Pop Culture Launches Exclusive Premiere Of Lyric Video For Tyler Williams New Single Simple

Pop Culture Launches Exclusive Premiere Of Lyric Video For Tyler Williams New Single Simple

Pop Culture Launches Exclusive Premiere Of Lyric Video For Tyler Williams New Single Simple

Tyler Williams, a race car driver and emerging country artist, exclusively premieres the lyric video for his second single Simple on PopCulture.com. Fans can view the video and profile on the single by clicking https://t.e2ma.net/click/3mfe4/rluz5/jvcavg.

“Simple is a song about a relationship that doesn’t work out,” recalls Tyler. “You can remember the progression from the moment you really felt the relationship taking off all the way to how it felt when it was all over. You can play a million what ifs, but all you’re left with is a memory of what was.”

Tyler recently launched his new album Good for Me featuring the single Simple on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & Amazon premiering inside the Top 40 on iTunes Country Album Charts on January 26. The first preview of Tyler’s project was launched at the close of 2017 when The Boot premiered the lyric video for the title track Good For Me. Since that premiere, outlets like All Access, AXS-TV, Billboard Country Update, Country Music Pride, The Country Note, KTUL-TV (Tulsa), Speed Sport, Tulsa World, WBKO-ABC (Bowling Green, KY), WGGC-FM (Bowling Green, KY), Young Millennial Money and many others have been buzzing about this Georgia native. Tyler’s 2018 started behind the wheel at the “Superbowl” of racing the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals where top drivers from NASCAR, USAC midget and sprint cars, NHRA drag racers and IndyCar drivers all compete against each other to capture the legendary championship trophy. Transitioning from the racing arena to the music community, Tyler celebrated his album release week performing on the RFD-TV #MusicMonday series, co-hosting Nashville Today on WSM with Devon O’Day and Lexi Carter, performing on WSMV-NBC’s Today in Nashville and recording segments with numerous radio programs including the industry icons Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase. His Crook and Chase Countdown Discovery Artist segment premiered February 3 & 4.

To stay updated on his racing and music career, visit the following links:

Website: www.tylerwilliamslive.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tylerwilliamslive
Twitter: @twilliamslive
Instagram: @twilliamslive

About Tyler Williams
This Stone Mountain, GA native was reared in a household with parents that spun the hits of Marvin Gaye and Michael W. Smith while Tyler and his older brother were discovering the hit makers of the 90s — Alan Jackson, George Strait, Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey. Recognizing early on that he wanted a career in entertainment, he would capture a role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and performed for two years at the Fox Theater in Atlanta at ages 11 and 12. However, a failed performance at age 13 in a rock band caused him to change directions.

Tyler would then spend his summers with his uncles in the auto shop learning the mechanics behind combustion engines and began his path to the NASCAR late model and sprint car racing series. After nearly a decade of milestones that would find him capturing his first victory lane among 15 years veterans during his fourth year as a driver and even finishing as the #2 ranking position in points in his series, he decided to finally overcome his fear of the stage and redirected his focus to music.

This journey would spawn a debut ep Believe Again and book I Have a Voice, the inspirational and motivational look at the lessons he’s learned in the racing and now music community. Continuing to hone his craft while he furthers his racing career, Tyler’s second project Good For Me premiered on January 26 inside the Top 40 on the iTunes Country Album Charts.

Beyond The Sun Exclusively Premieres Lyric Video for Dance Floor on Digital Journal

Beyond the Sun, the Canadian reared trio of brothers, is excited to share the lyric video for their new single Dance Floor via an exclusive premiere on DigitalJournal.com today.

“Their rich vocals on Dance Floor are youthful and refreshing, where the listeners can recall the pop-rock band Fun (fronted by Nate Ruess). The song has a liberating vibe to it, which will resonate well with their fan-base,” wrote the Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos.

To view the lyric video, click here.

The trio also performed the single today at “Today in Nashville” on WSMV-NBC in Music City. Hosted by Kelly Sutton and Carole Sullivan, the appearance marked Beyond the Sun’s second appearance on the program since their move to Music City. Click the image below for the segment.

