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READER LETTER Bravo on the Bedell School children article (“Happy School Days” by Nancy Sajdak Manning) in the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of Great Lakes Bay magazine! My Grandma Gert (Gertie Bedell) would be so proud. Also, the irony of the cover (the Vernors float) of that same issue is that ginger ale floats were a treat that my Grandma Gert and I shared frequently in the summer. When I saw that, tears literally stung my eyes. ~ Mary Hacker-Schweitzer, via email

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n previous columns, I have discussed the terrific collaboration taking place all over our region as one of the primary drivers of the success of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. That type of collaboration is occurring on a slightly smaller geographic scale in Midland County. The Midland Business Alliance (MBA) started in January 2016 with the idea of offering the full suite of business and economic development support designed to help the community prosper. MBA is an affiliation of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and Midland Tomorrow, Midland County’s economic development agency, and all of their various entities. The MBA combines the community’s best business resources into a onestop shop for businesses at every stage of development. When Midland Tomorrow absorbed the former MidMichigan Innovation Center in the fourth quarter of 2016, the circle was complete. Businesses of all types and sizes, as well

as entrepreneurs, can take advantage of the programs and services through MBA.   In late March this year, MBA hosted its first Entrepreneurial Week. The week highlighted all of the support that currently exists in Midland for people with ideas for a new business and included three Shark Tank-like pitch competitions, as well as how-to information for would-be franchisors. In May, MBA brought in Disney Institute for a one-day training session on business excellence.     While both the chamber and Midland Tomorrow’s organizations still exist, MBA is able to leverage the talent across all of the entities to provide the services that local businesses want and deserve in a cost-effective manner.  MBA’s stated purpose is to support the development and growth of new and existing businesses in Midland County by leveraging resources internally and externally and providing direction and leadership to all entities in the alliance. Its strategic focus is on job growth, business advocacy, workforce/talent, and collaboration. It appears MBA is well positioned to achieve its goals. For more information, contact Bill Allen, MBA president & CEO, at 989-839-9522, or at Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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n our annual giving issue, in this issue’s feature story, “Giving Children a Voice” (page 36), we learn that volunteers for the CAN Council (Child Abuse and Neglect Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region) give presents (but, in this case, the gift they give is spelled “presence”) year-round to youngsters who need a voice on their behalf and reassurance that they have been heard and believed. It seems fitting that this story lives alongside the many pages (starting on page 23) that we’ve devoted in this issue to holiday gift-giving. We were passionate about finding and spotlighting one-of-a-kind ideas for your consideration.Yet we weren’t interested in making a shopping list from just any run-ofthe-mall gifts. The items—lovingly made by hand and from the heart—are from some of the region’s very best craftspeople: knitters, bakers, jewelry makers, painters, woodworkers, candle makers, and more. This issue brings you 25+ gift ideas. The range of artisan talent presented here is reflected in the art that is displayed in museum gift stores, at seasonal church bazaars, and in art galleries and home studios. These are unique keepsakes, not inventory found in chain stores. There are handcrafted accessories and traditional jewelry, all kinds of décor for your home and garden, sweet huggable toys for the little ones, tasty treats for your pups, and more. Start your holiday shopping here. If I haven’t convinced you why you should buy hand-crafted artisan items, perhaps the following pages—which represent just some of the talent and spirit to be found in the GLBR—will. Here is wishing you and those you love peace during all the holidays that make the season bright.

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oshua Dosson was 15 years old when he was born again as a novice pinball wizard, a first step that would lead to his creation of the Tri-City Pinball social club, based in Bay City’s South End. Other steps have included renting a former beauty salon at 1102 Garfield Street in Bay City and gradually building a collection of 26 arcade machines, relying on websites such as Craig’s List, Mr. Pinball, and Pinside. “There are so many different games— hundreds, even thousands,” Dosson notes. On a recent web post, Mr. Pinball listed 831 machines and 169 parts for sale. Back in 1996, Dosson was taking a stroll north of his future alma mater, Saginaw Arthur Hill High School, when he just so happened to peer inside Warwick Street Cleaners’ storefront window. There, alongside the rows of washers and dryers, stood a lone pinball machine. Dosson was ready “to play that silver ball in any amusement hall”—even if this particular arcade was a laundromat. So, he stopped in and dropped a pair of quarters into the game slot. Ding-ding-ding. The rest is Great Lakes Bay regional pinball history. “I was hooked,” Dosson says, explaining his youthful attraction. “Everything disappears. You don’t think about anything else for a while.” But in his near future, Dosson thought about enough else to continue his education, eventually leading to his sales career as a national account manager with U.S. Imaging Company, which scans land documents for local governments.

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Tri-City Pinball club in Bay City hosts competitions and provides memberships to regional pinball enthusiasts

He also wedded the former Jeannie Martinez of Reese, who for 14 subsequent years watched her husband fill the living room, dining room, and home office of their Bay City home with his numerous pinball machines. Jeannie even was tolerant (Dosson’s word is “supportive”) when pinball friends would shoehorn indoors for fun and games. “She has helped me with everything, and she lets me do what I do,” says Dosson, who then adds a key caveat: “Jeannie likes pinball as well.” So do sons Josh Jr., 16, and Jacob, 10, although not at Dad’s level of “sickness,” which he jokingly describes. Then, three years ago, Dosson found the Garfield Street property. One by one, the machines were moved to roomier confines. His learning curve has included abandonment of his original concept of charging hourly rates to the general public, rather than collecting coins through slots. He eventually switched to a membership arrangement with annual fees, similar to a golf country club. Many pinball enthusiasts have a machine or two in their own homes, but to play the same game over and over can become humdrum. Dosson says members enjoy “the

variety of spinners, drop targets, and multiball” challenges that he offers, along with the friendly camaraderie. In simple terms, compared to other sports, a beginning pinballer is most likely to “swing” the flippers at the descending metal ball, similar to a baseball batter. An expert uses the flippers to catch or stop the marble, holding the small sphere steady on a 90-degree angle. This allows the player to aim toward the scoring targets and tunnels, akin to stroking a golf putt or rolling a bowling ball. A top-notch player also knows how to gently shake the machine without causing the fatal “tilt” to happen. Dosson organizes league competitions and tournaments. Based on scorekeeping, individuals are matched with players of similar skill levels for ongoing events. “Most of our members enjoyed pinball when they were younger,” Dosson says. “There aren’t as many places to play nowadays, and this provides an outlet.” For information on applying to join the TriCity Pinball social club, contact Josh Dosson at 989-992-3890 or can also visit the club’s Facebook page.

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Here’s an easy idea from Punchbowl ( for creating beautiful autumn centerpieces for Thanksgiving celebrations: Purchase mums in warm colors like red, orange, and yellow, and fill vases with the cut fall flowers and pinecones.

Find just the right chrysanthemums to complement your occasion, and seasonal thisn-that’s, too, at Begick Nursery (5993 West Side Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989-684-4210).

According to CNN, Americans consume approximately 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving. A 22to 24-pound bird requires five to six days to thaw and five to six hours to cook in an oven set at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. No time? No problem. Dine at the Thanksgiving Buffet at Apple Mountain (4519 N River Rd, Freeland, 989-781-6789).

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The inaugural Small Business Saturday, a day between Black Friday and Cyber Monday that promotes small and locally owned businesses, took place in 2010. The movement has been gaining ground since. Nearly 3,500,000 people now “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook.

From frequenting family-owned restaurants to shopping local boutiques like Violet’s Blue (115 4th St, Bay City, 989-894-8502), enjoy your Small Business Saturday GLBR-style.

With 175 million monthly active users, Pinterest is a cyber location for inspirational ideas and how-to articles about all things DIY and more. An afternoon spent at Felting for Fun on November 12 at Chippewa Nature Center (400 S Badour Rd, Midland, 989-631-0830) will result in handson learning about “wet felting” and “needle felting.” Plus, take home a wool dryer ball to enjoy or give as a gift.

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Today’s “wish-lists” written to Santa actually originated as letters children received from Santa. The tradition shifted as gifts became more central to the holiday, though writer J.R.R. Tolkien gave his children, for more than 25 years, updates from the North Pole.

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For nearly 70 years, George Seaton’s Miracle on 34th Street (1947) has been a go-to holiday classic. Actress Maureen O’Hara writes in her autobiography, ’Tis Herself: “Everyone felt the magic on the set, and we all knew we were creating something special.” Relive the classics at the Bay City event, Holiday Movies at the State Theatre (913 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-892-2660) through December.

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Resin collected from needles and bark blisters is used to seal covers on microscope slides because it dries clear without trapping air bubbles

Balsam fir trees JEANNE HENDERSON, INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, 989-631-0830

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ur year-end celebrations include colorful decorations, musical sounds, and pleasant scents. My favorite scent comes from balsam fir trees. Whether you choose balsam fir for your Christmas tree, or hang a wreath made from fir branches, anyone can enjoy the aroma whenever they walk near. The balsam fir tree retains its needles well when indoors. The soft green needles have two white lines on the underside, feel smooth, and, when crushed, they release that pleasant aroma. This is why some people save the needles after the holiday season to put into small pillows, sachets, or potpourri pots. Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) trees naturally live in moist soil around swamp borders and

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Look to the balsam fir tree top for clusters of upright cones in mid-summer

Balsam fir trees grow naturally in a pyramidal shape

grow 40 to 60 feet at maturity. Whorls of branches around the trunk hold flat needles that are 1 inch to 1½ inches long with rounded tips, which spiral around the twig. When the tree receives ample sunlight and room to grow, it ascends into a perfect spire shape without any pruning. Needles on the upper branches are smaller, about one-half to 1 inch long, curving slightly upward. These topmost branches bear the oval cones, which are 2 to 4 inches long when sitting upright. All other conifer tree cones hang downward. After ripening by October, the cone scales fall away while dropping the tiny seeds, leaving the center woody spike standing on the stem. Ojibwa Native Americans gathered sap from the bark of young balsam trees between March and September, which is when the tree’s sap runs. Horizontal blisters on the trunk contain the golden-yellow and sticky sap-like resin. Ojibwas harvested it by pricking a hole into the blister with a needle and then pushing resin out the hole one drop at a time. They collected drops in a glass bottle, and then sealed the blister with finger pressure so insects would not find an entrance into the bark. Ojibwas also used the sap/resin to heal burns because it keeps burns from being infected and removes pain from the area. When placed immediately on the burn, the sap forms a natural, airtight bandage while the new skin grows back underneath. If the sap is left on until it falls off on its own, the new skin will not have scar tissue, according to Mary Siisip Geniusz in her book, Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask.

Though it is less desirable as an indoor Christmas tree than a balsam fir tree because of its spreading branches, the Eastern hemlock tree’s dark green needles grow only ¼ of an inch long, the shortest of any conifer, with two white lines on the underside. They also have the smallest cones at three-fourths of an inch in diameter. Shade-tolerant young hemlock seedlings may grow for 100 years or more before reaching the forest canopy. Hemlock needles that are on the ground secrete nutrients and eventually create an acid soil that, when combined with dense shade, makes an environment unsuitable to understory shrubs, flowers, or ferns. Growing in mixed hardwood forests in well-drained soil, Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) trees mature at 60 to 80 feet tall with a two- to three-foot diameter. During the 1800s lumbering era, lumberjacks cut hemlock for its bark, not for logs. Hemlock bark contains almost 10 percent of tannic acid, which was used by tanneries to turn animal hides into leather. Bark harvesting occurred May through midAugust, creating additional jobs during the lumbering “off season,” and the logs were left to rot on the forest floor. The W.S. Shaw Tannery in Boyne City produced six million pounds of leather in 1907. After 1925, other chemicals for tanning came into use, so the tanbark industry declined. Now, Eastern hemlock is harvested for pulp and paper manufacturing and for low-grade saw timber. Nov/Dec 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 19






Saginaw Bay Comic Con It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… superheroes and villains, everywhere at Saginaw Valley State University.

Wee Stroll Bundle up the little ones and crunch through the leaves on a guided walk at Chippewa Nature Center.






10 The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree Arrgh, matey—join a motley crew at Midland Center for the Arts for an evening of swashbuckling adventures.

The Great Russian Nutcracker Moscow Ballet graces the Temple Theatre stage with a holiday classic.







The Rock Show: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Break out the leg warmers and Aqua Net to get ready to rock like it’s 1988 at State Theatre.







Ladies’ Night Out Shop ’til you drop in downtown Mount Pleasant.


The Voice of Baseball Batter up at Midland Center for the Arts for a concert of anecdotes and music.




Christkindlmkt Kick off Black Friday with a German shopping tradition in Frankenmuth.




25 52nd Annual Saginaw Valley Orchid Society Orchid Show Opulent orchids are Dow Gardens ready to buy and Poinsettia Display enjoy at Kochville Witness the Veterans Hall. dramatic November display. Through Through 12/30. 27.


