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THE MAGIC OF THE FOREST Visitors are invited to engage with nature by looking at the woodland floor and up through the treetops at the sky. BY ANNE-MARIE HARDIE WITH KYLE BAGNALL




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The Saginaw Bay: A Hidden Gem


he Saginaw Bay has an area of 1,143 square miles and stretches from Bay County to Arenac, Huron, Iosco, and Tuscola counties. So how in the world could something so vast be a hidden gem? That’s because in Michigan we are spoiled rotten! We can head north to Mackinac Island and see the wonders of the Great Lakes. We can find amazing rivers and streams like the Au Sable. We can catch breathtaking views of Lake Michigan in the northwest portion of the state. We might even enjoy one of the thousands of extraordinary inland lakes that dot the state. But maybe we should look closer to home the next time we want to enjoy a Great Lakes body of water. The Saginaw Bay is our own slice of heaven and an incredible wonder in our own backyard!

The Saginaw Bay offers a wide array of recreational opportunities. It’s famous for its world class walleye and perch fishing. And, who knows, you might even pull out an occasional northern pike or bass. Even better, fishing on the Bay is phenomenal all throughout the year. By boat or on the ice, the Saginaw Bay is always open for fishing. If you’re a boater, you can soak up the sun and enjoy the festivities at Boater’s Beach. Or if you’re looking to explore, take a ride, heading north to Caseville or Au Gres. Let the wind blow in your hair as you put the throttle down and ride through the heart of the Bay. Not a boater? No problem. Enjoy Bay City State Recreation Area for the day. Take the kids to the splash park or enjoy staycation camping. Go birding. Enjoy one of the many trails that run along the shores of the Saginaw Bay. I challenge each and every person reading this month’s article to find a day or an evening to enjoy the Saginaw Bay. Grab a book, a beach chair, a cooler, a football, and some friends/family—and enjoy our very own Saginaw Bay! Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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n a highly anticipated afternoon last August, the Great Lakes Bay magazine team got a sneak peek of the under-construction Dow Gardens Whiting Forest connectivity project. With so many local-to-theregion contractors and tradespeople skillfully at work, we were asked to don hard hats (not a good hair day for me Doug Julian, Great Lakes Bay photographer; Mimi Bell; Terry Moore, apple authority; Chad Hussle, after that), safety goggles, and reflective Great Lakes Bay art director; and Mike Whiting, vests and gloves to begin our expedition Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation president, on Canopy Walk. into the woods. While it was a very warm day, we were cooled by the shade of the native pine forest. The coveted tour invitation came through the considerable generosity of Sara and Mike Whiting, president of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, and Dow Gardens staff specialists. The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has nurtured the Whiting Forest project—in keeping with a woodland analogy—from acorn to oak tree. The project is a personal one for Mike, and his TLC shows in every fork in the forest path. His family home (originally designed by his uncle, Alden B. Dow), where he grew up with five siblings, is on the property and will become the new Visitor Center. And like any memorable guide, Mike enthusiastically shares anecdotes (such as his boyhood days of climbing trees—and falling from them) that bring the tour to life. Walking out on semi-constructed canopy arm decking, the group was introspective, at one with our own thoughts and what the forest was inspiring us to think. From the highest point of Canopy Walk, we were peacefully suspended above the newly planted orchard. Within this region of natural flat topography, it’s rare to have the vantage of being four stories up in the treetops. This transformed community amenity—an important regional attraction—will be an enhancement to the existing splendor of Dow Gardens. It’s been thoughtfully reimagined to draw visitors of all ages and to reconnect families with one another and to nature. “The Magic of the Forest” (page 28) is a most fitting highlight of this magazine’s annual Home & Garden issue.

KIMBERLY BONE of Saginaw is the director of marketing and graphic design at Lake Huron Credit Union and a freelance writer and designer.

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er eyes dancing, Yvonne Ellison Cabine’s gaze is fixed on a scene far removed from the millinery room tucked in her Saginaw Township home, a room that is lined with dozens of fabulous, frothy hats. She was thinking back to when she was that little girl in church who dreamed of the day she could wear the extravagant hats her mother Hazel donned every Sunday. And now, with spring at hand, Cabine creates for others her dream come true, in time for the milliner’s trifecta: Easter, Mother’s Day, and the Kentucky Derby. “A lot of women tell me they can’t wear hats, and I invite them to come and try them on,” says Cabine, who owns Where Did U Get That Hat? Her hats are a work in progress until they head out the door, she says, as she adds plumes, takes away flowers, and suggests the simple beauty of a well-placed brooch at her customers’ request. “Back in the day, we went to places like [former department stores in Saginaw] Seitner’s and Jacobson’s [to buy hats]. But you don’t want to be somewhere wearing the same hat as someone else! That’s why every hat I make is one of a kind.” And she dares her customers to be adventurous, telling one who worried that her hat was too big: “At the Kentucky Derby, you go big or go home!” That sense of adventure is nothing she doesn’t embrace herself. Her collection includes the stylish leather sculpture she created for her own wedding, the beadwork

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Yvonne Ellison, the owner of Where Did U Get that Hat designs one-of-a-kind headwear for clients.

