing.
Local Foodie:  Harvest salad with walnuts, cranberries, pears and a special celery seed dressing.
Spirits:  Vodkas and whiskeys from Michigan distillers and where to find them mixed tastefully and artfully well.
Into the North: That’s why they call it winter.

And Deborah Wyatt Fellows's column ...

Belong in a Small Town


Holiday shoppers, white lights strung in trees, huge snowflakes drifting in slow motion, the Park Place Hotel decorated to welcome visitors to a Northern Michigan downtown getaway for the holidays. It's all part of the next season unfolding literally before our eyes as we work in our new offices on Park Street in Traverse City.

We have been in downtown office space since the first issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine was published in June of 1981--a part of our love affair with Northern  Michigan downtowns. We were always on the second floor in traditional downtown offices that we've loved, but they are, by nature, long and narrow with windows at the front and back. As such we were in our own little world as we created, and at the end of the day when we walked out it was always a bit of a surprise to step into whatever was going on in town. Now we work at street level at the corner of State and Park, with huge windows lining two sides of our very open office space, literally engulfing us in the pulse of whatever is happening downtown. …

... Read the rest of Deborah Wyatt Fellows's column in the December 2012 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.