When you think summer in Michigan, you can’t help but envision its natural beauty – the Great Lakes. The state that’s also home to Detroit original, Buddy’s Pizza, claims the world’s largest collection of freshwater among its most treasured resources.

Now, 66 years since Buddy’s Pizza originated the Detroit deep dish pie on Six Mile and Conant, the local family-owned restaurants will lend a hand to the Mitten’s greatest resource. Buddy’s Pizza is joining forces with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to help further its mission to conserve and restore the five freshwater lakes through education, policy and citizen involvement.

For more than 40 years, the independent citizen’s organization has been fully devoted to protecting the Great Lakes against threats like pollution, invasive species - such as Asian Carp - and wasteful water use.

“Since 1970 the Alliance for the Great Lakes has worked 100% to protect and restore the Great Lakes, but cannot do it alone,” said Jonah Smith, sustainable business director at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “Everyone from families and schools to policymakers and businesses play a role, and Buddy’s Pizza is a shining example of how a long-standing and successful business with a great product can in turn use their success to promote progress for all, through stewardship of our most valuable resource in the region – the Great Lakes.”

A business made famous in the Great Lakes State and known as “one of the best pizzas” according to Pure Michigan, Buddy’s Pizza is set to unveil its first Made in Michigan Great Lakes Pizza Collection. These brand new pizzas, inspired by the lakes themselves, each feature Buddy’s original crust and the Motor City Cheese Blend. The blend consists of Fontinella, Asiago and brick cheeses and made its debut in 2011 with the Motor City Pizza Collection and Kid Rock’s Badass Detroiter Pizza.

For each pizza from the Great Lakes Pizza Collection sold, Buddy’s will donate $1 to the Alliance for the Great Lakes to aid in efforts that support the health of a Pure Michigan environment. The pizzas are:

My personal fave: Lake Ontario

Lake Huron – Spinach and artichoke blend, roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach 
Lake Ontario – Fresh cilantro, Canadian bacon, grilled pineapple, Buddy’s BBQ sauce
Lake Michigan – Ground beef, carmelized onions, blue cheese, tomato basil sauce
Lake Erie – Red onion, roasted red peppers, salami, pepperoncini, tomato basil sauce
Lake Superior – Fresh basil, pine nuts, pepperoni, tomato basil sauce, Buddy’s spice blend.


“Buddy’s Pizza is proud to be not only a Detroit original but a Michigan made business,” said Robert Jacobs, president. “The health and welfare of our environment is and has always been important to us. Pizza is our business. There is no better way to help contribute to the future of our state – and support the protection of our Great Lakes – than to dedicate a collection of pizzas and portion of profits to an organization fully dedicated to those lakes. We are proud to partner with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and assist with their mission.”

On Saturday, June 23, each restaurant will celebrate Buddy’s Pizza Day and 66 years of service, by offering customers appreciation cards. Once a month through the end of the year, cardholders can purchase an 8-square cheese pizza for $6.60 and add extra toppings for 66 cents each. Appreciation cards will be available through June 30, or while supplies last.




Click HERE for more information about the 'Reveal Your Detroit' exhibit and viewing hours!


For more information, head on over to Apps For Detroit (dot) Org!

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Join Hour Detroit as it showcases Detroit’s best restaurants, bars, style and entertainment during the 7th annual Best of Detroit Party, Friday, June 22, 2012. The event benefiting Karmanos Cancer Institute will be hosted at MotorCity Casino Hotel from 7 p.m. to midnight (VIP, 6 p.m. to midnight).

Guests will experience the flavors, sounds, and fashions of Hour Detroit’s Best of Detroit winners, as voted by Hour Detroit readers in the magazine’s 13th annual poll. In the extraordinary ballroom and Soundboard of MotorCity Casino Hotel, guests will groove to the infectious sounds and talent of The English Beat, Killer Flamingos, Kenneth Thomas and Shawn Michaels. Jay Towers of Fresh 100 and Fox 2 will emcee throughout the evening.

Tickets for Hour Detroit’s Best of Detroit Party are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP access. Both types of tickets are available at hourdetroit.com or ticketmaster.com.

Limited VIP tickets allow entrance into the main ballroom at 6 p.m. for the first tastes from the Best of Detroit winning restaurants and vendors. From 7 p.m. to midnight, VIP guests are invited to relax in VIP lounges in the Soundboard and sky boxes.

The night will feature an eclectic mix of Metro Detroit’s best restaurants, including Avalon International Breads, Beans and Cornbread, Beverly Hills Grill, Buddy’s Pizza, Capies Candies, Café Cortina, Da Nang, Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, Emagine Theatres, Giovanni’s Ristorante, Joe Muer Seafood, Just Baked, La Dolce Vita, Opus One, Palm Palace, Pegasus Taverna, Priya Indian Cuisine, Redcoat Tavern, Roast, Slows Bar BQ, Streetside Seafood, Superior Fish Company, The Lark, The Whitney, Toast, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Zoup! Fresh Soup Company and more.

