Link Roundup – January 20, 2011

Photo credit: Dee MaggioIt’s a new year, and we’re taking our weekly Link Roundup to the next level! Each week, fans and followers on our Facebook and Twitter pages share pictures, events, links, and ask questions that we’d like to share with everyone!

  • For all of you avid readers, J Louis Kladiva recommended a Michigan-based book titled, Iron Lake Fishing Club, a book set in both Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and Louisiana’s bayou. “This fish out of water story compares the cultures of northern Michigan and southern Louisiana with a tongue-in-cheek approach that only a true Yooper can write.”
  • Do you love taking photographs or painting pictures inspired by this beautiful state? Colleen Hill told us about an exciting opportunity where you can use your talent to improve Michigan’s image to people outside the state.  AIGA Detroit is sponsoring the Wish You Were Here Postcard Contest. “Wish You Were Here is an image campaign in which we ask you, Michigan residents, to contribute pictures of your favorite place in our state. Get out your camera, paint brush, pen and paper—whatever medium suits your fancy.” The contest ends January 31st, so get those creative juices flowing and submit your best Michigan-inspired artwork!
  • Andrew Dawley shared a link to the “Tunnel of Trees” Facebook page. The Tunnel of Trees is designated as a State Scenic Route, and is located in Emmet County. The beautiful corridor starts near Harbor Springs, and is about 20 miles long. There are areas where the trees on either side of the road connect at the top, creating the tunnel effect. For more information about the Tunnel of Trees on M119, become a fan of their Facebook page.
  • This week, Bobbi Closs was looking for information about a monastery well known for its fabulous jams. Look no further Bobbi! There is a monastery in Eagle Harbor called Holy Transfiguration Skete, and they are known for making exquisite jams, and selling them in their aptly-named shop, Jampot. If you can’t make the trip up north, they do take orders online.

Stay tuned for our next Link Roundup, where we will continue to share some of the interesting things that all of you have shared with us. We will also choose one photograph each week submitted by our fans and followers to highlight the beauty of our great state. This week’s photograph was taken by Dee Maggio at Mayberry State Park! She seems to find a lot of mitten pictures, hopefully one day she’ll come across an Upper Peninsula-shaped ice formation as well!