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!
4.) 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)?
7.) 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!