DURAND, Mich.– Michigan was recently voted the best state in America, and its abounding small towns that function as microcosms of culture definitely have something to do with it.
If we were to hold another competition, this time to determine which of Michigan’s small towns rank the highest, you would be mistaken not to cast your vote for Owosso, located just 30 miles west of Flint. Keep reading to see why these top things to do in Owosso, MI make it on of the most cultivated small towns in the Mitten:
Did you know Owosso was home to the famous adventure novelist James Oliver Curwood? Curwood was born and lived in Owosso, where he built Curwood Castle as a writing studio after attaining fame as an author. Steep yourself in history and visit the Curwood Castle Museum, institute after Curwood’s death in 1927 in Owosso, and open to the public year-round. Is this still not literary enough for you? Enjoy yourself at Owosso’s annual Curwood Festival in June that celebrates the author’s life and loyalty to his hometown.
Writers aren’t the only creative Owosso is known for producing. The famous American Impressionist painter Frederick Carl Frieske was also born and lived in Owosso before becoming an expatriate in France until his death in 1939 in Le Mesnil-sur-Blangy, Normandy, France. Frieske’s artistic influence the Owosso community cannot be understated, and had an invaluable impact on the formation of Shiawassee Arts Center, where you can purchase the Frieske’s and local artists’ paintings, take art classes and attend regular exhibitions.
Owosso has a history with writers and artists, but it also has a large community of musicians and performers. Bend your ear to the sweet melodies performed by local and regional musicians at the Don and Metta Mitchell Amphitheater, or be whisked away by the plot line of a play or musical performed by Owosso Community Players at the Shiawassee Center for the Performing Arts, a LEED Silver certified theater.
For such a small town, Owosso has played a major role in contributing culture to our state, but also in developing it. The railroad helped Michigan become the industrial power it is, and Owosso preserves that history at the Steam Railroading Institute. This local museum’s goal is to teach you all about steam-era railroad technology, and gives you firsthand experience by offering you a number of excursions to go on.
Despite their devotion to the arts and history, don’t assume that is all Owosso locals have to offer you on a visit to their town. These people also happen to be some serious speed freaks! Case in point, the Owosso Speedway, located just 6 miles west of Owosso on M-21. Every Saturday night from April to September, you can get your heart racing at the 3/8-mile short track by watching stock cars and open-wheel cars wiz by.
If you’re looking for an adventure of culture, history and speed among many other things like a thriving downtown and beautiful parks, these top things to do in Owosso, MI, are the place to start! How you’ll get there is another question. Before you head out, get your vehicle checked at our Service Center. If it’s time for a new vehicle check out the New Chevy Trucks and New Chevy Cars at our Owosso Area Chevrolet Dealer!
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