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It’s Time to Fly!

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The holidays are approaching, and that means vacations are coming! We know getting ready for vacations can be hectic and stressful, but we’re ready to take some of the stress away by being your go-to airport transportation. With our array of vehicles, we can accommodate your every need, from small to large groups, along with handicap accessible vehicles.

If you have yet to book your transportation, we walk you through that process in this article. Once you’ve gone through those steps, your vehicle will be booked and you’ll be all set for your trip! If you’ve booked transportation to the airport, on the day of your trip, your driver will arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. This is to allow enough time for you to get your things together and meet your driver outside of your pick-up location. The driver will then take you to the departures section at the airport and help you unload your luggage with a sendoff for a great expedition!

If you’re booking transportation from the airport, we ask that you do it at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will meet you in the arrivals section by the baggage claim. Your driver will help you carry your luggage to their vehicle, which will be parked in the parking structure. Once you are all situated in the vehicle, you will be off to your destination!

Booking your airport transportation with Trinity is the one ingredient that will provide relaxing travel time for you and your guests. We can’t wait to help make your trip the best it can be!

Fun Spring Activities in Michigan!

Friday, April 13th, 2018

We’re making our way into April, and although the weather hasn’t been the warmest, there are still plenty of fun activities to do this spring in the Metro Detroit area! We’ve compiled a list of some of the outdoorsy activities and interesting events happening near you, directly from the Pure Michigan website.

April 14, 2018

  • Down on the Farm in Downtown Detroit: Upland Hills Farms at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • The OAC archery range will be transformed into a barn and you will be able to get up close and friendly to cows, pigs, chickens, and more!
  • Second Saturdays for Families: Insect-Repellent Bracelets at Michigan History Museum – Lansing, MI – Website
    • Do you enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors during the spring and summer? Then you know that insects that bite can get in the way of a good time! Get ready for them by using simple knot-tying skills to create an insect-repellent bracelet from cord and essential oils.

April 15th, 2018

  • Help Our Pollinators at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Come learn about the different pollinators that help sustain the lush and beautiful plant life in Michigan as well as how to better assist pollinators by becoming a smart gardener!
  • Mutts Gone Nuts at Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center – Taylor, MI – Website
    • Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tight wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and of course, the one and only . . . Sammie the Talking Dog! Tickets are available for purchase at the website above.

April 21st, 2018

  • Experience Earth Day at Chippewa Nature Center – Midland, MI – Website
    • Come celebrate the 48th Earth Day by participating in stewardship activities that benefit our planet! Plant a tree or shrub, learn about invasive exotic plants, plant wildflower seeds to take home, drop off your recyclable items, and more!
  • Ypsilanti Comic Con at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church – Ypsilanti, MI – Website
    • Ypsilanti Comic Con will be back this spring! Attendees will have the opportunity to explore over 25 tables of comic books, action figures, toys, original art and more!

April 22nd, 2018

  • Earth Day Composting 101 at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Learn all about composting and how to reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfill while adding nutrients to your yard and garden! OAC will provide you with the information you need, and will even send you home with a small amount of starter to get your compost going – just bring an empty pop bottle or water bottle to the program!
  • Earth Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup Event at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Volunteer with the Outdoor Adventure Center as they lead an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup event along the Detroit River in Milliken State Park. Volunteers will not only prevent trash from entering the Great Lakes, but will participate in a citizen science data collection effort to categorize the type of litter collected. The data will be shared with beach managers and scientists so solutions to pollution problems can be developed.

April 25th, 2018

  • Wild Over Wednesday: Wild for Wetlands at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Spring has sprung, and wetlands around our beautiful state are teeming with wildlife getting ready for the nesting season. There will be games and activities focused on the importance of wetlands for wildlife and for people, and information will be provided about local wetlands that you can visit this spring and summer.

