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have visited 311 Fifth Street in Bay City many times throughout the years. Since 1910, this location has been the home of The Bay City Times. I remember visiting the Bay City Times building frequently as a young boy, because my Dad always looked for an opportunity to chat up the local sports reporters. And on January 10, I had the opportunity to visit 311 Fifth Street again but this time at the luxurious Times Lofts! The longtime home of The Bay City Times newspaper, the century-old building was transformed in 2016 into 31 residential loft apartments. The energy-efficient design beautifully combines the building’s historic architecture with a new, urban design. Rod Hildebrant and Matthew Meehan acquired the vacant 31,325-square-foot former Bay City Times Building and hired Jenifer Acosta Development. The original building was built in 1910. As the newspaper industry and its technology expanded, so did the building. Additions were built in 1920, 1938-1939, 1979, and 1992. When The Bay City Times and MLive Media Group prepared to move from the building, they were

only utilizing a small portion of its footprint due to the changes in the industry. The building now has continuity in design among the many additions—and more than 50 residents. The Times Lofts highlight a prime example in the Great Lakes Bay Region of historic preservation. The development team worked diligently to transform the newspaper building to modern living, featuring granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and ivorycolored cabinetry.Yet much of the building maintains unique spaces, which showcase the historic nature and use of the building. Distressed Design has put its stamp on the project, too, with hand-crafted artisan lighting throughout the lofts. The end product of this redevelopment is a residential rental building with 31 unique units. Indeed, no two units have the exact same layouts or features. Fifteen are one-bedroom units, 15 are two-bedroom units, and one is a three-bedroom unit. Of these 31 units, eight of them are multi-story. Four of these multi-story units have basements, which have been partially finished with drywall, electricity, and baseboards. On March 15, the Times Lofts won a 2017 Tax Credit Project Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. To learn more about the Times Lofts, be sure to visit the website at http://www. or on Facebook at https:// Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region would like to thank all those that support YWCA by joining the 2016 Circle of Giving Women. This generous group of supporters help provide financial support for YWCA programs which focus on women’s empowerment and economic advancement. These unique programs help ease the struggle for local women by making sure that they receive information, guidance, and the essential tools needed to support their families and reach their economic and educational goals.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 CIRCLE OF GIVING WOMEN! Melissa Barnard Ann Beck Joni Boye-Beaman Sara Brandt Jenna Briggs Beth Bryce Lori Carroll Ann Coburn-Collins Kathy Conklin Eileen Curtis Laura Ebel Barbara Engelhardt-Carter Janelle Felan Diane Rapson Gabil Konnie Gill Lisa Grills Lori Gwizdala Misty Janks Wendy Kanar Tracy Kaufman Kristi Kozubal Reney Kreger Stacie Kwaiser Beth McMall Gale Mielens Pamela Monastiere Nina Nolan Toni Riley

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Get Ready for Prime Time


f you ever hear someone complain that there’s nothing to do in the summer in the Great Lakes Bay Region, please present them with a copy of this issue of the magazine (or gently thump them over the head with it). They’ll thank you for your, ahem, kindness. From May through September, the only legitimate complaint is that there’s too much to do. We’re spoiled for choice. Summer—by day and by night—is jam-packed with special events that celebrate the full menu of what makes living within Michigan—living within our region!—sweet. With single-digit wind chills, drifting snow, and days of, as called by meteorologists, a wintry-mix of precipitation behind us, we welcome Saginaw Bay breezes and warm temps that are the perfect backdrop for sightseeing, attending the region’s many festivals, or just chilling. The summer months are the time that locals (and in-the-know visitors) cherish as prime time. Check out our feature story, “Save the Dates” (page 24), where we highlight 25 favorite things to do.You could tour a sculpture and art museum one weekend, enjoy a leisurely riverboat cruise the next weekend, and take yourself out to a good-old-fashioned baseball game in the week between. There are recommended events and pastimes for families, couples, and singles. In addition to our showcase of top-notch activities, turn to the Calendar (page 20) and our A & E Guide (page 49) that include an expanded listing of what to see and do. And, all over the region, the air will be infused with the wafting aroma of festival barbecues and smokers, freshly popped and caramel-drizzled kernel corn at county fairs, and ballpark brats and dogs—signature summer chow for the region. Get up, get out, and get having some prime-time fun.

JESSICA ALLEN is an editorial intern for Great Lakes Bay. She graduates from Saginaw Valley State University in May 2017 with a degree in professional and technical writing.

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

Mimi Bell Editor in Chief JANIS STEIN is a freelance writer, author, assistant editor of The Lakeshore Guardian, and owner of Stein Expressions.

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Fine Arts / Youth Theatre The Fine Arts Day Camp is for students entering 3rd through 9th grades interested in musicaI theatre, improvisation and creative drama.

SMEK The Science and Math Extravaganza for Kids (SMEK) day camps offer hands-on experiences for students entering grades 2-8. SMEK offers SMEKpIus–Junior for 2nd through 4th graders and SMEKpIus–Senior for 5th through 8th graders.

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Huron’s Heroines Four women kept lighthouse beacons lit for 19th and early-20th century mariners. BY JANIS STEIN PHOTOS COURTESY OF BAY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

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ichigan women employed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service tended lighthouses in harsh conditions along Lake Huron’s shore, often in remote locations and in a field dominated by men. All of these women served with distinction and honor to earn their places in Michigan’s history. Catharine L. Shook lived with her lighthouse-keeper husband, Peter Shook, and their eight children at the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Reserve, located about nine miles south of the tip of Michigan’s Thumb, where a fickle and sometimes treacherous Lake Huron turned into the entrance of Saginaw Bay. Peter Shook met his demise when a boat he was traveling in capsized on Lake Huron. Government records indicate that 38-year-old Catharine (also spelled Catherine) Shook officially assumed the keeper’s position at Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse on May 15, 1849. Shook became Pointe aux Barques’ second keeper and Michigan’s first female keeper during an era when the Pointe aux

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Saginaw River Rear Lighthouse

Barques Lighthouse Reserve was surrounded by a dense wilderness with no telegraph, stagecoach, or roads. In 1866, the Lighthouse Service appointed Peter Brawn to keep the light at the mouth of the Saginaw River. Peter’s wife, Julia Brawn, assisted her disabled husband in his duties, and, when he died in 1873, Julia became keeper of the Saginaw River Rear Range Light. When she remarried a few years later, her husband, George Way, assumed the keeper’s position, and she accepted her demotion to assistant keeper. In 1882, the Lighthouse Service eliminated the assistant keeper position—only to reinstate it seven months later and award the post to a man. After 10 years of faithful service, during which time she oversaw the construction of a new lighthouse, Julia Brawn Way found herself without a job. Patrick and Mary Garrity (also spelled Garraty) knew the hard work involved in lighthouse keeping. Patrick served as the last keeper at Old Presque Isle and the first at New Presque Isle; Mary worked alongside her husband serving as assistant keeper at the

New Presque Isle Lighthouse from 1872 to 1882. The Lighthouse Service eliminated Mary’s assistant keeper position in 1882—on the same date that Julia Brawn Way lost her job—only to give the post 18 months later to a man, who happened to be the Garritys’ son, Thomas Garrity. Four of the seven Garrity children would work as keepers, including daughter Anna. Mary and Anna Garrity would gain their place in history as Michigan’s only mother-daughter light-keepers. In 1903, the Lighthouse Service appointed Anna Garrity keeper of the Presque Isle Harbor Range Lighthouses upon her father’s retirement. Anna served a remarkable 23 years—including the time before, during, and after World War I. From 1923-1926, a male assistant keeper worked under her supervision, a rare occurrence in the male-dominated field. Female light-keepers faced isolation, difficult working conditions, unspeakable hardships, and discrimination—often while raising and schooling their children—yet their heroic dedication to ensure the safety of Lake Huron’s mariners is evident in the stories they’ve left behind.

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For 11 TV seasons, episodes of the sitcom Cheers opened with the song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”—written in 1982 by Gary Portnoy, an out-of-work songwriter at the time, and Judy Hart Angelo, who’d never before written a song. The show ended in 1993, but Cheers Neighborhood Grill and Bar (1700 W High St, Mt Pleasant, 989-772-7171) is open and known for great food.

Nicknamed the golden swamp warbler, the prothonotary warbler is a signature species within the 9,870.35-acre National Wildlife Refuge (6975 Mower Rd, Saginaw, 989-777-5930), one of the very few places in Michigan that these birds nest. Spot one together this Father’s Day on a 6.5-mile Wildlife Drive, open from sunrise to one hour before sunset, June 1 – September 30.

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The first hot air balloon was launched on September 19, 1783, with a sheep, duck, and rooster as passengers. Nearly two months later on November 21, brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier flew for 20 minutes over Paris, and hot air ballooning was born. Watch high-in-the-sky competitions and night glow shows from May 26 – 29 at Balloons over Bavaria in Frankenmuth (

Tandem bicycles include two seats, two sets of pedals, and two handlebars. The term tandem actually refers to the seating arrangement: fore to aft, not side by side. A bike with two riders side-by-side is called a sociable. A large, Dutch-made bike powered by eight to 16 pedaling riders could be called a Sunrise Pedal Trolley (401 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-391-9028). Hop on one today for a fabulous tour of Bay City.

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It’s unknown when and where the first Memorial Day celebration was held, though documents show several towns began doing so shortly after the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Pay your respects at the annual parade in Saginaw (989-753-9168, www. as it heads down South Washington Avenue, ending at the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hoyt Park. 16 Great Lakes Bay | May/June 2017

With an estimated 85.4 million mothers in the United States, it’s no surprise that Americans spend about $14.6 billion each Mother’s Day, including $671 million on cards and $1.9 billion on flowers. A visit with mom to the 3rd Street Start Bridge (downtown Bay City; could result in memories made beneath more than 512 awe-inspiring luminaries, representing nearly 200 souls, for free.





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Berries in all stages of ripening appear on serviceberry shrubs in June

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hen people plant shrubs in their landscapes, they typically choose based on appearance, looking for something with colorful flowers, unique leaves, or interesting bark. Native shrubs, though, are multitaskers because, in addition to looking beautiful, they provide some valuable services. Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.) is a single trunk small tree or a multistemmed shrub, growing from 4-25 feet tall. Not too picky about its needs, serviceberry prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade, and it likes dry to moist soils that are slightly

Another Spring Shrub Common ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) grows on woodland borders along stream banks and ponds. Ninebark likes full sun to partial shade, tolerates a range of soil types, and grows 6-9 feet tall and wide. Above: Showy white flowers and fresh green leaves make serviceberry a beautiful addition to any landscape Right: The seed clusters of common ninebark hang on through winter

acidic with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0. Serviceberry spreads 4-15 feet wide when given the space. It naturally grows in forest understory, especially along the edges of woods or streams but can also be planted in urban yards. Serviceberry pleases landowners all year long. Furry buds open in springtime with showy white flowers in loose clusters. Five petals surround both stamens and pistils on the perfect flowers, attracting early pollinators—miner bees, sweat bees, and spring azure butterflies—to the abundant nectar and pollen. After the shrub blossoms, the alternate simple leaves open, emerging folded in half along the mid-vein. At 1-3 inches long, the leaves start out purple-colored and then become green. They turn reddish-orange in autumn. Small apple-like berries appear in June, hence the shrub’s common name, Juneberry. The fresh green berries change to red and finally mature when dark blue or purple. Berries ripen over several days so that all stages of fruit may coexist on branches, providing colorful interest and about a three weeks’ supply of food for wildlife. Birds that feast on these fruits include robins, cedar waxwings, gray catbirds, hermit thrushes, and Baltimore orioles. Mammals such as chipmunks, foxes, red squirrels, deer, and black bears will eat the fruits, bark, and twigs. Smooth gray bark on the stems offers an attractive winter scene with snow. People, too, can eat the fresh fruits or use them to make pies, jams, jellies, or juice. Ecosystem benefits we receive from this plant include erosion control, oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, food and shelter for insect herbivores, and nesting habitats for birds.

