3 Ways to Spark Holiday Cheer in Mt. Pleasant This Year

As fall leaves turn into winter flakes, bundle up, grab your friends and family, and head to downtown Mt. Pleasant! These upcoming events are guaranteed to warm your heart and spark holiday cheer throughout the community.

Christmas Celebration

From Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2, visit downtown Mt. Pleasant to feel the holiday spirit at the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for 24 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, and hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with Santa and the lighted parade on Saturday.

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New this year, the parade will feature a contest with winners selected for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship” and “Most Holiday Spirit.” Among the winners, one will be named “Best in Show.” To be eligible, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 30, 2017. Find the parade application here.

For a list of activities throughout the two-day celebration and additional information, please visit the City’s blog here.

Santa’s House

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Mt. Pleasant!  Visit Santa and the North Pole at Town Center, on the corner of Main and Broadway streets, this Holiday season.

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Bring your letters to the bright red mailbox and make sure Santa hears your Christmas wishes. Listen to Holiday music and have the yearly conversation with the big guy, himself. Santa Claus is available for free visits through Christmas, and photos are welcome.

When will you be making your way to the North Pole?

Santa’s Hours 2017
Friday, Dec. 1 ~ 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 ~ 3-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 ~ Off to Deliver Toys!

25 Days of Christmas

Dec. 1 isn’t just day one of the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, it’s also the first of the 25 Days of Christmas downtownThroughout the month of December, this holiday calendar will bring special attention to each day leading up to Dec. 25.

You’ll have dozens of reasons to #makedowntownyourdestination this holiday season as you’re welcomed with lively decorations, holiday-themed activities, and can’t miss promotions. The Christmas Tree at Town Center, Holiday Light Curtains and lit trees along the sidewalk set the stage to brighten even the chilliest of days.

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With confirmed participants, including the gang at the Bird Bar & Grill, the Broadway Theater, Guys and Dolls Photography, and Art Reach, local businesses will continue to release promotions and activities from now through Dec. 25.

For all of the “25 Days of Christmas” details, click here!

 

3 Reasons Why the Mt. Pleasant Airport is a Community Asset

Active since 1940, the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport is administered as a department within the Division of Public Works of the City of Mt. Pleasant. Covering an area of 344 acres, the airport is categorized as a General Utility Airport with two available runways.

Highlighted in this month’s “Why MP,” check out 3 reasons why the Mt. Pleasant Airport is a community treasure.

1. The City airport adds millions of dollars to the local economy each year.

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1935 – First Airplane to Visit Mt. Pleasant

Close to 1,300 aircraft utilize the airport annually, bringing visitors to the Mt. Pleasant area who stay at local hotels, eat at local restaurants and patron local businesses. As a result, nearly $8 million of revenue is added to the community each year!

“When the doors open on the plane, I rarely know who’s going to be on the other side,” said Airport Manager Bill Brickner. “People use the airport for a wide variety of reasons, from selling wares and delivering emergency parts, to transferring prisoners. Even celebrities use our airport.”

Corporate aircraft are among those that use the airport regularly, serving as a means of transportation for several companies, including Morbark, Bandit Industries, Delfield, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Meijer, Walmart, Kay Jewelers and Harley Davidson – just to name a few!

2. It serves as a resource for community safety and emergency services.

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Used for the U.S. Military, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police and Medi-Vac flights, the City Airport offers a quick and efficient method of transportation for those in emergency situations. With on-call staff members and a 24-hour phone line, emergency personnel rely on the airport in times of need.

Most recently, the airport housed airplanes that helped people in the paths of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma flee Texas and Florida.

In addition, the nonprofit organization, Wings of Mercy, uses the Mt. Pleasant Airport to provide free air transportation to distant medical centers for those with serious or rare illnesses in need of specialized care. Wings of Mercy connects those who can’t afford the financial burden of commercial flights with volunteer pilots who can get them there.

3. It offers educational and engaging events to promote aviation to all ages.  

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Young Eagles Day

The Airport plays host to events organized by Chapter 907 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a group of aviation enthusiasts who plan events tailored to engage community members of all ages in hopes of sparking interest in aviation.

This year alone, the EAA’s Young Eagles program has provided free airplane rides to approximately 120 kids between the ages of 8-17. “With each flight lasting about 20 minutes, local kids love the opportunity to fly over Mt. Pleasant and potentially their houses,” says Brickner.

Another EAA-hosted event, “Wings & Wheels,” takes place on Sept. 16. For details, check out the Facebook event page here.

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EAA Chapter 907 – With a team of only 5 individuals making up the staff at the airport, the EAA loves to volunteer their time and effort to ensure the future of aviation is as bright as ever.

