If you have some spare time or if you just like to do things off the tourist radar, visit Indian Village. Sadly, many suburbanites are not even aware of this beautiful neighborhood full of stately old homes and historical mansions. You will see everything from gothic to arts and craft style homes and some have carriage houses as well. Edsel Ford lived here as well as many other prominent figures from the Detroit community. The homes can be a real bargain if you have the money, but the taxes are enough to scare most people. Speaking of taxes, go across Jefferson and take a drive down to the end of Lodge St. There you will find the infamous Manoogian mansion, home to the Mayor of Detroit. You can't miss it. Its the house with all the luxury cars and all the Mayor's cousins - OOPS - I mean SECURITY STAFF in the driveway. Its quite lovely.Related to:
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ST ANDREWS HALL
St Andrews hall is a must for new music/ alt. lovers. Its got a cool kind of gritty underground feel and is an intimate setting - room for about 1000 in the hall and maybe a few hundred in the "Shelter". This place has been around for a while and is somewhat famous. Depeche Mode has played here as well as bands such as Jane's Addiction and Limp Bizkit. Visit here and you may catch the next big thing.Related to:
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CLASSIC CARS @ WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE
The Dream Cruise is a must see for classic car lovers and a fun summer event for everyone. It is the world's largest event of it's kind and attracts car lovers from all over the planet. 15 miles of the 6-8 lane boulevard are packed with all kinds of classic cars cruising the streets in bumper to bumper traffic and parked in the lots that line the street. Technically, the cruise is a one day affair (Sat Aug 20, 2005) but activities are planned around the cruise beginning the Thursday before. Besides looking at the cars you can watch Elvis impersonators, hear live music, race r/c cars, see vintage motorcycles to name a few activities as well as enjoy the cool towns that host the cruise. The big three all represent here, too.
TIP: If you don't like big crowds, come by on Thursday night and you'll see tons of "unofficial" cruisers on Woodward without the traffic. Also, don't plan on driving through Woodward on Sat in a car that may overheat!.
PS Ford is bringing the Beach Boys in this year.Related to:
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Greektown is the first place most tourists are told to go. It is a small but important part of downtown. For better or worse, this group of Greek merchants and restaurant owners have been faithful to Detroit. This is the best place around Michigan to get a good lamb dish and authentic Gyros. Often you'll find a musician playing on a street corner and sometimes a rush of sports fans wearing their team colors on a game day. And of course Greektown Casino is here.Related to:
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DETROIT SCIENCE CENTER
The Detroit Science center is a great place to see an Imax movie or take your kids to for some educational fun. Their Imax theater is unique in that it is a dome rather than a flat screen, which really makes you feel that you are in the movie and is quite exciting. Kids love it and so do I! It is really a great value when you consider the cost of a movie at a regular theater plus you can check out the exhibits and presentations during the same visit. They also feature a Dassault planetarium and special travelling exhibits.
Admission for adults is $7.00 plus $4.00 to see a movie/the planetarium
Admission for kids 2-12 is $6.00 plus $4.00 for the movie or planetarium
Parking at the Science Center lot is $5.00
The Science Center is open 9-3 mon-friday's during winter months, 10:30-6pm on saturdays and 12:00 to 6pm on Sundays. Check their website for showtimesRelated to:
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Detroit Festival of the Arts -- ding-a-ling!
The Detroit Festival of the Arts is a wonderful display of creativity, and features a constantly changing array of both artists and performers. I'd just like to concentrate on what's available on June 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. The Cathedral Ringers are a resident handbell choir consisting of 61 bronze handbells. For this event, they will be joined by vocalists and instrumentalists for an enjoyable family afternoon displaying the wide spectrum of music written and arranged for handbells. So what if your neighbors think there are bats in your belfry! Come down to the cool majestry of the Cathedral, and set a spell.Related to:
A breath of spring
The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Gardens are located on Belle Isle. The Conservatory features a central Palm House, Tropical Wing, Fernery/Cacti Wing, and Show House. There is a large collection of Orchids. In addition, there is an exterior water garden, Heritage Rose garden, and Perennial garden. Annual flower beds flank the Conservatory. For years, an Easter tradition has been to visit the Conservatory -- there is always a splendid display of spring blooms (in 2007, many of these were Easter lilies and azaleas, while the tulips languished outdoors in the snow) against which to have fetching photographs taken! -- but avid gardeners also take note of the Belle Isle Botanical Society's Plant Sale, usually held on Memorial Day weekend. This is the place for perennials, annuals, herbs, miniature roses, geraniums, and some veggies like heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Admission is free.Related to:
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Where shall we worship this Sunday?
