Check out some of these great Midwest-related stories I read online as we closed out 2012:
- Black Star Farms: A Fantastic Destination-We've visited the wine tasting room Black Star Farms at Sutton's Bay, Michigan, several times in the past, so I enjoyed this account of a visit there at The Wine Monologues of a Wine Enthusiast blog. I enjoy the winery's Rieslings, and during our last visit, we stopped by the Leelanau Cheese creamery tucked behind the Black Star Farms tasting room to sample (and take home) some of the fab Raclette Cheese.
- Planning a Visit to Traders Point Creamery-Nicole takes readers of her Arrows Sent Forth blog to another great Midwest creamery. Traders Point Creamery is one of the country's only all-organic dairy farms, and it looks like a great place to visit with your family and sample some ice cream!
- Bath School Disaster-The recent tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut reminded Debra Ann Pawlak of the disturbing story of the worst act of violence against a school. I read this sad story about a year or so ago in a book about the 1927 tragedy in mid-Michigan which claimed the lives of 45 people, most of them children.
- CLE Reads: Les Roberts' Whiskey Island-I was thrilled to read Amanda's review of author Les Roberts' latest book in his Milan Jacovich mystery series at the Clue into Cleveland blog. I got Tim hooked on the series after buying him the first couple of books in at when I visited Ohio for a writers conference. We didn't know about this newest addition to the series, or the one immediately preceding it. Thanks for helping me do some Christmas shopping, Amanda!
- Finding Hendricks County's Historical Markers-Eric posts this report on the county's All Access blog, and includes a couple of the markers I saw on my own trip there recently. I'll be posting more of my stories about Hendricks County, which will include my take on a couple of these markers, in coming months. Meanwhile, I'll be looking for Eric's take on Hendricks' Samuel Luther Thompson marker. Thompson played with the Detroit Tigers baseball team in the early 1900s, so it was a must-see site for me when I was there.
- Indianapolis Collected: A Dirty Tale of Mudpack Marketing-Libby shares some dirty tales of the "toilet" concerns of Indianapolis citizens over the years at the Historic Indianapolis blog. I do appreciate the sense of humor displayed here in what could be a more pedestrian story about cosmetic products made and marketed in Indianapolis during the early 1900s. This blog always offers a fun and interesting look at Indianapolis history.
- The Beauty of Cleveland's Guitar Mania at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-Justin shares his collection of photos of decorated guitars at his InACents blog. Artists decorated 54 large guitars that later were on display throughout Cleveland, but Justin happened to catch the collection when it was displayed together in front of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum last summer.
- Family Cabins at Brown County State Park-I've enjoyed staying at a couple of Ohio's State Park inns, and I've always wanted to try staying at the lodges or cabins in one of Indiana's State Parks. Check out Nicole's story at the Indiana Insider blog about her family's stay in a cabin at Brown County State Park.
- Ohio Caverns-You wouldn't think of Ohio as a place to find cool caverns, but think differently! Michael shares this report about some of the state's visitor-friendly caverns at the Discover Ohio blog.
- Born & Raised in South Detroit-Sorry Steve Perry and Journey, but there is no such place as South Detroit. Farlane shares one of my favorite pieces of trivia and a great photo taken by DetroitDerek at the Michigan in Pictures blog. Yup, Canada is -south- of Detroit, something I've pointed out myself multiple times over the years!
- Meet Christian Clemens, founder of Mt. Clemens-Check out Amy's story about Mt. Clemens founding at her Night Train blog. I've always been fascinated with Ohio's canals, and Michigan's lack thereof, so I especially enjoyed learning about Christian Clemens' connection to Michigan's ill-fated Clinton-Kalamazoo canal.
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