Students doing traditional dance at Holland’s Tulip Time Festival.

Loss of popular festivals in 2020 means loss of revenue

CANCELED FESTIVALS: The pandemic has scuttled festivals across Michigan, slamming host communities with a major economic hit. We talk to officials at two of the largest, Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival and Holland’s Tulip Time Festival. By Kathleen Fitch. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

Disappearing history: Michigan sites dropped from National Register of Historic Places

The once-honored Beechwood Store in Iron River Township, the Flint Brewing Co., the shipwrecked schooner Alvin Clark in Menominee, the Fenton Seminary and the majestic Grand Riviera Theater in Detroit have all disappeared from the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service recently removed their recognition because they’ve been demolished, no longer retain their historic integrity and cannot convey their historic significance, the State Historic Preservation Office says. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT ST. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

COVID-19 cancels Michigan’s largest free festival

Jillian Felton / Michigan State UniversityThe Lapeer Days website sharing that the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The aromas from vendors that travel from all over the country and crowds filled with people that come from near and far won’t be present in Lapeer this year. 

Michigan’s largest free festival since 1902, Lapeer Days, will not be happening this year because of COVID-19. Neda Payne, director of the Lapeer Chamber of Commerce, said that everything for the event is run through the chamber office. There is a committee of about 25 people, and everyone handles a different aspect of the festival. Payne said that the festival  fortifies the economy in Lapeer County and estimates the event brings in 300-400 thousand dollars each year. 

“Our hotels are always full, the restaurants in the downtown area are very busy, the gas stations usually are making a ton of money,” Payne said.

New book explores long history of organized crime activity in Northen Michigan

Northern Michigan – land of hunters and resorters, anglers and campers, sightseers and birders. But also land of mobsters, gamblers, gun molls and booze smugglers? From“Scarface” Al Capone to the UP’s own Public Enemy #1, John “Red” Hamilton, the state’s Up North has historic ties to organized crime and the baddies who used the area as a Prohibition Era playground far from their normal haunts in Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland and elsewhere. We talk to the Mount Pleasant-raised author of the new book “Gangsters Up North: Mobsters, Mafia and Racketeers in Michigan’s Vacationlands.” By Eric Freedman.

Northern Michigan’s food gurus

Northern Michigan has become better known for a variety of excellent restaurants. We talk to the author and several people she interviewed for a new book that explores the development of food culture there, “Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food and Farming.” By Catherine McEvoy.