thanksgiving en Not everyone in Michigan is eating their Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother’s house <p>Many Michigan restaurant owners are saying thanks today.</p><p>Thanksgiving is a big day for many Michigan restaurants, which offer special menus to sold out seatings.</p><p>In Lansing, Clara’s is open on Thanksgiving for the first time.</p><p>Cindy Jubeck says her father, who founded the restaurant back in the 1970’s, never would have opened the restaurant on Thanksgiving.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15467 at Not everyone in Michigan is eating their Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother’s house Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response <p>The people who run a homeless shelter in Battle Creek are giving thanks for the way the community has responded to their need this Thanksgiving.</p><p>The <a href="">Haven of Rest</a> shelter was among the hundreds of thousands of utility customers that lost power for several days earlier this month, after a severe windstorm blew through the state.</p><p>Without electricity, days-worth of meat and produce spoiled in the shelter’s refrigerators.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15459 at Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response This is what it sounds like to be attacked by a turkey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in 2007, I was doing </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">a story on CAFOs</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Wood County, Ohio.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was waiting for my interviewee to return home when I spotted a gang of turkeys appear at the edge of the woods.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:52:25 +0000 Mark Brush 15444 at This is what it sounds like to be attacked by a turkey On the road home from Thanksgiving <p>DETROIT (AP) - Chilly winds and snow flurries are greeting thousands of Michigan travelers as they head home after spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.<br><br>The long Thanksgiving weekend saw temperatures push into the 60s in places, but Michigan got a preview of winter on Sunday, with midday readings in 20s and 30s and swirling snow in places.<br><br>AAA Michigan has estimated that about 1.3 million state residents were planning to travel 50 miles or more during this year's Thanksgiving period, an increase of 7 percent over 2011.<br><br>Many buses are fully booked Sunday on the Megabus discount travel system that serves Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and East Lansing, and flights are packed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:49:48 +0000 The Associated Press 10051 at Black Friday gets darker: Study says prices aren't really lower <p>While there must be some Black Friday shoppers waking up before dawn just for the thrill of throwing elbows on their way to the last Tickle Me Elmo, most shoppers rationalize this seemingly irrational behavior by pointing to cheaper prices.</p><p>And of course the prices <em>are </em>lower. Right?</p><p>Not so, says <a href="">the Wall Street Journal</a>.</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10024 at Black Friday gets darker: Study says prices aren't really lower The holiday shopping rush is on in Michigan <p>Michigan retailers are optimistic they will have a very good holiday shopping season this year.</p><p></p><p>Nationally, sales are expected to be up by four percent over last year.</p><p></p><p>Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says this is a critical five-week stretch for many store owners.</p><p></p><p>“It’s probably 20 to 25% of a retailers’ business of the year…depending on what kind of retailer they are,” says Scott,&nbsp; “If they’re a toy store….it could be 50% or more.”</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:41:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 10038 at The holiday shopping rush is on in Michigan Thanksgiving 2012 - Turkey with a side of shopping <p>Many Michigander plans to mix turkey and shopping today. &nbsp;&nbsp;But one Michigan State University professor believes it’s a delicate balance for retailers.</p><p></p><p>It used to be that large crowds lined up in the early hours the day after Thanksgiving to jam Michigan stores and take advantage of Black Friday sales.</p><p></p><p>No more.</p><p></p><p>Walmart, Target and other major retailers plan to open this evening, well before midnight, barely giving many Michiganders time to digest their turkey dinners before starting on their holiday shopping lists.</p><p></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 20:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10032 at Thanksgiving 2012 - Turkey with a side of shopping Stateside: Thanksgiving spreads your great-grandmother would recognize <P>With the exception of a few wild selections, the Thanksgiving spreads of today closely resemble those of the 1800’s.</P> <P>Bill Loomis, author of “Detroit’s Delectable Past,” claimed our ancestors had a taste for animals of considerable size- such as the bear.</P> <P>During the 19<SUP>th</SUP> century, animals were killed specifically for the Thanksgiving meal.</P> <P>Cuts of chicken, duck, fish, quail and squirrel were served with mounds of squash and other root vegetables. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:50:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10000 at Stateside: Thanksgiving spreads your great-grandmother would recognize Preserving the classic Thanksgiving turkey <p>In honor of Thanksgiving... we&#39;re revisiting a Michigan farmer who raises heritage turkeys.</p> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5088 at Preserving the classic Thanksgiving turkey Holland Rescue Mission throws record-breaking Thanksgiving Banquet <p>Nearly 500 volunteers served a hot meal to more than 1,300 people in need Wednesday night. That&rsquo;s a record for the <a href="">Holland Rescue Mission </a>which has held the annual dinner for nearly 20 years. The non-profit runs a number of programs to help lift people from poverty.</p> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 02:36:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5133 at Holland Rescue Mission throws record-breaking Thanksgiving Banquet Michigan Governor Snyder cooks turkeys, roots for Lions <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he&rsquo;s responsible for his family&rsquo;s Thanksgiving feast this year. But he says working in the kitchen is a lower priority than another holiday tradition &ndash; the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day football game.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m cooking. I&rsquo;m doing two turkeys. Actually, we&rsquo;re cooking them on Friday, though, because I&rsquo;m hoping &ndash; the family&rsquo;s all going to the Lions game. So, go Lions &ndash; We&rsquo;ve got a great chance to beat those Packers,&rdquo; said Snyder.</p><p>That could cost the governor some support in Michigan&rsquo;s Upper Peninsula, where many sports fans have regional loyalty to Green Bay.</p><p>The governor has predicted the Lions will be in a Super Bowl before he leaves office. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:40:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 5130 at A Thanksgiving story <p>Thanksgiving will be celebrated across the country tomorrow. Many of us will spend the day with friends and family, but it&rsquo;s not always time spent peacefully and harmoniously, especially when our plans for the holiday are challenged.</p><p>Michigan based writer, Wade Rouse has been bringing us stories about the holidays throughout the year. Today, he reflects on Thanksgiving traditions and how important it can be to be open to change.</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:57:08 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 5127 at A Thanksgiving story A Thanksgiving Day ringtone, the sound of Narragansett turkeys <p>Sometimes we collect some great sound for our stories.<br /><br />Michigan Radio&#39;s Rebecca Williams caught this sound of Narragansett turkeys gobbling and barking for her microphone.<br /><br />Their timing is perfect.<br /><br />As the farmer described them for Rebecca, they speak up at his disconcerting words. Have a listen:</p><p><br /><br />(<em>&quot;They&#39;re old time turkeys, much closer to wild. They don&#39;t have the broad breasts, so proportionally for eating...&quot; <strong>*turkeys gobble in unison here*</strong> &quot;...they have more dark meat to white meat.&quot;</em>)<br /><br />So, for your Thanksgiving enjoyment, here&#39;s a Narragansett turkey ringtone pulled from this Thanksgiving feature story:</p><p></p><p>To make the ringtone work, right click and download the MP3 file above.</p><p>Once you have it, you can send it to your phone. From <a href="">WikiHow</a>:</p><blockquote><p><br />Send the file to your phone. Here are three ways:</p><p>1. Email the MP3 file to your phone as an attachment. In just a minute or so, your phone should receive your file. Your phone&rsquo;s email address is your 10-digit number at your carrier&rsquo;s email URL.</p><p>Example:</p><p>AT &amp; T:</p><p>Sprint:</p><p>T-Mobile:</p><p>Verizon: or</p><p>Send a picture message or text message to your email account if your carrier is not listed. This will give you an address to reply to your phone.</p><p>2. Use Bluetooth technology to directly send files from your computer (at a short distance). This only works if you have a phone that is BlueTooth enabled and has the OBEX File Transfer Profile and it is also dependent on what kind of computer system you have.</p><p>3. Transfer the file by an USB cable (if applicable to your phone model).<br /><br />Open the email on your phone, save the sound clip under message options, set it as a ringtone, and enjoy! Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:57:25 +0000 Mark Brush 5110 at A Thanksgiving Day ringtone, the sound of Narragansett turkeys Thousands in need served hot Thanksgiving meal in Grand Rapids <p>More than 600 volunteers served people in need a hot Thanksgiving meal today in Grand Rapids. Thousands of homeless, elderly, sick and downtrodden came for the feast.</p> Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:51:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 380 at Thousands in need served hot Thanksgiving meal in Grand Rapids Shopping on the menu for Thanksgiving <p>Michigan retailers are optimistic that holiday sales will be better this year.</p><p>The first real test comes this week.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Thanksgiving is such a pivotal time for Michigan retailers many aren’t waiting for their customers to finish their turkey dinners.</p><p>K-Mart, Sears and other retailers plan to be open on Thanksgiving day.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many other stores, like Banana Republic and the Gap will open their doors Thursday night.</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:33:27 +0000 365 at Shopping on the menu for Thanksgiving