Daytripping in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Jason and I had a lovely day today in Frankenmuth, Michigan — despite the bitter cold weather. Even without snow, we couldn’t help but be in the Christmas spirit after spending several hours shopping at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. And the chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn was to die for! A day to remember always!
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At “Times Like These”, You Can’t Help But be Proud to be a Native Michigander!

My ancestors were among the early 19th century settlers who helped to make the City of Detroit great.  Five generations of my family have lived, worked, and died here.  So I know first-hand that when the going gets tough, Michiganders just get tougher.  With the grit and tenacity of its people, the City of Detroit
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Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Website Unveiled Today

The Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial website was unveiled today at the State of Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee’s Civil War History Partners Steering Group event in Lansing. You can click the link below to visit the website: The Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial logo was also announced, as seen below.

“The House is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)” Now Available

Just in time for Halloween, I’ve released a cover of the 1934 torch jazz song, “The House is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)”, which was featured in the Ziegfeld Follies Broadway and radio revues sung by Jane Froman. Words and music by Billy Rose and Basil G. Adlam. Copyright 1934 Donaldson, Douglas,
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Through the Gates of Eloise (Eloise Hospital, formerly known as the Wayne County Poorhouse and Asylum)

Welcome to Eloise Hospital (formerly known as the Wayne County Poorhouse and Asylum) on Michigan Avenue in Westland, Michigan. Eloise is said to be one of the most haunted locations in southeastern Michigan. In 1839, Wayne County, Michigan purchased the Black Horse Tavern, a stagecoach stop located here on the Chicago Road, for use as
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Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne Needs Your Vote to Receive a National Trust for Historic Places Grant

Historic Fort Wayne Coalition Vice-Chairman Bob Hovansian has entered Historic Fort Wayne into a National Trust for Historic Places Grant Community Challenge worth $25,000. The money is being petitioned for the rehabilitation of the 1905 Post Headquarters building. Through Mr. Hovansian’s tireless efforts, the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition has made it past three phases of
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“Home, Sweet Home / There’s No Place Like Home” Now Available

Just in time for Christmas, I’ve released a medley of timeless holiday favorites “Home, Sweet Home” and “There’s No Place Like Home”. The medley is available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Nimbit as well as on this website. You can click below to view the music video, which features film footage of
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Custer 170th Birthday Celebration, Historical Holiday Walking Tour, and Civil War Music Concert by Kristina Austin Scarcelli

Hometown History Tours is pleased to announce a special December 5th tour and celebration to commemorate the 170th birthday of Civil War General George Armstrong Custer, commander of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade and America’s youngest general. Custer 170th Birthday Celebration and Historical Hometown Holiday Tour Saturday, December 5, 2009 10 AM to 3:30 PM General
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2009 Canton Salute to Service at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Tonight, I had the honor of performing in the 2009 Canton Salute to Service Veterans’ Day Show at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan.  Here’s a little information about the show from the official press release: Below are video clips of my performances.  Thanks to everyone whose hard work makes this annual event possible!

The Thompson Block Building – Ypsilanti’s Depot Town Civil War-Era Treasure Nearly Destroyed by Fire

Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Thompson Block building was constructed in 1861 and, in 1862, began serving as army barracks for the 14th and 27th Michigan Infantries during the Civil War. Company E of the 17th Michigan Infantry stayed in the building before going to Detroit to muster in with the rest of the regiment in August of
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