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  • Steam Railroading Institute, Pere Marquette 1225 Podcast (June 6, 2024)

    12 JUN 2024 · SEASON 6, BONUS PODCAST Welcome to a special Behind the Mitten podcast! BTM is Michigan's premiere radio show and podcast, bringing you the best of the Great Lakes State since 2014. With over 600 episodes under our belts, we're thrilled to have you join us for a special treat from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso. This podcast includes additional interview from our June 8-9, 2024 show (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/s6-e23-all-aboard-a-love-affair-with-michigan-trains-june-8-9-2024--60325163). In it we take a closer look at the Pere Marquette 1225 in Owosso, a charming little town located a bit northeast of Lansing. Gonzo spent some extra time with volunteers, including Roger Scoville and Randy Paquette, former MSU students who started working on restoring the Steam Locomotive in 1970. They were members of the Michigan State University Railroad Club. Randy was member No. 2, and Roger was member No. 52. Today, some 50 years later and into retirement, they work as volunteers to keep this piece of American history alive so today's generation can learn from it. Jim said these trains "helped build this country dating back to the Civil War and through two World Wars." It's worth restoring, he added. This extended podcast includes interviews with Roger and Randy, as well as Dean Pyers, Executive Director of the Steam Railroading Institute. The Pere Marquette 1225 is best known for its relationship with the popular movie "The Polar Express." In fact, a film crew was on site to capture images, sound and video as it prepare for the movie. You will see some of that history in the museum. https://michigansteamtrain.com/north-pole-express/ also hosts the famous North Pole Express, a seasonal and extremely popular excursion based on a famous movie during the holiday season. This four-and-a-half-hour trip includes cocoa, and a visit to the Ashley Christmas Village, as well as a festive train ride. Stay tuned for ticket sales this summer. They sell out in advance. From individuals to large groups of school children, the Steam Railroading Institute is open to the public on select days from April to September for visits and tours. You can also book private charters, ride the 7.5 gauge mini-railroad, and experience other special train events. More information a https://michigansteamtrain.com/. Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to Behind the Mitten to find out! Follow John and Amy: Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • S6,E23: All Aboard! A love affair with Michigan trains (June 8-9, 2024)

    10 JUN 2024 · This week we go railside, and explore the fascinating world of trains around Michigan. What we found was a dedicated, passionate group of people, some incredible machinery, lots of history, and one new restaurant.  We first meet Kyle Rosol, the general manager of the https://mitrain.net/, which is located just due west of Grand Rapids, about halfway to Grand Haven. His life-long passion for trains and railroads led him across town from Lowell to this dream job. The vintage train resides in Coopersville and travels a dedicated 7-mile track to Marne that was originally built in 1858. The historic cars do a 90-minute loop and a relaxing pace.  The extra cool thing about this train is that each voyage out follows some type of theme, many of them seasonal. Check out Rails and Ales, and enjoy a craft beer or wine and an appetizer as you travel, or do the Summer Train and learn about the history of the area. The most popular are the fall Pumpkin Train and Holiday Train in December, please plan ahead for these.  Also, reserve ahead of time, and do not miss the Great Train Robbery, which Kyle shared with us. All we'll say is that bandits takeover and a certain someone has to arrive by horseback to save the day, which sounds pretty exciting to us. Owosso, a charming little town located a bit northeast of Lansing, has always been a favorite of ours after spending some time here eating the best fried chicken we ever had at our beloved Lula's Louisiana Kitchen, which has sadly since closed by fire. Taking a walk through downtown offers cute shops, bakeries to pop into, an absolutely lovely green park, and one colossal piece of American engineering. https://michigansteamtrain.com/north-pole-express/ in Owosso is home to the mighty Pere Marquette 1225 engine, which pulls the famous North Pole Express, a seasonal and extremely popular excursion based on a famous movie during the holiday season. This four-and-a-half-hour trip includes cocoa, and a visit to the Ashley Christmas Village, as well as a festive train ride.   