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    The Daily Michigan: 2 tickets to the Great Wakes Festival in Traverse City

The Daily Michigan: 2 tickets to the Great Wakes Festival in Traverse City

Friday Flash! We’ve got 5 pairs of tickets for tomorrow night’s 5-10 pm entertainment at the Great Wakes Festival. If you’re interested, just send an email to dig@absolutemichigan.com. We’ll randomly select 5 winners at noon!

Today on The Daily Michigan we have 2 tickets to this weekend’s inaugural Great Wakes Festival from Porterhouse Productions.

The 2012 Great Wakes Festival is a brand new event that comes to the Traverse City bayfront June 1 & 2, 2012. In addition to music from local and regional musicians including That 1 Guy, Heatbox, Funktion & Garrett Borns, the event features all kinds of water-themed education and competitions including water education & expo, stand-up paddleboard race, a zany Great Wakes Beach Race, Wakeboard Aerials & Pro Competition, demos and much more.

One of the highlights is a 21-up local beer & wine tent that features wines from Traverse City’s amazing wineries and beer from Kalamazoo Brewing, North Peak & Arbor Brewing. Click the poster to the right for more.

Many of the daytime events are free, but to make sure you can enjoy it all, we have 2 Friday & Saturday evening tickets (available only in advance – winner MUST be 21 years of age or older). Head over to Porterhouse Productions for all the information and to purchase tickets and check below for Grand Rapids’ own Garrett Borns doing Mitten.

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    The Daily Michigan: $30 Dinner Dollar certificate to Black Star Farms

The Daily Michigan: $30 Dinner Dollar certificate to Black Star Farms

Today on The Daily Michigan we’ve got a $30 Dinner Dollar certificate to the Inn at Black Star Farms.

In addition to being a wonderful place to stay in the heart of Northern Michigan wine country, the Inn at Black Star Farms is also a culinary destination featuring specially themed dinner events and sit down dinners with unique appetizers, main courses and desserts. Dinners are served at the inn on select Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with reservations beginning at 6 pm. The artfully prepared dishes inspire one to savor each bite in the relaxing atmosphere of their Arcturos Dining Room. Meals are prepared from fresh and local ingredients and are served alongside Black Star Farms wine and brandies.

Their Harvest Dinner Series is offered the second Wednesday of every month. It kicked off with the annual Morels in May event and upcoming dinners are Asparagus & Greens (June 13), Northern Michigan Berries (July 11) and Zucchini & Summer Squash (August 8). All of the dinners showcase the bounty of Northern Michigan agriculture and are paired with Black Star Farms’ wines.

Your certificate can be used towards either of these experiences and you can call 231.944.1251 for information & reservations.

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    The Daily Michigan: Photographic print by Mark S Carlson … and Drummond Island Puddingstone

The Daily Michigan: Photographic print by Mark S Carlson … and Drummond Island Puddingstone


Today on The Daily Michigan we’re giving away a custom giclee printed image of your choice from photographer Mark S. Carlson. You can choose from any on his website or his artist Facebook page. The 12 X 18″ image will be archivally printed on 13 X 19″ matte paper, personally signed beneath the bottom, right-hand corner of the image, accompanied by a description label ready to be adhered to the back of the print finished image, then packaged in a heavy cardboard tube and Priority mailed to you!

This picture of a large chunk of puddingstone from Drummond Island is part of his set of photos of “The Gem of the Huron.”.

James G. Kelley writes about puddingstone on the Drummond Island website:

Jasper Conglomerate, locally known as PUDDINGSTONE finds its beginnings in the Huronian Period of the Proterozoic Era, an estimated billion years ago. During this time great amounts of sediment that came from erosion from older rocks were deposited in large bodies of water. The different hues of red jasper pebbles were deposited in small parts over an east west band about fifty miles in size that lays mainly in Ontario, but touches a small area of the Upper Peninsula. Sandstone under the weight of later sediments formed the grains becoming sand conglomerates. Erosion and weathering uncovered loose fragments and great masses were moved by the Labrador portion of the continental sheets.

The Puddingstone got its name from the British settlers that were stationed at area forts like that found on Drummond. It is so named because the English believed it looked like boiled suet pudding with berries. The one you see below is an example of a Jasper Conglomerate. Puddingstones can be found as small as a pebble and larger than a dump truck! They can be found along the shores of Drummond in our forests and anywhere earth has been turned.

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    The Daily Michigan: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival tix and CD by Orpheum Bell

The Daily Michigan: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival tix and CD by Orpheum Bell

This one is so popular, we’re going to do it again! Today on The Daily Michigan one of our featured partners, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, is offering a pair of tickets to this landmark celebration of the culture & cuisine of Michigan’s Wine Coast and a CD from Ann Arbor based Orpheum Bell.In our last giveaway we featured news of the 2012 headliner, national recording artist Rusted Root. One of the acts that is joining them on Saturday June 30th is Ann Arbor based Orpheum Bell. This 5 piece band fuses grooves from around the globe. They call it “Country & Eastern” and we’ll send the winner their CD The Old Sister’s Home to help you warm up for one of the best parties of the summer – enjoy their video below!Please note: you must be 21 to win this giveaway.

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    The Daily Michigan: $50 Gift Certificate to Larner Creations

The Daily Michigan: $50 Gift Certificate to Larner Creations


We’re continuing our Mother’s Day giveaways through The Daily Michigan with a $50 Gift Certificate to Larner Creations.

