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May/June 2018


Spring into a New Home! UPTOWN BAY CITY.

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Homeowners love the quality, convenience and amenities of the beautiful Uptown Bay City Condos along the waterfront. This must be why there are only two units remaining. Spring is the perfect time to check-out the premium features of these penthouse units. Who wouldn’t love the gourmet kitchen with Sub-zero and Wolf appliances, hardwood flooring, quartz counter-tops, a premium home automation system and designer lighting? Future homeowners can envision themselves in one of these stunning condos by viewing a virtual tour on our website or by visiting us on Facebook. Only two units remaining in this sold out residence! Contact us for a tour today at (989) 892-2256

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Karen, Merrill, Dale, Great Lakes Bay, Kim, Dave, and Kristina visit Iceland.

2. Mary Leahy-Rankey, Andrea Rousse, and Great Lakes Bay spend a day at Rifle River Recreation Area.

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A Conversation With Dr. David Yonick About Laser Skin Resurfacing

IN L AY MAN’S TER M S, WHAT I S THE BEST WAY TO DESCRI BE LAS E R S K IN R E S UR FACING? HOW LO NG HAS THI S PROCESS BEEN AROUND? Laser skin resurfacing is the process of treating the skin with the energy generated by the laser to encourage the skin to rejuvenate itself. Laser resurfacing has been around since the 1990’s. The process has undergone many changes since that time. Every innovation in the process has led to less down time for the patient.

How can laser skin resurfacing help combat the effects that the

Can you share a success story about a patient that has benefitted

aging process has on skin?

from laser skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing generates heat in the skin, particularly the deeper

Using the Sciton Joule laser with HALO, we were able to treat my

layer of the skin that contains mostly collagen. It is the collagen that

step daughter Stefanie’s acne scars. She had very bad cystic type

provides a youthful fullness to the skin. By heating that collagen,

acne as a child, which left her with acne scars on her cheeks. After

new collagen is produced by the body. It is that new collagen which

1 HALO treatment, we were able to see a remarkable softening of

is laid down more tightly and more compacted that provides that

Stefanie’s acne scars. She felt more confident with her appearance

rejuvenated or youthful look to the skin.

after just 1 treatment.

How long does the procedure last? What happens afterwards? The procedure can take anywhere from as little to 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. Prior to the procedure a topical anesthetic is applied to the area to be treated. Following the procedure, the

Are there misconceptions about cosmetic surgery that would prevent someone from looking into having it done? How would you clear up those misconceptions? There are many misconceptions about cosmetic surgery, especially

treatment area is treated with cold air and a refreshing misting

regarding non-surgical treatments. Many people have the miscon-

water spray as the patient’s skin begins to recover from the treatment.

ception they need surgery to correct the problem they have, which

What is the general age range of patients that seek laser skin resurfacing?

is not always the case. Today we have many different non-invasive or non-surgical treatments to help patients achieve the look they want. The best solution I find to this misconception is education

Laser resurfacing has a broad age range as it can be used to treat many different skin conditions. Teenagers may find benefit to

and an informed patient, which is why I would recommend the patient to call our office and schedule for an evaluation.

treating acne scarring whereas adults of any age may find benefit to correcting the signs of aging.

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SAND AND SUN AND SHORELINE Take a Lake Huron road trip this summer. BY JANIS STEIN Port Austin Farmers Market




The craft beer community in the Great Lakes Bay Region is creative, eclectic, and rich with history. BY KATHRYN LYNCH-MORIN

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MAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM YOUR WAITING ROOM. At McLaren Bay Region, we know that when you need emergency care, the waiting room is the last place you want to be. Which is why we offer online registration to help you check in to our ER from home and skip the wait. So the next time you need expert ER care, register online and the waiting room can be your living room. Just visit to choose an ER treatment time that fits your schedule.


The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy is transforming blight by nurturing bees, butterflies, and wildflowers


Uncommon Turtles



A Bay City restaurant celebrates 55 years of serving traditional Italian-American cuisine


A comprehensive listing of regional events


Pictures of people partying, volunteering, and contributing to a good cause

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GLBRA Message

Davenport University


id you know that the Great Lakes Bay Region is home to in excess of 50,000+ college students? That’s right. The Great Lakes Bay Region is a college region! We’re home to Alma College, Delta College, Central Michigan University, Mid Michigan Community College, Michigan State University (Value Chain Program), Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Davenport University. And speaking of Davenport University…its Great Lakes Bay Region Campus is located in Midland. For over 150 years, Davenport University has focused on job-generating degrees in the top career fields of business, technology, and health care. Davenport faculty members are industry experts who share real-life, relevant, and practical experience. Davenport’s Great Lakes Bay Region Campus offers a wide array of undergraduate programs. Bachelor’s programs offered include accounting, accounting fraud investigation, general business, management, network management and security, and nursing prelicensure. There are approximately 300 students who attend classes at the Davenport Great Lakes Bay Campus. Eighty-percent of students

are from Midland, Bay, and Saginaw counties, and 20 percent of students are from the surrounding six counties. In 2017, Bill Gagliardi was named the executive director of Davenport’s Great Lakes Bay Region Campus. Under his leadership, Davenport is focused on growing enrollment through strategic partnerships. There are clinical partnerships now established between Davenport and MidMichigan Health, McLaren Bay Region, Covenant HealthCare, and St. Mary’s of Michigan. There’s also a new partnership with the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, focusing on interdisciplinary work between medical students and nursing students. Davenport will be expanding its Delta College partnership through new articulations in human resources, managerial accounting, and technology. It will also expand the relationship through a concurrent nursing program. Let’s take full advantage of our incredible higher education institutions here in the Great Lakes Bay Region. If you’re interested in touring the campus, or have an idea to partner with Davenport University, please connect with Bill Gagliardi immediately. To learn more about Davenport University - Great Lakes Bay Region, please visit campus/great-lakes-bay-campus-midland.

Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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Spin the Bottle


f you’re a beer consumer (sheepishly, relative to this issue, I confess that I’m not a beer drinker, craft or otherwise), you’re likely part of the ever-growing fan base for craftbrewed beverages. We hope that this issue, where we profile nine rising regional stars in craft beer brewing, will have you saying “cheers!” While craft breweries—as beer-brewing goes— seem to be the newer suds on the block, our region is a legacy craft-brewer, with Frankenmuth Brewery being the granddaddy of them all. After all, the aforementioned brewery in Frankenmuth, founded in 1862, touts that it’s America’s oldest microbrewery and Michigan’s original craft brewery. An American craft brewer, defined by the Brewers Association, has an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less, and no more than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that’s not a craft brewer. Embracing that definition and respecting the GLBR’s craft-brewing history, it’s no wonder you’ll now witness so many local artisan craftspeople, modern brewing heirs of that centuries-old tradition, hopping to it. Turn to “A Fine Craft” (page 23) for an introduction to our neighborhood craft breweries. As warm weather rolls round, this issue also includes daytrip itineraries—what to see, where to eat, what to do—for three favorite Lake Huron shoreline destinations: Port Austin, Caseville, and East Tawas. Pick a sunny day, play hooky from work (after all, summer comes but once a year), load up the car, and shove off for fun alongside one of the great beaches of the Great Lakes.

