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Dow Corning Employee Spotlight Miguel Atkinson, Manufacturing Technician As a high school student, Miguel Atkinson may not have been able to tell you exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up, but he did know that a positive attitude and an outstanding work ethic would get him there. Atkinson stood out in the machine trades program at Bay-Arenac ISD, winning at the regional SkillsUSA competition and going on to compete at the state level. After working for about three years as a research and development department co-op, Atkinson received an opportunity from Dow Corning Compound Semiconductor Solutions to expand his career by working the swing shift at Dow Corning while continuing his education. In the process, he earned an associate in applied science degree in manufacturing and industrial technology, as well as two additional certifications – computer numerical control (CNC) programming and job safety and planning. Today, he has the title of manufacturing technician. Atkinson especially enjoys the ever-changing nature of his career. Every day offers a new challenge, and his flexibility and multitasking abilities have helped

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reatest. Best. Finest. Top. Premier. Preminent. Most excellent. Those were words—and plenty more like them—bandied about by you, our readers, in the comments section on ballots you cast in the annual Greatest of the Great Lakes Bay reader poll.You used those words, superlatives, to describe your favorite places to go, things to do, where to eat, and what to buy (and where to buy it) in our region. Superlatives, by definition, are considered an exaggerated form of expression. They indicate that something is greater than any other possible degree of a given descriptor. They resemble “good,” if good had just shot-gunned 10 Red Bulls. And yet when it comes to declaring pizza or a place to buy a birthday cake the epitome of its kind, we have to pause for a moment. That’s because any superlative of good—just like beauty—is a very personal assessment.You might like stuffed crust and double cheese. I’m a thin crust, margherita purist.You fall for a cake draped in fondant. I swoon for one with swirls of buttercream (made with real butter). The superlative we choose, like the item we use a superlative to describe, is truly an individual preference. However you define quality, no matter your notion of a personal best, we know you’ll find something to love—after all, 1,217 of your fellow readers did—in this issue, beginning on page 28.

PATI LaLONDE is a freelance writer living in Bay City. She enjoys gardening, cooking, walking, and her three grandsons.

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Recipes, says family matriarch Dorothy Zehnder, are the secret to her cooking and baking success


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Kitchen Wisdom Recipes, says family matriarch Dorothy Zehnder, are the secret to her cooking and baking success


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Above: Dorothy Zehnder seasons her new cookbook with history and memories Left: Zehnder prepares to serve up one of her world-famous recipes in the Bavarian Inn kitchen


hen Dorothy Zehnder published her first cookbook, Come Cook with Me, in 2011, she thought she was finished with the book publishing world. “For the first book, I picked out all the recipes that are personal to me,” says the Zehnder family matriarch. “I didn’t think I would do a second [cookbook] because I had used all my favorite [recipes].” However, her son, Bill (William Zehnder, president of Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn), had other ideas. Bill asked Zehnder to come up with a few more of her favorites, sending her back into her collection of well over 1,000 recipes that she has been collecting and creating for more than 80 years. All of the recipes have been taste-tested in Zehnder’s kitchen or at one of her Frankenmuth restaurants with her family. Zehnder found 100 more recipes and combined them with 95 favorites from her first cookbook. From My Kitchen to Yours, her second cookbook, was released last September,

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featuring a smiling Zehnder holding a Bavarian Inn “Schwarzwalder” (Black Forest) Torte on the cover. The new cookbook includes recipes of restaurant favorites such as butter horns, cranberry-orange relish, potato cheese puffs, and more. While From My Kitchen to Yours is full of recipes, kitchen wisdom, and tips from the woman who has been managing the kitchen at Bavarian Inn since 1950, it also includes something more. “It’s not just a cookbook, but a history book,” Zehnder says. Those who don’t know the history of the Zehnder family, or those who just want to hear it again, will find the book to be a good read. It’s filled with history and memories of the years gone by. This time around, Zehnder got her family involved. Her children and grandchildren shared their favorite recipes, as well as memories they associate with times when their favorite dish was served. When things happen in the Zehnder family, Zehnder says, they happen in the kitchen, around the grill, or at a picnic table.

There is one recipe you won’t find in the book: Bavarian Inn’s Chicken Pasta Salad, one of Zehnder’s original recipes. Zehnder writes in her book that she created the recipe to feed hundreds of people, and she didn’t think she could match the flavor by cutting it down to just four servings. And, of course, Zehnder is mum on the recipe for her famous chicken. Recipes, says Zehnder, are the secret to the success of the Bavarian Inn, a restaurant that is known nationwide. Everything that is served at Bavarian Inn is made using a recipe, and 93-year-old Zehnder is in the kitchen from Tuesday through Saturday, making sure things are done the same way they have been done since the beginning. “It’s a blessing,” Zehnder says of her life. “I get up in the morning and know what I’m going to do during the day. I love to cook and I love to bake. It has kept me young.” Copies of the cookbook are available at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Patrons who stop by on Saturdays between 2 and 4 p.m. can get a copy signed by the author herself. The cookbook is also available online at


Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters



1776 The Fourth of July honors America’s Independence Day, when our nation declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. The national holiday is marked with parades, barbecues, and, of course, fireworks.

“The Dog Days of Summer” refers to the weeks between July 3 and August 11, named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.

Get fired up for one of the largest fireworks displays not only in Michigan, but in the Midwest! The Bay City Fireworks Festival (Wenonah Park, 801 Water St, Bay City, 989-892-2264) is July 2-4.

Beat the heat, and have a “doggone good time,” at Bark in the Park (Chippewassee Park, Midland, 989-941-2585). Humans and canines can socialize from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 8 and 22, and August 12 and 26.

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Robert Heft, at age 17, proposed a project idea to his teacher, who turned it down. Heft went ahead, received a B-, and issued a challenge: an “A” if his project was accepted by Congress. In 1958, Heft officially got his “A.” Pay tribute to our Heft-designed 50-star American flag at the beginning of each Great Lakes Loons game (825 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-2255).

2,663,157 For a “portable ice chest,” Richard C. Laramy was issued U.S. Patent Number 2,663,157 on December 22, 1953. Folks in the United Kingdom now refer to his invention as cool-boxes. In the United States, we call them coolers. Whether plastic, with wheels, or maybe even equipped with builtin-speakers, stock your “portable ice chest” at Water Front Market and Deli (925 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-1330). 18 Great Lakes Bay | July/August 2015

The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas serves a Quadruple Bypass Burger recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most calorific burger. The two-pound, quadruple-decker hamburger includes eight slices of American cheese and 20 slices of bacon, and contains over 9,000 calories!


Stick to reasonably big, unforgettably tasty burgers at Farmer’s Home Tavern (215 W Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-642-2546).

As much a part of American summer food dishes as hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, and potato salad, coleslaw got its name from the Dutch “koolsla,” meaning “kool” (cabbage) and “sla” (salad). One cup of cabbage supplies 54 percent daily value of vitamin C, even more than oranges. Eat to your health with coleslaw from Bill’s Place (4991 East Rd, Saginaw, 989-746-9030).

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Also called bee balm, this wild bergamot is a favorite flower for many bees

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ative wildflowers bloom all summer long in a native plant garden. Plants that historically evolved here, adapting to our climate and soils, are relatively easy to grow and maintain. Flowers advertise their nectar and pollen to pollinating insects with colorful petals or sepals, sweet scents, and different sizes and textures. Here are a few species that are pleasing to humans and pollinators alike: Bergamot: Wild bergamot is also known as bee balm because it is a bee magnet. Its scientific name, Monarda fistulosa, recognizes the Spanish physician and plant scientist

LEFT: The white tubes of foxglove beardtongue are not too deep for this bumblebee

BELOW: The florets, shaped like pipes, hold abundant nectar

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BELOW: The star-shaped structure of milkweed blossoms offers nectar and pollen within ABOVE: One of the few orange native wildflowers, this butterflyweed brightens any garden

Nicolas Monardes, who published a book in 1571 on the medicinal values of American plants, and fistulosa, meaning “full of pipes,” which describes the tubular florets. With 20 to 30 lavender florets per globeshaped flower cluster, each insect finds enough nectar in one location to satisfy itself. Hummingbirds and many butterflies also visit this flower. Bergamot likes a sunny location and will readily spread in a few years. Brushing past the leaves, you smell their citrus-minty aroma, which can also be brewed in tea. Milkweed: Three milkweed species bloom through summer. Common milkweed offers a ballshaped cluster of pink florets, preferring loamy soil in sunny locations. Swamp milkweed sports a curved platform of purplish florets, growing best in moist soil of marshes, ditches, or rain gardens. Butterflyweed’s bright orange clusters like sunny drier sites, even growing in sandy soil. Each Asclepias (milkweed) flower is an intricate five-pointed star pattern. Anthers form hoods over horn-shaped nectar-producing chambers. Between them are slits that contain the pollen and the stigma

BELOW: Swamp milkweed easily grows in the moist soil of rain gardens

opening where pollen must be delivered to reach the ovaries, thus producing seeds. Milkweeds are host plants for monarch caterpillars and a community of bugs, beetles, leafhoppers, and predatory insects. Beardtongue: Foxglove beardtongue’s tubular white flowers acquired their name from the tuft of hairs on one of the stamens. The stalked flower clusters stand above the paired leaves, with purple lines leading inward. Beardtongue is a good choice for prairie gardens, borders, or rock gardens. Plants spread by slowcreeping rhizomes to form desirable clumps. Coreopsis: Lance-leaved coreopsis attracts butterflies to its bright yellow petals. A lowmaintenance, hardy plant, it blooms for several weeks and is good for naturalizing an area because it readily reseeds. Choose a variety of species for your pollinator-friendly gardens!

