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Another gotta see in Livonia event at Greenmead, the typewriter's favorite people space. Guns n' Gowns: A Civil War Living History Event presented by: The 17th Michigan, Company E Volunteer Infantry this Saturday, 10 - 6, and Sunday, 10 - 4. What is so cool is that it happens rain or shine. That's how authentic this event is.

You gotta see in Livonia Military Camp Life, Drills, Demonstrations, Medical Practices & Field Surgery, Civilian Life, Courting & Wedding Practices, Fashions, Phrenology, Letter Reading, and Much More!

Stephanie Miner the Event Coordinator for the 17th MI Volunteer Infantry Reenactment Unit describes this as a "great event for both adults & children to learn more about the Civil War in a fun and hands on manner."

You can visit the Civil War and Greenmead Historical Village Gift Shop for unique gifts for family & friends and of course refreshments are available on Saturday from 11 - 3 at the Shaw House.

As a side note did you know that Captain Christian Rath of the 17th Michigan acted as the executioner at the hanging of four people convicted of involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln: George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Powell, and Mary Surratt.
civil war reenactments
The regiment had an initial enlistment of 1,079 officers and enlisted men. The regiment suffered 7 officers and 128 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 154 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 289 fatalities, or just over one-quarter (25.8%) of its initial strength.

This you gotta see in Livonia event is co-sponsored by the Livonia Historical Commission which includes these historically minded volunteers:
Deanna Brown, Mary Cambridge, Treasurer, Nancy Frye, Vice Chair
Barbara Mansfield, Chair, Michael Marihugh, Stephanie Miner, Secretary
Gary Pritchard, Sandi Pritchard, Patricia Trojan

Excel in Livonia &
party at the same time

Over 200 took part in a celebration of Livonia hosted by Bob Hardies last week.
Corn on the cob and pulled pork
was to die for.
Kathleen McIntyre and Dennis Wright thanked Bob Hardies for his community leadership.
The typewriter enjoyed passing out and eating the Paris Bakery cake.
Dan MacIver, who started with Hardies 20 years ago as a co-op student, shares a moment as
the audience gave Hardies a
standing ovation.
The Blue Plate's Wes grilled up nearly 200 burgers, over 100 hot dogs and a ton of pulled pork.
Our Livonia Symphony acknowledges receipt of $20,000 in donations
from Hardies.
The crowd was so large that everyone pitched in to help including the bodyguard recruited on the hamburger line.
Livonia's Fitness reputation extends far beyond our borders.
Click on the names and find out more

Livonia's Art District is a unique, nationally known art and cultural collaboration with over 18 organizations promoting and supporting the arts, history and culture in this thriving suburban hometown.

Click on the names.

O'Malley's Bar and Grill
The Month of September
Artist Peggy N. Brewer has a solo show of portraits at the fine art gallery in the Livonia Civic Center Library... 40 of them! Available during September.
September 22
Northville Winery
Brian Morrow Fundraiser

September 22
5:30 - 7:30
George Murphy's
Cathy White Fundraiser

September 23
The typewriter celebrates the invention of the typewriter

September 24 & 25
Civil War - Guns & Gowns
10:00 - 6:00 Saturday
10:00 - 4:00 Sunday
Military, medical, civilian and fashion demonstrations.

September 28
5:00 - 7:30
George's Northville Senate
Melissa Cox Fundraiser
$100 or any amount

September 29
Starting at 7:00
League of Women Voters
Candidate Night
Livonia City Hall

The Month of
All month Wilson Barn
Pumpkin Fest

October 1
Unforgettable Musical Hits
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Clarenceville High School
Louis Schmidt Auditorium

October 1
Taste of the Arts
Sponsored by Livonia Arts Commission @ Burton Manor
7:00 @ Burton Manor

October 2
1:00 - 4:00
Simmons-Hill House
Greenmead Village
175th Anniversary Open House

October 2
Churchill Golf Outing
Fellows Creek Golf Course

October 6
7:00 - 8:30
1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame
Rosedale Presbyterian Church

October 6
5:00 - 7:00
Seedlings Open House
Tour Seedlings

October 7
9:30 - 1:30
Western Wayne Senior Celebration
Hosted by Laura Cox
Burton Manor

October 21
6:30 - 9:30
Southern Soiree
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Dinner, music, auction
Laurel Manor

October 22
League of Women Voters
Annual Fall Auction
View items 11:00 - 11:30
Bid on items 11:30 - 1:30

October 25
7:00 - 9:00
Bennett Civic Center Library
Wayne County Judicial Candidates sponsored by the Livonia Bar Association

The Month of November

November 1-14
Seedlings On-Line Auction

November 3
7:00 - 9:00
Livonia Community Foundation
Beer and Wine Festival
One Under Craft Beer and Eats

November 6
"Celebrate Freedom"
Benefit Concert for Veterans
Livonia Civic Chorus
Free @ Rosedale Gardens
Presbyterian Church

November 8
7:00 - 8:00
Election Day
November 19
2:00 - 4:00
Bowling for Backpacks
November 29
12:00 - 1:30
Livonia Education Foundation
7th Annual Luncheon
St. Mary's Cultural Center

