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Bridalgown Revisited.


ashion mirrors the context of the time in which it exists. It can nimbly change, often reinventing itself, as we learn in this bridal issue’s feature story, “Vintage Vogue.” The styles of wedding dresses brides wear today are tweaked designs of gowns worn by generations of brides before them. The one thing that has endured through the last century and a half is the traditional color of the dress: white. It was Queen Victoria, when marrying Prince Albert in 1840, who started the trend of a white wedding gown. Before that, dresses of an array of mostly pale colors were standard. Soon thereafter, though, fashionable (and wealthy) brides chose white. As times change, fashion evolves, which includes bridal attire. In the 1920s, blending post WWI French flapper-style with the rise of American Jazz, dresses were less “proper” and had less restrictive waistlines. In the ’30s and ’40s, as the world of movies became popular, filmgoers added Hollywood glamour into their wedding gowns (as they could afford to do so in tough economic times). Starlets Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor inspired the ladylike wedding fashions of the ’50s. A decade later, empire-style waistlines and short veils or tiaras held sway, imitating the number of society brides approaching the altar. Flowing fabrics and simplified headbands appealed to the individualized style of the ’70s bride. And Princess Diana’s iconic ’80s dress with its oversized shoulders, cathedral train, ball-gown skirt, and embellishments personified that decade. More than you wanted to know about bridal fashion? Probably not. That’s because what goes around comes back around.You—or your daughter or granddaughter—may greet your wedding day as a vision of the past.

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CHAUNIE BRUSIE is a registered nurse and freelance writer specializing in health and medical topics. She lives in Southeastern Michigan with her family.

JEN W. O’DEAY is the arts & entertainment coordinator for Great Lakes Bay magazine and a marketing communications writer who adores her family, good coffee, and Thoreau.

SAMANTHA WITZGALL is an editorial intern for Great Lakes Bay. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in December 2016 with a degree in professional and technical writing.

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Faith Takes the Stage A Christian band shares devotion through music. BY CHAUNIE BRUSIE | PHOTOS BY BRIAN AND STACEY SIMMERMACHER

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he band members of Modern Day Cure, a contemporary Christian ensemble from Saginaw, have one thing in common. They have all loved music their entire lives. “I remember dancing to ‘Put Down the Duckie’ on Sesame Street,” says Aaron Chipp, band leader, drummer, assistant pastor, and worship pastor. “It was my jam. My parents said every time I heard music as a little guy, I would stop and start dancing to the rhythm of the tune.” Joining Aaron Chipp in his passion for music are his wife, Tamar Chipp, community relations coordinator, vocalist, and keyboardist; Tifani Autry, youth program coordinator, vocalist, and guitarist; and Joseph Wedell, lead guitarist. Autry’s husband, Brian, is the technical business analyst, and Wedell’s wife, Sarah, handles accounting. And although the members of Modern Day Cure all share devotion to song and faith, their journey to becoming an official band could be considered something of a miracle. “If you would have told us that we’d be in a band together a few years ago, we’d say you were crazy,” laughs Tamar Chipp. She maintains that God brought the musicians together at the right time, beginning when Aaron was inspired to start a musical group after attending a youth leaders’ conference in Atlanta. The duo contacted Autry, who revealed that one night she had a dream about serving [God] together, even recently purchasing her first guitar. “That

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Tifani Autry, Tamar Chipp, and Aaron Chipp founded Modern Day Cure to worship with song

was confirmation [to form the band],” says Chipp. Through Craigslist, the trio then connected with Joseph Wedell, now lead guitarist, who felt a calling to join the band, despite having to drive three hours to practice. Soon after, what started as an idea became a reality. Modern Day Cure derived its name from the Bible verse Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Chipp says, “To us, that makes him the modern day cure. He’s always the answer the world needs.” Today, Modern Day Cure travels throughout Michigan to play at worship services, church youth gatherings, adult retreats, and festivals, and it recently recorded an album in Nashville. In 2013, it was named a winning band at the Big Ticket Festival’s Indie Band Competition in Gaylord. The group

was also a winner at the Smile FM’s Michigan Made Music Contest in 2014. Modern Day Cure’s music is available through iTunes and online music stores, including Spotify, and the band is currently accepting booking requests. Upcoming show dates, along with merchandise and free song downloads, can be found on its website, As the group is busy writing music and preparing for its next record, the bandmates are excited to see what the future will hold for them, even though the purpose of their music will remain the same. “Whether leading worship for a church service or playing at a festival, our heart is to exalt Jesus, share his truth, and see people changed by his power,” says Chipp. “We want to point people to Jesus with our music.”

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E.B. White’s book Charlotte’s Web, first published in 1952, has sold approximately 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the bestselling children’s novels ever. While recording the audio book in 1970, White needed 17 takes to get through Charlotte’s death without crying. See a live presentation of the touching tale, acted out at Pit & Balcony Community Theatre from February 3 through February 12 (805 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-754-6587).

Looking for a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day for your favorite coffee drinker? Stop by Harless and Hugh Coffee (1003 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-385-1657) to grab a swoon-worthy mocha, whipped up with espresso, 2 ounces of made-fromscratch chocolate ganache, and heart-shaped latte art. The sugary-café theme continues with a stop at St. Laurent Brothers (1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522) for chocolate-covered espresso beans to woo your sweetheart.



March 9 is the 58th birthday of Barbara Millicent Roberts, more popularly known as Barbie®. This cultural icon has over 40 pets, including a lion cub and zebra, and uses her pilot’s license to fly commercial jets when she’s not driving her pink Corvette around town.

In the late 1800s, folks often gathered around a piano to “have a sing” and passed time playing parlor games of checkers, chess, euchre, and 20 questions. Take part in old-time recreation inside the historic Bradley Home at Heritage Park (3417 W Main St, Midland, 989-631-8250) on February 18 during the Hands-on History Days: Family Games and Winter Fun event.

Get dolled up in style to celebrate with a shopping spree for spring fashion at Trillium Fine Clothing (123 E Broadway Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-773-7173).

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In 1620, Sir John Melton made the first literary reference to four-leaf clovers bringing good luck when he wrote: “If a man walking in the fields finds any fourleaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.”

Clovers, shamrocks, and all-things-Irish are featured on March 19 at 2 p.m. during the 63rd Annual Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade (

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Who first created the Reuben sandwich? Some swear it was Arnold Reuben (1883-1970), founder of Reuben’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, in 1914. Others believe Reuben Kulakofsky (1873-1960), grocer, first created the combination in 1925. You’ll simply be glad that someone invented this mealtime classic when biting into corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese on rye at Coonan’s Irish Hub (1004 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989-402-1177).

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The midge that created this dense growth may eventually share its winter home with several other insect eggs or larvae

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you look closely, the winter landscape offers clues to last summer’s activity. Bare tree branches and plant stems standing above snowdrifts reveal unusual shapes you may not have noticed before. Plant deformities called galls were stimulated by organisms that devised many ways of using plants to their benefit. Galls can be caused by insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, viruses, or nematodes. These strange structures are often easier to find than the actual intruders that caused their formation. The majority of galls are created by insects, including gall midges and gall wasps, which are so small they

Common Plant Intruders The willow pine cone gall is an example of a dense growth on a terminal bud of willow shrubs caused by the gall midge Rabdophaga strobiloides, which is only ¼-inch long. The larva overwinters in the gall. Soft white hairs cover the pineconelike structure that stands erect and closed at the top. Potentially 31 other insect species may share this winter home with the gall-maker.

A cut-open gall reveals the white grub-like larva in the center

Look on the lower stems of blackberry bushes for clusters of blackberry seed galls

go unnoticed. Gall-makers secrete a growth-regulating chemical when plants are actively growing that causes the host plant to form abnormal tissue on the stem, bud, leaves, or branches. After a short time, the gall completes its formation, and then it no longer takes nutrients from the plant. Essentially creating a home for the intruder, the gall provides shelter and food for insect eggs and larvae as they develop inside. Gall-makers create their own characteristic kind of gall. Galls can be categorized by their description and where they grow on a plant. Blister galls inhabited by gall midges look like swellings of leaves on goldenrods or asters. Bullet galls are appropriately named small hard spheres on oak tree twigs caused by gall wasps. Leaf galls may look like measles spots on leaves’ upper sides. Witches hat galls resemble tiny spikes pointing up out of a leaf. Oak apple gall does look like a small greenish apple with red spots growing on an oak tree, but it becomes papery brown when it dries. If you cut one open, you’ll find it is filled with radiating fibers suspending a gall wasp larva in the center. The goldenrod ball gall forms in the center of a stem while the plant continues to grow leaves and flowers above it. Most galls do not kill plants; however, bud galls are detrimental in that they alter normal flowering and seed production. When you venture outdoors, search for galls with exit holes made by former inhabitants.

The goldenrod bunch gall is an example of a dense growth of leaves at the top of a stem, consisting of a cluster almost 2 inches across caused by Rhopalamyia midges. The egg, larva, and pupa all live inside the gall. A blackberry seed gall grows on blackberry stems. A gall wasp in the Cynipidae family creates clusters of seed-like balls with long hair-like bristles. Each mass extends 1 inch or more and is actually a group of individual galls. A goldenrod ball gall forms when a tiny fly, Erosta solidaginis, lays an egg on a stem, causing corky plant tissue to grow around it. A white larva lives inside, eats a tunnel to the stem’s edge, and goes dormant for winter. The next spring, the larva changes to a pupa and then to an adult, which crawls through the tunnel to the edge of the stem. The adult pumps its head full of fluids to push its way outside.

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Charlotte’s Web Pit & Balcony Theatre’s stage transforms into Wilbur’s barnyard. Through 2/12.

Saginaw Spirit vs. Windsor Spitfires The puck flies at 7:05 on the ice at Dow Event Center.







Comedy Night The rafters of MCFTA ring out with 90 minutes of nonstop laughter.






The Great Backyard Bird Count Find, record, and identify Chippewa Nature Center’s feathered friends.


“Brahms Double” Midland Symphony Orchestra pays homage to a classical composer.


Ice Blast Festival Enjoy hockey games, family activities, and live entertainment throughout Saginaw.


22 Really Really SVSU presents a drama of morningafter gossip, revealing a world where only the strong can survive. Through 2/25.







Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display Witness the dramatic display. Through 12/30.


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One Woman Sex and the City A laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the popular TV show is at State Theatre.





Toughest Monster Truck Tour Dow Event Center hosts smashing, roaring fun.

STOMP A heart-pounding performance takes over MCFTA.





An Afternoon at the Sugarhouse See sap turn into sweet maple syrup at Chippewa Nature Center.


The Outside Track Tap your toes at State Theatre to this band’s Scot, Irish, and Cape Breton music fusion.





Beauty and the Beast Disney’s magical musical mesmerizes the MCFTA audience. Through 4/2.




24 Bay City Players: Steel Magnolias Southern belles with strong wills and strength take the stage. Through 3/26.

Bella Voce Spring Concert The sounds of April showers and May flowers are in the air at MCFTA.





Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display Witness the dramatic display. Through 12/30.


Osterbrunnen: Easter Celebration Frankenmuth’s fountains follow a decorative German tradition.