she added to her mother’s burial hat, and, decades after an eventful trip to New York, the simply stunning hat she bought on a lay-away plan while studying how to make false teeth for employment within the dental industry. “Sometimes, I’ll dream about a hat, and I’ll wake up and do a quick sketch before I forget it,” Cabine says, or she’ll draw inspiration from Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane character, or from a vintage photograph of her own great grandmother. From there, she shapes the straw, felt, or something off the grid on wooden hat blocks before adding her embellishments. The results defy definition: a Cleopatra-like gold spire, a coral cloud of netting, or a jaunty pillbox worn to the side. The trick to wearing her hats with style, she adds, is knowing not all are designed to ride the back of your head. Cabine journeyed from crafting false teeth to driving a forklift at Dow Corning, from

where she retired last year, to making hats. Her hat creations have earned her numerous accolades, including the Hatty Award from Hat Life and “Hat of the Month” from the eMagzine, HATalk. But her greatest satisfaction comes when she hits on the perfect arrangement—and it shows on her customer’s face. “I was working on a hat for a customer, taking off a feather and adding a brooch,” Cabine says. “Then I got this idea to use black pearls instead. I couldn’t explain it to her; I just had to show her. And she was like ‘I love it!’ As it turned out, the black pearls were an exact match to the outfit she was wearing.” Want to learn more about Cabine’s headwear? Visit, or call for an appointment at 989-529-4193. Her hats are also on display at Saginaw Gold and Diamond Center, 3931 Bay Road in Saginaw Township.

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Founded in 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac states that Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on or just before the vernal equinox (March 20 or 21), referred to as the paschal full moon. Who knew? Find out more while looking for olden copies of almanacs at Buy the Book (2894 S Huron Rd, Kawkawlin; 989-684-7876).

Tuesday, April 10, is National Library Workers’ Day. First celebrated in 2004, the day is meant to recognize the contributions that library workers make to help people find the information they need for learning, working, and for recreational purposes. Visit your local library, or stop into Hoyt Library (505 Janes Ave, Saginaw; 989-7550904) to enjoy the historic building and dedicated staff.

17 16,000,000,000 Each Easter, Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as marshmallow bunnies and marshmallow eggs, making them the second most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. Jelly beans rank first, with Americans consuming approximately 16 billion jelly beans each season. Find both popular candies and more at SugarRush Sweets & Treats (925 S Main St, G3, Frankenmuth; 989-652-2578).

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In 1910, William Howard Taft became the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Since then, every president besides Jimmy Carter has thrown at least one ceremonial first ball. Who’ll throw the first pitch at Great Lakes Loons’ Opening Day home game? Be there at 6:05 p.m. on April 5 at Dow Diamond (825 E Main St, Midland; 989-837-2255).

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April 17, 2018, is Tax Day, or the day in which taxpayers must have their income tax information submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. This day usually falls on April 15, but weather conditions or holidays sometimes cause a switched date. Be sure to “pay up” before “chowing down” at Governor’s Quarters restaurant (1304 S Wenona St; Bay City; 989-893-6111).

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Curious, wary, and adaptable describe why coyotes survive in many places. Photo by Mike Moran.

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ven though coyotes adapt to living near people in cities and have a range throughout the lower 48 states, you may never see one. Generally active around dusk and dawn, these predators tend to be more nocturnal when living close to urban areas. They may be spotted in daylight if they’re still searching for food or heading to cover. Coyotes traditionally live in fields, forest edges, and brushy habitats near farmland. Their Latin name Canis latrans means “dog barking,” which describes this vocal canine. One coyote starts a barking howl after dark, then another answers, and often three or more will join in. Loud humanmade sounds, such as a siren, also trigger them to howl. Parents and pups bark to

How to Recognize Coyotes How big are they? Smaller than a German Shepherd dog, the coyote’s body is covered with a mixture of 2-inch-long yellow and gray hairs. It has a whitish throat and belly. A black mane with hairs 5 inches long that are called hackles extends from the neck down the back to the tail tip. Coyotes run with their tail down, while wolves run with their tail straight or raised. Are their senses keen? Like other canines, coyotes’ senses of hearing, sight, and smell are exceptional. Large, pointy ears funnel sound so they can hear mice under a foot of snow. They have yellow eyes with black pupils. Their nocturnal vision for detecting movement is aided by a mirror inside the retina that bounces light through twice. They leave scent posts on stumps or rocks to mark territory, and they follow their keen noses to track prey or find garbage and roadkill.

A coyote runs across a snowy field with a vole or mink. Photo by Ron Burk.

Young coyote pups sit at their den entrance in this grassy field. Photo by Mike Moran.

communicate with each other, but they also growl, hiss, and whine. If coyotes live where they feel safe, they may howl each evening. Those living under pressure from hunting or trapping will stay quiet, leaving only their tracks as signs of their presence. Coyotes breed during January and February, and may howl frequently then. A female goes into heat only once a year for five days, and chooses her mate. The pair then seeks a den site, or will construct one, usually in a sandy hill or streamside bank. They may use the same site from one year to the next. A litter of four to six pups are born in late April, not opening their eyes until 14 days old. The mother stays with them the whole time, feeding them her milk, while the father brings her food. At three weeks old, the pups begin eating regurgitated foods. After two months, they learn from the parents or older siblings to hunt by catching toads, frogs, mice, or insects. Soon after, the pups are weaned, and the den is abandoned. Rabbits, muskrats, shrews, voles, squirrels, and deer, especially fawns, and an occasional bird or snake become prey. The family travels together until they begin drifting apart in fall. By November, animals are solitary. Coyotes rely on their thick fur to survive winter’s cold, seek shelter in brush piles or within thickets, and might eat dead animals when deep snow makes hunting more challenging. Venture out to find tracks, or to hear coyotes howling.

What do their tracks look like? Front tracks are 2.5 inches long by 2 inches wide, and hind tracks are 2.25 inches long by 1.75 inches wide. Compared to a dog’s track with the four toes next to each other, a coyote’s track shows the two outer toes falling almost behind the two center toes. Coyotes exhibit an indirect register pattern, meaning that as the front foot lifts, the hind foot comes down slightly behind and to the side of that print. How do they eat their prey? Coyotes do not chew their food. Instead, they swallow small animals whole, and they cut pieces of meat from larger prey with their sharp canines and molars. What should you do if you encounter one in the wild? Coyotes normally stay clear of humans and pets. However, if you see a coyote while walking, try to scare it away by making loud noises, shouting, or clapping your hands. Don’t run or turn around, but back away slowly. When walking your dog, keep it on a leash, and stay alert. April 2018 | Great Lakes Bay 19










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Temporary handrails on the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk will be replaced by a nearly invisible stainless steel mesh, designed for safety, durability, and an unobstructed view of the forest. Photo by Kyle Bagnall

Visitors are invited to engage with nature by looking at the woodland floor and up through the treetops at the sky.



54-acre parcel of land is being transformed by the generosity of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation as part of Dow Gardens in Midland. Known as Whiting Forest, the property was owned for many years by Macauley (Mac) and Helen Dow Whiting, the granddaughter of Herbert H. Dow, founder of the Dow Chemical Company. Part of Dow Gardens since 1994, the area is transitioning from simple footpaths through the forest to an unforgettable experience in nature for visitors of all ages and abilities.

“The project began with the Whitings’ son, Macauley (Mike) Whiting Jr., president of the trustees of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, wanting to connect the public with the property that he grew up on,” says Elizabeth Lumbert, director of Dow Gardens. “Mike’s childhood memories are full of adventures in the forest, and he desired to reconnect families to the unstructured play that was inspired by nature.” “My brother and I would spend countless hours in Whiting Forest creating our own adventures, climbing trees, and skating on the pond, [and] we even built our own cabin,” says Mike. Mike and his wife, Sara, believe that there is almost something magical that occurs when people wander into the woods and immerse themselves in nature. “A forest works on your spirit. It will change you,” says Sara. “But the challenge today is how do you get people off technology and back into the woods.”

The Canopy Walk

Visitors will find themselves 30 feet above Lake Margrador on the Whiting Forest Pond Overlook. Nearby, two play structures known as “pods” will provide fun for all ages in the trees.

Inspired by the canopy walk exhibit at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Sara envisioned having a canopy walk at Whiting Forest that would evoke a sense of adventure. “We wanted to create a canopy walk that was fully accessible and intergenerational,” she says, “but something that also encouraged that daring, invigorating experience you get from being up in the trees.” To accomplish this, in 2015 the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation commissioned the

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Sara and Mike Whiting inspect a Mother apple, picked from the only remaining tree of the historic Herbert H. Dow orchards at Whiting Forest.

same design group that completed the Morris Arboretum, Metcalfe Architecture & Design, to begin in Midland. “The goal was to create a space that was exciting and a contrast to the classic Dow Gardens,” says Alan Metcalfe, principal of Metcalfe Architecture & Design. “The forest [topography] is unlike any similar property in town. It’s hilly, and there’s a ravine that encourages exploration.”

The Bridges Whiting Forest will be connected to Dow Gardens by a pedestrian bridge, which will go from the gardens, up and over West Saint Andrews Road, and down onto a pathway that will lead to the Visitor Center. A second pedestrian bridge will guide guests from the Visitor Center, over Snake Creek, to additional parking at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.

The Pond Arm of Canopy Walk From the beginning, Canopy Walk was designed to be innovative and fully accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities. The result is a 1,400-linearfoot canopy walk, the longest in the nation, with three branches, each providing a unique way to engage within the treetops of Whiting Forest.

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The first arm, fondly called the Pond Arm, overlooks Lake Margrador, a pond dug by Herbert H. Dow to irrigate his apple orchard, which he named for his daughters, Margaret and Dorothy. From that point, visitors will enjoy a reflective experience immersed in the beauty of the forest. From the Pond Arm, guests can view in the distance the notorious tree that Mike fell from as a young child. “We used to love climbing that tree,” Mike says. “When you reach the top, you can see in all directions.”

The Orchard Arm of Canopy Walk and Orchard Visitors who wander onto a second arm of the canopy walk, the Orchard Arm, will emerge from the forest into the open sky and find themselves 40 feet above the newly planted apple orchard. At the end of the arm is an overlook area that features a glass floor and railings. Within the orchard is an iconic apple tree believed to be the Mother variety and from Herbert H. Dow’s original orchard. “This will be a highlight of the area,” says Charles Martin, senior horticulturist at Dow Gardens, referring to the apple tree. “I’m guessing that Mr. Dow planted it, himself; it’s over a century old.”

According to Kyle Bagnall, Whiting Forest’s program manager, H.H. Dow’s original orchard covered more than 100 acres and included 5,000 trees, from which Dow both sold and generously donated apples to the local community. “Many heirloom varieties of apples are becoming endangered, so the biodiversity story is important and relevant today,” says Bagnall. “It also connects us to the history of Dow Gardens and Herbert H. Dow.”   The orchard will be divided into four zones, each highlighting a portion of the history of the apple while immersing guests in the sights, scents, and tastes that fueled H.H. Dow’s passion for growing apples. The journey begins with First Apples Ever, “apples that originated from Kazakhstan,” says Martin. “We were able to

The ponds at Whiting Forest were dug by Herbert H. Dow in the early 20th century to provide irrigation for his extensive apple orchards. Today, they are home to a variety of wildlife.

Kyle Bagnall, Whiting Forest program manager, walks with Elizabeth Lumbert, director of Dow Gardens, along a wooded path at Whiting Forest.

