At least it didn't rain. About 200 people gathered along Main Street in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday for the Columbus Day Parade. Despite sunny skies, temperatures were in the upper 40-degree range, quite a contrast from a stretch of mild weather for days leading up to the procession. "We got rained out last year," said Mark Garagiola, parade...

A group of Michigan senators introduced a bill to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. It is currently called Columbus Day.  Other cities and states have already made this switch, including Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Vermont and Wisconsin. Columbus Day, a federal holiday, pays tribut...

Italian fashion house Gucci has launched a $1.5 million U.S. university scholarship program that is aimed at students who are “traditionally underrepresented” in the fashion industry. The program, which is set to run four years, is part of Gucci’s multi-pronged effort to boost diversity following the uproar earlier this year over a $890 sweater tha...

The New York strip steak I ordered recently at Bar Verona stands out as one of the tastiest steaks I’ve enjoyed in years. Topped with garlic-herb butter and grilled medium-rare as specified, my steak came with whipped potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. Based on this entrée and other items sampled, I have high hopes for this upscale-c...

Sunday, September 15, 2019. 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. Rochester Municipal Park, 400 6th Street, Rochester, MI 48307. Whether this will be your first or next of many "Happenings," enjoy the casual atmosphere, celebration of Italian cars, bikes and surprises "happening" (display vehicles 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM). Since 1979 we have conducted the chaos and r...

Iron Mountain again will celebrate its rich Italian heritage Saturday with the 13th annual Italian Fest in downtown Iron Mountain. The event, sponsored by Local 1329 of the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute, or LiUNA, kicks off at noon in the parking lot across from the Dickinson County Library, with a full slate of activitie...

“We’re off the beaten path, and we don’t advertise,” said Kelly Woodard, who co-owns with her husband, Matt, Boyne City’s popular Italian dining destination Bella Vita. While it’s not a traditional recipe for restauranteurs, the Woodards’ low-key approach works; Kelly Woodard said that the majority of their regular guests dine with them more than o...

A unique, first of its kind Italian Water Circus is coming to Michigan for four days of shows between Aug. 1-4 out at Birchwood Mall in Fort Gratiot. Cirque Italia is described as an “innovative” production that takes place on a “35,000-gallon water stage” with artists and performers from around the world. Shows under the giant white and blue circu...

Papa’s Italian Sausage is honoring 35 years in business with a celebration planned at the upcoming Kalamazoo Farmers Market’s night market Thursday. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, nine food vendors will gather at the farmers market pavilion on Bank Street. The free event is a celebration of Kalamazoo’s diverse street food culture, Papa’s...

If you love pasta, pizza, and everything Italian, then an upcoming festival is for you. The 120th annual Italian Fest is getting ready to kick off, and according to locals, this ongoing tradition means a lot to the community. “The Italian Fest means a lot to the area just as tradition,” said Jim Bertucci, one of the coordinators. “It’s something yo...