Local traditions and culture in Michigan

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    Michigan Breweries

    by ant1606 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A generous quantity of "microbreweries" is scattered throughout both the Lower and Upper peninsula of Michigan. Most offer dining, while some are selling their year-round or seasonal products for take away only.
    If you care for something special, different from off-the-shelf grocery stuff, go for local beers instead. Upon suggestion from VTer "mtncorg", a real conoisseur, I took home some bottles of Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin brewery in Dexter, to enjoy excellent Belgian style beer.
    Vierling on Main Street in Marquette, Upper Peninsula, is a good stop for dining and beer tasting too.

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    Annual Ukrainian Sunflower Festival in Warren

    by sunshine9689 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Ethnic summer festival in Michigan is held at the end of August each year. Features traditional Ukrainian food (tasty sausages, pirogi, holuptzi), life music, demonstrations of Ukrainian folk crafts and carni rides for kids on the side.

    Well, I went there, enjoyed the food and.. got bored quickly. :-)

    If you are into Ukranian food, you might consider to attend. Rather than that I`d stay away - there is no much Ukranian culture in there, in fact, it felt as if some American neighbourhood just got together to eat and drink. Don`t go early. We went at 12pm and were basically the only ones. Go at 2pm ish.

    Parking = $2;
    Plate of food (sausage, holuptzi, pirogi)= $7;
    US beer = $3;
    Ukranian beer ('Slavutich') = $5.

    Carni, August 2006 Live performance
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    What is a "Pasty"?

    by Basaic Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    I can already hear many of my VT friends saying "something that should be banned from bars with exotic dancers"; but in this case that is wrong. A pasty is a circular pastry filled (traditionally) with beef, sliced potatoes, onions, and turnips or rutabagas; then folded over to form a semi-circle, crimped on the edges and baked. The pasty originated in the Cornwall section of England, and was imported to the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan as an easy to make, filling dish for winter. Pasties now are made with a wide variety of fillings and are available thorughout the state.

    Pasty (from the Internet)
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    What is a "Yooper"?

    by Basaic Written Nov 1, 2010

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    A "Yooper" is someone native to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Newcomers, say someone who moved there 10 years ago, may eventually earn "Yooper" status. "Yoopers" are very proud of the upper peninsula and pity the poor unfortunates that live in the Lower Peninsula or "Troll Land". Many "Yoopers" welcome tourists as long as they are well-behaved and do not overstay their welcome. Some others are petitioning for the issuance of hunting licenses during "tourist season".

    Yooper High Fashion (from the Internet)
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    Point to where they live on their left hand

    by elkeva Written Oct 8, 2008

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    Everyone one shows you their hand. The hand is the same shape as Michigan. So if you ask for directions, immediately the hand goes up and they point to where "you are right now" and "this is where you are going.

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    by janetanne Written Sep 16, 2007

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    1. "Vacation" means going up north on I-75.

    2. You measure distance in hours.

    3. You know several people who have hit a deer
    more than once.

    4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the
    same day.

    5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow
    during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

    6. You see people wearing camouflage at social
    events (including weddings).

    7. You install security lights on your house and
    garage and leave both unlocked.

    8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your
    girlfriend knows how to use them.

    9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to
    fit over a snowsuit.

    10. Driving is better in the winter because the
    potholes are filled with snow.

    11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter,
    winter, still winter and road construction.

    12. You can identify a southern or eastern

    13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a
    statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

    14. You were unaware that there is a legal
    drinking age.

    15. Down South to you means Ohio

    16. A brat is something you eat.

    17. Your neighbour throws a party to celebrate
    his new pole barn.

    18. You go out to fish fry every Friday.

    19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors
    due to frost.

    20. You have more miles on your snow blower than
    your car.

    21. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

    22. You drink pop and bake with soda.

    23. Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and
    you know it's not medicine.

    24. You know what a Yooper is.

    25. You think owning a Honda is Un-American.

    26. You know that UP is a place, not a direction

    27. You know it's possible to live in a thumb.

    28. You understand that when visiting Detroit,
    the best thing to wear is a Kevlar vest.

    29. You actually understand these jokes, and you
    forward them to all your Michigan friends.

    Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. Dreams are forever.

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    by janetanne Written Sep 16, 2007

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    If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by,
    You might live in Michigan.

