Michigan Week hit the double nickel this year. Since 1954 it’s provided a reason for communities, schools and groups to celebrate the state’s history and specialness.
The official dates are May 16-22, but don’t expect major hoopla. Events are low-key; the Michigan Week Web site admits, “Due to limited state resources, we can no longer provide printed items such as posters or sponsor some of the state-level activities that were part of Michigan Week in previous years.”
So we don’t have buttons broadcasting a theme like 1997’s “Celebrate the Magic of Michigan: It’s No Illusion.” Instead of apologizing, the state should explain that in an effort to “go green” it is saving resources by eliminating frivolous promotional items.
Besides, does anyone really like those metal buttons with pins that make holes in clothing that require a magician to repair? Michigan is plenty magical without them.
This is no hocus-pocus: travel deals are plentiful across Michigan, so now is a good time to plan a Great Lakes State getaway.
If you need a reminder or introduction to the state, take a look at the new Pure Michigan ads that are appearing on cable TV stations across the nation, then order your free Michigan Travel Ideas magazine and start packing.