I received the copies of BLUE magazine’s winter issue and I’m going to share the article with our members during our December Annual Meeting at Muskegon Yacht Club. I just wanted to say “The Need for Speed” article was a great “easy read.” I wanted to compliment you and your staff and thank you very much for exposing all the readers of BLUE to the sport of iceboating. I feel I can speak for all the iceboating clubs around the state that we look forward to seeing some of them on the ice and giving them their “First Free Ride” this winter. Think ice!
— Dean Runk, Commodore, West Michigan Ice Yacht Club
M. Christine Byron and Tom Wilson
Based in Grand Rapids and Leelanau County, postcard collectors and history buffs Byron and Wilson are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture and write BLUE’s Vintage Views column. Their four pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards as well as a State History Award. vintageviewsprints.com
From nurse to food blogger, McNamara has started a movement with her Simply Scratch recipes and a new cookbook. McNamara started her blog, Simply Scratch, in February 2010 with a mission to get back to her rural Michigan roots, which she writes about in this issue’s State of Mine. simplyscratch.com
Todd & Brad Reed
capture landscapes, sunsets, wildlife and the splendor of Michigan’s four seasons. Their latest book, “Todd and Brad Reed’s Michigan: Wednesdays in the Mitten,” is the most ambitious project by the father-and-son nature photography team. Clocking 30,000 miles and taking 30,000 images, the Reeds narrowed it down to 250 shots. toddandbradreed.com
As president of Promote Michigan, Stampfler merges years of print and broadcast media experience with a passion for marketing her home state. She’s been a regular contributor to Michigan Blue over the past 10 years and to various editorial and marketing efforts. She resides in Petoskey and is finally living her dream of living “Up North.” promotemichigan.com
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