holiday en The search begins for Michigan's official Christmas tree <p>It may only be July, but Michigan has already begun its search for this year's official Christmas tree.<br /><br />People can nominate their picks for trees that could fit the bill.<br /><br />Usually 10 to 15 trees are nominated, and the one that's chosen must be easy to access.<br /><br />But the process isn't a quick one.<br /><br />The search begins in the summer to allow enough time to prepare, choose, harvest, and transport the tree to the Capitol.<br /><br />Lauren Leeds is a spokeswoman for the state. She says cutting down these trees often also helps the surrounding area. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:31:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18249 at Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need <p></p><p>It's December. That means the airwaves are filled with Holly Jolly Christmases, White Christmases, Jingle Bell Rock and that ever-present Little Drummer Boy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, in the </span>interest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of public service, we thought we'd present a way for you to hear some fresh holiday music, performed by Michigan artists. The CD is called "<a href="" target="_blank">A Michigan Christmas of Hope</a>."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holy Cross Children's Services will receive every penny of money raised from the CD.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan.</span></p><p>Devin Scillian is best known as the anchor on WDIV-TV in Detroit. But, he's also built quite a following as a singer-songwriter.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, joining Devin is Russ Russell of Holy Cross Children's Services.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15747 at Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need Lansing Christmas Tree search begins <p>School’s out and summer means sun tans, barbeques, beach days, and…searching for Christmas Trees?</p><p>The hunt for the state holiday tree has begun. Michigan needs a 65-foot-tall evergreen that can sparkle on the lawn of the Capitol building in November.</p><p></p><p>“Everyone laughs that the process starts in June,” said Kurt Weiss with Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, “But that’s when the process starts.”</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:10:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12942 at Lansing Christmas Tree search begins Reviving a family tradition <p>Many of us have family traditions that are linked to our ethic or cultural roots.</p><p>Earlier this year we asked listeners to share a special family tradition or family recipe. We got recipes from listeners that tie back to their ethic roots, some from Trinidad, Holland and Poland.</p><p>And, there was also a little contest. Our winners were sisters Dianne Johns and Holly Godbey. They revived their Lebanese family tradition of baking Easter cookies.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:03:32 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 6945 at Reviving a family tradition Retailers expect a surge in sales this weekend <p>Michigan retailers were optimistic that this would be a better holiday shopping season than they’ve had the last few years.</p><p>And so far, those expectations appear to be warranted.</p><p>The <a href=";op=viewlive&amp;sp_id=1055">National Retail Federation</a> upped its prediction for holiday sales from a 2.3% increase to a 3.3% increase over last year. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:10:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 633 at Retailers expect a surge in sales this weekend Made in Michigan: Getting crafty for the holidays <p>This week's <a href=";ARTICLE_ID=1734958">Artpod</a> episode has a little something for everyone. Today's <a href=";SECTION_ID=6800">podcast</a> features local holiday art fairs, ideas for inexpensive gifts (homemade marshmallows anyone?), and a musical rendition of how to make eggnog.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 17:28:25 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 503 at Made in Michigan: Getting crafty for the holidays Top places to travel in Michigan <p>Michigan Radio listeners are having a conversation on <a href="!/michiganradio">Facebook </a>about their favorite places to travel around Michigan.</p><p>Most are sharing. Some, like Trevor, are keeping their secrets, &quot;If I&nbsp;told you I'd have to kill you.&quot;</p><p>Here's the list so far:</p> Fri, 03 Sep 2010 17:25:09 +0000 Mark Brush 56 at Top places to travel in Michigan