About Beyond the Sun

Canadian bred band Beyond the Sun is paving their own path in a genre they coined as “shuffle.” Made up of three tight-knit brothers, the group features (l-r) guitarist Phil, singer Colin and drummer Dalton Radu, who were reared in the small town of Bowmanville, Ontario. It all started with plastic guitars and living room concerts for their parents at the ages of 6, 8 and 11. Little did they know at the time that just over a decade later they would be hearing themselves on Sirius XM radio and headlining a 7,000-person sold-out crowd at Puerto Rico’s Wild Summer Festival. With traces of their influences – which include artists like Coldplay, Billy Currington, Bruce Springsteen and Florida Georgia Line – threaded into each one of their songs, their sound is a progressive mix that is putting them on the heels of acts like Chris Lane and Ryan Follese. Now, the trio has relocated to Nashville, Tenn. where they recently celebrated the release of their new single, Dance Floor as a follow up to the Music Row charts breakthrough Cruisin’ Round Town.

Find Beyond the Sun Online

Website: www.BeyondtheSunMusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beyondthesunband/
Instagram: @Beyondthesun
Twitter: @Beyondthesun

Kalie Shorr Releases Electric New Music Video For Hit Single “Two Hands” Already Spinning On Cmt, Gac And Vevo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2018) — Best defined as “punk country,” Kalie Shorr proved yet again that she is the queen of content, releasing an electric new music video for her hit single “Two Hands.” Shorr gave a sneak peek to a sold-out crowd of industry and media VIPS, fans and friends during her launch party for her new EP Awake last week at The Back Corner in Nashville. The color filled, psychedelic video premiered on CMT and CMT.com Friday morning and has since been added to GAC and to the top of Vevo’s DSCVR  playlist. Vote for “Two Hands” on CMT Hot 20 Countdown Heatseeker Poll here.

Says Shorr, “This video is the most visually creative thing I have ever done. During the process of finding my sound on Awake, I also found what my world looks like. I have a lot of freedom as an independent artist, so I was able to lean pretty far from tradition on this video, keeping it youthful and exactly what I wanted. I am excited for this to be the first music video from the record and I am thankful to have the support of CMT, GAC and VEVO!”

The neon-dream visuals were brought to life at The Listening Room Cafe and Stormlight Pictures Company by director Rob Bennett and Quinton Cook, with Thomas Kuttenkuler as the male lead.

“Kalie Shorr’s perspective is needed in today’s country music. With a sound that’s equal parts Haim and Shania Twain, her music is a daring reflection of today’s world as well as a dreamy escape from it.” – Lauren Tingle, CMT

“Articulate and fearless, she’s unafraid to express exactly what’s in her mind in everyday conversation or in her songs.” – Lauren Tingle, CMT

Awake Track Listing:
1. Awake (Kalie Shorr / Skip Black)
2. Two Hands (Kalie Shorr / Lena Stone / Emily Reid)
3. Candy (Kalie Shorr / Allison Veltz / Emily Wright / Tommy English)
4. Backseat (Kalie Shorr / Skip Black / Savannah Keyes)
5. Damn Sky (Kalie Shorr / Eric Dodd / Riley Thomas)
6. Who What When Where Why (Kalie Shorr / Rami Jrade / Eli Hirsch)
7. Cool Kids (Kalie Shorr / Skip Black / Savannah Keyes)

CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour
Feb. 12 – New York, N.Y. – B.B King’s Blues Club
Feb. 14 – Concord, N.H. – Capitol Center for the Arts- Chubb Theatre
Feb. 15 – Albany, N.Y. – The Palace Theatre
Feb. 16 – Verona, N.Y – Turning Stone Resort Casino – The Showroom
Feb. 17 – Medford, Mass. – Chevalier Theatre
Feb. 23 – Athens, Ohio – Templeton- Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 24 – Richmond, Ky. – EKU Center for the Arts
Feb. 25 – Joliet, Ill. – Rialto Square Theatre
March 9 – Salina, Kan. – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
March 10 – Pocola, Okla. – Choctaw Casino Resort- Centerstage
March 15 – Kansas City, Mo. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre
March 16 – Prior Lake, Minn. Mystic Lake Casino- Mystic Showroom
March 17 – Waukegan, Ill. – Venue TBA
April 6 – Lake Charles, La. – Golden Nugget
April 7 – Mobile, Ala. – Saenger Theatre

About Kalie Shorr
Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her newly released single “Two Hands” has already been added to Sirius XM, Radio Disney Country and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists. With a new EP coming January 26, 2018, Kalie was recently inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018 and has just been announced as support for the Sara Evans All The Love CMT Next Women of Country Tour.  Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female- empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [CMChat] and a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire in 2018”

Michigan’s Groundhog Prepares for Perennial Prognostication

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

On a sky-blue February morning, with sunlight just hitting the tops of the trees, a sizeable crowd had gathered in the courtyard at the Howell Conference and Nature Center, located northwest of Detroit in Livingston County.