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FRIDAY 1 Santa’s Arrival & Courthouse Lighting Up on the rooftop— of the Midland Courthouse—the reindeer drop off Kris Kringle.









Mount Pleasant Christmas Celebration The holiday spirit comes alive in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Christmas Carnival Cookies and crafts and more, oh my! Apple Mountain is full of family fun.


Dow Gardens Christmas Walk Stroll through the grounds, see Santa’s reindeer, listen to carols, and admire the perfect poinsettias.




Winter Solstice Celebration Delight in the coming of snow at Chippewa Nature Center.





Santaland Diaries Find out why Crumpet the Elf isn’t so jolly at Midland Center for the Arts.






Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display Witness the dramatic display. Through 12/30.


“Silent Night” Sing-along Join in a yuletide classic at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.








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Made by Hand, From the Heart Great Lakes Bay Region artisans craft holiday gifts. BY MIKE THOMPSON | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN


ver since the 1960s, the Peanuts character Charlie Brown has felt sad that Christmas and the holiday season are “too commercial.� And then the Madison Avenue aspect emerged even stronger. After that, shopping malls and big-box stores sprouted all over. A Christmas season that started at Thanksgiving expanded back past Halloween. Then Black Friday was born, with its accompanying customer stampedes. How can we restore the old-time holiday tradition of gift-giving? Regional arts and crafts hobbyists offer options for personal, unique gifts. Their hands are where their hearts are, producing original creations that they sell at art shows, fairs, bazaars, and online. The holiday season provides a special showcase for these locally made items. Nov/Dec 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 23


Soul-soothing paintings by Barbara Markell

Plenty of ideas come forth when Barbara Markell dabs her watercolors to paint nature scenes, floral portraits, and colorful birds. She joins her husband, Roger Markell, to maintain the 20 small gardens that decorate their eye-catching Midland property. A backyard bird feeder is positioned near the picture window of her in-home studio. And when she’s out and about, she observes the scenery in a hometown known for its natural beauty. Markell has painted 1,700 original scenes during the past decade. She has her favorites copied on 4-by-6-inch stationery cards and sells them in packs of six or sometimes in larger decorative frames. With blank insides, the cards are useful for all occasions.

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“Everything I do is a gift from God. I ask Him to take my hand when I go into my studio,” says Markell. In an uncommon circumstance, her soul-soothing paintings are products of a competitive fire. She was 20 years old when a community education instructor “broke [her] heart,” telling her that she had no future as a painter. With five grown children and a career as a cosmetologist at Northwest Hair Styling, the sad memory lingered. At age 55, she gave painting another try and has found success. Markell says she aims to not dwell on any lost years, but she concedes, “I wish that teacher could see me now.” She never stops feeling “amazed” that patrons are drawn to her work at garden shows and art fairs. She invests about three hours on a typical day into her paintings, treasuring the “quiet time” along with the artistry. “Believe in yourself, and love what you do with a passion,” she says. “Just try.” Where to find it:, or MarkellMultiMediums

Cute crochet toys by Kara Zummer

The corn cobs appear fresh-picked and ready for shucking. For dessert, the cupcakes and doughnuts are topped with dollops of frosting. These are among Kara Zummer’s crochet creations for her new enterprise, Imaginative Musings, providing decorations for family homes, work desks, and playthings for children. Her other offerings range from ornaments to scarves to afghans. She’s exploring the idea of catnip kitty toys. “I’ve always liked to work with my hands,” she says, describing early years with Crayolas and Play Doh, followed by Michaelsbrand arts and crafts kits. Zummer is a 2007 graduate of Saginaw Township’s Heritage High School who took up the needle and wool as a hobby while earning her hospitality business degree at Michigan State University. Facebook friends and MSU dorm mates offered compliments—with only rare “old maid” teasing—for her first efforts. This led her to offer these creations as personal

alternatives to store-bought gifts. Soon after her 2015 marriage to then fiancé Christian Zummer, she decided to try her hand at sales. Her mother, Amy Bauer, and her grandmother, Maria Bauer, are hobbyists who inspired Zummer to get started. She faced challenges from being left-handed while most teaching is geared to right-handers, but soon she began to feel more confident. At college, she would crochet during music-listening breaks, but not while studying. Gradually, she reached a skill level in which she can better multitask. “Going out, visiting friends—now I take it (her crochet projects) almost anywhere,” says Zummer, who devotes her free hours to her creations when away from her employment as a Frankenmuth Brewery host. She adds, with a chuckle, “I was at an art fair, sitting at my (sales) table, and I finished two items.” Where to find it: kmzummer620@gmail. com, or

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Eclectic and humorous signs by Patty Roby

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People who produce arts and crafts are creative, but at the same time, Patty Roby’s Henry and Anne Handmade also encourages customers to use their own imaginations to express themselves. Many requests made by customers are for decorative signs with the multiple stacked wood pallet strips. For example: “No soliciting please. It makes my dog crazy! Have a great day.” The eco-conscious Roby decided seven years ago to combine her retail experience and craftiness with scrap wood, which amounts to a form of recycling. Her first supplies came from joining her husband, Mike Roby, to remodel their Bay City home. “I grew up in crafting and painting,” says Roby. She paints background colors on the wood, and then uses self-made stencils for the lettering. Her first project met a patron’s request for a basic dog-lovers theme. Then another customer took more of a yuk-yuk approach: “Beware of dog; cat is shifty also.”Yet still another: “In dog beers I’ve only had one.” Roby first knew she was making an impact when she received and filled an online request for a 3-by-4-foot sign for a buyer from Mexico, the first of several international orders. She describes her style as “eclectic, a mix of nature and Zen, French country and farmhouse items, with Victorian Goth and biker also in the mix.” Nothing majestic or British is intended from the “Henry and Anne” title for the enterprise. She giggles when she explains that these simply are the two street names closest to her family’s home. Roby stands proud of what she has accomplished in her midlife venture, and another of her signs reflects her outlook: “Life is short. Lick the bowl.” Where to find it:, or

Warm and toasty mittens by Pam Mundie

Shortly after the 21st century arrived, Pam Mundie faced an old-time challenge. Her daughter desired a pair of colorfully knit woolen mittens, like the ones her friends in Frankenmuth were wearing. Challenge? Pam was not capable to knit a stitch. Ah, but she could sew. Quilting was a longtime hobby. Then an idea arrived. With an old wool sweater—the type found buried in a closet or at a thrift store—she could simply cut mitten patterns and then sew, sew, sew. But it wasn’t so easy. What would be the proper size and shape? Through trial and error, and with the help of her husband, Mark Mundie, Pam gradually found answers. Her daughter eventually received her mittens. Children of relatives and friends were

gifted similarly. Finally, a decade ago, Mundie opted to go into retail sales. Betsie Bay Originals is named after a favorite bay Up North. “My family jokes that no wool sweater is safe around me,” says Mundie. “Salvation Army and Goodwill are my best friends.” Solid colors would make things easy, but what about sweaters with all those patterns, such as snowflakes? Mundie generally features the patterns on top and basic colors for the palms. She says her first efforts “came out looking like oven mitts.” Once she solved that problem, size was the next issue. Mundie’s strategy is to use her washing machine’s hot-water sanitary cycle for about two hours. In addition to a fluffy feel, she attains maximum wool shrinkage of up to 50 percent. Polar fleece inner linings complete the “warm and toasty” mittens. “I have ventured in hats, pins, scarves, and boot cuffs,” Mundie says, “but I keep coming back to mittens.” Where to find it: Retail sites include Kochville Township’s Antique Warehouse.

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Woodworked necessities by Deb Stutts

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Woodworking started as Deb Stutts’s strategy to spend more time with her friend, Bob Birch, who has made his career in the Midland homebuilding trades. She decided to join him in his shop, which soon led to creation of her four-yearold enterprise, Midland Moose Works. She shapes and engraves products made of native Michigan hardwoods—such as kitchen boards for general food and cheese cutting and for serving meals. Customers also have choices of cake plates, cooking utensils, and coasters. For outdoors, she makes rectangular gardening baskets for gathering larger fruits and veggies, such as apples and tomatoes. Stutts is recently retired as a Dow Corning Corporation analytical chemist. She considered starting with furniture and shelves, but she opted for cutting boards as a break from her past job’s demands for precise measurements. The loose guidelines provide a feeling of freedom, she says.

First, she selects the hardwoods for her current project, carefully sanding the surface to bring out the highlights of the wood grain. And then Stutts uses an engraver to burn in any decorative wording and images. For one example: “Music is Life. That’s why our hearts have a beat.” Many customers marvel at the beauty of the scripted letters and words, and Stutts explains that she creates designs on her computer, which then guides the engraver. Stutts sells locally, like at Chippewa Nature Center’s Art Show & Sale, but mainly online, with a track record of shipments to 46 states in the United States, and internationally to Germany, Norway, and Australia. “This started as a hobby,” she says, “and it has grown into something that is very productive.” Where to find it: midlandmooseworks@, or

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A VOICE CAN Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region works to eliminate child abuse and neglect through education and support.

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list of 100 ways to encourage and praise a child, provided by CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of Great Lakes Bay Region, hangs on Daniel Stanuszek’s refrigerator, and he admits he looks at it daily. “I made it one of my goals to follow this list every day and share positive feedback with my almost 4-year-old daughter,” says Stanuszek, 34, a participant in one of several parenting classes offered at the nationally accredited CAN Council. His neighbor recommended the classes to help him better handle his active toddler. Stanuszek can now attest to how he’s learned to parent in a more healthy, energizing way. “Instead of disciplining with negative comments, I’ve learned some alternatives,” he says. “I have to give it up to the CAN Council. I prefer to call them family, because they’ve helped me become a better and stronger parent.” That statement makes Suzanne Greenberg, president and CEO of CAN Council since 1995, happy to hear. “While programming has evolved since 1979, our mission has not changed since 1979,” Greenberg says. “We work daily to continue to focus on stopping physical and sexual child abuse and neglect.” In addition to the Saginaw County location (1311 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw), there is the Nathan Weidner Center (715 N Euclid Ave) in Bay City, which serves children in Bay County through its CAC (Children’s Advocacy Center) and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers. Through the CAC program alone, approximately 600-650 children are served each year between the two counties. Nearly 15 years ago the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program came to Saginaw County. Four years ago, CASA expanded to Bay County. “For many years, our emphasis was on child abuse awareness and prevention education only,” Greenberg explains. The council has developed another key component in reducing child abuse statistics: evidence-based curriculums and parenting training programming. Ultimately, the parents are in need of guidance and education to become the best parents they can be. By providing that support, statistical evidence demonstrates the prevalence of child abuse is reduced. “This was a leap of faith by our board of directors, since the program, which relies on trained volunteers, moved us from education and awareness to more of a hands-on approach to helping abused children,” says Greenberg. In addition to CASA, the CAC (formerly Children’s Assessment Center) was renamed to Children’s Advocacy Center to reflect the council’s affiliation with National Children’s Alliance. The CAC is now housed at the newly remodeled and modernized CAN Council building in Saginaw, with satellite facilities in Bay and Arenac counties. The building’s secure and privacy-centered design keeps the child’s needs at the forefront—from the child-friendly waiting rooms and child-size restroom facilities to the colorful and private interview rooms equipped with built-in sound and

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camera capabilities. In the private interview rooms, a CAN Council forensic interviewer can speak with the child in a one-to-one setting, while law enforcement, prosecutor’s office personnel, child protective service workers, and CASA volunteers can watch and hear a child’s story on a closed-circuit television from a separate observation room. The CAC is a one-stop, safe location for a child to be examined and interviewed as a critical part of their case. “Here at the Children’s Advocacy Center, we’re like the first stepping stone on a child’s path to healing,” says CAC director Cindy Morley, a retired Saginaw Family Court employee with a passion for working with children. “I truly believe the CAC makes a difference in the lives of children and [that] all children deserve a safe and happy childhood. Kids come in here with their heads hanging low, but after their interview time with our experts, it’s like a weight has been lifted off them. Sometimes they literally skip out of our building. It might be the first time they’ve revealed what has happened [to them], but more importantly, someone believed them.” Across the facilities, there are six forensic interviewers who listen to the recounting of abuse told in a child’s own words. Barb Andrews Kern, 50, is a 10-year veteran of the CAN Council who embraces her role as a forensic interviewer. “I knew when I started working here [that] this was exactly where I needed to be,” she shares. As a forensic interviewer, her main objectives are to help a child through the first stages of dealing with the child’s allegations of physical or sexual abuse. She then recommends intervention if a child has witnessed a homicide or other violent crime. “We’re specially trained to talk to a child in a non-leading, non-suggestive manner,” says Andrews Kern. “We talk to them in a developmentally sensitive way to meet their needs. The advantage of having the CAC here is the child only has to talk to one person—the forensic interviewer—in one place.” The interviewer wears an earpiece while law enforcement and medical and prosecuting personnel in another room ask questions of the interviewer to ask the child to help make their case should charges be filed. The interviewer translates those questions to an ageappropriate phrasing in a way that won’t make the child feel judged, but will allow the team to acquire the relevant details of the situation. 38 Giving | 2017

Kids come in here with their heads hanging low, but after their interview time with our experts, it’s like a weight has been lifted off them. ~ Cindy Morley, CAC director

With the details secured, a service plan is implemented and a CASA volunteer may be assigned to the child. Typically, a service plan incorporates whether a child should be removed from their home, go to foster care, receive emergency services, or receive other courses of action to help the child begin healing. Anne Flegenheimer, 54, will never forget her first case as a CASA volunteer in 2013. She was assigned a child abuse case involving a single mother with three children from various fathers, and one particular child suffered from challenging needs and previous multiple hospitalizations. “As a CASA volunteer, I was court-appointed and granted access to the child’s medical, therapy, hospital, and school records,” she explains. “Working one-to-one with a child really puts into perspective how volunteering is really not about me at all; it’s about the child and determining what is in the best interest for the child. My role is to give factual information and an unbiased recommendation to the judge as to when the child might safely be returned to their parent.”


