August 26, 2008
Red Wing Dallas Drake Shares Stanley Cup Visit with Traverse City
When the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup this year cheers rang out from Hockeytown North. Some were cheers of pure Michigan pride. There were cheers from die-hard Red Wing fans who count the days until training camp returns to our town. And then there were cheers for Dallas Drake. He’s a local hero on the ice, and off. And now he’s sharing his accomplishment with us all.
Red Wings players and staff are given up to 24 hours to spend with Lord Stanley’s Cup in any way they choose. Earlier this summer Drake took the cup back to his hometown in Rossland, British Columbia. And on Labor Day he will share it with the Northern Michigan community he now calls home.
On Monday, September 1st from noon until 5:00pm, the Stanley Cup will be on display in the Open Space in downtown Traverse City. Area residents and visitors will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Cup for a $10 donation. All proceeds benefit the Mite Hockey new skater program through the Grand Traverse Hockey Association.
Dallas Drake announced his retirement from the NHL shortly after the finals. "After winning the Stanley Cup this year, there’s not a better way for me to go out," said Drake. He spent 15 years in the NHL, played in 1,009 games, for four teams, and finished with 177 goals, 300 assists and one Stanley Cup Championship win.
If you’d like to see exactly what these guys do with the cup on their day of adventure check out the Stanley Cup Journal.
August 23, 2008
New Plaques for the ‘Old Soldier’ in Grand Traverse County
On the Old Courthouse Lawn at the corners of Washington and Boardman rests the ‘Old Soldier’ monument and the Civil War Naval Cannon. This morning, August 23, 2008 the Robert Finch Camp No. 14 presented two bronze plaques to Grand Traverse County as part of their Monument Restoration Project. These commemorative plaques explain the history and significance of each monument.
The 100 Pounder Parrot Rifled Naval Cannon served on the U.S.S. Sabine during the Civil War. Commissioned by the U.S. Navy on August 23, 1858, the U.S.S. Sabine played a significant role in the Civil War. Assigned to secure the Federal garrison at Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island to blockade Pensacola Bay, Florida. She joined the Atlantic Squadron and came to the rescue of the transport Grovernor after a hurricane hit Cape Hatteras. This rescue save 500 Marines and crew. Some of Sabine’s crew were transfered to the iron-clad U.S.S. Monitor and experienced the clash with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimac).
U.S.S. Sabine was decommissioned in 1887 after continuing to serve the Navy as a training ship through the end of the War. Her last remaining cannon was donated to Grand Traverse County by Senator William Alden Smith in 1910.
On May 30, 1890 the Mayor of Traverse City, Perry Hannah, welcomed the Civil War Soldier statue to the grounds of the original courthouse on Cass Street. 4,000 citizens and over 300 Civil War veterans attended the unveiling. Exactly 115 years later, to the hour, over 1500 citizens gathered once more to ‘welcome home’ the return of the statue after it received some much needed restoration.
Today the ‘Old Soldier’ Civil War Monument received a plaque to represent it’s significance to the community. The Robert Finch Camp, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, organized the fundraising effort to have the original statue repaired and restored. Support from local businesses, charities and citizens made their effort a success.
This statues represents the 171 volunteers from the Traverse Area who marched in the War. The side of the monument lists the major battlefields where our region’s soldiers fought from 1861 to 1865. Thirty-two local men gave their lives in the conflict.
August 15, 2008
Gallery 50 Hosts Artist Reception on Saturday August 16th
A few weeks ago at the Suttons Bay Art Fair I had the opportunity to meet Linda Chamberlain and speak with her about her mixed media paintings. I was drawn in by the colors and textures she uses to create the original works.
She explained that every artist, and especially every painter, must work diligently to create a technique that is distinctly their own. Brush strokes, depth of color and texture, and the media with which you work all play a part. Chamberlain may spend several hours working and reworking a background to bring about the feeling and intensity that suits her.
Chamberlains paintings reflect and explore the relationship between man and his natural environment. She often uses tactile found objects in her work including wire, letterpress type and antique numbers. You’ll also find the appearance of birds, the moon tree, and in her latest pieces, a bear by the name of Bob.
For those of you who missed the Suttons Bay Art Fair you still have a chance to meet this artist and see an exhibition of her work. Gallery 50 is hosting an artists reception on Saturday August 16, from 6:00 - 9:00pm. The exhibit, ReCollections: Mixed Media by Linda Chamberlain & Ginnie Cappaert, will be on display through September 24th.
August 15, 2008
Drive-In Movie Features Beginning August 15th
Star Wars Clone Wars, rated PG
The Dark Knight, rated PG-13
Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time.
August 14, 2008
Fine Artists Showcase Their Work Along Cass Street
Fine art will fill the street this weekend when Downtown Traverse City hosts its annual Downtown Art Fair on Saturday, August 16. Located along
The Downtown Art Fair, sponsored by McMillen’s Instant Framer and WCCW, and is the third and final summer art fair hosted by the Downtown Traverse City Association. The others included the Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair in June and the National Cherry Festival Arts and Crafts Fair in July. All are open to the public free of charge.
For more information, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050 or visit www.downtowntc.com. To learn about the restaurants, events and businesses in Downtown Traverse City check out their card on our Attractions page.