Long arching stems grow outward from the center of the shrub. Ninebark’s most noticeable feature is the thin, flaky exfoliating bark on its older stems. As long strips fall off, the reddish-brown, smooth inner bark is revealed. Young branches sprout small fruiting twigs off their sides. Rounded clusters of flowers bloom from May through June and look like snowballs. Individual flowers consist of five white petals and many stamens. Standing above the nectar, the stamens’ pollen easily gets brushed onto insect pollinators who carry it to nearby flowers. Butterflies, beetles, flies, and bees visit this shrub. Seeds form a month later inside pointed papery bladders, which split open along the sides when ripe and release two or three seeds. If you shake a dried cluster next to your ear, you can hear the seeds rattle. Northern cardinals eat the seeds and may build nests within the shrub’s branches. Three-lobed leaves grow dark green on the top and a lighter shade of green underneath. Look for two forms: Leaves on main vegetative branches are larger with long lobes, while smaller leaves on the fruiting branches sometimes have no lobes. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow.

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Dow Gardens Tuesday Evening Tours Stroll with a senior horticulturist to see spring’s flowers.





Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone Rock on ’60s-style at State Theatre.






Mother’s Day Celebration Have a day of fun with mom at Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.



World Expo of Beer Frankenmuth hosts brews from five continents. Through 5/20.







Balloons over Bavaria & Dog Bowl Marvel at in-the-sky beauty and on-theground bow-wows at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Through 5/29.

Dahlia Hill Society Tuber Sale Shop below cost with flower experts on-hand. Through 5/27.



Heathers the Musical Watch the teen comedy classic set to music at Pit & Balcony Theatre. Through 5/14.

Full Moon Stroll The Flower Moon lights up Chippewa Nature Center trails for a guided hike.






Memorial Day Parade Line up along South Washington Avenue in Saginaw at 11 a.m. to pay tribute to servicemen and servicewomen.

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SATURDAY 7513 Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Brilliantly Orchestrated Colors dazzle the audience’s imagination at Temple Theatre.









The Pines Summer Concert Series Michigan-based musicians delight Dow Gardens’ visitors with original tunes.







Oaxacan Folk Art SVSU’s Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum features indigenous art.




Bay Sail Dinner Sails Dine and unwind aboard Bay Sail’s Appledore tall ships.

24 Bay City Independents: Vintage Base Ball Cheer on as players take the field for a 19th century-style game at 2 p.m. in Bay City’s Carroll Park.

Celebrating Summer Solstice Chippewa Nature Center shares s’mores over a campfire to welcome the change of the seasons.

Valley Aero Club: Father’s Day Breakfast Fly in to memories with Dad at James Clements Airport.


Dorothy in Wonderland The Tin Man meets the Red Queen at Midland Center for the Arts. Through 6/17.



Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Enjoy hearty German foods, music, and dancing. Through 6/11.

Jazz on Jefferson Join thousands and jam out along one of Saginaw’s most historic streets.





Tunes by the Tridge Family-friendly music fills the air in downtown Midland.

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Fun at the fair

The only issue you’ll have August 13 – 19 during the Midland County Fair (Midland County Fair Grounds, Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-835-7901, will be deciding which activity to partake in first: animal barns or 102,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space, petting zoo, grandstand activities and shows, fair rides, games, vendors, and more.

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Add these can’t-miss events and activities to your to-do list for all-summer-long fun. BY JEN W. O’DEAY PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN


ou could travel far and wide and still not find a locale with greater summer offerings than our own Great Lakes Bay Region. Our waterfronts mean splashing and playing at Sanford Lake Beach, having fun and getting wet at Chippewassee Park during River Days Festival, and oohing and ahhing at the water’s edge while we watch one of the largest fireworks shows in all of the Midwest at the Bay City Fireworks Festival. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail beckons nature hikes and bike rides (and

just might deliver a bald eagle sighting), the farmers markets are ripe with fresh, locally grown food, and our unique streets and alleys pave the way to take in global flavors, car shows, and even outdoor concerts. Whether you polka the night away at St. Stan’s Polish Festival, let loose at Dixie Motor Speedway’s racetrack, or spend a quiet afternoon under the sun amidst the awe-inspiring, floral beauty of Dow Gardens, summer is the time to make time and truly experience warm-weather fun.

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Take me out to the ballgame

Track it

Take a spin on the curve, and discover the Great Lakes Bay Region Bicycle Motor Cross (BMX) Track inside Stratford Woods Park (3922 E Ashman St, Midland, 989-837-6930, All ages and abilities are welcome, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. to dusk, April – October, for free.


Nothing says summer quite like baseball. Watch the Class A Great Lakes Loons take on rival teams at the 20,000-squarefoot Dow Diamond (825 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-2255, www.greatlakes. There will be hot plays, cold drinks, and a fifth- or sixth-inning chance to dance with beloved mascot Lou E. Loon.

Make a splash

Get wet and wild at over a half mile of lake frontage and 1,000 square feet of sandy beach at Sanford Lake Beach Park (Sanford, east end of Irish St, ½ mile south of US-10, Midland, Play volleyball, cool off in the spray pad area, and barbecue summer favorites.


Have a dog-gone good time

Cheer on your favorite pooch flying through the air, leaping over obstacles, and prancing into victory from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., May 27 – 28, during Dog Bowl 2017 at Frankenmuth’s River Place Shops (989-652-6613, Have your cameras ready—this Olympic-style competition also includes a four-legged fashion show.

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Artistically immersed

Why not take a break from the hot summer days? Step inside a cool museum for an up-close view of glorious statues and local artistry at the Creative Cardinals exhibition, May 26 – June 17, at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Rd, University Center, 989-964-7125,




Summertime salute

Don red, white, and blue, and share in the sentiment of saluting servicemen and servicewomen on May 29 at the Midland Memorial Day Parade (W Main to Rodd St to Nelson St, downtown Midland, After the parade, you’ll be surrounded with opportunities to enjoy a leisurely lunch and a summertime stroll.


Un-“Belle”-ievable Ride

Take a tour of Frankenmuth aboard the Bavarian Belle Riverboat. The Queen departs from the Docks at the Waterfall (River Place Shops, 925 S Main St, Suite D-3, Frankenmuth, 866-808-2628, and makes her way up and down the Cass River, offering 150 passengers one-hour summer tours to remember.

Get revved up

What could up the ante on already epic evenings at Dixie Motor Speedway (10945 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-624-9778, www., where school bus figure-8s roar as the Fillin’ Station flips burgers and the TrackSide Bar pours cold ones? Possibly only Fan Days, where racers sign autographs and delight racecar enthusiasts.


Blooms and beauty

In late afternoon, explore uniqueness on every level of eight terraces abloom with more than 3,000 dahlias, and throughout Equiline, Charles Breed’s working studio and museum, at Dahlia Hill (2809 Orchard Dr, Midland, 989-631-0100). Free tours are available Monday – Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.


Shout your support

Spend time this summer on the campus of Central Michigan University, June 1 – 3, for the largest Special Olympics event in Michigan, the State Summer Games (1120 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-774-3911, Fans cheer on more than 2,600 athletes as they compete in 10 types of competitions, including swimming, weightlifting, and gymnastics.

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Let’s cook

Learn how to cook from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursdays, June – October, during Let’s Cook demonstrations at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market (Island Park, South Shelter, Mt Pleasant, 989-779-5330, Highlighting a variety of Michigan fresh fruits and vegetables, and consider the learn-how-to-cook class your summer picnic-improver.

Movies under the stars Take a stroll amidst the carefully manicured, bountiful blooms of Dow Gardens (1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, 800-362-4874,, and bring a blanket or chair to enjoy a picnic in the fresh air—or even Outdoor Movies on Friday evenings, June 30, July 28, and August 25.


Animals and more

Any time spent at Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square (1703 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-759-1408, is sure to include the choo-choo train, carousel rides, and animals. Map your next stop—kangaroos, then monkeys, and then penguins—and plan for bonus activities June 21 at DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) at the Zoo Day.


Nice catch

If free family fun is your summer scene, Free Fishing Weekend in June at Bay City State Recreation Area (3582 State Park Dr, Bay City, is your place to be. All species of fish may be caught, fishing license fees are waived for two days, and catching youth-friendly activities is guaranteed.

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Fireworks from afloat All of Bay City Fireworks Festival (www.baycityfireworksfest. net) is worth experiencing each July, with a carnival, live entertainment, car show, and, of course, fireworks. But if getting aboard is what floats your boat, anchor your sights on BaySail’s July 1 Fireworks VIP Dinner Sail ( or Bay City Boat Lines’ Fireworks Festival Cruise aboard Princess Wenonah (



Cool cars

Step back in time with over 500 cars from past decades at the Cool City Car Show & Cruze, July 14 – 15 (downtown Bay City, Enjoy street parties and live music after the 6 p.m. Friday-night car street cruise, and marvel at the 9 a.m. Saturday Cool City Car Show, too.


Down by the river

You’ll do more than take riverboat rides, paddle kayaks, and soar 300 feet on a zip-line trip through Chippewassee Park on July 14 and 15 at River Days Festival (downtown Midland,’ll take in artistic demonstrations and live musical entertainment, catch a hot air balloon show, and see fireworks, too.


A cultural experience

Learn about Native American culture and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe at the 33rd Annual Saginaw Chippewa Powwow, July 28 – 30, (Saginaw Chippewa Campground, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-4071, www.sagchip. org). Enjoy authentic foods while you participate in art, dancing, music, and storytelling traditions.


Nature’s finest

Step off the beaten path into nature-filled hikes and bike rides on the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail (Saginaw, Midland, and Bay counties, things-to-do/trails). Add nearly 100 miles of paved trails into your summer scenery, including Saginaw Valley Rail Trail, Pere-Marquette Rail Trail, and Bay County Riverwalk and Rail Trail.

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Memorable events

Boogie down and whoop it up at any of the diverse summer events that take place at the outdoor Huntington Bank Event Park (300 Johnson St, Saginaw, in downtown Saginaw. Spread out a blanket on the grassy area, get up close to main stage, or hang out under the pavilion to hear the tunes.


Polka party

As if dancing the polka to live Polish music and savoring delectable Polish foods weren’t reasons enough to put St. Stan’s Athletic Club Polish Fest (2501 John Solinski Dr, Bay City, on your short to-do list for June, the fair rides, carnival games, and family fun should seal the deal.

Michigan proud

If seeing the United States of America’s largest Medal of Honor collection would make your summer more memorable, head no further than Frankenmuth’s Michigan Military and Space Heroes Museum (1250 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-8005, The past becomes present in this museum devoted solely to wartime experiences of men and women from Michigan.


Way of life

Take time to peruse changing exhibits and permanent ones, such as the Plant Walk Exhibit, at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabek Culture and Lifeways (6650 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-4750, Walk the Ziibiwing Center grounds to learn about plants traditionally used by Anishinabe people, discovering varieties that you could still grow today.

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Konnichiwa (“Hello!” in Japanese)

With free admission into Japan Festival as summer wraps up at the Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House (527 Ezra Rust Dr, Saginaw, 989-759-1648,, you can experience Japanese taiko drummers, martial arts demonstrations, shodo (Japanese calligraphy), ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), sushi rolls, and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony by the shores of Lake Linton off the Saginaw River.