Situated on the site of the former Ann Arbor Railroad’s steam shops and roundhouse in Owosso, SRI’s mission is to educate the public about steam-era railroading in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. From individuals to large groups of school children, SRI is open to the public on select days from April to September for visits and tours. You can also book private charters, ride the 7.5 gauge mini-railroad, and experience other special train events. Matthew Buskard has been a long-time friend and restaurant colleague of Amy's from way, way back. It's always a very proud moment to have this restaurant empire owner on the show, knowing how hard he has worked to get here, with multiple locations of his https://bobcatbonnies.com/contact_lansing-2024/ popping up all over the state. His most recent spot just opened in the Lansing Train Station, which was formerly the home of Clara's. Matty Cakes tells us about the care they took in this renovation, maintaining many historical parts while consciously updating, which sounds kind of Goop-y but is decidedly not. He also gives us an update on the huge Michigan Central Station rebuild in Corktown by Ford, which sounds incredibly exciting for everyone, including his original location of Bobcat Bonnie's. Andrew Kercher, Community Engagement Manager and Historian for the https://www.phmuseum.org/, is another favorite guest, because his passion is just so apparent, and he makes learning effortless and fun. The museum family in Port Huron encompasses multiple locations, including the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Carnegie Museum, the Huron Lightship, and the Edison Depot. That last one is our focus on this show, where Kercher shares with us Thomas Edison's childhood in Port Huron and the importance of trains to this young entrepreneur. Plan a visit to this interesting spot this summer to experience history firsthand.  Follow John and Amy: https://www.amyandgonzo.com/ Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • S6,E22: Things to do at Mackinac State Historic Parks, like shooting a canon (June 1-2, 2024)

    6 JUN 2024 · This week on Behind the Mitten we are back on our beloved Mackinac Island, visiting with our friends at Mackinac State Historic Parks. We recorded this show on-site at Fort Mackinac, after hauling all of our recording equipment up that famous hill. It was completely worth it, as it always is.  Now, we will just start this off by saying that yes, we do fire off a historical cannon on this show. And yes, it was just as awesome as you can imagine. Fun fact we'll share: you can do it too. But before we get to that, we chat with a few friends about all you can experience at this premier state park.  Dominick Miller, chief of marketing and a BTM regular, stops by to tell us just a little bit about what to expect at the parks this season. It's always a great reminder that Mackinac State Historic Park encompasses more than just the fort on the island, there are six different locations to enjoy. If you are on the mainland, pay a visit to Fort Michillimackinac for incredible historic exhibits as well as working archeological digs you can observe. You can also visit Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, or have an amazing adventure, or even zip-line, at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. On the island, you too can hike up to Fort Mackinac, and we do recommend it. It's a quintessential pure Michigan experience, from learning about our history to watching historical interpreters, it's the most famous spot on the island and has been for hundreds of years. Downtown, stop by the Mackinac Art Museum or the Biddle House to dive deeper.  Craig Wilson, who joined the park in 2005 and is currently the chief curator at Mackinac State Historic Parks, enters the chat to tell us about the new exhibit at Fort Michilimackinac that will open later this summer. “Slavery at the Straights” focuses on what slavery meant during the 1770s here in Michigan, and it will be housed in the first new building erected at Colonial Michilimackinac since 2013. From the park website: Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, slavery was an integral part of the community at Michilimackinac, as well as the rest of Michigan. Enslaved Black and Native American men and women worked in all levels of society, doing everything from domestic work to skilled labor. Already a hub of the Great Lakes fur trade, Michilimackinac also served as the center of the regional trade in enslaved workers as French and British colonists exploited preexisting systems of Native American enslavement to feed a growing demand for enslaved labor. In addition, Wilson discusses the many outreach programs that Mackinac State Parks do in the off-season, bringing mobile exhibits to children throughout the state. It's a nice reminder that the Park's staff continues their important work documenting and sharing our Michigan history year-round and with all of our citizens.  