Dewey Lake

Dewey Lake
morning mist

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014 from the Irish Hills of Southern Michigan

Here we are, writing this on the very last day of 2014. The sun is shining here at Dewey Lake Manor, making the lake look much like the picture, only it is frozen and the willow tree has no leaves. But there is no snow so the grass is like the picture; quite different than last year.  


I have never really written about the Irish Hills, and we live in the middle of them. The Irish Hills have no formal boundaries or unified government structure. The name designates an informal area that to many, straddles four counties, while to others it is a small historical area along US Route 12.The area is characterized by scattered lakes-52 with names-and rolling hills. There are several historic sites on US12-The Towers(which unfortunately are closed now), St. Joseph Shrine-the beautiful little church- and Brick Walker Tavern-which has just been restored.            The area was settled by the Irish, who came to America during the potato famine, and there is a very large rock- brought over from Ireland -near St Joseph Church commemorating those who came and those who died. 
The corner where US12 and M50 cross was known as Cambridge Junction, or" The Junction", and Brick Walker Tavern, located on that corner, was "the place" to meet and have parties.
A few miles east of the Junction on M50 is Hidden Lake Gardens, MSU's Botanical Gardens, a place you don't want to miss if in the area. To find out more you can check www.IrishHillsRecreation.com, and www.otih.org.                       Goodbye  2014         Hello 2015!  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving-the First

Since we just finished Thanksgiving, it's interesting to think about November 1621,when the Pilgrims gathered with the Indians to celebrate the autumn harvest. Their day was quite different from ours. They had to go out and hunt for their turkey and pick their vegetables from what they had grown. They had pumpkins to use as a side dish, but no flour or butter to make a pie, and no sweet potatoes as they wouldn't grow where they lived. And as for cooking dinner-they didn't have ovens so cooked over an open fire. That would have been quite uncomfortable for us on Thursday, as here at Dewey Lake we had a good 1/2inch of snow in the afternoon-beautiful but a little chilly!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too Many Choices!

JULY-There are just too many things going on-I want to go to all of them! This weekend is the Faster Horses music festival. I understand the crowds are humungous! And tonight there will be fireworks. It's also the weekend for the "Hot Air Jubilee in Jackson. Have you ever seen a dozen balloons in the sky at once? It is breathtaking. They do a morning launch and a night glow-both are quite a sight. And this is the weekend for the Ann Arbor art Fairs. And the weather has pretty much cooperated- a little rain one morning but not like last year. The campers at the music festival last year, nearly got washed away. Keep these events in mind for next year., and remember to check www.fasterhorses.com, www.visitannarbor.org, and www.experiencejackson.com.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Friday the 13th

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and believe it or not, there is a full moon! Are you superstitious? This month it overlaps with the superstitions surrounding the full moon. In case you are wondering about the frequency of a full moon occurring on a Friday the 13th; it last happened in October 2000 and won't take place again until August 2049! Because the full moon reaches it peak at 12:11am EDT, by Friday night it will technically be starting to wane, but will still look full to the average moon-gazer. The full moon of June is sometimes called the Rose Moon or Strawberry Moon, but this one will be a Honey Moon because of its position in relation to the sun. It will be the most amber or honey-colored full moon of 2014. And now that you have had your history lesson, just go out and enjoy it and " howl at the moon" if you like.

Friday, April 18, 2014

APRIL Michigan Wine Month and it's SPRING

April is Wine month, so why not experience the wine of the Irish Hills and nearby wineries. The Pioneer Wine Trail runs right through the Irish Hills, so why not take a road trip? www.pioneerwinetrail.com




Hidden Lake Gardens present National Herb Day April 26 10am to 3pm. There are educational presentations and ideas for your summer gardens.www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu

Spring also means the Sandhill Cranes are back. Michigan DNR biologists lead Spring Birding Tours at Michigan Wetlands.

And remember, Michigan Wine & Beer Fest is May 10 at Michigan International Speedway. Tickets are $30 and includes $10 worth of tasting tokens. Saturday, May 10 12-9pm and is for guests 21 and older.