Free Community-Wide Recycling Event, 11/1

October 28, 2009

Michigan Green Coalition graphic

Spend the hour gained during Daylight Savings to clean up and green up

Michigan Green Consortium
hosts a free community-wide recycle, repurpose and reuse event from 10am until 3pm on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Parking Lot B (Sara Hardy Farmers Market location) in downtown Traverse City. The event is designed to encourage residents to use the extra hour gained by Daylight Savings time to take a personal and active role in preserving the environment.

The event is comprehensive, offering residents the chance to bring recyclable items to one location for collection, and at NO CHARGE. American Waste, Bay Area Recycling, Northern Fire and Safety, Rifkin Steel, Cartridge World, GT ProFILE’s Shredmonster, E-Waste, Clearbrook Organic Recycling, Northern Michigan Garment Restoration, L and B Recycling, “Sock It To Me” and Home Depot will be on site that day. A Compact Fluorescent light bulb will be given away to the first 400 individuals that bring in items, as incentive for those that turn out early, compliments of Home Depot. Partner recycling companies will also offer savings on their future services to people that attend.

The list of items that will be accepted includes:

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 plastics;
air conditioners;
all glass;
auto batteries;
exit sign batteries;
power tool batteries;
alkaline batteries;
BBQ grills;
bubble wrap;
cell phones;
computer printers, scanners and laptops;
confidential documents;
curling irons;
drycleaner’s bags;
extension cords;
fire extinguishers,
hair dryers;
hot water heaters;
lawn mowers and edgers;
halogen, compact fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs;
metal products;
microwave ovens;
stoves and ovens;
Styrofoam packing peanuts;
plastic film; plastic grocery bags;
plastic landscaping pots; plastic lawn edging;
toner cartridges; ink cartridges;
electric radios;
socks (clean, pairs not required);
small electronics; small household electric appliances;
Styrofoam – #6 PS (clean white Styrofoam); Styrofoam – expanded polystyrene (EPS);
toaster ovens;
VHS tapes and cassettes;
washing machines and dryers;
wire hangers and yard waste for compost.

Prohibited items include:- trash, televisions, computer monitors, gasses, fuels and hazardous items.

Michigan Green Consortium is a trade association established in 2008 to promote and support green and sustainable businesses; to educate the business and local community on what should be done to ensure a healthy environment and to provide networking opportunities for green companies.

To learn out more about the Daylight Savings Clean Up and Green Up event, call (231) 947-1688 or visit Michigan Green Consortium’s website at


Downtown TC Halloween Walk, 10/30

October 28, 2009

fall leaves imageTrick-or-Treat in Traverse City, October 30, 3:30- 5:00 p.m.

Nothing beats the Downtown Halloween Walk on a chilly autumn day! Vampires, witches, ghosts and goblins will fill Downtown Traverse City during the annual Downtown Halloween Walk, this Friday, October 30, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Costume clad children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating Downtown merchants throughout the Downtown Traverse City including Old Town, Front St, and the Warehouse District.  Orange pumpkin flyers will be posted in the windows of all participating shops and businesses.

Open to all community children and their parents, the Downtown Halloween Walk is an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Traverse City Association. For more information, please call the DTCA office at 231.922.2050 or

ABC News Features 2 Lads Winery

October 8, 2009

2 Lads Winery card graphicThe Michigan wine industry making headlines with World News


Check out the video on ABC World News featuring Cornell Oliver, winemaker from 2 Lads Winery. Finally the headlines coming from our state have something positive to say. Next time you’re on the Old Mission peninsula, stop by 2 Lads Winery and see what the fuss is all about.

Brandy’s Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

October 8, 2009

pumpkin patch photoOctober is the perfect time for pumpkins, and pumpkin recipes


Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Costumes, decorations and pumpkin carving…what’s not to love? So to celebrate the season I’m sharing two of my favorite pumpkin recipes: Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Biscotti. Enjoy!



Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

I believe this recipe originally came from Martha Stewart. My copy has been written and re-written on so many scraps of paper over the years that I’ve lost track.



1c  fresh pumpkin seeds, rinsed

5T  sugar

1/4 t.  salt

1/4 t. cumin

1/4 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. ground ginger

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 T peanut oil



Heat oven to 250 degrees, bake seeds until dry. Cool.

Mix 3 T. sugar with the rest of the dry ingredients and set aside.

Heat oil in non-stick skillet on high. Add pumpkin seeds and 2 T. sugar. Cook until sugar melts and begins to carmelize (about 1 minute). Add hot seeds to dry ingredients, mix well. Cool and serve.

pumpkin maple biscotti imagePumpkin Biscotti

This recipe couldn’t be more simple and delicious. With only two ingredients it’s perfect to have on hand when company stops by, or when you just need a quick fall snack. Thanks go to Jacquie Wilson of Jacquie Caters for this fantastic combination.



1 pkg. Way North Foods maple walnut biscotti

1 jar  Brownwood Farms pumpkin butter


Spread the pumpkin butter on one half of each biscotti. Arrange neatly on a plate. Garnish with fresh fruit.

Looking for something to sip while you savor? This pairs wonderfully with Black Star Farms Siruis Maple dessert wine. Unbelievable!


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Benzie Fall Festival Celebrates the Season

October 1, 2009

Fall maple treeJump into Fall this Weekend with the Benzie Fall Festival

For the next two weekends Benzie County will celebrate the fall harvest with fun for all ages. There’s so much to enjoy we’ve ranked it #4 on our 22 Reasons for a Fall M-22 Roadtrip. Events scattered across Beulah, Frankfort and the surrounding area begin on Saturday October 3rd. From fall soup contests, pumpkin decorating to pumpkin chuckin’ there’s much fun in store in beautiful Benzie county.


October 3rd & 4th

Gather in Beulah park, along the east end of Crystal Lake, and participate in the Fall Soup Contest. The kids can enter the Sidewalk Art Contest or try their skills in the Free Throw competition. Take a tour of Point Betsie Lighthouse before the end of the season rolls in with the cold winds of fall.  Crystal Mountian is offering scenic chairlift rides as well. It’s a great way to get a view of the amazing fall colors.


October 10th & 11th

Crowds gather in Frankfort alongside the Betsie Bay for the traditional Pumpkin Chuckin’ contest. This one you’ve got to see to believe. Homemade trebuchets launch giant pumpkins far into the air landing with a splash in Betsie Bay. And one oversized gourd is hoisted and dropped atop a carefully chosen clunker for the grand finale. Renouned pumpkin carver Ed Moody will be nearby exhibiting his amazing skills and preparing for his annual carve-a-thon which ends on Halloween.


There’s so much to do, and see, at the Benzie Fall Festival we barely scratched the surface. Check out their online brochure here for all the details. And make a point to venture over to Benzie for a part of the action. If we’re lucky the leaves will be turning in time to enjoy the view as well.