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Behind the Mitten

"Behind the Mitten" is Michigan's premiere travel radio show and Podcast and has more than 500 episodes. It is co-hosted by John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman. John is a longtime journalist, social media early adopter and member of the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame. Amy is a former chef with 20-plus experience, craft beer expert and freelance writer. The show has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as Best in Category. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemitten.

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Mary Ellen Murphy's 'The Barbie Project' 2024
"The Barbie Project" was an idea conjured out of a tough time by our friend and radio legend Mary Ellen Murphy, who hosts "Good Morning Grand Haven" on WGHN 92.1 each day. She recently announced her new campaign to bring a Coast Guard Barbie to life, and we just had to have her on to tell us all about it.Mary Ellen was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and this kind of stunk for all the usual reasons. During breaks between her treatments in Grand Rapids, she would head to Goodwill for a little thrifting therapy. One day, she found a pretty nice Barbie Beach Dream House and decided to get it and fix it up for her granddaughters. The Barbie Project was born.This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Coast Guard Festival and the fact that Grand Haven is "Coast Guard City USA", Mary Ellen has started a campaign for a Coast Guard Barbie. Barbie currently serves in every arm of the military EXCEPT the Coast Guard, which seems like a major oversight. While women make a smaller minority serving in the Coast Guard, making up about 15 percent of service members, you best believe they are an integral part of the service. In fact, the top person at the Coast Guard is a woman. Admiral Linda L. Fagan assumed duties as the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard in 2022, and now oversees all global Coast Guard operations and 42,000 active-duty, 7,000 reserve, and 8,700 civilian personnel, as well as 21,000 GC Auxillary volunteers.Vote for Coast Guard Barbie here!Attempts have been made to contact Barbie toy maker Mattel to no avail, but don't worry, Mary Ellen is not giving up. She's gearing up for a big push for votes over the next few weeks since the National Coast Guard Festival runs from July 26 to August 4. It's a fantastic event, and this year it'll be bigger and better than ever. If you go, be sure to look for Mary Ellen and the beach house out on the actual beach. She brings it down and sets it up for everyone to enjoy while taking in all the sun and fun this great Michigan beach town has to offer.
09:29 7/18/24
S6,E27: Farm to Ferry at Mission Point, Soft Parade Vodka, Chris Lopez at Black Star Farms, Pere Marquette 1225 (July 6-7, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 27On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez:Gonzo and Amy share some of their favorite podcasts from earlier this summer from a collection of segments from Mackinac Island to Owosso and Bellaire to Suttons Bay.TUNE IN!Segment 1: Kerry Lynch, director of sales for Short's, and Richard Anderson, a co-owner of Iron Fish Distillery, talk about Soft Parade Vodka. This Pure Michigan collaboration is made with all natural ingredients and Michigan fruit - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. This is the second year of the collaboration, which is available now in local stores across Michigan for a limited time. Learn more at ironfishdistillery.com. Get a list of cocktail drinks at ironfishdistillery.com/softparadecocktails. Learn more about Shorts at shortsbrewing.com.Segment 2: In an extended podcast earlier this year, Gonzo talks to Dean Pyers, Executive Director of the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso about the Pere Marquette 1225, best known as one of the inspirations of the The Polar Express movie. He also spent some extra time with volunteers Roger Scoville and Randy Paquette, former MSU students who started working on restoring the Steam Locomotive in 1970. More information a michigansteamtrain.com.Segment 3: While on Mackinac Island in April, John and Amy stopped at Mission Point Resort to meet owner Liz Ware and executive chef John Clements. Listen as they talk about special cooking classes, as well as dining options as part of their "Farm to Ferry" philosophy at Mission Point Resort. More info at missionpoint.com.Segment 4: John and Amy love hanging out at Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula, and on this segment - after recording their regular show - they stuck around to catch up with long-time tasting room manager Chris Lopez. Learn more at blackstarfarms.com.Thanks for tuning in! Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 7/8/24
MSU grad Carmen Beemer reflects on her reign as the 2023-2024 National Cherry Festival Queen
SEASON 6, PODCAST EPISODEOn this special podcast of Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez:Gonzo and and Amy interview Carmen Beemer, the 2023-2024 National Cherry Festival Queen in Traverse City.In the interview Carmen talks about what the scholarship program has meant to her over the last year, and some of her favorite memories. She is a 2024 graduate of Michigan State University. A new queen will be announced on July 5. This year's National Cherry Festival continues through July 6, 2024.Learn more at cherryfestival.org.Behind the Mitten is Michigan's premiere travel radio show and podcast. Learn more at  amyandgonzo.com.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
10:22 6/30/24
S6,E26: Things to do all over Michigan 4th of July weekend 2024
SEASON 6, EPISODE 26On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez:Gonzo and Amy take a closer look at some fun community events all over the state. The show opens with a rep from the West Michigan Tourist Assocation who runs down several local events, then Gonzo gets a few "dad jokes" in about the Pickle Fest (yes, he says it's a Big Dil!) and our Dynamic Duo also cover the largest celebration in the Upper Peninsula and find the Greatest Fourth in the North in just a 90 minutes north of Grand Rapids. TUNE IN!Segment 1 - Kaylie Pomper, Marketing Manager at WMTA. Check out her list of events.Segment 2 - Kelly Ewalt, community coordinator, Village of Berrien Springs (4th of July) Pickle Fest. Details on Facebook.Segment 3 - Mark Malmberg, vice chair of the Bessemer Best Fourth of July Festival in the UP. List of events here.Segment 4 - Sam Peery, director of the Missaukee Chamber of Commerce (Greatest Fourth in the North) in Lake City. Details here.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 6/30/24
'You are transported back in time' during 'MJ - The Musical,' says actor J. Daughtry (Grand Rapids, July 9-14, 2024)
SEASON 6, BONUS PODCASTMJ - The MusicalJuly 9-12, 2024Broadway Grand RapidsMore info: broadwaygrandrapids.com/mjIn this podcast, John Gonzalez of Behind the Mitten interviews J. Daughtry, who plays Berry Gordy in the National Broadway Tour of "MJ - The Musical."He is a seasoned pro who came into theatre in a non-traditional way. He was teaching at a private school in Maryland, when his principal tapped him to fill in when the school's theater teacher suddendly passed away. They knew he could sing, but they didn't realize how talented he was. It was the school principal who pushed him to audition in New York.He has since performed on Broadway ("The Color Purple," "Beautiful," "Ain’t Too Proud") and also toured the country on National tours ("Miss Saigon," "The Color Purple," "Motown: The Musical"). He also continues to perform his music professionally and is a two-time Grammy nominee as well as a winner of multiple Stellar and Dove Awards.He is a graduate of Bethune Cookman University. He is a Theatrical, Gospel and R&B singer/actor on both stage and screen. He is originally from Bartow, Florida, and he talks about why loves about that part of the country."MJ" is a multi Tony Award-winning new musical centered around the making of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour. It was created by Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. "MJ" is making its Michigan premiere at the Devos Performance Hall in  Grand Rapids.PERFORMANCESTuesday, July 9, 2024 - 7:30pmWednesday, July 10, 2024 - 7:30pmThursday, July 11, 2024 - 7:30pmFriday, July 12, 2024 - 7:30pmSaturday, July 13, 2024 - 2:00pmSaturday, July 13, 2024 - 7:30pmSunday, July 14, 2024 - 1:00pmSunday, July 14, 2024 - 6:30pmThis Grand Rapids engagement is welcomed by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Corewell Health; Edify North; UFP Industries.
