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Dow Corning Grows STEM An area student becomes local engineer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education has garnered recognition in recent issues of Great Lakes Bay magazine. Increasingly, students growing up in this region are benefiting from the emphasis placed on the reliable and growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Cody Priestley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Saginaw Valley State University while working in the co-op program at Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor. The program helped him gain the experience he needed to transition to a full-time position at Hemlock Semiconductor after graduation. Priestly adds, “The Great Lakes Bay Region is a great place to attend school and start a career. This area provided me

with great opportunities for my education and employment before and after graduation.” Now, Priestley is a reliability engineer at Hemlock Semiconductor. He explains, “I help troubleshoot and maintain production equipment to ensure [that] a quality product is getting to the customer consistently and on time.” In advising younger students, Priestley says, “The opportunities are great in any of the engineering fields, not just mechanical. With the direction technology is heading, I would encourage students to pursue a technical field of study, as it will be sure to give them a fulfilling and successful career within the Great Lakes Bay Region and abroad.”

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an you imagine driving down North Washington Avenue in Saginaw and not seeing the Temple Theatre, or driving down Washington Avenue in Bay City and not seeing the State Theatre? As the year 2000 approached, the Temple Theatre and State Theatre were both facing demolition. In 2000, the State Theatre was saved from the wrecking ball by Bay City’s Downtown Development Authority and a group known as Friends of the State Theatre. They brought the theater back to life and began seeking donations and federal grants to raise the funds needed for capital improvements. Since that time, the interior of the theater has been restored, and the lighting, sound, and HVAC systems have all been brought up to current standards. Patrons can now enjoy live and film entertainment in a state-of-the-art facility. In 2002, the family of Dr. Samuel Shaheen purchased the Temple Theatre and adjoining three-story building, which houses

the Grand Ballroom, Premier Room, Leopard Lounge, and a commercial kitchen. After an investment of more than $7 million dollars, the theater, known as the “Showplace of Northeastern Michigan,” has been returned to its original glory. Even more incredible, in late 2010, the Shaheen family donated the Temple Theatre back to the community. Dick Garber says it best: “To literally give the facility valued at over $9 million, they put over $7 million of the family’s own money into it, and gifted the foundation another $700,000 on top of that. It’s just off the charts!” The State Theatre, built in 1908 and originally named the Bijou Theatre, is a 550-seat venue that hosts more than 75 events annually, including the Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival. The Temple Theatre opened in 1927, and is a 1,750-seat venue that hosts well over 100 events annually, including Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra performances. Every year, when I watch my daughter’s dance recital at the Temple Theatre, or enjoy a holiday movie at the State Theatre, I’m reminded how lucky the Great Lakes Bay Region is to be home to these majestic and magnificent theaters. You can learn more about each venue and find a schedule of upcoming events at and Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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PURELY PRAIRIE MEETS MODERN FAMILY Clean lines, an open floor plan, and natural, rustic touches meld design styles in a new-build home BY KIMBERLY BONE




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n this our annual issue that highlights gardens and homes, we focus on what our readers love most: an abode that, while breathtakingly beautiful, is livable. Put your feet up on the sofa livable. Take a long soak in the deep tub livable. Gather around the kitchen island with friends, resting your wineglasses on the counter livable. In “Purely Prairie Meets Modern Family” (page 26), we showcase a new build where from the get-go the owners specified a low-maintenance space precisely so they could spend time living in the house and not worrying about its upkeep. The stylish home introduces a series of contemporary trends, such as a “drop zone,” which is a mudroom that is supercharged into multiple functions (a place to store boots and sporting gear, a place to sort the mail and the day’s clutter, a place to do the laundry, etc.). What’s especially appealing about this home is its Modern-meets-Prairie aesthetic. In recent years, Prairie-style has reemerged as a favored architectural form—and we’re among its many cheering fans! Why? Because Prairie-style is 100 percent made in the USA (and in the Midwest, no less!), as opposed to other popular architectural types that have their beginnings in Europe. The iconic exterior of this home style, associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and his student, our region’s homegrown star architect, Alden B. Dow, has strong horizontal lines, wide porches, roofs with low pitches, and distinctive transomed windows. But what really makes Prairie-style so darn pleasing is the knowledge that the original structures were designed to be “howdy-do” and right at home on the landscapes of our very own Midwestern prairies.These were places where golden grand vistas met a sweeping blue sky. Wide. Open. And livable. We hope this issue, which was influenced by a deep appreciation for our Midwestern roots, is inspiration for you to make your home a place to kick back and really live.

Mimi Bell Editor in Chief

KIMBERLY BONE of Saginaw is the marketing and communications specialist for Kettering University, and a freelance writer and graphic designer.

NANCY SAJDAK MANNING is a historian, freelance journalist, and developmental editor whose writing appears in several Michigan magazines.

JENNIFER STAHLE is an editorial intern at Great Lakes Bay magazine. She is a senior at Saginaw Valley State University, studying professional rhetoric and technical writing.

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he Special Olympics were established in 1968, and Michigan was one of the states to take part in the inaugural National Games at Soldier Field in Chicago. Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is now one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the nation. According to Aaron C. Mills, public relations and social media manager for SOMI, Michigan’s first State Summer Games took place at Western Michigan University in 1969. “In 1972, Special Olympics Michigan moved its headquarters from Adrian to Mount Pleasant,” says Mills. “Three years later, in 1975, SOMI and Central Michigan University hosted the fourth International Special Olympics Summer Games, where athletes from all over the world competed.” The Special Olympics are designed to inspire hope, confidence, and courage in children (8 years of age and older) and adults with intellectual disabilities. The games undoubtedly change the lives of the participants, and have a profound effect on the coaches, families, volunteers, sponsors, and others who have had the opportunity to take part in the program.

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Special Olympics Michigan athletes compete in powerlifting at the 2014 State Summer Games

“We currently have 20,752 athletes involved in Special Olympics Michigan from across [the state],” says Mills, who quickly adds, “and we’re always looking for more! We have a YoungAthletes program for children ages 2 - 7 that helps introduce them and their families to the Special Olympics network.” The state of Michigan is divided into 37 areas—some encompass multiple counties and some just a single county—based on population. Athletes practice and compete both individually and on teams in their area on a local level. From there, they compete in larger events that are held regionally. The next step is competing at the state, national, and world levels. Mills says the largest state event each year is the State Summer Games held on the campus of CMU. Last year marked the 30th year with SpartanNash as the presenting sponsor of the State Summer Games. A total of 2,829 athletes competed, the highest turnout in eight years. An additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members, and spectators also attended last year’s games. Special Olympics Michigan offers a total of 22 Olympic-style individual and team sports during summer, fall, and winter

competitions. Sports include alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross-country skiing, cycling, figure skating, flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseshoes, poly hockey, powerlifting, snowboarding, snowshoeing, soccer, softball, speed skating, volleyball, and weight lifting. Similar to the modern Olympic Games, participants receive medals for first (gold), second (silver), and third (bronze) places during competition, while ribbons are awarded for fourth through seventh places. Volunteers are the heart and soul of SOMI. In addition to the nearly 21,000 athletes who compete in the games, the organization also has 20,000 volunteers who help with a bevy of duties. Some will volunteer at one or two events a year, while some volunteer year-round. All coaches, area directors, referees, judges, and umpires are volunteers. The people standing at the finish line cheering on the athletes are volunteers, too. “Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities,” says Mills. “Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports—it’s training for life.”


Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters


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When it comes to knowing what types of Easter candy please the palate, the majority of Americans say a solid chocolate bunny (42 percent) or a hollow chocolate bunny (21 percent) is their favorite, followed by other types of treats (9 percent). Hop into Zak’s Bavarian Kandy Haus (636 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-9331) for all of the above, and try some chocolate-covered Peeps, too.

The Great Lakes Loons baseball team played its inaugural game April 13, 2007, in front of a capacity crowd of 5,454. Over 324,000 fans flocked to the games that first season, and over two million fans have attended games since! The Loons open the 2015 season at 6:05 p.m. on April 9 at Dow Diamond (825 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-2255). Keep an eye out for team mascot Lou E. Loon.

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May is National Vinegar Month. There are dozens of types of vinegar, from common white distilled and apple cider to the more adventurous rice vinegar, and even gourmet varieties, including black fig vinegar.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, with over 250 titles, includes Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers.

Eastman Party Store (5205 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-835-7991) stocks highly-valued Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale from Cavalli Ferdinando, aged for more than 25 years, and a vinegar from Banyuls, France, that is aged for five years.

Jill Thieme, owner of Cass River Yacht Club (6154 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport, 989-777-6460), and mother of five, wrote “Wonder, to Me,” printed in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II.

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Upcycling, or repurposing, involves using old products and materials to make new goods, such as folding old newspapers into biodegradable flowerpots. The Internet companyUpcyclethat(, founded on Earth Day in 2012, is dedicated to upcycling. Locally, Midland Area Homes’ One Roof Rally, which will be held May 21 at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center (5121 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-496-9550), will include an auction of upcycled furniture. 18 Great Lakes Bay | April/May 2015

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m. in remembrance, and the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff until noon, and then risen to the top of the flagpole. The red poppy is recognized as the Memorial Day flower, and can be purchased locally at Paul’s Flowers (900 Lafayette Ave, Bay City, 989-894-1199).



Bumblebees are robust insects with many branched hairs covering their bodies.