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4243 CARMEL DR, SAGINAW TOWNSHIP Entertaining in this magnificent custom all brick home with an open concept leaves nothing to be desired. The great room showcases a stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, wall of windows. The kitchen is the one we all dream of; maple w/coffee glaze cabinetry, granite counter tops, top of the line stainless appliances, sprawling island w/seating for 6, large eating area, limestone tile floor & pantry. The 1st floor master suite is your own private retreat designed for relaxing, including a gas fireplace, luxurious mas. bath,

dressing area, walk-in closet, laundry and private office. This home features 7458 total sq.ft. w/5 en-suite bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths, 2 laundry rooms, formal living & dining, entertainment size family rm, workout room, craft room, and an over-sized 4 car garage with basketball court. You’ll enjoy the beautiful patio and in-ground pool on this private 2.5 acre park-like setting that is landscaped to perfection! This stunning Sag twp home is one of a kind!

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TUSCANY VILLAS, SAGINAW TOWNSHIP Enjoy carefree/barrier free living in Saginaw Township! This open floor plan includes two bedrooms, two full baths, fireplace, granite counter tops in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a master suite with private bath and walkin closet, first floor laundry, full basement and two car garage.

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Tuscany Villas offer a community garden and is pet friendly. Additional options include a third bedroom with bath, finished basement, and covered patio. Energy Star Rated! Starting at $184,900. Call Kay for your personal showing. Visit us at the Spring Parade of Homes May 13, 14, 17, 20 & 21st, 2017 Saturday/Sunday 1PM-5PM - Wednesday 5PM-8PM

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A peaceful and serene setting is at the forefront of this beautifully built with exceptional quality and cared for and maintained beyond belief. Set in the heart of the Tri Cities on 15+ acres, Auburn gives you the convenience of being 15 miles or less to Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw Township. The home features a dual heating system with pellet boiler and two natural gas forced air furnaces, generator, city water, outbuilding with large workshop, car or boat storage and has separate forced air heating and hot and cold water. The home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an open and spacious floor plan with vaulted living room and kitchen and 10 foot ceilings throughout the rest of the home. The master suite has access to the trex deck, and boasts a 200 square foot walk in closet as well as spacious master bath with custom walk in shower. The exercise room w/ sauna & family room with custom antique bar, wood ceiling, and wall of windows as well as oversized 2.5 car garage complete the home.

Don’t miss out on this stunning craftsman style home built in 2007 and set in a quiet subdivision in Thomas Township. Quality built by Beagle Construction, this home features more than 3,500 square feet of living space plus an additional 1,500 square feet finished in the lower level! The home boasts 3 main floor bedrooms including a great master suite with large relaxing bathroom and spacious walk in closet, a 2nd floor guest suite, large living room with fireplace and floor to ceiling windows, formal dining room with built ins, separate office space with wood floor, and a stunning kitchen with wood ceiling, adjacent breakfast nook, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters. The finished basement boasts a possible 5th bedroom, or 2nd office, full bathroom, cozy family room with fireplace and corner daylight windows, full kitchen, and an exercise room. The privacy fenced backyard with patio, three car garage, and large main floor laundry room complete this amazing home.

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An absolutely stunning custom built home in beautiful Frankenmuth. Close to schools, and just minutes away from downtown Frankenmuth shops, dining and entertain! This quality custom home features a spacious open floor plan, custom trim and moldings throughout, main floor master suite with 2 walk in closets, tile and glass walk in shower, and spacious double vanity, as well as a large foyer with elegant staircase, and an open 2nd floor landing leading to 3 large bedrooms, 2 with walk in closets. The gourmet eat in kitchen boasts a large island, granite counter tops, high grade stainless steel appliances, and a cozy sitting area/breakfast nook. The finished walkout lower level features a full kitchen, 1 1/2 baths, exercise room, family room, games, room and bedroom. The extensive paver patio and large scenic lot complete the home.

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

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2111 N YA S I M I N DR , L AR K I N TWP Modern, Cool and Creative, this beautiful house was constructed by the highly respected architect, Bill Phillips. A sophisticated synthesis of current lifestyle concepts such as flexible floor design, inclusion of sustainable materials, expansive windows, and extensive use of natural light... resulting in a home that is energizing, inviting and connected to the outdoors. The list of luxury features is virtually endless and includes a gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry with new granite, first floor master’s quarters with renovated bath, dual sinks, dual dressing areas, double closets, main floor laundry, surround sound, security system, sprinkler system, reverse osmosis system and lower level guest accommodations.

3115 DIXIE COURT, BRIDGEPORT All brick ranch in Bridgeport Twp home has 3 bedroom, 1 bath, updated kitchen & bath. Also all replacement windows & newer roof. Large all brick Florida Room overlooks large fenced in back yard with 2 yard sheds. First floor laundry & office/den add to desirability of this quality build home. Immediate occupancy.


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2166 E MOCKINGBIRD LN, LARKIN TWP Alluring Arches give this home bold and beautiful curb appeal with European/Italianate flair. This spectacular Sturgeon Woods property is situated on nearly 3 bountiful acres, and is complete with abundant amenities. The truly transitional floor plan is perfect for growing families, friends, and entertainment. It features 5 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, large pantry, first floor master suite, formal dining room, main floor laundry, lower level walk-out, secondary kitchen, and a plenitude of storage. There are many unexpected luxuries within and around this custom-designed them during your personal tour!

Cozy & spacious. This renovated farm house has the convenience & benefits of Reese Village living. Four bedrooms, 1.5 baths, first floor laundry, eat in kitchen, formal dining, large living room, second floor office or play space, large attached & heated garage, sprawling deck. Large yard and out building that holds generator.

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An exceptional home nestled on a wooded lot in Thomas Township’s Hunters Ridge Subdivision. This custom built one owner home features 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, vaulted ceilings, formal dining room with lighted crown molding, Great room with stone fireplace, 1st floor master suite with a 5 piece ceramic bath, walk in closet and french doors to an adjoining deck. Lovely loft overlooking great room, and a two story entrance foyer. Beautifully landscaped lot with a pond, gazebo and 2 large decks. Lovely private setting. Freeland School District. Priced at $299,900.

ENJOY A NEW CUSTOM BUILT HOME WITHOUT ALL THE WORK! Beautiful home situated on over 5 private acres with a pond and is only 2.5 miles from the mall! Quality craftsmanship is apparent throughout this open concept 2880 sq ft home with an additional 600 sq ft finished in the lower level featuring 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, Teak wood floors, 9’ ceilings, custom moldings, and built-ins. The kitchen is fully equipped for any gourmet chef with stainless appliances, gas range, center island, granite counters and tile backsplash; it is open to the dining room with sliders leading to the covered patio with outdoor kitchen and hot tub and the impressive family room with vaulted ceilings and stone fireplace. Luxurious master suite boasts vaulted ceilings and 24x12 walk-in closet. Superb quality is carried through to the finished lower level featuring Media/game room, bedroom, full bath and exercise area. Attached 2.5 car garage also features 16x14 workshop or storage area. A one of kind home!

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

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$159,900 Floor Plans are basically same in either style ranch, with or without basement, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, master with shower - main bath with tub and shower combination, kitchen with all stainless-steel kitchen appliances included, granite counter tops in the ones with basement, ceramic tiled back splash, first floor laundry, 2 car garage with door opener, flooring and window blinds are included as well. Hallways are all wide enough for a wheelchair, doorways are 36 inches wide as well. Outside includes a landscaped yard. On the ones without basements we are offering $2000.00 paid toward closing cost until February 28, 2018





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ccording to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), there were 12,764 children in the foster care system statewide as of December 2016. In the Great Lakes Bay Region, approximately 400 children are in foster care at any given time. In a few cases, children in foster care will need adoptive homes due to termination of parental rights. The majority, though, stay temporarily with families while the state provides services to make it safe for them to be reunited with their parents. Being an effective foster parent requires skill, patience, compassion, and an open heart. Foster parents understand that it will take time to reduce the pain of these hurting children and change any associated behaviors. It would be difficult to find a better example of this unconditional love and understanding than in the story of John and Lisa Keberlein, the proud parents of CJ, Dustin, and Ethan, biological brothers who the couple adopted through foster care.

Coming together For various reasons, starting a family was not part of the initial plan when the Keberleins married in July 2009. Soon thereafter, the couple decided to discuss their options with a counselor, who ultimately suggested that they become foster care parents. The timing seemed ideal; while Lisa worked fulltime for Cox Automotive, John had recently retired from his career as a certified payroll professional for General Motors and Wellspring Lutheran Services.

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A couple chooses fostering children to complete their home. BY ALLISON DEAN PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN

The Keberleins started the foster care licensing process in January 2011 and received their license through the Samaritas agency six months later. Despite the pressing need for foster parents, they received no immediate calls to place a child in their care. Later that summer, they were asked to relieve other foster parents by hosting three children for a respite weekend, which proved to be an overwhelming experience. They were asked to foster all three children long-term, but the Keberleins decided it wasn’t the right fit. Then, on December 29, 2011, as John was headed out to go hunting, the couple received a call from Samaritas to foster 15-month-old CJ. Lisa went to pick CJ up at the agency’s

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office in Saginaw. “It was the best Christmas present I ever got,” Lisa recalls. “We pulled into the driveway [when we arrived home], and as soon as I took CJ out of the car, he and John instantly connected. The bond that we had right from the get-go was crazy amazing. It was like he was meant to be here from day one.”

An emotional rollercoaster The Keberleins were overjoyed at CJ’s arrival, but reality set in the following week when parental visits started between CJ and his biological parents. The Keberleins encouraged CJ’s biological parents to visit despite several issues that made those visits challenging. “We always supported reunification [between CJ and his biological parents], but we were always

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advocates for the boys,” Lisa says. The birth parents stopped showing up after a couple of visits, and, in early 2012, the Keberleins learned that CJ’s birth mother was pregnant again. In foster care, every attempt is made to keep siblings together, but it can be difficult to find placement for sibling groups (as well as teenagers). But when Dustin, CJ’s brother, was born in August 2012, he joined CJ in the Keberlein home after the state determined that staying with his birth parents was not in his best interest. As a special needs child with autism who suffers from seizures, Dustin has greatly benefitted from the life-changing behavioral and physical therapy he has received with the Keberleins support.

Once Samaritas determined reunification of the children and their biological parents was impossible, the Keberleins were able to adopt CJ and Dustin in early 2013. The couple decided not to continue to be foster parents, but soon after doing so, they learned that the boys’ birth mother was pregnant yet again—this time with Ethan. The biological parents had moved to Georgia, so when Ethan was born in January 2014 and went into the foster care system, the state of Georgia contacted the Keberleins. Ethan was flown from Georgia to Michigan to join his brothers and the Keberleins in April 2014. John recalls the day Ethan arrived: “They [the foster care agency staff] got off the airplane carrying a baby [Ethan]. We looked at them, they looked at us, and we knew that was our baby.”

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The Keberleins enjoy completing puzzles as a family

During the stressful, time-consuming process of adopting Ethan, the Keberleins had to work with agencies in Georgia and Michigan, as well as against competing attempts by the birth parents’ relatives to adopt him. Several court hearings and a lengthy investigation revealed that the Keberleins were indeed the ideal permanent family for Ethan, and the adoption finally went through in late 2016. Shortly after, Samaritas selected the Keberleins as Foster Parents of the Month.

A rewarding experience For people seeking to help children in need of a home, the Keberleins say it’s well worth the process to become a foster parent. CJ, Dustin, and Ethan are exactly where they’re meant

to be, and John and Lisa wouldn’t have it any other way. The state is always seeking qualified applicants from potential foster parents who can offer a loving, stable home environment. According to Bob Wheaton, MDHHS communications manager and public information officer, “Support from the news media, as well as community agencies, both faith-based and non-faith-based, has been a key for our department in successfully recruiting loving foster homes that can meet the unique needs of each child. We have been able to find many loving foster homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region and statewide, but we always need more so that we can find the most suitable placement for every child.”

