From "Create a Connection:"
Here's the scenario this week. Imagine you've made a connection with another blogger who lives in a completely different part of the world than you do. This blogger is about to take a trip and the connection you've made is so strong that she is going to make your house one stop on her trip. (Yay!) Unfortunately she can only stay at your place for 24 hours (boo!), but she'd like to see some nearby sights while visiting with you.
Keeping in mind that time is quite limited, so you have to stick pretty close to home (although not necessarily right IN your town - just anyplace you could go as a day trip), try looking around you with the eyes of someone who has never seen your area and tell us some things you'd share with...
A Visitor to Your Hometown- SW Michigan (Kalmazoo Area)
1. Your visitor wants to see something historical. Where would you take her and why?
Well, if she's a shopper (and aren't we all??) I would take her to downtown Kalamazoo to see the mall that gave Kalamazoo the designation "The Mall City," after construction of the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States in 1959. Besides great shops and many art galleries, there are some wonderful places to eat too!
If she's a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright I would take her to Parkwyn Village, at Taliesin Drive and Parkwyn drive in southwest Kalamazoo, and the 11000 block of Hawthorne south of Galesburg. Designed as a cooperative neighborhood by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1940s, Parkwyn Village contains examples of Wright;s Usonian style of home. More Wright homes are found in a rural setting south of the city of Galesburg.
2. She wants to see something hysterical...well, mildly amusing anyway. She'd even go for cute, quirky, odd, or unique. Where would you take her and why?
I'm going to assume it's summer time so we would go to a show at the Barn Theater in Augusta, MI. It is Michigan's oldest professional Equity summer stock theatre company. And, it may also be one of the oldest theatres of this type in the nation. Located on a picturesque rolling hillside on M-96 one mile west of the village of Augusta, The Barn Theatre has been in continuous operation for 61 (going on 62) years, first under the guidance and direction of its founder, producer/director Jack Ragotzy who has since passed away. It's been kept all in the family and is now run by Jack's son, Brendon. Their production of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is to die for!!
3. She wants to take some beautiful and/or interesting photos to fill her albums when she gets home. Where would you take her?
Wow, in this area there are so many choices. The Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, multiple natural spaces including the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kellogg Bird Sanctury come to mind. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is recognized as one of the nation's best nature centers. Since 1960, the Kalamazoo Nature Center has been inspiring people to care about the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. The Nature Center reaches nearly 250,000 people each year through extensive programs in education, research, and conservation. KBS is Michigan State University's largest off-campus education complex and one of North America's premier inland field stations. The station is administered through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Natural Science.
4. She'd like to buy a souvenir that will remind her of your area every time she sees it. What would you suggest and where would you go to get it?
A charm of the historic water tower at the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The 175-foot tall landmark is on the hilltop campus of the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital and can be seen from just about anywhere. The water tanks in the 1895 Queen Anne style tower are no longer in use. Or else a charm of a Checker Cab. You can get either down on the Mall.
5. Wow, it's been a long day and you're both ready for a snack, or maybe even a meal. Where would you take her to really get the flavor of your area?
Definately Zazio's at the Radisson. We would sit at the Chef's table where we get a special meal and get to watch it being prepared! It isn't just a meal, it's an event!
Whew....I'm tired and stuffed! Next time you will have to come on the first Friday of the month and we can do the Art Hop! June is the best month because that is also the weekend of the Bronson Park Art Fair along with a bunch of other smaller shows.
Hope you enjoyed your visit!!