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Tricia Coonan, wedding sales manager at DoubleTree, says, “We feel that by the time someone looks into other venues, including renting a hall, renting tables, hiring outside caterers, etc., our all-inclusive option is a real value.” Many others obviously agree. DoubleTree has been recognized year after year with awards such as Care Cup, Crystal Cookie, Connie Award, Pride Award, #1 Trip Advisor in the Area, The Knot Wedding Award, and MMPI Blue Plate. Guests frequently write testimonials and reviews that refer to DoubleTree as the “Best Wedding Venue in the Great Lakes Bay Region,” and they are quick to refer friends and family to the hotel’s event services. In fact, demand for the venue is so great that bookings must be made about a year and a half in advance. Benefits of planning your wedding at DoubleTree include: • Amazing food, buffet-style or plated, prepared by Executive Chef Jason Harrington

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Brides often search for something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue to bring them good luck on their wedding day. When it comes to bridal fashion, something old and something borrowed just might already be a part of the bride’s gown. Kim Grant, store manager of Sempliners Bride and Formal in Bay City, and Kelly Wolgast, owner of Lola’s Bridal Boutique in Saginaw Township, explain that today’s bridal looks are often inspired by fashion elements of previous eras. “Trends return,” says Grant. “Everything old does become ‘new’ again for the next generation.” Grant and Wolgast agree that one of the most common vintage touches seen in wedding gown design today is the use of lace. “Lace is probably one of the biggest influences [on bridal fashion],” says Grant, but it isn’t the only trend inspired by the past that is making a comeback. Decades throughout the 20th century are lending inspiration to today’s popular wedding gown styles.

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Model: Mikayla. Gown and accessories: Lola’s Bridal Boutique.

Style elements of the 1920s are seen currently in bridal and formal fashions. “What comes to mind is glamorous,” says Grant of this era. She notes that slinky, body-hugging dresses popular in the Roaring ’20s are still desired by present-day brides. Grant explains that fabrics such as charmeuse satin or chiffon were common choices to accentuate curves. Wedding gowns from that decade weren’t always pure white either, as champagne and other softly hued colors were also fashionable, which is another trend reappearing in modern brides’ preferences. Intricate beading sought after in the ’20s seems to be an especially common choice for brides today, particularly those who are planning a formal affair, Wolgast says. “The dressier the wedding, the more beading seems to be popular,” she explains.

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Model: Samantha. Gown and accessories: Sempliners Bride and Formal.

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Wolgast notes that elaborate headpieces, which first appeared in the 1920s, were also very popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Brides often favored adornments with shorter veils that covered only the forehead, such as the birdcage. “Brides [once again] are liking the look,” Wolgast says. Beading remained a trendy embellishment on gowns, with the elaborate patterns becoming more linear. Wolgast has also seen many modern brides choose the long, sophisticated, beaded styles popular in the ’30s and ’40s.


Model: Chelsea. Gown and accessories: Sempliners Bride and Formal.


Dubbing the 1950s the “lady-like look” era, Grant explains that bridal gown styles in that decade incorporated classic, clean lines. “Think two-piece suits with box pleats,” she says. Gowns most commonly included a structured, restrained style, along with a high, natural waist and a purposeful lack of embellishment. The trends of the ’50s are returning with Sabrina or sweetheart necklines and simple, A-line pleated skirts. A return of the pill-box headpiece also embodies the simplicity representative of that time period.

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Model: Hannah. Gown and accessories: Lola’s Bridal Boutique.

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The 1960s saw a lot of change in bridal wear. Classic Audrey Hepburn-inspired looks dominated the runway, while other fads entered the scene. Many formal dresses featured cap sleeves and A-line skirts. Grant says that the ’60s had tremendous influence on creating diverse options that have stood the test of time in women’s wedding-day fashion. “All of these styles remain today in one way or the other—high-lows, ballgowns, and sheath dresses,” she says. Wolgast also adds that as outdoor weddings became more popular during that decade, shorter wedding dress styles and gowns with no trains appeared more frequently.

Flower POWER The 1970s reintroduced body-conscious fabrics reminiscent of those of the ’20s and ’30s, along with inclusion of lace applique, eyelet lace, and pinafore-like embellishments in bridal fashion design. Grant says that the empire waist dresses of the ’70s in particular are trendy choices now for brides who want to be shabby chic on their wedding day. Wolgast dubs this the “bohemian” look and includes the longsleeved wedding dresses that originated in that era as part of the signature style. Bridal hairstyles also quite literally loosened up during the ’70s, as more brides eschewed intricate and heavy headpieces for simple headbands or long, flowing locks.

Model: Amber. Gown and accessories: Lola’s Bridal Boutique.

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Model: Taylor. Gown and accessories: Sempliners Bride and Formal.

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The 1980s were all about size and volume—both in gowns and in hairstyles. “I began my career in bridal in the ’80s, so I remember very well the style,” says Grant. Wedding gowns featured elements such as jeweled necklines, leg-o-mutton sleeves, and court-length trains. Over-the-top cathedral-length veils became a popular headpiece choice. Wolgast says that strapless dresses and oversized ballgown skirts also were popular in the ’80s. The ornate touches, such as sweeping and dramatic veils and dresses, can still be seen in bridal boutiques today. No matter which decade inspires the style, Grant and Wolgast agree that the most important detail is always the bride. “Each dress is beautiful in its own way. The bride enhances the beauty,” says Wolgast.

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FEATURE Get enough sleep, eat plenty of vegetables, and drink lots of water. The day of the wedding, gently cleanse your skin and follow up with a light moisturizer. And remember, the weeks leading up to the wedding are not the time to try new products.

Leslie Perry applies makeup for a client’s special occasion

Makeup KNOW-HOW Take this expert advice to look your best on your wedding day. BY STACEY TETLOFF PHOTO BY DOUG JULIAN

Leslie Perry fell in love with makeup at a young age. Perry would sit, mesmerized, as her mother, a hairstylist and salon owner for more than 35 years, applied makeup on clients. Then, as a teenager, Perry learned professional techniques for cosmetic application from a makeup artist in Rochester, Michigan. Though she pursued a career in public relations and communications, she continued to work as a makeup artist as well. In September 2016, she decided to focus on makeup fulltime, continuing to professionally apply cosmetics and starting her own cosmetic product line. “My favorite aspect of makeup is the transformative effect it has—not only physically but emotionally,” she says. “When a client leaves the salon holding her head a little higher, walking a bit taller, and feeling more confident, I know I’ve made a small difference in her life, and I love that.” Perry shares what expert tips brides need to look their best for their trip down the aisle, from smooth, glowing skin to perfectly blushed cheeks. Q: What’s your best piece of advice for a soon-to-be bride when deciding on makeup for the big day? A: Stay true to yourself. If you typically prefer a minimalist

approach to makeup, stick with that type of look for your wedding. If you love to experiment and regularly wear a bold look, use that same philosophy on your wedding day. In addition, remember that you will be photographed more on this day than any other day of your life. So even a natural, minimalist look will require a bit more makeup than what you wear on a daily basis. Q: What are the most common wedding day makeup mistakes that brides make? A: Being afraid to wear blush. Blush really “wakes up the face” and gives you a polished look that is perfect in person and in photos. Another is waiting too long to schedule hair and makeup appointments. We (Leslie Perry Cosmetics) book up to a year or more in advance for weddings. Q: When should a bride schedule a practice run for wedding day makeup? A: Four to eight weeks prior to the wedding is an ideal time for a prewedding makeup trial. Q: How should a bride prep skin before and the day of the wedding? A: Be consistent with a skin care regimen. Always remove makeup before bed. Use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisture.

Q: Are there any tips for getting makeup to last through the entire ceremony and reception? A: Layering products is key. Start with an eye makeup primer. I prefer a primer that is tinted, more like a concealer. Set with a loose powder or light-colored eye shadow. Finally, use a setting powder or setting spray. My No. 1 piece of advice for getting makeup to last: Avoid touching your face. If you feel tears coming on, use a tissue to catch them in the corner of your eye so they don’t disturb your makeup. Q: What are some of the most popular trends right now in wedding makeup? A: Emphasis continues to be on the eyes with a soft, smoky look, which keeps the inner corners very light with a hint of shimmer and gradually adds intensity toward the outer corners. False lashes are nearly a must for brides. The nice thing about false lashes today is that they come in a wide variety of lengths and volumes and can look natural while giving a little extra oomph to a bride’s look. Q: Is it important to “match” makeup with hairstyle, bridal gown, and overall color scheme? A: Yes, the overall look should be in balance between the hair, makeup, and dress. For example, a simple and elegant dress without a lot of embellishment is best complemented with classic hair and makeup rather than a more dramatic, bold look. Similarly, a dress with intricate details, beading, crystals, etc., is enhanced with a full-on glamour approach to hair and makeup. Q: What are the can’t-be-without makeup supplies to have the day of the wedding? A: Be sure to have: • Oil blotting papers • Cotton swabs • Sponge with face powder • Lip color


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Exceptional 4 bedroom home with 2700 sqft in Thomas Farms. You’ll love this oversized kitchen with custom cabinetry, hardwood floors, wall of windows, and 2 way fireplace to great room. Featuring first floor laundry, formal dining, a large master suite with private sitting area, and full basement. Landscaped to perfection!

Beautiful ranch built in 2012 in Thomas Twp. You’ll love this stunning kitchen with custom cabinetry, center island, granite, stainless appliances, hardwood flooring, and eating area. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, great room with volume ceilings and fireplace, formal dining, office, first floor laundry, and spacious family room in finished lower level.

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TUSCANY CONDOS, SAGINAW Enjoy carefree living in Saginaw Township! Two bedrooms, 2 full baths. Amenities include fireplace, granite counter tops in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a master suite with private bath and walk-in closet, first floor laundry, full basement and 2 car garage. Many options for selections and size. Energy Star Rated! Starting at $178,900.

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Experience Uptown Penthouse Living. Wake up in your spacious master suite, get ready for work in your large walk-in closet and relax on 400 square foot balcony. With over 1,700 sq. ft. of living space, Uptown Bay City has a unique Penthouse space just for you. With design and amenities like none other, the penthouse condominiums feature two bedrooms, two full and one half baths, a dream kitchen with quartz countertops, full height tile backsplash, Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances, and an open floor plan highlighting the custom kitchen cabinets. The condo also boasts 10 foot ceilings throughout with led recessed lighting, Marvin wood windows, smart home automation system controlling the Hunter Douglas Silhouette window treatments, surround sound, and lighting, and Schonbek handmade light fixtures. Residents also get to enjoy the heated secure parking garage with private storage, and snowmelt sidewalks throughout the development.

Build your dream home on one of two premier building lots in Saginaw County. These large lots are nestled among the beautiful custom homes situated on the E Grove cul-de-sac of the subdivision and boast unbelievable pond, golf course, and mountain views. Situated in the Freeland School district and conveniently located just outside of Saginaw Township, the Grove at Apple Mountain allows for a quiet, peaceful lifestyle while being close to Saginaw, Midland and the surrounding areas. Available 23 E Grove & 11 E Grove.

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JUST REDUCED! Updated and move in ready Golfside home situated on a premium lot backing up to the Golfside Subdivision Park. This spacious home features 3331 sq ft of living space with an additional 750 sq ft finished in basement with large egress window. The home boasts 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 full, and 1 half bathroom. Enter through the front door to large floor to ceiling windows, beautiful hardwood flooring, and all of the character and charm sought after in Golfside Subdivision homes.

JUST REDUCED! A beautiful Golfside subdivision find with character at every corner. The newly renovated kitchen shows two-tone cabinets, granite counter tops, new appliances, and a large window running the length of the kitchen. Open dining and living room concept with stone fireplace provides a great entertaining space overlooking the back deck. The great room sits adjacent to the dining area with wood beamed vaulted ceiling, large stone fireplace, and wet bar. Three large bedrooms and two full baths, updated furnace and roof, and wood fenced backyard complete this wonderful all brick ranch.

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1800 CENTER AVENUE, BAY CITY Exceptional 6 bedroom residence that includes a 2 bedroom carriage apartment with recent updates in kitchen and bath. Main house features include full sweeping front porch, formal foyer with open curving staircase, crown moldings, hardwood floors, solid wood pocket doors, butler’s pantry, Corinthian columns, multiple fireplaces, updated kitchen has commercial appliances as part of the renovation. Sunny and bright breakfast room for the morning ritual or casual family meals, Original gum wood library makes a great TV/media room or den. 3 car garage w/ 2 bedroom carriage apartment. Additional parking spaces on the property. Gated entrance.  Two oversized en suite bedrooms and guest rooms on the second floor. The landing features morning coffee bar. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a historic home in this condition. May be sold furnished.