If you are considering becoming a foster parent, your initial call should be to Foster Care Navigators (1-855-6424-5437) or your local county Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) office. These agencies provide guidance, answer questions, and help you locate resources to begin the foster care education and licensing process. More information is also available at hopeforahome. MDHHS has an extensive approval process in place to vet all potential foster parents. You must participate in a comprehensive 12-week orientation, complete Parent Resource for Information Development and Education training, fill out a licensing application packet from the agency of your choice, host several onsite home evaluations conducted by a foster care licensing agent, and undergo a financial and criminal background check. You must also be at least 18 years old, in good health, of good moral character, and with adequate income. Licensed foster parents, who must renew their license yearly, receive bimonthly payments, depending on the child’s age and needs, and a semi-annual clothing allowance. In addition, children in foster care are eligible for Medicaid, which covers medical, dental, and mental health care expenses. Day care costs can also be reimbursed for eligible foster families.

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or years, Tim Murlick drew in crowds to Saginaw-area businesses as a trivia-game emcee. “I brought in between 70 and 80 people [to play trivia at various establishments],” he says. Two years ago, Murlick decided to bring patrons to his business, so he purchased the former Smokey’s Bar in Carrollton, rebuilding and re-opening it as Merl’s Tavern. Now, Murlick lures in a crowd to Merl’s for Saturday night and Sunday afternoon trivia contests that raise money for Carrollton schools and other worthy causes. Games are just a small part of what goes on in the neighborhood bar and restaurant, which attracts a mix of sports fans, dart players, and families. With a fully stocked bar, a panini press, and a slow cooker, the enterprise has already racked up a few awards for its food and beverages.  Merl’s famous Coney dog, featuring a Koegel hot dog on a homemade bun with Murlick’s from-scratch Coney sauce and just the right amount of crisp onions, won a first-place prize from a WNEM-TV5 poll. Bring $2 and your appetite for two Coneys and a bag of chips, or try a twist on the classic dish with a plate of Coney nachos.  If you’re not in the mood for a hot dog, Mexican fare, salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups are in plentiful supply, too. The fromscratch soups are crowd-pleasers, and rotating flavors include hearty potato-ham, chicken-and-dumpling, and broccoli-cheese. Another musthave for many patrons is the French dip sub, loaded with melted cheese and succulent roast beef, accompanied with a steaming hot dish of au jus for dipping, often on special for $7. The grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich is a popular choice for families who come in with little diners. Other fan favorites, and top $6 picks of Murlick, include the tostada meal—two tostadas topped with beans, seasoned meat, cheese, and fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion—and the Who Dat, a New Orleans-inspired sandwich that’s stacked high with sliced ham, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and a spicy bistro sauce straight from Bourbon Street. There are plenty of award-winning beverage choices to accompany any meal, too. An MLive poll ranked Merl’s bloody mary eighth in the state, and the Moscow mule garnered a No. 10 spot. A $5 combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime served in a copper mug, this chilled delight lives up to the hype that “nobody makes a better mule than Merl’s.” The bar also has everything from craft beers, such as vanilla porter and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, to old-time favorites, including Bush Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon, on tap.  Merl’s Tavern, 304 Shattuck Rd, Carrollton, 989-751-5140, https:// Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.), Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 12 a.m.), and Sunday, 12 – 10 p.m.

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Dining Out Asian Asian Noodle: 200 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-316-2380. Filipino and Far East fare. Noodle soup, lumpia spring rolls, sautéed noodles, and pan-fried fish. Basil Thai Bistro: 416 E Ellsworth, 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.

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Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ: 5010 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-4962288. Buffet-style dining and createyour-own stir-fry using many types of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Full bar.

Pasong’s Cafe: 114 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-791-5008. Fresh, made-to-order authentic cuisine without MSG. Famous Chinese chicken salad and a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian entrées.

G’s Pizzeria: 1005 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-9400, and 3823 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4774. Dine in, takeout, delivery, and catering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and popular chicken fajita pizza.

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.

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

Hello Sushi: 2575 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-7900022. Sushi, sashimi, rolls, traditional bento box meals, noodle dishes, and Japanese specialties. Daily specials and carryout.

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.

Grampa Tony’s: 1108 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4795, Bay City, Family dining. Homemade pizza, steak sandwiches, and baked pasta specialties. Late-night dining, takeout, and spirits.

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.

Isabella’s at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-7755399. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts. Create your own pasta masterpiece.

Sushi ‘N’: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-7557. Sushi, sashimi, cooked and vegetarian selections, and rolls, including the Golden California.

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

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

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

Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge: 105 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-7723. High-end martinis, sushi, and Asian-fusion fare.

Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery: 507 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-5560. New Yorkstyle pizzeria. Lunch and dinner.

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

Café Cremosi: 804 E Midland 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.

Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-0691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Nino’s Neighbor: 1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792. Open during warm weather months. Healthy Italian cuisine; gluten-free and vegan options. Grilled margherita pizza, antipasto salad, garlic knots, tomato bisque, and pesto-topped salmon. Outdoor seating available. Old Town Pizzeria: 417 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-392-6468. Authentic pizza by the whole pie or slice, pizza muffins, and calzones for takeout or dine-in. Handmade dough, real mozzarella, and fresh toppings. Pizza Dude: 4328 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-486-9670. Italian eatery. Old-style, brick oven pizza, calzones, and bread rings stuffed with pasta or meatballs. Pizza Sam’s: 102 W Main St, Midland, 989-631-1934. Soups,

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TASTE / DINING OUT sandwiches, gyros, Coney Island hot dogs, specialty pizzas, nachos, and desserts. Takeout available. Spencer’s Route 46: 5530 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-4500. Escargot, portobella mushrooms, calamari, seafood ravioli, poached salmon, and pan-fried walleye. Extensive wine list. Live jazz music. Villa D’Alessandro: 801 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-3821. Fare prepared from family recipes. Extensive list of wines to pair with entrées. Authentic desserts. Outdoor dining in summer.

Mediterranean 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 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.

baked, preservative-free muffins and cookies. Drive-up, Wi-Fi, and TVs. Los Cuatro Amigos: 4570 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1700. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials. 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. 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 Centro Grille: 4882 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-498-4010. Breakfast and lunch. Freshly roasted coffee, pastries, homemade soups, desserts, salted caramel brownie, and cinnamon crunch muffin. 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.

Cuatro Amigos: 310 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-686-8630. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials.

Stacker Grill: 4312 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-8646. Breakfast and lunch fare, including pancakes, omelets, salads, and steak sandwiches.

El Paso Grill: 4880 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-6599. Puffy tacos and shredded beef burrito with potatoes are favorites. Primarily takeout.

Coffee Houses

El Patron: 1900 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9800. Authentic Mexican cuisine, including a buffet. Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts. Los Cabos: 7467 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2255. Mexican staples, along with a full American and Mexican breakfast menu. Weekend breakfast buffet. Daily lunch buffet.

Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011. Coffee and tea house with a historical 1920s ambiance. Bancroft Blend coffee, espresso, steamers, and chai. Breakfast and lunch. Brewtopia: 810 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-893-0872. Fresh coffees, teas, lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, smoothies, muffins, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Light lunch menu. Wi-Fi. Entertainment Thursday through Saturday. Coffee Chaos: 6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, 989-835-6401. Hot, chilled over ice, and frozen coffee drinks. Freshly

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

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. Red Eye Caffé: 205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411. Freshly brewed coffees, white chocolate mochas, cookies, and muffins. Livemusic entertainment, local poetry, and artwork.

Casual Dining 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. Annabelle’s Own: 579 E. Isabella Rd, Midland, 989-835-5344. Comfort food with a few twists. Diverse menu, homemade soups, daily specials, award-winning Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese.

The Fix: 5 E Main St, Bay City, 989-439-1250. Specializing in craft coffee and vegan options. Doughnuts, pastries, and organic fair trade coffee and tea sourced independently out of Chicago.

Anschutz Café: 212 E Saginaw St, Breckenridge, 989-842-9924. Pancakes, prime rib, wet burritos, nachos, and grilled beef medallions (weekend special).

Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: 500 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6525252. Gourmet coffee, teas, espresso treats, pastries, sandwiches, and wraps. Flavor-of-the-month coffee.

Bare Bones BarBQ & Pizza: 807 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-8926830. Charcoal-grilled barbecue. Lunch, dinner, and family meals. Takeout, delivery, and catering available.

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.

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.

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. Kaya Coffee House: 1029 S University Ave, Mt Pleasant, 989772-9016. Fair trade, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, and Thai-style red curry.

Bergers Family Restaurant: 6387 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989-686-0224. Family owned since 1928. Serves specialty of fresh seafood, hot German potato salad, burgers, and fruit and cream pies. Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-3010255. Mexican meals, pizza, burgers, wings, steak sandwiches, Coney dogs, and breakfast served anytime. Big John Steak & Onion: 3300 Holland Ave, Saginaw, 989-754-5012. Serving the original 100 percent ribeye steak sandwich since 1972. Subs, salads, and Big John “Red Sauce.” The Bringer Inn: 516 W Genesee Ave, Saginaw, 989-753-1462. Homemade breakfast, lunch, and

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

Coney dogs, subs, wraps, and stuffed pitas called Hanis. Specials include the Saginaw Coney with marinara and meat, and the Flintstone Coney with nacho meat, mustard, and onion. Duece’s Char House: 432 Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-893-5881. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salad bar with famous cheese spread and liver pâté. Garden Restaurant in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0662. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sunday brunch. Gimmicks Grill & Bar: 5021 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-4963940. Classic American cuisine. Full bar, extensive beer selection, wine, and martinis. Enjoy a game of bowling or miniature golf. Huron Fish Co: 505 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-2224. Fish and seafood takeout dinners, including famous whitefish. Jack’s Deli & Stretch’s Curve: 618 S Henry, Bay City, 989-893-6931. Home of the health nut salad with raspberry yogurt dressing. Soups, sandwiches, and burgers. 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

daVinci’s Restaurant: 524 N Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6522629. Italian and American fare. Daily specials. Strombolis, pasta dishes, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, salads, and sandwiches. The Dogg Houze: 2903 Pierce Rd, Kochville Township, 989-401-7477.

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, 989-697-5141. Daily specials include prime rib, cod, and chicken livers.

9349. Prime rib, char-grilled rib-eyes, burgers, and pan-seared walleye New Orleans. Wild game available upon request. Lunch specials.