CAN COUNCIL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE) K-12 programs designed to educate and promote the reduction of child abuse. • Phone Etiquette • Berenstain Bears • Safer Older Smarter

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Trained volunteers serve as a voice for the child.

No-cost Parent Support Programs • Baby Academy • Incredible Years • School Age • Make Parenting a Pleasure • Parent Workshops

After a long and arduous seven months of working with the mother by providing guidance, education, and improved parenting techniques, Flegenheimer was happy to let the judge know it was time for reunification. “It is not always an easy relationship between myself as a CASA volunteer and the parent,” she recalls. “There can be cultural differences, and sometimes in the beginning parents are hostile toward someone offering suggestions about their parenting. It took time, and I worked to help [the mother] understand the tools and charts I provide could be interpreted in a way that best aids the needs of her family. However, my main focus is always the needs of the child. On the last day, I arrived with gifts (made possible by donations) for all three of the children in the family. The mother looked at me and began crying. I told her I was genuinely proud of her, that she came a long way and improved as a mother, and she truly deserved to be with her child again.” Randy Roberts, CASA director, who supervises Flegenheimer and the other 62 CASA volunteers, handles all abuse referrals from Saginaw County

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) A supportive environment for children who have been physically or sexually abused that provides a place to be interviewed and examined.

Community Outreach The program includes professional development presentations, Pinwheels for Prevention, and promoting Child Abuse Prevention Month.

and Bay County courts and is a conduit between the CASA program and the court system. CASA is an internationally recognized program, but it is rather new to Michigan. A Saginaw probate judge approached Greenberg about establishing it, and now the CAN Council’s partnership with Saginaw County and Bay County courts makes the program possible. Saginaw’s 2002 CASA program was the first certified program in Michigan. “We currently serve 76 children who may have been pulled out of their homes due to abuse, have an in-home petition case, or are from a failed adoption or failed placement,” says Roberts. CASA volunteers meet weekly with their assigned child; they can meet in private homes, foster homes, at public restaurants or parks, or anywhere they need to be in order to supervise a parental visit. With respect to each child served, CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears of the court. “CASA volunteers operate on one philosophy and that is to always consider what the best interest of the child is,” Roberts says. In other words, they speak up for the most vulnerable. 2017 | Giving 39


GET INVOLVED Community members are invited to consider donating their time or talent to help reduce child abuse. Volunteers can offer 10-15 hours per month and must pass a background check. Become a: Trained Court Appointed Special Advocate Special event volunteer Office assistant Council representative Non-paid intern

CASA volunteers receive 40+ hours of training and court room observation time, following a strict screening and interview process to meet national standards. While CASA volunteers work on behalf of the children, Vera Harrison, who serves as the Child Abuse Prevention Education program director, provides parents with classroom opportunities to improve how they parent their child. She witnesses firsthand how parents like Stanuszek improve their parenting style and eventually learn to enjoy parenting. “We take families on trips to places such as Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum where they learn how to [appropriately] play with their child,” says Harrison. Outreach and activities are possible because CAN Council collaborates with community partners such as Wildfire Credit Union, Covenant HealthCare, MSU-Extension, YMCA, and Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum that provide financial, literacy, health, safety, nutrition, and other valuable workshops for the CAN Council’s parenting participants. “Many parents we work with need help in understanding finances, checking accounts, discipline, meal planning, and many other topics,” says Harrison. “The workshops help them gain new skills and [to] network with other parents.” Parents might have limited budgets, have been court-mandated to attend a class, or simply want to add more tools to their parenting toolbox. For example, using routines, rules, responsibilities, coaching, problem-solving, limit-setting, rewards, and praise are a few of the curriculum’s highlights. 40 Giving | 2017

Greenberg applauds Harrison’s dedication and retention rates of parents enrolled in classes and workshops. In fact, Stanuszek liked the classes so much, he’s registering for an advanced parenting session. “Vera is such a gift to our parents,” Greenberg says. “The national average of parents who attend and remain enrolled in a 15-week parenting course is around 50-60 percent. However, Vera’s retention rates are through the roof. She’s in her twelfth week of a parenting course and attendance is at 100 percent.” Greenberg and her team of professionals know firsthand about the grim statistics stating that only 10 percent of abuse cases are actually reported. While they’re all motivated to prevent child abuse and protect children, Greenberg’s commitment stems from her own tragic encounter of abuse. “I survived physical abuse from my father, and physical and sexual abuse from my grandfather between the age of 2 and 18 years old,” she shares. “There are kids out there walking around being abused, but they’re not talking about it. I promised myself I would do everything in my power to never let anyone, ever again, harm my own children, or any child, in such a way. My personal experience led me to being in this [leadership] position at CAN Council, and I believe and know child abuse can be prevented when parents have the right support, tools, education, and resources. My team at CAN Council is prepared to help whoever walks through the door.” To learn more about CAN Council, to schedule a tour of the facility, to donate a financial gift or gift-in-kind, or to become a volunteer, visit, or call 989-752-7226.

Explore Seven Historic Private Homes and visit the CHRISTMAS MARKET

December 2–3, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


ickets $17 in advance, $20 on tour days. Available at Antique Warehouse/The Loft–Saginaw, B’s Boutique/Monitor Pharmacy–Bay City, Begick’s Nursery–Bay City, Country Carriage Floral–Caro, G.T. Homestead–Bay City, Herman Hiss & Company–Bay City, Ideal Party Store–Bay City, Meadowcreek Clothiers–Bay City and Saginaw, My Secret Garden –Bay City, Peel ‘n Pare–Midland, Super Cute–Freeland, Violet’s Blue–Bay City, Warmbier Farms–Auburn, and Westside Decorating–Saginaw. Chauffeured heated shuttle buses included in ticket price.

Visit the Christmas Market at the historic Pere Marquette Depot.

1000 Adams St., offering a unique holiday shopping experience with food and refreshments. Don’t miss it!

For more information, call 989-460-7898.

Visit to view the list of historical homes. Hosted by the Center Avenue Neighborhood Association Event sponsored by Scott Doyen Builders

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ANGELS AMONG US An organization’s passion for caring helps ‘forgotten’ pets and people. BY PATI LaLONDE | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN

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ehind the fearful eyes of homeless pets, there is a sad story of abandonment that led them to a life on the streets. To help reduce the number of animals in this situation, volunteers are compassionately working to develop practical and humane solutions. Angels Among Us Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of stray and homeless animals in Saginaw County. Established in 2014, the nonprofit is operated through Saginaw Township’s Veterinary Health Center, with founder Tina Roggenbeck, DVM leading the group of volunteers. In addition to helping animals, the nonprofit assists military veterans and clients of City Rescue Mission and Underground Railroad through donated food and clothing ($10,000 to date). Volunteers collect likenew items at garage sales and make donations that are dropped off at the organization’s office at the annual December holiday event, Season of Sharing.

“Our focus is community-based for humans and animals during the holidays,” says Roggenbeck. While there are other nonprofit humane societies within the Great Lakes Bay Region, what sets Angels Among Us apart is that veterinary services and necessary medications are free for rescued and treated pets. To ease the financial burden on people who foster rescued animals, the same offer of complimentary treatment and meds is made. One-hundred percent of all donations to the group go directly to the animals. Since it began, Angels Among Us has offered more than $400,000 of medical care to homeless animals, with much of that being through one of the nonprofit’s key services: trap, spay/neuter, and return (TSNR). It’s a program where feral and free roaming cats are trapped by the organization’s volunteers, sterilized, and then returned into their original environment. (Roggenbeck is close to meeting her TSNR goal of 500 community cats this year.) TSNR improves the lives of the cats and the relationships with the people who live near them. The process can also help decrease the size of feral and free roaming cat populations over time. Additional annual community events are also hosted by the organization. One event is led by staff from Hacker Builders in Kawkawlin, and those who attend are taught how to build a winter shelter for the community cats, which volunteers set up in the far reaches of Saginaw County. To help feed the cats, the organization established a food bank and has donated more than three tons of pet food to other local animal rescue groups. Another event recognizes World Rabies Day (annually, in September) at the Buena Vista Community Center in Saginaw County. Rabies vaccinations are offered to pets, and volunteers educate attendees on the importance of the shots and eradicating the disease. “We educate the community on the seriousness of rabies and how simple it is to prevent in dogs,” Roggenbeck says. “It’s something that protects the dog and community.” Through their year-round efforts, Angels Among Us volunteers care for the often forgotten four-legged and two-legged beings among us. To become an “Angel”—to donate or volunteer—call 989-971-0021, or email

Deirdre MacDonald and volunteer Dr. Kristin Smith

Volunteer Dr. Tina Roggenbeck

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or more than 82 years, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) has improved the way of life for citizens in and around Saginaw by providing world-class musical performances, music education, and the region’s only youth orchestra. In coordinating with the revitalization efforts of downtown Saginaw during recent years, SBSO regularly draws crowds of 1,000 to 1,600 people per performance to the Temple Theatre, which stimulates economic growth through attendees’ visits to restaurants, shops, and other businesses. In addition to the diverse and exciting concert series, SBSO also offers talented children in the

region the opportunity to perform in the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra. Wildfire Credit Union’s support has been instrumental in allowing SBSO to continue bringing education and cultural events to Saginaw. According to Wildfire Credit Union: “Symphonic music is for everyone, and it is entrenched in our lives through everything we do. It provides not only an entertainment factor, but also enrichment and an opportunity to draw people to our community.” “Like” SBSO on Facebook, and discover more about the upcoming season.

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ildfire Credit Union believes no baby should ever have to go without a clean diaper. That’s why the credit union donated a van to support The Diaper Alliance, an organization founded seven years ago and grew to provide over 800,000 diapers to local babies and their families in this year alone. The Diaper Alliance expects to distribute over one million diapers per year, as long as funding allows. The complete absence of government programs that pay for or provide diapers leaves many families in need of this simple necessity. The Diaper Alliance’s mission is to bridge the gap in public assistance by providing a consistent and reliable supply of diapers to community members in need.

Founder and executive director of The Diaper Alliance Debi Keyes explains, “My original plan in 2010 was to host diaper drives and provide diapers to one or two partner agencies in Midland County. God had much bigger plans.” She adds, “Sometimes moms cry when they are handed a supply of diapers. Many times, parents have told me that they used to dry and reuse dirty diapers, but they no longer have to do that. Diaper need is in every community, and babies and families are suffering.” The Diaper Alliance’s reach will be as wide as funding will allow. The alliance receives no national funding or sponsorships, but relies fully on donations. Visit for information about volunteering or to make a donation. | 1705 S Saginaw Rd, Midland | 989-835-4041


isability Network of Mid-Michigan (DNMM) is one of 15 centers for independent living (CIL) in Michigan. DNMM has served the Great Lakes Bay Region for 27 years and now employs 81 staff members. Its mission is to promote and encourage independent living for all people with disabilities. In 12 counties, DNMM provides independent living skill development, peer support and mentoring information and referral services, and systems and individual advocacy. The network’s community transitions program (which moves people out of nursing homes into community-based living arrangements), serves 21 counties. Nationally, the history of CILs is closely intertwined with the Civil Rights Movement. Based on the same desires for access to housing, education, transportation, and employment, both movements aimed to eliminate barriers and provide inclusion for all individuals in society.

Groups of students took part in the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan’s recent “Disability Mentoring Day,” which included a visit to The Dow Chemical Company’s Business Process Service Center

Today, DNMM continues the CIL mission of changing communities rather than “fixing” the person with the disability. A vision of a community where every sidewalk, playground, educational establishment, and workplace is accessible to everyone—regardless of disability—remains the core tenet of DNMM’s philosophy. On March 24, 2018, DNMM will host its second annual Feathers and Fedoras fundraiser at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center in Midland, with the hope of raising $75,000, an amount critical to the continued success of the network’s pre-employment and independent living programs for youth with disabilities. Funds raised at Feathers and Fedoras allow youths with disabilities to tour facilities, job shadow, and meet with mentors from numerous companies throughout the region. Students also partake in challenge groups, job clubs, teambuilding exercises, and recreational events that help

them gain the necessary skills and confidence to live independently. Feathers and Fedoras is a Roaring Twentiesthemed event unlike any fundraiser in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Guests can find Lady Luck at the gaming tables, dance to the hot jazz of Cincinnati’s Different Hats Orchestra, bid on exciting auction items, enjoy delicious food, and hit the speakeasy for champagne and giggle water! Guests are encouraged to bring out their black silk fedora or their best flapper dress and get ready to foxtrot the night away. Individual tickets are $85, and there are numerous opportunities for corporate sponsorships. If you would like more information or to donate to Disability Network of Mid-Michigan and its mission, please call 989-835-4041 or visit Donations can be sent to DNMM, Attn: Matthew Ivan, 1705 South Saginaw Road, Midland, MI 48640. DNMM is a qualified 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charitable organization.


2018 Charity Events Preview JANUARY 27-28 Positive Results Downtown Saginaw, Saginaw Spirit Ice Blast, 989-753-9168


Pulse3 Foundation, Shocks and Saves Charity Hockey Game, 989-754-7283 Frankenmuth Jaycees, Winterläufe 8K Race, 989-860-3388 McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Night the Saginaw Spirit: Talk Today, Hope for Tomorrow, 989-895-4725 Saginaw Valley State University Athletics, Breast Cancer Survivor Event, 989-964-2565 The Legacy Center for Community Success, World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast, 989-496-1425 American Heart Association, 12th Annual Great Lakes Bay Region Go Red for Women, 855-229-4424 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 23rd Annual Mardi Gras Auction, 989-752-7226 Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, 11th Annual Arts from the Heart, 989-399-6626 Northwood University, 43rd Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner, 989-837-4758

MARCH 3 READ Association of Saginaw County, 11th Annual Books for Breakfast, 989-755-8402 3 Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Hockey for the Homeless, 989-752-6051 TBD Saginaw Art Museum, Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville, 989-754-2491 TBD YWCA of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Women of Achievement Awards, 989-894-9055

APRIL 6 Child and Family Services, Strike Out Sexual Assault Bowl-A-Thon, 989-393-4229 19 Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, 5th Annual 100 Men Who Cook, 989-755-6471 19 Shelterhouse, Chefs for Shelterhouse, 989-835-6771 20-21 American Cancer Society (and other cancer-related causes), Bringin’ Back the ’80s, 989-652-8008 27 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Dine & Unwind, 989-752-7726 28 Great Lakes Bay Animal Society, Fast & Furriest 5K Run/Walk, 28 Saginaw YMCA and Tri to Finish, Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids 5K Run/Walk, Half Marathon Run/Hand Cycle, 989-583-7600

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TBD American Red Cross, Great Lakes Bay Chapter, Everyday Heroes Celebration, 989-754-8181, ext. 7219, or 989-754-8181, ext. 7216 TBD Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Bishop’s Charity Ball, 989-797-6693 TBD Covenant HealthCare Foundation, Covenant Kids Telethon, 989-583-7600 TBD Humane Society of Bay County, Inc., Canines, Cats, and Cocktails Masquerade Gala, 989-893-0451 TBD Northwood University, NU Style Show, 989-837-4758 TBD Underground Railroad, Inc., Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 989-399-0007, ext. 101

MAY 4 Hospital Hospitality Houses of Saginaw, Hospital Hospitality Houses of Kentucky Derby Party, 989-583-0152 4 Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter, Dinner and Dance Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, 989-832-8879 9 Hidden Harvest, 23rd Annual Celebrating Good Tastes & All That Jazz, 989-753-4749 12 American Heart Association, Great Lakes Bay Region Heart Walk, 855-229-4424 12 Underground Railroad, Inc., 8th Annual Advocates for Change, 989-399-0007, ext. 101 18 Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Golf Challenge, 989-752-6051 TBD Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, Big Raffle Celebration, 989-797-6693 TBD Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes, 21st Business Hall of Fame Dinner/Raffle, 989-752-9050 TBD Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, Feathers and Fedoras, 989-835-4041, ext. 227

JUNE 9-10 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, Riverside Art Festival, 989-894-9055 19 Community Village (an arm of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan), Strawberry Festival, 989-792-5442 TBD Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at Midland Center for the Arts, Summer Art Fair, 800-523-7649 TBD Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Brew at the Zoo, 989-759-1408 TBD Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation, Golf for Kids, 989-776-2111 TBD READ Association of Saginaw County, 15th Annual D.E.A.R. at the Zoo – Drop Everything and Read, 989-755-8402 TBD Saginaw Art Museum, Arty Soil, 989-754-2491 TBD St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation, 32nd Annual Charity Golf Classic, 989-907-8300

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NOVEMBER The Reece Endeavor, Reece Endeavor GardenWalk, 989-835-9700 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Children’s Advocacy Centers’ Golf Outing, 989-752-6051, ext. 123


Covenant HealthCare Foundation, Ladies in the Links, Crumpets & Croquet, and Red Carpet Premiere, 989-583-7600 10 Covenant HealthCare Foundation, Red Carpet Golf Classic, 989-583-7600 TBD McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Golf for Life Classic, 989-895-4725 TBD CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 6th Annual Ducky Derby, 989-752-7226

SEPTEMBER 8 Freeland Community Sports Association, 12th Annual Freeland Arts in the Park, 989-695-9512 8 Pulse3 Foundation, Run for Your Heart Community Races, 989-754-7283 13 Ana Luis Salon & Day Spa, Unlocking Hope, 989-799-8900 17 Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Anniversary Dinner, 989-893-5973 18 City Rescue Mission, Anniversary Dinner, 989-752-6051 TBD Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic, 989-797-6684 TBD HELP People, The Amazing Race for Rescue, 989-385-1720 TBD St. Mary’s of Michigan Field Neurosciences Institute, Field of Hope, 989-497-3117

OCTOBER 5 Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saints, Sinners & Song Gala, 989-964-7125 6 Northwood University, Northwood University Auto Show Gala, 989-837-4758 TBD Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at Midland Center for the Arts, Vintage Evening, 800-523-7649 TBD CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Brain Game Trivia Night, 989-752-7226 TBD Child and Family Services, Fashion With Compassion – Embellishments That Empower, 989-393-4229 TBD Humane Society of Midland County, 6th Annual Ties & Tails Gala, 989-708-0660 TBD Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation, Crabby Clam & Lobster Fest, 989-776-2111 TBD Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 7th Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, 989-529-1951

1 Delta College, A Chocolate Affair, 989-686-9224 TBD St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation, 21st Annual Cornette Ball, 989-907-8300 TBD Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at Midland Center for the Arts, Holiday Art Fair, 800-523-7649 TBD YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, Women’s Empowerment Symposium, 989-894-9055


Saginaw County Medical Society, Jingle Mingle, 989-790-3590 CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, Superhero Hockey Night with the Saginaw Spirit, 989-752-7226 TBD McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary, Charity Ball, 989-266-3150 TBD McLaren Bay Medical Foundation, Holiday Memorial Tree Program, 989-895-4725 TBD MidMichigan Home Care, Stars in the Gardens, 800-862-5002 TBD MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, Love Light Trees, 989-839-3342 TBD Pit & Balcony Theatre, Annual Toys for Tots Drive, 989-754-6587 TBD Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, Sharing Hope Radiothon, 989-752-6051 TBD Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Housewalk, 989-755-6471 TBD St. Mary’s of Michigan Foundation, Light up a Life, 989-907-8300 TBD Studio 23, The Black and White Affair, 989-894-2323 TBD Zonta Club of Midland, Holiday Homewalk

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I’m in Love with an Uptown Grill Start the day out right at a Bay City bistro. BY KIMBERLY BONE PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN


Uptown Grill 49 | Dining Out Guide 51 Nov/Dec 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 49


El Cubano


Lobster and brie omelet

BOTTOM: Waffle cristo


t’s universally agreed that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. And perhaps almost as unanimously, breakfast tastes better when you don’t have to cook it yourself. Throw in the freshest ingredients, an elegant bistro setting, and spectacular river views, and you’ve solved the equation for a perfect start to your day…which is exactly what Vince Stuart’s Uptown Grill in Bay City has been providing to Great Lakes Bay Region residents for the past two and a half years. “We wanted to offer guests great breakfast and lunch items in an upscale, yet warm and welcoming environment,” says Stuart. “All while cooking up food made to order with only quality, fresh ingredients— nothing here comes out of a can. We prepare every plate like we are serving our mom.” The bistro itself is bright, light, and welcoming, with soaring floor to ceiling windows to maximize the view, bistro tables, and a granite bar for diner-style dining, a custom tin tile ceiling, and marble-clad walls. “We are known in the area for our unique eggs Benedict dishes; our most popular being the Meat Lover’s Benny,” says Stuart. “It starts with a home-style biscuit topped with a sausage patty, sliced ham, and grilled bacon topped with country sausage gravy and two poached eggs.” Uptown Grill also has a number of specialty options on the sweeter side, such as cinnamon pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, banana-walnut pancakes, and banana bread French toast. Breakfast choices also include a variety of omelets, which are blended to be extra fluffy and mixed with Uptown Grill’s special seasoning mix. “For lunch, one of our most popular choices is the El Cubano, which is our take on a Cuban sandwich,” says Stuart. “It’s savory pulled pork, sliced ham, zesty provolone cheese, pickles, and spicy brown mustard piled high on ciabatta bread.” Another unique lunch choice is the Salmon BLT—grilled wildcaught Alaskan salmon, crispy Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomato topped with Stuart’s cusabi dressing on grilled ciabatta bread. The restaurant also serves a wide variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Breakfast items run from $4 to $10, while lunch will typically cost guests $6 to $11. The Uptown Grill is open seven days a week, and offers guests in-house and online ordering. It is also available for private, afterhours events and offers a full catering menu. Uptown Grill, 3 E Main St, Bay City; 989-439-1557, www. Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday – Saturday.

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Dining Out Asian Asian Noodle: 200 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-316-2380. Filipino and Far East fare. Noodle soup, lumpia spring rolls, sautéed noodles, and pan-fried fish. Basil Thai Bistro: 416 E Ellsworth St, Midland, 989-486-9390. Curry, noodles, fried rice, stir-fry dishes, and fresh fruit tapioca drinks.  Bamboo Garden: 721 S Saginaw Rd, Midland; 989-832-7967. Authentic Asian favorites. Shrimp fried rice, filet mignon and shrimp, beef with green onion, and Korean noodle soup. 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, 989790-9188. Affordable Chinese fare. Favorites include orange chicken, Mongolian beef, rice noodles, and egg rolls. Takeout and delivery available. China Palace: 1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-3177. Affordable lunch and dinner entrees. Daily buffet. Takeout available. Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant: 4024 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-792-0303. Authentic cuisine, including Forbidden City Chicken and moo shu pork. Familysized dinners and takeout available. 

Genji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: Two locations: 2929 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-495-6000, and 3870 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-497-9900. Chefs prepare meals directly in front of patrons for tables of up to eight. Large selection of wines and imported beers. Ghengis Khan Mongolian BBQ: 5010 Bay City Rd, Midland, 989-4962288. Buffet-style dining and createyour-own stir-fry using many types of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Full bar. Golden Buffet: 979 S Saginaw Rd (in Eastlawn Food Court), Midland, 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-toorder Chinese dishes, appetizers, and soups, including the popular egg drop.

Fuji Sushi: 1512 Joe Mann Blvd Midland, 989-839-6868. Noodles, rolls and sushi, sashimi, and hibachi entrées.

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.

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.

Maru Sushi Midland: 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-633-0101. Japanese cuisine. Lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Sushi bar and hibachi grill, daily specials, happy hour from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

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includes vegetable curry, samosa, paneer, and spicy favorites.

Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge: 105 E Broadway, Mt Pleasant, 989775-7723. High-end martinis, sushi, and Asian-fusion fare. Panda House Chinese Restaurant: 1010 N Niagara St, Saginaw, 989755-5394. Fine dining. Takeout available. Specialty entrées include string bean chicken. Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings. Park Asia: 220 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-8888. Upscale Asian cuisine at affordable prices. Fried dumplings, Mongolian beef, orange chicken, shrimp fried rice, won ton soup, and crab cheese.