Michigan's groundhog is Woody, a female with an impressive track record of wintry predictions.The scene was festive, although a bit odd, with some people dressed in Hawaiian hats, shirts and leis, waiting for Michigan’s official groundhog to waddle out of its house and predict whether there would be six more weeks of winter.

It was a chilly day, a winter coat day. A man’s voice from a loudspeaker declared, “The moment is here.”

Excitement was building among the schoolchildren, parents and others huddling together just a few feet away from the viewing platform.

“Can you feel it out there?” the announcer asked the crowd. “I can’t feel anything right now, but can you feel it out there?”

The crowd replied, “Yes,” laughing.

Check out this sidebar story on Michigan’s woodchucks.

The prognostication, of course, is determined by whether the groundhog sees its shadow, which portends another six weeks of the year’s coldest season. No shadow signifies an early spring.

A small, but stylish, single-story, wood-sided house sat on a portable stage, amid rows of blooming blue, yellow and orange plastic flowers, a Christmas tree left over from the holidays and at least one plastic palm tree.

This home belongs to Woody the Woodchuck, or groundhog. Woody is a she and was born in the spring of 1998 and brought to the nature center’s Wildlife Clinic in June of that year.

“She will be 20 years old this year. We think it is because, like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, prognosticating groundhogs live forever,” said Dana DeBenham, the nature center’s wildlife director. “She was rescued by a farmer’s wife after her husband had shot the mother and the young pup came crawling out of the burrow.

“The woman kept Woody a bit too long and she became tame, preventing her from being released to the wild. Her favorite foods are bananas, peanuts, rodent blocks and corn on the cob, though she has to eat her leafy greens to stay in good shape.”

No doubt the crowd shows up at the nature center for the free continental breakfast, the kids’ costume contest and the chance to be there in person among the many revelers waiting for Woody’s wisdom to foretell the future.

“She’s checking you all out, looking at the clouds,” DeBenham said. “So, we’re ready to do this? Ready, set and go.”

Groundhog predictions don’t take long. Woody’s are usually completed within a couple of minutes.Woody is getting ready for a Groundhog Day prediction.

In 2017, Woody made a brief appearance in the arms of a DeBenham before retreating to her home, where she would stay. Having seen her shadow, the seemingly bothered groundhog retired to the warmth of her house.

The year before that, Woody stayed indoors again while the crowd shouted down a timeclock to a deadline for the prediction. Six more weeks of winter again.

“Her record is impressive! After a correct call last year of ‘six more weeks of winter,’ her record now stands at 15 correct predictions out of 19. This year will be her 20th prediction,” DeBenham said. “We do allow the groundhog to actually make the prediction by putting her in her ‘faux stump’ and giving her 30 seconds to emerge.

“If she is frightened by her shadow and does not come out, or runs back in, there will be six more weeks of winter. If she does not see her shadow and comes outside, there will be an early spring. It’s all very scientific at the Howell Nature Center.”

DeBenham suggests Woody’s proficiency with prognostication may be linked to her gender.

“We think Woody is exceptional at weather-forecasting because she is female and has that woman’s intuition about such things,” DeBenham said.

The Groundhog Day event has become increasingly popular at the nature center over the years, with as many as 150 spectators in attendance.

Watch videos of the Howell Nature Center’s prediction festivities from February 2017 and 2016.

See more information on the 2018 Groundhog Day Celebration at the Howell Nature Center.


Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Location: Cobb Great Hall Tickets: Tickets from $20 Student and group discounts available Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

EAST LANSING, Mich. ― Back by popular demand! The famous Japanese drummers, YAMATO, will return to Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

YAMATO’s acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated over 6 million people in 53 countries around the world. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the troupe continues to evolve and innovate, combining traditional Taiko drumming with modern athleticism and visual spectacle.