I'm trying to provide some guidance to VT visitors who might be looking for an Episcopal (Anglican Communion) church during their journeys. I was fortunate enough to have two home parishes in the Detroit area: historic Christ Church, Detroit, and its original "mission" church (which now vastly exceeds the parent in scope), Christ Church, Grosse Pointe. The latter provides good preaching and great music, but you have to have a car to get out there, so I think I'll steer you to the former. This is a marvelous, multicultural congregation including many Lebanese families who immigrated years ago. The music program used to be first rate and likely still is; I just haven't been back to be able to provide a current report. All of the clergy have changed since my years in residence, but I suspect the new crop is equally inspired and inspiring. Sunday services (sung Eucharist) are at 10:30 AM. There is also a handbell choir which performs occasionally. The church is quite handy to those in the downtown Detroit area, and an easy walk from Greektown if you're looking for a lunch venue afterwards.Related to:
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The Heidleberg Project
The Heidleberg Project is the creation of artist Tyree Guyton. It consists of approximately one block of houses and lots in which his creativity has been unleashed. You'll find a polka dot house and many larger than life works of art formed from items that were once trash. The Heidleberg project was bigger at one time until a former mayor bulldozed some of the houses with little warning and it always seems to be under threat of extinction. Political statement or not, I would feel better living in this neighborhood knowing there was a house covered in baby dolls next to me!Related to:
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Home of the Detroit Lions and Super Bowl XL! And for good reason. This is a BEAUTIFUL stadium and a great place to watch a game or other events. It is known for having the best views of any stadium, no matter where your seat is.
Post game try the Elwood Grill, the nearby Hunter House at the Hilton Garden Inn (more than just Burgers), or the Cock n Bull tavern .
Halloween is BIG in the Detroit area. Haunted Houses abound, parties are everywhere and things get wild!! Here are a few things to consider for the haunted holiday:
The residents of the victorian town of Northville pour $$$$$ into their decorations and there are even some live shows at some of the beautiful homes. On Halloween night things start out around 5pm. Kids can trick or treat and many adults wander the streets without kids. You can incorporate a stop at a pub or cafe for grown up treats and enjoy a spooky spectacle.
Haunted Houses galore. They range from kid friendly haunted hayrides to hair-raising. The area around Romeo is a good location if you want to visit a lot. There are many apple orchards in the area with a lot of indoor and outdoor haunted attractions.
Erebus in Pontiac is the WORLDS LARGEST HAUNTED HOUSE in 4 floors of an abandoned warehouse and probably the creepiest. Some houses have celebrity appearances. ex: The real Freddy Krueger.
Look at the Metro Times web site for information on costume parties. They are abundant and often have costume contests with prizes in the thousands $$$.
The Detroit Zoo, The Henry Ford, and most malls have events for kids.Related to:
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CAR-TUNES AROUND TOWN
Currently, there small cars about the city designed by area artists with the theme of Car-Tunes, representing two of the city's more well known exports. All the cars start off the same but the artist that designed the one in the picture really got creative and rebuilt the entire car as a transformer. It's face is made up of the elements of a dashboard radio. In the background you can see the General Motors World Headquarters.Related to:
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THE PARTY'S ON AT THE MANOOGIAN!!!!
Well, It looks like 4 more years of parties at the MANOOGIAN MANSION!!!!!
Kwame Kilpatrick has won a second term as Mayor of Detroit & he'll be hip-hoppin around the city for a while to come, albeit without his diamond earring (he removed it , unveiling a new and improved mayor). Some were surprised at his re-election considering that not long before election day polls showed him lagging behind his contender. How did he do it, you ask? I think Kwame said it best as he addressed some of his supporters....
and I QUOTE......"Some of y'all just plain crazy. And right now, the whole country that's been watching is saying you crazy........." DFP
It seems at least one citizen is not pleased with the fun-lovin', party-makin' mayor's style, though.
Clifton McFarland, 59, a real estate agent backed Hendrix, over the 35-year-old mayor .
"We need someone to focus on the business of the city, not their social life, and I think maturity has something to do with it," McFarland said.
WHAT'S UP WITH THAT, MCFARLAND!!!? DON'T BE SUCH A PARTY POOPER!!!
SEE YA AT THE MANOOGIAN!!!-
P.S. BYOB - We ARE on a budget ya know!Related to:
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View Our Many Historic Churches
One great thing about Detroit is the many historic churches we have and the diversity of their styles. You don't have to leave downtown to view them, either. At Christmas time there is an organized tour of many of them but if you see one that looks interesting, then just pop in and take a peek. or attend a service.
P. S. St. Mary's might be a good post lost-all-my-money-at-the-casino prayer spot! : \Related to:
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It's been years since Hans and I visited Detroit's GREEKTOWN. I do remember that we had dinner at the Old Parthenon.
Today, it is much the same. This time we came with VT member Hundertmorgen, Sandra and her friend Richard. We strolled through the neighbourhood of Greektown - actually it's a single block on Monroe Avenue off Beaubien Street. There were mostly restaurants ( where the Ouzo flows and the Souvlaki sizzles ) with names like Plaka's - Pegasus - New Parthenon - and get this - Pizza Papalis. There are Greek pastry shops, Souvenir Shops and the flashy entrance to Greektown Casino.
Not to worry about your safety. There was police presence - one on a bicycle who was warning a driver that he could not park on the street - at all!
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