3 2 8 0 LAWNDALE , SAGINAW 3400+ Sq Ft on 7 acres in Saginaw Twp. Home features open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, 3 full suites plus a 4th bedroom and full bath. Pole barn with 2 stalls & office offers lots of extra storage & possibilities.


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1574 WEDGEWOOD, ESSEXVILLE Expansive, gorgeous updated ranch in lavish Hampton Township Wedgewood Subdivision! Split ranch, open-concept design. Inside completely redone - freshly painted and finished with upscale materials. All new custom bamboo flooring throughout living areas on first floor with new carpet in all bedrooms. New kitchen with high-end granite, backsplash and farmer’s sink. Enormous bonus room on second floor with new carpeting. Custom vinyl fencing surrounds the over half-acre park-like private lot. Priced to move.

385 GOLFVIEW, SAGINAW Spacious deck house, built by Catarino Builders, features an open floor plan, vaulted mahogany beams, cedar tongue & groove ceilings & siding. Home has passive solar. 4 bedrooms & 2.5 baths, includes the master suite. Finished basement makes for maximum living space in your new home. Extra large lot with trees adds to the privacy.


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6 0 5 5 S H ADBU S H , S AGI NAW Woods Preserve 6 bed home. Open floor plan with Cathedral ceiling. Tile floors in the kitchen & baths. 1st floor laundry. Master suite includes a gas fireplace & private bath. 3 other main floor bedrooms, plus a formal dining room. Finished basement w/family room, 2 bedrooms & a full bath.  Kitchen leads to stamped  patio. 3 car attached garage.

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1330 STONEY RIDGE RD., WEST BRANCH 20 acres is this where this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch home. Kitchen with appliances, living room with brick fireplace & a master bedroom suite. 2 decks & lots of windows to enjoy the woods & wildlife. 3 outbuildings, 16x24 storage, 24x24 pole building & a 30x48 garage with a heated workshop. North side of property adjoins State Land.

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7606 S FORDNEY, SAINT CHARLES Country living at its best! 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half bath home built in 2013 sitting on 20 glorious acres. 1st floor bedroom could be the master for extended family members. It’s set up with its own private bath & kitchen. 3 other bedrooms upstairs with the laundry room. Relax by the pond.


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Welcome to Saginaw Township’s most affordable standalone Condo development: Nova Ridge. Whether you are looking for your first home or downsizing, these well-designed 1,240 sq ft ranch-style homes feel spacious and don’t skimp on the comfort: 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and ceramic back splash, first floor laundry, and two-car garage. Quality built by Geiersbach Builders, the low taxes, “Energy Star” rating, and optional lawn/landscape/snow service help you make the most of your time and money! With prices starting at $139,900 ($159,900 with basement), you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value anywhere!

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One of a kind retail opportunity in the Great Lakes Bay region. This Complex has multiple shops spread out over 7.2 acres. Located just minutes from I-75 and less than 10 miles from Frankenmuth. Pricing is for the sale of real estate only.

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Outstanding opportunity to own an office building on the heavily traveled corridors of State St. and Davenport Avenue in Saginaw County. There are over 26,000 sq. ft. of usable office space with an elevator to access the lower level. Excellent location for your new medical or professional office location.

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Down on the Farm

From in-eatery prepared meals to bake-at-home options, a Bay City market delivers seasonal spreads. BY PATI LaLONDE | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN


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Black bean sweet potato burger on shortbread


Maple fried rice with slow-cooked pork


or 32 years, Martha’s Market in Bay City’s Johnson Street business district stocked its shelves with fresh produce for customers to purchase. That was something the new owners of the location, Paul Hennard and Brandon Longoria, didn’t want to change when they opened 3rd & Johnson Farm Market & Eatery. Today, the market is stocked with a variety of locally sourced grocery items, including maple syrup, honey, herbs, and eggs, along with homemade pasta on Fridays and Saturdays. Now, not only are market-goers able to take home staples for their own pantries, but some of the farm-fresh products from the store are turned into unique seasonal dishes for weekly in-house dining specials. With ever-changing products to choose from, Hennard and Longoria prepare everything from quiche and salads to sandwiches and desserts. Although the choices don’t always stay the same, there are crowd favorites, such as the black bean and sweet potato burger, topped with crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and a spicy maple syrup and chili pepper seasoning blend. The tangy combination is served between two slices of thick, crusty homemade bread. Diners can add a soup of the day for $3 a cup or $5.50 a bowl. Weekly menu selections average approximately $8, and each dish comes with a side. Vegetarians and vegans line up for the signature mac-and-cheese, made with a vegetable stock base, nut cheese, in-season vegetables, and cavatappi noodles. “It (the nut cheese) looks like cheddar cheese, but it’s not,” says Hennard. “People get very excited. They like eating cheese with no dairy.” The eatery also has take-’n-bake dishes, ranging in price from $14.95 to $18.95. The make-it-at-home meals for two include ingredients for an entrée, bread, and salad. Of the do-it-yourself menus, Hennard says, “It’s fun stuff—stuff people have never seen before, like roasted buttercup squash with meatballs and marinara sauce.” Whether deciding what to prep for in-house diners or what to add to the take-’n-bake bags, Longoria says, “We look at what’s in the cooler. Sometimes I pick something that’s a slow seller and show people how to use it. Then, they can purchase it and use it in their own kitchens.” Longoria also teaches cooking classes for groups of 20 or more. 3rd & Johnson Market & Eatery, 1025 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989-9711456, Hours: Monday – Friday (9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

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Dining Out Asian Asian Noodle: 200 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-316-2380. Filipino and Far East fare. Noodle soup, lumpia spring rolls, sautéed noodles, and pan-fried fish. Basil Thai Bistro: 225 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-486-9390. Curry, noodles, fried rice, stir-fry dishes, and fresh fruit tapioca drinks. Blossoms Asian Bistro: 4124 Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-778-1155. Asian fusion flavors, made-to-order dishes, and fresh ingredients. Malaysian fried noodles, sushi, coconut shrimp tacos, and hibachi meals. Chan’s Garden: 215 Third St, Bay City, 989-892-8861. Variety of Asian and Chinese dishes. Weekly specials. Takeout available. Chan’s Garden Restaurant: 1951 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-790-9188. Affordable Chinese fare. Favorites include orange chicken, Mongolian beef, rice noodles, and egg rolls. Takeout and delivery available. Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant: 4024 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Authentic cuisine, including Forbidden City Chicken and moo shu pork. Familysized dinners and takeout available. Fuji Sushi: 1512 Joe Mann Blvd Midland, 989-839-6868. Noodles, rolls and sushi, sashimi, and hibachi entrées. Fusion 1 Café: 813 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-0551. Fresh, contemporary international cuisine. Thursday night is Sushi Extravaganza. Demonstrations and cooking classes offered. Genji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: Two locations: 2929 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-495-6000, and 3870 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-497-9900. Chefs prepare meals directly in front of patrons for tables of up to eight. Large selection of wines and imported beers. Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ: 5010 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-496-

2288. Buffet-style dining and createyour-own stir-fry using many types of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Full bar. Golden Buffet: 979 S Saginaw Rd (in Eastlawn Food Court), Midland, 989633-9888. Lunch and dinner buffets with meat and seafood dishes, soups, and desserts. Hello Sushi: 2575 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-7900022. Sushi, sashimi, rolls, traditional bento box meals, noodle dishes, and Japanese specialties. Daily specials and carryout. Hokkaido Japanese Steak & Sushi: 1818 Lawndale Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-1688. Open for lunch and dinner. Hibachi, sushi and sashimi, noodles and fried rice, and bento options from the wok. Mochi and tempura ice cream, cheesecake, and banana desserts. Hunan Restaurant: 3109 Bay Plaza Dr, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Favorites include general chicken, Mongolian beef, and crabmeat with corn soup. Takeout available. Jade Garden: 3211 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6997. Made-to-order Chinese dishes, appetizers, and soups, including the popular egg drop.

These listings have no relationship to advertising in Great Lakes Bay magazine. without MSG. Famous Chinese chicken salad and a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian entrées.

Dine in, takeout, delivery, and catering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and popular chicken fajita pizza.

Pi’s Asian Express: 5015 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-832-8000 Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrées. Carryout.

Grampa Tony’s: Two locations: 1108 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4795, and 4330 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-684-7314. Family dining. Homemade pizza, steak sandwiches, and baked pasta specialties. Late-night dining, takeout, and spirits.

Pi’s Chinese Restaurant: 1815 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-5848. Affordable authentic fare like the favorite Hunan sesame chicken. Daily lunch and dinner buffet. Sushi ‘N’: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-7557. Sushi, sashimi, cooked and vegetarian selections, and rolls, including the Golden California.

Indian Kabob N Curry House: 4070 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4974400. Homemade Indian cuisine includes vegetable curry, samosa, paneer, and spicy favorites. Shahi Indian Cuisine: 4624 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-401-8310. Fresh, authentic Indian cuisine. Lamb, chicken, and goat dishes.


The Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant: 3000 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-893-9499. Full menu of chicken, beef, pork, vegetarian, and seafood cuisine, soups, appetizers, and hot buffet.

B&C Pizza: Three locations: 476 N Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-892-1519; 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township, 989-791-2777; and 608 State St, Bay City, 989-686-4600. Chicagostyle pizzas cut into squares.

Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge: 105 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant, 989-7757723. High-end martinis, sushi, and Asian-fusion fare.

Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery: 612 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-5560. New Yorkstyle pizzeria. Lunch and dinner.

Panda House Chinese Restaurant: 1010 N Niagara St, Saginaw, 989-755-5394. Fine dining. Takeout available. Specialty entrées include string bean chicken. Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings.

Café Cremosi: 108 N Linn St, Bay City, 989-316-9018. Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Featuring pasta with Cremosi sauce, a white wine, lemon-butter crème sauce, pizza, and fresh ingredients. Full bar, outside deck, and live music.

Pasong’s Cafe: 114 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-791-5008. Fresh, made-to-order authentic cuisine

G’s Pizzeria: 1005 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-9400, and 3823 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4774.

Isabella’s at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-7755399. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts. Create your own pasta masterpiece. MaMa Mia’s Pizzeria: 16535 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-642-6420. Pizzas topped with special fourcheese blend and baked in a brick oven. Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-0691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Nino’s Neighbor: 1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792. Open during warm weather months. Healthy Italian cuisine; gluten-free and vegan options. Grilled margherita pizza, antipasto salad, garlic knots, tomato bisque, and pesto-topped salmon. Outdoor seating available. Old Town Pizzeria: 417 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-392-6468. Authentic pizza by the whole pie or slice, pizza muffins, and calzones for takeout or dine-in. Handmade dough, real mozzarella, and fresh toppings. Pizza Dude: 4328 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-486-9670. Italian eatery. Old-style, brick oven pizza, calzones, and bread rings stuffed with pasta or meatballs. Pizza Sam’s: 102 W Main St, Midland, 989-631-1934. Soups, sandwiches, gyros, Coney Island hot dogs, specialty pizzas, nachos, and desserts. Takeout available.

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Bagel sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juice, and smoothies.

Spencer’s Route 46: 5530 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-4500. Escargot, portobella mushrooms, calamari, seafood ravioli, poached salmon, and pan-fried walleye. Extensive wine list. Live jazz music.

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant: 6090 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-799-6300. Lunch and dinner. Quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, burritos, homemade tamales, chimichangas, and taco salad. Breakfast served.

Dawn of a New Day Coffeehouse & Café: 210 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-284-3549. Fair trade organic coffee, specialty drinks, soups, and sandwiches. Music Friday nights. Wi-Fi.

Villa D’Alessandro: 801 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-3821. Fare prepared from family recipes. Extensive list of wines to pair with entrées. Authentic desserts. Outdoor dining in summer.

Tex-Mex Grille: 4101 Wilder Rd (in the Bay City Mall Food Court), Bay City, 989-686-8396. Homemade “Tex-Mex” food, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, burritos, rice, beans, and tamales. Catering available.

Espresso Express Coffee House: 916 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-8898. Seattle-style brewed espresso beverages at their finest. Hot and cool drinks.


Breakfast & Lunch

Yasmeen’s Mediterranean Foods: 3545 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-3082. Specialty store offers baklava, couscous, beans, spices, olives, olive oil, cheeses, and vegetarian foods. Tabouli, hummus, baba ghanoush, meat pies, and grape leaves available.

Centro Grille: 4882 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-498-4010. Breakfast and lunch. Freshly roasted coffee, pastries, homemade soups, desserts, salted caramel brownie, and cinnamon crunch muffin.

Mexican Coco Loco Mexican Grill & Bar: Two locations: 3593 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-891-9917, and 4002 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-1111. Authentic lunch and dinner entrées and combinations. Fresh chips and salsa. Cuatro Amigos: 310 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-686-8630. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials. El Paso Grill: 4880 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-6599. Puffy tacos and shredded beef burrito with potatoes are favorites. Primarily takeout. El Patron: 1900 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9800. Authentic Mexican cuisine, including a buffet. Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts. Los Cabos: 7467 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2255. Mexican staples, along with a full American and Mexican breakfast menu. Weekend breakfast buffet. Daily lunch buffet. Los Cuatro Amigos: 4570 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1700. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials.

Mornin’ at Maggie’s Omelette Shoppe: 819 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-3142. Breakfast and lunch creations, including frittatas, French toast, waffles, egg-white omelets, homemade soups, sandwiches, and vegetarian specials. Rudy’s Red Lion Diner: 201 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-2266. Omelets, burgers, comfort food, and milkshakes. Stacker Grill: 4312 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-8646. Breakfast and lunch fare, including pancakes, omelets, salads, and steak sandwiches.

Coffee Houses Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011. Coffee and tea house with a historical 1920s ambiance. Bancroft Blend coffee, espresso, steamers, and chai. Breakfast and lunch. Brewtopia: 810 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-893-0872. Fresh coffees, teas, lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, smoothies, muffins, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Light lunch menu. Wi-Fi. Entertainment Thursday through Saturday. Coffee Chaos: 6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, 989-835-6401. Hot, chilled over ice, and frozen coffee drinks. Freshly baked, preservative-free muffins and cookies. Drive-up, Wi-Fi, and TVs. Common Grind: 2903 Pierce Rd, Ste 110, Kochville Township. Specialty coffee shop with organic espresso beans roasted fresh daily.

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Espresso Milano: 137 Ashman St, Midland, 989-832-3222. Coffees, smoothies, espresso, tea, muffins, cookies, scones, and peanut butter bars. Locals love the mudslide, a frozen coffee milkshake. Wi-Fi. The Fix: 5 E Main St, Bay City, 989-439-1250. Specializing in craft coffee and vegan options. Doughnuts, pastries, and organic fair trade coffee and tea sourced independently out of Chicago. Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: 500 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6525252. Gourmet coffee, teas, espresso treats, pastries, sandwiches, and wraps. Flavor-of-the-month coffee. Grounds for a Better World: 4951 Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-8391024, and 2020 Dow Center (Dow employees only), 1116 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-3300. Espressobased and gourmet-brewed coffees, teas, frappes, smoothies, chocolates, and homemade baked goods. Harless & Hugh Coffee: 1003 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-3274007. Specialty coffees made to order, tea made using authentic teasteeping methods, and mochas. The Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery: 626 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2203. Freshroasted flavored blends and origin coffees, specialty drinks, cakes, pies, and cheesecake. Books, live music, local art, and Wi-Fi. Journeys Coffee House: Two locations: 201 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-8585, and 1550 S Poseyville Rd (Messiah Lutheran Church), Midland, 989-835-7143. Coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and gelato. Kaya Coffee House: 1029 S University Ave, Mt Pleasant, 989772-9016. Fair trade, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, and Thai-style red curry.

Morning Emporium Coffee House: 2125 N Center, Saginaw Township, 989-790-5888. More than 40 Torani flavors, espresso, cappuccino, latte, hot/cold chai tea, and smoothies. Bulk coffees for purchase. The Mug@Wirt: 500 Center Ave (Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library), Bay City, 989-460-3596. Flavored coffees and teas, homemade treats, and lunch menu. Red Eye Caffé: 205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411. Freshly brewed coffees, white chocolate mochas, cookies, and muffins. Livemusic entertainment, local poetry, and artwork.

Casual Dining 3rd & Johnson Market & Eatery: 1023 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989-971-1456. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and take-’n-bake meals. Locally sourced ingredients and seasonal, weekly menus. Salads, sandwiches, handmade pasta, and chicken and biscuits. American Kitchen Restaurant: 207 Center Ave, Bay City, 989402-1366. Meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Burgers, brunch, and bloody mary bar. Anschutz Café: 212 E Saginaw St, Breckenridge, 989-842-9924. Pancakes, prime rib, wet burritos, nachos, and grilled beef medallions (weekend special). Bare Bones BarBQ & Pizza: 807 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-8926830. Charcoal-grilled barbecue. Lunch, dinner, and family meals. Takeout, delivery, and catering available. Bavarian Inn: 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-228-2742. The No. 1 choice of most visitors remains the all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. German specialties and other entrées available. Bergers Family Restaurant: 6387 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989686-0224. Family owned since 1928. Serves specialty of fresh seafood, hot German potato salad, burgers, and fruit and cream pies. Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-301-0255. Mexican meals, pizza, burgers, wings, steak sandwiches, Coney dogs, and breakfast served anytime. Big John Steak & Onion: 3300 Holland Ave, Saginaw, 989-754-5012.

Serving the original 100 percent ribeye steak sandwich since 1972. Subs, salads, and Big John “Red Sauce.”

specials. Strombolis, pasta dishes, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, salads, and sandwiches.

The Bringer Inn: 516 W Genesee Ave, Saginaw, 989-753-1462. Homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily specials include barbecue chicken and freshly roasted turkey dinners. Create your own omelets.

The Dogg Houze: 2903 Pierce Rd, Kochville Township, 989-401-7477. Coney dogs, subs, wraps, and stuffed pitas called Hanis. Specials include the Saginaw Coney with marinara and meat, and the Flintstone Coney with nacho meat, mustard, and onion.

The Bus Stop Bar and Grille: 10014 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989244-6350. Pub-style menu and fish fry Friday nights with cod, shrimp, and lake perch. Live entertainment on Saturday nights. Café American Restaurant/ Coffee Bar: 1525 Washington St, Midland, 989-633-9665. (A second location inside the Midland Mall Food Court.) Gourmet salads, burgers, soups, and sandwiches. Café Zinc: 111 W Main St, Midland (inside The H Hotel), 989-839-0500. French bistro offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. European-style breads and tartlets, tortes, and dessert specialties. Terrace dining in summer. Camille’s on the River: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 989-7730259. Comfort food classics with an upscale twist that use regional and seasonal flavors. Martini lounge. Castaways: 3940 Boy Scout Rd, Bay City, 989-686-3558. Dock your boat on the Kawkawlin River and enjoy food and spirits inside or dockside. Lunch and dinner. Chuck’s Market Restaurant: 108 S Adams St, Bay City, 989-8930541. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; daily specials. Country breakfast, quarter-pound cheeseburger, nachos, and hot turkey sandwich.

Duece’s Char House: 432 Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-893-5881. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salad bar with famous cheese spread and liver pâté. Garden Restaurant in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0662. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sunday brunch. Gimmicks Grill & Bar: 5021 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-4963940. Classic American cuisine. Full bar, extensive beer selection, wine, and martinis. Enjoy a game of bowling or miniature golf. GO! Salads: 139 Ashman St, Midland, 989-633-9055. Soup and build-your-own salad bar restaurant with non-GMO ingredients; iced tea bar with five fresh-brewed selections. Huron Fish Co: 505 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-2224. Fish and seafood takeout dinners, including famous whitefish. Jack’s Deli & Stretch’s Curve: 618 S Henry, Bay City, 989-893-6931. Home of the health nut salad with raspberry yogurt dressing. Soups, sandwiches, and burgers.

Court Street Grill: 100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

J.J. Jamokes: 1354 Mertz Rd, Caro, 989-673-3333. House specials include prime rib, stuffed sole, and famous deep-fried pickles. Dine viewing gardens and a waterfall frequented by local wildlife.

Cousins Take Out and Catering: 1202 N Washington Ave, Saginaw. Catfish, rib tips, African whiting box dinners, Slaw Daddy and Grand Daddy slaw boxes, and hush puppies.

Kathleen’s: 4519 N River Rd (at Apple Mountain), Freeland, 989781-6789. Salads, sandwiches, and house favorites like Cajun chicken, penne, and fish and chips.

Crêpes Et Amis (Crêpes and Friends): 130 Townsend St, Midland, 989-486-3120. Urban café, locally roasted coffee, savory and sweet crêpes: Good Morning Paris (ham and brown sugar); Strawberry Cheesecrêpe.

Krzysiak’s House Restaurant: 1605 Michigan Ave, Bay City, 989894-5531. Authentic Polish food in a fun, ethnic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner buffets. Takeout menu.

daVinci’s Restaurant: 524 N Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2629. Italian and American fare. Daily

La Crêpe du Jour: 925 S Main St (inside The River Place), Frankenmuth, 989-652-2925. Twenty-five varieties of fresh sweet and savory crepes.

Legends Diner: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-7324537. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burgers, dogs, sandwiches, malts, floats, and banana splits. Levi’s Food and Spirits: 5800 Brockway, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6670. Grandma Rita’s chili, Reuben sandwiches, and fish dinners. Breakfast served all day. Linwood Corner Restaurant: 44 N Huron Rd, Linwood, 989-6975141. Daily specials include prime rib, cod, and chicken livers. Little Bambinos: 120 W Saginaw St, Merrill, 989-643-5414. Homecooked American and Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Pub plates, salads, pizza, and light plates. Dinner features fish and chips, filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, and pretzel-crusted pork tenderloin. Children’s menu. The Malt Shop: 228 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-6696. Broasted chicken dinners, Coney dogs, burgers, malts, and ice cream. The Maple Grille: 13105 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-233-2895. Farmto-table restaurant serves produce, meats, and fish from local sources. The Mean Rooster Diner: 1411 S Wenona St (in Meats & Mooore), Bay City, 989-893-5413. Homemade soups, sandwiches, pasta, gourmet pizzas, burgers, and hot dogs. Memory Lane Café: 1122 Tittabawassee Rd (inside Antique Warehouse), Kochville Township, 989-755-4343. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Mountain Town Station: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 866381-5022. Steakhouse, brewery, and wine shop. Fine micro-brews and a selection of over 300 wines. Wi-Fi. Mussel Beach: 3540 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-686-0575. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including original stuffed burgers. Ice cream and desserts. Takeout available. Nbakade Family Restaurant: 5665 E Pickard Rd (inside Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel), 989-8174806. Quiche, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mahi mahi, and New York strip. Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes

in barbecued pulled pork and deli sandwiches. Old Town Drive-In: 807 S Granger (at Gratiot), Saginaw, 989-799-4162. Burgers, Coney dogs, fries, shakes, and root beer. Eat in your car or on ’50s-style diner stools. Takeout and catering. Oscar & Joey’s Road House: 12027 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-6249349. Prime rib, char-grilled rib-eyes, burgers, and pan-seared walleye New Orleans. Wild game available upon request. Lunch specials. Perry’s Schuch Hotel & Restaurant: 301 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-799-2539. Veal tortellini, prime rib, and all-you-caneat fish on Fridays. The Pit at BARTS: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Open pit Southern-style barbecue. Quarry Grill at Bucks Run: 1559 S Chippewa Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-779-9973. Champagne chicken, steak, gourmet burgers, and crowd favorite, venison chili. All-you-can-eat lake perch (Thursdays). Riverside Family Restaurant: 8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 989695-5563. Homemade entrées, sandwiches, soups, desserts, and award-winning pies, including coconut cream. Shirlene’s Cuisine: 1716 Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-8750. Fifty-plus item soup and salad bar includes peas & peanuts, creamy cucumber salad, Waldorf salad, Mandarin salad, homemade chutney, and daily soups. Showboat Restaurant: 242 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-2830. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Soups, sandwiches, fresh lake perch, liver and onions, signature prime rib, and orange ginger chicken. Full bar. Siniikaung Steak & Chop House: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5106. Aged prime beef, chops, and seafood entrées. Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus: 175 E Jefferson St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8681. Ribs, wings, and slider sandwiches. Southern flavors with local touches. Live bands on weekends. State Street: 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-6174. Coffee bar and restaurant with sophisticated comfort food, craft beer, and wine. Free Wi-Fi.

