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White Pine Stampede – February 4, 2017

The White Pine Stampede – the Midwest’s premier nordic event – February 4, 2017.

Established in 1977 the event has been held on the first Saturday of February every year since, with the exception of snow challenged 2012. Originally a 50 kilometer, point to point, race from Frederic to Mancelona, Michigan the race is now contested 50 kilometers or 20 kilometers from Mancelona to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. There is also a 10 kilometer timed but non competitive event available for those who wish to take a more leisurely trip.

For the past 27 years five dollars from each entry, together with other voluntary gifts, has been donated to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. To date, more than $85,700.00 has gone to the Ophthalmology Department of the hospital.

Each entrant will receive a specially designed and dated tee shirt, when they register, as part of their entry fee.

Finishers of their chosen event will receive a medal commemorating their accomplishment as they cross the finish line.

WPS Finish

The competitors in the 50 kilometer and 20 kilometer races are divided into classifications based on the style of skiing, (classic or freestyle), gender and age. Awards will be given to the TOP THREE FINISHERS in each class.

All three events start at the Mancelona High School. Prior to the race, utilize the common area, of the school, for preparing, waxing and maybe having a pancake or two before tackling the trail. Your warm ups will be transported and made available to you at your finish. Transportation will be available to return you to your car in the school parking lot.

At the conclusion of your event, and after having located your car, feel free to join us at the Shanty Creek Summit Center for the SHORT’S BREWING POST RACE COOL DOWN. A sampling of Short’s product, together with snacks, will be available for all as they discuss the day with friends and family while viewing a slide show of the day’s events. Doors will open at 1:30 PM. The SHORTS BREWING AWARDS CEREMONY will begin promptly at 3:30 PM, in the same room. Winner or not join us for a continuation of the festivities.

We are sanctioned as a non-scored race by the United States Ski Association. We look forward to working closely with the association as we plan for the future.

We have been long affiliated with the Michigan Cup Series. It has been fun over the many decades to watch us grow together.

We look forward to seeing old friends again and making new friends. The race committee and the communities of Mancelona and Bellaire welcome you to join us on the first Saturday of February. Become a part of our tradition.

White Pine Stampede

P.O. Box 330

Mancelona, Michigan 49659


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The White Pine Stampede begins in Mancelona High School in Mancelona, Michigan, and ends at Shanty Creek Resort & Club in Bellaire.


The Homestead – Super Soups Contest – February 4, 2017

What is your favorite soup? Is it bean with ham or perhaps tomato bisque, cheddar broccoli or chicken noodle? No matter your preference, you’re invited to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at The Homestead’s “Super Soups” contest.

While homemade soup can be traced back to about 20,000 BC, the word “soup” likely comes from the French “soupe” or “sope” (meaning broth) which comes from Latin “suppa” (meaning “bread soaked in broth” – much as “sop” from Germanic sources). The word “restaurant” was first used in France in the 16th century, to refer to a highly-concentrated, inexpensive soup, sold by street vendors. In 1765, a Parisian entrepreneur opened a shop specializing in such soups, prompting the use of the modern word for eating establishments world-wide.

The Super Soups will run from 11am until 3pm, admission is $10 per person ($5 for seniors and children under 12 years of age) and includes unlimited 4-ounce samples of soup. Guests will also be given a ballot to vote on their favorite soups, with prizes awarded at the end of the day.

All proceeds from the cost of admission will go to Buckets of Rain, a Leelanau County-based organization founded in 2006 by local musician Chris Skellenger (a live entertainment regular at The Homestead). Buckets of Rain pioneered the use of gravity-fed, drip irrigation to help impoverished communities feed themselves in Lesotho, South Africa, as well as Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

Buckets of Rain has now focused its energies on the urban struggles in inner city Detroit. By repurposing 30 vacant lots into food production sites, they have provided hundreds of thousands of servings of vegetables, free of charge, to its partners and neighbors. Through the construction of urban gardens on abandoned city lots, Buckets of Rain has helped diminish urban blight, rekindle hope in struggling neighborhoods, bring fresh produce to the community and feed the homeless.