Bumblebees JEANNE HENDERSON, INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, 989-631-0830

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pril showers not only bring May flowers, they also warm the ground enough for queen bumblebees to emerge from hibernation. Bumblebees are usually the first bees active in spring. Unlike honeybee colonies, which may live for years with the same queen, new bumblebee colonies form annually by a mated queen. The queen flies low over the ground, searching for a suitable nest hole. She cannot dig her own; instead, she chooses a dry cavity such as an abandoned mouse nest, a hollow log, or underneath a grass tussock. She begins producing wax, creating wax pots for storing nectar. In a smaller wax pot, she lays her first eggs on a mass of pollen moistened with nectar, called a brood clump. After the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the pollen while the queen

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alternates between foraging for food and incubating the young. Bumblebees can regulate their body temperature by shivering their thoracic flight muscles or basking in the sun to warm up. On cold days, the queen sits on her eggs, shivering to generate heat over them. Bumblebees practice two different parenting styles. The “pocket-making” species place pollen in wax pockets adjacent to the brood clump, requiring the larvae to feed together from this supply. The “pollen-storer” species feed the larvae directly so that as the larvae grow, they leave the brood clump. After four weeks, two as larvae and two as pupae (cocoons), metamorphosis is completed and the pupae emerge as worker bees. The female worker bees take on foraging duties so that the

queen can stay safely inside and continue laying eggs. As additional flowers bloom, successive workers enlarge the colony to about 50 bees. Like other members of the order Hymenoptera, bees control the sex of their eggs, a system known as haplodiploidy. In early fall, a queen produces both male and female eggs. Fertilized eggs become females. Unfertilized eggs become males. Adult males depart to search for mates, never returning to the hive. Females become the new queens, are fed by workers, and eventually leave to mate, each with one male. Mated queens search for a hibernation spot under logs or leaves. All the workers, males, and queens will

eventually die, completing the life cycle. Only fruits and seeds remain as proof of the successful colony.

Shake, rattle, and roll. Bumblebees’ ability to regulate their body temperature means they can fly longer during cool, wet weather than honeybees or other native bees. Watch and listen closely to observe their additional special ability to “buzz-pollinate.” They disengage their wings from their flight muscles, moving those muscles to shake their whole body with a loud buzz. Their vibrations release significant amounts of pollen, making them very good pollinators of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, blueberries, cranberries, and wildflowers. Many greenhouses that grow crops utilize commercial bumblebee colonies. Fight for your food. Competition among bumblebee species for food resources is settled by their variation in tongue length. Bees with long tongues can reach nectar in tubular flowers, while bees with shorter tongues forage on smaller flowers. Many species, however, have become adept at “nectar robbing” by biting holes in the base of long flower corollas (petals), resulting in negative consequences for plant reproduction. Plant with a green thumb. To help bumblebees survive, plant a diversity of native flowers blooming successively throughout the growing season. Control alien invasive plants because they do not provide the same food resources, and they displace desirable plants. Reduce your use of pesticides, especially during times when bees are active. Avoid disturbing bee nests, and provide open ground for nesting and overwintering sites.

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Nature’s Eggs Extravaganza Go on a treasure hunt in the woods at Chippewa Nature Center.



How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Laugh it up at the Broadway musical performed by Saginaw Valley State University students. Through 4/12.

Opening Day Parade Game on! Have a “ball” watching the Great Lakes Loons.



15 Literacy Council of Bay County: The Empty Bowl Sample a soup (or three!) from the chef’s competition at the fundraiser, held at Bay City’s Masonic Temple.

Wedding Inspirations Browse bridal options galore at Saginaw Township’s Horizons Conference Center.






Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids Run or walk for a good cause at Swan Valley High School.

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NU Style Show Trés chic! See models walk the runway at Northwood University’s student-run fashion event.


Zehnder’s 20th Annual Ragtime Festival Concerts, vaudeville night, and more take place in Frankenmuth. Through 4/25.

Daniel Narducci Concert Behold the baritone at Saginaw’s Temple Theatre.






Broadway Showstoppers Hear favorites from Oklahoma to Camelot performed live at Midland Center for the Arts.


The Sound of Music Sing along with the von Trapp family at Bay City Players. Through 5/10.








3rd Annual Fast & Furriest Watch or participate in fourlegged-friendly races at City Forest in Midland.







Great Lakes Loons vs. Dayton Dragons Cheer on the hometown team at 2:05 p.m. at Dow Diamond.


Next to Normal Watch as stigmas of bipolar disorder are dispelled at Pit & Balcony Theatre. Through 5/17.






World Expo of Beer Taste brews from five continents at Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park. Through 5/16.







Balloons Over Bavaria Keep your eyes on the sky in Frankenmuth. Through 5/25.

Starting a Business Learn pertinent planning at Bay City’s Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library.

Volbeat Rock on at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center.



Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Artist, Genius Get inspired by the inventions showcased at this Midland Center for the Arts exhibit. Through 5/17.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo Bring Mom in for free at Saginaw’s Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.





Special Olympics Michigan: 2015 State Summer Games Catch a game of volleyball, horseshoes, bowling, and more at Central Michigan University.

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Clean lines, an open floor plan, and natural, rustic touches meld design styles in a new-build home

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The homeowners chose a low-backed, sleek leather sectional and backless stools for along the kitchen island to keep sight lines open throughout the space, while still defining each living area.


debated between building and buying a home for a long time. We had been somewhat ‘nomadic’ for years, but since we were starting our family, we wanted more space and permanence than apartments could provide. So, we started doing research on home design, and we found ourselves drawn to the clean lines of Prairie-style homes,” says the owner of a home that puts a gracious, modern spin on a style of American design.

The owners, a couple and their young child, of the Midland home originally put a purchase offer on another Prairie-style home in the area. It was designed by Red Warner, a local architect who followed in the footprints of well-known Prairie School students Frank Lloyd Wright and Alden B. Dow. However, the homeowners realized that while they loved the timeless design of the home, it didn’t quite meet their needs as a modern, growing family. So, they turned to Greystone Homes and owner/builder Kelly Wall.

BRIDGING THE PAST TO ACCOMMODATE THE FUTURE Greystone Homes, based out of Midland, provides “fullpackage” home design to its customers, and builds homes that exude the character and consistency of style that can sometimes be lacking in new-build homes. “In this home, we wanted to bring in the character that you would see in [an Alden B.] Dow home, but ensure that it [met] the needs of the modern family,”says Wall. One significant change [in the home] is [the] ceiling heights. Classic Prairie homes often [have] 7-foot walls, which seem low to today’s buyers, so we raised everything up to give the space a spacious, airy feel. And, of course, using modern finishes and materials provides a much higher level of energy efficiency than you would find in a mid-century build.”

A “LIVABLE” LIVING SPACE The walls in the home are all at least 9 feet high. The living room walls vault up even higher to a lovely trayed ceiling that separates the room from the rest of the open-concept space. The ceilings give the home an expansive feel, while the soft gray paint colors, rich hardwood floors, and stacked stone fireplace warm up the contemporary design. “We wanted to balance the clean lines of our home with some natural, rustic touches,” says the homeowner. “We love modern design, but wanted our house to [feel] lived-in, which is why we paired our sleek sectional sofa with a more rustic wood and iron coffee table.”

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A rustic stacked wood farm table is perfectly offset by a show-stopping crystal chandelier.


A mix of light and dark cabinetry gives personality to the kitchen, and the large quartz-topped island provides ample workspace.

A chestnut-stained floating double vanity is perfectly framed by a pair of transom windows.



Mirrored nightstands and a silk and glass chandelier add sparkle and romance to the master bedroom retreat.

The living area flows seamlessly into the home’s spacious kitchen, which features custom cabinetry in a mix of white and espresso-colored finishes. One of the homeowners’main priorities was that the home be as low-maintenance as possible. They wanted to focus on enjoying the space, rather than on its upkeep. To achieve this, they went with quartz countertops, which can handle heat, scrubbing, and spills without getting scratched or stained, while still giving the look of natural stone. The surface of the huge island, which houses an induction cooktop, matches the Carrera marble of the tiled backsplash, while a deeper gray counter complements the full wall of white cabinets. In the dining area, the homeowners chose a stacked rustic wood dining table and paired it with comfortable-yet contemporary upholstered chairs and a show-stopping glass chandelier. The space is finished off with a sleek take on a sliding barn door, leading to a large pantry space. “Barn doors bring [to home design] a unique, almost industrial feel, but they don’t provide much sound-proofing, so I don’t recommend them for private spaces,”says Wall. “But as an accent door, they can bring a lot of personality into a room.”

DROP ZONE Connecting the garage to the rest of the home is a space that Wall refers to as a “drop zone.” It’s a modern spin on the mudroom, and gives the family an area to hang their coats, take off their shoes, and drop the mail without bringing any clutter into the main living space. The homeowners expanded their drop zone to include an office area and first floor laundry.

A PERSONAL RETREAT All of the home’s bedrooms are set away from the main living space, providing separation and privacy in the otherwise open-concept home. The master suite has the most “traditional” design in the home. It features warm Berber carpeting, a high-backed upholstered headboard with tufting and nail-head accents, and curved mirrored dressers that serve as nightstands. A silk and glass chandelier brings a sense of romance to the bedroom retreat, as do the full-length drapes—the only traditional window coverings in the home. The master bath balances the clean lines of the rest of the home with the relaxing feel of the master bedroom. Slate floors bring an organic sense to the space, while a floating vanity and sleek free-standing soaker tub honor the home’s modern aesthetic. The main feature of the bath is the over-sized walk-in shower, which features a sparkling mosaic floor, a rain showerhead, and body jets, allowing for a luxurious bath experience.

LET THE LIGHT IN “One of our favorite aspects of this home is the amount of natural light that comes in,” says the homeowner. “Every room is just bathed in natural light, and we love that the windows frame the gorgeous natural views of our lot. We’re so happy with this house; it’s the perfect space for our family.”

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The home’s exterior features cement board siding, stacked stone pillars, and transom windows.