KATHRYN LYNCH-MORIN is director of communications for LERN, the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning.

JANIS STEIN is a freelance writer, author, assistant editor of The Lakeshore Guardian, and owner of Stein Expressions.

Mimi Bell Editor in Chief

STACEY TETLOFF is the arts & entertainment coordinator for Great Lakes Bay magazine. She lives in Midland with her family.

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CHEMISTRY YOU CAN COUNT ON. Chemical Bank aims to create a personal bond with each community we serve and every business, family or customer that walks in our door. Visit to learn more.

Since MidMichigan Health started performing open heart surgery in August 2007, our cardiovascular surgical team has performed more than 2,500 procedures. In addition, our Heart and Vascular Program has grown to a team of 35 physicians and advanced practice providers. This experienced team includes cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart failure and heart valve specialists, as well as vascular and cardiovascular surgeons. To ensure that our region is well equipped for the ongoing fight against heart disease, MidMichigan Health is building a 160,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center on the MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland campus. This state-of-the-art center will provide world-class care for patients throughout our 23-county service area. The commitment that we make today will ensure the best possible care for friends and family throughout the region for generations to come. When it comes to caring for the heart, every second counts.

To learn more about MidMichigan Health’s comprehensive Heart and Vascular Program, visit


Pollinating with a Purpose The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy is transforming blight by nurturing bees, butterflies, and wildflowers. BY ALLISON DEAN | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN

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nown for its preservation work to improve water and land quality, the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) is in the midst of a multi-year initiative to create professionally built wildflower “pollinator gardens” on empty lots throughout the city of Saginaw. Saginaw has an abundance of vacant land, much of which is strewn with debris from illegal dumping and overgrown with invasive vegetation. Held and managed by the Saginaw County Land Bank, this large collection of 400+ urban properties is a costly, overwhelming governmental obligation as well as a source of neighborhood strain. The Land Bank and concerned citizens, seeking an innovative approach to effectively care for the land, found it in the pollinator gardens project. Starting with a successful 2016 pilot program that reclaimed three lots, the pollinator gardens project has evolved into a sizable endeavor encompassing 300 vacant lots (50 total acres). Parcels—selected in early 2017 and then treated and seeded according to the project’s comprehensive plan—have been transformed from blight-ridden eyesores into low-maintenance pollinator plots. Planted with native Michigan wildflowers and grasses selected specifically for the region, the plots will curtail the need for unsustainably high levels of government maintenance (they require mowing just once every several years instead of multiple times annually) while improving the appearance of many neighborhoods. The pollinator gardens also benefit numerous pollinator species that are under threat worldwide, such as honey bees and Monarch butterflies. The idea for the pollinator gardens project occurred to the SBLC executive director Zachary Branigan during a visit with his family to a Wisconsin nature center that featured a meadow planted with sustainable wildflowers. “The SBLC team was considering how to best help the city’s neighborhoods, and the idea of using vacant land to help pollinators

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just seemed like a natural [one],” recalls Branigan. Upon learning of the project, Huntington National Bank senior vice president and Saginaw Community Foundation (SCF) director of the board Todd C. Gregory recognized it as an economical and effective way of dealing with community blight. When the SBLC was one of two finalists for an annual community initiative improvement grant given by the SCF but not the recipient of the funds, Gregory helped the nonprofit complete the project’s funding via the C.K. Eddy Memorial Fund, which is administered by Huntington National Bank. “We are proud to support such a transformative project for the city of Saginaw and applaud the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy for their vision, leadership, and efforts to bring forth the pollinator project, which will positively impact numerous neighborhoods this year and for many years to come,” says Gregory. Saginaw County treasurer Tim Novak has been instrumental in leading the Land Bank, which he also chairs, in support of the SBLC’s initiative. “This project represents a true partnership across sectors,” Novak notes. Early on, the SBLC reached out to Saginaw-based Ezekiel Project to partner in conducting extensive community outreach such as distributing pollinator field guides to

educate the community, recruiting volunteers, and gathering feedback. Says Cornelius Phelps III, a community organizer for the Ezekiel Project,“Working with the SBLC has been doubly exciting for me, as it lets me live out my love for the outdoors and passion for the environment more fully and share it with others.” Community support continues to grow for the project, which is supported by the philanthropy of the C.K. Eddy Memorial Fund through Huntington National Bank, the Saginaw County Land Bank, the McNally Family Foundation, the Frank N. Andersen Foundation, the Saginaw Community Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in addition to the pilot program sponsor, the Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation. As the pollinator sites grow and the project expands, the SBLC continues to work in concert with neighborhood associations, faithbased communities, and other grassroots sources to support larger community objectives such as economic growth, public health, and education. This year, informed by lessons learned to date, the SBLC plans to convert 450 vacant plots (75 acres) into pollinator gardens, with a goal of transforming all of the blight-ridden parcels in coming years. Interested in learning more about the pollinator gardens project? Call 989-891-9986, or visit www.


Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters


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According to a 2017 survey conducted by RetailMeNot. com, more than one in four (or 27 percent) moms surveyed listed beauty products as something they’d like to receive for Mother’s Day.

Gift Mom luxurious Leslie Perry Cosmetics (inside Salon Nuveau, 115 Third St, Bay City, 989-895-8142), and possibly even a makeup lesson with the regional makeup artist and cosmetics creator herself.

There’s a maritime superstition that whistling on a ship can summon strong winds, and the ship’s cook is the only person allowed to do so. True? Find out during a Legends of the Saginaw Sail with BaySail (107 5th St, Bay City, 989-895-5193) aboard the Appledore V, a 64-foot schooner (length on deck is 64′ 10″) with a 3,560-square-foot sail area.

20,000 Where did the saying “April showers bring May flowers” originate? A collection of writings from 1557, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry by Thomas Tusser, included the lines: “Sweet April showers, do spring May flowers.” Witness the age-old saying’s beautiful truth at Dow Gardens (1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, 1-800-362-4874), and enjoy more than 20,000 tulip and daffodil blooms.

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Each final Monday in May in the United States is Memorial Day, declared a federal holiday in 1971. Sometimes confused with Veterans Day, Memorial Day honors soldiers who died while serving;Veterans Day honors all United States military veterans. Partake in the annual Memorial Day Parade, which runs along Saginaw’s South Washington Avenue to the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hoyt Park (989-753-9168, 16 Great Lakes Bay | May/June 2018


A sausage usually composed veal, pork, or beef, bratwurst originated in Germany. “Brat” means finely chopped meat in German. There are more than 40 varieties of German bratwurst, and whether they’re served plain or with sauerkraut, the preparation varies by region throughout Germany.


Enjoy bratwurst to barbecued chicken, dancing and drinks, June 7 - 10 at the 60th annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival (Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth, 877-879-8919).

While the first Father’s Day was observed June 19, 1910, it wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed law stating that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. This Father’s Day, find Dad a new pair of boots (or maybe get his favorites repaired) at Mr.Van’s Shoe Repair (418 Court St, Saginaw, 989-799-1955).