Sweet stuff. Nectar is a sugar-rich fluid produced by glands at the base of flowers. It’s made of natural sugars—55 percent sucrose, 24 percent glucose, and 21 percent fructose—and is the sugar source for honey. Different flower species allow honeybees to make different flavors of honey. Mammals that eat flowers, such as rabbits, deer, or squirrels, also benefit from these nutrients. Hide and seek. Insects find nectar by following the lines of color inside flower corollas, drawing them to the center. We easily notice many of these nectar guides, but others only bees can see. To bees that see ultraviolet light, some plants such as sunflowers appear to show a bull’s-eye pattern on the petals around a dark center where the nectar is made. Try looking at your flowers with a UV light sometime. Pollen particulars. Pollen moved by insects is usually heavier than pollen spread by the wind, such as the pollen from grasses or trees. Pollen grains come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Scientists who find pollen buried underground can identify the species that existed long ago, helping them picture ancient environments. Hang out the welcome sign. To attract more pollinators, plant similar-colored flowers in adjacent groups. Choose at least three species for each season—spring, summer, and fall—to ensure a continuum of blooms.

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Bay City Fireworks Festival Have a blast in Bay City through 7/4 at the carnival and fireworks shows!





Free Concert Series in the Park Hear tunes and tributes on Sundays at Frankenmuth’s Memorial Park. Through 8/16.



10 PRIDE Friday Night Live Concerts Boogie down to Saginaw’s Morley Plaza for free concerts. Through 8/14.



Tuesday Movies in the Park Watch free movies at Bay City’s Wenonah Park. Through 8/25.


The 9th Annual Motorfest Witness a 21-gun salute with taps, a parade, and more in Old Town Saginaw.

Dow Corning Young People’s Summer Series Enjoy 11:30 a.m. free concerts on Wednesdays at Wenonah Park. Through 8/26.


Tim McGraw with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant Swoon and sway outdoors at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant.

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18 Michigan Antiques & Collectible Festival Score finds, swap goods, and catch a car auction in Midland. Through 7/19.




Jazz in the Garden Savor the sounds Wednesdays at Saginaw’s Andersen Enrichment Center. Through 7/29.

Folk Fest Sundays Take in traditional folk music at Midland’s Dow Gardens.






Eve of Destruction Plus Bombers Get revved up at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run.


Munger Potato Festival Family fun, live music, bingo, and more is in Munger. Through 8/2.










The 4th Annual Michigan Honey Festival Find all-things-sweet at Frankenmuth’s Harvey Kern Pavilion.



Saginaw County Fair Ride, pet, peruse, and play in Chesaning. Through 8/8.









Dirt Fest Outdoor Concert Festival Hear acts from multiple stages, rain or shine, at the Birch Run Expo Center.




The 4th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue Take part in a tasty competition and more at Birch Run’s Expo Center.

Great Lakes Gathering Celebrate Irish and Celtic music and tastes at Saginaw’s FirstMerit Bank Event Park.




Midland Folk Music Festival Gather, listen, play, and learn at the Midland County Fairgrounds. Through 8/30.

Dow Gardens Outdoor Movies Watch a movie under the stars at Midland’s Dow Gardens.

Summer Music Fest Frankenmuth Celebrate cultural music, food, fun, and the Fabulous Hubcaps. Through 8/22.


Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market Stock up on fresh, local produce and baked goods, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.






Midland County Fair Enjoy all-day bracelets, rides, animals, and grandstand shows. Through 8/22.



The 150th Annual Bay County Fair & Youth Expo Enjoy racing pig shows and tractor pulls in Bay City. Through 8/8.

Art Walk Central Partake in Mt. Pleasant’s community-wide art competition. Through 8/22.





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CAFFEINE FIX Coffee Chaos Midland


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BREAKFAST Uptown Grill Bay City

MARTINI LIST Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar Saginaw

APPETIZERS Whine Midland INDULGENT DESSERT The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw Township DRAFT BEER SELECTION Frankenmuth Brewery Frankenmuth

NEW YORKSTYLE PIZZA Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria Bay City

BREWERY (LOCAL) Frankenmuth Brewery Frankenmuth

ULTIMATE BURGER American Kitchen Bay City

HOTTEST WINGS Sporty’s Wing Shack and Smoke House Pinconning UNIQUE MENU Michigan on Main Bar and Grill Frankenmuth

BARBECUE Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus Frankenmuth

HOME COOKIN’ Riverside Family Restaurant Freeland


CAMILLE’S ON THE RIVER, MOUNT PLEASANT Inside, on the patio, or out in the garden, Camille’s brings the freshest meals possible to guests (from an ever-changing menu), with produce grown in the restaurant’s own garden, or sourced from local farms and bakeries. “What goes on the menu is what is coming out of the garden,” says executive chef and general manager Brent Peterson.

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DOW DIAMOND, MIDLAND Hot dogs, super nachos, Philly cheese steak, gyros, and healthy wraps and salads: There is more variety of food than at most major league stadiums, says Jenny Smart, general manager of food and beverage. Loons’ fans can wet their whistle with Michigan microbrews, wine, and mixed drinks, along with nonalcoholic choices.

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KID-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE Pizza Sam’s Midland ITALIAN Villa D’Alessandro Midland CHINESE Pi’s Chinese Restaurant Midland MEXICAN Los Cuatro Amigos Bay City and Saginaw Township

STEAKHOUSE Siniikaung Steakhouse (in Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort) Mount Pleasant INDIAN Kabob & Curry House Saginaw Township DINING DEALS Harvey’s Grill and Bar Bay City and Saginaw Township SUSHI SELECTION Midori Sushi and

Martini Lounge Mount Pleasant SOUL FOOD Magic Kitchen & Catering Saginaw CHICAGO-STYLE PIZZA B & C Pizza Bay City and Saginaw Township GUILT-FREE LUNCH Heather’s Restaurant Bay City

DRINK SPECIALS Harvey’s Grill and Bar Bay City and Saginaw Township HAPPY HOUR Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie Frankenmuth DELI Max & Emily’s Eatery Mount Pleasant OUTDOOR DINING Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie Frankenmuth



COPS & DOUGHNUTS, CLARE Real cops selling real doughnuts made from scratch! Doughnut lovers won’t find any preservatives here. “We use real sugar, real butter, all the good ingredients,” says Greg Rynearson, president and one of the nine bakery owners. The cops’ Driftwood Doughnut won first place in the Doughnut Showdown on the Food Network in 2014.

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FISH MARKET Huron Fish Co. Saginaw WINE AND SPIRITS SELECTION Ideal Party Store Bay City PLACE TO CUT YOUR OWN HOLIDAY TREE Kluck Nursery, Inc. Thomas Township GOURMET INGREDIENTS Eastman Party Store Midland BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Unique Bridal Auburn CANDY STORE St. Laurent Brothers Bay City HAND-TAILORED SUITS Edward’s Men’s Shop Saginaw Township WINTER GEAR The Stable Outdoor Outfitters Saginaw

HEALTH FOOD STORE Nature’s Gift Organic Market Midland PLACE TO BE FITTED FOR A BRA Corset Shop Intimates Saginaw Township SELL-YOUR-GOLD SHOP Stan’s Gold Mine Jewelry Store Bay City FLOORING SELECTION A. T. Frank Floorcovering Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw GARDENING GOODS Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center Saginaw WEDDING CAKE SugarHigh Bakery Frankenmuth CHEESE ASSORTMENT Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Frankenmuth

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PARTY SUPPLY STORE The Paper Place Midland

NEW CAR DEALERSHIP Garber Automotive Group

VINTAGE/RESALE CLOTHING Twice is Nice Resale Boutique Midland

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FURNITURE STORE Art Sample Home Saginaw

Garber Chrysler Group Kochville Township

CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE Sweet Peach Baby Boutique Bay City HOME LIGHTING SELECTION Wholesale Electric Supply Bay City HOME DÉCOR TriCity Furniture Auburn PLACE TO BUY HOLIDAY DECORATIONS Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland Frankenmuth

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BIRTHDAY CAKE Mary’s Creative Cakery Thomas Township



KUHN YOUNG DESIGN GROUP, BAY CITY Giving clients their own unique space, with an eye to the budget, has kept this designer in business 27 years. Working from 100 percent referrals, Kuhn Young treats his clients like family. “Some clients go back 25 years, and I’m now working with their kids,” he says. “They trust me, and they know my work.”

SPA U Spa, Salon & More Freeland HAIR SALON Shapers Aveda Lifestyle Salon Saginaw Township FACIALIST Angela U Spa, Salon & More Freeland MANI/PEDI Nicole Salon Decadence Saginaw Township HAIR COLORIST Amy Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa Saginaw Township

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PLACE TO GET BOTOX Ziba Medical Spa Saginaw Township COSMETIC SURGERY Steven Morris, MD Plastic Surgery Institute Midland HAIR STYLIST Sonnet Prime Cut Hair Design Saginaw Township HAIR REMOVAL SPECIALIST Ruth U Spa, Salon & More Freeland BARBERSHOP The Buzz Haircuts Bay City PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR BIG DAY Molly Lyn Photography On location; based out of Essexville LANDSCAPER Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center Saginaw FURNITURE RESTORATION Hensler Furniture Restoration, Inc. Saginaw Township

DOG GROOMER The Animal Pal Auburn

DRY CLEANER Roth Cleaners Bay City and Midland

PERSONAL TRAINER Sarah Fechter Sarah Fechter Fitness Saginaw Township

REALTOR Matt Hechlik and Mike Dore Keller Williams Realty Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw

GYM OR FITNESS STUDIO Seung-ni Fit Club Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE InMotion Dance Academy Midland FLORIST Paul’s Flowers Bay City PLACE TO GET INKED VooDoo Tattoo Bay City WORKOUT CLASS Barre at Element22 Midland BAR TO SING YOUR HEART OUT AT Decker’s Sports Bar Midland CIDER APPLE DOUGHNUTS Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm Freeland

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CATERER That Guy’s BBQ Bay City

PLACE FOR MUSIC LESSONS Herter Music Center Bay City

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Portraits by Rachel Starr On location; based out of Bay City

WEDDING VENUE Bavarian Inn Lodge Frankenmuth HOME REMODELER Bass Contracting Midland HOME BUILDER Cobblestone Home Builders Saginaw Township

SPRAY-ON TAN Global Tan Multiple Great Lakes Bay Region locations

VETERINARIAN Midland Animal Clinic Midland HOME CLEANING SERVICE ServiceMaster Clean Saginaw COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICE Markey Maintenance Services Saginaw

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CHELSEA MASON, DDS, FAMILY DENTISTRY, SAGINAW TOWNSHIP Coming from a family of dentists, Chelsea Mason, DDS, believes in being accessible, treating her patients as if they were her family, and being available by phone or text around the clock. “I always say, if this were my mouth, or my mom or sister[’s], this is what I would recommend for them,” Mason says.