April 28th, 2018

  • Pitch Hit & Run at Montibeller Park – Ypsilanti, MI – Website
    • Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships, and the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week.
  • Arbor Day Celebration at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Celebrate the 146th National Arbor Day with the Outdoor Adventure Center! Engage with others as you learn how to choose and plant trees that are native and helpful to our Michigan ecosystems. Take a hike with the OAC at 1 p.m. to identify trees in Milliken State Park. The first 50 participants will receive a seedling to take home and plant!
  • Photo Workshop at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Have you ever wanted to discover the world of wildlife photography but just didn’t know where to begin? Join the OAC as they dive into a day of discovery with professional wildlife photographer Norm Rutkowske to learn the philosophy behind wildlife photography. Event guests will get the chance to enjoy wildlife photography first-hand and partake in a photoshoot of the Outdoor Adventure Center black rat snake in Milliken State Park.

April 29th, 2018

  • Michigan Birds of Prey at Outdoor Adventure Center – Detroit, MI – Website
    • Join Michigan Avian Experience to meet some of Michigan’s live birds of prey, which may include a hawk, eagle, owl and/or falcon, to reveal their remarkable survival adaptations and behaviors. Visitors will have the opportunity to feel feathers and explore skulls and other bird parts like feet and bones.

May 5th, 2018

  • Highland Recreation Area Volunteer Stewardship Workday – White Lake, MI – Website
    • Join volunteer stewards Bill B. and Kathy W. in pulling non-native, invasive garlic mustard from high quality woodlands. Come see first-hand how this plant starts to get a foothold if we don’t take action to stop it! Volunteers are asked to register ahead of time at the website link above.
  • How to Write Calligraphy at River Raisin National Battlefield Park – Monroe, MI – Website
    • Learn how to write calligraphy at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park! RSVPs are requested; please call the Visitor Center to reserve your spot.

May 6th, 2018

  • Passport 2 Pittsfield at Pittsfield Charter Township Hall – Ann Arbor, MI – Website
    • Everyone is invited to park at one of six Township facilities and hop onto an AAATA bus to visit the other buildings and participate in family friendly activities. The event is a day for fun, discovery, and creation!

May 10th, 2018

  • Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place – Frankenmuth, MI – Website
    • It’s time for the Funtown Chowdown, Frankenmuth’s 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops! The fun begins in May and will take place on the second Thursday of each month from 5pm-9pm each date – that’s five chances to treat yourself and your family to excellent food, beer, and family fun!

May 12th, 2018

  • Mother & Daughter Tea at River Raisin National Battlefield Park – Monroe, MI – Website
    • Sit back and sip on fresh brewed tea and eat sweet goodies as you honor Mother’s Day! Seats are limited; please call the Visitor Center to reserve your spot.
  • The Spirit of Detroit 60th Anniversary Celebration at Spirit Plaza – Detroit, MI – Website
    • This is an event to support Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the artistic legacy of Marshall Fredericks. Through his collection and archives, temporary exhibitions, publications, and education programs, the Museum contributes to scholarly discourse and serves diverse audiences. Please visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

May 20, 2018

  • Stephen 70th Annual Spring Polish Festival at St. Stephen Parish Grounds – New Boston, MI – Website
    • Join parishioners as they celebrate their Polish heritage! Band, dancing, dinners, bingo, craft show, carnival rides, kids’ game tent, white elephant tent, men’s softball tournament, and 50/50 & basket raffles all weekend long!
  • Eastern Market Flower Day at Eastern Market – Detroit, MI – Website
    • This event is an all-day affair showcasing every variety of perennial, annual, and seasonal bud ever grown and is the market’s busiest weekend of the year. People from all over the state and region flock to Eastern Market for this annual ushering in of spring, when 15 acres of space is covered with every possible variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs!

May 29th, 2018

  • Lansing Lugnuts: Game of Thrones Night at Cooley Law School Stadium – Lansing, MI – Website
    • Baseball is coming to Cooley Law School Stadium on May 19th, 2018! Join fellow fans in celebrating Game of Thrones Night. Sit on the throne; enjoy wine tastings, food specials, and more! The first 1,000 fans get a custom Noah Syndergaard Game of Thrones bobblehead! Please visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

For more events taking place in Michigan this spring, visit the event calendar on the Pure Michigan website here!

