Discover Pure Michigan with These June Events

As the weather gets warmer and the summer seasons starts, it’s the perfect time to get outside and spend time with your friends and families, all the while, discovering something new in Pure Michigan. From the Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island to several cultural events, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.

Below is a roundup of June events to help you plan the upcoming month. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

June 1-5

Jackson Blues Festival 2016
June 2-4, Jackson

The premier Blues Festival in the area includes three days of amazing Blues entertainers from all over the US. This will be great fun for the whole family! On June 3rd, the first 100 kids will receive a free t-shirt, sunglasses and harmonica, as well as a mini workshop on how to play the harmonica. Don’t miss this music immersion experience!

Vintage Car Show
vintage car showJune 3, Holland

Join the Holland Vintage Car Club as they plan their “Remember When” Cruise & Car Show for Downtown Holland. Mark your calendar for this fun auto event! The cars will be cruising down 8th Street and the show takes place at the old Lincoln/Mercury dealership on the east end of 8th Street.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
June 4, Port Huron

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town is a chance for visitors and area residents to discover and rediscover the attractions and history that make Port Huron the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes. This will be a family day filled with lots to do and see!

67th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
June 3-12, Mackinac Island

This 10-day celebration is the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. A celebration that blends the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs, distinctive equestrian culture; fine food, drink and accommodations plus a range of other activities, the festival is one of the Island’s biggest attractions. There are an incredible number of festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, Grand Hotel History Lecture, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, sailing tours of the harbor, boat cruises under the Mackinac Bridge, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show and the festival’s signature event, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade.

Antiques on the Bluff
antiques on the bluffJune 5, St. Joseph

Antiques on the Bluff is held along tree lined Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. This antique show is a premier event for St. Joseph and antiquers around Southwest Michigan!

Michigan Makers Market
June 5, Detroit

The Michigan Makers Market opens up the definitions of art to include many other hand tooled items. This show will include looking at the creativity that Michigan people bring to everyday life. In addition to more traditional arts items this could also mean small batch foods, innovative manufacturing and unique solutions.

 June 6-12

2016 Flushing Summer Parade & Festivalflushing summer festival
June 8-12, Flushing

Presented by Flushing Valley Country Club & Golf, this is sure to be a fun time for all! Join for the parade that kicks off this annual summer festival. This will be followed by four more days of carnival food, fun, rides, golfing, entertainment tent, bubble ball, stage performances, teen tent, family fun fishing tournament, Marketplace shopping, music and more, down in Flushing’s Riverview Park!

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival
June 9-12, Frankenmuth

Michigan’s largest celebration of Bavarian Heritage is the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. Visitors to the Bavarian Festival are invited to celebrate German heritage through Bavarian music played by authentically dressed German bands, watch two parades, enjoy an expanded midway with rides and games, dance music, face painting and a hands-on craft area. Taste the hearty Bavarian foods, plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken and homemade pretzels. This will be a can’t miss event.

BBQ Dinner Sail
June 10, Bay Citybbq dinner sail

Come on this family friendly sail aboard the Appledore, for a fun and relaxing evening of cruising along the Saginaw River and setting sail in the Saginaw Bay. While aboard, you will enjoy a delicious, casual barbeque meal.

Gizzard Fest
June 10-12, Potterville

With a name like that you can count on a ton of fun! This annual festival/carnival is world-renowned and includes a classic car show, 3 on 3 basketball, arts and crafts, carnival, fireworks and more!

Cereal Festival & World’s Longest Breakfast Table
June 10-11, Battle Creek

Celebrate Battle Creek’s rich cereal history with the World’s Longest Breakfast Table! There will be many fun events including all-you-can-eat cereal, booths, and games.

West Michigan Petapalooza
June 12, Holland

A long standing community event, West Michigan Petapalooza is approaching it thirteenth year. With guest appearances from America’s Best Frisbee Dogs, Zeke the WonderDog and many others, this is an event you surely will not want to miss. All of the furry friends will be searching for their Fur-Ever Families. Aside from all the wonderful animals in attendance, slated to be there are such vendors as: Rainbow International Carpet Cleaning, Green Dog Pet Accessories, Dogs Bay Boarding and many more!

June 13-19

Kalamazoo Island Festival
June 16-18, Kalamazoo

The Island Festival is one of the largest Reggae festivals in the nation bringing over 20,000 people to Kalamazoo for the three day weekend. There will be over 40 craft vendors from around the world, 20 restaurants and live music all weekend long.

