From Our Community: 20 Reasons to Love Spring in Pure Michigan

Today marks the official start of the spring season! Earlier this week, we asked fans on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Instagram “what does spring in Pure Michigan mean to you?”

With fresh blooming flowers, springtime activities, warmer temperatures and longer days, springtime in Pure Michigan means something unique to everyone. 

Jack Martin Photography

Photo by Jack Martin Photography

Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what spring in Michigan means to you!

Opening Day, tournament basketball, hockey playoffs, the smell of fresh cut grass, ice cream runs with my kids and sunshine! - Twitter user @Hulka_Sgt

Coming out of your slumber and being adventurous! - Instagram user @hannahtreyes

Bass fishing!  -Instagram user @gretelweller

Turning off the heat and opening windows. - Vicki Loss Lautzenheiser

Photo courtesy of Rachel Bosma Kramer

Photo courtesy of Rachel Bosma Kramer

Spring to me means baby animals. -Rachel Bosma Kramer

Cherry & apple blossoms, lilacs, tulips, blooming shrubs, starting plants & flowers, bright, crispy, sunny weather, spring festivals, fishing, spring cleaning & sprucing up the home place! Love it! -Carolyn Faye Suddeth

Trillium and Lady’s Slippers. A time to slow down and take a breath and remember the beauty in creation is meant for my pleasure and enjoyment. -Virginia Taylor

Tulips, lilacs, birds singing, open windows, fresh air. Hurry, hurry spring! -Nancy Barense

Robins, tulips, lilacs, fresh air, sunshine. I can’t wait. It has been a long, hard winter. -Mary Lisa Robinson

Spring means morel mushroom hunting time! -Carol Kubsik Bosch

Fresh smell of flowers and warm spring air. Light happy rain with sun shining. -Dorothy McLean Christenson Green

Northern Michigan Weddings. Lakeside ceremonies are always popular around the Great Lakes! Also love all the beautiful wild flowers! -Above The Bay Limousine

Birds singing, green grass, sunshine, the earths re-birth after a long winter, and smiling faces of those enjoying the beautiful spring of Michigan. -Deborah Sylvain

When I was a child living in Laurium it meant skiing until mid-April or later without the heavy layers we wore in January & February! -Debbie LeClair Hierholzer

Photo by Becky Pies Photography

Tulip time in Holland! -Becky Pies

Grass, tulips, flower buds, sunshine, warmth and smiles. -Lori Smith Vera

Trilliums in abundance! Dogwoods blooming. Flowering trees & bushes, daffodils, tulips, chartreuse green leaves & buds, warm southern breezes, getting dirty in the yard. Opening the windows. -Jim Gladstone

Beautiful Warren Dunes beach, ice cream at Oinks and bare feet walking in the sand. -Susan Chervinko

New beginnings! -Terri Motto

Golf and Tigers baseball - Mike O’ Baron

What do you love about spring in Pure Michigan?

Silver Screen “Must-Sees” at the 2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival

Today, Maricat Eggenberger from Visit Ann Arbor shares some highlights from the upcoming Ann Arbor Film Festival happening March 25, 2014 – March 30, 2014. 

Photo courtesy of Mark Gjukich

Photo courtesy of Mark Gjukich

Ann Arbor hosts the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) annually every March, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss!  This year marks the festival’s 52nd year. Known as the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, the AAFF shows more than 180 films from over 20 counties in just six days!

Here are just a few stats…

- The AAFF receives more than 2,500 submissions annually from more than 65 countries.
- AAFF awards more than $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to filmmakers.
- Housed at the Historic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor.

We spoke with the new AAFF Director, Leslie Raymond to get the scoop on what you don’t want to miss.  She and her team gave us three ways to get the most out of the AAFF.

1. Get a pass!  The AAFF offers passes to attendees, which gets you into each and every day of the festival!

2. Take advantage of the AAFF free events! You can experience some of the films and juror presentations for free. Below are just a few of the amazing free events available.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

52nd AAFF Juror Presentation: Steve Anker
Wednesday, March 26, 12:30 pm
Michigan Theater Screening Room

Steve Anker is dean of the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of Arts, and formerly served as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque and as artistic director of the Foundation for Art in Cinema.

52nd AAFF Juror Presentation: Hope Tucker
Thursday, March 27, 12:30 pm
Michigan Theater Screening Room

Hope Tucker, originally from Memphis, TN, is an artist working primarily in film and video. Since 2000, Tucker’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums, galleries and festivals, including four editions of the AAFF.


52nd AAFF Juror Presentation: Jeremy Rigsby
Friday, March 28, 12:30 pm
Michigan Theater Screening Room

Jeremy Rigsby is the Program Director of the Media City Film Festival (Windsor, Canada). Media City will have its twentieth edition in July, 2014.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Friday, March 28, 3pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium

The Forgotten Space
Sunday, March 30, 2pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium

3. Make plans to see these headlining films.

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Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Decline of Western Civilization I
Friday March 28, 5:00pm

Los Angeles Plays Itself
Saturday March 29, 12:30pm

From Deep
Saturday March 29, 5:00pm

Sunday March 30, 3:15pm

*Joining us for the full festival? Book a room at one of our local accommodations! Click here to learn more about which accommodations are offering hotel specials!

Have you been to the Ann Arbor Film Festival? Tell us about your experience.

Maricat Eggenberger PhotoMaricat Eggenberger is the Communications Manager for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She’s a proud Michigander that loves traveling, anything eco-friendly and the little adventures in life. 

From Our Community: Stunning Scenery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This week we asked our Pure Michigan Facebook community to share their favorite Upper Peninsula photos. From sunny summer landscapes to snow-capped forests and charming hidden gems, the Upper Peninsula boasts breathtaking scenery all year round. To showcase the U.P’s spectacular four-season beauty (and to give you a preview of warmer days to come), here’s a roundup of some stunning Upper Peninsula scenery from our fans.

Where is your favorite place to visit in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula?