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Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
uality of life” is a phrase that I hear frequently and with good reason. To attract the right talent to an area, and to retain those talented people once here, our region needs to offer a high quality of life. But a short commute time, low cost of living, and great restaurants aren’t the only things to consider. What about outdoor recreation—places where you can connect with the natural world without having to leave town? These opportunities all add something to the high quality of life equation. The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) works to improve the quality of life in our region through conserving land and water resources to promote sustainable communities in the Saginaw River Watershed. The SBLC has over 6,000 acres, many of which are nature preserves that are free and open to the public, under permanent protection over the 22-county watershed area. The SBLC has developed and maintained new trails, protected new land on the Lake Huron Shoreline, and removed hundreds of acres of invasive phragmites, an invasive reed that creates ecological disasters along our freshwater coasts.
In 2014, the SBLC launched a project to give Bay City residents new kinds of access to natural surroundings where they live, work, and play. The project, called Outdoor Urban Recreation (OUR) Bay City, established a new mountain bike trail and downtown canoe access. The SBLC rehabilitated riverfront trails and turned a disinvested park into a nature-based learning and play site. It has also partnered with Chippewa Nature Center to provide a regional approach to conservation and nature-centered education. SBLC Executive Director Zachary Branigan stresses that these sites were designed to serve people who are interested in maintaining healthy lifestyles but who may not have had these amenities nearby. Now, the SBLC is bringing OUR programs to Saginaw where there is a lack of opportunities for active outdoor lifestyles and learning. OUR Saginaw will transform a series of vacant Saginaw spaces into pollinator plots and portals for active outdoor recreation. The sites include a 3-acre stretch along the Saginaw River next to Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, as well as expanded trails on a site adjacent to the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. You don’t have to go “up north” to find opportunities for outdoor recreation. Check out Discovery Preserve, Michigan Sugar Trails, or Golson Nature Area in Bay City, and look for OUR Saginaw sites to be unveiled soon. For more information on the SBLC, visit www.sblc-mi.org and https://www.facebook.com/ saginawland/. Moira Branigan Director of Internal Operations Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance
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hanksgiving, the first of the late fall and early winter celebrations, may start with the food, but the gathering and the gratitude make this day so well loved as a national tradition and the reason many of us cite it as our favorite holiday of the year. And isn’t it nice to see that more and more families seem to be putting the emphasis back on the “thanks” (instead of spending the day revving up for Black Friday shopping)? We know that the food traditions (such as sage dressing, hand-rolled tamales, sweet potato pie, and lebkuchen cookies) that have and will grace the table and sideboard often are what make our holidays such sweet memories of many years past. In “Holiday Roots” (page 23), we share scrapbook stories and treasured snapshots and recipes from local families. The simple, honest qualities of these family celebrations infuse this issue, our annual giving issue, with so many reasons for all of us to offer thanks. This very same attitude of gratitude shines through in “Hometown Heroes” (page 34). We may not know LaMarr, Stu, and Jason personally, but we all talk of them as if we do. These hometown celebrity athletes pay it forward in the communities in which they grew up. They give to the youngsters who idolize them by hosting fundraising training camps, golf scrambles, and more. Their generosity benefits our neighborhoods and the region as a whole in so many ways, reminding us each to give back, too. We are thankful to you for being a part of our Great Lakes Bay family of magazines community—and for caring so deeply about home, neighbors, and the life you create here. Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving.
JANEA LITTLE is a naturalist and nature writer from Midland. She has a special interest in birds, insects, and nature at night.
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Avian Addition Dedicated area birders keep an eye on the sky during the annual Christmas Bird Count. BY JANEA LITTLE
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Ryan Dziedzic scans the sky during the annual Christmas Bird Count (photo by Doug Julian)
o you think there have been fewer chickadees, or perhaps more jays, at your feeder in the last few years? Thanks to the efforts of birders throughout the country, you can readily find out if others are witnessing the same trends. “That’s the value of the Christmas Bird Count,” says Ryan Dziedzic, compiler for the region’s newest count, “citizen science—local people getting out, getting involved.” But he points out that the annual survey, coordinated by the National Audubon Society, reflects trends and fluctuations, not precise numbers. The Christmas Bird Count, or CBC in birder shorthand, is held between December 14 and January 5 every year. Each count tallies birds seen in a 15-mile-diameter circle. Participating birders are divided into “parties,” each counting a section of the circle. Because birds are just as mobile as the birders, there is no way to be certain that chickadee No. 12 didn’t fly into someone else’s section, but by tracking the ratio of birds per party per hour, the CBC accurately reflects the rise or fall of bird populations.
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The Great Lakes Bay Region is host to three CBCs—Midland, Bay City, and the most recent addition, the Tittabawassee Valley, developed by Dziedzic in 2012. His inspiration for setting up a new count was to not only coordinate but highlight the area’s great avifaunal diversity. “The key to where that circle [defining the count parameters] lies is to maximize the water,” he says. “If you want diversity, you need water.” And water the Tittabawassee Valley CBC has with Kawkawlin Flooding, Wixom Lake, and Sanford Lake (including the Sanford Lake Dam), along with forested state lands, county parks, and open grasslands. Variety of habitat has resulted in diversity of birds. Seventy-eight different species, averaging 50 per year, have been seen during the three GLBR counts and the nearby Huron County CBC. Highlights have been Barrow’s goldeneye, bohemian waxwing, trumpeter swan, red-headed woodpecker, and common raven. Count circles are never moved; thus, data are comparable from year to year. It took Dziedzic months to determine the Tittabawassee Valley circle boundaries and
to get approval from the National Audubon Society. In addition to other details, he had to provide not only his own credentials (birding 15 years, experienced participant in other CBCs) but a list of nine other participants who were qualified and committed to the new count as well. The Christmas Bird Count began as an off-shoot to a hunting tradition known as the Christmas Side Hunt. Birder Frank Chapman, with the National Audubon Society, began the nonlethal tally in 1900. That first CBC hosted 25 counts, with a total of 90 species. Hunting and Christmas Bird Counts still go together. Dr. Eugene Beckham, professor emeritus of natural sciences at Northwood University, participated in and coordinated many CBCs in Louisiana, beginning with his graduate student days at Louisiana State University. At Louisiana’s Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, birders stuck to roadways until given the all-clear signal that pre-dawn duck hunting was over, at which point they would chat with exiting hunters to include their daily tallies in the CBC results. Beckham has also participated in many CBCs in this area. He seconds Dziedzic’s opinion that water makes all the difference. In the Baton Rouge and Sabine counts, the combination of rivers, marshes, and ocean resulted in tallies of 200 bird species. And one of his favorite count experiences here featured warm water at the open ponds at the Midland Cogeneration Venture power plant where there are thousands of geese, mallards, and other waterfowl (more than 20 species) all winter. If you would like to experience a Christmas Bird Count, check out the website, www.christmasbirdcount.org, for dates and coordinator contact information.
LIFE / NUMBERS
Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters
BY JEN W. O’DEAY
According to NPR, “I voted” stickers were first nationally distributed in 1986. Each one costs approximately 15 cents per piece to create—it would total over $34 million to give to each of the approximately 230 million voters in the United States. Some jurisdictions have stopped handing them out due to budget limitations. Wear your small-but-mighty badge of honor to American Kitchen Restaurant (207 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1366) for a treat to celebrate your vote.
The origin of the military hand salute is uncertain. Some historians believe it began in late Roman times when citizens approached public officials with their right hands raised to show that they were not carrying weapons.
Interested in feeding birds this winter? Black oil sunflower seeds are an excellent choice; their higher oil content affords feathered friends the energy to build the fat reserves necessary to protect them from frigid winter nights. Learn more while making animal-edible ornaments at the Decorate a Tree for Wildlife event on December 18 at Chippewa Nature Center (400 S Badour Rd, Midland, 989-631-0830).
Although not known for sure, it was likely cowboys of the old Midwest who invented kettle corn by tossing corn kernels and molasses into cast iron pots over a fire heated to 400ºF – 600ºF—the temperature needed to pop the sweetened popcorn. Enjoy the classic treat, carolers, and Old Saint Nick December 2 – 3 at the Mount Pleasant Christmas Celebration (Downtown Mt. Pleasant, 989-779-5349).
Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum (1250 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-8005), devoted to wartime experiences of men and women from Michigan, offers much to lift a hand to in recognition of service and sacrifice.
Small Business Saturday’s Facebook page, with over 3,420,524 “likes,” states that November 27, 2010, was the first-ever Small Business Saturday, an effort dedicated to helping small enterprises boost sales the day after Black Friday. Shop unique items that have been handcrafted by local artisans at Half Mile Handmade (904 N Water St, Bay City, 989-778-2228).
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Many iconic radio shows were started as a way to keep peoples’ spirits lifted during WWII; some programs ran for years after peace was declared. Listeners from the 1940s may remember top radio shows that featured big names such as Bob Hope. Reminisce at the nostalgic performance Christmas of Yesteryear: A 1940s Radio Variety Show at Malcom Field Theatre (Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, 989-964-4261).
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any wild animals lead stealthy lives as they try to avoid people. One nocturnal species living like a ghost in our hardwood forests is the elusive bobcat (Lynx rufus). Although bobcats often go unseen, the use of game cameras continues to increase, capturing some digital images of the night-roaming felines and giving us evidence of their presence. Night cameras showed a bobcat at two Chippewa Watershed Conservancy (CWC) preserves in Isabella County during the past year, and two years ago during the winter,
Wildcat Mysteries Revealed Curious by nature. Bobcats use keen eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell to investigate anything new in their environment, especially if something moves. Trappers can lure cats to hidden traps by hanging a bird’s wing, a piece of cloth, or an aluminum strip that flutters in the breeze.
A bobcat climbs high to survey its territory and plan its next move Chippewa Nature Center’s trail camera captured this bobcat scavenging on a deer carcass near Wood Duck Pond
a camera focused on a deer carcass at Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) captured a bobcat picking at the meat. Though bobcats prefer the cover of darkness, they may be active during the day in habitats where they seldom encounter humans. A morning this past March, a bobcat appeared on a trail camera at the Audubon Woods Preserve of the CWC. Last October in Bay County, a Kawkawlin resident spotted a bobcat walking along the edge of a field in the afternoon and snapped a photo before it disappeared. Bobcats leave round tracks (about 2 inches in diameter) in a straight line with no claws showing at the tips of four of their toe pads. The small fifth toe on the forefoot does not make contact with the ground and does not leave a mark. As each front foot moves forward, the hind foot on the same side directly registers in the front foot’s track as if the bobcat was walking a tight rope. When traveling, the bobcat retracts its claws to protect them from dulling; when capturing prey, the claws turn forward. A number of traits enable these wildcats to avoid detection. The spotted fur coat keeps them well camouflaged in dappled light. When stalking prey, bobcats lie motionless next to a trail, waiting until an animal appears. When it does, the bobcat rushes out and pounces on it. Bobcats eat rabbits, hares, mice, voles, shrews, squirrels, opossum, and occasionally frogs or ground-dwelling birds. In winter, they might prey on young or injured deer. Bobcats generally eat what they have freshly killed rather than scavenging. The sharp carnassial teeth of bobcats bite into prey and can roll back an animal’s skin. The felines tear off small pieces, which are swallowed without chewing beforehand. The cat’s tongue contains stiff spines that effectively remove bits of flesh. Consider yourself lucky if you catch a glimpse of this solitary, secretive feline.
Not a house cat. Two to three times larger than the typical domestic cat, a bobcat averages 18 pounds to 22 pounds and stands almost 2 feet tall at the shoulder. Both sexes look alike with a prominent ruff along the cheeks and small tufts on the ears; many irregular dark spots distinguish the brown fur coat. The bobbed tail is 5 inches long, tipped white with a few dark bars. Free to roam. Bobcats prefer living in wooded swamps, large tracts of hardwood forests, or river floodplains. The bobcats’ statewide range includes the northern half of the Lower Peninsula down to Saginaw and Grand Rapids and all of the Upper Peninsula. Bobcats typically do not live in the open farmland of the Thumb or the heavily populated southern areas of Michigan. Wet and wild. Unlike its domestic cousin, this wildcat does not mind getting wet. Bobcats hunt fish in shallow water, swim on hot days, and travel along river edges. They climb trees, logs, and rocks and return to favorite lookout spots to scout their territory.
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NOVEMBER 2016 SUNDAY MONDAY
STOMP The sounds of percussion explode at MCFTA.
Tri City Chorus of Sweet Adelines State Theatre Bay City fills with barbershop harmonies to ring in the holidays.
International Food Festival After you vote for best dish, eat festively at SVSU’s Marketplace.
Sundays in the City Downtown Bay City features carriage rides and carolers. Through 12/18.
PAW Patrol Live See the pups’ first live tour at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center.
Going Geocaching Find hidden surprises at Chippewa Nature Center.
Holidays in the Heart of the City Visit Santa, sip cocoa, and see fireworks in Old Town Saginaw.
Christkindlmarkt Downtown Frankenmuth hosts a tradition in shopping every weekend. Through 12/4.
Latin Salsa Night Cha-cha the night away at Saginaw’s Temple Theatre.
Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display Witness the dramatic display. Through 12/30.
Sundays in the City: Double Feature See White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street at State Theatre.
Santa’s Arrival & Courthouse Lighting The merriment begins in Midland at 7 p.m.
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Christmas Train & Light Festival Ride through the dazzling forest at Thomas Township’s Roethke Park. Through 12/10.
Decorate a Tree for Wildlife Make animalfriendly ornaments at Chippewa Nature Center.
Exhibit: Black & White Don’t miss Studio 23’s display in Bay City. Through 12/23.
Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Enjoy pancakes, a parade, and Old St. Nick in Mt. Pleasant. Through 12/3.
Holiday Murder Mystery It’s a holiday “whodunnit” at Golden Glow Ballroom in Swan Creek Township.
15 The Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker A critically acclaimed troupe tells a classic tale through dance at Saginaw’s Temple Theatre.
Visit Santa at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland Have your list ready for jolly St. Nick. Through 12/24.
Classic Movies at the Temple Join in on a family Christmas Vacation at Temple Theatre in Saginaw.
24th Annual Hollyday Art Fair Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw bursts with holiday gifts for your friends and family.
A Living Nativity Journey to Bethlehem at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Frankentrost.
Bronner Family Sing-along Croon Christmas carols together. Through 12/23.
Santa’s Village at the North Pole Wonder at the magic of winter in Chesaning. Through 12/18.
Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display Witness the dramatic display. Through 12/30.
Winter Exploration Days Chippewa Nature Center features indoor experiments, fun facts, crafts, and scavenger hunts.
Midnight on Main Make your way to Dow Diamond in Midland for the big ball drop countdown.
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The togetherness, thankfulness, and tradition of fall and winter celebrations grow with each generation. BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING
As autumn and winter descend on the Great Lakes Bay Region, we begin to look forward to holidays—much like our early ancestors once did during their rare leisure time between fall harvesting and spring sowing. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa especially give us reason to gather with our families, friends, and communities—and pay tribute to our history.
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Polish Harvest Festival
Deacon Stanley Kuczynski of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Parish in Bay City shares that each October, Polish-Americans celebrate with a traditional Harvest Festival (doĹžynki). The celebration begins with the Heritage Mass of Thanksgiving, featuring Polish hymns and prayers for the prosperity of the United States and Poland. In church, a harvest wreath, sheaves of wheat, baskets of fruit, and loaves of bread are carried in a procession and placed at the foot of the altar. After mass, the celebration continues at the parish hall with a presentation of the wreath, dinner, singing, and dancing.
