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A beautiful place for a long walk in The Big 400!Part of the Waterloo Pinckney trail in winter. Photo credit: www.wanderingknight.org/travels/Michigan_Dayhikes/snow2004_2005/index.html ... See MoreSee Less

A beautiful place for a long walk in The Big 400!

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Check it out!Old time implements for sugaring on display during the Maple Syrup Festival this Saturday 10-4pm at the Discovery Center. ... See MoreSee Less

Check it out!

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Ice Fishing for BeginnersFeb 17, 10:00am4570 Huron River Parkway Milford, MI 48380Ice fishing is a perfect way to spend a winter day! Meet us at the Nature Center to learn the basics of ice fishing indoors— from ice safety, to drilling the hole, to attracting the fish. Then we’ll hit the ice and you can try it yourself!

If possible, bring your own ice fishing pole (available at many stores). Bait will be provided. Dress for being outside, you will need waterproof boots. You may want something to sit on, a bucket works well. This event is for ages 6 and older. The cost to attend is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Please preregister by calling 810-227-8917.

For more information about this event, please visit our website at, ow.ly/qxpv30iqeRy.
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Wintertime means playtime in Michigan. Discover the countless outdoor adventures that await your winter getaway in the mitten.
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Tickets are still available. What a fun Valentine outing!

The Odd Couple - Female Version: Dinner TheatreFeb 16, 7:00pmSandhill Crane Vineyards●ALL REMAINING PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT●
February 16, 17, 18
February 23, 24, 25
March 2, 3, 4

A group of female friends are in the middle of their weekly Trivial Pursuit game at Olive’s apartment when they suddenly find out that Florence’s husband has left her. With Florence in dire straights, Olive invites Florence to stay with her until the dust settles. The dust is literal, as Olive enjoys living in her laid back pigsty, while Florence is a neurotic, perfectionist hypochondriac. Hilarity ensues when Olive sets up a double date with the Spanish brothers from down the hall, and it’s a battle of pushing buttons until the very end!

Noon: Ticket sales close. No tickets will be sold at the door
7:00pm: Doors open for seating, drinks, and salads
7:30pm: Entrees served
8:00pm: Performance begins

Noon: Ticket sales close. No tickets will be sold at the door
4:00pm: Doors open for seating, drinks, and salads
4:30pm: Entrees served
5:00pm: Performance begins

● MENU ●
*Please have all entree choice(s) ready before purchasing tickets*
🍷 Course I: Salad of mixed greens with choice of ranch or Sassy vinaigrette dressing. Rolls and butter.
🍷 Course II: Choice of…
Parmesan Chicken: Parmesan chicken breast with baked potato & sautéed veggies
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
🍷 Course III: Raspberry chocolate sundae drizzled with raspberry dessert wine (optional).

Note: All dishes are Gluten Free with the exception of the rolls.

A complete list of wine available for purchase can be found at SandhillCraneVineyards.com.

All remaining performances are SOLD OUT.

● CAST, directed by Brynn Arnall ●
Olive Madison......Aimie Smith
Florence Unger......Sarah Lehman
Mickey......Melissa Paschall
Vera......Veronica Long
Sylvie......Liz Andrews
Renee......Mandee Howard
Manolo Costazuela......Daniel Dye
Jesus Costazuela......Bill Baer

•No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased online or over the phone only.
•Ticket sales will end at NOON on the day of the performance to give the kitchen time to prep (applies to Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday performances).
•No "performance only" seats are available. Performance and dinner must be purchased together.
•60 seats are available at each performance. Order early, as we sold out almost all performances last year!
•Center Stage Jackson comp tickets will cover only the price of the performance ($15). Persons using comp tickets must still pay for the price of the meal ($25).
•Center Stage Jackson reserves the right to adjust the seating at a table in order to ensure that there are no "orphan" seats. We will NOT split up your party or change the table that you are seated at.
•We will have a waiting list for each performance this year, in the unlikely event that seats open up after a performance sells out.

Such as directions to the venue, can be found at CenterStageJackson.org

Contact Katie Meyers at
517-539-4118 (call or text)
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Valentine's Couple Rides!Feb 14, 10:00amHeavenly Horse StablesCelebrate Valentine's Day with a ride for you and your significant other! Our special price for this event is $60 per couple. Try something new this year to celebrate Valentine's Day!
Limited spaces, must pay in full, no refunds offered.
10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm register today at heavenlyhorsemi.as.me/?appointmentType=5203124
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15th Annual Spaghetti Dinner FundraiserFeb 17, 1:30pmPinckney High SchoolGreat Music. Great Food. Great Cause. Help us raise money for summer music enhancement scholarships for Pinckney music students. This event is run in conjunction with Pinckney Business Expo. ... See MoreSee Less

15th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

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Dexter Winter MarketplaceNov 4, 9:00amSupport local vendors at the Dexter Winter Marketplace. We offer Art and Crafts, Bread and Baked Goods, Jewelry, Fresh Produce, Eggs, Cheese, Meats and More. Also featuring local musicians and vendor drawings. ... See MoreSee Less

Dexter Winter Marketplace

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Lantern Lit Hike!Feb 9, 5:00pmIsland Lake Recreation AreaIsland Lake Recreation Area will once again be hosting this self-guided hiking event along part of our Hickory Ridge Hike and Ski Trail. The fun starts at the Hickory Ridge Trailhead located at the first parking lot of our Kent Lake Beach. A warming station will be available here, and also at the end of the lit trail located near the entrance booth. Hike is approximately 1 mile one way. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park. ... See MoreSee Less

Lantern Lit Hike!

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Winter Birding for BeginnersFeb 11, 10:00amKensington Metropark Nature CenterBirding is an activity that offers exercise, challenge, and even a little adventure. The basics of birding, from choosing a field guide to identifying markings will be covered in a two-hour session.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Ages 10 and up.

Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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The Big 400 Wins The Michigan Governor’s Award

The Big 400 orginization received the Governor’s Award for the State of Michigan in March, 2014. The award is presented to an organization that shows innovation in tourism. The Big 400 is a tourism collaboration between neighboring towns that share 400 square miles of state park land. […read more]

Maple Fest 2014

The Big 400 Maple Fest will take place on March 8 & 9, 2014. Read more about breakfast locations, Maple tours and how-to workshops, wine releases and more. […read more]

The Big 400 wins Partners in Conservation Award

In December of 2013, the DNR announced that they would honor The Big 400 with a Partners in Conservation Award. Partners in Conservation awards are bestowed upon organizations or individuals who have been nominated by DNR staff in recognition of their outstanding contributions to natural resources in Michigan.  […read more]

Mill Lake Clean Up

Closed in 2000 due to disrepair, our volunteer efforts will help restore Historic Mill Lake for many to again enjoy. Michigan Cares for Tourism is hosting the first Michigan event on October 6 and 7 in Michigan’s Big 400!  Join us in Chelsea, Michigan to restore Historic Mill Lake, a 1934 cabin community that welcomed urban youth and others to their first travel and outdoor recreation experience. […read more]