LOCAL ARTIST Armin Mersmann Artist in Residence and Museum School Manager Midland Center for the Arts Midland

RESTAURATEUR Amy Zehnder General Manager Bavarian Inn Frankenmuth

CHEF Tony Gojcaj Willow Tree Restaurant Saginaw Township and West Branch

CAR SALESMAN Matt Larson Garber Buick Saginaw Township

ORTHODONTIST David T. Copus, DDS, MS Copus Orthodontics Bay City

PEDIATRICIAN Robert Thill, MD Children’s Medical Group of Saginaw Bay Saginaw

BARTENDER Jessica Schlott Beef O’ Brady’s Saginaw Township

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WILLY’S MINI GOLF COURSE, BAVARIAN INN LODGE, FRANKENMUTH A whimsical space of bright colors and large LED-lighted trees surrounds an 18-hole miniature golf course. It beckons families to test their golf skills, while winding their way around curves, little Bavarian houses, and rocks. Part of Willy’s (the dinosaur) Kingdom fun center, Perks Club member families get a round of golf free on Wednesdays.

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he Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café are bringing new life to a historic downtown Saginaw location. The Bancroft House, located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Genesee Street, was built in 1858 by Jesse Hoyt and served as the anchoring structure around which the East Side of Saginaw developed. The building was eventually razed and rebuilt as a Chicago School-style hotel in 1915, and provided an indication to the city that even though the lumber industry was over, Saginaw was not. Now, the Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café are indicators of a new era being ushered into Saginaw’s downtown. They also echo the past, a time when cocktails and coffees were not just drinks, but opportunities to gather with friends and rekindle relationships. The bar and café opened last fall, with the simple mission to bring the Great Lakes Bay Region the highest quality wine, cocktails, teas, and coffee available. All are served in a beautiful and historic setting, featuring warm brick walls and rich wooden tables and bars. The Bancroft serves more than 150 different bottles of wine and has over 15 specialty cocktails and martinis at any given time, and the coffee house serves only the finest fair trade coffees and teas. The establishments serve up small plate appetizers and breakfast and lunch sandwiches. And anything on the menu is available at either establishment as long as the kitchen is open. Some popular choices are the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, which features seasoned chicken breast, pine nut pesto, and fresh tomato topped with basil and melted white cheddar on a Philly roll, or the Baked Brie. Also served is a selection of flatbreads, cheese boards, salads, and desserts. The Wine & Martini Bar features live acoustic music every Wednesday and live jazz every Sunday. Other weekly events include Martini Mondays and Ladies Night on Tuesdays. Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Coffee & Tea Café, 101 S Washington Ave and 107 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011, www.bancroftwinebar. com and Hours: Coffee: Sunday - Thursday (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.).Wine Bar: Sunday - Thursday (4 – 11 p.m.) and Friday - Saturday (4 p.m. – 2 a.m.).

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

2288. Buffet-style dining and createyour-own stir-fry using many types of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Full bar. Golden Buffet: 979 S Saginaw Rd (in Eastlawn Food Court), Midland, 989633-9888. Lunch and dinner buffets with meat and seafood dishes, soups, and desserts. Hello Sushi: 2575 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-790-0022. Sushi, sashimi, and rolls, traditional bento box meals, noodle dishes, and Japanese specialties. Daily specials and carryout. Hokkaido Japanese Steak & Sushi: 1818 Lawndale Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-1688. Open for lunch and dinner. Hibachi, sushi and sashimi, noodles and fried rice, and bento options from the wok. Mochi and tempura ice cream, cheesecake, and banana desserts. Hunan Restaurant: 3109 Bay Plaza Dr, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Favorites include general chicken, Mongolian beef, and crabmeat with corn soup. Takeout available. Jade Garden: 3211 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6997. Made-to-order Chinese dishes, appetizers, and soups, including the popular egg drop. 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

These listings have no relationship to advertising in Great Lakes Bay magazine. without MSG. Famous Chinese chicken salad, and a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian entrées. 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. Sushi ‘N’: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-7557. Sushi, sashimi, cooked and vegetarian selections, and rolls including the Golden California.

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

Saginaw Township, 989-401-4774. 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. Isabella’s at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5399. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts. Create your own pasta masterpiece. 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. MaMa Mia’s Pizzeria: 16535 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-642-6420. Pizzas topped with special four-cheese 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. The Brick Oven: 4328 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-486-9670. Italian eatery. Old-style, brick oven pizza, calzones, and bread rings stuffed with pasta or meatballs. 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,

Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-0691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Nino’s Neighbor: 1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792. Open during warm weather months. Healthy Italian cuisine; gluten-free and vegan options. Grilled margherita pizza, antipasto salad, garlic knots, tomato bisque, and pesto-topped salmon. Outdoor seating available. 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

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TASTE / DINING OUT ravioli, poached salmon, and panfried walleye. Extensive wine list. Live jazz music.

American and Mexican breakfast menu. Weekend breakfast buffet. Daily lunch buffet.

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.

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.

Los Cuatro Amigos: Two locations: 4570 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1700; and 310 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-686-8630. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials.

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.

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.

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.

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 store offers baklava, couscous, beans, spices, olives, olive oil, cheeses, and vegetarian foods. Tabouli, hummus, baba ghanoush, meat pies, and grape leaves available.

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. El Paso Grill: 4880 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-6599. Puffy tacos and shredded beef burrito with potatoes are favorites. Primarily takeout. El Patron: 1900 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9800. Authentic Mexican cuisine, including a buffet. Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts. 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. Los Cabos: 7467 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2255. Mexican staples, along with a full

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

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. 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.

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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. 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. Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: 500 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6525252. Gourmet coffee, teas, espresso treats, pastries, sandwiches, and wraps. Flavor-of-the-month coffee. Grounds for a Better World: 4951 Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-8391024; and 2020 Dow Center (Dow employees only), 1116 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-3300. Espressobased and gourmet-brewed coffees, teas, frappes, smoothies, chocolates, and homemade baked goods. Harless & Hugh Coffee: 1003 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-3274007. Specialty coffees made to order, tea made using authentic teasteeping methods, and mochas.

The Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery: 626 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2203. Freshroasted flavored blends and origin coffees, specialty drinks, cakes, pies, and cheesecake. Books, live music, local art, and Wi-Fi. Journeys Coffee House: Two locations: 201 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-8585, and 1550 S Poseyville Rd (Messiah Lutheran Church), Midland, 989-835-7143. Coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and gelato. Kaya Coffee House: 1029 S University Ave, Mt Pleasant, 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. 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 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.

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.

Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989301-0255. Mexican meals, pizza, burgers, wings, steak sandwiches, Coney dogs, and breakfast served anytime.

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.

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.”

Garden Restaurant in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0662. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sunday brunch.

Bradley’s Bistro: 216 Federal Ave, Saginaw. Farm-to-table restaurant with seasonal and locally-sourced foods. Lunch and dinner. Salads, house-made dressings, Bulgogi steak sandwich, and soba noodles with Swiss chard pesto. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Pub plates, salads, pizza, and light plates. Dinner features fish and chips, filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, and pretzel-crusted pork tenderloin. Children’s menu. The Malt Shop: 228 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-6696. Broasted chicken dinners, coney dogs, burgers, malts, and ice cream. The Maple Grille: 13105 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-233-2895. Farmto-table restaurant serves produce, meats, and fish from local sources. The Mean Rooster Diner: 1411 S Wenona St (in Meats & Mooore), Bay City, 989-893-5413. Homemade soups, sandwiches, pasta, gourmet pizzas, burgers, and hot dogs. Memory Lane Café: 1122 Tittabawassee Rd (inside Antique Warehouse), Kochville Township, 989-755-4343. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Mountain Town Station: 506 W Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, 866-3815022. 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), 989-817-4806.

Quiche, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mahi mahi, and New York strip. Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes in barbecued pulled pork and deli sandwiches. Old Town Drive-In: 807 S Granger (at Gratiot), Saginaw, 989-799-4162. Burgers, Coney dogs, fries, shakes, and root beer. Eat in your car or on ’50s-style diner stools. Takeout and catering. Oscar & Joey’s Road House: 12027 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-6249349. Prime rib, char-grilled rib eyes, burgers, and pan-seared walleye New Orleans. Wild game available upon request. Lunch specials. Perry’s Schuch Hotel & Restaurant: 301 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-799-2539. Veal tortellini, prime rib, and all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays. The Pit at BARTS: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Open pit Southern-style barbecue. Quarry Grill at Bucks Run: 1559 S Chippewa Rd, Mt. Pleasant, 989-779-9973. Champagne chicken, steak, gourmet burgers, and crowd favorite, venison chili. All-you-can-eat lake perch (Thursdays). Riverside Family Restaurant: 8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 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

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and subs. Freshly made homemade soups available daily and may be served in a warm bread bowl.

and restaurant with sophisticated comfort food, craft beer, and wine. Free Wi-Fi.