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Polish Meatballs 5 eggs, beaten 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 sleeve of soda crackers, finely crushed 1 tablespoon sweet marjoram Salt and pepper to taste 5 pounds of veal and pork (combined), ground Preheat oven to 350ÂşF. Combine beaten eggs, finely diced onion, crushed soda crackers, and seasonings. Add ground veal and pork, and mix well. Shape into small balls. Brown lightly in oil. Place in layers in a covered roaster. Bake for about one hour. (Recipe courtesy of Margie Grzegorczyk collection, Kawkawlin, Bay County.)
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Days of thanksgiving trace back to ancestral harvest celebrations held abroad. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day was nationalized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, following the Battle of Gettysburg. Today’s Thanksgiving Day includes parades, football, and the signal for the start of the holiday shopping season. Family gatherings, giving thanks, and bountiful dinners are at the core of the celebration, as is remembering others less fortunate. American traditional food dishes of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, squash, and pumpkin pie remain staples for most Thanksgiving meals in our region. Alice Buchalter, Freeland, shares that she and her Jewish family also include traditional challah for bread. They give a traditional prayer over the bread, and then “say a prayer thanking God for preserving us and granting us the right to live and celebrate this special day,” Buchalter explains.
In 1969, Ann Pfundt window shops at a toy store during the hol idays
Grandma Zehnder’s Sage Dressing 3 quarts dry white bread, broken into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
1 ½ cups yellow onion, diced
At least three days prior to preparing dinner, set bread out on baking sheet to dry.
1 ½ cups celery, diced
In a pan, sauté onions and celery in butter until tender. Add spices and seasoning, sautéing an additional two minutes.
8 ounces butter or margarine ¾ tablespoon Zehnders® chicken seasoning 3 teaspoons ground black pepper
Place dry bread pieces in a large mixing bowl. Stir in sautéed vegetable mixture. Fold in beaten eggs and meat.
2 teaspoons dry marjoram
Pour one quart of chicken broth over dry bread. Gently fold until liquid is absorbed. Add more broth as needed. Bread should be sloppy wet and puddle in the corners when ready.
2 teaspoons garlic salt
Place dressing in a 3-inch or deeper baking dish.
4 eggs, beaten
Bake for one hour. Crust will form and dressing will rise when done.
2 cups finely diced chicken
(Recipe adapted from Zehnders® of Frankenmuth: A Collection of Zehnder’s Most Iconic Recipes, 2014.)
½ tablespoon rubbed sage
1 to 1 ½ quarts chicken broth
A current Temple Beth El member (right) lights menorahs with Saginaw Valley State Univ ersity Hillel group members
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days in late November or late December of the secular calendar. Hanukkah commemorates the cleansing and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish revolt and victory over Syria-Greece in 164 BCE. After reclaiming the damaged Temple, the Jewish people had to create a new Temple lamp to restore the perpetual light, but they could find only enough holy oil to burn for one day. The lamp, however, miraculously burned for eight days—enough time to obtain more special oil. Celebrations of Hanukkah generally take place within homes. The major ritual involves the lighting of the eight-candled menorah. Other customs include giving children small gifts each night of the holiday, singing the traditional song “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” and playing children’s games of dreidel (a spinning top
with a Hebrew letter on each side) for small prizes such as candy, nuts, and pennies. During Hanukkah, it is customary to eat foods fried in oil, especially latkes (potato pancakes) or sufganiyot (Israeli jelly-filled doughnuts), to pay tribute to the miracle of the holy oil. Other popular Hanukkah foods include beef brisket, short ribs, and noodle kugel.
Latkes 5 medium potatoes, peeled and placed in cold water 1 medium onion 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper 2 tablespoons flour or matzo meal Vegetable oil, for frying
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Grate potatoes and onion by hand on the coarse side of a grater. Place potato and onion mixture in a towel. Twist the towel to remove as much liquid as possible. (This helps ensure that latkes are crisp.) Put in a medium mixing bowl. Add beaten egg, salt and pepper, and flour or matzo meal to potato and onion mixture. Mix together well. Add oil to a pan, and heat to medium. Drop latke batter by tablespoons into hot oil. Brown on one side, and then turn and brown on other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream. (Recipe adapted from collections of Sanford Buchalter, Saginaw, and Alice Buchalter, Freeland, Saginaw County.)
Christmas celebrations in America developed slowly since early Puritans did not approve of frivolity. This changed when Germans and Irish arrived to the United States in the 19th century. Now, Christmas Eve and Christmas festivities are both religious and secular. In the religious sense, Christmas is the most popular occasion of the Christian church year. Christmas Eve services, with some held near midnight to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, often include jubilant worship, special decorations, nativity scenes, and religious Christmas carols or music. Our Lady of Czestochowa, Bay City, holds an annual Polish Christmas Eve dinner (Wigilia) where guests participate in the ancient, beloved Polish tradition of sharing the Christmas wafer (opĹ‚atek) and many best wishes. Mexican-American holiday meals derive from Spanish versus European culture. Delia Montoya of Bay City shares that Mexican-American families often gather to make large amounts of traditional tamales to enjoy on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.
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Tamales Cornhusks 3 cups masa harina tortilla flour 2 cups water 1 cup lard or shortening 1 teaspoon salt Soak cornhusks for 30 minutes in hot water. Remove husks from water. Mix together tortilla flour and water. Cover and let stand 20 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, beat together lard and salt until fluffy. Beat in flour mixture until well combined. Measure 2 tablespoons dough onto each cornhusk. Spread to a 5-inch-by-3-inch rectangle. Spread with meat or sweet filling if desired. Roll up cornhusk. Tie ends. Place tamales standing up on rack in steamer or electric skillet. Add water to just below rack level. Bring to boiling. Cover and steam for 40 â€“ 45 minutes or until tamale pulls away from wrapper. Add water as needed. (Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Mexican Cook Book, Meredith Corporation, 1977.)
As a national holiday, Christmas is enjoyed for its many social, festive, and economic aspects. Today’s many Melting Pot-type customs include greeting cards and Advent countdownto-Christmas calendars (German origin), massive sales/ shopping in festively decorated stores, widely broadcast Christmas songs, extensive acts of charity, holiday-themed entertainment, beautiful poinsettia flowers (Mexican origin), decorated Christmas trees (German origin), Santa Claus, gift exchanges, and meals that feature cultural foods. In some homes and at special church services, foreignlanguage Christmas songs or hymns are sung, such as German “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”), Polish “Dzisiaj w Betlejem” (“Today in Bethlehem”), and Spanish “Alegría para el Mundo” (“Joy to the World”). Traditional foods are also often a part of the festivities. Many ethnic foods resurface during holidays, especially Christmas. Some traditional German foods include fruit-filled stollen bread, deep-fried eisenkuechles (rosettes), chewy gingerbread-like lebkuchen, embossed anise-flavored springerle, small spicy pfefferneuse, and zuckerstickerly (iced sugar cookies).
David and Carol Middleton celebrat e Christmas morning, circa 19 50 in Bay County
Lebkuchen 1 cup corn syrup 1 cup dark molasses 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 4 ½ teaspoons baking soda in ½ cup warm water 4 ½ tablespoons vinegar ½ teaspoon anise oil Flour to stiffen (about 5 to 6 cups) 1 teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon cloves ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ½ pound candied citron ½ pound whole almonds (for topping)
In a large mixing bowl, blend together corn syrup and dark molasses. Stir in sugar, eggs, baking soda in water, vinegar, and anise oil. In another mixing bowl (at least 2 quarts), combine 5 cups of flour with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to molasses mixture. Add additional flour to stiffen. Stir in candied citron. Cover dough and chill overnight. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about ½ inch and cut into 1 ½-inch-by-2 ½-inch rectangles. (A pizza cutter or fluted pastry wheel works well.) Place cookies 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Gently press 1 almond on top of each cookie. Bake for about 13 – 14 minutes, or until no imprint remains when touched lightly. (Recipe adapated from Maria Gehringer Schmidt Halter [1869-1942] collection, Frankenlust Township and Bay City, Bay County.)
Kwanzaa, primarily practiced in regional homes, is a non-religious seven-day African-American and Pan-African annual celebration that was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. In Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture, Karenga explains that the holiday’s Swahili name Kwanzaa (first fruits) is based on ageold agricultural celebrations in Africa. “Kwanzaa is a time for ingathering of African Americans for celebration of their heritage and their achievements, reverence for the Creator and creation, commemoration of the past, recommitment to cultural ideals, and celebration of the good,” he writes. Kwanzaa promotes the Nguzo Saba (“Seven Principles”) of the African culture, with each day of celebration dedicated to practicing one principle: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), Imani (faith), and Karama (feast). Seven symbols accompany the seven days: Mazao (The Crops), Mkeka (The Mat), Kinara (The Candle Holder), Muhindi (The Corn), Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles), the Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup), and Zawadi (The Gifts). Normally, handmade or educational gifts are given to children who earn them for performing year-round responsibilities and for living up to the Seven Principles. In Saginaw, on the final evening of Kwanzaa, Karamas are held in homes to gather together families and friends, who bring traditional dishes to pass and give thanks to the creator. Rhonda Butler of Saginaw and others share that African-American traditional foods enjoyed during holidays include greens, turkey, ham hocks, ham, black-eyed peas, chitterlings, yams, corn bread, sweet potato pie, pound cake, molasses cake, peach cobbler, and egg custard pie.
Sweet Potato Pie 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust 3 large sweet potatoes ½ cup unsalted butter, melted ½ cup dark corn syrup 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 eggs ½ cup buttermilk ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt
Wash sweet potatoes and bake with peels on until just tender. Cool. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Peel potatoes. Add to a large mixing bowl and mash. Add melted butter, corn syrup, and sugar, and then beat with a mixer until smooth, removing any stringy parts. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add buttermilk, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat until smooth, and then pour filling into prepared crust. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. (Recipe adapted from Saginaw-raised Patty Pinner’s Sweets: A collection of soul food desserts and memories,Ten Speed Press, 2003.)
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African-American Watch Night Services Rhonda Butler explains that on New Year’s Eve many Saginaw-area African-Americans participate in Watch Night Services, which are church services of thankfulness and remembrance that take place from around 7 – 10 p.m. to midnight. This tradition traces back to December 31, 1862 (Freedom’s Eve), when Black slaves and free Blacks gathered in churches and homes to await the news that the Emancipation Proclamation was actually law. At exactly midnight on January 1, 1863, all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. Butler notes, however, that due to communication difficulties, Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed.
Descendants of the “Old Settlers” gather for a holiday celebration in 1950
Marsha Stewart of Detroit adds that Watch Night Services also continue at the Wheatland Church of Christ (est. 1869), just west of Isabella County, and are attended by descendants of the “Old Settlers,” the earliest African-American settlers in Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.
Molasses Gingerbread ¾ cup shortening ¾ cup sugar 1 egg 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch square pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and beat well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
½ teaspoon cloves
Combine molasses and hot water. Add alternately with flour mixture to shortening mixture. Pour batter into greased pan.
¾ teaspoon salt
Bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Cool, and then frost if desired.
1 cup dark molasses
(Recipe adapted from Caroline Norman Cook, descendant of the Norman Todd families, in the Old Settlers Cookbook, 1991.)
1 cup hot water
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New Year’s and New Year’s Day
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The American Book of Days by Stephen G. Christianson explains that “One Old World custom carried to America was to toll the passing of the year just before midnight.” This annual custom continues at New York City’s Times Square, where festive crowds participate in the broadly televised countdown to midnight that features the descent of a massive Waterford crystal ball. Here in the Great Lakes Bay Region, Midnight on Main in Midland features a countdown to a ball drop, too. “Auld Lang Syne” is usually sung at midnight. New Year’s Eve general festivities also include parties, near-midnight gatherings, and fireworks. Making New Year’s resolutions, watching college football bowl games and parades, and eating cultural foods are also part of typical celebrations. Montoya shares that on New Year’s Eve, MexicanAmericans traditionally enjoy homemade buñuelos (elephant ears) pastries and Mexican hot chocolate. Our Jewish neighbors celebrate New Year (Rosh Hashana) in September or October, according to the Jewish lunisolar calendar.
Buñuelos (Fried Sugar Tortillas) 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ¾ cup milk ¼ cup butter or margarine 2 eggs, beaten Vegetable oil for deep frying Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Heat milk and butter in a saucepan to boiling. Cool. Stir in beaten eggs. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir with a fork until dough holds together. Knead dough on a floured surface for about 2 – 3 minutes until smooth. Shape into 20 balls. Roll each ball into a 4-inch circle. Deep fry tortillas until lightly browned on each side. Drain on paper towels, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar while still hot. (Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Mexican Cook Book, Meredith Corporation, 1977.) Note: Contributor Delia Montoya shares that easy-to-make Nestlé® Chocolate Abuelita® (Grandmother’s) Mexican hot chocolate is available in Mexican food sections at area grocery stores.
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LaMarr Woodley encourages a participant at the ninth annual LaMarr Woodley Football Camp
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rofessional athletes are often viewed as celebrities. Many people look up to them as role models both on and off the field or court, and they are in the public eye 24 hours a day. A trio of professional athletes with roots in the Great Lakes Bay Region—Jason Richardson, Stuart Schweigert, and LaMarr Woodley—do not take that prominence lightly. In fact, they relish the opportunity that fame offers them to continue their work as community ambassadors. And, by giving back to the Great Lakes Bay Region, it’s just one way of saying thanks to the people who have supported their careers.
A FULL COURT PRESS FOR PHILANTHROPY Richardson, a Mr. Basketball award winner from Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School, was an All-American at Michigan State University before embarking on an outstanding 15-year professional basketball career. He retired in September 2015 after battling knee injuries. “The city (Saginaw) has always been behind me through my career and playing in the NBA,” says Richardson, the NBA’s Slam Dunk Champion in 2002 and 2003. “Giving back to those in need and kids is just the right thing to do.” He says, “I was really influenced to give back by my grandmother. She instilled in all of us (Richardson’s brothers and sisters) growing up that giving back is important. My grandmother stressed that sharing with others matters. We didn’t have much growing up. What little we had was always shared with family, friends, and others.”
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Jason Richardson meets with It Takes a Warrior founder Zak Jaime and golf event organizer Brent Mason before teeing off
Richardson has been extremely supportive of the United Way of Saginaw County, helping to raise nearly $200,000 through an annual golf outing. He explains that supporting the United Way is the best way to reach the entire community because the organization is able to distribute donations by sharing equally with all communities and causes throughout the county. “Since retiring, I’ve been an avid golfer. I golf every day. Golf outings are a great way to get people together. It’s a good way to enjoy the day and support charities,” he says.
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Richardson also got involved with It Takes a Warrior, a non-profit organization that helps veterans in crisis. Richardson made it a point to make changes in his schedule in order to attend a recent golf outing fundraiser of the nonprofit. “I support the troops … police officers and all law enforcement,” he says. “They protect us and our rights.” An event Richardson has been involved with for the past decade is Holiday Assist, which provides hundreds of families free clothing and a meal for Thanskgiving. The basketball star admits that the holiday is his favorite. “On
Thanksgiving, we always had a lot of family together, giving and sharing. It’s the perfect holiday to give back,” he says. The Jason Richardson Foundation was established in 2009 to make a difference with social issues that children face today. Richardson says he looks to help whenever kids are involved. He says, “They are the future, and by starting [when they are] young, we can help them to say no to violence and stay out of trouble. They are our next generation of athletes, doctors, and lawyers. When they see us giving back, then they will do the same and give back, too.”
