Foodie Fave Friday: Dinner at the Whaley Historic House Museum

Whaley Historical House

It’s not often we feature a museum in our Foodie Fave Friday posts, but Whaley Historic House Museum has quite the dinner party planned for Sept. 24.

Following a tour of the house, led by Museum Director Samantha Engel, guests will be treated to a four-course meal created by Chef Jason Bot.

The Autumnal Equinox Fete will begin with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a salad course, a wine-paired entrée, and a dessert served with an aperitif. Each course will include a brief talk by the chef of the historical and seasonal relevance of each dish, and in many cases of individual ingredients. The chef will also speak on proper Gilded Age dining etiquette, and some of the culinary developments of the era.

Formal dinner attire is appreciated.

Tickets, available at Eventbrite or by calling (810) 471-4714, are $60 per person. Proceeds will benefit restoration projects at the iconic Flint landmark.

For more information about the museum, at 624 E. Kearsley St., Flint, visit

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Michigan Activity Pass Provides Free Access to Hundreds of Parks, Cultural Attractions

Poster%2024x36[1]Michigan residents, take note: Your library card now provides you with access to explore hundreds of state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas – for free.

As part of the Michigan Activity Pass program, library cardholders can print out one-use admission passes simply by visiting their local library or the program’s website. (The passes are good for seven days after being printed.)

In Genesee County, participating locations include:

  • Applewood Estate
  • Buick Automotive Gallery
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • Sloan Museum
  • Whaley Historic House Museum

When planning a visit to a venue through the MAP program, program officials recommend calling ahead to verify hours of operation.

For a full list of participating sites, click here. The program will run through May 23, 2016.

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Catch a Game of ‘Base Ball’ with Flint’s Lumber City Club

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Back in the good ole 19th century, baseball was spelled with two words. Teams played without gloves, and players were referred to as ballists.

Yes, the game changed dramatically over the next 150 years or so – but not for everyone.

Take the Lumber City Base Ball Club, for instance. The team is one of more than 20 vintage baseball clubs that compete each summer in Michigan. Its members wear historically accurate uniforms and follow rules and customs that date back to 1858 to 1867.

“Some of the spectators – who are called cranks, which is a 19th-century term for fans – come dressed up in costume, too,” says Samantha Engel, ‎Executive Director at Whaley Historic House Museum, which co-sponsors the club with the history department at the University of Michigan – Flint.

According to Engel, the team provides a historical interpretation of an important aspect of life in the 19th century – a time when sports and leisure activities were starting to gain in popularity.

“As workdays became more regulated, people were moving from farms to towns and cities, where they didn’t have to work from sun up to sundown,” Engel says. “Something like base ball was a way for friends to gather and enjoy the day, while also engaging in a little bit of gentlemanly, goodhearted competition.”

The Lumber City team will play about 20 games this year, with home games taking place along the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint’s campus.

Home games start at 2 p.m. and are scheduled for the following days:

  • Saturday, May 23 vs. Wyandot Stars
  • Sunday, May 31 vs. Bay City Independents
  • Saturday, June 20 vs. Detroit Early Risers
  • Saturday, June 27 vs. Mt. Clemons Regulars
  • Saturday, July 11 vs. Richmond Bees
  • Saturday, July 25 vs. Rochester Grangers (at Camp Copneconic)
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. Fallsburg Flats
  • Saturday, Sep. 5 vs. Saginaw Old Golds
  • Saturday, Sep. 26 vs. Sydney Stars

For more information about the Lumber City Base Ball Club, check out their website, follow them on Facebook or call 810-471-4714.

To learn more about the Vintage Base Ball Association, click here.

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Enjoy a ‘Walk through the Pages’ during Christmas Events at Whaley House Museum


A walk through the Whaley Historic House Museum is always full of wonder, but it will be especially so this Saturday and Dec. 20 as the museum presents “A Walk through the Pages: A Christmas Carol.”

From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, theater students will entertain museum visitors with Christmas carols and readings of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Built in 1884, the Whaley House is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaleys and Victorian-era Flint. You can take a guided tour of this incredible house during the holiday season with historical decorations filling every room and each bedroom decorated to represent a character from the Dickens’ classic tale.

On Saturdays, enjoy carols and readings of “A Christmas Carol” by dressed interpreters from the University of Michigan-Flint theater department. Children will also be able to enjoy a craft, write a letter to Santa or play with “snow.”

The cost is $5 for children and $3 for students with a valid ID and children under 12. Members will receive complimentary admission.

Whaley Historic House Museum is located at 624 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Learn more here.

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Flint Cultural Center Hosts 31st Annual Holiday Walk on Tuesday, Dec. 2


You’re invited to enjoy a holiday event that’s been a Flint tradition for more than three decades: The Holiday Walk.

From 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, this 31st annual free community event will feature caroling, festive live music, Santa Claus visits, planetarium shows, holiday theater activities, hands-on arts and crafts, refreshments and more at Flint’s Cultural Center Campus, 1310 E. Kearsley St.

Seasonal fun will also be happening at Applewood, the Flint Public Library and Whaley Historic House Museum.

Learn more about the Holiday Walk here.

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