Whiting Forest Canopy Walk is supported by a steel superstructure, locally manufactured by Magnum Construction Company and carefully erected to preserve trees in the surrounding forest.


obtain stock from those plants, so that we can showcase where the story of the apple began.” In zone 2, Early Domestics, visitors will see the 16 varieties of apples that the Europeans initially brought to the United States. Over the years, H.H. Dow grew approximately 100 varieties of apples, but there were only a few that remained near and dear to his heart, including Wagener, Grimes Golden, and Baldwin. These are the apples that people will view in Homestead, zone 3 of the journey in the orchard. “Herbert H. Dow loved growing all apples, but there were six he recommended for growers in the Great Lakes Bay Region, both in his journal and a pamphlet he wrote, ‘Apples and Their Adaptation to the Light Soils of Michigan,’” says Terence Moore, author of “The Apples of Herbert H. Dow.” The journey down the apple path will culminate in zone 4, Modern Commercial Apples, which “highlights the various production methods used today in growing apples,” says Martin. In addition to apples, the orchard will include cherries, pears, plums, and the native Michigan fruit, pawpaw. The hope is that the orchard experience will both educate and encourage guests to meander off the path, touch the trees, immerse themselves in the scents, and perhaps even take a bite.

The Spruce Arm of Canopy Walk Spruce Arm of Canopy Walk is geared toward guests who are looking for a bit more of a challenge. Reaching 35 feet above ground, this branch features aluminum grate decking and ends in large cargo nets, offering those who venture out on them a perceived sense of risk. Above the netting, water misters will provide some playful relief from the heat on a sultry summer day. The hope, shares Metcalfe, is that guests will not only climb on the netting, but take a moment to lie down and look up.

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The Whiting family home is being fully renovated and transformed into a new Visitor Center at Whiting Forest. Guests will find a reception area, exhibits, meeting rooms, and amazing views from the expansive terrace. Designed by Alden B. Dow, the home was originally constructed in 1948. Photo by Kyle Bagnall

ash borer, which resulted in the removal of 1,200 white ash trees for visitor safety. Through the decades, the waterway of Snake Creek had also become severely eroded, changing the creek banks and threatening a roadway. As part of the Whiting Forest project, Snake Creek is being revitalized by Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects of Wayne, Pennsylvania, led by landscape architect Jonathan Alderson. The restoration project includes putting mechanisms in place to stop erosion, adding diversified plant life, and placing large rocks on the creek bank that will encourage visitors to sit and linger.

The Whiting House Visitor Center Back on the ground, guests will find the Whiting House, originally designed by Alden B. Dow in 1947, which is being reconstructed into the Visitor Center. It’s a classic mid-century building that was extended by Alden B. Dow on separate occasions. “My parents had two children when they first moved to this house. I was number six, the youngest child,” says Mike. “Each time my mom found out she was pregnant, she would call Dad first to share the news—and then call Uncle Alden to build an extension on the house.”

In many places, trees grow right through the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk, designed with extra room for them to grow through the years and to sway back and forth on windy days.

The Spruce Arm of Whiting Forest Canopy Walk will be an adventure-lover’s paradise. These large, triangular openings will be spanned by large cargo nets to climb on, designed for visitors to feel suspended above the forest floor.



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Workers install canopy walk decking, made from durable and sustainable Brazilian Ipe wood, chosen for its naturally rot-resistant properties.

In the Visitor Center, the project team aimed to create a space that embodied the welcoming, inviting spirit of Helen and Mac Whiting. An iconic piece of the original home will be showcased: the front door that was created from squares of wood that Helen collected during the couple’s travels around the world. “We still have the [identification] key of which wood is where, and we’re going to place both door and key as a display inside the Visitor Center,” says Mike. The house is divided into four breakout rooms, including a meeting space that can seat up to 40 individuals and be an area for conferences and retreats.

The Playground and Café

the entire playground is encircled by a protective barrier, providing a safe place for young children to explore and take calculated risks. The addition of a café offering food service to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest visitors became an important element of the project. The concept of the café is being refined by graduate students from Northwood University. The intent is to offer space where visitors can grab a snack, drink, or light meal.

. . . There’s no doubt that Whiting Forest, a native Michigan forest, meadow, and wetland environment, will offer both an education in natural habitats and a history lesson—providing new experiences for visitors to Dow Gardens. But the hope of all those involved with the project is that it will also be a place where guests can explore, create, or simply spend time immersed in nature.

For local families that are looking for a bit of recreation, Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens will also feature a playground and café. “It’s a dynamic playground that will bring children one step closer to the forest,” says Sara. The playground includes many interactive elements such as slides, swings, tunnels to crawl through, cargo netting, At the time of this article’s publication, the anticipated grand logs and rocks to climb on, and a fully accessible opening is scheduled for spring 2019. For the latest information water table. Within the space is a toddler area, and and to follow project progress, visit

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Imagine being able to recline 40 feet in the sky, as you close your eyes and listen to the breeze gently moving through the branches. The 1,400 feet of the expansive Canopy Walk entices adults and children alike to explore, play, feel as if they’re taking risks, or simply spend a moment staring up into the clouds or down at the forest floor. “Canopy Walk is a place where you’ll find children fearlessly leaping into the net, challenging their parents to follow,” says project architect Alan Metcalfe of Metcalfe Architecture & Design. The planks in the 6-foot-wide walkway are built from Ipe, a durable Brazilian wood, providing a strong foundation that is fully handicapaccessible. The

journey on the arms of the walk is enhanced with low-light lighting to help guide travelers who are traversing the path. Each of the three arms of Canopy Walk promises a unique experience for exploration and adventure, inviting guests to linger. People today are looking for something exciting, a place where they can become fully engaged, disconnect from technology, and reconnect with each other. The hope is that Canopy Walk will become that exhilarating structure that will entice people to Whiting Forest. Once there, however, it’s more than a good bet that visitors will be entranced by the beauty of the forest and spend some time on the ground, too.