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Prairie-style design, which came of age around the turn of the 20th century, is one of the few architectural styles that didn’t originate in Europe. This uniquely American school of design originated in the Midwest and developed as an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts movement. It was brought to fame by its most renowned master: Frank Lloyd Wright. One of Wright’s students, Midland’s own Alden B. Dow, then brought Prairie-style design to the Great Lakes Bay Region, designing more than 70 residences and dozens of churches, schools, and commercial buildings from the 1930s through the 1960s. Original Prairie-style homes, as the name suggests, were designed to blend in with the expansive plains of the Midwestern landscape. The typical Prairie-style house features strong, sweeping horizontal lines, earthy materials, and broad, openconcept floor plans. Massive masonry piers and chimneys, wide porches, and lowpitched, hipped roofs with overhanging eaves and ribbon-like transom windows are other common features of this school of design. The homes, which may be single or multiple stories, have the appearance of rising from the earth. On the interior, the open layouts and airy rooms give the homes a contemporary appeal, making them a popular choice for today’s buyers. Greystone Homes set out to create a unique take on Prairie-style design for its clients, to best fit the family’s expansive meadow-like lot, which backs up to a woods. The single-story home features a low-slung hipped roof, stacked stone pillars, an outdoor fireplace, and transom widows. Its dark brown cement board siding provides the house with an extremely durable and low-maintenance exterior. “Cement board siding can stand up to just about anything nature can dish out—heat, cold, wind, etc.,” says Greystone Homes owner Kelly Wall. “And unlike some other types of siding, cement board can be repainted if the homeowners want a change in the future.”

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Charles Adams Platt’s 1904 Italian villa-style design remains a work of art in progress BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING | PHOTOS BY JERRY MANNING

Volunteers have dedicated over six decades to the artful preservation and restoration of the Italian villa-style garden at the Saginaw Art Museum at 1126 North Michigan Avenue in Saginaw. The formal garden is part of the near one-acre 1904 Georgian Revival Italian villa-style mansion/garden originally created for Clark Lombard Ring (1862-1933) and his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Palmer Merrill (1862-1912), both members of prominent Saginaw lumber families. The family-donated (1947), now state-registered mansion/garden was designed by New York artist and architect Charles Adams Platt.

The 1904 Ring Mansion Garden Clark Ring inherited the impressive Italianate-style home/garden of his lumber baron father, Eleazer Jesse Ring (d. 1896). Around 1903, Clark and Lizzie contracted Platt to design a Georgian Revival Italian villa-style mansion/garden replacement. In their fashionable city neighborhood, trolley lines ran in front of their home, and railroad tracks were about a hundred yards from the sloped back of their property. Their neighbors(1904-1910)includedlumberman/industrialist Arthur Hill (1100 North Michigan Avenue), lumberman James E. Vincent (1110 North Michigan Avenue), city controller William Seyffardt (1150 North Michigan

Avenue), and lumberman Aaron Bliss (1101 North Michigan Avenue).

The Ring Mansion today The Ring Mansion’s original exterior red brick with white wood trim design remains similar today. In 2004, Platt Byard Dovell White architects designed two large wings to be added for museum exhibition and education.The exhibition wing near Remington Street stands where the prior Arthur Hill 14-room brick and stone mansion once did. Inside the Ring Mansion, its stately foyer displays artist Irving Ramsay Wiles’ (1861-1948) portrait of Lizzie Ring posed by a bouquet of lush white peonies f lecked with crimson (Paeonia var. Festiva Maxima), still grown in the garden. The rooms, décor, and pastel wall colors once echoed in the garden design have been altered for museum use.

Charles Adams Platt Charles Adams Platt (1861-1933), born in Manhattan to a wealthy family, dedicated his life to creating beauty. Platt achieved national prominence for consecutive works as an etcher, landscape painter, landscape and country home designer for America’s wealthy, and post-World War I commercial architecture and institutional projects. His

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travels to Italy inspired his fascination with Italian gardens, which he later adapted to modern needs in America’s changing rural to urban/industrial climate. Platt’s 1894 publication of the influential Italian Gardens, the first of its kind in English, established him as the leading specialist in formal garden revival.

Italian villa design When Platt designed the Ring Mansion and garden, interest in gardening was growing in America, and Italian villa-style country homes were gaining popularity among the wealthy. The design trend promoted in Platt’s Italian Gardens was expanded upon by authors A. Holland Forbes (1902) and Edith Wharton (1904) and discussed in other publications by gardening specialists including Mrs. Francis King of Alma, Michigan. In Italian Gardens, Platt explains that in the Italian sense, “villa” implies that “all the formal parts of the grounds [are] arranged in direct relation to the house, the house itself being as much a part of it as the garden or the grove.” The garden is “designed as another apartment, the terraces and groves still others, where one might walk about and find a place suitable to the hour of the day and feeling of the moment, and still be in that sacred portion of the globe dedicated to one’s self.” Local historian Tom Trombley explains that the Rings’ home and garden contained all the elements of a classic villa: house, pavilion, terrace, formal flower garden, bosco (woods), and fountain. As was typical, Platt used sculpture, furniture, painting, and tapestry to complement the architecture.

The Ring Garden In Platt’s Italian Gardens, he writes, “The gardens [in Italy] to-day have all passed through a variety of changes. Some of them have gone almost to ruin…. However, in almost all of them there is something of the best time…which has been allowed to remain.” And such is the case with the Rings’ backyard garden, which has naturally aged and undergone various ownership

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and maintenance since its first two full-time gardeners. Today, Platt’s formal garden design with 14 planting areas continues to be enjoyed in the garden’s sunny open spaces, cooler shaded ones, varying light and shadows, stony pathways, manicured lawns, and seasonal colors. An overgrown, twisting willow bears witness to the once-cropped hedge of willows that shielded the Rings from a view of the railroad tracks. The artful spirits of Platt and the Rings linger among modern garden additions such as easier-care ‘Knock Out’ roses covering the broad terrace ridge slope descending from the vastly windowed mansion into the garden. Platt’s signature barberry hedges (berberis thunbergii), largely planted during the Rings’ lifetimes, surround several garden areas. Broad stone pathways remain for two or more to walk together. A restored water fountain remains centered near the back, by original wood and broadspindled fencing. Wild grape vines (vitis riparia) on the restored pavilion (central right edge) were transplanted to replace those specified on original plans. The restored gardeners’ tool building (central left edge) remains. Original 1904 plantings included the white/ crimson-streaked Paeonia var. Festiva Maxima plus dark red peonies (Paeonia Agida); tall, elegant white Japanese windflowers (Anemone Japonica alba) and rose ones (Anemone Japonica rosea); daisy-like yellow tickseed (Coreopsisgrandiflora);assortedhollyhocks(Althea,mixed); various irises including white with blue Iris Germanica var. Mad. Chereau; tall, various delphiniums (var. Larkspur fornicum);andstandardwisteria,likelylavender.Shrubsand trees included white spirea, golden forsythia, honeysuckle, large-floweredmockorange,variousdogwoods,Lombardy poplars, and the scarlet maple. Today’s museum-funded massive annual and perennial plantings are chosen according to funding, availability, maintenance ability, and nature and wildlife challenges—and an attempt to preserve main original colors of yellow, blue, and white. Special thanks toThomasTrombley, Janie Gugino, and Shelley Whitehead for historical/gardening assistance.

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o, you’re spending the day in Frankenmuth. You may be walking downtown, checking out the River Place shops, attending one of the city’s many events, maybe taking a riverboat tour…and, more than likely, enjoying one of Frankenmuth’s world-famous chicken dinners at the end of the day. If you came into town shortly after breakfast, your dinner is still hours away. But now, there’s a new place to grab some lunch when you feel your stomach rumbling—SugarHigh Café. “We specialize in the meal between breakfast and those famous chicken dinners,” says owner/baker Heather Rousseau. “We wanted to give Frankenmuth residents and visitors a fun, fresh option for lunch, as well as offer another venue to get our fabulous cupcakes.” SugarHigh Café’s owners, Heather and Adam Rousseau, already have two shops in Frankenmuth, SugarHigh Bakery and SugarRush Candy Shop. When a local restaurant closed its doors, the couple visited the location simply to purchase some equipment. However, they decided that the space was the perfect spot for the café they had been thinking about opening. The café, located on Main Street, has its own parking lot, free WiFi, and a great outdoor seating area with a walk-up window, perfect for dining al fresco with your pets when the weather is nice. “So many people love to bring their dogs to Frankenmuth with them. This offers them a pet-friendly space to eat. We even have a pet treats menu,” says Rousseau. For two-legged guests, the café serves fresh, made-to-order panini sandwiches with about 20 toppings to choose from, chicken tenders, Kern’s bratwursts and hot dogs, and homemade corn dogs. Most meals cost between $5 - $7. To finish off your meal, the café has over 15 flavors of ice cream, homemade funnel cakes, its famous cupcakes, and other sweet treats such as deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies. A special treat that’s unique to the area is the café’s bubble tea, a drink consisting of tea with fruit and milk with large pearl tapioca “bubbles” mixed in. “Bubble tea is probably our biggest seller, since it’s so unique to the area,” says Rousseau. “We are always looking at new, unique items to add to our menu. Our vision for the café is to use only locallysourced, Michigan products on our menu while providing guests with a fun, comfortable space [where they can] relax and enjoy the city.” SugarHigh Café, 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400, www. Hours: Sunday -Thursday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), and Friday – Saturday (10 a.m. – 7 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. 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. Chan’s Garden: 215 Third St, Bay City, 989-892-8861. Variety of Asian and Chinese dishes. Weekly specials. Takeout 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, 989-4962288. 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, 989-

633-9888. Lunch and dinner buffets with meat and seafood dishes, soups, and desserts. Hello Sushi: 2575 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-790-0022. Sushi, sashimi, and rolls, traditional bento box meals, noodle dishes, and Japanese specialties. Daily specials and carryout. 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. 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. Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge: 105 E Broadway, Mount Pleasant, 989775-7723. High-end martinis, sushi and Asian-fusion fare. 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. Pasong’s Cafe: 114 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-791-5008. Fresh, made-to-order authentic cuisine without MSG. Famous Chinese chicken salad, and a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian entrées. Pi’s Asian Express: 5015 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-832-8000 Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrées. Carry out. 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.

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Kabob N Curry House: 4070 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4974400. Homemade Indian cuisine includes vegetable curry, samosa, paneer, and spicy favorites.

Little Italy Café & Deli: 3305 W River Rd, Sanford, 989-687-5212. Pizza, pastas, calzones, grilled panini sandwiches, and salads. Favorites include Tuscan chicken, portabella mushroom ravioli, and grilled sweet Italian sausage.

