Weekend Roundup: Dark Skies Edition

Did you hear that sound? It’s the sigh of relief of  thousands of area parents as school re-open following 4 straight days of being closed. Grab a little relief this weekend with some of the events on eatdrinkTC’s calendar!

Also remember to get your shots entered for the #eatdrinkTC Photo Contest and a shot at a great gift package from Higher Grounds Trading Company. Entry deadline is Friday night and details at that link.


Black Star Farms debuts their new Digs & Swigs events that pair wine tasting and some out of the box fun. Any day through February 1, show up with your ugly sweaters, matching plaid and other embarrassing holiday picture and enjoy complimentary samples of two of their Eau de Vie Spirits. Inquiries, call 231-944-1271.

Tedx Traverse CityLike the nation TED series, TEDxTraverseCity is dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. They are launching a series of informal talks, called salons, leading up to their big event in May. The January salon at InsideOut from 5-7 PM focuses on the night sky, light pollution and what we can do help our natural world. Speakers are Mary Stewart Adams of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Northern Emmet County and Jerry Dobek of NMC’s Rogers Observatory in Traverse City. Tickets are just $5 and you can buy them online or (presumably) at the door.

Enjoy jazz with the Jeff Haas Quintet every Thursday night at Reflect Bistro & Lounge (Cambria Suites) in Traverse City. Jeff is joined by Laurie Sears and a very special guest, Claudia Schmidt who returns to TC for a “don’t miss it” performance! No cover and great food from Scott Neumann’s kitchen available.

Tonight you can also check out Joe Wilson and Josh Davis at Workshop and the final recording session for the new live CD from Don Julin & Billy Strings at Little Bohemia.


Matuto at Milliken Auditorium

Matuto at Milliken Auditorium

The Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum welcomes Matuto, a NYC based group that is emerging as one of the world’s hottest international touring acts. Check out a video from a performance at the Kennedy Center below! It’s Bluegrass meets Brazil and “The height of world music sophistication” according the Chicago Sun Times.

M-23 Strings welcomes back one of its original members Billy Strings in this special reunion show at The Workshop NOTE – contrary to our original information, Billy will be playing but at Little Bohemia! Here’s Billy’s Facebook.

M-23 Strings will still be playing the Workshop from 8-11 PM – free show (as always). This will be a memorable evening of “progressive acoustic music at its best”- presumably this time with a healthy dose of old-timey strings and finger-pickin’ goodness thrown in.

PS: If you want to see Billy with the M-23 String just click.


Crowd at the Snowshoe Stomp

Crowd at the Snowshoe Stomp

Every Saturday it’s the Indoor Farm Market at the Village from 10 AM – 2 PM. It’s one of the best places to add fresh & tasty to your life in Traverse City.

Grab your snowshoes and enjoy a 2km or 5km run/walk through the scenic rolling vineyard at the Runaway Hen Snowshoe Scamper at Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards. Wine and hot beverages will be available for purchase post-race in the tasting room. This is a family-friendly event, and all ages are encouraged to participate! Register online or starting at 10 AM. Races start at noon!

The Womens Winter Tour hosts their Sweet Sixteen “Coming Out” Dance Party at Little Bohemia featuring the “Fresh Fossils” a band fused of rock, blues, ballads, & jazz w/ musical artifacts from every culture!

Grand Rapids Press music critic John Sinkevics says Brett Mitchell is “the new millennium’s version of Marshall Crenshaw, [who] continues his tuneful march into pop-rock glory, with catchy, smartly constructed songs and gorgeous guitar work just aching to be played on a car stereo with the windows open on a sunny summer day.” Come out to Workshop to check him out Saturday from 8-11.

The Boathouse on Old Mission invites you to enjoy Date Night which offers two 3 course meals for one price. With a main course featuring two Kobe Filets and a one pound Lobster stuffed with crab and shrimp, it’s hard to go wrong!


Food on the Trail, photo by Dietrich Floeter

Food on the Trail, photo by Dietrich Floeter

The Women’s Winter Tour is taking over Black Star Farms with a very “progressive” party. All events begin and end at Black Star Farms. Journey between the Hearth and Vine Café, their festive new barn and finish off at the Tasting Room. Each location features a different food and beverage option and there are new course options including a dedicated Sassy Snowshoe Course. A new ski route starting and finishing at Black Star Farms, or a longer route along the Leelanau Trail ending also ending at the farm. You can enter the courses anytime between 9:30 – 12 noon.

Go in-depth with the Women’s Winter Tour and also the Runaway Hen Snowshoe Stomp in our eatdrinkTC feature!


Next Week & Weekend

There’s still time to register for NMC’s Festival of Foods next Saturday to learn about cooking and taste some great work from some of our top area chefs!

A couple of events that we have on our radar for next weekend are the Wild Game Dinner at the Boathouse benefitting the Conservation Resource Alliance and the Winter Microbrew & Music Festival. Tune in Monday for a feature on some of the great food & beer events surrounding Saturday’s celebration of Michigan microbrews!

Thanks Tony Faiola for the night sky photo!