Take Part in a Christmas Story E-mail
Where will Millie go next? It’s up to the public to decide as they take part in a distinctive holiday campaign created by Grand Rapids-based advertising firm, Highland Group. The independent company has launched an interactive website allowing people to create a Christmas story based around a single paragraph about the main character, Millie, who steps out of a pickup truck Christmas morning with little money after a five day journey.

The Long Road to Freedom E-mail
A new exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum offers a look at slavery through the eyes of one of the enslaved. Slavery on Trial: The Long Road to Freedom examines the institution of slavery in America from Colonial times until Civil War from the perspective of Dred Scott, a slave who sued for his freedom at the United States Supreme Court.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Michigan Christmas Tree E-mail
By Dianna Stampfler

Load up the family and head out to the country to visit one of the many farms that have kept the tradition of fresh-cut Christmas trees alive and growing. Once you’re there, the experience begins when you climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon for the trek out to pick out the fir, pine or spruce of your choice. Pass by open fields where buffalo still roam. Stop by the petting zoo to visit with Comet and Dasher. After you’ve loaded your tree up on your car, head inside to warm up with a cup of hot cider. Don’t leave without stocking up on decorations, garlands and wreaths. And if you’re lucky – real lucky – maybe you’ll even get a chance to meet Old St. Nick!

Grand Rapids Selects Citywide Wireless Broadband Provider E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids announced that is has selected Clearwire to construct the WiMAX/WiFi broadband network that will cover all 45 square miles of the city with wireless internet access. The Grand Rapids project will be the first time that the Kirkland, Washington-based ISP has partnered with a municipal government to build a network of this type.

Meijer Gardens Exhibit Celebrates Holiday Traditions from Around the World E-mail
More than 40 internationally decorated trees again adorn the corridors of Frederik Meijer Gardens throughout the holiday season as part of the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition. Now in its 12th year, the annual celebration features an indoor railway garden, horse-drawn carriage rides, dozens of Christmas-themed exhibits and more than 300,000 indoor and outdoor lights.

GRAM Reveals New Graphic Identity E-mail
The Grand Rapids Art Museum has unveiled a brand-new logo in conjunction with the move to the new museum currently under construction on Monroe Center. Created by local design firm BBK Studios, the graphic is meant to reflect the classic modern design and abundance of natural light of the new building.

1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting E-mail
The Grand Rapids Art Museum will present its first annual Christmas tree lighting at the site of its new museum on Friday, December 1. A 35-foot Douglas fir tree will be decorated with 20,000 lights and will be part of the first event at the location on Monroe Center, adjacent to Rosa Parks Circle.

Guide to Midtown E-mail
Surrounded by seven different neighborhood districts, Midtown is a crossroads on Grand Rapids' east side. Bordered by Fuller Avenue to the east, Fulton Street to the south, Union Ave to the west and I-196 to the north, the neighborhood features one of the city's most popular weekly attractions -- the Fulton Street Farmer's Market.

Midtown Guide

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