It’s finally summer and the weather has soared to 90 degrees! The beaches are crowded with bikini-clad sun worshippers (bikini? more like extra large band-aids), dogs of all descriptions and kids wearing colorful animal shaped inner-tubes. If you are too busy to go to the beach there is always Campus Martius with its beach-like area, plenty of sand and beautiful fountains. Not bad on a sunny hot day, you can even go there on your lunch break. “Kids” enjoy it too. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
June 26, 2017, the “D” had its yearly brilliant display of colorful pyrotechnics to commemorate the 4th. There was the usual traffic snarl afterwards – I watched everything from my window on the 20th floor. Statewide on July 4th people from downtown to the “burbs” are gearing up for their annual family barbecue and fireworks get together. Red, White and Blue will be seen everywhere. Along with the hot-dogs be sure to bring the frisbees. Speaking of which, have you ever wondered who invented them? Here in part, is the story. It goes back to 1957 when the Wham-O Toy Company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic discs – now known to millions of fans as frisbees. The story of the frisbee began in Bridgeport Connecticut where Wm. Frisbee opened the Frisbe Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other yelling, “Frisbe” as they let go. In 1948 Wm. F. Morrison and his partner W. Franscini invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the pie tin. After splitting with Franscini, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the Pluto Platter – an attempt to cash in on public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). For more on this story check your internet.
Social Scene for July.
“Detroit Paradise Valley” 7/14 – 7/16. A 3 day concert in Hart Plaza featuring 75 artists.
Detroit Zoo 7/21 at 6PM. “Wild Beasts, Wild Wine”. A wine tasting event from 40 wineries. Check for ticket prices.
Fox Theater 7/28 8PM. “Dancing With the Stars”. Check for ticket information.
There is a ton of things to do on this holiday. Check on Google.
Enjoy the fun, food and fireworks. Be sure to keep an eye on the little “sparklers” (kids)! `
~ Michelle Fallena