After countless mid-winter warm-ups and numbing spring snows, it appears that Mother Nature finally got the memo. We’ve got our spring on Flint.
Time to ditch the boots, lace up the sneakers, get out and re-introduce ourselves to the great outdoors and free seasonal events that have become time-honored traditions.
Walk paved pathways and grounds lined with spring bloom of the Applewood Estate, which reopens for the season on Thursday, May 3. . Reserve a spot for its free house tour and enjoy the Mott family’s beautiful three-story 1916 Jacobean Revival home designed by Charles Stewart Mott’s sister’s husband, architect Herbert E. Davis. Look for the detail on the ceiling in the living room. You’ll find geese, pigs and flowers. See if you can find the Bird of Paradise plant in the greenhouse. It was Charles Mott’s favorite flower, and they have been grown there since 1935.
Looking for something very cool to do this weekend?
Check out the Fish Moon Stroll at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland on Sunday April 29. Interpretive naturalist Jeanne Henderson will guide you and the kids along the Chippewa River Trail as the Smallmouth Bass and Walleye swim upstream to spawn. Bring a flashlight and wear dark clothing. It’s for ages 9 and up and all kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. It runs from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Sunday you can also celebrate the opening of Genesee County’s newest park, Atlas County Park. Nestled in the southern end of Genesee County,it offers 150 acres of natural landscaping to enjoy.The park will officially open at 2 p.m. following the ribbon cutting. It is located directly across from Goodrich High School at 9319 Hegel Rd. Admission is free.
There’s lots to see and do in and around the Flint area. Check out this month’s GOguide, sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and discover even more fun, family-friendly activities. Many of them are completely free!
It’s time to play Flint. Let’s get out there!
Editor’s note: Visit www.thehubfllint/goguide-archive to see a full listing of area events.