Monday, January 28, 2013

Celebrating #176YearsofAwesome

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By Doctor

Our favorite state celebrated a birthday on Saturday. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the Great Lake State, Michigan joined the Union as the 26th state on January 26, 1837 when President Andrew Jackson signed his John Hancock.

How to celebrate such an occasion? Well, we at Michigan Expats at here to help. We’ve shared ideas on how to throw a Michigan themed party before – while it’s late for the birthday, it’s always a great theme party idea.

How’d I celebrate Michigan’s birthday? Well, I’m back in Michigan, so I decided to participate in one of the six Tweetup birthday celebrations hosted by Awesome Mitten across the state including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Marquette.

176 years of having the upper hand on Ohio
The events were a part of a fun campaign by Awesome Mitten to promote what we love about Michigan through celebrating the birthday. They also hosted a Michigan birthday bake-off, collected warm weather clothing items for those in need through local organizations, and sponsored the hashtag #176YearsofAwesome on Twitter for Michiganders to share what it is they think makes Michigan awesome (like not being Ohio).

I attended the Tweetup at The Mitten Brewing Company in Grand Rapids a.k.a. “Beer City, U.S.A.”, so naturally it had to be at a brewery.

Beyond beer and delicious pizza, Awesome Mitten had dry erase boards for people to write their own birthday card to Michigan and share it on Twitter – check them out at #176YearsofAwesome.

They word spread as the brewery was standing room only all afternoon and Awesome Mitten collected dozens of hats, gloves, and jackets at Mitten Brewing Co. for In The Image to provide to those in need.

As a bonus, Awesome Mitten also had door prizes from MichiganAwesome.org, The Mitten Brewing Co., and other local businesses. I’m proud to say I came away with another Michigan Awesome t-shirt (“Lake Effective”) to go along with the “Smitten with the Mitten” shirt I wore to the event.

Overall, it was a fun afternoon. It was awesome to meet fellow Michigan bloggers, Kristen from Awesome Mitten and Bryan from Mitten Brew, and look forward to seeing them around Grand Rapids and other Michigan themed events across the Mitten.

And yes, the pizza and beer were excellent. The Mitten makes coal fired flat bread artisan pizzas, and I went with the Pesto Chicken with red onions and artichoke hearts (I love artichoke hearts on pizza). I look forward to future visits to try the Thai and Chicken BBQ pizzas, especially now receive 10% off food with my new membership card from I’m a Beer Hound. In fact, I’m planning to go back this Thursday for a Grand Rapids Young Professionals event, so I may have to finally devote a full post to a comprehensive review.
 
I hope your Michigan birthday also went well. Now that you’ve read all of our post, please take the time to check out the other Michigan blogs and websites I’ve linked to above. 

Happy Birthday, Michigan, "the most recognizable destination from space."