Monarch butterflies use Peninsula Point in the Hiawatha National Forest as a staging area before crossing Lake Michigan on route to Mexico.

Butterflies, beaches & a lighthouse

PENINSULA POINT: From mid-August through September, Peninsula Point in the U.P. is known for “monarch madness” when huge numbers of the distinctive orange butterfly migrate from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.P. south to Mexico. Waves of monarchs use Peninsula Point in Hiawatha National Forest as a staging area before attempting the long open water crossing of Lake Michigan. By Jim DuFresne. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

Three Michigan buildings make historic places list

HISTORIC REGISTER: The Grosse Pointe Central Library, the Detroit Savings Bank Southwest Branch building and Hickory (Masonic) Lodge No. 345 in Hickory Corners have just won National Park Service inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Earlier this spring, the Park Service approved three other Michigan sites: the Bailey Buildings in Lansing, the Ojibway Fire Tower in Isle Royale National Park and Camp Black Lake in Ocqueoc Township, Presque Isle County. Note to editors: May is Historic Preservation Month. By Kirsten Rintelmann. FOR DETROIT, HOLLAND, IONIA, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Record visitation at Michigan’s national parks expected to continue

NATIONAL PARKS: Despite the pandemic, the number of visitors to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore zoomed last year, and so did problems with parking and insufficient staffing. How are park managers planning to handle another possible onrush this summer? Isle Royale numbers, however, plummeted because the ferries between the island and the mainland shut down. By Samuel Blatchford. FOR MARQUETTE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.

Some music festivals scheduled with social distancing guidelines

MUSIC FESTIVALS: The pandemic decimated Michigan’s music festival theme last summer, and many organizers have pulled the plug again for this year. However, plans are underway for some others to continue, at least for now, including the Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon and Faster Horses Music Festival in Brooklyn. Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette explains why it’s been cancelled this year. Among the other cancellations: Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival. For news and entertainment sections. By Elaine Mallon. FOR LUDINGTON, DETROIT, HOLLAND, OCEANA, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington.

Lighthouses plan to pursue restoration plans

LIGHTHOUSES: Lighthouse boosters and planning to kick off this year’s restoration projects, including necessary fundraising. They include Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington, Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse and Muskegon Breakwater Light. By Kristia Potsema. FOR HOLLAND, MANISTEE, ALCONA, OCEANA, MONROE, LUDINGTON, HARBOR SPRINGS, MARQUETTE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE, MARIE, OCEANA, BENZIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

Nine maritime museums in Michigan.

Maritime museums brave the pandemic storm

MARITIME MUSEUMS: Maritime museums took a big financial hit last year because of shutdowns and capacity limits but are looking forward to a better spring and summer. The executive director of the Michigan Museums Association explains their allure in a Great Lakes-focused state. We hear about plans of the Marquette Maritime Museum, the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum iand Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Six others in the state are in Empire, Mackinaw City, Cedarville, Alpena, Rogers City and Algonac. By Kirsten Rintelmann. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ALCONA, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

City seal

Mason DDA gift cards makes a return

They’re back. The Mason Downtown District Authority is bringing back DDA gift cards to spend at downtown businesses. Monday, the DDA announced the gift cards are coming back for purchase. The DDA office is issuing only 1,000 gift cards to the public to help small businesses within the area. Sales started March 19  and will go until they are sold out.

Capt. Russ Clark of Sea Hawk Charters in St. Joseph.

On course for a ‘phenomenal year:’ Charter anglers hope for a boom in 2021

FISHING: Charter boat operators sound optimistic about prospects for spring and summer business, thanks in part to pandemic-related travel restrictions that keep anglers closer to home. Captains from St. Joseph, Charlevoix and Traverse City explain. By Sheldon Krause. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ALCONA, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BENZIE, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS.