christmas tree http://michiganradio.org en The search begins for Michigan's official Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/search-begins-michigans-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 http://michiganradio.org Muskegon is home to America's tallest, singing Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-home-americas-tallest-singing-christmas-tree <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A major holiday performance happens this weekend in West Michigan. Students, teachers and parents at Mona Shores High School have spent thousands of hours preparing for the event, where they create a living breathing, and singing Christmas Tree — that’s five-stories tall, and holds more than 200 student singers.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s getting lots of national attention. In 2011, TLC featured the tree on its aptly-titled holiday show, “Extreme Christmas Trees.” This year, it’ll be highlighted on the Travel Channel. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The show is now in its 29th year. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Almost 300 hundred students from Mona Shores High School have been practicing for this show — held at Muskegon’s </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Frauenthal</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Center for Performing Arts — since Labor Day. </span></span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:38:23 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 15554 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon is home to America's tallest, singing Christmas tree Lansing Christmas Tree search begins http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-christmas-tree-search-begins-0 <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 http://michiganradio.org Lansing Christmas Tree search begins Tradition of the “Christmas ship” lives on, 100 years after sinking http://michiganradio.org/post/tradition-christmas-ship-lives-100-years-after-sinking <p>The U.S. <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1616055/PHOTOs-Crew-of-Coast-Guard-Cutter-Mackinaw-prepares-for-Christmas-Ship-journey-to-Chicago">Coast Guard has loaded 1,300 Christmas trees </a>aboard the ice cutter <em>Mackinaw</em> for delivery to needy families in Chicago.</p><p>Captain Dave Truitt of the <a href="http://christmasship.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=frontpage&amp;Itemid=1">Christmas Ship committee </a>in Chicago says selling cheap evergreen trees from the northern Michigan woods to families in Chicago was a tradition a century ago.</p><p>“People would come down and get telegraphs of what ships were coming. They would look to the horizon and one of them would have a Christmas tree tied to the top. And people would yell and scream and the church bell it would start ringing and it was the beginning of Christmas for the entire community,” Truitt said.</p><p>Captain Herman Schuenemann’s ship, the <em>Rouse Simmons</em>, became known as the Christmas tree ship.</p><p>“One of the reasons (Captain Schuenemann) was so popular besides being a very good guy, he was a good businessman. He had an amazingly simple sign on his large schooner,” Truitt said, “It said ‘Christmas trees cheap’.”</p><p>75-cents was cheap. On land trees sold for a dollar a piece.</p><p>This year’s trip <a href="http://christmasship.org/images/stories/downloads/2012_news_release_final.pdf">marks the 100th anniversary </a>of the sinking of the original Christmas tree ship. It was last seen above water November 23rd, 1912 before a big snow storm. There are still many evergreens in the ship’s hull at the bottom of Lake Michigan.</p><p>Check out the wreckage footage below (narration begins around a minute into the video).</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrnqheC_QQk&amp;feature=player_embedded#! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:06:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10043 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Christmas tree comes down in Jackson (PHOTOS) http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-christmas-tree-comes-down-jackson-photos <p>In Jackson, hundreds of people braved near freezing temperatures this morning to watch a 75 foot tall tree be chopped down.</p><p></p><p>Tomorrow, the tree will take its place on the state capitol lawn to serve as this year’s official state Christmas tree.</p><p></p><p>A crowd of school children and curious neighbors watched as professional timbermen chainsawed through the thick trunk of the Concolor Fir, before gingerly guiding the huge tree between two homes with the help of a large crane.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:18:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 9749 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Christmas tree comes down in Jackson (PHOTOS)