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The Week for November 3-9

Autumn Leaves by cedarkayak
Autumn Leaves by cedarkayak

Welcome to ‘The Week‘ for November 3-9. This is where we will be posting comments such as news items, interesting blog posts, cool video and media, coming events, new web sites added to Absolute Michigan and other items of note.

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Tomorrow, November 4th, is election day and we encourage everyone able to vote to get out and exercise your right to do so. Last week we published Electionpalooza Tuesday: The 2008 Election in Michigan and invite you to revisit this post and get informed about the issues and the candidates.

The weather this week looks great with temps in most areas of the state expected to reach into the 60′s making it a great time to get outside and enjoy autumn. Looking at this week’s events we see that the C.S.Lewis Festival in Petoskey runs from November 3 – 25. It is a four weekend festival celebrating the life and work of C. S. Lewis through collaborations by the arts, education, and faith communities. The Kalamazoo Russian Festival happens on November 6 – 8. Celebrate the partnership between Kalamazoo, Michigan and Pushkin, Russia at this years Kalamazoo Russian Festival; a unique Russian cultural event in the Midwest.

Although not happening this week we feel we should give advance notice of the Annual Fitzgerald Memorial Service in Paradise on November 10.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum will present the 13th annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service at 7 pm on Monday, November 10, 2008, at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point, Michigan. The public is invited to attend. The service includes reflections, music, and the Call to the Last Watch Ceremony in which the ship’s bell is run 29 times for each crewman who went down with this famous vessel – plus a 30th ring for all who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes.

The Week for October 27-November 2 (Halloween Edition)

Happy Halloween! by thomasgvsu
Happy Halloween! by thomasgvsu

Welcome to ‘The Week‘ for October 27-November 2. This is where we will be posting comments such as news items, interesting blog posts, cool video and media, coming events, new web sites added to Absolute Michigan and other items of note.

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Halloween is going to dominate the weekend activities around the state and we invite you to check out our 2008 Michigan Haunted Houses, Mazes & Attraction page. The Michigan Department of Agriculture is reminding families to use the following food safety tips to ensure a fun-filled and safe Halloween. If you still are looking to get your hands on a pumpkin to carve up check the Michigan U-Pick Farms & Farmers’ Market Directory. Want to see some wickedly cool pumpkins? Then check out the extreme skills of Michigan’s own Ed Moody, Tom Nardone and Patrick Harrison.

The US Census Bureau gives us a glimpse of ‘Halloween by the Numbers‘:

The observance of Halloween, which dates from the Dark Ages, has long been associated with thoughts of witches, ghosts, devils and hobgoblins. Over the years, the customs and rituals associated with Halloween have changed dramatically. Today, many of the young and “young-at-heart” take a more light-hearted approach — donning a scary disguise or one that may bring on smiles when they go door-to-door for treats or attend or host a Halloween party.

“Trick or Treat!”
36.4 million
The estimated number of potential “trick-or-treaters” — 5- to 13-year-olds — across the United States in 2004, a decline of 381,000 from 2003. Of course, many other “kids” — older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go “trick-or-treating.”

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Number of states that, contrary to the national trend, experienced an increase in their elementary school-age population (children between 5 and 13) between 2003 and 2004. Arizona (8,400), Nevada (7,500) and Florida (7,100) led the way, with North Carolina, Colorado and Georgia rounding out the list.

In 2004, Utah had the highest proportion of its total population in the 5-to-13 age group (14.9 percent), followed by Alaska (14.1 percent).

106 million
Number of potential stops for “trick-or-treaters,” i.e., housing units occupied year-round.

Jack O’ Lanterns and Pies
998 million pounds
Total pumpkin production of major pumpkin-producing states in 2004. Illinois, with a production of 457 million pounds, led the country. Pumpkin patches in California, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York also produced a lot of pumpkins: each state produced at least 70 million pounds worth. The value of all the pumpkins produced by these states was $100 million.

Where to Spend Halloween?
Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood are:

Transylvania County, N.C. (29,525 residents).

Tombstone, Ariz. (population 1,560).

Pumpkin Center, N.C. (population 2,228); and Pumpkin Bend township, Ark. (population 307).

Cape Fear township in New Hanover County, N.C.; and Cape Fear township in Chatham County, N.C. (with populations of 15,711 and 1,170, respectively).

Skull Creek township, Neb. (population 291).

Candy and Costumes
1,271
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2003. These establishments employed 43,379 people and shipped $12 billion worth of goods that year. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 146, followed by Pennsylvania, with 120.
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519
Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2003. These establishments employed 23,343 people and shipped $7 billion worth of goods that year. California also led the nation in this category, with 79 establishments.
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25 pounds
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2004; it is believed a large portion of this is consumed by kids around Halloween.

2,581
Number of formal wear and costume rental establishments across the nation in 2003.

