Restaurant Review – Small Plates in Detroit, MI
Today’s food review is of Small Plates on 1521 Broadway in Detroit. Located just across the street from the Opera House, this is a great place to grab a meal before a show. It’s also steps from the People Mover station and a perfect option for lunch when touring the city.
NAIAS 2013 – Detroit Auto Show
It’s been some years since I’ve attended the Auto Show. For various reasons I just wasn’t finding it worthwhile to visit. Since Chris started working in Detroit however, we find ourselves much more interested in visiting the city and taking in the sights. So it was that we headed out to see what NAIAS had to offer for 2013. 2014 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series
40th Annual Noel Night – Detroit, MI
Noel Night is a holiday celebration where the cultural center area of Detroit has a free “open house” for the public. Among the participants is the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library. It’s a great opportunity for families to not only get out and have a great time but to visit some of the wonderful cultural institutions that they may not have before. We started at the First Congregational Church of Detroit
Detroit FanFare was a really fun show. It was located at the Hyatt Dearborn (which has since changed ownership) and ran 3 days. They had a slew of comic people and artists, and some very special guests. My husband commented that when he first saw Star Wars: A New Hope as a kid, he never imagined that he’d be meeting Darth Vader someday. While still a small event, only in its third year, it definitely had a lot to see and do. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, even if there was some confusion the first day with badge pickup. Frequent followers of my blog know that I typically stick…
Royal Oak Zombie Walk
For Scott Kelby’s Fifth Annual Photowalk, I signed up for a walk in Royal Oak. October 13th happened to also be World Zombie Day (second Saturday of October every year) and the Zombie Walk Detroit group was collecting donations for Gleaners Food Bank. The weather was quite iffy that morning, and there was even concern about having to move the Zombie walk to the next day, but luckily the rain held off just long enough. There was a decent turnout despite the overcast day – with over 300 Zombies shuffling down the streets.
Upcoming Event – Detroit Fanfare
Detroit Fanfare – a three-day comic book convention – is being held this weekend in Dearborn, MI at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. The third annual FanFare is a throwback to the Detroit Triple Fan Fair which is considered the nation
Manolete’s 1000th Show – Michigan Renaissance Festival
For those of you who have not seen his show: Manolete blends humor and action, with his boledoras (weights on rope) that swing too fast to follow but make a resounding crack on the wood stage, and his death-defying fire acrobatics with flaming ropes, torches, and even lighting the helmet upon his head. We heard him announce (and saw the sign) that he was coming up on his 1000th show on that stage and knew we needed to be there, front row, to witness such a milestone.
War of 1812 Bicentennial / Navy Week in Detroit, MI
In remembrance of the War of 1812, and as a way of bringing some of what the Navy and Coast Guard does to the people, several ships were docked in Detroit with many offering tours, as well as public entertainment. There was the 453-foot-long frigate USS De Wert, the coastal patrol boat USS Hurricane, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Katmai Bay, and the tall ship US Brig Niagara. The Niagara is a reconstruction of the ship that played a prominent role in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
Michigan Renaissance Festival – Feast of Fantasy
The Michigan Renaissance Festival is an 8 weekend long event located just outside Holly, MI. Each weekend has an individual “theme” that is reflected in special events and shows, as well as the encouraged costumes for attendees. The Feast of Fantasy is a 6 course meal, held on just a few specific days, and each day with its own menu. To quote the site: A fantastic two and a half hour event held in our magical castle! This event features a six-course gourmet meal, beer, wine and live entertainment! You’ll also take home a limited edition 2012 Feast of Fantasy ceramic goblet! $70 per person (includes your Festival admission) or…
Go!Daiko-con – after report
Go!Daiko-con is a smaller convention based in Michigan, but is showing steady growth. It started in 2009 as Anime Detroit, and changed to its current name in 2011. They had a general Zombie theme throughout and so there were various decorations to that effect. The doors for the Main Ballroom.