Monday, November 27, 2017

100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die - Review

100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula - Photo by Frank Nemecek

I have made several trips to Michigan's Upper Peninsula over the years and those experiences have made me a huge fan of the new book 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die. It was written by Kath Usitalo, who authors the Great Lakes Gazette.

One of the things that I really like about this book is that not only does it cover some of the more famous destinations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula such as Mackinac Island, it also discusses the quirky, fun, and obscure. A few of my favorite items include the Junkyard Art Park in Lakenenland that I've never visited but of which hundreds of people have raved about on TripAdvisor as well as:

  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge, which is a 95,000-acre sanctuary where one can pick wild berries and mushrooms;
  • Copper Peak in Ironwood, which is the world's largest artificial ski jump;
  • Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace; and
  • Riverside Pizzeria in Ironwood.
The one thing that I have to take issue with is that, on page 4, Usitalo discussed how there is a friendly debate among residents as to whether a pasty, the unofficial dish of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, should be topped with gravy, ketchup, or butter. Quite frankly, I cannot believe that there is even a debate on this one. Obviously, a pasty should be topped with gravy.


Anyway, it's almost impossible not to plan another trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula after reading this book. I highly recommend it and think it would make a great Christmas gift this holiday season.

100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die by Kath Usitalo is published by Reedy Press. It's available in bookstores everyone as well as on Amazon.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to take a moment to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood and beyond. Detroit is a city that is filled with amazing possibilities and even more amazing people.

I want you to know that I am thankful for each and every one of you as well as for all that you bring to our community.

Happy Thanksgiving, Detroiters!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Warrendale Charter Academy to deliver baskets

Fruit - Death to Stock Photo
For the fifth year in a row, Warrendale Charter Academy students and staff will show the Detroit Police and Fire Departments how much they are grateful for their support and protection by delivering baskets full of treats after school at 3:30 pm, Monday, November 20.

The Student Council and the Parent Engagement Committee will collect the treats and fill the baskets for the Detroit Police Department's sixth precinct.

“We just want them to know how much we appreciate them, not just during the holidays, but all year long,” said Juanamia Kelley, a paraprofessional at the school, who helps organize the event.

Baskets will include apple cider, donuts, summer sausages, popcorn, crackers, cookies, nuts, candy, and fruit as well as cheese, boxed food items and canned food.

Warrendale Charter Academy is a free, public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Michigan named top spot for photographing fall foliage

Fall foliage - Stock photo by John Kovavich
For the second year in a row, Nikon Inc. has named Michigan as the top spot for photographing fall foliage as a result of the brand’s third annual Fall Foliage competition.

After a month of submissions that nearly totaled 10,000 images, Nikon tallied up the photos from each state and identified the top five states as follows:

  1. Michigan
  2. New York
  3. Colorado
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. New Hampshire

In coordination with the Fall Foliage campaign, Nikon Ambassador Moose Peterson recently offered his tips on how to best photograph outdoor content.

Additionally, for those looking to learn more about photography, Nikon School just released their 2017-2018 curriculum this past Monday, which also includes online classes for all photography levels and backgrounds.

For more information on Nikon School offerings, please visit here.

Mayor Duggan to meet with community

Mayor Mike Duggan - Press photo
Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit will hold a community meeting near the Warrendale neighborhood. This meeting will happen at Kadesh Baptist Church (20361 Plymouth Rd.), which is approximately a mile north of Warrendale. This meeting will happen on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. and is expected to adjourn at approximately 8:30 p.m.

This community meeting is an opportunity for residents and other community stakeholders to bring their concerns directly to the Mayor. These meetings happen once each year in each of the seven City Council districts and are mandated by Detroit's City Charter.

Free parking is available at the church. The venue is also conveniently along both the Evergreen and Plymouth Road bus routes.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Detroit may sell Rackham Golf Course

Golf - Photo by C. Flart

In yesterday's issue of The Detroit News, the City of Detroit is considering the possibility of selling or otherwise disposing of the Rackham Golf Course in Huntington Woods. The revenue generated from such a sale, according to the article, would be used to renovate the public golf courses at Rouge Park and at Chandler Park, which is on the east side of Detroit.

I want to say that I fully support this idea. In fact, I proposed something similar to this five years ago when the City of Detroit was on its way into bankruptcy. My original post on the subject is available here.

The Rackham Golf Course in Huntington Woods is a marvelous facility. It's a tremendous course that golfers love to play and a beautiful piece of local history. It is, however, located in Huntington Woods; not Detroit.

The public golf courses at Rouge Park and Chandler Park, in my opinion, should be a much higher priority for the City of Detroit than such a facility in the suburbs.

I applaud Mayor Mike Duggan and his administration for considering this idea. I encourage the various members of the Detroit City Council to support this idea.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Guy Fawkes and how Catholics saved the British Empire

Today is Guy Fawkes Day - a day that commemorates the fateful events in 1605 when Catholics saved the British Empire.

On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes and the rest of the Gunpowder Plot were ready to blow up the British Parliment and kill King James I in response to the mistreatment of Catholics at the time. Fawkes and Company, of course, warned the Catholic Lords and Members of Parliament to stay away and save themselves.

Rather than doing that, though, those Catholics warned the authorities. Because of this, the conspirators were captured and their bombs were discovered. As a result, one can legitimately say that that on November 5,1605, Catholics saved the British Empire.

Granted, they saved it from another group of Catholics who wanted to blow everything up.However, let's focus on the positive.

My point here is that you're welcome, England. You're welcome.