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TASTE / DINING OUT Stock Pot Diner and Catering: 1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989893-9332. Breakfast menu, Greek fare, and turkey jerky sandwich. SugarHigh Café: 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-502-5009. Bubble teas, paninis, grilled cheese, Kern’s brats, hot dogs, ice cream, sorbet, and SugarHigh Bakery gourmet cupcakes. Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill: 281 Heinlein, Frankenmuth, 800-890-6877. Fish and chips, steaks, seafood, burgers, and deep-dish pizza. One dozen handcrafted beers. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. Sure Shot BBQ: 1135 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-400-4488. Pulled-pork nachos and “gut buster” sandwich. T. Dub’s: 565 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-3809, Upscale pizzas use infused dough and hand-cut vegetables. Specialty sandwiches. Unusual combinations make up 11 variations of omelets. Tony’s Restaurant: 1029 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-792-1113; 112 S Saginaw, St Charles, 989-8656950; 2612 State St, Saginaw, 989-793-1801; 2525 E Genesee, Saginaw, 989-753-4321; 7340 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2111; 2111 S Saginaw, Midland, 989-8398560; 234 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-1631; 4880 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw Township, 989-249-8669. Steak sandwiches loaded with your favorite toppings and boat-sized banana splits. Tony’s Take-Out: 2331 S Michigan, Saginaw, 989-793-6250. Chicken strip baskets, pizza, steak sandwiches, catfish, smelt, perch, and cod fish dinners, and soups to go. Turkey Roost: 2273 S Huron Rd, Kawkawlin, 989-684-5200. Homemade “Thanksgiving every day” since 1955, complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Breakfast options, lunch and dinner turkey plates, hot turkey sandwiches, pie by the slice, and other desserts. Uptown Grille: 3 E Main St, Bay City, 989-439-1557. Upscale bistro serving breakfast and lunch. Sweet potato pancakes, banana bread French toast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups. Wise Guys: 405 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-9588. Soups,

soups available daily and may be served in a warm bread bowl. sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, and gluten-free fare. Z-Chef’s Café: 730 S Main St (inside Zehnder’s Restaurant), Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Gourmet pastas, rotisserie chicken, meat-carving station, hand-tossed pizzas, and salads. Zef’s Coney Island: 201 Third St, Bay City, 989-402-1220. Specializing in authentic Coney Island-style hot dogs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Zehnder’s: 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Worldwide attraction, 10-dining room German restaurant serves famous all-you-can-eat family-style chicken dinners, along with seafood, steaks, baked goods, and European desserts.

Deli Artigiano: 815 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-391-4200. Locally owned artisan cheese shop. Small-batch, handmade, and imported cheeses. Gourmet jellies, dried fruits, and cured meats. Amazing Deli: 134 E Main St, Midland, Midland, 989-837-7278. Sandwiches, subs, salads, and soups await you at a place true to its name. Carryout and delivery available. The Bagel Café and Deli: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-1108. Bagels, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and lunch classics. Cortland Cooler Café: 5395 Midland Rd (located at Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm), Freeland, 989695-9139. Wraps, sandwiches, chili in a bread bowl, and signature cider slushes. August through January. Crossroads Deli: 2205 Jefferson Ave (inside the Midland Community Center), Midland, 989-832-8580. Homemade gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and desserts. Delivery, carry out, curbside pick-up, and catering. Fralia’s: 422 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-799-0111. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods using all-natural ingredients. Specialties include gourmet flank steak sandwich, grilled goat cheese salad, and carrot cake. Local delivery. Intermission Deli: 111 3rd St, Bay City, 989-893-5010. Sandwiches and subs. Freshly made, homemade

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Intermission Deli: 2128 Bay St, Saginaw, 989-790-6777. Subs, sandwiches, and soups with fresh ingredients. Favorites include the Intermission Delight (#18) and Veggie Supreme (#24). Pannini’s Deli: 3585 Bay Rd, 989-799-6038, Saginaw (located inside Discount Health Foods). Sandwiches, smoothies, and baked goods. Gluten-free foods and soy milk always available. Souper Café: Two locations: 4093 N Euclid, Bay City, 989-671-1900; 5789 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-791-6600. Chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, chili, and potato and bacon chowder soups. Salads and sandwiches. Third Street Deli and Coffee House: 305 S Mable (M-13), Pinconning, 989-879-1236. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, and hot and cold specialty beverages. Wine and beer available. Wanigan Eatery: 1905 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-892-8303. Housed in a historic Bay City building and decorated with lumbering artifacts and photos. Sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, and sweet treats. Water Front Market: 925 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-1330. Sandwiches made from fresh-baked artisan breads and with prime Dietz & Watson deli meats. Soups and Coney dogs. River view.

Desserts Crème de la Crème Cupcakes: 201 ½ E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 989-444-2928. Flavors of the day change daily. Cops and Doughnuts Clare City Bakery: 421 McEwan St, Clare, 989-386-2241 and 706 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-3932. Old police department-themed bakery. Cake and glazed doughnuts, long johns, and specialties like the Bacon Squealer and Felony Fritter. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe: 915 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1700; 1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103; 4370 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014012. Cupcakes made with natural ingredients; more than 15 flavors daily.

KenRee Lighthouse Chocolate Shoppe: 130 Townsend St, Midland, 989-631-4010. Hand-dipped gourmet chocolates include creams, barks, clusters, specialty candies, and luscious truffles. Mary’s Creative Cakery: 7494 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-7747. Design the perfect cake for your occasion. Decorated cookies and a full line of cake and candy-making supplies. Pâtisserie: 2715 Bay Rd, Saginaw, 989-921-2253. European-style desserts, fresh-baked breakfast pastries, 18 specialty cakes, nine varieties of cheesecake, custombaked celebration cakes, gourmet coffee, dips, and spreads. Petit 4 Pastry: 1600 Woodside Ave, Essexville, 989-891-0735. Cookies, doughnuts, breads, tortes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Special order cakes and catering available. SugarHigh Bakery: 925 S Main St, Ste G1, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400. Forty flavors of gourmet cupcakes, Italian gelato, cookies, cake pops, and specialty cakes. SugarRush Candy Shop: 925 S Main St, Ste G3, Frankenmuth, 989652-2578. Forty flavors of Ashby’s Michigan-made ice cream, candied almonds, fudge, and candies. St. Laurent Bros: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522. One-hundred percent natural peanut butter, handdipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates. Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies. Sweet Creations: www. Specialty and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cutout sugar cookies. Tummy Ache Candy Store: 1116 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989-891-7669. Homemade and nostalgic candy. Homemade “puppy chow,” popcorn balls, snow cones, and ice cream treats. VanillaBean Bake Shop: 318 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9540. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, cake pops, and other sweets.

Fine Dining Bradley’s Bistro: 216 Federal Ave, Saginaw, 989-752-1400. Farm-

to-table restaurant with seasonal and locally sourced foods. Lunch and dinner. Salads, house-made dressings, Bulgogi steak sandwich, and soba noodles with Swiss chard pesto. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes available. Fireside Grille: 8400 S Genuine Rd, Shepherd, 989-828-6315. Signature international dishes, pasta, chicken, fish, and steak. Golden Glow Ballroom Restaurant: 2950 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2120. Chicago-style individual pizza, seafood, chicken, pork, steak, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta. Heatherfields Chop House (Bay Valley Hotel and Resort): 2470 Old Bridge Rd, Bay City, 989-6863500. Entrées include char-grilled steaks, blackened salmon, and chicken fettuccine. Sunday brunch. Jake’s Old City Grill: 100 S Hamilton at Court, Saginaw, 989-797-8325. Steaks, chops, seafood, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian entrées. Comprehensive martini and wine bar. Montague Inn: 1581 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989752-3939. Housed in a historic mansion, entrées include salmon turban, pecan pork tenderloin, and Indian specialties. Open Thursday – Saturday for dinner. Old City Hall: 814 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-4140. Historic dining room offers appetizers like Thai lettuce wrap and elegant entrées. Extensive wine list. Imported and domestic beer. Real Seafood Co.: 199 Uptown Dr, Bay City, 989-456-3463. Contemporary seafood restaurant; locally sourced ingredients. Lunch and dinner; sautéed Lake Superior whitefish, pasta, steak, sandwiches, and gluten-free options. The Riverfront Grille: One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City (inside the DoubleTree Hotel), 989-891-6000. Breakfast, lunch, and specialty dinner entrées daily. Full bar and wine list. Shari’s at the Willard-Hillton: 1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, 989-662-6621. Louis Mason’s 1800 hotel thrives today as a gourmet restaurant. Extensive wine list and specialty cocktails complement artfully presented food. Table: 111 W Main St, Midland (inside H Hotel), 989-633-6099.

Exquisitely prepared entrées like duck breast, scallops, and veal. Wines and dinner cocktails. European-style breads tartlets, tortes, and Napoleons.

Brass Café and Saloon: 128 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, 989-772-0864. New American cuisine in a dining room housed in two turn-of-thecentury shopfronts.

(bottled and on tap), hard ciders, and spirits. Burger baskets: “Judicial Indiscretion”(half-pound, homemade Coney sauce, onion, pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese).

Willow Tree Restaurant of Saginaw: 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township, 989-790-9400. Casual atmosphere. Fresh appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps, pastas, entrées, and desserts.

Cardinal’s Nest Tavern: 2903 Pierce Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-7888. New York-style pizza, custom order salads, Italian hero sandwich, Fish Fry Fridays, and 32 draft beers.

Harvey’s Grill and Bar: Two locations: 3055 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4424, and 4000 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-6863304. Traditional food with a twist and the coldest drafts found in Michigan.

Saloon & Eatery 2nd Street Sports Pub: 274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, burritos, burgers, steak, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio seating. Aurora Buffet: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-732-4537. Lunch and dinner buffet, soup and salad bar, carving station, and dessert bar. Every Tuesday is “BOGO Buffet”: buy one lunch or dinner buffet at regular price and get one free. Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011. A 1920s-style lounge. Wine, martinis, Prohibition-era cocktails, craft beers, small plates, salads, and cheese boards. Beer and Brats, Inc.: 4562 N Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-835-9238. Variety of beer, homemade brats, Sammi Rae Root Beer on tap, and outdoor space for playing horseshoes and cornhole. Bar Oxygen: 111 Main St (located inside H Hotel), Midland, 989-8390500. Wine, beer, martini, and specialty cocktail menu, with 150+ liquors. Bar menu. Happy hour. Live music Friday nights. Bier Garten: 8 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-684-1331. Daily themedspecials. Quarter-off happy hour daily. Big E’s Sports Grill: 810 Cinema Dr, Midland, 989-794-8585. Nachos served on a 22-inch pizza tray. Weekend breakfast menu and bloody mary bar. The Boulevard Lounge: 316 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-8325387. Breakfast seven days a week. Complete lunch and dinner menus, including appetizers, available. Brady’s Sports Bar & Diner: 512 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-8942207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday.

