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IN THE MITTEN Michigan-made foods are perfected in the Great Lakes Bay Region. BY PATI LaLONDE

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he crowd roared, excitement gleamed in the eyes of the participants, and tension emanated from the drivers as robots battled. Between matches, music blared, and participants danced as pit crews worked feverishly to repair damage to their 120-pound robot. The celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) known as FIRST Robotics occurred throughout the region earlier this year. Midland Dow High School and Shepherd High School hosted events where 40 robots engaged in a fierce two-day competition, and Saginaw Valley State University was the proud host of the 160-team FIRST Robotics State Championship this past spring. This year’s robots gathered and shot balls, manipulated gears, and climbed a rope to score points. High school teams engineered their uniquely designed machines in just six weeks’ time. Fortunately, Michigan is a hotbed for FIRST Robotics, having more teams than any other state, and Detroit will begin hosting the World Championship event at Little Caesar’s Arena in 2018.

Participation in robotics is strong in our region, but there is room to grow. Many teams don’t have feeder programs and need more volunteers to assist students as they learn coding, wiring, videography, web design, CAD, engineering, etc. The most successful teams have over a dozen volunteer mentors. With mentorships, students acquire valuable skills, develop business partnerships, and receive opportunities such as plant tours and job shadowing. Business owners like Alan Fonzi of Bay Composites, Inc. see the value of influencing young minds by sharing their expertise in areas such as 3-D printing, coding, and manufacturing. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) encourages regional STEM initiatives to enhance the STEM workforce in the eight-county region. Parents and students who have an interest in STEM can access information on programs and activities at the GLBRA STEM website ( Businesses and individuals interested in mentoring a robotics team in the region should contact the GLBRA at 989-695-6100. With many opportunities available, there is sure to be something that will engage anyone, thus opening the door to an exciting, enriching, and STEM-strong future.

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very state has its own food favorite (a product made or item grown there) that it’s known for and for which residents who move away suffer hunger pangs. In Minnesota, it’s wild rice. In Maryland, it’s Old Bay Seasoning. In Louisiana, it’s Tabasco Hot Sauce. And the Mitten State? We have our food icons, too. We’re known for pails of TC’s cherries that ripen in July, and Mackinac Island fudge, which is a siren call to thousands of ferry-debarking day vacationers. Then there’s Chelsea’s Jiffy cornbread mix in the blue-and-white box, the U.P.’s coveted pasties, Pinconning cheese, and

plenty more delectable edibles. For this issue’s feature story, “Made in the Mitten,” we figuratively traveled the state to find the famous food products made in Michigan, grown in the state’s rich soil, or fished from our magnificent Great Lakes. And while each on its own is the muse for superlatives of the word “yum,” we were seduced into frosting the proverbial cake. Chefs in and around the base of the Thumb are inspired to hand-pick what’s tasty as is and cook up a riff. Take, for example,Vernors Ginger Ale, the fizzy amber-colored soda that is a just-right refreshing beverage (and a home remedy for stomach ailments). At Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, it becomes a decadent Vernors Float. With some culinary abracadabra, the good-for-you breakfast cereal with the rooster on the box becomes Crunchy French Toast at Deuce’s Char House. And Spatz’s (the. best. ever.) white bread is transformed into a Praline (!) BLT at The Curve Bar & Grill. See these and more, beginning on page 22. Enjoy our scrumptious ode to 11 Michigan food originals—and keep our state’s bragging rights on the tip of your taste buds.

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

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

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The Show Must Go On Bay City Players celebrates 100 years of theater. BY JANIS STEIN | PHOTO BY DOUG JULIAN

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ay City Players has exceeded well over 500 productions, with multiple shows per production, in its 100-year history. It is touted as Michigan’s longest, continuously operating community theater. Performances include comedies, dramas, and musicals designed to engage and entertain. The longevity of Bay City Players speaks for its success, but the group started with humble beginnings. Mrs. J.D. (Emily) Grinnell is credited with founding this community theater, then-named Bay City Art Club; the first performance was held on March 19, 1917—in Mrs. Grinnell’s living room. “Grinnell presented two, one-act plays as entertainment, though we don’t know who the original performers were,” explains Leeds Bird, honorary president and Bay City Players member for over 60 years. Actors performed in members’ homes as part of the Thursday Morning Musicale during World War I, and continued in the 1920s as the Musicale-Art Club before being renamed Bay City Theater Guild in 1929, and finally Bay City Players in 1931. During the group’s first four decades, players performed in private homes, local opera houses, schools, church halls, and movie theaters. In 1955, Bay City Players purchased its current location, then-named Pines Theater. During the last half century, the group has made numerous renovations, the first occurring by accident. “Somebody driving on Columbus Avenue lost control of their car and drove into the box office. The insurance money paid to replace the front of the building,” says Bird. The theater has since experienced three stages of renovations. “The first two phases were devoted to making production easier and better,” Bird adds. Improvements included additions to the stage, an orchestra pit, dressing rooms, storage areas for props, costumes, and scenery, a rehearsal room, and an office. The third phase

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Left: Jan Sorensen as “Laurey” and Frank Bradley as “Curley” on a Bay City Players’ program for a 196465 performance of Oklahoma! Above: Mary Tarter as “Anna” and Frank Braman as “The King” during a 1964 rehearsal for the Bay City Players production of The King and I Photos courtesy of Bay City Players

focused on the audience’s experience by fixing the slanted floor, mounting acoustical panels, and installing more comfortable chairs. Bay City Players believes in the power of a great performance. Live theater, however, sometimes yields unexpected surprises for performers—with resulting titters from the audience. During one play, performers were acting out a scene while sitting on bales of hay. The scene wasn’t comedic, and the actors likely wondered why the audience was desperately trying to suppress their giggles. What the actors couldn’t see was a little mouse going in and out of the bales of hay. Laughter aside, what defining factor secured this theater’s continuity? “It’s our strong volunteer base,” adds Judy Miller, board secretary. “That’s unique in this area. And we have great community support.”

Bay City Players enjoys a volunteer base of over 400 people with about 120 volunteers serving on an average production. “In response to what makes Bay City Players special, one volunteer said, ‘I walk into a production with complete strangers and walk out with people I would consider some of my closest friends,’” Miller explains. It’s that sentiment and camaraderie among volunteers that ensures this community theater will continue to stand the test of time. To celebrate the significant milestone of its 100th season, Bay City Players hosted a gala on September 8 and 9. And while the community celebrated their achievement with them, Bay City Players are already looking to the future—after all, the show must go on! Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Ave, Bay City, 989-893-5555,


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The first ever cornfield maze, the “Amazing Maize Maze®,” was produced in 1993 in Pennsylvania, and was then the world’s largest corn maze at 3.3 acres, 1.92 pathway miles, and 142,713 square feet.

Backpacks are back-to-school staples today, but the first vessels for students’ books weren’t pack-like at all. Rather, a strap of leather or cloth fastened around books was used for carrying purposes until the 1960s, when nylon, zippered “daypacks” came into use.

Have fun finding your way through 740,520 square feet of cornstalks at Farmer Bill’s Giant 17-Acre Corn Maze, a local labyrinth at Warmbier Farms (5300 Garfield Rd, Auburn, 989-662-7002).

Nab back-to-school fashions, backpacks, and more for less at the upscale resale store, The Cat’s Meow Downtown (810 Washington Ave, Bay City; 989-391-9335).

5,000,000 12 More than five million people take part in geocaching, an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek containers at specific locations marked by coordinates.

Discover the “world’s largest treasure hunt” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 21 at Going Geocaching at Chippewa Nature Center (400 S Badour Rd, Midland; 989-631-0830).

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Pumpkin-carving first began in Ireland with potatoes and turnips— not pumpkins. It wasn’t until after the potato famine, beginning in 1845 and lasting six years, that the nowAmerican tradition began. Find your perfect pumpkin to transform into a jack-o’-lantern at Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market (507 S Washington Ave, Saginaw; www. 16 Great Lakes Bay | Sept/Oct 2017

Humans can hear sounds between 0 and 140 decibels, a decibel (dB) being a unit of measurement indicating how loud a sound is. A leaf falling is 10 decibels, whispering is 30, and the loudest verified human scream was measured at 129 dB. Test your decibel levels—if you dare—at the haunted attraction,Village of the Living Dead (400 E Water St, St Charles;

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The Fly Agaric serves an ecological purpose in both deciduous and coniferous forests as a beneficial relationship between the fungus and the tree roots

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ave you encountered any colorful mushrooms lately? After rainfall, mushrooms readily emerge and expand, just like a sponge. Look for a variety of shapes—toadstools, shelves, buttons, trumpets, balls, or slime. A mushroom is the visible part of a fungus. Mushrooms comprise the “fruiting body” of the fungus, producing spores for reproduction. Have you looked underneath a mushroom cap? Many have gills, which increase the spore-bearing surface, such as the deadly Amanitas. Other species produce their spores in elongated tubes like the Boletes, while the toothed fungi grow tooth-like spines extending down from the top, such as the white Shelving Tooth. Gravity draws the spores out when they are ready, releasing them into the wind to germinate on other moist surfaces.

Colors and Shapes Spores come in many colors and help in accurate mushroom identification. Here’s an easy way to see spores: Cut off the mushroom cap, place it on a piece of paper, and cover it with a glass or plastic cup to prevent disturbance. After 24 hours, remove the cup and cap to find a spore print from dark or brown-spored mushrooms. If there isn’t a spore point, try again with a dark piece of paper in order to catch pink or light-colored spores. Then search a fungi field guide for further characteristics. Widespread and common, Chicken of the Woods or Sulphur Shelf grows on hardwood, coniferous stumps, or living trees

About 90 percent of a fungus lives hidden from view—inside trees or logs, or underground. Fungi cells called hyphae look like tubular thread-like structures that grow from their tips. Hyphae form large branching networks called mycelium. A cubic inch of topsoil contains enough mycelium to stretch a mile if placed end-to-end. Similar to animals, fungi feed on organic matter, store food as glycogen instead of starch like plants, and lack chlorophyll. Unlike animals that first ingest then digest their food, fungi secrete digestive enzymes into the environment before ingesting nutrients from organic matter. Saprophytic fungi, such as Birch Polypore and Turkey Tail, feed on dead organic matter and cause wood decay. Saprophytic fungi recycle about 85 percent of the carbon from organic matter, with bacteria and animal decomposers responsible for the other 15 percent. Mutualistic fungi called mycorrhizae engage in a beneficial relationship with tree roots. Mycorrhizae form a dense layer around small roots, helping them absorb water and nutrients, while also protecting them from pathogenic fungi or nematodes. Mycorrhizae receive some of the plant’s sugars, used for growth. Look on the forest floor for Giant Puffball or Fly Agaric. Pathogenic fungi feed on living organisms. Some species destroy wood, causing “brown rot” or “white rot” inside trees. Examples include Honey Mushroom in tree holes and Sulphur Shelf growing on stumps. Unicellular pathogenic fungi cause some diseases in humans, such as athlete’s foot. Slugs, snails, box turtles, insect larvae, and squirrels eat mushrooms.Your hunt can be challenging, depending on who finds them first.

