Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Floating water park coming to Indiana's Lake Michigan shores" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Floating water park coming to Indiana's Lake Michigan shores" from Chicago Tribune

Workers at Whihala Beach in northwest Indiana have started installing a floating water park along Lake Michigan.

The 1-acre sports park is to open Saturday and will include slides, towers, jumping platforms and bridges. It will sit in water that is between 5 and 12-feet deep about 100 feet off shore of the beach in Whiting.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-floating-water-park-lake-michigan-20170619-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "From bar to barber shop: Visit Hemingway haunts in Northern Michigan" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "From bar to barber shop: Visit Hemingway haunts in Northern Michigan" from Chicago Tribune

"You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another," wrote Ernest Hemingway in "The Sun Also Rises."

For much of his early years, the novelist didn't move much beyond Oak Park, where he was born, and Northern Michigan, where his family had a vacation cottage. Far from getting away from himself, his experiences there figure into his earliest writing.

Walk around the resort town of Petoskey, and you'll see markers on buildings with a Hem history: the barber shop where he got a shave and a haircut (now a pet store) and the former boarding house where he lived and wrote. You can drink in the bar where he was a fixture (second stool on the left). Out in the countryside he loved, you can buy a souvenir or a sandwich at the general store he frequented. The church where Hemingway married the first of his four wives once stood on the vacant lot next door.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-hemingway-northern-michigan-petoskey-travel-0702-20170613-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "N. Michigan observatory extends sky-gazers’ reach" from the Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "N. Michigan observatory extends sky-gazers’ reach" from the Detroit News

Mackinaw City — One of the best views of the heavens is tucked away here in the tip of the Mitten. 

Featuring more than two miles of undeveloped shoreline along Lake Michigan and 600 acres of trails and old-growth forest, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park boasts one of the darkest skies in upper Michigan, undiluted by light pollution and preserved by Emmet County.

The dark sky park’s latest crown jewel is its newly opened $9.3 million observatory and event center that began welcoming visitors this month.

“This equipment allows us to give students, guests and photographers exceptional opportunities to photograph the sky and its many wonders,” said Mary Stewart Adams, program director of the park. 

Continued on website.

 Link: 
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/06/29/beautiful-dark-northern-michigan-park/103275330/

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit" from the Chicago Tribune

It took only a couple of hours to hear the inevitable.

"What do you have that tastes like Miller Lite?"

In a city made famous by pale and mostly bland beer, I was surprised it took so long.

The question arrived early on a Saturday evening at Good City Brewing, which opened less than a year ago near Milwaukee's handsome, weathered downtown. During a wave of brewery openings in a city most familiar with the classic brands made there — Miller, Schlitz and Pabst — Good City has been particularly popular. But the sudden diversity of beer choice can leave some drinkers befuddled.

The bartender was surprisingly thrown by the question. He briefly wore a pained expression while calculating the options. Ten beers were on tap, five of which were bitter-meets-fruity pale ales, IPAs and double IPA. Those wouldn't work. The most obvious choice, a Pilsner, was probably too robust, he said.

The woman said she wanted something "light" and "smooth."

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/brewstraveler/ct-milwaukee-craft-breweries-travel-0611-20170526-story.html

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' chance to shine" from The Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' chance to shine" from The Chicago Tribune

Southern Illinois is about to have its moment in the sun — and out of it — Aug. 21.

That's when a total solar eclipse will make its way over the U.S. mainland, coast to coast, for the first time in nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of people, including a small army of NASA scientists who will be broadcasting the cosmic spectacle from Carbondale, are expected to pour into a diagonal swath at the bottom tip of the state.

Astronomers, serious eclipse-chasers, regular Joes with FOMO — they're all looking to snag a coveted spot in the "path of totality," a 70-mile-wide sweet spot in which the moon will completely block the sun as the eclipse makes its cross-country trek from Oregon to South Carolina.

While the rest of the continental U.S. will have to make due with a partial eclipse, those in the path of totality will be treated to what promises to be an unforgettable natural wonder, provided the weather cooperates and the clouds stay away.

What can they expect? Well, that glowing ball of hot gas we call the sun will take on the appearance of a black hole surrounded by a pearly white wreath, the sun's rarely visible corona.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-southern-illinois-total-solar-eclipse-travel-0613-20170531-story.html