21:15 6/26/24
S6,E25: Why Michigan beaches are the best! (June 22-23, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 25With miles and miles of sugar sand, endless waves of fresh water, and absolutely no sharks, our beloved state of Michigan is a beach lovers paradise. This week’s show takes us to a few top-rated beaches, plus we talk with a beach concession queen, learn some water safety tips including what to do in a rip current, and interview the man himself, Dr. Beach.SEGMENT 1:Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) literally wrote the book on beaches. He is currently the Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, a published author, and filmmaker. For over three decades, he has been visiting and evaluating beaches all over the world, as well as writing about climate change. Now, we just assumed that he would be including the Great Lakes beaches on his searches, because WHY WOULDN’T YOU, but we were mistaken. He focuses on salty, shark-infested waters for his research and rankings, but it turns out that he HAS visited Michigan, and loves our beaches. He shares some of his top picks across the state, and both Amy and John ask the question: how do we get your job?Dr. Beach brings up a very important topic in his segment, which is beach safety. He brings up rip currents, which are prevalent on the Great Lakes, and talks about things to look for on the water in order to avoid them. If you are swimming in a Great Lake this summer, you need to know this information.Learn more about beach rip currents and how to avoid or escape them from Dr. Beach here.SEGMENT 2:This leads into our second segment with Jim Gallie, the manager of Ludington State Park. He “dives deeper” into beach safety, giving us an excellent tutorial on escaping a rip current. Note: try not to panic, float or tread water, don’t fight the current, swim parallel to the shore until the current weakens. Ludington is one of our most popular state parks not just in Michigan but for the whole Midwest, with seven miles of sandy beaches, 21 miles of trails,and inland Hamlin Lake. A 1-mile stretch of the Big Sauble River runs through the park and dumps out into Lake Michigan. This beautiful and popular spot in the park, which many visitors adore because of the warmer water and shallow spots for splashing, can also be dangerous depending on conditions. Knowing before you go is key.Check out some of the best beaches from our friends at Pure Michigan.SEGEMNET 3:Speaking of Ludington, we’ll do some more of that with our third guest. Brandy Miller, the executive director of the Ludington CVB joins us to share some news. After a very, very friendly battle with a certain city to the north, Ludington was named the SECOND best beach in Michigan by USA Today’s Top Ten, a popular national poll. We discuss this, plus events happening both on and off the beach in this lively tourist-y town this summer.SEGMENT 4:Finally, you know we have to talk about food on the show, or it just isn’t truly going behind the mitten, right? We meet Linda Dykert, known as the Queen of Conceesions at Holland State Park and the Ottawa Beach Store. She gives us the low-down on their famous donuts and sliders, how to properly eat at the beach, and just what is beach culture. We can’t wait to go visit Linda and soak up all this goodness.Our website is https://www.amyandgonzo.com/
44:50 6/24/24
The importance of Juneteenth: Dr. David Pilgrim of The Jim Crow Museum (June 19, 2024)
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODERecorded June 6, 2024On this special Podcast, we close out our special Juneteeth show with Dr. David Pilgrim of Ferris State University.  He is one of this country's leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity, and race relations, and is the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery. The museum uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice and has over 20,000 artifacts. It's a difficult topic, but one that is very important to study and learn from. Dr. Pilgrim has personally collected most of the collection and has developed a traveling exhibit so more people can experience it. On this Podcast he talks about the origins of the museum in the early '90s when he donated his collection to the University, and then moving into a larger space in 2012. Today he is also working on a permanent spot to house the collection on Ferris' campus.As for Juneteenth, he said the day represents a "celebration." He said a great historian once said, immediately after Emancipation, Juneteenth is an opportunity to "to celebrate, educate and agitate, and I think that's what it has always meant to me.... It's an opportunity to celebrate freedom. To educate people about the past... To get people's rights, like the right to vote." Learn more about the Museum at https://jimcrowmuseum.ferris.edu/index.htm.LISTEN TO FULL JUNETEENTH SHOW.Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
11:55 6/19/24
S6,E24: Juneteenth in Michigan (June 15-16, 2024)
It's a different kind of road trip this week, as we learn all about the Juneteenth holiday and talk with a variety of guests about different places around Michigan that hold special significance for African American history and culture. Juneteenth marks the final emancipation of slaves during the Civil War, on June 19 in Galveston Texas. Today, it is a day of celebration and education.We kick off the show with Chris Grier, who shares with us both the history and significance of the Juneteenth holiday. Grier is the historian for Idlewild, located near Baldwin, and known as the "Black Eden of Michigan. He was both born and raised at this special spot, and his grandfather was one of the founding members. We discuss the importance of Idelwild to it's members, and to the community as a whole. We also discuss how a certain movie brought attention to Idelwild's history, but also completely got the location wrong. Idlewild is in Michigan, not Georgia!Then, we meet with Cynthia Jones, who is the Director of Museum Experiences at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Did you know that the bus that Rosa Parks sat down in and helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement is right here? You can even climb on to experience history firsthand. We talk about why items of cultural significance are so important, and how The Henry Ford has integrated it into their exhibit "With Liberty and Justice for All".Annie Kelly from the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau stops by and we discuss the long history the Underground Railroad had in this part of Michigan. Known as a safe stop for escaped slaves, usually on their journey to Canada and freedom, Calhoun County, which includes Battle Creek, Marshall and Albion, now boasts several tributes to this time in history. We talk about the Underground Railroad memorial that you can experience here, as well as a 12-foot-tall statue of activist Sojourner Truth, who ended up calling Battle Creek her home for the last decades of her life.We close out this special show with Dr. David Pilgrim of Ferris State University.  He is one of this country's leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity, and race relations, and is the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum. The museum uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice and has over 20,000 artifacts. It's a difficult topic, but one that is very important to study and learn from. Dr. Pilgrim has personally collected most of the collection and has developed a traveling exhibit so more people can experience it. He is also working on a permanent spot to house the collection on Ferris' campus. Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 6/17/24
Steam Railroading Institute, Pere Marquette 1225 Podcast (June 6, 2024)