La Zeez International Market & Deli: 144 Ashman Cir, Midland, 989-633-0045. Authentic IndianPakistani cuisine. Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Turkish, Greek, South American, and Italian foods and spices.

MaMa Mia’s Pizzeria: 16535 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-642-6420. Pizzas topped with special fourcheese blend and baked in a brick oven.

Italian B&C Pizza: Three locations: 476 N Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-892-1519; 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township; and 608 State St, Bay City, 989-686-4600. Chicago-style pizzas cut into squares. Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery: 612 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-5560. New Yorkstyle pizzeria. Lunch and dinner. 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. G’s Pizzeria: 1005 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-9400; and 3823 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014774. Dine in, takeout, delivery, and catering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and popular chicken fajita pizza. 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.

Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989893-0691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Pizza Sam’s: 102 W Main St, Midland, 989-631-1934. Soups, sandwiches, gyros, Coney Island hotdogs, specialty pizzas, nachos, and desserts. Takeout available. Spencer’s Route 46: 5530 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-4500. Escargot, portobella mushrooms, calamari, seafood ravioli, poached salmon, and panfried walleye. Extensive wine list. Live jazz music. 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.

Mediterranean Taboon: 5212 Bay Rd, Kochville Township, 989-401-7745. Middle Eastern cuisine, including falafel, kebabs, and shawarma. Yasmeen’s Mediterranean Foods: 3545 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-3082. Specialty

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Mexican Carmona’s Cocina: 1406 N Henry St, Bay City, 989-684-7207. Authentic fare including deep-fried super tacos and wet burritos with homemade nacho chips with cheese. 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: Two locations: 4570 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989799-1700; and 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.

Breakfast & Lunch 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 Atrium: 1100 Water St, Bay City, 989-891-1600. Extensive beer and wine list, provided by the adjacent Stein Haus, emphasizes European brews. Full menu includes German specialties like schnitzels and rouladen.

El Patron: 1900 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9800. Authentic Mexican cuisine, including a buffet.

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.

Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts.

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.

Fiesta Charra: 9143 Birch Run Rd, Birch Run, 989-244-6334. Huevos con chorizo, seafood “chimi,” burrito loco, tacos, and fried ice cream. Margaritas and beer.

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.

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.

Common Grind: 2903 Pierce Rd, Ste 110, Kochville Township. Specialty coffee shop with organic espresso beans roasted fresh daily. Bagel sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juice, and smoothies.

Qdoba Mexican Grill: Three locations: 6910 Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-837-2600; 1529 Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, 989-7722324; and 5165 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-497-9800. Signature flavors and three-cheese nachos.

Crumbs Gourmet Cookie Café: 4882 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989498-4010. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including sandwiches, pizzas, soups, and wraps. Beer and wine available.

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, 989284-3549. Fair Trade organic coffee, specialty drinks, soups, and sandwiches. Music Friday nights Wi-Fi. 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. 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. Dougnuts, pastries, and organic fair trade coffee and tea sourced independently out of Chicago.

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. ThunderBrew Coffee Company: 7194 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-0180. Coffee and espresso drinks, teas, smoothies, ice cream, sandwiches, wraps, and pizza.

Casual Dining

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. 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, 989-7729016. Fairly-traded, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshlymade 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.

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 Bar.B.Que. & 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. Bella Bella’s Family Restaurant: 3124 Jefferson Ave, Midland, 989835-4782. Italian and American fare for lunch and dinner. Takeout and delivery 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, 989-7545012. Serving the original 100 percent rib-eye steak sandwich since 1972. Subs, salads, and Big John “Red Sauce.” Bradley’s Bistro: 216 Federal Ave, Saginaw. Farm-to-table restaurant with seasonal and locally-sourced foods. Lunch and dinner. Salads,

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TASTE / DINING OUT house-made dressings, Bulgogi steak sandwich, and soba noodles with Swiss chard pesto. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes available. 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. 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. Court Street Grill: 100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. daVinci’s Restaurant: 524 N Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2629. Italian and American fare. Daily specials. Strombolis, pasta dishes, Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza, salads, and sandwiches. 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. Duece’s Char House: 432 Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-893-5881. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salad bar with famous cheese spread and liver pate. 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. Heather’s: 205 3rd St, Bay City, 989-402-1116. Vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based dishes for breakfast and lunch. Huron Fish Co: 505 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-2224. Fish and seafood take-out dinners including famous whitefish. Jack’s Deli & Stretch’s Curve: 618 S Henry, Bay City, 989-8936931. Home of the health nut salad with raspberry yogurt dressing. Soups, sandwiches, and burgers. 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. Kathleen’s: 4519 N River Rd (at Apple Mountain), Freeland, 989781-6789. Salads, sandwiches, and house favorites like Cajun chicken penne, and fish-n-chips. 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. 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.

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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 pretzelcrusted 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.

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, 989-695-5563. 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.

Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes in barbecued pulled pork and deli sandwiches.

Stock Pot Diner and Catering: 1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989893-9332. Breakfast menu, Greek fare, and turkey jerky sandwich.

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.

Sugar High Café: 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-502-5009. Bubble teas, paninis, grilled cheese, Kern’s brats, hot dogs, ice cream, sorbet, and Sugar High Bakery gourmet cupcakes.

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.

Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill: 281 Heinlein, Frankenmuth, 800-890-6877. Fish & chips, steaks, seafood, burgers, and deep-dish pizza. One dozen handcrafted beers. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.

Perry’s Schuch Hotel & Restaurant: 301 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-799-2539. Veal tortellini, prime rib, and all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays.

Sure Shot BBQ: 1135 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, 989-400-4488. Pulled-pork nachos and “gut buster” sandwich.

T. Dubs: 565 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-3809, and 2903 Pierce Rd, Kochville Township. 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, 989-865-6950; 2612 State St, Saginaw, 989-7931801; 2525 E Genesee, Saginaw, 989-753-4321; 7340 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2111; 2111 S Saginaw, Midland, 989-839-8560; 234 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-1631; 4880 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw Township, 989-2498669. 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, 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 hotdogs. 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.

artisan cheese shop. Small-batch, handmade, and imported cheeses. Gourmet jellies, dried fruits, and cured meats.

Pinconning, 989-879-1236. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, and hot and cold specialty beverages. Wine and beer available.

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.

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.

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 soups available daily and may be served in a warm bread bowl. Light House Bakery & Deli: 285 S Outer Dr, Saginaw, 989-7547088. Lunch specials. One soup and sandwich offered daily. Cakes, pies, cookies, and doughnuts. North Side Deli: 2218 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-3354. Soups, salads, 35+ sandwiches, hot dogs, and fried chicken. Pannini’s Deli: 3585 Bay Rd, 989-799-6038, Saginaw (located inside Discount Health Foods). Sandwiches, smoothies, and baked goods. Gluten-free foods and soymilk always available.


Souper Café: Two locations: 4093 N Euclid, Bay City, 989-671-1900; 5789 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-7916600. Chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, chili, and potato and bacon chowder soups. Salads and sandwiches.

Artigiano: 815 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-391-4200. Locally-owned

Third Street Deli and Coffee House: 305 S Mable (M-13),

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.


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.

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. Old police department-themed bakery. Cake and glazed doughnuts, long johns, and specialties like the Bacon Squealer and Felony Fritter.

Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies.

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. Kaleidoscope Kandy: 801 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-9925596. Candy store and bakery. FlutterNutter cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels, and rock candy. KenRee Lighthouse Chocolate Shoppe: 130 Townsend St, Midland, 989-631-4010. Hand-dipped gourmet chocolates include creams, barks, clusters, specialty candies, and luscious truffles. Lindsay Truffler: 508 Salzburg Ave, Bay City, 989-391-9480. Truffles in unique flavor combinations, caramels, cookies, hot cocoa mix, and handcrafted confections. 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, custom-

baked celebration cakes, gourmet coffee, dips, and spreads.

Sweet Creations: www. Specialty and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cutout sugar cookies. Sweet Sandy B’s Bake Shop: 801 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989598-0603. Homemade cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and sweets. 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 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, 989-686-

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TASTE / DINING OUT 3500. 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. The Riverfront Grille: One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City, 989891-6000. Inside the DoubleTree Hotel. 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.

Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, burritos, burgers, steak, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio seating. 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. 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. Bay Street Station: 1313 Bay St, Saginaw, 989-791-1313. Salads, sandwiches, nachos, burgers, and quesadillas. Imported beers on tap. 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, 989-894-2207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday.

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. 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. 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. 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, 989781-0101. 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. 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. Hamilton Street Pub: 308 S Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-790-8119. Food, drinks, and entertainment. Dine in or order takeout.

and vegetarian options. Live jazz musicians. 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. 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. Mott’s Place Bar & Grille: 417 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-249-4249. A neighborhood bar with a hometown atmosphere, live entertainment, Michigan beer on tap, and bar food offerings. 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’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grille: 2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989775-3751. Pub food includes wings and burgers topped with onion rings. Drink specials. Large projector screens. 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.

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.

John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches.

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.

Cass River Yacht Club: 6154 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport, 989-777-6460. Locally-famous “broaster” chicken, homemade soups, pizza, and daily specials. Catering and free hall rental.

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.

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.

Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-793-7900. Small plate items, Rainmaker martini, nacho nights, happy hour events, and weekend entertainment.

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.

Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Steak, handcrafted beer, and American fare. Arcade, bar-style games, and poker games benefiting charities.

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.

Saloon & Eatery

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.

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,

Uptown Grill: 3 E Main St, Bay City. Upscale venue serving breakfast and lunch. Grilled banana bread French toast with caramel rum sauce, sweet potato pancakes, garden quiche, salmon BLT, butternut squash bisque, and build-your-own-burgers. Enclosed outdoor patio seating.

2nd Street Sports Pub: 274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501.

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Rattlesnake Rick’s Roadhouse: 708 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-3919722. Whether you like your meat or seafood mesquite grilled, smoked, barbecued, marinated, or char-grilled, you’ll find it here.