The main man himself joins us for our third segment, which is all about that huge new Milliken Nature Center at Arch Rock. Steve Brisson, Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks explains why this is such a big deal, the natural wonders you'll learn about here, and how Big Gretch lobbied for the name. Also, you'll hear about the many new restrooms. Finally.....we will blow that cannon off with one of the Mackinac State Park historical interpreters, Jack Swartzinski. He's been up at the Fort for a few summers now, and is a true pro. Yes, they are wearing real wool uniforms, so please do ask them about them and what they feel like. Yes, they are holding replica muskets from the era, so have them explain how to load that crazy gun. Yes, these are professional historical reenactors and they honestly live for your interest and questions. Don't be shy, ask away. Which of course, we do during the final segment and then proceed to fire that cannon.  The thing about the cannon isn't the big boom, or the fact that you get to wake up all of Mackinac Island with it, although those two things are totally top-notch in our book. What is really interesting is learning the how and the why behind firing this piece of history from the interpreters. Their passion and knowledge about the fort and the straights is amazing, and to get to experience it first-hand is a total bucket-list experience.  Plan your visit to Mackinac State Historic Parks before you go with help right here. https://www.mackinacparks.com/ Follow John and Amy: Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • S6,E21: Fireworks, pizza and ice cream - Why Bay City is Awesome! (May 25-26, 2024)

    30 MAY 2024 · On this week's episode of Behind the Mitten, we head to beautiful Bay City and meet up with a few friends who help us explore the city like a local. We've had a long time connection with this town on the sunrise side of the state, each of us for different reasons. The common denominator has always been the people of Bay City, and on this show, you get to meet a few of our favorites.  We start off with a little background about our personal connections to this nautical city, then we bring on our friends from D'Angelo's. Kellie and Dave Baranowski were first work acquantances of Gonzo, and then quickly became friends, which does tend to happen when you've visited their establishment for multiple food searches. D'Angelo's is known for thier award-winning pizzas, incredible hamburgers, fantastic fries......and one of the largest vegan menus in all of Michigan. Surprise! Who knew?  Kellie and Dave share some of their favorite things to do in the area when they have a rare day off. Of course, they recommend visiting a few other restaurants in town, including Bay City Bill's and Mussell Beach Drive-In. We introduced these business owners to each other years ago, and since then, they've all become not just friends, but relentless supporters of each other. So......we decided to just have them on too. Earl Bovia owns Bay City Bill's, a charming little joint where you can get a great Bloody Mary, as well as some local chit chat, and even check out a mini-replica of the Might Mac Bridge made by one of the bridge workers himself. We know, it seems like a lot, but for some reason it all just works perfectly in Bay City. Earl and Gonzo spent a few Detroit Lions games together this year, so we have to talk about that. We also discuss the upcoming Bay City Fireworks Festival, which happens 4th of July weekend, and which Earl is president of. He gives us the downlow on this event, and possibly his take on the Lions 2024 season. Last, but never least, our great friends from Mussell Beach Drive-In, Catie Belfry and Liz Larner, stop by to talk about this iconic Michigan gem. We never know where to start when we are here, do we go with a classic big breakfast complete with pancakes and eggs? Or do we do the Michigan lunch dance with some of the best coney dogs in the state? Or do we say let's just go for the gold and get a huge cone of ice cream? It's all possible at this family-owned spot, and what a family they are.  We are always excited to get back to Bay City, why don't you join us? Follow John and Amy: Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • Mission Point Resort presents The McCartney Years 2024

    22 MAY 2024 · SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODE Welcome to another exciting episode of Behind the Mitten, Michigan's premiere radio show and podcast, bringing you the best of the Great Lakes State since 2014. With over 600 episodes under our belts, we're thrilled to have you join us for a special treat from the enchanting Mackinac Island. This Week's Destination: Mission Point Resort We took a delightful trip to the iconic Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, a place where history and luxury blend seamlessly. This week, we were in for a spectacular musical experience with none other than Yuri Pool and his incredible show, https://www.missionpoint.com/experiences#!