There are so many ways to keep busy and entertained this week!

The new season of the National Writers Series kicks off online this week…You can enjoy a magical walk in the woods at Boyne Highlands, and learn more about what happened in the 2020 election with an online seminar hosted by NCMC. The Traverse Area District Library gives you a chance to plan and share your visions for the coming year, and the State Theater is offering great new movies online!


National Writers Series online with Dwight Garner

Thursday, Jan 14, 7pm

Join New York Times book critic Dwight Garner, whose latest book, Garner’s Quotations, is a rollicking, irreverent, amazingly alive selection of unforgettable moments from forty years of deep reading. Events are free with a suggested $10  donation. Register at


The Enchanted Trail at Boyne Highlands

Thursday, Friday and Saturday in  January and February

The Enchanted Trail is a magical two mile roundtrip walk through the woods, illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights. The highlight of the evening is a stop at a rustic yurt to enjoy s’mores, a bonfire, and warm drinks. Tickets are $15 or $40 for a family. Learn more and get tickets at


Election 2020-What Happened? 

Friday, Jan 15, noon-1pm, online

Scott T. LaDeur, Ph.D., professor of political science at North Central Michigan College, will offer a detailed analysis of the November 2020 general election, both nationally and locally.  Emmet County Clerk Suzanne Kanine will talk about the election process she oversaw in our community. The seminar is free and you can register at


Create a 2021 Vision Board, presented by the Traverse Area District Library

Sunday, Jan 17, virtually 1-2:30 pm

What does your 2021 look like? After 2020, we could all use a little inspiration. This is where scrapbooking meets Pinterest. Pick up your free kit at the Traverse Area District Library from our curbside services beginning the week of January 4th and join in on the fun! Create your board before and share, or work on it with others in our group Zoom chat. Get more info at


The State Theater Virtual

See a great movie at home and still support the State Theater. There are so many great titles- including the debut of The Professor and the Madman starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson, and 99 Days-a documentary of the early days of the COVID breakout in Wuhan. See the list of movies available and rent your favorites at