The Best of Detroit party is sponsored by Lexus, Birmingham Estate Jewelry Buyers, Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, Allied Printing, Oakland MRI, Movement Electronic Music Festival, Kozi Vodka, Indigo Salon, Franco Public Relations Group, Astute Artistry, Rock the Booth and Fox 2.

As part of its mission to foster and support jazz throughout the country, the Detroit Jazz Festival is now accepting submissions for two national competitions – saxophone performance and jazz arrangement – that will be judged by prominent jazz artists and educators, with prize money totaling $5,000 and the chance to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend.

The Detroit Jazz Festival’s JC Heard Jazz Big Band Arranging Competition and Jazz Saxophone Competition are the first of the annual competitions designed to highlight a specific jazz composer and celebrate the artistry of the saxophonist and arranger by encouraging new works from young talent throughout the U.S.

“The inaugural jazz saxophonist and arrangement competitions help seek out talented artists that deserve recognition,” said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “It is important to help new and emerging artists establish a presence in the jazz world and continue developing their talents to hopefully become a permanent fixture. One of the definitive goals of jazz artists is to develop a highly individualized voice, and a goal of the festival is to positively contribute to jazz music and culture. This is one way we can merge these goals and make a difference.”

Arrangers will be asked to choose a composition from a significant jazz composer’s body of work, determined by the festival, and create an original arrangement for a designated ensemble. For the 2012 competition, individuals – 35 years and younger – are invited to arrange a Wayne Shorter composition of their choice for big band instrumentation with a featured soloist. Judges will include Collins; Terence Blanchard, 2012 Artist in Residence; Ellen Rowe, director of jazz studies, University of Michigan; and Russ Miller, department of jazz studies, Wayne State University. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and have the opportunity to see their arrangement performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival by the Detroit All-Star Big Band and a guest soloist. Two finalists will also be awarded with $500 each.

The jazz saxophonist competition seeks to recognize and provide performance opportunities to outstanding jazz saxophonists 32 years of age or younger. Applicants are asked to provide three tracks featuring a saxophonist with a rhythm section. Three finalists will be selected and scheduled to appear in Detroit to perform at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café on August 9, 2012, and at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club on August 10, 2012. A panel of judges, including Blanchard, Collins and acclaimed Detroit saxophonist George Benson, will select the grand-prize winner and finalists. The winner will be awarded $2,000 and will be scheduled to perform a set at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Star Quartet. In addition, two finalists will be awarded $500 each.

“We are continually looking for the best ways to celebrate the jazz culture and its artists,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “The launch of these competitions, combined with the festival’s other efforts, provide a great foundation for developing future jazz talent. The festival has always been dedicated to acknowledging the importance of jazz within our communities.”

In addition to the events on Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival organizes year-round cultural and educational efforts, like the JC Heard Jazz Week@Wayne and the poetry slam series, to cultivate jazz in the community.

Artists can submit their applications online or by mail. To apply for the Jazz Saxophonist Competition, visit http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/artistsaxophone.html. The submission deadline is July 15.

To apply for the Arranging Competition, visit http://detroitjazzfest.com/artistsaxophone.html. The submission deadline is August 1.

To mail an entry, download an application at http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/artistsubmission.html and send the completed form and score to: Detroit Jazz Festival, ­ 19900 Harper Ave., Harper Woods, Mich. 48225 (Attn: Sax Competition or Arranging Competition, respectively).

Finalists must submit copied parts by August 15.



Pewabic Pottery’s Passport to Pottery summer camps offer children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to get creative while being introduced to different cultures and creating clay objects from those cultures. Each workshop concludes with an art show where participants share their creations with family and friends.


Summer camps are $95 per week per child. Clay and tools are provided by Pewabic. Each camp is offered in two sessions Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests may register for one week or all six weeks of classes. 


Pewabic’s Passport to Pottery summer camps dates and corresponding themes are: 


· June 25-29: Egypt 
· July2-6: Canada 
· July 9-13: Brazil 
· July 16-20: China 
· July 23-27: France 
· July 30-Aug. 3: Australia 


Camp sizes are limited. Guests may register online at pewabic.org, by phone at (313) 626-2000 or in person at Pewabic’s museum store. 


Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark which is dedicated to engaging people of all ages in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy. 


Pewabic is a historic working pottery which is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops and tours to children and adults. Pewabic creates giftware, pottery and architectural tile, showcases more than 80 ceramic artists in its galleries, and operates a museum store that features pottery and gift tile made on-site. Visitors are welcome, free of charge, Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 626-2000 or visit www.pewabic.org.


Pewabic Pottery is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park
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