Little Bambinos: 120 W Saginaw St, Merrill, 989-643-5414. Homecooked American and Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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

Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Pub plates, salads, pizza, and light plates. Dinner features fish and chips, filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, and pretzelcrusted pork tenderloin. Children’s menu. The Malt Shop: 228 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-6696. Broasted chicken dinners, Coney dogs, burgers, malts, and ice cream. The Maple Grille: 13105 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-233-2895. Farmto-table restaurant serves produce, meats, and fish from local sources. The Mean Rooster Diner: 1411 S Wenona St (in Meats & Mooore), Bay City, 989-893-5413. Homemade soups, sandwiches, pasta, gourmet pizzas, burgers, and hot dogs. Memory Lane Café: 1122 Tittabawassee Rd (inside Antique Warehouse), Kochville Township, 989-755-4343. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Mountain Town Station: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 866381-5022. Steakhouse, brewery, and wine shop. Fine micro-brews and a selection of over 300 wines. Wi-Fi. Mussel Beach: 3540 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-686-0575. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including original stuffed burgers. Ice cream and desserts. Takeout available. Nbakade Family Restaurant: 5665 E Pickard Rd (inside Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel), 989-817-4806. 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, 989-624-

The Pit at BARTS: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Open pit Southern-style barbecue. Quarry Grill at Bucks Run: 1559 S Chippewa Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-779-9973. Champagne chicken, steak, gourmet burgers, and crowd favorite, venison chili. All-you-can-eat lake perch (Thursdays). Riverside Family Restaurant: 8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 989695-5563. Homemade entrées, sandwiches, soups, desserts, and award-winning pies, including coconut cream. Shirlene’s Cuisine: 1716 Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-8750. Fifty-plus item soup and salad bar includes peas & peanuts, creamy cucumber salad, Waldorf salad, Mandarin salad, homemade chutney, and daily soups. Showboat Restaurant: 242 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-2830. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Soups, sandwiches, fresh lake perch, liver and onions, signature prime rib, and orange ginger chicken. Full bar. Siniikaung Steak & Chop House: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5106. Aged prime beef, chops, and seafood entrées. Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus: 175 E Jefferson St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8681. Ribs, wings, and slider sandwiches. Southern flavors with local touches. Live bands on weekends. State Street: 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-6174. Coffee bar and restaurant with sophisticated comfort food, craft beer, and wine. Free Wi-Fi. Stock Pot Diner and Catering: 1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989893-9332. Breakfast menu, Greek fare, and turkey jerky sandwich. SugarHigh Café: 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-502-5009. Bubble teas, paninis, grilled cheese, Kern’s brats, hot dogs, ice cream, sorbet, and SugarHigh Bakery gourmet cupcakes.

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TASTE / DINING OUT Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill: 281 Heinlein, Frankenmuth, 800-890-6877. Fish and chips, steaks, seafood, burgers, and deep-dish pizza. One dozen handcrafted beers. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. Sure Shot BBQ: 1135 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-400-4488. Pulled-pork nachos and “gut buster” sandwich. T. Dub’s: 565 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-3809, Upscale pizzas use infused dough and hand-cut vegetables. Specialty sandwiches. Unusual combinations make up 11 variations of omelets. Tony’s Restaurant: 1029 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-792-1113; 112 S Saginaw, St Charles, 989-8656950; 2612 State St, Saginaw, 989-793-1801; 2525 E Genesee, Saginaw, 989-753-4321; 7340 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2111; 2111 S Saginaw, Midland, 989-8398560; 234 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-1631; 4880 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw Township, 989-249-8669. Steak sandwiches loaded with your favorite toppings and boat-sized banana splits. Tony’s Take-Out: 2331 S Michigan, Saginaw, 989-793-6250. Chicken strip baskets, pizza, steak sandwiches, catfish, smelt, perch, and cod fish dinners, and soups to go. Turkey Roost: 2273 S Huron Rd, Kawkawlin, 989-684-5200. Homemade “Thanksgiving every day” since 1955, complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Breakfast options, lunch and dinner turkey plates, hot turkey sandwiches, pie by the slice, and other desserts. Uptown Grille: 3 E Main St, Bay City, 989-439-1557. Upscale bistro serving breakfast and lunch. Sweet potato pancakes, banana bread French toast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups. Z-Chef’s Café: 730 S Main St (inside Zehnder’s Restaurant), Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Gourmet pastas, rotisserie chicken, meat-carving station, hand-tossed pizzas, and salads. Zef’s Coney Island: 201 Third St, Bay City, 989-402-1220. Specializing in authentic Coney Island-style hot dogs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

smoothies, and baked goods. Glutenfree foods and soy milk always available. Zehnder’s: 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Worldwide attraction, 10-dining room German restaurant serves famous all-you-can-eat family-style chicken dinners, along with seafood, steaks, baked goods, and European desserts.

Deli Artigiano: 815 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-391-4200. Locally owned artisan cheese shop. Small-batch, handmade, and imported cheeses. Gourmet jellies, dried fruits, and cured meats. Amazing Deli: 134 E Main St, Midland, Midland, 989-837-7278. Sandwiches, subs, salads, and soups await you at a place true to its name. Carryout and delivery available. The Bagel Café and Deli: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-1108. Bagels, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and lunch classics. Cortland Cooler Café: 5395 Midland Rd (located at Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm), Freeland, 989695-9139. Wraps, sandwiches, chili in a bread bowl, and signature cider slushes. August through January. Crossroads Deli: 2205 Jefferson Ave (inside the Midland Community Center), Midland, 989-832-8580. Homemade gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and desserts. Delivery, carry out, curbside pick-up, and catering. Fralia’s: 422 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-799-0111. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods using all-natural ingredients. Specialties include gourmet flank steak sandwich, grilled goat cheese salad, and carrot cake. Local delivery. Intermission Deli: 111 3rd St, Bay City, 989-893-5010. Sandwiches and subs. Freshly made, homemade soups available daily and may be served in a warm bread bowl. Intermission Deli: 2128 Bay St, Saginaw, 989-790-6777. Subs, sandwiches, and soups with fresh ingredients. Favorites include the Intermission Delight (#18) and Veggie Supreme (#24). Pannini’s Deli: 3585 Bay Rd, 989-799-6038, Saginaw (located inside Discount Health Foods). Sandwiches,

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Souper Café: Two locations: 4093 N Euclid, Bay City, 989-671-1900; 5789 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-791-6600. Chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, chili, and potato and bacon chowder soups. Salads and sandwiches. Third Street Deli and Coffee House: 305 S Mable (M-13), Pinconning, 989-879-1236. Gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, and hot and cold specialty beverages. Wine and beer available. Wanigan Eatery: 1905 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-892-8303. Housed in a historic Bay City building and decorated with lumbering artifacts and photos. Sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, and sweet treats. Water Front Market: 925 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-1330. Sandwiches made from fresh-baked artisan breads and with prime Dietz & Watson deli meats. Soups and Coney dogs. River view.

Desserts Crème de la Crème Cupcakes: 612 E Broadway St (inside 3 Wishes Foral), Mt Pleasant, 989-444-2928. Flavors of the day change daily. Cops and Doughnuts Clare City Bakery: 421 McEwan St, Clare, 989-386-2241 and 706 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-3932. Old police department-themed bakery. Cake and glazed doughnuts, long johns, and specialties like the Bacon Squealer and Felony Fritter. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe: 915 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1700; 1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103; 4370 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014012. Cupcakes made with natural ingredients; more than 15 flavors daily. Mary’s Creative Cakery: 7494 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-7747. Design the perfect cake for your occasion. Decorated cookies and a full line of cake and candy-making supplies. Pâtisserie: 2715 Bay Rd, Saginaw, 989-921-2253. European-style desserts, fresh-baked breakfast pastries, 18 specialty cakes, nine varieties of cheesecake, custombaked celebration cakes, gourmet coffee, dips, and spreads.

Petit 4 Pastry: 1600 Woodside Ave, Essexville, 989-891-0735. Cookies, doughnuts, breads, tortes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Special order cakes and catering available. SugarHigh Bakery: 925 S Main St, Ste G1, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400. Forty flavors of gourmet cupcakes, Italian gelato, cookies, cake pops, and specialty cakes. SugarRush Candy Shop: 925 S Main St, Ste G3, Frankenmuth, 989652-2578. Forty flavors of Ashby’s Michigan-made ice cream, candied almonds, fudge, and candies. St. Laurent Bros: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522. One-hundred percent natural peanut butter, handdipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates. Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies. Sweet Creations: www. Specialty and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cutout sugar cookies. Tummy Ache Candy Store: 1116 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989891-7669. Homemade and nostalgic candy. Homemade “puppy chow,” popcorn balls, snow cones, and ice cream treats. VanillaBean Bake Shop: 318 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9540. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, cake pops, and other sweets.

Fine Dining Bradley’s Bistro: 216 Federal Ave, Saginaw, 989-752-1400. Farm-to-table restaurant with seasonal and locally sourced foods. Lunch and dinner. Salads, house-made dressings, Bulgogi steak sandwich, and soba noodles with Swiss chard pesto. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes available. Fireside Grille: 8400 S Genuine Rd, Shepherd, 989-828-6315. Signature international dishes, pasta, chicken, fish, and steak. Golden Glow Ballroom Restaurant: 2950 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2120. Chicago-style individual pizza, seafood, chicken, pork, steak, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta.

Heatherfields Chop House (Bay Valley Hotel and Resort): 2470 Old Bridge Rd, Bay City, 989-6863500. Entrées include char-grilled steaks, blackened salmon, and chicken fettuccine. Sunday brunch. Jake’s Old City Grill: 100 S Hamilton at Court, Saginaw, 989-797-8325. Steaks, chops, seafood, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian entrées. Comprehensive martini and wine bar. Old City Hall: 814 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-4140. Historic dining room offers appetizers like Thai lettuce wrap and elegant entrées. Extensive wine list. Imported and domestic beer. Real Seafood Co.: 199 Uptown Dr, Bay City, 989-456-3463. Contemporary seafood restaurant; locally sourced ingredients. Lunch and dinner; sautéed Lake Superior whitefish, pasta, steak, sandwiches, and gluten-free options.

buy one lunch or dinner buffet at regular price and get one free. Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011. A 1920s-style lounge. Wine, martinis, Prohibition-era cocktails, craft beers, small plates, salads, and cheese boards. Beer and Brats, Inc.: 4562 N Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-835-9238. Variety of beer, homemade brats, Sammi Rae Root Beer on tap, and outdoor space for playing horseshoes and cornhole. Bar Oxygen: 111 Main St (located inside H Hotel), Midland, 989-8390500. Wine, beer, martini, and specialty cocktail menu, with 150+ liquors. Bar menu. Happy hour. Live music Friday nights. Bier Garten: 8 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-684-1331. Daily themedspecials. Quarter-off happy hour daily.

The Riverfront Grille: One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City (inside the DoubleTree Hotel), 989-891-6000. Breakfast, lunch, and specialty dinner entrées daily. Full bar and wine list.

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.

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.

The Boulevard Lounge: 316 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-8325387. Breakfast seven days a week. Complete lunch and dinner menus, including appetizers, available.

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. 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.

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Brady’s Sports Bar & Diner: 512 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-8942207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday. 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. Cardinal’s Nest Tavern. 2903 Pierce Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-7888. New York-style pizza, custom order salads, Italian hero sandwich, Fish Fry Fridays, and 32 draft beers.

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.

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.

Aurora Buffet: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-732-4537. Lunch and dinner buffet, soup and salad bar, carving station, and dessert bar. Every Tuesday is “BOGO Buffet”:

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.

chicken, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and side dishes. Highdefinition TVs.

