5×5 Night in Grand Rapids

5 ideas, 5 minutes each, 5 slides each, 5 judges, 5,000 dollars

5×5 Night is a monthly event in Grand Rapids that allows 5 people to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges who decide how to award $5,000 on the last Tuesday night of every month. The third 5×5 happens tomorrow night at the Grand Rapids Ballet with an afterglow at Founders Brewery. Tomorrow night’s presenters and topics sound pretty interesting:

  • Bruce Burgess – Mull-it-Over
  • Mick Hanna – Easy Crutch
  • Phil Lund – The Mars Plan
  • William Stewart – Compression Beehive Frame
  • Charlie Wollborg – Face-to-Face > Pixel-to-Pixel

Michigan Radio has a cool interview with Rick DeVos and Bill Holsinger Robinson of Pomegranate Studios about 5×5 Night. Learn more at and Pomegranate Studios.

Last month AJ Paschka got all five votes and $5000 for his very cool Weather Collage idea, but we’ll feature Landon Bartley’s more locally focused call for a Grand Rapids Sister City Window Webcam Project. You can check out all the pitches on the 5×5 channel.

Photo: Prepping for the first 5×5 Night at the GRAM by

Tweet & Taste Michigan: Wines from Old Mission Peninsula

Courtney & Shannon Casey of are all about letting you know what’s what in Michigan’s fast-growing wine industry. One fantastic thing that they are doing are the Tweet & Taste Michigan virtual wine tastings conducted through Twitter.

View from Chateau Chantal by troyryans
View from Chateau Chantal by troyryans

Their next Tweet & Taste takes place tomorrow night (Monday Jun 7 @ 8 PM). Sorry about the late notice. Featured will be the wines of the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. The wines they will be tasting are:

Over at #TTMI on Twitter, Michigan Master Sommelier   Claudia Tyagi aka winegenie is educating folks on the wines of Old Mission. Here’s a couple tweets – definitely try and pick up one or more of the bottles above and take part – it’s fun and you can do it in your PJs! (check the video below for a step by step explanation of TTMI).

RT @cortcase @tweetandtastemi: Read up on Wineries of Old MIssion Peninsula to prepare for TTMI WOMP on Monday #ttmi

CGT began it all 1st OMP winery, 1st Vinifera #ttmi Leadership! #wine #Michigan Go Riesling!!!!

For more about the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, see their web site at and also check out this Winery Report on the Old Mission from Toledo Wines & Vines.

Photo Friday: Abbey Road? by NotLogan

Abbey Road?

You can view this photo by NotLogan bigger in his My Favorites slideshow.

His other sets include Charlevoix, Michigan, Frankfort, Michigan, Suttons Bay, Michigan and Traverse City: Old State Hospital (slideshow).

Check out his Flickriver

Photo Friday: Menonaqua Beach by michiganartisan

Menonaqua Beach

michiganartisan (Robert deJonge) says that he thrives in both the digital and natural worlds, creating images with camera and computer.

Some of his tags are sleeping bear dunes, Petoskey and Michigan (slideshow).

Dive into his Flickriver and see and purchase his work at Robert DeJonge Images.

Photo Friday: Rainbow in Petoskey by keren8484

keren8484 (Lois) says that she gets a little happier whenever she picks up her camera and that she likes how photography makes life sweeter by helping you look at everything a bit differently.

She took this photo of the end of the rainbow in October of last year. Be sure to check it out larger. Her sets include Animals & Birds and Outside (slideshow).

Here’s her Flickriver.

Big Storm, Bigger Wave

Huge Wave by Latitude 45

Of course just a few days after I blog one of Martin’s photos of the Petoskey Breakwater to Michigan in Pictures, he braves the 50 MPH maelstrom to capture this stunning shot. I guess that’s one of the bright sides of having more than one blog!

(I think that Charles was along with him too!)

Jamie-Sue Seal presents the Un-Valentine’s Roadshow

Jammin Round with Jamie-Sue Un-Valentines RoadshowThe Jammin Round with Jamie-Sue series is the creation of singer-songwriter Jamie-Sue Seal, who brings national, regional acts to Lansing and also takes the show around the state with her Roadshows. In this season of love, she’ll do it again with the Un-Valentine’s Roadshow: Songs & Tales Of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction & Revenge at 4 Michigan locations in early February:

  • Friday, Feb. 8 @ The Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey, MI w/Jamie-Sue Seal, John Latini, & Dave Boutette
  • Saturday, Feb 9 @ The InsideOut Gallery – Traverse City, MI w/ Jamie-Sue Seal, John Latini, Dave Boutette, Andre Villoch and Josh Davis
  • Friday, Feb 15 @ The White Crow – Saginaw, MI w/ Jamie-Sue Seal, John Latini, Chris Buhalis, Susan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler
  • Saturday, Feb 16 @ at Christ United Church in Dewitt, MI w/ Jamie-Sue Seal, Chris Buhalis, John Latini, Dave Boutette and Greg Jenkinson.

Get more info at the link above (including a list of some of the amazing musicians from Michigan and elsewhere who have appeared) and listen in to some of the artists at