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The only turtle that appears to be smiling, this Blanding’s turtle can live to be over 20 years old under good conditions. Photo by Ron Burk.

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

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hen venturing out to explore rivers and lakes, you may encounter two uncommon reptiles: Wood and Blanding’s turtles. These turtles awake from hibernation in April and remain active through mid-October. During June, they breed and nest. Wood turtles live in or near rivers and streams with sandy bottoms or partly rocky beds.You see them basking on rocks and logs in the river or walking across land, usually within 500 feet of their aquatic home. When hot weather arrives, they slip back under water or partially bury themselves under shady plants. These omnivores feed in water and on land, consuming algae, insects, slugs, snails, fungi, strawberries, raspberries, and leaves of violets, dandelions, or willow.

Turtle Conservation and Stewardship This juvenile Wood turtle’s carapace grows from 1.25 to 6 inches when full grown in 12 to 15 years.

Help them to thrive. Michigan lists Wood and Blanding’s turtles as “species of special concern” because their populations have been declining for many years. They don’t reach sexual maturity until 12 to 20 years old; because they have a low reproductive rate, maintaining stable wild populations is a necessity. Clean it up. Keep aquatic habitats clean and free from pollution and sediment. Limit your use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, which may run off into the water. Preserve and protect. Try to link natural corridors and maintain them with native plants. Avoid fragmenting turtle habitats with roads, driveways, and new construction. Upland woods adjacent to waterways with areas of open ground are important for these turtles.

Help turtles trying to cross roads by slowing down to avoid a collision, or stop and move them safely to the other side.

During breeding season, mating occurs in shallow water. Wood turtles may perform a mating dance where they swing their heads back and forth, or the male pursues the female and holds onto her carapace with his claws. The female crawls up the riverbank to find an open sunny spot of sand or dirt for nesting. She uses her hind feet to dig a hole and then lays one clutch of five to 13 elliptical eggs overnight. After covering them with dirt, she goes on her way, allowing sunshine to incubate the eggs for 47 to 69 days. Blanding’s turtles live in and around weedy ponds, swamps, or marshes.You may notice their bright yellow neck and their “smiling” expression. After mating, the female travels over a half mile on land searching for a suitable nest site. She digs a hole and lays six to 21 oval eggs. Temperature determines the sex in this species; eggs incubated below 77° F will be mostly males, while eggs incubated at 86° F or above will produce females. Temperatures in the 77 - 85° F range could produce either. A Blanding’s turtle feeds under water by creeping along the bottom with its head partly retracted. Its long neck stretches out as its mouth snaps open to grasp crayfish, worms, leeches, snails, tadpoles, small fish, or plants. Predators, including raccoons, minks, skunks, and coyotes, destroy the eggs. Juvenile turtles that survive will face these same enemies, along with feral cats and dogs and aquatic predators such as fish, snakes, or wading birds. Adult Blanding’s turtles swim away from danger or close up inside their shell, while Wood turtles withdraw into their camouflaged shell for protection.

Turtle crossing. Avoid hitting turtles that are crossing roads. Stop and help move the turtle in the direction it’s headed. Boat safely. When operating motorized watercraft, give turtles plenty of room so that they aren’t scared off perches or become injured. Snap a picture. Take photos instead of handling these sensitive animals. Report your sightings to the Michigan Herp Atlas database at Root out weeds. Remove invasive nonnative plants along river banks, marsh edges, or lake fronts to create areas for turtles to feed, bask, or access nesting ground. Let them be. Blanding’s and Wood turtles are legally protected from commercial collectors, the pet trade, and poaching. Leave them in the wild. May/June 2018 | Great Lakes Bay 19







Annie Bay City Players tells the story of America’s most famous orphan.






Ziibiwing Center 14th Birthday Sale Don’t miss the last day to celebrate— and treat yourself— with a visit to the Ziibiwing Center and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort gift shops.









Early Bird Walk Hike through Chippewa Nature Center to spy our friends in the sky.




Mother’s Day Celebration Stroll through the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square to spend a special day with mom.

World Expo of Beer Raise a glass and cheer the more than 50 breweries sharing beverages from around the globe at Heritage Park.

The Illusionists Levitation, mindreading, and more will delight and confound you at Dow Event Center.




Native Plant Sale Get the goods to make your garden beautiful at Chippewa Nature Center. Through May 26.




Cinderella The famous princess tells her story, with some twists, on the Midland Center for the Arts stage.

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Greater Midland Dow RunWalk On your mark, get set, go! Marathoners take off at this regional favorite race.


Dog Bowl Bow-wows take over Frankenmuth River Place Shops for doggy games and more. Through May 27.






FRIDAY 1 Special Olympics Michigan Cheer on athletes from across the state at CMU in these exciting summer sporting events. Through June 2.











Riverscene Music Festival Bay City’s Wenonah Park rings out with the tunes of Indie acts from around the country. Through June 3.

9 Kid’s Free Fishing Day Bait your hook at Saginaw’s Ojibway Island and Boat Docks during this family-friendly, getoutdoors event.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Head to Zehnder Park and delight in all things Bavaria.





Greek Festival A cultural celebration at Saginaw Township’s St. Demetrios offers a variety of culinary treats, folk dancing, and more. Through June 17.





Strawberry Festival Calling all shortcake lovers … grab this summery treat and support Community Village at this beloved event.









D.E.A.R. at the Zoo Drop Everything and Read among the animals at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.



Fun in the Mud Bring your boots for a mucky creature search at Chippewa Nature Center.

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The craft beer community in the Great Lakes Bay Region is creative, eclectic, and rich with history. BY KATHRYN LYNCH-MORIN | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN

While overall beer sales may be flat in the United States, production and sales of craft beer continue to grow. In 2016, craft beer sales grew 6.2 percent and retail dollar sales were up to $23.5 billion, now accounting for nearly 22 percent of the $107.6 billion U.S. beer market, according to data from the Brewers Association. Michigan is one of the top states leading the craft beer revolution. The Michigan Brewers Association estimates the brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages and a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation when it comes to

the number of breweries, microbrewers, and brewpubs, according to the association, which had more than 220 members in 2017. With a swelling roster of craft and microbreweries, the Great Lakes Bay Region is tapping into the growing love of unique, flavorful beers, as well as a demand for more locally crafted and sourced products. Another plus of the expanding craft beer presence in the Great Lakes Bay Region: the appeal to millennials, a market that accounts for 57 percent of weekly craft beer drinks and a group that regional leaders are always working to woo.

