Unique shopping, stories, twinkling holiday lights and more!

This week you can find unique gifts at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Merry Marketplace, learn about gangster history in Northern Michigan, or be inspired by a story of incredible perseverance. You can check out a virtual tour of some of the


CTAC Merry Marketplace

December 1st through the 5th

The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City is excited to announce a new version of the Merry Marketplace! This year, they have a  Pop-Up Vendor Market in the gallery spaces open Tuesday – Saturday during normal CTAC business hours, with extended shopping hours on Thursday, December 3rd from 4 to 7pm.


Gangsters Up North

Thursday, December 3rd, 7pm

Author and historian Robert Knapp presents a virtual Harbor History Talk regarding the tales, myths and legends surrounding gangster activity in northern Michigan during the Prohibition era. This presentation will take place via Zoom and advanced registration is required. Call (231) 526-9771 or register online at harborspringshistory.org


The National Writers Series presents “An Evening With Albert Woodfox”

Thursday, December 3rd, 7pm

“Solitary” is the extraordinary saga of a man who, despite spending four decades in Angola prison for a crime of which he was innocent, inspired fellow prisoners, and now all of us, with his humanity. This event is free….find the link to participate at nws-tc.org


2020 Northern Home and Cottage Virtual Tour

Through December 31st

The Northern Home & Cottage Tour that you love is going virtual for 2020! Explore eight of Up North’s most stunning residences from the comfort of your own home through virtual video documentaries. This donation-only event benefits Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan. Make a donation and get your tickets at MyNorthTickets.com.


Light Up the Night in Bellaire

Through December 29th

Local businesses are spreading Christmas cheer through Holiday lighting displays that all can enjoy while social distancing. A Basic Chamber Membership will be awarded to the business with the best display! There will also be additional prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. Local residents are also encouraged to participate in the event, giving neighbors a reason to drive throughout Bellaire neighborhoods, enjoying impressive lighting displays.