Employing pinpoint precision, ferocious skill, and high-energy creativity, this very modern troupe of young male and female musician-athletes creates for the audience an unforgettable spectacle. The group of a dozen-plus players starts their performance by hitting a Japanese Taiko drum weighing half a ton, made from a single piece of wood from a tree that has aged more than 400 years. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum, creating a powerful surge of energy. YAMATO’s live performances are full of intensity and exhibit great originality and innovation through this traditional Japanese musical instrument, with the belief that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life, and the epitome of the Japanese spirit. YAMATO artistic director Masa Ogawa says, “Taiko’s rich reverberations have filled people with inspiration and encouragement in a wide range of settings. We are committed to preserving its traditions and exploring new possibilities for this majestic instrument.”

The Challengers, or “Chousensha” is a new program created by YAMATO meant to challenge the possibilities of Taiko drumming. The Challengers is created to reflect the members’ own lives and their experiences of challenging their own limits. “Most of all,” writes Masa Ogawa, “The Challengers offers an anthem for encouragement to all who face their own challenges.”

YAMATO teamed up with international fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto to create costumes for “Chousensha.” YAMATO was inspired by Yamamoto’s “limitless spirit of challenge,” notes Ogawa. By wearing his designs, “we are able to refine our spirit even further and stimulate our challenging spirit.”

YAMATO broke from Taiko’s long-standing patriarchy and has always included women in the troupe. And while the members train rigorously, beginning each day with a 10km run and weight training, Yamato imbues each performance with joy and a sense of fun, breaking from the stereotypical stoicism associated with this ancient art form.

For high-resolution images of YAMATO, visit www.whartoncentermedia.com.# # #

Johnny Cash Museum Also Reaches Milestone One Millionth Customer

Icon Entertainment Group, the parent company for both the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum, is busting with joy this holiday season with the acknowledgement that their “glossed” and “new” museums helped secure Nashville the #8 spot on National Geographic‘s “The Cool List 2018”. This spotlight came just a few days before Toronto, Canada couple Jackie and Tony Seccombe became the Johnny Cash Museum’s one millionth customers.

“The 2017 holiday season is especially bright this year as we reached a monumental one million guests in just over four and a half years at the Johnny Cash Museum,” says Founder Bill Miller. “The Seccombe’s are proof that Johnny Cash continues to have an international impact on fans across the globe. Within the same seven days to see both the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museums highlighted in National Geographic‘s ‘The Cool List 2018’ is an astonishing accomplishment and we’re proud of the team that we have at Icon Entertainment Group.”

National Geographic‘s “The Cool List 2018” highlights 18 destinations that the publication expects to “make it big” in 2018.  Nashville was listed #8 on the list with the publication stating, “Like famous former resident Taylor Swift, Nashville has glossed itself up in recent years, with new museums devoted to Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash…” To read the full piece, click here.

At 1:55 PM CT on Tuesday, December 12 Jackie and Tony Seccombe of Toronto, Canada purchased the one millionth (and one million and one) ticket to the Johnny Cash Museum.  The couple was presented with a gift bag full of more than $100 of Johnny Cash Museum merchandise and a pass that will guarantee them two adult admissions to the museum anytime they visit throughout 2018. In addition, the one millionth ticket and a photo of them is currently being framed and will be presented to the Seccombe’s.


Icon Entertainment Group, the parent company for The Johnny Cash Museum, also owns and operates Nudie’s Honky Tonk and Skull’s Rainbow Room. It was recently announced that a Merle Haggard museum and restaurant will be among their award-winning offerings in the summer of 2018.

About The Johnny Cash Museum

Earning the AAA Gem rating, The Johnny Cash Museum experience has quickly spread around the globe with outlets like CNN, USA Today, Parade, The NY Times, The NY Post, Billboard, Vogue, Southern Living, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Yahoo, Huffington Post, London’s NME, etc. all buzzing about the attraction. You never know who you will see at the museum as celebrities like Former VP and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, CMT Nashville cast members, Noah Galloway, Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy, Weezer, The Oak Ridge Boys and American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe have all been spotted at the attraction. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the Johnny Cash Museum is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. General admission is $18.95 with discounts for AAA, military, senior citizen and youth (6-15). “The Man in Black: The Style of Johnny Cash, Curated by Manuel” will become the newest exhibition for the attraction when it open on February 26, 2018 (Johnny’s birthday). Since opening its doors in April 2013, The Johnny Cash Museum has expanded twice adding a café and additional exhibition space.  The latest wing of exhibits profile “Walk the Line,” The Carter Family and Cash Covers in addition to green screen technologies that enable fans to get a picture with Johnny Cash. The museum has received numerous accolades for their exhibitions and services:

