How You Can Celebrate Earth Day in Michigan

Prepping for Earth Day in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Earth Day, an annual celebration since 1970, honors the planet’s environment each April 22nd. You will find many events that demonstrate, support, celebrate, and provide education concerning the environment and how we can help protect it. Starting in the United States as a grass-roots movement, Earth Day has grown to be observed world-wide. Outside of […]

Culture and Critters for under $10: Family Fun & Education in Saginaw!

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At the unassuming intersection of Ezra Rust Drive and Washington Avenue, between Saginaw’s Old Town and Downtown, lies a surprising mash-up. On one corner you have the Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens; on the other, the Saginaw Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. Both are easy to overlook, hidden behind tall wooden fences and […]

Discover Something New This Summer At The Henry Ford

The Awesome Mitten-Discover Something New This Summer At The Henry Ford

One of my favorite things about The Henry Ford is that no matter how many times I visit, I always find something new to enjoy. The museum, Greenfield Village, and the Rouge Factory tour are consistently packed with exhibits, activities, and demonstrations, and it seems like new events pop up every other day. So get […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: Plenty To Enjoy In Plymouth

The Awesome Mitten-Southerner Meets Michigan: Plenty To Enjoy In Plymouth

With so many great places to visit in Michigan, it’s not surprising that some communities don’t get the full attention they deserve. Take, for instance, Plymouth. Over the past few years, my husband and I have enjoyed visiting Plymouth for various outdoor events, weekend outings, and spontaneous dinner plans. We love the area and there […]

Tree on Tour: The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Visits Lansing

I’ve been to countless events in Lansing throughout my childhood and was looking for a few new ways to celebrate when I learned that the official 2014 United States Capitol Christmas Tree would be making a stop at Michigan State University on November 14 before continuing its tour to Washington, D.C. I had NO idea […]

Capital City Dragon Boat Racing

Last month Adado Riverfront Park was littered with a myriad of brilliant colors, spectators, chanting….and dragon boats? YES! The park played host to the second annual Capital City Dragon Boat Race benefitting the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. Dragon boat racing originally came to Lansing in 2011 as a way to celebrate the rebirth of the waterfront […]

Grand Rapids NBA D-League Team

The Grand Rapids-based NBA D-League Team, affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, officially got a name today. The team will be known as the Grand Rapids Drive and will begin play this fall. The Drive will play their home games at the 4500-seat DealtaPlex Arena in Walker, just west of Grand Rapids. Tickets for GR Drive […]

Failure:Lab Goes to College

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On April 1, 2014, storytellers are coming together at Michigan State University’s Cobb Great Hall to tell stories of failure. This isn’t your average speaker event, instead speakers are going to lay bare some of the raw truths of their past without expectation for an audience of students, faculty, and community members. Failure:Lab is an […]

Get Kids Ready for Earth Day with Bat Zone Tour

Earth Day is right around the corner. This month, the kids and I got into the Earth Day spirit by visiting the Bat Zone in Bloomfield Hills where we learned first-hand about wildlife and picked up easy ways we, as a family, can protect our environment. Most of us don’t get the chance to see […]

A First-Timer’s Foray Into Northern Michigan Hunting

A First-Timer's Foray Into Northern Michigan Hunting

“One shot with this, and the deer should crumble,” Kyle says to me as he shows me his newly purchased Tikka with a .300 Winchester Magnum. I’m still not entirely sure what that means, but clearly it is a powerful weapon. He explains that the six-pound rifle is so light that the kick from it […]

Fork Fest 2012

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As the city of Grand Rapids winds down from four exciting weeks of ArtPrize, it’s time to start examining a new kind of art form- local agriculture. With the welcome explosion of the farm-to-table mentality in Michigan and beyond, where and what you’re eating, whether you’re out and about or just cooking at home, has […]

ArtPrize 2012

The Awesome Mitten ArtPrize

ArtPrize, the largest art competition in the world, Ends at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 7th in Grand Rapids, MI. On September 23rd, 2009, there was a table and chairs on the bridge and an enormous Lochness Monster likeness chilling in the river. Grand Rapids was stunned. Everywhere you walked, there were artistic additions to […]

