Sunday, October 20, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is a beautiful public facility with something for everyone. Not only does it have a fabulous book collection, a fun and interesting children's department, it has a great local history room, a computer lab with many computers that all seemed to be in working order, and friendly staff and volunteers. There is a used book sale going on until Oct 21st. Tonight kids 6-1 can hang out, eat pizza and watch a PG-13 Zombie movie (in costume if they like). Overall, this library is a great place to hang out.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe on Rochester Road is a beautiful candy shoppe filled with tempting treats and the temptress is Jennifer Tremlett who has been serving up candy for nearly 2 years here in Troy. Not only can you walk in to the retail location, Jennifer and her staff can help you sweeten up your corporate or personal events or parties with candy tables stacked with apothecary jars filled with candy!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Just Delicious Scones in Roseville to a more spacious location. The ambiance is cozy with lovely tea cups that remind you of your mother's or grandmother's. The scones are truly delectable! Jennifer serves you a variety with your tea. You can also order from a nice selection of quiches and salads for lunch. You'll find these wonderful treats at 28722 Utica Road, just south of 12 Mile. 586-859-814. Website coming soon.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Stormy Kromer have been gracing our state and beyond since 1903. They are a UP legend, begun by George "Stormy" Kromer who used to be a semi-pro baseball player and a railroad engineer. You can get a free factory tour in Ironwood at 1:30pm Monday-Friday. They are hand-stitched and made to fit. They are famous for their wool caps but sell a variety of other merchandise for both men and women including bags, outerwear, shirts, pants and accessories. Thanks for modeling, Monty (he claims plaid is the official color of the UP).
Monday, October 7, 2013
Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum recently opened in Eastpointe. We visited for the first time for a movie night to see “Prisoners in Paradise” about Italian POW’s in America in WWII, Prior to the movie we had a chance to explore the museum and hear from docents about the restoration of the pieces displayed. We also heard from the Director of the Museum some historical background before the documentary began. We are grateful for the preservation and interest by the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (MTHS) in the story of the role played by Michigan's civilian and military personnel in 20th century conflict, showcasing, wherever possible, the products of Michigan’s “Arsenal of Democracy”.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Broad Art Museum on Michigan State's campus in East Lansing is committed to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through art. It combines many new pieces with those from MSU's previous art museum, often hanging contemporary next to something very classic. The museum's façade was created by award winning architect Zaha Hadid and is constructed on pleated stainless steel and glass. The museum was a gift of Eli and Edythe Broad.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Starter's Bar and Grill had its beginnings in Northwest Detroit and recently expanded operations to Midtown Detroit on Wayne State University's Campus. This family owned business has been cooking up the best fish for over 30 years. We loved the generous portion of catfish that was cornmeal breaded with some seasonings we had fun trying to identify. We can't wait to go back and try the BBQ the guests were enjoying at the next table.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
St Clair Flats Historical Society. They are doing a great job preserving the very interesting history of the area in the old firehall across from Sans Souci. The Tashomo cruise ship used to make regular stops at Harsens Island with visitors from the Detroit metro area. How cool to see a replica of this boat on display. An informative island native filled us in on every detail of the history of the area including the South Channel rear light. We definitely enjoyed our time here.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Beignet 2 Go. They flash fry these tender little doughy morsels then sprinkle them with pixie dust or something! Try their New Orleans chicory coffee, too. Midweek you'll find them on Wayne State's campus, but on Saturdays from 7am to 3pm they are at Eastern Market on Russell Street. Just follow that divine smell. Thanks for the photo, Moon Choudhury ;}
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