For more information about the Mt. Pleasant Airport, contact Airport Manager Bill Brickner at (989) 444-1996 or bbrickner@mt-pleasant.org.

To learn more about the local chapter of EAA, go to www.907.eaachapter.org.

Three parks to explore this summer

Mt. Pleasant hosts an array of beautiful parks with more than 10 to explore. Island Park and Nelson Park are two community favorites, but what about the rest of the parks? Here are three more you should add to your summer bucket list.

Chipp-A-Waters Park 

 

With 30 acres of land, Chipp-A-Waters stretches along the Chippewa River. It’s the perfect place to adventure in Mt. Pleasant! Trails and outlooks offer the opportunity to observe nature and wildlife, and the “Access Adventure Trail”, makes it easy through an interactive tour. Check out the park’s other perks:

  • Canoe launch
  • Playground equipment
  • Shelter and picnic tables
  • GKB Riverwalk Trail access
  • Restroom

Mission Creek Woodland Park

 

Get in touch with nature by visiting Mission Creek Woodland Park! There are four trail loops that wind through the woods, including some along Mission Creek. This park has no shortage of things to do– check out the sledding hill in the winter or Hannah’s Bark Park this summer!

  • 60 acres
  • Two pavilions
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Open play field

Horizon Park

 

Although Horizon Park isn’t quite as big as the others, it still offers something for everyone. With a paved fitness trail, it’s the ideal park for those looking to get their steps in!

  • 22.5 acres
  •  Soccer fields, softball field and tennis court
  • Quarter-mile paved fitness trail
  • Newly-constructed “Carolynn Cosan Pavilion”
  • Playground Equipment
  • Restroom

10 Reasons to Make Downtown Your Destination this Summer

Summertime in Mt. Pleasant features not only beautiful scenery, but a wide variety of things to do! Events around the City offer something for everyone. Check out this list of why you should head downtown this summer:

1. Thrilling Thursdays

If you’re looking for some fun activities to fill your Thursday nights this summer, downtown is the place to be. Starting June 15, events like Yogapalooza, Bugs R Us and Mad Science Fair will be happening at the Town Center. To learn more about each week’s events, click here.

2. Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series

While you’re downtown for Thrilling Thursdays, stick around for a concert! The series opens on June 29 with country singer Brandon Ray. For the full line up, check out the Max & Emily’s Facebook page.

3. Spray Park

Hot day? Don’t want to spend it inside? Your little ones will love the Spray Park at Island Park. It’s designed for youth ages 12 and younger, and features 100 water activated sprayers and nozzles. The park is opened for the summer, so be sure to check it out! Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

4. Timber Town 2.0

Speaking of parks, Timber Town 2.0 is the latest Mt. P treasure! Thank you to the community volunteers who made this park possible. We think it’s pretty cool… So we can’t wait for you to check it out! The park officially opens on June 9. Want to be there for the opening? Come to our community event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to catch the ribbon cutting ceremony.

5. Trails

And while you’re out and about, check out the rest of the parks Mt. P has to offer! There are some cool trails too– perfect for a morning run or afternoon dog walk. Our website lists all of our parks along with maps of each.

6. Downtown shops & eateries

Searching for the perfect gift or date night? Look no further than downtown Mt. P. With cute, local shops and delicious hidden gems, downtown is the perfect place to spend a day out. Grab some coffee at the Coffee House to start your day, then work your way down Broadway and Main hitting shops like Basketree and Trillium. Getting hungry? Don’t even hop in the car. Walk to Max & Emily’s for soup and sandwiches, or check out the Brass Cafe for some unique cuisines.

7. Movies by Moonlight

Mark your calendars for Saturdays in August! The Movies by Moonlight series kicks off on August 5 with the movie “Zootopia.” Find a spot on the hill at City Hall to catch the 8:30 p.m. showing. Here’s the line up:

August 12 – Lego Batman

August 19 – Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story

August 26 – Finding Dory

Bring your blankets and snacks… There’s nothing better than a summer movie night!

8. Farmers’ Market

One of the best parts of summer: the fresh fruits and veggies found at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market! Pick up some healthy, local food and products at Island Park on Thursdays and City Hall on Saturdays. The Thursday Farmers’ Market goes until October 26 and the Saturday Market begins June 24.

9. Car Show

On July 15, head downtown to catch the second annual Car and Motorcycle Show! The event, put on by the Home Builders Association, will feature contests like hula hooping, bubble blowing and watermelon eating in addition to the classic cars. Stick around until 5 p.m. to watch the trophy presentation. 60 cars will receive awards!