The Month of December

December 3
Spirit of the Season
Livonia Symphony Orchestra w/
Angie Hahn Academy of Dance
Clarenceville High School
Louis Schmidt Auditorium

December 18
Holiday Concert
Livonia Civic Chorus
Clarenceville High School
From Germany to Greece to Denver
Son Paul of Denver fame was at the Denver airport yesterday to greet his fiance Raquel as she arrived from San Paolo, Brazil. Her fiance visa having been approved she is now a resident of Denver.
Two happy people starting their life together. Let's see. Met in Germany. Proposed in Greece. Living in Denver. What a generation.
It's book sale time again at the
Robert and Janet Bennett
Civic Center Library
Friends of the Livonia library will hold their tri-annual used book sale next week at the Bennett Civic Center Library.

On September 30, October 1 and 2, Friday and Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5, the Friends will host buyers from throughout the state as this sale brings hundreds to Livonia each time it is scheduled.

Not only to see regulars from across the state you can run into your friends and neighbors browsing books, chatting up neighbors and just plain enjoying the printed word.

Vote the entire ballot.
Your League of Women Voters Forum.
Looking for something to do on September 29? The League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County in partnership with the Livonia PTSA is holding a candidates forum at Livonia City Hall and invites the informed Livonia community to come on out.

Come out and learn about the candidates running for state and local offices. The typewriter will be there and hopes to see you there as well.
The times for the candidates to air their views:

Livonia Public School Board of Trustees (7:00-8:10)
Wayne County Commission (9th District) (8:15-8:35)
Michigan House of Representatives (8:40-9:00)
Candidates to be voted on in November
Where the names are highlighted in blue simply click to the name to connect with their campaign website.
(I) designates incumbent.
(*) designates Musings endorsement.
Hillary Clinton (D) Donald Trump (R)
Gary Johnson (Libertian) Jill Stein (Green Party)
Regional Transit
Musings has endorsed a YES* vote in support of developing regional transit system

Congress District 11
Kerry Bentivolio (Independent)
State Representative District 19
County Commissioner District 9
County Commissioner District 8
Diane Webb (D) (I)
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge
Four to be elected
Musings endorses as the top three to be considered:
Brian Morrow* Melissa Cox* Matthew Evans*
Musings recommends that your fourth ballot be cast for 1 of 2
Kelly Ramsey Robert Ficano
Musings cannot recommend a vote for these 3 candidates
Regina Thomas Thomas Hathaway Wanda Evans
Livonia Board of Education
Four to be elected
Musings endorses as the top four to be considered:
Tamara Bonifield (I)* Karen Bradford*
Crystal Frank* Daniel Centers (I)*
Jason Anderson Kylie Anderson
Donald Glance Jody Rice-White
Clarenceville Board of Education
Five to be elected with only four on the ballot

Matthew Boettcher (I) Shari Krazel (I)
Brenda Uren (I) Mark Brooks (I)
Schoolcraft College Trustee
Two to be elected
Musings endorses as the top two to be considered:
Jim Fausone (I)* Carol Strom (I)*
William Erwin, Jr.

Kicking it out for the arts

Come on out. Smile. Dance. Eat. Mingle with like minded folks.
Support Livonia Arts.
It's time to kick off the Fall concert season. The LSO is ready. Are you?
LSO in concert

Click on the ad for movie times.

Livonia's art in the park

Seedlings on-line auction
November 1 - 14

Are you a business wanting to give back to the hometown you call home? Here is the perfect opportunity to help a Livonia based, nationally known and world wide accepted charity. It doesn't get any better than helping out Seedlings.
They are looking for a few more items for their new online auction aimed at raising over $10,000 for braille books for blind children!

Their auction catalog is filling up, thanks to the many who have contributed so far. But they need more items if they are to reach their goal!

You can check out what they have collected so far at After you have checked out the awsome items consider what item or service you can contribute by the Sept. 30 deadline!

Popular items include:

*Gift cards
*Travel opportunities (hotels, B&Bs, timeshares, vacation homes)
*Tickets to sporting events
*Passes to entertainment venues (zoos, etc.)
*Movie and theater passes or gift certificates
*Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours or passes
*Outdoor adventures, unique excursions
*A day at the spa
*Massage sessions
*Car/truck detailing
*Financial planning
*Free dental check-up & cleaning

Ask the managers at the places you frequent to make a donation or think of what you can donate yourself! I know some of our readers have vacation homes up north. Perfect.
Seedings will advertise your name or company's name and logo with a direct link to your website next to the item you donate. Seedlings has 10,000 supporters and BiddingForGood has 330,000 active bidders for a combined target audience of 340,000!

Donations may be mailed by Sept. 30 to Seedlings,
14151 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154.
Go to to download the donation form!

Karen Smith This fund-raiser will help us distribute 1,000 more low-cost and free books to children who are visually impaired in more than 75 countries!

Questions? Pick up the phone and drop a dime on Karen Smith, Community Outreach Manager, at
800-777-8552 or 734-427-8552, ext. 301
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