Wise Guys: 405 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-9588. Soups, sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, and gluten-free fare.

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

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.

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.

SugarHigh 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.

Zef’s Coney Island: 201 Third St, Bay City, 989-402-1220. Specializing in authentic Coney Island-style hotdogs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

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.

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.

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


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

Third Street Deli and Coffee House: 305 S Mable (M-13), Pinconning, 989-879-1236. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, and hot and cold specialty beverages. Wine and beer available.

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.

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, 989753-4321; 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, 989-249-8669. Steak sandwiches loaded with your favorite toppings and boat-sized banana splits. Tony’s Take-Out: 2331 S Michigan, Saginaw, 989-793-6250. Chicken strip baskets, pizza, steak sandwiches, catfish, smelt, perch, and cod fish dinners, and soups to go. Turkey Roost: 2273 S Huron Rd, Kawkawlin, 989-684-5200. Homemade “Thanksgiving every day” since 1955, complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Breakfast options, lunch and dinner turkey plates, hot turkey sandwiches, pie by the slice, and other desserts. Uptown Grille: 3 E Main St, Bay City, 989-439-1557. Upscale bistro serving breakfast and lunch. Sweet potato pancakes, banana bread French toast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups.

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

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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.

Water Front Market: 925 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-1330. Sandwiches made from fresh-baked artisan breads and with prime Dietz & Watson deli meats. Soups and Coney dogs. River view.

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

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. Mary’s Creative Cakery: 7494 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-7747. Design the perfect cake for your occasion. Decorated cookies and a full line of cake and candy-making supplies. Pâtisserie: 2715 Bay Rd, Saginaw, 989-921-2253. European-style desserts, fresh-baked breakfast pastries, 18 specialty cakes, nine varieties of cheesecake, custombaked celebration cakes, gourmet coffee, dips, and spreads. Petit 4 Pastry: 1600 Woodside Ave, Essexville, 989-891-0735. Cookies, doughnuts, breads, tortes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Special order cakes and catering available. SugarHigh Bakery: 925 S Main St, Ste G1, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400. Forty flavors of gourmet cupcakes, Italian gelato, cookies, cake pops, and specialty cakes. SugarRush Candy Shop: 925 S Main St, Ste G3, Frankenmuth, 989652-2578. Forty flavors of Ashby’s Michigan-made ice cream, candied almonds, fudge, and candies. St. Laurent Bros: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522. One-hundred percent natural peanut butter, handdipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates. Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies. Sweet Creations: www. Specialty and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cutout sugar cookies. 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, 989-6863500. Entrées include char-grilled steaks, blackened salmon, and chicken fettuccine. Sunday brunch. Jake’s Old City Grill: 100 S Hamilton at Court, Saginaw, 989-797-8325. Steaks, chops, seafood, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian entrées. Comprehensive martini and wine bar.

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-ownburgers. Enclosed outdoor patio seating. 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.

Saloon & Eatery 2nd Street Sports Pub: 274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, burritos, burgers, steak, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio seating. Aurora Buffet: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-7324537. Lunch and dinner buffet, soup and salad bar, carving station, and dessert bar. Every Tuesday is “BOGO Buffet”: buy one lunch or dinner buffet at regular price and get one free.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bay Street Station: 1313 Bay St, Saginaw, 989-791-1313. Salads, sandwiches, nachos, burgers, and quesadillas. Imported beers on tap.

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. Uptown Grill: 3 E Main St, Bay City. Upscale venue serving

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. 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. Cass River Yacht Club: 6154 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport, 989-7776460. Locally-famous “broaster” chicken, homemade soups, pizza, and daily specials. Catering and free hall rental. Creekside Bar & Grille: 9387 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989781-0050. Signature grilled pizza, Creek Crust (cheese bread sticks), burgers and sliders, special family recipe chicken burger, and more. Coonan’s Irish Hub: 1004 N Johnson, Bay City, 989-402-1177. Guinness stew, Irish fries, Reuben sandwiches, burgers, specialty hot dogs, and full bar. 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, 989-781-0101. Haddock, Gabby burger, smothered chicken, and microbrews. Gatsby’s Saloon & Eatery: 203 Center Ave, Bay City, 989922-5556. Pizza, steak, salmon, pastas, and sandwiches served in a ’20s-themed atmosphere. Premium liquors, beers, and wines. 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. John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches. Latitude 43 Grill & Bar: 1013 N Henry St, Bay City, 989-391-9868. Appetizers, salads, burgers, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and side dishes. Highdefinition TVs. 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. Mac’s Bar: 118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-772-0864. A 1930s Art Deco-style bar and restaurant. Innovative cuisine from local farms, including organic, vegan, and vegetarian options. Live jazz musicians. 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. 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. 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.

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TASTE / DINING OUT Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-793-7900. Small plate items, Rainmaker martini, nacho nights, happy hour events, and weekend entertainment. The Rathskeller: 600 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-0621. Full menu, daily specials, and drinks. Catch the game on one of 24 TVs. Rattlesnake Rick’s Roadhouse: 708 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989391-9722. Whether you like your meat or seafood mesquite grilled, smoked, barbecued, marinated, or char-grilled, you’ll find it here. 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. Rusty Saw Smokehouse BBQ: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-3322948. Located inside Lumber Barons Brewery. Slow-smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and burgers. Made-from-scratch side dishes include dirty rice, cornbread, and Carolina slaw The Savoy Grill: 127 S Franklin St, Saginaw, 989-755-5171. Upscale

American diner fare including turkey pesto ciabatta, steak chicken pesto pasta, and Val’s hot beef sandwich. Breakfast available. Sporty’s Wing Shack and Smokehouse: 4502 N Huron Rd, Pinconning, 989-879-6050, and 9620 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-6973. Wings (try the smokin’ cherry sauce favorite!) and burgers piled high. Draft beers. The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar: 805 E John St, Bay City, 989891-0100. Cozy seating areas for small groups. Live entertainment. Walk-in humidor offers more than 80 varieties of cigars. Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989-684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs. 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, 989-6526881. Pizzas, seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-790-2345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar. VNO New Age Restaurant & Wine Warehouse and Bay City Grill & Bar: 510 Midland St, Bay City, 989-460-0117. Serves small plates, including smoked salmon dip, calamari, escargot, and more than 25 wine selections by the glass or bottle; retail space includes more than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar. Washington Street Irish Pub and Grill: 112 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-8221. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak, hand-dipped onion rings, pizza, and homemade lunch specials every day. Water Lily Lounge: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant (inside

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-732-4537. Appetizers, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Food available until 11 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-8323395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs, and Mediterranean platters. Whine: 337 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-835-5222. Wine bar with wines from across the world, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty liquors paired with small plates. Winston’s Pub in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0663. Variety of foods and large selection of beer and cocktails. Weekday happy-hour specials. Li ve 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. Thanks for voting us


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Sponsored Events Reece Endeavor of Midland: 12th Annual GardenWalk Enjoy a summer stroll through five beautiful residential gardens in Midland and Dow Gardens. Advance tickets are $10/day of are $15. Proceeds benefit Reece Endeavor, a local nonprofit providing housing for individuals with special needs in Midland County. When: Wednesday, July 15, 2 – 7 p.m. Where: Five residential gardens in Midland and Dow Gardens For information and ticket locations: Call Reece Endeavor of Midland, 989835-9700, or visit

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Children’s Advocacy Centers: 17th Annual Golf Outing

Breakfast begins at 8:30, and the day is wide open for 18 holes of fun! Your four-person team will also be privy to a skills contest, lunch, barbecued dinner, and an auction. Tickets for individuals and teams of four are TBD. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Saginaw and Bay counties that provide a supportive environment in which children who have been abused can be interviewed and examined. When: Monday, July 20, 8:30 a.m. Where: Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course, Bay City For event and ticket information: Call 989-752-7226 and ask for Deloris, or visit

3rd Annual The Experience @ Frankenmuth: An Olympic Triathlon

The Olympic Triathlon features a 1,500M swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. The Sprint Triathlon includes a 500M swim, 20K bike, and 5K run. Cash prizes. All participants receive a custom event shirt, finisher’s medal, swim cap, and more. The post-race Experience Party starts at 5 p.m.

Spearheaded by three brothers who lost one of their brothers, the triathlons are organized to raise awareness about organ donation. When: Saturday, August 1, 7 a.m. Where: Behind River Place Shops and around Frankenmuth For information: Call 231-546-2229, or visit

Covenant HealthCare Foundation: Ladies on the Links, Crumpets & Croquet, Red Carpet Premiere, and Premier Golf Classic Ladies on the Links, Thursday, August 13, is for the serious female golfer. Light breakfast and practice range, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. Luncheon and awards ceremony to follow.

Crumpets & Croquet, 11:30 a.m., is for nongolfing women and men who wish to participate in the August 13 daytime events. Wear festive attire and enjoy summer refreshments on the lawn, a round of croquet, lunch, and opportunities to indulge. After the golfing events, there will be gourmet food and gaming, August 13, 5:30 – 11 p.m. at the Red Carpet Premiere. Enjoy blackjack, auctions, raffles, and door prizes. Dress is snappy casual. Play like a PGA golf professional at the Premier Golf Classic, August 14. Breakfast and practice range, 8 a.m. Shotgun start, 9:30 a.m. Dinner and awards banquet to follow. Event proceeds benefit services provided by Covenant Hospice and the Covenant Breast Health Center. When: Thursday, August 13, and Friday, August 14 Where: Apple Mountain, Freeland For information and tickets: Call 989-583-7604

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; 989-893-5733, www. Exhibit: Painters and Potters. Through July 10. Free admission. Annual show of students and instructors at Studio 23/The Arts Center. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323, www. Exhibit: Ribbit Exhibit. Through September. Admission fee.

