Michael Happy

Fletcher-Almont Fruit Garden

It’s been nearly eight years since the resurrection of Fletcher Field. I remember back when this whole thing began, writing about my vision for the future of the neighborhood surrounding the park. That vision of an entirely rebuilt, diverse community within a decade has proven to be — to say the least — unrealistic. But … Continue Reading →

Not yet Jurassic Park

A flock of geese flew over Fletcher Field in a V-formation Wednesday evening, and it got the children there all excited. The first to see the flock — a young boy of about 8 — pointed to the sky and screamed for our attention. “LOOK-EEE!” he exclaimed. I then asked the kids what other wildlife … Continue Reading →

Making the most of it

We met at Fletcher Field on Wednesday for a reconnaissance mission — a look-and-see what needs to be done before the annual spring cleanup at the park, which takes place Saturday (10 a.m. sharp for those who want to help). I arrived about 5:45 p.m., 20 minutes ahead of most of the rest of the … Continue Reading →

F3 update

So it sounds like the thrift store at St. Raymond — which does so much in its community — is in trouble. The woman who runs it has taken ill and will be out for a substantial amount of time. To keep the store in operation, they’re looking for volunteers on Saturdays from 9 a.m. … Continue Reading →

Springing ahead

The days grow longer. The temps rise. The snow and ice fade. More memories made at Fletcher Field are just around the corner now.

A chance to help

If you’d like to support our work at Fletcher Field in a simple way, we just registered our non-profit partner, CKM Community Development Corporation, in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. When you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card, we will receive cash donations if you register your card online and provide … Continue Reading →

The 2015 agenda

For those of you who couldn’t attend Thursday’s meeting, here are the highlights: — We’re getting an early start this year at Fletcher Field. Weather permitting, the park will play host to an Easter egg hunt on March 28 from 10 a.m. until noon. — The annual spring cleanup will take place on June 6 … Continue Reading →

It's a process

Shield of Faith minister Imogene Johnson reports from a “master plan” meeting that Fletcher Field — left for dead a decade ago — is now one of three “priority parks” on Detroit’s east side. Nice. She’s also working on an effort to start rehabilitating some of the buildings on the Shield of Faith (formerly Holy … Continue Reading →

Another season at the park

Happy new year, Friends of Fletcher Field! January is nearly behind us, Lent is just three weeks away, which means it’s not too early to think about spring and the coming summer at Fletcher Field. I was thinking that we should meet briefly in early February to set up the calendar for the 2015 season … Continue Reading →

Simple as that

And so I found myself trimming a Christmas tree Saturday morning in the same church where I was baptized and my parents exchanged their wedding vows more than a half-century ago. Back then, it was a Catholic church, Holy Name of Jesus, and its congregation was made up of mostly white European immigrants and their … Continue Reading →