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It’s the start of a new year in Michigan! With a number of winter sporting events, new museum exhibits and more, there are plenty of ways to kick off 2012 this January. For more suggestions of things to do this month in Michigan, visit michigan.org.
Etch, Sketch and Stilettos: The Work of Topher Crowder
January 6 – 28, 2012, Northville
The Northville Art House is delighted to present the work of Topher Crowder, an artist first inspired by animated Saturday morning cartoons, vintage postcards and 1960s/1970s comic books. The show includes pop cultural shoe paintings, day-glow plexiglass etchings, ‘studio weavings’ and Mr. Crowder’s ‘reverse vandalism signs’ – all aspects of his diverse and unique artistic vision. For more information call (248) 344-0497.
DSO Neighborhood Concert Series
January 7, 2012, Detroit
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra kicks off a new subscription-based series for the 2011 – 2012 season, starting in Bloomfield Hills with a fantastic symphony performance of Marriage of Figaro and Appalachian Spring performed at Kirk in the Hills. The Neighborhood Concert Series will take place in six different venues in a geographic arc across metro Detroit from Grosse Pointe to Dearborn and is intended to reach new audiences by making the DSO more accessible and convenient to you. For more information, call (313) 576-5053 or (313) 576-5412, or visit the DSO website.
The Ultimate Fishing Show
January 12 – 15, 2012, Novi
As Michigan’s largest fishing show, The Ultimate Fishing Show is all about fishing tackle, fishing trips, fishing boats and features including Lake Ultimate, Trout Pond, Seminar Stages, Fish Fry and more. For more show information, please call the show managers at (616) 447-2860 or toll free at (800) 328-6550.
Frankenmuth/Flint Area Brew Tour
January 14, 2012, Detroit
Tour three great breweries in the area – Frankenmuth Brewery, Redwood Lodge Brewing Co. and Black Forest Brew Haus. The tour includes guided bus transportation, brewer-led tours, three beer samples at each brewery, lunch, and water and snacks on the bus. For more information call (248) 850-2563 or visit the Brew Tour website.
North American International Auto Show
January 14 – 22, 2012, Detroit
Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2012 North American International Auto Show! See more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. For more information, please visit the NAIAS official website or call (248) 643-0250.
Michigan Winter Dog Classic
January 19 – 22, 2012, Novi
Come and see Michigan’s largest Dog Show at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Enjoy educational demonstrations, obedience and conformation judging, and breed seminars. The Michigan Winter Dog Classic will host more than 6,000 dogs and 160+ breeds of “man’s best friends” throughout the four day show. Visit The Michigan Winter Dog Classic website for full event details.
Plymouth Ice Festival
January 20 – 22, 2012, Plymouth
Enjoy free, seasonal fun for the family including large scale ice carvings, food and product vendors and wintertime activities. For more information call (248) 960-0700.
January 21, 2012, Lansing
Are you tired of winter already and want to get out for some fun? Make your way to the second annual Chocolate Tea, where guests will enjoy everything chocolate this winter at Turner-Dodge. For more information, please call (517) 483-4220.
Ann Arbor Folk Festival 2012
January 27 – 28, 2012, Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Folk Festival will celebrate its 35th year with some of the finest in traditional and contemporary artists. The Festival returns to Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music beginning at 6:30pm each night. For more information, call (734) 764-2538.
Fire & Ice Fest Rochester
January 27 – 29, 2012, Rochester
Downtown Rochester’s much-anticipated winter festival features ice sculptures, ice skating, a tubing run, horse-drawn carriage rides, fireworks, and a taste fest inside the warming tent featuring beer and wine provided by Rochester Mills Beer Company. For more information, call (248) 858-5437.
January 6, 2012, Albion
The public is invited to the Albion Historical Society’s annual 12th Night, held twelve days after Christmas at the Gardner House Museum. Guests will enjoy cookies, hot cider and other refreshments. For more information, call (517) 629-5100.
Hunter Ice Festival 2012
January 13 – 15, 2012, Niles
Come see World Class Master Carvers transform more than 25 tons of Ice into art! The festival showcases more than 50 ice sculptures situated all over the downtown area and created on site by well-known ice carvers from near and far. Also enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner, Frigid 5k Run, History of Ice Carving/Harvesting Exhibit, Warming Center, kids’ crafts, Chillin’ Ice Bar at Riverfront Café, Chili Crawl, Hunter Ice Cream and more! For more information, call (269) 687-4332 or visit the Hunter Ice Festival website.
Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food & Jazz
January 21, 2012, Benton Harbor
Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, culinary pleasures and the smooth sounds of Jazz for some soothing mid-winter relief. The festival will feature some of the best wines from across the state and local cuisine. For more information, call (269) 927-1221.
RACE Your OWN Dog Team with Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures
January 6 – 8, 2012, Mc Millan
Be part of the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race excitement and run the 4-dog, 8 mile race! This new Race Package provides training, gear, dogs and all the fun of a real sled dog race. For more information, call (906) 748-0513 or visit this site.
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
January 26 – 28, 2012, Marquette
This fun-filled weekend will feature a Noque 12K – a classic and freestyle race which is meant to attract those skiers who want a first step into ski racing. Racers will ski on the same trail as the half marathon and marathon skiers. For more information on the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, mBank Half Noque and Noque 12K , contact Nikki Dewald at (906) 235-6861.
Ice Sculpting Competition
January 6 – 7, 2012, Holland
Over 20 talented students will be competing in the collegiate invitational, each transforming 300-pound blocks of ice into glistening works of art using chainsaws, torches and more in downtown Holland. Bundle up and come watch in amazement as the ice flies! For more information call (616) 796-1210 or visit the competition website.
Wine About Winter
January 6, 2012, Grand Haven
Indulge in the perfect pairing of wine, shopping, and winter! Local art and walking tour features a variety of wines for wine tasting in each participating store. Local businesses will host one or more West Michigan artists, fabulous wines for all palettes and excellent boutique shopping to create a charming, winter walking tour of the Downtown and Centertown districts. For more information, call (616) 844-1188 or visit the Grand Haven website.
Nordic Nights Gourmet Dine and Glides
January 21, 2012, North Muskegon
Experience one of the best culinary experiences in Michigan this winter. This event includes a four course dinner, ski pass and entrance to heated tent with live music. There will be three stations featuring a lovely blazing fire placed throughout your 5K glide. Each station will offer delicious food. Back at the heated tent, guests will enjoy dessert and music by Mike Snell. Guests can enjoy cross-country skiing on a well-lit groomed trail. For more information, call (231) 744-9629.
January 28 – 29, 2012, Grand Rapids
Enjoy hundreds of exquisite orchids featured in lush displays in the Grand Room. Members from the Grand Valley Orchid Society will answer your questions and point out some of the most unique orchids. Shop early for the best selection and find the perfect orchid for your home. The “orchid pyramid” offers photo opportunities. Kids will have fun on an “orchid hunt” and can express their creativity at the art station. For more information, call (616) 957-1580.
Animal Adventures: Growing Up Wild
January 30, 2012, Grand Rapids
Enjoy an evening of warmth and wonder and discover fascinating things about four animals – a mammal, a reptile, an amphibian and a bird. Watch live animal presentations close up and pet the animals, enjoy animal story time, explore the Tropical Conservatory by flashlight, become engrossed in animal art activities and have fun playing Listen Up, What’s for Dinner and Pop Up Peek-A-Boo. Reservations required by calling Meijer Gardens at (616) 974-5239 or John Ball Zoo at (616) 336-4310. Visit the Meijer Gardens website for full event details.
Lexington New Year’s Day Bike Ride
January 1, 2012, Lexington
The Lexington New Year’s Day Bike Ride starts at Ehardt Pharmacy parking lot in downtown at 10:00 a.m. The ride is to Croswell on the bike path and back. For more information, call (810) 359-7461.
Gun & Knife Show
January 7 – 8, 2012, Birch Run
Head to Birch Run for the Midwest’s largest gun & knife show. For more information call (989) 624-4665 or visit the Birch Run Expo Center website.