Pi’s Asian Express: 5015 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-832-8000. Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrées. Carryout. Pi’s Chinese Restaurant: 1815 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-5848. Affordable authentic fare like the favorite Hunan sesame chicken. Daily lunch and dinner buffet. Stars Kitchen: 305 N Euclid Ave, Bay City, 989-686-7827. Takeout available. Sizzling rice, teridiki, Asian slaw, chop suey, subgum, and Thai beef salad. Sushi ‘N’: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-401-7557. Sushi, sashimi, cooked and vegetarian selections, and rolls, including the Golden California. Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet: 3210 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989793-0888. Takeout available. Quality Chinese, Japanese, and American cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere. Chow mein, fried rice, crab Rangoon, sushi, BBQ ribs, pizza, and sundae bar.

Kabob N Curry House: 4070 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4974400. Homemade Indian cuisine

Shahi Indian Cuisine: 4624 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-4018310. Fresh, authentic Indian cuisine. Lamb, chicken, and goat dishes.


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


Lahori Foods (formerly Lazeez): 144 Ashman Circle, Midland, 989259-7110. Indian food in a welcoming atmosphere. Takeout and catering available. Chicken tikka, vegetable biryani, and naan.

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. Chicago-style pizzas cut into squares. Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery: 612 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-5560. New York-style pizzeria. Lunch and dinner.  Café Cremosi: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-316-9018. Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Featuring pasta with Cremosi sauce, a white wine, lemon-butter crème sauce, pizza, and fresh ingredients. Full bar, outside deck, and live music. G’s Pizzeria: 1005 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-891-9400, and 3823 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014774. Dine in, takeout, delivery, and catering. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and popular chicken fajita pizza.  Grampa Tony’s: 1108 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4795. Family dining. Homemade pizza, steak sandwiches, and baked pasta specialties. Late-night dining, takeout, and spirits. Isabella’s at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5399. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and desserts. Create your own pasta masterpiece.  MaMa Mia’s Pizzeria: 16535 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-642-6420. Pizzas

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TASTE / DINING OUT topped with special four-cheese blend and baked in a brick oven. Nino’s Family Restaurant: 1705 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-8930691. Authentic Italian fare, including custom pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu. Strolling musicians on the weekend. Takeout, delivery, catering, and full bar. Nino’s Neighbor: 1623 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-460-2792. Open during warm weather months. Healthy Italian cuisine; gluten-free and vegan options. Grilled margherita pizza, antipasto salad, garlic knots, tomato bisque, and pesto-topped salmon. Outdoor seating available. Pizza 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. Spencer’s Route 46: 5530 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989793-4500. Escargot, portobella mushrooms, calamari, seafood ravioli, poached salmon, and panfried walleye. Extensive wine list. Live jazz music. Villa D’Alessandro: 801 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-3821. Fare prepared from family recipes. Extensive list of wines to pair with entrées. Authentic desserts. Outdoor dining in summer. 

Mediterranean Sandweesh Mediterranean Grille: 220 S Michigan, Saginaw. 248-5086206. Fast-casual restaurant serving chicken, lamb, and falafel filled sandwiches and gyros. 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, 989-7911111. 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 Mexicano: 3593 Center Ave, Essexville, 989-891-9917. Authentic Mexican fare, including chimichangas, fajitas, mixed nachos, and chips and salsa. Lunch buffet and takeout available. El Paso Grill: 4880 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-6599. Puffy tacos and shredded beef burrito with potatoes are favorites. Primarily takeout. Entre Amigos: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-6348. Authentic choices include lunch specialties, combination dinners, fajitas, vegetarian combinations, steak, chicken, and desserts.      Los Cabos: 7467 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-2255. Mexican staples, along with a full American and Mexican breakfast menu. Weekend breakfast buffet. Daily lunch buffet. 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, 989-7996300. Lunch and dinner. Quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, burritos, homemade tamales, chimichangas, and taco salad. Breakfast served. Rancheros Mexican Grille: 405 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-8265. Tacos, burritos, nachos, dessert chimichangas, and fried ice cream. Rico’s Authentic Mexican Take Out: 2720 Bay Rd, Saginaw, 989249-9988. Takeout only. Doublelayer nachos, tostadas, deep fried tacos, tamales, carne asada, and enchiladas.

tostadas, burritos, rice, beans, and tamales. Catering available.

muffins and cookies. Drive-up, Wi-Fi, and TVs.

Breakfast & Lunch

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.

Fuzzy’s Restaurant: 1924 Court St, Saginaw, 989-790-1719. Burgers, pizza and Stromboli, pancakes, omelets, and grilled cinnamon bread. Ice cream counter offers scoops, cones, shakes, malts, banana splits, sundaes, and more. Lasko’s Restaurant: 1301 Washington St, Midland, 989-4869450. Full breakfast menu, along with burgers, sandwich wraps, soup, and Coneys. Greek cuisine favorites include gyros and salads. M’s Café: 5103 Eastman Ave, Midland, 989-835-1781. Breakfast burrito, French toast, waffles, M’s scramble, lunch soup and sandwich combos, and burgers. 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. Nori’s Restaurant: 963 W Midland Rd, Auburn, 989-266-3285. Greekinfluenced cuisine with breakfast menu. Hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and burgers. 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, 989-7760011. Coffee and tea house with a historical 1920s ambiance. Bancroft Blend coffee, espresso, steamers, and chai. Breakfast and lunch.

The Taste of Bay City: 6907 West Side Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989-3914650. Authentic Mexican food. Tacos, chimichangas, chips and salsa, flaco taco, and daily specials.

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.

Tex-Mex Grille: 4101 Wilder Rd (in the Bay City Mall Food Court), Bay City, 989-686-8396. Homemade “Tex-Mex” food, enchiladas, tacos,

Coffee Chaos: 6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, 989-835-6401. Hot, chilled over ice, and frozen coffee drinks. Freshly baked, preservative-free

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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, 989-8938898. Seattle-style brewed espresso beverages at their finest. Hot and cool drinks. Espresso Milano: 137 Ashman St, Midland, 989-832-3222. Coffees, smoothies, espresso, tea, muffins, cookies, scones, and peanut butter bars. Locals love the mudslide, a frozen coffee milkshake. Wi-Fi.  The Fix: 5 E Main St, Bay City, 989439-1250. Specializing in craft coffee and vegan options. Doughnuts, pastries, and organic fair trade coffee and tea sourced independently out of Chicago. Frankenmuth Kaffee Haus: 500 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6525252. Gourmet coffee, teas, espresso treats, pastries, sandwiches, and wraps. Flavor-of-the-month coffee.   Grounds for a Better World: 4951 Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-8391024, and 2020 Dow Center (Dow employees only), 1116 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-3300. Espressobased and gourmet-brewed coffees, teas, frappes, smoothies, chocolates, and homemade baked goods. Harless & Hugh Coffee: 1003 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-3274007. Specialty coffees made to order, tea made using authentic teasteeping methods, and mochas. The Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery: 626 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2203. Freshroasted flavored blends and origin coffees, specialty drinks, cakes, pies, and cheesecake. Books, live music, local art, and Wi-Fi. Journeys Coffee House: 1550 S Poseyville Rd (Messiah Lutheran Church), Midland, 989-835-7143. Coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and gelato. Kaya Coffee House: 1029 S University Ave, Mt Pleasant, 989-

772-9016. Fair trade, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, and Thai-style red curry.

686-0224. Family owned since 1928. Serves specialty of fresh seafood, hot German potato salad, burgers, and fruit and cream pies.

Live Oak Coffeehouse: 711 Ashman St, Midland, 989-423-1800. Handcrafted coffee drinks and baked goods, live entertainment. Try the Dirty Chai, coffee-caramel crème brûlée, Cheeky Cheesecake, or French press and Pellegrino for Two. Morning Emporium Coffee House: 2125 N Center, Saginaw Township, 989-790-5888. More than 40 Torani flavors, espresso, cappuccino, latte, hot/cold chai tea, and smoothies. Bulk coffees for purchase. Red Eye Caffé: 205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411. Freshly brewed coffees, white chocolate mochas, cookies, and muffins. Livemusic entertainment, local poetry, and artwork.

Casual Dining 3rd & Johnson Market & Eatery: 1023 N Johnson St, Bay City, 989971-1456. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and take ’n’ bake meals. Locally sourced ingredients and seasonal, weekly menus. Salads, sandwiches, handmade pasta, and chicken and biscuits. American Kitchen Restaurant: 207 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1366. Meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Burgers, brunch, and Bloody Mary bar.  Anschutz Café: 212 E Saginaw St, Breckenridge, 989-842-9924. Pancakes, prime rib, wet burritos, nachos, and grilled beef medallions (weekend special). Annabelle’s Own: 579 E Isabella Rd, Midland, 989-835-5344. Comfort food with a few twists. Diverse menu, homemade soups, daily specials, award-winning Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. Bare Bones BarBQ & Pizza: 807 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-892-6830. Charcoal-grilled barbecue. Lunch, dinner, and family meals. Takeout, delivery, and catering available.  Bavarian Inn: 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-228-2742. The No. 1 choice of most visitors remains the all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. German specialties and other entrées available. Bergers Family Restaurant: 6387 Westside Saginaw Rd, Bay City, 989-

Daddy slaw boxes, and hush puppies.

a fun, ethnic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner buffets. Takeout menu.

Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-301-0255. Mexican meals, pizza, burgers, wings, steak sandwiches, Coney dogs, and breakfast served anytime.

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) and Strawberry Cheesecrêpe.

La Crêpe du Jour: 925 S Main St (inside The River Place), Frankenmuth, 989-652-2925. Twentyfive varieties of fresh sweet and savory crêpes.

Big John Steak & Onion: 3300 Holland Ave, Saginaw, 989-7545012. Serving the original 100 percent rib-eye steak sandwich since 1972. Subs, salads, and Big John “Red Sauce.”

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 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 Dogg Houze: 2903 Pierce Rd, Kochville Township, 989-4017477. 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.

The Bus Stop Bar and Grille: 10014 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-2446350. 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.

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.

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.

Green Gourmet Café: 1908 S Saginaw, Ste E, Midland, 989-4868433. Lunch, dinner. Seasonal menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and grain bowls. Fresh, local ingredients. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. Homemade bread.

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.

Levi’s Food and Spirits: 5800 Brockway, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6670. Grandma Rita’s chili, Reuben sandwiches, and fish dinners. Breakfast served all day. Linwood Corner Restaurant: 44 N Huron Rd, Linwood, 989-697-5141. Daily specials include prime rib, cod, and chicken livers.   Little Bambinos: 120 W Saginaw St, Merrill, 989-643-5414. Homecooked American and Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Lumber Barons: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Pub plates, salads, pizza, and light plates. Dinner features fish and chips, filet mignon, New York strip, sirloin, and pretzel-crusted pork tenderloin. Children’s menu.  The Malt Shop: 228 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-6696. Broasted chicken dinners, Coney dogs, burgers, malts, and ice cream. The Maple Grille: 13105 Gratiot Rd, Hemlock, 989-233-2895. Farmto-table restaurant serves produce, meats, and fish from local sources.

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.

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.

Huron Fish Co: 505 Gratiot Ave, Saginaw, 989-792-2224. Fish and seafood takeout dinners, including famous whitefish. 

Memory Lane Café: 1122 Tittabawassee Rd (inside Antique Warehouse), Kochville Township, 989-755-4343. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts.

Chuck’s Market Restaurant: 108 S Adams St, Bay City, 989-893-0541. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; daily specials. Country breakfast, quarterpound cheeseburger, nachos, and hot turkey sandwich.

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.

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

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

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

Legends Diner: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-732-4537. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burgers, dogs, sandwiches, malts, floats, and banana splits.

