Soo Locks Cruise Trip
We spent 2 days sightseeing the area around the Mackinac Bridge. Day one began traveling over the bridge to go on a Soo Locks Dinner Cruise. Day 2 was spent on Mackinaw Island, taking in all the sights and sounds of the island itself.
"Wicked" at Detroit Opera House
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in...Wicked, the Broadway sensation, tells the tale of what happened in the Land of Oz, but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there was another girl, born with emerald-green skin, smart, fiery misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships...until the world decides to call one "good" and the other one "wicked". With a thrilling score that includes hits "Defying Gravity", "Popular" and "For Good", if you think you know the wicked witch of the west, think again. Prior to the performance, we enjoyed a visit to Greektown with free time on your own for dinner, shopping, strolling to Campus Marcus, ride the People Mover, and/or some fun gaming!
Always one of the best trips of the summer, which never grows old. We arrived in Saugatuck and started our day with lunch on the waterfront. A cruise took us on a narrated tour of the Kalamazoo River. We strolled the streets of this charming town for shopping and sightseeing. Our next bold venture was the incredible dune schooner ride through slopes and valleys of the dunes along Lake Michigan where we learned about the history of the area and the buried city of Singapore.
"Willow Run" at the Purple Rose Theatre
During WWII the Willow Run Bomber Plant, located near Ypsilanti, Michigan, was the largest factory under one roof in the world. Some 40,000 employees, mostly women, turned out B-24 Bombers at a rate of one every 55 minutes. Willow Run follows the journey of four of those women who migrated from all over america to find new lives at the plant. Along the way they overcome a multitude of challenges, learn to endure new sorrows, overcome deep-seated prejudices and forge new friendships. Prior to the performance we had a delicious lunch at E.G. Nick's and spent some time shopping stop in the quaint city of Plymouth.
Heavenly Scent Herb Garden
We were in for a treat as enthusiastic owner Steve Mathews guided usthrough a one hour long tour of Heavenly Scent's gardens! He explained how to grow and use the various plants we encountered throughout the excursion. After experiencing the many flowers and fragrances along the garden paths, we enjoyed a buffet-style meal and relaxed in the garden.
Detroit Tiger's Game 2018
Root, root, root for the home team! We enjoyed a great game at Comerica Park with our very own Detroit Tigers! At the end of the game we were thrilled by the beautiful array of fireworks on display!
Surrounded by deep blue waters, it is one of Lake Erie's most picturesque islands. Upon arrival, a tour guide accompanied us on the train so we could enjoy the simple beauty, historic lore and attractions including Put-in-Bay Winery and Doller Museum of Island Life, Perry's Monument Visitor Center, the Butterfly House and the Car Museum. We had a delicious buffet lunch at Tipper's and plenty of free time to explore or shop on our own in the plentiful boutiques and gift shops (July 2018).
Chicago was a wonderful place to visit this summer and this trip was packed in two exciting days to explore, shop and/or visit museums! Our 1st day began in downtown Chicago with five hours of free time with drop-oﬀ on the Magnificent Mile. Dinner and a show at Tommy Guns Garage Dinner Theater ended our 1st fun-filled day. Day 2 started oﬀ with a hot breakfast and then on to beautiful Navy Pier for shopping and more exploring including the six-story glass atrium called the Crystal Garden!
African Lion Safari
While visiting African Lion Safari, we traveled through seven large game reserves and entered into an environment that is home to over 1,000 birds and animals, many of which are classified as endangered or threatened species. The park is situated in Cambridge, Ontario on 750 acres, which have been designed to replicate the animals' natural setting. Animals living in these reserves roam freely, while we observed in "caged" vehicles.
Ilich Venues Tour: Little Caesar's Arena & Fox Theater
Our day began touring the new Little Caesar’s Arena, home of the Red Wings and Pistons. Areas included: private club spaces, the Chevy Plaza, the Budweiser Beirgarden, the gondolas, the Before Training Center and the press box.
Our afternoon was spent touring the Fox Theatre that showcases the must-see details and its remarkable history. We toured over 10 locations throughout the building – from the orchestra pit and Mighty Mo’, the largest working Moller theatre organ in the world to the Men’s Lounge featuring the original furniture chosen by the wife of movie-mogul William Fox. We also learned the incredible story of how the citizens rose up to save the Fox from the wrecking ball while walking the very same halls as Elvis and The Rolling Stones.
Firekeepers Casino and Dark Horse Brewing Company
We had a wonderful day of gaming and guzzling!!! We began our day at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek where we took a chance with Lady Luck in the casino. Our second stop landed us in Marshall and the Dark Horse Brewing Company, where we will experienced a VIP Brewery Tour and beer sampling. We spent the remainder of our day touring the area!
WDIV Channel 4 Tour
What an exciting day for us as we toured WDIV Channel 4! Meteorologist, Brandon Roux, personally walked us through the station giving us a tour as we learned the fun behind the scene technology and even some of their TV secrets! We got to experience a live broadcast taping of "Live in the D" and were even invited to be apart of the show (see video above). Afterwards, we enjoyed a lunch at Traffic Jam & Snugs with some extra time to shop at Shinola or have a brew at Motor City Brewing Works.
Artist Hubert Massey/Federal Reserve Bank
Once again this year, St. Clair Shores Adult & Community Education, had the opportunity to view local artist, Hubert Massey's, incredible works! We began our tour at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit, where Hubert Massey's 4 x 14 ft mural graces the lobby. Then on to Cobo Hall where the artist himself is finishing another 30 x 60 ft masterpiece. This was a real treat for all of us to watch, as he explained the entire process and motivation for his art.Just like the renaissance artists, Massey's Buon Fresco style, mixing plaster with pigment, must be applied quickly before it dries. This was a real treat for all of us to watch, as he explained the entire process and motivation for his art. Massey worked and studied with Stephen Dimitroff and Lucienne Block, apprentices to muralist Diego Rivera.
Motown Museum & the DIA
We toured “Hitsville U.S.A.” the nickname given to Motown’s first headquarters. The former photographers’ studio were purchased by Berry Gordy in 1959 and converted to a record label’s administrative building and recording studio. We learned and reminisced about the sweet Motown sound that still resonates all over the globe, such artists as the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Jackson 5, Contours, Marvin Gaye, Miracles, Rare Earth, Martha and The Vandelles, Stevie Wonder, Supremes, Temptations, and many more! We also visited the Detroit Institute of Arts for their "Senior Day"! We had the opportunity to view the Monet exhibit and craft our own creations!
Cirque Du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil "Crystal" featured world-class ice skating and unexpected acrobatics fused together to create the first on-ice performance from Cirque du Soleil!
The Historical Houses of Worship Tour with the Detroit Historical Society
Since 1972, these Worship Tours have acquainted metro Detroiter's with the contributions religious institutions have made in the development of our community. We toured five religious communities in Detroit with a step-on-guide who explained the history, culture and practices of each.
Holly Dickens Festival
For 44 years, the sights, sounds, smells and surprises of the Dickens Festival have been delighting holiday revelers in Historic Downtown Holly Michigan. We began with brunch at the Historical Holly Hotel and then the afternoon was spent shopping, riding horse and buggy, outside performances and touring historic Holly. Our day ended with the Historical Society for an afternoon of English Tea.
Herbert Massey Tour (Fall 2017)
Hubert Massey, a fellow Michigan artist, took use on a tour on his works in a variety of media. We viewed his murals in the Detroit African American History Museum, Paradise Valley Park, Campus Martius, Federal Reserve Bank, Antheneum Suite Hotel, Cobo Hall and many more.