Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 5/30 & 5/31

May 28, 2008

  Friday May 30 & Saturday May 31

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Rated PG-13

Iron Man, Rated PG-13

Movies are always a double feature, and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time.

Corks vs. Screw Caps, Local Winemakers Open to New Closures

May 27, 2008

When it comes to protecting their precious vintage some local wineries are making the switch from corks to screw caps. What it lacks in drama, it makes up in efficiency.


According to Lee Lutes, winemaker for Black Star Farms, the Stelvin closure, otherwise known as the screw cap, does a better job of protecting the wine from spoiling than does a traditional cork. When they opened their new winery on Old Mission, Black Star Farms added the ability to bottle with screw caps. The first of their wines to utilize this closure is their ’07 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling, which is now available in the tasting rooms.


Another winery utilizing the screw cap option is the newcomer Forty-Five North. Winemaker Shawn Walters is enthusiastic about the use of metal closures on their wines. In fact 90 percent of their wines are under screw caps, including their sparkling rose, cider, peach and cherry. 


But there are two sides to this story. Bryan Ulbrich of Left Foot Charley has bottled only one wine, the 2007 Pinot Blanc, with this closure. "Using this closure requires some subtle changes in winemaking. I am doing this as an experiment. Cork is a very sound closure and it is the most environmentally friendly choice," said Ulbrich.


Peninsula Cellars is not currently set-up to handle screw top closures. Owner John Kroupa explained it may be several years before they make the investment in the necessary equipment to bottle in this way. And there’s also the factor of consumer acceptance to consider. When asked his opinion on the use of the closure he replied, " I am for their use. However, mentally there is something much more romantic about popping a cork on a nice bottle of wine, rather than twisting the cap off."


It sounds like the jury is still out on this one. As the wine industry grows in Northern Michigan I expect we’ll continue to see the technology follow. I’m a bit more of a traditionalist. I love to see the graphics and logos that wineries tattoo on their corks. It’s a fun and inexpensive souvenir of a memorable wine event or a special dinner. And frankly, I won’t be keeping a bowl of plastic caps on my coffee table. So my vote is to keep the cork! But decide for yourself. And in the end, it’s not about the closure, it’s what’s inside that counts.

Congratulations Moomers!

May 26, 2008

 Good Morning America broadcast live from Moomers on Saturday to announce the winner of America’s Best Scoop. Congratulations Moomers on taking the prize. Now, when I’m settling in for the evening with a bowl of Chocolate Cookie Monster, I’ll be able to rationalize the splurge by knowing it’s not JUST ice cream…it’s America’s Best Ice Cream! And who can resist that kind of temptation?

Beer & Brat Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort

May 21, 2008

Crystal Mountain will once again usher in the summer season with the finest Michigan brews, specialty brats and timeless rock ‘n roll classics from the band Egon during the 3rd Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival, May 24 (4-8pm).


The Michigan Beer & Brat Festival has quickly become Crystal’s signature Memorial Day weekend event. This year the Michigan Brewers Guild will partner with Crystal for the festival featuring a variety of over 40 Michigan microbrews from Bell’s, Short’s, Right Brain Brewery, New Holland, Founder’s, Arbor, Arcadia, Old Hat and more. A variety of specialty brats from area markets and giant Bavarian pretzels should perfectly compliment the featured libations.



Admission to the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival (4-8pm) is $20 and includes a commemorative mug, entertainment as well as beer & brat tickets. 


The band Egon will be the featured entertainment for this year’s festival putting their spin on timeless funk, rock, and R&B classics from the 60’s and 70’s. The five young musicians are making a name for themselves with routine performances in Traverse City. 


Putting for Patriots at Pirates Cove

May 21, 2008

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, in Traverse City, Michigan, will host the Second Annual "Putting for Patriots" fundraiser on Sunday, May 25, 2008. This national event will occur simultaneously at 35 Pirate’s Cove, Pirate’s Island and Jungle Golf miniature golf courses throughout the United States.


Three non-profit agencies, who actively support and serve veterans, will be the beneficiaries during this Memorial Day Weekend event.  These organizations include: “Hope for the Warriors”, the “Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation” and “Homes for Our Troops.”  Pirate’s Cove, Jungle Golf and Pirate’s Island will donate a percentage of their total sales on Sunday, May 25. 


In addition, throughout the entire holiday weekend, each golf course will accept donations to be turned over to the three charities.  “Memorial Day was specifically founded 139 years ago to remember those who died serving our nation,” notes Brad Graft, Pirate’s Cove Partner and Regional Director.  “The Pirate’s Cove family thought it appropriate to establish an annual event to serve charities that assist our living veterans – men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.” Pirate’s Cove and Pirate’s Island operate 35 miniature golf courses throughout the United States. 


For more information, visit their website at  Additional information on the above charities can be found by accessing their Web sites:, , and

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