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Mountain Town Brewing Company The taproom for this Mount Pleasant-based brewery serves up an impressive selection of seasonal beers and brewers picks, along with five staple brews that use ingredients such as Michigan honey and fresh raspberry juice. Jeff Eddington, head of brewing operations, oversees production of beers at Mountain Town, including the

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Sacred Gruit Ale, which takes inspiration from an ancient beer that was brewed for centuries before the discovery of hops sometime around the 1200s. It’s brewed with marsh rosemary, yarrow, and myrtle. Mountain Town Brewing Company, 614 W Pickard St, Mount Pleasant, 989-400-4666,

Alma Brewing Co. As sister brewery of Mountain Town Brewing Company in Mount Pleasant, Alma Brewing Co. concocts its own house brews along with features from Mountain Town. The kitchen prepares salty selections that pair perfectly with any pint. Brewers Mike Petersen and Kyle Behenna work closely with Jeff Eddington to craft Alma’s original brews, such as the Preacher Curl IPA that is brewed using Michigan Crystal hops, as well as Mountain Town’s unique recipes. Alma Brewing Co., 208 E Superior, Alma, 989-462-0208,



Frankenmuth Brewery First founded in 1862, Frankenmuth Brewery touts itself as America’s oldest microbrewery and Michigan’s original craft brewery. Today, the taproom and restaurant offer 36 styles of craft beer, including year-round, seasonal, and limited-release brews, and the Batch 69 American IPA, which was awarded the 2015 World Expo of Beer Gold Medal. Brewmaster Steve Buszka began working at the brewery in 2014. Frankenmuth Brewery, 425 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8300,

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Oracle Brewing Oracle Brewing was founded by two friends, Chris Younk and brewmaster Cody Smith, who wanted to focus on beer and beer only. This gratuity-free, pub-style brewery (patrons walk up to the counter to place their orders rather than wait for service) offers eight to 10 beers on tap at any given time, such as the Gose-Uhh, a tart and refreshing beer brewed with pink Himalayan salt and coriander. Italian sodas and nitro coffee are available, too. There’s no kitchen at Oracle, but some snacks are available and food delivery is welcome. Oracle Brewing, 122 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-7446,

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Loggers Brewing Company Full of rustic charm, Loggers Brewing Company opened in 2016 with five brews on the menu. It’s since grown the tap list to include more than a dozen different beers. Brewmaster Tyler Michael incorporates local ingredients— such as coffee from Midland-based Heirloom Coffee Roasters into the Tittabawassee Coffee Brown and fresh butternut squash from Benkert Farms in Saginaw

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in the Highland Jack’s Pumpkin Scottish Ale—into the brews. Patrons can bring in their own food, but check the schedule as outside vendors are sometimes cooking up specials. On Wednesdays, the brewery partners with Eudici’s for a $5 pizza and pint deal. Loggers Brewing Company, 1215 S River Rd, Shields, 989-401-3085, www.

Midland Brewing Company When Michigan repealed prohibition in 1933 (it was the first state to do so, by the way), breweries started popping up across the Mitten, including the original Midland Brewing Company, which opened in 1935. The Depression could have been the end of the brewery, but it found new life in 2010. The company stays true to its roots by continuing to brew some of the original beers from the 1930s, including Red Keg Ale. But under the guidance of chief brewer Dennis Lawrence, it’s also added dozens of new signature beers such as the award-winning Dublin Street Stout, Midland Pale Ale, and Three Mile Marker Hefeweizen. Midland Brewing Company, 5011 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-259-7210, www.



Hunter´ s Handmade Brewery As many aspects as possible—from the ingredients to the equipment—of developing the craft beers at this Michigan-centric brewery are sourced from the Great Lakes State. The Michigan love shines in Hunter’s Barrel Aged Victory IPA, which gets its bourbon flavors by spending three months in Grand Traverse Distillery barrels. Central Michigan University’s fermentation science certificate program includes a unique partnership with Hunter’s Ale House—students brew their own beer in the brewery’s taproom. Hunter’s Handmade Brewery, 4855 E Bluegrass Rd, Mount Pleasant, 989-779-2626, Hunters Ale on Facebook


Lumber Barons Brewery Located in a historic building on storied Midland Street in Bay City, Lumber Barons Brewery and its head brewer Evan Westervelt offer more than a dozen house-made beers on tap. One to consider is Toughman Doppelbock, a dark malt-forward German lager. Lumber Barons Brewery, 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100, www.

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T ri-City Brewing Company Since 2007, Tri-City Brewing Company has gone from brewing three beers in a warehouse to more than 20 beers in a shiny-new 10,000-square-foot facility and tap room. Two of the three original beers from Tri-City, Phoenix Golden Ale and Phelen Irish Red, are featured in Craft Beer’s Beer of the Month Club. Paul Popa has been the brewmaster since Tri-City opened, and he’s won dozens of awards for his brews. Check the brewery’s calendar: Trivia, name that beer, live music, and food-themed events are on tap almost every week. Tri-City doesn’t offer its own menu but welcomes outside food. Tri-City Brewing Company, 4170 Shrestha Dr, Bay City, 989-686-1340,


In the Spirit Craft beer will always have its place at the bar, but will it soon take a backseat to craft liquor? BY KATHRYN LYNCH-MORIN | PHOTO BY DOUG JULIAN

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Is craft liquor the new craft beer? National and state-level shifts in laws and tastes are lending themselves to upward momentum for the craft spirit industry. According to the American Craft Spirits Association, the craft distilling industry sold nearly 6 million cases in 2016, up 18.5 percent in volume over 2015, with $3 billion in sales and 25 percent growth by value. The association’s 2017 Craft Spirit Data Project also found that the number of active craft distillers in the United States grew by 20.8 percent in one year, to 1,589 craft distillers as of August 2017. Employment in the industry grew more than 47 percent in that same period. A 2016 article from Fortune explains that craft spirits can follow in the footsteps of craft beer because “there’s been a broad shift in a variety of beverage categories to sell more craft items that are deemed premium— meaning not mass produced, often made locally, with limited scale and distribution.” What exactly is a craft distillery? The Michigan Craft Distillers Association defines a craft distillery as an organization or brand that produces a distilled product, such as whiskey, rum, vodka, or gin, at a facility in Michigan. Ten years ago, it would have cost $10,000 to acquire the appropriate license for establishing a micro or craft distillery in Michigan. Today, that same license costs only $150. The lower cost of doing business and the increasing love of all things local has led to the recent rise in craft distilleries in the state: There are currently more than 30, including Old Town Distillery in Saginaw. Old Town Distillery opened in late 2017 and offers whiskey, rum, vodka, and Old Town Shine, all distilled on site, in the tasting room or by the bottle. Sample its selections from 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, and from noon to midnight on Saturdays. Old Town Distillery, 124 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-529-2292,

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M A T R I X : M I D L A N D

F e s t i As the weather begins to heat up, so, too, does the fun and excitement surrounding our region’s popular music, arts, science, and technology festival: MATRIX:MIDLAND. The mix of speakers, artists, and entertainers, which showcases rising stars alongside nationally acclaimed acts, is as varied as the tastes of the Great Lakes Bay Region fans. MATRIX:MIDLAND offers a world-class festival that holds true to its mission to encourage creativity of the highest level in the arts, sciences, humanities, and all aspects of their interrelationships. This happens through a carefully chosen lineup of featured performances, lectures, exhibits,

commissioned works, educational offerings, and more. MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival has become a June celebration, offering fun opportunities for learning and growth for the entire family. Festival attendance is a great way to achieve deep personal satisfaction and to grow in cultural appreciation. According to President and CEO Terri Trotter, “Midland Center for the Arts envisions a world where the arts, sciences, and humanities are not a frill, but a fuel for innovation, creativity, inspiration, and fulfillment. It’s a magical place in our community, celebrating who we were, who we are, and who we will be.”

