The Fox Recommends: The Masonic Temple

July 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Freemasons have long been known for their secrecy, elite members and one-of-a-kind lodges. Since 1425, the Freemasons have been a fraternal organization of operative masons, dedicated to making good men better by teaching and building values based on great universal truths. The first Grand Lodge was formed in London in 1717, but history shows that Freemasons were attending lodges in Pennsylvania as early as 1715. The Masonic Temple Association was incorporated in Detroit in 1894, and the rest is local history.

The Detroit Masonic Temple is the world’s largest Masonic Temple. With 1,037 (known and public) rooms, the Detroit Masonic contains three theaters, three banquet halls and ballrooms, a drill hall, an (unfinished) olympic sized swimming pool on the sixth story, a racquetball court, gymnasium, bowling alley, pool hall and a three story hotel (reserved for Masons traveling through town). Designed in the Gothic Revival style, building began in 1920, with the cornerstone being placed on September 19, 1922 using the same trowel that George Washington used to set the cornerstone of the United States Capital building in Washington DC. The building was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1926, was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1980 and has been home to clubs, organizations and acts varying from The White Stripes and the Shriners to the Detroit Derby Girls and the Knights Templar. The temple was designed by Detroit-based architect George D. Mason best known for the Ransom Gillis House, the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The man was a genius and today we are lucky enough to see the temple standing as a testament to Freemason ingenuity, right here in the heart of Detroit.

The Masonic Temple Theatre is home to the nation’s second largest stage at 100 feet wide and a depth from the curtain line of 55 feet. This week the theatre will play host to one of the temple’s recent saviors. Jack White will be preforming on Wednesday July 30th and The Fox recommends a mosey around this beautiful old building that still holds many secrets.

 

The Handsome Fox © 2014

 

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The Fox Drinks: Motor City Brewing Works

July 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Fox has been imbibing various beers, wines, liquors and even coffees this summer. Why stop now? Just recently The Fox has been kicking back, reminiscing and enjoying one of Detroit’s finest brews while watching the summer storm by. The Motor City Brewing Works Ghettoblaster is an excellent English style mild ale, described as having a clean biscuit flavor, you will definitely enjoy a summer evening a little more with one of these in your paw.

Motor City Brewing Works has been producing some of the world’s best hand-crafted beer since 1994. All of their beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized for maximum freshness and effect (wink). With fifteen beers, a hard cider, four wines and six sodas all brewed onsite at their Canfield brewery, MCBW has something for drinkers of all tastes and ages. Make sure to look for their products at your local grocer, liquor store and bar. Better yet check out the brewery, grab some of their delicious grub and take a tour at their home base in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Motor City Brewing Works is located at
470 W. Canfield St, Detroit MI 48201.

 

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The Fox Recommends: Berlin’s Hipster Cup Festival 2014

July 20, 2014 § Leave a comment


Well the FIFA World Cup is over, and Germany gets to celebrate four years as the best footballers in the world. If that weren’t enough to make German hipsters squeal with delight, then this certainly will. This coming Saturday, the 26th of July 2014, Berlin hipsters will get a chance to hoist their own trophy, The Hipster Cup.

Oh, you read that correctly, The Hipster Cup.

Founded in 2011 to put an end once-and-for-all to the daily street battles to prove who was the most individual, the most original, the most hip in the land, The Hipster Cup puts challengers to the test. Competitors must prove themselves at mustache riding (get your mind out of the gutter and think of a huge mustache instead of a mechanical bull), iPhone throwing, skinny jeans tug-o-war, jute-sack races and more. The festival also offers a market featuring the latest trends in clothing and house wares, the hottest underground djs and bands, vegetarian and vegan fare, karaoke, glitter and free retro tattoos.

Have a safe and fun time all you hipsters out there in Deutschland.
Zum Wohl!

 

The Handsome Fox © 2014

The Fox Drinks: Great Lakes Coffee

July 20, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Some mornings call for several cups of coffee. If you find yourself reaching for that extra shot of joe this fine Sunday, make sure it’s the good stuff. The Fox loves to journey down to Midtown Detroit for an excellent pour of Great Lakes Coffee. Here, at the first of now three metro area locations, coffee enthusiasts can get lost in a host of delicious lattes, draught iced coffees, espresso shots and pour over brewed coffees. In addition to testing some of their small-batch roasts they source from independent farmers, co-ops and more – one can enjoy a delicious draught pull of several locally brewed, Michigan beers. Right next to the iced coffee, you will find selections from Jolly Pumpkin, Shorts, Bell’s, Petrus and Dupont on tap. There is a regularly rotating menu of natural wines, small plates and goodies to satiate any hunger pang to come your way.

Check out this awesome company today, and make sure to hit up one of their Coffee Bars in Detroit, Bloomfield or Lake Orion.

The Fox Drinks Great Lakes Coffee and is better for it.

 

The Handsome Fox © 2014

The Fox Recommends: Hemingway’s Key West Hideaway

July 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Fox has long fancied himself an Ernest Hemingway connoisseur. Maybe not an all knowing expert, but knowledgable of enough of the enigmatic writer’s secrets and history to appreciate the man behind some of his lesser known writings, as well as his greatest masterpieces. Some of Hemingway’s most powerful and well-known works were completed in his Key West years.

Ernest and his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer left Paris in March 1928 with plans to move back to America. A long time friend John Dos Passos had recommended Key West, and after spending two seasons on the island, the Hemingways decided they wanted to stay. Pauline’s wealthy Uncle Gus purchased the home at 907 Whitehead Street for the couple in 1931 after the birth of their second, and Ernest’s third, child, Gregory Hancock Hemingway.

The Hemingway Home was built in 1851, and when the Hemingways moved in – it was in severe disrepair. The couple remodeled and restored the Spanish Colonial home, adding many personal touches from European antiques, to trophy mounts and skins, from Ernest’s second floor writing studio to the exorbitantly expensive pool the family opened in 1938. With a price tag of over $20,000 (over $300,000 today) the pool was the first in-ground pool in Key West and famously prompted Ernest to take a penny from his pocket and laughingly exclaim “Here, take the last penny I’ve got!” as he pressed it into the setting concrete.

The family fell into a regular routine on the island, entertaining close friends, taking up big game sport fishing, trips to safari in Africa and centering their lives on Ernest’s writing schedule. Much of his writing took place in the early mornings, with his afternoons spent wandering and exploring the island. The Hemingway family lived happily in the home until Pauline and Ernest divorced in 1940. He left for Cuba with his soon-to-be third wife, journalist and writer Martha Gellhorn in the spring of 1939.

During his Key West years Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his greatest, and least popular works. Completing short works like Death in the Afternoon and Green Hills of Africa, to novels like To Have and Have Not and the wonderful A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway was busy during his Key West period.

The Fox hopes you enjoy your week, and maybe even a little Hemingway.

 

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The Fox Drinks: Perrin Grapefruit IPA

July 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A couple of Foxheads were recently spotted enjoying a pitcher of beer and a mean looking Sgt. Pepperoni’s vegan pizza at the Majestic Garden Bowl in Detroit. They looked happy, and a tad shy about having their photo taken, but when asked about what they were drinking – they opened up.

“It’s delicious!” exclaimed one, “It’s grapefruit beer!” exclaimed the other. When The Fox heard this, he had to try some. The bar keep pulled a tall glass of Perrin Brewing Company’s Grapefruit IPA, The Fox tentatively sniffed the brew, and dove in. He will never look at IPAs the same way again. If you have a chance, we highly recommend hitting up the Garden BowlSgt. Pepperoni’s and a tall glass of Perrin’s Grapefruit IPA.

Cheers!

 

The Handsome Fox © 2014

 

The Fox Recommends: The Declaration of Independence

July 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

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As The Fox has enjoyed his long, beautiful Fourth of July weekend, he felt it imperative to brush up on some history. With that in mind, we decided to share the text of the Declaration of Independence in our newsletter today. There are no 1,338 words that could better summarize American history, the ideas of freedom and the ideals of a young nation better. We hope you enjoy your weekend, and the stirring words of Thomas Jefferson.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

 

 

The Handsome Fox © 2014

 

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