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Travis Kowalsky, photography by Amber Nicole Thiessan

Catching Up with Alpena Native Travis Kowalsky, of The Way Down Wanderers

Posted on March 22nd, 2019
For this edition of “Where Are They Now”, we caught up with Alpena native Travis Kowalsky, banjo player from the folk band The Way Down Wanderers. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? Maybe you have even watched them perform at Folk Fest one year!  The Way Down Wanderers, photography b…

A Complete Guide to Unconventional Pizza in Alpena

Posted on March 14th, 2019
It’s Pi Day, and we’ve gathered up a list of unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, specialty pizza pies. You can find all of these unconventional pizzas at locally owned restaurants right here in Alpena.  Where will you venture off to tonight?
  • Court Yard Ristorante–
Adam Zeeman has a blast sledding after a winter snowfall. Photo courtesy, Paul Gerow.

The Ultimate Packing Guide to Winter Adventure in Alpena

Posted on March 7th, 2019
First we brought you “10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter“, now we are bringing you the ultimate packing guide for a winter adventure here in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. Basic clothing needs for any outdoor winter adventure: Layers! Layers! Layers!
  • First you need your base lay
A calm winter morning at Island Park, by Amy Lijewski

10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter

Posted on February 28th, 2019
The hustle and bustle of the holidays have long been over. This is the time when the full effects of an Alpena winter are washing over us, bringing us feelings of cabin fever, seasonal depression, and an anxiousness for spring. Don’t fall into the doldrums of winter, follow this guide to

Where Are They Now? Alpena Natives Invent and Manufacture ‘Original Tin Cup’

Posted on February 22nd, 2019
Alpena native brings back the drinkware of the 1800’s with style and a new twist, have you heard of the Original Tin Cup? If not, it’s about time you do! We caught up with Nate Blury of Grand Rapids (formerly Alpena), who co-founded this company called the Original Tin Cup along with som…

10 Facts vs. Myths About Alpena, MI

Posted on February 15th, 2019
As residents of Alpena, we hear a lot of misconceptions about our beautiful hometown. Like, “is it really cold there ALL the time?!”, or “there’s nothing to do in Alpena!”. Well, take a seat.  We are about to explore the facts vs.myths of Alpena, Michigan!  M

Don’t Miss Out! Must-See Film Festivals Happening in Alpena

Posted on January 22nd, 2019
This week brings us the 7th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 50 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world! Beginning January 23rd, through January 27th.  Thunder Bay International Film Festival One special film tha…

New to Forest Bathing? Here are 5 Tips to Winter Forest Bathing in Alpena

Posted on January 18th, 2019
It’s January, which means the spell of winter has been cast down upon us in full force. The frozen ground glistens with a blanket of white snow, the sky…well we haven’t seen much of it these past few weeks. Which is why winter forest bathing should be priority uno on your to-do list.

Street Talk: The Story Behind Alpena’s City Streets

Posted on January 11th, 2019
We’ve told you about some of the namesakes surrounding Alpena history in our previous blogs, “Alpena: What’s in a Name?”, and “The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes“, but have you ever wondered about Alpena’s