Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Michigan Toy Soldier on 11 Mile in Royal is one of a kind. They even bill themselves as the world's largest complete source for plastic or medal soldiers and figures, historical military miniatures, figure and model kits, die cast armor, and on and on. It's an incredible walk through history. Talk to anybody employed there and you will find that they are a collector and a history buff. They have these awesome scenes set up to represent the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolution, the Civil War, medieval times, the far west back in the day, the Roman Empire, World War I, WWII, etc. Need to brush up on your history? They have books and dvd's that cover everything. We only asked, "Where is Napoleon in this group"? And we were shown the Emperor and Marshall Ney and Wellington and before you know it, we we get into battle details. Amazing!
Monday, November 29, 2010
the Parade Company storage facility on Mt Elliott. The event was called Day in Paradeland and featured entertainment, food, photos with Santa, games and much more. Tours are available all year round by appointment for groups of 10 or more.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Most people who come to Frankenmuth also visit the Silent Night Memorial Chapel which sits on the corner of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. It is a copy of the one in Oberndorf Austria that the Bronner family so adored when they visited there in the 1970's. Built in 1992, the former mayor of Oberndorf --whom they met in the 70's --came for its dedication. There are plaques with "Silent Night" in hundreds of different languages posted throughout the grounds. It was written by pastor Joseph Mohr and the music was composed by a teacher, Franz Xaver Gruber. It was first sung in Oberndorf in the St Nicholas Church in 1818. We think that's a pretty cool story.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Royal Oak Farmer's Market. The Great Lakes pies just inside the door grabbed our attention immediately--we had to have one. Then it was the McClure pickles and the homemade Cheesy Monkey pumpkin scones, the wreaths and table decorations, the homemade soaps, the alpaca hats and socks, made in Michigan. And with all the fresh veggies and herbs, it was a veritable feast. You can easily see why this place is so popular.
Friday, November 26, 2010
On Black Friday the world goes shopping and one of our favorite places at this time of year is the Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Rochester on the corner of Adams and Silverbell. They have live animals to the great delight of children and lots of decorations for inside and outside the home. Their village displays are stunning. Their trains and villages fascinate kids and adults alike.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
One bigger than life statue of Sojourner Truth stands in Battle Creek just a couple of miles from where she is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. Part of Highway 66 in Michigan was renamed after her. Born into slavery in New York, she escaped and assumed her calling as a prophet and a preacher, dropping her given name of Isabella. She dictated her memoirs which were published in 1847: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth which spoke of her life as a slave, having her own son sold illegally, her escape and her religious experiences. She travelled all the way to Washington to meet with and encourage Abraham Lincoln in his fight against slavery. She died on November 26, 1883, but a few days prior she was quoted as saying, "I'm not going to die, honey. I'm going home like a shooting star." We are grateful for our freedom! Wishing everyone a beautiful Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Lockhart's BBQ in Royal Oak, just behind the Royal Oak Brewery. In fact, the two are affiliated. Funny thing is though, Lockhart's is featuring a brand new Sanders Chocolate Stout starting today-- which is a collaboration of efforts between the Detroit Beer Company and Sanders Candy. Don't you love a local craft beer? Lockhart's has a variety of hearty Michigan brews on tap.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tomorrow marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. We found this brass plaque of the St Francis Prayer on the wall of our state capitol, dedicated to the memory of our former president.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Bay City Players provide theatre shows from September through May. In the summertime, there is Youththeatre which offers over a dozen one act plays to young kids. What's cool is that they are all directed by high school students.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Marilynn Thomas. Having enjoyed her work at other venues like the City Gallery in Mt Clemens, it was easy to spot this one recently in the Warren Community Center among several pieces of work that are for sale. She loves birds and outdoor settings. Marilynn also teaches watercolors at Macomb College in Warren. It's not too late to sign up for this winter's classes.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
St Nick's Warehouse at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights Saturday/Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wolfgang Puck Grille, a gem of a restaurant in Detroit's MGM Grand Hotel. Its unique decor gives us a feeling of a woodsy cabin with over 350 Canadian elk antlers dangling overhead. Dress is smart casual. Food is outstanding. Thursdays are special nights where they offer 50% off bottled wine.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
winter leagues in many of the 100+ courses around Michigan. Why they give double points when playing below 15 degrees. Ya gotta love it.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Ludington Power Plant, a 37 year old hydroelectric plant and reservoir in Ludington, is owned by Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison. Built between 1969-73, it consists of a reservoir 110 ft deep, 2.5 miles long and one mile wide, holding 27 billion
gallons of water. Water is pumped up to the reservoir from US Lake Michigan at night and during the day the turbines run in the opposite direction to create electricity. It can produce 1872 megawatts of electricity and provide enough power for 1.4 million people. There's an observation overlook and trail where we viewed the engineering marvel and the huge reservoir that is considered one of the world's biggest electric batteries.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Re:View, a Contemporary Gallery in Midtown Detroit. Owner and Director Simone DeSousa has created this art gallery with two distinct components: an Exhibition Gallery focusing on one or two-person exhibits by accomplished local and national artists and a Commercial Gallery and Design Store. The current exhibit showcases the work of Simone and Coley McLean (co-founders of the Salt-Mine Studio in Detroit) and runs until the 27th of November.
Friday, November 12, 2010
This is one of the sculptures that remains from Grand Rapids' 2009 Art Prize with a great message. Peace! It is visible when you cross one of the pedestrian bridges of the Grand River in this vibrant downtown area. Now there is talk of a kayak park being built to create new recreational opportunities that would improve the fish habitat in the area as well. There is always something fun to do in Grand Rapids.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
speeches and place flowers and flags on military graves and memorials on this national holiday, let us remember each and every veteran with gratitude.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
“And You, Seas…” is a 40 foot sculpture of welded stainless steel created by leading African-American sculptor Richard Hunt. The magnificent piece of art is located at Silver Beach Park in
welcoming and guiding boaters. In Michigan, you can find other works by this artist in St Joseph, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Dowagiac, Muskegon and . Other pieces are all over the country.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
St Bonaventure was established in Detroit in 1882. 100 years later this gothic influenced building on Mt Elliot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Francis of
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Arts and Scraps on Harper and I-94 is a heavenly place for all those creative people out there. It's a green and friendly non-profit that recycles literally tons of industrial materials and offers projects for everyone. They have fabrics galore, inexpensive kits, grab bags for unbelievably low prices, lots and lots of yarn and parents and teachers alike are raving about it. They also travel to schools and offer field trips in their cute bus called the ScrapMobile. We think it's totally worth a visit.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Mario's has been serving up some very fine vittles in its little corner on Second near Detroit's Eastern Market. It's like an enjoyable and nostalgic walk back through time. The waiters still wear tuxedos and treat you like you are a special guest. They offer complimentary shuttles to just about any downtown venue like the opera, Red Wings, Lions or Fisher Theatre. Before partaking of a fine italian meal, you are always offered that lovely veggie and relish tray as soon as you are seated. The food and service are always memorable.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Dell Pryor Gallery is located in the Spiral Collective on Cass near Woodward Avenue. This area is really developing as far as artsy fartsy stuff goes as you are within walking distance of at least six galleries. Dell Pryor had its beginnings in Harmonie Park and five years ago moved to this new location. They host exhibits, gallery talks, lectures, performance art and poetry readings.