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Let's Go Out to The Ball Game...

The second monthly "Date Night" is just around the corner, open to all couples! Join us for the final Loons Baseball Game at Dow Diamond on Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. We have reserved the special Outfield Reserved Area (near the fire pit by the south entrance). Fireworks will follow the game. We also have T-Shirts available for sale ahead of time (Just $12 each!)...you can wear them to all the "Date Nights".

We're giving away a night's stay at On Eagle's Wings Bed & Breakfast off Hubbard Rd. in Midland. YOU could be the lucky couple!! Tickets for the game, special seating, and chance to win the drawing just $30/couple!!

Get your reservations in today!! Seating is limited. Join us!!

History Center Coast Guard City Exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN:  The History Center of Traverse City (HCTC) will close its “Building Blocks of America” exhibit on Labor Day, September 2nd.  A Lego Coast Guard Helicopter, by Dan Parker, a Lego Professional Artist will introduce a new exhibit titled “Guardians of the lakes.”   Lego replicas of our Nation’s iconic structures have been enjoyed by over 15,000 guests from all over the world.  “Today, guests from Denmark sought out our museum to see what Traverse City is doing with their home grown Lego exhibit,” stated Bill Kennis, History Center Executive Director.  “Nearly half of our visitors are from outside the State of Michigan”, said Kennis. The featured Lego structures included a 10’ tall Statue of Liberty, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s Home), White House, Seattle Space Needle, Golden Gate Bridge & Empire State Building.  Kids helped build the 24’ Mackinaw Bridge during the grand opening Memorial weekend.  Other Michigan buildings are exhibited including Building 50 from the Traverse City State Hospital.
Beyond the static Lego exhibits , everyone can freelance build (assorted play bricks) and test drive their creations down a 18’ ramp; younger guests can play in the life-sized  block tunnels and with Jumbo Blocks for building boats, forts, and providing towers of fun.
The Lego Exhibit, “Building Blocks of America” featured until Labor Day and is open 7 days a week 10-5 p.m. except Sunday 12-5 p.m.  Don’t miss additional Children’s fun that includes:  excavating for rocks and minerals, copper ingots and arrowheads in 2,000 pounds of cherry pits and exploring hands-on the train and logging industry in our Children’s Cupola.  Magical History Trolley Tours are fun yet educational about TC’s history runs ThursdayMonday check website for times and reservation information or call for information.
The “Guardians of the Lake” Coast Guard exhibit opens Saturday, August 31st and will be displayed until Labor Day, 2014. The exhibit features an overview of US Coast Guard history, local US Coast Guard history, video clips through the years, vintage photos, models, uniforms and interactive activities for children. 
The History Center of Traverse City Museum is also featuring “Traverse History From Above” aerial photos from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. The aerial exhibit covers areas including: The State Hospital, Front Street, Bay front, Central Neighborhood, Civic Center area, Iron works and with other amazing shots.
“We are focused on a family friendly education experience for families, students and visitors interested in our wonderful local history”; stated Bill Kennis – Executive Director of the History Center.
HCTC exhibits open daily.  Cost is $5 for all guests, age 4 and under free.  History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth Street Traverse City, Michigan 49684 (231) 995-0313, traversehistory.org.

City Opera House Welcomes Aziz Ansari

Comedian/actor, Aziz Ansari, comes to City Opera House for two nights - Tuesday, September 3 rd and Wednesday, September 4th , 2013 at 7 pm. Most known for his role in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series Parks and Recreation which recently began production on its sixth season, Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler. Ansari’s portrayal of government employee ‘Tom Haverford’ has earned critical praise including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of their “Breakout TV Stars,” TV Guide naming him a “Scene Stealer” and People Magazine naming him 2011’s “Funniest Dude in Prime Time.”

Don't Laugh Now, But Rodney is Looking...

