Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Grand Opening in Ferndale {7/24/14} #DickeysonWoodward

Yesterday my family was able to attend the soft opening of Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Ferndale.  This location is situated on Woodward, just a few blocks north of 9 Mile in Downtown Ferndale.  Parking behind the location is FREE!  Isn't that awesome!

Their Grand Opening is today {7/24/14}starting at 11 am and they are running some great special over the weekend.  Be sure to drop by and check them out.

Thursday opens with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50. On Friday, the new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will offer all day merchandise giveaways which includes t-shirts, magnets and more! Stop by on Saturday when radio station 100.3 WNIC is onsite from noon to 2 p.m. when the location is serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Also, one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for an entire year.

From their website:
"In 1941, Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas.... Every location smokes all of their meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in 1941. Dickey's serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeño beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And just like always, kids eat free on Sunday."

Dickey's is fast casual restaurant where customers order their food at the counter, then proceed to check out, pick up their food and sit down to eat.

There are a lot of great options to choose from.  Meat plates, pork ribs, sandwiches, YUM.  They also have a menu just for kids:

I chose the two meat plate, below is picture the Spicy Cheddar Sausage {bursting with jalapeño}, Beef Brisket {hickory "smoked to perfection" brisket}, Barbecue Beans, Fried Onion Tanglers, and their legendary Buttery Roll.

Everything was tasty.  I really enjoyed... well everything.

Each drink is served in a big yellow cup which you are encouraged to take with you and use again at home.  Dickey's offers Coke products.  I had the light lemonade, which was a nice option, since I no longer drink soda.

Dickey's offers three tasty barbecue sauces to add to your meal, original, spicy, and sweet.  My favorite is the sweet.  

Not only do they have a kids menu, every Sunday kids eat FREE!  AWESOME!  

Owners Jason Irvine and Craig Southerland are both former employees of JP Morgan Chase.  They frequently enjoyed lunch at a nearby Dickies with their co-workers, so when their office closed Irvine and Southerland decided to open their own location. We are so very glad they did!!

You can connect with Dickey's in Ferndale online and on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nutty performers “Ease on Down the Road” at Meadow Brook Theatre July 31, August 1 & 2, 2014

Girl has Kansas, girl loses Kansas, girl gets Kansas back. That’s the basic premise for Peanut Gallery Players’ upcoming production of “THE WIZ”. If you’ve seen the movie of “The Wiz”, don’t assume you’ve seen the stage version. As performed by the students of PGP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company, now in its sixth year of high-energy theatrical training for children and youth, this “Wiz” is an upbeat, contemporary romp loosely based on “The Wizard of Oz”. Over 71 actors, singers and dancers ages 6-18 from Oakland and Macomb Counties have been rehearsing since June for performances July 31, August 1 and 2, 2014 at Meadow Brook Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University.

Leading the cast from and to Kansas is Stoney Creek HS Sophomore Ashlyn Moran as Dorothy. Helping her along the way and finding their brains, heart and courage respectively are Andrew Kubik as Scarecrow, Lee Cleaveland as Tinman and Grant Cleaveland as Lion. The energetic cast also includes Kendall Ashman (Lake Orion) as Addaperle- Good Witch of the North, Alexis Sargent (Lake Orion) as Glinda-Good Witch of the South and AlissaBeth Morton (Rochester) as Evillene, Bad Witch of the West. The talented Tim Olszanski is The Wiz himself.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students and Seniors. Groups of 12 or more should call for group discounts. Tickets are available by calling 248-885-5129, on-line at www.peanutgalleryplayers.org or at the door on performance days 2 hours before curtain. Performance times are 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 31 & Friday, August 1 with a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, August 2nd. Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. For additional information on Peanut Gallery Player classes, please visit www.peanutgalleryplayers.org.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


The City of Clawson, in conjunction with ‘Elevate the Arts’ and The Clawson Arts and Cultural Foundation will hold its 3rd annual ‘Arts and Authors’ Festival Saturday, September 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m just outside the Blair Memorial Library:

Saturday, September 6th 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
In the Park outside the Blair Memorial Library
416 N Main Street
Clawson MI 48017

This CITY event is FAMILY FRIENDLY and FREE, and will have something for everyone, including a special appearances by some of your favorite STAR WARS CHARACTERS, as well as a gamut of local authors, crafters, artisans, and more.

“Our goal with a festival like this is to engage my own neighborhood in a community experience that is entertaining for families as well as uplifting to our own local arts scene.” --  THE CLAWSON CULTURAL FOUNDATION.

The festival is accepting submissions from local artists, authors, crafters, and musicians up to the festival date.   Details on the event and submission process can be found on the web @ www.elevatethearts.vpweb.com

Bagger Dave's in Detroit #thirstdave

I was invited to participate (and invite three lucky fans) to join us in a fun event at Bagger Dave's (free of charge) last week.  We had such a great time trying out the food and the drinks... yum!!!  In the picture above (from left to right) is Jackie from Free is My Life, Melissa from Rock and Drool, Amanda (MDM winner #1) from The Nutritionists Reviews, 'Liv (MDM winner #2), Stephanie from Mom Among Chaos (winner #3), and me (Amber).

This Bagger Dave's is located in Downtown Detroit at 1224 Randolph Street.  I like how it was close to Greektown Casino, I-75, and I-375.

The atmosphere was inviting.  We were seated on the second level where there were booths, high top tables and a long bar.  The lower level has many tables and booths and the restaurant is family friendly with high chairs, boosters and a kid's menu.

We each were served a flight of drinks.  Our purpose, try each one and vote on our favorite.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Free Queso at On the Border @ontheborder

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Planes: #FireAndRescue opens today!

Download Race To The Rescue Activities

Rosa and I went to see Planes: Fire & Rescue on Monday at a special preview screening.  We both enjoyed the movie, it was a lot better than the first movie.  

Planes: Fire & Rescue centers around the world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper.  He finds out that his engine is damaged and the part is not replaceable, ending his racing career.  Coincidentally, Dusty's hometown is in need of a firefighter, so he heads off to historic Piston Peak National Park to learn how to become a  Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maker Faire at Greenfield Village #giveaway @thehenryford {ends 7/22}

New Makers in Store for Fifth Year of Maker Faire Detroit
 July 26-27 at The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford will celebrate its fifth year of hosting Maker Faire Detroit by showcasing more than 100 new tinkerers, hackers and inventors on July 26-27. New this year guests can expect to take part in the Official Nerdy Derby, see live demonstrations from Pewabic Pottery's Education Studio, hear live performances by Detroit's Dear Darkness and even have a chance to build their own model truck with Construct a Truck USA. With more than 400 makers, this two-day festival has a little bit of everything for the whole family to enjoy.