Although it’s the oldest continuously running theater in Michigan (and the third oldest in all of the United States), Croswell Opera House has more vibrancy than most venues half its age. Renovated over the last two decades with a new stage floor, an enlarged orchestra pit, and burgundy and gold medallions atop a fresh coat of paint, the historic venue has lost none of its old-fashioned charm as it continues through its second century.
Originally constructed in 1866, the downtown epicenter of Lenawee County arts and culture has played host to a rich timeline of American entertainment. The 1800s featured vaudeville acts, musicians, and orators such as Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the early 1900s saw silent movies swallowed by the next wave of cinema: loudies. Although it was nearly demolished in 1967, the opera house persevered with the loving care of its staff and patrons, and today continues to host a wealth of musical acts, Broadway shows, and children’s theater.
Voted the best miniature golf course in Lenawee County by readers of the Daily Telegram in 2010, Stone Mountain Family Fun Center enchants putters with an 18-hole course teeming with rustic charm. As players roll colorful golf balls toward tiny cups, greenside waterfalls cascade into streams that run through watermills and underneath a covered bridge, where players can pass over the water or inconspicuously park their pint-sized golf cart. Caves and rocky outcrops await putters on certain holes, further complicating each putt.
Stone Mountain’s adjoining pizzeria features a menu of subs, salads, and 11 specialty pizzas, and the ice creamery invites patrons to indulge in 14 flavors of soft serve or to use the dessert as a cold compress on their putter’s elbow.
Though the chefs at Dan's Downtown Tavern adeptly craft pub classics such as pulled-pork sandwiches and award-winning chili, the core of their menu remains 25 custom burgers. Made with ground beef from Knights Market, the 1/3- and 1/4-pound patties arrive topped with traditional and unorthodox ingredients, from house-made beer-BBQ sauce to peanut butter. The Saline and Clinton bars brim with 36 and 19 different beers, respectively, and emptied taps decorate each tavern’s exposed brick walls.
Below rows of spigots, dartboards invite friendly competition and flat-screen TVs broadcast the latest sports. Patrons can also wander outside to the patio, where red and green umbrellas will protect them from the sun's rays and the moon’s ability to turn everything it shines on to cheese.
A skydiver descends toward the earth, his red-and-white parachute contrasting against a picturesque scene of azure sky and the springtime grass. It’s just another day at Skydive Tecumseh, where instructors have been taking first-time jumpers and experienced skydivers on exhilarating freefalls for nearly 50 years. Manning aircrafts such a Cessna Super Caravan, Skydive Tecumseh’s flight team ushers parties 7,500 feet into the clouds for tandem and solo jumps that reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, much like a cheetah on roller skates. A drop zone with three separate landing areas awaits skydivers on the ground, and a picnic area allows visitors to watch their friends glide safely back to earth. In addition to organizing jumps, the instructors—all certified through the United States Parachuting Association—operate a ground school, where they help clients earn skydiving licenses.