July 2017 Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Rangers Share Favorite Spots

Perfect Water, Competitive Rowing Takes Off

How Interlochen Changed Their Lives, Successful Alums Reflect

World Class Carp Fishing, Beaver Island Flats

Delicious Grill Recipes, from the Maters at Grillworks


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2017 July Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

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Rangers' Favorite Places
Where do Sleeping Bear's Rangers go when they want some chill time in the park? We asked, they shared.

Playing With Fire
The idea began in a flat in Argentina, but it became real on the shores of Charlevoix. The story behind one of America's great grill companies.

Rowing on the Rise
Some of the best rowing water in America, but no boats or rowers. Erik Zehender set out to change that.

From Interlochen to the World
We ask 10 alum to reflect on how their time north at Interlochen Arts Academy shaped career and life.

Vision Quest

Fishing for carp and smallies on the Beaver Island flats is earning renown the world round. Our correspondent investigates, fly-rod in hand.



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Up North

Snazzy new building at Emmet's Dark Sky Park, sweet summer reads by local authors, Fox Island light turns 150, Norte! gets a clubhouse, Ludington introduces a maritime museum.

This Is MyNorth

Connect here, connect now.


Love July! Love it more at a Northern event!


Escape plan. Irresistible reasons to head North this month.

Up in Michigan

Fourth of July, Grand Marais, an unexpected diner owner, a love at first sight. Essay by Ellen Airgood.


You want to dine by the water. We're here to help.

Local Foodie

Recipe: Trout with almond brown butter.

Cherry Recipes


Northern Michigan microbrews for summer sipping.


Everyone is loving stand-up paddle-boarding. You will too.

For Land and Water

Michiganders agree on this: We love our Great Lakes and clean water. FLOW's Dave Dempsey eloquently explores.

On the Cover:

Julie Markiewicz, Biological Science Technician, on the Dune Plateau.

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And, of course, Deborah Wyatt Fellows' column:


Taken as a whole, I'm struck by how this issue of Traverse seems particularly rooted in both tradition and change, beautifully connecting the way all of us who love Northern Michigan can approach the value, and necessity, of both.

The sands of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore continually shifting even as cherished places remain constant. Profiles of graduates of the Interlochen Center for the Arts that connect the tradition of excellence over decades event as the torch of leadership is passed. Enhancing the American tradition of grilling by re-creating the flavors from an Argentinian tradition. Fishing for carp in the same waters as those plied by generations, albeit with a bit better equipment. And one of Up North's most cherished family resorts, having welcomed guests for 128 years, beautifully navigating changes that build upon the culture and stunning landscape.

In his farewell note after 14 years as president of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Jeffrey Kimpton provided some guidelines that could work for all who grapple with the balance between tradition and change. To the Interlochen community he wrote, "You as a community must make sure that change is constant, incremental, expected and essential to a culture of renwal that ensures Interlochen is as valued in its second century as it has been in its first.", ...

To read the rest of Deborah Wyatt Fellows column...order your copy of the July 2017 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.