Paul W: HoneyBaked tradition leaves Detroit
“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”
Harry Hoenselaar felt he had Detroit’s best ham in 1957.
In fact, his ham was good enough to grow his family business into 382 corporately owned and franchisee-owned stores, with nearly a half billion dollars in sales.
That’s a lot of Ham. HoneyBaked Ham.
The nearly 60 sweet years in Detroit apparently drawing to a close. The three families that now control HoneyBaked Ham have decided to move their main headquarters out of Detroit to Alpharetta, Georgia. We wish them well.
And we are glad there is still Dearborn. Not just the city. But also the ham. Dearborn Ham.
■“June is bustin’ out all over!”
But before it actually is here, don’t forget “Red Nose Day” is coming this week on Thursday.
It’s a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty, by simply having fun and making people laugh.
The day’s events will culminate in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.
Many of them big hams in their own right.
A couple of events to put on your June calendar:
■ Cars & Cigars Smoke Detroit is coming back to Freedom Hill on June 11, presented by LEAR Corporation and benefiting Cigar Family Charitable Foundation & Celani Family Foundation.
This year, hosts Tom Celani and Dario Bergamo will celebrate 100 years of Frank Sinatra, with an evening of fine food, fine Celani wines and fine cigars, followed by music and dancing by Simone Vitale, Mark Randisi with the Motor City Horns and Johnny Trudell.
Special honored guests this year will once again be the legendary Carlos Fuente Sr. & Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr.
■Sweet Marie tells us Monroe Community Players are presenting “Grease” from June 12-14 at the LA-Z BOY Center Meyer Theater at Monroe County Community College. Tickets available in Historic Downtown Monroe at the Book Nook and online at www.monroecommunityplayers.org.
■Tony Michaels and The Parade Company present, “The Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party,” presented by Ford Motor Company on June 22.
The 57th annual Ford Fireworks will celebrate “Colors of Love.” Proceeds benefit the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.
Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.