The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Since the 1950s, the Ford Drive In has invited audiences to enjoy double features from the comfort of their own automobiles. The alfresco theater’s five screens show back-to-back screenings of first-run movies throughout the whole year, with films paired based on their rating and genre. Viewers can stay warm with the heat flowing from the outdoor car heaters, which keep them comfortable during the winter and prevent popcorn kernels from freezing to their tongues.
Boasting indoor courts, modern equipment, and a multipurpose aquatic center, the Dearborn Racquet & Health Club encourages fitness for the whole family. The facility was fully renovated four years ago and has made upgrades every year since. Racquet addicts can take a whack on the spacious indoor tennis courts or face a goggle-wearing foe on the hardwood floors of the four racquetball rooms. After honing sprint speed and long-distance stamina on the indoor running track, guests will never again miss the ice-cream truck. The track surrounds the fitness center, a 17,000-square-foot forest of strength-training and cardiovascular equipment. The swimming pool's lanes welcome liquid laps, and the hot tub's jets massage workout-weary appendages and warm popsicle-filled bellies. An indoor golf training center allows club connoisseurs a chance to practice their swings without wandering through the bramble after sliced balls.
Located in Detroit's Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is one of the world's largest institutions dedicated to the African-American experience. Covering 120,000 square feet, the museum houses five rotating exhibitions, including Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, and five permanent exhibitions, such as the 22,000-square-foot core exhibit And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture. Also at the museum are the Louise Lovett Wright Library & Archives and the Ford Rotunda, which boasts a 55-foot-high glass dome that dumps artificial snow when shaken by giants.
During the 39th Annual All Depression and Era Glass Show & Sale, more than 20 dealers of American-made glassware from the 1920s–‘60s will hawk their wares in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, filling the hall with their light-catching, colorful collections. Tinted in every color of the rainbow, Depression glass livens kitchens with cheery hues, tempts collectors with rare shades, and repels bulls when places in china shops. Pyrex and green Jadeite from the ‘40s–‘60s treat eyes to intricate nostalgia, and elegant glass adds a refined touch to shelves and dinnerware collections. Though not covered by today’s Groupon, desired items sail into shopping bags for as little as a few dollars per piece, and hourly door-prize drawings add an element of suspense rivaled only by the convention’s blindfolded goblet juggler.