• More Than Cupcakes

    So, you’re spending the day in Frankenmuth. You may be walking downtown, checking out the River Place shops, attending one of the city’s many events, maybe taking a riverboat tour…and, more than likely, enjoying one of Frankenmuth’s world-famous chicken dinners at the end of the day. If you came into town shortly after breakfast, your […]

  • The 1904 Ring Mansion Garden

    Volunteers have dedicated over six decades to the artful preservation and restoration of the Italian villa-style garden at the Saginaw Art Museum at 1126 North Michigan Avenue in Saginaw. The formal garden is part of the near one-acre 1904 Georgian Revival Italian villa-style mansion/garden originally created for Clark Lombard Ring (1862-1933) and his wife, Elizabeth […]

  • A Truly American-Style of Architecture

    Prairie-style design, which came of age around the turn of the 20th century, is one of the few architectural styles that didn’t originate in Europe. This uniquely American school of design originated in the Midwest and developed as an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts movement. It was brought to fame by its most renowned […]

  • Purely Prairie Meets Modern Family

    “We debated between building and buying a home for a long time. We had been somewhat ‘nomadic’ for years, but since we were starting our family, we wanted more space and permanence than apartments could provide. So, we started doing research on home design, and we found ourselves drawn to the clean lines of Prairie-style […]

  • Bumblebees

    April showers not only bring May flowers, they also warm the ground enough for queen bumblebees to emerge from hibernation. Bumblebees are usually the first bees active in spring. Unlike honeybee colonies, which may live for years with the same queen, new bumblebee colonies form annually by a mated queen. The queen flies low over […]

  • Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters

    42 When it comes to knowing what types of Easter candy please the palate, the majority of Americans say a solid chocolate bunny (42 percent) or a hollow chocolate bunny (21 percent) is their favorite, followed by other types of treats (9 percent). Hop into Zak’s Bavarian Kandy Haus (636 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-9331) for all […]

  • Let the Games Begin!

    The Special Olympics were established in 1968, and Michigan was one of the states to take part in the inaugural National Games at Soldier Field in Chicago. Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is now one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the nation. According to Aaron C. Mills, public relations and social media manager for […]

  • Elegantly Down-to-earth

    An eatery named after a fox features dishes made with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients Lisa Purchase Kelly and her husband, Scott Kelly, of Saginaw, wanted to open a restaurant of their own for years. Scott had long worked as a chef, and was ready to take on the challenge of his own kitchen. The couple talked […]