Krzysiak’s House Restaurant: 1605 Michigan Ave, Bay City, 989894-5531. Authentic Polish food in

Mountain Town Station: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 866-3815022. Steakhouse, brewery, and wine shop. Fine micro-brews and a selection of over 300 wines. Wi-Fi. Mussel Beach: 3540 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-686-0575. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including original stuffed burgers. Ice cream and desserts. Takeout available.  Nbakade Family Restaurant: 5665 E Pickard Rd (inside Soaring Eagle

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TASTE / DINING OUT Waterpark & Hotel), 989-817-4806. Quiche, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mahi-mahi, and New York strip. Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes in barbecued pulled pork and deli sandwiches. The Old Christmas Station Restaurant: 100 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8196. Upscale fare inspired from around the world served in a historic train station. Italian bruschetta, Swiss fondue, oma soup, rack of lamb, Wiener schnitzel, Austrian goulash, and piccata Milanese. Old Town Drive-In: 807 S Granger (at Gratiot), Saginaw, 989-799-4162. Burgers, Coney dogs, fries, shakes, and root beer. Eat in your car or on ’50s-style diner stools. Takeout and catering. Oscar & Joey’s Roadhouse: 12027 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run, 989-624-9349. Prime rib, char-grilled rib-eyes, burgers, and pan-seared walleye New Orleans. Wild game available upon request. Lunch specials. Pasty Haus: 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-502-5009. Wide selection of homemade pasties, hand-dipped Ashby’s ice cream, and hundreds of bubble tea combination flavors. Perry’s Schuch Hotel & Restaurant: 301 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-799-2539. Veal tortellini, prime rib, and all-you-caneat fish on Fridays. The Pit at BARTS: 804 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-891-0100. Open pit Southern-style barbecue. Quarry Grill at Bucks Run: 1559 S Chippewa Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-7799973. Champagne chicken, steak, gourmet burgers, and crowd-favorite venison chili. All-you-can-eat lake perch (Thursdays). Riverside Family Restaurant: 8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 989-695-5563. Homemade entrées, sandwiches, soups, desserts, and award-winning pies, including coconut cream. Shirlene’s Cuisine: 1716 Wackerly St, Midland, 989-631-8750. Fifty-plus item soup and salad bar includes peas & peanuts, creamy cucumber salad, Waldorf salad, Mandarin salad, homemade chutney, and daily soups.

Showboat Restaurant: 242 W Broad St, Chesaning, 989-845-2830. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Soups, sandwiches, fresh lake perch, liver and onions, signature prime rib, and orange ginger chicken. Full bar. Siniikaung Steak & Chop House: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-5106. Aged prime beef, chops, and seafood entrées. Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus: 175 E Jefferson St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8681. Ribs, wings, and slider sandwiches. Southern flavors with local touches. Live bands on weekends. State Street: 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-6174. Coffee bar and restaurant with sophisticated comfort food, craft beer, and wine. Free Wi-Fi. Stock Pot Diner and Catering: 1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-8939332. 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. Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill: 281 Heinlein, Frankenmuth, 800-890-6877. Fish and chips, steaks, seafood, burgers, and deepdish pizza. One dozen handcrafted beers. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. Suzie Q’s Breakfast Nook: 2410 38th St, Bay City, 989-402-1792. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Corned beef hash, French dip sandwich, Friday fish fries, and barbecue pulled pork. 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, 989-865-6950; 2612 State St, Saginaw, 989-7931801; 2525 E Genesee, Saginaw, 989-753-4321; 7340 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2111; 2111 S Saginaw, Midland, 989-839-8560; 234 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-1631; 4880 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw Township, 989-2498669. Steak sandwiches loaded with

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your favorite toppings and boat-sized banana splits.

bowl, and signature cider slushes. August through January.

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.

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, curb-side pick-up, and catering.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Pannini’s Deli: 3585 Bay Rd, 989-7996038, Saginaw (located inside Discount Health Foods). Sandwiches, smoothies, and baked goods. Gluten-free foods and soy milk always available.

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

Shier’s Deli & Catering: 2218 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-832-3354. Classic deli favorites and Mexicaninspired twists. Burritos, tacos, corned beef sandwiches, hot pastrami, Byron, and Reuben.

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, 989401-1108. Bagels, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and lunch classics. Cortland Cooler Café: 5395 Midland Rd (located at Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm), Freeland, 989-695-9139. Wraps, sandwiches, chili in a bread

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. 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, 989-4442928. Flavors of the day change daily. 

Cops and Doughnuts City Bakery: 421 McEwan St, Clare, 989-386-2241 and 706 E Midland St, Bay City, 989892-3932. Old police departmentthemed bakery. Cake and glazed doughnuts, Long Johns, and specialties like the Bacon Squealer and Felony Fritter.

butter, hand-dipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates.

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.

Sweet Creations: 116 Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-327-1157. Specialty and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cut-out sugar cookies.

Grand Traverse Pie Company: 2600 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989839-4872. A variety of pies, including Grand Traverse cherry crumb, Old Mission cherry, natural Michigan cherry, raspberry, blueberry, and seasonal. Breakfast and lunch options also available. Great Lakes Ice Cream Co: 901 E Ashman, Midland, 989-698-0173. Homemade ice cream inspired by Michigan flavors and locations; Pictured Rocks, Detroit salt mine, Copper Country, lemon bar, and Blue Moon. Ice cream cones, ice cream cakes, sundaes, and shakes. 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 Sweets & Treats: 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 Brothers: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, 989-893-7522. Onehundred percent natural peanut

Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-5000. 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. Vanilla Bean Bake Shoppe: 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. Chicagostyle 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, 989797-8325. 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.

Big E’s Sports Grill: 810 Cinema Dr, Midland, 989-794-8585. Nachos served on a 22-inch pizza tray. Weekend breakfast menu and Bloody Mary bar.

The 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. 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.

Black Pearl Rok Grille & Rum Bar: 1019 N Water St, Bay City, 989-7782231. Enjoy your meal overlooking the water. Steaks, tiger shrimp, prawns, crab legs, oysters, scallops, sandwiches, and burgers. The Boulevard Lounge: 316 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-8325387. Breakfast seven days a week. Complete lunch and dinner menus, including appetizers, available. Brady’s Sports Bar & Diner: 512 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-2207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday.

Saloon & Eatery

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-the-century shopfronts.

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.

Cabin Bar & Grill of Linwood: 6 N Huron Rd, Linwood, 989-697-3811. French dip, buffalo chicken, Philly sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, burgers, wet burrito, and nacho supreme.

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.

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

Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-7760011. A 1920s-style lounge. Wine, martinis, Prohibition-era cocktails, craft beers, small plates, salads, and cheese boards.

The Creek Grill: 1259 S Poseyville Rd, Midland, 989-486-3717. Mammoth wings, seafood scampi, brisket macaroni and cheese, lobster macaroni and cheese, Baja-mahi fish tacos, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts. Creekside Bar & Grille: 9387 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-0050. Signature grilled pizza, Creek Crust (cheese bread sticks), burgers and sliders, special family recipe chicken burger, and more.

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.

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.

Beer and Brats, Inc: 4562 N Eastman Rd, Midland, 989-8359238. Variety of beer, homemade brats, Sammi Rae Root Beer on tap, and outdoor space for playing horseshoes and cornhole.

Coty’s Landing: 777 Midland Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-7909430. Casual atmosphere. Wraps, sandwiches, and burgers. Drink specials.

Bier Garten: 8 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-684-1331. Daily themed-specials. Quarter-off happy hour daily.

Diamond Jim’s: 101 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-3343. Soup, salad,

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TASTE / DINING OUT and sandwich bar during lunch. Happy hour. Dinner menu. Farmer’s Home Tavern: 215 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-642-2546. Famous burgers, other menu items, cold beer, and beverages served in a friendly, family-owned tavern. Flannigan’s Pub & Grill: 7734 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2320. Irish dishes and American fare like Irish egg rolls, loaded burgers, and Irish nachos. TVs. Dine on the deck.  Frankenmuth Brewery Co: 425 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8300. Microbrewery and restaurant offering appetizers, sandwiches, and dinner entrées with pretzel bread. Freshly brewed beers on tap. Gabby’s Pub and Grill: 3002 S Graham Rd, Thomas Township, 989-781-0101. Haddock, Gabby burger, smothered chicken, and microbrews.  Gatsby’s Saloon & Eatery:  203 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-922-5556. Pizza, steak, salmon, pastas, and sandwiches served in a ’20s-themed atmosphere. Premium liquors, beers, and wines. 

pickles, loaded waffle fries, mac attack burger, black bean burger, grilled salmon, chicken wrap, and wings. The Governor’s Quarters: 1304 S Wenona St, Bay City, 989-893-6111. Large selection of craft brews (bottled and on tap), hard ciders, and spirits. Burger baskets: “Judicial Indiscretion” (half-pound, homemade Coney sauce, onion, pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese). Harvey’s Grill and Bar: Two locations: 3055 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4424, and 4000 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-6863304. Traditional food with a twist and the coldest drafts found in Michigan. Hamilton Street Pub: 308 S Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-790-8119. Food, drinks, and entertainment. Dine in or order takeout. John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches.

Mac’s Bar: 118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-797-6227. A 1930s Art Deco-style bar and restaurant. Innovative cuisine from local farms, including organic, vegan, and vegetarian options. Live jazz musicians. Merl’s Tavern: 304 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw, 989-751-5140. Sports, trivia, music. Daily food specials: subs, soups, salads, French dip, Coney dogs, and brats. Michigan on Main: Inside Bavarian Inn, 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-9941. Michigan-inspired menu and craft beers. Whitefish from Lake Superior and pork produced in Frankentrost. Menu changes to accommodate local, seasonal availability.

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. High-definition TVs.

Midland Brewing Co: 5011 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-259-7210. Locally sourced menu options, rustic-chic atmosphere. Sausages, burgers, soft-baked pretzels, unique “Beeramisu” dessert. Wide range of craft beers, Mug Club option, homebrewed root beer.

Log Cabin Bar & Grill: 181 S Main St, Freeland, 989-695-5761. Deep-fried

Midland Street Jacks Grill & Lounge: 605 E Midland St, Bay City,

989-892-5741. Snacks, appetizers, kids’ meals, desserts, Tex-Mex entrées, salads, subs, and burgers. Lunch specials. Full bar. Mulligan’s Pub: 109 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-4555. Salads, daily soups, gourmet sandwiches, Mexican dishes, and steaks. Lunch and dinner specials. Premium liquors and beers. Takeout. O’s Pub and Grill: 123 E Midland Rd, Auburn, 989-266-3148. Family friendly dining with burgers, sandwiches, daily lunch specials, microbrew beers, and fish Fridays with cod, perch, and shrimp dinners. Private dining available for groups up to 40. O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grille: 2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-7753751. Pub food includes wings and burgers topped with onion rings. Drink specials. Large projector screens. One Twenty South: 120 S University, Mt Pleasant, 989-8174433. Specializing in craft cocktails and tapas. Drink an açaí mojito or grapefruit caipirinha; eat a charcuterie board or coffee-crusted fillet. Oscar’s Restaurant and Entertainment: 140 E Main St,

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Midland, 989-837-8680. Deli and chicken sandwiches, burgers, entrée salads, daily soups, and desserts. Variety of beer, wine, and cocktails. Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie: 576 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-6981. Rustic chic atmosphere and full bar. Charcuterie with artisanal cheeses as shared plates, pre-built or design-yourown, paninis, and farm-to-table dishes. Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-7937900. Small plate items, Rainmaker martini, nacho nights, happy hour events, and weekend entertainment. The Rathskeller: 600 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-892-0621. Full menu, daily specials, and drinks. Catch the game on one of 24 TVs.  Rustic Inn Steak House & Saloon: 133 N Saginaw St, St Charles, 989865-6466. Lodge-style atmosphere features more than 50 North American big game mounts. Entrées, sandwiches, and homemade soups.  Rusty Saw Smokehouse BBQ: 540 S Orr Rd, Hemlock, 989-3322948. 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, 989-8910100. Cozy seating areas for small groups. Live entertainment. Walkin humidor offers more than 80 varieties of cigars. Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs.  Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-

799-1940. Famous for its fish and chips. Full menu. Signature corned beef and cabbage served occasionally throughout the year. Tavern 101 Restaurant: 101 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-7781431. Italian- and Mediterraneaninfluenced cuisine. Signature flatbreads, pastas, wine, spirits, and selection of 50 beers on tap.  Tiffany’s Food & Spirits: 56 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989652-6881. Pizzas, seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-7902345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar. VNO New Age Restaurant & Wine Warehouse and Bay City Grill & Bar: 510 Midland St, Bay City, 989-460-0117. Serves small plates, including smoked salmon dip, calamari, escargot, and more than 25 wine selections by the glass or bottle; retail space includes more than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar. 


Washington Street Irish Pub and Grill: 112 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-8221. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak, hand-dipped onion rings, pizza, and homemade lunch specials every day. Water Lily Lounge: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-732-4537. Appetizers, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Food available until 11 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-8323395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs and Mediterranean platters. Whine: 337 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-835-5222. Wine bar with wines from across the world, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty liquors paired with small plates.  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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Brew at the Zoo SAGINAW

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DETAILS: Guests enjoyed craft beer and wine samplings, food from local restaurants, watching the animals, listening to live music, and free carousel and train rides. photos by Doug Julian

1. Barb Chernow and Jim Chernow 2. Melissa Galarno and Jerhemy Nelson 3. Steve Wirston and Jeanne Mallak 4. Molly Newvine, Courtney Licavoli, Victoria Ross, and Courtney Hollingsworth


2 CAN Council’s 19th Annual Golf Outing FREELAND

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DETAILS: Golfers helped raise money and awareness for abused and neglected children while spending a day golfing. photos by Doug Julian

1. Whitney Makowski, Cindy Morely, and Brittany Nonamaker 2. Scott Chinery, Bill Gutzwiller, Tim Fickes, and Gary Bublitz 3. Denise Hall, Sheri Short, Renae Sumption, and Jill Toporski 4. Rick Longoria, Jeff Wood, Buck Rutenbar, and Doug Temple 60 Great Lakes Bay | Nov/Dec 2017


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McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary: 60th Annual Charity Ball

Proceeds benefit a local charity.