Editor’s note: Where to Spend Halloween? How on earth did they overlook Hell, MI!!!!!

And now for something completely different…
A 500 pound pumpkin smashing a car! (Frankfort, Michigan – Fallfest 2008)

The Week for October 20-26, 2008

Fallen Beauty by lorainedicerbo
Fallen Beauty by lorainedicerbo

Welcome to ‘The Week’ for October 20-26. This is where we will be posting comments such as news items, interesting blog posts, cool video and media, coming events, new web sites added to Absolute Michigan and other items of note.

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Temps are dropping and most areas have already experienced their first frost with snow coming up in the forecast. With this change in weather it is a great week to check out the The Michigan Story Festival in Mt. Pleasant on October 24 – 25. The two-day Michigan Story Festival offers a complete showcase of the power of storytelling in all its art forms. Michigan Story Festival is one of the only storytelling festivals to integrate the stories of many cultures and traditions. There is also the History, Mystery & Haunting: THE WHITNEY RESTAURANT in Detroit on October 25th for an evening to be remembered! First enjoy a three-course meal at this beautiful, 5-star restaurant. Later, Kathleen Tedsen and Beverlee Rydel, authors of “Haunted Travels of Michigan” will tell the Whitney story and, in association with paranormal team HIGHLAND GHOST HUNTERS, will share their experience and evidence collected during a two-night investigation. You may be in for a surprise! Photographs, Video & Audio Presented. A ghost hunt will follow.

Also be sure to check out our massive Michigan Haunted Houses, Mazes & Attractions page that features all kinds of haunted houses, corn mazes and scary attractions from all across Michigan.

Also, this Saturday the Michigan State University Spartans travel to Ann Arbor to play the University of Michigan Wolverines at The Big House. Check out our Michigan vs Michigan State Football Rivalry page for a ton of information on this much anticipated annual football game!

The Week for October 13 – 19, 2008

Golden Slumber by baklein62
Golden Slumber by baklein62

Welcome to ‘The Week’ for October 13-19. This is where we will be posting comments such as news items, interesting blog posts, cool video and media, coming events, new web sites added to Absolute Michigan and other items of note.

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After a nice stretch of unseasonably warm temps we are now back to where you should be for October. Lower peninsula colors are beginning to peak so a color tour would be perfect right now. Looking ahead at this week’s event you can step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Check out a very special “Ghost Hunters Weekend” will be held Oct 17-19, 2008 at the Terrace Inn in Petoskey. Join Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History Executive Director Chris Gordy and his wife, Susan, for the ambiance and culinary fare of an earlier Jackson. ‘An Evening in the Log House‘ is held October 15th in Jackson.

The Week for October 6 – 12, 2008

Autumn -Grand Ledge, MI by sabatoa
Autumn -Grand Ledge, MI by sabatoa

Welcome to ‘The Week’ for October 6-12. This is where we will be posting comments such as news items, interesting blog posts, cool video and media, coming events, new web sites added to Absolute Michigan and other items of note.

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Looking at our October Calendar we see that the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in Alpena runs from October 9-12. Now in it’s 13th year, the four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. West Michigan’s premier wine tasting event, Food, Wine and All That Jazz, happens on October 10 at The Public Museum in Grand Rapids. Take a trip down memory lane in an old-fashioned covered wagon or glide down the scenic Grand River on a riverboat during on October 10 & 11 during the Color Cruise & Island Festival in Grand Ledge. Head to Charlevoix for Applefest Days at Friske’s Farm Market. Enjoy wagon rides, U-pick apples, our own Miss Apple everything apples. Harvest Days in Harbor Country is celebrated October 10-13. Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en at Green Field Village in Dearborn. October 11 – 12 is CRANE FEST XIV at the Baker Sanctuary. Anywhere between 2,000 – 6,000 Sandhill cranes congregate at the Michigan Audubon Baker Sanctuary along with thousands of birders! This event is the largest wildlife congregation in Michigan that attracts as many as 10,000 folks over the weekend.

The Week for September 8 – 14

Sky View Mirror by Rudy Malmquist
Sky View Mirror by Rudy Malmquist

Welcome to the Week for September 8 – 14. A quick glance at this week we see that the Epicurean Classic in Traverse City features cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, receptions, and superb dinners. You’ll find a lot of exciting activity with four concurrent demo stages. And, don’t forget to allow yourself time for an occasional stroll into the Tasting Pavilion for an interesting nibble of food or to sample any of the hundreds of international wines. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival in Mears features a Michigan sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Cook-Off Competition, farm fresh apples of Oceana County, a dune buggy show and swap, apple pie contest and entertainment. The Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon has 3 days of live music on 3 stages, from traditional Irish and folk to contemporary Celtic rock. The festival centerpiece, the Pub Tent serves authentic Irish Food and beverages. Check out the Annual Grape Harvest Stomp on Old Mission Peninsula let’s you experience Old World grape harvesting as you hand harvest and de-stem grapes from the vineyard, then stomp them by foot in a wooden vat. Admission also includes tasting of the wine made from the vineyard’s grapes at Peninsula Cellars, and sampling of local delicacies. That’s just a sample of what’s happening around Michigan. Check out our September Event Calendar for more cool things to do.

