Welcome Mat: Pewabic unveils Sleeping Bear Dunes tile
Pewabic Pottery debuts new tiles at home and garden show
It's a national treasure: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Now, Pewabic Pottery has created a way to permanently pay homage to this northern Michigan destination spot. A tile commemorating the Sleeping Bear Dune lakeshore is the latest addition to Pewabic's "Postcards" series, which already includes a Guardian Building and Eastern Market. The tile will be one of many featured at this weekend's 28th annual Pewabic House & Garden Show, which opens to the public Friday, June 8, and runs through Sunday. Also new this year is a gorgeous sunflower trivet. The show runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Firday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. There will be demonstrations, guided tours and live entertainment. Visit 10125 E. Jefferson.
Fundraising gala benefits local historical society
A 1927 home in Grosse Pointe Farms will be the venue of the 15th annual Grosse Pointe Historical Society fundraiser gala, "Midsummer Night on Kenwood," from 7-10 p.m. June 21. The 7,000 square foot home was designed by architect Henry F. Stanton and built for the Paul Murray Bowen family. Bowen was an insurance executive. The fundraiser will include docent-led tours through the house, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a catered, strolling supper and entertainment. Tickets are $175; proceeds benefit the historical society and its programming throughout the year. For guests under 29, there will be a special “Twenty-something Experience” at a reduced ticket price of $75 each . Go to www.gphistorical.org.
Franklin Garden Walk planned for Wednesday
Five gardens in a range of styles will open their gates for this year's Franklin Garden Walk on Wednesday. The walk runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and again in the evening from 6-9 p.m. There will also be a Made in Michigan Artisan Market on Franklin's Village Green with local vendors selling their wares. Tickets to this year's walk are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. To purchase them online, go to franklingardenwalk2018.eventbrite.com.
Grand Rapids firm transforms industrial salvage into furniture
Salvaged wood and glass have long been an inspiration for designers and artists creating new art and furniture, but Banyan Tree Fabworks outside Grand Rapids transforms a different kind of salvage: historical pieces. The company, which now has a presence in the Resource Center at the Michigan Design Center in Troy, takes pieces such as an air compressor pump, a gear from a Detroit auto plant and industrial table saw and converts them into one-of-a-kind furniture. Its Gear Wine Table (pictured) is made from a solid steel stamping press gear and melded together with a sycamore wood base. It retails for $6,350. For information, go to www.banyantreefabworks.com.