Stuart Schweigert pumps up the players at the ninth annual LaMarr Woodley Football Camp
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS Being a positive influence on young people has been extremely rewarding for Schweigert, a football and track standout at Saginaw Township’s Heritage High School. He then starred on the football field at Purdue University, garnering All-American honors. Schweigert played five years of professional football for the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions. “I learned to give back from my family,” says Schweigert. “I have two older brothers and two older sisters, and we were all taught to respect others. My father was a deputy sheriff and my mother a social worker. I was taught that your social and financial status don’t matter; you should treat everybody the same, no matter what.” Schweigert and long-time friend Kevin Maize established Stu’s Crew and the Stuart Schweigert Scholarship in 2008 to aid student-athletes from Heritage High School with fulfilling their dreams
to attend college. The scholarship fund has awarded eight scholarships thus far. Stu’s Crew is also entering its ninth year of hosting Shop with a Jock, which annually provides Meijer gift cards to local children prior to Christmas. The children are nominated by teachers, counselors, and coaches. A year ago, 14 gift cards were awarded, bringing the total to 96 families that have been assisted through the program. “You have to almost force the children to get a present for themselves [when they go shopping],” explains Schweigert. “Afterward, I will talk to them about things such as academics, nutrition, and about life.” He says, “Last year, we even surprised their parents by providing them with a gift card, too. They purchased items such as socks, milk, and toilet paper. It’s just a little extra money for them to get them through the holiday season.” Schweigert has taken the annual event a step further by getting several teens from
area high schools involved as well. The teens chaperone the youngsters while shopping through Meijer and assist with budgeting the gift cards. “Some of the high school students were actually some of the kids that we assisted when they were young,” says Schweigert. “It’s kind of cool to see them grow. If it weren’t for this program, a lot of them wouldn’t have had a Christmas.” The Saginaw Sting, an arena football team co-owned by Schweigert, has coordinated donations of over $372,000 to organizations such as the Travis Mills Foundation and Covenant Kids. Even though he has provided monetary donations to the community, Schweigert says the rewards in giving back are more about being able to relate to young people. “Whenever I can get in front of kids and talk about life, I will. That’s what I really enjoy doing,” he says.
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STEELER SUPPORT Woodley has been a strong supporter of the community since his days at the University of Michigan. That’s when the Saginaw High School graduate teamed with fellow Saginawian Clifton Ryan. Between 2004 and 2008, Woodley and Ryan, a former football player at Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School, Michigan State University, and the St. Louis Rams, helped with the Heroes for Kids golf outing by bringing their college teammates from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University to the event to team up with other participants to play. Through the Saginaw Community Foundation, the program netted nearly $100,000 over the years for a number of recreation programs for youths. “That was a lot of fun,” says Woodley. “It wasn’t hard to get my (Michigan) teammates involved because they really enjoyed golfing in that event.” In 2012, Woodley founded the LaMarr Woodley Foundation in order to establish long-term programs to provide monetary support for projects to help underprivileged and underserved youths and adults in his hometown. “When I was a kid, I went to a football camp that was put on by Terry McDaniel, a pro player from Saginaw High who was playing for the Oakland Raiders. I only went there for the free T-shirt. But when I saw all of these professional players at the camp, I said to myself that I was going to do the same thing (offer a free football camp of his own) if I made it that far (became a professional player),” Woodley says. And that he has. Woodley was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was instrumental in the team’s victory in Super Bowl XLV. Woodley, who has also played for the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, established an NFL record for most consecutive playoff games with a sack.
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LaMarr Woodley directs drills at his annual football camp, held at Saginaw High School
One of the first things that the 6-foot-2inch, 265-pound linebacker did after turning pro was to put on his own football camp. The free camp, which is now in its ninth season, annually draws 400-plus players between 7 years old and 15 years old. “We’ve had players younger than 7 show up, and that’s okay. We would never turn anyone away,” he says. This past summer, Woodley offered a new football camp called Camp 56, a two-day football academy for high school student-athletes. Camp 56 provided instruction for 110 underclassmen who each have the potential to play at the collegiate level but have not been heavily recruited. Woodley admits that he has a soft spot when it comes to his alma mater, Saginaw High. “I’m proud to say I’m from Saginaw and graduated from Saginaw High,” he says. “I don’t hesitate when they ask for help.” In 2012, Woodley donated $60,000 to help Saginaw athletes participate in sports when Saginaw Public Schools instituted a $75 per player pay-to-play fee because of district budget cuts. Woodley simply says that he didn’t want students sitting on the sidelines just because their families couldn’t afford the fee. Two years later, he contributed $125,000 to Saginaw County and The Dow Event
Center, which went toward the renovation of the center’s Unity Hall. Woodley also signed a $50,000 sponsorship agreement with SMG, the management company for the event center and FirstMerit Bank Event Park, for the purpose of attracting more events to Saginaw. Woodley’s First Impression Back to School event has provided children with backpacks, supplies, and more for school. When Saginaw High’s marching band was invited to perform at halftime of the Sugar Bowl football game in New Orleans, Woodley donated 100 hooded sweatshirts to band members. This past summer, Woodley was the keynote speaker at a fundraising event at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township for Saginaw Promise, which has given more than $500,000 in college scholarships to students in its designated zone since 2012. So far, 356 students have attended college at no cost or reduced cost because of the program. “Saginaw Promise helps students plan for the future without the extra worry of how to pay for it,” says Woodley. “It helps further their education. After college, you have to come back [to Saginaw]. We need more people to get involved, and the more people who get involved, the more people we can help.”
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ears ago, Courtney Robishaw was driving along Shattuck Road in Carrollton Township when she saw the sign for the original Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw. “As an employee in the health care field (social work and marketing), I asked myself, ‘What is that?’” Robishaw says. And so, on an impulse, she stopped to find out. She learned that in 1984 the Junior League of Saginaw opened the original Hospital Hospitality House of Saginaw (HHH) at the former St. Josaphat Catholic Convent in Carrollton. The facility was designed to provide lodging and moral support for relatives of out-of-town patients who faced extended stays at one of the then four major medical facilities in the Saginaw area: Saginaw General Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Saginaw Community Hospital, and Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In 1998, Saginaw General and St. Luke’s hospitals merged, forming Covenant HealthCare. Covenant administrators were so impressed with HHH that the Covenant Foundation built a new 17-room facility at 1701
A WARM WELCOME Community support provides out-of-town hospital visitors a comfortable stay.
Hospital Hospitality Houses of Saginaw (HHH) are able to offer overnight or extended accommodations to family members of patients who are admitted to Saginaw hospitals in part from generous assistance of community members and organizations. • Operating funds for HHH, in addition to guest donations, come from private donors and charitable non-profit foundations. The budget amounts to about $70 per guest for overnight stays, with an average of about 700 visitors (most repeaters) per month. Guests may remain for up to three weeks. The average visit is four days. • Saginaw’s Hidden Harvest food recovery project provides pantry and refrigerator staples, and guests may refrigerate and freeze their own personal grocery purchases—TV dinners, for example.
• Gifts from individual donors to HHH may include nonperishable foods, cash, paper products, and cleaning supplies. Some guests are young, so children’s books and simple toys are also welcome. • In some cases, individual donors and groups have volunteered to prepare meals. The best timing is for an early breakfast as guests have various schedules. Holiday meals also can be special treasures. Visit hhhofsaginaw.org, or phone McNally Hospitality House at 989-583-0155 or Emerson Hospitality House at 989-907-8986, for more information.
North Michigan Avenue in Saginaw, adjacent to the main campus of the hospital. The HHH was named McNally Hospitality House in honor of civic leader and major donor William F. McNally, who passed away four years ago at age 93. He lived to see his final community project become reality in 2009. A second, six-room HHH, Emerson Hospitality House, is owned by St. Mary’s of Michigan and is located at 604 Emerson Avenue in Saginaw. The two houses offer accommodations to family members of hospitalized patients. Sometimes relatives are in town from across the nation, or even on occasion from out of the country. Many simply are from “up north” towns such as Tawas, Oscoda, and Alpena. Instead of spending $100 or more per night to say at a hotel—or driving for hours
back and forth on the highways—they may stay at one of the Hospital Hospitality Houses in exchange for affordable donations, sometimes as little as $20. They also have access to a kitchen, a dining room, a dormitory-style common space with sofas and a big-screen TV, and a laundry area. Robishaw, a graduate of Heritage High School in Saginaw Township and Central Michigan University, was so impressed after her random visit that she volunteered in 2011 to serve on the HHH board of directors. Earlier this year, she filled a vacancy to become full-time director of a nine-employee staff and dozens of volunteers. “We are like a home away from home,” Robishaw says.
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2017 Charity Events Preview JANUARY 28
McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Night at the Saginaw Spirit, “Talk Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” 989-895-4727
FEBRUARY 4 9 24 25 28 TBD TBD TBD
Pulse3 Foundation, Shocks and Saves Charity Hockey Game, 989-754-7283 Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, 10th Annual Arts from the Heart, 989-399-6626 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 24th Annual Mardi Gras Auction, 989-752-7226 Northwood University, 42nd Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner, 800-622-9000 The Legacy Center for Community Success, World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast, 989-496-1425 American Heart Association, 13th Annual Great Lakes Bay Region Go Red for Women Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, Piano Palooza, 989-835-4041, ext. 216 1st State Bank, WNEM TV-5, and Great Lakes Bay Business: Annual RUBY (Recognizing the Upward, Bright, and Young) Awards
MARCH 3 4 4 TBD
Saginaw Art Museum, Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville, 989-754-2491 READ Association of Saginaw County, 12th Annual Books for Breakfast, 989-755-8402 Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Hockey for the Homeless, 989-752-6051 YWCA of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Women of Achievement Awards, 989-894-9055
APRIL 15 15 20 28-29 28 28 29 30
Humane Society of Bay County, Inc., Canines, Cats, and Cocktails Masquerade Gala, 989-893-0451 Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, 4th Annual 100 Men Who Cook, 989-755-6471 Shelterhouse, Chefs for Shelterhouse, 989-835-6771 American Cancer Society (and other cancer-related causes), Bringin’ Back the ’80s, 989-652-8008 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 14th Annual Wines Around the World, 989-752-7226 Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Bishop’s Charity Ball, 989-797-6693 Great Lakes Bay Animal Society, Annual Fast & Furriest 5K Run/Walk, 810-623-2799 YMCA of Saginaw and Tri-to-finish, 8th Annual Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids USATF-sanctioned Half Marathon Run/Hand Cycle, 5K Run/Walk, 989-780-4967
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Child and Family Services, Strike Out Sexual Assault Bowl-a-thon, 989-393-4229 Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc., 20th Annual Business Hall of Fame, Saginaw-Bay County Area, 989-631-0162 Northwood University, NU Style Show, 800-622-9000 Underground Railroad, Inc., Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 989-399-0007, ext. 100 Covenant HealthCare Foundation, Covenant Kids Telethon, 989-583-7600
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Hospital Hospitality Houses of Saginaw, Hospital Hospitality House Kentucky Derby Party, 989-583-0152 Hidden Harvest, 22nd Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz! 989-753-4749 Covenant HealthCare Volunteers, Spring Fling Flower Sale, 989-583-6048 Underground Railroad, Inc., 7th Annual Advocates for Change, 989-399-0007, ext. 100 Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Golf Challenge, 989-752-6051 St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation, Charity Golf Classic, 989-907-8300 McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Spring Memorial Tree Program, 989-895-4727 Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter, Dinner and Dance Benefiting Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan, 989-832-8879 Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, Big Raffle Celebration, 989-797-6693 American Heart Association, Great Lakes Bay Region Heart Walk McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, 5K Walk/Run, 989-895-4727
JUNE 3-4 10-11 15 15 20 21 22 TBD TBD
Midland Center for the Arts, Summer Art Fair, 800-523-7649 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, 43rd Annual Riverside Art Festival, 989-894-9055 The Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation, Golf for Kids, 989-244-5211 Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Brew at the Zoo, 989-759-1408 Community Village (an Arm of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan), Strawberry Festival, 989-792-5442 READ Association of Saginaw County, 16th Annual DEAR at the Zoo (Drop Everything and Read), 989-755-8402 Bay City Garden Club, Garden Walk, 989-225-1052 Saginaw Art Museum, Arty Soil, 989-754-2491 Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc., Wolgast Golf Outing, Saginaw-Bay Area, 989-631-0162
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Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc., MCV Golf Outing, Midland Area, 989-631-0162
JULY 17 19
CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Children’s Advocacy Centers, Golf Outing, 989-752-7226 The Reece Endeavor, Reece Endeavor GardenWalk, 989-835-9700
AUGUST 10 11 17 21 26
Covenant HealthCare Foundation, Red Carpet Par 3 Challenge, Crumpets & Croquet, and Red Carpet Premiere, 989-583-7600 Covenant HealthCare Foundation, Red Carpet Golf Classic, 989-583-7600 Downtown Saginaw Farmers’ Market, Saginaw Harvest Table, 800-742-9846 McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Golf for Life Classic, 989-895-4725 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 5th Annual Ducky Derby, 989-752-7226
SEPTEMBER 9 9 13 14 18 19 TBD
Freeland Community Sports Association, 12th Annual Freeland Arts in the Park, 989-695-9512 Pulse3 Foundation, Run for Your Heart Community Races, 989-754-7283 Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic, 989-797-6693 Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa, Unlocking Hope, 989-799-8900 Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Anniversary Dinner, 989-893-5973 City Rescue Mission, Anniversary Dinner, 988-752-6051 St. Mary’s of Michigan Field Neurosciences Institute, Field of Hope, 989-497-3117
OCTOBER 6 6-7 10 14 TBD TBD TBD
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saints & Sinners Gala, 989-964-7125 The Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation, Crabby Clam & Lobster Fest, 989-244-5211 Creative 360, 4th Annual Fundraiser Luncheon, 989-837-1885 Humane Society of Midland County, 7th Annual Ties & Tails Gala, 989-708-0660 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Brain Game Trivia Night, 989-752-7226 Child and Family Services, Fashion with Compassion— Embellishments That Empower, 989-393-4229 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 8th Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, 248-936-1292
McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Dinner around the World, 989-895-4727 Northwood University, Northwood University Auto Show Gala, 800-622-9000 Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School, Sauerkraut Dinner, 989-793-9723 Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc., Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, Midland Area, 989-631-0162
NOVEMBER 16 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Delta College, A Chocolate Affair, 989-686-9224 St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation, 21st Annual Cornette Ball, 989-907-8300 Midland Center for the Arts, Holiday Art Fair, 800-523-7649 Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc., Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon, 989-752-9050 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, Women’s Empowerment Symposium, 989-894-9055
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McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Holiday Memorial Tree Program, 989-895-4725 Saginaw County Medical Society, Jingle Mingle, 989-790-3590 Covenant HealthCare Volunteers, Tree of Love, 989-583-6048 McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary, Charity Ball, 989-797-9040 Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Sharing Hope Radiothon, 989-752-6051 MidMichigan Home Care, Stars in the Gardens, 800-862-5002 MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, Love Light Trees, 989-839-3342 Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Housewalk, 989-755-6471 Zonta Club of Midland, Holiday Homewalk Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan, Inc., Titan Challenge, 989-752-9050 St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation, Light Up a Life, 989-907-8300
Bay County Right to Life PO Box 449, Bay City | 989-895-8481 | www.baycountyrighttolife.org
Front row: Lisa Goss, Denise Davidson, and Dave Studniarz; back row: Kathy Ratajczak, Sharon Pagryzinski, Richard Roberts, and Gayle Roberts. Board members not pictured: Maribeth Hopps and Grace Moore
ay County Right to Life is a local nonprofit comprised entirely of volunteers. Eight board members guide the mission of the organization to restore the legal protection of those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or assisted suicide. Bay County Right to Life is a dedicated group of people that continues to reach out to our community to share the message of life and the truth about abortion. Funds are raised throughout the year through membership dues, donations, the Cherish Life (Baby Bottle) Project, and the Focus on Life Annual Benefit Dinner, a special event held each fall. Special speakers, including Melissa Ohden, Bob Dutko, Shauna Prewitt, Bobby Schindler, and others, have shared their experiences and lifesaving messages on various right-to-life topics. Bay County Right to Life educates the public about the truth of what abortion is and what it does to not
only the unborn but also to families, communities, and society as a whole. Bay County Right to Lifeâ€™s involvement in the community also includes donating baby items to McLaren Bay Regionâ€™s birthing center via the Stitches of Love Project, providing financial aid to students attending the March for Life in Washington, DC, and supporting our local pregnancy care centers, Beacon of Hope and Abortion Alternatives, Inc. The organization participates in the legislative process and communicates its message to area pastors and faith leaders. Volunteers for Bay County Right to Life encourage others to vote pro-life by visiting www. rtl.org and creating individual pro-life ballots. They also seek to educate the community by advertising in local magazines, at restaurants, in school yearbooks, at colleges, and on area billboards. Once a year, the group raises awareness by erecting crosses in memory of the Michigan lives lost to abortion.
