Happy St Patrick Day! It will soon be here. The Irish Hills area is having their third TASTE OF THE HILLS this weekend March 14 & 15. This year there are 20 restaurants/coffee houses participating. A ticket is $25 and it also lets you go to the AFTER TASTE party at the Brooklyn Moose Lodge and there are FIREWORKS after. Check www.IrishHills.com for more info. And Dewey Lake B&B is offering a 10% discount on a overnight stay. http://www.IrishHills.com">
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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
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
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
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.