September 11, 2021
It was a beautiful, moving walk last Saturday to the Farmington 9/11 memorial.
Thank you so much to our guest walkers, Bill Galvin, Steve Schneemann and Brian Golden. Your presence, comments and recollections added so much to Suzanne's talk.
Brian, thank you for sharing Avram "Skip" Rosenthal's 9/11 Memorial Flag and for playing "Taps" during our moment of silence.
This Saturday, Sept. 18th, we will be walking to Oakland Street in the historical district. Janet MacDonald, the owner of a beautiful, 1846 home, has graciously offered to give a brief talk about it.
After that we will continue our mile walk to Farmington Road, south to Shiawassee, west to Grace, then to Grand River and back to the Market.
Congratulations to Betti for logging in 5 miles and to Patti for walking 10 miles. Suzanne is our first walker to reach the 20-mile goal!
Remember: This Thursday begins the Harvest Moon Festival! Also the kids' POP! program, for Power of Produce, returns to the Market on Saturday.
And we'll see you at Riley Park, EAST Entrance this week only, at 10:00 a.m.
with Suzanne and Polly
September 4, 2021
What wonderful walking weather we had last Saturday! Our walk to Shiawassee Park was quite nice. We all enjoyed the talk given by Cheryl Blau, school board member, on the history of Farmington Schools. Some of our walkers took the opportunity to add a few more steps to the 1.5-mile walk!
Congratulations to Pam, Rita and Terry for logging in 10 miles and to Theresa, Suzette and Polly for making the 15-mile goal. Way to go, Walkabouts!
This Saturday marks 20 years since 9/11. We will be walking to Farmington City Hall to visit the 9/11 Memorial, Never Forget, which includes a piece of the Twin Towers.
Our guest walkers are Steven Schneemann, Farmington City Council member; Bill Gavin, former Farmington mayor, and Brian Golden, president of the Farmington Historical Society. Steven, Bill and Brian were instrumental in procuring the artifact as well as raising funds for and designing this beautiful memorial.
After a brief talk in front of the memorial, we will continue our mile walk by heading west to the Women's Park. We will walk through the park and take time to view the plaque dedicated to Joshua Rosenthal, a victim of 9/11 whose father, Avram "Skip" Rosenthal, owned a bookstore in downtown Farmington. Then we will walk through the neighborhood and return to the Market.
Looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington Farmers Market’s west entrance. Remember to log in with Polly.
with Suzanne and Polly
Be sure to get your incentives
Walkabouts who have hit various milestones this summer can collect their incentive anytime this market season.
“Our Farmington Walkabouts group has incentives for walkers to keep coming back and joining us on our weekly walk,” says Jake Ivey, our own AmeriCorps Farmers Market Food Navigator.
To get your incentives, just bring your signed certificate to the Market's West Entrance.
If you haven’t yet registered with the Walkabouts, you can do so any Saturday at the Market Information Tent. Then meet us at the West Entry of the Market at 10 a.m. Saturday as we explore the city of Farmington.
It’s fun, it’s educational and, most of all, it’s healthy.
Finding City Hall
Paying their respects
For the third Walkabout outing, the group headed for Oakwood Cemetery on Grand River just west of Shiawassee.
Walking to the Mansion
On its second walk, the Market's Walkabouts walking club headed west on Grand River to the Gov. Warner Mansion. Here are photos from the trek:
Discovering a treasure in Farmington
The Walkabouts, the Market's new walking club, began their season with a brisk stroll in downtown Farmington that took the group of three dozen past one of the city's most importantt historic houses.
Club leaders Sandy Boland, Suzanne Clinton and Polly Varhol, who are also market volunteers, led the walkers to the eye-catching house at 23700 Warner that built around 1865. The group had contacted the current owners in advance, and they were thrilled to share with the Walkabouts information about their home. Here is the history lesson they provided:
The land was originally part of the plot owned by the Power Family, one of Farmington's founding families. Seth Warner Jr., father of P.D. Warner and the grandfather of the future governor, Fred Warner, acquired the six-acre parcel in 1864. The Warner Mansion on Grand River was built around the same time period, in 1867, by P.D. Warner.
The home has had many owners, but a most significant period was when Mark and Evelyn Wixom owned it from 1917-1932. In the 1920s, the Wixoms sold off several lots along Warner where neighboring houses were built. Sadly, they lost the house to the People’s State Bank in 1935 during the Great Depression.
After that, the house went into disrepair. Luckily, Lloyd Gullen and his artist wife, Annie, purchased it and undertook a major renovation around 1942. They raised the house off its foundation, adding block above the Michigan stone basement walls. They removed dilapidated porches, added windows and fancy doorways on the exterior and gave the home “a new lease on life.”
The current owners also undertook some major renovations to the home in 1983, bringing it up to current standards. They removed a back section of the house and added on a family room, mud room, laundry room, half bath and an attached garage – all while maintaining its style and character.
The stye of the house is considered Victorian, its characteristics being the bay windows (here a double bay), peaked gable, fancy trim, eyebrows over the windows and fish scales. Although the porches were removed and a few features may not be entirely period, the house was used as a contributing resource in gaining Farmngton the designation of a State and National Historic District.
Over the years, the home and its yard have been the setting for several film shoots and commercials. One exciting shoot, for TNT and the NBA, featured former Piston basketball star Grant Hill shooting hoops with his dad on the backyard driveway court. The setting had been chosen for its “character and charm” and because it seems like a “throw-back to another era.”