April 2013

'500 Crochet' book a must-have for crocheters

The most amazing, hard cover pocket-size book arrived last week here on my desk. It’s called “500 Crochet, Fun Designs & Projects for Blocks, Triangles, Circles & Hearts,” and it’s filled with unique little projects made with a range of crocheted stitches that will have you wanting to incorporate them in as many garments, accessories and home accents as … Continue Reading →

Art scholarship deadline draws near

The Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, which has promoted art in the community for nearly 60 years, is currently accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Art Scholarship of $500. The scholarship, set to be awared in June, is open to any Downriver high school senior who plans a career in visual art. Applications must be postmarked by … Continue Reading →

Downriver Art Show and Sale set for May 4-5

Don’t miss the largest Downriver Art Exhibition & Non-Juried Miniature Show and Sale, “Art Ambience,” at Woodhaven Community Center, noon-5 p.m. May 4-5. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. May 3. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with entertainment featuring “a sampling of musical hits from the Wyandotte Community Theatre show, “Respect.” The Woodhaven Community Center is at 23101 … Continue Reading →

Get your cruise on this spring and summer in Chicago: Take Fido, take photos or take your American Girl doll

Canine lovers who enjoy traveling with their dogs in tow have an unusual new getaway option in the Windy City: a Sunday cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan that’s open to all well-behaved and leashed canines. During the 90-minute Mercury Canine Cruise, Fido, Zoey and their friends will find large bowls of fresh … Continue Reading →

Greenfield Village reopens for the season

 One of the sure signs of spring in Southeast Michigan is the reopening of Greenfield Village for the season.  The village sprang back to life this week, and this summer visitors will see a few new things, including a pair of actors impersonating Henry Ford at different times in his life. Look for a young, curious Henry Ford at the Miller … Continue Reading →

Hilton Head golf courses are memory-makers: just ask the pros this weekend

Anyone who has played Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island remembers the iconic red-and-white-striped lighthouse looming over the 18th hole. The picturesque landmark, overlooking Calibogue Sound, will be showcased repeatedly this weekend during TV coverage of the RBC Heritage Tournament as Brandt Snedeker, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, John Daly and other PGA golf … Continue Reading →

AAA Michigan honors hotels, restaurants

 They’re not the Oscars or the Grammys, but the AAA Four Diamond Awards do create some buzz, at least in the tourism industry and among armchair travelers.  AAA Michigan bestowed its highest honors Tuesday on 15 hotels and five restaurants. The awards were presented as the grand finale of the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on … Continue Reading →

Better the second time around

The swanky Miami Beach neighborhood was not at the top of my list for a long weekend, but friends — not to mention Michigan’s lingering winter-like weather — persuaded me to seize the chance to escape.