(The 1st Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



    The material contained within this page is derived from my "fabulous files" of places that vacationers can see in Michigan and Wisconsin, and, in fact, my fabulous files contain information about hundreds of things to see.  The material is provided as a public service of Victor Swanson and The Hologlobe Press.  Almost all persons and entities, such as radio stations, may freely use the material; neither AAA Michigan nor any employee of AAA Michigan may use, distribute, download, transmit, copy, or duplicate any of the material presented on this page in any way or through any means.

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    Recently, I met a guy in a hospital in the Detroit area, and he was recovering from major surgery.  We talked a while, and I learned his wife liked Japanese-type flower arrangements and he and his wife often travel between the Detroit area and places in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  What surprised me is he and his wife were unaware of the Saginaw-Tokushima Friendship Garden at Saginaw.  The garden came about through the "Sister City" program between Saginaw, Michigan, and Tokushima, Japan, in the very early 1970s; in fact, the garden was dedicated on June 15, 1971.  Of course, I told the guy that the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House was at the site of the garden.  I told him his destination is near Ojibwa Island (in Saginaw), since I could not tell him the streets he should look for, which are Ezra Rush Drive and Washington Avenue.  Officially, a person should head for the intersection of Ezra Rush Drive and Washington Avenue, but a person must remember the Saginaw-Tokushima Friendship Garden is only open Tuesday through Saturday.  The Tea House is open most days of the year, and it is a place where a person can learn the art of the Japanese tea ceremony.  It is spring, so I expect you would do well for yourself by seeing Saginaw soon.
    And over the last few months and years, I have been working on the text for a new book, and I have often done research at the library at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, a library called The Mardigian Library.  Only a few days ago, though, I learned the campus of U of M in Dearborn is where the Rouge River Bird Observatory is.  I already knew about the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory of the Whitefish Point area of the Upper Peninsula.  So now I know about another place bird lovers plan to see in the spring or the fall.  And it's now spring.  If you're thinking about a place to take children, think about one of the bird observatories of the state.

    Your travel tips for today are:

    The Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House at Saginaw (in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan).

    The Rouge River Bird Sanctuary at the University of Michigan, Dearborn (in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan).

    The Saginaw-Tokushima Friendship Garden at Saginaw (the Lower Peninsula of Michigan).

    Whitefish Point Bird Observatory of the Whitefish Point area (in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

- - - Public Service Copy for Broadcasters (four pieces) - - -

Number One:

    Here's a Michigan tourism reminder from The Hologlobe Press.

Recently, a new planetoid was discovered in our  solar system.

It's called Sedna, and it's located way out beyond Pluto.  The

Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association operates the

James C. Veen Observatory at Lowell, which is a little east of

Grand Rapids.  Generally speaking, the observatory is open to

nonmembers on up to two Saturdays each month between April

and October. You won't be able to see Sedna from this

observatory.  However, if you're planning a vacation trip, think

about the James C. Veen Observatory at Lowell. And enjoy your

safe traveling in Michigan.


Number Two:

    The Hologlobe Press reminds you that the Capitol of Michigan,

which is at Lansing, is open for tours--free tours--most days of

the year.  Nearby is the fairly new Hall of Justice, the home of the

Michigan Supreme Court.  In October 2002, it was opened up,

and it's another building at Lansing that you can tour.  The Hall of

Justice Learning Center at the Hall of Justice is a place where

children can learn about the judicial system of Michigan.

 Remember: Take the children buckled up, and enjoy your safe

traveling in Michigan.


Number Three:

    Memorial Day is not far off, and now is a good time to plan a

summer trip.  Fairview is a place in Oscoda County--at M-33

and M-72.  About two miles north of the intersection of M-72

and M-33 and along M-33 is the Steiner Museum.  The museum

is in the building that was originally the North Fairview

schoolhouse, built in 1885.  Generally speaking, the place is open

from Thursday through Sunday from the summer through fall travel

season.  For more information about the Steiner Museum, The

Hologlobe Press suggests that you contact the Chamber of

Commerce for Oscoda County.  And when you go with the family,

take everyone buckled up, and enjoy your safe traveling in



Number Four:

    Craig State Park is one of the state parks of Michigan.

Officially, Craig State Park is one of the state parks in the Upper

Peninsula of Michigan--a little north of the Three Lakes area of

Baraga County.  This state park is one of the most rustic state

parks of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It does have a trail

system, though, and some people use one of the two cabins.

Remember: Baraga County is where you will find the Alberta

Village Museum, and that's one of the places to see while

vacationing at Craig State Park.  The Hologlobe Press urges

you to be buckled up on that trip to Craig State Park this summer,

and enjoy your safe traveling.


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The Hologlobe Press
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copyright c. 2004
File date: 10 April 2004

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