Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Gail Hiller's pieces of Michigan pottery in various art shows around the state. She hails from Beverly Hills and has been producing her beautiful pieces for a couple of decades now. If you are Smitten with the Mitten, they make wonderful accent pieces in your home and for those who live elsewhere and retain lovely memories of our state.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Polonia Restaurant where they are served with a squeeze bottle of sour cream! Of course all your other Polish favorites are available here also, like dill or blood soup, stuffed cabbage, pierogies and smalec ze skwareczkami. They know what they are doing and it's been oozing old world charm since the 1920's. Anothony Bourdain filmed a great segment of his No Reservations here. Viva Polonia!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Peterson Mill in Saugatuck, one of the most photographed spots in that Lake Michigan town. Just use your cursor to move them around and when the piece fits, they lock together like a magnet. Pretty ingenious.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
If you've read Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith or seen the movie, then you know all about Pilgrim Church on Brainard in Detroit. Their ministry, "I Am My Brother's Keeper" was founded by Pastor Henry Covington, who passed away a year ago this month. Donations from around the world poured in to help fix their "Hole in the Roof". They continue to shelter people in their gymnasium at night after they've been provided with a hot meal. The Venetian gothic edifice dates back to 1881 when it was the Trumbell Avenue Presbyterian Church. They still use the 1889 Granville wood tracker organ with its 29 pipes which was constructed in Northville, Michigan. It was very busy here last week as community members were lining up for bags of food. Pilgrim Church genuinely helps people, letting everyone know that we all have different backgrounds but that we all share in the same incredible truth that "God has shown His grace to us through the birth of His son, Jesus." Merry Christmas.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
St Mark's Chapel has been overlooking freighters and other ships gliding by in the channel for more than 100 years. They have a beautiful outdoor nativity display. They also observe the custom of Oplatek, those thin rectangular wafers that are shared amongst family members at Christmas time. It begins before the meal and as each piece is broken off and shared, we tell people how important they are to us and ask them to forgive and to forget any misunderstandings or blunders on our part. It's pretty humbling. God's blessings.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
DRMM or Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is celebrating 102 years of helping people. They've been all over the paper lately, putting people in a new home for Christmas, providing emergency shelter, food and clothing for the less fortunate as well as creating and supporting a school in Haiti. Right now, they are in need of HUGS (Hygiene items, undergarments, gloves and socks). Donations can be dropped off from 8-5pm at their headquarters on Stimson, close to Wayne State's Campus, off Woodward, south of MLK Blvd. Their mission is to rebuild the inner city, one life at a time. Earlier this year, we featured their restaurant in Highland Park here.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Kellogg Center of Michigan State University in East Lansing. This gem of a hotel and conference center which currently is celebrating 60 years, is the pride and joy of the university's hotel and restaurant management department. Their State Room restaurant is featuring a wine dinner with Michigan's delicious Black Star wines on January 18th. With its phenomenal services, 160 hotel rooms and adjacent 1000 spot complimentary parking garage, it is extremely popular with the green and white crowd.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Octagonal homes were quite popular back in the mid 1800's but very few have survived into present day. The Loren Andrus Octagon House in Shelby Township has a large group of supporters who have worked tirelessly to preserve and restore this beautiful home. This 1860 victorian structure has a spiral staircase that goes all the way up to the cupola. It is open at various times throughout the year for teas, open houses and holiday events. A quilters' guild meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 to 2 to sew and enjoy the ambiance.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
The Tribute Tree is part of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms. Anyone can purchase a light in someone's honor or memory for $10. The honoree is then sent notification and a photo of the tree. They say the gift of light is a gift of love. The War Memorial is a state and national historical site and serves as a center of enrichment to honor our veterans. It used to be the home of the Alger family, built in 1910.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Legends of Time store in Rochester last weekend, as he was crafting his own unique dream catchers. Haunting strains of flutes follow you throughout store that is filled with beautiful pottery, jewelry, notecards, pipes, apparel, books and a huge amount of hand crafted objets d'art.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Foodies --a delightful new café in Dowagiac serving homemade vittles for breakfast and lunch. A graduate of MSU Hotel/Restaurant, Chef David Heflin is dedicated to real quality food and craftsmanship. Have you ever had glumpy, prepackaged dark yellow hollandaise sauce? Not at Foodies. They make each egg benedict with its hollandaise sauce to order. Free wifi for those of us who are hooked on the Internet. Thanks, Sara, for the tip and photo.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Michigan experienced another gorgeous weekend weatherwise, as it was sunny but chilly. The Upton house in Sterling Heights was bathed in sunshine and begging for a photo to be taken. Built in 1866 out of brick, it is a great monument to the past. The style, with that darling cupola on top, is Italianate. It stood on 138 acres of farm land owned by William Upton adjacent to the Clinton River. The restoration of this beautiful home took place in the 1980's and it is now used for city public offices as it is next to the police station and library on Utica Road at Dodge Park.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The distinctive 36 foot tall red stack is a favorite on the west coast of Michigan since 1903 when it was commissioned. This South Pier Light is preserved today by the Historical Association of South Haven. In the wintertime the lighthouse, pier and its elevated walkway are often covered with snow and ice.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Mother Waddles Charity. She is buried in Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Planet Ant with seating for about 50 patrons. We were able to catch the world premiere of Sunday Punch this past weekend and it was absolutely lovely. Their talented actors delivered a play that is relevant, funny and poignant. You can also buy one of their chic t-shirts with the Planet Ant logo. It's easy to get to by taking the Caniff exit off 75 and going east a couple of blocks. It comes with free street parking.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Crocker Home for the holidays and it is a special treat to do a walk through of this home built in 1869 for Katherine and George Crocker. Trees are decorated in 1800's style with stringed popcorn and cookies tied with bows. Many helpful docents enjoy giving you key information about each room. We delighted in hearing an old Chapel Organ donated by the children of Agnes Milton Stone. The rooms will be filled with the Ghosts of Christmas Past this Thursday, December 8 from 5-9pm and these friendly spirits have a lot of stories to tell!