Bracket fungi grow like semicircular shelves from the sides of trees. They last for weeks, months, or through the winter. Violet polypore shows off its dark violet edge in contrast with its white body, while the Turkey Tail displays waves of tan, rust, and brown. Typical toadstools, such as the Fly Agaric and Destroying Angel, sprout from an underground cup, have a ring on the stalk, and are very poisonous. Trumpet-shaped, yellow-to-orange Chanterelles show thick, forked gills that curve down the stem. The Horn of Plenty is smoky-grey with a wavy in-rolled margin. Wax Caps show off bright orange, yellow, or red button tops. Blue-staining Bolete grows under hardwoods and has white thick flesh that stains rapidly to brilliant blue when cut. Lemon Drops fill a log with small, yellow saucer-shaped balls. Sept/Oct 2017 | Great Lakes Bay 19





Great Lake Loons Batter up! It’s a three-game series versus the Lake County Captains at Dow Diamond. Through 9/4.











Midland Balloon Festival Watch colorful balloons take flight over Midland County. Through 9/17.

Saginaw Harvest Table Savor the flavor of locally grown food in Saginaw’s Potthoff Park.










Chase 5K Run or walk along the Ferguson Bayou Trail in Saginaw.


28 Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival Grab some popcorn and enjoy four days of film, music, and art in downtown Bay City. Through 10/1.

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Stargazer & Moonlight Dinner Sail Set sail from Bay City’s Wenonah Park for a voyage under the stars.

Festival of Banners Meander through Mount Pleasant and enjoy the large, colorful banners on display. Through 11/1.



Frankenmuth Auto Fest Get revved up at Heritage Park. Through 9/10.

Full Moon Stroll Take a moonlight hike at Chippewa Nature Center.











Brückeläufe Half Marathon Bridge Race Cross 13 bridges in a foot tour of Frankenmuth.

Wein and Stein Fill your glass with beer or wine in Frankenmuth.








Halloween Doublefeature Movie Night Watch Hocus Pocus and Friday the 13th under the stars at Dow Gardens.




Zoo Boo! Don your costumes and tour the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw. Through 10/29.









Mother Nature’s Halloween Trail Bring the entire family and enjoy a pumpkin-lit evening of activities at Bay City State Park.

Plein Air Pastels Paint aboard a tall ship while cruising the Saginaw River.

Frankenmuth Corn Maze Explore the farm and maneuver your way through the five-acre corn maze. Through 10/29.






Nature at Night Lights out! Experience the natural wonders of the night at Chippewa Nature Center.


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Mitten Michigan-made foods are perfected in the Great Lakes Bay Region. BY PATI LaLONDE | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN

Local chefs are serving up everything from entrées to desserts that contain a slice of Michigan. The names of these products are synonymous with The Mitten: Vernors ginger ale, Spatz bread, Koegel meats, Traverse City cherries, and more. Thanks to area restaurateurs, those names, and the histories that go along with them, are being kept alive in regional menu items.

CONEY DOGS There is nothing like a Koegel’s hot dog, until you top it with a secret Greek Coney sauce and then it becomes the stuff from which legends are made. Koegel Meats has been supplying Michiganders since the mid-1930s when Albert Koegel opened the plant in Flint. The company is still headquartered in Flint

near Bishop Airport and offers 35 meat products across Michigan, in addition to having a small presence in Toledo. This local Coney dog came to be in 1963 when Harry Stumpos, Martin Glysz, Don Herman, and Al LaFromboise opened their first Mr. Hot Dog in Bay City. Expanding over the years around

the area, the Coney dog is available only at the original location. The restaurant is still in the family, operated by Glysz’s sons, Brian and Mark. “They started with Farmer Pete’s hot dogs,” remembers Brian Glysz. “When that went out of business, they switched to Koegel’s. Harry came up with

the secret Greek family recipe. We still use the recipe we started with.” Along the way, the restaurant has become Koegel’s largest single unit restaurant, selling more than 300,000 hot dogs a year, at a cost of $1.75 each. Mr. Hot Dog, 811 N Euclid Ave, Bay City; 989-684-1881, www. Mr-Hot-Dog

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VERNORS FLOAT This combination of ginger ale and ice cream is called a Boston Cooler; however, it did not originate in Boston. The float actually got its start in Detroit using local Vernors Ginger Ale and vanilla ice cream. The soda was created by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist in 1866. The float was created by a soda fountain owner, Fred Sanders of Sanders chocolate, in Detroit. The Boston Cooler celebrated its first year at Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café last May 18, which was also the 12th anniversary of the opening of the restaurant. The idea for the floats got off the ground last summer, when the management wanted

to add desserts to the food menu. “We started with root beer floats,” says Lindsay Morrell, operating manager. “It was something I always took to school for my birthday. I wanted to incorporate it into the shop’s birthday [celebration].” A little research on Morrell’s part uncovered the Boston Cooler and the Vernors connection.  “People ask what it is, and I tell them it’s a Vernors float,” says Morrell. “They are really good.” Try it for $2.50 plus tax. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, 210 S Washington Ave, Saginaw; 989401-0269, doandcoffee

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You don’t mess with an award-winning cheesecake, says Kevin Kennedy, owner of Max and Emily’s Classic Cheesecakes. That award-winner would be the mocha almond fudge cheesecake. The famous Mackinac Island fudge began with father and son sailmakers, Henry and Jerome Murdick. The duo was commissioned to make canvas awnings for the Grand Hotel. Using his mother’s recipes, Jerome began making fudge in the front of the sail shop to generate more business. The secret to making the fudge was using a marble table; the secret to selling the fudge was giving those passing by a chance to see how it is made. The cheesecake recipe begins with a mocha-flavored cream cheese and sour cream batter with marbled chocolate fudge inside. Once that is in the pan, more chocolate is drizzled on it before being topped with roasted almond pieces. The treat is then dolloped with whipping cream from Bareman’s Dairy, located in Bay City and Holland. A 5-ounce, 3-inch-diameter cheesecake sells for $3.50.  Max and Emily’s Classic Cheesecakes, 1013 N Francher St, Mt Pleasant; 989-773-1786, www.




Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal was created in 1898 when Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was trying to make a healthful breakfast food for hospital patients. He came up with flaked corn, and the cereal was born. The company’s headquarters is now located in Battle Creek. Denise Walker has a long history with the Kellogg Company. Not only did she have a family member working at Kellogg’s, but she did a report on the founder when she was in school. Her association with the company was revived when she went to work at Duece’s Char

House. She and the former owner came up with an idea of dipping French toast in egg, rolling it in crushed Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, and deep frying it. When she purchased the restaurant six years ago, she kept it on the menu. This mouthwatering delight is then topped with strawberries and bananas and served with a side of bacon, sausage, or ham for $7.99. You can find deep-fried ice cream there, which is also rolled in corn flakes. Check it out for $5.50. Duece’s Char House, 432 N Tuscola Rd, Bay City; 989-893-5881,

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Everyone knows who introduced Blue Moon ice cream—their favorite ice cream parlor. It is believed to have been invented somewhere in Michigan in the 1950s. Scott Pirie, owner of the Great Lakes Ice Cream Company, has his own version of the history. Pirie says the sweet treat was invented by staff at Mooney’s Ice Cream in Saginaw, when they tried to interest the public in a citrus flavor ice cream. Turning it blue made it an instant sensation. “Ever since, it has been one of the top flavors in Michigan,” says Pirie, adding that the blue hue has delighted people in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well. “[For the shake] we use our homemade Blue Moon ice cream and our homemade Blue Moon syrup,” the owner explains. “Then we add milk, blend that up into one of our shakes, and add sprinkles and whipped cream on top. It’s one of our bestselling shakes, after chocolate.” For those stopping by, Pirie is more than happy to give them a sample. “It’s a light, fruity flavor,” he says. Once customers are ready to take the plunge, a 20-ounce glass can be had for $5.49.  Great Lakes Ice Cream Company, 901 E Ashman St, Midland; 989-698-0173, www.

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POTATO CHEESE PUFFS Staff at Bavarian Inn takes pride in being one of the largest consumers of Michigan agricultural products, says Mandy Borsenik, marketing manager. That includes Michigan potatoes, which are used to make their crowd-favorite potato cheese puffs, served in the Michigan on Main Bar and Grill. “Michigan Russet potatoes from Styma Potato Farms in the town of Posen are mashed and mixed with cheese, onion, and parsley,” says Borsenik. “They are formed into a puff and lightly fried to golden perfection.” Posen, a village in Presque Isle County, is the home to the famous Posen Potato Festival, which combines a celebration of the potato and authentic Polish traditions. The idea for the puffs came from matriarch Dorothy Zehdner’s mother as a way to use unserved mashed potatoes. Dorothy then tweaked here and there to come up with this recipe. The potatoes have been on the menu for the past 57 years. Sold as an appetizer, an order runs $6. Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth, 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth; 888-288-2742,

PINCONNING CHEESE PIZZA The history of Pinconning cheese—a mild-to-verysharp Colby—goes back to Dan Horn, a Wisconsin cheesemaker who moved to Pinconning in 1915. The idea was to utilize milk from all the dairy farms in the area. What makes the cheese special is the formulation and aging process Horn developed. Horn’s daughter Inez became a Wilson, and this led to the opening of Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe

at 130 North Mable Street in Pinconning and the beginning of the renowned Cheese Town Festival. Pinconning cheese is the star in this pizza, a relatively new offering from Erik and Kristin Szyperski at their PJ’s Pizzeria. This fivecheese pizza features mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan, along with a three-cheese blend—thanks to a collaboration between

Erik Szyperski and Ryan Kleinhans, manager of Wilson’s. “The mild holds it together, and gives it that cheese pull, while the medium sharp and the sharp give it flavor,” says Szyperski. “It was a little bit of trial and error,” adds Kleinhans. “I originally sent over a couple of different blends. [Szyperski] played around with it. He was nice enough to

bring over some of the experiments. It was a win-win for me.” Pick up the Pinconning Special for $17 for a 14-inch and $19.50 for a 19-inch. The cheese is also available as a topping on any other pizza or cheese breads, a cheese appetizer, and on the shelves of Wilson’s. PJ’s Pizzeria, 510 W Fifth St, Pinconning; 989-879-5433, www.