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

seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-7902345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar.

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.

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 than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar.

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.

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

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.

Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-8323395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs, and Mediterranean platters.

Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs. 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. Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1940. Famous for its fish n’ chips. Full menu. Signature corned beef and cabbage served occasionally throughout the year. Tiffany’s Food & Spirits: 56 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-6881. Pizzas,

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, chicken Avgolemeno (egg lemon) soup. Wings and burgers. Beer, liquor, and wine.

Rustic Inn Steak House & Saloon: 133 N Saginaw St, St. Charles, 989-8656466. Lodge-style atmosphere features more than 50 North American big game mounts. Entrées, sandwiches, and homemade soups.

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The 8th Annual Arts from the Heart SAGINAW


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DETAILS: The fundraiser included live music by Robert Lee Revue, a silent and live auction, games, and much more. Proceeds benefited the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum. photos by Doug Julian

1. Jackie and Nic Taylor 2. Lois and Michael Balls 3. Deb Rievert and Susan Brietaze 4. Rachel Van Slembrouck and Ashlie Rabie



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4 DETAILS: Guests donned formal black tie attire to attend the annual event, which included live music, a silent auction, and appetizers from local restaurants. Proceeds benefited Studio 23/The Arts Center. photos by Courtney Courier

1. Charlie and Kathy Schwartz 2. Lauren Conway and Kate Cardinali 3. Michelle Courier and Ryan Jankowska 4. Tom Clare and Kelly Rosecrans

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Sponsored Events American Red Cross Great Lakes Bay Region: 18th Annual Everyday Heroes Celebration Banquet

Join in a heartwarming evening honoring community members who, by their own selfless acts, are heroes. Honored individuals personify the Red Cross mission of responding to emergencies. Everyday Heroes have exhibited acts of heroism through bravery, dedication to humanitarian principles, or extraordinary public service. Awards will be presented in several categories. Tickets are $40. When: Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call 989-754-8181, ext. 7216, or visit www.

Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) of Midland: Chefs for Shelterhouse

Spend a delicious evening enjoying the signature dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts of local chefs. Enjoy a live and silent auction as well. Tickets are $50, and are available online this year for the first time.

Great Lakes Bay Animal Society: 3rd Annual Fast & Furriest

Bring your four-legged pals to a fun-filled bonding experience and exercise event. This 5K walk/run and one-mile pup lap is sure to please people and dogs alike. Cost is $25 if preregistered by April 17, $30 between April 18 – 28, and $40 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Bay Animal Society as it continues to provide high-quality care for animals in transition to their forever homes. When: Saturday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. without dogs/9:30 a.m. with dogs Where: City Forest, Midland For event information and preregistration: Visit or

Hidden Harvest Presents: 20th Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz!

It will be a memorable evening of good tastes and fine jazz by Brush Street featuring Julie Malady. Enjoy signature hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs, live and silent auctions, and specialty shops offering unique gifts, wines, and tasty treats. Tickets are $50.

Shelterhouse provides services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Midland and Gladwin counties. Proceeds from the event help Shelterhouse address the issues of domestic and sexual violence in the community for the coming year.

Proceeds benefit Hidden Harvest, the Great Lakes Bay Region’s only fresh and prepared surplus food rescue program. Hidden Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, food wholesalers, bakeries, and other health department-certified sources, and delivers it, free of charge, to non-profit agencies serving people in need.

When: Thursday, April 23, 5 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland For information and tickets: Call 989-835-6771, or visit www.

When: Wednesday, May 6, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Apple Mountain, Freeland For event and ticket information: Call Hidden Harvest at 989-753-4749, or visit

Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan: 18th Annual Business Hall of Fame

Underground Railroad, Inc.: 6th Annual Advocates for Change Luncheon

Help honor an elite selection of local business leaders who have demonstrated excellence through their contributions to business and the community, serving as outstanding role models, especially for local youths. Event proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan and the placement of Junior Achievement programs for K-12 students in Bay and Saginaw county schools. When: Wednesday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. Where: Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth For information and tickets: Call 989-752-9050, email Jen.Carpenter@, or visit

Art and Museums Second Saturday Speaker Series. Held the second Saturday of each month, 1 p.m. Free admission. Presentation by local historian. Light refreshments provided. Historical Museum of Bay County, Bay City; 989893-5733, Let’s Do Lunch. April 1 and May 6, 12 – 1 p.m. Free admission. Held the first Wednesday of

every month, event includes a local artist, author, musician, or cultural activity. April 1, CMU piano students. May 6, Mina Son. Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, Mt. Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www. Exhibit: Teen Works and Kids Creations. Through April 3. Free admission. Works of art created by students from Bay City public schools and surrounding

The Great Lakes Bay Region stands united to reduce violence against women. At this luncheon event, learn how you can help ensure someone is always available to answer the most important call for safety. Hear a firsthand account from a survivor, learning how Underground Railroad assisted her journey to healing. Guests may reserve a seat at the luncheon for a $100 minimum donation. Reservations are required. When: Thursday, May 14. Doors open, 11:15 a.m. Program, 11:45 – 1:15 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and reservations: Call Lisa Hall at 989-399-0007, ext. 100

areas. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323, www.

Michigan, Mt. Pleasant; 989-7733689,

Wellspring Literary Series. April 6, 7 p.m. Free admission. An art-inspired experience, featuring Phillip Sterling, of poetry reading, music, and food from a local deli. Made possible by the Russ Herron Poetry Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation. Art Reach of Mid-

Exhibit: Strolling Through Paris Circa 1890. Through June 13. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Integrated Patterns— Structured Abstraction. April 25 – June 26. Admission fee. Featuring work by artists from across the

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country employing extensive use of pattern, repetition, geometry and structural organization. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930, Opening Reception: Yffy Yossifor, Armin Mersmann, and Avram Golden. April 10, 7 p.m. Free. Dynamic work of photographers. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323, Exhibit: Saginaw Township Annual State of the Arts Exhibition. April 27 – May 22. Free admission. Reception: April 26, 2 – 5 p.m.; awards announced at 3 p.m. Juried art show of work from mixed-media Michigan artists. Cash prizes and awards. Saginaw Township Administration Office, Saginaw Township; 989-791-9800, Yes We Can! Luncheon Honoring Linnaeus and Phae Dorman— Philanthropists. April 17, 11:30 a.m. Admission is $30. Catered luncheons honoring artists and scientists who are 80 and older. Reservations required. Creative 360, Midland; 989-837-1885, www. Exhibit: 19th and 20th Century American and European Figurative Bronze Sculpture. Through May 16. Free admission. Thirty seven bronze figurative sculptures from collections in the Great Lakes Bay Region, including 3 private collectors. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-9647125, Exhibit: Leonardo da Vinci; Man, Inventor, Artist, Genius. Through May 17. Admission fee. One of history’s greatest artists, scientists and inventors. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930, Exhibit: Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams. May 24 – August 30. Free admission. Features 50 photographs by Ansel Adams of the Japanese-American relocation camp in Manzanar, California, during World War II. Marshall M.

Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-9647125, Opening Reception: Painters and Potters Exhibit. May 29, 5 – 7 p.m. Free admission. Paintings and pottery made by students who participate in classes at Studio 23/ The Arts Center. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323,

Attractions Alden B. Dow Home & Studio Architectural and Historical Tours. Through December 31, 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday tours, 10 a.m. Admission is $15/$12 seniors/$7 students. Tour the home built in 1933 and referred to as “one of the most important structures in 20th-century American design.” Reservations required. Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, Midland; 989839-2744, Frankenmuth Farmers Market. Wednesdays through September, 3 – 6 p.m. at 580 North Main Street. Saturdays through October, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 618 South Main Street. Variety of locallygrown products. Downtown Frankenmuth; 989-295-9766, www. Downtown Bay City Farmers Market. Thursdays, June – October, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Produce, honey, flowers, and fresh fish. Corner of 6th St and Washington Ave, Bay City; www. Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market. Through October. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Produce, honey, baked goods, and vendors with locally-made food choices. 507 Washington Ave, Saginaw; 989-758-2500, ext. 228, Midland Area Farmers Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays through October, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Produce, flowers, honey, and baked goods. Near the Tridge, downtown Midland; 989-839-9901,

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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, Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Cost is $4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advanced notice and prepayment required. Not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9941, Kids Fly Free! Second Saturday of each month (except September), 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children ages 8 – 17 are invited to learn about aviation and experience flying for free. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989835-3231, Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. For more information, call 989-893-0451, or visit Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside United Way office, 909 Washington Ave, Bay City 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, Third Fridays. Every third Friday, 7 p.m. Donation fee $5. Open mic with Oz Oswald. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw Township; 989-790-2118, http:// whitecrowconservatory.blogspot. com/

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, Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. Fee of $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw Township; 989-790-2118, http://whitecrowconservatory. Children’s Story Time at Dow Gardens. Every Friday at 10 a.m. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-6312677, Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. Fee $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw Township; 989-790-2118, http://whitecrowconservatory. Second Sundays: Old Time Gospel Night with Silverwood Bottom Boys. Every second Sunday, 7 p.m. Fee $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw Township; 989-790-2118, http://whitecrowconservatory. Grandparents are Free! Grandparents receive free admission every first Sunday of the month through May. MidMichigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Astronaut. April 1, 1 p.m. Tickets $7/seniors and children $5. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, Bay City; 989-6672260, Stars of the Pharaohs. April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 7 p.m. Tickets $7/seniors and children $5. Learn about the connection the ancient


Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world. Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, Bay City; 989-667-2260, www. Cosmic Colors. April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 3 p.m. Tickets $7/seniors and children $5. Discover the many reasons for color, such as why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. An adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light. Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, Bay City; 989-667-2260, Dow Gardens Butterflies in Bloom. Through April 19, 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Late Night Wednesdays through April 19, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Admission $5/students $1. Colorful butterflies from around the world. Crafts, activities, and tours available on weekends. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, Great Lakes Loons vs. Fort Wayne Tin Caps. April 9 – 10, 6:05 p.m. April 11, 2:05 p.m. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Opening Day Parade. April 9, 4:30 pm. Free. Begins around the courthouse, ends near Dow Diamond. Local organizations, entertainment, high school marching bands, and local sport teams. Downtown Midland; 989-837-6140, www. Saginaw Sting vs. Cleveland Saints. April 11, 7:30 p.m. Admission fee. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1330, www. Downtown Restaurant Week. April 13 – 19. Participating restaurants offer special dishes and prices. Downtown Bay City; Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts. April 15 - 16, 6:05 p.m. April 17, 2:05 p.m. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www.