Caro 150 Winter Fest & Snowmobile Races
January 20 – 22, 2012, Caro
Enjoy the sights and sounds of professional snowmobile racing with the excitement of a hometown winter festival. The festivities get started Friday evening with a special downtown Caro open house and live entertainment, and continue throughout the weekend with community-wide shopping and restaurant specials, contests, fireworks and more. Be sure to bundle up for the races as you sit on the edge of your seat in the grandstands watching the racers fly around the track. Saturday’s races feature Sprint pro, semi-pro and junior, and Vintage. On Sunday, the Kitty Kat races take place early followed by a 150 mile Enduro race. Before the big race, though, you can mingle with the racers and get up close to the snowmobiles at a meet-n-greet on the track. For more information, call (989) 673-7424 or (810) 569-6856, or visit the Caro 150 Winter Fest site.
Zehnder’s Snowfest 2012
January 25 – 30, 2012, Frankenmuth
Stop by Zehnder’s Restaurant to enjoy a fun filled winter event for the whole family. Activities include snow sculpting and ice carving competitions, a children’s area, fireworks, entertainment, warming tent and much more. For more information call (800) 863-7999 or visit the Zehnder’s website.
Chilly Fest 2012
January 28 – 29, 2012, Port Huron
Get ready for a weekend of winter indoor and outdoor fun that coincides with the Silver Stick Hockey Tournament Finals. The downtown Port Huron event includes a chili cook-off, former Red Wings player Chris Chelios signing autographs, winter activities, ice carving competition, Knowlton Ice Museum tours and free horse and carriage rides! For more information call (810) 987-8687 or visit the Chilly Fest 2012 website.
January 28 – 29, 2012, St. Clair
St. Clair is closing the streets for winter fun! Make way for winter games, live music, entertainment and plenty of celebration at the Winter White-Out, where the community of St. Clair will be competing against four other Michigan cities to make the most snowmen in two hours. Competing cities are Saline, Sault Ste. Marie and Zeeland. So, come out, play and brave the cold…like only Michiganders can! For more information call (810) 329-2962 or visit the 2012 Winter White-Out website for full details.
Guided Snowshoe Hike
January 7, 2012, Grayling
Hartwick Pines State Park will offer guided snowshoe hikes through the old growth forest! These hikes will give visitors to Hartwick Pines a chance to try out snowshoes and hike through the Lower Peninsula’s largest stand of old-growth white pines. Guided by a park interpreter or historian, participants will learn about the forest in the winter and discover the importance of winter to Michigan’s logging industry in the 1800s, all while getting great exercise. Please call (989) 348-2537 for more information.
Fabulous 50’s Weekend
January 19 – 22, 2012, Gaylord
Put on your favorite 50s gear for a blast from the past! Activities include giant duck races, sock hop, kids activities, Minute to Win It, and other spectacular events held daily. Come join in on the fun! For more information, call (989) 732-6711.
Sno Drift Rally 2012
January 27 – 28, 2012, Atlanta
The 2012 Sno Drift Rally will be a total blast! Held entirely within Montmorency County, it is a winter challenge that is not to be missed. There will be 18 stages of fast cars racing against the clock on some of Michigan’s snowiest and iciest roads. For more information, call (989) 786-3160.
Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival
January 13 – 14, 2012, Bay Harbor
Join Bay Harbor for the grand winter celebration – the Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival. The event will feature ice carving competitions and an Ice & Spice Warming Tent. Other winter activities include sled dog musher rides, “live” sculptures, a chill lounge and winter activities for the whole family! For more information, call (231) 439-2004 or visit the event website.
Beer and Boards Microbrew Festival
January 14, 2012, Bellaire
Experience a winter celebration of craft-brewed beer, where guests will sample unique flavors while chatting with the brewmasters themselves. For more information on this event, call (800) 678-4111.
January 14 – 15, 2012, Kalkaska
Kalkaska Winterfest is the largest sprint sled dog race in North America. It features an unlimited class race – the only one in the state of Michigan. Other activities include sled dog rides, IWPA Dog Weight Pull, outhouse races, children’s games, and Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament. For more information, call (800) 487-6880 or (231) 258-9103.
Winter Warm Up
January 14, 2012, Traverse City
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) have teamed up with peninsula area businesses for the 2012 Winter Warm Up. Guests may visit any of the seven Old Mission wineries between 11am-5pm to purchase a souvenir mug for $10. This mug is your “ticket” into each participating winery and business on Old Mission allowing you to enjoy warm comfort food and drinks. Some peninsula area restaurants are offering special promotions when you present your mug. For more information, call (231) 223-9303.