Category Archive for "Outdoors"

Your Quick Guide to Inland Fishing in Alpena


Ryely & Gavin have a successful day on the Long Lake Narrows; photo courtesy Charles Kennedy

Nothing is more authentic to the Alpena area than fishing. When the morning sun is peeking out from a blanketed horizon, the silhouette of … Read the rest

Let it Snow! 5 Fun Things to Do After a Snowstorm in Alpena

Check out this awesome snowman! Construction and photo courtesy of Katelyn Carr & Family.

There are so many things to do after an Alpena snowstorm, like  shovel…plow…snow blow…you know, the adult stuff. Set that aside for a couple hours of … Read the rest

Be Mine, Alpena: 5 Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special


A winter adventure with a favorite companion makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day! Photo by Sandy Blumenthal

For some of you, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and happiness while eating a romantic dinner and bestowing special … Read the rest

The Beginners Guide to Loving Snow in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

A Lake Huron winter-scape view by Stephanie Loewe Photography.

If you google, “How many words do the Inuit have for snow?” the answer will come up as 50. Some sites may tell you even more. You will also find articles … Read the rest

Your Guide to the Super Blue Blood Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Alpena, MI

A super blue blood red moon on the horizon. Photo by artist John E. Shepler

You’ve heard the saying “once in a blue moon”, but have you ever heard the saying, “once in a super blue blood moon lunar eclipse”? … Read the rest

It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

One special film that will be featured is “The Big Read the rest

10 Ideas For Winter Adventure in Alpena

Old man winter wraps Norway Ridge in a beautiful blanket of fluffy white! Winter photography by Laura Wolosiewicz

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a true northern … Read the rest

Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

In less than a month it will be Christmas break for the kiddos. Which can only mean three things: lazy mornings lounging in pj’s til afternoon, cartoons for days, and the inevitable phrase every parent hears at least once or … Read the rest

Shop Local in Alpena This Holiday Season!

Downtown Alpena shoppers; captured by Leslie Male

‘Tis the season! It’s that time of year when many are out and about, searching for the perfect gift to give friends and family members as a token of love and appreciation. Did … Read the rest

The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett

How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon?

You’ve wondered, and … Read the rest

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