Diamond Jim’s: 101 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-3343. Soup, salad, and sandwich bar during lunch features four soups. Happy hour. Dinner menu. Farmers Home Tavern: 215 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-642-2546. Famous burgers, other menu items, cold beer, and beverages served in a friendly, family-owned tavern. Flannigan’s Pub & Grill: 7734 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2320. Irish dishes and American fare like Irish egg rolls, loaded burgers, and Irish nachos. TVs. Dine on the deck. Frankenmuth Brewery Co: 425 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-2628300. Microbrewery and restaurant offering appetizers, sandwiches, and dinner entrées with pretzel bread. Freshly brewed beers on tap. Gabby’s Pub and Grill: 3002 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989781-0101. Haddock, Gabby burger, smothered chicken, and microbrews. Gatsby’s Saloon & Eatery: 203 Center Ave, Bay City, 989922-5556. Pizza, steak, salmon, pastas, and sandwiches served in a ’20s-themed atmosphere. Premium liquors, beers, and wines. The Governor’s Quarters: 1304 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-8936111. Large selection of craft brews (bottled and on tap), hard ciders, and spirits. Burger baskets: “Judicial Indiscretion”(half-pound, homemade Coney sauce, onion, pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese). 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,

Mac’s Bar: 118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-6227. A 1930s Art deco-style bar and restaurant. Innovative cuisine from local farms, including organic, vegan, and vegetarian options. Live jazz musicians. Merl’s Tavern: 304 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw, 989-751-5140. Sports, trivia, music. Daily food specials: subs, soups, salads, French dip, Coney dogs, and brats. 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 Brewing Company: 5011 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-2597210. Locally sourced menu options and rustic-chic atmosphere. Sausages, burgers, soft-baked pretzels, and unique “Beeramisu” dessert. Wide range of craft beers, Mug Club option, and homebrewed root beer. Midland Street Jacks Grill & Lounge: 605 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-5741. Snacks, appetizers, kids’ meals, desserts, Tex-Mex entrées, salads, subs, and burgers. Lunch specials. Full bar. Mulligan’s Pub: 109 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4555. Salads, daily soups, gourmet sandwiches, Mexican dishes, and steaks. Lunch and dinner specials. Premium liquors and beers. Takeout. O’s Pub and Grill. 123 E Midland Rd, Auburn, 989-266-3148. Family friendly dining with burgers, sandwiches, daily lunch specials, microbrew beers, and fish Fridays with cod, perch, and shrimp dinners. Private dining available for groups up to 40. 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. One Twenty South: 120 S University, Mt Pleasant, 989-8174433. Specializing in craft cocktails and tapas. Drink an acai mojito or grapefruit caipirinha; eat a charcuterie board or coffee-crusted fillet. Oscar’s Restaurant and Entertainment: 140 E Main St,

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TASTE / DINING OUT Midland, 989-837-8680. Deli and chicken sandwiches, burgers, entrée salads, daily soups, and desserts. Variety of beer, wine, and cocktails. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie: 576 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989652-6981. Rustic chic atmosphere and full bar. Charcuterie with artisanal cheeses as shared plates, pre-built or design-your-own, paninis, and farmto-table dishes. Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-793-7900. Small plate items, Rainmaker martini, nacho nights, happy hour events, and weekend entertainment. The Rathskeller: 600 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-0621. Full menu, daily specials, and drinks. Catch the game on one of 24 TVs. Rustic Inn Steak House & Saloon: 133 N Saginaw St, St Charles, 989-865-6466. Lodge-style atmosphere features more than 50 North American big game mounts. Entrées, sandwiches, and homemade soups. Rusty Saw Smokehouse BBQ: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-3322948. Located inside Lumber Barons Brewery. Slow-smoked brisket, ribs,

pulled pork, chicken, and burgers. Made-from-scratch side dishes include dirty rice, cornbread, and Carolina slaw. The Savoy Grill: 127 S Franklin St, Saginaw, 989-755-5171. Upscale American diner fare including turkey pesto ciabatta, steak chicken pesto pasta, and Val’s hot beef sandwich. Breakfast available. Scottish Inn: 630 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-799-1949. Beer and cocktails. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Nicknamed the “Plaid Palace,” locals love the crab cheese appetizer and Reuben sandwich. Sporty’s Wing Shack and Smokehouse: 4502 N Huron Rd, Pinconning, 989-879-6050, and 9620 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-401-6973. Wings (try the smokin’ cherry sauce favorite!) and burgers piled high. Draft beers. The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar: 805 E John St, Bay City, 989891-0100. Cozy seating areas for small groups. Live entertainment. Walk-in humidor offers more than 80 varieties of cigars. Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs.

Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1940. Famous for its fish and chips. Full menu. Signature corned beef and cabbage served occasionally throughout the year. Tavern 101 Restaurant: 101 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-7781431. Italian- and Mediterraneaninfluenced cuisine. Signature flatbreads, pastas, wine, spirits, and selection of 50 beers on tap. Tiffany’s Food & Spirits: 56 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6526881. Pizzas, seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-7902345. 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, handdipped 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. Zorba’s Greek and American Cuisine: 617 S Harrison St, Saginaw, 989-792-1959. Saganaki (flaming cheese), gyros, dolmades, baklava, and chicken Avgolemeno (egg lemon) soup. Wings and burgers. Beer, liquor, and wine.


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McLaren Bay Region 59th Annual Charity Ball BAY CITY

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DETAILS: Guests enjoyed dinner, live music, and dancing to raise funds for equipment upgrades for McLaren Bay Region’s cardiology department. photos by Rebecca Owens

1. Lisa and Dr. Michael Ingram 2. Earl and Elise Mast 3. Alice and Dr. Carlos Marchena 4. Remy Holmes and Stella Macheso


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DETAILS: Grown-ups took over the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum to play games, mingle, and bid during a silent and a live auction to support programs and services of the museum. photos by Doug Julian

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Sponsored Events Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw: Kentucky Derby Party

Dress up in your derby best for an evening to enjoy Southern cuisine, a mint julep specialty drink, a silent auction, and games, plus the chance to win prizes, including awards for the Kentucky Derby hat contest. Tickets are $60. Proceeds benefit the mission of the Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw to provide lodging and support services to the out-of-town patients receiving medical care, as well as their families and caregivers, at local hospitals. When: Friday, May 5, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For event and ticket information: Call 989-583-0152, or visit www.

Hidden Harvest: 22nd Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz

Have a memorable evening enjoying hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs, silent auctions, jazz music performed by Brush Street, and specialty shops offering unique gifts, wines, and tasty treats. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit Hidden Harvest, the Great Lakes Bay Region’s only freshand-prepared surplus food rescue program. Hidden Harvest collects food from restaurants, food wholesalers, bakeries, and other health departmentcertified sources, to deliver donations, free of charge, to non-profit agencies serving people in need. When: Wednesday, May 10, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Apple Mountain, Freeland For event and ticket information: Call Hidden Harvest at 989-753-4749, or visit

Underground Railroad, Inc.: 7th Annual Advocates for Change Luncheon

Join the Underground Railroad for lunch to learn how you can help ensure someone is always available to answer the most important call for safety. Hear a first-hand account from a domestic violence survivor, and learn how Underground Railroad assisted her with her journey of healing.

Arts and Museums Exhibit: Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Through May 5. Free admission. Featuring artwork by the Bachelor of Fine Arts majors. Serves as completion of their undergraduate program. University Art Gallery, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-4159,

Exhibit: Mingled Visions—Images from the North American Indian Collection by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Through May 20. Free admission. Includes 40 photographs taken between 1868 and 1952. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125,

Reservations are required. The luncheon is complimentary. Proceeds benefit Underground Railroad, Inc. When: Thursday, May 11, 12 – 1 p.m. (doors open at 11 a.m.) Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and reservations: Call Karen Sova at 989-399-0007, ext. 100, or visit

Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square: Brew at the Zoo

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, and delicious beer and wine at the zoo’s adults-only party. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. When: Thursday, June 15, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call 989-759-1408, or visit www.saginawzoo. com

Community Village (an arm of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan): Strawberry Festival

Enjoy a family-friendly event with live music, a food tent, homemade baked goods, games with prizes for children, and more. Don’t leave without trying the event’s signature strawberry shortcake. Admission is free; strawberry shortcake is $5. Proceeds benefit activity funds for senior citizens of Community Village. When: Tuesday, June 20, 3 – 8 p.m. Where: Grounds of Community Village, Saginaw Township For information: Call 989-792-5442, or visit

Bay City Garden Club: Semi-Annual Garden Walk

Take a leisurely walk through five beautiful local gardens. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the community efforts of the Bay City Garden Club. When: Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Where: Five gardens in the Auburn and Bay City areas For information: Call 989-225-1052, or visit

Exhibit: Mingled Visions—Images from the North American Indian Collection by Edward S. Curtis. Through May 21. Free admission. Forty original photogravure prints, with a popular mix of famous images including “Geronimo.” Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-9647125,

Exhibit: Chromatic Drawing. Through May 27. Admission $9. Colored pencil drawings from artists across the United States, including members of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Highly detailed images. Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250,

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Exhibit: 4th Congressional District Art Competition & Midland Area Schools Art Show. Through May 27. Admission $9. Local artists’ pieces, including students from Midland Area Schools. Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Exhibit: The Work of Brian Rutenberg—Camellia. Through June 3. Admission. Rutenberg’s huge paintings with oil paint on linen, abstract style, and sweeping brush strokes. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Clear Seeing Place— The Encapsulating Canvases of Brian Rutenberg. Through June 3. Admission $5. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, Exhibit: Drawn Out: An Invitational. May 20 – September 2. Admission $9. Featuring works from across America. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Exhibit: Creative Cardinals. May 26 – June 17. Free admission. Invitational exhibition of creative artwork by Saginaw Valley State University faculty and staff. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125, www. Exhibit: Pre-automotive Design— The Horse and Carriage Prints of Louis Vallet. June 2 – September 24. Admission. Comprised entirely of prints by 19th-century French artist Louis Vallet; examines the development of the carriage, 1400 to 1895, before it was replaced by the automobile in 1896. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-7542491, Exhibit: Lochs and Follies—The Picturesque in Scotland. June 9 – September 17. Admission $5. Graphic arts. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www.

Exhibit: Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air—Juried Class and Open Class. June 17 – September 2, Open Class June 23 – August 26. Admission $5. Graphic arts. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Studio School Student and Faculty Exhibitions. June 24 – July 1, and July 5 – September 2. Admission $9. Featuring both student- and faculty-work of the art classes at Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Exhibit: Oaxacan Folk Art. June 24 – September 30. Free admission. Clay and carved-wood sculptures from seven indigenous artists who use craft techniques of Oaxaca. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125,

Attractions Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Cost $4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-6529941, Coffee and Crafts. Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft; cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113 Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781, Toddler Time. Every Wednesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Admission. Sing, dance,

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create, explore, and enjoy developmentally targeted projects. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free event. New kind of happy hour in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Complimentary snack, cash bar, and a variety of themes to think and drink creatively about. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.whitecrowconservatory. Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn RestaurantLorelei Lounge Entertainment in Bavarian Inn Lodge-Friday FUN Nights. Fridays, May – July, 6 – 9 p.m. Free event. Weekly entertainment in downtown Frankenmuth. www. Dow Gardens Children’s Garden Story Time. Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. Admission fee. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www. City Hall Tour. Second Friday of each month, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989-893-5733, Midland County Historical Society: Hands-on History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational dropin programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. whitecrowconservatory.blogspot. com/

Kids Fly Free. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Second Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. Admission $8. Authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the SaginawTokushima Friendship Garden, hosted by persons in kimono. Reservations encouraged. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, Saginaw; 989-759-1648, Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-893-0451, www. Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. Cost $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Year round, guided, customized boat tours through various bodies of water; photography, birding, adventure, relaxation. Groups of one to 10. Johnny Panther Quest Ecotours; 810-6653-3859, Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market. May – October, new location at SVRC Marketplace (formerly Saginaw News building) in downtown Saginaw. Produce, honey, baked goods, and vendors with locally made food choices. SVRC Marketplace, Saginaw; 989-758-2500, ext 228, www. Frankenmuth Farmers Market. Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Locally grown produce. 534 N Main St, Frankenmuth; 989-295-9766, www. Marketplace Bay City. Indoor, year-round market. Produce, fresh fish, artisan cheeses, and


flowers. 401 Center Ave, Bay City; Midland Area Farmers Market. May – October. Produce, flowers, honey, and baked goods. Near the Tridge, downtown Midland; 989839-9901, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. May – October, Thursdays (Market Park) and Saturdays (City Hall), 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, plants, and more. Mt Pleasant; Great Lakes Loons vs. Burlington Bees. May 2, 7:05 p.m. Admission $6.50. Visit website for season schedule. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Free Comic Book Day. May 6. Local celebration of annual, worldwide event. Meet superheroes, get illustrated as your favorite superhero, and receive a free comic book. Cashman’s Comics, Bay City; 989-895-1113, May the Force Be With You. May 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission $5/members free. Guests are encouraged to wear their own Star Wars attire and have photos taken with signature characters from Star Wars films. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989759-1408, Kids Discover Art Day. May 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. One-hour program for students K – 12; includes a museum tour and art activity. Registration required. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-964-7125, www. Mother’s Day Brunch and Celebration. May 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission for moms, grandmas, and members/$5 for others. Crafts, activities, scavenger hunt, and a special day with mom. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, Fireworks Loontaculars. May 20, June 3, June 18, July 1, July 2, July 9, and July 23. Admission.

