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File 'The National Cherry Festival and Airshows' Under Reasons to Travel to Michigan

July 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If your holiday weekend isn’t already filled with summer cookouts, fireworks, and trips to the beach then may we suggest a food festival? The National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City, Michigan on July 5 and runs through July 12.

Parades, family goodies, and activities especially for the kids are just the beginning, as the festival does its thing along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. There are races from a 5K to a half marathon, and there are even two airshows scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday—featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels among other performers and planes.

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Street Food Friday: You've Tried the NYC and Chicago Versions, But What About Detroit-Style Pizza?

March 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was gyros in Athens. This week, we head to Detroit, Michigan, to see what's cooking.

While our ears are no doubt familiar with New York and Chicago-styles, does Detroit-style pizza have the same ring? Maybe not, but luckily, it’s our taste buds and eyeballs that do the judging. Detroit-style is immediately recognizable by its square, deep-dish appearance, similar to Sicilian in shape but unique in its preparation.

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The WiFi Waves at Detroit-Metro Airport are Getting Better, Faster, Stronger

September 24, 2013 at 6:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

In some ways airports are like our children, as it’s pretty hard—if not impossible—to truly admit that one is our favorite. Some have slides and movie theaters to kill the time while others have restaurants that rival the best dining establishments; however, if we had to pick just one—at least domestically—we’ve got to show the love for Detroit Metro Airport.

Things at DTW are getting even better this week, as they’ve finally slipped the switch on full-time complimentary WiFi. That means no more swearing under our breath when accessing the WiFi waves comes with a request for credit card digits. Things used to be free—for a bit—but after like 30 minutes or so you were required to pay up.

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Why One Michigan Airport is Investing in Plastic Coyotes

August 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

The United States is—by any standard, historical or otherwise—a staggeringly rich and sophisticated civilization. We have developed a travel industry of enormous complexity, and it keeps humming even when politicians who have no idea what they're doing try to break it. Every single day thousands of flights take off, follow their flight paths, and land. The combination of paths we plan for them are guided by incredibly sophisticated mathematical models taking into account thousands of variables.

So of course the people in charge of maintaining airports are turning to goats, sheep, llamas, and to even more low-tech animal-related solutions to help them with their jobs. We already told you yesterday about the barnyard menagerie at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is using to mow its lawn. It sounds fake and it's low tech, but it does actually seems to work.

It turns out that other airport officials have come up with even faker-sounding solutions to problems.

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Is This the Most Photographed Abandoned Building in Detroit?

July 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.

Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "It’s hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate man’s folly — as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."


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Traverse City, Michigan Gives Tourists a Chance to 'Visit with a Purpose'

July 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traverse City, MI is giving summer tourists a unique opportunity to do good between beach visits.

The city has launched a new program called "Visit with a Purpose" that allows tourists and conventioneers to arrange to work on short-term volunteer projects with local groups including the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Maritime Heritage Alliance, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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Skip the Major Leagues for a Summer of Vintage Baseball Games

July 17, 2013 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Congratulations—you've made it through half the summer. At this point in July, you've hopefully hit a few BBQs, waved some sparklers around after dusk and chased some fireflies. There's also the matter of baseball. What can be more American than America's favorite pastime? The answer: Vintage Base Ball, games played according to the 1860 rules and blissfully free from the multi-million-dollar contracts, cheap bobbleheads, and overpriced coney dogs that cloud the modern spectacles.

This summer, head on out to watch lovers of the game play it as it once was. Check out these four vintage baseball matches and don't be too shy to dress retro yourself:

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Five States Known for Their Yummy Pies (and How to Win One from Michigan)

January 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

A slice of Michigan ABC pie

Happy National Pie Day! Yes, this is a real thing and yes, it totally warrants a cheer of "America, f*ck yeah!" Pie is awesome, having a day just to celebrate it is awesome, so go get you some awesome pie.

Or let pie come to you...

