September 13, 2010
Serving the Blue Water area since 1931
Volume 58, Issue 1
Leaving home, sweet home A public forum by and for students
Savannah Wilcox Business Manager After a combined total of 87 years of employment at SC4, Thomas Obee, and Robert Tansky decided it’s time to leave. In May 2010, the State of Michigan passed a new teacher retirement incentive law, which encouraged experienced teachers to retire early, in order to open up the economy for new teachers. Obee and Tansky each have Photo by: Jenny Walker over 40 years of Robert Tansky, Professor of Business and Economics at SC4 for 44 years, teaching in at SC4, now retired. and both retired in he was involved with him, he also participated June. in the fundraisers to raise Distributing Education Tansky graduated from Michigan State University Clubs of America, in which money for the events in which they were with a Masters in Business the students of that group incredibly won first place participating. “I will Administration, he began 17 times and second place continue membership in his work at SC4 in 1966, national conferences like twice. and has taught Macro Tansky also took students the National Association and Micro Economics, of Business Economists, who qualified to the Principles of Business, National Competitions in American Economic Management, and Orlando, New York, and Association, and Western Personal Investing. Along Houston where SC4 was Economic Association,” with his multitude of Tansky explained. in the top ten, 9 different classes, he was also very times. Not only did he According to Tansky, he involved in the different participate in these events will also run for a set on organizations here on the SC4 Board of Trustees and take the students with campus. For 19 years,
remained in those committees until his retirement. “First I became a co-advisor to PTK, for 2 years, and became the chief advisor in ’78 and remained in that position until I retired,” Obee explained, “The chapter won a regional mark every year until this past year.” This year Obee was also named in “Who’s Who among American Teachers”. Even though these two intelligent teachers are moving on out of the hallways, it will Photo by: Twana Pinskey be hard for SC4 Thomas Obee, SC4 alumnus, Phi Theta Kappa co-advisor, and Professor of to erase the print Philosophy and English at SC4 for 43 years. they’ve put on our Nov. 2, 2010. Obee began teaching pages, and the knowledge Tom Obee is a Professor at SC4 in 1967, just a they have passed on to of Philosophy and English, year after Tansky began thousands of students and an Alumnus of SC4, his career here, “For me, just passing through life. coming to teach at SC4 attending when it was still Filling the shoes of these called Port Huron Junior was like coming back two professors will be College. to a really good home,” difficult, and even they Obee went on to graduate Obee said. Obee has also will miss the school the from the University of participated in multiple on the water,“SC4 is a different committees Wisconsin with a master wonderful, very special of arts in British Literature including the Academic place, almost magical. Review committee, and and a minor in Philosophy. Even though most students He was one of the youngest the Phi Theta Kappa, don’t know while they are people at the University of both of which he became here, they will once they a member of when he Wisconsin to achieve that go on.”Obee said. kind of degree, at that time. began working at SC4, and
The justice league
Cody Kimball Webmaster Stop! In the name of the law! How many times have you wanted to say that? If the world of criminal justice is in your future, or perhaps just an interest, then disregard the command to stop and read
Matthew Boyd, Corporal for the CJC, takes aim at the club’s first shooting event at the Blue Water Sportsmen’s Club.
on. The Criminal Justice Club is the newest club on campus and caters to those pursuing degrees in, or interested in, criminal justice. The brainchild of Rachel Kobylas, the newly elected vice president of student government, the
CJC has roughly 9 active members and a Facebook page, which, according to Kobylas, has over 60 members. The CJC is already active and plans to continue being so through the spring and summer semesters, and holds meetings in
room 317 of SC4’s Main building on Tuesdays at 11AM, says Kobylas. Members have already participated in one “fellowship event”, a shooting event, voted 5 officers into office, and are finalizing documentation and by-laws, said Kobylas.
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Matthew Boyd, 35 is the club’s representative for the student government meetings. “We’re trying to be a communityoriented organization” said Boyd “not just a college organization.” Boyd said that there are talks underway of planning
a community event for “Devils Night” to give teens something to do instead of “TPing houses”. Nothing is definite as of yet but Criminal Justice Club members are working with the Port Huron Police Department to potentially get a bowling event arranged. “We get stuff done” said Boyd, explaining the club’s aim for activity and efficiency. Not without some competitive attitude, though. “You get a group of alpha-males who are trying to be alpha-males over other alphamales” Boyd added, chuckling. Boyd also said that more club interaction is going to be a focus in the coming year. According to Kobylas, the CJC also plans to hold joint events with other student organizations, such as the Zombie Defense Council, for larger events. Herman Roe, the Criminal Justice Discipline Coordinator and Professor of Criminal Justice at SC4, is the Advisor for the CJC and can be reached at (810) 989-5694 for more information. For more up to date detailed information about the Criminal Justice Club, and all other student organizations, visit the SC4 website.
