Stories of iconic people from around the region.

Two Cello, Two Friends, Two Nights cello concert garden theater jazz tango
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All That String

Two Cello, Two Friends, Two Nights at The Garden Theater On June 21, Two Cellos, Two Friends, Two Nights was a unique jazz and blues collaboration of two virtuoso cellists, Vermont-based Eugene Friesen and Benzie County’s own Crispin Campbell.…
Humans of Benzie County Joan Miller Art Artist Painter Frankfort Suyeon Yang

Humans of Benzie County: Female Artist

“Can you describe your art style? “I love going outside and drawing landscapes in Benzie County. Landscape paintings are my favorite. Using many colors and short and broken brush strokes are my style. For 12 years in England, I learned…
Thomas Hirsch Humans of Benzie County The Betsie Current Dance Benzie Dancer Suyeon Yang

Humans of Benzie County: Male Dancer #1

“How did you start dancing?” “When I was growing up, I saw my parents dancing at weddings and house parties and how much they loved it. My father went to college on the GI Bill and taught ballroom dancing at the Arthur Murray Dance…
Near Shore, an Artist’s Life in Frankfort

Discover Benzie’s Homemade Soaps

“We’ve been using handmade soap for a year or two after discovering it at a local store. They discontinued it, and I’ve been buying it from Florida ever since. I would really like a local source. I cannot imagine going back to Dial.”…
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Honor’s Role in Benzie

The next Q&A in our interview series with local characters having an impact on their Benzie communities features Ingemar Johansson, who is president of the Honor Area Restoration Project (HARP) and is known throughout Northern Michigan as a…
Near Shore, an Artist’s Life in Frankfort

Community Faces: Josh Mills, Frankfort’s action man

Frankfort City Superintendent Josh Mills is a ubiquitous force behind much of the action in town. His fingerprints are on initiatives that include the new Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and its efforts to enhance Main Street, Frankfort’s…
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Beulah Environmentalists With An Impact

A couple environmental advocates from Beulah were recently honored for their impassioned grassroots efforts.
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Community Faces: Bill Kennis takes over as Benzie Bus executive director

From staff reports “Connecting people to community” is the motto of Benzie Bus, and the public transit organization’s new mission is to connect communities in Benzie County with one another and with Traverse City. Our nearby metropolis…
After setting nets at the Manitou Islands, the fish tug Good Will returns to Leland harbor.
Near Shore, an Artist’s Life in Frankfort
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Near Shore, an Artist’s Life in Frankfort

Peggy Hawley captures "Up North" magic on canvas