Archive for September, 2009

Next Sunday is, yet another great Plymouth event, the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.   Set to take place on October 4 downtown Plymouth, this is the 14th annual event.

There are two categories of cook-offs.   Private cooks bring their own recipes and compete head-to-head to see who makes the best red chili, green chili and salsa.  Samplers will be able to participate in the “People’s Choice” voting.  Judges will also select their favorites.

Additionally, there is a “Restaurant Chili Challenge” set to take place that day from 11 am to 5 pm in Kellogg Park.  Last year’s “People’s Choice” winner was 1999 Tavern and the “Best Judged” chili was made by The Picnic Basket.  I remember them both and they are excellent chilis.  In fact, The Picnic Basket still sells their award-winning chili (you can get it by the gallon.)

For those of you that are interested in motorcycles, there is also a bike show taking place downtown simultaneously.

For more information, check out the event’s official website.



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Compari’s sells sub sandwiches.  I couldn’t tell you all the subs they sell, but my wife, just the other day, brought me home a “whole” size chicken sub.  It was fantastic.   It might have been the best submarine sandwich I’ve ever had.  If not the best, it was pretty darn close.  That’s saying a lot considering that I used to work at a sub shop as a teenager and customized all sorts of really cool sandwiches for myself.

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Doors of Plymouth (Part 2)

For an explanation, see my prior blog entry below.  I hope you like the photos.






Guess with door’s mine?

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One of the things I hoped to do with this blog was feature local architecture.  Frankly, though, it is not as easy as I thought to gather meaningful information and photographs, and write about them, as a hobby.  If this were my full-time gig, things would be different.  But I digress.

Two autumns ago, my wife and I took a number of photographs of homes and businesses here in the City of Plymouth.  These are places we love and that we think lend much to the city’s visual appeal.  Stealing an idea from the famous “Doors of Dublin” or “Doors of Cincinnati” style posters one finds in tourist traps, I suggested we take some photographs of some cool doors here in town.  Over the next few days, I’ll share the shots we took.

Experimenting with her then new camera and photograph editing software, my wife put all these pictures through some sort of paint filter.  The software gave the photos the look of being heavy oil paints or, perhaps, even cartoons.

I hope you like them.









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I unearthed a number of photos my wife and I (mostly her) took around town in fall 2007. Neither of us are photographers by hobby and we’re certainly nothing close to professional. But she has pretty good instincts and we we were able to capture some interesting shots of businesses and homes here in the city. The new header was taken by her on one of our walks.

I’ll be featuring some of those photographs in the coming days.

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The Penn Theatre is introducing a new series of Saturday shows billed as “Saturdays at the Penn.”  The shows are described as “Old fashioned variety shows for children and adults,” and will run on:

  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5
  • January 2, 2010
  • February 6
  • March 6

This, I think, is a great idea; a great use of the theater.

For a complete listing and description of the events, check the webpage: http://www.pennsaturdays.com/

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I just received this message from the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority and I figured I would pass it along:

Come to the Plymouth Purse Benefit on Saturday, September 19th at the Plymouth Historical Museum! Over 1,000 purses and accessories will be sold. 30% of the sales will go back to the museum. Admission is free!

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