Enjoy dinner, live music, dancing, and a silent auction. Open bar begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m.

When: Monday, December 4, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Where: Saginaw Country Club, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call 989-790-3590

Proceeds will be used to establish a Safe Room in the Emergency Department at the hospital designed to safely observe and manage patients at risk for suicide.

Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Annual Holiday Housewalk

When: Saturday, December 2, 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bay City For information and tickets: Visit www.mclarenorg/baycharityball

Saginaw County Medical Society Alliance: 14th Annual Jingle Mingle

A festive atmosphere includes holiday gifts available for purchase, a special signature drink, prizes, and a luncheon (served at 11:45 a.m.). Tickets are

Arts and Museums Exhibit: Treasure of Travel: A Provenance of Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Artwork from the Permanent Collection. November 1 – January 20, 12 – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. $5/$3 students and seniors/free for museum members and children 15 and younger. Contact the museum for exhibit information. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, Exhibit: Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar. November 1 – January 6, 12 – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. $5/$3 students and seniors/free for museum members and children 15 and younger. Don’t miss this touring exhibition with 40 objects to celebrate the artistic development of the guitar. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-7542491, Exhibit: Constructing Our Community. November 1 – March 2, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 12 – 4 p.m., Saturday. Free. Bay County Historical Society, Bay City; 989-893-5733

Exhibit: Floating World. November 1 – December 16, times vary. Free. Life-sized kimonos cast in glass, ceramic, bronze, and rusted iron fill the gallery. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125 Exhibit: Laurie Tennent: Botanicals. November 1 – December 1, times vary. Free. Admire botanical images on display. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125 Student Art Fair. Date and time TBD. This public exhibit features the work of young artists, grades 3 through 12, from Saginaw Public Schools. The theme is unity through diversity. Andersen Enrichment Center, Saginaw; 989759-1362, visit/andersenenrichmentcenter

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

Tour a selection of beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. Tours include live music, door prizes, and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the event at participating homes. Proceeds benefit Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. When: Thursday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Participating homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region For information and tickets: Call 989-755-6471, or visit www.

methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-6529941, Coffee and Crafts. Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft; cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113 Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781, Toddler Time. Every Wednesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Admission. Sing, dance, create, explore, and enjoy developmentally targeted projects. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free

event. Experience a 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; 989-631-5930, www. 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. City Hall Tour. Second Friday of each month through December 8, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www. Midland County Historical Society: Hands-on History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational dropin programs for the community

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to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. 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. Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Second Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. Admission $8. Authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the SaginawTokushima Friendship Garden, hosted by persons in kimono. Reservations encouraged. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, Saginaw; 989-759-1648, Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-8930451, Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. Cost $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Year-round, guided, customized boat tours through various bodies of water with photography, birding, adventure, and relaxation. Groups of one to 10. Johnny Panther Quest Ecotours; 810-6653-3859, www. Marketplace Bay City. Indoor, year-round market. Produce, fresh fish, artisan cheeses, and flowers. 401 Center Ave, Bay City; www. David Sedaris. November 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27 – $47. An evening of humor will keep you laughing all night. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.

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Comedy Night with Kate Brindle, Steve Lind, Dwayne Gill, and Norm Stulz. November 4, 7 p.m. $25. The comic genius of four nationally popular comedians take the stage. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Jerry Seinfeld Live. November 10, 7 p.m. $50 – $150 (limit 8 tickets). Jerry Seinfeld performs his signature stand-up routine. The Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989759-1330, www.doweventcenter. com Ladies’ Night Out. November 11, 4 p.m. Admission $5 (donation for Women’s Aide and Women’s Initiative). Local businesses offer incredible sales, specials, and prizes. Downtown Mt Pleasant; Kids and Culture. November 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Art Reach of Mid Michigan and several other organizations provide families the opportunity to participate in handson activities and more. Veterans Memorial Library, Mt Pleasant; 989773-3689, St. Nicholas to Santa Claus. November 18 – November 19, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. St. Nicholas tells the story of how he became Santa Claus. This half-hour performance, a tradition here at Bronner’s, involves audience participation. Don’t miss out on this memorable experience for children of all ages. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931 The “Forget About It” Italian Comedy Night. November 18, 7 p.m. $25 – $35. Vincent Pastore, from The Sopranos, Johnny Sialiano, comedian and radio host, and Maija Di Giorfio entertain audiences with a blend of comedic styles. State Theatre, Bay City; 989892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity. com Chesaning Christmas Candlelight Walk. November 24 – November 25, 12 – 9 p.m. Free admission. Historic Chesaning is lit with Christmas lights and comes alive with music and free horse-drawn carriage rides. Local businesses are open for holiday

shopping, gingerbread houses are on display, and holiday fun is all around for children. Santa joins the walk at the Festival of Trees. Chesaning; 989-845-3055

Kochville Veterans Hall, 3265 Kochville Rd, Saginaw; for more information, call Rollie Wilson at 989-865-8485 or Jack Shumaker at 810-820-3739

Christkindlmarkt. November 24 – November 26 and December 1 – 3. Times vary. A traditional European-style Christmas market includes baked goods, Christmas decorations, and more. Downtown Frankenmuth; 989-295-9766, www.

Immanuel Lutheran Church: A Living Nativity. December 1 – 3, 7 – 9 p.m., Friday, 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday, and 6 – 8 p.m., Sunday. Freewill donation. Dress accordingly for this outdoor event and travel to Bethlehem for a live re-enactment of the Christmas nativity. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8220 Holland Rd, Frankentrost; 989-754-0929,

Holiday Celebration and Candlewalk. November 24, 6 p.m. Free admission. Start the Christmas season off with hot chocolate and cookies at 6 p.m. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., and the candlewalk begins immediately after. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www. Santa’s Village at the North Pole. November 25 – December 18, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $10/free for 5 and younger. Visit Santa at this indoor winter wonderland full of lights and holiday displays. Play games, enjoy the rides, make arts and crafts, and more. Saginaw County Fairgrounds, Chesaning; 989-845-2143, www.santa. Sundays in the City. November 26. Take a free horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Bay City, listen to carolers, and catch a holiday movie at the State Theatre. Downtown Bay City; 989-893-3573, Brain Candy Live. November 26, 7:30 p.m. $28 – $60. Adam Savage and Michael Stevens turn their collective sense of wonder and curiosity into fun for audiences of all ages. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. 52nd Annual Saginaw Valley Orchid Society Orchid Show and Sales. November 26 – 27. Free admission. Society members share orchid blooms in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Vendors sell orchids and supplies, and orchid displays will be judged.

Visit Santa at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. December 1 – December 24. 10 – 11:30 a.m., 1 – 4 p.m., and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, and 12 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday. Free for ages 10 and younger. Cameras welcomed; no photos offered. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9935, ext 423, Santa’s Arrival & Courthouse Lighting. December 1, 7 p.m. Free. Participate in a magical evening and watch the courthouse light up, heralding Santa’s arrival and opening of his house for visitors. Midland Courthouse, Midland; www. Santa House. December 1 – December 27 (closed December 25). Free admission. Visit with Santa. Cameras welcomed. Santa House, Midland; www. Dow Gardens Poinsettia Display. December 1 – 30, 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Admission $5/ free for 5 and younger. Walk through the gardens to Dow Gardens Conservatory and view the poinsettia display. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-6312677, Sundays in the City. December 3, 10, and 17. Take a free horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Bay City,


listen to carolers, and catch a holiday movie at the State Theatre. Downtown Bay City; 989-893-3573,

from 6 – 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., event becomes 21 and older. East End of Midland; 989-837-3330, www.

Winter Solstice Celebration. December 6, 6 – 8 p.m. Free admission. Roll a beeswax candle, try candle-dipping, and make a small evergreen wreath. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Breakfast with Santa at the Trombley-Centre House. Date and time TBA. Sit down to breakfast with Santa. Seating is limited, reservations are required, and no highchairs are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no sales at the door. Trombley-Centre House, Bay City; 989-893-5733,

Dow Gardens Christmas Walk. December 8 – 10 and 16 – 17, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Meet Santa’s reindeer while you listen to carolers and experience an aweinspiring poinsettia display along a candlelit walk. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www. Christmas Carnival. December 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission; tickets available to purchase for games and activities. Santa and his reindeer join guests at Apple Mountain. Enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, and more. Apple Mountain, Freeland; 989-781-6789, Kids and Culture. December 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Art Reach of Mid Michigan and several other organizations provide families the opportunity to participate in handson activities and more. Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Mt Pleasant; 989773-3689, Bronner Family Sing-along. December 22 – December 23, 1:30 – 2 p.m. Free admission. The Bronner family leads the group in singing a variety of Christmas carols. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9935, ext 423, Silent Night Sing-along at Silent Night Chapel. December 24, 3 – 3:15 p.m. Free admission. A guest guitarist and member of the Bronner family lead everyone in singing “Silent Night” to remember why Christmas is celebrated. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9935, ext 423, Midnight on Main. December 31, 6 p.m. Family-friendly event. Festivities begin with a ball drop

Bringing Back the Ice. Dates and times TBD. Skate around the ice, play a game of hockey, or take a turn sledding down the hill. After, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa in the warming house. Hoyt Park, Saginaw;

Charitable Events Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Annual Holiday Housewalk. December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission. Tour decorated homes and enjoy live music, door prizes, and more. Proceeds benefit the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. For locations, homeowner information, and addresses, call 989-755-6471, or visit

3 – November 5. Times vary. Free admission. Bronner’s will make a complete list of the newly retired Department 56 pieces, which will be available for review. Have your items signed by a Department 56 artist. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www. Shipshewana on the Road. November 4 – 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5p.m., Sunday. Admission $4/free for children 12 and younger. Artisans, crafters, and more offer products and merchandise for purchase by the public, from furniture to jewelry. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt Pleasant; 269-979-8888, www. Egyptian Museum Signing with Linda Paul. November 4 – November 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 6 p.m., Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m., Sunday. Free admission. Linda Paul, one of the Egyptian Museum owners, signs your Egyptian Museum ornaments, perfume bottles, wine glasses, vases, candy dishes, and more. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www.

McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary: 60th Annual Charity Ball. Date and time TBA. Music, cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit McLaren Bay Region. Tickets available at DoubleTree Hotel and McLaren Bay Region Gift Shop. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bay City; www.

Ginger Cottages Ornament Signing with Glenn Crider. November 4 – November 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m., Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m., Sunday. Free Admission. Check out the newest ornament artist from Ginger Cottages, Glenn Crider, who will sign Ginger Cottages ornaments purchased during the event. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www.

Saginaw County Medical Society Alliance: 14th Annual Jingle Mingle. Date and time TBA. Vendors, prizes, guest speaker, and lunch. Registration requested. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Saginaw County Club, Saginaw; 989-790-3590, www.

Great Lakes Scrapbooking Expo. November 10 – 11. Admission. A one-stop shop for all types of paper crafting, stamping, scrapbooking, or card making as well as a great resource for tips and advice provided by our vendors. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-6244665,


Keepsake Collection Folk Art and Craft Show. November 11, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Admission $2/free for 12 and younger. Over 80 exhibits will help you find the crafts you need

Department 56 Retirement Weekend and Signing. November

to get ready to decorate for the upcoming holidays. West Intermediate School, Mt Pleasant; 989-681-4023, mtpl.php Fontanini Italian Nativity Signing with Stefano Fontanini. November 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Stefano Fontanini, a member of the Fontanini family will greet guests and sign items from the Fontanini collection purchased at Bronner’s during the event. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www. Pam Chatley Ornament Artist Signing. November 18 – November 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m., Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m., Sunday. Meet Michigan artist Pam Chatley, who will sign her popular hand-painted ornaments and canvases purchased at Bronner’s. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www. Jacki Edwards Ornament Artist Signing. December 1 – December 3, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m., Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m., Sunday. Free admission. Wisconsin artist Jacki Edwards has created familythemed keepsake ornaments for four decades and will sign your purchased ornament. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931, www. Nature Art Show & Sale. December 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome. Artists offer photography, wood carvings, copper sculpture, books, and more. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Weekend in the Country Holiday Market. December 2 – 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday. Admission $6/ free four 12 and younger. Parking included with admission. Find cheer-filled gifts and more. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989624-4665, Scholastic Book Fair. December 11 – 13, 12:30 – 7 p.m., Monday,

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10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, and 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday. Stock up on favorite reads at great deals. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www.