  • Top 10 Trending U.S. Attraction for Fall 2017 – TripAdvisor
    • November 2017
  • Top 25 Trending U.S. Attractions for Summer 2017 – TripAdvisor
    • July 2017
  • Top 5 Museums Dedicated to Pop-Rock Music (worldwide) – Marie Claire
    • June 2017
  • Top 3 Best Things to Do in Nashville – Orbitz
    • July 2017
  • Top 10 Best Attractions in Nashville- USA Today
    • June 2017
  • Gem Rating – AAA
  • #1 Must Visit Museum for Music Lovers [Worldwide] – Conde Nast’s Traveler
    • September 22, 2014
  • #1 Pitch Perfect Museum [Worldwide] – National Geographic
    • October 2, 2013
  • 5 Nashville Must Sees – Forbes
    • September 27, 2013
  • 7 Great American Vacation Spots (That Won’t Bust Your Budget) – Time
    • July 3, 2014
  • 50 Reasons We’re Thankful to be Southern – Southern Living
    • November 2012
  • 22 Reasons You Should Visit Nashville – Huffington Post
    • January 25th, 2014
  • Top 10 Tennessee Spots for Music Lovers – Rolling Stone
    • September 16, 2014
  • Best Culture Stop in Nashville – Money Magazine
    • May 1, 2014

To stay updated on the museum, visit the following:


Website: www.johnnycashmuseum.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnnycashmuseum

Twitter: @CashMuseum

Instagram: @CashMuseum

About Patsy Cline Museum


Located on the second floor at 119 Third Avenue South, the Patsy Cline Museum houses the largest collection of Patsy Cline artifacts in the world featuring personal letters, photographs, costumes, clothing and household furnishings from her Nashville dream house that have been locked away for more than fifty years. Guests travel back to her humble beginnings in Winchester, VA and see family photos, possessions and even the very booth she waitressed as a teenager at Gaunt’s Drugstore. Never-before-seen costumes that exhibit her transition from western cowgirl to torch singing headliner are also be on display. Many of the costumes exhibited are creations designed and sewn by her mother, Hilda. Patrons also have the unique opportunity to step inside Patsy’s famed Rec Room, an exhibition containing original furnishings owned and used by Cline and her husband Charlie Dick. A bio film documents Patsy’s career and is hosted by noted actress Beverly D’Angelo, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Since opening in April of 2017, it has already acquired the following accolades:

#3 Best Things to Do In Nashville This Spring – Country Living

  • #2 on Nashville’s 10 Best Museums – Where Traveler
    • May 2017
  • Nashville Must SeeForbes
    • June 2017
  • #3 Best Things to Do in Nashville – Orbitz

July 2017


More information on the museum is below:


Attraction: Patsy Cline Museum

Address: 119 Third Avenue South, Second Floor, Nashville, TN 37202

Hours: Daily 9 AM – 6 PM CT

General Admission: $18.95

Website: www.patsymuseum.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Patsyclinemuseum/

Twitter: @ClineMuseum


Weekly Fishing Report for Week Starting September 14th

From the Michigan DNR – Upper Peninsula

Lake Gogebic: Walleye and perch fishing were about the same as last week. Those trolling crank baits and crawler harnesses suspended in deeper water caught a nice bag walleye, perch and a few crappie. Those drifting and anchoring caught perch and walleye but no big numbers. Sorting is a must due to the small walleye. The north end was still producing some nice bluegills and sunfish along with the small ones. Try crawlers and leeches. Those using minnows near shore have also caught fish.

Keweenaw Bay: Most boats were heading north and trolling around Pequaming where they caught lake trout and a few coho. Catch rates were getting better at the South Entry with lake trout taken off Farmers Reef when trolling spoons. Coho were showing up around the lighthouse. Those jigging caught lake trout in 150 to 160 feet.