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Fish for breakfast? “Why not?” says Chef Steve Lyle from Café Zinc. “The whitefish [spread] is a simple cream cheese whitefish-style spread,” says Lyle. “It has some onions and chopped parsley.” When it comes to keeping it fresh, Lyle and crew turn to Superior Foods in Grand Rapids. The company has been supplying fresh fish to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois for 70 years. The whitefish, along with trout, walleye, yellow perch, white perch, white bass, and lake smelt, come from Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan. Listed as the Smoked Fish Plate on the café’s menu, this mix of fish includes smoked salmon, gravlax (a Nordic dish of raw salmon cured in salt, sugar, and dill), smoked whitefish spread, cream cheese, red onions, chives, capers, diced tomato, and chopped egg, and is served with toast for $14. Café Zinc, 111 W Main St, Midland; 989-8376030,

For the past three years, George Shier has been making pasties just the way the miners who emigrated from Cornwall, England, to the Upper Peninsula in the 1800s did—fluffy dough filled with rutabaga, beef, carrots, onions, and potatoes. When it comes to the history of the pasty, Shier, owner of Shier Artisan Foods, knows just as much about the history as he does making this comfort food. “It was one of the food items [the English] brought when they got over here,” he says. “Miners would take them down into the mines and reheat them on a shovel, or over a coal lamp, for their lunch. It’s a whole meal in itself. The

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pastry was used to keep it all together.” Traditionally, there’s a crimp on the outer edge of the pasty. The miners would hold the pasty by the crimp, because mines were typically filled with arsenic, which got on the miners’ hands. It was used as a safety measure.  Just like the miners, George Shier and his wife Kristen’s pasties are all handmade, from the flaky crust, to grinding the beef, to cutting the vegetables. Get a fresh one with gravy on Mondays and Wednesdays for $7.95, or frozen for $6.95.  Shier’s Artisan Foods, 2218 N Saginaw Rd, Midland; 989832-3354, ShiersArtisanFoods


F PRALINE BLT ON SPATZ BREAD The Curve Bar & Grill owner Aaron Gaertner calls it “meat candy,” this slice of smoked thick-cut bacon topped with a sugar mixture, pecans, and a few secret ingredients, then baked for 30 minutes. Up until early this summer, it was only served as an appetizer. The triple-decker BLT is made with 1/3

pound of praline bacon on toasted Saginawmade Spatz bread, and covered in homemade garlic mayonnaise, lettuce, and heirloom tomato, which are grown in Gaertner’s father’s (Tony Gaertner) Auburn garden. The story of Spatz bread began in 1871 when the Spatz brothers

arrived in Frankenmuth from Germany, relocated to Saginaw, and then set up shop at 1120 State Street, making it one of the oldest businesses still operating at its original location. Now, 150 years later, bread is still baked from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily using the original recipe.

Check out this mouthful for $8, or add tater tots—in various flavors, depending on the season—for $9.50. Gaertner suggests having beer or bourbon with the sandwich. The Curve Bar & Grill, 618 S Henry St, Bay City; 989-894-0344; CurveBarandGrill

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Traverse City has been the home of Michigan cherries since 1852 when Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian minister, planted cherry trees on the Old Mission Peninsula. Many others realized how great the climate was for growing cherry trees, and then the city earned the distinction of being the Cherry Capital of the World. Staff members at Z Chef’s Café were looking for a signature dish that exemplified Michigan, recalls John Zehnder, executive chef. They hit on the idea of combining baby spring salad mix tossed with Traverse City dried cherries, sunflower seeds, shredded Parmesan cheese, and their own honey mustard dressing—and came up with the Michigan cherry salad. “We support local everything,” says Zehnder. “Caesar salad is wonderful and everybody wants it, but Michigan cherry salad became our signature. People love it.” The salad is served with or without grilled chicken and its signature dressing, St. Julian’s Italian red wine vinegar dressing with Dijon mustard and local honey. The salad runs $5.50 for regular, $7.50 for a large, and with chicken, $2.25 extra. Z Chef’s Café, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth; 844-8028323,

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Entertaining in this magnificent custom all brick home with an open concept leaves nothing to be desired. The great room showcases a stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, wall of windows. The kitchen is the one we all dream of; maple w/coffee glaze cabinetry, granite counter tops, top of the line stainless appliances, sprawling island w/seating for 6, large eating area, limestone tile floor & pantry. The 1st floor master suite is your own private retreat designed for relaxing, including a gas fireplace, luxurious mas. bath, dressing area, walk-in closet, laundry and private office. This home features 7458 total sq.ft. w/5 en-suite bedrooms, 5 full baths, 2 half baths, 2 laundry rooms, formal living & dining, entertainment size family rm, workout room, craft room, and an over-sized 4 car garage with basketball court. You’ll enjoy the beautiful patio and in-ground pool on this private 2.5 acre park-like setting that is landscaped to perfection!

Nestled on 4.6 wooded acres and pond, this one of a kind home in Thomas Twp is incredible inside and out! You’ll love the open floor plan, hardwood floors, kitchen w/hickory cabinetry, new appliances, corian, large center island w/seating and pantry, dining and sitting area is a beautiful solarium. Second floor is a large, private, master retreat. A large bedroom, cathedral ceilings, glass block walk-in shower, soaking tub, walk-in closet, private office and outdoor balcony. Features include 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, 1st floor laundry, living, dining, family room, finished basement with an additional family room, workout area, wine cellar. Additional 36 x 28 barn with 2nd story workshop. Entertain at the pavilion, have a cozy fire by the pond, swim, play tennis, basketball or just relax and enjoy the view from your screened porch or balcony! Don’t miss out - call for your personal showing today!


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3659 N GLEANER, THOMAS TWP Don’t wait to see this beautiful home with a private wooded setting on 10 acres in Thomas Twp. You’ll love this spacious open floor plan, entertainment size living and dining rooms, hardwood flooring, stone fireplace, updated kitchen with granite and walk-in pantry. Suite retreat! Relax in your first floor master suite with it’s own fireplace, french doors to your porch, large bath with jet tub, walk-in closet, and a sun room overlooking this secluded yard. Features include 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, over 2900 sq.ft, first floor laundry, and a finished family room in the walk-out lower level. Relax and enjoy the picturesque view from your wrap around porch or deck! A spectacular home!


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3888 PRESERVE, SAGINAW TWP Exceptional residence in Woods Preserve. This spectacular 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with 4400 sqft of living space features a large gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless, hardwood flooring, formal dining, den, and great room with volume ceilings and fireplace. A spacious first floor master suite, first floor laundry, finished lower level, and 3 car garage. You’ll love the backyard with sprawling patio space, 2 fire pits, and private wooded yard.


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

Here is your chance to own a piece of Bay City history with this Victorian Era home at 5th & Lincoln. Masterfully renovated and restored to perfection, the home offers character, charm, and styling unmatched by any other architectural era while tastefully providing the modern amenities expected with 21st century luxury living. The home boasts over 5,100 sq ft and 3 floors of living space with crown moldings, hardwood flooring, solid wood doors, & stained glass windows throughout. The main floor has 10 ft ceilings, an open floor plan, commercial grade kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, family room, & library with attached full bath. The hardwood staircase leads to a renovated master suite with luxurious bath, sitting area, & cedar lined walk in closet, a guest suite, & additional spare bedrooms with shared full bath. The newly constructed 4 car attached garage features a modern 1,000 sq ft, 2 bedroom apartment. The front porch, & large courtyard style patio complete the home.

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Words are inadequate to describe this stately five bedroom, five full baths, 3 half bath French country estate located in Saginaw County. Set on 25 acres, this 8,000 square foot magnificently landscaped home offers 2 full kitchens, stone fireplaces from a 1700’s castle and extensive paver patios overlooking a three acre stocked lake. Additional highlights include enchanting gardens and custom built-ins throughout the home. A home for gracious living & entertaining!

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

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1800 CENTER AVENUE, BAY CITY Exceptional 6 bedroom residence that includes a 2 bedroom carriage apartment with recent updates in kitchen and bath. Main house features include full sweeping front porch, formal foyer with open curving staircase, crown moldings, hardwood floors, solid wood pocket doors, butler’s pantry, Corinthian columns, multiple fireplaces, updated kitchen has commercial appliances as part of the renovation. Sunny and bright breakfast room for the morning ritual or casual family meals, Original gum wood library makes a great TV/media room or den. 3 car garage w/ 2 bedroom carriage apartment. Additional parking spaces on the property. Gated entrance.  Two oversized en suite bedrooms and guest rooms on the second floor. The landing features morning coffee bar. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a historic home in this condition. May be sold furnished.

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1595 W DELTA, SAGINAW TWP Updated kitchen, immaculate ceramic baths, hardwood floors, idyllic setting, 2400 + Sq ft brick ranch, 3 bedrooms, master bath, jack & jill bath, 2 half baths all add up to a house you want to call home. Spacious living room w/fireplace, dining room. With bay window overlooking private fenced backyard & patio. Lower level family room has a fireplace & generous space lower level family room has a fireplace & generous space to relax and entertain.





Golf community Frankenlust Twp, heart of Great Lakes Bay Region. Feels like a home, lives like a condominium. Panoramic views of the golf course & water. All on one floor, elevated deck freshly stained. 2 way fireplace provides enjoyment from kitchen & living space. Formal dining room, Master suite w/ walk in closet, 4 pc bath & view of deck & pond. Sunny, bright kitchen, pantry, breakfast bar, fully applianced, perfect “gathering” space. New carpet, new roof, dimmer switches thru out.

NEW FURNACE & AIR CONDITIONING AS OF JULY 21ST. Two story four bedroom home in Allenhurst Commons. 2.5 Baths, large bedrooms, formal living & dining, family room opens to kitchen & eating areas. Beautiful landscaped yard with mature trees, community pool & common area. Associate dues $270 yearly, one time $300 fee, pool dues (optional) $390 per year.

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One of Saginaw Township’s most desired subdivisions. The backyard has views of the park and a short walk to the association pool. This home has been completely updated but still offers all of the traditional charm. Spacious foyer, large living room with crown molding and fireplace, formal dining room, family room with fireplace and new sliding door out to patio. The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets, island and informal eating area. Stainless appliances and Corian counter tops. New home office off the kitchen. Four bedrooms on the second floor with second floor laundry. Large master bedroom has walk-in closet and master bath. Attached side load garage. This home is a rare find!

Only one left! 3-bedroom ranch with 2 full baths, first floor laundry, and 2 car attached garage. Kitchen comes with all stainless-steel appliances and granite counter tops with ceramic tiled backsplash. Full unfinished basement built using the Superior Walls system. This home is Energy Star Rated. Optional monthly maintenance fee of $125 per month includes lawn mowing, fertilizing, landscape, and snow removal. Quality Built by Geiersbach Builders.





