Fifteen Pure Michigan Moments To Inspire Your Next Getaway

Another successful Pure Michigan Moments photo contest is in the books. This year, a record 4,000 photos were submitted! We were absolutely blown away by the number of images that truly captured the beauty and character of Pure Michigan. These 15 awe-inspiring Pure Michigan moments are reason enough to pack your bags and make a trip to the Mitten State. 

To view all of the submissions from this year’s contest, visit michigan.org/photocontest.

Congratulations to our winning photographer, Ryan Zeller! We love this wintry sunrise taken in Lexington, MI. Read about Ryan’s winning entry here.

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Amazing sunset at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, MI. Photo by Joe Gee

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Turnip Rock in Port Austin. Photo by Shalee Blackmer.

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AuSable River near Oscoda. Photo by Steve Femminineo.

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South Haven, MI. Photo by Pete Shannon.

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Rise and shine on Douglas Lake. Photo by Michael Tokarz.

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Lake Michigan wave action at McGulpin Point. Photo by Linda Sorensen.

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Michigan love at Rosy Mound Natural Area. Photo by Dane Vermeulen.

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Manistique, MI. Photo by Carly Maas.

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Grand Rapids, MI. Photo by Amy Kopec.

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Backpacking in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by Gary McCormick.

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The Presque Isle River on a fall morning. Porcupine Mountains State Park, Ontonagon, MI. Photo by Brad Terry.

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Hickory Corners, MI. Photo by Joey Stap.

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Loving the sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by Deb Oung.

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Wagner Falls near Munising. Photo by Paul Schrader.

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Do you have a Pure Michigan moment to share? Tag it with #PureMichigan on Instagram or Twitter or post it to our Pure Michigan Facebook page!

Check Your Local Listings: The Henry Ford is On TV!

When you’re leisurely flipping through the channels next Saturday morning, be sure to tune in to The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation! Guest blogger Lish Dorset from The Henry Ford gives us the inside scoop on the new TV show.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

On any given day at The Henry Ford it’s not uncommon to see a film crew on site capturing footage, from local Detroit television stations to media outlets from across the globe. This past July we hosted a different kind of production crew – our very own television show production crew.

On September 27 the first episode of our new television series, “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation,” debuted on CBS. Hosted by writer and TV correspondent Mo Rocca, our show focuses on innovation, from pioneers like Thomas Edison to today’s teens making a difference in their communities. We’re part of CBS’ Dream Team Saturday morning lineup, bringing education programming to children and their parents. We’re several episodes in now and it’s exciting to see new fans of both the show and The Henry Ford emerge.

This isn’t the first time we’ve hosted our own TV show. In the 1950s Marion Corwell hosted “Windows to the Past,” a history-based program for children on Detroit Public Television. Throughout the years The Henry Ford has been the backdrop for live broadcasts, interviews and even dramatic television cameos.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

What’s it like having our museum turn into a film set? It’s a lot of fun and fascinating to watch. Every few months our production crews are on site capturing new content for upcoming episodes. It’s not uncommon to see Mo strolling through Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village playing reporter and interviewing our visitors and members. It’s also exciting to see Mo’s reactions to some of our most iconic artifacts and buildings. We’re proud to take care of these important examples of innovation, so it’s a fantastic feeling to see other people share that pride as well.

How can you keep up with the latest happenings from “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation?” We’ve got a whole section of our website dedicated to it, from episode trailers to more resources to help you and your family learn more about our artifacts. Our blog shares a new post each week that has related articles to share about that episode to help viewers further dive into that week’s topic from The Henry Ford.  With more than 26 million artifacts in our collections, we’ve got a lot of stories to share.

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Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Where is our TV show when it comes to social media? A lot of places. Make sure to follow The Henry Ford socially (@thehenryford), but follow our TV show’s show-only channels for the latest episode news and recaps. Have a question for us? Make sure to tag it with #THFInnovation.

Check your local listings here to find out when “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” is playing in your area.

Keep an eye out the next time you visit The Henry Ford – you just might be a part of the show.

lishdorset1-150x150Lish Dorset is social media manager at The Henry Ford. A native of Birmingham and a current resident of Royal Oak, she’s been trying hard not to sneak on set TOO often for a possible TV show cameo.

 

Try These Pure Michigan Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Meal

Did you know that Michigan grows more than 50 different grape varieties? As you’re planning your holiday menu, there’s sure to be one variety that suits your fancy. Guest blogger Karel Bush from the Michigan Wine and Grape Industry Council shares some Pure Michigan wine pairings for your Thanksgiving meal. 

Photo courtesy of Michigan Wines - Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Photo by Jeff Greenberg – Bowers Harbor Vineyards

There’s no better way to celebrate the season and Michigan’s agricultural bounty than to include Michigan wines on your holiday shopping list. Whether served at your own table or presented as a gift to friends and family, sharing local wines is a tradition all over the world.

There are many different savory flavors and levels of sweetness in a traditional Thanksgiving feast, so don’t limit yourself to just one wine – have some fun with your wine selection. Most holiday gatherings include a variety of people with a variety of tastes when it comes to wine – another reason to offer a few different selections.

This weekend, November 20-22, more than 25 Michigan wineries will be pouring their wines at the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. This event is the largest event of its kind in the Midwest. Sample from more than 100 Michigan wines and ask winemakers and winery owners what they’re serving at their holiday table!

You can also try some of these award-winning wines from the Michigan Wine Competition and start your own tradition this holiday season.

Sparkling

Photo by Jeff Greenberg

Photo by Jeff Greenberg

Start out with bubbles! Aurora Cellars Brut received Best of Class Sparkling honors at the 2014 competition. It’s crisp with lovely aromatics of toasted brioche and roasted nuts. A bright, dry finish makes this the perfect way to start the celebration.

White

With traditional roast turkey and stuffing, the go-to choice is often a dry Riesling, but Pinot Grigio also makes a great pairing. Many Michigan wineries produce these varieties. Try Blustone Vineyards or Fenn Valley Vineyards for Riesling; Boathouse Vineyards or St. Julian Winery for Pinot Grigio.

There are always sweet elements on the holiday table, so consider adding a semi-dry Riesling or Gewurztraminer to the mix. Try semi-dry Rieslings from Gill’s Pier Vineyard and Winery or White Pine Winery, and Gewurztraminer from Peninsula Cellars or Tabor Hill Winery. For a fun alternative, try a Traminette – an offspring of Gewurz – from Sandhill Crane Vineyards or 12 Corners Vineyards.

Red

Photo by Steve Sadler

Photo by Steve Sadler

Pinot Noir or another soft, flavorful red is an excellent choice, especially if your traditional bird is duck or goose. Try first-rate examples from Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery or Round Barn Winery. Delight your guests with a variety they might not be familiar with, like Chateau Grand Traverse Gamay Noir; or try one of the many delicious red blends made in Michigan, like “Sole di Sera” from Northern Sun Winery, and Lawton Ridge Winery’s “Two Handed Red.”

Dessert

Last, but certainly not least, for Aunt Jenny’s pumpkin pie try a sweeter wine like Black Star Farms’ Arcturos Winter Harvest Riesling. Or for a real treat, try “Snow Moon” – a delicious, decadent Vidal Blanc ice wine from Lemon Creek Winery (makes an incredible gift, too).

You can contact any of the Michigan wineries to have your favorite wine delivered right to your door. Be sure to order an extra bottle or two (or six) for gifts. Visit www.michiganwines.com for a complete list of Michigan wineries.

Which Pure Michigan wines do you plan to enjoy with your holiday meal? 

Karel Bush is promotion specialist for the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, a program within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.