Daughter-in-Law of Famed Author Ernest Hemingway to share Stories with the General Public, April 28, in Walloon Lake

Valerie Hemingway, former personal assistant for and later daughter-in-law of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author, is the guest of honor at a special program on Saturday, April 28 at t The Talcott Event Center in Walloon Lake. The event is part of a three-day “The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, An Ernest Hemingway Occasion” weekend at the award-winning Hotel Walloon.

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St. Julian Brings Home 34 Medals from International Eastern Wine Competition

St. Julian Winery was recently presented a total of 34 medals—including one “Best of Show,” four “Best of Class” and three “Double Gold” awards—at the International Eastern Wine Competition held February 6-7 in Santa Rosa, CA. St. Julian was one of five Michigan wineries from four distinct federally-recognized American Viticultural Region (AVAs) to participate in the competition.

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Nancie Oxley Named Vice President of Pure Michigan’s St. Julian Winery

St. Julian Wine Company in Paw Paw has recently named Nancie Oxley as its Vice President. Recognized as Michigan’s first female winemaker, she joined St. Julian in 2002 as the Assistant Winemaker and moved up the ranks to Head Winemaker in 2010.

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North Peak Brewing Launches Hail Pale Ale

North Peak Brewing Company has just released a year-round tailgate beer. Hail Pale Ale is golden, light bodied and delicious. This well-balanced beer, made with maize flaked corn and blue corn grits, celebrates all things Michigan. Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Crystal hops add flavors of citrus, apricot, and peach.

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Hybrid Marquette Wine from Walloon Lake Winery Awarded Dry Red “Best of Class” at 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Over the past 40 years of the Michigan Wine Competition, it is rare for a hybrid red grape to rise above all other dry red competitors. Yet, that is just what happened this year when Walloon Lake Winery’s North Arm Noir was named “Best of Class,” receiving a Double Gold Medal in the Dry Red category. The introduction of Marquette marks the dawn of a new era of cold-hardy red hybrid wine grapes; more often resembling traditional Vitis vinifera wines than those from existing hybrid cultivars.

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Author & Retired Kansas City Star Editor Steve Paul Headlines Michigan Hemingway Society Conference

The Michigan Hemingway Society is once again hosting its annual literary and history conference, October 6-8 at The Terrace Inn in the Northern Michigan Chautauqua community of Bay View. This year’s keynote speaker is Steve Paul, the author and editor of several books including Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year that Launched an American Legend, due out this fall.

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Petoskey Area Wineries Garner “Best of Class”  at 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Three wineries from the Petoskey area’s Bay View Wine Trail were awarded medals recently at the 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition in Lansing. Walloon Lake Winery’s North Arm Noir and Mackinaw Trail Winery’s Blueberry were both awarded “Best of Class” honors, each receiving a Double Gold Medal in the Dry Red and Fruit Wine categories, respectively.

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Throw Caution to the Wind During 6-Day Windjammer Sail Aboard Tall Ship Manitou

You’re invited to set sail aboard the Tall Ship Manitou – one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes – during a 6-Day Windjammer Cruise, September 17-23. Guided by the passionate, skilled and entertaining crew of the Traverse Tall Ship Company, this voyage sets sail out of Grand Traverse Bay aboard a replication of an 1800s “coasting” cargo schooner.

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