Traveling exhibit of 6-foot-tall metal structures depicting frogs engaging in various playful activities; correlating events. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-3624874,

fee. Collection of 14 Japanese wood cuts and elegant, authentic Japanese quilts (on loan from the Japanese Cultural Center). Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-7542491,

Exhibit: Artfest 55. Through August 29. Free admission. Annual exhibit celebrating artists aged 55 and older; visual performance and written word. Creative 360, Midland; 989-837-1885, www.

Exhibit: Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous. Through September 3. Admission. Innovative exhibition combines inquiry-based interactives, physical exhibits, and computer stimulation to deliver high-value educational content. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930,

Exhibit: Preserving and Persevering: A Japanese Community Collaboration. Through July 11. Admission

Exhibit: Burnt Offerings: Stephen Sebald Drawings. July 11 –

September 27. Admission fee. Extremely detailed realist charcoal portrait drawings. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930, Exhibit: Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air: Invitational & Juried Class. July 16 – October 17. Admission fee. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Classicism in Michigan: The Work of Charles Platt. July 22 – October 24. Admission fee. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www.

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Exhibit: Wanda Dziwura, Joanne Tibble, and Cora Hartman. July 17 – August 28. Opening reception: July 17, 5 – 7 p.m. Free admission. Display of acrylic paintings; exceptional detail. Studio 23/The Arts Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323, www.

concerts, and art in multiple locations for viewing and judging. For more information, visit www. Downtown Mt. Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www.

in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Complimentary snack, cash bar, and a variety of themes to think and drink creatively about. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930,


Exhibit: 54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition. July 18 – September 13. Admission. Opening reception: July 18, 7 p.m. All-state, contemporary art competition and forum for developments by Michigan artists. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930,

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; 989-839-2744, www.

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; 989652-9941,

Exhibit: Art @ The Andersen— Student Class Exhibition: Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air. Through August 14. Free admission. Features student entries, ranging in age from 15 – 22, from the Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival presented by the Saginaw Art Museum. Andersen Enrichment Center, Saginaw; 989759-1363, Exhibit: Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air: Open Class. Through August 29. Admission fee. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, Exhibit: Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams. Through 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, Inspired by Bricks Lego Exhibit. Through September 13. Admission is $1 for adults/50 cents for children. Display of architectural structures of the Great Lakes Bay Region, including the Castle Museum, Tridge, and State Theatre. Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw; Art Walk Central. August 1 – 22. A community-wide art competition and infusion of the arts throughout Mt. Pleasant. Various activities,

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, July – 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. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Through October. Produce, honey, baked goods, and vendors with locally-made food choices. 507 Washington Ave, Saginaw; 989-758-2500, ext. 228, www.

Ballroom Dance & Lesson. Thursdays through December 17, 7 – 10 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Singles and couples welcome for snacks, refreshments, dancing, and instruction by Angela Markle, professional dance instructor. Freeland Sports Zone, Freeland; 989-921-0262 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; 989-835-3231, 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

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,

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,

Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free event. New kind of “Happy Hour”

Midland County Historical Society: Hands-On History Days. Friday and Saturday of

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the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive and informational dropin programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. 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 Garden Story Time at Dow Gardens. Fridays through August 28, 10 a.m. Admission fee. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-6312677, 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. Saginaw River History Tours on the Islander and Princess Wenonah. Weekdays through July 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission. Narrated tour highlighting the history and wildlife on the Saginaw River. Princess Wenonah sails on Wednesdays only. Reservations recommended. Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 989893-0251, www.baycityboatlines. com Hemlock Semiconductor Presents: 8th Annual Saginaw Celebrates Summer. Through August 31. A summer-long collaboration celebrating arts, nature, and the humanities. More than 150 events, including concerts, stage shows, jazz performances, art fairs, films, and more take place throughout Saginaw and the Celebration Square area. Saginaw; www. Fireworks in the Park. July 1, 10 p.m. For more information,


call 989-845-3055, or visit www. Great Lakes Loons vs. Michigan Whitecaps. July 2 – 3, 7:05 p.m. each night. Fireworks follow Friday night game. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Legends of the Saginaw Sail. July 3 – 5, 11, and 18 – 19; August 15 – 16 and 29 – 30; and September 5 – 6, 12 – 13, and 19 – 20. Times vary. Tickets are $37/$27 for children. Learn the fascinating history of the Saginaw River aboard the Appledore IV. A light lunch is served underway. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-8955193, Bay City Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Princess Wenonah. July 3, 6 – 9 p.m. Admission $45. Includes sail with live entertainment by the Josh Ramses Band, dinner catered by Atrium Restaurant, and admission to VIP viewing area at Wenonah Park for fireworks after the cruise. Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 989-893-0251, Saginaw 4th of July Fireworks. July 4, dusk. Fireworks are shot off of Ojibway Island, and can be seen from both sides of the Saginaw River. Bring seating. Concessions available in select locations. Downtown and Old Town Saginaw; Bay City Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Princess Wenonah. July 4, 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is $60. Live entertainment by The Hit Men band, catered dinner by Atrium Restaurant, and admission to VIP viewing area at Wenonah Park for the fireworks show. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-893-0251, BBQ Dinner Sail. July 3, 10, 17, and 18 and August 14 and 27, 6 – 9 p.m.; July 5, 3 – 6 p.m.; July 30, 1 – 4 p.m. Adult tickets $45/Ages 12 and younger $30. Family-friendly sail aboard the Appledore IV. Casual barbecued meal. Bay Sail, Bay City; 989-895-5193, Bay City Fireworks Dinner Sail. July 4, 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets $100/

guests 21+. An evening cruise aboard the Appledore IV with dinner and live entertainment, and VIP seating in Wenonah Park to view the fireworks. Limited to 36 guests. Bay Sail, Bay City; 989-8955193, Independence Day Celebration. July 4, 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Music, entertainment, and fireworks. Downtown Midland; Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts. July 8 – 9, 7:05 p.m. each night. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Bark in the Park. July 8 and 22 and August 12 and 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free event. A chance to socialize and bring together canines and their humans. Chippewassee Park, Midland; 989-941-2585. Dinner and Entertainment Cruises on the Princess Wenonah. July 10, 17, 24, and 31 and August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 7 – 10 p.m. Admission $35. Threehour cruise, onboard dinner buffet catered by Atrium Restaurant, and live music: July 10, Caribbean; July 17, Motown; July 24, Rockin’ Country; July 31, Journey and ’80s; August 7, Neil Diamond; August 14, Chicago Blues; August 21, Jimmy Buffet Night; August 28, Blues. Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 989-893-0251, www. JEGS Plus Bombers. July 10. Dixie Motor Speedway, Birch Run; 989-624-9778, www. Dinner Sail. July 11, 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $70. Sunset, sails, dinner, and live maritime music. Bay Sail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. Fun on the Farm. July 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission. Michigan farming and agricultural exhibitors, games, and activities. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www.

Family Ecology Sail. July 12, August 16, 1:30 – 5 p.m. Tickets $35/Children $20. A hands-on experience in weather, navigation, water quality, and more aboard the Appledore IV. Snacks and juice/ water included. Bay Sail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts. July 18, 7:05 p.m.; July 19 – 20, 2:05 p.m. Enjoy fireworks after the game Saturday evening. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-8372255, Moonlight Dinner Sails. July 31, August 29, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Tickets $80. Catered dinner aboard the Appledore IV with live program by astronomers from Delta College Planetarium. Explore moon phases, listen to moon legends, and view the beauty of the moon. Bay Sail, Bay City; 989-895-5193, Stargazer Dinner Sail. August 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Tickets $80. Catered dinner aboard the Appledore IV with live program by astronomers from Delta College Planetarium. Explore constellations and navigation by stars, listen to poetry, and view the beauty of the night sky. Bay Sail, Bay City; 989895-5193, U.S.S. Edson Metro Paranormal Investigation. July 18 and 25 and August 15, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. Admission fee. Experience a U.S. Naval ship, lights out, and paranormal bests. Call for reservations. U.S.S. Edson DD-946, 1680 Martin St., Bay City; 810-8538573, Plein Air Art Discovery Program Aboard the Schooner Appledore IV. July 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets are $35. Create a personal art piece aboard the Appledore IV with educators from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University. Art supplies provided. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-8955193, Eve of Destruction Plus Bombers. July 24. Admission. Dixie Motor Speedway, Birch

Run; 989-624-9778, www. Great Lakes Loons vs. Lake County Captains. July 24 – 25, 7:05 p.m.; July 26, 2:05 p.m. Fireworks displays after the games Friday and Saturday evenings; July 25 is Storybook Princess Night featuring appearances by Cinderella, Princess Tiana, and Snow White. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Keepsake Collection Arts and Craft Show. July 24, 12 – 6 p.m.; July 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., July 26, 11 – 5 p.m. Free admission. Hundreds of vendors at the juried show. Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 989-681-4023, www. Fire Muster. July 25, parade starts at 11 a.m. Antique fire trucks, parade, flea market, and pumping and static display. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-3440, Frankenmuth-Muster.html Mid-Michigan Mud Run. July 25. Admission $10/Children 10 and younger free; pit passes $5 extra. Competition mud racing. Power Wheel racing during first intermission only. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, Birds, Bugs, Butterflies, and Blooms. July 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission fee. Special garden day with presentations and activities. Vote for your favorite Adopt-aGarden, too. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw, 989759-1408, Ride All Day Special. July 25, August 15 – 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; July 26, August 16, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission. Ride several different trains all day with unlimited riding. Junction Valley Railroad, Bridgeport; 989-777-3480, www. Nature Drawing Series at Deerfield Nature Park. August 1, 15, 29, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost $15 per class. Drawing classes taught by local artist Carole Howard, with