10. Other events around town

If that’s not enough, Mt. Pleasant also hosts events such as the Craft Beer Festival and and Art Walk Central. On Saturday, June 10, adults 21 years of age and older have the opportunity to sample Michigan’s own beer and fine wine. Later in the summer, Art Walk Central will fill the Mt. Pleasant community with art and cultural events such as a poetry slam, chalk art and artist talks. The art competition starts Aug. 3 and lasts until the end of the month.

For a full list of events happening in Mt. Pleasant this summer, visit www.mountpleasantwow.com.

Top 5 reasons to love spring in Mt. Pleasant

We love this City all year-round, but there’s just something about spring that gets us excited to go outside and explore! Here are the top 5 reasons why we love spring in Mt. Pleasant so much:

1. The scenery

Mt. Pleasant always manages to look beautiful… But especially so in the spring! With flowers in full bloom and grass as green as can be, the City looks postcard perfect. Stroll downtown on a crisp spring day or explore CMU’s campus in the peak of springtime. Post a pic on Instagram and use the hashtag “#mtpleasantmi” to give us the chance to repost on our page. We love seeing spring in Mt. Pleasant!

2. The parks

Whether you want to play tennis, go for a run or just take a walk with your friends, there is always something to do at the City’s beautiful parks. Now that the snow will be gone for good, take advantage of the many trails in our parks! Our recommendation? Check out the GKB Riverwalk Trail. It’s 1.8 miles long and connects five of Mt. Pleasant’s most popular parks. We even have a map.

3. The start of spring sports

Whether you’re looking to watch a college baseball game or sign your child up for some tee-ball, there’s no shortage of spring sports in Mt. Pleasant! CMU baseball and softball games are already underway, or check out a CMU women’s lacrosse game! If you have little ones, register them for the Chippewa Kids Club to score a free ticket to select CMU sporting events.

As for Mt. Pleasant youth sports, spring soccer and tee-ball both start April 29. The “Start Smart” tee-ball for youth ages 3-5 starts May 2. Click here for more information on youth athletics and activities in the City.

4. Easter activities

This year, Easter falls on April 16– and we have a couple of fun (and free!) activities for kids leading up to it! On April 8, come to CMU’s Finch Fieldhouse for The Great Egg Scramble. Between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., children ages 2-10 scramble for plastic toy and candy-filled eggs, candy and prizes. Crafts, games and refreshments are all part of the festivities as well. For the older kids, check out the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt on April 9th at 8:30 p.m. The event taking place at Island Park South Shelter will feature hundreds of candy-filled eggs and the chance to win cool prizes!

5. Timber Town 2.0

Mark your calendars: the community build of Timber Town 2.0 starts May 17!  We’re very excited for the new playground… It has some really cool features we think you and your family will love! However, we can’t build it without your help. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.uwgic.org/timbertown. For more information and pictures of the new design, check out www.timbertownmp.org or www.facebook.com/TimberTown2.0.

 

Happy spring, Mt. Pleasant!

5 Reasons Why Mount Pleasant is a Great College Town

  1. The Location

Located right in the center of the mitten, the City of Mount Pleasant appeals to students from every corner of the state. Mt. P is just an hour away from Lansing, an hour and a half from Grand Rapids, and two and a half hours from Detroit. The quick drive up to CMU is easy, but the nearly “Up North” vibe of Mount Pleasant makes it feel like a world away.

  1. The Opportunity

Mount Pleasant hosts an array of businesses and restaurants. In the last few years, multiple new restaurants have opened on Mission Street. Many of these places employ students part time while they go to school. CMU students have the opportunity to intern, work and develop by getting involved during their time at school.

  1. The Parks

Mount Pleasant is home to parks, trails, and a river. You can spend the day hanging out at Island Park, walking one of the many trails or kayaking down the Chip River. Whether it’s summer or winter, there are always things to see and do in the City’s beautiful parks.

  1. The Downtown

Close to campus, Main Street offers a wide variety of restaurants and quaint local businesses. Shopping, pottery painting and great homemade food are all found downtown Mount Pleasant. Take a study break before finals week and head to the annual Christmas Celebration downtown– it proves to be a fun event for residents of all ages!

  1. The Entertainment

With multiple golf courses, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, a movie theater and a summer concert series, there is always something to do in Mount Pleasant. When you’re not busy with homework, head out for a game of golf on a sunny day or spend a rainy day catching a new movie. Home to Soaring Eagle, Mount Pleasant has become a tourist destination for many looking for a short getaway or big-name concert.

*featured photo courtesy of www.cmich.edu