Ann Arbor Book Festivalann arbor book festival
June 16-18, Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Book Festival’s mission is to promote reading, heighten awareness of literacy challenges and showcase the rich culture of the written word in Michigan and beyond. Each year, a diverse group of community leaders committed to literature, language and the arts in Michigan plans the Festival. While the festival is located in Ann Arbor, it is regional in its scope and interest.

Downtown Petoskey Gallery Walk
June 16, Petoskey

The art world will descend upon Downtown Petoskey for its 16th annual Gallery Walk. Participating art galleries will greet guests in an open-house format and offer delights for your eyes, ears and taste buds. Many of the galleries will have the artists present to introduce their works.

As a wonderful and exciting wrap up to the evening, art lovers will get a chance to win some fabulous art donated by the participating galleries. Earn chances to win by visiting each gallery. Winners will drawn at the Afterglow Party in the Rose Garden at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Thousands of dollars worth of art is given away each year.

Downtown Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show & Music in the Parktecumseh
June 16, Tecumseh

Get your motor running and head on down the highway to the 2016 Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show. Cars and bikes will be displayed in the Old National Bank parking lot located at 205 E. Chicago Blvd. and the adjacent downtown parking lot for all to enjoy. Special recognition awards will be given and you can enjoy music with family and friends at Adams Park by City Hall.

Lansing Juneteenth Celebration & African American Parade
June 16-18, Lansing

Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about heritage and promoting positive cultural interaction, this three day event includes music, dance, entertainment, educational exhibits, a parade and entertainment. It’s celebrating 23 years in the Lansing area!

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June 18, Traverse City

Midwest Living Magazine is throwing Traverse City a party to celebrate the city’s new title as “Greatest Midwest Town.” The party will take place at the Open Space Park and will include entertainment, food trucks, refreshments and more!

June 20-26

WOW (Wild Over Wednesday), Summer Fun in Michigan
June 22, Detroit

Celebrate the start of summer vacation! There is no better way to kick off summer than by spending some quality time outside playing games. There will be a variety of family-friendly lawn games, sidewal

k chalk games and even some team-building games! Once you’ve had your fill of games, go kick up your feet by the bonfire and roast some marshmallows to create delicious s’mores for the first 100 people.

Center Line Independence Festival
June 23-26, Center Line

The City of Center Line is celebrating its 80th Anniversary by way of its 1st Annual Center Line Independence Festival at Memorial Park. The event will include a carnival, live bands, arts & crafts, kids activities, beer tent and the always awesome Fireworks Display.

German Park Biergartenbiergarten
June 25, Ann Arbor

The German Park Recreation Club hosts three picnics the last Saturday in June, July, and August. Tehre will be live music, authentic German food and beer and live German dance performances. They welcome everyone to come enjoy their traditional hospitality.

International Bridge Walk
June 25, Sault Sainte Marie

Young and old, physically fit or fitness challenged, all enjoy the fantastic views that will last a lifetime on the bridge walk. Best of all, there’s no admission fee and no long waits. The walk steps off at 9:30am sharp. Not up to the walk? Join the bike parade that leaves LSSU at 8:30am. This event is sponsored by the International Bridge Authority and the Chamber of Commerce from both cities. Organizers remind walkers to bring a passport or other approved I.D. You must have transportation to get back across the bridge. Bus transportation is available to bring walkers from Mill Market in Sault St. Marie, Ontario back to the starting point.

Michigan Challenge Balloonfestballoonfest
June 24- 26, Howell

This fun event is the state championship of hot air ballooning in Howell. It’s a weekend full of high-flying fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling skydiving jumps, music, carnival, family entertainment and more. Don’t miss the fabulous balloon glow on Saturday evening and the MediLodge Fireworks on Friday night.

Best of Detroit Party
June 24, Detroit

Hour Detroit’s “Best of Detroit” party featuring the “Killer Flamingos” will bring its annual June issue to life, which announces the highly anticipated results of their annual readers’ survey. Guests will enjoy samplings of food from over 30 of the Best of Detroit-winning restaurants, plus fashion, music, luxury services, spirits, and more. Hour Detroit is the monthly city magazine metro Detroiters rely on for dynamic, award-winning coverage of issues and people affecting their lives, (as well as their source for enjoying the finer things in the region).

