by Jan Davies McDermott on March 24th, 2016

 World-famous La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid and globally revered English Premier League club Chelsea will meet on Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. EDT at Michigan Stadium as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup.

Michigan Stadium is the largest sports stadium in the United States. The venue regularly draws crowds in excess of 107,000 for University of Michigan football games and holds records for attendance in college football, professional ice hockey, college ice hockey and soccer. 

Real Madrid and Manchester United played the first soccer match at Michigan Stadium and set the record for the largest attended soccer match in the history of the United States with 109,318 fans.

Another great crowd is expected as Real Madrid and Chelsea are two of the biggest and best teams in the world will meet there. This will be a marquee match of the tournament.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has won the most European cup competitions in any club's history - a staggering total of 10 titles, its most recent arriving in the 2013-2014 season. In addition, the Royal Whites have been champions of La Liga 32 times, while winning the domestic cup 19 times. For more information on Real Madrid, please visitwww.realmadrid.com.

Nicknamed 'The Blues', Chelsea Football Club consistently ranks among the best clubs in the world. The first club to ever hold both the Champions League and Europa League titles at the same time, Chelsea's iconic position as a central point of England's premiership continues to challenge the international soccer world. Chelsea won the Champions League crown in 2012 and followed with the Europa League title in 2013. In total, Chelsea has won five English Premier League championships, including one in 2015, seven FA Cup titles, five Football League Cup titles, two Cup Winners' Cup titles and a Super Cup.

Additionally, the Chelsea Foundation boasts one of the most extensive community initiatives in sport, working in 30 countries around the world, helping improve the lives of more than 900,000 children and young people each year.  For more information on Chelsea, please visit www.chelseafc.com.


by Jan Davies McDermott on March 18th, 2016

​The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. (52nd AAFF program guide).For its first four decades, the festival solely exhibited works finished on 16mm. The AAFF remains committed to the exhibition of this medium among other formats including expanded cinematic forms.

Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.
In addition to exhibiting over one hundred new films in juried programs each year, the AAFF presents filmmaker retrospectives, gallery installations, panel discussions, historic and thematic surveys and contemporary artist programs.

Recent retrospectives have featured the films of Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Omar Amiralay, Bruce Conner, Pavel Medvedev, Matthias Müller and Toshio Matusmoto.
Artists recently presenting programs of their works at the AAFF have included Telcosystems, Duke & Battersby, Phil Solomon, Naomi Uman, Nicky Hamlyn and Wang Bing.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from more than 65 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the United States. Our awards program presents more than $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to filmmakers.

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour and each year presents short film programs at more than 35 cinematheques, universities, museums and artist-run centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The festival began publishing DVD anthologies in 2008, and has produced four DVD collections with award-winning works available for home and educational viewing. The AAFF also presents and partners on events throughout the year, which have included screenings with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

The AAFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sustained by the generous support of donors and members, foundations and sponsors and enthusiastic audiences. The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 15 - 20, 2015.

Learn more about the lineup of events here: http://aafilmfest.org

by Jan Davies McDermott on September 23rd, 2015

One free Wi-Fi scam to watch out for is when a hotel promises free Wi-Fi but provides such a slow connection that you need to shell out up to $15 per day extra for a decent connection.

The newest Wi-Fi scam (as reported by NBC) is even more nefarious.  Imagine you're in your hotel's lobby (or the airport, or at a popular tourist attraction, or in a coffee shop—the possibilities are endless) and there you find the Shangri-La of our connected world: a free Wi-Fi hotspot that doesn't require a password. You log in, check your Facebook, read a few articles (ours, hopefully), and then go on your merry way.

One problem. That free Wi-Fi hot spot may be run by hackers, and they may be targeting your personal information and data: private pictures and videos, your social security number, your credit card, your mobile payment accounts, or your insurance information, just for starters.
Hackers may use both SSL decryption (to capture your personal information) and SSL stripping (to downgrade secure domains—those URLS that start with "https" instead of "http"—and gain access to your passwords and payment information).

Nice people, right?

So, the moral of the story here: Don't just blindly accept that the free Wi-Fi you're seeing is legit. And even if you're expecting there to be free Wi-Fi available wherever you're choosing to log in, make sure you're connecting to the right free hotspot. Otherwise you might just find a hacker waiting for you on the other side.

by Jan Davies McDermott on March 25th, 2015


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. (52nd AAFF program guide).For its first four decades, the festival solely exhibited works finished on 16mm. The AAFF remains committed to the exhibition of this medium among other formats including expanded cinematic forms.

Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.
In addition to exhibiting over one hundred new films in juried programs each year, the AAFF presents filmmaker retrospectives, gallery installations, panel discussions, historic and thematic surveys and contemporary artist programs.

Recent retrospectives have featured the films of Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Omar Amiralay, Bruce Conner, Pavel Medvedev, Matthias Müller and Toshio Matusmoto.
Artists recently presenting programs of their works at the AAFF have included Telcosystems, Duke & Battersby, Phil Solomon, Naomi Uman, Nicky Hamlyn and Wang Bing.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from more than 65 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the United States. Our awards program presents more than $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to filmmakers.

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour and each year presents short film programs at more than 35 cinematheques, universities, museums and artist-run centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The festival began publishing DVD anthologies in 2008, and has produced four DVD collections with award-winning works available for home and educational viewing. The AAFF also presents and partners on events throughout the year, which have included screenings with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

The AAFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sustained by the generous support of donors and members, foundations and sponsors and enthusiastic audiences. The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 24 - 29, 2015.

Learn more about the lineup of events here: http://aafilmfest.org/53/events/?gclid=CNKq9PGexMQCFYU-aQodnWMAhg

by Jan Davies McDermott on June 11th, 2014

Scenic Drives are a part of enjoying Pure Michigan.  When guests visit Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe, this is one we recommend:   

Route 119/Lakeshore Drive from Harbor Springs to Wilderness State Park

Head north from Harbor Springs on Route 119/Lake Shore Dr. and enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs over looking Lake Michigan.  Along the way make sure you take time to stop in the Village of Good Hart and experience a throw back in time at the General Store.  For nature lovers there are no less than five nature preserves between Good Hart and Cross Village: Dobson, Scott, Ryan, Enje Nkwashdat and Cranmer Preserves. 

Schedule time to stop in Cross Village.  Once a thriving fishing and lumber town, it is one of the oldest settlements in the State of Michigan with strong ties to the Native American Ottawa Indians. 

Don't Miss: Legs Inn for some fantastic views and good Polish food.  Operated by the third generation of the Stanley Smolak family, construction of the extraordinary Legg's Inn complex dates back to the late 1920's.  First a curio shop with its Indian handiwork, souvenirs and living quarters; then later the large tavern with its expansive balcony, and finally the dining room with its scenic bay windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Four great stone fireplaces throughout the building add more charm.  One can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the outdoor patio.  On an interesting note, The actual name, Legs Inn, is derived from the row of inverted cast iron stove legs Stanley used to fashion the decorative railing on the roof of the building. Recycle, reuse - long before it was a green initiative trend! 

Continue north on Route 119/Lakeshore Dr., past two more nature areas: Shurtleff and Fisher Preserves, to where it meets with Lakeview Rd.  Turn left, then a quick right and you are in the southern end of Wilderness State Park.  Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some chees and some bread and head out to the dunes.  Let the water lap at your feet, feed your tummy and your soul, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets ever as the hot summer sun seems to sizzle as it sinks into Lake Michigan. 

Still up for some fun?  Take Lakeview Rd east to Gill Rd east to US 31 and head south to Pellston.  Hoppie's Hanger at the Pellston Airport offers live entertainment throughout the summer.  One of their favorites is Mike Ridley, former school teacher turned folk singer and comedian who brings the true flavor of Up North with his songs about the Great Lakes.
 

Scenic Drives are a part of enjoying Pure Michigan.  When guests visit Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe, this is one we recommend:   

Route 119/Lakeshore Drive from Harbor Springs to Wilderness State Park

Head north from Harbor Springs on Route 119/Lake Shore Dr. and enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs over looking Lake Michigan.  Along the way make sure you take time to stop in the Village of Good Hart and experience a throw back in time at the General Store.  For nature lovers there are no less than five nature preserves between Good Hart and Cross Village: Dobson, Scott, Ryan, Enje Nkwashdat and Cranmer Preserves. 

Schedule time to stop in Cross Village.  Once a thriving fishing and lumber town, it is one of the oldest settlements in the State of Michigan with strong ties to the Native American Ottawa Indians. 

