GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Cilchrist greeted members of the public Saturday afternoon at an event in downtown Grand Rapids appropriately titled, “Whitmer Winter Warm-Up”.
Outside, the temperature was around 8 degrees, with a wind chill around 7-below zero when the festivities got underway.
Fortunately, the event was inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum. A large crowd was there to greet Whitmer, just 25 days after she was sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor.
She told reporters at the museum, “When I took my Oath of Office we wanted to make sure that every had the opportunity to participate. This is a great chance to come to Grand Rapids and see families.
“We wanted to make it free, and there’s no better place to do it than the Public Museum. It is phenomenal..”
The free, ticketed event ran from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Public Museum encouraged guests to donate a new or used book to help kids in need. “Literacy is one of the things that we’ve got to really work on in this state,” said Gov. Whitmer.
Special activities and refreshments were provided.