Little Bay De Noc: Anglers caught walleye mostly at night when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 18 to 25 feet between the Second and Third Reefs. Best day catches were in the southern waters between Breezy Point and the Minneapolis Shoals area when trolling stick baits or crawlers in 10 to 16 feet at Round Island or 25 feet at the shoals. Perch numbers were down but some nice jumbo perch were caught on crawlers in 17 to 23 feet off Kipling. Pike were active throughout the bay with a couple fish over 40 inches taken near Escanaba when trolling rapalas along the edge of the shipping docks. Salmon were caught at the dam in the Escanaba River.

Manistique River: Salmon fishing just keeps getting better with anglers taking Chinook, coho, pink salmon and brown trout. Boat anglers are trolling from the mouth to where the fast water starts using Mega lips, jointed rapalas, spoons or spawn. Shore anglers are fishing between the “Big Bass Hole” and the dam. The water is fast and muddy in this area making for poor visibility. Many of those targeting salmon have caught the bonus walleye. Anglers are reminded that the fish cleaning station is shut down but the DNR freezer is still there if you catch a fish with a missing adipose fin.

Marquette: Lake trout fishing was slow as most struggled to catch two or three fish. Coho were caught near the lower harbor and near the mouth of the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. A couple Chinook were caught in the rivers but no word on coho yet.

Au Train: Limit and near limit catches of lake trout were taken within a few miles of Au Train Island. A few coho and Chinook were caught in 60 feet or less near the mouth of the Au Train River. No word on any salmon caught in the Rock or the Au Train River.

Munising: Surface water temperatures have cooled to around 59 degrees which is much cooler than last year and anglers are hoping this will bring fish in sooner. Coho salmon have been caught and while most boats were getting one to three fish, some had none. Most were trolling within the bay, towards Sand Point and out into Trout Bay and fishing in 60 to 70 feet. There has been very little activity at Bay Furnace. The city docks and the Anna River were producing some legal size splake but anglers were putting in a lot of time just to catch a couple fish. Try spawn bags or casting Cleos. Lake trout were caught near Wood Island Reef, Grumps Hump and Big Reef when the winds allow.

Grand Marais: Most boats stayed close and caught limits of lake trout about a mile out just off the break. A few coho were also caught. No activity at the Sucker River.

Two Hearted River: Coho salmon are staging outside the mouth. Few fish have entered the river as anglers have only reported a few catches. Warmer temperatures this week will most likely keep the fish out in Lake Superior a bit longer.

Tahquamenon River: Boat anglers caught a few muskie but pike reports were few and far between. Fishing pressure at the dam and pier were almost non-existent.

St. Marys River: A good number of Atlantic salmon and some whitefish have been caught behind the Cloverland Power Plant. Cloverland is performing maintenance on the turbines, and will periodically have the plant shut down. Fishing is poor during these times, so check flow from the park to east of the powerhouse first. A fair number of pink salmon have been caught when jigging spoons. Yellow perch fishing was steady in the early morning until 9 a.m. and just before dark in the North Channel. Use crawlers or minnows on the bottom in 25 feet. Walleye fishing continues to improve in the shipping channel in 30 to 32 feet with a green crawler harness and bottom bouncer. Most were caught between the 3-Mile and 7-Mile Buoys. Smallmouth bass were caught on the rock piles. Walleye were caught on the north end of Lake George in 9 to 12 feet. In the lower river, only a few walleye were taken in 12 to 17 feet in Munuscong and Raber Bays. Yellow perch fishing was slow but a few 9 to 12 inch fish were found in the weed beds in 10 to 18 feet.

Detour: Had good catches of lake trout taken a foot off the bottom along the 90 foot flat which is two miles straight south of the Detour Lighthouse. Try an orange and white or chartreuse and white spin-glo with an 18 inch leader behind a flasher. A few smaller Chinook salmon were caught when trolling 50 to 60 feet down in 80 to 100 feet from Fry Pan Island southwest to the green buoy. Hot colors were chartreuse, chrome or chrome and white.

Drummond Island: The fall yellow perch bite has started to pick up. Successful anglers caught 10 to 25 fish between 8 and 14 inches. Most were taken while drifting leaf worms and minnows on colorful perch rigs near structure The location of the schools seem to change daily, but some spots to try would be Scott Bay or around Rutland, Peck, Harbor and Bald Island. The perch are not schooled up in large groups yet, but were found in small pockets of weeds and rock piles in various depths. Hot colors were green, red and reflective silver or gold on sunny days.