Trips on a Trinity Motor Coach

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

So you’ve planned a group trip that will last two or more days, and you’re wondering how the process works and what to expect…well, we will lay it all out for you! We’re here to provide you with all of the necessary information for what to expect during the process of your motor coach trip so your mind can be at ease when planning.

What to Expect After Booking

After requesting a quote and booking your trip, the motor coach reservations specialist you’ve been in contact with will provide you with a contract/confirmation that contains a trip number, day of departure, and date of return, which is required to be signed and returned. You will also be asked to provide a detailed itinerary and on-site contact, which will ensure there is constant contact between the group and the driver. Once the final itinerary is reviewed, it is sent to our motor coach dispatch department, then a driver is assigned to the trip and given the itinerary. After the driver is assigned to your trip, you will receive the driver’s name, cell phone number, and the number(s) of the bus(es) that will be used for your trip. You will also receive our 24-hour dispatch number in case it is needed. The day before your trip, your motor coach reservations specialist will call you to verbally confirm every detail of your trip is correct.

Day-Of Process

When the day of your trip arrives, the driver(s) will pick you up in your motor coach(es) at the discussed pick-up time and location. You will then be transported to your destination(s). Please note that destinations with travel time longer than 8 hours will require more than one driver for each motor coach. This second driver (or more, depending on travel time) will meet your current driver at a specified location to switch. Since your trip is 2+ days long, you will be required to provide accommodations for your driver at each destination. While at your destination (or each destination if you have more than one), your driver can take you to wherever you need to go – as long as it is included in your itinerary!

After Your Trip

After your trip is over and you return home, you are all set! Our motor coach reservations specialist will reach out to you to see how everything went and for any feedback about your trip.

Christmastime at Trinity

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Christmas is an exciting time, with joy and love filling the air. It’s the season where we spend time with loved ones, celebrate the wonderful memories surrounding this wonderful holiday, and give to those in need if we can. To celebrate Christmas, each of our terminals held potlucks over the past two weeks, where Trinity provided the main dishes and employees brought in their favorite holiday foods!

Each morning started off with a safety meeting held by our very own Safety Claus! Safety Claus, Safety Director Carl Ingram, and School Bus Training Manager Derrick Ingram discussed the different tactics of staying safe on the road while driving a school bus (and being an aide!). Topics covered included distracted driving, proper safety procedures, and having heightened awareness while on the road. Our goal is to become the safest transportation company!

After the safety meeting, it was time to eat! Employees at each terminal reveled in each other’s company while enjoying some delicious food. The potlucks were full of laughter, joy, and plenty of holiday spirit.

For more pictures from our Christmas potlucks, visit our Facebook page!

December Holiday Celebrations

Friday, December 1st, 2017

‘Tis the season for snow, lights, and holiday celebrations! Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah there is something for you to check out in Metro Detroit or Toledo this holiday season! Check out the list below of some of the events happening in your neck of the woods. And when planning your holiday trips (even to the events below), don’t forget to take a look at our services!

Northern Michigan Winter, Tom Haxby

Metro Detroit

  • Wayne County Lightfest
    • Dates: November 16, 2017 – December 31, 2017
    • Times: Monday through Friday 7:00pm – 10:00pm / Saturday and Sunday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: Merriman Hollow Park – Westland, MI
    • This magical light display is a wonder to drive through and “the Midwest’s largest and longest light show”. There are over 47 holiday-themed scenes, perfect for driving through with the holiday tunes blasting!
  • Skating the Rink at Campus Martius Park
  • Holiday Celebration & Christkindlmarkt
    • Date: December 1-3, 2017
    • Time: 11:00am
    • Location: Frankenmuth Farmers Market – Frankenmuth, MI
    • Frankenmuth is known for its love for Christmas, and you can experience it by attending the German Christmas Street Market also known as Christkindlmarkt! Frankenmuth has so much to offer during the holiday season from a Nativity with live animals to festive decorations and live music. While there, don’t forget to visit Bronner’s Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store!
    • Website: http://frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org/images/2017Christkindlmarkt.jpg
  • Santa’s Magic Forest
    • Dates: December 1-23, 2017 – Friday through Sunday
    • Times: Fridays 5:00pm – 8:00pm / Saturdays 1:00pm – 8:00pm / Sundays 1:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Heritage Park Activity Building – Taylor, MI
    • Santa’s Magic Forest is a giant holiday display with a wide variety of magical winter village scenes, some featuring moving animatronic figures. A lot of the displays were originally created for Hudson’s Department Stores and later acquired by the city of Taylor. All proceeds benefit the Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry.
    • Website: https://www.exploretaylor.com/1213/Santas-Magic-Forest