Don't Miss: Legs Inn for some fantastic views and good Polish food.  Operated by the third generation of the Stanley Smolak family, construction of the extraordinary Legg's Inn complex dates back to the late 1920's.  First a curio shop with its Indian handiwork, souvenirs and living quarters; then later the large tavern with its expansive balcony, and finally the dining room with its scenic bay windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Four great stone fireplaces throughout the building add more charm.  One can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the outdoor patio.  On an interesting note, The actual name, Legs Inn, is derived from the row of inverted cast iron stove legs Stanley used to fashion the decorative railing on the roof of the building. Recycle, reuse - long before it was a green initiative trend! 

Continue north on Route 119/Lakeshore Dr., past two more nature areas: Shurtleff and Fisher Preserves, to where it meets with Lakeview Rd.  Turn left, then a quick right and you are in the southern end of Wilderness State Park.  Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some chees and some bread and head out to the dunes.  Let the water lap at your feet, feed your tummy and your soul, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets ever as the hot summer sun seems to sizzle as it sinks into Lake Michigan. 

Still up for some fun?  Take Lakeview Rd east to Gill Rd east to US 31 and head south to Pellston.  Hoppie's Hanger at the Pellston Airport offers live entertainment throughout the summer.  One of their favorites is Mike Ridley, former school teacher turned folk singer and comedian who brings the true flavor of Up North with his songs about the Great Lakes.
 


by Jan Davies McDermott on June 11th, 2014


What a great reason to come to Ann Arbor! Shakespeare set in the beautiful backdrop of the Arb. Audience moves from scene to scene! "As You Like It" this year. Its brief run is this weekend and next. Tickets available at the box offic...e at 5:30 pm; performance at 6:30 pm Thursday - Sunday. Great fun!

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/happening/shakespeare_spring.asp?utm_source=Homepage&utm_medium=Carousel&utm_campaign=SliderLinks

by Jan Davies McDermott on August 29th, 2013

Like corn on the cob?  Too hard to do at a tailgate?  Maybe not.  Here's a simple method for cooking loads of corn on the cob perfectly for the tailgate crowd.

Ingredients:  
  • 1 Coleman cooler, wiped clean
  • Corn on the Cob - lots of it
  • 2 Kettles of boiling water
Directions:
Fill the Colelman cooler with the shucked ears of corn.  Pour two kettles of boiling water over the corn.  Close the top of the cooler.  Wait.  Not even 30 minutes later, the corn is perfectly cooked and will remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours 

To make this truly Maize & Blue, whip butter with blue cheese and let your guests brush it liberally on the corn.  Yum! 

by Davies House Inn Staff on April 9th, 2013

Our owner, Jan Davies McDermott, was recently a featured speaker at the Professional Association of Innkeepers International 2013 Innkeeping Conference in Las Vegas, NV.  Invited to discuss Bigger Sales to Corporate Customers, Jan presented the methodology Davies House uses to attract corporate business travelers to the inn.   

Based on the book, "Whale Hunting", by Barbara Weaver Smith and Tom Searcy, Jan presented the three stage, nine step proven process to "Scout, Hunt, and Harvest" the right "whale-sized" corporate customers for Davies House. 

"Too often, small businesses, like bed & breakfasts and small inns, use a hit or miss approach to sales, not subscribing to a well-researched process for finding and bringing major customers to their inns", McDermott said.  "In today’s economic climate, an organized process brings a sustainable, replicable method - that B&Bs can learn - to 'Scout, Hunt, and Harvest' corporate business, which is key to highter occupancy rates."

As the book teaches, 'Whale Hunting'  gives small businesses the same edge larger companies use to target, pursue and close major deal that are often 5,10, 20 times bigger than their typical sales. 

"In committing to a sustainable future, competing against larger, branded lodging options, we must examine how to adopt and implement a disciplined, collaborative process that understands the economic concept," Jan said.   

Jan will present her workshop at several state conferences over the next year to help other small business owners improve sales and increase occupancy.  For more information about sales workshops, contact Jan at innkeeper@davieshouseinn.com or use the website contact page. 

by Jan Davies McDermott on April 5th, 2013

Foodies take note:  you too can learn to bake those amazing Zingerman's baked goods, from crusty French breads to melt-in-your-mouth coffeecakes.

The recipes are secret, of course -- except to students who enroll in Zingerman's Bakehouse baking classes. The two-day and four-day programs, called "bake-cations," provide intense hands-on instruction in making some of the eatery's most popular offerings.

The bakehouse is part of a family of Zingerman's eateries in the Ann Arbor area, including the delicatessen, coffeehouse and roadhouse restaurant.