...and he's looking to entertain us all this Friday at the Soaring Eagle Casino I Mt. Pleasant.  Cancel your previous plans and get over there.  This is a night you will NOT want to miss.
Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. Morning Wood has been certified gold and Greatest Hits has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. In 2011 Rodney partnered with the ACA (American Country Awards) by presenting at their awards show and hosting the American Country New Year’s Eve Live show on Fox. According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. Rodney is on track to be in the top 5 again in 2012. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada. Tickets start at just $34!
Friday, August 23 @ 8PM (Entertainment Hall)

GTASFA Salmon Classic

The Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association will host its annual Salmon Classic fishing tournament on East & West Grand Traverse Bays

Traverse City, Michigan Friday August 30th - Sunday September 1st – The Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association (GTASFA) will host the 2013 Salmon Classic fishing tournament on East & West Grand Traverse Bays. This annual event invites anglers from all over Michigan to fish for Cash & Prizes in a number of different tournaments. Over $15,000 in cash will be up for grabs including $5000 for 1st Place. 4 individual tournaments make up the 2013 Salmon Classic. Friday is the Ladies Classic, Saturday & Sunday are the Sweet 16 (for boats under 16' in length and the Main Event. There is also a largest fish competition that runs all 3 days. New this year, we will broadcast lines in announcements and captains interviews on WTCM 103.5fm & 93.5fm. Over $1000 in doors prizes will be given away through out the weekend. For more information go to www.GTASFA.com or Tournament Director Steveo Joslin 231.342.8442 Pre-registration for the GTASFA Salmon Classic is now active on www.GTASFA.com. Pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged. A full schedule of fishing times, captains meetings and weigh-ins is available at GTASFA.com. The 2013 Salmon Classic is presented by Miller Lite, Warrior Lures & WTCM 103.5fm & 93.5fm. Proceeds benefit fishing programs through out Northern Lower Michigan.

The Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fishing lifestyle and heritage, serving in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Kalkaska & Antrim counties. With over 300 members GTASFA's mission to make fishing bigger and better in Northern Michigan by welcoming those new to the sport and giving experienced anglers the cutting-edge information they need to succeed.

Contact Information:


PO Box 732

Traverse City, Michigan 49685

Info@GTASFA.com 231.342.8442

A Little Detroit Secret, Know Around The World.

It sometimes takes months, even years to get the feeling you belong to a certain bar or restaurant.  A place you call your own.  A place you tell your buddies, "Hey, I know this great place.  They know me there."  Well I found one and it only took one stop.  By the time I made my second appearance, I found myself enjoying the entire evening chatting away with the owners Larry & Diane.  Diane kept my glued to my seat with stories of the history of Café D'Mongo's.  The people they have met, the countless "celebrities" that have graced them with there presence.  She was so proud yet humbled by the visits.  In my opinion, it's the guests and, yes, the "celebrities" that should be honored to partake in such an exquisite establishment.
Café D'Mongo's is a petite speakeasy with larger than life details. Seats and booths left over from the 60s may as early as the 20s. Photos and art everywhere you look to keep you intrigued for hours.  Live entertainment packed in the front, with only enough room for the musicians to take a half of breath between notes. The staff, I was fortunate enough to have, was attentive, efficient and friendly.  A trio you can't find every day. Red (pictured) introduced me to their, now world famous, drink called 'Detroit Brown'.  A perfect blend of top secret liquor and mixes to satisfy your taste in an evening of socializing with new friends. 
Café D'Mongo's is a must stop for everyone.  This is the most eclectic mix of folks I have ever seen under one (small) roof.  So re-introduce yourself to Detroit, and make a stop to Café D'Mongo's.  Tell 'em Brian sent ya. You will not be disappointed. Nestled in a tight little neighborhood off Clifford St. @ 1439 Griswold St. Detroit, MI.  Cheers!

Here's a few link to help you discover the beauty of this little gem.

Say Yes to Yes in Mt. Pleasant

Yes are currently Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes & Jon Davison, touring albums The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One. Three albums in their entirety. Although Jon Anderson will not be amongst the great talents this trip, the unmistakable sounds of Yes will filling the skies just the same. Yes will perform this Saturday, August 10th @ The Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Outdoor venue with lawn seats starting at only $12 & floor seats starting at $35.
This is a NorthernSpin 'Must See' Event.

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