Great Lakes Loons vs. West Michigan Whitecaps. April 21 - 22, 6:05 p.m. April 23, 2:05 p.m. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Saginaw Sting vs. Buffalo Lightning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. Exciting indoor football. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1330, Spring into Summer: Astronomy Day. April 25, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. After the program, observations will be made from the Observation Deck (weather permitting). Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, Bay City; 989-667-2260, www. Wetland Wake-up Day. April 25. Get ready for spring with fun, family-focused activities. Construct a migratory bird kite and enter it in the Kite Fly-Up, go on hikes, build butterfly houses, and more. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www. Red Hat Ladies Days. April 27 – 29. Red Hat Ladies activities and entertainment. Reservations required. Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth; 989652-0450, Great Lakes Loons vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods. April 28 – 30, 6:05 p.m. each night. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Science Café: Spring Garden. April 29, 7 p.m. Tickets $12. Recommended for ages 14 and older. Hands-on workshop covering gardening basics. Attendants pot and take home herbs. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-6315930, Great Lakes Loons vs. Dayton Dragons. May 1 – 2, 7:05 p.m. May 3, 2:05 p.m. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Free Comic Book Day. May 2. Local celebration of the annual, worldwide event. Meet superheroes, get illustrated as your

favorite superhero, and receive a free comic book. Cashman’s Comics, Bay City; 989-895-1113, SVSU Women’s Basketball Shooting and Scoring Camp. May 2. Cost is $75. Open to girls in grades 7 – 12. Shooting techniques, ball-handling, passing, and helping players’ offensive game. Ryder Center, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7302, Saginaw Sting vs. Chicago Blitz. May 9, 7:30 p.m. Admission fee. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989759-1330,

Endangered Species Day at Children’s Zoo. May 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission fee. People of all ages can learn about the importance of protecting endangered plants and animals, and what actions can be taken to help preserve the future of these species. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989759-1408, Great Lakes Loons vs. Lake County Captains. May 22 – 23, 7:05 p.m. May 24 – 25, 2:05 p.m. Fireworks follow the Saturday night game. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Tour de Frankenmuth 2015. May 23 – 24, 8 a.m. Das Tour de Frankenmuth Race, Bike Expo, and Gran Fondo di Thumb. Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth; 800-8637999,

MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run. May 9. Free event. Boys and girls compete separately in three pitching events, by age groups 7 - 8, 9 – 10, 11 – 12, and 13 – 14. Emerson Park, Midland; 989-8376936, recreation

Special Olympics Michigan: 2015 State Summer Games. May 28 – 30. For information, call Aaron Mills at 989-774-4393. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant; email

Mother’s Day at the Zoo. May 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission for moms and members; general admission for others. Enjoy a special day with Mom. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www.

Charity Child & Family Services: 13th Annual Strike Out Sexual Assault Bowl-A-Thon. April 10. Registration, 6:30 p.m.; bowling begins at 7 p.m. Participants raise pledges. More than 200 supporters of the Sexual Assault Center are expected to participate in this fundraiser to raise $30,000 to ensure that all victims of sexual violence continue to receive counseling, legal advocacy, and forensic examination at no cost. Stardust Lanes, Saginaw Township; 989-790-7500, ext. 229, www.

Great Lakes Loons vs. Dayton Dragons. May 11 – 12, 7:05 p.m. May 13 – 14, 10:35 a.m. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Great Lakes Loons vs. South Bend Silver Hawks. May 15 – 16, 7:05 p.m. May 17, 4:05 p.m. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Midland Community Center’s Dow Run/Walk. May 16, 7:55 a.m. Midland Community Center, Midland; 989-832-7937, www. Spring into Safety at St. Mary’s Towne Centre. May 16, 1 – 4 p.m. Free admission. Learn about water and fire safety and safety around cars; child identification kit station; helmet fitting; and more. St. Mary’s Towne Centre Campus, Saginaw Township

Walk MS: Midland 2015. April 25, 11 a.m. registration. Walk begins at 12 p.m. Free event. Non-competitive, three-mile walk. Breakfast and lunch provided. Silent auction, scavenger hunt, and best-dressed dog contest with prizes. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society. Central Middle School, Midland; 989-6367428,

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Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: 100 Men Who Cook. April 16, 6 p.m. Tickets $60. Cocktails, food tasting, and festivities; 100 men from the Great Lakes Bay Region share their favorite foods. Proceeds benefit orchestra programs. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-755-6471, Northwood University: NU Style Show Design Competition “Labels of Love.” April 17, 6 p.m. student show/8 p.m. general admission show and gala. Student-run fashion show featuring inspirational ideas. This year’s show will showcase different clothing items people love, from the timeless little black dress to trendy statement necklaces. Proceeds benefit Northwood University’s fashion merchandising and management program. Northwood University, Midland; 248-804-7528, www. Underground Railroad, Inc. Presents: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. April 17, time TBA. Registration $25. This national event is designed to promote awareness and offer perspective from the woman’s point of view. Locally, the community is invited to “walk a mile” in stiletto shoes. Shoes provided or bring your own. Proceeds benefit Underground Railroad services and programs. Birch Run Outlets, Birch Run; 989-399-0007, www. Covenant HealthCare Foundation: Covenant Kids Telethon. April 18, 12 – 5 p.m. Televised on WNEM TV-5 and live event at Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum. Proceeds benefit Covenant Kids and support funding for pediatric programs and equipment. For more information, call 989-583-4166, or visit www. Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race. April 11, 5K run, 10 a.m. 5K walk, 10:05 a.m. One-mile run, 10:30 a.m. Participants receive a game ticket for the 2:05 p.m. game on April 11. Proceeds benefit the Midland Public Schools track and field program. Dow Diamond,

Midland; to register, call 989-8327937, or visit MyRaces

Catholic Diocese of Saginaw: Bishop’s Charity Ball. April 24. For information, call 989-797-6684

Literacy Council of Bay County: The Empty Bowl. April 15, 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets $18. Handmade, ceramic bowls for sale, chef’s soup competition, and themed baskets for raffle. Proceeds benefit the Literacy Council and Bay City Noon Optimist. Masonic Center, Bay City; 989-6868700,

Bringin’ Back the ’80s Festival. April 24, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. April 25, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Fee of $10. Pay tribute to the music, trends, and events of the 1980s. Enjoy outrageous cover bands, a bestdressed contest, breakdancing shows, and more. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and other cancer-related causes. Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-8008,

Sexual Assault Center of Child & Family Services: Bennigan’s Sexual Assault Awareness Benefit. April 17. Visit any Bennigan’s restaurant and alert the server that you are there for the benefit; 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the Sexual Assault Center. For more information, call 989-393-4229, or visit www. Sexual Assault Center of Child & Family Services: Wear Denim to Work Day. April 22. For more information, call 989-393-4229, or email American Red Cross Great Lakes Bay Chapter: 18th Annual Everyday Heroes Celebration. April 22, 6 p.m. Tickets $40. Honor community members who have personified the Red Cross mission of responding to emergencies. The celebration will have more than 600 people in attendance and will highlight champions of bravery in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-754-8181, ext. 7216, Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) Presents: Chefs for Shelterhouse. April 23, 5 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets $50. An evening of signature dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts by local chefs, and a silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit the services of Shelterhouse. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-835-6771, www. Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan: Big Raffle Celebration. April 24. For information, call 989-797-6693

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Covenant HealthCare Foundation: Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids 5K Run/Walk, Half-marathon Run/Hand Cycle. April 26, 8 a.m. Entry fee $10 - $45. Registration closing date is April 23. Proceeds benefit Covenant Kids and enhance the care of children faced with hospitalization at Covenant HealthCare. Swan Valley High School, Saginaw Township; www. Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan Presents: 18th Annual Business Hall of Fame. April 29, 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $125 or $225/ couple. Honor local business leaders who are role models for youths. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan and its programs. Sponsorships are available. Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth; call 989-752-9050, email, or visit Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw: Hospital Hospitality House Kentucky Derby Party. April 30. For more information, call 989583-0152 Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter: Dinner and Dance Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. May 1. For information, call 989-832-8879, or visit American Heart Association: Great Lakes Bay Region Heart Walk. May 2, 8:30 a.m. registration. Free event. Non-competitive, twomile walk. Celebration of the funds

raised throughout the year for heart disease. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Krossroads Park, Kochville Township; 517-303-3830, www. Great Lakes Bay Animal Society: 3rd Annual Fast & Furriest. May 2, 8:30 a.m. for participants without dogs, 9:30 a.m. for participants with dogs. Cost is $25 if preregistered by April 27/$40 day of event. Four-legged pals and people are invited to a fun-filled bonding and exercise event with a 5K walk/run and onemile pup lap. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Bay Animal Society as it continues to provide high-quality care for animals in transition to their forever homes. City Forest, Midland; www. or Hidden Harvest Presents: 20th Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz! May 6, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets $50. Hors d’oeuvres from local chefs, live and silent auctions, specialty shops, and jazz by Brush Street featuring Julie Malady. Proceeds benefit Hidden Harvest. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-753-4749, www. Underground Railroad, Inc.: 6th Annual Advocates for Change Luncheon. May 14, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Minimum luncheon donation of $100. Reservations required. Attendees unite to reduce the violence against women, and will hear a firsthand account from a survivor. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-399-0007, ext. 100, www. Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan Golf Challenge. May 15, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy a 36-hole golf marathon. Lunch is included with registration along with golf memorabilia and complimentary gift packages. Golfers are encouraged to raise sponsorship donations prior to the event. Proceeds benefit Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; call Dan Streeter at 989-752-6051, ext. 115,

Midland Area Homes: One Roof Rally. May 21, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $25. An event featuring an auction of unique home and garden items and upcycled/ repurposed furniture. Ticket treasures raffle, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-496-9550, midlandareahomes

Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665,

9th Annual HATS Off to the Arts. May date and time TBD. Tickets $75. Art for sale in a gallery format, lively music, cuisine, wines, and beer. Proceeds support the Humane Animal Treatment Society. Mt. Pleasant; 989-775-0830, www.