Feel free to add news, interesting blog posts, cool video and media and coming events for the week of September 8 – 14 in the comments section below.

The Week for September 1 – 7

so i've got my ducks in a row by artsy_T
so i’ve got my ducks in a row by artsy_T

Welcome to the Week for September 1 – 7. School bells are ringing, summer is fading but being a true four seasons state, Michigan has something for everyone no matter what time of year. A quick glance at this week we see that the Smokin’ Jazz Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton features authentic jazz, blues and zydeco, but it also offers some of the tastiest barbecue this side of the Mason/Dixon line. The Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival in Mackinaw City features an extensive sampling of 50 plus award winning Michigan microbrewed beers and over 40 wines from Michigan’s four internationally recognized wine regions. The Wheatland Music Festival boasts a wide variety of activities, as well as the star-studded lineup on the main stage. Some of the acts include nationally known performers like Pine Leaf Boys, Dale Watson, Crooked Still, Cheryl Wheeler, David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, The Cherryholmes Family, The Chicken Chokers, Tim Graves & Cherokee along with Michigan favorites like Earthwork Music, The Ragbirds, Madcat & Kane with Mark Schrock. Check out the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival in St. Johns and sample of the finest cider and perry (cider made from pears) from the Great Lakes area will be available for tasting. In addition to the cider and perry tastings, food vendors will be selling sweet and savory selections.

Feel free to add news, interesting blog posts, cool video and media and coming events for the week of September 1 – 7 in the comments section below.

The Week for August 25 – 31

Flying by s•stop
Flying by s•stop

Welcome to the Week for August 25 – 31. Heading into Labor Day weekend there is plenty to do around the state including the Michigan State Fair in Detoit which runs through September 1 and is the nation’s oldest state fair. The Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly is held through September 28 on weekends and Labor Day, rain or shine. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, August 29 – 31, features the American Le Mans Series, the IndyCar Series and, new for ’08, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship. The Detroit International Jazz Fest in Detroit, August 29 – September 1, features six stages over four days, with blues, gospel, R&B, and one of the finest jazz lineups on the planet. The Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac, August 29 – September 1, offers more than 200 performances on eight stages, the top ranked HealthPlus Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international, regional and local features that will continue to make the city of Pontiac the premier family destination for Labor Day weekend.

Feel free to add news, interesting blog posts, cool video and media and coming events for the week of August 25 – 31 in the comments section below.

The Week for August 4 – 10, 2008

Dog_Parade_3 by scherbis
Dog_Parade_3 by scherbis

Say hello to August and the dog days of summer! Our Michigan August Event Calendar is loaded with great opportunities to explore the Great Lakes State. The PGA Championship is in Bloomfield Township August 4 – 10. Celebrate the blueberry industry in and around South Haven at the National Blueberry Festival August 7 – 10. Crystal Falls is “Home of the Humungous Fungus” and the annual festival is August 7 – 10. Not to be missed is the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing August 8 – 10. The festival is a FREE, unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage. The St. Johns Mint Festival runs from August 8 – 10 and the Northport Wine and Food Festival & Dog Parade happens on August 9th.

Last but not least, preseason football kicks off this week with the Lions taking on The New York Giants, Thursday August 7th at Ford Field. Game time is 7PM and you can purchase tickets online.

Feel free to add news, interesting blog posts, cool video and media and coming events for the week of August 4 – 10 in the comments section below.

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The Week for July 14-20, 2008

And so is the CSL Tadoussac by mdprovost
And so is the CSL Tadoussac by mdprovost

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” -Measure for Measure

Hundreds of years later, Shakespeare still has wisdom aplenty to share. You can pick up some of that, along with a healthy dose of entertainment at the The Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson. It starts Tuesday (Jul 15) and continues through August 3rd.

There’s a whole slew of other events in our July Michigan Event Calendar for this weekend including the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Venetian Festival in St. Joseph, the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium in Grand Marais, Concert of Colors in Detroit, Michigan Storytellers Festival in Flint, the Hiawatha Music Festival in Marquette, Waterford’s Quake on the Lake boat race, the Ragtime Street Fair in Dearborn and the Great Lakes Irish Music Festival at Comstock Park in Grand Rapids.

The photo above is from the early stage of last weekend’s Port Huron to Mackinac sailing race. I’m told it was one of the faster ones on record – the bigger boats were actually moving faster than the Coast Guard Cutter that was going to mark their midway times – and that one boat made just two jibes! Hope the wind is at your back this week and as always, post your comments & observations below!

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