Fall Fun in Michigan

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Fall is a great time in Michigan. The air gets a little nip to it, the leaves start to change and you turn your clocks back. In our family, fall always meant a trip to Spicer’s Cider Mill for freshly made donuts and apple cider. Spicer’s is a popular spot for many families this time of the year. Just check out their parking lot. There are so many things to do there, it’s no wonder they draw large crowds. Especially on weekends.

Shop the store for jellies, jams, fudge, maple syrup, and more. Take a hayride or hop aboard the train. Explore the corn maze and choose from a wide variety of apples. One of my favorites is the caramel apples, yum. Spicer’s is located at 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430, just east of U.S. 23 on Clyde.

Linden has their own apple orchard. Mueller’s Orchard and Cider Mill at 6036 Lobdell Rd Linden, MI 48451 hosts apple pickers of all ages. Cider and donuts? You bet. Plus honey, apples, pumpkins, treats to tempt your sweet tooth.

The Historic Parshallville Cider Mill is another local favorite. On Parshallville Road in the village, this mill has been in operation since 1869. One of the few remaining water-powered mills in Michigan. It was deemed a Historic Site by the State of Michigan in 1975. The store at the mill is rustic, but that lends to the ambiance of the local. There is no shortage of apple treats, donuts, butter, and jams. Apple cinnamon bread is awesome. Pies from the Pie Shop on-site are also a big hit for kids young and old.

More Fall Activities

Fall also means College Football. Spartan and Wolverine fans are passionate about their teams. Maize and Blue or Green and White. Whatever your passion there are multiple opportunities to catch a home game in Lansing or Ann Arbor.

2018 Schedule Michigan Wolverines Football

DATE OPPONENT RESULT W-L (CONF)
Sat, Sep 1 @Notre Dame L24-17 0-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sep 8 vs Western Michigan W49-3 1-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sep 15 vs SMU W45-20 2-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sep 22 vs Nebraska W56-10 3-1 (1-0)
Sat, Sep 29 @Northwestern W20-17 4-1 (2-0)
Sat, Oct 6 vs Maryland 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 vs Wisconsin 7:30 PM
Sat, Oct 20 @Michigan State TBD
Sat, Nov 3 vs Penn State TBD
Sat, Nov 10 @Rutgers TBD
Sat, Nov 17 vs Indiana TBD
Sat, Nov 24 Ohio State 12:00 PM

 

       

2018 Schedule Michigan State Spartans Football

DATE OPPONENT RESULT W-L (CONF)
Fri, Aug 31 vs Utah State W38-31 1-0 (0-0)
Sat, Sep 8 @Arizona State L16-13 1-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sep 22 @Indiana W35-21 2-1 (1-0)
Sat, Sep 29 vs Central Michigan W31-20 3-1 (1-0)
Sat, Oct 6 vs Northwestern 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 @Penn State 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct 20 vs Michigan TBD
Sat, Oct 27 vs Purdue TBD
Sat, Nov 3 @Maryland TBD
Sat, Nov 10 vs Ohio State TBD
Sat, Nov 17 @Nebraska TBD
Sat, Nov 24 vs Rutgers TBD

 

Color Tours

As the trees begin to change every roadway in Michigan offers stunning vistas of color. Here are some of our favorites courtesy of Pure Michigan / michigan.org.

Flint – Brighton – Bloomfield Hills
Catch the last spectacular show of fall color in East Central and Southeastern Michigan in October. There is plenty to see and do with the entire family in this loop of 150 miles from Bloomfield Hills, to Flint and back down to the Brighton area.
Saginaw – Bay City – Bad Axe – Frankenmuth
The breathtaking splendor of Lake Huron awaits you on this “thumb” area color tour! Other highlights include Frankenmuth, Saginaw, state parks, farm markets, and antique shops.
Traverse City – Northport – Frankfort
From late September to mid-October the Traverse City-Northport-Frankfort areas are ablaze with autumn hues. The Grand Traverse area encompasses more than 250 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, certainly providing some spectacular fall color viewing. It’s a great time to take a hot air balloon ride to see the colors from above or to climb aboard the twin-masted schooner Manitou for a sail across Grand Traverse Bay.
Mackinaw City – Petoskey – Charlevoix
This Northwestern Michigan fall color tour includes hilly, forested countryside, charming resort towns nestled along the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan, breathtaking views, fresh air, and colorful wildlife.

Fall Festivals

County Fairs and Fall Festivals dot the calendar at Michigan small towns through the months of October and November. Visit michigan.org for a list of things to do across the state. Locally here are some of the happenings in our area.

Event So Good Its Scary Downtown Fenton
The Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsors trick-or-treat at Fenton businesses each year near Halloween. Super heroes, vampires, fairy princesses and other little ghouls and goblins are invited to stroll from store to store collecting candy from over 40 merchants. Come and bring your “fiends” for a hauntingly “ghoul” time, as the eerie, the weird and the silly descend on Downtown Fenton. October 31st, 1-6 pm.

Linden’s Zombie Walk

Get dressed up to parade down Tickner before the Zombies let loose in the Thriller Flash Mob with Linden Dance Academy. Get your face painted, check out the food trucks, and more at the Linden’s Art Council annual Event. October 12th.

Holly Dickens Festival
Photo Credit: Terry L. Connell

2018 marks the 45th year of the Holly Dickens Festival. Set in Historic downtown Holly, Michigan USA, the annual festival spans three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Round out fall and get ready for the Christmas season. This event continues as the Official oldest, Longest-Running Dickens’ Themed Event in the United States! Weekends November 23rd, December 1st, and 8th

Fenton’s Big Bash “Jinglefest”

Close out the fall season and really get yourself in the spirit for the Christmas holidays by attending Jinglefest in downtown Fenton. The area’s biggest bash is a festival you don’t want to miss. The Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation for this exciting two-day event, held annually during the first weekend in December. Festivities include: a talent show for middle and high school students, shopping in downtown businesses, beautifully carved ice sculptures, a Christmas market, live entertainment, bonfires, hot cocoa, and s’mores. Highlights of the weekend are the Jingle Jog and the Lighted Parade. December 1st and 2nd

Get out this fall and enjoy Michigan. Whether it’s a local day trip or an overnight adventure there is much to see in our great State.

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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at thelascopress.com with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.