Benzie County Visitors Bureau is introducing a new winter event called Benzie County Water Festival. The new festival will feature world-class Michigan musicians, speeches from water experts, interactive multimedia projects and presentations, workshops, visual art, theater, dance, children’s activities on water related topics, and artisan foods and beverages. The event will take place in and around the Frankfort area March 19.
Visit the growing antique corner with the recently opened Bloomin’ Treasures Antiques on M-83 and Birch Run Road near Frankenmuth.
Brick Wheels, a well-known Traverse City cycling, ski and fitness retailer, has opened a satellite store at the Timber Ridge Resort, the region’s leading Nordic ski center, and has taken over all rentals, instruction and retail operations. The new Nordic Ski Center offers Cross Country touring and racing rentals and demos, snowshoe rentals, ski service, lessons, programs and food.
Take a tour of Michigan’s Little Bavaria with the new Frankenmuth App, launching the end of January. Download the app from either the Apple store or the Droid Marketplace to enjoy the foodie tour, the inside scoop on hidden treasures in town, or the three other tours.
Frankenmuth’s Historic Mill, on the Cass River, has new life as The Lager Mill. The Frankenmuth Historical Association has turned this historical building into a Beer Store and Brewing Museum featuring over 200 craft beers, wines & meads along with brewing and wine making supplies, Michigan made snacks, German imported goods, hand-rolled cigars and a museum that is slated to open late January depicting Frankenmuth’s brewing history
There is a new Scrapbooking store and Crop Stop at Frankenmuth River Place that offers “Crops” every weekend evening and is also available for scrapbooking groups. Also added is the Front Porch Quilt Shop with overnight quilting retreats for groups.
The Frankenmuth Coach is now offering canoe and kayak rentals and custom river trips on the Cass River. Frankenmuth FunShips/Chocolates & More and Wolcott Winery have teamed up to offer a wine & chocolate tasting experience that can be done all year long indoors or in the summer on one of the electric Duffy Boat Cass River cruises.
Frankenmuth has expanded its festivals for Memorial Day weekend featuring the Tour de Frankenmuth Bike Race, Frankenmuth Dog Bowl and the Great Lakes State Championship Hot Air Balloon competition. The Country Music Fest that premiered last year returns in July.
The LochenHeath Golf Club in Acme Township has been purchased by new owners, who intend to reopen it as a resort course in Spring 2011, allowing public play while offering membership opportunities. The golf club and its adjacent residential development are located on East Grand Traverse Bay just north of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. It was closed at the end of the 2007 season after its former owners got into financial trouble, was briefly operated as a public course by the Grand Traverse Resort, and did not open for the 2009 or 2010 seasons, although basic grounds maintenance of the grounds was performed.
Michigan’s Adventure will be taken to a whole new level this summer when the amusement park introduces Beach Party, a giant interactive water play attraction, in its WildWater Adventure Waterpark. Beach Party will feature the first of its kind giant geyser, which blasts water over 90 feet in the air. During the eruption guests will see a column of water approximately 20” in diameter gradually rising in the air and towering over the multi-level play area to a height of approximately 95 feet which then rains down over the attraction. The new multi-level assembly will incorporate over 150 play features, including eight water slides, water jets, water curtains, pipe falls, water wheels and several net bridges. Guests will be able to drench each other with fire hose jets and interactive water guns. The beach themed area will offer multiple waterfalls throughout.
For hockey fans, the Muskegon Lumberjacks 2010-2011 season is the first time the hockey club is competing in the United States Hockey League. The league is the only Tier-1 junior league and the leading producer of NCAA players and NHL draft picks in the United State