    If you're proud that your region makes thenational news 96 nights each year because Pellston is the coldest spot in the nation,
    You might live in Michigan

    If your local Dairy Queen is closed from October through March,
    You might live in Michigan

    If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year,
    You might live in Michigan

    If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there,
    You might live in Michigan

    If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving
    around the middle of his forehead,
    You might live in Michigan

    If you have worn shorts and a coat at the same time,
    You might live in Michigan

    If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,
    You might live in Michigan .

    If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number,
    You might live in Michigan.

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    Names used throughout Michigan - vocabulary

    by Toughluck Updated May 11, 2007


    Upper Peninsula: the UP, Yuppers live in the UP.
    Lower Peinnsula: the area south of the Straits of Mackinac. Because this area is 'below the bridge', i.e., the Mackinac Bridge, Yuppers call the people who live there 'trolls'. From the fairy tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, where the troll lived under or below the bridge.

    Lower Peninsula
    The Thumb: The lower peninsula is shaped like a mitten. To the east is the thumb of the mitten, with Port Austin at it's tip.
    Little Finger: Not a common term, but used to describe the location of Traverse City and the Sleeping Bear Country. Located in the northwest part of the mitten is a peninsula of land that is separated from the mainland by Grand Traverse Bay. It appears to some as the little finger along side the mitten.

    Upper Peninsula
    Keweenaw Pensinsula: is the jut of land in the far western part of the UP. Famous for it's copper mines.

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    state symbols

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    The state symbol (state seal) has several latin sayings on it:
    E Pluribus Unum which means "One from All" in reference to the fact the state has two parts;
    Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice which means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you" in reference to the natural beauty of the area.
    Also there is "Tuebor" (I will defend).
    The state seal shows a pioneer on the banks of a lake at sunrise indicating that peace over the land has been won. The elk and the moose bordering the seal represent Michigan and the eagle represents the U.S.A.

    The state nickname is The Wolverine State and sometimes The Automotives State.

    the state bird is the Robin.

    the sate animal is the wolverine.

    the state tree is the white pine tree.

    American Robin = state bird wolverine = state animal white pine = state tree

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    National Cherry Festival in Traverse City

    by sunshine9689 Updated Sep 5, 2006

    Festival starts in ealry July and goes on for a week. Next one is going to take place on the 7th of July, 2007 and last until the 14th.

    Founded in 1926, the it celebrates and promotes cherries, as well as tourism.
    Every year 500,000 people come. Activities vary from cherry pit spitting, pie eating contests, to the Grand Royale Parade in which the newly crowned Cherry Queen greets the crowds.

    Traverse City is in the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the world's largest cherry pie of 17' 6" and 28,350 pounds. It took place on July 25, 1987.

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    Woodward Dream Cruise

    by sunshine9689 Updated Aug 21, 2006

    Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture, attracts more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.

    This year it was held on the 19th of August, on Saturday, from 9am till 9pm. However, cars start coming to Woodward a week before the official date.

    August, 2005. August, 2005.
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    Here's a few tips so you'll...

    by CubsIn4 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Here's a few tips so you'll understand what the locals are talking about :-)
    A 'Yooper' is somebody from the Upper Peninsula (UP).
    Since the UP and the mitten (Lower Peninsula) are connected by the Mackinac Bridge, residents of the mitten live 'under the bridge.' Therefore, Yoopers call us Trolls.
    The correct way to pronounce 'Mackinac' is
    Mack-a-naw. You will appear much more intelligent to Michiganders if you can correctly pronounce this word.

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    This place is full of Crazy...

    by rossandkelli Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This place is full of Crazy Ass Drivers! There are so many vehicles on the road, it's the motor capital of the world! People drive fast, without turn signals, there is always construction and ALWAYS traffic!

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  • The largest city in Michigan...

    by myszka81 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The largest city in Michigan is Detroit. You probably already knew that. What you might NOT know is how to pronounce the name of the city correctly. People from out of state tend to say 'DEE-troyt,' with the emphasis on the first syllable. This is wrong, and it grates on our ears. The correct pronunciation is 'deh-TROYT,' with a 'short' E and the emphasis on the second syllable.

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  • Michigan has always been my...

    by ChiBronco Written Aug 24, 2002

    Michigan has always been my Favorite state east
    of the Mississippi and it's because of the Friendliness
    they have showed me.The people of Southwestern
    Michigan remind me of people of the south,The whole
    area is so family oriented and they just walk up to you
    with a smile,hold doors open for you and basically
    treat you like they want you to visit more often.You
    dont get that type of Hospitality every day and I
    really give them the same friendliness back.

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