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Here are some of the sights from last weekend’s first annual Pumpkinpalooza.  The Chamber of Commerce and local businesses switched up the downtown Halloween event this year.  In years past, local businesses put out candy for store-to-store trick-or-treating.  The manager of one very prominent business owner told me that aspects of the past events actually hindered downtown business patronage.  To bring people downtown, and give the kids something fun to do for the upcoming holiday, the community put together Pumpkinpalooza which is more like a mini-festival.  By all accounts, it went over quite well.  It’s obvious from the photos that people had a great time and they lucked out with good weather.

Enjoy the photos (used by permission of Sonia Tomassi and borrowed from the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page)

Gorilla and banana family

Hula hoopster

Handsome stoplight

Liam the light

Giant S'more

Fred, Scooby and the Mystery Machine

H_ppy H_ll_ _ een Hangman. I wonder what it spells.

 

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In drizzly weather, the streets of downtown Plymouth were bustling with groups of people walking all over town.  Everyone, wisely, had umbrellas.  The crowd was made up of mostly couples, and many groups of couples.  Not that age matters, but this was not a younger (teen, twenty-something crowd.)  A lot of folks seemed to be in the 50’s or over.

I hadn’t heard of any downtown events, so I was surprised to see people braving the window and cool air in numbers considerably higher than the typical fall Wednesday evening.

Any ideas of what was going on?  My guess was some sort of restaurant or pub crawl type thing.

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Friday September 9, through Sunday, September 11, 2011

BINGO — Friday  from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

PLYMOUTH TASTE FEST — Friday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

CAR SHOW — Saturday and Sunday

CRAFT SHOW — Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

ROTARY SPAGHETTI DINNER — Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ROTARY BBQ — Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the carnival and entertainment at the stages (Kellogg Park and Old Village)

 

 

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The Plymouth Fall Festival is right around the corner.  If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog — there are 2 or 3 of you — you might remember that Fall Festival is my favorite of all of Plymouth’s major festivals or gatherings.

Maybe I like it because it’s a beautiful time of year.  Art in the Park can be too hot and the Plymouth Ice Festival (if all goes well for the sculptors) can be too cold.  Fall Festival is just right in terms of weather, which means I’m more likely to stay longer.

I’m not one for carnivals, but we do have fun on some of the rides.  What I like best are the charity breakfasts and dinners.  Sunday chicken dinner is my favorite.  I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

If you want info on this year’s upcoming festival, check out the link.

http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/

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I was at Plymouth’s annual Independence Day parade, Good Morning USA, this morning but I didn’t necessarily have the best seat in the house.  I got a few shots that some might find interesting.

The highlight for me, in terms of entertainment, were the two A-10 Warthog flyovers.  Both were completely unexpected; from where I was, I couldn’t see them coming until they were just about overhead.  Flyovers always give me goosebumps.  As I write this, the A10’s just flew right over my house! I wonder why they’re still out flying over town.  The parade ended an hour ago.

Enjoy the pics.

By the way, I thought this monster car/truck was going to kill people.  It took up most of the road and people wanted the driver to gun the engine.  He had to ride the brakes to stay off the road.  Bad bad bad idea.  Why not gun the engine in neutral?

 

 

Detroit Martin Luther King Marchin Band

 

Jazzercise

 

Arabians

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The Cupcake Station has opened up in downtown Plymouth.  According to its website, it is the third southeastern Michigan location for this franchise.

According to its Facebook page, the “grand opening” was yesterday, but I had in mind that it had been open for a week or so.  It occupies part of what used to be Gabriala’s on Main Street, across from Kellogg Park.

The store looks nice and I’m betting the cupcakes are good.

Check out its website.

http://www.cupcakestation.com/index.asp

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Finally Plymouth’s beloved Burger Spot has re-opened.  It was closed for months for “remodeling” but there was actually a change in ownership.  The remodeling did occur and the place looks quite nice, but the temporary closure was more than about just aesthetics.

A few of the things that made the Burger Spot great remain unchanged.  The hamburgers taste about the same and the french fries are delicious as always.

But, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, more has changed than remained the same.  First, there is only one (1) type of true hamburger.  You get a choice of standard toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions.)  Gone are the dozen or so varieties of (beef) hamburgers the classic Burger Spot used to carry.

Second, salads and similar menu items have disappeared entirely.  There are a number of different sandwiches but I didn’t pay much attention to that side of the menu.  I went to the Burger Spot for a burger, not a sandwich.

Third, while there is only one hamburger, there are three other types of “burgers,” e.g. vegetarian and turkey.  I accidentally ordered the Greek Burger, thinking it was a beef hamburger with feta and tzatziki sauce.  I bit into it to discover that it was a vegetarian burger — clearly marked on the menu as such; my fault, not the restaurant’s.  While I wanted beef, I must admit that it was the best vegetarian burger I’ve ever had! By miles!

The limited menu is disappointing.  I think the new ownership, in my opinion, has changed one of the key things that made the Burger Spot the best.  But the menu that they do offer, though limited, is very good!

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