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When building a home, one of the greatest perks is choosing any design you want. Craftsmanstyle homes have been one of the most enduring styles of American architecture since they first appeared in the early 20th century. Their open layouts represented a departure from earlier

architectural styles, and the inclusion of features such as eat-in kitchens, spacious living areas, and generous front porches allowed families to spend more time together while going about their daily routines. It’s a style that balances elegance and beauty while remaining unpretentious and

“One of my favorite things about this house is the light—sunlight floods into every room, and every window has a view of nature,” says the homeowner. “I feel like we’re living in the woods, even though we’re in town. We love looking out at the deer, turkeys, and squirrels that frequent our yard.” None of this is by accident, of course. Zeitz Builders’ Steve Zeitz worked hard to pull off the magic trick of building a home on a deep, treelined lot while ensuring that the interior was bright and airy. “I spent a lot of time in the planning process, deciding how to orient the home on the lot and where the windows and doors should April 2018 | Great Lakes Bay 37

The airy, eat-in kitchen sports hand-scraped hickory floors, extra-wide custom cabinetry in white, and a large island.

be to maximize the natural light and minimize outside noise,” says Zeitz. “This also helps to utilize passive heating and cooling from the sun and trees.”

An elegant exterior A large wrap-around porch and curved drive give guests a gracious welcome to the home, one that is clearly not the classic one-and-a-half story bungalow of craftsman-style homes of the past. The new incarnation features many elegant and traditional craftsman details: natural stonework, tapered columns, arched windows with wide casements, and a mix of bead board and shingle siding. And though the siding looks like wood, it’s cement board—chosen for its extreme durability and fire resistance. Around back, a huge stamped concrete patio with a built-in fire pit, comfortable seating, and a grill make it the perfect spot to entertain. The landscaping was chosen to blend into the wooded lot, so the home and yard feel like an extension of nature. 38 Great Lakes Bay | April 2018

Open and welcoming Stepping into the home, your eye is immediately drawn throughout the entire first floor, which allows guests to quickly get the lay of the land and take in the picturesque living room and kitchen.Vaulted ceilings lead to the loft-style second floor landing, and hand-scraped hickory hardwood floors flow throughout the threebedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home. The first floor is open in concept, but the living room, dining room, and kitchen all feel defined through the clever use of columned archways and built-in cabinetry. The homeowners opted for pale beige walls and white trim to keep things as bright and airy as possible. A Zeitz Builders trademark in the home is the rounded corners of each wall—a small feature that really increases durability. “We love doing rounded corners, even though they are more labor-intensive, because they are much less prone to damage than a regular drywall edge,” says Zeitz.

Classic craftsman-style arches and wainscoting in soft white help define rooms in the open floorplan.

FEATURE The exterior of the home features natural stonework, cement board siding in clapboard and shingles, wide window casements, and classic craftsman-style columns—all in warm “griege” with white trim. The custom front door is hickory.

A four-season room and attached stamped cement porch overlook the tree-filled backyard, making it a perfect spot from which to enjoy nature.

to require its own zip code. Durable quartz countertops, a walk-in pantry, and stainless-steel appliances complete the space. “My favorite detail in the kitchen is our antique Dutch door,” the homeowner says. “It seems like sliding barn doors are everywhere these days, and we wanted to do something different. Plus, I’ve always loved the character of a Dutch door. I also love our island, as do our grandkids, who like to climb up and play on it.” A cozy study serves as the homeowner’s office. It’s detailed with natural wood wainscoting and classic craftsman-style furnishings.

The heart of the home

Hand-scraped hickory hardwood floors flow through the first floor of the home.

cooking and baking that we want to do, and “We love to entertain, and have a huge extended there’s room for everyone to gather.” family, so it was very important to have a large, The kitchen features clean white, ceilingfunctional kitchen,” says the homeowner. “This height craftsman-style cabinetry and an island kitchen really delivers. We have space for all the in a contrasting moss green that’s large enough

Living it up The home’s living room is directly off the kitchen, but it’s clearly defined by a gorgeous trayed ceiling and stacked stone fireplace. Built-in bookshelves provide ample storage, and a textured beige area rug offers a soft feel underfoot. “The living room is my favorite place in the home,” says Zeitz. “The fireplace is so inviting, and I love the view of both the backyard and the kitchen.” April 2018 | Great Lakes Bay 39


The second floor is designed for entertainment. There are chaise lounge chairs that face the largescreen TV and a low game and crafts table and beanbag chairs, perfect for when the grandkids visit.

a dressing room closet eliminates any arguments about clothes storage.

Family-time features

The master bath features a free-standing soaker tub and arched windows with plantation shutters for privacy.

A view from the second floor takes in the custom hickory front door and hardwood flooring.

The first floor may be all about entertaining, but the second floor is all about entertainment. The second-floor landing is devoted to the couple’s kids and grandkids, and it features a TV, overstuffed chaise lounges, a large crafts table, and individual beanbag chairs for each child. “We have two children still at home, and our grandchildren come over often, so having an upstairs entertainment space is ideal,” the homeowner says. “It gives our daughters some privacy, and it helps keep the toy clutter off the first floor.”

A passion project A masterful retreat Completing the first floor is the large master suite. Moving the master to the first floor allows the home to remain functional for the owners far into the future, while still ensuring the necessary privacy for the couple. The room is the only carpeted space on the first floor, and the carpeting offers softness and sound absorption.

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“I really debated between hardwood floors and carpeting in the bedroom,” says the homeowner. “But I do love the warmth underfoot that the carpet provides.” The large en suite bathroom features a huge walk-in shower and a free-standing soaker tub with a waterfall faucet. Double quartz vanities give enough space for two, and

“We’ve been unbelievably happy with this home. It meets all of our needs and it truly is our dream home,” says the homeowner. “We went through many design iterations, and Steve and Zeitz Builders stuck with us until every detail was just right.” “I consider each new project as the canvas for my art,” Zeitz says. “ Our main concern [in building] is making sure things are done right the first time, so our homes stand the test of time.”