Cedarville and Hessel: Cedarville had reports of a few perch caught when drifting worms and shiners in 8 feet in Musky Bay off Conners Point. Largemouth bass were very good in 3 to 5 feet off the weed beds when casting a weedless surface lure. Those casting spinners under the docks in 4 to 6 feet throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands also caught fish. Pike up to 30 inches were taken around Little LaSalle Island. Try chubs in 8 feet where there is a current. Hessel had no reports of yellow perch caught from the finger docks at the marina. A few pike were caught on chubs and spoons in the early morning. A few perch were caught by walleye anglers in Mackinaw Bay when drifting a jig with a shiner in 8 to 12 feet.

Carp River: Had some salmon activity but catch rates were slow. Pier anglers using spawn, spoons and crank baits had little to no success. Fishing slowed on Nunn’s Creek as well but anglers still managed to catch a few Chinook 9 to 11 pounds with a silver and green or silver and blue spoon as well as fresh spawn.

New Website Makes It Easy To Find Michigan Historical Markers, Visit Historic Places Throughout State

New website makes it easy to find Michigan Historical Markers, visit historic places throughout state

By SARAH LAPSHAN/Michigan Department of Natural Resources
and TOBI VOIGT/Michigan History Center

On the M-109 loop that runs between Empire and Glen Arbor in Leelanau County, along the Lake Michigan shoreline – near an area once touted as the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s “Good Morning America” show – stands a stately sign that marks the forward-thinking of more than a century ago that recognized Michigan’s need for a statewide parks system.

This particular sign commemorates the creation of D.H. Day State Park (now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) and Michigan’s post-World War I movement to preserve other scenic sites as public outdoor recreation destinations.

These green-and-gold signs, known as Michigan Historical Markers, dot buildings and landscapes, sharing snippets of Michigan’s rich history.

Just about anyone who’s traveled the state’s byways and highways over the last 50-plus years likely has encountered a marker or two, and for good reason – Michigan’s historical marker program is among the nation’s oldest.

close-up view of the green-and-gold Kirtland's warbler markerSince it was authorized by the Legislature in 1955, the program has approved and placed more than 1,700 markers throughout the state, as well as in several other states (for example, in Kentucky at the Perryville Battlefield State Park, honoring the Michigan soldiers who aided the Union in this pivotal Civil War battle) and in Europe (at the home of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the French explorer who founded Detroit).

Although a marker can’t tell the full story – after all, the text is limited to a few hundred words – it does provide a great starting point to learn more.

“Michigan Historical Markers capture the stories of our state’s significant places, events and people in and around the locations where they happened or lived,” said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center, an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that manages the marker program. The Michigan Historical Commission approves the markers and their final texts.

Historical markers originally were placed at highway rest areas, in state parks, and at locations where historic events occurred. Today, historical markers can be found nearly everywhere, including the sides of buildings, the yards of residences and businesses, and at schools.

Clark said that Michigan’s earliest markers focused on European settlement, geology, geography, Native peoples and military conflicts, but, as the program grew, it began to commemorate historically significant architecture, the contributions of individuals, and other milestones.

Stop in at the I-75 rest stop south of Grayling and you can read, briefly, about one of Michigan’s greatest wildlife conservation stories. The “Return of Kirtland’s Warbler” historical marker explains how the bird nearly became extinct in the mid-20th century as logging and other industries damaged its natural habitats, but then successful habitat restoration and conservation efforts turned the tide. The marker reads, in part:

close-up view of the Houghton historical marker“… Guided by research to mimic natural fire processes, government agencies and private conservationists began harvesting older jack pine stands and replanting the trees to restore the warblers’ habitat. … From an all-time modern low of 167 nesting pairs in 1974 and 1987, the summer population of the warbler rebounded to more than 1,700 pairs in 2007. The recovery of the species testifies to the effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts. …”

Visitors to Eagle River on the Upper Peninsula’s Keweenaw Peninsula can see the “Douglass Houghton” marker that honors the man who served as Michigan’s first state geologist. It was an 1841 report from Houghton, describing the U.P.’s copper country, that convinced hundreds of people to flood the Keweenaw in search of copper fortunes. The marker also highlights several of Houghton’s other contributions, including studying smallpox among the Chippewa Indians, serving as a correspondent for the Detroit Journal, and recording more than 200 plants.