Enjoy a free fireworks show after these home Loons games. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Cemetery Tour. May 20, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admission $15. Discover unique information about Midland’s military veterans at the Midland Cemetery. Learn about Victorian funerary customs and the significant contributions of community veterans. Midland County Historical Society, Midland; 989-631-8250, Greater Midland Community Center Dow Run/Walk. May 20, 7:30 a.m. Registration fees vary. Half marathon, 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, 1 mile run, tot trot, and family fun. Greater Midland Community Center, Midland; www. Dahlia Hill Society Tuber Sale. May 20 and 27, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and May 21 – 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission. Hundreds of varieties at below retail cost: $2 each/$10 for six. Expert volunteers on hand to answer questions. Dahlia Hill, Midland; 989-631-0100, Legends of the Saginaw Sail. May 27 – 28, and June 3 – 4, 10 – 11, 17 – 18, and 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets $37/$27 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, Memorial Day Parade. May 29, 11 a.m. Annual parade along South Washington Avenue to the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hoyt Park. Saginaw; 989-753-9168, www. Great Lakes Loons vs. West Michigan Whitecaps. June 1, 7:05 p.m. Visit website for season schedule. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Wildlife Drive. June 1 – September 30, sunrise to one hour before sunset. Free admission. A 6.5-mile, self-guided, one-way auto route. Shiawassee National Wildlife

Refuge, Saginaw; 989-777-5930, National Trails Day Guided Hikes. June 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. Kids activities and an afternoon stroll through trails. Green Point Environmental Learning Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1669, www.fws. gov Jazz on Jefferson. June 7, 4:45 – 8 p.m. Free event. A celebration along historic South Jefferson Avenue. Variety of performers, musicians, food vendors, a classic and antique car show, and architectural walking tours. Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw; 989-7522861, Bay City Independents Vintage Base Ball Club: Vintage Base Ball Games. June 10 and 24, 2 – 4 p.m. Free admission. Early 19th centurystyle baseball, no fences or ball gloves, and an entertaining tour into bare-knuckle-style baseball. June 10: Ojibway Island, Saginaw. June 24: Carroll Park, Bay City; 989-8917363, 35th Annual Great Saginaw River Kid’s Free Fishing Day. June 10, 7:30 – 10 a.m. Free. Activities and fishing opportunities; bait and door prizes. Catch and release event. Ojibway Island and Boat Docks, Saginaw; 989-777-5930, www.fws. gov World Oceans Day. June 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission $5/free for members. Fun activities, giveaways, and shows. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989759-1408, Plein Air Pastels. June 14, 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets $60. Cruise the Saginaw River aboard a tall ship. Learn how to use pastels from Studio 23 instructors. All supplies included; bring your own beverages. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. Science Café: Fire(work)’d Up. June 15, 8 p.m. Free admission. Presentation of consumer and commercial fireworks, discussing how they work chemically, safety practices, and more. Followed by outdoor demonstrations, weather

permitting. Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, Father’s Day at the Zoo. June 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dads and members receive free admission. Enjoy special crafts and a day with dad at the zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989759-1408, Summer Art Camps. June 19 – July 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost $165 per child, per session. Five weeklong art camp sessions for children ages 8 – 10, 11 – 13, and 14 – 18. Registration required. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, SVSU, University Center; 989-9647125, summer-art-camp Midwest League’s All-Star Game. June 19 – 20, 7:05 p.m. Admission. For the second time ever, the Loons play host to the all-star game. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Be Greater Triathlon Race Prep Series. June 22 – August 3, Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Admission $49. Race prep. Practice swimming, cycling, running, and transitions, as well as race strategy and strength training. Greater Midland Community Center, Midland; www. 2nd Annual Free Family Backyard Field Day. June 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Pack a picnic lunch, and join U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff for games, relay races, exploring the ponds, and more. Green Point Environmental Learning Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1669, www.fws. gov Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum: 4th Annual Day with Dad. June TBD. Admission price includes a pancake brunch from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., all-day admission to the museum, one free raffle ticket for hourly raffles (additional raffle tickets available for purchase), entertainment, and fun activities throughout the day. Every child leaves with a prize. Mid-Michigan’s Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www.

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Charitable Events United Way of Saginaw County Annual Meeting. May 2, 7:30 a.m. doors open/8 a.m. program begins. Ticket price TBD. Celebration of accomplishments and recognition of yearround supporters. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-755-0505, www. Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw: Kentucky Derby Party. May 5, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets $60. Dress in derby style and enjoy Southern cuisine, a mint julep specialty drink, silent auction, games, and more; prizes awarded for the Kentucky Derby hat contest. Proceeds benefit the mission of the Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989583-0152, Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan Fundraiser. May 5, 6 p.m. Tickets $50. Raffle, silent auction, dinner, and dance to help Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan sponsor children in the Great Lakes Bay Region who face health challenges. Great Hall at Valley Plaza Resort, Midland; 989832-8879, McLaren Bay Medical Foundation: 5K Walk/Run. May 6, 7:30 a.m. registration/9 a.m. 5K/10:30 a.m. kids race. Proceeds benefit McLaren Bay Medical Foundation. McLaren Bay Region Uptown, 4 Columbus Ave, Bay City; 989-895-4727, baymedicalfoundation Hidden Harvest Presents: 22nd Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz. May 10, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets $50. Hors d’oeuvres from local chefs, silent auctions, specialty shops, and jazz by Brush Street, featuring Julie Malady. Proceeds benefit Hidden Harvest. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-753-4749, www. Underground Railroad, Inc.: 7th Annual Advocates for Change

Luncheon. May 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Doors open at 11a.m. Reservations required. Attendees unite to eliminate violence against women and hear a firsthand account from a survivor. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-399-0007, ext 100, American Heart Association: Great Lakes Bay Region Heart Walk. May 13, 9 a.m. Free. Three-mile, noncompetitive walk for community members, family, and friends to join the fight against cardiovascular disease. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Location TBD; 906-250-1914, www. Midland Area Homes: House to Home (formerly One Roof Rally). May 18, 5:30 p.m. Tickets TBD. Dueling pianos, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, unique home and garden items, and upcycled/ repurposed furniture. Proceeds benefit Midland Area HomesHousing Assistance Center. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-496-9550, Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan: Golf Challenge. May 19, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy a 36-hole golf marathon. Lunch included with registration along with golf memorabilia and complimentary gift packages. Golfers are encouraged to raise sponsorship donations prior to the event. Proceeds benefit Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan. Apple Mountain, Freeland; call Dan Streeter, 989-752-6051, ext 115, St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation: Annual Charity Golf Classic. May 24. Tickets $1,100 per foursome. Enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, a complimentary gift package, course contests, raffles, refreshments on the course, grilled lunch, and dinner. Proceeds benefit the hospital’s mission to provide the latest health care technology and treatments. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-907-8300, www.

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McLaren Bay Medical Foundation: Spring Memorial Tree Program. May 24, 7 p.m. For more information, call 989-8954727, or visit baymedicalfoundation. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum: Music for the Museum. May TBD, cost $25. Adult-only evening, live musical entertainment, hors d’ oeuvres, and beer and wine cash bar. Proceeds benefit Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-4903, www. Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail: Row-Ride-Run. June 3, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Urban triathlon featuring 5K kayak/canoe, 20K bicycle route through downtown Saginaw, and 800m run along the Saginaw Riverwalk. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail. Ojibway Island Park, 121 Ezra Rust Dr, Saginaw; 989-759-1664, Summer Art Fair. June 3 – 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Always held outdoors on the first full weekend in June, rain or shine. Features works of over 100 artist booths along with food vendors, street musicians, artist demonstrations, and a children’s activity corner. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan: MCV Golf Classic. June 7. Buck’s Run Golf Course. For more information, call 989-631-0162, or visit www. YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region: Riverside Art Festival. June 10 – 11. Downtown Bay City and along the Saginaw River, over 10,000 people enjoy the beautiful artistry and entertainment. Over 100 artists, plus a KidZone. Proceeds support YWCA programs and services, including women’s economic empowerment and professional development. Downtown Bay City; 989-894-9055, Chamber Classic Golf Outing. June 13, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost $175

per person/$700 per foursome. Annual fundraising event includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf, grilled lunch, sponsor competitions, games, contests, drink tickets, dinner, golf prizes, and fun. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-757-2115, The Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation: Golf for Kids. June 14, 10 a.m. shotgun start. Enjoy an 18-hole golf scramble with cart, putting contest sponsored by Catholic Federal Credit Union, dinner, prizes, and trophies. Proceeds benefit the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation. Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course, Bay City; 989-244-5221, Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square: Brew at the Zoo. June 15, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets $40. A funfilled evening featuring music, hors d’oeuvres, and beer and wine sampling at the grown-up party at the zoo. Proceeds benefit the zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, Valley Aero Club: Father’s Day Breakfast. June 18, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission/fee for breakfast and plane rides. Father’s day fly-in breakfast. Plane rides, raffle, kids’ train rides, and classic cars and motorcycles. Proceeds benefit the airport. James Clements Airport, Bay City; 989684-3131 Community Village (an arm of Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan): Strawberry Festival. June 20, 3 – 8:30 p.m. Free admission/signature strawberry shortcake $5. A family-fun event with live music, food tent, homemade baked goods, and games and prizes for children. Proceeds benefit activity funds for senior citizens of Community Village. Grounds of Community Village, Saginaw Township; 989792-5442, www.communityvillage. org 16th Annual Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) at the Zoo. June 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission. Features a free book for every child, animal-themed booth activities, author visits, storytelling,


and amphitheater programs. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc.: Wolgast Golf Classic. June 28, 9 a.m. registration/10 a.m. shotgun start. $1,000 per team. Enjoy a continental breakfast, golfing, free driving range access, and a complimentary gift at the Saginaw Country Club and Apple Mountain Golf Club. Evening reception and dinner at Apple Mountain. Proceeds benefit JA programming for area K-12 schools. Saginaw Country Club, Saginaw, and Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-631-0162, Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan: Big Raffle Celebration. Date TBD. For more information, call 989-797-6693. Saginaw Art Museum: Arty Soil. June TBD. Peruse the gardens and enjoy a catered lunch, guest speaker, and selection of plein air paintings for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Saginaw Art Museum. Saginaw Art Museum Gardens, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Beach Wellness Day. June TBD. All-day fun in the sun. Volleyball teams compete on the shores of the Saginaw Bay; 5K, 10K walk and run, kids fun run, car show, music, and concessions. Proceeds benefit the park. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-6670717, Party on McCarty. June – August TBD. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Free event/$5 parking donation. Live entertainment, food vendors, and a beer and wine tent. Bring seating. Proceeds benefit improvements and opportunities for the kids who participate at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex. Saginaw Township Soccer Association, Saginaw Township; 989295-1945,

Expos Scholastic Book Fair. May 2, 12 – 7 p.m., May 3, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.,

and May 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free admission. Find the perfect books to read together. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. May 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and May 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $7. Midwest’s largest gun and knife show. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Rebel Magnolia Presents Gypsy Culture Spring Flea Market. May 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $5/12 and younger are free. Free parking. Shop from over 120 vendors with unique collections and handmade creations. Enjoy music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. Roberts Community Park, Saginaw; www. Keepsake Collection Arts and Craft Show. June 16, 12 – 6 p.m., June 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., June 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and July 28 – 30 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Juried show with ample merchandise. Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www. 11th Annual World of One Psychic Expo. June 23, 3 – 10 p.m., June 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and June 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $10. Speakers, demonstrations, Michigan crafters, and original artwork. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 877-296-2746, www.

