Archive for January, 2010

I apologize ahead of time for this post being more personal and less about the Plymouth community more broadly. I can’t help myself though, I’m so pumped.

Our family and friends, including a number of folks from here in town, will be gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall (K of C #3292) on Lilley Road this coming Saturday for our Second Annual Burns Night. If you don’t know what Burns Night or a Burns Supper is, it’s a dinner party to honor Scotland’s beloved poet, Robert Burns. Burns
Suppers are typically held on or around his January 25 birthday. More than celebrating the poet, Burns Night is about celebrating Scotland’s history, literature and culture. And they’re a helluva lot of fun.

The evening involves toasts of whiskey, saluting and eating haggis and enjoy other really good Scottish dishes and desserts. Of course gentlemen that have kilts (like me) wear them and a piper provides the music.

We hosted a Burns Supper two years ago in our home and things were a bit tight. We had dinner at another couple’s host last year but decided to try our own party, this time at a hall or restaurant.

I can tell you that I was disappointed that (a few) local restaurants were not interested in working with us to get the necessary ethnic food. It is apparently customary not to permit outside food at rented restaurants. However, the restaurant could always order the food needed and charge the celebrants extra for the inconvenience, but they’d rather not do that apparently.

The Knights of Columbus gave us a great rate and we’ll have a nice space. I look forward to holding our party there.

How does this tie in to Plymouth? I see this event happening with our group every year and, in fact, I fully expect it to get bigger. I have this idea — vision, pipe dream perhaps — of this evolving into a community-wide event. It’s kind of exciting to see it that way.

If you’re by the K of C Saturday night, look for the kilts and listen for the bagpipes. That’ll be us.

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It rained and rained the last day of this year’s Plymouth Ice Festival. That made an almost ideal chance to see the sculptures — what was left of them! — because crowds were thin.

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Those of you attending this weekend’s Plymouth Ice Festival might be interested in the itinerary of events.  Quite a few things will be happening in/around the festival.  Have fun!


Festival Hours:

Friday, Jan. 22: 3PM – 8PM

Saturday, Jan. 23: 10AM – 6PM

Sunday, Jan. 24: 10AM – 5PM


The Sculpture Garden will be open 24 hours Friday through Sunday!

The following events take place during ALL festival hours!

  • Live ice carving and displays in the Sculpture Garden
  • Food vendors serving tasty winter treats
  • Hot Spot warming tent with local vendors
  • Forest Avenue scavenger hunt and petting farm

Friday, Jan. 22:

  • 7:00PM – Opening Ceremony feat. Detroit Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom
    Join us for opening remarks from Attorney General Mike Cox, Mayor Dan Dwyer,
    and Festival staff. Watch Detroit Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom cut a specially commissioned ‘Ice Ribbon’ to officially kick off this year’s festivities.
  • 7:00PM – Balto (Animated Film) at the Penn Theater
    A half-wolf, half-husky named Balto becomes a hero as he leads a dog team on a a 600 mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness.

Saturday, Jan. 23:

  • 11:00AM – 4:00PM: College Individual Carving Competitions
    Be on-site as we showcase the talent of young, local Michigan ice carvers. Witness the drama as over thirty individual college students compete under a strict time limit to win first prize at the Plymouth Ice Festival!
  • 1:00PM: Global Village perform on Penniman Avenue
    You can’t help but tap your feet to the funky sounds of Global Village heating up the Ice Festival with their infectious rhythms. Can you dig it?
  • 3:00, 5:00, & 7:00PM: Balto (Animated Film) at the Penn Theater
    A half-wolf, half-husky named Balto becomes a hero as he leads a dog team on a a 600 mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness.
  • 5:00PM: Dueling Chainsaws Speed Carving Competition
    Chips of ice will fly like sparks as competitors face off to win YOUR approval. It’s winner take all in this high stakes, fast-paced, entertaining show. Each contender will have only 15 minutes to carve a sculpture to be judged by the audience. Highlight of the festival…not to be missed!

