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.
Afternoon Tea at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial
Hosted at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, St. Clair Shores Adult & Community Ed, Afternoon Tea event. Teavana Rep, LaJedi Long, made assortment of natural teas, while explaining the healing power of each. Fun was had by all, with a delicious tea, lunch and view of Lake St. Clair.
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.