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Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!

Grand Traverse Humanists Main Meeting

Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.

Traverse Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting at the History Center: Larry Mawby on Local Vineyards and Winemaking

    Monday, July 14 2014

    Meeting at the History Center: Larry Mawby on Local Vineyards and Winemaking

    7 p.m., History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.

    Larry Mawby is a winegrower on the Leelanau Peninsula, a poet, a Buddhist, a drinker of wines and eater of foods. He is a third generation fruit grower and since establishing the second commercial vineyard in this region in 1973, he has been growing grapes and making wines. Since 2000, all wines produced by L. Mawby are sparkling.

  • Summer Solstice Party

    Summer Solstice illustrationSaturday, June 21 2014

    Summer Solstice Party

    6 p.m….7670 E Shore Rd., TC

    Come to our annual summer solstice potluck/party! We’ll have the grill going and snacks and libations on hand. Bring a dish to share, or just come and visit with friends both old and new!

  • Hungry Humanists: Bayview Inn

    Eat graphicMonday, June 23 2014

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Bayview Inn, 5074 U.S. 31, Acme

    Join us for dinner at Bayview in Acme, on their lovely outdoor patio with a view of the bay. RSVP to karen.gredlein@gthumanists.org.

  • Bike Ride: Darrow Park to Suttons Bay

    Tandem bikeMonday, July 6 2014

    Bike Ride

    10 a.m….Darrow Park in Traverse City to Suttons Bay via TART

    Meet at Darrow Park in Traverse City and ride up the TART trail to Suttons Bay for brunch. Ride back or take BATA. Each way is 15 miles.

  • Bike Ride: Darrow Park to Suttons Bay

    Tandem bikeMonday, May 12 2014

    Bike Ride

    10 a.m….Darrow Park in Traverse City to Suttons Bay via TART

    Meet at Darrow Park in Traverse City and ride up the TART trail to Suttons Bay for brunch. Ride back or take BATA. Each way is 15 miles.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Robert Downes…The Writing Life

    Monday, June 9 2014

    Robert Downes…The Writing Life

    7 p.m….History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.

    Robert (Bob) Downes, author of Planet Backpacker: The Good Life Bumming Around the World, has backpacked through more than 50 countries, with destinations ranging from the supercities of the Third World to the heart of the American wilderness.

    Bob was 54 when he set out to bicycle and backpack around the world in 2007, pursuing a lifelong dream. The journey was a return to a ‘parallel world’ of adventure travel which he calls “Planet Backpacker.”

    “During my earliest travels as a teenager, I became aware that there is an alternative world of gypsy travelers paralleling our own,” Downes says. “You would seldom — if ever — meet them in the ordinary world, but as soon as you hit the road, the portals would open, revealing the oddest people, along with young adventurers heading for distant horizons. It’s not a Twilight Zone or a parallel dimension, but an actual world that escapes the notice of those who stay put. It’s an ‘other’ reality.”

    Until its recent sale, Downes was the editor and co-publisher of the alternative Northern Express Weekly in Traverse City, Michigan. The publication has a distribution of up to 30,000 copies in 13 counties. He and his best friend George Foster launched the Northern Express in 1991. Participants in the running and triathlon boom of the ’80s, the partners started the paper to celebrate the recreation lifestyle of northern Michigan.

    Born in 1952, Downes attended Wayne State University in Detroit, graduating in 1976 with a major in journalism and a minor in photography.

    Downes developed a passion for street photography in Detroit’s inner city during his college days, an experience that later proved useful in relating to other cultures around the world.