Christmas, Jill111, Pixabay

  • Holly Dickens Festival
    • Date: December 2-3 & 9-10, 2017
    • Time: Varies
    • Location: Holly Michigan’s Historic District
    • This is the 44th year of the Holly Dickens Festival, the oldest and longest running Dickens themed event in the USA. The festival is full of entertainment, food, vendors, and even has a presentation of A Christmas Carol!
    • Website: http://hollydickensfestival.org/index.html
  • Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
    • Date: December 1-30, 2017 – Friday through Saturday
    • Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum – Dearborn, MI
    • Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village is a wonderful experience of Christmases past, named “one of the Top 10 Christmas experiences” in the country by Reader’s Digest and USA Today. Take a walk down the lantern-lit paths, go ice skating, and say hi to Santa and his reindeer, all while soaking in the magic of Christmas. You can also go on a historical home tour, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon or in a Model T, enjoy songs from carolers and live music performances, and watch the fireworks finale with a singalong!
    • Website: https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/holiday-nights-in-greenfield-village/
  • Rochester Kris Kringle Market and Hometown Christmas Parade
    • Date: December 1-3, 2017
    • Time: Friday 4:00pm – 10:00pm / Saturday 12:00pm – 10:00pm / Sunday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Location: W. Fourth Street – Downtown Rochester, MI
    • The Rochester Kris Kringle Market is a festive market inspired by the Christmas markets that have been held in Europe for centuries. The shops will offer unique, hand-crafted items and delicious specialty food. There will also be fun activities and entertainment such as a visit with Santa, crafts, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and carolers! The festivities finish off with the Hometown Christmas Parade on December 3rd.
    • Website: https://www.downtownrochestermi.com/kris-kringle-market/
  • Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
    • Date: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 (2017)
    • Time: Weeknights and Sundays 5:30pm – 9:00pm / Fridays and Saturdays 5:30pm – 10:00pm
    • Location: Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak, MI
    • Experience the wonder of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you walk through spectacular light displays, animal sculptures, and illuminated trees and buildings. Included are holiday entertainment and activities along with the chance to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the 4-D theatre.
    • Website: https://detroitzoo.org/events/zoo-events/wild-lights/
  • Fantasyland
    • Date: December 1-24, 2017 – Wednesday through Sunday
    • Times: Wednesday through Friday 4:00pm – 8:00pm / Saturday and Sunday 2:0pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: 3240 Ferris Ave – Lincoln Park, MI
    • Fantasyland is a wondrous place filled with the magic of Christmas. Experience the North Pole and see Santa’s elves prepare for Christmas, hear carols being sung by the Fantasyland School children’s choir, and spend some time with Santa at this fun holiday event.
    • Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/lpfantasyland/about/
  • Cosmic Christmas – The Light Show
    • Date: December 1-30, 2017
    • Times: Daily 4:00pm / Thursday through Saturday 7:00pm
    • Location: Sloan Longway Museum, Planetarium, and Automotive Gallery – Flint, MI
    • This Christmas light show is set to stunning 4k visuals and filled with 16 songs that will amp up your holiday cheer!
    • Website: http://sloanlongway.org/cosmicchristmas/
  • Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic
    • Dates: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23, 26-30 (2017)
    • Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, MI
    • One of Mid Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions, Christmas at Crossroads Village is a holiday experience where you will find costumed villagers, gifts and stocking stuffers, holiday lights, live entertainment, and model trains and craft demonstrations – and, of course, Santa!
    • Website: http://geneseecountyparks.org/crossroads-village/programs/christmas-holiday-magic/