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emphasis on little treasures of the park. Call to register by the Friday before each class. Deerfield Nature Park, Isabella County Parks and Recreation; 989-317-4033, www. Great Lakes Loons vs. South Bend Silver Hawks. July 28 – 30, 7:05 p.m. each evening. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Great Lakes Loons vs. Beloit Snappers. August 4 – 6, 7:05 p.m. each evening. August 6: Dueling Pianos Night. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Taste of Downtown. August 6. Admission. A night in downtown Midland: street musicians and tasting treats from participating restaurants, pubs, caterers, and retailers. After, guests gather at the H Hotel. Advance tickets required. Downtown Midland; 989-837-3330, Teacher Appreciation Day. August 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Teachers (ID required) and their immediate family receive free admission. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw, 989-759-1408, Great Lakes Loons vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. August 7 – 8, 7:05 p.m.; August 9, 2:05 p.m. Fireworks displays after the Friday and Saturday games. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, The Big One XIII. August 7. Admission. Mid-Michigan Toyota Dealers Draper night at the races: Main event racing series, top speed modifieds, and school bus figure 8s. Dixie Motor Speedway, Birch Run; 989-624-9778, www. Stargazer Dinner Sail. August 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Tickets $80. Catered dinner aboard the Appledore IV with live program by astronomers from Delta College Planetarium. Explore constellations and navigation by stars, listen to poetry, and view the beauty of the night sky. Bay Sail, Bay City; 989895-5193,

Keepsake Collection Arts and Craft Show. August 21, 12 – 6 p.m. August 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. August 23, 11 – 5 p.m. Free admission. Juried show with merchandise. Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 989-681-4203, www. Great Lakes Loons vs. Dayton Dragons. August 21 – 22, 7:05 p.m.; August 23, 2:05 p.m. Fireworks displays after the games Friday and Saturday evenings. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Great Lakes Loons vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods. August 24 – 26, 7:05 p.m. each evening. Enjoy fireworks following the Wednesday game. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255,

Charity VolkslÃufe (The People’s Race). July 3 – 4. Spaghetti dinner, live music, and fireworks July 3. A 5-, 10-, and 20-K run, 5K walk, and 2K youth run July 4. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 800-386-8696, www. Reece Endeavor of Midland: 12th Annual Reece Endeavor GardenWalk. July 15, 2 – 7 p.m. Advance tickets $10/day of $15. Rain or shine, stroll through five residential gardens including the Dow Gardens. Proceeds benefit The Reece Endeavor. Five residential gardens in Midland and Dow Gardens; 989-8359700,

July 20, breakfast at 8:30 a.m./ shotgun at 9:30 a.m. Ticket price TBD. Event includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf, skills contest, lunch, barbecued dinner, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Children’s Advocacy Centers of Bay and Saginaw counties. Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course formerly Bay City Country Club, Bay City; 989-752-7226 ask for Deloris, www. 3rd Annual The Experience @ Frankenmuth: An Olympic Triathlon. August 1, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Award ceremony, 1 p.m. Olympic triathlon includes 1,500M swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. Post-race party (open to the public) includes brats and live music. The triathlons are organized to raise awareness about organ donation. Behind Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 231-546-2229, Nathan Weidner Foundation Chicken BBQ. August 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dinner tickets $10/Children 6 and younger no cost. Chicken dinner with homemade French fries, baked beans, coleslaw, and watermelon. Live music all day, door prizes, silent and live auctions, 5K run/walk, bingo tent, cruise-in-car show, poker run, and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit college scholarships and the Nathan Weidner Child Advocacy Center. Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City; 989-751-8320, www.

Relay For Life-Midland. July 25 – 26, 9 a.m. – 9 a.m. Organized overnight community fundraising walk. Members of each team take turns walking around the track. Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland; 989-895-1731, www.

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation: Robert C. Prophater, Sr., MD, 24th Annual Golf for Life Classic. August 3, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun. Registration is $900 per foursome in the morning/$2,000 in the afternoon. On-course refreshments and 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch, and buffet-style dinner. Player gifts for all players. Proceeds benefit the McLaren Bay Region Behavioral Health Unit. Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course formerly known as the Bay City Country Club, Bay City; 989-895-4727, bayfoundationevents

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Children’s Advocacy Centers: 17th Annual Golf Outing.

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: 31st Annual Golf Challenge. August 13. Bay Valley Resort and

Frankenmudder. July 18, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission. A three mile run/walk and obstacle course which takes participants around Frankenmuth. Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum, Frankenmuth; 989-752-8005.

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Conference Center and Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course. For more information, call 989-893-4567. Covenant HealthCare Foundation Golf Classic Events: Ladies on the Links, Crumpets & Croquet, Red Carpet Premiere, and Premier Golf Classic. August 13: Ladies on the Links (for serious female golfers), 8:30 a.m.; Crumpets & Croquet (for non-golfing men and women), 11:30 a.m.; Red Carpet Premiere, 5:30 p.m., featuring gourmet food and gaming. August 14: Premier Golf Classic (male golfers), 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Covenant Hospice and the Covenant Breast Health Center. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-583-7604 2nd Annual BaySail Summer Breeze. August 20. VIP entrance, 5 p.m./General, 6 p.m. Concert, 7 – 10 p.m. VIP tickets are $60/General $10. VIP guests enjoy dinner, silent auction, and reserved seating; general and VIP can dance dockside to live music by Rhythm Society Orchestra. Proceeds benefit Bay Sail’s environmental education program, Science Under Sail. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989895-5193, 3rd Annual Blanc Bash A Party In White. August 27, 7:30 p.m. Ticket price TBD. Elegant affair in a secret spot. Attendees learn the venue the day of the event via email and Facebook. Rain or shine event. Plan to wear all white. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region: 3rd Annual Ducky Derby. August 29, 9 – 11 a.m.; race begins at 10 a.m. Free admission. Family fun, inflatables, and children’s activities. Duck race down the Kawkawlin River for prizes with $1,000 for first-place winner. Proceeds benefit CAN Council child abuse prevention education programs and services for Saginaw and Bay counties. Behind Castaways Bar & Grille, Bay City; 989-671-1345 or 989-7527226,

Expos Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. August 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and August 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $7/Seniors and active military $6. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 517-676-4160, www. Mid-Michigan Super Mom2Mom Sale. August 22, 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 Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665,

Festivals 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 Mt. Pleasant. Art Reach, Downtown Mt. Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www. Bay City Fireworks Festival. July 2 – 4. Daily admission is $1 into Veteran’s Memorial Park/$5 for Wenonah Park. Fireworks display each of the first two nights, with the largest displays on the third, grand finale night. Carnival midway, dozens of vendors, and local and regional entertainment in Wenonah Park right up until the fireworks begin. Bay City; 989-892-2264, 2nd Annual Chesaning River Days. July 10 – 12. Admission. Family-friendly weekend, parades, live entertainment, car show, sports tournaments, and crafts. Downtown Chesaning; 989-8453033 Cool City Car Show. July 10 – 11. Free admission. Street parties, live music, exhaust ripping contest, “Be Cool Car Show,” and more. Downtown Bay City; 989-684-1873, Riverdays. July 17 – 18, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free admission.

Riverboat rides, live entertainment, family activities, mud volleyball tournament, food, and beer and wine tastings. Chippewassee Park, Midland; 989-839-9661, www. Ballads and Brews. July 17, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.; July 18, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.; and July 19, 12 – 10 p.m. Admission is $5. International maritime and folk musicians, Michigan craft beers and food trucks from around the state. A weekend of music. Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City; 989-8955193, Cass River Colonial Encampment. July 18, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and July 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission. Eighteen-century encampment with tactical battle reenactments, artillery and weapon demonstrations, flag raising, and musket firing. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 800600-0105 Michigan Bier Celebration. July 18, 4 p.m. Admission fee. Beer sampling from the Michigan Brewers Guild, live music, and more. Harvey Kern Pavilion, Frankenmuth; 989-262-8300, www. Isabella County Youth & Farm Fair. July 19 – 25. Mt Pleasant; 46th Annual Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival. July 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and July 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $6/ Children under 11 are free. Over 1,000 dealers on over 80 acres. Car show, swap meet, and coin and sports events memorabilia building. July 19: Rowley Classic Car Auction. 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland; 989-687-9001, www. 9th Annual Motorfest Featuring the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall. July 19, 12 – 4 p.m. Admission $20/ car registration; general public is free. The Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall will be housed at Dynamic Corvette, 308 Hamilton St, Saginaw. Parade with a helicopter, dove release, 21-gun salute with taps, and military vehicles. Old Town Saginaw; 989-249-1100

Munger Potato Festival. July 30 – August 2. Family-fun activities, with figure-eight derby, live music, carnival, bingo, casino tents, and infamous potato bratwurst. Munger; 989-274-3813, www. 4th Annual Michigan Honey Festival. August 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Speakers, presentations, honey extraction demonstrations, vendors, equipment, and mead and honey beer making and tasting. Harvey Kern Pavilion, Frankenmuth; 810-241-6308, www. Saginaw Bay Waterfowl Festival. August 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. August 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission. Michigan’s state championship duck- and goose-calling tournament, waterfowl stamp collection, arts and crafts show, carvings, parentyouths canoe race, dog retrieving, and more. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www. Saginaw County Fair. August 4 – 8. Admission is $10, includes rides. County fair that includes animal and merchant barns, rides, food and craft vendors, and nightly grandstand events included in the entry price. Chesaning; 989-8452143, 150th Annual Bay County Fair & Youth Expo. August 4 – 8. Midway with rides and games, petting farm, racing pig shows, truck and tractor pull, and rodeo. Bay County Fairgrounds, Bay City; 989-8953744, Dirt Fest Outdoor Concert Festival. August 8. Outdoor music festival with multiple stages. Rain or shine. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Midland County Fair. August 16 - 22. All-day bracelets are $20. Midway with rides, animals, and live grandstand shows. August 18, Children’s Day; August 20, Family Day. Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland; 989835-7901, Rock ‘n’ Rib Fest. August 13. Local businesses compete for the best barbecue. Live music.