Cass River Yacht Club: 6154 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport, 989-7776460. Locally famous “broaster” chicken, homemade soups, pizza, and daily specials. Catering and free hall rental. Creekside Bar & Grille: 9387 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989781-0050. Signature grilled pizza, Creek Crust (cheese bread sticks), burgers and sliders, special family recipe chicken burger, and more. Coonan’s Irish Hub: 1004 N Johnson, Bay City, 989-402-1177. Guinness stew, Irish fries, Reuben sandwiches, burgers, specialty hot dogs, and full bar.

Hamilton Street Pub: 308 S Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-790-8119. Food, drinks, and entertainment. Dine in or order takeout. John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches. Latitude 43 Grill & Bar: 1013 N Henry St, Bay City, 989-391-9868. Appetizers, salads, burgers, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and side dishes. Highdefinition TVs.

Diamond Jim’s: 101 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-3343. Soup, salad, and sandwich bar during lunch features four soups. Happy hour. Dinner menu.

Mac’s Bar: 118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-772-0864. A 1930s Art deco-style bar and restaurant. Innovative cuisine from local farms, including organic, vegan, and vegetarian options. Live jazz musicians.

Farmers Home Tavern: 215 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-642-2546. Famous burgers, other menu items, cold beer, and beverages served in a friendly, family-owned tavern.

Merl’s Tavern: 304 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw, 989-751-5140. Sports, trivia, music. Daily food specials: subs, soups, salads, French dip, Coney dogs, and brats.

Flannigan’s Pub & Grill: 7734 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2320. Irish dishes and American fare like Irish egg rolls, loaded burgers, and Irish nachos. TVs. Dine on the deck.

Michigan on Main: Inside Bavarian Inn, 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-9941. Michigan-inspired menu and craft beers. Whitefish from Lake Superior and pork produced in Frankentrost. Menu changes to accommodate local, seasonal availability.

Frankenmuth Brewery Co: 425 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-2628300. Microbrewery and restaurant offering appetizers, sandwiches, and dinner entrées with pretzel bread. Freshly brewed beers on tap. Gabby’s Pub and Grill: 3002 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-0101. Haddock, Gabby burger, smothered chicken, and microbrews. Gatsby’s Saloon & Eatery: 203 Center Ave, Bay City, 989922-5556. Pizza, steak, salmon, pastas, and sandwiches served in a ’20s-themed atmosphere. Premium liquors, beers, and wines. The Governor’s Quarters: 1304 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-8936111. Large selection of craft brews

Midland Street Jacks Grill & Lounge: 605 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-5741. Snacks, appetizers, kids’ meals, desserts, Tex-Mex entrées, salads, subs, and burgers. Lunch specials. Full bar. Mulligan’s Pub: 109 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4555. Salads, daily soups, gourmet sandwiches, Mexican dishes, and steaks. Lunch and dinner specials. Premium liquors and beers. Takeout. O’s Pub and Grill: 123 E Midland Rd, Auburn, 989-266-3148. Family friendly dining with burgers, sandwiches, daily lunch specials, microbrew beers, and fish Fridays with cod, perch, and shrimp dinners.

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TASTE / DINING OUT Private dining available for groups up to 40. O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grille: 2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-3751. Pub food includes wings and burgers topped with onion rings. Drink specials. Large projector screens. One Twenty South: 120 S University, Mt Pleasant, 989-8174433. Specializing in craft cocktails and tapas. Drink an acai mojito or grapefruit caipirinha; eat a charcuterie board or coffee-crusted fillet. Oscar’s Restaurant and Entertainment: 140 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-8680. Deli and chicken sandwiches, burgers, entrée salads, daily soups, and desserts. Variety of beer, wine, and cocktails. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie: 576 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989652-6981. Rustic chic atmosphere and full bar. Charcuterie with artisanal cheeses as shared plates, pre-built or design-your-own, paninis, and farmto-table dishes. Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-793-7900. Small plate items, Rainmaker martini, nacho nights, happy hour events, and weekend entertainment. The Rathskeller: 600 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-0621. Full menu, daily specials, and drinks. Catch the game on one of 24 TVs. Rustic Inn Steak House & Saloon: 133 N Saginaw St, St

Charles, 989-865-6466. Lodge-style atmosphere features more than 50 North American big game mounts. Entrées, sandwiches, and homemade soups. Rusty Saw Smokehouse BBQ: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-3322948. Located inside Lumber Barons Brewery. Slow-smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and burgers. Made-from-scratch side dishes include dirty rice, cornbread, and Carolina slaw. The Savoy Grill: 127 S Franklin St, Saginaw, 989-755-5171. Upscale American diner fare including turkey pesto ciabatta, steak chicken pesto pasta, and Val’s hot beef sandwich. Breakfast available. Scottish Inn: 630 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-799-1949. Beer and cocktails. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Nicknamed the “Plaid Palace,” locals love the crab cheese appetizer and Reuben sandwich. Sporty’s Wing Shack and Smokehouse: 4502 N Huron Rd, Pinconning, 989-879-6050, and 9620 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-6973. Wings (try the smokin’ cherry sauce favorite!) and burgers piled high. Draft beers. The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar: 805 E John St, Bay City, 989891-0100. Cozy seating areas for small groups. Live entertainment. Walk-in humidor offers more than 80 varieties of cigars. Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989-

684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs.

than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar.

Stein Haus: 1108 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-2337. Imported beers and microbrews on draft. Choose bottles or glasses of wine from the extensive wine (and reserve) list.

Washington Street Irish Pub and Grill: 112 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-8221. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak, hand-dipped onion rings, pizza, and homemade lunch specials every day.

Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1940. Famous for its fish and chips. Full menu. Signature corned beef and cabbage served occasionally throughout the year.

Water Lily Lounge: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888732-4537. Appetizers, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Food available until 11 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday.

Tavern 101 Restaurant: 101 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-7781431. Italian- and Mediterraneaninfluenced cuisine. Signature flatbreads, pastas, wine, spirits, and selection of 50 beers on tap. Tiffany’s Food & Spirits: 56 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6526881. Pizzas, seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-790-2345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar. VNO New Age Restaurant & Wine Warehouse and Bay City Grill & Bar: 510 Midland St, Bay City, 989-460-0117. Serves small plates, including smoked salmon dip, calamari, escargot, and more than 25 wine selections by the glass or bottle; retail space includes more

Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-832-3395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs, and Mediterranean platters. Whine: 337 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-835-5222. Wine bar with wines from across the world, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty liquors paired with small plates. Winston’s Pub in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0663. Variety of foods and large selection of beer and cocktails. Weekday happy-hour specials. Live entertainment, games, and TVs. Zorba’s Greek and American Cuisine: 617 S Harrison St, Saginaw, 989-792-1959. Saganaki (flaming cheese), gyros, dolmades, baklava, and chicken Avgolemeno (egg lemon) soup. Wings and burgers. Beer, liquor, and wine.

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veryone knows about the fictional pairings of Scarlett and Rhett, Tony and Maria, Rose and Jack, and Bella and Edward (and Jacob)—and the real-life romances of Bogart and Bacall, John and Yoko, Ellen and Portia, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Then there’s Brad and Juliette, Brad and Gwyneth, Brad and Jennifer, and Brad and Angelina. You get the picture. Not everyone lives happily ever after. But while they lasted, these romances were filled with a sense of glamour and intrigue that captured our collective attention. This March, meet a fairy tale couple who really did live happily ever after when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns to the stage at Midland Center for the Arts for the first time in over a decade.

Based on a story by French novelist GabrielleSuzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740, Beauty and the Beast tells of the beautiful and intelligent Belle and the selfish, hideous Beast—in reality a young prince trapped under an enchanted spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But if the lesson isn’t learned before time runs out, he and his enchanted household will be doomed for all eternity. Theories exist that the “Beast” character is based on a real-life person: Petrus Gonsalvus. A Spaniard born in 1537, he became famous because a medical condition—hypertrichosis universalis—caused abnormal growth of hair on his face. Despite being a nobleman, Gonsalvus was

not considered fully human by his peers. Might his marriage to his wife, Lady Catherine, be the inspiration of the famous fairy tale? Many variations of the story have been discovered throughout Europe, with researchers believing the story originated some 4,000 years ago. Over the years, this timeless story of beauty found within has been adapted for the stage, films, a ballet, an Emmy-nominated television special, a hit American television series, songs, and even a video game. The Academy Award-winning animated feature film comes to life on stage when Midland Center for the Arts’ own Center Stage Theatre presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, March 25 through April 2. Sponsored by RE/MAX of Midland (Karen and Wayne Crosby) and Feeney Chrysler Jeep Dodge, it features the unforgettable songs of Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Tommy Wedge of Essexville directs a talented cast, including Tara Bello Ell as Belle and True Rogers as the Beast.



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11th Annual Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Saints, Sinners, and Silk Gala UNIVERSITY CENTER

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DETAILS: Spectators bid on donated works of art to support further exhibitions and programs of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. photos by Doug Julian

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Sponsored Events American Heart Association: Annual Great Lakes Bay Region Go Red for Women Luncheon

Go Red for Women captures the energy and passion of women who work to wipe out heart disease. The luncheon event features educational wellness sessions, health screenings, vendors, a silent auction, a heart-healthy luncheon, and a keynote speaker. Learn ways to take action to reduce your risk of heart disease, and leave empowered to take charge of your heart health. Tickets are $100. The event raises money for research and education of heart disease in women. When: Friday, February 3, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call 800-968-1040, or visit

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum: 10th Annual Arts from the Heart

Why let kids have all the fun? Enjoy an auction of artwork from regional and aspiring young artists, along with delicious food, fun, and raffles. This event is everything you love about the museum, plus adult beverages. Tickets are $50. Proceeds are used to support programs and services to create hands-on learning opportunities for youths of the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. When: Thursday, February 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call 989-399-6626, or visit

The Legacy Center for Community Success: World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast

The World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast invites you to sample a selection of Mardi Gras-inspired entrées and desserts from the area’s finest chefs, as the smooth sounds of jazz soothe your soul. Tickets are $25 per individual or $45 per couple. Proceeds benefit the Legacy Center for Community Success. When: Friday, February 17, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland For information and tickets: Contact Jennifer Heronema at 989-496-1425, or visit

Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Council Great Lakes Bay Region: 24th Annual Mardi Gras Auction Put on your mask and celebrate Mardi Gras while helping to make a difference in the life of a child. Enjoy a strolling dinner of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75.

