Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Legend tells of a mother bear and her two cubs taking to the water to escape a raging fire in what is now, Wisconsin. They swam for miles and after tiring the cubs lagged behind. When the mother bear reached the opposite shore, she climbed atop a hill to watch for her babies, but the cubs drowned and became what is now the two Manitou Islands. "Sleeping Bear" is the single dune near the point that marks the spot where mother bear waited. It is slowly eroding and changing with water, wind and Continue reading

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

We headed north from Ludington after the hike, counted our blessings when we discovered The Bungalow Inn still serving dinner at 10 pm. After checking several Manistee hotels late into the night, we finally found one that was not booked full with fishermen hoping to win the local derby. I awoke to another beautiful blue sky, fluffy cloud day and began the drive towards Sleeping Bear Dunes. The first awe inspiring roadside stop was the Arcadia Scenic Lookout which is also aptly named Continue reading

Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park

Two years ago traveled to Shanty Creek and did a drive by tour through Charlevois & Petoskey on my way to Mackinac Island. I liked what I saw and wanted to tour the little finger portion of the Michigan mitten. The first Lake Michigan view was supposed to happen around Saugatuck, but a missed sign resulted in a tour of Holland instead. I hit the highway and didn't stop again until I reached Ludington. We drove out to the Ludington State Park to have a look around. After investigating the Continue reading

Powering Up & Skating Off

Powering Up & Skating Off

I was back on roller skates again for the first time in too many years, thanks to an invitation to P.O.W.E.R Organization's fundraising event hosted by Latoniya Jones. Her organization helps children aged 7-16 increase their confidence, competency, and proficiency with math. In my head, I was movin' and groovin' to the sounds of the seventies, but the reality was much different. They didn't play Disco Duck or Sometimes When We Touch, and I found my body was unable move the way it used to. Continue reading

Ridin’ Detroit

Ridin’ Detroit

When traveling, one of may favorite things to do is to bike an area. I've seen several places on two self-propelled wheels. Vancouver's Stanley Park & Granville Island, Ontario's Pelee Island, Michigan's Mackinac Island, St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and now, closer to home, Detroit's Dequindre Cut. I highly recommend all the tours because each is completely different. We started off with a walk along the Riverfront and a quick walking tour of the Renaissance Center. The Detroit Continue reading

1st Peek at the WLN Marching Band 2011 Show

1st Peek at the WLN Marching Band 2011 Show

This video was taken during the performance after Band Camp on August 13, 2011. The rain held off and the band did an excellent job. I'm looking forward to seeing the show on the field in the next few weeks. They are playing movie scores which includes Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spiderman. According to Band Director Mary Hulliberger the show will NOT be called a "Knight at the Movies." Video not visible? Watch here. Continue reading

A Most Unusual Playmate

A Most Unusual Playmate

My favorite time to get out in the kayak is on a still early evening while the sun is 3/4 finished it's daily journey across the sky. Tonight, I decided to explore the small waterways branching off the main lake for the first time this season. As I pointed the front of my kayak into a calm canal, I was startled by a turtle splashing the surface to escape my impending paddle. Three ducks were swimming along ahead of me. As I caught up to them, two quickly disappeared. The third, obviously Continue reading

The Shivers

The Shivers

There are two things giving me the shivers lately. All this cold damp rain... and snakes. Finally got out on the deck for a minute to soak up the sun and found this guy doing the same thing.... My deck is on the second story... that is one BIG SNAKE. The other sunny day this month? I saw this one outside my basement door. I'll leave him be but have to admit, I'm a little nervous about working in the yard this year. The positive? Snakes eat mosquitoes right? Continue reading

10 Famous Films Made in Michigan

10 Famous Films Made in Michigan

The local film industry seems to be picking up steam or perhaps I've just found where to get the information. I've faithfully been watching Detroit 1-8-7 on Tuesdays or on Hulu if I miss it (which is more often than not). UK's The Telegraph recently ran an article titled Ten famous films shot in Michigan. They are as follows: Up in the Air: George Clooney 2009 American Beauty: Kevin Spacey 1999 Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood 2008 Die Hard 2: Bruce Willis 1990 Beverly Hills Cop: Continue reading

Detroit Rocks!

Detroit Rocks!

Reader's Digest recently published a picture slideshow called 9 Surprising Reasons Why Detroit Rocks as part of their Travel the World series. Here is a summary of their list: (Visit here to see the images and the reasons for their selections.) The Heidelberg Project The Cass Corridor The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Mexicantown’s Restaurants and Supermercados The Eastern Market Detroit on Wheels (or Feet) Artists’ Studios Motown (and Other Musical Attractions) The Quest Continue reading

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Did you know there is an opportunity for your child to play music in addition to the school programs? I had the opportunity to see the Metropolitan Youth Symphony perform recently. I was surprised at the level of music these young people were playing! Junior Strings Orchestra - grades 1 to 5 String Orchestra - grades 5 to 9 Concert Orchestra - grades 9 to 12 Symphony Orchestra - grades 10 to 12 Their next concert is February 6th at the Ford Community and Continue reading

Winter Swans

Winter Swans

I found this image taken by my father during his visit at Christmas. I generally find the grey winter skies depressing, but the beauty of the winter wonderland swans swimming, guarantees my spirits a generous lift. I took a video last week too... Continue reading

Cold Patterns

Cold Patterns

My father took this picture while visiting. Taken before the warm spell he saw these pattern out the window, picked up my camera and shot it. Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 5

These are the final videos from the Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert. I wish I had been able to record the entire show but I didn't. My Flip video camera only records an hour and ran out of space right before the Halleljah Chorus finale. The following video is Symphony Strings performing Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. A show of this magnitude has many people to thank, (1200 students from three high schools, performed over two days for three shows). The video below is the speech Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 4

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Departments of Northern, Western and Central High Schools come together for the Holiday Collage Concert on December 11th. Here the Women's Vocal Ensemble sing S'Vivon and Silver Bells and the Wind Ensemble plays Sleigh Ride and Secret Agent Santa. Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 3

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert with Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western. In this third video Symphony Band and Choirs lead "A Holiday Sing-A-Long" with the audience. Video: Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 2

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert with Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western. In this video Symphony Band and Choirs lead "A Holiday Sing-A-Long." Video: Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Videos Part 1

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert at Walled Lake Northern last Saturday night. We were lucky to get tickets for one of the three - not to be missed - sold out shows. While watching 1200 students perform, I sat in amazement of the organization and production skills that went into a show of that magnitude. Below are videos 1 and 2 from Interval 1 of the evenings performances... Performances by the Women's Chorus and Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert, originally uploaded by cletch. Final song of the outstanding performance. 1200 students from Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western High School Orchestra, Band and Choirs sang and played 3 sold out shows over two days at WLN. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Times Like These: Kid Rock and Michigan

Times Like These: Kid Rock and Michigan

I caught part of Kid Rock's performance on the American Music Awards and was hoping to find it online. I know in the past Kid Rock hasn't been too accepting of his content on the internet. I hope he's coming around because this video reminded me I need to go buy his new disc TODAY. "Even though it's bittersweet and brings us to our knees, it makes us who we are in times like these." Hard times in our lives allows us to recognize and be grateful the good days. Challenges build our strength Continue reading