December 2017 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

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December 2017 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine
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December 2017 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine


Includes Northern Home & Cottage inside!


Winter on Mackinac
Feast of Fusion  
Extreme Wine Tasting 
Blackbird Takes Flight 
Up North Winter festival super guide 
Travel 
Local Foodie


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December 2017 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Winter on Mackinac
The most popular summer tourism destination in the Great Lakes becomes a have-it-to-yourself secret snow sports destination come winter. Fat tires, XC Skis and showshoes -- and you -- are welcome!

Feast of Fusion 
His foodie soul was raised on home cooking à la Clare, Michigan. His genius for flavor flourished at culinary school. We ask Alliance chef James Bloomfield to share recipes for an inventive Northern Michigan holiday feast 

Extreme Wine Tasting
Come winter, winemakers have time on their hands. This one figured he’d use it to groom trails of corduroy through his hilly vineyard. Wander, sip wine, take advantage of his obsession! 

Blackbird Takes Flight
Make art.Make pride. Make confidence. Make community. Come inside the dream—a community art school—that Melissa Johnson brought to life. 

Plus, Departments:
Up North
Winter festival super guide. Dive in!
December Events
Make a holiday memory at an event near you. 
Travel

B&Bs make the perfect basecamps for launching holiday shopping excursions ... or escaping the bustle. 
Local Foodie
Making a sublime cheese board, by Scott Lankford, of Manny’s Cheese Bar. 
Up in Michigan
Anne-Marie Oomen recalls a blue sweater. 
Dining
Shopping breaks never tasted this good! 
Drinks
The North is producing some legit reds. See our recs. 
Outdoors
Cross-country skiing ... discover it. 
For Land and Water
Is the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary going to be diminished? 

On the Cover:
Mackinac Island at Christmas time. Photo by Sara Wright.

And Deborah Wyatt Fellows's column ...

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

BY DEBORAH WYATT FELLOWS
For almost four decades, all I’ve known is small town Christmas celebrating and shopping. I’ve run behind unstable toddlers who chase Santa on the fire engine right down the middle of Main Street. I’ve set my kids loose every year in a downtown to do their shopping and then gathered for dinner as the lights began to glow, their cheeks aflame with the cold and the excitement. I’ve sung carols in the park and petted a lot of reindeer. I’ve even been so pregnant and forgetful that I left my passel of packages at not one but two stores in a small downtown and gratefully sipped warm cider while a boy I coached in soccer ran back to retrieve them. And, of course, they were still there.
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In Bellaire, the light parade is preceded by a soup cook off and, of course, turkey bowling to fundraise for the high school. The Petoskey High School marching band takes to the streets for the Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade along with local floats, ending at the historic Perry Hotel, where Santa is waiting. And new traditions are being started: Traverse City is adding a light parade with floats, dancers and a drum line culminating at the tree lighting. And in Leland, HollyPOP! will be back for a second year in the Old Art Building, combining the chance to shop Michigan artisans with a full-fledged holiday experience, including Santa’s reindeer on the lawn, trees for sale, hot cocoa around a bonfire, black-and-white classic holiday films and more.   …

... Read the rest of Deborah Wyatt Fellows's column in the December 2017 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.