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.