Festivals Saginaw Bay Comic Con. November 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission $5/$20 family 5-pack/$2 Saginaw Valley State University students. Comic books, action figures, original art, and more fill more than 60,000 square feet. Advanced ticket holders get in at 9:30 a.m. Cosplay contest at 5 p.m., and door prizes throughout the day. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 734258-5026, Festival of Trees. November 10 – November 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, Premiere Night Party 6 – 10 p.m., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission $5/free for children younger than 6. Generous sponsors donate more than 100 decorated trees to be raffled off. Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland; 248-703-2858 Mount Pleasant Christmas Celebration. December 1 – December 2, 5 – 9 p.m. Cost varies by event. Enjoy the holiday lights and special events throughout downtown Mount Pleasant. Downtown Mt Pleasant; 989-7795349, Hollyday Art Fair. December 7, time TBD. The fair features fresh holly for sale, plus gifts, artwork, and more. A silent auction and a soup and sandwich lunch round out the fair activities. Andersen Enrichment Center, Saginaw; 989759-1362, visit/andersenenrichmentcenter

Music, Theater & Film Crystal Bowersox: Live and in Concert. November 3, 7 p.m. Tickets $25 – $35/$75 VIP/$18 students 18 and younger with adult purchase. Don’t miss this concert

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filled with blues, county, folk, and rock, performed by a talented and dynamic musician. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Kansas. November 3, 8 p.m. Tickets $40 – $95. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kansas’ breakthrough album, Leftoverture. The Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1320, www. Time for Three. November 4, 7:30 p.m. $34 – $43/$15 student. A classically trained string trio comes back to Midland for a concert with a mix of classical tunes with pop hits. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www. The Great Russian Nutcracker. November 5, 3 p.m. $25 - $70. The Moscow Ballet dances in the holiday season with its 25th anniversary tour. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. Tapestry Live. November 9, 7 p.m. $17 – $27/$12 students 18 years and younger. Suzanne O. Davis pays tribute to Carole King by presenting the complete Tapestry album. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree. November 10 – November 12, times vary. $12/$8 students. Captain Jennings assembles a motley crew and a sailor who can’t swim to protect his wealthy passengers. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.

Association. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. She Kills Monsters. November 15 – November 18, 7:30 p.m. $13/$10 students and senior citizens. A comic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, is the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she starts a journey of discovery in an imaginary world with homicidal fairies. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989964-4261 Elf: The Broadway Musical. November 17 – November 18, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35 – $75. Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band. November 17, 7 p.m. $35 – $40. Jeff Daniels has toured both coasts with his son’s band, the Ben Daniels Band, and has shared the stage with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Keb Mo’, and Bruce Hornsby just to name a few. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.

The Resurrection of Stevie Ray Vaughan. November 11, 7:30 p.m. Join a talented musician as he pays tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas blues/rock signature music. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. November 18, 7:30 p.m. $25 – $55. The hysterical Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. 989-7547469,

The Rock Show: The Ultimate Journey Tribute. November 12, 5 p.m. $17. Angie Marie and the Jagwire Country Band put on an amazing ‘80s show. Proceeds benefit the Hydrocephalus

The Voice of Baseball. November 18, 7:30 p.m. $20/$15 students. This concert is for baseball and music lovers alike and provides color and context for important moments in history. Midland

Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, The Blarney Castle Christmas Show. November 25, 7:30 p.m. $20. Blarney Castle perform traditional and folk music. The concert is presented by Friends of Celtic Culture. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Vienna Boys Choir. November 27, 7:30 p.m. $29 – $49. The Vienna Boys Choir presents a special holiday concert to celebrate the joy and magic of Christmas. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, The Vogues. November 28 – November 29, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $45 (prepayment required). A fun and entertaining matinee show includes a chicken plate meal. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-652-7200, www. A Joyful Christmas. December 2, 7 p.m. $57 –- $67. Jim Brickman performs solo piano songs. Brickman is the most charted adult contemporary artist and bestselling solo pianist to date. State Theater, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Midland Symphony Orchestra with Dianne Reeves. December 8, 8 p.m. $538 – $53/$18 – $33 students. Grammy award-winning Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her album, Christmas Time Is Here. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Holiday Harmonies by the Sweet Adelines 2017. December 9, 3 p.m. $15. The Sweet Adelines, a nonprofit, worldwide ladies’ barbershop organization performs four-part harmony music to celebrate the season. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, Home Free: A Country Christmas. December 10, 7:30 p.m. $19 – $49. Home Free, a country a cappella band, entertains audiences with a high-energy show. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930,


Santaland Diaries. December 14 – December 17, 7:30 p.m., Thursday – Friday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, and 3 p.m., Sunday. $20. After David Sedaris spent a season working at Macy’s as a department store elf, he created a classic about Crumpet the Elf. With an acid tongue and razor-sharp wit, Crumpet skewers the holiday juggernaut, exposing the heart and hypocrisy of that most festive of seasons. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, An Evening with Micky Dolenz from the Monkees. December 16, 7 p.m. $57 – $67. Micky Dolenz performs a variety of music and shares stories. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www. Jingle: A Holiday Extravaganza. December 16, 7:30 p.m. $16/$11 students. Center Stage Choirs sings your favorite seasonal tunes. Over 200 voices fill the theater with holiday cheer. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930,

Nature Wee Stroll. November 1 – November 10, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Free admission. Ages 6 months – 2 years with adult. Parents can take a guided walk with their children to learn about the outdoors and introduce children to the natural world. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Story Hours. November 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Free admission. Ages 3 – 5 with adult. Spend an hour learning about nature with a story, crafts, outdoor time, and other activities. Chippewa Nature Center,

Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. November 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free admission. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Wear dark clothing and bring your own flashlight as you venture out to look for signs of beaver and other wildlife near ponds and rivers. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Who Dung It? November 11, 1 – 2 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Michelle Fournier, interpretative naturalist, takes visitors out for a scat hike, learning how to identify animals by their droppings. Take home a replica made inside. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Fall Exploration Days. November 24 – November 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m. Sundays. Free admission. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Activities include experiments, scavenger hunts, and crafts. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Give Thanks to Nature. November 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Take a leisurely stroll to appreciate and give thanks to the nature all around us. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Night at the Cabin. December 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Learn how farmers prepared for winter in the 19th century at the Homestead Cabin. Make a holiday ornament.

Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Families in Nature: Needles and Cones. December 9, 1 – 2 p.m. Free admission. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Dress for the weather to prepare for an outdoor hike to learn the difference between spruces and first, along with how they each differ from pines. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Winter Exploration Days. December 22 – January 3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m., Sundays. Free admission. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Enjoy winter break from school by exploring Michigan’s natural wonders. Includes selfguided, hands-on exploration stations. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Networking Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. November 2 and December 7, 7:30 – 9 a.m. December event includes new member expo. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7161, www. Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake Up! Midland. November 3 and December 1, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center, Midland; 989839-9522, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. November 9 and December 14, 5 – 7 p.m. November: Freeland Sports Zone, Freeland, and December: SVRC Market Place,

Saginaw; 989-757-2112, www. Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. November 15, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Baymont Inn, Midland; 989839-9522, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. November 16 and December 14, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. November: Chemical Bank, 21 E Main St, Bay City, and December: Huntington Bank, 701 Washington Ave, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. November 17, 7:30 – 9 a.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City—Riverfront, Bay City; 989893-4567, Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. November 28 and December TBD. Location TBD, Saginaw; 989-753-1999, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business over Breakfast. November and December TBD. Location TBD, Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396, www. Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business after Hours. November and December TBD, 5 – 7 p.m. Mt Pleasant; 989772-2396, Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to events@greatlakesbay. com. Send date, time, cost, and contact information for your event by the first day of the month, three months prior to the event date.

Gift Guide 2017

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

Enchanted Forest Fairy Garden Miniatures A perfect gift for gardeners of all ages. Get creative and craft different scenes for fall, winter, spring, and to take outdoors in the summer!

$3.49 – $29.99

Calla Lilies European Plus-Size Fashions from Ulla Update your wardrobe for the holidays, or give the gift of unique European fashions. Ulla, 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 – $89.95 Jerky Joint Customized Meat Buckets or Boxes Create your own bucket o’ meat for the meat-lover on your list. Choose from a wide variety of jerky, sausage, and exotic meats, and top it off with a seasoning, rub, or sauce to complement.

$15 & up

Hello Cats and Dogs “Barkery” Treats Spoil your four-legged friends this Christmas with tasty treats from Hello Cats and Dogs’ expanded “Barkery”!

$1 – $10

Funky Skunk Irish Sweater Get cozy this winter with this authentic knit sweater, imported from Ireland exclusively for the Funky Skunk. Made from 100 percent merino wool.


St. Laurent Bros. Since 1904, St. Laurent Brothers has been manufacturing the freshest nuts, hand-dipped chocolates, and the finest 100 percent 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. Our shop offers a vast selection of the finest quality candies, assorted chocolates, and freshly roasted nuts. Our hand-dipped chocolates are a local favorite.

1101 N Water St I Bay City I 989-893-7522 St. Laurent Brothers Party Tray One of our top sellers, the St. Laurent 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, and milk chocolate pecan caramel clusters. To top it off, the center is filled with colorful holiday candy.


St. Laurent Brothers Gold Cluster Box

Our classic gold cluster box features five of our hand-dipped premium milk chocolate clusters: peanut, cashew, almond, pecan, and coconut. Each box is hand-packed to perfection. Our cluster box comes in a 1-pound or 2-pounds 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. Featuring 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).

4lbs, 3 oz: $69.95 Cashew or Fancy Mixed Nut Acetate

For a quick and easy gift for any nut lover, check out our clear acetate container (available in small or large). 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 makes them perfect for gift giving.

Small: $18.49 Large: $29.99

Truffle Assortment St. Laurent Brothers truffle box contains an assortment of premium white, milk, and dark chocolate truffles that will melt in your mouth.





n 1879, Saginaw photographers (L to R) William O. (1846-1890) and Wallace L. Goodridge (1840-1922) pose at their Goodridge Brothers Studio, East Saginaw (est. abt. 1864), for what was destined to become their best-known image. The photo likely was organized by the Goodridges and possibly taken by one of their assistants, James H. Morris or Arthur William Brown. The photo setting also includes the Goodridges’ selected props, New Year greeting, business address, their Dalmation—and their extremely recent 20-by-24-inch “enhanced Rembrandt-style” portrait of Effie Ellsler. Ellsler was a popular American actress who appeared at East Saginaw’s Academy of Music on December 20, 1878. The Goodridges were commissioned, probably by the local Singer Manufacturing Co. representative, to create portraits of Ellsler for Singer sewing machine advertising cards. The Goodridge Studio traces to 1847 and York, Pennsylvania, where it was started by William and Wallace’s older brother, Glenalvin Goodridge (1829-1867), a teacher and photographer. In 1863, during the Civil War, Glenalvin was imprisoned for about two years and contracted tuberculosis. William and Wallace subsequently moved to Saginaw in 1863-1864. Later Glenalvin joined his brothers in Saginaw and worked some with them, but died from tuberculosis in 1867. During their lives, the Goodridge brothers kept pace with changing technology and trends to create thousands of variedformed photographs of lumbering, fashion, and style. In Enterprising Images:The Goodridge Brothers, African American Photographers 1847-1922 (2000), author John Vincent Jezierski, emeritus professor of history (2006) at Saginaw Valley State University, explains that the Goodridge Brothers Studio “was the most significant and enduring African American photographic establishment in North America” from 1847 to 1922, when it closed following Wallace’s death. Photo courtesy of The Castle Museum, Saginaw.

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Research & Development Scientist Josh Katzenstein realizes that making our community a better place to live takes more than continuous innovation at work every day. It requires finding imaginative ways to play his part and give back to the community. In theaters all across the Great Lakes Bay Region, he steps away from his world of science and transports others to a world of wonder. Whether it involves the stage in a theater or the stage of a microscope, Josh performs. The Human Element At Work.

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The Great Lakes Bay Region Does Better with Garber. “As a business leader and a volunteer, I get to see the great needs of our community–and I get to see firsthand the people meeting those needs. The folks at Garber are always there to help our kids, feed our neighbors, and build homes for local families. I value that spirit, and that’s why I buy from Garber. From the sale through every maintenance visit, the staff takes good care of me and my daughter, and I take pride in giving back to a company that gives so greatly. It matters where I buy my car. That’s why I buy from Garber!” Emily Yeager President & CEO, Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

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