Immaculate three bedroom home. Two additional bedrooms, family room with fireplace and full bath in finished lower level with daylight windows. Spacious foyer, open floor plan, gas fireplace in living room. Large kitchen with dining area and access to deck. Master suite with walk-in closet and full bath with separate vanity area. Neutral decor throughout, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and laundry all on the first floor. 3.5 car garage, heated. Great curb appeal.

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

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234 JENNISON PLACE, BAY CITY Fabulous views of downtown and the waterfront from the balcony. Open floor plan. Large master bath, New Wearever carpet and Coretec flooring. Speed Queen commercial washer and dryer. 2 car garage parking, community room, fitness room and gazebo for waterfront entertaining. Walking distance to fine dining and entertainment. Located in the center of downtown Bay City. Call Colleen Maillette at 989-798-2412.


105 JENNISON PLACE, BAY CITY Enjoy living in the Best Townhouse that Bay City has to offer. Located in a very private and quiet area Downtown on the River, including steps to your own 40 ft boat dock, all you need is a boat! The condo has 2,000 sq ft of living area with 3 bedrooms, gas log fireplace, lots of storage, and attached 2-car garage. Prime location for viewing the fireworks, boat racing, and all of the activities Bay City has to offer. Walk the Riverwalk to our new Uptown with restaurants and shopping and walk to the new Bay City Market with over 40 unique vendors . Must see at $348,500! Call Sally today at 989-892-4000.

263 JENNISON PLACE, BAY CITY 6th floor unit completely redone in 2011, including interior details like doors and trim. Remake included custom kitchen cabinets with granite counter. Master bath has walk-in tiled and glass shower, easy access tub, quality fixtures. Building features 2 covered parking spaces, professional grade gym, community room w full kitchen, patio w grill, riverfront gazebo, elevator, and each unit has private personalized vestibule to welcome guests. $375 assoc. fee inc basic cable + gas.

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Up to 5,000 sq. ft. of build to suit lease space in a newly renovated building. Ideal for an executive office, located along the heavily travelled Bay Rd. corridor.

This building is in excellent condition and would work great for office or free standing retail business. Large warehouse space in the rear of building and ample parking. Impeccable interior with incredible natural lighting throughout. Several private offices and plenty of storage space. Located on busy Bay Road in Saginaw Township this building offers exceptional visibility. Within 2 miles of I-675 for ease of transportation.

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First class office space available for lease in Midland. Ideal for medical or executive office space. Close proximity to US-10.

This 4,600 square foot building has many great features, including an open ceiling with an industrial feel, the convenience of a kitchenette and conference room as well as two separate bathrooms. The insulated warehouse has an overhead door and 3 phase wiring.

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4519 N River Rd, Freeland 989-781-6789 Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Kale Caesar

Entrées Kale Caesar

A blend of romaine and baby kale, tomatoes, bacon, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and a hard-cooked egg tossed in Caesar dressing.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Garlic and herb cream cheese, organic chicken, red onion, roasted bell pepper, and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Drizzled with barbecue sauce.

Michigan Whitefish Sandwich

Fried Lake Superior whitefish filet on a sub bun with lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce, and lemon.

Cowboy Burger

Half-pound grilled Angus burger smothered in cheddar cheese, topped with bourbon barbecue sauce, bacon, and crispy fried jalapeños.

Cowboy Burger

Salmon Honey Garlic

Grilled to perfection and glazed with honey garlic sauce. Served with vegetable blend and choice of side.

Cajun Chicken Penne

Organic chicken, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, pine nuts, black olives, and penne pasta tossed in a Cajun cream sauce.

Sizzle Steak

Twelve-ounce choice Angus sirloin prepared in a house marinade that is grilled and topped with port wine-caramelized red onions. Served with a vegetable blend and choice of side.

Salmon Honey Garlic

111 W Main St, Midland 989-837-6030 Sunday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (365 days/year)

Café Beet Salad

Appetizers Café Beet Salad

Red beets, gold beets, honey mascarpone goat cheese, grapefruit segments, white wine-blueberry sauce, spiced pecans, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and arugula.

Caesar 1924

Romaine hearts, Parmesan cheese, and garlic croutons with a classic creamy Caesar dressing.


Pork Belly BLT Tartine

Pan-crisped sous vide pork belly, tomato confit, arugula, chipotle mayo, and fresh avocado on house-made sourdough miche.

Sous Vide Rack of Lamb

Sous vide New Zealand lamb rack, Dijon, herb blend, mushroom medley, fingerling potatoes, broccoli, and red wine jus.

Pork Belly BLT Tartine

Green Curry Salmon

Quinoa, green onions, squash, zucchini, red peppers, cashews, and dried apricot.

Dessert Crème Brûlée

Tahitian vanilla bean crème with a crust of caramelized sugar.

Sous Vide Rack of Lamb


3055 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township 989-401-4424 4000 E Wilder Rd, Bay City 989-686-3304 Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Close Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Brunch), 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Lunch/dinner)

Antioxidant Salad


Antioxidant Salad

A bed of spinach piled high with sliced kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, dried cherries, and candied walnuts, topped with feta cheese. Served with a blueberry-pomegranate dressing.

Cider Mill Sandwich

Turkey, green apple, cheddar cheese, and honey mustardpumpkin sauce on cranberry walnut bread. Served with a side of our seasoned fries.

Osso Bucco Pork Shank

Pork shank that is slow-cooked in red wine and herbs. Served with mashed potatoes and your choice of one signature side. Available after 4 p.m.

Southwest Tilapia

Two tilapia filets with black bean and corn salsa and lime-cilantro aioli. Served with wild rice and your choice of one signature side.

Southwest Tilapia

Seafood Tenderloin Toppers

Three mini tenderloin steaks—one topped with a crab cake and béarnaise, one with lobster meat and garlic cream sauce, and one with grilled shrimp and lemon butter sauce.

Double Trouble Burger

Our original “H” burger, but with double the meat. Hand-pattied, certified Angus beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a brioche bun.

Desserts Deep Fried Oreos

Oreo cookies deep-fried to a golden brown. Served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Seafood Tenderloin Toppers

1818 Lawndale Rd, Saginaw Township 989-791-1688 Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Lunch), 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Dinner) Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday 12 – 9 p.m. (All-day dinner)


Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Six pieces of deep-fried wontons filled with cream cheese and imitation crab. Served with sweet chili sauce.


Hibachi Dinner for Two: Lobster, Scallops, and Shrimp

Two lobster tails, scallops, and shrimp. All meals include vegetables, soup, salad, noodles, steamed rice, and ice cream. (Ice cream available for dine-in only.)

Fantastic 3

Hokkaido’s three signature rolls: Valentine roll, Christmas Tree roll, and Firecracker roll. Comes with soup and salad.

Dinner Bento C

Steak teriyaki, shrimp and veggie tempura, six-piece California roll, two-piece deep-fried shrimp dumplings, and steamed rice. Includes miso soup and house salad.

Fantastic 3: Christmas Tree Roll, Valentine Roll, Firecracker Roll

Volcano Boat

Ten pieces of chef’s choice nigari and sashimi, a Volcano roll, and a Michigan roll, served on a sushi boat. Comes with two miso soups.

Seafood Yaki Udon

Thick flour noodles in a light broth with shrimp, scallops, imitation crab, and Japanese fishcake. Can also be made stir-fried.

Dessert Tempura Oreo

Four pieces of deep-fried Oreos served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Lobster, Scallops & Shrimp


199 Uptown Dr., Bay City 888-456-3463 Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 12 – 9 p.m. Happy Hour: Monday – Friday Open – 6 p.m. Late Night Happy Hour 9 p.m. – Close

Pan Fried Maryland-Style Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cakes

Appetizers Oysters

We serve only premium oysters known for their meaty, salty flavor. They’re shucked to order and served on the half shell.


Flash-fried calamari tossed with sweet and spicy Thai chile sauce, carrots, peppers, scallions, and cashews.

Pan-Fried Maryland-Style Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cakes

Our famous “dockside” recipe with fresh jumbo lump crab blended with bread crumbs, seasoning, and fresh herbs; drizzled with mustard sauce.



Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass

Pan-seared Chilean sea bass with sticky rice, ginger-soy sauce, wasabi sauce, and Shanghai-style spinach.

Lobster Linguine

Fresh, buttery lobster tossed with tomato-basil sauce, spinach, and linguine.

Block Island Swordfish

Fresh catch of the day. Our chef suggests blackened for this flavorful fillet.

Desserts Cheesecake

This simple, but delectable New York-style cheesecake recipe is prepared from scratch with a rich and creamy filling and a graham cracker crust.

Lobster Linguine

1 Wenonah Park Place, Bay City 989-460-1700 Breakfast: Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. – 11 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch: Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday – Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Appetizers Calamari

Fried calamari served with wakame salad and lime-Sriracha aioli.

Black and Blue Beef

Blackened beef tips served on a bed of greens and finished with caramelized onions, gorgonzola cheese, and balsamic drizzle.


Steak Cobb Salad

Fresh mixed greens topped with bacon, hard-cooked eggs, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, gorgonzola cheese, and grilled flank steak.

Steak Cobb Salad

Raspberry Chicken Salad

A blend of mixed greens topped with grilled chicken, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and kiwi, and accented with crisp banana chips and raspberry dressing.

Entrées All Day Dining

We offer many unique dishes on our All Day Dining menu.

Steaks and Chops Menu

Come join us, and check out our ever-expanding Steaks and Chops menu. Available during Dinner hours.

Steak and Chops Menu


111 W Main St, Midland 989-633-6099 Tuesday – Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Great Lakes Perch Salad

Appetizers Wedge Salad

Iceberg wedge, bleu cheese, tomato, and apple-smoked bacon with house-made ranch dressing.

Great Lakes Perch Salad

Bulgur wheat, crisp seasonal vegetable jardinière, perch, and lemon tartar.

Prime Tartar Focaccia

Prime-certified Angus filet, herbed focaccia, horseradish, mustard, and summer truffle.


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Two, eight-ounce double chops of Colorado lamb.

Pittsburg-style Ribeye

Bay of Fundy Salmon

Sustainably raised king salmon from the Bay of Fundy.

Pittsburg-style Ribeye

Prime-certified Angus ribeye steak that is flash-charred to rare.


