Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Piquette Plant in Detroit which rolled out Model T's to the public beginning in 1908. Owners of the museum are in the process of restoring Henry's office to look like it did back in the early 1900's. As president of the Ford Motor Company, he offered workers the famous wage of $5 a day for 8 hours of work beginning in 1914. By 1915, they had produced a million cars. Tours of the Piquette Plant (also known as T-Plex) are Wednesday through Sunday.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
First Congregational Church on William Street at State Street in Ann Arbor is a beautiful stone structure with a classic Wilhelm organ. The cornerstone was laid in 1872. The Douglas Memorial Chapel was named after Dr Lloyd C Douglas who was the minister here from 1916-1921. This great orator was the author of two famous novels, The Robe and The Magnificent Obsession, which were both made into movies.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
DIA is the Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden on the campus of the College for Creative Studies. This garden of art was installed in 2011. Josephine, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 82, was the daughter of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and she was the only granddaughter of Henry and Clara Ford. The College of Creative Studies has benefited greatly from her estate.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Yakz in Benton Harbor this year, following their passion. They are advertising Michigan's great Southwest region as the world's largest Outdoor Waterpark. Cute. They are certainly experts in their field and sell all manner of colorful kayaks as well as bug sprays that are friendly to the environment and headlamps and fishing gear. They claim that nature is cheaper than therapy. They quote Clarence Budington Kelland, a writer who said, "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Keweenaw Kitchen in the Upper Peninsula city of Baraga. This family owned operation has been making their spreadable fruit with no preservatives, no food coloring and no artificial flavoring for 17 years now. And they ship all over the country. They have some that are sugar free, some that are seedless and also an apple butter spread. Please pass the toast!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Frank Street Bakery in Birmingham. They do make everything from scratch and offer a variety of homemade soups and sandwiches and several vegetarian/vegan options and locally made Ray's Ice Cream. We enjoyed the al fresco dining and our gazpacho and spinach quiche. A local favorite, too, is their hot pressed cuban sandwich. This café is a perfect lunch time spot.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
First Presbyterian Church of Flint a very vibrant house of worship. Their current edifice dates back to the 1920's with its gorgeous Tiffany stained glass windows. Their history goes back to the early 1800's and their current building has undergone many expansions and renovations which make the end results pretty dramatic. We were overjoyed to hear 50 children, ages 11-17 from Foix, France sing for us in their sanctuary this past week. It was a special treat. Services on Sunday morning get to sing with a pipe organ and also hear their choir. Flint provides second Friday art walks in the city when the gothic First Presbyterian is open for tours.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Great Lakes Coffee in Midtown this week on Woodward at Alexandrine. The beans are roasted to perfection and served with pride. It is very spacious with high ceilings, attractive décor and wifi and lots of outlets to plug in laptops and charge cell phones. Many people frequent this place! Beer wine and cocktails also served in the Woodward location. They also have java shops in Bloomfield Hills and Lake Orion. El Guapo serves tacos on Tuesdays.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Jim Ardis likes the best. You will see, all about Michigan, lots of his suns and his fish as well as other unique creations. We first noticed one of his pieces of art in St Ignace, when we saw this beautiful fish down by the waterfront. Then we observed his artwork in Midland, where Jim resides, at the Dow Gardens and in the Chippewa Nature Center. When in Frankenmuth, check out the beautiful fountain Jim created in the Gunzenhausen Platz.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Flint Crêpe Company last night. It was our first time here, and Chris treated us royally. We enjoyed the savory crepes so much (the reuben, the caprese, the monte cristo) that we went back for the sweet with two à la modes and one strawberry chocolate fudge made in heaven! It is a very cute, clean place done up in a bicycle theme. We cannot rave enough about it. All of their food is locally sourced. Bravo. It's closed on Sundays, but open from 7am to 10pm all the other days! Oui! Oui! P.S. Today marks our 4 year anniversary doing this Michigan blog ;}
Monday, July 15, 2013
Art in the Park. Their 34 years of doing this make it a smooth operation with an unbelievable 400 artists from what seemed like every corner of the US. We saw chalk artists and kids painting, crepe makers and honey producers, lots of dip concoctions and the most incredible pottery, oils, photographs, jewelry, painted windows and it was a lot of fun for a whole lot of people.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Cannelle Pâtisserie in Birmingham! Matt Knio, whom we met down at Eastern Market, has finally opened up his French pastry bakery shop in the suburbs and it is a gem. Located on N Eton street, it's about 300 feet from Maple Road in a little strip mall. Off the beaten path, but so worth seeking out. Let's see, we bought a baguette, some chocolate macarons, and a coffee eclair. Délicieux! But we have to go back for that fig tart and a whole lot more. They keep bringing out new stuff.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Ovation yacht with entertainment and lovely food stations with a sold out eclectic mix of dancing aficionados and you've got one phenomenal evening floating around Belle Isle and under the Ambassador Bridge. We were part of the dynamic Motown Dinner Cruise this week that featured all those old familiar tunes on each deck with either a DJ or a live band. This 3-decker paradise leaves from the Port Authority, just a short stroll from the RenCen Towers. They have other themed cruises scheduled throughout the year as well as bookings for weddings, birthdays and all the other special events in our lives. We made great new friendships mingling with other guests. Yes, it's a venue to show off your wabo and bikers shuffle dance steps, too!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Zuckey Lake Tavern in Hamburg Township --close to Pinckney. It rises like a mirage at the end of a dirt road called Girard. Their history goes back all the way to prohibition, but their more recent upper open deck is a dream come true overlooking the water skiers and boaters. They offered an all you can eat Mexican buffet Tuesday night al fresco for a reasonable $7.95, a homemade gazpacho, and excellent thin crust pizzas, too. The rail trail adjacent to the property is pretty awesome, also, and the bike parking provided by the restaurant is a nice touch.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Troy Public Library whose modern and inviting facility was built in 1971. It ranks 10th in the nation among those serving populations of 50,000 or more. People check out more than a million items a year. So it's hard to believe that it almost closed two years ago. The city of Troy figured they could lop 1.7 million dollars from their budget by closing the facility. An anti-tax group even promoted a book-burning party. Fortunately, a proposal to fund the library passed and it's still humming along, serving a large segment of the population. They have a great poster with quotes from various people supporting libraries, like John Grisham saying: "I worry about how many children read. Libraries are more important today than when I was a kid."
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Birmingham Palladium 12 for their movie and dinner night and were very very impressed with the quality and presentation of the food. From a wide assortment, we chose pasta picante, yummy okra bites, caesar salad and there was a huge fresh cut up fruit bowl, great desserts and of course unlimited popcorn and soda pop. We had to take the elevator up to the third floor for the premier theatre and our reserved seats. It was truly enjoyable! It stands on the corner of Hamilton and Old Woodward, the same place the old theatre from 1913 stood. Occasionally they do breakfast and a movie on the weekends and lunch and a movie during the week. Go for it!
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Twisted Fish coming into the village. We had a wonderful stroll in their sculpture garden. Inside is filled with treasures of Michigan artists from water colors and pottery to glass pieces and oil paintings. It is probably one of the nicest galleries we have seen. It has been very well run by owners Charlotte and Bob for ten or more years now.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
Auburn Hills Public Library. They took a 19th century home and renovated into a great library and added newer sections to accommodate their materials and patrons and in so doing they won an A/A award. They have about 100,000 visitors a year --not bad for a community of only 20,000. They offer "Book Bingo" at the library and guess what the prizes are? Books!