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - The Awesome Mitten

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is on a mission to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, develop better treatments for its patients, and prevent the disease from disrupting their lives. It is a volunteer-run organization that is helping to educate people and raise awareness about this life-altering disease. The JDRF holds charitable walks in all 50 states, where […]

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

After 100 years of growth, development and environmental stewardship, University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is where a naturalist essay meets a Robert Frost poem. Professors, sponsors and researchers have collaborated to make the 700 acres of gardens, greenhouses and natural preserves into a haven for rare wildlife and a fascinating escape […]

Wings Over Alpena

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The northeast side of Michigan offers beautiful beaches, breath-taking views of Lake Huron, and also–air shows. Are you headed up north for the weekend? Do you have an interest in fighter jets? Come up to Alpena, Michigan for Wings Over Alpena! Wings Over Alpena is a biennial air show held at the Combat Readiness Training Center of […]

4-H Children’s Garden

The Awesome Mitten- 4-H Children's Garden

Whether you are a Michigander or not, you are almost certainly aware that Michigan State University is one of the mitten’s most recognized institutions for higher education. What you may not know, however, is that MSU is fostering the development of young minds long before they enroll in classes. If you are driving through South […]

Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Great Lakes Folk Festival, an annual summer favorite in East Lansing, is as diverse as it is exciting. From Aug. 10 — 12, musicians, vendors, dancers, and scholars from around the globe will collect in the campus village to share and honor tradition, diversity, and scholarship. The event is free to the public. The festival is […]

The Ark

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The Ark is a nonprofit music club created in Ann Arbor in 1965, and currently hosts live music more than 300 nights a year. Established to provide a safe place for students from drugs, alcohol, and daily life stressors; The Ark stays true to that purpose today. It was founded to offer students a place to […]

Children’s Garden Day

Hidden Lake Gardens in East Lansing vows to “leave no child inside!” as it prepares for the annual Children’s Garden Day on August 11th.  Beginning at 10:00 a.m., families are invited to tour the 775 acre grounds until 4:00 p.m. and engage in  fun and exciting activities designed to raise awareness and intrigue about the […]

Traverse City Film Festival

The Awesome Mitten- Traverse City Film Festival

  Since its 2005 premiere, the Traverse City Film Festival has been dedicated to bringing “Just Great Movies” to northern Michigan. But TCFF is about more than its line up of laughter-inducing, eye opening, heartbreaking, and inspiring films. It’s also about the spirit of community, the power of creative energy, and the preservation of the […]

Moomers Homemade Ice Cream

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Growing up in Traverse City, Moomers Homemade Ice Cream becomes a childhood staple. Located on a quaint farm on the west side of town, it makes for a great place to escape the chaos of downtown Traverse City. What makes Moomers incredibly unique is the fact that it overlooks the farm that homes the very cows […]

2 Lads Winery

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16985 Smokey Hollow Road, Traverse City, MI 49686 231.223.7722 info@2lwinery.com Website Facebook Twitter HOURS Monday-Saturday: 11AM – 6PM Sunday: 11AM – 5PM I sat down with Chris Baldyga, co-owner and general manager, to chat about 2 Lads Winery. Q: How many wines have you released this year? A: We have released nine wines so far […]

Hemingway’s Michigan

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  Ernest Hemingway, one of the most quintessential American writers of modern literature, spent much of his career living and traveling abroad. As an expatriate artist in bohemian Paris, a soldier in three wars, and an adventurer who wrote from such exotic locales as Spain, Italy, Cuba, Africa, and China, he created a celebrity persona of […]

Holland Farmer’s Market

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150 West 8th St, Holland, MI 49423 616.355.1138 Email Website Facebook HOURS May 16 – November 28: Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8 AM – 4 PM December 1 – December 8: Saturdays Only, 8 AM – 4 PM Specials vary, depending on the week’s Hot Crops I sat down with Candy Todd, Market Master, to chat about today’s farmer’s […]

Ingham County Land Bank Garden Program

Urban areas have long been struggling with vacant or foreclosed properties in addition to providing their communities with easier access to fresh produce. The Ingham County Land Bank Garden Program helps neighborhoods find solutions to these very issues while simultaneously fostering a sense of ownership and beautification. Jared Talaga serves as a Garden Program AmeriCorps Member. […]