Erie Square Gazette, Port Huron, MI
September 13, 2010
Celebrity chefs face off Editor-in-Chief Twana Pinskey
Twana Pinskey Editor-in-Chief
Managing Editor Ray Robinson Copy Editor Patrick Sullivan Production Editor Carrie Sass Advertising / Business Manager Savanna Wilcox Photo Editor Jenny Walker Sports Editor Tom Pregano Webmaster Cody Kimball Adviser John Lusk ESG Contact Info: Email: eriesquaregazette@gmail. com Address: 323 Erie St Port Huron MI 48060 Editorâ€™s Note: All views expressed in editorials and columns contained within the ESG are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ESG or any of its advertisers. We welcome feedback!
â€œPaying it forwardâ€? and giving back to oneâ€™s community is something Black River CafĂŠ coowner, Bill Senk believes in. Senkâ€™s Black River CafĂŠ and Speak Easy, was the location for â€œCelebrity Chef Night,â€? May 25, in Port Huron, to benefit the St. Clair County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels Program. â€œIt is such a good program. It provides peace of mind for the seniorâ€™s families,â€? said Senk, explaining the reason for supporting the Meals on Wheels program. â€œIt allowed my father to remain in his home for the last five years of his life.â€? Three chefs from various radio stations, Paul Miller WPHM Morning Show 1380am, Shawn Michel WBTI96.3 Morning Show, and Mike Gaylord host of the Everything Classic Show WHLS 1450am and 1590 am Port Huron and 1470am Flint, were the three celebrity chefs donating their culinary expertise for the event. Miller, a SC4 Communications Department Adjunct Instructor and advisor for WSGR-FM (91.3), took
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SC4 Adjunct Advisor and WSGR 91.3 Advisor, Paul Miller prepared his prize winning Chicken Piccata with Herb Pappardelle Pasta dish at the Celebrity Chef cook off at Black River CafĂŠ in Port Huron on May 25th. The event was a fundraiser to benefit the St. Clair Council on Aging; Meals on Wheels Program.
home honors for the best dish, â€œChicken Piccata with Herb Pappardelle Pasta.â€? â€œI donâ€™t have a signature dish, â€œstated
Miller. He explained he had made the Chicken Piccata in the past so thought it would be good for the event. As to his
experience working with the CafĂŠ staff, Miller was made to feel welcome. â€œI was afraid Iâ€™d be in the way. The chef (Ryan Senk)
and his staff were helpful. They respected my creative integrity.â€? â€œThere are millions of ways to get involved,â€? replied Miller. He felt lack of money shouldnâ€™t keep SC4 students from getting involved in their communities. As for the cash prize of $100, Miller immediately donated it back to the Meals on Wheels Program. According to Laura Neysem, Executive Director of the St. Clair County Program, the Meals on Wheels Program is available to homebound seniors 60 and over. Neysem explained their program has been affected by the tough economic times and they appreciated the support of participating chefs and the Black River CafĂŠ. â€œ11,000 meals a day are served county wide,â€? said Neysem. â€œThis (Celebrity Chef cook-off) is a wonderful thing that everyone collaborates on and it means everything to us.â€? Home delivered meals are available to homebound seniors 60 and over regardless of their income. The suggested donation per meal is $2. For information on how to volunteer or to arrange meal delivery for someone in need, call 987-8811 or 1-800-297-0099.
How do you relieve stress? SC4 students share secrets
Stephanie Spicer Staff Writer
Amber Tomlinson 19 Fort Gratiot General Studies Tomlinson enjoys going for a walk, or listening to music by herself.
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R.J Whitcomb 19 Port Huron Whitcomb likes to pray, read Philippians 4:67, play the piano, and work out.
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Joshua Shepard 20 Jeddo General Studies Shepard likes to listen to music.
Michaela Joy Shepard 18 Jeddo General Studies Shepard likes to run and jog; it gives her time to think and helps her relax.
