James Williams, 34, fishes off of a bridge at MillPond Park. Williams mentioned he had caught a couple fish earlier in the day but hadn’t had much luck in the evening. Quinn Kirby
Wherever you are in Mt. Pleasant, the sunset always is a welcome sight. Catch the lowering sun and the following stars on any cloudless evening. Quinn Kirby
Chi Alpha Central Michigan University chapter member Joel Robinson, 18, of Fenton, plays Kan Jam at the fraternity’s welcome event on CMU’s campus. Quinn Kirby
Carson Motz, 21, of Lansing, reacts to landing a trick while playing H.O.R.S.E. with friends at the Island Park skate park in Mt. Pleasant. “Parks like this keep kids out of the streets,” Motz said. “It’s a good place to practice and meet people." Quinn Kirby
Abby DeWitt, 28, takes her dog Mojo for an evening walk in Mt. Pleasant. “If you notice, he’s shaved on his back right leg,” DeWitt said of her 3-year-old pup. “He’s six weeks post [operation] on knee surgery. This is his first walk since then." Quinn Kirby
Once night falls, neon lights up various Mt. Pleasant establishments. Places like Marty’s Bar, Pixie Diner, Jon’s Diner, and others have neon signs that add color to the central Michigan evenings. Quinn Kirby
Quinn Ritter, 25, of Clare; Hannah Wilcox, 24, of Mt. Pleasant; and Devon Durfee, 25, of Mt. Pleasant sit in front of Ritter’s 1955 Buick Special and Durfee’s 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. “I think cars are a form of art and expression,” Ritter says. Quinn Kirby
Izzy Slate, 21, of Allen Park and Johnny Palmer, 20, of Rochester play frisbee on Central Michigan University’s campus. Quinn Kirby
Sara Prusse, 26, of Connecticut tubes down the Chippewa River with a friend. Quinn Kirby
Lily Lemke, 19, of Indiana, laughs with a group of four friends in individual hammocks on Central Michigan University’s campus. Quinn Kirby
Lightning bugs aren’t the only characters that thrive in the low light of a Mt. Pleasant evening. Driving, dressing and dining, dallying around the outdoors, and discovering new drinks are among various activities to consider when “What should I do tonight?” pops up in conversation.
Mt. Pleasant Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller shares this advice: “Evenings in Mount Pleasant can be elegant or simple and low-key,” Sponseller says. “With beautiful parks, historic architecture and great food, make the most of your evening by strolling through at a more leisurely pace and find your favorite spot.”
Cue two teens who stopped by town center during golden hour to use one of the three new bike repair stations through to refill the air in their tires before continuing on their way.
A block away, following a repair of his own, Mojo DeWitt, a 3-year-old dog, began his first adventure in over a month with his owner, Abby, 28, of Mt. Pleasant.
“If you notice, he’s shaved on his back right leg,” DeWitt says of her pup. “He’s six weeks post [operation] on knee surgery. This is his first walk since then. We can walk about 25 minutes now.”
With some more traditional options for nightlife still under some health restrictions, there’s never been a better time to explore the natural beauty of Mt. Pleasant and take advantage of the resources and landscapes the area has to offer.