Midland Center for the Arts serves as a cultural hub that aims to help people find meaning and connection in their busy lives. It provides a way for local citizens to tap into true beauty, true innovation, and true creativity, through a consistent exploration of those things that make us human. This year’s threeweek MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival is a capstone of the Center’s year-long commitment to enriching the lives of those living in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Come out and support the Center, support the arts, and support your own growth and fulfillment with what is sure to be the best MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival yet!

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QUESTION: You’ve been involved with MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival for a number of years. For someone as busy as you are, why did you choose this festival to lend your time to? JIM: MATRIX:MIDLAND isn’t the only community event I support, of course. Among other things, I’m involved with Midland Cancer Services and lend my voice on LGBTQ issues, especially on the topic of how important it is to create a culture of inclusiveness. But this is the one event with the most visible potential to impact the entire Great Lakes Bay Region. It’s about maintaining a high quality of life. And although this is promoted as a celebration of the arts, I see it just as much as a celebration of the community because it is about coming together. QUESTION: How does the Festival do that? JIM: MATRIX:MIDLAND is the only festival in the region that consistently brings in what we call “big city” talent. It’s difficult for any of our individual communities to bring in the kinds of shows and performers they get in New York or Chicago, for example. But as a combined region, we can bring them in and give our own folks a chance to see high-quality productions and performers without having to go somewhere else. It’s a unique opportunity for the community, and we work hard to make sure there’s something in the Festival that attracts nearly everyone. QUESTION: Speaking of the lineup, what’s got you excited about the 2018 schedule? JIM: For me, it’s all exciting. We have Grammy winners, reality-TV stars, a NASA astronaut, even a

chef who’s cooked for England’s royal family and five U.S. presidents. One item I’m very excited about that is unique this year is NASCAR. It might seem like an odd fit, but it really does combine the arts and sciences. Dow supports the car driven by Austin Dillon. And we use it, mostly, as a way to get younger kids exposed to science and physics. On TV, all they see is a car racing around a track, but we bring them in for a close up look and explain the science behind the speed. We get them exposed to STEM issues of science, technology, engineering and math. QUESTION: So it really is a mix of science, art, and humanities? JIM: Absolutely! And that’s very much on purpose. We want to offer a festival everyone in the region can be a part of. We deliberately go out of our way to create a festival that attracts those who might already have specific passions, but also a festival that exposes people to a wide range of events they might not have even considered before. It’s an easy – and convenient – way to explore new artists and genres without having to commit to a “big city” trip. QUESTION: What would you say to anyone who hasn’t been to this Festival before? JIM: Try it! Bring your family – or grab a neighbor or your best friend – and see what the Festival has to offer. In that regard, my husband Alex and I want to issue a personal invitation for the community to come explore, to learn, to laugh, and to experience the diversity of entertainment that’s available in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Dustbowl Revival, 6/6

Austin Dillon, The Science of Speed, 6/7

Chris Mazdzer, The Science of Speed, 6/7

S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 ’s F E S T I VA L The 41st annual MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival lineup offers a wide variety of topics, genres, and styles that are sure to excite the senses. From inspiring lectures to stirring musical performances, there’s something here for everyone. Join in the fun for this region’s greatest three-week celebration of arts, science, and humanities.

6/2 David Pogue 6/5 Diana Krall 6/6 Dustbowl Revival 6/7 The Science of Speed 6/8 Dropped LIVE! with the Keefer Bros. 6/13 NASA Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt 6/14 The Best of Second City 6/19 An Evening with the Royal Chef 6/22 Cinema Vivant 6/23 Block Party & STEM Festival with 10,000 Maniacs

D a v i d P o g u e Listen as David Pogue, Yahoo!’s tech reviewer, shares his take on the latest and greatest—or maybe not-so-great—contraptions from the past year’s inventors. In a fast and funny presentation, Pogue will provide insight into the ways our lives will change in light of new technologies. He’ll also predict which gadgets will have the greatest impact—positive and negative—on our world. With an impressive list of credentials, Pogue’s various fields of expertise include music, journalism, science, and technology. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985, with distinction in music. He then spent the first 10 years of his career on Broadway, arranging and conducting musicals.

From there, Pogue made a name for himself as a technology and science writer. He continues to write a monthly column for Scientific American, and also hosts science shows on PBS’s NOVA. He has written or co-authored seven books in the for Dummies series, and also launched his Missing Manual series of computer books, with over 120 titles to date. Pogue has been honored with four Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He’s also been profiled on 48 Hours and 60 Minutes. You won’t want to miss this fun, insightful sneak peek into modern innovations and the future of technology.

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D i a n a K r a l l Diana Krall will head to Midland in the first leg of her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour, which will include some of her most wellknown tunes and selections from her brilliant new album, Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records. MOJO Magazine called the new album “spectacular” and said Krall was “on top form.” People Magazine said, “Diana Krall’s new music will have fans falling for her all over again.” The only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, Krall is one of the most critically praised jazz artists of our time. She boasts five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards, and nine gold, three platinum, and seven multiplatinum albums. Join her fans to be one of the very first in the world to delight in the textured sounds of Diana Krall’s newest live tour.

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D r o p p e d L I V E ! WITH THE KEEFER BROS.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to make a TV show in the wilderness? Get a first-hand look at the experiences of Chris and Casey Keefer, Midland residents and hosts of the popular outdoorsman reality shows Dropped and Rival Wild. They’ll treat us to gear demonstrations, behindthe-scenes video, live music, and an interactive Q & A session.

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M AT R I X F E S T I VA L 2018 SPONSORS Morley Companies, Midland Cogeneration Venture, and The F.P. Horak Company Opening Night with David Pogue / Sponsored by Doan Family Foundation Diana Krall / Sponsored by Morley Companies The Science of Speed / Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company Dropped LIVE! / Sponsored by Garber Automotive - Midland Dr. Michael Barratt / Sponsored by MSU St. Andrews The Best of Second City / Sponsored by Midland Cogeneration Venture The Royal Chef / Supported by Michigan Sugar Block Party & STEM Festival / Sponsored by Bay City City Market

A n E v e n i n g w i t h t h e R o y a l C h e f Having served for 15 years as personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Princes William and Harry, Royal Chef Darren McGrady knows a thing or two about palace life. He’s also cooked for Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, and has made television appearances on the Today Show, Oprah, CNN, and more. McGrady will tell stories from his time in the palace, while cooking on stage and taking audience questions. Before the presentation, VIP ticket holders will hear insider stories and enjoy a special four-course meal on stage with two wine pairings and a signed copy of his cookbook, Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen, which is a compilation of favored recipes, personal memories of his time with the Royal Family, and an inside look into the palace. The book’s advance and all royalties are donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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MATRIX:MIDLAND Block Party is an all-day celebration of music, art, food and drink, and science and technology—all in one place for everyone in the region to enjoy! This year, the family-friendly event is packed with science and technology demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities. There’ll also be food trucks and a food tent. For adults, a Beer and Wine Garden will feature Michigan brewers and vintners. During the Block Party, enjoy music from The Hot Club of San Francisco, a highenergy gypsy swing band, and Big Nazo, an international performance group that mixes the visual arts with music and puppeteering to create bizarre and hilarious spectacles you won’t forget.