"Zingerman's is definitely one of the places that has put Ann Arbor on the map as far as a destination for great food," said Mary Kerr, president of the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "People from near and far come to Zingerman's for the classes they offer."

The next two-day course comes up May 4 & 5, 2013, and students can focus on either pastries or breads. A two day session costs $500. 

Bake-cation classes are limited to 12 students to allow for one-on-one instruction, and Zingerman's staff members take care of measuring the ingredients and cleaning up afterward.

"The instruction is in sound techniques that one can apply to any other recipe, so if you learn how to laminate a dough properly, it improves your baking skills for the rest of your life, and that's an invaluable skill set to build," said Shelby Kibler, Bakehouse principal. "Whether it's kneading or shaping or cutting or understanding the fundamentals of bread or pastries, the instruction that we give is fundamental."

A typical four-day bread class costs $1000 and includes quick breads, such as muffins and flatbreads; straight doughs, such as pretzels, challah and multi-grain breads; naturally leavened sourdough breads; and pre-fermented yeast breads, such as French baguettes.

Students especially enjoy making the Jewish rye bread, Kibler said, because most of them have tasted it on the well-known Zingerman's Reuben.

Pastry classes also cover a wide range of recipes, from chiffon cakes to pie crusts to cream puffs.

Zingerman's also offers more than 50 one-time classes, which focus on a single recipe or technique -- such as "Bakin' with Bacon" and "Cinn-ful Cinnamon Rolls." These classes last three to five hours and usually cost $75 to $125.

If all of that sounds too intimidating, don't worry. Zingerman's classes are open to students of all skill levels, even those who don't know how to use a measuring cup.

"We try to make it comfortable for beginners, so they're not overwhelmed and don't feel behind," Kibler said. "We're giving detailed instructions on the whole process."

In the meantime, more experienced bakers can work on refining their skills.

Two-day classes are the most action-packed and intense, Kibler said. The four-day classes, while still busy, allow for a bit more flexibility and fun -- including short excursions to the deli and roadhouse.

"I think it's a valuable experience to go and hang out and taste things," Kibler said. "To me that's the best part, seeing all the wonderful foods gathered in one place and being able to taste them."

Thinking of coming to take a Zingerman's class? Reserve lodging space at one of Ann Arbor's delightful Bed and Breakfasts. Davies House Inn is closest to the training site and offers a luxurious Jacuzzi Queen Suite with a kitchenette, a slightly smaller Queen Suite with fireplace and kitchenette, a first floor Queen Suite with private bath, or economical Standard Rooms that share a bath. Fill out your inquiry for availability on the contact page. Come and get your hands dirty!ype your new text here.

by Jan Davies McDermott on April 1st, 2013

Downtown Ann Arbor will be a glowing, magical gala Friday, April 5, 2013 , dusk to midnight for the FoolMoon Festival.  Then into a bright sea of colorful folks and massive papier mache characters on Sunday, April 7, 4:00-5:00pm, a parade of bright, colorful, massive papier mache characters will march through downtown.  It's all part of the 2013 FestiFools.  This pair of artsy street celebrations full of fun for the whole family. Shimmering handmade lantern sculptures are the highlight (literally) of the free nighttime FoolMoon event, which returns for a second year. These objets d'illumination, crafted and wielded by the Ann Arbor community, form a humongous processional taking over the sidewalks downtown. Admire the host of glimmering creatures and shining shapes, or make your own to add to the mix. (You can find instructions for making an "illuminary" on the event's website.)

Revelers of all ages will gather at dusk (around 8 p.m.) on Friday night at one of three starting points: Slauson Middle School, Kerrytown at the Farmers' Market and the U-M Museum of Art. From there, they'll dance, skip and frolic their ways to the intersection of Washington and Ashley streets in the heart of Ann Arbor. The sparkling street party runs to midnight, with live music, treats and a host of artful delights, like roving shadow puppet shows and building-sized experimental films.

Tree Town's FestiFools street fair. A gigantic public art spectacle, the array takes to Main Street from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, traveling between William and Washington streets. Watch for all manner of eye-popping papier mache puppets – of "magnificent, huge, bizarre, politically incorrect, human powered" varieties, promises FestiFools' Facebook wall – created by the community and U-M students.

Best of all, it's all free!

Don't fret if rainy weather attempts to infringe on your fun.  if you bring a luminary sculpture to any one of three constellation stations, you'll receive some fashionable plastic rain gear and fancy little umbrellas on Friday night.


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