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Erie Square Gazette, Port Huron, MI
May 7, 2010
Group photo of the graduating class of 2010.
Jenny Walker Photo Editor “Commencement is a celebration of both individual achievement and the collective commitments of family members and friends,” said SC4 president Dr. Kevin Pollock at the 2010 commencement. SC4 celebrated its 86th annual graduation with its diverse group of students coming from all different backgrounds and ages, going to or coming back to college for all different reasons, whether it is for the first time, second time or just to take a few classes, they are all here for the same common goal to get an education that can improve their lives for the better. Those who graduated made great strides to improve their lives. So when we ask let’s celebrate 2010’s graduation this year, say yes! Congratulations to all St. Clair Community College 2010 Graduates!
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Erie Square Gazette’s advisor, English professor, and proud father, John Lusk presents diploma to his son Sam Lusk
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Graduate Jessica Kurzawa receives her degree in Art and Communication Design, pictured with David Korff, Department Chairman of the Arts.
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Sc4’s Symphonic Band, conducted by Carl Gippert, performed during the spring 2010 Graduation McMorran Auditorium,
Club corner Patricia Kenner Staff Writer Club Corner is a new column which will be featuring two different clubs on campus and what they are about. This issue will feature the GayStraight Alliance and the Student Government. The Gay-Straight Alliance is a fairly new club. It was started in December 2009. The club was started because students felt there was a need for a place where people gay or straight can get together to share experiences and let people know that there is support on campus.The club is open to anyone who wishes to join.
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An upcoming event they are holding is on National Coming Out Day, Monday Oct. 11, 2010. The club will have two panels talk about their experiences with coming out. The event will be from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Clara E. Mackenzie Building, room 201. Meetings for the GayStraight Alliance are every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Sept. 16, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18 and December 2 at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Clara E Mackenzie Building in room 201. Kathy Ruby is the club advisor. She can be reached at (810)9895692. The Student Government
is a laison between the clubs and students. They have a suggestion box where students can drop their suggestions. It is located in the Main Building by the Student Government office room 110.They highly encourage participation. Anyone can run for student government poisitions. Elections are held at the end of the winter semester. In order to run one has to go through petition coordinator Carrie Bearss. She can be reached at 810-989-5501. Upcoming events they are participating in include the zombie food drive and, as always, stress breaker before exams. This year’s Student
Government officers are: Chuck King, president; Rachel Kobylas , vice president; Kaitlyn Graw , secretary; and Jonathon Brewer, treasurer. They can be reached at 810-9895737. Meeting for The Student Government are held on the second Wednesday of very month. They are Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8. The meetings are held in the Memorial Room in the Clara E. Mackenzie Building. Meetings are held from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Both clubs can be found on the SC4website under clubs and organizations.
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4 Erie Square Gazette, Port Huron, MI
September 13, 2010
COMMUNITY They all float down here
inviting everybody up to hang out and have a good time.” said Kirbylynn Wright-Alexander, 21 of Marysville. The lack of incident during the Float Down has left some people in the community wondering; what about next year? According to the Facebook page, next year may have even more participants. Among suggestions for next year are: more places to exit along the beach and a more organization. “If you’re going to have the Coast Guard out there anyway, why not just recognize it as an event and organize it?” questioned Tabitha Johnsen, 20 of Port Huron. Johnsen is among the floaters challenging city officials to sanction the Port Huron Float Down.
John Middleton, 32, of Chicago came to attend FloatDown.
Carrie Sass Production Editor If the Blue Water area was given a say in what would happen with next year’s Float Down, they might suggest that the city support it if this year’s estimated 2000 participants are any indication. The Port Huron Float Down unofficially happened on Aug. 15, 2010 at 1 p.m. There were no serious injuries reported by The Coast Guard and law enforcement came prepared for the unsanctioned event. The unofficial Float Down gathered much of its support from a fan page on the networking site, Facebook, where the date and time were announced “for anyone that happened
St. Clair County dive team stands ready, watching Float Down participants Aug. 15, Port Huron.
to show up and float down.” despite the City of Port Huron’s debate over the events fate. There is no official number but it is speculated that over 2000 people participated,
according to the non-events Facebook page. Many supporters of the event argued against the concerns of the Police Department and the Coast Guard. To address concerns
What happens at Jobbie stays at Jobbie
from local citizens about floaters that exited the route onto private property, the Moose Lodge provided participants with a safe and legal place to exit the water. “Our group of
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floaters even stopped and ‘docked’ our floats on a dock by a home alongside the river, and joined their party. They had built a giant slip-and-slide, had food and drinks, and were
Brooke Ulmer 17, and Mike Crawford 20 of Port Huron and Guy Fawkes, age unknown.
