I am going to guess that the video below is the most incredible thing you will see today, and quite likely for many days. There’s lots more about photographer Shawn Stockman Malone of Lake Superior Photo and this project below, but first please settle back, click the full screen view at the bottom right and enjoy her amazing video, North Country Dreamland.
Following tradition, Governor Snyder has once again proclaimed April to be Michigan Wine Month. Our state’s wine industry continues to grow at a steady pace, and the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council added 11 new wineries to its roster over the last year, giving Michigan a total of 92.
The 2011 vintage is by all counts amazing. Black Star Farms winemaker Lee Lutes has tasted many wines with his fellow vintners and relates “I don’t think there’s a winemaker in Leelanau who is not as excited about the 2011 vintage as they’ve ever been about any vintage. We have exceptional quality across a broad range of white and red wines with an almost unprecedented volume. Our 2011 Pinot Noirs and Rieslings are some of the best we’ve ever seen, and I think that every winery on the Peninsula is feeling the same level of enthusiasm for this vintage.”
Our friends Shannon and Cortney Casey at Michigan By the Bottle have jumped into Wine Month with both feet. They are once again offering their Super Huge Michigan Wine Month Giveaway. It’s bigger and better than ever in 2012 and features 28+ daily giveaways of all kinds of prizes & tickets from Michigan wineries and wine trails.
If you can’t make it out to the tasting rooms please take time to explore Michigan wine through Absolute Michigan’s Michigan Wine section and the Michigan Wine & Grape Industry Council web site to learn about the excellent offerings that are produced right here in the Mitten!
Every year the Kiwanis Ski Club in Iron Mountain holds the Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Competition, one of the best tournaments in the United world. The first competition was held in 1939, making 2012 is the 73rd annual. The event takes place the weekend of February 11-12, 2012 and will draw top US & international jumpers from a dozen countries along with over 20,000 spectators .
The Pine Mountain ski slide was at one time was the highest artificial ski jump in the world and is still known throughout the world as one of the best jumping hills. At the first Pine Mountain Tournament, Bob Roecker, riding for the Duluth Ski Club, shattered the American jumping record with a leap of 257 feet.
For questions regarding tickets, please contact the Kiwanis Ski Club (906) 779-1110 or (800) 236-2447. This video from Pine Mountain 2008 is a little bright, but it gives you a good sense of this exciting event. Here’s another video with lots more jumps from the Continental Cup, but we have to give you this great newsreel from the 1950s voiced by Mel Allen. It was shot in Iron Mountain, and features several local jumpers including then 9-year-old Willie Erickson, a two-time Olympian and FIS World Championship competitor. Also don’t miss the jumping videos from the Kiwanis club!
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
Today’s photo and quotation is provided by luna.nik and I think that it pretty much sums up what is asked, what is given and what we are called to remember and honor on Veterans Day and all the year long.
If you don’t get a chance to get out to Veteran’s Day parades or ceremonies to hear some veterans speak, you can see some interviews with veterans from the Southfield Veterans Commission that were produced as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. This one features Herbert Howard of Southfield and there are many more right here.
Much more Michigan Veterans Day information.
We’ve pulled together a great collection of Great Lakes & Michigan surfing videos with a few links:
- The photo was taken on Lake Michigan at Leland. You can see more surfing photos on Michigan in Pictures and also on Northern Michigan Surf on Facebook and in the Surfing slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool!
- The best of the bunch is below, a TV special on Grand Haven filmmaker Vince Deur’s movie Unsalted. the 7 minute short introduces you to the history and present day of Great Lakes surfing. There’s also a couple of outtakes that take you to surfing hot spots like Michigan’s Lake Superior shore in winter! Last December we ran Michigan Film: Unsalted: A Great Lakes Experience that has all the details (including where to get it!) and tons of clips from the definitive work on riding the freshwater wave.
- The Roxy Get Outside Tour recently visited Grand Haven, Michigan with a couple pro female surfers. They also answered the “Michigan question” and visited the Great Lakes Surf Association (more Michigan footage including waterskiing at the Roxy blog)
- Surfing isn’t just for lakes any more, there’s also the Grand River Surf (featuring some cool Police tunes…)
- If surfing isn’t fast enough (or the waves aren’t big enough) there’s always kiteboarding. Boarding Lake Michigan Waves from South Beach in South Haven shows you highlights of surfers, kiteboarders and windsurfers. Every September, the King of the Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition is held in Grand Haven. You can visit Mackinac Kites for information on the event.
