Congratulations are in order!
There are so many things to celebrate in Grosse Pointe this issue, it is hard to know where to begin!
Of course, congratulations go the Grosse Pointe Yacht on 100 years on Lake St. Clair. The club was founded in 1914; the fabulous Italian Renaissance clubhouse was built 15 years later in 1929, just months before the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression. Not an auspicious beginning, yet the club weathered that storm — and two world wars and high water and low — to become the gem on the lake and probably the most iconic landmark in Grosse Pointe.
The clubhouse has been featured on four of our magazine covers and in countless other magazines. It even appears in the Clint Eastwood movie, Gran Torino, and perhaps Grosse Pointe Blank, though I am not sure of that. The 187-foot bell tower at the GPYC serves as a landmark for boaters and landlubbers alike!
The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race isn’t 100 years old, but at 90, it’s close. This year, sons are joining their dads in the popular race from Port Huron to Mackinac. Good luck, kids!
Speaking of boating, the Detroit Boat Club is celebrating 175 years on Belle Isle. Many of the club’s rowers are from Grosse Pointe, so even though it hails from Detroit, we consider the club, like Bayview, one of “ours.”
Two new businesses opened up recently, Atwater in the Park biergarten and tap house and Kercheval Dance. Congratulations to Mark Reith at Atwater and Tracy Gap and her husband, Adam Gap, at Kercheval Dance. Any time new businesses open and old ones continue to thrive, that calls for celebration.
Everyone says Grosse Pointe empties in the summer — many going to Harbor Springs and the Petoskey area — but there is still plenty to do right here in July and August. As for Terry and I, we will be going to The Villages in Florida to welcome Ted and Mary Stahl, of Grosse Pointe Woods, and sons Brett and Dan, when they cross the finish line of the Great Race in their vintage automobiles.
We will be back in town, though, for the ever-popular VillageFest in early September, where we will view even more classic cars, as well as local artists’ wares, and nosh on food from local chefs and restaurateurs in the Taste of Grosse Pointe.
So much to do and so little time! As always, do patronize our many loyal advertisers’ establishments and businesses, and be sure to tell them “Pointe Magazine sent you!”
Enjoy your summer and see you all at VillageFest — if not sooner!
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