Tickets: Adults $10; children enter free

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NASA Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt, 6/13

Although the fun at STEM Festival ends at 5 p.m., head back at 7:30 p.m. to hear headliner musicians, 10,000 Maniacs. It’s a group that has been around since the dawn of the alternative rock movement, continuing to earn rave reviews for its live performances. The band has released close to 20 albums over the years, including 2015’s “Twice Told Tales,” 2016’s “Playing Favorites,” and the smash hit “Because the Night.”


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signature drink, a Milwaukee-style bloody mary—a meal in itself. End the day in Port Austin at Veterans Waterfront Park (98-158 W Spring St, Port Austin, 989-738-7600, www.portaustinarea. com) with a romantic stroll along the scenic, half-mile, handicap-accessible walkway, which serves as Port Austin Harbor’s break wall and offers views of Lake Huron, Port Austin Reef Lighthouse, and the marina. Listen to the mesmerizing sound of Huron’s waves, and absorb the kaleidoscope of colors painting the evening sky as the setting sun dips below the lake.

Carefree in Caseville Located on Saginaw Bay, Caseville is the ideal locale for a group of friends to visit, and Caseville County Park (6400 Main St, Caseville, 989-856-2080, www. is home to one of the best beaches along Huron’s shore. Pack sunscreen and swimsuits for sunbathing on the sandy beach, and then cool off with a swim in Lake Huron. Play beach volleyball with two available nets, toss a Frisbee on the sandy shore, or rent a paddleboard and explore. Upgraded restrooms, showering facilities, and a shore-side restaurant ensure a perfect beach day at Caseville. Don’t miss the 20th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival (Caseville Chamber of Commerce, 6632 Main St, Caseville, 800-606-1347, www.casevillechamber. com) slated for August 10–19, 2018. Highlights of this fun-loving festival include music at Caseville Park’s amphitheater, the Parade of Tropical Fools—a procession that has attracted up to 75,000 people annually—and, of course, cheeseburgers. Walk downtown, take in a car show, check out the sand sculpting, enjoy games and contests, drink a cold brew, and tap your feet to the music of daily concerts. (Cost of admission to some concerts does apply.) The Cheeseburger


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Festival is one-of-a-kind and guaranteed to create lasting memories with friends. Looking for more entertainment? Key North Mini Golf & Family Fun Center (7057 Main St, Caseville, 989-856-2170, www. offers excitement for all ages. With miniature golf, bankshot basketball, Caseville’s iconic giant slide, a game room, and bumper boats and water wars (where no one walks away dry), Key North will entertain your group of friends for hours. Race around the newly constructed Go Kart track, and fuel up with self-serve yogurt and more fun foods. Purchase an Attraction Pass ($32) to try each activity, and enjoy the day in Caseville. Discuss the day’s adventure at Lefty’s Diner (6937 Main St, Caseville, 989-8568899,, and enjoy a classic 1950s American diner experience. A local favorite, the perch, lightly battered and fried, ranks high on the menu as do hand-battered fresh onion rings and cheeseburgers. A 2012 Cheeseburger Festival winner, the Heaven Sent burger includes toppings reminiscent of a seven-layer dip: avocado, hot salsa, spicy sour

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Tour East Tawas Are we there yet? Take a family road trip, and start the day’s adventure at Marion’s Dairy Bar (111 E Bay St, East Tawas, 989-3622991, www.facebook/marionsdairy bar), a local favorite since 1945. With its old-fashioned soda fountain, visitors will walk into living history where breakfast is made from scratch using local, quality ingredients. A taste of Tawas, waffle cones and Belgian waffles are made onsite, and only the finest Michigan ice cream is served. Give the kids a breakfast to remember: a hot fudge sundae served on top of a homemade Belgian waffle. Tour Tawas Point Lighthouse (989-3625658, located within Tawas State Park (686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas, 989-362-5041, www.michigan. gov/tawaspoint). In operation since 1876, this

Victorian-era-style station contains an 85-step tower climb. Allow 45 minutes for the lighthouse tour and additional time to explore the Lighthouse Museum Store, open daily, and the Lighthouse Memory Walkway. Walk the grounds to see historic structures including the oil house and fog signal area. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, tours run Thursday through Monday; call ahead for hours of availability. Cost for adults is $5 (18 and older); youths, $2 (ages 6-17); and 5 and younger tour for free. Look to the skies at East Tawas City Park (407 W Bay St, East Tawas, 989-3625562, harbor-park) and be mesmerized by the beauty of modern-day kite flying during Breeze on the Bay Kite Festival. The oneday event slated for June 2, 2018, features single- and double-string flying, kiteboarding, and stunt kites along with free kite-making and a candy drop. Bring kites and learn from the experts, or purchase a kite beginning Memorial Day weekend at Kiteman Jack’s (112 S Newman St, East Tawas, 810-653-3633,, and visit the park to fly at your convenience. Hubie’s Wondergolf (1909 E US-23, East Tawas, 989-362-8050, www.hubiesminigolf. com) is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing experience with the family. An 18-hole miniature golf course spread out over acres filled with picturesque, cascading waterfalls provides the ideal location for spending quality time together. Cost for adults (13 and older) is $7; children (2-12), $6, and younger than 2 years old play for free. The course opens Memorial Day Weekend, and by mid-June, visitors can purchase caramel corn and fudge, made onsite, in flavors like cookies and cream and chocolate mint—tasty treats. From Port Austin to Caseville to East Tawas— and so many unique towns in between—travel Lake Huron’s shoreline and create unforgettable adventures!


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Sponsored Events Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw: Kentucky Derby Party

Grab your derby hat for an evening to enjoy Southern cuisine, 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: Thursday, May 3, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For event and ticket information: Call 989-583-0152, or visit www.

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Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs, silent auctions, jazz music, and browsing for gifts, wines, and tasty treats at specialty shops. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit Hidden Harvest, the Great Lakes Bay Region’s only fresh-and-prepared surplus food rescue program. Hidden Harvest collects food from restaurants, food wholesalers, bakeries, and other health department-certified sources, to deliver donations, free of charge, to nonprofit agencies serving people in need. When: Wednesday, May 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Apple Mountain, Freeland For event and ticket information: Call 989-753-4749, or visit www.

Underground Railroad, Inc.: 8th 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. Reservations are required. The luncheon is complimentary. Donations welcome to benefit Underground Railroad, Inc. When: Thursday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For event and ticket information: Call 989-399-0007, ext. 100, or visit

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 $6. Proceeds benefit activity funds for senior citizens of Community Village. When: Tuesday, June 19, 3 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Community Village, 3200 Hospital Rd., Saginaw Township For event and ticket information: Call 989-792-5442, or visit www.

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Join in for a fun-filled evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, and 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 21, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw For event and ticket information: Call 989-759-1408, or visit www.