- Pure Michigan gets in the act with the Fresh Water Surfing page.
- Check out Absolute Michigan keyword surf for surfing articles and surfing-related businesses! Might as well try Absolute Michigan keyword kiteboard too!
Did we miss something? Of course we did!! Tell us and/or add a link in the comments.
The Detroit Pistons kick off the 2008 season TONIGHT (Oct 30) at the Palace vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can get upper level tickets for just $15 and $5 of that goes to breast cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.
You can also download Detroit Pistons pumpkin stencils of – can you believe how dramatically changed the 2009-2010 Detroit Pistons are?? – Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups, Michael Curry, Richard Hamilton, Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell, Antonio McDyess, Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Rasheed Wallace and Hooper. Then carve one and send the photo of it to Pistons.com for their Pistons Pumpkin photo gallery.
Here’s a video from last year’s opener…
The 15th annual Woodward Dream Cruise happens this Saturday, August 15, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. It’s billed as the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture, and with more 1.7 million visitors and over than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles, it delivers. Be sure to check out their Woodward Dream Cruise history page!
Speaking of history, Michigan in Pictures has an excerpt from Cruisin’ the Original: Woodward Avenue from Arcadia Publishing that features some excellent photos from the 1950s. Did someone say photos? Check out this Flickr slideshow of Woodward Dream Cruise photos.
The Detroit News are official sponsors of the event and are featuring extensive Woodward Dream Cruise coverage of the activities, photo galleries, live video on Cruise day and live blogging as the event unfolds. Do not miss their Interactive: Your guide to the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Absolute Michigan’s video correspondents Scott Allman and Jim McClain visited the Woodward Dream Cruise in 2008 and got some great shots of the cars along with interviews with the interesting and colorful characters that make up the world’s largest one-day car event:
It’s definitely worth clicking over to see the high quality version.
Director Larry Charles, Producer/ Actor Jeff Garlin, festival co-founder Michael Moore, TCFF Director Deb Lake and others give their thoughts on Traverse City and the Traverse City Film Festival in this video by Scott Allman Video.
Absolute Michigan: On Location has much more coverage from the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival.
Absolute Michigan contributor Scott Allman recently traveled to the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival and brought back some interesting and informative footage from another successful year. If you didn’t go this year then put it on your calendar for 2010!
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The DWIFF brings truth to the term “International”, with an event that spans two metropolitan, international cities!
Our Inaugural event in 2008 was a huge success as we brought a bit of fun, film, fame and friendship to downtown Detroit! Film lovers mingled with film makers throughout the wonderful spaces of Detroit’s University Cultural Center and in downtown Windsor. Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, the University of Windsor, the Scarab Club, the DIA, the Detroit Public Library all combined in the perfect “campus” to celebrate film, friends and the future of our creative economy.
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Absolute Michigan contributor Scott Allman took a trip to the Au Sable and has produced an interesting piece on reintroducing Michigan white cedar trees along the banks of the Au Sable river.
From the website Cedars for the Au Sable we learn:
The northern white-cedars along the river’s banks provide needed shade to maintain the cold water fishery of the Au Sable river. The presence of the cedar sweepers at the water line provides protection for the fish, increases the amount of large woody debris in the water, as well as the preservation of the riverbank by locking in the soil.
Furthermore the Anglers of the Au Sable website tells us:
In 2003 the Anglers signed a stewardship agreement with Howard Johnson of the Bay City Club. The agreement called for 250 trees over a five year period including their annual maintenance and subsequent replantings along the South Branch in the Mason Tract. Several dedicated members have volunteered their time and talent building cages, clearing ground, planting seedlings or watering growing trees. The cages are built on Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend while the seedlings are planted during the annual river cleanup held the following Saturday.
Wikipedia informs us that:
The Au Sable River in Michigan runs approximately 129 miles (208 km) through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the towns of Grayling and Mio, and enters Lake Huron at Oscoda. It is considered one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rockies and has been designated a blue ribbon trout stream by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In French, au sable literally means “with sand.” A 1795 map calls it the Beauais River.
There is plenty more at Wikipedia about the Au Sable…