Michigan kinda feels sad for everyone who doesn't live in their state, a state where bakeries average 30 fresh pie varieties daily. So, just for today, Michigan will ship out Grand Traverse pies every hour to people who share their pie love on Twitter. Here's how it works:
· Follow both @PureMichigan & @GTPie on Twitter.
· Between 10am & 5pm EST on January 23 (today!), tweet your favorite type of pie at them.
· Include the hashtag #puremichiganpie when you do
· Wait for pie* (*if you're one of the hourly winners)

Speaking of state allegiances, here's Five States Known for Specialty Pies:

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Rails to Trails to...Awesome: Michigan's Pere Marquette Bike Path

August 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our roving Midwestern reporter, Lara Zielin, files a report from somewhere in Michigan on a very cool project reusing the country's rusting transportation infrastructure:

My husband recently imagined he was a train. If I’m honest, I’ll admit I felt a little silly witnessing this. I mean, what 36-year-old with a mortgage closes his eyes and pretends he’s a choo-choo?

Except, that’s what mid-Michigan’s Pere Marquette Trail can do, especially if you’re on a bicycle and you’re speeding up as you pedal over the Salt River, the birds and frogs calling out the way they must have done before loggers and lumber barons arrived in this flat, woodsy place in the 1800s.

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At the Colon Magic Festival: There's a Walk of Fame and Everything

August 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here at Jaunted, we spend considerable time and (virtual) ink drooling over weird festivals. So, this summer, we've decided to visit a few. Today and tomorrow Lara Zielin will report back from the Colon Magic Festival in Colon, Michigan.

Move over, Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Colon, Michigan has its own star-laden sidewalk honoring not movie stars, but magicians. So what if there are only three stars in the entire town? And who even cares if two of the three magicians are dead? It hardly matters to festival attendees, who hunt down the stars around town as a kind of challenge. And it certainly doesn’t dim the exuberance of 78-year-old magician Carl Karl, who was honored with a star during the 75th annual Magic Get-Together this past weekend.

“The plaque took my breath away,” Karl says, his eyes filling with tears as he recalls the surprise of being recognized for a lifetime of magic tricks. He’s one of a handful of magicians at the festival who have made a full-time career of magic, though these days leg pain keeps him off the stage. There’s a big part of Karl that’s still performing, though. He has, after all, glued two coins to his forehead. When anyone asks him about it (and a lot of people do), he says those are his...headquarters.

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At the Colon Magic Festival: This is Your Brain on Magic

August 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

Here at Jaunted, we spend considerable time and (virtual) ink drooling over weird festivals. So, this summer, we've decided to visit a few. Today and tomorrow Lara Zielin will report back from the Colon Magic Festival in Colon, Michigan.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I was enthralled with that stupid rope. It was the Saturday night performance during the 75th annual Magic Get-Together in Colon, Michigan, and Mac King was on the stage. He was wearing a dumpy plaid suit (hello, cliché much?) holding nothing but a single rope. And here I was, leaned forward in rapt attention as he cut the rope, folded the rope, hacked at it time and time again and, voila! It was always the same piece of rope, the same length.

The applause at the Colon high school gym (the home of the fighting magi, where the motto is “learning is magic”) was deafening when he was done. Every seat in the house was packed, and everyone was downright delighted. Even the teenagers sitting in front of me—some of them from Chicago, a big city where disaffected kids should know better.

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Fulfill Your Summer Fest Quota at This Weekend's Colon Magic Festival

August 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (4)

Colon, Michigan was named for a punctuation mark, not a part of the digestive system. The little southwestern Michigan town of 1,200 is a pause, but not a full stop, halfway between Chicago and Detroit.

Magician Harry Blackstone thought so, anyway. He set up shop there in the 1920s with his brother. The pair, along with their crew, would spit-shine their magic acts during the summer in preparation for their fall and winter tours across the United States.

Blackstone was a big deal performer back in the day—so much so that he drew other magicians to the town of Colon, including Australian magician and ventriloquist Percy Abbott. Abbot’s efforts to host public open houses showcasing magic left a legacy that’s not hocus-pocus. These days, the Colon Magic Festival and the Colon Magic Get Together draw thousands to the small town to see world-class performances and to shop at FAB Magic Company, one of the largest brick and mortar magic shops in the world.

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