Paddle to the Symphony July 11

Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark welcomes Paddle to the Symphony every year - photo by Michael Dwyer

Paddle to the Symphony 2015 For over 20 years, Kensington Metropark in Milford, MI has been the home to Paddle to the Symphony. Once again, the event returns to the park and to Kent Lake for an evening of music and paddling. The Michigan Philharmonic performs a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Maple Beach. However, Paddle to the Symphony goers will meet on the other side of the lake on the shoreline of North Martindale Beach – hence the term “paddle to the symphony.” Started by the … [Read more...]

Live from Mackinac Island – It’s ‘Under the Radar Michigan!’

The folks at Pure Michigan got their hands on a brand new camera technology called Georama. It streams a feed directly to the Internet and allows viewers to communicate with the person wearing the camera and Michigan is the first state in the U.S. to use one! So, naturally they turned it over to Under the Radar Michigan (UTR). Today, from noon to 4 p.m. (EDT) Tom Daldin, the host of UTR, is going to be wandering around Mackinac Island talking to people, exploring the shops and hotels, and … [Read more...]

Sea Life Michigan Welcomes Benson the Sea Turtle

Benson the Green Sea Turtle waits to be released from the Med Pool Tank - Photo by Michael Dwyer

A Green Sea Turtle named Benson After being hit by a boat last year, Benson, a Green Sea Turtle, was stranded at the Anastasia State Park in St. Johns County, Florida. A reaction called cold-stunning was induced by the fracture to his shell caused by the collision. Benson spent a year at the Georgia Sea Turtle Hospital in Jekyll Island where he was nursed back to health. Sea Life of Michigan gives Benson a New Home On May 22, SEA LIFE Michigan Curator, Kelli Cadenas, escorted Benson … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: Charity Island

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Join the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) as they take off on another adventure on Wednesday, August 5, 2015! Enjoy a leisurely cruise and a scrumptious dinner as you travel from Caseville to Charity Island. Breathtaking views are thrown in at no extra cost. Hurry! The refund deadline for this trip is Friday, June 26. All OPC trips can be found online at www.OPCSeniorCenter.org. Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must be 50+ to travel on these trips and all … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: Mackinac Island

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Join the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) as they take off on another adventure on October 18-20, 2015! Travel comfortably via motor coach to the majestic Grand Hotel on historic Mackinac Island. You’ll spend your days immersed in a simpler time, along with tours, delicious food, and of course, fudge. Hurry! The refund deadline for this trip is Friday, June 12. All OPC trips can be found online at www.OPCSeniorCenter.org. Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: King Tut Exhibit

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Join the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) as they take off on another adventure on Wednesday, July 22, 2015! Travel comfortably via motor coach to the Grand Rapids Museum and step back to the time of ancient Egypt and King Tut. After the tour, you’ll enjoy a delightful lunch at the Pearl Street Grill. Hurry! The refund deadline for this trip is Friday, June 19. All OPC trips can be found online at www.OPCSeniorCenter.org. Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must … [Read more...]

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford

Anderson Japanese Gardens - photo by Michael Dwyer

The Start of Beauty Several business trips took John Anderson to Japan in the 1960s. However, a visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon inspired him to develop his swampy backyard, along Spring Creek in Rockford, to give Illinois it's own piece of Japan. John employed the assistance of designer Hoichi Kurisu, a master craftsman, and in 1978 construction began on the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Every path, tree, and rock placed in the gardens were done so with exact … [Read more...]

Adventure Awaits You in Beautiful Amish Country!

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Join the Older Persons’ Commission for two days and one night of food, flowers, and fun Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29 in Shipshewana. The trip cost is based on occupancy. All OPC trips can be found online at www.OPCSeniorCenter.org. Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must be 50+ to travel on these trips and all non-members pay a $10 fee.   … [Read more...]

Spring Cider, Fresh at Yates

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Once again Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills has opened for a spring pressing of fresh apple cider. Open for cider and donuts from April 15 (Tax Day) until May 10 (Mother's Day). Four full weekends to enjoy the tasty treat that usually is only available in the fall. Also opening with the spring pressing is The Ice Cream Shoppe, with cool sensations such as their Yates Donut Sundae and the Cider Crème, a blend of cider slush and vanilla custard. The list is too long to mention all their … [Read more...]

Field & Stream Opens First Store in Michigan

The First Field & Stream Store in Michigan Opened in March at the Oakland Mall - photo by Michael Dwyer

For Those Who Love the Outdoors The first Michigan Field & Stream Specialty Store opened in Troy in early March. They hosted a large four-day grand opening to celebrate the eleventh store nationwide to the Oakland Mall location. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, March 26. Field & Stream, a specialty retail concept carrying the best brands to meet the evolving needs of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts welcomed media for guided tours to get to know … [Read more...]