/e/the-mccartney-years-134ef351/. Guest Spotlight: Yuri Pool of The McCartney Years Yuri Pool is the mastermind behind The McCartney Years, a world-renowned tribute act that brings the legendary music of Paul McCartney to life with stunning authenticity. Known for their spellbinding performances and attention to detail, The McCartney Years have captivated audiences around the globe, and now, they’ve brought their magic to Mackinac Island. Episode Highlights: - A Chat with Yuri Pool: We sat down with Yuri to discuss the inspiration and dedication behind The McCartney Years. Yuri shared how his love for Paul McCartney's music and his uncanny resemblance and voice have driven him to create a show that’s as close to the real thing as possible."It's an authentic, live concert experience of Paul McCartney's music from the Beatles to Wings,” Yuri explained. “What you're going to see is a show that goes back in time. It's almost as if you see Paul McCartney live in the 1970s. We perform on many of the original instruments that they played at the time. The lighting, the stage clothing, the harmonies, everything is live. Nothing is pre-recorded. And it's as if you step back in time and enjoy the music again or for the younger generation (they get to) enjoy it for the very first time.” - Behind the Scenes: We got a sneak peek into what it takes to recreate the magic of McCartney's 1970s tours. From vintage instruments to era-specific stage setups, Yuri and his band leave no stone unturned to ensure an immersive experience. - The Show Experience: Live at the Mission Point Resort Theatre, The McCartney Years deliver a dynamic, mesmerizing performance that’s family-friendly and accessible with tickets priced at just $25. Whether you're a long-time fan of Paul McCartney or discovering his music for the first time, this show is a must-see. https://www.missionpoint.com/experiences#!/e/the-mccartney-years-134ef351/ Why You Should Visit: Mission Point Resort isn’t just about luxurious accommodations and beautiful views; it’s also becoming a cultural hub on Mackinac Island. The collaboration with The McCartney Years is a testament to the resort's commitment to bringing top-tier entertainment to its guests. So, pack your bags and make your way to Mackinac Island for an unforgettable musical journey! Learn more about Mission Point Resort at https://www.missionpoint.com/. Stay Connected: Make sure to subscribe to Behind the Mitten on your favorite podcast platform and follow us on social media for updates on our latest episodes and Michigan adventures. Thanks for tuning in, Behind the Mitten fans! We’ll catch you next time with more stories from the heart of Michigan. Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to Behind the Mitten to find out! Follow John and Amy: Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
    11m 22s
  • S6,E20: Original Murdick's Fudge, Doud's Market, Mackinac House, Sip N Sail (May 18-19, 2024)

    19 MAY 2024 · This weekend's show has us back on beautiful Mackinac Island. How lucky are we? We'll take you along with us as we kick off the show in the most Mac Island way possible.....by making fudge! Our good friend Carnell athttps://www.facebook.com/originalmurdicksfudge?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZXMTdxgj8wKCWjL55SmjfQ7JjuikoOKbWEFml_Ga2CL_0WqsFBqz9ytq6s3vdwPfkaNTX_0mlqnxd5_hoi0tMLbFWLuzlVtfa_mi39HP5vOwGJp22vm37LSzicacy1JGuXeqVMSe7tBA07x0uGLWY_StdDx2HBaQQuogC-lv4TIixtneW4zuaj9k5RGnDV9JCvN7D4Udxl2g6uQi9ltWTwzqVtb6Wgxn5WdZApuWwWv9Q&__tn__=-%5DK-R welcomed us onto the fudge floor and let us give it a try, live on the air.Let's just say it is not as easy as these professionals make it look.Fudge making is both an art, and a science, and something that truly takes years to master. Knowing how the ingredients will react to different temperatures in both the air and on the marble slab, understanding the alchemy between butter and sugar, knowing the exact time and temp to pour the brittle....this is science. Having that perfect flick of the wrist while turning the fudge to get that perfect level of creaminess? That is the art. One of our favorite fudge artisans opens the show this week, our very good friend Carnell Samuel. He's been making magic at Orginal Murdick's for 24 years now. He shares his journey from his homeland of Jamaica to the island with us, and why he loves the island now. As always, he's "FRESH IN". Nicole and Andrew Doud run multiple businesses across downtown, all while raising the three nicest little boys you'll meet on the island, including their oldest son. Louie Doud, who recently has been "working" over athttps://www.facebook.com/originalmurdicksfudge?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZU4i0H4n4O9YDBXnhvWBuF5UStMlHKWn-1KPCfudh4fmvVDum7-t-lmIa1EEqdHzXsC4TZVSZicaE5VmNa25nXV8W3tTl-J6-ZTw1HGWW_7ZXtyTY9DrIpdzwLBrqEQ-VwzaPQpAMJ9n0jlIQqGZGXn-2Ftqj3thwD3rxM2NRffHRwznto0yA-Cl2HlIkAsLj_hpAdQEYt2tMoO4FkVkveNWVNpe-D-D7FV1M8D-21t9w&__tn__=-%5DK-R, is already well on his way to master fudge maker.  