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ublic House, the latest business entry from the entrepreneur group of Harless & Hugh in Bay City, is all about a unique cocktail and dining experience. The focus is on high-quality, hand-crafted drinks and as much locally sourced food as possible. Located in the Shearer Building, the all-white interior space feels like a breath of fresh air against the masculine brick of the building’s exterior. And because of the huge living wall of plants behind the bar—the focal point of the venue—it literally is a breath of fresh air for patrons. “Our whole concept as a business is commitment to quality,” says owner Lyndsay Edmonds. “Our mixologists are highly trained, and we take the extra steps of reducing citrus in-house for our cocktails and even brewing our own birch beer. Our bestselling drink is the Public Mule, a take on a Moscow Mule, which is made with our own house-made ginger beer. However, don’t be afraid to order off-menu as our mixologists are always up for the challenge.” Edmonds is also quick to tell history of the region. “Did you know that Michigan was one of the first states to harvest ice? Locally, the Kawkawlin Ice Company would cut blocks of ice out of the river to be shipped nationally for use in home iceboxes,” says Edmonds. “As a nod to this history, we’re highly focused on the ice we use in all our drinks, hand-cutting 300-pound blocks of crystal clear ice into 2 inch-by-2 inch cubes, or forming ice into large, round spheres that won’t dilute drinks as quickly, or shaving it to match the drink. We believe ice can make or break a cocktail, so we’re passionate about matching the ice to the drink.” Public House’s commitment to quality extends to its menu as well. It uses locally sourced ingredients as much as possible from Goodstead Farm in Hope, Michigan, a certified organic local farm, which means a seasonally rotating menu. However, some constants remain: meat and cheese boards and tacos served in organic masa shells. Public House also serves brunch every Sunday. One of the most popular brunch items is a breakfast sandwich made with a homemade biscuit from Crust Bakery in Fenton, and then topped with tomato jam, a poached egg, and crispy bacon. “Our entire menu is meant to be served family-style,” says Edmonds. “We want our guests to share entrées.” Public House, 811 Adams St, Bay City, 989-778-1779, www. Hours: Sunday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with brunch served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), closed Monday,Tuesday – Thursday (4 – 11 p.m.), and Friday and Saturday (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.).

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Sponsored Events Shelterhouse of Midland: Chefs for Shelterhouse

Spend an evening enjoying the signature dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts of local chefs, along with a silent auction. Tickets are $50. Proceeds from the event support victims of domestic and sexual violence in Midland and Gladwin counties through programs of Shelterhouse. When: Thursday, April 19, 5 – 8 p.m. Where: Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland For information and tickets: Call 989-835-6771, or visit www.

Gerhardt Knodel collides the time and circumstances separating a 17th-century Chinese silk tapestry with 21st-century sensibilities. The exhibition presents a 3-D environment that invites the viewer to inhabit the spirit, fantasy, and inspiration of the original textile. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125, www.

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Exhibit: Stylized Nature: A Reverie of Tone, Value, and Hue. April 1 – May 19, Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. $3 – $5. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www.

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Exhibit: A Sharing of Quilts XIV. April 6 – May 18. Free. This 30th-anniversary quilt show and exhibit includes a silent auction, quilt supply vendors, a raffle, and more. Studio 23/The Art Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323, www.

Help honor an elite selection of local leaders who have demonstrated excellence through their contributions to business and the community and served as role models, especially for local youths. Tickets are $125 per attendee, or $225 per couple.

When: Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. Where: Curtiss Hall, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center For information and tickets: Call 989-631-0162, or visit www.

Great Lakes Bay Animal Society: 6th Annual Fast & Furriest 5K Run/Walk

Bring your four-legged pals to a fun-filled bonding experience and exercise event. This 5K run/walk is sure to please people and dogs alike. Cost is $25 if pre-registered, or $40 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Bay Animal Society as it continues to provide high-quality care for animals in transition to their forever homes. When: Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. Where: City Forest, Midland For information and pre-registration: Visit

Arts and Museums Exhibit: Chinese Folk Pottery, The Art of the Everyday. April 1 – May 19, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free admission. The exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. It examines pottery from three perspectives:

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production values, functions, and aesthetics. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125, www. Exhibit: Minglings: A Journey Across Time. April 1 – May 19, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free admission. This new work by

Exhibit: Graphic Design 2018 Bachelor of Fine Arts. As part of the bachelor of fine arts in graphic design capstone class, CMU students feature their work. Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt Pleasant; 989-774-1885, www.cmich. edu/coleges/CCFA/CCFAArtGallery

Attractions Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Cost $4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-6529941, Coffee and Crafts. Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft; cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113

Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781, Toddler Time. Every Wednesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Admission. Sing, dance, create, explore, and enjoy developmentally targeted projects. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free event. New kind of happy hour in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Complimentary snack, cash bar, and a variety of themes to think and drink creatively about. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.whitecrowconservatory. Midland County Historical Society: Hands-on History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational dropin programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. whitecrowconservatory.blogspot. com/ Kids Fly Free. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, www.


Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Second Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. Admission $8. Authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the SaginawTokushima Friendship Garden, hosted by persons in kimono. Reservations encouraged. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, Saginaw; 989-759-1648, Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-8930451, Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. Cost $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. Contra Dance. April 1 – May 12, every second Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission $7. A fun, active, social dance that is popular, lots of fun, and easy to learn. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. Practice session before the dance. Breaks taken as needed. Some bring treats to share. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Midland Community Center, Midland; 989-631-7153, Great Lakes Bay Region Be Greater Race Prep. April 4 – May 16. Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. $35. Novice to experienced walkers and runners are welcome to get ready for their next big race. Classroom and run/walk time included. Greater Midland Community Center, Midland; 989832-7937, Let’s Do Lunch. April 4, 12 – 1 p.m. Art Reach of Mid Michigan presents Central Michigan University student pianists, directed by Alexandra MoscoloDavid. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Mt Pleasant; www.artreachcenter. org/let-s-do-lunch Great Lakes Loons Opening Day. April 5, 6:05 p.m. Parade on Main Street before the gates open

at Dow Diamond. Enjoy Family Feast Night and the first game of baseball season. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Family Fun Night. April 6, 6 – 8 p.m. Free. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation, and come to Morey Courts to enjoy activities for kids of all ages. Morey Courts, Mt Pleasant; 989-953-7529, www. Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race. April 14, 10 a.m. Participate in a 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun run to support Midland public schools’ track and field program. All participants receive a race-day Great Lakes Loons game ticket. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-832-7937, http:// jsp?sid=t456 Crop & Quilt Retreat. April 26, 8 p.m., and April 29, 3 p.m. Admission TBD. Enjoy continental breakfast, wine and cheese mixer, lunch, dinner, and a teachinglearning session with Tim Lattimer, hand and machine quilter, at this teaching retreat. Creative Passions, Chesaning; 989-845-2159, www.

Charitable Events Covenant HealthCare Foundation: Covenant Kids Telethon. April 14, 12 – 6 p.m. Live event at Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, televised on WNEM TV-5. Proceeds benefit Covenant Kids and support funding for pediatric programs and equipment for Covenant HealthCare. MidMichigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-583-7600, www. Shelterhouse of Midland: Chefs for Shelterhouse. April 19, 5 – 8 p.m. Tickets $50. An evening of signature dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts prepared by local chefs, plus a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the services of Shelterhouse. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center,

Midland; 989-835-6771, www. CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region: 15th Annual Dine & Unwind (previously Wines around the World). April 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets $75. Food and wine connoisseurs are invited to savor the delights of the region’s finest restaurants, expertly paired with wines. Proceeds benefit CAN Council programs and services. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City-Riverfront, Bay City; 989-6711345, Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan: 21st Annual Business Hall of Fame, SaginawBay County Area. April 26, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $125/$225 couple. Honor local business leaders who are role models for youths in the region. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan and its programs. 989631-0162, Great Lakes Bay Animal Society: 6th Annual Fast & Furriest 5K Run/Walk. April 28, 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration $25/$40 day of event. A fun-filled bonding experience for two-legged and four-legged friends. Event T-shirts and more are guaranteed for participants who register by April 15. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Bay Animal Society. City Forest, Midland; Catholic Diocese of Saginaw: Bishop’s Charity Ball. TBD. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-797-6693 Covenant HealthCare Foundation: Covenant Kids Telethon. TBD. Live event at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, televised on WNEM TV-5. Proceeds benefit Covenant Kids and support funding for pediatric programs and equipment for Covenant HealthCare. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989583-7600, Northwood University: NU Style Show Design Competition. TBD. Annual, themed, studentrun fashion show features

innovative ideas for future fashions. Proceeds benefit Northwood University’s fashion merchandising and management program. Northwood University, Midland; Saginaw County Sexual Violence Prevention Team: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. TBD. $20. This national event is designed to promote awareness and offer a perspective from the women’s point of view. Locally, the community is invited to walk a mile in stiletto shoes. Shoes are provided or you may bring your own. Proceeds benefit prevention and educational opportunities in Saginaw County. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-399-0007, ext 106, www. YMCA of Saginaw and Tritofinish: 9th Annual Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids USATF-sanctioned Halfmarathon Run/Hand Cycle, 5K Run/Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run. TBD. Proceeds benefit Covenant Kids and enhance the care of children faced with hospitalization at Covenant HealthCare. 989-583-7600,


Shipshewana on the Road. April 7 – 8, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $4/12 and younger free/free parking. The famous outdoor market comes to Mount Pleasant; find just what you’ve been looking for. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort entertainment hall, Mt Pleasant; www.   Tossed and Found Rummage Sale. April 14, 9 a.m. – 3p.m. The Zonta Club of Mount Pleasant and Friends of the Veterans Memorial Library join together for a book

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and rummage sale to raise money for both organizations’ projects. Veterans Memorial Library Annex, Mt Pleasant; 989773-9813, zontamtpleasant

Festivals Ragtime Festival. April 18 – 21, times vary. Admission varies. Special events include Vaudeville Night, silent movies, seminars, and a ragtime dinner concert. Check the website for daily features and entertainment. Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth; 989652-0450, Bringin’ Back the ’80s. April 20 – 21, Friday, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., and Saturday, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. $10/5 and under free. Pay tribute to the music trends and events of the 1980s. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-6528008, Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. April 26 – 29. Four days of fun at this family-oriented festival. Pancake meals from Friday to Sunday afternoon, arts and crafts, flea market, tractor pulls, and more. Village of Shepherd; 383-828-5422, www.