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hen the revitalization of Saginaw jumpstarted in 2012, Gino Vicci, owner of Sandweesh Mediterranean Grille and former WNEM TV-5 reporter, knew he wanted to be a part of the transformation. After analyzing market research and studying the demographics of the area,Vicci began to develop a restaurant concept that would bring something just a little bit different to South Michigan Avenue. Sandweesh Mediterranean Grille combines the flavors from Vicci’s own Greek heritage with the flavors from his wife’s Lebanese roots. In fact, it was his wife’s recipes and culinary talent that inspired the focus of the restaurant on Mediterranean-style cuisine. “There’s a limited view of what Mediterranean food is,” Vicci says. “Sandweesh introduces a menu that is authentic in flavors from the entire Mediterranean Sea region—with a twist.” From pitas to hummus to shawarma wraps, guests customize their meals from options that might not be what they are expecting. Set up in a fast-casual format, Sandweesh’s friendly staff assembles restaurant-goers’ choices into a pita wrap, salad, or bowl of rice, each for $7.99. The menu includes a selection of chicken shawarma, lamb or beef shawarma, or falafel—a classic Israeli and Lebanese street food. Sandweesh’s falafel is a lightly fried fritter of mashed chickpeas, lentils, onions, bread crumbs, and seasonings. “The popularity of the falafel has exceeded our expectations,” Vicci says. The dish runs “a close second to the lamb gyro,” he adds. The lamb is halal, which describes foods allowed under Islamic dietary laws. Halal includes using only steroid-, antibiotic-, and pesticide-free meat. The lamb is slow-roasted on a spit and shaved to order. Customers’ creations are finished with any number of condiments— some traditional and a few Americanized options. Toppings include onion, tomato, and cucumber. Sauces range from tzatziki, a cool and refreshing yogurt-cucumber blend, to Mediterranean vinaigrette, a light oil and vinegar mixture with a hint of garlic, pepper, and other spices. Even more popular than the wraps, bowls, and salads has been the warm, soft, and lightly salted pita chips, served with house-made hummus—a Middle Eastern favorite blended perfectly with chickpeas and just the right amount of tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoning—or garlic dip, a creamy Sandweesh original. Add either accompaniment to an order for $2.50. Whether you’re already a fan of foods found from the tip of Western Europe to the edge of the Middle East, or you’re looking for an accessible introduction that combines the traditional with the familiar, step into Sandweesh for a gastronomic journey along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Sandweesh Mediterranean Grille, 220 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw; 989401-1895, Hours: Monday – Friday (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Saturday (12 – 8 p.m.), and Sunday (12 – 6 p.m.). 42 Great Lakes Bay | Sept/Oct 2017


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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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

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

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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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, 989772-9016. Fair trade, organic coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, and freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, and Thai-style red curry. 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, 989686-0224. Family owned since 1928. Serves specialty of fresh seafood, hot German potato salad, burgers, and fruit and cream pies.  Big Drew’s Family Grill: 265 W Saginaw St, Hemlock, 989-301-0255.

Mexican meals, pizza, burgers, wings, steak sandwiches, Coney dogs, and breakfast served anytime.

crêpes: Good Morning Paris (ham and brown sugar) and Strawberry Cheesecrêpe.

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. 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. Court Street Grill: 100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cousins Take Out and Catering: 1202 N Washington Ave, Saginaw. Catfish, rib tips, African whiting box dinners, Slaw Daddy and Grand Daddy slaw boxes, and hush puppies. Crêpes et Amis (Crêpes and Friends): 130 Townsend St, Midland, 989-486-3120. Urban café, locally roasted coffee, savory and sweet

Twenty-five varieties of fresh sweet and savory crêpes. Legends Diner: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-732-4537. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burgers, dogs, sandwiches, malts, floats, and banana splits.  Levi’s Food and Spirits: 5800 Brockway, Saginaw Township, 989-793-6670. Grandma Rita’s chili, Reuben sandwiches, and fish dinners. Breakfast served all day. Linwood Corner Restaurant: 44 N Huron Rd, Linwood, 989-697-5141. Daily specials include prime rib, cod, and chicken livers.    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.

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. Kathleen’s: 4519 N River Rd (at Apple Mountain), Freeland, 989781-6789. Salads, sandwiches, and house favorites like Cajun chicken, penne, and fish and chips. Krzysiak’s House Restaurant: 1605 Michigan Ave, Bay City, 989894-5531. Authentic Polish food in a fun, ethnic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner buffets. Takeout menu. La Crêpe du Jour: 925 S Main St (inside The River Place), Frankenmuth, 989-652-2925.

Mountain Town Station: 506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, 866-3815022. Steakhouse, brewery, and wine shop. Fine micro-brews and a selection of over 300 wines. Wi-Fi. Mussel Beach: 3540 State Park Dr, Bay City, 989-686-0575. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including original stuffed burgers. Ice cream and desserts. Takeout available.  Nbakade Family Restaurant: 5665 E Pickard Rd (inside Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel), 989-817-4806. Quiche, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mahi-mahi, and New York strip. Nikki’s: 104 W Johnson St, Zilwaukee, 989-754-3737. Specializes

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TASTE / DINING OUT 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. Sure Shot BBQ: 1135 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-400-4488. Pulled-pork nachos and “gut buster” sandwich.  T. Dub’s: 565 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-3809, Upscale pizzas use infused dough and hand-cut vegetables. Specialty sandwiches. Unusual combinations make up 11 variations of omelets. Tony’s Restaurant: 1029 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, 989-792-1113; 112 S Saginaw, St Charles, 989-8656950; 2612 State St, Saginaw, 989-793-1801; 2525 E Genesee, Saginaw, 989-753-4321; 7340 Gratiot Rd, Shields, 989-781-2111; 2111 S Saginaw, Midland, 989-8398560; 234 N Center Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-793-1631; 4880 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw Township, 989-249-8669. Steak sandwiches loaded with your favorite toppings and boat-sized banana splits.  Tony’s Take Out: 2331 S Michigan, Saginaw, 989-793-6250. Chicken strip baskets, pizza, steak sandwiches, catfish, smelt, perch, and cod fish dinners, and soups to-go. 

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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.

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.

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.

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. Zef’s Coney Island: 201 Third St, Bay City, 989-402-1220. Specializing in authentic Coney Island-style hot dogs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Zehnder’s: 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 800-863-7999. Worldwide attraction, 10-dining room German restaurant serves famous all-you-can-eat family-style chicken dinners, along with seafood, steaks, baked goods, and European desserts. 

Deli Artigiano: 815 Saginaw St, Bay City, 989-391-4200. Locally owned artisan cheese shop. Small-batch, handmade, and imported cheeses. Gourmet jellies, dried fruits, and cured meats. Amazing Deli: 134 E Main St, Midland, Midland, 989-837-7278. Sandwiches, subs, salads, and soups await you at a place true to its name. Carryout and delivery available. The Bagel Café and Deli: 7395 Gratiot Rd, Thomas Township, 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 bowl, and signature cider slushes. August through January. Crossroads Deli: 2205 Jefferson Ave (inside the Midland Community Center), Midland, 989-832-8580. Homemade gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and desserts. Delivery, carry out, curbside pick-up, and catering. 

Intermission Deli: 2128 Bay St, Saginaw, 989-790-6777. Subs, sandwiches, and soups with fresh ingredients. Favorites include the Intermission Delight (#18) and Veggie Supreme (#24). Pannini’s Deli: 3585 Bay Rd, 989799-6038, Saginaw (located inside Discount Health Foods). Sandwiches, smoothies, and baked goods. Glutenfree foods and soy milk always available. Shier’s Deli & Catering: 2218 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-8323354. Classic deli favorites and Mexican-inspired twists. Burritos, tacos, corned beef sandwiches, hot pastrami, Byron, and Reuben. Souper Café: Two locations: 4093 N Euclid, Bay City, 989-671-1900; 5789 State St, Saginaw Township, 989791-6600. 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, 989444-2928. 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.

The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe: 915 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-4021700; 1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103; 4370 Bay Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-401-4012. Cupcakes made with natural ingredients; more than 15 flavors daily. 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 butter, hand-dipped chocolates, candies, dried fruits, and chocolates.

and wedding cakes, gourmet cupcakes and cookies, custom cake pops, and cut-out sugar cookies. 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, 989-6339540. 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.

Sweet Boutique: 816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-5000. Pastries, homemade chocolates and confections, and retail specialty candies. 

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.

Sweet Creations: 116 Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-327-1157. Specialty

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.

Brady’s Sports Bar & Diner: 512 E Midland St, Bay City, 989-894-2207. Full menu. Homemade chips, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday. Brass Café and Saloon: 128 S Main St, Mt Pleasant, 989-772-0864. New American cuisine in a dining room housed in two turn-of-the-century shopfronts. 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.

Saloon & Eatery 2nd Street Sports Pub: 274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, burritos, burgers, steak, and pasta for lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio seating. Aurora Buffet: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-7324537. Lunch and dinner buffet, soup and salad bar, carving station, and dessert bar. Every Tuesday is “BOGO Buffet”: buy one lunch or dinner buffet at regular price and get one free. Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar: 101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-7760011. A 1920s-style lounge. Wine, martinis, Prohibition-era cocktails, craft beers, small plates, salads, and cheese boards. 

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. 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. 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. 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.

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

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TASTE / DINING OUT 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, 989781-0101. 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.  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, 989-686-

3304. Traditional food with a twist and the coldest drafts found in Michigan. Hamilton Street Pub: 308 S Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-790-8119. Food, drinks, and entertainment. Dine in or order takeout. John’s Bar: 1476 S Tuscola Rd, Munger, 989-659-2951. Diner offers burgers, soups, and famous steak sandwiches. Latitude 43 Grill & Bar: 1013 N Henry St, Bay City, 989-391-9868. Appetizers, salads, burgers, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood, and side dishes. Highdefinition TVs. Log Cabin Bar & Grill: 181 S Main St, Freeland, 989-695-5761. Deep-fried pickles, loaded waffle fries, mac attack burger, black bean burger, grilled salmon, chicken wrap, and wings. 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. 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. 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, 989-2663148. 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, 989-775-3751. Pub food includes wings and burgers topped with onion rings. Drink specials. Large projector screens. One Twenty South: 120 S University, Mt Pleasant, 989817-4433. Specializing in craft cocktails and tapas. Drink an açaí mojito or grapefruit caipirinha; eat a charcuterie board or coffeecrusted fillet. Oscar’s Restaurant and Entertainment: 140 E Main St, Midland, 989-837-8680. Deli and chicken sandwiches, burgers, entrée salads, daily soups, and desserts. Variety of beer, wine, and cocktails. 

