Shorpy Saturday – Tailgate Gourmet: 1960

By Jeffrey Buck

Football is upon us; both college and NFL. Along with football comes the tradition of tailgating before games across the country. Nothing says football like an old station-wagon sitting in The Big House filled with all those tasty foods.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Tailgate Gourmet: 1960“:

Tailgate Gourmet - 1960

 

Fall 1960. A Kodachrome by our old friend Arthur Rothstein, taken for the Look magazine assignment “Tailgate Gourmets.” “Food for tailgate picnics displayed in the backs of station wagons, including a Ford Country Squire, a Dodge Lancer, and a Pontiac Bonneville Safari parked in a football stadium. Also images of a couple wearing raccoon coats standing next to their Dodge Lancer.”

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Things to do around town this weekend

 

Michigan Renaissance Festival 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this Labor Day weekend and the Detroit Free Press has once again compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of the events on list include ones we shared earlier this week:

And several others: Continue reading

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Constructi​on Begins on Wolf Sanctuary at Detroit Zoo

 

Detroit Zoo Logo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Construction has begun on the new Cotton Family wolf habitat at the Detroit Zoo. Located at the southwest corner of the park, the 2-acre sanctuary will feature grassy meadows, trees, a flowing stream and pond, dens and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and Zoo visitors.

“Like many others in Michigan, our family is so excited to help save wolves – cousins of man’s best friend – in a protected sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo,” said David Cotton, whose family donated $500,000 toward the development of the wolf habitat. Continue reading

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Two Big Music Festivals This Weekend And More!

Detroit Jazz Fest - Logo

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further, here is a handful of ideas to get you outside and enjoying the long weekend! Leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions for readers looking for some fun.

  1. Detroit Jazz Festival – Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Over 50+ acts will perform on several stages over the four day jam session. Music is not the only thing visitors will enjoy with offerings such as educational activities for both children & adults.
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. 7-10 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m.Admission: FREE
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  2. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes over. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 150+ artists perform on several stages and many local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stroll around and taken in all of the art!
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after
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  3. Michigan Renaissance Festival – It’s that time of the year again! You can go as you are or you can dress up in your best Renaissance outfit. Throw tomatoes, watch full-contact jousting or bite into a big juicy turkey leg. There are games, food and music for all ages!
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    Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 26 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $21.95 | Child: $12.95
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  4. Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair – The Suburban Collection Showplace plays host to a tradition that’s been absent from the state. Moving north and taking on a different name Michigan agriculture will be the center of attention once again at this weekends Great Lakes State Fair. There will be Michigan made products on display, livestock & agriculture areas, beer gardens and much more.
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    Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission:Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
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A Personalit​y Study That is Turtly Amazing

UM-Flint Biologists Track the Blanding's Turtle.

UM-Flint Biologists Track the Blanding’s Turtle.

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Maybe they just need to come out of their shells a bit.

Blanding’s turtles, native to the Midwest, can live to be 50-60 years old. Their hatchlings, however, are often preyed upon, primarily by raccoons.

As a continuation of an already three-year conservation effort focused on Blanding’s turtles, researchers at the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS)’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) have embarked on a new plan to study the hatchlings’ personalities to determine how the various traits relate to survivability.

“While reintroduction programs are typically concerned with helping to preserve an entire species, sometimes this comes at the expense of individual animals that may not survive,” said Jeff Jundt, DZS Curator of Reptiles. “It is for this reason that researchers have begun to delve further into the factors that may predict success in reintroduction programs. It is believed that some behavioral factors such as locomotion, ability to acquire food, and personality may impact individual survival.” Continue reading

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Sister Pie takes 2014 Hatch Detroit Top Prize, $50,000

Hatch - Sister Pie

By Jeffrey Buck

In case you missed it this past week, the 2014 Hatch Detroit contest came to an end on Wednesday with Sister Pie taking home the coveted $50,000 to help start their business. Looking to locate within the West Village neighborhood, Sister Pie offers several baked goods using local ingredients. They specialize in seasonally driven pies and cookies.

The Detroit Free Press had a chance to talk to owner, Lisa Ludwinski, who is excited to take her business to the next level. You can read that article by clicking here.

Previous winners of the Hatch Detroit contest  included Hugh, La Feria and Batch Brewing.

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Shorpy Saturday – Traffic Ahead: 1901

By Jeffrey Buck

Woodward has changed drastically over the years. It’s been widened. It’s had street cars. It once was mainly residential. It’s a special road and continues to evolve today. M-1 RAIL is currently under construction and WA3 is working hard to preserve and showcase this historic avenue.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Traffic Ahead: 1901“:

Traffic Ahead - 1901

Detroit circa 1901. “Woodward and Farnsworth Avenues.” The future Motor City on the cusp of the Motor Century. 8×10 inch glass negative.

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Here is a look at Woodward Avenue at Farnsworth Street in Detroit (Midtown, Cultural District) today via Google Street View:

Traffic Ahead - 2014

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