June 27-30

Michigan World Organization of China Painters: Annual Show & Sale
June 28-29, Frankenmuth

Join the Michigan World Organization of China Painters at Zehnder’s in downtown Frankenmuth at their Annual Show & Sale. Take time during your summer vacation to learn about the 3-4 fire technique used to produce the beautifully-decorated coffee mugs, vases, pitchers, jewelry, plates and other unique gift items available for sale. China painters will also have the rare opportunity to buy supplies directly from national vendors. Artists and vendors from around the state and country will demonstrate their skills in this art form and sell supplies.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
June 29-July 3, Battle Creek

The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is an annual event located at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. Daily AM & PM Hot-Air Balloon launches will be a sight to see as well as awesome air show featuring military demonstrations and top-notched civilian performers; carnival rides and games; arts & crafts displays; food and novelty gift vendors, specialty displays; daily center stage entertainment, fabulous fireworks display, balloon night illumes; Kids Day with gifts and games; and much more family fun for everyone!

Camaro SuperfestCamaro Superfest
June 30-July 3, Ypsilanti

If you’re a car lover, you have to go to the 25th anniversary  of the Camaro Superfest! This is the longest running, largest all-Camaro event in the United States! The event is open to all Camaros, stock to highly-modified, trailered or driven.

Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament & Festival
June 30-July 4, Algonac

Come to the Pickerel Tournament that will have family fun like a carnival midway, daily entertainment, games, vendors, food, raffle drawings, fishing contests, arts & crafts, children’s parade, festival parade, pickerel run/walk, bike race and more!

Did we miss your favorite June event? Name it below!

May These Events Spring You Into Summer

As May flowers will soon bloom, now is the perfect time to plan next month in Michigan. From Spring Flings to the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, there are several events celebrating Michigan’s natural beauty. 

Below is a roundup of a few May events sure to make you fall in love with Pure Michigan all over again. Visit our events page to see everything going on all month long.

May 1-8

Guided Tour of Albert Kahn: Under Construction
May 1, Ann Arbor

Start your May off with a cultural excursion. In the last two decades there has been a tremendous swell of interest in Detroit architect Albert Kahn (1869-1942), arguably the most important architect of American industrialization. Albert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs from the River Rouge complex to the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Shot by an array of professional photographers, these often striking documentary images were a novel strategy for conveying information showing buildings as they grew on site to busy managers at the main office. UMMA docents will explore these artifacts as photographs and evidence of Kahn’s innovative solutions to the architectural challenges of his day.

Science Talks: Saving the Kirtland’s Warbler
May 5, Bloomfield Hills

Join experts from The Nature Conservancy for a series of evening lectures on conservation challenges and solutions facing the Great Lakes region and beyond. Each lecture begins with a Meet the Scientist mixer with refreshments and appetizers to enjoy (cash bar) as you learn more about the evening’s topic. This session is about the inspiring story of bringing North America’s rarest songbird back from the brink of extinction, how it’s being protected now and what makes the Kirtland’s warbler unique.

Downtown Tecumseh Art Walk
May 6, Tecumseh

During the evening, downtown merchants will partner with area artists to bring art into downtown businesses. Merchants will offer extended hours and refreshments for the public to enjoy. Local artists will be on hand to greet people and talk about their work, which will range from pottery to photography to jewelry and more. Bring your family down to enjoy watching artists demonstrate their skills! New this year the Carnegie Artist Studios will have an Open House with artists showcasing their work. This popular event is one you won’t want to miss!

Cinco de Mayo Flint 5K/10K
May 7, Flint

Ole! Come help usher in spring by taking part in this festive 5K/10K event. Participants will be able to enjoy post-race festivities that include a delicious Mexican snack from Rico’s Authentic Mexican Take Out! This is definitely a race you will not want to miss.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7, Ann Arbor

A retail event like no other, hundreds of costumed fans of all ages will line up around the block to participate in what feels like a mini-comic con in the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor. While waiting in line may seem like a drag, Vault staff entertains everyone with games, prizes, and general shenanigans.

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Spring Treasure Hunt
May 7, Raisin Township

Have a fun family outing with a guided hike at Ives Road Fen Preserve to celebrate our brand new quarry trail and interpretative signage. Learn about floodplain and southern mesic forest communities and the restoration projects that saved this globally significant habitat.

Holland Michigan Tulip Festival
May 7 to May 14, Holland

This is a must-see event for you and your family! Holland’s Tulip Time Festival, named “Best Small Town Festival” by Reader’s Digest, Tulip Time has delighted visitors for over 80 years!

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The number one attraction is the tulip itself and there are literally millions to see, in our city parks, downtown planters, Tulip Lanes, Windmill Island Gardens, Nelis’ Dutch Village, and Veldheer’s Tulip Farm. There are also three parades to enjoy. The Dutch Marktplaats offers Dutch food, merchandise, and demonstrations. Throughout town, you’ll have many chances to experience traditional Klompen (wooden shoe) dancing, as well as the Art & Craft Fair, Quilt Show, carnival rides, concerts, theatrical shows, fireworks, trolley tours, and so much more!