SEASON 6, BONUS PODCASTWelcome to a special Behind the Mitten podcast! BTM is Michigan's premiere radio show and podcast, bringing you the best of the Great Lakes State since 2014. With over 600 episodes under our belts, we're thrilled to have you join us for a special treat from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso.This podcast includes additional interview from our June 8-9, 2024 show (Season 6, E23). In it we take a closer look at the Pere Marquette 1225 in Owosso, a charming little town located a bit northeast of Lansing.Gonzo spent some extra time with volunteers, including Roger Scoville and Randy Paquette, former MSU students who started working on restoring the Steam Locomotive in 1970. They were members of the Michigan State University Railroad Club. Randy was member No. 2, and Roger was member No. 52. Today, some 50 years later and into retirement, they work as volunteers to keep this piece of American history alive so today's generation can learn from it. Jim said these trains "helped build this country dating back to the Civil War and through two World Wars." It's worth restoring, he added.This extended podcast includes interviews with Roger and Randy, as well as Dean Pyers, Executive Director of the Steam Railroading Institute.The Pere Marquette 1225 is best known for its relationship with the popular movie "The Polar Express." In fact, a film crew was on site to capture images, sound and video as it prepare for the movie. You will see some of that history in the museum.The Steam Railroading Institute also hosts the famous North Pole Express, a seasonal and extremely popular excursion based on a famous movie during the holiday season. This four-and-a-half-hour trip includes cocoa, and a visit to the Ashley Christmas Village, as well as a festive train ride. Stay tuned for ticket sales this summer. They sell out in advance.From individuals to large groups of school children, the Steam Railroading Institute is open to the public on select days from April to September for visits and tours. You can also book private charters, ride the 7.5 gauge mini-railroad, and experience other special train events.More information a michigansteamtrain.com.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to Behind the Mitten to find out!Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
30:30 6/12/24
S6,E23: All Aboard! A love affair with Michigan trains (June 8-9, 2024)
This week we go railside, and explore the fascinating world of trains around Michigan. What we found was a dedicated, passionate group of people, some incredible machinery, lots of history, and one new restaurant. We first meet Kyle Rosol, the general manager of the Friends of the Coopersville-Marne Railway, which is located just due west of Grand Rapids, about halfway to Grand Haven. His life-long passion for trains and railroads led him across town from Lowell to this dream job. The vintage train resides in Coopersville and travels a dedicated 7-mile track to Marne that was originally built in 1858. The historic cars do a 90-minute loop and a relaxing pace. The extra cool thing about this train is that each voyage out follows some type of theme, many of them seasonal. Check out Rails and Ales, and enjoy a craft beer or wine and an appetizer as you travel, or do the Summer Train and learn about the history of the area. The most popular are the fall Pumpkin Train and Holiday Train in December, please plan ahead for these.  Also, reserve ahead of time, and do not miss the Great Train Robbery, which Kyle shared with us. All we'll say is that bandits takeover and a certain someone has to arrive by horseback to save the day, which sounds pretty exciting to us.Owosso, a charming little town located a bit northeast of Lansing, has always been a favorite of ours after spending some time here eating the best fried chicken we ever had at our beloved Lula's Louisiana Kitchen, which has sadly since closed by fire. Taking a walk through downtown offers cute shops, bakeries to pop into, an absolutely lovely green park, and one colossal piece of American engineering.The Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso is home to the mighty Pere Marquette 1225 engine, which pulls the famous North Pole Express, a seasonal and extremely popular excursion based on a famous movie during the holiday season. This four-and-a-half-hour trip includes cocoa, and a visit to the Ashley Christmas Village, as well as a festive train ride.  Situated on the site of the former Ann Arbor Railroad’s steam shops and roundhouse in Owosso, SRI’s mission is to educate the public about steam-era railroading in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. From individuals to large groups of school children, SRI is open to the public on select days from April to September for visits and tours. You can also book private charters, ride the 7.5 gauge mini-railroad, and experience other special train events.Matthew Buskard has been a long-time friend and restaurant colleague of Amy's from way, way back. It's always a very proud moment to have this restaurant empire owner on the show, knowing how hard he has worked to get here, with multiple locations of his Bobcat Bonnie's popping up all over the state. His most recent spot just opened in the Lansing Train Station, which was formerly the home of Clara's. Matty Cakes tells us about the care they took in this renovation, maintaining many historical parts while consciously updating, which sounds kind of Goop-y but is decidedly not. He also gives us an update on the huge Michigan Central Station rebuild in Corktown by Ford, which sounds incredibly exciting for everyone, including his original location of Bobcat Bonnie's.Andrew Kercher, Community Engagement Manager and Historian for the Port Huron Museums, is another favorite guest, because his passion is just so apparent, and he makes learning effortless and fun. The museum family in Port Huron encompasses multiple locations, including the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Carnegie Museum, the Huron Lightship, and the Edison Depot. That last one is our focus on this show, where Kercher shares with us Thomas Edison's childhood in Port Huron and the importance of trains to this young entrepreneur. Plan a visit to this interesting spot this summer to experience history firsthand. Follow John and Amy:https://www.amyandgonzo.com/Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 6/10/24
S6,E22: Things to do at Mackinac State Historic Parks, like shooting a canon (June 1-2, 2024)
This week on Behind the Mitten we are back on our beloved Mackinac Island, visiting with our friends at Mackinac State Historic Parks. We recorded this show on-site at Fort Mackinac, after hauling all of our recording equipment up that famous hill. It was completely worth it, as it always is. Now, we will just start this off by saying that yes, we do fire off a historical cannon on this show. And yes, it was just as awesome as you can imagine. Fun fact we'll share: you can do it too. But before we get to that, we chat with a few friends about all you can experience at this premier state park. Dominick Miller, chief of marketing and a BTM regular, stops by to tell us just a little bit about what to expect at the parks this season. It's always a great reminder that Mackinac State Historic Park encompasses more than just the fort on the island, there are six different locations to enjoy. If you are on the mainland, pay a visit to Fort Michillimackinac for incredible historic exhibits as well as working archeological digs you can observe. You can also visit Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, or have an amazing adventure, or even zip-line, at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.On the island, you too can hike up to Fort Mackinac, and we do recommend it. It's a quintessential pure Michigan experience, from learning about our history to watching historical interpreters, it's the most famous spot on the island and has been for hundreds of years. Downtown, stop by the Mackinac Art Museum or the Biddle House to dive deeper. Craig Wilson, who joined the park in 2005 and is currently the chief curator at Mackinac State Historic Parks, enters the chat to tell us about the new exhibit at Fort Michilimackinac that will open later this summer. “Slavery at the Straights” focuses on what slavery meant during the 1770s here in Michigan, and it will be housed in the first new building erected at Colonial Michilimackinac since 2013.From the park website: Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, slavery was an integral part of the community at Michilimackinac, as well as the rest of Michigan. Enslaved Black and Native American men and women worked in all levels of society, doing everything from domestic work to skilled labor. Already a hub of the Great Lakes fur trade, Michilimackinac also served as the center of the regional trade in enslaved workers as French and British colonists exploited preexisting systems of Native American enslavement to feed a growing demand for enslaved labor.In addition, Wilson discusses the many outreach programs that Mackinac State Parks do in the off-season, bringing mobile exhibits to children throughout the state. It's a nice reminder that the Park's staff continues their important work documenting and sharing our Michigan history year-round and with all of our citizens. The main man himself joins us for our third segment, which is all about that huge new Milliken Nature Center at Arch Rock. Steve Brisson, Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks explains why