January will be a busy month for Bay County Right to Life with a Knights of Columbus breakfast on January 8 and a memorial vigil on January 22. Everyone is invited to attend these events. Bay County Right to Life would like the community to know that help and life-giving options are available to anyone who may be experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Please call Beacon of Hope at 989-922-5433, or the statewide hotline at 1-800-57-WOMAN, for help in decisionmaking. Abortion is not an easy solution: Serious physical and psychological side effects often result. Before a woman may know she is pregnant, the baby already has a beating heart and his or her own unique set of DNA. Every person, born and unborn, has the inalienable right to life. If you cherish life and are interested in supporting or learning more about us, please contact Bay County Right to Life via phone, email, or website. Join with the organization to help defend and protect the right to life for all.
Graff Chevrolet Supports Two Great Causes Graff Chevrolet would like to recognize and spread awareness about two of our region’s non-profit organizations.
Stephanie Maier, Just For Kids; Lisa Rechsteiner, Graff Chevrolet; Wayne Maier, Maier and Associates; Carrie Dahlberg, Just For Kids
5982 West Side Saginaw Rd | Bay City | www.goodkids123.org
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Safe Harbor Kitchen
706 Joseph St (located at Riverwalk Baptist Church) | Bay City www.safeharborcc.net
Just for Kids The Just for Kids organization is particularly close to Graff Chevrolet’s heart. Lisa Rechsteiner, managing partner at Graff, is also the president of the Just for Kids volunteer board. Just for Kids is a small organization that works with children in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw counties. It provides encouragement and support to children who may not receive it at home. The mission of Just for Kids is simple but powerful: making a difference, one child at a time. In addition to providing some basic necessities to children in need, Just for Kids also recognizes and rewards youngsters’ good behavior. Rechsteiner explains, “We want the children to see that we are watching, and we do see that they are doing the right things.” Sometimes, the reward a child receives from Just for Kids could be a small gift card for dinner. Other times, acknowledgement might be made through a $1,500 scholarship for college. Additional items that are awarded include bikes, laptop computers, and shoes. The majority of the money raised by Just for Kids for its programs is accumulated through an annual vehicle raffle, which runs from April through October. Patrons can also make monetary donations on the Just for Kids website at www.goodkids123.org. By donating to this worthy cause, you can be confident that every penny will be given back to children in our community.
Safe Harbor Kitchen Another organization that Graff Chevrolet believes in is Safe Harbor Kitchen, a food kitchen that offers a weekly meal and safe, meaningful fellowship to local citizens. Typically, Safe Harbor volunteers prepare, serve, and clean up after meals, serving 100 to 150 people each week. The guests at Safe Harbor never face questions or judgment; everyone is welcome. Despite the positive effect that Safe Harbor Kitchen already makes in our community, the organization wants to do more. Its future goal is to expand in order to become a consistent community center for fellowship and to collect different types of clothing that will be offered through Safe Harbor Closet. Safe Harbor works tirelessly to feed our community, and the group is hungry for more help. If donating your time is something that interests you, please consider calling 989-894-1189 to find a week that fits your schedule. Another way to help is through donation. Local food banks work together to share resources with one other, and area organizations and businesses, including Graff, hold food drives to keep the food shelves full. By giving our time and resources, we can help fill up the pantries and those in need with both food and hope. Learn more at www.safeharborcc.net/ become-informed/food-program/.
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2806 Davenport Ave | Saginaw 989-790-7500 | www.childandfamilysaginaw.org
round the holidays, we often think through the things in our lives we are most thankful for and resolve to make some important changes for selfimprovement. Health and wellness are often at the top of these lists, and Child and Family Services of Saginaw would like to remind you that your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Child and Family Services of Saginaw provides the Great Lakes Bay Region with complete counseling, wellness, and crisis services. Its ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone in the Great Lakes Bay Region leads an emotionally healthy life and achieves personal success.
Child & Family Services President/CEO Margie Bach
Margie Bach, president and CEO of Child and Family Services of Saginaw, explains, “When individuals are stressed, depressed, or anxious, it can affect so many different life variables, including one’s health, personal relationships, family life, work productivity, and overall satisfaction with everyday activities.” She also says, “A community that normalizes counseling services is important for everyone’s health and well-being.” Child and Family Services of Saginaw is comprised of three main centers: the Counseling Center, Employee Wellness Center, and Sexual Assault Center. Staff members have specialized training in trauma-based treatment, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), autism, oppositional defiance disorder behaviors, children’s trauma and loss, play therapy, and mindfulness meditation.
Wildfire Credit Union supports Child and Family Services of Saginaw because of the outstanding services offered. Linda McGee from Wildfire explains, “Having a place to go or a source to turn to at critical times can help restore balance to someone’s life. The people associated with Child and Family Services want to truly make a difference in someone’s life.” Michelle LeBlanc, marketing/ public relations coordinator at Wildfire, has served on the Child and Family Services board since 2007. Currently serving over 2,500 individuals and providing over 12,400 counseling sessions, this organization is supporting our community. For details on how to become involved or contribute financially, as well as for more information about the services offered, please visit www.childandfamilysaginaw.org.
City Rescue Mission of Saginaw receives its food delivery
940 E Genesee Ave, #2 Saginaw 989-753-4749 www.hiddenharvestshares.org
he holiday season is a time we celebrate gifts given and received. These gifts serve as expressions of the love and care we have for one another. Hidden Harvest offers many “gifts” to the Great Lakes Bay Region each year, simultaneously making great strides toward ending area food waste and hunger. Hidden Harvest delivers healthy food to non-profit organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region, free of charge. Its recognizable white refrigerated box trucks are similar to Santa’s sleigh for agencies such as Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan, The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region, CAN (Child
Matt Crowe, a Hidden Harvest food delivery specialist, prepares a delivery
Abuse and Neglect) Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Midland’s Open Door, and many more. Hidden Harvest is proud to share the difference it makes for the people it serves in our community. • This year, Hidden Harvest rescued and distributed nearly 2.6 million pounds of food—that would have otherwise been thrown away or wasted—from 350 food donors. • Hidden Harvest supports 150 agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and youth and senior groups) in the Great Lakes Bay Region. • Hidden Harvest provides—with no fees or dues charged—fresh produce, baked goods, meats, fruits, and canned and boxed goods to partner organizations.
• Since 1994, Hidden Harvest has provided our neighbors in need with 29,359,947 pounds of food items. Hidden Harvest believes nutritious food is a gift worth giving and so does Wildfire Credit Union. That is why Wildfire not only sponsors the good works that Hidden Harvest is a part of, but it also supports its staff members volunteering their time to make these gifts possible and available to the community. Both Hidden Harvest and Wildfire Credit Union wish you love, joy, and peace this Christmas season. If you would like to team up with Hidden Harvest, or if you are interested in attending the Celebrating Good Tastes and All That Jazz! annual fundraising event on May 10, 2017, please call 989-753-4749.
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November 27th | December 4th | December 11th | December 18th 9:30 am - 2 pm Bring your friends and family to brunch at Apple Mountain, featuring made-to-order omelets, French toast, waffles, sausage, bacon, salads, pasta and more! Santa will make an appearance between 11 am - 1 pm Adults: $18.00 Kids (4-12): $9.00 Kids 3 and Under: Free
Small Office Party December 8th
Enjoy great food, outstanding service, live entertainment and a gorgeous holiday setting in our Conference Center. Drink Specials available. The menu will be a delicious blend of hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and desserts! Call our event department for reservations. $40.00 per person, tax and gratuity included.
Christmas Carnival December 10th - 11 am - 1 pm
Santa & Mrs. Claus are bringing their reindeer and elves to help celebrate the season with games, cookie decorating and a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas". Tickets are available to purchase for games and activities! No admission cost.
Evening with Santa & Mrs. Claus December 15th | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kids are treated to a special holiday movie while enjoying Santa’s favorite, milk and cookies, followed by a reading of a holiday book. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Kids (4-12): $10, Parents are free!
New Year’s Eve Celebration December 31st
Enjoy a memorable dining experience to ring in the New Year! The restaurant will feature specials for the night and a complimentary glass of champagne! Make your reservations today!
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A Stop for Food and Fun Pub grub, pints, and popular tunes revitalize a favorite hangout. BY KIMBERLY BONE PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN
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Bus Stop Bar & Grille 49 | Dining Out Guide 51 Nov/Dec 2016 | Great Lakes Bay 49
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New York Strip Steak
Chicken Wrap with Onion Rings
n May of 2015, Tom and Kim Gruno purchased The Bus Stop Inn, a bar and restaurant in Birch Run, and promptly closed its doors to tear the building down to the studs and start fresh. “We re-did every aspect of the restaurant,” says Tom Gruno, “new electrical, plumbing, all new high-end décor, and a 28-foot reclaimed barn-wood bar with a state-of-the-art, eight-tap beer delivery system, which ensures that every tap beer is served at the proper temperature. The whole process took about six months. We wanted to do everything right with this renovation.” The remodeled Bus Stop Bar & Grille has been open since late fall of 2015. The revitalization also included development of a diverse menu of elevated pub grub. The restaurant is well-known for its fish dinners, which include a cod fish-and-chips platter and lake perch entrées every Friday night. The menu doesn’t stop at fish, though, and includes New York strip steak, fried chicken, fajitas, nachos, burgers, and salads. There are eight different beers on tap, another 25 available in bottles, various wines, and a full bar that features everything from well drinks to highend aged scotch. The Bus Stop Bar & Grille has also made a name for itself as the go-to place for sought-after musical acts. The bar offers entertainment each week from Wednesday through Saturday. “We seek out the best musical acts we can find to come to the Bus Stop, with the musical genres running the gamut from classic country to ’80s cover bands and modern rock ’n’ roll,” says Gruno. “There is never a cover charge to hear the bands. Looking ahead, we’ve booked a great band, Tweed and Dixie, to play our New Year’s Eve celebration this winter.” Gruno adds, “Kim and I are both from Birch Run and are extremely proud to offer our guests quality food and drinks, world-class entertainment, and a friendly atmosphere. We have been overwhelmed with the support of the community and are so happy to be here.” The Bus Stop Bar and Grille, 10014 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-2446350, www.facebook.com/thebusstopbg. Hours: Sunday (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.), Monday – Wednesday (11 a.m. – 12 a.m.), and Thursday – Saturday (11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.).
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Dining Out Asian Asian Noodle: 200 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-316-2380. Filipino and Far East fare. Noodle soup, lumpia spring rolls, sautéed noodles, and pan-fried fish. Basil Thai Bistro: 225 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-486-9390. Curry, noodles, fried rice, stir-fry dishes, and fresh fruit tapioca drinks. Blossoms Asian Bistro: 4124 Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-778-1155. Asian fusion flavors, made-to-order dishes, and fresh ingredients. Malaysian fried noodles, sushi, coconut shrimp tacos, and hibachi meals. Chan’s Garden: 215 Third St, Bay City, 989-892-8861. Variety of Asian and Chinese dishes. Weekly specials. Takeout available. Chan’s Garden Restaurant: 1951 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-790-9188. Affordable Chinese fare. Favorites include orange chicken, Mongolian beef, rice noodles, and egg rolls. Takeout and delivery available. Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant: 4024 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Authentic cuisine, including Forbidden City Chicken and moo shu pork. Familysized dinners and takeout available. Fuji Sushi: 1512 Joe Mann Blvd Midland, 989-839-6868. Noodles, rolls and sushi, sashimi, and hibachi entrées. Fusion 1 Café: 813 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-0551. Fresh, contemporary international cuisine. Thursday night is Sushi Extravaganza. Demonstrations and cooking classes offered. Genji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: Two locations: 2929 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-495-6000, and 3870 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-497-9900. Chefs prepare meals directly in front of patrons for tables of up to eight. Large selection of wines and imported beers. Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ: 5010 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-496-
2288. Buffet-style dining and createyour-own stir-fry using many types of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Full bar. Golden Buffet: 979 S Saginaw Rd (in Eastlawn Food Court), Midland, 989633-9888. Lunch and dinner buffets with meat and seafood dishes, soups, and desserts. Hello Sushi: 2575 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-7900022. Sushi, sashimi, rolls, traditional bento box meals, noodle dishes, and Japanese specialties. Daily specials and carryout. Hokkaido Japanese Steak & Sushi: 1818 Lawndale Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-1688. Open for lunch and dinner. Hibachi, sushi and sashimi, noodles and fried rice, and bento options from the wok. Mochi and tempura ice cream, cheesecake, and banana desserts. Hunan Restaurant: 3109 Bay Plaza Dr, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Favorites include general chicken, Mongolian beef, and crabmeat with corn soup. Takeout available. Jade Garden: 3211 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6997. Made-to-order Chinese dishes, appetizers, and soups, including the popular egg drop.
These listings have no relationship to advertising in Great Lakes Bay magazine. without MSG. Famous Chinese chicken salad and a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian entrées.
Dine in, takeout, delivery, and catering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and popular chicken fajita pizza.
Pi’s Asian Express: 5015 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-832-8000 Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrées. Carryout.
Grampa Tony’s: Two locations: 1108 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4795, and 4330 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-684-7314. Family dining. Homemade pizza, steak sandwiches, and baked pasta specialties. Late-night dining, takeout, and spirits.
Pi’s Chinese Restaurant: 1815 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-5848. Affordable authentic fare like the favorite Hunan sesame chicken. Daily lunch and dinner buffet.
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.
The Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant: 3000 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-893-9499. Full menu of chicken, beef, pork, vegetarian, and seafood cuisine, soups, appetizers, and hot buffet.
B&C Pizza: Three locations: 476 N Tuscola Rd, Bay City, 989-892-1519; 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township, 989-791-2777; and 608 State St, Bay City, 989-686-4600. Chicagostyle pizzas cut into squares.
Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge: 105 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant, 989-7757723. High-end martinis, sushi, and Asian-fusion fare.
Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery: 612 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-5560. New Yorkstyle pizzeria. Lunch and dinner.
Panda House Chinese Restaurant: 1010 N Niagara St, Saginaw, 989-755-5394. Fine dining. Takeout available. Specialty entrées include string bean chicken. Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings.
Café Cremosi: 108 N Linn St, Bay City, 989-316-9018. Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Featuring pasta with Cremosi sauce, a white wine, lemon-butter crème sauce, pizza, and fresh ingredients. Full bar, outside deck, and live music.
Pasong’s Cafe: 114 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-791-5008. Fresh, made-to-order authentic cuisine
G’s Pizzeria: 1005 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-9400, and 3823 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4774.
Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-0691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Nino’s Neighbor: 1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792. Open during warm weather months. Healthy Italian cuisine; gluten-free and vegan options. Grilled margherita pizza, antipasto salad, garlic knots, tomato bisque, and pesto-topped salmon. Outdoor seating available. Old Town Pizzeria: 417 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-392-6468. Authentic pizza by the whole pie or slice, pizza muffins, and calzones for takeout or dine-in. Handmade dough, real mozzarella, and fresh toppings. Pizza Dude: 4328 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-486-9670. Italian eatery. Old-style, brick oven pizza, calzones, and bread rings stuffed with pasta or meatballs. Pizza Sam’s: 102 W Main St, Midland, 989-631-1934. Soups, sandwiches, gyros, Coney Island hot dogs, specialty pizzas, nachos, and desserts. Takeout available.
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TASTE / DINING OUT 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 Sandweesh Mediterranean Bistro: 220 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 248508-6206. Lebanese-inspired cuisine, signature falafel, and build-your-own shawarma. Yasmeen’s Mediterranean Foods: 3545 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-3082. Specialty store offers baklava, couscous, beans, spices, olives, olive oil, cheeses, and vegetarian foods. Tabouli, hummus, baba ghanoush, meat pies, and grape leaves available.
Mexican Coco Loco Mexican Grill & Bar: Two locations: 3593 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-891-9917, and 4002 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-791-1111. Authentic lunch and dinner entrées and combinations. Fresh chips and salsa. Cuatro Amigos: 310 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-686-8630. Original recipe combination dinners and lunch specials. El Paso Grill: 4880 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-6599. Puffy tacos and shredded beef burrito with potatoes are favorites. Primarily takeout. El Patron: 1900 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9800. Authentic Mexican cuisine, including a buffet.
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 Mornin’ at Maggie’s Omelette Shoppe: 819 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-3142. Breakfast and lunch creations, including frittatas, French toast, waffles, egg-white omelets, homemade soups, sandwiches, and vegetarian specials. Rudy’s Red Lion Diner: 201 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-2266. Omelets, burgers, comfort food, and milkshakes. Stacker Grill: 4312 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-8646. Breakfast and lunch fare, including pancakes, omelets, salads, and steak sandwiches.
Coffee Houses Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011. Coffee and tea house with a historical 1920s ambiance. Bancroft Blend coffee, espresso, steamers, and chai. Breakfast and lunch. Brewtopia: 810 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-893-0872. Fresh coffees, teas, lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, smoothies, muffins, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Light lunch menu. Wi-Fi. Entertainment Thursday through Saturday.
Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts.
Coffee Chaos: 6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, 989-835-6401. Hot, chilled over ice, and frozen coffee drinks. Freshly baked, preservative-free muffins and cookies. Drive-up, Wi-Fi, and TVs.
Los Cabos: 7467 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2255. Mexican staples, along with a full American and Mexican breakfast menu. Weekend breakfast buffet. Daily lunch buffet.
Common Grind: 2903 Pierce Rd, Ste 110, Kochville Township. Specialty coffee shop with organic espresso beans roasted fresh daily. Bagel sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juice, and smoothies.
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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.
latte, hot/cold chai tea, and smoothies. Bulk coffees for purchase. The Mug@Wirt: 500 Center Ave (Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library), Bay City, 989-460-3596. Flavored coffees and teas, homemade treats, and lunch menu. Red Eye Caffé: 205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411. Freshly brewed coffees, white chocolate mochas, cookies, and muffins. Livemusic entertainment, local poetry, and artwork.
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.
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.
Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: 500 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6525252. Gourmet coffee, teas, espresso treats, pastries, sandwiches, and wraps. Flavor-of-the-month coffee.
Anschutz Café: 212 E Saginaw St, Breckenridge, 989-842-9924. Pancakes, prime rib, wet burritos, nachos, and grilled beef medallions (weekend special).
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.
Bare Bones BarBQ & Pizza: 807 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-8926830. Charcoal-grilled barbecue. Lunch, dinner, and family meals. Takeout, delivery, and catering 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. Journeys Coffee House: Two locations: 201 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-8585, and 1550 S Poseyville Rd (Messiah Lutheran Church), Midland, 989-835-7143. Coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and gelato. Kaya Coffee House: 1029 S University Ave, Mt Pleasant, 989772-9016. Fair trade, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, and Thai-style red curry. Morning Emporium Coffee House: 2125 N Center, Saginaw Township, 989-790-5888. More than 40 Torani flavors, espresso, cappuccino,
Bavarian Inn: 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-228-2742. The No. 1 choice of most visitors remains the all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. German specialties and other entrées available. Bergers Family Restaurant: 6387 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989686-0224. Family owned since 1928. Serves specialty of fresh seafood, hot German potato salad, burgers, and fruit and cream pies. Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-3010255. 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, 989-
244-6350. Pub-style menu and fish fry Friday nights with cod, shrimp, and lake perch. Live entertainment on Saturday nights.
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.
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.
Garden Restaurant in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0662. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sunday brunch.
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. Court Street Grill: 100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 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. 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. daVinci’s Restaurant: 524 N Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2629. 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. 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.
Gimmicks Grill & Bar: 5021 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-4963940. Classic American cuisine. Full bar, extensive beer selection, wine, and martinis. Enjoy a game of bowling or miniature golf. GO! Salads: 139 Ashman St, Midland, 989-633-9055. Soup and build-your-own salad bar restaurant with non-GMO ingredients; iced tea bar with five fresh-brewed selections. Heather’s: 205 3rd St, Bay City, 989-402-1116. Vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based dishes for breakfast and lunch. Huron Fish Co: 505 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-2224. Fish and seafood 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. 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. Krzysiak’s House Restaurant: 1605 Michigan Ave, Bay City, 989894-5531. Authentic Polish food in a fun, ethnic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner buffets. Takeout menu. La Crêpe du Jour: 925 S Main St (inside The River Place), Frankenmuth, 989-652-2925. Twenty-five varieties of fresh sweet and savory crepes. Legends Diner: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-7324537. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burgers, dogs, sandwiches, malts, floats, and banana splits. Levi’s Food and Spirits: 5800 Brockway, Saginaw Township,
Oscar & Joey’s Road House: 12027 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-6249349. Prime rib, char-grilled rib-eyes, burgers, and pan-seared walleye New Orleans. Wild game available upon request. Lunch specials.
989-793-6670. Grandma Rita’s chili, Reuben sandwiches, and fish dinners. Breakfast served all day. Linwood Corner Restaurant: 44 N Huron Rd, Linwood, 989-6975141. Daily specials include prime rib, cod, and chicken livers.
Perry’s Schuch Hotel & Restaurant: 301 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-799-2539. Veal tortellini, prime rib, and all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays.
Little Bambinos: 120 W Saginaw St, Merrill, 989-643-5414. Homecooked American and Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Pub plates, salads, pizza, and light plates. Dinner features fish and chips, filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Siniikaung Steak & Chop House: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5106. Aged prime beef, chops, and seafood entrées.
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.
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.
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.
The Maple Grille: 13105 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-233-2895. Farmto-table restaurant serves produce, meats, and fish from local sources.
Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes in barbecued pulled pork and deli sandwiches.
The Pit at BARTS: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Open pit Southern-style barbecue.
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. Wise Guys: 405 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-9588. Soups, sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, and gluten-free fare. Z-Chef’s Café: 730 S Main St (inside Zehnder’s Restaurant), Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Gourmet pastas, rotisserie chicken, meat-carving station, hand-tossed pizzas, and salads. Zef’s Coney Island: 201 Third St, Bay City, 989-402-1220. Specializing in authentic Coney Island-style hot dogs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
Zehnder’s: 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Worldwide attraction, 10-dining room German restaurant serves famous all-you-can-eat family-style chicken dinners, along with seafood, steaks, baked goods, and European desserts.
Deli Artigiano: 815 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-391-4200. Locally owned artisan cheese shop. Small-batch, handmade, and imported cheeses. Gourmet jellies, dried fruits, and cured meats. Amazing Deli: 134 E Main St, Midland, Midland, 989-837-7278. Sandwiches, subs, salads, and soups await you at a place true to its name. Carryout and delivery available. The Bagel Café and Deli: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-1108. Bagels, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and lunch classics. Cortland Cooler Café: 5395 Midland Rd (located at Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm), Freeland, 989695-9139. Wraps, sandwiches, chili in a bread bowl, and signature cider slushes. August through January. Crossroads Deli: 2205 Jefferson Ave (inside the Midland Community Center), Midland, 989-832-8580. Homemade gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and desserts. Delivery, carry out, curbside pick-up, and catering. Fralia’s: 422 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-799-0111. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods using all-natural ingredients. Specialties include gourmet flank steak sandwich, grilled goat cheese salad, and carrot cake. Local delivery. Intermission Deli: 111 3rd St, Bay City, 989-893-5010. Sandwiches and subs. Freshly made, homemade 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, smoothies, and baked goods. Glutenfree foods and soy milk always available.
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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: 201 ½ E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 989-444-2928. Flavors of the day change daily. Cops and Doughnuts Clare City Bakery: 421 McEwan St, Clare, 989-386-2241 and 706 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-3932. Old police department-themed bakery. Cake and glazed doughnuts, long johns, and specialties like the Bacon Squealer and Felony Fritter. The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe: 915 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1700; 1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103; 4370 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014012. Cupcakes made with natural ingredients; more than 15 flavors daily. KenRee Lighthouse Chocolate Shoppe: 130 Townsend St, Midland, 989-631-4010. Hand-dipped gourmet chocolates include creams, barks, clusters, specialty candies, and luscious truffles. Mary’s Creative Cakery: 7494 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-7747. Design the perfect cake for your occasion. Decorated cookies and a full line of cake and candy-making supplies. Pâtisserie: 2715 Bay Rd, Saginaw, 989-921-2253. European-style desserts, fresh-baked breakfast pastries, 18 specialty cakes, nine
varieties of cheesecake, custombaked celebration cakes, gourmet coffee, dips, and spreads. Petit 4 Pastry: 1600 Woodside Ave, Essexville, 989-891-0735. Cookies, doughnuts, breads, tortes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Special order cakes and catering available. SugarHigh Bakery: 925 S Main St, Ste G1, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400. Forty flavors of gourmet cupcakes, Italian gelato, cookies, cake pops, and specialty cakes. SugarRush Candy Shop: 925 S Main St, Ste G3, Frankenmuth, 989652-2578. Forty flavors of Ashby’s Michigan-made ice cream, candied almonds, fudge, and candies. St. Laurent Bros: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522. One-hundred percent natural peanut butter, handdipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates. Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies. Tummy Ache Candy Store: 1116 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989-891-7669. Homemade and nostalgic candy. Homemade “puppy chow,” popcorn balls, snow cones, and ice cream treats. VanillaBean Bake Shop: 318 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9540. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, cake pops, and other sweets.
Fine Dining Bradley’s Bistro: 216 Federal Ave, Saginaw, 989-752-1400. Farmto-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, 989-686-
3500. Entrées include char-grilled steaks, blackened salmon, and chicken fettuccine. Sunday brunch. Jake’s Old City Grill: 100 S Hamilton at Court, Saginaw, 989-797-8325. Steaks, chops, seafood, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian entrées. Comprehensive martini and wine bar. Old City Hall: 814 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-892-4140. Historic dining room offers appetizers like Thai lettuce wrap and elegant entrées. Extensive wine list. Imported and domestic beer. Real Seafood Co.: 199 Uptown Dr, Bay City, 989-456-3463. Contemporary seafood restaurant; locally sourced ingredients. Lunch and dinner; sautéed Lake Superior whitefish, pasta, steak, sandwiches, and gluten-free options. The Riverfront Grille: One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City (inside the DoubleTree Hotel), 989-891-6000. Breakfast, lunch, and specialty dinner entrées daily. Full bar and wine list. Shari’s at the Willard-Hillton: 1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, 989-662-6621. Louis Mason’s 1800 hotel thrives today as a gourmet restaurant. Extensive wine list and specialty cocktails complement artfully presented food. Table: 111 W Main St, Midland (inside H Hotel), 989-633-6099. Exquisitely prepared entrées like duck breast, scallops, and veal. Wines and dinner cocktails. European-style breads tartlets, tortes, and Napoleons. Willow Tree Restaurant of Saginaw: 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw Township, 989-790-9400. Casual atmosphere. Fresh appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps, pastas, entrées, and desserts.
Saloon & Eatery 2nd Street Sports Pub: 274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, burritos, burgers, steak, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio seating. Aurora Buffet: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-7324537. Lunch and dinner buffet, soup and salad bar, carving station, and dessert bar. Every Tuesday is “BOGO Buffet”: buy one lunch or dinner buffet at regular price and get one free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bier Garten: 8 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-684-1331. Daily themedspecials. Quarter-off happy hour daily.
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.
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.
Gabby’s Pub and Grill: 3002 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989781-0101. Haddock, Gabby burger, smothered chicken, and microbrews.
The Boulevard Lounge: 316 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-8325387. Breakfast seven days a week. Complete lunch and dinner menus, including appetizers, available.
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.
Brady’s Sports Bar & Diner: 512 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-2207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday. Brass Café and Saloon: 128 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, 989-772-0864. New American cuisine in a dining room housed in two turn-of-thecentury shopfronts. 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. Cass River Yacht Club: 6154 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport, 989-7776460. Locally famous “broaster” chicken, homemade soups, pizza, and daily specials. Catering and free hall rental. Creekside Bar & Grille: 9387 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989781-0050. Signature grilled pizza, Creek Crust (cheese bread sticks), burgers and sliders, special family recipe chicken burger, and more. Coonan’s Irish Hub: 1004 N Johnson, Bay City, 989-402-1177. Guinness stew, Irish fries, Reuben sandwiches, burgers, specialty hot dogs, and full bar.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Harvey’s Grill and Bar: Two locations: 3055 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4424, and 4000 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-6863304. Traditional food with a twist and the coldest drafts found in Michigan. Hamilton Street Pub: 308 S Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-790-8119. Food, drinks, and entertainment. Dine in or order takeout. John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches. Latitude 43 Grill & Bar: 1013 N Henry St, Bay City, 989-391-9868. Appetizers, salads, burgers, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and side dishes. Highdefinition TVs. Mac’s Bar: 118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-772-0864. A 1930s Art deco-style bar and restaurant.
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.
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. 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.
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TASTE / DINING OUT 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. Stein Haus: 1108 N Water St, Bay City, 989-891-2337. Imported beers and microbrews on draft. Choose bottles or glasses of wine from the extensive wine (and reserve) list. Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1940. Famous for its fish 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, 989-790-2345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar. VNO New Age Restaurant & Wine Warehouse and Bay City Grill & Bar: 510 Midland St, Bay City, 989-460-0117. Serves small plates, including smoked salmon dip, calamari, escargot, and more than 25 wine selections by the glass or bottle; retail space includes more than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar. Washington Street Irish Pub and Grill: 112 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-8221. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak, hand-dipped onion rings, pizza, and homemade lunch specials every day. Water Lily Lounge: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888732-4537. Appetizers, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Food available until 11 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-832-3395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs, and Mediterranean platters. Whine: 337 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-835-5222. Wine bar with wines from across the world, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty liquors paired with small plates. Winston’s Pub in the Midland Resort and Convention Center: 1500 W Wackerly St, Midland, 989-698-0663. Variety of foods and large selection of beer and cocktails. Weekday happy-hour specials. Live entertainment, games, and TVs. Zorba’s Greek and American Cuisine: 617 S Harrison St, Saginaw, 989-792-1959. Saganaki (flaming cheese), gyros, dolmades, baklava, and chicken Avgolemeno (egg lemon) soup. Wings and burgers. Beer, liquor, and wine.