Proceeds support CAN Council’s child abuse prevention, intervention, and advocacy programs. When: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call the CAN Council office at 989-752-7226, or visit

Saginaw Art Museum: Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville Get out of the cold, and enjoy cheeseburgers, margaritas, Caribbean island tunes, and Jimmy Buffet cover songs. Ticket prices are TBD. Proceeds provide funding for Saginaw Art Museum arts and cultural programs. When: Friday, March 3, 6 – 10 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call the museum at 989-754-2491, or purchase tickets online at

READ Association of Saginaw County: 12th Annual Books for Breakfast

Celebrate national reading month with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Enjoy literacy activities, including character visits, a new book for every child, and storytelling to promote family reading time. For a chance to win books, bring a canned good for donation to benefit Hidden Harvest and the East Side Soup Kitchen. Tickets are $3, and children younger than age 1 are free. Proceeds benefit the READ Association of Saginaw County, a non-profit organization that helps students improve their reading skills and discover the joy of reading. When: Saturday, March 4, 9 – 11:30 a.m. (serving pancakes until 11:15 a.m.) Where: Hunger Solution Center, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call 989-755-8402, or visit

Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan: 5th Annual Hockey for the Homeless with the Saginaw Spirit

Enjoy an exciting Saginaw Spirit hockey game. Whether you attend solely, take the whole family, or send your team of employees, everyone will have fun while supporting a great cause. Tickets are $13 when purchased individually or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more (group rate not available online). Proceeds help provide much needed operating funds for City Rescue Mission of Saginaw and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City during the cold winter months. When: Saturday, March 4, 7:05 p.m. Where: Dow Event Center, Saginaw For information and tickets: Contact Kimberly at 989-752-6051, ext. 123, or order tickets at (username: rescue2017; password: spirit)

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Arts and Museums Exhibit: Mingled Visions—Images from the North American Indian Collection by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). February 3 – May 20. Free admission. Includes 40 photographs taken between 1868 and 1952. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125, Exhibit: Jonathan McFadden Exhibition—“I don’t know why this posts twice?? Sorry.” February 20 – March 24. Reception: February 20, 4 – 6 p.m. Free admission. Print and installation work, influenced from social media outlets. University Art Gallery, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-4159, artgallery Exhibit: Dynamic Duos. Through February 24. Free admission. A look at the results of artists given the challenge of working together to create new art. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989-8942323, Exhibit: MAEA. February dates TBD. Admission. Annual exhibition featuring nearly 100 works from elementary through high school students and art educators. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Teenworks and Kids Kreations. March 2 – March 31. Free admission. Annual exhibition featuring artwork from Bay County’s K – 12 students. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989894-2323, Exhibit: The Work of Brian Rutenberg—Camellia. March 10 – June 3. Admission. Rutenberg’s huge paintings using oil paint on linen. Abstract style, sweeping brush strokes. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, Exhibit: Contemporary Masters of Marine Painting. Through April 2. Admission $9. Exhibits of work from a who’s who of masterful painters, many notable members

of the American Society of Marine Artists. Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-6318250,

Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781,

Exhibit: Sarah Gottlieb: October Waves. Through April 2. Admission $9. Forty large-scale photographs that are character studies of the power and beauty of waves. Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, 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,

Exhibit: Water, Rain, and Fog. Through April 2. Admission $9. Invitational exhibition featuring artists from across America who revel in the complex difficulty posed by artistically representing liquid and water. Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250,

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.blogspot. com

Exhibit: Design Zone: Behind the Scenes. Through April 30. Admission $9. Visitors may go behind the scenes and see how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math to do amazing things. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250,

21 & Up Night in the Museum. Fourth Thursday, 7:30 p.m. $10. Features food, drink, entertainment, and access to museum exhibits. Cash bar. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.

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

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Dow Gardens Children’s Garden Story Time. Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. Admission fee. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www. City Hall Tour. Second Friday of each month, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www. 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, Charlin’s Book Nook Presents Read to Me with Brittany. Every Sunday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Ages 2 – 10; snacks provided. Charlin’s Book Nook, Frankenmuth; 989-6522900, Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-3173221, www.mpdiscoverymuseum. org Saginaw Spirit vs. Windsor-Sault Ste. Marie: Trocheck Jersey Retirement. February 1, 7:05 p.m. Admission. Visit website for complete schedule. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-497-7747, Science Café: Science & Sleep. February 2, 7 p.m. Free. Learn the science of bedtime and sleep. See and test equipment used to evaluate sleep habits. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Volleyball Basic Skills Free Clinic. February 4, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (register 1:45 p.m.). For kids in grades K – 8. Includes free


admission for clinic participants and parents to basketball games that follow, 4 p.m. O’Neill Arena at SVSU, University Center; 989-9642565, Family Discovery Days - Super Science Day. February 11, 11 a.m. Admission $4 per participating child/free for adults. Open house format for exploring science with up to 20 hands-on demonstration stations. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland; 989-6318250, Saginaw Spirit vs. Flint-Teacher Appreciation/Ice Blast. February 17, 7:05 p.m. Admission. Visit website for complete schedule. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989497-7747, www.doweventcenter. com Soccer Basic Skills Free Clinic. February 18, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (register 1:45 p.m.). For kids K – 8. Includes free admission for clinic participants and parents to basketball games that follow, 4 p.m. Field House at SVSU, University Center; 989-964-2565, Family Games and Winter Fun. February 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Explore indoor parlor games and old time recreation in each room of the historic Bradley House. Heritage Park, Midland; 989-6318250, Latin Salsa Night. February 19, 6 p.m. Admission $15. Enjoy a 30-minute salsa dance lesson with Angela Markle, professional dance instructor, and dance to a mix of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, rumba, and bacchata. Light concessions available. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. Bringing Back the Ice: Skating at Hoyt Park. February TBD. Sledding, ice skating, hockey, cookies, and hot cocoa at the warming house. Check the website for complete listing. Hoyt Park, Saginaw; Family Discovery Day—Kids Cabaret and Karaoke Night. March 30, 5 – 8 p.m. Free with museum admission. Veteran

performers from Peanut Gallery and Interim Theatre productions introduce the world of Kids on Broadway. Families may take the stage after with Kids Karaoke. Alden B. Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland; 989-631-8250, 5th Annual Glow Night. March TBD. Two sessions, times TBD. Glow sticks, black lights, glowing exhibits, crafts, and games. Event has sold out in previous years; advance ticket purchase recommended. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-4903, www.

Charitable Events American Heart Association: Annual Great Lakes Bay Region Go Red for Women Luncheon. February 3, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Educational wellness sessions, health screenings, heart-healthy luncheon, and a keynote speaker. Proceeds support research and education of heart disease in women. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 800-968-1040, www. Pulse3 Foundation: Shocks and Saves Charity Hockey Game. February 4, 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $13 – $16. Local physicians and emergency medical personnel join Red Wing alumni and hockey greats in a game to support the fight against heart disease. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-4976506, Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum: 10th Annual Arts from the Heart. February 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets $50. The children’s scene is transformed into a venue for adult fun. Delicious food, raffles, and adult beverages, along with an auction of artwork from regional artists. Proceeds support programs and services to create hands-on learning opportunities for youths. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Chairman’s Ball.

February 11, 6 p.m. Tickets $150/ couples $275. Black-tie optional event. Cocktail reception, open bar, live entertainment, dinner, dessert, dancing, and surprises. Proceeds benefit the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7161, www. St. Mary’s of Michigan: 9th Annual SVSU Breast Cancer Survivor and Recognition Event. February 18. Reception, 3 p.m.; game, 4 p.m. Free admission for survivors/$10 for guests. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized at a reception and during halftime of the women’s basketball game that follows. Proceeds will be donated to the Seton Cancer Institute. SVSU, University Center; RSVP 989-9642565, Family & Children’s Services: 2nd Annual Midland Mom Prom. February 18, 7 – 11 p.m. A girls’ night out for women 21 and older. Eat, drink, dance, talk, and laugh. Proceeds benefit the mission of Family and Children’s Services, including pregnancy and postpregnancy services. Great Hall, Valley Plaza, Midland; 989-6315390, CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region: 24th Annual Mardi Gras Auction. February 23, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds support child abuse prevention, intervention, and advocacy programs. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7226, www. Northwood University: 42nd Annual Stafford Dinner. February 25. Themed “Raw & Refined,” this annual scholarship fundraising event includes a reception, strolling dinner, silent auction, and entertainment. Proceeds support the Stafford Memorial Dinner Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits students’ educational funding. Frankenmuth Brewery, Frankenmuth; 989-837-4844, www. Great Lakes Gathering: Shammy Awards. February 27. Live Irish

music, whiskey tasting, and the Shammy Awards. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Gathering. Red Room at the Dow Event Center, Saginaw; Saginaw Art Museum: Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville. March 3, 7 – 10 p.m. Dress in tropical attire and enjoy art, live Jimmy Buffet songs and Caribbean island tunes, cheeseburgers, and margaritas. Proceeds support the museum. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-7542491, READ Association of Saginaw County: 11th Annual Books for Breakfast. March 4, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Tickets $3 at the door; children younger than 1 free. All-youcan-eat pancake breakfast and literacy activities to promote family reading time. Proceeds benefit the READ Association of Saginaw County. Hunger Solution Center, Saginaw; 989-755-8402, www. Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan: 5th Annual Hockey for the Homeless with the Saginaw Spirit. March 4, 7:05 p.m. Tickets $13/$10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. Help support the homeless by purchasing tickets to watch the Saginaw Spirit play hockey. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-4977747, YWCA of Great Lakes Bay Region: Women of Achievement Awards. March 15. Enjoy a plated dinner as YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region honors women leaders who have made outstanding contributions. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-8949055, A-D Charitable Foundation: Annual Pathways to Gold St. Patrick’s Day Benefit. For information, call 1-800-884-3335

Expos Super Mom2Mom Sale. February 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission $3. Shop gently used baby and children’s clothing, toys, gear, furniture, and maternity clothing at garage sale prices. Birch Run Expo

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Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, Birch Run Hunting & Fishing Expo. February 10, 3 – 8 p.m., February 11, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and February 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $8/$5 ages 6 – 12/free for 5 and younger. Hundreds of exhibitors specializing in fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Mid-Michigan RV & Camper Show. February 23 – 24, 2 – 9 p.m., February 25, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and February 26, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $7. Huge selection of campers and RVs, plus factory discounts. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Shipshewana on the Road. March 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and March 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $4/free for 12 and younger. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Mid-Michigan Outdoor & Boat Show. March 10, 3 – 9 p.m., March 11, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and March 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $7/$6 veterans/$3 ages 6 – 17/free for 5 and younger. Free parking. Enjoy outdoor vendors and boats. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989624-4665, www.birchrunexpos. com Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. March 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and March 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Trade show for antiques, surplus, collectibles, custom cabinets, jerky, and more. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, Spring Folk Art & Craft Show. March 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $2/free for 10 and younger free. Featuring over 135 artists and crafters. Pottery, photography, metal art, clothing, pet treats and accessories, shabby chic, wooden crafts, and seasonal décor. SVSU, University Center; 989-781-1965, www.

Mardi Gras Spirit: Cheerleading Competition. March 25, 11 a.m. Admission/free for ages 5 and younger. Entertainment, competition, and mini-parade featuring cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, and parents. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www.

Festivals Ice Blast Festival. February 17 – 18. Catch a Saginaw Spirit game (both Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.), and enjoy live music, entertainment, kids’ activities, and more. Dow Event Center and around Saginaw; 989-497-7747, Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend Winter Festival. February TBD. Free admission. Free fishing weekend, ice fishing derby, snow angel contest, winter wildlife workshops, candlelight walk, and more. Fishing license is not needed to participate. Bay City State Park, Bay City; 989-684-3020, 63rd Annual Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. March 19, 2 p.m. The Bay City St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at Center and Park avenues. Marching bands, pipe bands, and floats galore will march down the street for the “Irish and Irish-at-heart.” Bay City; www. Osterbrunnen: Easter Celebration. March – April. Frankenmuth mirrors the over 200-year-old Osterbrunnen German tradition of decorating Easter fountains. Downtown Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www.