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Sunday to Thursday: Open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. 600 E. Midland St., Bay City • 989-892-0621 •

Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie: 576 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6526981. Rustic chic atmosphere and full bar. Charcuterie with artisanal cheeses as shared plates, pre-built or design-your-own, paninis, and farmto-table dishes. Rainmakers: 3325 Davenport (inside Ramada Inn), Saginaw, 989-7937900. 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, 989-332-2948. Slow-smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and burgers. Madefrom-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, 989-891-0100. Cozy seating areas for small groups. Live entertainment. Walk-in humidor offers more than 80 varieties of cigars. Stadium Sports Pub and Grill: 7255 S Three Mile Rd (located inside Bay City Country Club), Bay City, 989684-1618. Open to the public. Big screen TVs.  Sullivan’s Food & Spirits: 5235 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-799-1940. Famous for its fish and chips. Full menu. Signature

corned beef and cabbage served occasionally throughout the year. Tavern 101 Restaurant: 101 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-778-1431. Italianand Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Signature flatbreads, pastas, wine, spirits, and selection of 50 beers on tap.  Tiffany’s Food & Spirits: 56 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-6526881. Pizzas, seafood, pastas, and PastaPitzas. Keep your specialty drink glass as a souvenir. Patio dining in summer. Timbers Bar & Grill: 6415 State St, Saginaw Township, 989-790-2345. Rustic cabin-type setting. Steaks, pastas, nachos, salads, soup in a bread bowl, and sandwiches. Weekly specials. Full bar. VNO New Age Restaurant & Wine Warehouse and Bay City Grill & Bar: 510 Midland St, Bay City, 989-4600117. Serves small plates, including smoked salmon dip, calamari, escargot, and more than 25 wine selections by the glass or bottle; retail space includes more than 200 wine selections and a wine tasting bar.  Washington Street Irish Pub and Grill: 112 Washington Ave, Bay

City, 989-895-8221. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak, handdipped onion rings, pizza, and homemade lunch specials every day. Water Lily Lounge: 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant (inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort), 888-732-4537. Appetizers, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas. Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Food available until 11 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and until 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Whichcraft Taproom: 124 Ashman St, Midland, 989-8323395. Dips, spreads, cheese plates, paninis, Greek hot dogs and Mediterranean platters. Whine: 337 E Wackerly St, Midland, 989-835-5222. Wine bar with wines from across the world, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty liquors paired with small plates.  Zorba’s Greek and American Cuisine: 617 S Harrison St, Saginaw, 989-792-1959. Saganaki (flaming cheese), gyros, dolmades, baklava, and chicken Avgolemeno (egg lemon) soup. Wings and burgers. Beer, liquor, and wine.

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Community Village Strawberry Festival SAGINAW TOWNSHIP

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DETAILS: This annual, fun family event included games, food, entertainment, and of course— delicious strawberries. photos by Doug Julian

1. Sharon Hanson and Dan Hanson 2. Lilly Radke and Lindsey Mead 3. Lacey Murray, and Kylie, Mikayla, and Debbie Spedowske, and Steve Howell 4. Jill Dise and Margie Reinboct




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DETAILS: Hosted by the Tri-City Michigan Chapter of The Links, Inc., the brunch helped raise funds to support local efforts for STEM education, after-school enrichment, financial literacy, and more for students in the region. photos by Doug Julian

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Sponsored Events Saginaw Harvest Table

Enjoy appetizers and music at 6:30 p.m., with meal service starting near sunset. The seven-course meal will feature locally grown food, local beer, and hard ciders. Prepared by local chefs. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market and other riverfront-area events and organizations that enhance the Saginaw community. When: Sunday, September 10, 6:30 p.m. Where: Potthoff Park, Saginaw For information: Email

Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation: For Good. For Ever. Breakfast

Celebrate the spirit of Mount Pleasant by gathering to honor volunteers and recognize accomplishments in endowment-building, grant-making, and community leadership. The event is free and open to the general public, but it does require a reservation. When: Tuesday, September 12, 7 – 9 a.m. Where: To be determined For information: Call 989-773-7322, or visit

St. Mary’s of Michigan Field Neurosciences Institute Presents Field of Hope, Starring Ronnie Milsap

Field Neurosciences Institute welcomes Ronnie Milsap to Saginaw’s Temple Theatre. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and an exciting performance. Tickets for dinner and the show are $125, or starting at $20 for the show only. Proceeds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for the research and treatment of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological disorders. When: Friday, September 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Performance at 8 p.m. Where: Temple Theatre, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call Field Neurosciences Institute at 989-4973117; for show-only tickets, call Temple Theatre at 989-754-7469.

Arts and Museums Exhibit: Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air. Through September 2. Admission $5. Special exhibition. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: John Dempsey: The Michigan Chronical and the Glare Series. Through September

3. $15 adult non-member, $5 adult member/$12 ages 4 – 14 non-member, $4 ages 4 – 14 member. Free for children 3 and younger. Ten large-scale paintings chronicle a variety of environments to better examine and understand our sense of place. Alden B Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930,

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Community One Walk

The Great Lakes Bay Region Community One Walk encourages communities within the region to pledge support and rally for all children and adults who have Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. Funds raised by individual and team walkers support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s mission of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications, through the support of research. When: Sunday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. Where: The Tridge and Midland Area Farmers Market area For information: Call 989-513-3239, or visit

Saints, Sinners, and Safari Gala

Enjoy a wild evening and savor the flavors of safari-inspired cuisine, drinks, and music. Remember to place a bid on live and silent auction items, and explore the Floating World exhibit by Karen Lamonte that features iron, cast bronze, ceramic, and cast glass sculptures. You may choose to continue the adventure at the Club Serengeti Afterglow. Tickets are $100 per person or $190 per couple. Proceeds support changing exhibitions and educational programs at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. When: Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 11 p.m. Where: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University For information: Call 989-964-7125, or visit TH

Humane Society of Midland County Hosts 7 Annual Ties & Tails Gala: Whiskers in Wonderland

Enjoy cocktails, custom hors d’oeuvres by executive chef Nate Sell, live and silent auctions, entertainment by the Brett Mitchell Band and the Giant Ghost, doggy spa, and pooch parade. The event is black-tie optional. Tickets are $90. Proceeds benefit the well-being of shelter animals and direct operation expenses. When: Saturday, October 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Where: Midland Country Club, Midland For information and tickets: Call 989-708-0660, or visit

Exhibit: A Life through the Lens: Photography by S. Preston Jones. Through September 3. $15 adult non-member, $5 adult member/$12 ages 4 – 14 non-member, $4 ages 4 – 14 member. Free for children 3 and younger. View the photography of S. Preston Jones. Alden B Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland Center for the Arts,

Midland; 989-631-5930, www. Exhibit: The Art of the Brick. Through September 3. $15 adult non-member, $5 adult member/$12 ages 4 – 14 non-member, $4 ages 4 – 14 member. Free for children 3 and younger. A collection of art and sculpture constructed using only LEGO® bricks. Alden B Dow

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Museum of Science & Art, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Exhibit: Hidden Worlds. Through September 4. Admission. View ceramic pollen sculptures throughout the gardens. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-362-4874, Exhibit: Laura’s Little House: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Through September 5. Monday – Friday, admission. Explore the life, experiences, and books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder at a historical hands-on exhibit for children of all ages. Frankenmuth Historical Association Museum, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9701, www. Keepsake Collection Arts and Crafts Show. September 8 – September 10. Free. Friday 12 – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Juried show located in Zehnder Park, Frankenmuth; 989-681-4023, Exhibit: Klutz: Amazingly Immature! September 14 – January 14, $10 adult/$7 ages 4 – 14. Free for members and children 3 and younger. Learn about science through laughter, play, physical comedy, and fun in this exhibit based on KLUTZ®’s The Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-523-7649, www. Exhibit: Lochs and Follies: The Picturesque in Scotland. Through September 17. Admission $5. Graphic Arts Gallery. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, Exhibit: Folk Art from Oaxaca: Eight Artists, Eight Voices. Through September 20. Free. Clay and carved-wood sculptures from eight indigenous artists who use the craft techniques of Oaxaca. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-7125, Exhibit: Laurie Tennent: Botanicals. Through December

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1. Free. Outdoor exhibit. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-7125, Exhibit: Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar. September 29 – January 6. Admission $5. Special exhibition. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Saints, Sinners, and Safari Gala. October 6, 5:30 – 11 p.m. $100/two for $190. Art auction, food, beverage, music, and the opening of the new Floating World exhibit. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-7125, www. Glass Blowing Demonstration with Hope Glass. October 6 – 8. Live glassblowing demonstrations Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 – 4 p.m., and 5 – 7 p.m.; Sunday demonstrations from 1 – 5 p.m. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth; 989652-9931. Exhibit: Floating World. October 6 – December 16. Free. A collection of kimonos created by artist Karen LaMonte using rusted iron, cast bronze, ceramic, and cast glass. Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-7125, www. Exhibit: Italian Provenance: A Collection of Secular and Religious Imagery circa 1520 – 1620. October 13 – January 20. Admission $5. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491,

Attractions Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). Cost $4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your freshout-of-the-oven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and

prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-6529941, 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; 810-653-3859, www. 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 Ave, Bay City; 800-852-9781, Friday FUN Nights. Fridays through September 1, 6 – 9 p.m. Free event. Weekly entertainment in downtown Frankenmuth. www. Gateway to the Stars. First Friday of each month, 7 – 8 p.m. Admission $3. Learn how to explore the sky using binoculars and telescopes. Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, Bay City; 989-667-2260, planetarium Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. Admission $5. The café night brings fabulous performance, casual spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.whitecrowconservatory. Dow Gardens Children’s Garden Story Time. Fridays through September 29, 10 – 11 a.m. Admission. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-362-4874, www. City Hall Tour. Second Friday of each month through December 8, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission $1. Bay County Historical Museum, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www. Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. Admission $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118,

www.whitecrowconservatory. Kids Fly Free. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Second Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. Admission $10. Authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the SaginawTokushima Friendship Garden, hosted by persons in kimono. Reservations encouraged. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, Saginaw; 989-759-1648, www. Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 – 2 p.m. Admission $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. Racing Extravaganza & Sprints. September 1, 5:30 – 11:30 p.m. Admission $5 – $16. See the last dirt stock car race of 2017. Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn; 989-316-6804, www. BBQ Dinner Sail. September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6 – 9 p.m. Admission $35–$45. Relaxing, family-friendly sail aboard a tall ship; casual barbecue meal served. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour. September 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A leisurely twohour river tour features a guide to explore various topics, which vary by date. Bay City Boat Lines, Bay City; 855-891-2628, Legends of the Saginaw Sail. September 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and October 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission $27 –$37. Learn the history of the Saginaw River aboard a tall ship.