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CAN Council Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Centers Golf Outing FREELAND
DETAILS: Golfers putted down the green, raising money and awareness for helping children and families. photos by Doug Julian
1. Michelle Murlick and Samantha Kuebler 2. Tom McIntyre, Becky Pietras, Vickie Stuart, and Cathy Lamrouex 3. Dick Reitz, Dick Burd, and Nick Schmelter 4. Brad Schanck, Karen Collier, Mike Foster, and Scott Brilinski
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DETAILS: To help support housing for residents of Midland County who have special needs, attendees purchased tickets to stroll through five residential gardens and Dow Gardens. photos by Doug Julian
1. Wilma and Ron Carter 2. Lana Blackhurst, Barbara Johnson, Diane Adams, Mary Stutelberg, and Cathy Steel
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Sponsored Events Delta College Foundation: A Chocolate Affair
Enjoy fine cuisine, wine, delectable chocolate desserts, and live music while supporting Delta College’s Possible Dream Program. Patron ticket holders ($125 per person) attend an hour early, from 6 – 7 p.m., and will savor a chocolate martini bar, rack of lamb, and other premium menu selections. General admission ticket holders ($65 per person) gain entry at 7 p.m., and will enjoy exquisite dinner and dessert selections. Festivities conclude at 9:30 p.m. When: Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information: Call Mary Harding at 989-686-9226, or visit www.delta.edu/ chocolateaffair
St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation: 22nd Annual Cornette Ball
The annual event will honor the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of St. Vincent Award. The award is presented to a physician who has rendered long and noteworthy service to the Saginaw community and surrounding counties. The festive blacktie gala features a cocktail hour, five-course gourmet meal, and live music by Detroit’s Intrigue. Guests also have the opportunity to win a luxury raffle prize. Event proceeds will provide essential funding for St. Mary’s of Michigan’s new digital breast tomosynthesis mammography system, providing today’s patients with the most advanced care. When: Saturday, November 19, 6 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information: Call 989-907-8300, or visit www.stmarysofmichigan.org/ foundation
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Housewalk
Select homeowners in the Great Lakes Bay Region open their doors to
Arts and Museums Exhibit: Imaginati. Through November 23. Free admission. Exquisite photography of Natalie Lodico Bond, Aimee Brasseur, and Rebecca Zeiss. Creative 360, Midland; 989-837-1885, www. becreative360.org Exhibit: Sacred Geometry— The Psychedelic Art of Mark Piotrowski. Through December 10. Featuring vibrant and complex works by a contemporary Bay City artist centered on the concept of fractal and kaleidoscopic patterning. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. saginawartmuseum.org
Exhibit: Black & White. Through December 23. Featuring the work of Garret Weslock, curator for Studio 23, and selected members of the exhibition committee. Studio 23/The Art Center, Bay City; 989894-2323, www.studio23baycity.org Exhibit: 55th Annual Greater Michigan Art. Through December 31. Admission. One of the few remaining statewide visual art competitions in Michigan. Alden B Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. mcfta.org Exhibit: Freeing the Gesture— Donald Martiny. Through December 31. Admission. Arising
showcase their beautiful holiday décor. Home stops include live music, door prizes, and more. Guests may also partake in Rudolph’s Raffle. Proceeds benefit Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. When: Thursday, December 1, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Participating homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region For information and tickets: Call 989-755-6471, or visit www. saginawbayorchestra.com
McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary: 59th Annual Charity Ball Themed “Diamonds and Pearls,” guests are treated to dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Live music will be performed by The Groove Party. Open bar begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used for the replacement/upgrade of EKG machines for McLaren Bay Region’s Cardiology Department. When: Saturday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bay City For information and tickets: Tickets are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and the McLaren Bay Region Gift Shop; for information, visit www. mclaren.org/baycharityball.
Saginaw County Medical Society Alliance: 13th Annual Jingle Mingle
Guests enjoy a festive atmosphere, featuring holiday gifts available for purchase from vendors, a special signature drink, prizes, a luncheon (served at 11:45 a.m.), and a presentation. Tickets are $35. Reservations are required. Proceeds benefit Mustard Seed Shelter in Saginaw County. When: Monday, December 5, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Where: Saginaw Country Club, Saginaw Township For reservations: Contact the Saginaw County Medical Society at 989-790-3590
out of the traditions of gestural abstraction, Martiny’s brush strokes create 3-D sculptures. Alden B Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.mcfta.org Exhibit: Rhythm in Algorithm— Jiangmei Wu Origami. Through December 31. Admission. The artist uses the discipline of paper folding to create overlapping realms between art, design, mathematics, science, and engineering. Alden B Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-6315930, www.mcfta.org Exhibit: My View from Behind the Wheel—The Molten Materials of
Jeff Blandford. Through January 8. A ceramicist and glassblower based out of Saugatuck, Mich., Blandford’s intent is to produce art accessible to all types of audiences. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. saginawartmuseum.org Exhibit: Academic to Ecclesiastical—Architecture in Cambridgeshire, England. Through January 14. Admission. An examination of the development of religious and academic architecture in England during the late medieval and early renaissance periods. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www.saginawartmuseum.org
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Art Reach and Helios Art Gallery: Second Friday Events. November 11 and December 9. Free admission. Both galleries remain open until 8 p.m.; light refreshments available for guests. Art Reach Gallery and Helios Art Gallery, Mt Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www.artreach.org
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, www.bavarianinn.com Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Eco-Tours. Customizable dates, times, and locations. Tour the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and State Game Area aboard custom-built, shallow-draft boats. Adventures range from tranquil to aerobic. Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Eco-Tours; 810-653-3859, www.jpqat.com 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, www.parkinsonsmi.org 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, www.mcfta.org Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.whitecrowconservatory. blogspot.com/
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Coffee and Crafts. Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft (posted on Facebook page); cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113
Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. Admission $7/$10 per couple. Make-your-own bloody mary from a large selection of flavored vodkas, veggies, meats, and cheeses; mimosa bar offers champagne, fresh fruit, and juices. The Taproom at Stardust Lanes, Saginaw; www.gogreat.com
Dow Gardens Children’s Garden Story Time. Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. Admission fee. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www. dowgardens.org
Charlin’s Book Nook Presents Read to Me with Brittany. Every Sunday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Ages 2 – 10; snacks provided. Charlin’s Book Nook, Frankenmuth; 989-6522900, www.charlinsbooknook.com
City Hall Tour. Second Friday of each month, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989893-5733, www.bchsmuseum.org 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 drop-in programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, www.mcfta.org Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com Kids Fly Free! Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, www. eaa1093.org 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, www.japaneseculturalcenter.org Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-8930451, www.humanesocietybc.org The Taproom: Bodacious Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. Every
Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. mpdiscoverymuseum.org Transforming Yourself and Your Relationships with Enneagram and Other Spiritual Tools. November 5, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Admission $30. Workshop to explore tools for observing and working with automatic patterns in responding to life, and new solutions. Creative 360, Midland; 989-837-1885, www.becreative360. org Visit with Linda Rick. November 11, 6 – 8 p.m. Visit a designer for Precious Moments; enjoy Linda Rick telling stories and signing her dolls. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9941, www. bavarianinn.com Sundays in the City Holiday Movies. November 13 – December 18, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets $5. Check website for movie listings. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com Sundays in the City. November 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 11, 18. Holiday decorations, free horsedrawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre. Downtown Bay City; 989-893-3573, www. downtownbaycity.com Holidays in the Heart of the City. November 18, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free event. Tree lighting ceremony, free trolley and horse-drawn
wagon rides, cookie competition, hot chocolate, entertainment, pony rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gazebo, and fireworks. Multiple locations throughout Old Town Saginaw; 989-753-9168, www. prideinsaginaw.org Deer Widows Weekend. November 18, 19, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and November 20, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. In-store promotions and check-in locations with special activities for bargain “hunters.” Birch Run Premium Outlets, Birch Run; 989-624-6226, www. premiumoutlets.com Saginaw Christmas Parade. November 19, 11 a.m. Free. Local marching bands, floats, and sweets and goodies; holiday market at Andersen Enrichment Center. Starts at E Genesee Ave and Jefferson Ave, downtown Saginaw; 989-753-9168, www. prideinsaginaw.org Latin Salsa Night. November 20 and December 18, 6 p.m. Admission $15. Enjoy a 30-minute salsa dance lesson with Angela Markle, professional dance instructor, and dance to a mix of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, rumba, and bacchata. Light concessions available. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. templetheatre.com Thanksgiving Buffet. November 24, 12 and 3 p.m. Cost $23.95/$8.95 children. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; 989781-6789, www.applemountain. com Holiday Celebration and Candle Walk. November 25, 6 p.m. Free admission. Hot chocolate, cookies, a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m., lighting of the tannenbaum, and Santa in the Chamber Pavilion from 7 – 9 p.m. Frankenmuth River Place, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6016, www.frankenmuthriverplace.com Santa’s Arrival. November 25, 7 p.m. Free. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive, give a special performance, and go to the Delta College Planetarium to talk with good little boys and girls. Wenonah Park, Bay City; www.downtownbaycity.com
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Chesaning Christmas Candlelight Walk. November 25 – 26, 5 – 9 p.m. Annual holiday celebrations with free horse-drawn carriage rides, the Festival of Trees, Nativity Challenge, Gingerbread House Walk, arts and crafts, free hot cocoa, and Santa Claus. Downtown Chesaning; 800-2553055, www.chesaningchamber.org Christkindlmarkt. November 25 – 27 and December 2 – 4. Free admission. Special baked goods, Christmas decorations, gifts, and more. Downtown Frankenmuth; 989-295-9766, www. frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org Visit Santa at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. November 25 – December 24. Monday – Thursday, 10 – 11:30 a.m., 1 – 4 p.m., and 5:30 – 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12 – 5:30 p.m. Closes December 24 at 3 p.m. Free for 10 and younger. Cameras welcome; no photos offered. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9935, ext 423, www.bronners.com Santa’s Village at the North Pole. November 26 – 27 and December 3 – 4, 10 – 11, 17 – 18, 12 – 7 p.m. Admission $10/$5 ages 3 – 5/free for 2 and younger. Indoor winter wonderland. Children’s rides, refreshments, arts and crafts, Christmas lights, inflatables, and gingerbread house competition. Saginaw County Fairgrounds, Chesaning; 989-845-2143, www. saginawcountyfair.org Santa House Visits. November 26 – December 22, 6 – 8:30 p.m. daily, 1 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free; donations accepted. Visit Santa and his reindeer. Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City; 989-6861460, www.baycitysantahouse.com Holiday Brunch. November 27 and December 4, 11, 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults $12.95/ Children $8.95. Menu includes made-to-order omelets, waffles, French toast, sausage, bacon, hash browns, salads, pastas, and more. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; 989-781-6789, www. applemountain.com
Santa’s Arrival & Courthouse Lighting. November 29, 7 p.m. Free. The courthouse lights up, heralding Santa’s arrival and opening of his house for visitors. Midland Courthouse, Midland; www.midlandfoundation.org Santa House. November 29 – December 27. Closed December 25. Free admission. Visit with Santa. Cameras welcome. Downtown Midland; www. midlandfoundation.org/santa-house Second Hand Picasso Art and Collectible Sale. December 2 – 22. Free admission. Original art for sale, slightly used and utterly awesome. Creative 360, Midland, 989-837-1885, www. becreative360.org Immanuel Lutheran Church: 20th Annual A Living Nativity—A Journey to Bethlehem. December 2, 7 – 9 p.m., and December 3 – 4, 6 – 8 p.m. Freewill donation. Outdoor event, dress accordingly. Travel to the ancient town of Bethlehem to see the babe asleep in a manger and more. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8220 Holland Rd, Saginaw; 989-754-0929, www. frankenmuth.org Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display. December 5 – 31. Admission $5/free for 5 and younger. Walk through the gardens to the Dow Gardens Conservatory, filled with a dramatic poinsettia display. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www.dowgardens.org Dow Gardens Christmas Walk. December 8, 9, 10, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Stroll along candlelit pathways, listen to carols, and enjoy the poinsettia display in the conservatory. This is the garden’s gift to the community each year via The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www. dowgardens.org Cocktails & Canvas: Aurora or a Tardis Christmas. December 9. Cost $35. Enjoy a guided painting experience and beverage while painting one of two seasonal canvases. All materials, provided; with Ursula Steckert. Pre-registration recommended.
