We’ve spent the last four days with Alan in Kalamazoo. This is the end of the beginning of the trip; from here on out we’re pretty much on our own.
Alan kept us quite busy.
There were two artsy festivals in downtown Kalamazoo over the weekend. The second was the Kalamazoo equivalent of CenterFest or ArtsPlosure, or any other annual downtown arts festival with lots of arts displays, food and people.
Alan and Rebecca agreed the Kalamazoo festival had better art than the local N.C. festivals we frequent. I won’t disagree, but I will note that the Raleigh festival would be more interesting the first time you went than the tenth. I’ll also point out the music here was basically just background music, rather than featured ensembles.
We also we to several brew pubs, including Bells, which is renowned. Local craft beers here are very good, although they have a milder interpretation of “hoppy” than might be expected from a frequenter of Triangle craft breweries.
We also we to a really interesting sculpture garden in Grand Rapids, the Frederik Mejier Gardens and Sculpture Park. There was a nice indoor section with interesting flowers, especially the orchids. Outside was a wide-ranging sculpture garden well positioned in a large, natural setting.
We were able to meet John and Susan for a nice reunion at Founders in Grand Rapids (yes, another brewpub).
Our last trip was to the Gilmore Car Museum. Very interesting.
I’m going to post a bunch of pictures from this episode. Tomorrow we head to Ludington, on Lake Michigan.