Music, Theater & Film

LA Theatre Works: Mountaintop. April 8, 3 p.m. $15 – $35. Mountaintop, a play written by Katori Hall, is based on what could have occurred between civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a hotel maid. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930,   The Stratton Story. April 8, 1:30 p.m. $5. A film about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton who came back to major league baseball after losing his right leg in a hunting accident. Temple

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Theatre, Saginaw; 989-7547569,   Stick Fly. April 11 – 14, 7:30 p.m. $10 – $13. While sparring over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions burst in this biting dramatic comedy. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989964-4261,   Men of Music Spring Show. April 13 – 14, Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15. The Men of Music engage the audience with banter and musical excellence that are fun for the whole family. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-6315930,   Cameron Carpenter. April 14, 7:30 p.m. $15 – $25. Composerperformer Cameron Carpenter delights audiences with his virtuoso organ performance. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-6315930, Michael Robertson and the Broken Hearted Saviors. April 14, 7 p.m. $12. Michael Robertson and the Broken Hearted Saviors, with special guest Leland Blue, blend modern Americana with country and rock flavors. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660. www.   Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour. April 15, 3 p.m. $41.40 – $101.50. This musical sensation’s concerts continue to touch the hearts of audiences around the globe. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1320, www. University Theatre Dance Company Concert. April 19 – 21, times vary. $10 at door/$7--$9 in advance. Bush Theatre, Central Michigan University Campus, Mt Pleasant; 989-774-3045    Take Two and Mahler 5. April 21, 7:30 p.m. $15 – $43. Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton join the Midland Symphony Orchestra and perform Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto. Midland

Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930,   The Berenstain Bears Live. April 22, 3 p.m. $12 – $26. Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, and Mama Bear sing and dance through Bear Country. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.   The Bijou Orchestra. April 22, 3:30 p.m. $20 – $25/$10 students. Special guest Patrick Yandall, jazz guitarist, joins the Bijou Orchestra live and in concert. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.   Youth Choir Spring Concert. April 25, 7 p.m. $8. Midland’s choral program for young singers welcomes the warm weather in a one-hour concert that features more than 100 local performers. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930,   Annie. April 26 – May 6. Sundays, 3 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. $20/$10 students. Bay City Players present the story of Annie, a young orphan who is rescued from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage by Oliver Warbucks, a wealthy munitions industrialist. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-893-5555,www.


them. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. BANFF Mountain Film Festival. April 13 – 14, 7 – 10 p.m. $18. Ages 15 and older; younger than 18 with adult. See some of the best mountain films of 2017, featuring the people who live, play and enjoy those areas through high adventure, humor, and a love for the out-ofdoors. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Discovering Vernal Pools. April 14, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Explore spring woodland pools using dippers and nets. Find the frogs, salamanders, fairy shrimp, and other aquatic invertebrates that call the vernal pools home. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Experience Earth Day. April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Celebrate the 48th Earth Day by planting a young tree or shrub, learning about invasive plants, building a bird house, and discovering ways to live a green lifestyle. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Year-round, guided, customized boat tours through various bodies of water with photography, birding, adventure, and relaxation. Groups of one to 10. Johnny Panther Quest Ecotours; 810-6653-3859, www.

Spring Frogs. April 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. The trills and peeps of woodland frogs and toads are some of the loudest and earliest signs of spring. Meet in the Visitor Center before heading out to the vernal pools to see the frogs in action. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Wee Stroll. April 13, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Free. Ages 6 months – 2 years, accompanied with adult. This program is designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child, learn about the outdoors, and learn ways to introduce children to the natural world around

In Search of Woodcock and Snipe. April 26, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Join naturalist Tom Lenon on a short hike to look for woodcock and snipe, finding the different habitats these birds use, and discuss their

mating behaviors. Wear dark clothing. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Introduction to Birding. April 28, 9 – 11 a.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Join interpretive naturalist Michelle Fournier inside the Visitor Center to learn birding basics such as binocular use and selection, tips on bird identification, and using field guides. Venture out and practice birding skills on CNC’s trails. Loaner binoculars will be available, or feel free to bring your own. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Gardening for Butterflies. April 29, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. Ages 15 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Learn how to create gardens to sustain butterflies and moths. From host plants for the caterpillars to nectar plants for the adults to design and maintenance practices, discover the key components of creating a butterfly-friendly garden during this indoor presentation. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. April 29, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. April’s full moon is sometimes called the Fish Moon, indicating the time when fish swim upstream to spawn. Smallmouth bass and walleye can be found in the Chippewa River in the spring. Walk along the River Trail with interpretive naturalist Jeanne Henderson to look and listen for wildlife. Wear dark clothing and bring a flashlight. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to Send date, time, cost, and contact information for your event by the first day of the month, three months prior to the event date.


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n this circa 1950 photo, Sandra Lynn Metzgar (far left, middle row) and schoolmates pose in their flower/ribbon-laden Easter bonnet creations at Bangor Washington Elementary School in Bay County. In the United States, the Christian celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Christ also coincides with springtime/ rebirth and includes many secular traditions, such as new Easter clothes, Easter bonnets—and even Easter parades. In New York City, the Easter Parade tradition traces back to the mid-1800s, when upper classes in their new spring clothes and hats attended Fifth Avenue churches, then lingered and strolled outside afterwards and attracted increasing attention from average citizens. The Easter Parade tradition reached its peak with the 1948 film, Easter Parade, which starred Fred Astaire and Judy Garland and featured Irving Berlin’s same-named song. In Manhattan, the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival continues on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, to 57th Street. Other parades occur across America. In the week preceding April 9, 1950 Easter, The Bay City Times includes many ads for women and girls’ Easter hats at downtown stores such as Moderne Hat Shop, Ballamy Hat Shop, the Millinery Shop at W.R. Knepp’s, Oppenheim’s, Sam’s Bros., J.C. Penney’s, and Bay City Cash. One Times’ article also features photos/descriptions of four Washington, D.C., women wearing “Capital Easter Bonnets,” saying, “The Easter Bonnet has grabbed the headlines from frightened chatter about the H-bomb, spy hunts, and investigations at Washington, D.C.” Other articles describe some personal holiday weekend plans and detailed Easter clothing plans. Photo courtesy of Sandra Metzgar Hecht and Ann Marie Middleton, Bay County.

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