Arts and Museums Exhibit: A Sharing of Quilts XIV. May 1 – May 18. Free. This 30th anniversary quilt show and exhibit includes a silent auction, quilt supply vendors, a raffle, and more. Studio 23/The Art Center, Bay City; 989-894-2323, www. Exhibit: Chinese Folk Pottery, The Art of the Everyday. May 1 – May 19, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free admission. This exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across

China. It examines pottery from three perspectives: production values, functions, and aesthetics. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125, Exhibit: Minglings: A Journey across Time. May 1 – May 19, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free admission. This new work by Gerhardt Knodel collides the time and circumstances separating a 17th-century Chinese silk tapestry with 21st-century sensibilities.

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The exhibition presents a threedimensional environment inviting the viewer to inhabit the spirit, fantasy, and inspiration of the original textile. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125,

Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition. June 2 – September 22, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125,

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

Attractions Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Cost


$4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-6529941, Coffee and Crafts. Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft; cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113 Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781, Toddler Time. Every Wednesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Admission. Sing, dance, create, explore, and enjoy developmentally targeted projects. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free event. New kind of happy hour in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Complimentary snack, cash bar, and a variety of themes to think and drink creatively about. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.whitecrowconservatory. 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 through December

8, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www. Midland County Historical Society: Hands-on History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational dropin programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.

Creative Passions Crop & Quilt Retreat. May 3 – 6, Thursday, 8 p.m. – Sunday, 3 p.m. $390. Ann Loveless, 2013 and 2015 Artprize winner, teaches impressionistic and mosaic-style quilting. Creative Passions, Chesaning; 989-845-2159, www.

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; www.

Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.

Midland Area Farmers Market. Through October. Produce, flowers, honey, and baked goods. Near the Tridge, downtown Midland; 989839-9901,

Kids Fly Free. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, www.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Through October, Thursdays (Market Park) and Saturdays (City Hall), 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fruits, vegetables, plants, and more. Mt Pleasant;

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,

Contra Dance. May 1 – 12, every second Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission $7. A fun, active, social dance that is popular, lots of fun, and easy to learn. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. Practice session before the dance. Breaks taken as needed. Some bring treats to share. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Midland Community Center, Midland; 989-631-7153,

Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-8930451,

Mother’s Day Celebration. May 13, 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, www. Great Lakes Loons. May 14 – 17, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 7:05 p.m., and Tuesday, 10:35 p.m. Head out to the ball game and support Midland’s own hometown baseball team as they battle Bowling Green. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. The Illusionists. May 16, 7:30 p.m. $30 – $65. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance, and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1330, 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.

Great Lakes Bay Region Be Greater Race Prep. May 1 – 16, Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. $35. Novice to experienced walkers and runners are welcome to get ready for their next big race. Classroom and run/walk time included. Greater Midland Community Center, Midland; 989832-7937,

Greater Midland Dow RunWalk. May 19, 7:55 – 11:30 a.m. Entrance fees vary. A regional favorite for over 30 years, choose from a half marathon, 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, 1 mile run, or a tot trot. Greater Midland Community Center, Midland; 989-832-7937,

Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market. Through October, at new location at SVRC Marketplace (formerly Saginaw News building) in downtown Saginaw. Produce, honey, baked goods, and vendors with locally made food choices.

Great Lakes Loons. May 1 – 6, Tuesday – Saturday, 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, 2:05 p.m. Cheer on Midland’s baseball team as they take on the Quad Cities and Kane County. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255,

Lorelei Lounge Entertainment in Bavarian Inn Lodge Friday Fun Nights. Fridays, May 25 – August 31, 6 – 9 p.m. Free. Weekly entertainment in downtown Frankenmuth. www.

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Dog Bowl. May 26 and 27, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free. Join the fun as dogs compete in an Olympicstyle event just for canines. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6613, www.

May 3. An evening of Southern cuisine, silent auctions, games, and more. Wear your best hat for a chance to win the Kentucky Derby hat contest. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989583-0152,

Great Lakes Loons. May 29 – 31, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:05 p.m., and Wednesday, 10:35 a.m. The Great Lakes Loons baseball team takes the field to battle South Bend. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255,

Hidden Harvest: 23rd Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz. May 9. Local chefs prepare hors d’oeuvres, jazz music is performed, and unique gifts and more are offered at this benefit for Hidden Harvest. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-753-4749, www.

Special Olympics Michigan – State Summer Games. June 1 and June 2, event times vary. Since 1971, Central Michigan University has played host for the state games, even hosting the Special Olympics World Games in 1975. The games bring together nearly 3,000 Special Olympic athletes from across the state to compete in 10 summer sporting events. Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant; 800-644-6404, D.E.A.R. at the Zoo. June 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $5/free for members. The Drop Everything and Read event features literacy activities throughout the zoo, a free new book for children, storytelling, author book signings, and musical entertainment. Hosted by the READ Association and Saginaw Children’s Zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, Father’s Day at the Zoo. June 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5/free for dads and members. Enjoy special crafts and a day with dad at the zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, Great Lakes Loons. June 28 – 30, 7:05 p.m. Grab your hot dogs and peanuts and get ready to cheer the Great Lakes Loons on to victory over the Lansing Lugnuts. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255,

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Underground Railroad, Inc.: 8th Annual Advocates for Change Luncheon. May 10, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. Complimentary event; donations welcome. 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. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-399-0007,ext 100, www. Community Village (an arm of Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan): Strawberry Festival. June 19, 3 – 8:30 p.m. A familyfriendly event, complete with delicious strawberry shortcake, to benefit activity funds for senior citizens of Community Village. Grounds of Community Village, 3200 Hospital Rd, Saginaw Township; 989-792-5442, www. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square: Brew at the Zoo. June 21, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets TBD. It’s an adults-only party with beer and wine at the Children’s Zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408,

Expos Ziibiwing Center 14th Birthday Sale. May 3 and 4. The Ziibiwing Center and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort gift shops celebrate their birthday by offering hundreds of items at garage-sale prices. Ziibiwing Center, Mt Pleasant; 989-775-4750,

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Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. May 5 – 6, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $7. Must be 18 years old or accompanied by adult. Find military surplus, archery, fishing supplies, wild game jerky, cabinets, and more. Frankenmuth Credit Union Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Mid-Michigan Super Mom2Mom Sale. May 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $4/ free for children 15 and younger. Shop gently used baby and children’s clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, and maternity clothing at this indoor yard sale. Frankenmuth Credit Union Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. Sale Fest. May 17 an 18, 9 a.m. Free. Maps with yard sale locations throughout the community of Frankenmuth are located at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in downtown Frankenmuth or at McDonald’s Restaurant on Main Street. Around Frankenmuth; 989652-6106, Keepsake Collection Arts & Craft Show. June 15 – 17, times vary. Free. A juried show with merchandise and concessions comes to Frankenmuth for all to enjoy. Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 989-681-4023,

Festivals World Expo of Beer. May 18 and 19, Friday, 5 – 10 p.m., and Saturday, 3 – 10 p.m. $10. Must be 21 years or older to enter. Over 50 breweries from five different continents bring beers for sampling. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 888-805-1504, www. Balloons over Bavaria. May 25 – 28, times vary. Hot air balloon glows, morning flights, and evening flights are the highlight of this annual Memorial Day festival. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6613, balloons

Alma Highland Festival and Games. May 26 and 27, event times vary. Each year the festival brings thousands of visitors to the area to experience the very best of Scottish tradition. Alma College, Alma; 989-463-8979, www. Riverscene Music Festival. June 2 – 3, Saturday, 12 p.m., – Sunday 10 p.m. Local, regional, and national Indie music acts perform. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-894-8314 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. June 7 – 10, times vary. $5. Sing and dance to the Bavarian music during the 60th anniversary celebration. Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 877-879-8919, www. Mount Pleasant Craft Beer Festival. June 9, 4 – 9 p.m. $20 – $40. Must be 21 or older. Join the festival to sample some of the finest beer and wine crafted right in the state of Michigan. Downtown Mt Pleasant; Greek Festival. June 15 – 17, times vary. Enjoy a variety of Greek specialties, along with numerous folk dancing groups and live music. St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Saginaw Township; 989-793-8822, www.

