Category Archives: Father’s Day

What are you doing on Father’s Day in Ann Arbor? Take our poll.

The poll is provided through All Our Ideas, which unlike most other polling software is actually useful for writing in that it lets readers come up with their own suggestions and not just pick from a pre-packaged list.

If you are wondering what to cook for dear old Dad, last week’s Pancakes? poll might give you some recipe ideas. It generated 21 ideas with over 200 votes.



West Park grand opening, June 19 2011

More Father's Day events! West Park had a major construction project over the last year, and it's now being unveiled complete with a grand ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the sculpture in the park.

If you were at West Park during the recent monsoon rains you'll appreciate that quite a bit of work went into stormwater handling, with very visible results.


Tour de Kids bicycle race, Sunday June 19, 2011, South U and East U in Ann Arbor

The Tour de Kids is an annual bicycle race for kids 3-12 held on South University on Father's Day. This year it's June 19. The poster and race map is below; details including registration information at Here's a chance to run a loop around the Diag!

Sponsors include St. Joe's, IHA, Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, and Wheels in Motion.

The cost is $10 for an individual and $20 for a family (up to 5 kids).


Father’s day: stick fishing

What's brown and sticky?  A stick.

One of my favorite parts of the Huron River, strange as it may seem, is the mill race downstream of Argo Dam.  It's utterly unloved, used for recreation only as a canoe portage.

M. and I went to the spillway that connects this mill race with the Huron, just upstream of the Detroit Edison Argo Substation.  There was a lot of trash – sticks, logs, aquatic weeds of various kinds, the odd can and bottle – clogging the spillway.  I brought two old cross-country ski poles, and we went stick fishing.   The object is to catch a stick and then pull it so it goes over the spillway.  

Both ends of the ski pole are useful.  The pointy end is better for poking and pulling.  The grip end has a loop to secure your hand in which can be used to snag a branch.  If you twist the loop you get a secure hold and can pull just about anything.

When we were done stick fishing, most of the spillway was free of brush and weeds.

We did see one couple who had caught some bluegills somewhere nearby, don't know exactly where.