Out-of-Doors & Sports
Many of these activities are anxiously awaiting to resume when weather and COVID restrictions are agreeable, while others like Snowshoeing and Bonfire for 8, allow for safe gatherings outdoors, now. Become a member of any or all of these activity groups to receive emailings for future gatherings.
The biking group meets on a monthly basis to ride trails in and around Traverse City. The group seeks out manageable bike trails for all skill levels and frequently meets after the ride for refreshments once the ride is done. Riders need to have appropriate safety equipment and bikes in good working order. We will resume this activity once the State of Michigan Health Department protocals allow for a safe start to the bicycling season.
Bowling meets every week during the winter months at various locations throughout the Traverse City area. Participants bowl with new people each week. In addition to cost for games and shoes, participants contribute $1 for prizes. Pay when you play, play when you can. All skill levels are accepted. The Bowling Group is not currently meeting due to the pandemic. Incredible Mo's has updated it's website to reflect the current mandates of the State of Michigan Health Department.
The Fishing Group includes Newcomers who are interested in fishing activities of any kind. The group is evolving according to the interests of its participants. Charter fishing trips for salmon usually occur in late August or in September. We will resume this activity once the State of Michigan Health Department protocals allow for a safe start for the outings. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW ACTIVITY LEADER FOR THIS GROUP, IF INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT JEANIE HOHOLIK; 763-443-9148 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Two to three times per month from June through September a group kayaks area rivers and lakes. A variety of trips are scheduled to address different skill levels. The lakes are normally appropriate for beginners but most rivers are only safe for the more experienced kayaker. Trips start at 10:00 a.m. and last up to 2 hours with lunch afterwards. Participants are required to wear personal flotation devices and must provide their own kayak, paddle, and PFD. The number of participants is limited each trip based on safety concerns and parking capacity. Before each paddle the leader sends an email message out to those signed up for the group sharing details about the trip, skill set required, information on lunch plans, and directions. Last minute communication is also often required if weather is questionable. Those interested are asked to sign up before the season begins to allow for orientation and planning.
Why do we meet? But of course, to chase a multicolored 1.5 inch diameter ball through the woods and sometimes water hazards only to have it ricochet off a tree and nearly knock you down in the process of teeing off from a hole like number 15 tee at the Crown golf course, as an example.
Where do we meet? North to Charlevoix, east as far as Cadillac, south to Mesick, west as far as Thompsonville, and the TC area with the Crown being our home course. Every Monday that is not a holiday we meet starting in May and play through October. Tee times in May, June, September and October start at 10 a.m., while tee times for July and August are at 9:30 a.m.
Men’s softball senior league is sponsored by the YMCA and is made up of men age 55+ (we are allowed 3 under 55). All games are played at the Civic Center fields. Games are played once a week from May through August. Players do not have to be a member of the YMCA to play. Anyone can play but players will have to supply a glove as the league does not supply any equipment. Everyone who shows up will get a chance to bat.
Snowshoeing is a fun winter activity - especially when we add in food and drinks afterwards! Due to the need for snow we will not have a set schedule for outings but will plan to give at least 1 week notice of an event. Planning to have a pre-season gathering in late November and then start events in December if we have good early season snow.
The Walk In The Woods group meets on the third Thursday of each month, from May through October. Occasionally, we will schedule an additional walk that will feature what the Japanese refer to as shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing"--allowing hikers to immerse, or "bathe", their senses in nature.
We will hike trails throughout the Grand Traverse region. The hikes are easy to moderate and vary from 2 to 6 miles. Whenever possible, the hikes will feature a shorter, slower- paced trek and a longer, faster- paced hike. Expect moderate exercise, good conversation and scenic views of forests, rivers and lakes. Forest bathing hikes will be at a more leisurely pace, with frequent stops to allow participants to fully appreciate the woods.
After the hike, the group will either participate in a tailgate picnic lunch or have lunch at a restaurant near the trailhead.
If you're looking for an opportunity to golf without the competitive edge, this may be the group for you! The group focuses on having fun and socializing while playing nine holes, regardless of your skill level and recent golf experience. Play will begin at 9:30 am. We will golf once a week at Bay Meadows Family Golf Center in Traverse City.
Tennis for All (aka Wimbledon Wannabes)
This healthy and fun social activity meets on Wednesdays, twice each month, from June – September (4 mos.) at 8:00-10:00 am. Play is doubles; mixed, female and/or male. We will play at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton outdoor tennis courts located on 3 Mile Rd. directly across from East Middle School. Anyone with experience playing tennis is welcome. A minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12 players can register for each date. Appropriate tennis attire is required. Please bring a new can of hardcourt balls, racquet, water/Gatorade for hydrating, and a willingness to meet new people who enjoy playing this wonderful and challenging recreational sport. Check the event calendar to register for each play date. Looking forward to seeing any interested members starting on June 16th!