One of my goals for this blog was to bring Grand Rapids to those that do not know it’s awesomeness(absolutely a word). I never intended for this blog to get so weight loss centered. Not that I mind sharing that journey with you at all, but I fully intended to get out and explore my city and bring it to life online. As a new year begins, I hope to focus more on that area.
All of this is well and good, but life can sometimes have other plans. Whether you’re stuck inside because of the frigid temperatures or, like me, you’re suffering an injury that doesn’t allow for much outdoor exploration, I had to get creative if I wanted to explore Grand Rapids from my computer.
Admittedly most of my time indoors has been spent binge watching Friends and Criminal Minds on Netflix, but I did go outside the tv room long enough to discover a few things about GR that are accessible online. This is by no means a comprehensive list.Consider it more a starting point in your explorations.
- Grand Rapids Magazine – One of the more obvious choices, Grand Rapids Magazine offers a monthly online feature article. December 2014 was all about cocktails and November 2014 was all about the real men of GR, the hunks. With an archive that goes back to January 2003, you can easily spend a day lost in the city. Virtually, of course.
- ArtPrize – While this might be old news to those very familiar with this competition, you can do a bit of navigating online and look into the Top 10 pieces from each year up until 2013. (As of the writing of this post, 2014 has not been added yet) Those completely unfamiliar with the whole event can brush up on the ArtPrize origins. Moving beyond that, you can get right to the top ten winner lists by year. Explore the rest of the website while you’re there. There are details up now about the expansion into Dallas, TX planned for April 2016.
- Glance at the Past Podcast – Last, but by no means least, I have stumbled across a rare jewel for the lover of historical Grand Rapids. How much time did you spend growing up in the old time section of the public museum? Because I LOVED and still love that dimly lit corner of the museum. I love peeking in the pharmacy, checking out the old fire station, and I have even spent a full hour chatting away with the volunteer running the printing press. You can bet that one of my first real in depth GR posts will be the museum! So, back to how you can bring that joy into your home. The Grand Rapids Historical Commission has put together an amazing series -there are just over 200 episodes!- of brief glimpses, ahem glances, into historical Grand Rapids. I cannot even think where to begin explaining this amazing discovery to you. It’s like having my grandpas back, letting them tell me stories of the way things used to be. The podcast runs through all sorts of topics from women going to the gym in the 1890’s to Wurzburg’s Toyland to buildings and restaurants and general life. Go directly to the Grand Rapids Historical Commission website or go directly to the podcast through iTunes. Either way, give this a listen!
These three websites alone should give you hours of distraction from the weather or whatever circumstance brought you to your computer. When you need a distraction from your distraction, find me here on the blog or social media and we can talk Dr. Spencer Reid or Ross and Rachel. 🙂