My dad would not talk about his service during WWII. Rarely brought it up unless he wanted Bob and me to do some calisthenics after dinner. He would do his one handed push up and I would try to do them with both arms. After he died I found and read his military diaries and wish that we had spent time talking about his time in the Army--having been denied enlistment before Pearl Harbor because of his asthma he went down to the enlistment office the week after Pearl Harbor and was accepted.
With Veterans Day coming up, November 11, folks will fall over themselves to praise our veterans and service men and women. On Veterans Day of course. Sort of like going to church only on Christmas.
But what about the rest of the year?
Bob and Maria at the Blue Plate Diner want to say thanks every day of the year. So they created their Patriotic Hall of Fame where they frame pictures of our brothers and sisters, moms and dads who were or are in the service and place them on the wall for all to see.
The typewriter never served but I love to look at the pictures,
Dad and the late Don Kolhoff at a John Walsh breakfast for Veterans at the Senate Coney Island
especially those from 60 or 70 years ago and picture in my mind what they were thinking, what their experiences were, where they traveled and what kind of person they were.
Brother Bob of San Antonio fame was in the Air Force.
Thanks Dad for your service, for leaving pictures of your time in the military and for writing in your diary. Thanks Blue Plate for helping us remember and honor. 365 days a year.
Livonia attracts artists from throughout region for VAAL's Art Exhibition
Award winners from Dearborn, Livonia, Farmington Hills and Novi
Artists, family and friends gathered at the Livonia Recreation Center on Saturday, October 11, for a reception to honor the artists and the top winners in the Visual Arts Association of Livonia (VAAL) Fall Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be ongoing until October 31, 2014 at the Livonia Community Recreation Center.
The judge of the exhibit was Grace Serra who teaches Studio Arts and Art History at Henry Ford College. She has a B. A. from Wayne State University and an M. A. from Dominican University in Florence, Italy. In addition she is head of the Healing Arts program at Children's Hospital.
The first place award went to Gail Churchill of Dearborn for her acrylic painting "September Afternoon."
Her art journey began in childhood in Toledo where she grew up. She took art classes in grade school and high school, won awards, and was encouraged by her teachers and her family to continue in art. She continued on to college at Ohio State University in Athens, Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in print making and lithography.
After college she continued to study art abroad including an art study in Florence which Gail said was a "life changing" experience. After moving to Columbus, Ohio she continued painting and met a group of women painters. They travelled together to Provence, France several times to do plein air painting
When she moved to the Dearborn area she found her way to the Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Association. She eventually found her way to the VAAL club and has studied with Edie Joppich and Jim Markle. Although Gail has won several honorable mention awards, this is her first "first place" award.
Gail works in many mediums: oils, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. Her favorite painters are the impressionists and her favorite way to paint is plein air. For Gail, art is a part of her life and it will be a lifelong pursuit to grow and learn.
The Second Place Award was presented to Barbara Gage Rex of Farmington Hills for her impressionistic water media, "Bill's Favorite....Near Lubec". Lubec is in Maine and it is the furthest point east in the United States. This is an area that Barbara and her husband have visited and she painted this from a photograph. Barbara started out years ago as an arts and crafts person, but more recently she has evolved into working in the fine arts.
The Third Place Award was awarded to Sue Mallick, an award winning painter, for her painting "Fallen Leaves" done in Tech Ink. She used real leaves to create an amazing effect.
After graduating from The Center for Creative Studies in 1980, Sue worked in graphic arts. When her interest in fine art became too great, she resigned in 2005 to pursue her interest in fine art.
The judge awarded 5 awards for Honorable Mention. They include: Dorothy Amberger of Livonia for "Wilderness," Allison Kardell of Novi for "Nature's Song," Kathleen Rodak of Farmington Hills for "Take a Hike," Chuck Schroeder of Livonia for "Point Aux Barques," and Jerry Valentine of Livonia for "Free Fly."
The Livonia Community Recreation Center is located at 15100 Hubbard Rd. in Livonia. The art exhibit may be viewed from 5 am - 11 p m, Monday to Friday, 6 a m to 8 p m on Saturday, and 7 a m - 5 p m on Sunday.
The Visual Arts Association of Livonia is dedicated to advancing knowledge and appreciation of the creative arts by offering studio classes and twice yearly exhibits, all open to the public. For more information about the exhibition or about VAAL call 734-838-1204 or visit the VAAL website at www.vaalart.org.
Bring it on Michigan. Livonia knows how to celebrate art.
Friday 11/7 from 6 to 9 pm, Seedlings will be celebrating 30 years of service with a dinner and evening at St. Mary's Cultural & Banquet Center in Livonia.
Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling Seedlings' at 734-427-8552 x307.
A fun evening is already in place including Tiffany Taylor singing a special song for the evening, proclamations from Mayor Jack Kirksey and the Livonia City Council, County Commissioner Laura Cox, State Senator Glenn Anderson and State Representative John Walsh and County Executive Robert Ficano.
Come out and celebrate Livonia volunteer success
Livonia resident Liam Neary invites you to join him at the beautiful Redford Theatre:
This weekend--Phantom of the Opera, the silent classic with organ accompaniment by the incredibly talented organist, Tony O'Brien on the mighty Barton theatre organ. Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Sat at 2 PM,
General Admission $5.
The gift shop at GREENMEAD has some wonderful items for sale. Located in the Hinbern cottage the shop is open during the village tours on Sunday's from 1-4.
Celebrate 42 years of musical excellence
Time to kick off the 2014-15 season on October 25th with the "Symphonie Fantastic"
The best movie seats in Michigan coming to Livonia's Phoenix Theatre
Celebrate a LivoniaFall
At the Wilson Barn
from Stacey Dogonski
Pictures of the week
Celebrating Livonia's furry friends
Mies Park was the place to be October 11th when dozens of dogs and dog lovers converged to raise funds for the American Cancer Society while honoring the care-giving qualities of canine companions. Officer Kehoe and his K9 unit met up with our neighbors for a great afternoon.
So much to celebrate in Livonia.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Tail Wagger's. They have evolved from fundraising for other animal-welfare organizations and distributing food out of a garage to a self-sustaining wellness center providing affordable vaccines, spay and neutering services and a pet food pantry. They could not have done this without backing from their clients, supporters and the businesses in our community.
Come celebrate this amazing journey with them November 8, 2014 at the 25th Anniversary