this is such a big deal, the natural wonders you'll learn about here, and how Big Gretch lobbied for the name. Also, you'll hear about the many new restrooms.Finally.....we will blow that cannon off with one of the Mackinac State Park historical interpreters, Jack Swartzinski. He's been up at the Fort for a few summers now, and is a true pro. Yes, they are wearing real wool uniforms, so please do ask them about them and what they feel like. Yes, they are holding replica muskets from the era, so have them explain how to load that crazy gun. Yes, these are professional historical reenactors and they honestly live for your interest and questions. Don't be shy, ask away. Which of course, we do during the final segment and then proceed to fire that cannon. The thing about the cannon isn't the big boom, or the fact that you get to wake up all of Mackinac Island with it, although those two things are totally top-notch in our book. What is really interesting is learning the how and the why behind firing this piece of history from the interpreters. Their passion and knowledge about the fort and the straights is amazing, and to get to experience it first-hand is a total bucket-list experience. Plan your visit to Mackinac State Historic Parks before you go with help right here.https://www.mackinacparks.com/Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 6/6/24
S6,E21: Fireworks, pizza and ice cream - Why Bay City is Awesome! (May 25-26, 2024)
On this week's episode of Behind the Mitten, we head to beautiful Bay City and meet up with a few friends who help us explore the city like a local. We've had a long time connection with this town on the sunrise side of the state, each of us for different reasons. The common denominator has always been the people of Bay City, and on this show, you get to meet a few of our favorites. We start off with a little background about our personal connections to this nautical city, then we bring on our friends from D'Angelo's. Kellie and Dave Baranowski were first work acquantances of Gonzo, and then quickly became friends, which does tend to happen when you've visited their establishment for multiple food searches. D'Angelo's is known for thier award-winning pizzas, incredible hamburgers, fantastic fries......and one of the largest vegan menus in all of Michigan. Surprise! Who knew? Kellie and Dave share some of their favorite things to do in the area when they have a rare day off. Of course, they recommend visiting a few other restaurants in town, including Bay City Bill's and Mussell Beach Drive-In. We introduced these business owners to each other years ago, and since then, they've all become not just friends, but relentless supporters of each other. So......we decided to just have them on too.Earl Bovia owns Bay City Bill's, a charming little joint where you can get a great Bloody Mary, as well as some local chit chat, and even check out a mini-replica of the Might Mac Bridge made by one of the bridge workers himself. We know, it seems like a lot, but for some reason it all just works perfectly in Bay City. Earl and Gonzo spent a few Detroit Lions games together this year, so we have to talk about that. We also discuss the upcoming Bay City Fireworks Festival, which happens 4th of July weekend, and which Earl is president of. He gives us the downlow on this event, and possibly his take on the Lions 2024 season.Last, but never least, our great friends from Mussell Beach Drive-In, Catie Belfry and Liz Larner, stop by to talk about this iconic Michigan gem. We never know where to start when we are here, do we go with a classic big breakfast complete with pancakes and eggs? Or do we do the Michigan lunch dance with some of the best coney dogs in the state? Or do we say let's just go for the gold and get a huge cone of ice cream? It's all possible at this family-owned spot, and what a family they are. We are always excited to get back to Bay City, why don't you join us?Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 5/30/24
Mission Point Resort presents The McCartney Years 2024
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEWelcome to another exciting episode of Behind the Mitten, Michigan's premiere radio show and podcast, bringing you the best of the Great Lakes State since 2014. With over 600 episodes under our belts, we're thrilled to have you join us for a special treat from the enchanting Mackinac Island.This Week's Destination: Mission Point ResortWe took a delightful trip to the iconic Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, a place where history and luxury blend seamlessly. This week, we were in for a spectacular musical experience with none other than Yuri Pool and his incredible show, The McCartney Years.Guest Spotlight: Yuri Pool of The McCartney YearsYuri Pool is the mastermind behind The McCartney Years, a world-renowned tribute act that brings the legendary music of Paul McCartney to life with stunning authenticity. Known for their spellbinding performances and attention to detail, The McCartney Years have captivated audiences around the globe, and now, they’ve brought their magic to Mackinac Island.Episode Highlights:A Chat with Yuri Pool: We sat down with Yuri to discuss the inspiration and dedication behind The McCartney Years. Yuri shared how his love for Paul McCartney's music and his uncanny resemblance and voice have driven him to create a show that’s as close to the real thing as possible."It's an authentic, live concert experience of Paul McCartney's music from the Beatles to Wings,” Yuri explained. “What you're going to see is a show that goes back in time. It's almost as if you see Paul McCartney live in the 1970s. We perform on many of the original instruments that they played at the time. The lighting, the stage clothing, the harmonies, everything is live. Nothing is pre-recorded. And it's as if you step back in time and enjoy the music again or for the younger generation (they get to) enjoy it for the very first time.”Behind the Scenes: We got a sneak peek into what it takes to recreate the magic of McCartney's 1970s tours. From vintage instruments to era-specific stage setups, Yuri and his band leave no stone unturned to ensure an immersive experience.The Show Experience: Live at the Mission Point Resort Theatre, The McCartney Years deliver a dynamic, mesmerizing performance that’s family-friendly and accessible with tickets priced at just $25. Whether you're a long-time fan of Paul McCartney or discovering his music for the first time, this show is a must-see.BUY TICKETSWhy You Should Visit:Mission Point Resort isn’t just about luxurious accommodations and beautiful views; it’s also becoming a cultural hub on Mackinac Island. The collaboration with The McCartney Years is a testament to the resort's commitment to bringing top-tier entertainment to its guests. So, pack your bags and make your way to Mackinac Island for an unforgettable musical journey! Learn more about Mission Point Resort at missionpoint.com.Stay Connected:Make sure to subscribe to Behind the Mitten on your favorite podcast platform and follow us on social media for updates on our latest episodes and Michigan adventures. Thanks for tuning in, Behind the Mitten fans! We’ll catch you next time with more stories from the heart of Michigan.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to Behind the Mitten to find out!Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
11:23 5/22/24
S6,E20: Original Murdick's Fudge, Doud's Market, Mackinac House, Sip N Sail (May 18-19, 2024)
