The Social Connection scans the cultural horizons of Detroit and plots to add an extra dose of fun to all it has to offer. One example: Gears and Beers Tours take participants around the city's bars and historic neighborhoods. For more than a decade, The Social Connection has been putting together viewing parties all across the city, in glamorous spots such as chartered yachts, rather than just in houses with their roofs sawed off. The other 364 days of the year, the team stays just as busy putting together network-expanding events such as dinner parties, pub crawls, and craft-liquor tastings.
In 1917, famed golf-course architect Donald Ross carved New Rogell Golf Course out of an urban plot along Grand River Avenue, adding yet another gem to a portfolio of courses that also includes Pinehurst No. 2 and Oakland Hills. Today, players enjoy the fruits of Mr. Ross’s labor as they cruise over a bentgrass path that stretches to 6,075 yards from the farthest tees. Two additional tee boxes start off each hole as well, allowing golfers to tailor rounds to their skill level or forsake tees completely and start in a bunker.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 70 course
Total length of 6,075 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 70.2 from the back tees
Course slope of 129 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
Sifu Owen Matson trains students on the ving tsun kung fu techniques taught to him by a line of Moy Tung sifu and grandmasters. Matson's classes cultivate students' balance of body and mind through the practice of three open-hand forms and two person drills.
A well-weathered teacher, Matson began his training in 1999 under the expert tutelage of Robert "Moy Yat Tung" Squatrito, who helped him master the swift movements and powerful strikes of the kung fu discipline. After becoming a member of the Moy Tung's MY4 and ICC inner training circles, Sifu Owen traveled to Detroit to open his ving tsun studio.
The Hub’s mechanics-in-training (MIT) program teaches high-school-age youth the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance and customer service as part of an apprenticeship. In addition to gaining practical employment experience, MITs develop social and leadership skills by assisting The Hub's educational staff in training children how to repair bikes during the summer Youth Earn-a-Bike program. Young people also receive a small stipend during their tenure as apprentice mechanics. With additional aid, The Hub can support one of their mechanics-in-training for another month beyond the initial summer apprenticeship.
Since May 2008, Wheelhouse Detroit has been offering its customers a healthy and highly efficient new way to see Motown, with guided bike tours traversing the terrains and trails of Detroit. More than 30 bicycle tours are scheduled for the upcoming months, with new tours regularly added. On the "East Riverfront/Downtown/Dequindre Cut" tour on Saturday, May 1, you'll pedal-push 10 miles through the eastern end of RiverWalk, cruising past Gabriel Richard Park, Lafayette Park, downtown Detroit, and the Dequindre Cut, with its bike trail bedecked in city-approved graffiti. The "Architecture" tour, held on Saturday, May 8, is led by architect Brian Hurttienne, who will guide the group through downtown Detroit to explore the relationship between architecture and urban planning, with discussions on famous buildings and the future of Detroit's architecture. Strap on your American-flag shower cap and your freedom flippers for the "Arsenal of Democracy" tour on Saturday, July 3, which examines Detroit's patriotic contributions during World War II with visits to auto factories that were used to assemble weapons for American troops.
Palmer Park Golf Course may be a short, flat layout designed for beginners?but that doesn't mean it hasn't attracted its fair share of heavyweights. Since it was founded in 1927, boxer Joe Louis, singer Marvin Gaye, and members of The Temptations and Four Tops have all played the course. Though each of them gained fame in their respective fields, they all looked to Palmer Park as a place suitable for their more modest skills as golfers and budding interests in amateur turf management. In additional to traditional rounds, Palmer Park also features footgolf on the front nine, where players navigate the fairways by kicking soccer balls toward soccer ball-sized holes.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,007 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard