October 2009 Events Roundup

PumpkinFest, Zeeland, October 1-3, 2009

The theme for the 26th annual fall event is “Once Upon A Time,” featuring quilts, art, scarecrow displays, parade, games, contests, entertainment, food and fun.

Four Flags Area Apple Festival, Niles, October 1-4, 2009

The theme is Rockin’ in the USA for the annual autumn celebration featuring free entertainment, arts and crafts show, carnival rides, food, parade, and Miss Apple Festival Pageant.

Autumn Days, Ludington, October 2-3, 2009

See apples pressed into cider, enjoy a hayride, and interpreters at Historic White Pine Village, a collection of 25 buildings. Enjoy the colorful gourds, pumpkins and corn stalks, and stop at the old-fashioned ice cream parlor for fresh baked apple pie.

Boyne Area Fall Harvest Festival, Boyne City, October 2-3, 2009

Fresh produce and apples from local farms and orchards, plus apple butter, honey, cider, and homebaked goods, plus folk art demonstrations, kiddie activities, hay rides and music.

Custer Week, Monroe, October 3-10, 2009

Annual recognition of General George Armstrong Custer, the Civil War hero and legendary leader at Little Bighorn in his hometown, features speakers, musical performances, discussions, encampment and re-enactments.

Oktoberfest, Newberry, October 2-4, 2009

1st ever event featuring Lumberjack breakfast and logging competition, polka music and dancing, kiddie events, and parade.

Bayside Fall Fest, St. Ignace, October 3, 2009

All-day seasonal fun featuring Autumn Apple Days & The Great Pumpkin Roll. Guess the weight of the pumpkin, play Apple Bingo, enjoy shopping, hayrides, games.

Harbor Fest, Copper Harbor, October 3, 2009

2nd annual gathering features a full day of games, local artists, apple cider press, fish fry, and music.

Zonta Applefest / Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Mt. Pleasant, October 3, 2009

Welcome fall with fresh apple cider, home baked apple desserts, live music, games, and an arts and crafts show in the field.

Blue Coast Artists Open House, Lake Michigan Coast, October 3-4, 2009

20th annual Fall Tour of Studios and Open House of six working artists Michigan’s southwest coastal towns of South Haven and Saugatuck who open the doors to their unique studios.

South Lyon Area PumpkinFest, South Lyon, October 3-4, 2009

Celebrating 25 Years of Fall Fun with craft show, kiddie activities, parade, food and entertainment on Downtown Saturday Night.

FallFest, Benzie County, October 3-4 & 10-11, 2009

Professional pumpkin carver Ed Moody carves a giant Jack-O-Lantern, soups simmer in competition, the Scottville Clown Band marches in the parade, pumpkin carving techniques are shared, and much more fun over two weekends.

Fort Sinclair Days, St. Clair, October 3-4, 2009

Reenactors bring the 1700’s alive with period costumes, battle demonstrations, food, handcrafted items and canon firings, Saturday evening candlelight tour, in scenic Palmer Park on the banks of the St. Clair River.

Harvest Fest, Grayling, October 3-4, 2009

Tractor lovers will love the antique tractor show, tractor parade and hay rides, as well as farm market, craft fair, and model train display.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival, Alpena, October 8-11, 2009

Lighthouse lovers, preservation groups, artists, authors and meet for the 14th year in celebration of this important part of Great Lakes history. The program features speakers, entertainment, vendors, and tours of area lighthouses.

Davison Pumpkin Festival, Davison, October 9-10, 2009

Friday evening’s Do Da Parade kicks off the 20th annual event; the Saturday Pumpkin Drop wraps it up. In between, enjoy hot cider, food, contests, haunted walk and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

Apple Festival & Craft Show, Charlevoix, October 9-11, 2009

Growers from local orchards sell more than 30 types of apples, including antique varieties, as well as apple cider, apple butter, pumpkins, squash, jam and honey. Crafts show and kiddie activities, too.

Color Cruise & Island Festival, Grand Ledge, October 9-11, 2009

Observe pioneer skills such as cider pressing, weaving, wood carving, enjoy live folk music, and take a color cruise along the Grand River, with the natural markings of the towering stone walls and autumn colors as a backdrop. 29th annual event on Island Park.

Fennville Goose Festival, October 9-11, 2009

25th anniversary of this fun fall tradition featuring entertainment, crafts, car show, parade, and Wild Goose Chase and Golsing Run. New this year is selection of Goose Festival Queen and Gosling Princess.

Harvest Fest & Chili Cook-Off, St. Joseph, October 10, 2009

The downtown, on a bluff above Lake Michigan, becomes an autumn marketplace with fun family activities, food, Farmers’ Market, petting zoo.

OktoberFest, Lexington, October 10, 2009

Music, dancing, brats, beer, and wine. Country singer Pam Tillis Trio in concert at Lexington Music Theatre.

Pumpkinfest, Montague, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin pie competition, pumpkins will be weighed, judged, painted and carved, and rolled down Dowling Hill.

Appleumpkin Festival, Tecumseh, October 10-11, 2009

Make a scarecrow, enjoy music, shop the Antique Streetfair and Art Attack show, plus carnival rides and kiddie activities in historic downtown setting. Make the short drive to Kapnick Orchard’s Apple Festival for apples, cider and donuts, wagon rides and craft show.

Ride the Rails Fall Color Tour, Tecumseh, October 15-31, 2009

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday trips through the countryside aboard vintage trains operated by the Southern Michigan Railroad, 2.25 hour excursions from Tecumseh with a stop for cider and donuts.

Lake Superior Performance Rally, Houghton, October 16-17, 2009

Skilled drivers race through rain, snow, sleet and hail in on the “Oldest, Toughest, Meanest Rally on the Circuit” of the National Rally Championship.

Somewhere in Time Weekend, Mackinac Island, October 16-18, 2009

Devotees of the time-travel love story starring Christopher Reeves-Jane Seymour in the feature film set at Grand Hotel gather annually at the resort to dress in period clothing and experience the romance of the story.

Apple Butter Festival, Lansing, October 17-18, 2009

Stir the copper kettle of apple butter, press apples for cider, and learn about the versatile fruit at the Fenner Nature Center.  Pioneer craft demonstrations include quilting, lace and soap making.

Punkin’ Chuckin’, Grayling, October 17-19, 2009

Have some fall fun at Wellington Farm, USA, a 60-acre open-air museum “Where It’s Always 1932” reflecting the farms of decades ago.

Northern Michigan C.S. Lewis Festival, Petoskey, October 23-November 30, 2009

Month-long celebration of the author known for The Chronicles of Narnia, features children’s programs, discussions, guest speakers, and theater performances.

Michigan Story Festival, Mount Pleasant, October 23-24, 2009

Nationally prominent storytellers and musicians perform and offer workshops for family audiences throughout the area.

Michigan Hemingway Society Weekend, Petoskey, October 24-26, 2008

Annual gathering honoring the famed author who summered In the area and featured Northern Michigan in his works features guest speakers including artist and author Colette Hemingway.

It’s A Wrap!

Pure Michigan wrapped up its shoot for the newest television commercial, “Fresh”.  Our own Patrick McHugh talks about the challenges of dealing with the weather, and what Pure Michigan means to him and his crew.

We hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes peek into what its like to make a Pure Michigan commercial.  Stay tuned this fall to see “Fresh” on your television screens, with Tim Allen’s amazing narration behind it.

Pure Michigan Weather

Not sure we'll get this shot of the jam thanks to mother nature, but the group is figuring out a way to work around the rain.

Not sure we'll get this shot of the jam thanks to mother nature, but the group is figuring out a way to work around the rain.

Sunny yesterday. Pouring today. So it goes. Since the weather up north today is not cooperating, we’re shooting interiors at country inns, wineries, cheese shops and stables. We’re in the distillery watching the winemakers tapping the casks. We’re in the tasting rooms pouring great wines. We’re baking cherry pies from scratch. We’re making fresh preserves and filling jam pots. And we’re inside the creamery learning how to make homemade, cellar-aged cheese. And if you like live music, Pure Michigan’s got that covered too. Every third Tuesday of the month Black Star Farms has a concert series featuring great local music from bands, like Blue Dirt. Bring your kids and bring your appetite.