May 9 – 15

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May 12-15, Boyne City

The festival starts with a Craft Beer Block Party. Then there is a free mushroom hunting seminar followed by an optional guided morel hunt on Friday afternoon and a competitive morel hunt on Saturday morning. The Wine and Dine dinner is Friday night at the Beach House restaurant including five morel-infused hors d’oeuvres paired with five wines. The Taste of Morels gives you your choice of tastes from a dozen great restaurants in the giant festival tent in Veterans Park. There are dances with great live bands and carnival rides and much more throughout the weekend.

Main Street Ladies’ Night Out
May 13, Ann Arbor

Grab you friends and have a ladies’ night! Sales will be offered throughout the day, but from 5-9pm the retailers roll out the red carpet with special offers, discounts, snacks, goody bags, raffles and more! Participate in the passport’ program during this time and be entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes. Check out the link for more information.

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May 13, Petoskey

For a spooky outing try a ghost walk! Over the past century, Downtown Petoskey has had its fair share of spooky hauntings, Edgar Allan Poe inspired deaths and mobster dealings. Many of these hauntings have happened repeatedly over the years, and a local historian, Chris Struble, has gathered the facts and the local lore that inspire these stories that tell the history of Petoskey from an otherworldly perspective.

Pollinators Gardening
May 14, Ontonagon

Join this class taught by Marilyn Knuteson & Carol Maass to learn the how to plant a pollinator’s garden and the importance of native plants to wildlife. You will work with a master gardener to plan for the creation of a butterfly garden at your home. Then you will help plan native landscape plantings for the three park entrance signs in the Union Bay area.

Health Plus Tour de Crim

May 14, Flint

Register now at crim.org and Let’s Ride Together at the HealthPlus Tour de Crim, 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, May 14 in Downtown Flint! Check out the Crim’s famous 10-mile blue line course and Flint’s scenic trails by bike. HealthPlus Tour de Crim is a non-competitive, family-friendly bicycle ride with optional obstacles! All ages are welcome to enjoy music, artisan bread, Michigan microbrews or rootbeer from Flint’s very own Tenacity Brewery, and more during the downtown festivities! All finishers will receive a medal, t-shirt, beverage of choice, and snack.

May 16-22

Downtown Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show car show
May 19, Tecumseh

Get your motor running and head on down the highway to the 2016 Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show. Cars & bikes will be displayed in the Old National Bank parking lot for all to enjoy. Special recognition awards will be given so don’t miss this special event.

Tawas Point Birding Festival
May 19-22, East Tawas

Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend presentations on the latest birding topics, hone your birding skills and learn about avian conservation work in Michigan.

Festival participants enjoy some of the best birding in the Great Lakes region; Tawas Point is well known for high concentrations of migrating warblers during the month of May. Recent species highlights include: Kirtland’s Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, numerous raptors, shorebirds, and more. Nearly 200 species were recorded during the festival weekend in 2015.

World Expo of Beer
May 20-21, Frankenmuth

This is Michigan’s largest beer sampling event, with nearly 300 different beers available from around the world. You will gain a free collector beer sampling mug. If you love beer, this event is for you.

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May 21, Petoskey

For a healthy event, run in the Color Fun Run. This is a beautiful route, a fun activity and a great cause! Run for the health of it and have a great time! 5K & 1 mile run/walk.

Armed Forces Day
May 21, Muskegon

There will be a tribute to Armed Forces Day aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. The program and tours through LST 393 and the museum will be free. Enjoy static displays of World War II and current military vehicles as well as displays of military memorabilia. There will also be presentations, music, a 21-gun salute and more.

May 23-29

Memorial Weekend Arts & Crafts Show
May 27-29, Newaygo

Come have a great time at the annual Memorial Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival. This event offers the very best in handmade crafts as well as a handful of unique resale items.

The Festival strives to emphasize on unique home decorations, garden and yard decor, beautiful jewelry, clothing, ornaments, antiques and collectibles. There are also many delights such as dips, jams, candies, breads, candied apples, cookies, popcorn, dried soup mixes, candied almonds and handmade tamales.

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn
May 27-29, Frankenmuth

Enjoy viewing morning and evening flights over downtown Frankenmuth. An awesome “Balloon Glow” event is featured each night at The River Place Shops Field! Visit with dozens of professional hot air balloon pilots and their crews from throughout the U.S.

Fishing In The Park
May 28, Bay City

Go fishing in the park with DNR. They will supply the poles and bait. This would make a fantastic family event where there is a prize for the longest fish caught!

