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Archive for May, 2009

Traverse Bay Re-Opens for the 2009 Season

Monday, May 18th, 2009

May 1st the winter gates were removed and Traverse Bay officially opened for the 2009 season. Within minutes coaches were rolling in with owners eager to set up at their “up north summer place”. By mid afternoon patio sets were out and and owners were ready to receive visits from friends and neighbors.

Resort Services was busy with spring cleanup and mulching as well as finishing up on some custom designed  lot upgrades in the South and North loops. They are also designing a customized model lot located in the Northwest section of the resort.

Traverse Bay held their first rally for the season hosted by Sue & Kurt Hurson for the Michigan Great Lakers on May 15th thru the 17th. The rally held a breakfast and 2 dinners at the Main Clubhouse hosted by Sue Hurson herself. Aromas from the kitchen drifted through the clubhouse and reminded everyone of the many events that will soon be happening in the upcoming season.

Traverse Bay will soon be hosting the annual Memorial Weekend events. On Saturday will be a Pancake Breakfast with all the trimmings. And on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 will be the Annual Memorial Weekend BBQ. The menu will be picnic style fare with hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad, bevrages and desserts. This is a free event held each year and owners as well as visitors are all welcome.

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Tasty Traverse – Self Guided Foodie Tour

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Long known for its scenic beauty and recreational bounty, the Traverse City area has also begun to attract attention as one of America’s most unique culinary destinations. Today, many visitors are familiar with the region’s award-winning wines and superb restaurants. But there is another side to the story: the talented artisans who create delicious foods that you can sample, purchase and enjoy on you own – whether it’s a fresh baked loaf of bread, a warm cherry pie, a glass of hard apple cider or a string of smoked sausages.

Want to meet and chat with the butchers and bakers, fishermen and brewers, cheesemakers and candymakers whose creations have helped to turn Traverse City into a “foodie’s paradise?” Here are a few places where you can do exactly that. This guide is by no means exhaustive, but it offers a wide variety of food experiences that you can enjoy any season of the year.
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Asparagus and Poetry Meet at Empire’s Asparagus Festival

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

EMPIRE, MI – After a six-month winter, the arrival of spring can make people do strange things.

How else to explain the literary impulse that comes over residents of this tiny Lake Michigan coastal village every year when they see the first brave spears of spring asparagus pushing up from the sandy earth?

Each May, residents of Empire dress up in asparagus costumes and parade down their short three-block downtown. They hold huge asparagus cook-offs featuring everything from soups and soufflés to casseroles and crepes. They sing, dance, compete in athletic events, and consume respectable quantities of beer and wine. But the spotlight event of the two-day Empire Asparagus Festival is the annual “Ode to Asparagus” competition, where local bards outdo each other in paying homage to this beloved vegetable.

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Cherry Blossom Time: White Clouds On The Hillside

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

TRAVERSE CITY – The annual May blossoming of the cherry trees in Traverse City is one of America’s most impressive floral displays. Ironically, it’s a show that few outsiders ever see.

There’s no denying the spectacle itself: 2.6 million blooming cherry trees climbing the steep glacial ridges like battalions of tidy white clouds, their soft lines contrasting with bright new grass, acres of yellow dandelions and the cobalt blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay. But because it takes place in May, several weeks before the start of the formal tourist season, the sight is only witnessed by those who already know what’s in store for them.

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Stalking The Dutchman’s Breeches (And Other Spring Wildflower Adventures)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Every spring, the forested hills around Grand Traverse Bay begin to fill up with crowds of eager, determined hunters. But none of them have guns.

Most, armed with mesh bags and long sticks, are searching for morel mushrooms – the culinary Holy Grail of the northern woodlands, which attracts literally thousands of gourmands to this area each May. But for others, the quest is more aesthetic: they’re on the lookout for “spring ephemerals” – shy plants that grow, bloom and disappear for a few brief weeks between the end of winter and the start of summer.

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A Morel Dilemma: Spring Brings Mushroom Hunters To Traverse City In Search Of “Truffles Of The North”

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

TRAVERSE CITY – Its flavor is indescribable, a delicate spring nuttiness with a firm texture that has been compared to rare prime rib. Sautéed in butter with a pinch of garlic and perhaps a hint of lemon, it’s one of the world’s great taste experiences.

It’s the wild morel, a spring mushroom that grows throughout North America but seems most at home in the hardwood forests of the Great Lakes states. Each year, hundreds of devoted mushroom hunters head to the wooded slopes around Traverse City to search for these “truffles of the North,” combing the hillsides for the well-camouflaged fungi.

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Rock On – Interlochen reports strong ticket sales & summer enrollment

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Times might be tough, but Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) is apparently bucking the trend and poised for a strong summer.

A couple of weeks after its box office  opened, tickets are selling briskly for headliners The  Steve Miller Band, Styx and Willie Nelson & Friends, says Steve Hoffman, director of marketing and communications  for ICA, which is now in its 45th year of bringing guest  artists to the Grand Traverse region.

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