A light lunch is served. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-8955193, Great Lakes Loons. September 2, 7:05 p.m. Admission starting at $6.50. Fireworks immediately follow the game between the Loons and Lake County Captains. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-8372255, Great Lakes Loons. September 3, 2:05 p.m. Admission starting at $6.50. Take in a ball game as the Great Lakes Loons face off against the Lake County Captains. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy Kids Eat Free Sundays with a free hot dog, chips, and drink before running the bases after the game. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. Great Lakes Loons. September 4, 2:05 p.m. Admission starting at $6.50. Last game in a three-game series versus the Lake County Captains. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, Arts in the Park. September 9. Admission $30 – $40. Wine tasting, food, live music, and art. Tittabawassee Township, Freeland; 989-695-9512, www. Sanford Founders’ Day. September 9 – 10. Free. Food, music, and historical demonstrations Sanford Centennial Museum; 989-687-9048, www. Appledore Dinner Sail. September 9, 23, 30, 6 – 10 p.m. $70. Fun, casual sail aboard a tall ship featuring live entertainment and a dinner. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. Plein Air Pastels. September 13 and October 18, 7 – 9 p.m. Admission $60. Cruise the Saginaw River aboard a tall ship while learning and using pastels with help from Studio 23’s instructors. All art supplies included; bring your own beverages. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193,

Midland County Historical Society Fireside Chat. September 14, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. Listen to, learn about, and share stories of local historical interest. Light refreshments served after the discussion. Doan History Center, 3417 W Main St, Midland; 800-5237649, Stargazer & Moonlight Dinner Sail. September 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Admission $80. Take in a special presentation by local astronomers. View constellations and listen to star legends under the night sky while aboard a tall ship. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www. 28th Annual Midland Cruise ‘n’ Car Show. September 16 – 17. Free. Hot rods, street machines, custom autos, antiques, trucks, motorcycles, games, music, and dancing. Midland Area Farmers Market and Tridge areas, Midland; 989-631-5076, www. River of Time. September 22 – 24. Free. Reenactors demonstrate how life was lived in Michigan’s past. Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City; 989-893-5733, www.bchsmuseum. org Frankenmuth Corn Maze. September 22 – October 29. Admission $10/$8 ages 3 – 15. Free for 2 and younger. Five-acre corn maze and farm animal petting zoo; includes hayrides on Saturday and Sundays and flashlight corn maze. Frankenmuth Corn Maze, Frankenmuth; 989-652-8748, www. Wild Goose Chase 5K Trail Run/ Walk. September 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Admission $20 – $25. Enjoy the natural beauty along the Ferguson Bayou Trailhead. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw; 989-777-5930, Wildlife Drive. Through September 30, sunrise to one hour before sunset. Free. A 6.5mile, self-guided, one-way auto route. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw; 989-777-5930,

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Wein and Stein. October 5, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Admission $25 – $30. Sample beer and wine at more than 15 different locations. Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau; 989-652-6106, www.frankenmuth. org

Frankenmuth Farmers Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 14. Locallygrown produce. 534 N Main St, Frankenmuth; 989-607-9214, www.

Northwood University International Auto Show: Ignite. October 6 – 8. Free. North America’s largest outdoor new car show. Northwood University, Midland; www.blogs.northwood. edu/autoshow

Marketplace Bay City. Indoor, yearround market. Produce, fresh fish, artisan cheeses, and flowers. 401 Center Ave, Bay City; 989-415-8866,

Brückeläufe Half Marathon Bridge Race. October 7, 7:30 a.m. Admission $30 – $60. Half marathon and 5K. Cross 13 bridges in 13.1 miles. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-928-2238, Autumn Color Tours. October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, sets sail at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Admission $27 – $37. Enjoy lunch and the fall colors along the Saginaw River. BaySail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-8955193, Midland County Historical Society Fireside Chat. October 12, 2 p.m. Free. Listen to, learn about, and share stories of local historical interest. Light refreshments served after the discussion. Doan History Center, 3417 W Main St, Midland; 800-523-7649, Zoo Boo! October 14 – 29, 12– 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $6. Put on your costumes and explore the zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, Woodcarving Show. October 22. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $3 adults/$5 couples/$6 family. Thirtieth annual wood carving show hosted by The Wood Carving Guild of Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth High School gym, Frankenmuth; 989-3326385, www.woodcarvers.webplus. net Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market. Through October. Shop under the blue and white tents for produce, honey, baked goods, and locally-made food choices. 507 S Washington St, Saginaw;

Midland Area Farmers Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. Produce, flowers, honey, and baked goods. Near the Tridge, downtown Midland; 989-839-9901, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Through October, Thursdays (Island Park) and Saturdays (City Hall). Fruits, vegetables, plants, and more. Mt Pleasant; 989-779-5530,

Charitable Events 10th Annual Pulse3 Run for your Heart Community Races. September 9, 7:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission $22 – $55. USA Track and Field-certified half-marathon, 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and free “tot trot.” Proceeds benefit the fight against heart disease in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Michigan Cardiovascular Institute, Saginaw, 989-754-7283; www.runforyourheart. org Saginaw Harvest Table. September 10, 6:30 p.m. Admission $100; tickets must be purchased in advance. Enjoy a seven-course meal prepared by seven local chefs featuring locallygrown food, local beer, and hard ciders. Entertainment provided by area musicians. Proceeds will benefit riverfront-area events, and organizations that enhance the Saginaw community. Potthoff Park, Saginaw; saginawharvesttable@ Diocese of Saginaw Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic. September 13. Proceeds support vocations and seminarian programs. Swan Valley

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Golf Course, Saginaw; 989-7796693, Team One 5K Wine Run to Downtown Saginaw. September 13, 6 p.m. Admission $18 – $33. 5K run and walk. Proceeds benefit the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. Huntington Event Park, Saginaw; 989-754-6575; www. Bishop’s Dinner and Silent Auction. September 14. Proceeds support vocations and seminarian programs. Curtiss Hall at Saginaw Valley State University; 989-7796693, Community Colors Run. September 17, 3 p.m. Admission $5 – $75. 5K run and walk, 1 mile run and walk, and kids’ obstacle course. Run, jog, or walk to support the Northwood Go Mad Initiative, Student United Way, and Middle School Athletics. Northwood University, Midland; 989-832-7937, www. Good Samaritan Rescue Mission Anniversary Dinner. September 18, 6 p.m. Tickets are free; reservations required. Celebrating 112 years of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan’s service; guest speaker is Pastor Robert Loggins, minister-at-large for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and president/CEO of RF Loggins Ministries. DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Bay City; 989893-5973, City Rescue Mission Anniversary Dinner. September 19. 6 p.m. Tickets are free; reservations required. Celebrating 112 years of Rescue Ministries of MidMichigan’s service; guest speaker is Pastor Robert Loggins, ministerat-large for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and president/CEO of RF Loggins Ministries. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989752-6051, 19th Annual Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association Golf Outing. September 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission $150 individual/$500 team. An 18-hole scramble with shared cart, driving

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range warm-up, lunch, dinner, drinks, door prizes, and contests. Proceeds support the association’s education and scholarship programs. Apple Mountain, 4519 N River Rd, Freeland; 989-964-2881, 2nd Annual Swinging for the Promise Golf Event. September 22, 9 a.m. Four-person golf team is $440. Includes 18 holes with cart, hot dogs and chips at the turn, a buffet dinner, and an awards presentation. Proceeds benefit the Saginaw Promise scholarship program. The Fortress of Frankenmuth, 950 Flint St, Frankenmuth; 989-755-0545, Essexville-Hampton Lions: Roar 4 Sight Raffle. September 24, 5 – 8 p.m. Admission $50 for two people. Enjoy a meal from participating restaurants. Proceeds support community events and help supply hearing aids and eyeglasses to residents. The Grand Banquet and Conference Center, Essexville; 989-893-0068, St. Mary’s of Michigan Field Neurosciences Institute Presents Field of Hope, Starring Ronnie Milsap. September 29. Buffet dinner, 5:30 p.m., followed by performance. Dinner and show $125/$20 and up for show only. Proceeds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for research and treatment of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological disorders. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-497-3117, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Community One Walk. October 1, registration at 8:30 a.m. and walk at 9:30 a.m. Family-friendly event raises funds to support the JDRF’s mission to find a cure for Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. Tridge at the Midland Area Farmers Market, Midland; 989-513-3239, Humane Society of Midland County Hosts 7th Annual Ties & Tails Gala: Whiskers in Wonderland. October 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets $90. Black-tie and theme-optional event features

cocktails, hors d’oevres, live and silent auctions, entertainment, doggy spa, and pooch parade. Proceeds benefit the well-being of shelter animals and direct operation expenses. The Midland Country Club; 989-708-0660, www.

Expos Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. September 16 – 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7. Birch Run Expo Center; 989-624-4665, www. Big Ol’ Barn Sale Antique Flea Market. October 7. Free. Vintage goods, collectibles and repurposed items. Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland; 989-6004057, www.bigolbarnsalemidland. com Business and Community Expo. October 12, 4 – 7 p.m. Free. See what the Mount Pleasant area marketplace has to offer. Demonstrations, samples, games, prizes, and more. Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396, www. Super Duper Garage Sale. October 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $3. More than 150 garage sales in one room. Birch Run Expo Center; 989-6244665,

Festivals Frankenmuth Auto Fest. September 8 – 10. More than 2,500 class cars, street rods, and muscle cars. Block party on Friday; dance tent 6 p.m. until midnight on Saturday. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6964, www. Frankenmuth Oktoberfest. September 14 – 17, 3 – 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10. Celebrate German culture with food, drinks, souvenirs, and dancing. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth, 800-386-3378,

Midland Balloon Festival. September 14 – 17, Free. Hot air balloon festival, Midland County Fairgrounds; www. Hemlock Sawdust Days. September 15 – 17. Food, fun, and family activities. Richland Township Park, Hemlock; 989-392-8912, 30th Annual Zonta Applefest. September 23, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Arts and crafts, baked goods, food, children’s games, and a fun run. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch & Family Farm, Mt Pleasant; 989-774-5587, www. Michigan Antique Festival & Classic Car Show. September 23 – 24, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $6. Eighty acres of antiques, collectibles, and hard-to-find items. Car show and swap meet. Midland County Fairgrounds; 989-687-9001, Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival. September 28 – October 1. Independent films, shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign language, and student films. Live music and art shows. Various venues in downtown Bay City; Scarecrow Festival. October 14 – 15. Free. Face painting, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating, pet costume contest, inflatables, and more. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 800-600-0105, www. Michigan’s Big Country Fest. October 20 – 21, 5 – 11:55 p.m. Admission $5. Food, beverage, music, and games. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-8008, www. Art Reach of Mid-Michigan’s Art in Nature Festival of Banners. Through November. Free. A community art event. Large, colorful banners hang throughout the community of Mount Pleasant. Downtown Mt Pleasant; 989-7733689,


