Growing up, C.V. Hunt spent more time around Christmas trees than the typical kid; during the summers, he'd make extra money helping out on Christmas tree farms, including one owned by his uncle. In 1980, he decided to open his own farm, naming it Hunt Tree Company. On 500 acres, he grows fraser firs, douglas firs, and other evergreens, some of which stand up to 12 feet tall.
The inaugural Up North Fourth festival gathers musicians and munchies in Charlevoix’s East Park for a barbecue worthy of the finest red-checked blankets. Fill mouths with Cross Fisheries’ whitefish tacos as Eufórquestra and its entourage of drummers and hula-hoopers stuff ears with afro-Caribbean funk, or pair the tang of Friske’s barbecue ribs with the twang of rockabilly crew Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. Hop-loving attendees can sample five 7-ounce pours of Short’s Brewery’s best imbibeables—including Nicie Spicie and the experimental dessert beer, Key Lime Pie—and leave with commemorative mugs and the taste of barley on their tongues.
Backed by more than three decades of experience, the florists of Kutchey's Flowers put their dark-green thumbs to use assembling floral masterpieces. Inside their storefront, coolers full of fresh flowers blossom alongside potted plants, gifts, and candles. Staffers can also bring to life a wide variety of options that can express birthday wishes, romantic love, or sincere apologies for buying a bouquet of asparagus the first time around.
White Lake Greenhouses Floral has been translating complex sentiments into table-decorating arrangements for more than 100 years. Celebrate an heir to carry on the family foosball legacy with the Welcome Baby Boy arrangement ($45+), highlighted by green jade roses, blue iris, and white gerberas, or practice tango maneuvers to the mailbox with single-cut flowers ($1+). A basket-bound benjamin fig tree ($35+) gracefully adorns countertops, and a balloon bouquet ($20) cheers up loved ones and sparks the envy of gravity-enslaved bouncy balls.