Andrew shared a bit about what it's like raising their boys on the island on the show, and you definitely want to hear why Louie has been fired from Doud's, and now must find work across the street. Doud's Market has a storied history, both on-island and off. Doud's is America’s oldest grocery store and has been serving the locals, residents, and visitors of Mackinac Island since 1884. Stroll through their aisles to find not just delectables like rotis chicken, freshly baked pizza by the slice, hot coffee, marinated steaks, prepped veggies, wines, beers, and assembled meals.......but also tons of pictures documenting the long history of this bustling center of the island. We ALWAYS buy a lottery ticket when we are at Doud's....tune in to find out why. Also, be sure to stop byhttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089186006206&__cft__%5B0%5D=AZU4i0H4n4O9YDBXnhvWBuF5UStMlHKWn-1KPCfudh4fmvVDum7-t-lmIa1EEqdHzXsC4TZVSZicaE5VmNa25nXV8W3tTl-J6-ZTw1HGWW_7ZXtyTY9DrIpdzwLBrqEQ-VwzaPQpAMJ9n0jlIQqGZGXn-2Ftqj3thwD3rxM2NRffHRwznto0yA-Cl2HlIkAsLj_hpAdQEYt2tMoO4FkVkveNWVNpe-D-D7FV1M8D-21t9w&__tn__=-%5DK-R right up the street for a perfectly poured pint, some fish and chips, and a big helping of Irish hospitality. Named for Andrew's great-grandfather, the pub honors his memory with pictures of the many buildings that "Mackinac's contractor" built across the island. Well worth a stop, for every reason. We visitedhttps://www.facebook.com/themackinachouse?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZWqFKRZOy7ynOQq-OhUP-H7HDkO5Fg-S_M17iGNM7OLWiLUbzjU2bbpnP-sNC61baRZvR5pfmpqaSMrwfLeONCMXe34NweXeKg8YndN65mFMiWLPUihwvei_xG1GLFdPksg_CiMXeWQBHP_ohSgu0o3KxQwzNIUVJ-fPyOe_TXmbdEIaVSJTkm34g2x2C7mgOUAnH3lD6z0RSyCIbUXTVJBbHSI1IeTCyO5Sj-ZeJpmZA&__tn__=-%5DK-R a luxury boutique hotel located just steps away from Main Street, but in a whole new world on Market Street, and chatted with general manager Alyssa. Removed just enough from the hustle and bustle of a busy summer day downtown, this charming inn offers 19 stunningly beautiful rooms to enjoy. The hard-working staff is ready to welcome you with a generous breakfast, plus yummy snacks throughout the day. Guests feel welcome to relax on the porch and watch the carriages go by, or use the inn as a base for exploring the island.We could spend days lounging on this porch. "Inspired by a love of Mackinac Island and the simple delights that make it home, Nicole Doud took a leap of faith and opened Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island in May 2009. She had little retail experience at the time, but Nicole knew her weekend shopping trips to cute stores and small towns with mom growing up had to count for something. Things like using a cash register were eventually learned, but traveling the country and our beautiful state for unique gifts was something Nicole knew how to do by heart. Now entering its fifteenth year, Little Luxuries has blossomed into a charming gift shop that’s filled to the brim with home accents, body products, stationery, accessories, handmade goods, and more. We carry more than 200 vendors from across the country. Our store celebrates the spontaneous discoveries that happen when you slow down, stroll around, and embrace life’s simple joys." This is the store where you can wander around for hours, and always find something incredibly cute on the next shelf. Unique gifts galore, special island mementos, gorgeous goods from around Michigan....they have tchotchkes for any and all. Plus the staff is top-notch! We think that thehttps://www.facebook.com/SiPnSaiL?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZVBXqWOgrz3dr4uwqcm4wof5CsWe2_T1-0XrMj4oAU82ruMuH-nh_jtvxbVurB7JDvKgLEnReH2zd7BwSOapGTC8G1_-kLyllzrvu34t_kRIdfJnydOsGMwQv7vLtjrJKx9C9Wsmh_dzJKlqdbes-TUijmLgrbEdAqIyaZ7SMi7b6MIJy-Snh8UiQ1Gk0xoM5BzXgKbx85Vbsmw59wrrIWhDdyEW4_tMOZXCo4fv5mqfA&__tn__=-%5DK-R is one of the coolest things you can do on the island, whether it is your first visit, or number one hundred.Since 2015, The Isle Royale Queen III has been owned by partners Veronica Dobrowolski, Co-Owner and CEO of Arnold Freight Company and Andrew and Nicole Doud, owners of Doud's Market and Little Luxuries retail stores. This historic ship used to sail on Lake Superior starting in the 1950s, ferrying people to Isle Royale. She made her way to Mackinac Island and now welcomes guests seven days a week in season. There are multiple cruising options, and something for everyone, from young to old. The classic Sip N' Sail Sunset Cruise is a favorite, hop on board to enjoy a craft beverage, live music, and a stunning sunset under the Mighty Mac. Or choose a Sunday Morning Mimosa Cruise, which from personal experience we can say is a great time. Special cruises featuring Michigan beer, bourbon, live music and history presentations are also available, plus you can book this boat privately for your own special party.Seeing the island from the water is truly a special treat, and so is cruising on the Isle Royale Queen. We highly encourage you to book this incredible experience in advance, so you won't miss out on its awesomeness. Mackinac Island is a Michigan gem any time of the year, we hope you’ll discover something new there this year. Follow John and Amy: Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • S6,E19: All Outdoors in Gaylord, Michigan (May 11-12, 2024)