You can use this gift certificate for whatever you or the mom in your life want, but the folks at Larner Creations would suggest you consider their Anti-Aging Lotion with Sunscreen. It’s the perfect travel companion, a rich and moisturizing (not greasy) lotion with natural sunscreens and the natural anti-aging agent Vitamin A. Using regularly will help you prevent wrinkles and repair skin damage and it’s available in Unscented, Eucalyptus & Spearmint, Lemon & Lime, Litsea Cubeba and Rosemary.

Larner Creations is based in Monroe and makes natural and organic bath & body products including organic soaps, lip balms, creams, lotions, oils, bath salts, milk baths, body sprays and other products for your feet, face, and home. Visit their website at larnercreations.com to view many more of their products!

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    The Daily Michigan: Mother’s Day Gift Box from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

The Daily Michigan: Mother’s Day Gift Box from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

We’re featuring some great gifts for Mother’s Day on The Daily Michigan.

Today’s offering is from one of our featured partners, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. They invite you to treat your mother to this 9 piece box of truffles and caramels. It’s a diverse assortment that includes Arriba, Cherry, Lavender, Basil, Raspberry, Gianduja, Sea Salt Caramel and Maya Caramel. As they know that chocolate & flowers make it extra-special, they add a bouquet of chocolate daisies for a perfect presentation!

For their hand-made chocolate creations, Grocer’s Daughter uses sustainable chocolate from Ecuador infused with local flavors for their handmade chocolate creations. They have a bunch more items in their online store and you can visit them in Empire in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or next Sunday at the Traverse City Chocolate Festival. Recently the complex City Guide listed their 50 best chocolatiers in America and Grocer’s Daughter clocked in at #2!

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The Daily Michigan: Mother’s Day Music from Earthwork


Today on The Daily Michigan we continue our Mother’s Day giveaways with a $30 Digital Download certificate from our good friends at Earthwork Music, another of our featured partners. 

While you can use the certificate for any three download discs they offer, we’re going to suggest that you select Mother Moon by May Erlewine (aka Daisy May). In addition to the beautiful title track, the album includes a very fitting song for mothers everywhere, Big Mama Brown.

Check out the video below and here’s wishing all the luck and fortune in the world for Michigan’s many mothers.

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    The Daily Michigan: Wake up your Funky Mamacita with Higher Grounds Coffee!

The Daily Michigan: Wake up your Funky Mamacita with Higher Grounds Coffee!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we have a number of special giveaways to help you show the mothers in your life how much them mean to you! Today on The Daily Michigan one of our featured partners, Higher Grounds Trading Company will kick things off with a 1# bag of their Funky Mamacita Blend and a travel mug.

Funky Mamacita is full-bodied and smooth, with notes of roasted nuts and a bold, creamy finish. They created it in commemoration of the first Higher Grounds employee to have a baby! They know that moms are often on the run and unable to drink their coffee when it’s hot. Because cold coffee makes for sad mommies, they are including one of their great travel mugs.

Higher Grounds was founded to with the social mission to advance economic justice worldwide by identifying and supporting fair trade sources for the highest-quality coffees from around the world. Click to read about some of the work with girls & women they support.

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    The Daily Michigan: 2 tickets to the Spring Sip & Savor wine tour

The Daily Michigan: 2 tickets to the Spring Sip & Savor wine tour


Today on The Daily Michigan we have a pair of tickets to a great Michigan wine event – the annual Spring Sip & Savor Wine Tour on the Leelanau Peninsula.

The tour is presented by the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association and takes place every year on the weekend before Mother’s Day (May 5 -6, 2012) and makes a great gift. Like all their wine trail tours, Sip & Savor features food & wine pairings at 19 wineries. With choices like pound cake topped with strawberry honey butter paired with Rose of Cabernet Franc or roasted salmon chowder and Pinot Gris, it’s hard to go wrong.

This year the event also features the “Sip-o de Mayo Hat Contest” with prizes awarded in categories like “Biggest Hat” and “Most Eye-Catching Hat” at every winery. There’s also a grand prize that includes two nights lodging at The Homestead, dinner for two with appetizers and dessert at La Becasse, Sunday brunch for two at the Bluebird, a wood-fired pizza from the Hearth & Vine Cafe at Black Star Farms and a pair of tickets to any of their Weekend wine tours or the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival!

Because wine is all about pairing, we’re pairing the tickets with one of the individual prizes being offered, a pair of Wine Sippin’ Socks to help you “sip without slippin’” Click through for more about these cool wardrobe additions!

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    The Daily Michigan: On the Michigan Wine Trail painting by Stephanie Schlatter

The Daily Michigan: On the Michigan Wine Trail painting by Stephanie Schlatter

As we’ve told you (hopefully not too much) April is Michigan Wine Month.

We feel bad that most of the giveways have required you to go somewhere, so today on The Daily Michigan we’ll be bringing wine country to you with an original painting by artist Stephanie Schlatter from her series of works entitled On the Michigan Wine Trail.

Stephanie lives in Grand Rapids and finds herself inspired by Michigan’s vineyards. The painting (pictured right) is 5 x 7, matted and signed. Stephanie set out to explore the artistic processes of Michigan’s winemakers from ground to the vine and grape to glass. She does this through her painting and also through a video series.

Check below for a fun video from a recent visit to the bottling line at Brys Estates Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City.

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