Holidays in the Hills 2 Dec 2013, 7:18 pmThe IRISH HILLS is an area in Southern Lower Michigan once settled by the Irish during the potato famine. It is an area of quaint towns, sparkling lakes, and scenic drives. This coming weekend December 6-8, is the second annual "HOLIDAYS IN THE HILLS". Hidden Lake Garden's Holiday Festival and EVENING OF LIGHTS is back this year. 2,000 luminaries light the Gardens and there is music, crafts, and refreshments.="www.hiddenlakegardens. msu.edu">. Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery will be holding their Christmas Open House Saturday 11:00-5:30 and Sunday 12:00-5:00. Another event is Michigan International Speedway's charity track drive. Donate a food item or a new unwrapped toy and take a lap around the track in your own vehicle for more information. And Oh!These Irish Hills is holding their Christmas Gala. This event is a showcase of holiday trees and decorations with a silent auction, door prizes, a choir concert, and holiday dancers, and of course-refreshments! It will be held at the Ol'Golden Nugget on US 12Friday Dec 6th-4-8, Sat 1-8, and Sun 1-4. For more information visit
THANKSGIVUKKAH 26 Nov 2013, 5:44 pmYes, this is really a word, and it has been many years since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fell on the same day. Hanukkah is an 8 day celebration and it is the first day that falls on Thanksgiving this year. Sources say it last happened in 1888 and won't happen again until 2070. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, most Jewish families are not upset by this;in fact just the opposite. One family is quoted as saying "having the family together for both holidays is a plus". A Rabbi from Farmington Hills says "this a 2-for-1 holiday". As for the food , one way to combine the holidays is with sweet potato latkes. Anyway, I wish you all a happy turkey and latke day!
THEY'RE Still Here! 19 Nov 2013, 3:21 pmThis morning 4 Sandhill Cranes are on our lawn! Don't they know they're supposed to go South? And the biggest one(the elder) was doing a dance-flapping his wings and jumping around. I know they do that during mating season, but now? We thought maybe he was teaching the young ones something. If you would like to learn more about the cranes-these wonderful prehistoric birds visit: www.haehnlesanctuary.org.
OCTOBRRRRRRRR 25 Oct 2013, 6:26 pmOCTOBER,--- it has been a sunny, warm month, but that is over! Are you ready? We covered the tomatoes and the flowers last night and the thermometer says 28. Oh well, enough of the weather report. There were several HAPPENINGS in October. The Fall color tours-both by bus and train were the biggies. The festivals-Appleumpkin in Tecumseh,Brooklyn's Pumpkin Quest, and Hidden lake Gardens Fall festival. www.visitlenawee.com The wineries are still open www.pioneerwinetrail.com, and southern michigan railroad is still doing color tours this weekend. Halloween is coming up-the last October Happening-got your pumpkins?
Welcome Fall 29 Aug 2013, 3:55 pmSummer is over-we know that by the absence of lake traffic. August was a busy month-NASCAR, Wine Days of Summer www.pioneerwinetrail.com, The Civil War Muster in Jackson, and of course, The Ann Arbor Antiques Market. That continues for the next several months www.visitAnnArbor.org. Now, thoughts turn to Fall Festivals. Clinton Fall Festival is a good one www.clintonfallfestival.com. The Sandhill Crane Migration happens this time of year too www.haehnlesanctuary.org. And, by the way, who saw the blue moon August 20Technically, a Blue Moon is the third full moon in a four-full-moon season. The next Blue Moon isn't to occur until 2015.
July is done August Starts 30 Jul 2013, 7:38 pmJuly has some important dates: Canada Day July 1 ; Independence Day July 4; World Zoonosis Day July 6 (yes Zoonosis really is a word -it refers to any disease transmitted from animals to humans, such as rabies). Bastille DayJuly 14; Nelson Mandela Day July 18.
NOW comes August . First is the Riverfolk Festival in Manchester -great Bluegrasswww.riverfolkfestival.org August 9-11 US12 Longest Garage Sale; Wine Days of Summer, check www.pioneerwinetrail.com. And, of course, NASCAR 16-18, and Ann Arbor Antiques Market 17-18. ANN ARBOR made a Pure Michigan Tourist Stop" In a world that tries so hard to look and feel like everything else,there is a place that knows exactly what it is-ANN ARBOR. A great town to visit!
July Happenings 15 Jul 2013, 7:23 pmThis week and next-according to the weatherman- is traditionally the hottest of the year, and it is certainly living up to it's reputation. There are so many events this week and next, in and around the Irish Hills, I hope the heat doesn't spoil them. This week is the Ann Arbor Art Fair-one of the best in the country!www.visitannarbor.org. This weekend is the Country Music Festival at Michigan Speedway-MIS. It has a peculair name www.fasterhorsesfestival.com. I read that the promoter was wondering what to call it and since this is car country-namely Ford Motor country-he read, that years, ago Henry Ford was asked "what do the people want?" His answer was "faster horses" thus the name of the Festival. Also this weekend is the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Jackson at Ella Sharp Park www.hotairjubilee.com.There are 22 balloons entered and the morning launches are at 6:30 am(weather will of course affect them). The Lenawee County Fair starts the 21st in Adrian and runs for the week. This is a great"county fair" with many animals- horses,cows, sheep, goats, chickens, and many 4H exhibits. And(I'm not done yet) On your way to Ann Arbor, you could stop in Saline at the Rentschler Farm Museum -it's right on US12- to celebrate Henry Ford's 150th birthday. July 20, from 11am-3pm. There will be some of the earliest cars, Model T,A B and Tractors and a historical performance at 1pm. And, last but not least, Thursday July 18 is the start of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival which runs thru August 11 at the Potter Center in Jackson. For more info visit :www.MichiganShakespeareFestival.com or call 517-998 3673 If all this tires you out and you need some time to relax,visit Dewey Lake Manor B&B and enjoy the lake. Oh, I did forget, there is a Farmers Market every Sunday from 11-2 at Walker Tavern.
The Tough Mudder 2 Jul 2013, 7:21 pmThe TOUGH MUDDER Did you know what it was?
We had 9 guests , both men and women, that did the course and 5 family members, and they all said the same thing"It was worth it!"
It is done in Michigan for this year, but probably will be back next year as there were 12,000 participants on Saturday and about 4000 on Sunday-that's a lot of people. Check out the website for more information. www.toughmudder.com.
JUNE Happenings 6 Jun 2013, 10:50 amJUNE-a month for graduations, weddings, sunshine, and strawberries and cherries.
May Happenings 16 May 2013, 8:33 amMay-what a wonderful month! Everything is grenn, white, pink, and beautiful! And, there are many events happening. This Saturday, May18th, is the Great Lakes Wine and Beer Festival at MISwww.greatlakeswinefest.com.
www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu is having a wildflower walk. I have written about the Gardens before-it is a beautiful place!Or, you can do both-the walk is 11am to noon, and the wine fest is in the afternoon and evening. www.OTIH.com. And May 26, from 4-8, Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery is hosting a Merorial Weekend Celebration with wine tasting and entertainment. For more info check www.cherrycreekwine.com.