lifestyle and recreation

Samantha and Todd Kennedy photo
Courtesy photo / Samantha and Todd Kennedy

Most people spend Labor day relaxing or resting, but not East Lansing couple Samantha and Todd Kennedy. They swam across the Straits of Mackinac on Labor day, fighting wind and rain to complete the 4-plus mile swim. Current State talks with the Kennedys about the Mighty Mac Swim.


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How long can you stand still? This Friday in Holland, Michigan, all of 8th street will be filled with living statues for the 10th annual Live Mannequin Night. We speak with a few of the competitors for this family-friendly event.


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You don’t have to wait for Halloween to be scared out of your wits. Camp Hatchet is described as a once in a lifetime haunted camping experience. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Jennifer Butynski about the experience coming up this weekend.


MI has gold in them thar streams...but not much

Aug 12, 2015

Michigan’s not likely to see anything quite like the California Gold rush in the 1800s, but it turns out, there is some gold to be found in Michigan streams. Current State talks with hobbyist Nick Straffon about panning for Michigan gold.


Dream Cruise photo
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Classic car buffs from all over Michigan and the world will converge in metro Detroit this weekend for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with one attendee, Capital Area Muscle Car Club president Al Wilson.


Headlands Dark Sky Park night sky photo
Courtesy Headlands International Dark Sky Park

The Perseid meteor shower is back this month. A prime viewing spot is close to the Mackinac Bridge. Current State talks with Mary Stewart Adams of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.


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It’s a red, white and rose tradition in our state:  the annual Michigan Wine Competition. About a thousand bottles of the state’s best vintages have come case by case to Lansing in advance of the August 11 event. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a preview.


Fireworks over Lansing
Flickr - Betsy Weber

For some veterans, the sound of fireworks brings back disturbing memories. Now, there's an effort to subdue the noisemaking aspects of Fourth of July celebrations.


Rick Wyble photo at still
April Van Buren / WKAR

A new company is helping to build a craft spirits movement in Michigan. April Van Buren visits Lansing’s first craft distillery, American Fifth Spirits.


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It might be the “mother of all hiking trails.”  A devotee of the Great Lakes is proposing a nearly 11-thousand mile path that would circumnavigate all five of the lakes.

The next election in Lansing is not until August, but city officials always want to instill the importance of voting in their citizens. Tomorrow, they’ll try a fun new approach. During Lansing’s annual Be A Tourist in Your Own Town event, the Lansing city clerk’s office will set up three polling sites for people of all ages to cast their votes on some pressing issues such as chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?

New wines to celebrate, benefit Michigan parks

May 21, 2015
Courtesy Chateau Grand Traverse

There’s a unique new partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and one of the state’s best-known wineries. Chateau Grand Traverse is launching three wines with labels related to Michigan’s park experience, and will be donating part of the profits to one of three projects selected by people voting online.

MSU students bring Quidditch to the muggle world

Mar 30, 2015
Courtesy MSU Quidditch Team

Quidditch is a pretty big deal for the young wizards and witches at Hogwarts. The Quidditch World Cup, held every four years since 1473, is like the Olympics of the wizarding world. But you don’t have to get your Hogwarts acceptance letter or make it through Platform Nine and Three Quarters to get in on the fun. Us Muggles have our own version of the Quidditch World Cup that takes place next month in South Carolina.

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The calendar says it’s spring. You may be getting over a dose of cabin fever and dreaming of a getaway Up North. If you’re pulling your dusty bicycle out of the garage, then a Michigan author has your guide to some of the best trails in the Lower Peninsula.

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Like thousands of Michigan baby-boomers, Ken Dawson is planning to retire soon. Dawson has spent six years at Michigan State University, most recently as a project representative in the school’s Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities Department. Unlike many of those retiring boomers, he will soon be embarking on a challenging adventure. Beginning in about a month, the Farmington Hills resident will begin a 3,100 mile hike atop the spine of North America: the Continental Divide.

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