Before the advent of print-news publications, citizens were forced to communicate via smoke signals that would shape clouds into letters composing communal bulletins. Enjoy less flammable local news with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a two-year subscription (eight issues) to Michigan Blue magazine (a $24 value).
The editorial experts at Michigan Blue sling out four issues a year, focusing on Michigan's maritime milieu and publishing information about scenic adventures, seasonal events, and festivals. As Michigan’s premier lake-house lifestyle publication, Michigan Blue is comprised of articles dedicated to living on the beach, stories from boating on the lake, and tips on how to bribe Poseidon into calmer sea-weather. The publication regularly promotes local comings and goings, and the Excursion column updates its readers on seasonal and regional festivals and events that are well-worth the five-hour unicycle ride. The periodical's Lake Story section boasts a cornucopia of literary excerpts and creative nonfiction essays from Michigan authors.
If states had state liquids, Michigan's would be water—it's home to the Great Lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 11,000 inland lakes. Michigan Blue Magazine provides a perfect guide to life by all this water, focusing on lakefront homes, watersports, and environmental issues, such as what to do when your lake goes into hibernation. And that's just one of Gemini Publications' many publications, all of which cover a different facet of modern life in Michigan. Grand Rapids Magazine for instance, focuses on everything from fine dining to style in its namesake city, whereas Grand Rapids Business Journal boasts informative columns, profiles of local business people, a business calendar of events, and more.