Floral Fireworks all over Traverse City (and Some Real Fireworks for July 4!)

Cycling the Leelanau Trail

Cycling the Leelanau Trail

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Dear friends and readers,

“Loving Traverse City” now has a new address. (It’s a lot easier to remember, too)  You can reach it easily by going to http://blog.traversecity.com/. Or just follow this link.

Thanks!

Mike

By MIKE NORTON

Walking around Traverse City this week, the smell of blossoming trees is everywhere!

Big masses of white cherry blooms in the orchards, wispy boughs of Juneberry in the forests, little high notes of pink peach and apricot on the hillsides, great clumps of blue and purple lilacs in the neighborhoods and lacy white pear blossoms above the downtown sidewalks. All that unpleasant May rain and snow is finally paying off, it seems.

Trilliums and Violets in the Woods

Trilliums and Violets in the Woods

And the trees aren’t the only things in bloom. The forest floor is alive with wildflowers this week. Seas of white trilliums; wild violets in their purple, gold and white; jack-in-the-pulpits (or is it jacks-in-the-pulpit?); Dutchman’s breeches, toothworts, spring beauties, trout lilies and all manner of other blooms. It’s a floral fireworks out there!

Speaking of fireworks, it looks as though there’s going to be another great July 4 fireworks display over West Grand Traverse Bay this year, thanks to the Traverse City Boom Boom Club — the nonprofit group responsible for raising money to finance last year’s impressive fireworks.

Former National Cherry Festival director Tim Hinkley, who helped organize the club and is its current president, says the whole idea is to “spur pride in our country and remembrance of our nation’s independence.” The club is receiving support through contributions from some local municipalities, businesses and private donations, but they’re also asking for community grassroots help.

The 2012 Fireworks over Grand Traverse Bay.

The 2012 Fireworks over Grand Traverse Bay.

The Boom Boom Club was formed two years aho when it looked as though Traverse City might not have enough money to have a July 4 fireworks display, and its initial 2012 show was a great one. Produced by Great Lakes Fireworks of East Jordan, the program featured 1,100 shells and lasted 30 minutes with music simulcast by WTCM-FM.

Contributions are tax deductible, thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of the Cherry Festival Foundation, a Michigan nonprofit corporation exempt from taxation under section 501c3 of the tax code. Donations of any size are welcome, but the group has set up several levels of sponsorship. Donors who give as little as $25 get a VIP admission to the fireworks party area at Open Space Park, with complimentary hot dogs, soda and chips, and a cash bar for beer and wine.

Yeah, that was us at last year's fireworks!

Yeah, that was us at last year’s fireworks!

Karen, Liz and I went last year, and had a great time. Best fireworks-watching venue I think I’ve ever been to!

You can learn more about the effort at the Traverse City City Boom Boom Club  website,   www.tcboomboom.org/ or their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TraverseCityBoomBoomClub. Contributions can be made on line or by check to the Cherry Festival Foundation/Boom Boom Club at  250 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI  49684.

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About mikelovestc

These days, I’m the media relations guy for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, but before that I spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, a job that frequently took me out into the most remote backroads, forests, beaches and islands of the beautiful Grand Traverse Region. My strategy was pretty simple — just drive, paddle, ski or walk until you’re certain you’re lost, and then find somebody to talk to. It was a great job! I never intended to live in Traverse City. I grew up in Grand Rapids, spent four years in the Coast Guard in places like Miami Beach, Monterey and San Francisco, and when I finally graduated from college I took a summer job at the Miami Herald. To my surprise, I discovered I didn’t like the tropics nearly as much as I thought I would — and when the Record-Eagle offered me a job I took it, figuring I’d put in a year or two and head off to someplace like Seattle or Portland. What I discovered very quickly is that this place gets to you in a variety of unexpected ways. The beaches here are as lovely as anyplace else I’ve ever been, the weather is mild all year round — warm enough for swimming in September and cold enough for skiing in December — and just about the time you’re getting tired of one season you get another one every bit as pleasant. The people are laid-back and friendly, the music and arts scene is awesome, and the place still hasn’t gotten so sophisticated that a guy like me feels out of place.
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2 Responses to Floral Fireworks all over Traverse City (and Some Real Fireworks for July 4!)

  1. Meenu says:

    Mike, beautiful picture…do u think cherry flowers are gone by this Sat. 25th. What is exact address to reach there?

    • mikelovestc says:

      The bloom is fading from many cherry sites now as leaves begin to appear on the trees, but there’s still good viewing to be had on the northern Leelanau Peninsula — especially a bit inland. The apples are now coming into bloom (not to mention the lilacs) and it’s still very showy — just different!

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