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Shop Local in Alpena This Holiday Season!

Posted on November 16th, 2017
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 you know that by shopping local, you also show the same love and…

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: Surviving the Beginning of March in Alpena

Posted on March 2nd, 2017
The winter white aftermath of our March lion at Norway Ridge. (Photo courtesy of Laura Wolosiewicz) The famous proverb of March, “comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb”. Have you heard of it? The saying comes forth from several ideas. Some say it is due to March being such a chan…

The Brush Strokes of Alpena

Posted on February 24th, 2017
Painting the fish for the “Make a Splash” mural; photo courtesy of Art in the Loft As the fine arts capital of Northeastern Michigan, immersing yourself in local art culture across the community is plentiful and fun in any season. Participate in local art workshops, admire the art scen…

Ring in the New Year at These Alpena Hot Spots

Posted on December 28th, 2016
Preparations for celebrating the New Year are underway! Numerous Alpena restaurants and bars are bringing out their holiday best to show this town a great time, while ringing in a new year and new beginnings. Where will you be toasting? Here are 5 New Year Hotspots to visit in Alpena: (in no particula…

Besser Museum Brings Alpena “Season of Light”

Posted on December 7th, 2016
This unique tree full of skates and hockey pucks is brought to you by Northern Lights Arena. Once again, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan has brought us the beauty of world traditions relating to Christmas. Each year during their “Season of Light” display, Besser Museum offe…

You Might Love Alpena If…

Posted on March 8th, 2016
Dark skies abound in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; photo courtesy of Paul Gerow …you love snorkeling and diving the shipwrecks of  Thunder Bay in the waters of Lake Huron, unsalted and shark-free! …you love ripping through the trails of Chippewa Hills Pathway on your mountain bike; hills a…

Memoirs of a Snow Day

Posted on March 4th, 2016
Adam Zeeman sleds downhill on a wintery Alpena snow day! Do you recall the nor’easter that gave us the “Great Blizzard of 1978”? What about the snowiest winter on record of 1970-1971? More recent winters brought us the abnormal shift of the polar vortex in 2013-2014, and just 3 days ago on March…

The Ice Is Nice at Northern Lights Arena!

Posted on February 24th, 2016
Did you know that the oldest pair of skates found to date are from around 3000 B.C. and were discovered at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland? Thousands of years of skating has brought us a beautiful establishment right here in Alpena. Northern Lights Arena was built in 2003 due to dedicated community…

Alpena’s Gourmet Burger Bucket List

Posted on February 17th, 2016
We’ve compiled a list of 10 famous, or soon-to-be-famous, burgers from local restaurants offering the best quality beef made with the freshest ingredients around. These features will be sure to satisfy your summertime sadness burger cravings…but you don’t have to take our word for it. Try
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