Music, Theater & Film Ruiale Buiale Concert. September 9, 7:30 p.m. $20. Upbeat Irish band presented by The Friends of Celtic Culture. State Theatre of Bay City; 989-892-2660, Rockin’ Oldies Show Featuring Johnny Rogers’ Buddy & Beyond. September 12 – 13. Tickets $43-$49. Musical tributes to Buddy Holly, Elvis, Ritchie Valens, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Includes a chicken dinner. Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth; 888863-7999, John Popper from the Blues Travelers Acoustic Show. September 14, 7 p.m. Tickets $35 – $45. Listen to one of the greatest harmonica players in rock music. State Theatre of Bay City; 989-8922660, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows with Special Guest, Rivers and Rust. September 14, 7 p.m. Tickets $26 – $86. Outdoor concert. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt Pleasant; 888-732-4537, Gospel Night with the Ball Brothers and Special Guest, Justified. September 16, 7 p.m. Tickets $17. Gospel quartet. State Theatre of Bay City; 989-892-2660, Joshua Davis. September 22, 7 p.m. Tickets $15 – $35. Roots music blending American music with gritty rock ‘n’ roll and vintage soul. State Theatre of Bay City; 989-892-2660, Fiddler on the Roof. September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and October 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday/3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $26. Local talent performs in this nine-time Tony Award-winning musical. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800523-7649, Wynona & The Big Noise. September 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $42 – $62. Explore the past and

present sounds of Wynona. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, Jeans ‘n’ Classics with the Midland Symphony Orchestra: The Music of Bowie & Prince. September 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Guest artists Jeans ‘n’ Classics join the Midland Symphony Orchestra to combine the hard-driving rock rhythms of David Bowie and Prince with the warmth and depth of a symphony orchestra. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-523-7649, www. B: The Underwater Bubble Show. September 29, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil, this highly interactive event is rich in stage effects including lasers, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, gigantic smoke rings, smoke-filled soap bubble machines, optical illusions, and more. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland: 800523-7649, Anything Goes. October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday/3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets $25. A comical cruise aboard the S. S. American. Pit and Balcony Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, www. Opening Night: Beer, Brahms & Bourbon. October 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34. Mix, mingle, and enjoy beer and bourbon before listening to the orchestra perform Brahms’ Symphony 4, op. 98, E minor, and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland: 800-523-7649, A John Denver Tribute with Ted Vigil. October 13, 7 p.m. Tickets $15 – $25. State Theatre of Bay City, 989-892-2660, www. Liv On: Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielson Chapman, and Amy Sky. October 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37. Three internationally recognized artists showcase the transforming power of music to heal. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-5237649,

Outdoor Movies: Hocus Pocus and Friday the 13th. October 13, sunset. Admission. Double-feature under the stars. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-362-4874, www. Made in Michigan Concert Series: Katie Travis. October 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19. Bay City’s own Katie Travis returns from starring as Christine in the national touring company of The Phantom of the Opera. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-523-7649, Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique. October 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Eight dancers present a vibrant homage to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-523-7649, www. Comedian Brad Stine. October 20, 7 p.m. Tickets $22. A night of Christian comedy. State Theatre of Bay City, 989-892-2660, www. Alton Brown: Eat Your Science Tour. October 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Award-winning author and cooking show host brings his own recipe of comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations, music, and puppets to the stage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-523-7649, www. The Verve Pipe “Villains Acoustic Show.” October 27, 7 p.m. Tickets $20 – $30. Multiplatinum alternative rock band. State Theatre of Bay City; 989-8922660, www.statetheatrebaycity. com Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. October 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Find out what pop hits of the present sound like when reinvented as tunes of the past. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland: 800-523-7649, www.mcfta. org The Accidentals. October 28, 7 p.m. Tickets $15 – $25. Original folk music. State Theatre of Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.

Nature Discovering the Homestead Farm. September 3, 1 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages welcome, younger than 18 with adult. Step back in time and enjoy a family-friendly afternoon at the Homestead Farm. Kids of all ages can help with chores, play traditional games, and visit the farm animals. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Full Moon Stroll. September 5, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Free. A guided walk by the light of the Harvest Moon. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Mingling with the Monarchs: Butterfly Tagging. September 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Net butterflies, give them a checkup, and apply tags to help researchers understand migration patterns. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Families in Nature: Nature’s Alphabet. September 9, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Enjoy time outdoors capturing pictures of letters found in nature along the trails. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. History Tour by Golf Cart. September 13, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Admission $15. An afternoon of stories while exploring the historic features of the nature center. Chippewa Nature Center; Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Black Light Hike. September 14, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free. Use black lights to search for insects, algae, flowers, and fungi at night. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, 989-631-0830, www. Fall Bird Migration Bandathon. September 15 – 17. Free. Get an up-close look at resident and migratory birds as they’re caught in mist nets and banded for research. Meet at the east

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wetlands parking lot off Grey Road. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

mushrooms and their role in the forest ecosystem. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830,

Sunset Kayaking. September 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Admission $25. Kayak from the nature center launch to downtown Midland at the Tridge. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Fungi and Falling Leaves at Riverview Natural Area. October 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Free. Look for colorful fungi and fall leaves. Riverview Natural Area, N Homer Rd, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Flowers and Fungi at Discovery Preserve. September 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free. Find flowers and fungi, discovering their role in our ecosystem. Discovery Preserve, 1701 S Euclid Ave, Bay City; 989-631-0830, An Evening with Bela Hubbard at Averill Preserve. September 26, 6 – 7 p.m. Free. Experience a costumed, first-person presentation based on the life of Bela Hubbard— geologist, naturalist, surveyor, and explorer—as he describes an autumn journey 180 years ago. Meet at the pavilion near the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Averill Preserve, E Wackerly Rd, across from Hope Rd, Sanford; 989-631-0830, www. Fall Harvest Festival. September 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $5. Demonstrations, crafts, and activities from 19th century life on the farm. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Native American Uses of Natural Resources at Discovery Preserve. October 5, 6 – 7 p.m. Free. Learn how Native Americans used plant and animals to sustain themselves; an overview of traditional skills such as making fire by friction and cordage from plant materials, and tanning deer hides. Discovery Preserve, 1701 S Euclid Ave, Bay City; 989-631-0830, Fall Color Tour by Kayak. October 7, 1 – 4 p.m. Admission $25. An autumn kayak trip down the Chippewa River. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Finding Fungi Walk. October 8, 1 – 3 p.m. Free. Learn about

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Night Lighting for Wildlife. October 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free. Bring a flashlight or headlamp to look for the glittery eyes of nocturnal creatures during this evening hike. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, Mother Nature’s Halloween Trail. October 21. Family-friendly activities, face painting, and a pumpkin-lit tour with actors dressed up as animals that live in the woods. Bay City State Park, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www. Going Geocaching. October 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Use GPS units and coordinates to search for small containers hidden in nature. Stop by the Visitor Center to get started. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Frank Barton, Midland County Lumberman. October 22, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. Step back in time for a costumed, first-person presentation based on the life of lumberman Francis Barton. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. Nature at Night. October 27 – 28, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Free. Enjoy the natural wonders of the night time. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.

Saginaw; 989-752-7161, www.

714-4046, www.saginawchamber. org

Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake up! September 8, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Admission $10 – $20. Wear your favorite team’s colors. Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center, 5121 Bay City Rd, Midland; 989-839-9901, www.

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Fall Legislative Breakfast. September 29, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 989-772-2396, www.

Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation For Good. For Ever. Breakfast. September 12, 7 – 9 a.m. Free. Volunteers will be recognized and accomplishments in endowment-building, grantmaking, and community leadership will be celebrated. Location TBD; 989-773-7322, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. September 14, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. McLaren Bay Region Uptown Location, 4 Columbus Ave, Suite 140, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. September 14, 5 – 7 p.m. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-752-7161, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. September 15, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Admission $10 – $13. DoubleTree by Hilton, One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www.baycityarea. com Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. September 20, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Greater Midland Tennis Center, 900 E Wackerly St, Midland; 989-839-9901,


Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. September 20, 5 – 7 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, 2400 E Campus Dr, Mt Pleasant; 989-772-2396,

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. September 7, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Monthly breakfast meeting. Horizons Conference Center,

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: YPN After 5. September 28, 5 – 7 p.m. Mix and mingle with other young professionals. Location TBD; 989-

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. October 5, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Monthly breakfast meeting. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw; 989752-7161, www.saginawchamber. org Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Wake up! October 6, 7:30 – 9 a.m. Admission $10 – $20. Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center, 5121 Bay City Rd, Midland; 989-839-9901, Women’s Initiative Speaker Series: Sue Guevara. October 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Admission $45. Join us to hear featured luncheon speaker, Sue Guevara, the head women’s basketball coach at Central Michigan University. Comfort Inn Conference Center, Mt Pleasant; 989-773-7322, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. October 12, 5 – 7 p.m. NetSource One, Inc, 5410 Hampton Place, Saginaw; 989-7527161, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. October 18, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Chemical Bank, 333 E Main St, Midland; 989-839-9901, www. Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. October 19, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Location TBD; 989893-4567, Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to events@greatlakesbay. com. Send date, time, cost, and contact information for your event by the first day of the month, three months prior to the event date.


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round 1912, 15 smiling young students line up for this cheerful photo taken near the second Bedell School (est. 1900), located about halfway between Fraser and Mackinaw roads, in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County. Students include (L to R) Owen Noice, Lucy Goss, Lena Goulet, John Hartley, Ethel Paige, Wesley Hartley (Ted), Iva Bedell, Floyd Bedell, John Fontaine, Harold Friebe, Wilfred Hartley, Agnes Trelewski, Blanche DuBuois, Gertie Bedell, and Lawrence Friebe. The two-room, red brick, rural grade school pictured replaced the first wooden Bedell School (1868-1900) that was destroyed by fire. A article describes the Bedell area as a hamlet located at Beaver and Mackinaw roads in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County, with a 1910 population of 70 people, two stores, and an I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) hall. Kawkawlin Township was organized in 1868, when “an influx of farmers” began to clear the land and settle, explains author Odeal L. Sharp in Country Schools of Bay County, Michigan 1839-1970 (2007). By 1883, six school districts (Bedell, Brisette, Town Hall, Ott, Cottage Grove, and Linwood Village Schools) were established in Kawkawlin Township. Warren was established later. Sharp mentions a 1916 or 1917 memory of Bedell School graduate Tom Noice, who recalls “all the [Bedell School] kids piling into a sleigh drawn by horses and riding over to the Town Hall School” for a fun day, where they competed with neighboring schools in spelling bees and other competitive contests. “[Tom] says the Bedell School children were always the greatest when it came to arithmetic.” The Bedell School closed in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of Mary Hacker, Bay City, with names provided by Nancy Humphrey, Midland.

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