Friday, October 24, 2014

Tickets to Cranbrook's 2014 Holiday Tables

Cranbrook is metropolitan Detroit's oldest, historic manor.  In 1904, George and Ellen [Scripps] Booth [newspaper magnates], purchased a 174-acre farm in Bloomfield Hills, and named it Cranbrook after the English town where the Booth family had roots.

Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, designed the English Tudor/Arts and Crafts mansion, and ground was broken in January, 1907.  The Booths moved into their new home in June, 1908, and were the first family of wealth to live year-round in Bloomfield Hills. 

[Internet Photo]

Today, ten of the first-floor rooms can be seen on guided tours, while the upper floors are reserved for executive offices of Cranbrook Educational Community.

In 2008 my girlfriend and I attended their Holiday Tables event where the theme was "Night and Day, Day and Night."  17 beautiful tablescapes were professionally designed. I wasn't blogging then, but I still have my program and notes.


The first five tables were in the Oak Room, and the 6th table was in the Dining Room with the theme, "A Supper before Night Fall."  My notes described it as gorgeous with amethyst crystal and silver.  The 7th table was in the Entry Way; the 8th table was in Mr. Booth's Office; tables 9-11 were in the Parlor; table 12 was in the Morning Room; and tables 13 through 17 were in the Library.

Table themes were:  Black and White Equals Day and Night; Moonlight on Ice; An Artful Table; Paint the Town Read; Mattina in Abruzzo; The Festival of Lights - 8 Days and Nights; A Real Gem; Celebrating the Legendary Kronk Gym; High Tea for the Holidays [this was set up in the Parlor]; A Romantic Celebration; Noel Chez DuMouchelle; Supper After the Hunt with Empress Maria Theresia of Austria; A Season of Cents-Ability; Holiday Harmony; Gone but not Forgotten: Their Music Lives On; and Santa Claus is coming to Town. 

Flash photography isn't allowed inside the mansion, but I found a photo from one of the 2013 tablescapes online.

[Internet Photo]

Six years have lapsed since a return visit to Cranbrook House for their annual Holiday Tables event, but I made reservations this morning for 2014's theme, Illuminate the Season. The tables can be viewed November 20-23. This year I'll be attending their formal Buffet Tea in addition to viewing the tables.  I can hardly wait to see what this year's table themes will be, and I'll be sure to blog about them.

For local readers Holiday Tables information can be viewed here.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In Loving Memory


Christine A. Bowman


June 21, 1945  -  October 18, 2014


"God's Garden"


God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
~ Author Unknown

Grateful for the love and happiness my sister-in-law, Chris, brought to our family.  She will be greatly missed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tea in the U.K. and Tea in Berkley, MI

The Internet is showing photos today of Prince William and Kate Middleton sitting down to tea with President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, Mary Chee Bee Kiang of Singapore, at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.  It's Kate's first public appearance since she announced her second pregnancy.  It's good to see her feeling better, and looking as radiant as ever. 

[Internet Photo]

[Internet Photo]

Meanwhile in Berkley, Michigan I was back at O'Mara's for their second tea honoring J.L. Hudson's Department Store.  The room was almost filled to capacity, with very responsive attendees. One lady shared that she, her husband and her mother all worked at Hudson's flagship store. Her mother worked contingent, so she filled positions in several departments. One Easter season when her mother was working in one of the basements assembling Easter baskets, young Joe Hudson, Jr. [the founder's great-nephew] was just beginning his career with the company, and he began in the basement assembling Easter baskets with her.  The lady sharing the memory worked in draperies, and she said on Joe Hudson's last day at the store she rode the elevator down to the first floor with him as they finished their day's work. She thought it was ironic that her mother was with him on his first day of work, and she was with him on his last day of work.



Only one more Hudson's presentation to go this month, then all the memorabilia can be removed from my car for awhile.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Bridal Gown Shopping

Last Saturday I was privileged to go bridal gown shopping with my granddaughter, Tiffany, whose wedding will be Aug. 15, 2015.  Her mother [my daughter, Lori], sister Marissa, and two other attendants went too.  There will be six attendants altogether.

[L-R:  Me, Tiffany, Marissa, and Lori]

[L-R:  Lauren, Tiffany, Julie and Marissa. Tiffany is holding Julie's three week old baby boy.]

