lifestyle and recreation

How to Halloween photo
Courtesy photo / How To Halloween

Do you love Halloween but hate the sticker shock of elaborate costumes and decor?  Why not try a do-it-yourself approach? We talk with Steve Sneed, co-founder of How To Halloween, a family friendly event this weekend at the Lansing Center.

Dark Art of Michigan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We look ahead to the Dark Art Show and Party coming to Lansing this weekend.

Michigan Archaeology Day
Courtesy photo / Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Archaeology Day takes place tomorrow in Lansing. We learn more from state archaeologist Dean Anderson.

Kristen Shelley East Lansing Public Library photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A big renovation project at the East Lansing Public Library is wrapping up. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with library director Kristin Shelley about all the changes.

MSU turns felled campus trees into furniture, art

Sep 28, 2016
MSU Shadows furniture photo
Courtesy photo

“MSU Shadows” isn’t just the alma mater of the mighty Green and White. It’s also a Michigan State University program that turns downed trees into beautiful and functional works of art. We learn more from Current State contributor Kirk Heinze.

Tailgating: not just hot dogs and hamburgers any more

Sep 20, 2016
Tailgating grill photo
Andrew Sprung / flickr creative commons

We talk with MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about football season tailgating.

Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Hundreds of people are expected at Hawk Island County Park in Lansing Sunday for this year’s Capital City Dragon Boat race. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two of this year’s team captains.

Peter Morris photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Peter Morris of Haslett is well known as a baseball historian, but he has another passion: Scrabble. This month marks the 25th anniversary of his victory in the first-ever world Scrabble championships. He talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about the game he loves.

Jared Bobkin photo
Brooke Allen / WKAR

You may recognize him from cooking on TV with Gordon Ramsey. Jared Bobkin chats with Brooke Allen about being a TV celebrity and shares a recipe, too.

The Washington photo
Courtesy photo / Roger Pawlowski

Great Lakes explorers recently discovered the wreckage of a ship thought to have been the first commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes. The Lady Washington went down in 1803 and rests on the bottom of Lake Ontario near Oswego, New York. We talk with Jim Kennard from the team who made the discovery, and Christopher Gillcrist of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Camaro photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

This weekend, General Motors is honoring the Camaro on its 50th anniversary. Current State’s Kevin Lavery gets under the hood to learn more about the venerable muscle car.

The knife, the ax, the compass and the matchbox. Yooper Webster Marble said that’s all you need to go deep into the woods. A new Lansing exhibit “Inventing the Outdoors” takes us on a classic Michigan experience.

Taste of Lansing photo
Courtesy Eat Pomegranate Photography

The Taste of Downtown returns to Lansing this weekend, and we look ahead to this savory event.

Michael Beebe garden photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the inaugural Old Town Garden Tour this Sunday.

State Christmas tree
WKAR photo

Somewhere in our state is a magnificent pine that will stand in full holiday glory later this year in front of the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing. We talk with Steve Doty of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the agency leading the search for Michigan’s official Christmas tree.