Michigan Local Customs

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Michigan Local Customs

  • Michigan Breweries

    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...

  • Annual Ukrainian Sunflower Festival in...

    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...

  • What is a "Pasty"?

    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...

  • What is a "Yooper"?

    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...

  • Point to where they live on their left...

    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.


    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...


    YOU KNOW YOU MIGHT BE FROM MICHIGAN….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...

  • Names used throughout Michigan -...

    TerminologyUpper 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...

  • state symbols

    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...

  • National Cherry Festival in Traverse...

    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...

  • Woodward Dream Cruise

    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...

  • Summer music events

    Many towns have a live music series during the summer. The JigSaw Band plays at the Houghton waterfront.

  • Celebrate Diversity

    Each year Houghton has it's Parade of Nations. This is a celibration of our local cultural diversity. Differences should be enjoyed as our gift to each other

  • Let's go sauna

    Many UPers like to sauna, then jump in the snow. Others like to enjoy the back porch hot tub. It's best in the winter.

  • Just deal with the snow

    The winters are long in the UP, but there is much to enjoy if you know how to take advantage of the opportunities.

  • Here's a few tips so you'll...

    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....

  • This place is full of Crazy...

    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!

  • The largest city in Michigan...

    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...

  • Michigan has always been my...

    Michigan has always been my Favorite state eastof the Mississippi and it's because of the Friendlinessthey have showed me.The people of SouthwesternMichigan remind me of people of the south,The wholearea is so family oriented and they just walk up to youwith a smile,hold doors open for you and basicallytreat you like they want you to visit more...

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