Creative 360, Midland; 989-8371885, www.becreative360.org Christmas Carnival. December 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free admission; tickets available for activities. Games, cookie decorating, special reading of “The Night before Christmas,” and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; 989-781-6789, www. applemountain.com Bronner Family Sing-along. December 22 – 23, 1:30 – 2 p.m. Free admission. Sing a variety of Christmas carols. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www. bronners.com Silent Night Memorial Chapel Sing-along. December 24, 3 – 3:15 p.m. Free admission. Bob Spletzer and a guest guitarist lead everyone singing “Silent Night” in the Silent Night Memorial Chapel. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www. bronners.com New Year’s Eve Day Blast. December 31, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission fee. Countdown every hour on the hour with silly games, special guests, and entertainment. Party hats and horns provided for all-day gallery play. MidMichigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. michildrensmuseum.com New Year’s Eve Celebration at Apple Mountain. December 31, 4 p.m. Memorable dining experience and complimentary glass of champagne with dinner. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; 989-7816789, www.applemountain.com Murder Mystery Dinner Show at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. December 31, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $50, includes dinner, show, tax, and gratuity. Reservation and prepayment required. Toby O’Toole has kicked the bucket; gather with the O’Tooles as they vie for vast wealth. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9941, www. bavarianinn.com Midnight on Main. December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Admission $25/$125 VIP. Live DJ music, two separate
and celebratory scenes within the Dow Diamond concourse, drink specials, viewing of ball drop, and fireworks. Dow Diamond, Midland; www.midnightonmain.org New Year’s Eve Party. December 31, time TBD. Admission fee. A night filled with dancing, games, photo opportunities, kiddy cocktails, and a ball/balloon drop while the crowd counts down the night. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-4903, www. mpdiscoverymuseum.org Breakfast with Santa at the Trombley-Centre House. Date TBD. Sit down to breakfast with Santa himself. Seating is limited, reservations are required, and no highchairs are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance in The Historical Museum of Bay County’s store; no sales at the door. Trombley-Centre House, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www.bchsmuseum. org Annual Midland Santa Parade. Date TBD. Free. Starts at Midland High School, travels down Ashman St. to Main St., and ends near Cronkright. Midland; 989-496-2787, www.midlandsantaparade.org
Underground Railroad, Inc.: Empowerment Dinner and Celebration. November 2, 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, please contact Underground Railroad, Inc. Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth; 989-399-0007, ext 100, www. undergoundrailroadinc.org Tri-to-Finish: St. Peter Turkey Trot. November 5, 9 a.m. Cost $10 – $30. USATF-sanctioned 10K and 5K races. St Peter Lutheran School, Hemlock; 989-205-5838, www. tritofinish.com YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region: 9th Annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium. November 9, 4 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets $55/$30 ages 30 and younger. Educational program with breakout sessions on topics including personal branding and negotiation skills, strolling appetizers, popup shops, and a raffle. Proceeds
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benefit women and their families in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-894-9055, www.ywcaglbr.org Holiday Art Fair. November 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and November 13, 12 – 4 p.m. Singleday admission $5/$8 two-day admission. Approximately 100 artists’ booths, sweet shop, and local entertainment. Proceeds benefit museum art and science exhibitions, art and science classes, and other educational programs of the Alden B. Dow Museum. Alden B Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 800-5237649, www.mcfta.org Delta College Foundation: A Chocolate Affair. November 17, 7 p.m. Patron tickets $125/$65 general admission. Fine cuisine, wine, delectable chocolate desserts, and live music. Proceeds support Delta College’s Possible Dream Program. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-686-9226, www. delta.edu/chocolateaffair St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation: 22nd Annual Cornette Ball. November 19, 6 p.m. Festive, black-tie gala featuring cocktail hour, fivecourse gourmet meal, and live music by Detroit’s Intrigue. The event honors the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of St. Vincent Award. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s of Michigan’s new digital breast mammography system. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-907-8300, www. stmarysofmichigan.org/foundation Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Annual Holiday Housewalk. December 1, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tour beautifully decorated homes with live music, door prizes, and more. Proceeds benefit Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. For locations, homeowners, and addresses, call 989-755-6471, or visit www. saginawbayorchestra.com McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary: 59th Annual Charity Ball. December 3, 6:30 p.m. Diamonds and Pearls theme, enjoy live
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music by The Groove Party, cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit programs at McLaren Bay Region’s Cardiology Department. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bay City; tickets available at DoubleTree Hotel and McLaren Bay Region Gift Shop; www.mclaren.org/baycharityball McLaren Bay Medical Foundation: Holiday Memorial Tree Program. December 4, 1 p.m. Free event; donations appreciated. McLaren Bay Region cafeteria, Bay City; for information, call 989-895-4725, or visit www. mclaren.org/bmf Saginaw County Medical Society Alliance: 13th Annual Jingle Mingle. December 5, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost $35, includes lunch. Vendors, prizes, and guest speaker. Registration requested. Proceeds benefit Mustard Seed Shelter in Saginaw County. Saginaw Country Club, Saginaw; 989-790-3590 READ Association of Saginaw County: 15th Annual Book Fair. December 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. All-time favorites along with the latest children, adult, and family book titles. A percentage of the proceeds benefit the READ Association. Greenhouse Children’s Book Store (inside the Antique Warehouse), 1122 Tittabawassee, Zilwaukee; 989755-8402, www.READinSaginaw. org MidMichigan Medical CenterMidland: Love Light Trees. December 8, 7 p.m. Lighted evergreen trees signify donations received throughout the year. Hospital entrance lobby at MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland; 989-839-3342, www. midmichigan.org MidMichigan Home Care: Stars in the Gardens. December 8 – 10, 16 – 17. Walk the candlelit pathways of Dow Gardens. A contribution of $25 entitles individuals to honor loved ones with a handcrafted, porcelain ornament. Proceeds benefit MidMichigan Home Care. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-862-5002, www.midmichigan.org
Studio 23’s Black and White Fundraiser. December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Live entertainment, cash bar, and silent and live (local) art auction. Proceeds benefit Studio 23’s mission of making art and art education accessible to all. Studio 23/The Art Center, Bay City; 989894-2323, www.studio23baycity.org
holidays. Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds Zonta Club of Midland presents annually to women of all ages. For ticket information and home write-ups, visit www. zontaclubofmidland.org
Tri-to-Finish: Dashing Through the Snow 5k Trail Run/Walk. December 17, 4 p.m. Admission $15 – $30. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lighthouse Outreach Center of Saginaw to assist in creating a warm, safe haven for those without. Imerman Memorial Park, Saginaw Township; 989-205-5838, www.tritofinish.com
Birch Run Scrapbooking and Stamping Show. November 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and November 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $7. Free parking. Two days of shopping and sales. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-6244665, www.birchrunexpos.com
St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation: Light Up a Life. December 15, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cost $20 – $125. Holiday program to celebrate loved ones. Santa visits, holiday music, and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit mission fund and St. Mary’s of Michigan’s hospice. St Mary’s of Michigan’s Health Education Center lobby, Saginaw; 989-9078300, www.stmarysofmichigan.org/ foundation Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan, Inc.: Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon. Date TBA. For more information, visit www.janortheastmi.org Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan, Inc.: J.A. Titan Challenge. Date TBD. Sponsored teams of students from regional high schools, paired with mentors/ coaches, compete against each other as directors of virtual companies. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan, Inc. and area schools. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-752-9050, www.JAnortheastMI.org Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan: Sharing Hope Radiothon. Date TBD. For information, call 989-752-6051 Zonta Club of Midland: Annual Holiday Homewalk. Dates and times TBD. Tour local homes beautifully decorated for the
Mid-Michigan Super Mom2Mom Sale. November 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission $3. Strollers welcome. Gently used baby and children’s clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, and maternity clothing at garage sale-style prices. For info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. birchrunexpos.com Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. November 25, 12 – 5 p.m., November 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and November 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $7. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-6244665, www.birchrunexpos.com Hollyday Art Fair. December 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission. Fresh holly sales, Michigan artists, and distinctive gifts of pottery, jewelry, folk art, fibers baskets, clothing, woodworking, holiday crafts, and more. Andersen Enrichment Center & Lucille E Andersen Memorial Rose Garden, Saginaw; 989-7591362 Holiday Art & Craft Show. December 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $2/free for 10 and younger. Over 80 vendors, pottery, soaps, lotions, art, photography, holiday designs, journals, pet accessories, and more. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-781-9165, www. keepsakecollectionshows.com
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Festivals International Food Festival. November 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost $8.75. Experience recipes shared by SVSU international students prepared by SVSU Dining Services: Asian, Middle Eastern, French, Italian, and American cuisine. Saginaw Valley State University, Marketplace at Doan (inside Curtiss Hall), University Center; 989-964-6096, www.svsu.edu Junior League Presents the Festival of Trees at Apple Mountain. November 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., November 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and November 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $5/free for ages 5 and younger. Shop from over 20 vendors and visit a magical wonderland filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and more. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; 989781-6789, www.applemountain. com Christmas Train & Light Festival. December 1 – 3, 8 – 10, 6 – 9 p.m. Admission $5. Ride the Roethke Express through the forest decorated with dazzling lights and décor. Roethke Park, 400 Leddy Road, Saginaw; 989-781-0151 Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. December 2, 5:30 – 9:30, and December 3, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free admission. Pancake breakfast, carolers, hayride tours, community sing-alongs, treelighting ceremony, complimentary refreshments, parade, and Old Saint Nick. Downtown Mt Pleasant; 989-779-5349, www. downtownmp.com
Music, Theater & Film Stomp. November 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37 – $54. Explosive and unique percussion experience; eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional instruments, from brooms to hubcaps. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. mcfta.org
All Creatures Great and Small: A Song Recital. November 2, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Rachel Andrews, mezzo soprano, with Amanda Stamper, piano. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-4159, www.svsu. edu Cool 2 Duel—Dueling Pianos. November 4, 7 – 10 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Admission $30 with dinner included. One of the state’s top dueling piano acts, playing musical hits that span many decades. Golden Glow Ballroom and Restaurant, Saginaw; 989-781-2120, www.goldenglow. com Comedy Night at The Temple. November 5, 7:30 p.m. Admission $40, includes hors d’ oeuvres. Engage in the antics of Steve Lind, Dwayne Gill, Kate Brindle, and Norm Stulz. Cash bar. The Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www.templetheatre.com Tweed and Dixie Live and In Concert. November 11, 7 p.m. Admission $12/$7 students. Tweed and Dixie bridges the gap between country and rock music. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity. com Antique Tibetan Bowl and Tibetan Style Chant Concert. November 11, 7 – 9 p.m. Admission $20. Meditative recording artist Mark Handler performs using bowls that are 100 and 500 years old. Creative 360, Midland; 989-837-1885, www. becreative360.org The Phantom Tollbooth. November 11 – 12, 7:30 p.m., and November 12 – 13, 3 p.m. Tickets $14/$10 students. Performed by 6th – 8th graders. Follow Milo’s adventure in the Land of Wisdom, where an argument between King Azaz and his brother, the Mathemagician, has led to the banishment of Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, www.mcfta.org Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. November 12, 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating $35 – $95. Celebrating their 50th
anniversary together, multi-platinum country rock band will perform hits, including “Fishin’ in the Dark.” The Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-7547469, www.templetheatre.com PAW Patrol Live. November 16, 10 a.m. Tickets are $18 – $37/$72 VIP. See the pups make heroic rescues in their first-ever live tour. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-7591320, www.doweventcenter.com A Raisin in the Sun. November 17 – 19, 7:30 p.m., and November 20, 3 p.m. Admission $13/$10 students and seniors. Nearly 60 years since its debut, the play still resonates with a captivating look at the African-American experience in the late 1950s. Malcom Field Theatre, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-4261, www.svsu.edu How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical. November 18, 7 p.m., and November 19, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Tickets $25 – $52. The magic of Dr. Seuss comes to life on stage with hits including, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, www.mcfta.org Soul Xpress. November 19, 7 p.m. Admission $17/$12 students. A rambunctious, seven-piece funk/ soul band performs. State Theatre Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com St. Nicholas: From Saint to Santa. November 19 – 20, 2 – 3 p.m. Free admission. Live performance about how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus; involves audience participation. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989652-9931, www.bronners.com Cool 2 Duel Presents: Dueling Pianos. November 23 and December 28. Admission $12 – $15. Evenings of fast, funny, unforgettable interactive entertainment. The Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. templetheatre.com Classic Movies at the Temple Series. November 25, 7 p.m., November 27, 3 p.m., and December 4, 11, 18, 3 p.m.
Admission $5. Enjoy classic movies throughout the holiday season. November 25 and 27: White Christmas; December 4, It’s a Wonderful Life; December 11, Christmas Vacation; December 18, Polar Express. The Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. templetheatre.com The Brethren. November 25 – 27, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets $8. Follow five siblings who are down on their luck and willing to risk their freedom for the chance at a better life. Bradley House in Heritage Park, Midland; www.mcfta.org The Friends of Celtic Culture: Burning Bridget Cleary. November 26, 7:30 p.m. Admission $20. Hot young act on the Celtic and folk music circuits, known for captivating sound and engaging stage presence. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com Sundays in the City: Double Features at The State Theatre. November 27 and December 4, 11, 18, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free admission. Food or cash donations accepted to benefit Safe Harbor Kitchen. November 27: White Christmas (1954) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947); December 4: It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) and A Christmas Carol (1951); December 11: Christmas Vacation (1989) and Jingle All the Way (1996); December 18: The Polar Express (2004) and A Christmas Story (1983). State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. statetheatrebaycity.com Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. November 27, 3:30 p.m. Tickets $47 – $72. Experience the signature sound in an intimate setting. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org Neil Diamond Tribute Matinee Dinner Show at Bavarian Inn. November 29 – 30, 11 a.m. Admission $40, including lunch, show, drink, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and pre-payment required. Jay White’s movements and sound evokes passion and power. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9941, www. bavarianinn.com
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Christmas of Yesteryear: A 1940s Radio Variety Show. November 30 – December 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $13/$10 students and seniors. Theatrical, nostalgic performance focuses on the Christmas radio shows during WWII. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989964-4261, www.svsu.edu/theatre The Legal Matters. December 2, 7 p.m. Admission $15. Experience a meeting of minds, musically, including pop singers Andy Reed, Chris Richards, and Keith Klingensmith. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. statetheatrebaycity.com Danú: A Christmas Gathering. December 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 – $42. Leading Irish ensemble performs Christmas classics including “Féile na Nollag (A Christmas Gathering).” Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; www. mcfta.org Saginaw Choral Society: Fa La La … Ah Tempo! December 2, 7:30 p.m. Six voices and one piano around the Christmas tree, with hot chocolate, too. First United Methodist Church, Saginaw; www. templetheatre.com A Christmas Carol. December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 7:30 p.m., and December 4, 11, 3 p.m. Admission. A classic for generations past and generations to come. Pit and Balcony Theatre, Saginaw; www. pitandbalconytheatre.com Men of Music Christmas Concert. December 4, 2 p.m. Free admission; free-will offering collected. Singing sentimental favorites, including “Sing We Noel”; perfect for all ages. First United Methodist Church, Midland; www.mcfta.org Hometown Anonymous. December 8 – 9, 7:30 p.m., and December 10 – 11, 3 p.m. Tickets $20/$16 students. Developed from stories submitted by community members, woven into a revealing narrative honoring America as a nation of immigrants. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, www.mcfta.org
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The 11th Annual Toys for Tots Concert featuring Dennis Gwizdala. December 8, 7 p.m. Free admission, or $10 cash donation. Saxophonist and clarinetist Dennis Gwizdala sings and plays secular music. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. statetheatrebaycity.com Holiday Murder Mystery. December 9, 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Admission $30, includes dinner. Seasonal stand-up performance. Come dressed in Santa hats, ugly sweater, red, and/or a costume. Golden Glow Ballroom & Restaurant, Saginaw; 989-781-2120, www.goldenglow.com Saginaw Choral Society: A Michigan Christmas. December 10, 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays and welcome home for the season Bay City natives Katie Travis, fresh from touring with Phantom of the Opera, and her brother Matt Travis. The Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989754-7469, www.templetheatre.com The Tri City Chorus of Sweet Adelines: Holiday Harmonies. December 10, 3 p.m. Admission $10. Non-profit, worldwide, ladies barbershop organization that performs four-part harmony music. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. statetheatrebaycity.com MSO: Cirque de la Symphonie. December 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $38 – $45/$15 – $18 students. A treat for eyes and ears, combining the magic of the holidays, the wonder of cirque, and the beauty of live orchestra. Performances by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, and dancers. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www. mcfta.org Center Stage Youth Choirs Holiday Concert. December 14, 7 p.m. Tickets $8. A delightful program to start your family holiday celebrations. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, www.mcfta.org The Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker. December 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35 – $95. Experience the critically acclaimed
performance. The Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. templetheatre.com
available. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Home for the Holidays featuring Adam Prime. December 15 – 16, 7 p.m. Admission $25/$35 reserved seating. Both soulful and jazzy, Prime’s voice, spirit, and energy are captivating. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com
Snakes Alive! Discovering the Wonders of Snakes. November 5, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Discover how fascinating and beneficial these reptiles are. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org
Jingle: A Holiday Extravaganza. December 17, 7 p.m. Tickets $16/$11 students. Center Stage Choirs performs a heartwarming concert for listeners of all ages. Request: Bring an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s toy drive. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org A Christmas Carol. December 18, 7 p.m. Admission $15. Dramatic reading of Charles Dicken’s classic; includes holiday dessert, mulled wine, and hot spiced cider. Creative 360, Midland; 989-8371885, www.becreative360.org The Bijou Orchestra with Katie and Matt Travis and the Saginaw Choral Society Quartet. December 19, 7 p.m. Admission $22 – $32/$17 students. The 13-piece Bijou is modeled on orchestras found in American theatres in the first part of the 20th century. State Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. statetheatrebaycity.com
Nature In the Steps of Michigan Surveyors: 1815 – 1850. November 2, 6 – 7 p.m. Free. For ages 15 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Amazing tales of surveyors such as Hervey Parke who surveyed Midland Township in 1831. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Morning Bird Walk. November 5, 8 – 10 a.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Bird watching along Nature Center trails, looking for late migrant bird species with fall colors in the background. Birders of all levels welcome. Loaner binoculars
The Kirtland’s Warbler: From the Edge of Extinction to a New Vision for Conservation. November 10, 7 – 8 p.m. For ages 12 and older; younger than 18 with adult. A conservation story of hard work and vision. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Going Geocaching. November 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Learn how to geocache, or bring your GPS and track down the coordinates; begin at the Visitor Center. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Families in Nature: Nature Song Sing-along. November 12, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Up-tempo program filled with fun and informative songs about plants and animals. Sing along, dance, or just tap your toes. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Full Moon Stroll. November 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Discover the Beaver Moon and why it’s called that, along with discovery of animal tracks and other signs of wildlife. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Nature Trivia. November 19, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. How much do you know about animals, plants, and the natural world? Test your knowledge
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at this enjoyable, educational afternoon. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Fall Exploration Days. November 25 – 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and November 27, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Indoor program with a variety of seasonally based, self-guided, hands-on exploration stations designed for children and their families. Experiments, fun facts, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Nature Art Show and Sale. December 3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. CNC member-only preview on December 2, 6 – 9 p.m. Photography, wood carvings, copper sculpture, pottery, books, baskets, and silent auctions. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Night at the Cabin. December 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. A lamp-lit evening at the Homestead Cabin, learning how farmers prepared for the lean time of year in the 19th century. Make a simple holiday ornament. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Families in Nature: Nature Art. December 10, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Using only natural materials found along the trail, construct works of art. Outdoor program. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Full Moon Stroll. December 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Venture out to observe the Cold Moon with guide; look for animal tracks, owls, and nocturnal wildlife. Dress in layers to stay warm. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org
Busting Nature Myths. December 14, 6 – 7 p.m. Free. For ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Can a lizard regrow its tail? Does a black bear hibernate through the winter? Bring your skeptical mind, and bust nature myths. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Winter Solstice Celebration. December 17, 6 – 8 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Celebrate the longer days to come with earth friendly traditions, including making beeswax candles, an evergreen wreath, and a small Yule log. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Winter Exploration Days. December 17 – January 8. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve afternoon and Christmas). Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Enjoy winter break from school while exploring the wonders of nature in Michigan. Indoor program with a variety of seasonally based, self-guided, hands-on exploration stations designed for children and their families. Experiments, fun facts, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Decorate a Tree for Wildlife. December 18, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. For ages 5 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Make ornaments to hang outside that birds, squirrels, and other animals will enjoy. Decorate a tree in the Wildlife Viewing Area by stringing popcorn and fruits for garland and creating a suet cake star for the top. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Nature’s New Year’s Eve. December 31, 7 – 8 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Enjoy family fun, watch for nocturnal animals, and indulge in finger foods and a sparkling juice toast. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Networking Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. Meets second Monday of every month. Saginaw; 989-753-1999, www.mmhba.org Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. November 3 and December 1. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7161, www.saginawchamber.org Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake Up! Midland. November 4, no December event; 7:30 – 9 a.m. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-839-9522, www.macc.org Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. November 9 and December TBA, 5 – 7 p.m. November: Courtyard Marriott at CMU. Mt Pleasant; 989772-2396, www.mt-pleasant.net Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. November 17 and December 15, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. November:
Chemical Bank, 21 E Main St, and December: Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center, Bay City; 989893-4567, www.baycityarea.com Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. November 18 and December 16. Held at Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. baycityarea.com Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. No November event; December 8, 5 p.m. Location TBD, Saginaw; 989-757-2112, www. saginawchamber.org Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business over Breakfast. November and December TBD. September: Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989772-2396, www.mt-pleasant.net Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to email@example.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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Tari Stull, MD, talks over care options with Stephanie Sochacki, a patient at McLaren Bay Region’s Bay Diagnostic Center
Hope for a Cure McLaren Bay Region’s Bay Diagnostic Center offers tools and expert staff to provide access to early diagnosis.
