• April Issue, 2014

    A Joyful Noise

    As a professional saxophonist, one of Dennis Gwizdala’s proudest moments was going backstage at a concert he attended to meet Kenny G. “We were hanging out, exchanging CDs, and swapping stories,” Gwizdala says. “I told him, ‘you know, some people have started calling me “Denny G.”’ He looked at my last name and said, ‘I […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake

    8 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 2 teaspoons vanilla 8 ounces Cool Whip 1 packaged graham cracker crust 1 pound fresh strawberries In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in sugar, and stir in sour cream and vanilla until combined. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour entire […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    Tapping into the Craft Beer Trend

    Michigan is known for many things: its abundance of freshwater beaches, the auto industry, Motown, and, more recently, for its increasing number of microbreweries. Sharon and Richard Caldwell wanted to celebrate this new craft beer industry, and decided to open a bar that featured only local brews was the best way to “tap” into the […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    Crazy about the Color Green

    Nick Wolcott went from hating to cut grass to making it his passion—and profession. While growing up in Saginaw Township, Wolcott’s stepfather liked to keep a nice, tidy lawn, hiring Wolcott to cut it three times a week. “I can’t remember how old I was when I started to cut [the lawn], but I do […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    This circa 1929 photo from Alma Feinauer Pfund’s album shows Feinauer (right), about age 23, posing with two other maids at William L. Clements’s 20-room Garra Tighe mansion, located on five acres at 2201 Center Avenue, Bay City (razed 1952). Clements (1861-1934) is recognized for his accomplishments as president at Industrial Works (later Industrial Brownhoist), […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    Opening Day

    People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~ Rogers Hornsby, infielder, manager, and coach Batter up, it’s Opening Day! Professional and minor league baseball teams—and their fans—begin the season anew with 0–0 records and plenty […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    Hiking the Birding Trail

    The blue-and-white signs are simple enough, and so is the message: birds and binoculars. The signs are just one step in the development of the Saginaw Bay Birding Trail, spearheaded by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) and Michigan Audubon. The signs sport a blue background that represents the waters of the Saginaw Bay—the largest […]

  • April Issue, 2014

    Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters

    8,968 According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg ever made was more than 25 feet high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 pounds and was supported by an internal steel frame. Sweet Boutique (816 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-895-5000) doesn’t make eggs quite that big, but […]