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Crystal Mountain – USCSA College Racing – February 4 – 5, 2017

Crystal Mountain welcomes the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and their student athletes for a weekend of competitive racing.

In excess of 150 colleges from coast to coast, the USCSA fields some 4,200 men and women, alpine, Nordic, freestyle and snowboard athletes in over 300 race events annually.

Where: Thor

Time: 10am


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The Homestead – Winter Concert & Dance with Jazz North – February 4, 2017

An extension of our popular summer concert series, The Homestead is hosting a concert at Mountain Flowers Saturday, February 4 from 7pm to 10pm. The music and energy will be so inspiring you’ll have a hard time sitting still.

Jazz North is a “little” big band combining the best acoustic and electric jamz for all genres.

The horn section gels with the rhythm section to perform everything from funk to swing to rhythm and blues. You’ll also hear some Latin, bebop, and rock.

This seven piece band also throws in plenty of fresh original arrangements for a mix that’s delightful for listening and dancing!

The experienced core musicians have played together for many years, creating a tight musical camaraderie that demonstrates their love for music and inspiring anyone with a toe to tap.

Advance tickets are $15 each or $20 at the door. Cash bar available. Call 231.334.5100 for advance tickets.


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The Homestead – Cooking Demonstration: Gluten Free Dinner – February 5, 2017

A demonstration especially for those who enjoy or must have gluten-free dining options.

Nonna’s, award-winning Chef John Piombo has created a delicious gluten-free dinner menu for this demonstration which provide a special opportunity for culinary enthusiasts to learn new skills and savor the creation.

$25 per person.

Advance reservations. 231.334.5222.


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Traverse City Winter Microbrew and Music Festival – February 11, 2017

The 8th Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival is presented by Porterhouse Presents with additional support from Michigan brewers, Michigan artists and community volunteers. 100% of net proceeds from the alcohol at the festival benefit regional nonprofits. Porterhouse Presents is dedicated to supporting local businesses and creating year-round events that promote and sustain local food, beer, wine, arts, youth and merchants.

Kyle Hollingsworth Band (from The String Cheese Incident) and The Nth Power will headline and be supported by Joshua Davis Trio, The Mainstays, Lucas Paul Band, The Change featuring Grammy winner Peter “Madcat” Ruth on harmonica, Roosevelt Diggs, Charlie Millard Band, brotha James, Jack Pine, Deep Blue Water Samba School, and more to be announced in the coming weeks. The Silent Disco tent will be rockin’ with several DJs, including Traverse City’s own Dj DomiNate!


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On April 7 in 1933, President FDR made buying, selling, and drinking beer and wine legal for the first time since Prohibition in 1920. Cheers to you beer-thirsty folks! How are you celebrating today? #nationalbeerday #tgif #microbrews #traversecity ... See MoreSee Less

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The Dirty Heads jammed at the Lansing Microbrew Fest a few years back.

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Microbrew & Music Festival

Come on out this Saturday and help support our dear friends, Traverse City Roller Derby, at their season kick off and silent auction!

Up for grabs are tickets to the 10th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival.

Hope to see you there!

2017 Birthday Bash!Mar 11, 5:00pmTraverse City Roller Derby invites you to celebrate the beginning of another season! 2017 kicks off at Right Brain with the 2017 Birthday Bash and WFTDA acceptance party! Come meet and greet your favorite derby girls, take advantage of some awesome drink specials, support TCRD and our 2017 non-profit partners, and take part in the BEST silent auction in town! Check back regularly to see all the amazing silent auction items that will be available! Constant updates on this page, so check back often! $5 door charge goes directly to our 2017 non-profit partners. INVITE EVERYONE! Come celebrate roller derby in Traverse City with TCRD!
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