Art Reach of Mid-Michigan’s 2015 Festival of Banners. Through October. Free. A community art event where people and groups of all ages promote art by creating large, colorful banners that are hung throughout the community of Mount Pleasant. Art Reach, Downtown Mt. Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www.

Expos 10th Annual Earth Day Expo. April 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Celebrate Spring Folk Art & Craft Show. April 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $2/free for children 10 and younger. Over 135 crafters and artists. Pottery, soaps, lotions, purses, shabby chic, vintage, spring folk art, garden art, and much more. Ryder Center, SVSU, University Center; 989-781-9165, www. Wedding Inspirations. April 12, 1 – 4 p.m. Admission $5. An array of wedding vendors to meet wedding needs: flowers, caterers, wedding cakes, banquet facilities, bridal registries, entertainment companies, decorations, invitations, rentals, transportation, photographers, travel agencies, beauty supplies, photo booths, and more. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-799-4122, Mid-Michigan Super Mom2Mom Sale. April 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission is $3; strollers welcome. Shop gently-used baby/children’s clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, and maternity clothing all at garage sale-style prices. Birch Run Expo

Scholastic Book Fair. May 5, 12 – 7 p.m. May 6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. May 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665,


Osterbrunnen: Easter Celebration. Through April 19. Frankenmuth mirrors the over 200-year-old Osterbrunnen German tradition of decorating Easter fountains. Downtown Frankenmuth; 989-6526106, Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. April 10 – 11, 7 – 10 p.m. Cost $15. Each year, The Banff Centre hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival, celebrating the spirit of adventure and mountains. The top films go on tour and Chippewa Nature Center hosts one of the tour stops. See some of the best mountain films of 2014, featuring the people who live, play, and enjoy those areas through high adventure, humor, and a love for the outdoors. Bullock Creek Auditorium, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Shepherd 56th Annual Maple Syrup Festival. April 23 – 26. Meals are $5 for adults/$3 for children ages 5 - 12/free to children younger than 5. Family-oriented festival with famous pancakes, sausage, and homemade maple syrup. Other activities include amusement rides, laser tag, queen pageant, arts and crafts, tractor pulls, and more. Throughout the village of Shepherd; 989-828-6486, www. Zehnder’s 20th Annual Ragtime Festival. April 22 – 25. Tickets $20 - $50. Featured pianist and emcee

Bob Milne brings a variety of ragtime performers to the stage. Lunch and dinner concerts, vaudeville night, Friday night picnic, and meet the artists. Reservations required. Zehnder’s Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 800-863-7999, World Expo of Beer. May 15 – 16, 5 – 10 p.m. Admission fee. Fifty breweries from five continents. Beer tasting, music, souvenirs, and more. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 888-805-1504, www. Balloons Over Bavaria at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. May 22 – 25. Free admission. Balloon launches and family-friendly activities. River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-7200, www. Frankenmuth River Place Dog Bowl. May 23 – 24, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. A high-energy event that showcases dogs running, jumping, diving, and retrieving. Best costume contest, fashion show, disc dog competitions, and more. River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 800600-0105,

Music, Theater & Film

and older. April 12, vocalist Betty Baxter. May 3, River Junction Poets. Creative 360, Midland; 989-8371885, Dave Bennett Septet: Tribute to Benny Goodman. April 18, 7:30 p.m. Admission $30 - $55. Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is an authentic musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman with incredible technique, style, and beauty of tone and naturalness. Enjoy “Moonglow,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and other classics. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. Midland Symphony Orchestra: “Sybarite5.” April 18, 8 p.m. Admission $32 - $41/ students $15. Sybarite5 joins the MSO to premiere the world’s first concerto for string quintet and orchestra by the awardwinning American composer Dan Visconti. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Wheelz 104.5 FM Presents: Comedian as Heard on the Bob & Tom Show—Heywood Banks. April 18, 7 p.m. Admission is $22. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, Winter Concert Series. April 19, 4 p.m. Tickets $10/$5 students. Violinist Fangye Sun will perform. Location TBA. Art Reach of MidMichigan, Mt. Pleasant; 989-7733689,

Exultate Deo Chamber Choir: “Music of Holy Week.” April 3, 7 p.m. Admission $20 (suggested donation). The choir, conducted by Robert Sabourin, will sing classic hymns and anthems. First Congregational Church, Saginaw; 989-754-6565, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. April 8 – 11, 7:30 p.m. April 12, 3 p.m. Admission $16/seniors $12/students $10. A Broadway musical and satire of big business and all it holds sacred. Malcolm Field Theatre, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-4261, Yes, We Can! Sunday Performances. April 12 and May 3, 3 p.m. Admission $8. Creative 360’s Yes, We Can! Sunday Performances feature the talents of area poets, dancers, and musicians who are 80

Saginaw Valley Concert Association: Daniel Narducci Concert. April 19, 3 p.m. Admission fee. Classic American baritone Daniel Narducci is a multi-faceted artist whose talents have been captured through live stage presentations, recordings, documentaries, and television. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-7547469, Saginaw Bay Symphony Chamber Ensemble: “Russian Tales.” April 19, 3 p.m. Admission $20 or $25. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, Youth Choirs Spring. April 22, 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. Over 100

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enthusiastic youths will put a smile on your face in this one-hour concert showcasing talented local performers. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. “Broadway Showstoppers.” April 25, 8 p.m. Admission $20/ students $15. An evening of live music from “The Great White Way” featuring favorites from shows such as Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, and Camelot, as well as current hits. Presented by a talented selection of Center Stage singers. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, Wild Kratts Live! April 26, 3 p.m. Admission is $15 - $30. Brothers Martin and Chris Kratt pull on their creature power vests and gloves and are off. Slapstick fun while learning about animals and their natural habitats. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. The Sound of Music. April 30, May 1 – 2, and 7 – 9, 8 p.m. May 3 and 10, 3 p.m. Tickets $22/$20 seniors/$10 students. The musical story of the von Trapp family. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-8935555, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Family Night at the Movies. May 1, 8 p.m. Tickets $12, $37, or $42/students $7, $20, or $22. Performance of pieces including “The Flight to Neverland” from Hook, “Parade of the Charioteers” from Ben-Hur, and many more. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. Family Discovery Days: LIVE Animal Encounter. May 2, 1 p.m. Admission is $8. Recommended for children ages 4 and older. Upclose, face-to-face encounter with live birds of prey: owls, raptors, and more. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-6315930, Friends of Celtic Culture: Old Blind Dogs. May 2, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Irish-style music. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660,

The Game’s Afoot. May 8 – 9 and 15 – 16, 7:30 p.m. May 10 and 17, 3 p.m. Tickets $20/$16 students. The danger and hilarity are nonstop in this glittering whodunit. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, Next to Normal. May 8 – 9 and 15 – 16, 8 p.m. May 10 and 17, 3 p.m. Admission fee. A contemporary musical about how a suburban household copes with crisis and the unpredictability of a mother’s worsening bipolar disorder. Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pit & Balcony Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, www. Organ Recital: Marilyn Keiser. May 15, 7 p.m. Admission $20 (suggested donation). An internationally-respected organist, Marilyn Keiser, performs her recital in the culminating event of the 2014-2015 Friends of Music Series, dedicating the Frances Goll Mills Memorial Pipe Organ. First Congregational Church, Saginaw; 989-754-6565, Volbeat. May 18, 7 p.m. Admission $39.50 in advance/$45 day of show. Volbeat performs along with special guest Anthrax. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1330,

Nature Spring Break Mini Day Camp. March 31 – April 2, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fee $100/CNC members $80. For ages 5 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Three-day adventure. Each day includes hiking, playing games, singing songs, and exploring the CNC property. Campers 8 years of age and older are invited to camp out at the Visitor Center on Thursday night, and can be picked up at 9 a.m. on Friday. Overnight experience is an additional $20. Register by March 27. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

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Spring Exploration Days. Through April 5. Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Enjoy spring break from school at this indoor program that includes a variety of self-guided, hands-on exploration stations. Experiments, fun facts, crafts, and scavenger hunts. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Full Moon Stroll. April 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free admission. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Walk by the light of the full moon; April’s full moon is known as the “Grass” moon. Look for animal tracks, listen for owls, and check for other sights and sounds. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Paddling Midland County. April 16, 7 – 8 p.m. Free. For ages 15 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. A visual exploration of places to paddle throughout Midland County using maps, satellite images, and photography. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Nature’s Eggs Extravaganza. April 4. Hunt times are 10, 10:30, 11, or 11:30 a.m. Register by March 31. For ages 3 to 12 years; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Each child will make his/her own egg hunt bag, then venture into the woods to search high and low for hidden eggs. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. In Search of Woodcock and Snipe Hike. April 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Twohour hike at CNC, where hopefully you see the birds putting on their spectacular mating displays. Wear dark clothing to aid in getting up close to the birds at night. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Birds & Bagels Hike. April 11, 8 – 10 a.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Birders of all experience levels are welcome to see, listen, and enjoy birding. Bring binoculars, or borrow a pair. Warm up with bagels and hot drinks afterwards.