This weekend's show has us back on beautiful Mackinac Island. How lucky are we?We'll take you along with us as we kick off the show in the most Mac Island way possible.....by making fudge! Our good friend Carnell at Original Murdick's Fudge welcomed us onto the fudge floor and let us give it a try, live on the air.Let's just say it is not as easy as these professionals make it look.Fudge making is both an art, and a science, and something that truly takes years to master. Knowing how the ingredients will react to different temperatures in both the air and on the marble slab, understanding the alchemy between butter and sugar, knowing the exact time and temp to pour the brittle....this is science. Having that perfect flick of the wrist while turning the fudge to get that perfect level of creaminess? That is the art.One of our favorite fudge artisans opens the show this week, our very good friend Carnell Samuel. He's been making magic at Orginal Murdick's for 24 years now. He shares his journey from his homeland of Jamaica to the island with us, and why he loves the island now. As always, he's "FRESH IN".Nicole and Andrew Doud run multiple businesses across downtown, all while raising the three nicest little boys you'll meet on the island, including their oldest son. Louie Doud, who recently has been "working" over at Original Murdick's Fudge, is already well on his way to master fudge maker.  Andrew shared a bit about what it's like raising their boys on the island on the show, and you definitely want to hear why Louie has been fired from Doud's, and now must find work across the street. Doud's Market has a storied history, both on-island and off. Doud's is America’s oldest grocery store and has been serving the locals, residents, and visitors of Mackinac Island since 1884. Stroll through their aisles to find not just delectables like rotis chicken, freshly baked pizza by the slice, hot coffee, marinated steaks, prepped veggies, wines, beers, and assembled meals.......but also tons of pictures documenting the long history of this bustling center of the island.We ALWAYS buy a lottery ticket when we are at Doud's....tune in to find out why.Also, be sure to stop by Patrick Doud's Irish Pub right up the street for a perfectly poured pint, some fish and chips, and a big helping of Irish hospitality. Named for Andrew's great-grandfather, the pub honors his memory with pictures of the many buildings that "Mackinac's contractor" built across the island. Well worth a stop, for every reason.We visited The Mackinac House a luxury boutique hotel located just steps away from Main Street, but in a whole new world on Market Street, and chatted with general manager Alyssa. Removed just enough from the hustle and bustle of a busy summer day downtown, this charming inn offers 19 stunningly beautiful rooms to enjoy. The hard-working staff is ready to welcome you with a generous breakfast, plus yummy snacks throughout the day. Guests feel welcome to relax on the porch and watch the carriages go by, or use the inn as a base for exploring the island.We could spend days lounging on this porch."Inspired by a love of Mackinac Island and the simple delights that make it home, Nicole Doud took a leap of faith and opened Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island in May 2009. She had little retail experience at the time, but Nicole knew her weekend shopping trips to cute stores and small towns with mom growing up had to count for something. Things like using a cash register were eventually learned, but traveling the country and our beautiful state for unique gifts was something Nicole knew how to do by heart.Now entering its fifteenth year, Little Luxuries has blossomed into a charming gift shop that’s filled to the brim with home accents, body products, stationery, accessories, handmade goods, and more. We carry more than 200 vendors from across the country. Our store celebrates the spontaneous discoveries that happen when you slow down, stroll around, and embrace life’s simple joys."This is the store where you can wander around for hours, and always find something incredibly cute on the next shelf. Unique gifts galore, special island mementos, gorgeous goods from around Michigan....they have tchotchkes for any and all. Plus the staff is top-notch!We think that the Sip N' Sail Cruises is one of the coolest things you can do on the island, whether it is your first visit, or number one hundred.Since 2015, The Isle Royale Queen III has been owned by partners Veronica Dobrowolski, Co-Owner and CEO of Arnold Freight Company and Andrew and Nicole Doud, owners of Doud's Market and Little Luxuries retail stores. This historic ship used to sail on Lake Superior starting in the 1950s, ferrying people to Isle Royale. She made her way to Mackinac Island and now welcomes guests seven days a week in season.There are multiple cruising options, and something for everyone, from young to old. The classic Sip N' Sail Sunset Cruise is a favorite, hop on board to enjoy a craft beverage, live music, and a stunning sunset under the Mighty Mac. Or choose a Sunday Morning Mimosa Cruise, which from personal experience we can say is a great time. Special cruises featuring Michigan beer, bourbon, live music and history presentations are also available, plus you can book this boat privately for your own special party.Seeing the island from the water is truly a special treat, and so is cruising on the Isle Royale Queen. We highly encourage you to book this incredible experience in advance, so you won't miss out on its awesomeness.Mackinac Island is a Michigan gem any time of the year, we hope you’ll discover something new there this year.Follow John and Amy:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitter at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 5/19/24
S6,E19: All Outdoors in Gaylord, Michigan (May 11-12, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 18On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- It's kind of like our second home, but we are always excited to see what is new and happening in gorgeous Gaylord. Our number one guest co-host Paul Beachnau from the Gaylord Visitor's Bureau joins us this week, along with his co-worker, and paddle board enthusiast Christy Walcott. We love catching up with them about what is going on in Gaylord, and of course, they don't disappoint. Our first stop was at a brand-new coffee shop located downtown Gaylord, Brennan's. Ryan and Patty Kennedy opened this charming new spot recently, and you'll often find them working alongside their two young sons. Grab a latte, or freshly baked sweet, or maybe a pound of roasted coffee during your visit, and then head on out to tour and shop downtown.We head just a quick two minutes out of town to hook up with the North Central Trail and learn more about this extensive system. Local Gaylord resident Megan Rinck joins us to share what she loves about being all outdoors in Gaylord. She is a pretty serious athlete, enjoying everything from biking and hiking to extreme triathlons. We talk e-bikes, where to hike in Gaylord, and how she has totally taken over the winter Alpenfest in Gaylord. On our way back to town, we stopped at Jay's Sporting Goods, which has locations in both Claire and Gaylord. We had a pretty awesome time visiting with the general manager of Jay's, Mark Copeland. It was a wild time while we were there, Mark had us try out e-scooters (crazy ass good fun!), shoot a bow and arrows (this is much harder than it looks, but they'll coach you through it) and try out a crossbow (amazingly accurate). We'll tell you how you too can also fully experience Jay's, which is truly one of Michigan's premier sporting goods supply stores.We've been friends with Jordan Auwure for a few years now, and are always excited to hear what he is up to. He's one of those local heroes, who is so passionate about his local community that he is always cooking up something new for everyone to enjoy. This summer he'll be kicking off the summer music concert series in downtown Gaylord on May 10. Jordan shares some of the work he's been doing to get ready, as well as what to expect during this summer series.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:49 5/13/24
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours 2024 Podcast
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEOn this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- we visit Mackinc Island.Our travel mode for the day? A carriage ride with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. We want to thank our incredible driver Kaitlyn Mann for transporting us from West to East, and to all points in between. We felt like royalty driving around in the rain in the wicker wedding carriage! This special podcast with Kaitlyn shares what it's like to be a carriage driver on the island, why the horses are a big part of her life, and what she loves about living on Mackinac.Oh, and you get to meet her horses, Julian and Bubbles.Learn more about Mackinc Island Carriage Tours at mict.com.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten 
10:07 5/7/24
Soft Parade Vodka Podcast 2024
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEOn this special Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez podcast -- Gonzo and Amy sit down with the creators of Soft Parade Vodka, Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville and Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire.Kerry Lynch, directore of sales for Short's, and Richard Anderson, a co-owner of Iron Fish, talk about this Pure Michigan collaboration that is made with all natural ingredients and Michigan fruit - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.This is the second year of the collaboration, which is available now in local stores across Michigan for a limited time.Learn more at ironfishdistillery.com.Get a list of cocktail drinks at ironfishdistillery.com/softparadecocktails.Learn more about Shorts at shortsbrewing.com.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