Music, Theater & Film Charlotte’s Web. February 3 – 4, 10 – 11, 7:30 p.m., and February 5, 12, 3 p.m. Admission. Based on the beloved book by E.B. White, enjoy the enchanting Wilbur, Fern, Templeton, and Charlotte live on stage. Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, Saginaw;

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Act One. February 3 – 4, 8 p. m., and February 5, 3 p.m. Admission $18/$16 seniors/$10 students. Mature audience, ages 12 and older. The story of Moss Hart’s big break into show business, an immigrant family, and the American dream. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-893-5555, www.baycityplayers. com Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. February 3, 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Based on television series. Engaging stories introducing key social skills to preschoolers using musical strategies, grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark socialemotional curriculum. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, iLuminate. February 4, 7:30 p.m. Admission. Dancers in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits perform on a darkened stage. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. The Magic Bus Live and in Concert. February 4, 7 p.m. Admission $17/$12 students. Transport back to the Woodstock Era, and enjoy the greatest hits of the late 1960s. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Comedy Night. February 9 and March 9, 8 p.m. Admission $10. Monthly, 90-minute, nonstop laughing with nationally touring, stand-up comedians. Cash bar. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Bob Eubanks Presents: The Not So Newlywed Game. February 9, 7:30 p.m. Admission $55/$100 per couple. A live replica of the old television game, consisting of Eubanks narrating this game with four couples. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. The Legends of Sitcom Comedy Tour—Featuring Marc Price, Marsha Warfield, and Jimmy J.J. Walker. February 10 – 11, 7 p.m. Admission $25 – $30. “Skippy” from Family Ties, Marsha Warfield from Night Court, and Jimmy J. J. Walker from Good Times. State

Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, MSO: “Brahms Double.” February 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34. The orchestra performs Brahms with Haydn variations. Cellist Patrick Owen returns to his hometown with violinist Amanda Wang for the double feature. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-6318250, Heritage Series: Women’s Wartime Work (Overseas). February 16, 7:30 p.m. Admission $5. Explore the kinds of work open to women during the Great War, the constraints and restrictions women encountered, and the type of women who went into service. Midland County Historical Society, Midland; 989-631-8250, Dinner within a Play: Long Day’s Journey into Night. February 18, 3 – 9 p.m. Admission $20/$16 students (dinner $22/per person). Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, with dinner included. Dinner served during intermission, 5 – 7 p.m.; reservations for dinner required. The play continues at 7 p.m. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Richard Marx Live and in Concert. February 18, 7 p.m. Admission $37 - $57. Performer, songwriter, and producer, Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, including Top 5 singles like “Hold on to the Nights.” State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Pilobolus: Shadowland. February 18, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Astounding combination of music, projected images, and acrobatic dance choreography. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Really Really. February 22 – 25, 7:30 p.m., and February 26, 3 p.m. Admission $13/$10 seniors


and students. When morning-after gossip turns ugly, what’s revealed is a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare. Malcolm Field Theatre, SVSU, University Center; 989-9644261, Concert: Thomas Rhett. February 23, 7 p.m. Admission $25 – $54.75. A country music’s Artist of the Year, Rhett performs with Kelsea Ballerini and Russel Dickerson. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1320, A Night at the Copa Starring Donny Most and His Blazing Big Band. February 25, 7 p.m. Admission $25 – $35. Showcasing love of swing, jazz, and big band music, covering the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Bobby Darin. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, One Woman Sex and the City. March 2, 7 p.m. Admission $17 – $22. Parody, loving tribute, and laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the television show, bringing the favored characters to life. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, Late-Nite Catechism. March 3 – 4, 7 p.m. Admission $27 – $32. An uproarious piece of theatre as the irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to “students” (the audience). State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Rock Stars and Stripes: The American Rock Experience. March 4, 7:30 p.m. Admission $35 – $95. A polished, live rock show with powerful and moving visuals about America, her people, and the great music her people created. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. Earthsongs. March 4, 7:30 p.m. Admission $16/$11 students. The Center Stage Chorale and Bella Voce explore songs from around the world, which feature the human voice in thrilling and unusual ways. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.

Stomp. March 5, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $37. An inventive, energizing, and electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion, and theatrics into one heart-pounding performance. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, Toughest Monster Truck Tour. March 10, 7 p.m. Admission $50 – $66. See several of the nation’s toughest monster trucks, including Bigfoot, Quad Chaos, Heavy Hitter, Dirt Crew, and Snake Bite. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-7591320, Venus in Fur. March 10 – 11, 7:30 p.m. Admission $12. Thomas is desperate to find an actress to play the female lead in his adaptation. As the script continues, the line between play and reality blurs. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.

Bella Voce Spring Concert. March 22, 7 p.m. Admission $8. The women of Bella Voce, Center Stage Youth Choir’s premier young adult ensemble, headline an evening of choral singing. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, Of Mice & Men. March 24 – 25, 7:30 p.m., and March 26, 3 p.m. Admission $18. The time-honored story of two drifters, George and Lennie, and friendship takes the stage. Pit & Balcony Community Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, Beauty and the Beast. March 25, 31 and April 1 – 2, 7:30 p.m., and March 26, 3 p.m. Tickets $28 – $43/$18 – $33 students. Disney’s musical returns to stage, featuring loved tunes such as “Be Our Guest,” “Something There,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250,

The Friends of Celtic Culture Present: The Outside Track. March 17, 6:30 p.m. Admission $20. Mairi Rankin, a legend on the Canadian music scene, performs. Also, Teresa Horgan from Co. Cork, Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh, and Fiona Black from the Highland Village of Evanton. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.

Noon Optimist Travel and Adventure Series: Cuba’s Secret Side. March 27, 7 p.m. Admission $8. Travel vicariously with Karin Muller, who set out to Cuba to discover whether it was a tropical paradise or a police state. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660,

One-Man Star Wars. March 17 – 18, 7:30 p.m. Admission $26/$21 students. Charles Ross singlehandedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles, and condenses the plots into one hilarious show. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.

Snowshoe Hikes. February 1, 9, 16, 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m., and February 5, 19, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Beginners to experts. Guided walk on trails to look for animal tracks, birds, and other points of interest in the snowy scenery. To reserve snowshoes, call 989-6310630. Meet at the Visitor Center. (If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled based on the discretion of CNC). Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter. org

Steel Magnolias. March 17 – 18, 24 – 25, 8 p.m., and March 19, 26, 3 p.m. Admission $18/$16 seniors/$10 students. Sassy, Southern ladies may seem delicate, but they are as strong as steel when helping each other through tough times. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-893-5555, www.


Tales of Winter from Midland’s Past. February 7, 7 – 8 p.m. Free. Ages 12 and older; younger than 18 with adult. This PowerPoint program will show how living through a Midland winter was in

the 19th century through skating, sleighing, lumbering, and ice cutting. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Family Snowshoe Hike. February 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Program series for families. Guided hike on snowshoes looking for animal tracks, birds, and other points of interest amidst the snowy scenery. Snowshoes are available for rental. (If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled based on the discretion of CNC). Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Counting Birds—the Great Backyard Bird Count. February 12, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. An annual citizen project of counting, recording information, and identifying birds at CNC (and one’s own backyard). Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.   There’s an App for That: Connection to Nature through Technology. February 18, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. Ages 12 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Indoor program discovering naturalist-approved apps as powerful tools for investigating and connecting with the natural world. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Annual Meeting. February 22, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. CNC’s Annual Meeting includes the 2016 Year in Review and financial report, approval of the 2016 Annual Meeting minutes, and the election of board members. Also, meet CNC’s new executive director. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Snakes Alive! Discovering the Wonders of Snakes. February 25, 10 – 11 a.m., 1 – 2 p.m., and 3 – 4 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Live

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snake program. Learn how fascinating and beneficial these reptiles can be. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Midland County Lumbering: Its History in Pictures. February 26, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. Ages 12 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Photographic exploration of Midland County’s 19th century lumbering history. See what it was like to live in a local logging camp with views of forests forever-changed by ax and saw. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. An Afternoon at the Sugarhouse. Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 – 5, 11 – 12, 19, 25 – 26, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Visit the beech-maple woods, and witness the creation of sweet maple syrup from tree sap. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Season of Syrup. March 11, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Experience the Sugarbush in its prime season, learn how to identify sugar maples, tap for sap, and see how maple syrup is made. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Maple Syrup Day. March 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $4/free for CNC members and children under 18. Pancake meal (pricing varies), 9 – 10 a.m. for CNC members only; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the public. Hayride, crafts, activities,

and demonstrations at the Visitor Center, Homestead Farm, Log Schoolhouse, Sugarhouse, and Sugarbush. See sap boiled into pure maple syrup. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter. org Midland’s Log Marks. March 22, 7 – 8 p.m. Free. For ages 12 and older; younger than 18 with adult. A look at log marks, banking grounds, river drives, and the men who moved millions of cut logs. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Bluebird House Cleanout Hike. March 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. For ages 12 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Learn how to clean out bluebird boxes and about the birds that use them. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Networking Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. Meets second Monday of every month. Saginaw; 989-753-1999, Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce—February Percolator Breakfast: State of the City/ State of the County. February 2, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-752-7161, www. Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. February 10 and March 17, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Held at

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City – Riverfront, Bay City; 989-8934567, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. February 12 and March 9, 5 p.m. February location, Four Points by Sheraton, Saginaw Township; March location TBD; 989-757-2112, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. February 16 and March 16, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Location TBD, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. March 2, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7161, www. Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: 154 Annual Meeting. March 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-7572112, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Big Strategies for Small Business Series. March 28, 12 – 1 p.m. Cost $25/$20 members. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Plated lunch, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities. Four Points by Sheraton, Saginaw Township; 989757-2112, www.saginawchamber. org Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake Up! Midland. February and March dates TBD, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-839-9522,

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. February and March dates TBD, 5 – 7 p.m. Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396, Midland Area Chamber Connection. February and March dates TBD, 5 – 7 p.m. Midland Country Club, Midland; 989-839-9522, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business over Breakfast. February and March dates TBD. Location TBD, Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396, www. 12th Annual RUBY (Recognizing the Upward, Bright and Young) Awards. February 28. The RUBY Awards—sponsored by 1st State Bank, WNEM TV-5, and Great Lakes Bay Business magazine—recognize Great Lakes Bay Region men and women under 40 for their outstanding professional accomplishments. Enjoy dinner, exquisite dessert selections, a keynote speaker, and introductions of the award recipients. The Conference Center at Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-596-0821, Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to events@ 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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hese 1880s’ East Saginaw Sunflower Club members, described in various past Saginaw newspapers, pose near a massive tent at “some pretty spot ‘far from the haunts of men’”—possibly the favored Mullet Lake—during their annual two-week vacation, or “rustication.” This unique men’s club reflected members’ witty reactions to Oscar Wilde’s (1854-1900) 1882 tour of America and the Aesthetic Movement (about 1860-1900, “art for art’s sake”), when the common sunflower was being promoted for its sensual pleasure. The Sunflower Club, created in the rollicking spirit of Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Club, was formally organized in 1882 for social enjoyment and hunting and fishing during a meeting at the St. Elmo Restaurant, 114 N. Franklin Street, Saginaw. There, members also commissioned an elegant signboard, “HEADQUARTERS OF [enormous sunflower picture] CLUB,” to be displayed at St. Elmo’s. Saginaw city directories reveal the club’s first president, Warren Bordwell, was proprietor of Bordwell’s Opera House and Saloon on Washington Avenue; treasurer was “Billy” Moore (possibly Wm. A. Moore, proprietor of the St. Elmo Restaurant); and secretary was George Dupont, train dispatcher for the F&PM Railroad. Members also included residents from other Michigan cities and other states. At camp, members (69 attending in 1883) received position assignments, including captain, chaplain, judge, attorney, police, and many more. Members earned prizes for field games and sports and endured ongoing court decrees/fines for violating rules such as “Any member caught playing a game of cards, or any game for money [in camp] will be fined $100 and be dumped into the lake ten times.” Photo courtesy of Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant; historical assistance from Castle Museum of Saginaw County History.

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