Meet Anthony Rodgers

Anthony Rodgers - The Awesome Mitten
4th of July Parade at Greenfield Village

Meet Anthony Rodgers, associate editor and feature writer here at The Awesome Mitten.

1.) You’ve recently relocated to the Mitten. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the state since moving here?

The diversity and vibrancy of the state is the most surprising thing to me. When you think of Michigan from elsewhere, you think of the decay of Detroit, and the auto industry, but the reality is vastly different. There is everything here – sandy beaches, the Henry Ford Museum, apple orchards, restaurants, the Detroit Symphony – none of which is well-known outside the state. Michigan is so much more than cars, hockey and beer.

2.) Best thing you’ve discovered about the city in which you live in the last month:

The old Post Office, built during Marshall’s centennial in 1933. The building is almost entirely unchanged inside and out, complete with the old wooden wickets, and post office boxes around the wall.

3.) Favorite place to eat in MI?

Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. Terrific food, and the drive thru is an old aluminum travel trailer in the parking lot!

Anthony Rodgers - The Awesome Mitten4.) Favorite place to drink in MI?

The Stagecoach Inn, right here in Marshall.

5.) What’s your favorite thing to do in Michigan in every season (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

Fall – The American Thanksgiving, and the return of the NFL season (not a Lions fan, though!).
Winter – Decorating the house for Christmas, the Christmas Parade in Marshall.
Spring – Getting back out into the garden after the long winter, and back on my bicycle, too!
Summer – The Fourth of July concert by the DSO in Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford. That, or relaxing on Oval Beach in Saugatuck.

6.) What’s your favorite story you’ve written/edited for the Awesome Mitten (favorite place, event, whatever)?

Jennifer’s deer-hunting piece was the most entertaining and made me laugh out loud editing it. I also enjoyed writing the piece about the Ford Model T.

Anthony Rodgers - The Awesome Mitten7.) Where is one place in Michigan that you’ve never been, but would like to go?

The UP and Mackinaw Island. Hopefully this summer!

8.) Advice to people who have recently moved to Michigan?

Get out and see it! There is so much to see and learn about!

The Awesome Mitten was born when I moved back to Michigan from Nashville, TN in September 2010. Almost immediately, I became frustrated. I couldn’t figure out why there weren’t more Michigan residents singing our states praises! I was so irritated, I wrote a Letter to the Editor. Three weeks later, I had started a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a landing page for the website, determined to do something to make Michigan residents aware of all the cool things going on in their own state. Email me: alex@awesomemitten.com