10:06 5/7/24
S6,E18: A new season on Mackinac Island includes the return of iconic destinations (May 4-5, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 18On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- We are headed back to the island, Mackinac Island that is, and we couldn't be happier. Mackinac Island is one of our state's very special vacation spots, and we take you behind the scenes and all over the island to share all that is new for the 2024 season. We would like to thank Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, and our incredible driver Kaitlyn Mann, for transporting us from West to East, and to all points in between. We felt like royalty driving around in the rain in the wicker wedding carriage! Tune in to our special podcast with Kaitlyn about what it's like to be a carriage driver on the island, why the horses are a big part of her life, and what she loves about living on Mackinac. (LISTEN HERE.)We kick off this week with Steph Castelein from the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, who gives us an island "overview". We talk about a new development at Arch Rock which will help out weary trekkers, a fun new spot to play some old school video games, plus get updates on remodels that happened all over the island throughout the winter months.One major remodel, that has completely transformed a long-standing favorite, happened out on the West Bluff, at Stonecliffe Inn. Closed for the last two years, the Inn has undergone $40 million dollars in renovations, additions, and improvements. We get to hear all about it from Bethany McCann, the director of sales at the resort. We also got to tour the Inn, and let me tell you, it is totally fantastic. The wallpaper! The tiles! The themed rooms! New restaurants! New pool! New family cottages! It's awesome, and you don't have to stay at the Inn to experience that view from the bluff. We'll tell you just how to do that during this segment.We hopped back into our wedding carriage in a an absolute downpour and headed just a little ways down the road to that big, gorgeous wedding cake looking out over the straits, the Grand Hotel. The property was just awakening from it's winter work, and it's always fun to see what transformations have taken place. Our interview with Jeff Hess, senior VP of operations at the hotel, confirms that the new ownership team is just as in love with this beauty as Michigan is. We talk about some of the historically accurate renovations they've been working on, and ways to visit the Grand even if you aren't an overnight guest.Finally, it was back out in the rain (thankfully cozy warm under the extra blankets Katelyn provided) and headed back down to Main Street and out to East Bluff, where you are greeted by the incredible Great Lawn at Mission Point Resort.  The Ware family took a big leap of faith when they purchased the resort in 2014, but Liz and her brother Mark, along with support from their father Denny, had a vision and weren't afraid of hard work. Together, they've transformed the resort into a world-class destination. This summer, look for updated menus with delicious new items from Chef John Clements at both the Round Island Kitchen and at the very lovely Chianti. Insider tip: DO NOT MISS his pimento cheese dip. We also talk about the exciting new musical show that Mission Point is hosting all summer long at the Mission Point Theater. The McCartney Years is an international touring act featuring the music of the Beatles, Wings and Sir Paul, all brought stunningly to life by Yuri Pool, who will transform and perform each Wednesday through Sunday all season. This historically accurate show sounds incredible, and something totally new to enjoy with friends of all ages this summer.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 5/6/24
Makers Trail Festival 2024: Everything you need to know (St. Joe Today Podcast)
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEMakers Trail Festival, June 8, 2024, Weko Beach in BridgmanOn this special Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez podcast, Gonzo and Amy spend some time with friends at St. Joe Today at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conferece in April in Kalamazoo.They were able to get all the details about the Makers Trail Festival, June 8 on Weko Beach in Bridgman, which is an event that "will be popping corks, tapping kegs and pouring your favorite spirits ’til sunset," according to Daniele Crevier, events and operations manager at St. Joe Today.The party from 1-7 p.m. on Lake Michigan features the area's premier wine, beer, cider and spirit makers all in one place, as well as live music.Learn more at: makerstrailfestival.orgTickets are $10/person until 11:59 p.m. on May 31; $20/person June 1-7 and at the Gate (June 8); Children 12 & Under are FREEPaul KnappAt the end of the interview (at 9:57 marrk), Daniele introduces Gonzo and Amy to Paul Knapp, the new executive director at St. Joe Today, who is just getting his toes wet in new the job. You'll love listening to his excitement for his new role. Gonzo and Amy guess what line of work he did before taking over as executive director. Gonzo said he worked with horses, and Amy said he was in logistics. He called it a "career pivot." Tune in to find out.We hope you enjoy this Bonus Podcast.Where are we going to be next? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
15:27 5/2/24
S6,E17: Treetops 'Grill on the Hill' and summer golf 2024
SEASON 6, EPISODE 17On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- This week we travel to Gaylord and visit with our good friends at Treetops, Michigan’s Most Spectacular Resort. They are hosting their annual Grill on the Hill barbecue event this Saturday, May 4, and we got all the details. Plus, lots about golf, equipment, new food menus, and more on this episode of Behind the Mitten.We start off with an all-resort update from Treetops general manager Barry Owens, who is a regular on BTM. The Treetops team has been working hard all winter to be ready for the busy summer golf season.While winter was a bit of a bust, the lack of snow means that courses will be opening earlier than ever, and that is a great thing for Treetops. Tim Maddie, Director of Recreation Maintenance, and Mark Hogan, Recreation Manager at Treetops join us to talk all about golf. Course conditions are looking good across all five championship courses, including the famous par-3 Threetops course.New food and beverage director Jessie King is joining Treetops this season, after spending a few years working on Mackinac Island. She brings a new energy to the resort, and is working on menu and restaurant changes that you'll see throughout the season. Tune in to hear what its like to manage the food scene at a large property like Treetops.Grill on the Hill is one of the resort's signature events, and it's been reimagined for 2024 in partnership with Ebels General Store. We have Mr. Owens back on, along with our buddy Stephanie Adkins who works with Ebels. (Inside tip: You might remember her from when she was a reporter on TV 9&10 News).This mouth-watering event will feature a fierce BBQ competition, and tasting event, plus awards and prizes. Individual teams will showcase their grilling expertise in a lively competition, while guests get to indulge in delicious BBQ, interact with expert grillers, and enjoy live music, drinks, and entertainment suitable for all ages. You'll also be able to hang out with Amy if you go, as she is one of the judges for this smoke show.Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 5/1/24
Biere de Mac's Beer of the Year is back on tap! (April 23, 2024)
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEOn this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Gonzo was able to catch up with Danny Ranville of Biere de Mac Brew Works in Mackinaw City. The last time he stopped in (March), the award-winning Fleur de Mac - a Belgian farmhouse ale that was introduced in 2020 as a collaboration with Mackinac State Historic Park - was being brewed.Unfortunately, a Mackinaw City power outage stopped production of the beer, and their was a lot of anxciety over they would have to dump the beer and start over or whether they would be able to finish the process and put it on tap. Danny tells the story about they were able to finish the beer, which turned out just as good as the day Amy and Gonzo selected Fleur de Mas as Beer of the Year.In fact, Gonzo just tasted it this past weekend (April 22, 2024), and he reports that it is spot on. In fact, Danny was brewing another batch so the beer can be on tap this summer.Fleur de Mac comes in at 9% ABV and uses a special Belgian yeast, which yields an explosion of aromas on the nose and an extremely long dry finish. It's flawless. Taste it for yourself.Learn more about Biere de Mac Brew Works and Fleur de Mac, Beer of the Year!Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