At the winery capturing the art of the craft.

At the winery capturing the art of the craft.

North Coast wine country is really something special. It’s on the Leelanau Peninsula in Sutton’s Bay and located on the 45th Parallel that cuts through some of the greatest wine producing areas of the world such as Bordeaux in France, northern Italy and Oregon. The cool climate here is ideal for growing classic grape varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. If you haven’t been up here yet, fall is a great time for a weekend road trip.

This can work in the rain - fresh fruit and veggies under the canopy!

This can work in the rain - fresh fruit and veggies under the canopy!

“What does Pure Michigan mean to you?” That’s the question we’ve been asking the cast and crew and new friends we’re making on the “Fresh” production. Bob and Bonnie from Toledo say it’s the view and the wine from Chateau Chantal. “It’s just like the south of France, only a lot closer.” Linda and Judy from Chicago say it’s a tie between the water and the lighthouses. Bella and Kate say it’s running down a 400-foot sand dune. Footie says it’s the fudge. Chris says it’s the sunsets. Ham & Cheese says it’s the fishing. And Biz says it’s the people, “This is where my peeps are, so this is where I want to be.” Now it’s your turn to tell us what Pure Michigan means to you. We’d love to hear about it.

This Just In

Sunshine and blue skies. We’re on the move again to catch one more scenic vista shot of Pure Michigan. The deep blue Grand Traverse Bay is below of us. The rolling green vineyards behind. If happiness is a bowl of cherries, then all this must be Heaven.

Be on the lookout for “Fresh” on your widescreen.  And until the next Pure Michigan production, that’s a wrap.

Sunset over Grand Traverse Bay

Sunset over Grand Traverse Bay

Pure Character

It’s Day 2 of the “Fresh” commercial shoot, and Pure Michigan copywriter Patrick McHugh is back with more behind the scenes coverage.

When the “Fresh” commercial airs on TV you will see 30 seconds of the best farm-fresh reasons why life just plain tastes better when it’s Pure Michigan. What you won’t see is the all the effort and dedication it took to capture on film the freshest and best our state has to offer. There’s our film crew and actors, writers and producers, art directors and set designers, stylists and makeup artists, local farmers and winemakers, and the best catering department in the business who keep us all going from sun up to sundown. So here’s to the entire crew that brings Pure Michigan “Fresh” to you. Hats off to Footie, Teen Wolf, The Queen Bee and the hardest workingman in show business, James Brown. And a big shout out to Christos (his real name is Chris), Powder D, Ham & Cheese, Trish the Dish, Billy Bob Clooney, Cape Town, Ace, Biz and last, but not least, The Great Baldini.

Fresh Squeezed

It’s the end of the first day of shooting for the Pure Michigan “Fresh” commercial and, man, did we squeeze in a lot of great footage. Three cameras rolled 80,000 feet of film. First shot of the day was at six in the morning. Last shot, ten at night. If you like classic red barns, you’ll be glad to know we shot 10 of them. And where there’s a barn, there’s sure to be a farm nearby. Horse farms. Fruit farms. Fresh produce farms. Farms like Black Star, Hemmings, Hoxsie’s (try the cherry jalapeno salsa with Michigan-made blue corn tortilla chips – good stuff) and the Drake family homestead. Then we hit the fields. Vegetable patches with the biggest zucchini I’ve ever seen. A meadow entirely dedicated to sunflowers stretching acres and acres long. And wait ‘til you see the spread we laid out on the harvest table. Sweet corn. Red, yellow and orange Heirloom tomatoes. Fresh-picked salad greens. And big, juicy burgers that say ‘summertime’ in every bite. For dessert, you guessed it. Homemade cherry pie from the Cherry Capital of the World. We then ended the day with the perfect nightcap – sunset (also known as the Magic Hour in the film business) at the Chateau Chantal Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula just north of Traverse City.

Cheers until tomorrow.

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