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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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Two Big Music Festivals This Weekend And More!

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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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Detroit Zoo to Collect Food Donations During Wild Lights

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Visitors to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. As presenting sponsor of the holiday light display, Bank of America is organizing the food drive to help provide meals to individuals and families in need across Metro Detroit.

In addition, for every dollar donated online to national food bank network Feeding America’s Give a Meal campaign, Bank of America will match it by $2. A link to donate can be found by clicking here.

“Thanks to our partnership with Bank of America, Wild Lights guests can help ensure that everyone in our community has enough to eat this holiday season,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO.

Wild Lights will feature more than two million twinkling LED lights adorning buildings, animal sculptures and trees on a half-mile trail through the front of the Detroit Zoo. The event will also include live entertainment, a musical light show, cookie decorating, storytelling, ice carving demonstrations and a Lego city and train display.

Wild Lights will be held for 24 nights Nov. 23-24, 29-30; Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, 2013; and Jan. 2-5, 2014. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. weeknights and Sundays and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and up (under 2 free); parking is $5 per car. Tickets can be purchased at Detroit Zoo main admissions, online at http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-lights and at all Michigan Kroger stores.

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PJ’s Lager House: Friday Night Jams

PJ's Lager House | Detroit, Michigan

PJ’s Lager House | Detroit, Michigan

Looking for something to do this Friday evening. Check out the line-up over at PJ’s Lager House in Corktown. Only $5 to get in and bands take the stage starting at 9 PM. Looking to eat before the show? Look no further than PJ’s fantastic menu. Here’s a list and look at who’s playing:
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Born & bred in the downriver area, singer/songwriter Ryan Dillaha is truly a product of Detroit. The Miracle Men were formed in early 2013 with his long-time drummer Tim Rios and new additions,  Mike Millman on bass and Jason Portier on guitar.  The band has earned rave reviews from critics and fans for their exuberant live shows. Their debut album LOVE ALONE appeared earlier this year.  Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men play the kind of music you wish people still played; call it Detroit Americana,  call it soulful folk rock and roll, but whatever you call it raise a glass and bring your dancing shoes.
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Rock and roll band. kind of like the Faces, but with different faces. They take their booze and your booze, music and fun very seriously…in a ribald sort of way.
True sound over a new sound. Soul swagger over click clack.  Stick over automatic. Beer. The Dirty Dirty Dollars do accept credit, but prefer crumpled cash.  Two dudes from Chicago, dead set on rock ‘n’ roll, smashing riffs out ’til morning and providing the love-making shuffle for that magical time: post-drunk and pre-hangover.
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Chicago Native Brings Foodjunky to Detroit and Bizdom

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DETROIT – The days of clunky, time consuming group food ordering is about to meet its demise, thanks to foodjunky. The online food ordering platform foodjunky comes to downtown Detroit’s growing tech corridor from Chicago, where the company was originally launched, to join Bizdom, a nonprofit entrepreneurship accelerator for digital start-ups in the city.

“We are excited about launching our business in downtown Detroit, which is fast becoming one of the most exciting high tech corridors in the nation,” said foodjunky co-founder and CEO Travis Johnson. “The response we’ve received from local restaurants and consumers so far has been overwhelming, and the support Bizdom provides will enable us to grow and thrive here.”

The mobile-friendly website makes ordering and delivery simple by allowing the creation of group orders through proprietary technological solutions.

“Our goal is to turn group ordering into a pleasant and enjoyable experience for both our customers and the restaurants in our network,” said Johnson. “It’s an undertaking to collect food orders for a large group. At the same time, it’s challenging for restaurants to take the orders over the phone – often resulting in errors. foodjunky uses technology to simplify the group food ordering process, making the process more efficient for restaurants and consumers alike while making sure everyone gets exactly what they ordered.”

Foodjunky launched its service with 26 restaurants and is adding numerous food establishments each week.

“We saw foodjunky as a very interesting concept,” said Ross Sanders, CEO of Bizdom.  “Online group ordering is still a difficult and cumbersome process and foodjunky’s platform automates the process making it a better, quicker and more accurate experience.”

About foodjunky

Detroit-based foodjunky provides technology solutions that automate the group food ordering process.  Visit www.foodjunky.com

About Bizdom

Bizdom is a non-profit start-up accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative, tech-based businesses in the urban cores of Detroit and Cleveland The nonprofit was founded in 2007 by Dan Gilbert, Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, and Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. For more information, visit www.bizdom.com.

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Second Chance for Summer Zoomance August 22

Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Admission for all guests is $12 in advance and $14 after Aug. 16. Parking is free for Detroit Zoological Society members and $5 for non-members.

Summer Zoomance allows grown-ups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones during a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats. The event will feature complimentary Carousel rides, tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks. Blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi will perform, and food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets for Summer Zoomance can be purchased online at www.detroitzoo.org and at the admission gates the night of the event.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Oakaloosa Music Festival

Oakaloosa Music Festival | 2013

By Jeffrey Buck

Still looking for something to do tomorrow? Look no further. Get over to Oakaloosa.com and pick up a festival ticket for the inaugural event taking place at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $55 for a VIP ticket. All parking is $10 a car.

The festival gates will open at 11:30 a.m. with the first band taking the stage at noon. Below are schedules for the bands playing throughout the day:

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