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I received this email from the Salvation Army’s Plymouth Corps.  Plymouth area volunteers should be proud of their accomplishments during this Red Kettle Campaign

Dear Friends:

We here at The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps want to offer a warm and heart felt thank you to everyone who donated their time, talents and monies to help support our 2009 Thanksgiving and Christmas programs.

We have over 1,100 volunteers in the Plymouth Corps Volunteer First data base and it is through our volunteers’ commitment to The Salvation Army that we successfully completed another blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

We wanted to share with you an update on the current status of our fund raising campaign and holiday assistance given to those in need.

The overall Christmas fund raising goal is $315,000. We have received $272,069, or 86% of the goal to date. We will wrap up the fund raising campaign at the end of January 2010. With your help, $212,104 was collected in the Red Kettles; additionally, we have received $59,965 in cash or check donations at our Corps office in Plymouth.

Just to share some seasonal stats:
Our Christmas Toy Towne assisted 354 families which included 1,215 children.
Our Christmas Food for Seniors & Singles assisted 29 families.
Our Thanksgiving food distribution assisted 358 families including 1,268 children.
Our Coats 4 Kids assisted 130 families including 296 children.
Our Back 2 School Blitz assisted 140 families including 307 children.

And to recap our volunteered hours:
Our Thanksgiving programs:
17 volunteers packed boxes for a total of 42.50 hours
42 volunteers assisted with the distribution for a total of 91 hours

Our Christmas programs:
Toy Towne Preparation 99 volunteers with a total of 594 hours
Toy Towne Distribution 213 volunteers with a total of 1,491 hours
Christmas Application Processing 7 volunteers with a total of 60 hours.

Additional Front Desk coverage 9 volunteers with a total of 145 hours.
Food Pantry Assistance 8 volunteers with a total of 20 hours.

And let us not forget those brave and hearty individuals, who stood in the cold, rain and snow to ring bells during the Red Kettle Campaign.

Once again, our community is blessed with wonderful volunteers!! Thank you for stepping up to help those in need. Without your continued support, we would have never been able to assist the many families and individuals during this past holiday season.

Have a Blessed and Happy 2010

The Plymouth Corp Staff
The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps

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The City of Plymouth has, in my estimation, great city services.  I’ve been impressed in years past with how prompt the city gets streets cleared of snow.  But there have been several snowfalls the past week and I have not seen our streets plowed once.  “Mess” might be too harsh a word, but the residential streets are definitely not as clear as they should be.  They are a bit dangerous and slippery, too.

Why haven’t the trucks been out in the neighborhoods?  Budget crunch?

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I’ve waited to post this to get a bit closer to the start of the event, keep it fresher in peoples’ minds.  This year’s Plymouth Ice Festival runs January 22 through 24, in downtown Plymouth.  The festival is held primarily at Kellogg Park, but local businesses quite often have their own sculptures.  Be sure to stroll the streets downtown.

Here’s more information regarding the festival.


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I’m a huge fan of the Plymouth District Library.  I try to get there once a week.  Sometimes I’m just there to thumb through books and CDs to relax.  Other times I know what I want and I’m there to get it.  I also once in awhile check to see what events are happening at the library.  As much as I have felt like I knew what was going on there, I have been completely and utterly ignorant of of the great library services available online.

I just discovered that new books, DVD’s, music and books on CD, best sellers, etc. are listed and updated.  Better yet, they can be ordered online.

To some of you, this is nothing new.  Lots of people that are more in tune than I am do everything online and they know about all these great resources.  Although I’m pretty internet savvy, I’m otherwise not really with the times on things like this.  I’d never think of looking to see if the library has a list of the newly obtained CD’s.  Instead, I’d end up digging through the rack, hoping to find something new and exciting.

The front page of the library’s website has these resources.  Check it out.  Familiarize yourself with it.  The library’s web page is a great tool.


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