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Party-goers boats on the sand bars of Gull Island enjoy the festivities.
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From the Black River behind SC4, it’s a trip of roughly 35 nautical miles. The destination; Gull Island. The reason; one of the biggest annual parties on the Great Lakes. This is no ordinary day trip; it’s for adults only (you must be 18 to attend) and the only way to get there, is by watercraft. Emerging from the St. Clair river delta into Lake St. Clair, party goers are greeted by the sight of fleets of boats racing across the open water, and even the skyline of Detroit; the Renaissance Center dimly visible on the horizon. If you don’t know where to go, just follow the boats, which should be simple, because there are thousands in attendance yearly, arranged in pattern of loose rings around the shore of the island, which is less than a quarter-mile across.
It has been referred to by those in attendance as “Detroit’s Mardi Gras”, and the closer you are to the beach the more you can understand why. Drinking and dancing, playing and partying, beads and breasts. And law enforcement. The island is anything but lawless. Sheriffs patrol boats, Coast Guard and Border Patrol officers, helicopters, and even A-10 Military Aircraft flyovers in a show of force. Such levels of precaution are viewed by many attendees as unnecessary, this year only 3 arrests were made, according to the St. Clair County Sheriff Department. Walking across Gull Island, it is uncertain what you might see. This year; an inflatable phallus was seen being carried about. Bikiniclad women playing ring toss onto an adult toy. A man dressed as Santa, complete with beard. Barbecue grills cooking up burgers. Floating beer-pong tables of various design.
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Footballs and flying disks sailing through the air. Seaplanes landing in the waves beside the island. Men with a water-balloon slingshot, flinging projectiles into the Channel 95.5 boat, which was filling the air with music. And perhaps what Jobbie Nooner is best known for, women showing their breasts in exchange for beads. Several SC4 students were spotted around the island expressing their satisfaction with the day. The philosophy for the festivities is fun and freedom. Pirate flags can be seen flying in all directions. As chaotic as the surroundings could seem, there is an amount of control and “method to the madness”. Respect and trust in fellow boaters is key to ensuring an enjoyable time. While anchored it is not uncommon to become co-dependent on your “new neighbors”. A request to ensure the safety of a stranger’s vessel in their absence is as common as a greeting, and equally understood.
Pet of the issue
Photo by: Jenny Walker
Pandora, is domestic shorthaired cat, 2 years old, and is ready to be adopted. She has all her shots up to date, and is house trained and spayed. She is looking for a warm, friendly home to love her. If you are interested in Pandora, her adoption fee is $75. You can apply to adopt her and other pets at the Sanilac County Humane Society, by phone at (810)657-8962 or e-mail them at societypets@ att.net.
Erie Square Gazette, Port Huron, MI
Hook, line, spiker! Savannah Wilcox Business Editor Thomas Pregano Sports Editor As the Lady Skippers Volleyball Team approaches their 2010 season, they will have a valuable piece of the puzzle returning. The team is in action again this year with a roster full of talented athletes to prepare for a championship season. Coach Chuck Weisner stated, “All of the girls have great attitudes, and very good volleyball skills. On paper we are better than we were last year, and last year we were champions with a 13-1 record.” Returning sophomores are Taylor Dziewit from Almont, Amber Mallory from Linden, Hannah Jones from Port Huron, Jessica Anderson from Durand, and Kim Deland from Marysville. Kim Deland, Amber Mallory, and Taylor Dziewit are the team’s captains this year. “These girls are fantastic leaders, and they set great examples for their teammates as well,” Coach Chuck Weisner said. The girls are working on their relationships off the court as well as on the court in order to amount to a well
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Taylor Dewitt, 18, of Almont, is one of five returning sophomores for the 2010 Lady Skippers volleyball team at SC4.
