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Workers are busy setting up the tents and such in the spring rain and drizzle.   According to the weather channel, things should clear up a bit tomorrow.

I’m really looking forward to this year’s event.  There should be some great exhibits.

greenfair

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Last year the first of what may become an annual event, Plymouth’s Green Street Fair, will happen again this coming weekend, May 1, 2 and 3.

Check out the event’s website for details. http://www.greenstreetfair.com/

I’ve enjoyed just about every fair or festival that has come to town since we moved here 3 1/2 years ago.  I can’t say that I learned a lot about the environment at last year’s fair, but there were a number of great products for sale.

We didn’t buy it at the fair, but because we saw it demo’d there, we got a Vita Mix blender.  We’ve used it a lot and it has, so far, been worth every penny.  I look forward to seeing what products and informational booths are at this year’s fair.

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Yesterday I checked three excellent books on Plymouth history from the library (more about the books later.)  In just thumbing through them I was surprised at how many historical buildings in Plymouth have burned to the ground over the years.

We all know that homes and buildings in the past weren’t built or maintained with the kind of fire prevention features we have today.  People also used to have to use candles for light and wood fires for heat.  We are also blessed with better trained professional firefighters that use effective equipment.  I’m not surprised that relatively fewer homes and building burn these days.  I’m just surprised at how many fantastic old buildings are no longer in town because of fires.  It seems that fires have claimed as many buildings as the wrecking ball.

Here’s just one example of many that I ran across, the Penniman-Allen Theater, which used to be on Penniman (surprise!)  It was a destroyed by fire in 1968.  I wasn’t around the see it but it must have been a beautiful building.

penniman-avepenniman-allen-theater-interior

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I’m no historian but I was recently asked to identify the location of a business that was once known as the Bonafide Garage, which was at one point (early 1900s) owned by a W. J. Beyer.  (The question was raised in the “About” section of my blog, if you wish to look.)  Here is a photo of the garage which dates between 1915 and 1925.

bonafide-garage

The location I was given for this building was on Main Street, across from the Markham Building.  The Markham Building, as many in Plymouth will know, is still standing so there is an easy and existing reference point.

Markham Building on left, Beyer's Garage on middle-right

Markham Building on left, Beyer's Garage on middle-right

The second photo is from Elizabeth Kelly Kerstens’ book, Plymouth in Vintage Postcards, page 68.  It is a view of Main Street looking southwest from a point northeast of the railroad tracks.  This confirms the placement of the garage relative to the Markham factory.

The only building that I was aware of right across the street from the Markham Building is the current home of Plymouth Furniture Refinishing, which as at 331 Main Street.  I called Plymouth Furniture Refinishing today and the helpful gentleman told me that the building, indeed, had been a garage and later an automobile dealership.  I understand Lou LaRiche had a dealership there (or one building over) at one point.  I was told there is still a ramp in the building which was used to drive vehicles to the upper level.

I think that solves that mystery.  Here’s what she looks like today, courtesy of Plymouth Furniture Refinishing’s website.

plymouth-furniture-refinishing

I want to publicly thank the good folks at Plymouth Furniture Refinishing for taking the time to answer my questions.

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I found this in this weekend’s Plymouth Observer and it looks like an interesting event, especially if you like local art

The Plymouth Coffee Bean presents an interesting display of white-on-black drawings when it hosts an art show featuring the work of local artist Aydin Akcasu 7-11 p.m. Friday, April 24.

The show will feature his drawings of people’s faces, made using white chalk on a black background. He uses an iterative process that involves slowly evolving the drawing and giving it more light (white). This has the fascinating effect of giving the appearance of a person who is slowly moving out of a dark room.

There’s no admission, but there is a one-drink minimum. The art work will be on display in the Blue Room through June 1. Samples can be seen at Art.AydinAkcasu.com

The Plymouth Coffee Bean is located at 884 Penniman in Plymouth.

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20090416/NEWS15/904160651/1032

You can see some of the featured artist’s work at http://art.aydinakcasu.com/

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ozzieIt’s that time of the year again. It’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Our hometown hero — he lives on Penniman — Chris Osgood helped our Detroit Red Wings get off to a great start in these playoffs. The Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 last night in the first game of round 1 of the playoffs.  Ozzie had 20 saves. I didn’t see the game, but I understand a few of them were quite dazzling.

Every year Red Wings fans wring their hands about the play of the goaltender in the post season. Last year the Wings struggled early when Dominic Hasek played poorly. He was replaced by Osgood in the first round and Chris ended up being perhaps the most important player in the entire Stanley Cup playoffs. He was spectacular. This regular season, though, Ozzie struggled a bit. He didn’t have a great season. But what counts around here is how you play in the playoffs and he showed signs last night that he returned to form.

Go Ozzie! Go Wings! Bring home another cup, will ya?

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Slow week

I haven’t had much of a chance to get out and take photos, which was one of my goals this spring.  I also am not aware of anything particularly exciting or noteworthy happening  in or around town, at least nothing out of the ordinary.

The weather’s beautiful, but short of that I feel like there’s not much to say this week.  That frustrates me.  I love writing in/at this blog!

Oh, well.  Things will pick up.

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