12:00 4/23/24
Short's Anniversary Party, Celebrating 20 years in Bellaire: Everything you need to know (April 26-27, 2024)
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEOn this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Gonzo covers Short's 20th annual Anni Party with Sales Director Kerry Lynch and good friend/Short's sales rep, Ben Darcie.Kerry and Ben say: "We're celebrating TWENTY YEARS of beer liberation with 70+ beers and ciders for your mouth-holes!" The party in Bellaire is April 26 and 27, 2024 and includes great music, big laughs with old friends, and some of the G.O.A.T.'s from the Short's vault. The pre-party begins at 8 p.m. Friday (April 26) with Reggie Smith and Joe Short's band, Braxton Hicks and the Contractions. On Saturday (April 27), the party kicks off at 11 a.m. More bands, more beer!Bands include the Bootstrap Boys, Serita's Black Rose Duo, Stonefolk, DaVeonce & the Funk Gang, Delilah DeWylde, Nick Veine, Aldrich & Co, Brett Mitchell & the Mitchfits, Crosscut Kings, and Hail your Highness. Music starts in the Pub at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.Oh, and there is no admisison fee! Yes, it a free party at the pub and across the street at the outdoor band shell.Learn more:Short's Anni Party!, April 26-27Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
11:51 4/22/24
S6,E16: Short's Anni Party, Biere de Mac, Beer & Brat Fest, Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival (April 20-21, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 16On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Gonzo covers Short's 20th annual Anni Party, as well as Biere de Mac's Beer of the Year, Shepherd's annual Maple Syrup Festival and the popular Beer & Brat Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort.Learn more:Segment 1: Biere de Mac Fleur de Mac, Beer of the Year!Segment 2: Shepherd Syrup Festival April 26-28, 2024Segment 3: Crystal Mountain Resort Beer & Brat Festival, Memorial WeekendSegment 4: Short's Anni Party!, April 26-27Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 4/22/24
Michigan Wine Month: Chris Lopez, Black Star Farms Podcast (April 20, 2024)
SEASON 6, BONUS EPISODEOn this bonus episode of Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Amy and Gonzo talk to Chris Lopez of Black Star Farms. He is a legendary member of the tasting team room, and he is probably one of the most recognizaebale members of the Black Star team.Tucked in the rural farmland and beautiful countryside of the Leelanau Peninsula, you will find Black Star Farms on a unique 160-acre winery estate of the Leleenaw Peninsula. After a 15-minute drive from Traverse City along scenic M-22, a stunning vineyard welcomes you to our original flagship property, which has delighted guests since 1998.Take a trip up north and enjoy a respite in our equestrian-inspired 10-room Inn. The tasting room offers a large selection of internationally award-winning wines and spirits crafted from local fruit. The inspired culinary team will delight you with local farm-fresh cuisine at our Bed and Breakfast in Traverse City, the popular Arcturos Dining Series, or the onsite Bistro Polaris.Enjoy nature with over three miles of onsite hiking trails, multiple outdoor patios, vineyard walks, and strolls past our numerous horse paddocks. The beautiful outdoors, lakes and beaches, small quaint towns, and our team await you.You may also experience selections from our 50+ wines, cider, and spirits at our Old Mission Winery and Tasting Room, conveniently located just minutes from downtown Traverse City among the rolling hills and spectacular views of Old Mission Peninsula.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
17:45 4/20/24
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival 2024: Everything you need to know (April 26-28)
Vermontville Maple Syrup FestivalApril 26-28, 2024Michigan's original maple syrup festival since 1940!Parade starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.www.syrupfest.orgIn this podcast, John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman interview Mary Ann Hayes about the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, which is the original maple syrup festival in Michigan and came about in 1940, when local syrup producers gathered in a barber shop to discuss a way to sell their product.The festival is always held during the last full weekend in April. The local syrup producers place themselves throughout the village to sell syrup, candies, crème, and other treats like the ever-popular maple syrup cotton candy. The weekend offers something for everyone — carnival rides, a talent show, arts and crafts, a flea market, two parades, a petting zoo, a princess pageant, various informational displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby, arm wrestling, and more!Learn more at syrupfest.org.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
11:50 4/20/24
S6,E15: Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism 2024 (April 9-11)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 15On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Amy and Gonzo attend the annual Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism in Kalamazoo to talk to industry experts, learn about trends and introduce you to a Pure Michigan Pie!Segment 1: In the show's opening segment, Amy and Gonzo learn a lot about how Europeans view Michigan as a tourism destination through the eyes - and lovely accents - of Thomas Vogler, who represents Pure Michigan in Germany, and Yolanda Fletcher, our rep in the United Kingdom and Ireland.Segment 2: In the hallways of this year's conference at the Radisson Hotel, Amy and Gonzo bumped into Patty Janes of Michigan Cares for Tourism, a 100% volunteer, 100% give-back partnership where tourism professionals come together to help restore Michigan’s historic, cultural and natural attractions. Patty introduced them to Shane Morse of the Department of Natural Resouces. As a park supervisor at Hayes State Park in Lenawee County, he has worked on a variety of projects over the years. He supervised a project at Cambridge Junction State Historic Park in Brooklyn near the Michigan International Speedway. He said DNR reps on hands were "just in awe with amount of work that is able to get done" with all the volunteers who showed up. (By the way, Cambridge is the only state park in Michigan that hosts a farmer's market. It takes places on Sundays each summer from May-October.)Segment 3: Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, talks about the impact of Michigan's 400-plus breweries on the state's tourism industry. Michigan ranks as the No. 6 state for craft breweries in the country.Segment 4: Grand Traverse Pie Company debuted its Fruits of Summer Pure Michigan Pie at the conference, where attendees as well as to BTM's Amy and Gonzo got a sneak preview of it. Grand Traverse Pie Company co-owner Mike Busley tells us about all the fresh Michigan blueberries and cherries that go into the new pie, as well as the power of pie through helping families and children. The pie will go on sale May 6 at all of his stores and Meijer. (Oh, as for the pie....it's yummy. In fact, someone on the Behind the Mitten team had two slices? Can you guess who?)Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 4/19/24
Michigan Destinations: Sleepy Hollow Beach Resort in South Haven
BEHIND THE MITTEN - MICHIGAN DESTINATIONSSleepy Hollow Beach Resort is South Haven's only beach front luxury resort!Sleepy Hollow Beach Resort in South Haven combines the iconic Art Deco style with 21st century amenities such as our Olympic size heated pool, a variety of sports & recreational activities, and don’t forget our 1,000 feet of private terraced beach with direct stairwell access to magnificent Lake Michigan. Add the most spectacular sunsets on earth and you and your family are in for a once in a lifetime vacation experience!Address: 400 North Shore Drive, South Haven, Michigan 49090.Phone: 269-637-1127Email: info@sleepyhollowbeach.comMore details on Facebook and their website.Learn more about Behind the Mitten Destinations at amyandgonzo.com.Lisent to the award-winning Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters show every weekends on 20+ radio stations across 14 markets in Michigan.Our affiliates HERE.