Families in Nature: All About Birds. April 11, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Learn about different kinds of birds, their songs, nests, and feathers, and spend time looking for avian friends. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Thursday Preschool Story Hour: Love Your World. April 16, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Ages 3 – 5 with adult accompaniment. An hour of learning about nature with a story, craft, outdoor activity, song, art, and age-appropriate activities. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Birding Saginaw Bay. April 18, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register by April 10. Fee $40/CNC members $32. For ages 15 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Bring a sack lunch, beverage, and dress for the weather. Expect to see ducks, geese, herons, and more. CNC has a spotting scope, binoculars, and field guides to share. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Discovering Vernal Pools. April 18, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Explore vernal pools, the special wetland home to many aquatic invertebrates such as fairy shrimp, side swimmers, and fingernail clams. Meet at the Visitor Center. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Spring Fling at Discovery Preserve. April 18, 3 – 4 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Search for signs of spring in nature. Discovery Preserve, Bay City; 989-631-0830,

teachers a personal experience in nature while enjoying social and educational time with other teachers from the Great Lakes Bay Region. Wear mud boots, and explore nature. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Creating a Butterfly Garden. April 19, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Focus on planning a garden to attract butterflies; indoor program. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Birds & Bagels Hike. May 2, 7 - 9 a.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Beginner and experienced birders alike are invited to join Jeanne Henderson for two hours of birding CNC’s trails, followed by refreshments in the Visitor Center. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Birding Walk at Forestview Preserve. April 22, 8 – 10 a.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Casual stroll in search of resident and migrant birds. Beginner and expert birders alike are welcome. Loaner binoculars are available. Forestview Preserve, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter. Experience Earth Day. April 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All ages welcome. Free event. Plant a young tree or bush, take home native wildflower seeds, and learn about native Michigan plants, recycling programs, and ways your family can live a “green” lifestyle. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Kayaking the Kawkawlin Flooding. April 30, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Register by April 24. Fee $25/ CNC members $20. For ages 15 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Explore the Kawkawlin River Flooding in northern Midland County in a kayak. Meet at the CNC Visitor Center. All gear is provided. Bring a snack and water bottle. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Teacher’s Night in Nature: Sights & Sounds of Spring. April 30, 6 – 8 p.m. Register by April 26. Free. For ages 18 and older. Designed to provide public and private school

Saturday Preschool Story Hour: An Earthworm’s Life. May 2, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Free. Ages 3 – 5 with adult accompaniment. An hour of learning about nature with a story, craft, outdoor activity, song, art, and age-appropriate activities. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. May 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. A guided walk by the light of the moon. Listen for the sounds of many nocturnal animals including frogs, deer, and coyotes. Flashlights are optional. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Wildflower Walk at Szok Preserve. May 6, 4 – 6 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Leisurely walk to discover woodland wildflowers, ferns, and flowering trees. Albert and Virgina Szok Preserve, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter. Birding Ohio: Crane Creek Region. May 8, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by April 29. Fee $305/ CNC members $244. A threeday trip to explore a variety of habitats at sites such as Crane Creek State Park, Magee Marsh

Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, and Oak Openings Metropark. Stop at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center, too. In past years, up to 140 species have been seen. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Homestead Sunday. Every Sunday, May 24 - September 6, 1 - 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the Homestead Farm. Kids of all ages can help with chores, play traditional games, and visit the farm animals. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Families in Nature: Frog Foray. May 9, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Guided search for amphibians. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Native Plant Sale. May 29, 12 – 7 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Here’s your chance to purchase ferns, trees, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers that are native to Michigan. Soughtafter species that are not readily available from local retailers will be available. Come early for the best selection! Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Binoculars and Birds. May 20, 8 – 9 a.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Look and listen for nesting birds and late migrants. Beginner and experienced birders alike are welcome. Loaner binoculars are available. Discovery Preserve, Bay City; 989-631-0830, www. Spring Wildflowers by Golf Cart. May 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Register by May 15. Fee $15/ CNC members $12. For ages 18 and older. Designed for people with limited mobility. Explore the Meadow Mouse trail along the Pine River and the Beech Maple Woods along the Chippewa River. Hear about wildflower culture, uses, and how to identify them. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Local Kayak Trip. May 21, 6 – 9 p.m. Register by May 17. Fee $25/ CNC members $20. For ages 15 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. A leisurely kayak trip down the river. Learn about the natural and cultural history found along the way. If weather or water conditions are not favorable, this trip will be canceled (determined the afternoon of the trip at CNC’s discretion) and participants will be refunded. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Turtle Trek. May 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Venture out with educator Victoria Zablocki for a fast-paced turtle hike, seeking out nesting Spiny Softshell Turtles, elusive Blanding’s Turtles, shy Wood Turtles, and more. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Networking Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. April 2, May 7, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-757-2112, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. April 7, May TBD, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Held at Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. April 9, May 14, 5 – 7 p.m. Free networking event. April 9, Chemical Bank, Saginaw; May 14, location TBD. 989-757-2112, www.

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Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: WakeUp! Midland. April 10, May 1, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Held at Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; to register, call 989-839-9522, or visit

highlighted. Ambassador of the Year Award, Chamber Challenge Award, and Diplomat of the Year Award will be presented. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-2115, www.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. Meets second Monday of every month. Saginaw; 989-753-1999,

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Chamber 101. May 26, 8 – 9 a.m. Members-only event. Saginaw; 989-757-2112, www.

Midland Area Chamber Connection. April 15, May 20, 5 – 7 p.m. For chamber members only. April 15, Midland Center for the Arts. May 20, Garber Chevrolet. Midland; 989-839-9522,

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business Over Breakfast. April and May TBD. Mt. Pleasant; 989-772-2396,

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. April 16, May TBD, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Paramount Rehabilitation Services, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. 152nd Annual Meeting. April 17, 11:30 – 1 p.m. Tickets $45/table of eight $340. Innovations, programs, and future of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce will be


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Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. April and May TBD. Mt. Pleasant; 989-772-2396, Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to jen@greatlakesbaymag. com. 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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ark and Melissa Wahl, owners of Cobblestone Homes, knew that they wanted to build great homes, but they also wanted to have a great company. Today, Cobblestone Homes is a complete concept-to-design custom home building company. As the volume of lumber purchased for building homes has increased over the years, so has the Cobblestone Homes team. Great companies are always about great people. The area’s finest craftsmen can be seen working on Cobblestone Homes’ building sites, bringing homeowners’ dreams to life. And the processes and practices put in place in every home Cobblestone Homes builds is what sets the company apart from other home builders on a national level. “When Cobblestone Homes stepped into a unique partnership with The Dow Chemical Company, it helped hone our building processes with cutting-edge technologies,” says Mark Wahl. Cobblestone Homes is a company where innovation meets craftsmanship. Its homes are built with materials that are not only environmentally friendly, but also technologically advanced. At the same time, the homes feature old-world craftsmanship that you won’t find anywhere else in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Cobblestone Homes’ desire to build the best homes for area residents is evidenced by some of the awards and recognition the company has received over the years.

COBBLESTONE AWARDS 2005 – Committed to building 100 percent ENERGY STAR homes 2006 – First recipient of Michigan ENERGY STAR grant 2007 – Built first certified GreenBuilt™ Michigan green home 2008 – Built first certified American Lung Association Health House 2009 – Built first LEED certified home

5474 Garfield Rd, Ste 2 | Saginaw, MI 989-692-0140 | “None of these achievements would have been possible without the many teams of exceptional people who have helped us build this company. For this, we are grateful,” says Wahl. With each recognition and award Cobblestone Homes receives, employees strive to maintain a better way of crafting homes by incorporating new lessons and techniques that they’ve learned. “Cobblestone Homes builds not only the best homes, but the best team, best partnerships, best friendships, and the best dreams for our homeowners,” says Melissa Wahl. “A better-built home refers to more than the dwellings that are created. It’s a better-built brand in the home building industry.” That’s the Cobblestone Homes commitment.

2010 – Built first Net Zero Energy home in Michigan 2011 – Received EVHA National Gold Award 2011 – Began offering the Remote Energy Monitoring System in homes 2011 – Built first affordable Net Zero Energy home 2011 – Featured in HGTV nationwide television show 2011 – Received Dow Diamond High Performance Builder Award 2012 – Received Department of Energy National Builders Challenge Award 2013 and 2014 – Won Greatest Home Builder in Great Lakes Bay magazine’s Greatest of the Great Lakes Bay reader poll 2014 – Winner of Best American Custom Home Builder - Cross Border Builder Challenge 2014 – Received U.S. Housing Innovation Award, awarded to the top one percent of all custom home builders in America


Sears, Roebuck and Co. Mail-order Barns BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING


his 1935 photo shows an early Sears, Roebuck mail-order barn owned by Richard Sass, Mackinaw Road, Pinconning, since 1964. Men pictured are currently unidentified. It is known, however, that this barn was initially erected by Pinconning postal worker Arthur Durkee. A date embedded in the barn’s foundation includes one vague digit (4), suggesting likely 1914 construction. A Sears mail-order silo plan offered in 1914 possibly was used to construct the silo. In Sears, Roebuck Book of Barns: A Reprint of the 1919 Catalog (Rebecca Hunter, 2005), the preface coauthors, Hunter and Dale Wolicki, explain that Sears, Roebuck and Co., Chicago, was founded in 1886, by 22-year-old Richard Warren Sears. Then, mail order companies were developing as marketing of goods by mail became possible with the expansion of transportation facilities and rural postal delivery. From 1908-1914, Sears sold plans for houses/cottages by mail, with sufficient standard-sized materials for construction. In 1915, Sears began selling precut/kit homes, offering mortgage financing until 1933. From 1911-1917, Sears also offered barn plans and materials. Sears 1918 first specialty The Book of Barns catalog offered precut/kit farm buildings that sold until about 1930. Foundations were not included. The 1919 Sears reprint catalog plus Hunter and Wolicki’s findings reveal the barn pictured to be nearly identical to the Gothic rounded-roof “Big Chief” Modern Bank Barn, No. 3022, advertised as “Already Cut and Fitted.” Sears pre-cut kits furnished everything needed, including Fire Chief Shingle Roll Roofing that “resembles painted shingles.” Seroco mineral barn paint was available in various barrel/can sizes in Oxide Red, Dark Gray, Yellow, and Maroon. Five other mail order companies also supplied agricultural buildings until 1920. Photo courtesy of Janice Sass, Bay County.

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