Less than two weeks before embarking to Europe, Chicago's Maps and Atlases will navigate around the lakeshore toward Grand Rapids to begin a modest four-day stint in the Midwest – all terrible puns barred.
Races may seem more appealing when you're running with the sun hot on your face along scenic routes where the trees are in full bloom, but with the right gear you can glide through the snow and stay active year round.
The North American Snow Festival in Cadillac kicks off with a chili cook-off, leading into Friday's events, which include a fun run, speed fishing and a Texas hold 'em tournament.
Cue Vader's Imperial March and storm to downtown Grand Rapids for the inevitable return of Founders Imperial Stout. This 10.5% ABV silky smooth stout is brewed in 10 varieties of malted barley and remains complex and rich.
Time may have given us the iPhone 5, GPS and blankets with sleeves, but it has yet to improve on the indelible combination of a thin piece of cheap plastic and a steep, snowy slope.
After all the countless hours spent inside complaining about the cold, it's time to man up and face it head on. Ice-cold temperatures and snow piles are good for sculptures, sports, sledding and gathering.
Food and drinks just taste better outside. But winter always seems to ruin this luxury by making it unbearably cold. Defy Mother Nature this winter by going to any of these four locations that harmonize our love for the outdoors with our love of reasonable levels of body heat.
There are as many endings as beginnings on West Michigan's music scene, sparked by the ups and downs of venues and clubs or the germinations and gyrations of local bands. Such is the case with Muskegon's popular Four Finger Five, an uber-talented trio.
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