    13 MAY 2024 · SEASON 6, EPISODE 18 On this weekend’s https://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten --  It's kind of like our second home, but we are always excited to see what is new and happening in gorgeous Gaylord. Our number one guest co-host Paul Beachnau from the Gaylord Visitor's Bureau joins us this week, along with his co-worker, and paddle board enthusiast Christy Walcott. We love catching up with them about what is going on in Gaylord, and of course, they don't disappoint.  Our first stop was at a brand-new coffee shop located downtown Gaylord, Brennan's. Ryan and Patty Kennedy opened this charming new spot recently, and you'll often find them working alongside their two young sons. Grab a latte, or freshly baked sweet, or maybe a pound of roasted coffee during your visit, and then head on out to tour and shop downtown. We head just a quick two minutes out of town to hook up with the North Central Trail and learn more about this extensive system. Local Gaylord resident Megan Rinck joins us to share what she loves about being all outdoors in Gaylord. She is a pretty serious athlete, enjoying everything from biking and hiking to extreme triathlons. We talk e-bikes, where to hike in Gaylord, and how she has totally taken over the winter Alpenfest in Gaylord.  On our way back to town, we stopped at Jay's Sporting Goods, which has locations in both Claire and Gaylord. We had a pretty awesome time visiting with the general manager of Jay's, Mark Copeland. It was a wild time while we were there, Mark had us try out e-scooters (crazy ass good fun!), shoot a bow and arrows (this is much harder than it looks, but they'll coach you through it) and try out a crossbow (amazingly accurate). We'll tell you how you too can also fully experience Jay's, which is truly one of Michigan's premier sporting goods supply stores. We've been friends with Jordan Auwure for a few years now, and are always excited to hear what he is up to. He's one of those local heroes, who is so passionate about his local community that he is always cooking up something new for everyone to enjoy. This summer he'll be kicking off the summer music concert series in downtown Gaylord on May 10. Jordan shares some of the work he's been doing to get ready, as well as what to expect during this summer series. Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out. Follow John and Amy: Website:https://www.amyandgonzo.com/ Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten TwitterX athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • Mackinac Island Carriage Tours 2024 Podcast

    7 MAY 2024 · SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODE On this weekend’s https://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten -- we visit Mackinc Island. Our travel mode for the day? A carriage ride with https://www.mict.com/ We want to thank our incredible driver Kaitlyn Mann for transporting us from West to East, and to all points in between. We felt like royalty driving around in the rain in the wicker wedding carriage! This special podcast with Kaitlyn shares what it's like to be a carriage driver on the island, why the horses are a big part of her life, and what she loves about living on Mackinac. Oh, and you get to meet her horses, Julian and Bubbles. Learn more about Mackinc Island Carriage Tours at https://www.mict.com/. Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out. Follow John and Amy: Website:https://www.amyandgonzo.com/ Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten TwitterX athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/ 
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  • Soft Parade Vodka Podcast 2024

    7 MAY 2024 · SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODE On this special https://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten podcast -- Gonzo and Amy sit down with the creators of Soft Parade Vodka, Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville and Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire. Kerry Lynch, directore of sales for Short's, and Richard Anderson, a co-owner of Iron Fish, talk about this Pure Michigan collaboration that is made with all natural ingredients and Michigan fruit - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. This is the second year of the collaboration, which is available now in local stores across Michigan for a limited time. Learn more at https://ironfishdistillery.com/iron-fish-distillery-teams-up-with-shorts-brewing-company-to-create-soft-parade-vodka/. Get a list of cocktail drinks at https://ironfishdistillery.com/softparadecocktails/. Learn more about Shorts at https://www.shortsbrewing.com/. Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out. Follow John and Amy: Website:https://www.amyandgonzo.com/ Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten TwitterX athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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  • S6,E18: A new season on Mackinac Island includes the return of iconic destinations (May 4-5, 2024)