One of the newest markers, installed just this past July, highlights the civil unrest in Detroit in 1967. The marker was placed on the site where the rebellion and riot began, now occupied by Detroit’s Gordon Park, on the 50th anniversary of the uprising. It sets the scene:

“In July 1967 the civil unrest that had been spreading across the United States reached Detroit. In the early morning hours of July 23, Detroit police officers raided a blind pig, an illegal after-hours bar, where patrons were celebrating the return of Vietnam War servicemen. …”

Clark says it’s this diversity of moments, milestones and memories in our state’s history that makes the markers compelling reading for both historians and citizens. Now, with the launch of a new web-based tool, Clark hopes even more people will get in on the hunt for the markers.

view of crowd surrounding the Detroit July 1967 historical markerUntil recently, curious Michiganders have relied on a list or a book – and a lot of good, old-fashioned exploring – to find the state’s historical markers. Then staff at the DNR and the Michigan History Center put their expertise together to find a way to make it easier than ever for folks to find and learn about the markers and the history they honor.

The result? A new, interactive website (www.michigan.gov/markers) that can be accessed by phone, computer screen or tablet – no special app required.

“The Michigan Historical Commission originated and pushed for this project, and DNR technical and history staff made it happen,” said Clark. “We hope this historical marker database will pique the curiosity of Michiganders, help Michigan travelers better connect to the communities they visit, and inspire everyone to keep learning more about the real stories that make up Michigan’s fascinating past.”

Once on the website, visitors will find an interactive map that shows marker sites across the state. A search box at the top right corner of the map makes it possible for users to find markers near their homes, businesses or vacation spots.

On the map, each marker is represented by a small green icon. When a visitor clicks on an icon, a menu box with title and address information pops up. The pop-up box includes clickable links that enable a visitor to zoom in on the map, learn more about the marker, or get driving directions to the marker using Google maps.

The detail link provides specific information about the marker, including its location and installation dates, an image, and the marker text. Visitors also can download a PDF copy of the marker information.

But the website is much more than just a map, said Mary Patrick, Michigan Historical Marker program coordinator.

screen shot showing map of Michigan dotted with historical marker locations“This research tool is full of features that make it practical for students, researchers, trip planners and other explorers to find historical marker information that will interest them,” she said.

For example, the filter feature (located below the map) enables visitors to pull out map results by county, theme or time period. Clark said the theme filter is particularly handy for planning road trips around topics of interest.

“If someone is interested in the early auto industry, they can select that filter to find all the markers related to that topic and use the directions feature to plan the ultimate Michigan automobile road trip,” she said.

The website also includes the ability to customize the view. Visitors can switch the style of the map by clicking on different options – from road to topographical – in the basemaps feature.

The map defaults to show only the markers, but visitors also can add state parks and campgrounds, as well as Michigan’s network of rail trails, making it easy for families planning a Michigan vacation to map out a trip incorporating visits to historical markers close to where they will be traveling.

Ortonville resident JoAnne Brodbeck is one such traveler.

“My 11-year old son has become a big history buff,” Brodbeck said. “This summer we took a trip to Mackinac Island, and read every marker he stumbled upon. I showed him this website, and he was very excited. It will make it possible for him to find and map out markers before our next vacation.”

four young boys standing in front of Mackinaw Island historical markerBrodbeck said she also plans to keep the website in mind when looking for history topics for school projects.

The Michigan Historical Marker website also was built with researchers and marketers in mind. The database upon which the map is built is available as a free download (either as a KML or CSV file) on the marker main page. It is made available as part of the DNR’s Open Data project (http://gis-midnr.opendata.arcgis.com/), which provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making.

Patrick said that although the marker website is live, there still is information to add, particularly photographs of all the markers. DNR staff are field testing and updating the database this fall, continuing to add photographs and verify information.

Michigan History Center staff also would love to hear how others are using the website.

“We encourage visitors who don’t see a marker in an exact GPS location to look around and see if it’s nearby,” Patrick said. “If they can’t find it, we hope they will let us know.” Patrick said the best way to share that information is by using the contact form link at the top of the marker website’s main page.

“There’s something fitting, and exciting, about using the latest technology to help share the pieces of our past, making these important stories more accessible to more people,” said Clark. “As information is added or updated, it will be right at users’ fingertips – we’re putting history in your hands.”

For more information, visit the historical marker website at www.michigan.gov/markers.