Beyond Reggae: Zion Lion explores music from all over the Caribbean

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:49 |

Zion Lion Reggae Band is not your typical reggae group.

Home to nearly 5,500 campers and 700 faculty members studying music, art, theater and dance every summer, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp also hosts an annual Summer Arts Festival that offers evening entertainment in July and August. Cost is no barrier, as nearly every event is free.

Sweet Summer: Where to get your own cone

Written by Elma Talundzic | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:34 |

It’s no doubt that ice cream steals the spotlight on those hot summer days. Cool off and treat yourself to some quality scoops from a few of the best local ice cream parlors. Here’s some (but not all) of our favorites.

Required Reading: Your local summer book list

Written by Kelly Brown | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:25 |

It’s summer and time to dust off that stack of books next to your bed and get reading. We all know summer is the perfect time to lay outside while getting lost in a good book. It’s picking what book to read that’s the hard part.

It all starts with auditions for actors, then comes memorizing the script and filming scenes. One question not often asked is what an actor goes through on a daily basis. Luckily for us, Funny Laugh Productions answers this in its new seven-episode web series, Far From Hollywood, released the first week of April.

Last Call: Strawberry Lemonade Bomb from Duke's Bar

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:45 |

There’s something special about a dive bar in the middle of the day during a workweek. Whether you’ve played hooky and hit the golf course in the morning or you’re an industry vet appreciating your quiet before the storm, dives are always a welcome retreat.

Shandy: A summer dandy

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:29 |

Also: Gose — not so, gross-uh (unless it is)

Serving up Great Lakes fish is something Trevor Bethke had always wanted to do as a chef. But because of some rather Byzantine laws regarding wild-caught fish, food safety and distribution, it has long been difficult to do what seems so simple: see fish, catch fish, serve fish.

I DO (Want These Fashions): Wedding season styles you can commit to

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:55 |

“This summer, it’s all about the jumpsuit, and people love them,” said Lisa Miller, owner of LA Miller Boutique in Rockford. Wedding guests can enjoy dressing up in the trendy (and easy) one-piece jumpsuits for something a little different and less traditional.

Parade of Patios: Our guide to outdoor drinking and eating this summer

Written by Kelly Brown | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:36 |

In Michigan, “patio” is its own season. At the first sign of 65-degree weather, we open the back door, sweep off the remaining dead leaves (and sometimes snow) and break out the camp chairs. Really, does anything beat drinking a cold beer on the back porch with a cool breeze cutting the humidity, listening to your favorite summer jams? Probably not.

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