  • Menorah in the D
    • Date: December 12, 2017
    • Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: Campus Martius Park – Detroit, MI
    • Come witness the giant menorah lighting in Campus Martius Park! Enjoy plenty of outdoor activities including marshmallow roasting, dancing dreidels, complementary snack bar and hot cider, fire juggling, dreidel mascots, mitzvah station, and more!
    • Website: http://www.menorahinthed.com
  • Chanukah Wonderland
    • Dates: December 13, 14, 17, 18
    • Times: Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm / Wednesday, Thursday, Monday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Location: Orchard Mall – West Bloomfield Township, MI
    • This event features a 10 foot “coin-orah”, Chanukah mug decorating, donut baking and decorating, dreidel bounce house and mascot, delicious food, and more! Visit on Monday and witness the grand menorah lighting celebration with the Detroit marching band at 5:00pm!
    • Website: http://www.baischabad.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2022950
  • One Candle for Tzedakah – Family Hanukkah Celebration
    • Date: December 14, 2017
    • Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: JCC of Greater Ann Arbor
    • The JCC of Greater Ann Arbor is hosting a Star Wars themed Hanukkah party – costumes welcome! Join them for One Candle for Tzedakah, where the community gathers to celebrate Hanukkah by giving to families in need. A meal will be shared along with activities, but the main focus of the event will be preparing gifts for families who would not otherwise have the means to enjoy the holiday season.
    • Website: https://jccannarbor.org/activity/one-candle-for-tzedakah/
  • The Drop – Motor City NYE
    • Date: December 31, 2017
    • Time: 4:00pm – 1:00am
    • Location: Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square Park – Detroit, MI
    • This New Year’s Eve festivity has all you could ask for in a NYE event from local celebrity hosts and ice skating to a ball drop and fire jugglers and acrobats. Included is a kids’ zone from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, featuring balloon animals, karaoke, face painting, bounce houses, a jungle gym, and more!
    • Website: http://motorcitynye.com

Toledo

  • Lights Before Christmas
    • Dates: November 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017
    • Times: Sunday through Thursday 3:00pm – 8:00pm / Friday and Saturday 3:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Location: Toledo Zoo
    • Witness the enchanting lights of the Toledo Zoo with over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images! New this year is the Scenes of Wonder, which is a 3D holiday story complete with music and projected onto the side of the Carnivore Café. In addition to the magnificent light display, there are also rides, the Santa Dives show, caroling, and a beer garden for the parents!
    • Website: http://www.toledozoo.org/lights
  • Hanukkah Palooza
  • Christmas at the Peristyle
    • Date: December 2, 2017
    • Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Location: Toledo Museum of Art
    • Back by popular demand, Christmas at the Peristyle will again present the songs and stories of the season in an event that your family will remember for years to come. This event will feature sing-a-longs, the talented Toledo Opera Chorus, Toledo Symphony School of Music, and a special visit from Santa. Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 pm.
    • Website: http://www.toledosymphony.com/events/2017/12/02/the-andersons-family-series/christmas-at-the-peristyle/
  • River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime
    • Date: December 16, 2017
    • Time: 11:00am
    • Location: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Franklin Park
    • Get your family together and head to Barnes & Noble to hear this fun story about a little girl, River Rose, who is determined to stay up all night to personally deliver a note to Santa, but ends up falling asleep and wakes to find she’s on a magical adventure!
    • Website: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061899337-0
  • Noon Year’s Eve
    • Date: December 31, 2017
    • Time: 11:00am
    • Location: Toledo Zoo
    • The Toledo Zoo provides all of the fun of the late-night New Year’s Eve celebrations during the day so little ones can enjoy them as well! This year, the Zoo is focused on making 2018 a greener year and will celebrate the stroke of noon with the rising of their recycling ball, a waterfall of biodegradable confetti, apple juice toast, and, of course, a singalong of Auld Lang Syne. There will also be an ice carving demonstration, crafts, the Ice Slide and Bumper Cars on Ice, and more!
    • Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/noon-years-eve

New Year’s Day, Geralt, Pixabay

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