    6 MAY 2024 · SEASON 6, EPISODE 18 On this weekend’s https://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten --  We are headed back to the island, https://www.mackinacisland.org/ that is, and we couldn't be happier. Mackinac Island is one of our state's very special vacation spots, and we take you behind the scenes and all over the island to share all that is new for the 2024 season.  We would like to thank https://www.mict.com/, and our incredible driver Kaitlyn Mann, for transporting us from West to East, and to all points in between. We felt like royalty driving around in the rain in the wicker wedding carriage! Tune in to our special podcast with Kaitlyn about what it's like to be a carriage driver on the island, why the horses are a big part of her life, and what she loves about living on Mackinac. (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/mackinac-island-carriage-tours-2024-podcast--59896426) We kick off this week with Steph Castelein from the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, who gives us an island "overview". We talk about a new development at Arch Rock which will help out weary trekkers, a fun new spot to play some old school video games, plus get updates on remodels that happened all over the island throughout the winter months. One major remodel, that has completely transformed a long-standing favorite, happened out on the West Bluff, at Stonecliffe Inn. Closed for the last two years, the Inn has undergone $40 million dollars in renovations, additions, and improvements. We get to hear all about it from Bethany McCann, the director of sales at the resort. We also got to tour the Inn, and let me tell you, it is totally fantastic. The wallpaper! The tiles! The themed rooms! New restaurants! New pool! New family cottages! It's awesome, and you don't have to stay at the Inn to experience that view from the bluff. We'll tell you just how to do that during this segment. We hopped back into our wedding carriage in a an absolute downpour and headed just a little ways down the road to that big, gorgeous wedding cake looking out over the straits, the https://www.grandhotel.com/specials/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_-GxBhC1ARIsADGgDju3TQqg6GjSBiqvsWVcGIa4m56MjDIjOi0VBGu-fGAjWPnBE0zQ7zoaAn3IEALw_wcB. The property was just awakening from it's winter work, and it's always fun to see what transformations have taken place. Our interview with Jeff Hess, senior VP of operations at the hotel, confirms that the new ownership team is just as in love with this beauty as Michigan is. We talk about some of the historically accurate renovations they've been working on, and ways to visit the Grand even if you aren't an overnight guest. Finally, it was back out in the rain (thankfully cozy warm under the extra blankets Katelyn provided) and headed back down to Main Street and out to East Bluff, where you are greeted by the incredible Great Lawn at https://www.missionpoint.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_-GxBhC1ARIsADGgDjsismDIQxNpJLhtZdr-m1bDF2cKGfYRJ7Tg64LpXxBEXX9a_Cns5pYaApZREALw_wcB The Ware family took a big leap of faith when they purchased the resort in 2014, but Liz and her brother Mark, along with support from their father Denny, had a vision and weren't afraid of hard work. Together, they've transformed the resort into a world-class destination. This summer, look for updated menus with delicious new items from Chef John Clements at both the Round Island Kitchen and at the very lovely Chianti. Insider tip: DO NOT MISS his pimento cheese dip.  We also talk about the exciting new musical show that Mission Point is hosting all summer long at the Mission Point Theater. The McCartney Years is an international touring act featuring the music of the Beatles, Wings and Sir Paul, all brought stunningly to life by Yuri Pool, who will transform and perform each Wednesday through Sunday all season. This historically accurate show sounds incredible, and something totally new to enjoy with friends of all ages this summer. Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out. Follow John and Amy: Website:https://www.amyandgonzo.com/ Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten TwitterX athttps://twitter.com/BehindTheMitten Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/behindthemitten_/
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"Behind the Mitten" is Michigan's premiere travel radio show and Podcast and has more than 500 episodes. It is co-hosted by John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman. John is a longtime...

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"Behind the Mitten" is Michigan's premiere travel radio show and Podcast and has more than 500 episodes. It is co-hosted by John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman. John is a longtime journalist, social media early adopter and member of the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame. Amy is a former chef with 20-plus experience, craft beer expert and freelance writer. The show has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as Best in Category. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten.
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