FirstMerit Bank Event Park, Saginaw; 1-800-745-3000, www. Summer Music Fest Frankenmuth. August 13 – 15, 20 – 22, 1 p.m. – midnight. Admission $20. A celebration of music: Polka, Polish, German, and Slovenian-style. Food, drinks, and dancing on a wooden floor. Featuring the Fabulous Hubcaps, August 21 – 22. Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-239-6999, www. 4th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue. August 21 - 22. Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition features chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket competitions. Children’s activities, carnival rides, entertainment tent with blues music, and Michigan beer tasting. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 888-6249193, Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show. August 21 – 23. A festival to celebrate the early ways of yesteryear with live entertainment, beer tent, kiddie tractor pulls, petting zoo, and more. 17180 W Fernden Rd, Oakley; www. The Annual Midland Folk Music Festival. August 27 – 30, 12 p.m. Folks from far and wide gather to play, listen, camp, sing, teach, and learn through workshops. Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland; 989482-1022, Saginaw African Cultural Festival. Dates TBD. A three-day festival celebrating African and AfricanAmerican cultural history and art with educational workshops, speakers, and ethnic food.

Music, Theater & Film Dow Gardens Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts. Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5 and 12, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Admission fee. Listen to music during lunchtime in the dappled shade of the Birch Grove. Chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcome. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-3624874,

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Frankenmuth 2015 Summer Free Concert Series in the Park. July 5, 12, 19, and 26, and August 2, 9, and 16, 7 p.m. Free admission. Bring your chair or blanket. Concessions available. July 5, Air Margaritaville; July 12, Abbamania; July 19, Neil Diamond Tribute; July 26, Tribute to John Denver; August 2, The Diamonds; August 9, Brooks & Dunn Tribute; August 16, Bee Gees “Staying Alive” Tribute. Palmer Schau Platz-Memorial Park Band Shell, Frankenmuth; 989-798-6469, www. Folk Fest Sundays. July 5, and August 2, 4 – 6 p.m. Admission fee. Stroll the gardens and listen to traditional folk music. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, The State Theatre Presents: Tuesday Movies in the Park. July 7, 14, 21, and 28, and August 4, 11, 18, and 25, dusk. Free admission. Free movies at the Shell in Wenonah Park. Rain site: The State Theatre, 7 p.m. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Jazz in the Garden. July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7 p.m. Free admission to summer concert series. Bring your own chair. Andersen Enrichment Center & Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden, Saginaw; 989-759-1362, www. Wednesdays in the Park. July 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5. Warm-up acts, 6 p.m./headline bands, 7 p.m. Free admission. A series of concerts for the young and young-at-heart throughout the summer months. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-893-0343, www. Dow Corning Young People’s Summer Series. Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 23, and 30, and August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11:30 a.m. Freewill admission. A series of concerts for the young and youngat-heart throughout the summer months at Wenonah Park. Rain site: The State Theatre. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.

Concert in the Park Series. Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 7 p.m. Series of free concerts in the park. Tittabawassee Township Park, Freeland; 989-695-9512, Wednesday Free Concerts. July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7:30 p.m. Free event. A charming slice of American history, The Chemical City Band, operating since 1910, performs for the community. Nicholas Guenther Band Shell in Central Park, Midland; 989-837-6930, www. Tunes by the Tridge. Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6, 7 – 9 p.m. Free event. Families bring blankets and lawn chairs to this 10-week concert series, and spend Thursday evenings listening to great music near the Tridge. City of Midland Parks and Recreation, downtown Midland; 989-837-6930, PRIDE Friday Night Live Concerts. July 10, 17, 24, and 31, and August 7 and 14. Free concert series; music changes weekly from Blues to Rock & Roll to Oldies and more. Children’s games, food vendors, and adult refreshments. Morley Plaza, Saginaw; 989-7539168, Fridays at the Falls. Fridays through August, 6 p.m. Free admission. Casual entertainment, live music, and street performances. Weather permitting. Third Street Waterfall Park, Bay City; 989-893-3573, www. Music from the Marsh. Saturdays, July 11, 18, and 25, and August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7 p.m. A touring, cultural performing arts series on the outdoor lawn stage near the visitor center. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-6670717, Lawn Chair Film Festival. Sundays in July and August, at dusk. Free. Bring lawnchairs or blankets and pack snacks—though some are available onsite—and enjoy classics to kid movies, and live music, too. Old Town Saginaw,

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The Governor’s Own 126th Army Band. July 17, 7:30 p.m. Free concert. As the only Army National Guard Band in Michigan, the 126th Army Band has had the privilege of carrying on the musical heritage of our state for over 50 years. World Friendship Shell, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Dow Gardens Outdoor Movies. July 31, and August 28, 15 minutes after sunset. Admission. Outdoor movies on an inflatable screen amidst Dow Gardens. Bring a chair, blanket, and snacks. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, Avenged Sevenfold & Breaking Benjamin. July 16, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 – $66. Heavy metal music in an outdoor venue. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant; 1-800-514-3849, www. Def Leppard with Tesla. July 21, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 – $107. Hard rock and glam metal, performed live outdoors. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant; 1-800-514-3849, www. Tim McGraw with Billy Currington & Chase Bryant. July 26, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 – $135. Country superstar Tim McGraw will perform live, outdoors. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant; 1-800-514-3849, www. The Comedy of Errors. August 6 – 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12/ Students $8. Classic farce of Shakespearean proportions. Performed by 13- to 21-year olds. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, ROCK The Tridge: 13th Annual Battle of the Bands. August 6, 5 – 10 p.m. Free admission. Familyfriendly event, face painting, crafts and games, and rock-climbing wall. Chippewassee Park, Midland; 989-835-2542, www.therockc4yd. org Heritage Series – A Sad Fate: The Passenger Pigeon in Michigan. August 20, 7:30 p.m.

Program tells the story of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon in 1878, and highlights historical photos of Northern Michigan. Whitman Room of the Doan History Center, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Great Lakes Gathering: A Celebration of Irish and Celtic Music and Culture. August 22, 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tickets are $12. Irish music, workshops, food vendors, whiskey tasting, and diverse artists and craftspeople. Rain or shine. Lawn chairs welcome. No coolers. FirstMerit Bank Event Park, Saginaw; 1-800-745-3000, www.

Nature Homestead Sunday. Every Sunday through 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, Summer Exploration Days. June 24 – July 6; July 8 – 20; July 22 – August 3; and August 5 – 17. Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. Self-guided, indoor program; variety of handson exploration stations. Themes change bi-weekly. June 24-July 6, Backyard Bandits; July 8-20, The River & Its Critters; July 22 - August 3, Michigan’s Precious Few; Aug 5-17, Natural Defenses; August 19 – 31, A Spider’s World. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. July 1, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Guided walk by the light of the moon. Wear dark clothing and bring a flashlight. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Local Kayak Trip. July 2, 6 – 9 p.m. Cost is $25/ $20 CNC Members. For ages 15 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Register by June 26. Guided, leisurely kayak trip. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. A Cabin, a Campfire, and Some Fireworks. July 4, 8 – 11 p.m. Free. For CNC Members and guests of members only. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Wildflower Walk. July 8, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Meet at the Log Schoolhouse to start. Look for wild bergamot, blackeyed Susan, common milkweed, Culver’s Root, Joe-Pye weed, big bluestem grass, and more. Wear clothing appropriate for walking through tall plants; hand lenses and field guides will be provided or bring your own. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Reptiles and Amphibians at Forestview Preserve. July 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Search for reptiles and amphibians. Forestview Preserve, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Butterfly Count. July 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Spend a few hours, or the whole day, counting butterfly species present at CNC. Call ahead to be added to the list of participants. Much of the count is done off-trail, so plan on wearing long pants, and maybe even long sleeves (thistle gets tall!). Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Tunnels, Tracks, and Trails: Signs of Animals in Summer. July 15, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Outdoor program, hiking

trails and learning how to read the signs big and small animals leave behind. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Exploring the Pond at Discovery Preserve. July 16, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. With an interpretive naturalist as your guide, use dippers and nets to discover what is living underwater. Discovery Preserve, Bay City; 989-631-0830, Story Hour: How to Hide a Butterfly. July 17, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 11 – 12 p.m. Free. Ages 3 – 5 with an adult. An hour of learning about nature with a story, craft, outdoor activity, songs, art, and age-appropriate activities. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Exploring our Ecosystems: Wetlands. July 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Hands-on, familyfriendly program investigating the plants and animals in our ecosystems. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, In Search of Snakes. July 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Wear comfortable hiking shoes for this two-mile trek looking and listening for reptiles. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter. org Butterfly Walk. July 26, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Learn to use an aerial net. Catch, examine and identify, and release butterflies. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. July 30, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment for those younger than 18. Guided walk by the light of the moon.