working group. “Our team has a lot of potential to be great. We are just starting out so we aren’t quite used to player together yet, but once that aspect of the team comes together we will be unstoppable,” captain Kim Deland said. The Skippers also recruited 7 new freshmen; amongst the 7 are 3 standout players from the thumb, Amanda Curley, Kelly David, and Ellery Owen. Amanda Curley was awarded Miss Volleyball in 2009 for the Blue Water Region while playing for Marysville High School during her senior year. Another sparkle on the roster is Miss Kelly David who
helped take her Beal City High School volleyball team to the State Finals last year. Also recruited from Lapeer East High School, Ellery Owen took the Lapeer Eagles to the State Quarter Finals. When asked about the level of play which the girls possess, Weisner said, “All the girls on this team were either the top player on her team, or 1 of the top 2 players. Coach Weisner stated, “We have almost a perfect blend of sophomores and freshmen on the team, as long as we block and play great defense, we will be fine.” Dziewit was a member of a Lady Skipper’s team
that won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference Championship and went all the way to the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association District E Volleyball Tournament losing to Columbus State Community College. In 2009 Dziewit was named to the MCCAA all region team, all MCCAA team, Eastern Conference first team, and All Freshman Team. With all of her accomplishments Dziewit remains modest by saying her expectations for this year are to have fun overall. The Skippers first game is Thursday, September 9th, at 7 p.m. against the Oakland Community College Raiders. The volleyball team starts their 2010 season with a tournament at Owens Community College Sept. 3 and 4 and return home return for their home opener Thursday Sept. 9 at 7 a.m. against Oakland Community College. All Lady Skipper Volleyball games are played in the gym. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students and children eight and younger are free.
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Friday the 13
Twana Pinskey Editor-in-Chief Friday 13 is supposed to be an unlucky day. Not so for the SC4 Skippers men basketball team. They spent their Friday Aug. 13 practicing and conditioning for the start of their 2010 season. Their fall baseball season began, Sept. 9. They will play 20 games this season. Sept. 10 the skippers will attend a Michigan
State show case of baseball players from around the state in East Lansing. They are working at the Renaissance festival in Holly, Michigan to raise funds for a Florida trip over spring break and various other events such as a trip to Kentucky and Tennessee for pre season exhibition games. According to Head Coach Denny Dwyer, the returning injured players are coming back nicely.
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Incoming SC4 freshman, Caesar Sabuga, 18, of South Lyon, practicing at Port Huron Northern High School.
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6 Erie Square Gazette, Port Huron, MI
September 13, 2010
Machete, a cut above Night time nostalgia
(c) 201020th Century Fox
Ray Robinson Managing Editor “Machete” sliced the silver screen taking in its cut of $14 million this Labor Day weekend to solidify second place right behind “The American” starring George Clooney. Danny Trejo reunites with “Spy Kids” director Robert Rodriguez and stars as the titular Machete, in a hyper-violent & bloody beautiful spectacle
of action, revenge and political corruption. Inspired by a mock preview featured in the 2007 “Grindhouse” double feature directed by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, “Machete” has the feeling of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western where you have a loner with a vague identity that’s trying to help for the greater good of society. When a proposal is brought to Machete, he turns to a chaplain (Cheech Marin) for advice on his
moral dilemma. He is offered bounty for taking out a corrupt senator, but not all is as it seems. The political plot of the film focuses on immigration and a corrupt politician (Robert DeNiro) who finances his campaign with drug money. Machete marches on in style with the grainy look of old Grindhouse style films ran over and over again. Robert Rodriguez gives returning fans what they love and tries to find other people who may remember the films that have inspired him to be different from everything else that Hollywood offers. Machete steers further into the Grindhouse genre by potentially promising two sequels “Machete Kills” as well as “Machete Kills Again”; with the way this movie came to be I’d say it’s a plausible possibility. With other stellar supporting cast members that include Steven Segal, Tom Savini, and Jessica Alba Machete will get the viewer sucked in and cheering for the bad guy after the first blade shines on the screen all the way till when the last head hits the hardwood. If you need to see a movie that promises revenge, Machete is for you.
