9 Michigan Outdoor Items to Have this Spring/Summer

As the weather starts to warm up, we’re thinking ahead to spring and summer.  Most Michiganders will be spending more and more time outside. Whether playing sports, grilling, tailgating or fishing, there are so many options to enjoy the outdoors in the Great Lakes state. Many also start to think about decorating outside their homes with items they put away for the wintertime. With that in mind, we rounded up a few outdoor Michigan-themed items for you to demonstrate your Michigan pride.

DoormatMichigan Doormat
Welcome your guests with this one-of-a-kind doormat with the silhouette of the state of Michigan. Each one is handmade and made-to-order with quality products. You can even customize to your liking with different size and color options making it a unique accent to your doorstep.

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Michigan Adirondack Chair
The Michigan-based store Art Van sells these spectacular Adirondack chairs perfect for your backyard or porch. Be sure to check out the footstools that are sold separately so you can mix and match colors! These will be sure to wow your guests.

 

 

 

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State of Michigan Flag
Let your Michigan pride fly with this State of Michigan flag that can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. Made out of good quality nylon in the United States, this flag will last!. You can also add a pole hem or fringe if needed.

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Mr. Bar-B-Q – NCAA – Protective Grill Mat, MSU
Show off your team spirit with this cool grill mat. It is made out of high-quality padded vinyl that soaks up any spills or splatters so that you can keep your deck clean. Check out the grill covers to match the mat. And if you’re not a State fan, don’t worry. There’s a Wolverines version too.

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Pure Michigan Iceberg Cooler
Keep all of your drinks or food cold while also making your friends and family envious with this awesome cooler perfect for camping or trips to the beach. The sides feature custom Pure Michigan artwork perfect for showing off the beauty of our state.

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Michigan Wolverines Gnome Garden Bobblehead
Decorate your lawn with this sports-team themed gnome. Show everyone who drives by which team you root for. This officially licensed product is hand-painted and made of durable resin. There’s even a zombie version! Check out the site for more cool items and other team options.

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Michigan Cornhole Board Set with Bags
Cornhole is a fun Michigan pastime that everyone loves to play when the weather warms up. These custom cornhole boards are sure to be a fun addition to parties or get-togethers. To make it even more special, you can order addons such as LED hole lights, rope handles, drink holders and more!

PistonsBirdfeederDetroit Pistons License Plate Bird Feeder
This item is for all you bird lovers out there. This cool addition to your yard will have birds flocking. This bird feeder is made of cedar and stainless steel so it will not rust. Of course, you can also order another favorite Michigan team for more personalization. Deeetroit Basketballlll!

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Michigan Stepping Stones with Petosky Stone
These stepping stones are sold by Sturgeon River Pottery, based in Wolverine, Michigan. They are made out of Petosky Stone and include both the Upper and Lower peninsulas. These stones would make the perfect addition to your yard, being both stylish and functional.

 

 

What are your favorite Michigan outdoor items? Let us know in the comments below!

Experience Serious Laughs in Grand Rapids this Month

Have you been looking for an excuse to explore the west side of Michigan? Consider LaughFest in Grand Rapids! LaughFest is an annual comedy-filled event you won’t want to miss.  

The sixth annual LaughFest boasts hundreds of comedic acts including solo performers, groups, and community showcase participants March 10-20 in and around Grand Rapids. With big name acts including Seth Myers, Kathy Griffin and Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross there is someone to fit everyone’s sense of humor.

Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

“It’s one of the many things that makes West Michigan a unique place,” Joanne Roehm, festival director for Gilda’s LaughFest, said. “LaughFest is a great opportunity to get out of the house, laugh a lot, and beat the winter blues – all for a good cause. Raising funds for free cancer and grief programming offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.”

Over the past five years, the ten-day festival has raised over $1,000,000 in proceeds for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids which provides free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause.

This year, LaughFest partnered with over 50 locations throughout Grand Rapids for #selfieswithsmiles. This fun, social media campaign is a fun and easy way to get involved with LaughFest and win some great prizes to commemorate your stay!

Photo Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

To enter, while out and about in Grand Rapids, look for a LaughFest #selfieswithsmiles poster at most of the LaughFest key venues and snap your selfie! Then simply tag #selfieswithsmiles and #experiencegrandrapids on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and you’re entered to win LaughFest tickets and swag, Beer City USA merchandise, and restaurant gift certificates. Find and take selfies with as many #selfieswithsmiles posters as you can for more chances to win in the weekly drawing. Winners are announced via social media so be sure to follow and “like” LaughFest and Experience Grand Rapids on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

When asked if any of the LaughFest comedians might be at the #selfiewithsmiles locations, Roehm answered coyly, “You never know what will happen during LaughFest!”

So get your tickets and head on over to Grand Rapids for LaughFest 2016. It promises to be seriously funny.

Have you ever attended LaughFest? Share your experience with us below!

Name These 7 Pure Michigan Things: Blue Monday Edition

Happy Blue Monday! What is Blue Monday, you ask? Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year. 

So as we look to kick the winter ‘blues’ with travel packages, deals and other incredible adventures during a Pure Michigan Snow Day, try your luck at guessing seven locations, phrases or landmarks that are ‘blue’ in Michigan.

1. This bridge is a major international crossing over the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron. Located between Port Huron and Point Edward, Ontario connecting both Interstate 94 and Interstate 69 with Highway 402 it is one of the fastest links between the Midwest and Ontario as well as the Northeast United States.

Photo Courtesy of Facebook Fan Tom Hughes

2. For more than 35 years, this fine arts camp has been providing instruction through three distinctive programs, the Summer Camp Program, International Exchange Program and Blue Lake Public Radio. Nestled in Michigan’s western lower peninsula, 15 miles from downtown Muskegon, it welcomes young musicians, artists, dancers and actors to experience a time of fun and learning.

3. If you travel to an iconic Great Lakes state university located in Ann Arbor, you’ll hear this phrase emphatically chanted around on campus and at sporting events.

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4.This particular shade of blue is worn by Pure Michigan’s NFL team, the Detroit Lions. Since coming to Detroit in 1934, the Lions have worn this color, in addition to silver, except for 1948 when then head coach Bo McMillin changed it to maroon. (influenced by his years as coach at Indiana). Since calling Detroit home in 1934, the Lions have won four league championships.

5. Delicious fruits that you can pick at Michigan U-Pick farms, when in season. During August, Montrose has an entire festival dedicated to the delectable fruit, where delicious _________ pancakes and pies can be enjoyed.

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6.This annual Upper Peninsula pond hockey championship, taking place Feb. 11-14, is one of the few tournaments where their ‘pond’ is actually one of the Great Lakes! The pond hockey tournament is played on the frozen ice of Moran Bay, Lake Huron. Thirty 75′ x 150′ rinks are created and over 250 games are played during a fun-filled weekend every year. Plan your stay in St. Ignace when looking to attend the tournament!

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7. Though not always physically blue, these Pure Michigan panfish make for great eating and can be caught on the shores of Michigan’s many inland lakes. If Ice Fishing is your hobby, try to catch one or many of these fish during the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Free Fishing weekend Feb. 13 and 14.

What did we miss? Share with us by commenting below!

*Answers: 1. Blue Water Bridge. 2. Go Blue. 3. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. 4. Michigan Blueberries. 5. Honolulu Blue. 6. Labatt Blue Ice Hockey Championship. 7. Bluegill.