Music, Theater & Film Annie. May 3 –6, Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m. $20/$10 students. Annie, a young orphan, joins the residence of wealthy Oliver Warbucks. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-8935555, Jersey Boys. May 3 – 5, times vary. $37 - $77. Four blue-collar kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history in this award-winning musical about Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Peter and the Star Catcher. May 5 – 19, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. $26/$19


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various bodies of water with photography, birding, adventure, and relaxation. Groups of one to 10. Johnny Panther Quest Ecotours; 810-6653-3859, www.

Green Day’s American Idiot. May 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m. $25. An energy-fueled rock opera, the show executes the storyline using the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album, American Idiot, and its follow up, 21st Century Breakdown. Pit & Balcony Community Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, www.

Story Hour: Noisy Frog Singalong. May 3 – 5, every Thursday and Saturday, times vary. Free. Spend an hour learning about nature. Story hour includes crafts, outdoor time, and more. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

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Nature Wildlife Drive. Through 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, Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Year-round, guided, customized boat tours through

Early Bird Walk. May 8, 7 – 9 a.m. Free. Ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Tom Lenon, Chippewa Nature Center’s director of land and facilities, leads a hike during prime birding time. Meet at the Visitor Center to start exploring several habitats. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Spring Wildflower Walk. May 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Chippewa Nature Center Naturalist Jeanne Henderson meets you at the Sugarhouse to start a walk through the woods, learning how to identify wildflowers and finding out about their roles in the ecosystem. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. CNC Stewards: Invasive Plant Pull. May 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Receive recognition for an hour and a half of volunteer service as you join CNC stewards to learn more about stewardship and help to restore healthy ecosystems. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Binoculars and Birds at Discovery Preserve. May 11, 8 – 9 a.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Join Jeanne Henderson, Chippewa Nature Center interpretive naturalist, on a walk through Discovery Preserve, looking and listening for resident and migrant birds. Loaner binoculars are

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available. Discovery Preserve, Bay City; 989-631-0830, www. Wee Stroll. May 11, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Free. Ages 6 months – 2 years, accompanied by adult. Parents take a guided walk with their children, learning about outdoors. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Spring Wildflowers at Szok Preserve. May 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Enjoy a quiet evening walk looking for spring wildflowers such as trillium, trout lily, woodland phlox and Jackin-the-pulpit. Szok Preserve, Sanford; 989-631-0830, www. Native Plant Sale. May 25 and 26, times vary. Free. Purchase Michigan native ferns, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and more while learning about how planting native species is helpful to you and the environment. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Discover the Homestead Farm. May 27 – September 2, Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Special activities and tours are featured during an afternoon of family fun. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Full Moon Stroll. May 29, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Take a walk under the Flower Moon, looking and listening for crepuscular and nocturnal wildlife. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Great Nature Race: Going Geocaching. June 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Join the world’s largest scavenger hunt to find as many hidden geocaches as you can. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

38th Annual Great Saginaw River Kid’s Free Fishing Day. June 9, 7:30 – 10 a.m. Free. Activities and fishing opportunities; bait and door prizes. Catch and release event. Ojibway Island and Boat Docks, Saginaw; 989-7775930, Families in Nature: Frogs and Pollywogs. June 9, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Venture out to Chippewa Nature Center for the monthly Families in Nature program series. Join CNC’s naturalists for this outdoor program to explore the wonders of Michigan’s seasons. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Summer Exploration Days: River. June 20 – July 2. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Themed experiments, games, and crafts, highlight the unique characteristics of the river ecosystem. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

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Turtle Trek. June 27, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older, younger than 18 with adult. Trek the Chippewa Nature Center property in search of turtles. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Fun in the Mud. June 29, 6 – 7 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Celebrate International Mud Day at Chippewa Nature Center. Bring your boots and get muddy as you explore what creatures live in the muck and more. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to events@greatlakesbay. com. Send date, time, cost, and contact information for your event by the first day of the month, three months prior to the event date.

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An Outstanding Military Tribute BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING


n 1918, smiling Mary Radigan (left), Bay County, and two other children pose in military garb and hold a makeshift drum, gun, and bugle, perhaps in celebration of the November 11 end of World War I (1914-1918). Historically the military has used the drum and bugle, plus the fife, for clear communication to maintain order during battle, to regulate days in camp, and for marching. The bugle originally replaced the fife when soldiers on horseback required one hand for riding. Inspiration for the children’s tribute may have evolved from patriotic school activities, such as one described in the September 1914 Primary Education journal. There first-grade teacher Mabel Ballantine Prescott offers teaching instructions for “The Soldier Game,” designed to help young students learn oral and written words. Prescott suggests the game with pretend soldiers and band is appropriate for Flag Day, Decoration Day, and Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays. “Be sure to have a bundle of flags, a drum, fife, soldier caps, and gun laid conspicuously on a table as you begin the game,” Prescott writes. For the game’s finale, Prescott instructs fellow teachers to write “Forward, march” on the chalkboard, then have the children march and sing a song such as “Bring the good old bugle, boys [from a popular Civil War song], tapping, drumming lightly, imitating flute, etc.” The U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917, after President Woodrow Wilson requested Congress to consider declaring war on Germany. Historians Willis Dunbar and George May record that Michigan furnished 135,485 men to the armed forces then. About 5,000 died in service, and another 15,000 were wounded. Photo and identification courtesy of Janice Sass, Bay County, and Rosemary Steers, Grand Rapids.

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At Dow we are committed to the success of our communities. When we invest in the places that we live and work, we invest in our future. Whether we support events and organizations or roll up our sleeves and volunteer, we work to bring together our employees, friends and neighbors to build a better community in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The Great Lakes Bay Region Does Better with Garber. “We have been in business for over 40 years, and we know how important it is to have a strong customer base. To earn repeat business, a customer must have trust in your business, and that is what Garber is all about. Garber is there for our community because they are our neighbor. Garber is someone you can trust and count on to be there when you need it. We like doing business with Garber, and we will always be a repeat customer! It matters where I buy my car. That’s why I buy from Garber!” Wally Geiersbach President, Geiersbach Construction

Great Lakes Bay Magazine May/June 2018  
Great Lakes Bay Magazine May/June 2018