Tiffany found the gown of her dreams at our very first stop, but just to make sure we went to four other bridal salons as well.


No photos of Tiffany in wedding gowns until the day of the wedding, but she will be a beautiful bride with her tiny, hour glass figure. 

It was a fun day, albeit a bittersweet one because I received a phone call from my brother while at Alessandra's telling me my sister-in-law [his wife] had just passed away.  Viewing will be this Wednesday, with the funeral on Thursday. Life includes both happy and sad moments.

When I got home I made a crock pot of turkey/pumpkin chili for the chili cook-off event held on our church property yesterday afternoon. The chili has a smoky taste due to the cup of Lapsang Souchong tea as an ingredient.  I provided the recipe for the chili in my very first blog post written on January 24, 2012.  It can be viewed here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Reflection...


John Wesley was born in England in 1703, and he died there in 1791.  He received his training at Oxford University, and was an ordained priest in the Anglican church.  John, along with his brother Charles, and another cleric, George Whitefield, are credited with forming the Methodist church.

We have been studying Wesleyan perspectives at church, and I love what John Wesley  said about the Bible:  "I am a spirit come from God and returning to God; just hovering over the great gulf, till a few moments hence I am no more seen - I drop into an unchangeable eternity!  I want to know one thing, the way to heaven - how to land safe on that happy shore.  God Himself has condescended to teach the way: for this very end He came from heaven.  He hath written it down in a book.  O give me that book!  At any price, give me the Book of God...!"  

I'm grateful for the Bible that not only teaches us "how to land safe on that happy shore [heaven]," but how to live a contented, purposeful life on this earth too.

May God bless your week!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Sharing Hudson's Department Store at Milford Public Library

Last night my hubby and I drove 43 miles to the City of Milford, MI, where I was asked to give a J.L. Hudson Department Store presentation sponsored by the Milford Public Library and the Milford Historical Society.  40 adults registered to attend.


The Milford Library is a beautiful new facility.


~ Promotional flier for event ~  


The program was held in the library Community Room.


Two ladies [pictured below] came wearing hats purchased at Hudson's, and carrying the store's hat boxes with the sales receipts inside.  I loved it!


The program was from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., and what a responsive group!


As always, I learned something new from attendees, such as Hudson's dining room tables had purse hooks on the underside corners for ladies to hang their purse on rather than setting it on the floor. 

One sweet lady gave me a Hudson's ice cream menu from the last meal served at the 13th floor Riverview Dining Room [1983].  Vernor's floats were $1.00, Sundaes were $1.65, and Banana Splits were $2.25.  She remembered the waitress crying about the store closing.  


What a fun evening listening to memories of Hudson's at the conclusion of the program. One gentleman came up and showed me his gold wedding band that was purchased at Hudson's, and said he'll soon be celebrating his 69th Wedding Anniversary! Another lady brought childhood photographs of her son taken in a Hudson's dining room when he belonged to the Birthday Club.   

Kathleen Maraccio, recent Gone With the Wind presenter at the Warren Public Library [which I blogged about here], was in attendance and shared her Hudson's memories and connections.

Thank you Milford Library and Historical Society for allowing me to share a subject that is near and dear to so many Detroiter's and suburbanites.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An American Girl Fashion Show & Tea

Last week when I was at English Gardens [a local nursery] shopping for mum plants for the tablescapes at O'Mara's restaurant, I noticed a flier at the check-out counter for an American Girl Fashion Show and Tea on October 25th & 26th.   I put the flier in my purse until I was able go online for more details.


I only have one granddaughter at the present time who is into American Girl dolls, and that's nine year old, Isabella.  She was so happy to get the 2014 American Girl Doll, Isabelle, this summer.

The fashion show and tea will be held at the historic Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI.  The hotel was one of Henry Ford's accomplishments in 1931 so visitors flying into his airport would have a place to stay.  Today it's managed by Marriott International, but it's still owned by Ford Motor Land Development Corp.


I called my daughter-in-law to see if the date was open on their calendar, and she said it was. I ordered three tickets, and they arrived in yesterday's mail.


I'm looking forward to going, and will be sure to take photos so I can blog about it afterwards.

I entered the drawing for an overnight stay at Dearborn Inn.  Other things are also included in the drawing which takes place today.