Art & Wine Festival
May 28-29, Berrien Springs

The Memorial Day Weekend Art & Wine Festival is a two-day celebration of regional art, music and wine. This event is open to the public free of charge at Lemon Creek Winery’s Berrien Spring’s location.

Blessing of the Boats
May 29, Muskegon

The Blessing of the Boats is a spectacular show of boats on Muskegon Lake, celebrating the opening of the boating season. The Port City Princess departs for a brunch on board while sailing in Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. She will then float in the Muskegon Channel where boats can float alongside and be blessed by a priest. Watch from the channel or from Muskegon Lake beach!

May 30-31

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May 30, Dexter

Take your family to Dexter this holiday! The Rotary Club of Dexter is looking forward to another great parade supported by the participants and the community.

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park – Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, Copper Harbor

Families and friends are invited to take part in a Memorial Day program with a music program by students from Copper Harbor honoring our veterans and fallen soldiers. Activities include a Memorial Day Address, the playing of Taps and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park will be presenting the introduction and welcome to our guests.

Wetland Tree Digital Camera Safari
May 30, Bay City

This event is a fun way for families to explore the state park and discover why it is a National Registered Natural Landmark. With your digital camera, take photos of the special trees that are on the scavenger hunt list as you hike the park.

Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade
May 30, Ypsilanti

Have a fantastic time in Ypsi and watch the parade. Check out the route if you plan on visiting.

Did we miss your favorite May event? Name it below!

Spring Skiing, Punxsutawney Phil and Misplaced Enthusiasm

Winter in Michigan is unlike anything else. Between the trails, hills and snow-covered landscape, it truly is an outdoor-enthusiast’s dream destination. One of the many great things to take advantage of during a Pure Michigan Snow Day is the beautiful ski and snowboard hills at Shanty Creek Resorts. Guest Blogger Chris Hale from Shanty Creek shares more on the iconic Pure Michigan destination, and some things you can do as the weather gets warmer.

For many years I’ve struggled with what I call “misplaced enthusiasm.” You see, it won’t be long until spring is in the air. And for many, the first hint of warmer, spring-like temps elicits throngs of skiers to pack up their winter gear. The pursuit of golf clubs, mountain bikes, and unwrapping winterized boats begins. And this is where misplaced enthusiasm lives.

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Think back to November. Social media pages light up like Christmas trees with questions about “When are you opening?” “How much snow do you have?” “Are the snow guns on?” and on and on. Winter can’t start soon enough, and regardless of when that opening day is, diehards willingly spend a day skiing even if that’s only on a few runs. And while that’s great, like clockwork their enthusiasm wanes by mid-March.

Sure, on some level it makes sense. Everyone loves the anticipation of what’s next. And after a long, cold winter, spring offers the promise of rebirth and blooming flowers, and blah, blah, blah. But let me be the loudest to say it: Spring skiing in Northern Michigan is simply brilliant!

The snow-pack is deep. Temps are warmer. There’s sunshine, and the slopes are 100% open. For skiers and boarders, it is nothing short of amazing!  Plus we, the industry people who live it day-in and day-out, are ready to have some fun too. That’s why all ski resorts throw our Krazy festivals this time of year!

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Here at Shanty Creek, the first weekend of March is our annual Slush Cup at Schuss Mountain. 46 years and counting! The day is filled with family-fun including a Seal Slide, a Frozen Fish Toss, and Shovel Racing before the big finale, and après-ski entertainment. There are s’mores around fire pits and drinks flowing at ice bars. The energy is rocking and contagious.

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

The following weekend is our Cardboard Classic where guests bring sleds made from nothing more than cardboard, tape and glue. We race and have prizes for best design and best use of the Shanty Creek logo/brand. Then there’s Canadian March Break, St. Patty’s, the Blarney Stone slope style jam, a lot of basketball Madness on the big screen, and finally our Last Weekend Luau to close the month.  (Not to mention some incredible deals on lodging and lift tickets. Trust me. Call our reservations department or check us out online. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!)

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Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

So grab your sticks, some shades and sunscreen, and enjoy what I consider to be the most wonderful time of the year at Shanty Creek Resorts.

Chris Hale

Chris Hale has been vice president of sales and marketing for Shanty Creek Resorts for the past 6+ years where he manages all aspects of the Shanty Creek brand. His career includes various advertising and marketing gigs and has taken him from St. Louis, MO to Boulder, CO to Atlanta, GA before making the move “up north.” He now resides in Traverse City where he is proud to call Pure Michigan “home.” Check out Shanty Creek’s Facebook and Instagram for fun updates and great pictures!