00:59 4/16/24
S6,E14: What to eat, drink and see at Comerica Park 2024 (April 6-7, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 14On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Amy and special guest host Phil Tower take you to Comerica Park, which just unveiled the second largest video scoreboard in Major League Baseball. They'll tell you want to eat, drink and see at Comerica Park in 2024 as fans flock to downtown Detroit to root, root, root for the Tigers!Segment 1: Amy Sherman and Phil Tower (who is also BTM's executive producer) taste their way around the ballpark, which this season offers delicacies from some of Detroit's top-rated eateries, including Taqueria El Rey, Yum Village, Marrow, Green Dot Stables and others.Segment 2: Comerica Park Chef Mark Szubeczak stops by to tell you what's new, and offers some insider tips, too.Segment 3: Slow's Bar BQ's Brian Perrone, co founder and executive chef, talks about his love for the Tigers, and great BBQ! Listen to his story about why they are offering tasty BBQ Burrito's this season.Segment 4: Along with the incredible, new video scoreboard, fans can enjoy some great giveaways this season, especially on Saturdays. Taylor Olson, Director of Marketing for the Detroit Tigers, gives us all the details.We hope you tune in and start planning your trip to Comerica Park!Where are we going to be next week? We don't know. But tune in to find out.Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 4/8/24
S6,E13: Traverse City 'Uncorked' - A great way to celebrate Michigan Wine Month in May (March 30-31, 2024)
SEASSON 6, EPISODE 13On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Amy and Gonzo take you to Traverse City, which is blessed to have about 50 wineries in the region. To prepare for May, which is Wine Month in Michigan, our friends at Travere City Tourism have created TC "Uncorked"! Our show this weekend is all about planning ahead for a great time in the Grand Traverse Bay area. Segment 1: Traverse City "Uncorked" offers a flurry of events and fun all throughout May. We'll tell you all about it with our good friend Trevor Tkach, who gives us the inside scoop on the digital passport that you JUST have to have for Wine Month. He also lets us in on a cool giveaway that you can get just by visiting a few wineries in the area. Trust us, it's COZY.Segment 2: To make sure you undertake TC Uncorked in the safest, most relaxed fashion possible, we are pleased as punch to have Grand Traverse Tours join us to share just how easy it is to book a ride around either peninsula.Segment 3: Kyle Brownley of Chateau Chantal (Mission Point Peninsula) stops in to tell us about their plans for the spring and summer, including what new releases we should be looking forward to.Segment 4: Our hosts - Lee Lutes (Winemaking Operations) and Sherry Campbell Fenton (Managing owner) of Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula - also talk about new releases, but also cover the vineyard's culinary offerings year around. WOWZA.We hope you tune in and start planning for an incredible May in Traverse City.Where are we going to be next week? It has to do with baseball!!!!! Stay tuned to Behind the Mitten to find out!Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 4/1/24
S6,E12: Reed City, Cadillac, Kalkaska and Kingsley - A U.S. 131 road trip (March 23-24, 2024)
SEASON 6, EPISODE 12On this weekend’s Behind the Mitten Show with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez -- Amy and Gonzo take you behind the scenes of a typical travel day when they have to travel from Grand Rapids to Traverse City on an assignment. They make stops in Reed City, Cadillac, Kalkaska and Kingsley. Tune in to this fantastic road trip where they find new favorites, visit old stomping grounds, and meet two excellent sales ladies.Segment 1: We can't wait to share a new place we finally visited, the H&D Chuckwagon in Reed City on US 10 just off 131. INCREDIBLE DONUTS. We mean INCREDIBLE. They are huge, they are delicious, they are ONLY $3.50. Apple fritters, iced cinnamon rolls, stuffed long johns. Plus, all their bread is homemade, Darla was awesome, and the place was jumping.Segment 2: Cadillac gets a drive-by, with stops for some great Mexican food, a visit to the Cadillac Party Lounge, which is nowhere near as wild as it sounds, and we learn about the infamous KISS Monument in Cadillac. Yes, that would be the rock band and yes, we did say monument, and yes it is in Cadillac.Segment 3: A new-to-us brewery seems to always be on our list, so this time we visit Kingsley Local Brewery, a charming spot that is clearly a community place. Thanks to Rachel Leatherman for taking care of us. While there, we got accosted by two lovely Girl Scouts from Troop 8716, Ally and Payton. You know we walked across the street and got the goods. They were enthusiastically raising money to help the Johnson family, who recently have been facing cancer. These girls were total gems, and just another example of hope for the future.Segment 4: We continue north, and stop in Kalkaska, where if you want a great fish (or sandwiches and burgers) you want to go to the Trout Town Tavern & Eatery where pre-Covid they even served fresh fish and eggs for breakfast. Later in the day stop at The Kal-Ho Lounge for pizza and a little local color, which is always a good call. We'll also share where you can find the largest selection of Short's beer outside the pub, alongside some great grinders.We hope you'll join us as we hit the road this week!Who could we possibly have on the show next week? Who knows! But stay tuned to Behind the Mitten to find out!Follow John and Amy:Website: amyandgonzo.comFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/behindthemittenTwitterX at @BehindTheMittenInstagram at @BehindTheMitten
44:50 3/25/24

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