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.