Monday, August 31, 2009

Polish Dancers at Michigan State Fair

Polish Dancers at Michigan State Fair. These were children who had
been attending a class on Polish dancing.

The Michigan State Fair is located in Detroit at Woodward and 8-mile
and is currently still going on. This is supposedly the last year for
it, for financial reasons.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Michigan State Fair Butter Sculpture

I've been going to state fairs and seeing butter sculptures all my life, but I never met the sculptor(s) or had a behind the scenes tour, so imagine my surprise and pleasure at having that opportunity last night. We were at the state fair for over 7 hours and exhausted and ready to leave, but we went into one more building. And there was the butter sculpture and sculptors! They took us behind the scenes so we could see how they worked and actually get inside and take close-up pictures. These are only a few of the pictures, though the lighting challenges were great. We weren't prepared for that kind of lighting. The final picture shows us inside the butter sculpture taken by the sculptor herself, from outside. The reflections make it hard to tell we're inside.

Unfortunately, though both sculptors told me their names, I have forgotten them. I was so tired last night. I did a google search but have yet been unable to locate the names so if anyone knows them, please let me know. The man is the one who has been doing it for many years. He normally sculpts geometric designs in metal and plastic. The woman is his assistant, but did most of the work this year, with his supervision. I apologize for forgetting their names. She told me the eyes are made with plastic spoons.

Late breaking news, from a comment:

Wow, a story about the Butter Cow. Thank you Mary. I'm the apprentice Rachel Wolski. I've been doing it for the past 4 years. Tom Fitzgerald had done it for the past 17 years. I hope I don't lose my job to do it next year, if they really do close the fair. There are pictures of how the cow was made on Facebook. Search Michigan Butter Cow. Mary, I'd love for you to take pictures next year if it happens.

The Michigan State Fair is located in Detroit at Woodward and 8 mile Roads. The very sad news is, this may be the last one ever, as Michigan is hard hit by the recession and the auto industries are in trouble. We got so tired because we wanted to see everything, as we may never have another chance. We did sign a petition to save the fair--but we also signed ne to save the Aquarium. :-(

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Indian Springs Metropark

We had a rainy and mosquito-ridden walk at Indian Springs Metropark yesterday. There was some early fall color. It was quite cool, a sudden change from the hot weather we've been having. We walked from the Nature Center out to Timberland Lake.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Sunset over Detroit Metrobeach, Storm over Pier Park, Power lines by St. John's Marsh. We'll be away all day until late, so I apologize for being unable to comment probably until tomorrow or later, since we're going to the State Fair tomorrow!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Eastern Market

Eastern Market--farmer's market down in Detroit.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Grosse Pointe Yatch Club

On Lake St. Claire, just north of Detroit.

1)The Grosse Pointe Yatch Club at night from the lakewall along Lakeshore (which becomes Jefferson when it crosses into Detroit).

2)The Yatch club from the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate, taken with a tiny point and shoot.

We have company coming today, so I don't know how much I'll be on-line for viewing and commenting.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Last of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Tour

The Ford House Tour is winding down. Here is a picnic basket used by
the Fords for picnicking, supposedly the real original one--note the
missing pieces. The staircase is for Jacob--it's on the back of the
gatehouse. I don't know where it goes, but I'm curious!

Monday, August 24, 2009

3 from the pool and one from the Garage

Edson and Eleanor Ford House: The gargoyles were the lights of the
woodland pool. The third picture is inside the pool house. The
fourth picture was in the garage. The caption (one of the few I had
time to read) said that Edsel Ford hoped that mass production would
allow every home to afford to have lovely objects that before, only
the rich could afford.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ford Garage

These cars were in the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Garage, which was part
of the gatehouse and a long ways from the house. They were closing,
so I didn't get any details. I will go back.

We have out of town company coming today, so I may not be online to
make comments etc.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Edsel Ford Garage

At the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the garage is attached to the Gatehouse (and quite a ways from the house.) It has been turned into a museum. I will show a couple more pictures tomorrow or Monday or as soon as I can. I'm going to a poetry workshop today, a concert tonight, and we MAY go to an airshow tomorrow, except that PB is having company (a girlfriend from out of town) so we may have to stay home and chaperone.

When we got to the garage, they were closing the museum and I ran around and shot off a few pix. I was unable to read anything--we will go back and get more info.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Gatehouse, Ford

The Gatehouse to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford mansion is bigger than most people's homes, and well-guarded, too.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ford House Grounds

The grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House were very extensive and these pictures barely scrach the surface of the iceberg.

1)The Ford House viewed from one of the ponds.
2)The woodland swimming pool.
3 & 4)Roses in the rose garden--she kept no red roses; she felt they
were too gaudy.
5)Water lily from one of the ponds.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Here are some shots of the actual Ford Mansion, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. It is built in Cotswald Cottage style, though it could hardly be called a "cottage" in the sense of smallness. It has sixty rooms. Almost half the house are servants quarters and servant use rooms.

The first pictures is at the approach or driveway side of the house. The second is the terrace on the side, the third is the river side of the house, opposite the driveway side, which Mrs. Ford considered the "front" of the house. The last is the view from terrace, or part of it. The grounds are very extensive and the view from the house in all directions is pleasant. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but tomorrow, hopefully, I will show some pictures of the grounds.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ford Playhouse Again

Another peek at the Ford "playhouse" at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford
Home. All the furniture was tiny. I should have taken more pictures!
I intend to go back and do so.

Tomorrow I hope to show more pictures from the mansion itself. We
were not allowed to take pictures inside. And I had only my point and
shoot with me. But I have a few pictures that are probably worth

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ford Playhouse

Yesterday, BB and I went to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. This is just north and east of Detroit by a few miles (see map below). The mansion itself had sixty rooms and was very impressive. I will tell you about that later. Here's what I want to tell you about today and tomorrow.

The PLAYHOUSE! When Josephine Ford was six years old, her grandmother had a "playhouse" constructed for her that cost $15,000. It is as big as some "real houses" that people live in all their lives. (It's not a big house, but here in Detroit, some people live in very small houses with their whole families. I myself lived for some time in a house smaller than this.) Everything inside was miniaturized to the size of a six-year old child, including the toilet. It had a real working stove and a real working ice box and small low light switches (this at time when electricity had not been around all that long).

It also had fairy tales all around the outside. I will hopefully tell you more about it tomorrow. I will tell you this, it cost $10 for adults to visit the Ford House and it was money well spent, I thought. We bought a membership ($35 for the year) and will be going back.

(Notice a strange but true thing on this map, that the USA is NORTH of Canada here. I believe this is the ONLY place where the USA is north of Canada, correct me if I'm wrong.)

(But I think there is an error on this map--if you look closely, you can see two roads, Mack and Moross. Mack divides Detroit and Grosse Pointe Farms, but the Grosse Pointe label goes over part of Detroit. That's the part where I live.)

(You can also see Belle Isle in the bottom center.)