A bright sunshiny day Music festival closes out summer in Lexington Jenny Walker Photo Editor Twana Pinskey Editor-in-Chief “Without music there would be no life for me. Without music I would be nothing” said Kofi Ameyaw. Educator, performer and native of Ghana, Ameyaw was one of 61 musical acts at the 2010 Lexington Thumb Music Festival Sept. 4. According to the Blue water Folk Society’s web page, this all day, free musical event, began in 2002 at a private campground. In 2005, the festival moved to down town Lexington. “ThumbFest 2010”, strived to invite Michigan musicians to perform, and offering musical sounds such as; Celtic, acoustic, New Orleans brass, Eastern European, and Americana. One group is “La Compagnie”, a musical dance troupe specializing in contemporary, traditional music and storytelling. Storyteller, Ginot Picor believes involving children,can spur an interest in music. 6-year-old Sophie Sparling of Fort Gratiot played the wash board for Picor’s group. “I liked playing the washboard. It was fun to help;” stated Sparling. Port Huron resident Judy Meno has attended festival 2 years. “It’s outstanding” said Meno. She praised
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Hi-Way Drive-In, Carsonville.
Cody Kimball Webmaster “Cause baby we’ll be, at the drive-in, in the old man’s Ford…” For those of you under the age of 30, you may not know what Poison is referring to in their iconic single “Talk Dirty To Me”, and if you’re in this age group, you may not know who Poison is for that matter. It isn’t your fault, but more importantly, it’s not too late! The drive-in movie theatre, once a staple of entertainment, is now considered to be a symbol of by-gone days that those old enough to have experienced regularly will likely remember fondly and reminisce about. What was once a popular attraction, the drive-in movie theater is now almost extinct; Almost. The Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre in Carsonville is alive and kicking to this day, showing movies daily through the summer. The drive-in works like this; you need a car, or something to sit on, and a radio. The box office, which acts like a toll booth, opens at 7:30 in the evening. When you drive up, let the man know how many people are in the vehicle, provided you are being honest, and not trying to smuggle anyone
in. When you have your tickets, which are typically $7 or less per person, you drive through the gate and select your spot. The spots are rather open, defined only by speaker poles that jut out of the ground. Avoid hitting these pipes with your vehicle. Selecting a spot is simple, varying on what your needs are for the experience. To best see the screen, park closer to it, or for more privacy, park towards the back of the lot. The sound quality is uniform, as it is broadcast through an FM radio signal, which can be received through your car radio, or if you choose, battery operated boombox. Because the movies are double features, the latter may be wiser for those concerned about the wellbeing of their car batteries. Parking forward or backward is your choice, parking facing the screen allows you to sit inside in the driver’s seat and watch through the windshield, where, depending on the weather or amount of mosquitoes, may be the more enjoyable option. If you do this, it is suggested that you bring something to clean your windshield with. If you have the likes of an SUV or had brought chairs and blankets and would like to lie out, it is just as
easy to face backwards and open the back hatch of a vehicle to see the screen. According to the DriveIn’s website, campers are even welcome on the premises. The movies start at sundown, and can last into the early hours of the morning. One of the other advantages to the experience is, as mentioned before, privacy. Unlike an indoor movie theatre, the Drive-In allows you to be separated from the other viewers, allowing for you to make conversation with the others in your group, and to control the climate to your own desires. And, just like any other movie theatre, there is a concession stand, selling all the popcorn and soda you can handle (if you didn’t bring your own refreshments). The Hi-Way Drive-In is the oldest operating Drivein theatre in Michigan and has been running since 1948. It gets new movies (typically ones that have recently left theatres elsewhere) on Fridays, and is an experience that should not be missed. The Drive-In also has a webpage, with current news, show times, weather reports, a guest book, the full list of the DriveIn’s policies, and even a documentary on the History of the venue.
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14year old Madison Souther from Lakeport, Michigan sings Amazing Grace at Thumb Festival
the musical variety, and “Ameyaw has a giving Audience. “I’ll be back heart” said Bajoverk. again next year” stated As a child in Ghana, Meno. Ameyaw started playing Eugene Bajoverk of music at age 6 on an Oakland Michigan came instrument called a Gyil to festival to see Ameyaw (Jee-Jee). At the age of 10, firsthand. “He has a true he was invited to play with talent;” said Bajoverk. the Pan-African Orchestra, She explained she first where he toured throughout heard of Ameyaw from Ghana, Zimbabwe and her 81-year-old friend, South Africa. Grisla Becker that started a school, hospital and orphanage in Ghana. According to Bajoverk, Ameyaw came to the school Photo by: Twana Pinskey to perform for Kofi Ameyaw, front, plays the Gyil instrument the orphans while Ai Yumiba of Japan, back, accompanies attending classes. him at Thumbfest.
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