51 North. It opened earlier this year in a former gas station from 1932, but its makeover is a complete transformation. Chef Mary serves healthier food with nothing deep-fried. Brewer Adam has been winning gold and bronze awards for his hand-crafted beers. Tuesdays they serve tacos all day and night for 75 cents and Wednesdays are trivia night. We went on a Sunday night (SIN nights) where people in the service industry receive 20% off!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Alley Deck is a rooftop venue at the Majestic Café on Woodward in Detroit. Saturday night we were bowled over by the incredible gumbo served here as well as by the outstanding music from Creole du Nord. Lots of people hit the dance floor as we were transported into another world listening to these zydeco Louisiana tunes. The weather was perfect. Loved that little accordeon and that awesome washboard, so, yea, we bought their CD.The whole event was sponsored by BayouDetroit, whose mission is to bring revival to the French culture that exists all around us.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Thumb Octagon Barn and its Agricultural Museum. Built by James Luther Purdy in the late 1800's, it has been lovingly restored by the Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn who also maintain the facility. We happened upon Fall Family Fun Days in Gagetown, where the barn, home, one room school, powerhouse sawmill, sugar shack and grain elevator were open for tours. We learned all about Michigan's bountiful soy crops and had fun perusing lots of vendors and checking out the many baby animals.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Port Austin State Harbor is a full service harbor which has been renovated in the past few years, including new utilities and floating docks. It was a pleasure walking the 1/2 mile long boardwalk. There are water trails for people using non-motorized boats like kayaks, canoes or rowboats. This is such a beautiful area!!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Huron City Museum is a historical complex located halfway between Port Austin and Port Hope. Langdon Hubbard founded Huron City in 1854 which had its start as a lumber town. His descendants are keeping the history alive by caring for the 19th century structures. There are 11 buildings on 10 acres that were built after a fire in 1881 wiped out the old Huron City. Tours are available in July and August on Fridays and Saturdays. But even seeing how well the family maintains this property from the outside is a tribute to keeping history alive.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
When driving around the thumb of Michigan's lower peninsula, we came across Delaware Park. Located along M-25 near Sanilac, the area is a hidden treasure. No one was there but us chickens on the 111 acres. We explored the hiking and fishing trails along with a beach and saw traces of a cozy campfire. Did we mention the views of Lake Huron are gorgeous???
Monday, September 16, 2013
Lake Vista Resort in Port Austin. The main building was built when Lincoln was president, but the motel rooms and cottages are all updated and very comfortable. We enjoyed their sandy beach, frolicked in the water, then swam in the heated pool overlooking Lake Huron. Located on the tip of the thumb, we had fantastic views of the sunrise and sunset. The proprietors, Ron and Mary Gottschalk are delightful and keep the place inviting with gazebos and gardens.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Panda Water Ice on Main Street in Frankenmuth makes these tasty frozen desserts. They'll take sweetened water flavored with fruit, typically juice or puree, wine, and/or liqueur. Originating from either a Middle Eastern drink called "charbet" or a Roman invention, the name comes from the Latin verb "sorbere" and the modern Italian verb "sorbire" which means to eat and drink at the same time. We tried the chocolate coconut--wonderful! The berry was scrumptious and the mango --out of this world. It is a non-fat alternative to ice cream, but just as satisfying. The customer service here is exceptional.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The small town of Hart has been gathering buildings of age and history and moving them into a central spot called their historical district to preserve them. Such is the case for their Sackrider Church, also known as United Brethren. Built in 1897 and part of Elbridge Township, it would have been demolished had it not been for the history lovers and preservationists in Hart. The basement now houses a collection of Indian lore. The pretty little church is often used for wedding ceremonies. During September's Heritage Days Celebration they have a pig roast and powwow and historic arts and crafts.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Sue and Esther's American Tea Room in Frankenmuth which advertises good food, good friends and good conversation. With its charming décor and display of beautiful hats, patrons enjoy wonderful teas and finger foods, quiches, salads, sandwiches and/or desserts to go along with them. It is often used as a venue for bridal or baby showers and birthdays. They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Michigan's Own Military and Space Museum. Located in Frankenmuth across the street from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground, it is filled with memorabilia about our own state's veterans of the seven foreign wars in which our nation has fought as well as our space heroes. With about 400 exhibits, visitors get an appreciation for the passage of time and all the contributions our own men and women have provided that we might continue to enjoy the freedoms we have. They have the largest collection of Medals of Honor in the US.