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Hanging Out With Hummingbirds. August 1, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment for those younger than 18. One-hour, indoor program about ruby-throated hummingbirds, followed by an outdoor banding program. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Exploring our Ecosystems: Meadows. August 12, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Hands-on, family friendly event. Investigate plants, use nets to catch and look at insects, and experience the meadow. Meet at the Nature Study Building pavilion. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Monarchs and Milkweed. August 2, 2 – 3:30 p.m. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Look for, catch, and learn about Monarch butterflies and milkweed. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Discovering Butterflies & Other Insects. August 5, 3 – 4 p.m. Free. Join a Chippewa Nature Center interpretive naturalist to observe butterflies, bees, beetles, and caterpillars. Discovery Preserve, Bay City; 989-631-0830, www.  Story Hour: In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? August 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 11 – 12 p.m. Free. Ages 3 – 5 with an adult. An hour of learning about nature with a story, craft, outdoor activity, songs, art, and age-appropriate activities. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Family Canoe Trip. August 6, 1 – 4 p.m. Cost is $20/$26 CNC Members. For ages 5 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Register by July 31. Learn the basic skills of paddling canoes and how to avoid hazards and discover rarely seen aquatic critters. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,  Families in Nature: Wetland Discovery. August 8, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Monthly series: There’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than as a family! Explore wetlands and marshes, and

Evening with Insects. August 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Investigate the diversity of six-legged animals. Net and learn how to identify various insects. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, River Walk. August 15, 1 – 4 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. A guided walk in the lively ecosystem. Wear shorts and old tennis shoes; life vests will be provided. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Summer at the Wigwam. August 16, 2 – 4 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Spend time at the wigwam learning about and exploring how Ojibwa Indians lived near the Pine River for hundreds of years. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Biking to Averill and Forestview Preserves. August 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. For ages 12 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Short bike tour through time along the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail, with informative stories of Michigan history. Forestview Preserves, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Reptiles and Amphibians at Riverview Preserve North Trails. August 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Free. For ages 12 and older; adult accompaniment required for those younger than 18. Along with a guide, search for slimy and scaly creatures. Riverview Preserve Natural Area, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Story Hour: Planting a Rainbow. August 20, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 11 – 12 p.m. Free. Ages 3 – 5 with an adult. An hour of learning about nature with a story, craft, outdoor activity, songs, art, and age-appropriate activities. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. August 29, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; adult accompaniment for those younger than 18. Guided walk by the light of the moon. Wear dark clothing; bring a flashlight. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Networking Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. No July or August event. Held at Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center, Bay City; 989893-4567, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. July 15 and August 19, 5 – 7 p.m. July, Buffalo Wild Wings; August, Runners, Mt. Pleasant; 989772-2396, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. No July or August event. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-757-2112, www. Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: WakeUp! Midland. No July or August events. Held at Great Hall Banquet and Convention

Center, Midland; to register, call 989839-9522, or visit Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. Meets second Monday of every month. Saginaw; 989-753-1999, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. July 9, August 13, 5 – 7 p.m. Free networking event. July, Independent Bank; August, Primary Home Care, Saginaw; 989-7572112, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. July 16, August 13, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. July, York Repair; August, Covenant HealthCare, Bay City; 989-8934567,

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hemical Bank is committed to serving local communities throughout the state of Michigan. For over 95 years, the bank’s employees have been inspired by their customers. Chemical Bank remains dedicated to delivering an enjoyable, valuable, and memorable banking experience for local residents, businesses, and partners of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Although Chemical Bank is growing, it remains, at its core, a community bank that is inspired by the dreams of each customer and every business, focusing on the potential of each resident and community member. Chemical Bank offers convenient financial products and services that are designed to bring dreams to life by meeting the unique needs of their customers. These include flexible lending options, checking and savings accounts, mobile banking, and Chemical Bank’s Green Account, which is an entirely paperless, online account.

Great Lakes Bay Region Chemical Bank employees are enthusiastic about giving back and helping out; they stay active in community events such as Bay City’s Wednesdays in the Park, Midland’s Downtown Sculpture Series, and Saginaw’s Lawn Chair Film Festival, among others. Chemical Bank also participates in local holiday parades, and the bank’s volunteers can be found assisting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and other outreach organizations. “Chemical Bank employees are proud to be active volunteers, leaders, and members in the Great Lakes Bay Region and the surrounding communities,” states Ken Johnson, executive vice president, East Region president. “We appreciate every opportunity that allows our community bank to be engaged in the communities where we live, work, and play.” Chemical Bank also incorporates “Community Banks,” establishing a local advisory board to assist

in meeting the needs of people in the communities in which the board serves. These community bank board members are business referral sources connected with and active in the communities where they live and work. Committed to delivering the guidance and support that its customers need to reach their financial goals, Chemical Bank uses a team approach to provide every member with expertise that spans business, personal, and investment services. The bank’s experienced professionals enjoy working closely with each customer to learn about their goals and develop financial solutions that will help meet their needs. If you are interested in learning more about Chemical Bank’s community-inspired approach to banking, stop by any of Chemical Bank’s 183 offices across the state, or visit (Member FDIC).




MidMichigan Health, Three Rivers Corporation, and The Dow Chemical Company


hen three local organizations— MidMichigan Health, Three Rivers Corporation, and The Dow Chemical Company—see a need in the community, each works to support it. This time, the three organizations were able to fill that need with a unique collaborative effort. After MidMichigan Health changed its physician residency program from three years to four years, the increase in residents from 18 to 24 meant a need for more space to accommodate educational needs and training. Plans for more space quickly formed to incorporate the addition of one center for ongoing education, the Family Medicine Residency Program of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, Family Practice Center, and corporate offices. As the vision for building the new center began to take shape a little more than two years ago, the collaboration between MidMichigan Health, Dow, and Three Rivers Corporation came together. At MidMichigan Health, “Education is an important component of what we do in health care,” says Vice President Michael Erickson. The medical center wanted to send that message through the design, look, and feel of the entire space. Three Rivers Corporation delivered that message, using in-house architects, designers, and project managers to create the new medical education center. The two companies worked together to design a facility that incorporated the traditional feel of the existing medical campus with the high-tech capabilities it incorporates. It was a natural choice to turn to Dow for the latest in building technology to help make every piece of the new center a reality with the best materials. With over 65 years as an innovator in the field, Dow was able to offer ideas and solutions to limit environmental impact and help MidMichigan Health and Three Rivers construct the new center. One answer was the integration of Dow’s THERMAX™ Wall System. The innovative product maximizes energy efficiency and saves on long-term costs with the combination of an insulating air barrier, all-weather flashing, and continuous insulation all into one system.

“Dow’s building science experts recommended the THERMAX Wall System because it allowed the architect to use several exterior facades in the design while providing a very high performing, yet simple building envelope and contribute toward LEED® certification,” explains Gary Parsons, building science expert at Dow. The medical education center exceeds energy efficiency qualifications for the LEED certification by 38 percent and will be the first building at MidMichigan Health to be certified. Dow and Three Rivers often partner on projects around the Great Lakes Bay Region. “When we are able to collaborate with local companies on local projects with our state-of-the-art wall system, we’re able to help our community,” says Ryan Gerulski of Dow. MidMichigan Health and Three Rivers have also collaborated on projects for over 20 years. Randy Sherman, president of Three Rivers Corporation, says, “We appreciate the work with MidMichigan Health, especially as a design build LEED project, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to use products manufactured by Dow to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of the building. We are excited about the commitment that MidMichigan Health has made to improve our community.” It’s that sense of working together in the community that epitomizes this project. Early on, MidMichigan Health was on the lookout for Michigan-based products, something Dow was able to provide. “It’s not just the environmental impact,” Erickson explains. “Keeping jobs local is important to us, too.” Three Rivers works hard to make that same impact, partnering with local subcontractors as much as possible. “It’s a project like this that makes that possible,” Jennifer Lee of Three Rivers explains. MidMichigan Health is pleased to be part of the advancement of medical education throughout the region. “In addition to our residency program, we have collaborations with several colleges and universities for medical education that promote the growth and development of health care providers,” Millie Jezior of the medical center says. “These programs not only provide advanced training and hands-on experience but also help to retain these talented providers in our area.” With all of the representatives working together locally, adjustments and planning were easily adapted. From design to project management to product consultations, each organization was together every step of the way to ensure that the project stayed on schedule and on budget. Jezior and Erickson also credit the $6.3 million in contributions from private, business, and foundation donors who backed the project, including The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. MidMichigan’s Gifts of Wellness campaign also contributed to funding. The end result is the Gerstacker Building—70,000 square feet of energy efficiency and education, built by Great Lakes Bay Region companies to serve their community. MidMichigan Health hosts an open house for the members of the community to tour the new health care education center on Thursday, July 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.


A Shivering and Shaking Adventure! BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING


irca 1950s visitors to Bay County’s Wenona Beach amusement park (1887-1964) enjoy a rickety, thrilling ride on the wooden Jackrabbit roller coaster, built in 1914. The amusement park, located on the Saginaw Bay shoreline (foot of today’s Patterson Road, Bangor Township), once enticed largely regional crowds. There, visitors sought relaxation or entertainment, including the beach, boardwalk, rides, food concessions, casino, entertainers, dancing, and roller skating.

Local author James R. Watson (Wenona Beach, 1988, 2014) describes the thrill of riding in the Jackrabbit’s two (or three) tandem cars: About 30 passengers were hoisted up the steep 75-foothigh first hill by a huge greased chain that ran in a wooden trough. A safety ratchet would click loudly in a long notched plate as the cars slowly ascended…. There was a moment of silence as the car perched at the hill’s top. And then with a roar, the car plunged down the hill’s backside, shaking the ground. Screams followed… [and] another shorter ratchet could be heard as it [climbed] up the next hill…. And, Bay City Times columnist Dick Hardy (1928-1996) recalls (Bay City Memories, 1996) an ongoing rumor that contributed to the ride’s thrill: In the immediate Post War days (World War II)… it filled the bill for us. It wasn’t so much the hills and drops and sharp curves, but rather fear that the thing would collapse before the ride was over. It was built of wood and every so often you could see a board on the ground that had apparently fallen off. Rumor had it that it had been condemned forever…. The former park site is now occupied by Wenona Beach Estates Mobile Home Park. Photo courtesy of Bay County Historical Society.

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