ssexville resident Stephanie Sochacki is more aware than most women of the need for early cancer screenings. Because of her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis at age 40, Sochacki, who has worked for five years as an RN, most recently at Bayshore Medical Center, began having mammograms much earlier than the American Cancer Society’s recently revised recommended age of 45. Sochacki herself had a small benign lump removed from her breast about a decade ago, so she quickly agreed to her primary care physician’s recommendation during a routine visit that
she have a mammogram at age 39. When the standard mammogram detected nothing, Sochacki still wanted peace of mind, so she underwent additional testing at Bay Diagnostic Center at McLaren Bay Region. That second study revealed breast cancer. Accredited by the American College of Radiology and licensed by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the federal government, Bay Diagnostic Center offers comprehensive breast health services, including digital mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry (osteoporosis testing),
Bay Diagnostic Center McLaren Bay RegionWest Campus 3175 W Professional Dr Bay City 989-667-6350 www.mclaren.org/bayregion
stereotactic biopsy, physician services, and breast self-examination instruction, as well as access to the Breast Cancer Support Group and the Breast Navigator program, which provides education and support to those facing cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Detecting the undetectable Fortunately for Sochacki, the center’s offerings include the Invenia™ Automated Breast Ultra Sound (ABUS), the only FDA-approved breast cancer screening technology used for
Denise Peil, lead mammographer at Bay Diagnostic Center, uses the Invenia™ ABUS technology for breast cancer screening
women with dense breast tissue. About 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which can mask breast cancer in a standard mammogram. For these women, the ABUS (plus mammography) boosts invasive cancer detection by 55 percent. Thanks to ABUS, the experts at McLaren Bay Region are able to discover cancers at significantly earlier stages. Bay Diagnostic Center is the sole facility in the area offering ABUS in conjunction with mammography for women when physicians recommend additional screening for dense breasts. Tari Stull, MD, the primary breast surgeon based at McLaren Bay Region’s West Campus, was an advocate for the addition of ABUS. Before the service was added in October 2015, there wasn’t a process in place for those with dense breast tissue to have additional screening, and breast cancer could be missed. “ABUS is not meant as a replacement for screening mammography but rather as an adjunct to help detect and differentiate smaller tumors, particularly in women with dense tissue who are at an increased risk for breast cancer. Supplementing mammography with ABUS can significantly increase detection rates, making treatment programs more successful after being initiated sooner. Personalized breast cancer screening isn’t just a fanciful idea but rather an imperative,” says Dr. Stull. In Sochacki’s case, the ABUS technology detected a very small mass about the size of a pencil eraser. A subsequent biopsy led to the diagnosis of stage 1 breast cancer. “It’s pretty cool that they caught it very early,” she says. “It totally would have gone undetected had it not been for the ABUS.” “With dense breasts, it’s hard to find small cancers, but they show up really clearly with this ultrasound,” says Chris Cossin, director of ancillary services at McLaren Bay Region. Cossin explains that this screening serves as an often lifesaving double check. Typically, after a screening mammogram, if a radiologist determines that the patient has dense breast tissue, then a statemandated letter is sent out to inform the patient that a standard mammogram alone may not be sufficient and to recommend further testing.
Looking forward to a cure Having recently celebrated her 40th birthday and currently halfway through her chemotherapy treatments, Sochacki remains optimistic. Yet despite her training and background as an RN—
and the encouraging fact that the cancer has not yet reached her lymph node system due to the early detection—she still finds dealing with the implications of her diagnosis overwhelming. “Everything happened very fast, and it took a little time for me to wrap my head around it,” she says. Sochacki’s positive experience at Bay Diagnostic Center has proven helpful during this difficult time. Not only is the center conveniently located, allowing her to undergo chemotherapy treatments and see her doctors in one place, but Sochacki is also impressed with the prompt care offered by the experienced medical professionals at McLaren Bay Region. “They’ve been just wonderful, and I can’t say enough about Dr. Stull. She’s fabulous, very knowledgeable, very good at explaining things, and she never made me feel rushed at all,” Sochacki says. “She took all the time in the world to answer my 10,000 questions.” Oncologist Jonathan Abramson, MD, who also treated Sochacki’s mother—a decades-long breast cancer survivor—is very accessible as well. The myriad of services and attentive professionals at the center offer hope and guidance to those in need, tailoring treatment plans to the individual patient.
Tari Stull, MD
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Frankenmuth Cheese Haus is celebrating 49 years on Main Street. Whether looking for a new cheese or an old favorite, you will find it at the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus. See our homemade cheese spreads and chocolate-flavored cheeses being made in-haus and available for sampling. Enjoy our extensive selection of Michigan-made products including meats, cheeses, beer, and wine. Create your own gift baskets using 140 different specialty cheeses.
561 S Main St I Frankenmuth 989-652-6727 I www.frankenmuthcheesehaus.com Ultimate Gift Basket It’s a culmination of our customers’ favorite items! The Cheese Haus best seller includes ½ lb. each of our top 5 haus-made spreads— garlic, bacon, and three others—and fresh-made jams, dip mixes, crackers, butter pretzels, mustards, barbecue sauces, and Bavarian Inn’s Famous Chicken Seasoning. Top it all off with a delicious bottle of wine, Michigan maple syrup, and Italian cookies.
$184.99 Gift Boxes for Giving or Shipping We ship anywhere in the continental United States. Show your friends and family that you love them by sending tasty Christmas wishes from Frankenmuth. This box contains two ½ lb. hausmade spreads, along with our famous Cheese Haus 16 oz. butter pretzels, Papa Tiny’s caramel corn, and a ½ pint jar of strawberry-rhubarb jam.
$29.99 Lazy Susan Let us help you put a delicious “spin” on your holiday gift giving. The base of this gift is a bamboo Lazy Susan. We have two of our ½ lb. spreads with spreaders arranged around crackers, butter pretzels, and chips and sausage with a paring knife for 360 degrees of deliciousness.
Holiday Plate Four delicious ½ lb. haus-made cheese spreads are arranged around a cracker tower on a beautiful festive charger plate. It’s great for a holiday party, hostess gift, thank-you gift, teacher present, or a family get-together. Order ahead and we will have it ready for you!
Meat & Cheese Trays Let us know what types of cheeses and meats you are looking for, and we can build you the perfect tray for your get-together, reception, open house, or party. Trays include cheeses, salami or summer sausage, and your choice of spread in the middle. We can accommodate tray requests for five people or 300.
Price varies by items chosen. Gift Guide 2016
Frankenmuth River Place Shops Stroll the beautifully decorated sidewalks in Frankenmuth River Place Shops while humming to Christmas carols playing in the air. Styled in Frankenmuth’s European Village theme, the River Place Shops include a variety of unique shops and boutiques for great holiday shopping. Find something for everyone on your list in a fun shopping environment.
925 S Main St I Frankenmuth 800-600-0105 I www.frankenmuthriverplace.com
Enchanted Forest Fairy Garden Miniatures A perfect gift for gardeners of all ages. Get creative and craft different scenes for winter and spring, and take outdoors in the summer!
$3.49 – $29.99
Calla Lilies European Plus Size Fashions from Ulla Popken Update your wardrobe for the holidays, or give the gift of unique European fashions. Ulla Popken, exclusive to Calla Lilies boutique, is an apparel collection designed for today’s plus-size women who want style, quality, value, comfort, and fit.
$29.95 – $59.99 The “Your Name Here” Store Personalized Laser Engraved Custom Cutting Board This beautiful bamboo cutting board makes a simple and classic statement. It’s made for everyday use in the kitchen, or it can be displayed proudly. Make it personal by engraving a treasured family recipe, initial of last name, kitchen rules, or home layout— perfect for a housewarming or Christmas gift.
$24.99 Hello Cats and Dogs “Barkery” Treats Spoil your four-legged friends this Christmas with tasty treats from Hello Cats and Dogs’ expanded “Barkery”!
$0.75 – $10
Funky Skunk Irish Sweater Get cozy this winter with this authentic chunky collar sweater, imported from Ireland exclusively for the Funky Skunk. Made from 100% merino wool.
Gift Guide 2016
St. Laurent Bros. Since 1904, St. Laurent Brothers has been manufacturing the freshest and finest nuts, hand-dipped chocolates, and all natural peanut butter. Located at the corner of 3rd and Water streets in downtown Bay City, St. Laurent Brothers has long been a favorite stop for Michigan travelers.
1101 N Water St I Bay City 989-893-7522 | www.stlaurentbrothers.com St. Laurent Brothers Party Tray One of our top-sellers, the St. Laurent Brothers 12-inch party tray is filled with seven items and over 3 pounds of deliciousness. Our tray features St. Laurent Brothers freshly roasted cashews, mixed nuts, hand-dipped milk chocolate cashew clusters, dark chocolate almond clusters, pistachios, and milk chocolate pecan caramel clusters. To top it off, the center is filled with colorful holiday candy.
$49.99 St. Laurent Brothers Gold Cluster Box Our classic gold cluster box features five of our premium hand-dipped milk chocolate clusters: peanut, cashew, almond, pecan, and coconut. Each box is hand-packed to perfection. Our cluster box comes in a 1 lb. or 2 lb. gold box wrapped in holiday-themed cellophane.
1 lb.: $19.99
2 lb.: $36.99
Holiday Tin Our festive holiday tin is the perfect gift for any holiday get-together. It features four of our favorites: freshly roasted whole cashews, fancy mixed nuts, hand-dipped milk chocolate cashew clusters, and hand-dipped dark chocolate peanut clusters (4lbs).
$69.99 Cashew or Fancy Mixed Nut Acetate For a quick and easy gift for any nut lover, check out our clear acetate container (available in 16 oz. or 28 oz.). This see-through container features St. Laurent Brothers freshly roasted cashews or our deluxe fancy mixed nuts. Our acetates come in a festive red sleeve that are perfect for gift giving.
16 oz.: $17.95
28 oz.: $29.50
Truffle Assortment St. Laurent Brothers 8-piece truffle box has an assortment of white, milk, and dark chocolate truffles that will melt in your mouth.
Gift Guide 2016
S T E P B O L D LY I N T O F A L L We accept all insurances and offer a prescription savings program, along with free health & wellness classes. A Medicare
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THE BACK STORY
Over a Century of Printing Progress at The Bay City Democrat BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING
n 1980, Scott DeVeau, co-owner of The Bay City Democrat and Bay County Legal News (1890-2016), works with Linotype at the newspaper’s historic offices at 309 Ninth Street, Bay City. The machine, about 40 years old then, was used through most of the 1980s and is still housed there. Past Democrat staff members estimate that in the 1980s it took about two weeks to typeset the weekly newspaper. Since that time, The Democrat changed from Linotype, platemaking, and letterpress to all computer-fed digital presses or copy machines that use only ink toner/soy ink. DeVeau and his wife, Carol Meddaugh DeVeau, purchased the business in 1980 after working there for 13 years and 10 years, respectively. For the past seven years, the business was solely owned by Carol DeVeau (1951-January 2016) and was run by DeVeau and an all-female staff. The Democrat closed in March 2016 after DeVeau’s death. The Linotype machine, aptly named for its function of creating a “line of type,” was invented by German immigrant Ottmar Mergenthaler in the 1880s. Linotype revolutionized the printing industry with the replacement of setting type by hand and by enabling the printing of rapid successive pages and development of multi-page daily newspapers. Linotype typesetters, usually males, required lengthy apprenticeships and used 90-key keyboards to cast the lines of type. The Linotype keys discharged brass matrix letter molds that were elevated to an assembly unit, filled with quick-cooling molten lead, and discharged in solid lines of hot slugs with letters atop to be transferred to the press form. The Bay City Democrat (1890-2016) was founded by local businessman and Democratic leader George Washington during the lumbering days of the 1890s. Photo courtesy of the DeVeau family.
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The Great Lakes Bay Region Does Better with Garber. “Making a difference in young people’s lives and in our community is very important to me, and it is something we strive to do every day in our basketball program at our university. Doing the right thing and being passionate about what you do creates a winning culture. Because of the similar commitment Garber Automotive has made to the Great Lakes Bay Region, I became a customer. I recommend Garber to everyone I know because of how I have been treated as a customer by the sales department, service department, and body shop. People make the difference, and I love the people at Garber Automotive! It matters where I buy my car. That's why I buy from Garber.”
–Jeff Jeff Rekeweg, Head Coach, Mens Men’s Basketball, Northwood University