Festivals Sale Fest. May 18 – 19, 9 a.m. Community-wide garage sales. Maps available at McDonald’s Restaurant, Frankenmuth, or the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce. Around Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www.frankenmuth. org World Expo of Beer. May 19, 5 – 10 p.m., and May 20, 3 – 10 p.m. Admission $10. Ages 21 and older. Fifty breweries from five continents. Beer tasting, music, souvenirs, and more. Heritage

Park, Frankenmuth; 888-805-1504, Balloons over Bavaria. May 26 – 29. Free admission. Balloon launches, including balloon glow events each evening at River Place field, competitions, family-friendly activities, and Memorial Day recognition. Frankenmuth River Place Shops; 989-652-7200, www. Frankenmuth River Place Dog Bowl. May 27 – 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. A high energy event that showcases dogs running, jumping, diving, and retrieving. Best costume contest, fashion show, disc dog competitions, and more. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6613, www.

Art & Garden Festival. June TBD, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Over 35 art and gardening vendors, demonstrations and presentations, a silent auction, and homemade strawberry shortcake. Proceeds benefit the care and maintenance of the Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden. Andersen Enrichment Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1362, www. Annual Bridgeport Bridge Fest. June TBD. Free admission. Parade, old-time car show, carnival, live music and entertainment tents, and more. Downtown Bridgeport; 989777-6831,

Music from the Marsh. June – September, Saturdays, 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; 989-667-0717, www.friendsofpark. org

Greek Festival. June TBD. Free admission. Enjoy Greek food and pastries, music, dancing, vendors, and much more. St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Saginaw Township; 989-793-8822

Art Reach of Mid Michigan’s Art in Nature Festival of Banners. June – November. Free. A community art event. Large, colorful banners hang throughout the community of Mount Pleasant. Art Reach, downtown Mt Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www.

Free Fishing Festival. June TBD. Family fishing derby, youth fishing clinic, casting contest for kids, Michigan fisheries exhibits and presentations, crafts, and water safety. Designed to get your family hooked on fishing. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-6670717,

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. June 8 – 11. Admission fee/ Sunday free. Sing and dance to Bavarian music played by costumed German bands. Taste the hearty Bavarian foods, plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken, and homemade pretzels. Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 877-879-8919, www.

68th Annual St. Stan’s Polish Festival. June TBD. Polka music, homemade Polish and American food, bingo, casino tent, carnival rides, raffles, and entertainment tent. St Stan’s Athletic Club Complex, Bay City; 989-233-5107,

Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival. June 10, 12 – 5 p.m. Celebration of life, equality, and family. Riverfront Square at DoubleTree, Bay City; Mount Pleasant Craft Beer Festival. June TBD. For ages 21 and older. An opportunity

to sample fine brews crafted in Michigan. Ticket holders receive a sampling glass and six drink tickets. VIP ticket holders gain early admission (3 p.m.) and have access to special drinks not available elsewhere. Downtown Mt Pleasant;

Music, Theater & Film MATRIX: MIDLAND Festival. May – July, performance times vary. Annual event celebrating the arts, sciences, and humanities. Experience informative lectures and sophisticated performances.

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Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone. May 5, 7 p.m. Admission $40 – $50/$20 students. The voice of Peter Noone with the band that defined a generation. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, The Friends of Celtic Culture Presents Tannahil Weavers. May 6, 7:30 p.m. Admission $20. Premier Celtic group performs enthusiastic and foot-stomping lively music to reflective ballads. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, The Bijou Orchestra with Special Guest Michigan Crooner Paul King. May 7, 3 p.m. Admission $25 – $30/$15 students. Experience the multitalented musician and crooner who was born in Bay City. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra: Spring Youth Spectacular. May 7, 3 p.m. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989754-7469, My Fair Lady. May 11 – 13 and 18 – 20, 8 p.m., and May 14 and 21, 3 p.m. Admission $22/$20 seniors/$10 students. Suitable for ages 8 and older. Enjoy this winner of six Tony Awards, frolicking dances, and classics “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “With a Little Bit of Luck.” Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-8935555, Heathers the Musical. May 12 – 13, 7:30 p.m., and May 14, 3 p.m. Admission $25. Based on a teen comedy classic, this new show is hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal. Pit and Balcony Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, www. Bodytraffic. May 13, 7:30 p.m. Admission $25. Award-winning, Los Angeles-based ensemble. Performance showing human body expression. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. State Theatre Presents Jim Belushi and the Board of

Comedy. May 13, 8 p.m. Admission $57 – $67. Improvised comedy sketch with the infamous alumnus of Saturday Night Live. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, Saginaw Choral Society: It’s Broadway, Baby. May 13, 7:30 p.m. Admission. Masters of company perform selections from composers Rogers, Hammerstein, and Sondheim. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. May 20, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission $35/$15 students. A tribute to Webber’s 13 memorable hit shows, including Cats, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Tunes by the Tridge. Thursdays, June – August, 7 – 9 p.m. Free event. Families bring blankets and lawn chairs to this 10-week concert series, listening to great music near the Tridge. City of Midland Parks and Recreation, downtown Midland; 989-837-6930, www. Concert in the Park Series. Wednesdays, June – August, 7 p.m. Series of free concerts in the park. Tittabawassee Township Park, Freeland; 989-695-9512, Wednesday Free Concerts. Wednesdays, June – July, 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, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Brilliantly Orchestrated. June 3, 8 p.m. Admission. Season finale of the SBSO explores music by brilliant orchestrators capable of creating beautiful imagery through the use of imaginative orchestral colors, including John Adams’ The Chairman Dances: “A Foxtrot for Orchestra” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” Temple Theatre,

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Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. The Pines Summer Concert Series. June 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Admission $5/$1 ages 6 – 17/free for 5 and younger. New series advocating Michigan-based musicians and their original work. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-6312677, pinesmusic Lunchtime Concert Series. Wednesdays, June 14 – August 23, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Admission $5. Bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy live music in the Dow Gardens Birch Grove. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989631-2677, Dorothy in Wonderland. June 15 – 17, 7:30 p.m. Admission $14/$10 students. Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man end up in Wonderland with Alice and the wicked Red Queen. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, Camerata June Concert. June 25, 7 p.m. Admission $13. The human voice and music from the Renaissance to contemporary choral. Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman St, Midland; 989-631-8250,


Discovering the Homestead Farm. Every Sunday, May 28 – September 4, 1 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Step back in time and enjoy a family-friendly 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, Port Crescent Hawk Watch. May 6, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost $40/$32 CNC members. Register by April 30. Ages 15 and older welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Journey with experienced trip leaders to Port Crescent State Park along the Saginaw Bay Birding Trail on a 3.5-mile walk. Transportation provided; participants should bring lunch, beverages, and snacks.

Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Spring Wildflower Walk. May 7, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Walk the Beech Maple Woods in search of Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, bloodroot, spring beauty, and many others. Meet at the big red oak by the Sugarhouse. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Full Moon Stroll. May 10, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Take a guided walk under the light of the Flower Moon, look and listen for crepuscular and nocturnal wildlife, watch the moon arise after sunset, and enjoy the spring evening. Wear dark clothing and bring flashlight. Meet at the Visitor Center. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Birds on the Move. May 13, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Outdoor program series for families. Investigate birds, play migration games, and take a hike. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Native Plant Sale. May 26, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and May 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CNC Member preview May 25, 12 – 7 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Learn benefits of native plant gardening; plants available for immediate purchase. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Spring at the Wigwam. June 4, 2 – 4 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Drop-in program. Explore how Woodland Indians lived, and try traditional skills. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Frogs & Pollywogs. June 10, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Outdoor program series for families. Use dippers and nets to catch



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pollywogs, see metamorphosis, and discover frog species and aquatic habitats. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, The Great Nature Race: Going Geocaching. June 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Search CNC property on National Trails Day in search of geocaches. Coordinates provided. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Summer Exploration Days. June 21 – August 28, Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Self-guided, indoor program; variety of handson exploration stations. Themes change bi-weekly. June 21 – July 3: Birds; July 5 – 17: Mammals; July 19 – 31: Insects; August 2 – 14: Amphibians; and August 16 – 28: Reptiles. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Celebrating Summer Solstice. June 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Celebrate the first day of summer and longest day of the year. S’mores, campfire, nature games. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Networking Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. May 4, June 1, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7161, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. May 4 and June 21, 5 p.m. May 4: Visiting Nurse Assn., Covenant HealthCare, 500 S Hamilton; June: Great Lakes Bay Regional Business after Hours, Saginaw; 989-757-2112, www. Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake Up! Midland.

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May 5 and June 2, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-839-9522, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. May 12 and June 23, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Held at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City–Riverfront, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www.

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Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. May 17 and June 14, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. May: Garber Chevrolet, 1700 N Saginaw Rd; June: Reder Landscaping, 3805 Rockwell Dr, Midland; 989-839-9522, www. Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. May 18 and June 21, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. May location TBD; June: Great Lakes Bay Regional Business after Hours; Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Young Professionals Network: YPN after 5. May 25 and June 29, 5 – 7 p.m. Free to YPN members, guests welcome. No RSVP required. May: MidMichigan Children’s Museum, 315 W Genesee; June: Location TBD; Saginaw; 989-717-4046 Great Lakes Bay Regional Business after Hours. June 21, 5 – 7 p.m. $5 early registration – June 15/$10 day of. Regional networking event with members of chambers of commerce of Saginaw, Bay, Midland, and Mount Pleasant. Wenonah Park, Bay City.

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Bean Girls of Kawkawlin BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING


n July 14, 1932, on an 88ºF day during the Great Depression, 19 “Bean Girls,” averaging age 15, pose at Kawkawlin Bean and Grain Co., Monitor Township, Bay County. Many of the young employees wear fashionable mid-calf-length/ belted dresses, strapped or oxford shoes, and wavy hairstyles. Photo labeling and census checks reveal that these predominantly first-generation American daughters of German and Polish immigrants are mainly from the Kawkawlin farming area: (L to R) Lena Ankorn,Virginia Kozlowski, Mamie Sajdak, Delphine Szeszulski, Opal Martin, Emily Sajdak, (granary worker Adolph Szeszulski), Florence Szeszulski, Marie Hamann, Cecelia Rezler, (manager Mr. Baum), Irene Sequin, Alma Weaver, Lillian Sylvester, Mary Chosay, Alzena Weaver, Edna Bedell, Isabelle Stevig, Francis Rasmer, Mary Rezler, and Marie Kozlowski. Mark Pajot, current owner of the granary, explains that these young workers once sorted beans on the first and possibly second floors of the granary at individual primarily wooden machines containing chutes, sorting areas, conveyor belts, and pedals—plus nearby buckets. Bean sorting was important employment for young Kawkawlin girls and women for many decades. Author Odeal Sharp (County Schools of Bay County, Michigan, 2007) mentions this when citing a previous Bay City Times’ article where Kawkawlin Bedell (K-8) School 1947 graduate Joanne Stange asks fellow female class reunion attendees “how many had worked at the elevator in Kawkawlin, and everyone raised their hands.” Stange explains, “In those days, if a girl wanted to ‘work out [of the home],’ the elevator was the only place to do it.” By 1938, the first minimum wage of 25 cents hourly ($4.25 in 2015 dollars) was set by the Fair Labor Standards Act, which governed minimum wage, overtime, child labor, and recordkeeping. Photo from Edna (Bedell) Meyer collection, courtesy of Floyd Meyer II, Bay City.

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