Author: Madison Gardner

Mackinac Island: Grand Gardens and Grounds at the Grand Hotel

People from all over the country and the world come to visit Mackinac Island. It’s their chance to experience the charming midwest culture. Mackinac Island is home to some mouth-watering fudge, carriage tours and the infamous Grand Hotel.  The Grand Hotel has been a Northern Michigan staple since 1887. From their rooms to their dining experiences and amenities, everything is…

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival: Lilac Expert Jeff Young Explains why Lilacs are Late Blooming this Year

Hundreds if not thousands of people come out to the Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island each year expecting to see beautiful lilacs in bloom. This year however, the lilacs are slow to bloom. Jeff Young, the Lilac Expert that comes in from Vermont explains that the brutally cold winter has hindered their growth. But not to worry, these lilacs are…

The Pink Pony’s Signature Lilac Lemonade Celebrating the Kick-off of the 71st Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Today is the official start of the Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island. An event that brings in hundreds, if not thousands of people to explore this charming little island. With the cold and wet spring Northern Michigan had, the lilacs are slowly starting to bloom.  The Pink Pony knows how to celebrate the festival in style — with their signature…

16 Year-Old Gymnast takes Home Gold at Nationals

“If you want to be good, you want to be the best it’s like a full time job,” says head coach at Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics, Jennifer VanDeinse. But, if you ask local gymnast Olyvia Galton she says being good takes three simple things. “Hard work, determination and just loving it.” Olyvia Galton is 16 years-old and a level 9 in…

Midnight Harvest: Gourmet and Garage Grown Mushrooms

Most people store cars in their garage but Matt Hall of Midnight Harvest has a better use — growing gourmet mushrooms. “I run an indoor mushroom farm. Essentially growing mushrooms indoors 24 hours 7 days a week 365 days a year,” says Matt Hall.  This is a dream job for Matt Hall — it’s where his passion for science and…