If you live in Battle Creek, you have probably heard about the Bombers baseball team that plays on the north side of Battle Creek. They also have a mascot, and it is Moe. ‘Moe Skeeter’ is the mascot with an attitude. A few years ago I shot some video of Moe in action, and posted it on Youtube. I even heard from Moe himself, and he liked it! Baseball season is still a few months away, but there is no reason not to get excited if Moe is around. See you at the Bombers games this year!
A few years ago I went to a Battle Creek Revolution game and filmed the entire game, and edited it down to a short video and posted it on my Youtube channel. The BC Revolution is not the same team any more, and a different league plays there now, but this was some great hockey. The Rink still is in downtown and one can go to see a hockey game there. Hope you enjoy this look back at a great game:
Our community of Battle Creek, Michigan has long had a love of Balloons. There are many events during the summer, and the city even hosted an international competition last year. I attended a ‘Balloon Illume’ a few years ago as part of the Battle Creek Field of Flight, and shot the following video and thought I would share it today:
Two years ago I went to the Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow and shot this video of the night airshow. At the time, I was not sure how interesting the video would be, or even if I would do anything with it. I ended editing it into a video and posting it on my Youtube channel. This turned out to be some very interesting and aesthetic video clips, and when I look back on it, it was a lot of fun.
I hope you enjoy it:
Recently just following the holiday season in January, I was driving through downtown Battle Creek and saw that in Mill Race Park there were some ice sculptures on display. I did not get some current photos of the ones from this year, but I thought I would share one of the photos from a prior year here. This is a special thing about Michigan that I love in the winter is the outdoor display of ice sculptures. It kind of says, ‘Yes, it is cold, but we are having fun anyway.’
This past weekend I attended the UKC Dog Show in Kalamazoo, Michigan held at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. It was my first time ever seeing a dog show, so I did not know what to expect. I am an active big brother volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS), so I went the event with my little brother for something new to experience. I was amazed at the many varieties of dogs. So many are just so beautiful.
The show was a several day event, and we attended on the final day. So we did not see all the events, but we did see a lot of the judging and competition between breeds, and some of the events on obedience training, etc. One of the most fun events was the ‘Ultimate Air Dog’ competition, where dogs run off a dock into a large pool, and are measured for distance. Some of the dogs were new, and did not jump very far. Others looked like profressionals, and would jump amazingly far. One dog jumped 25 feet!
The event had everything one needs who is a dog lover. They had retail tents for all kinds of dog related products, from beds, to snacks, to chew toys, collars and outfits. These were quite fun to look at too.
There were also some great concession stands featuring the traditional hotdogs, hamburgers, nacho chips, etc. There were a few others that offered BBQ and even one that offered speciality ice cream desserts. So even the casual visitor would find something interesting to eat.
My little brother and I got to meet a lot of dog owners, and we learned a lot of interesting information about the various breeds that were there. The entire experience was a very educational trip for us, and I highly recommend it to people, even if they do not intend to have a dog of their own.
The 18th annual UKC Dog Show was held June 17th – 19th, 2011 which included both indoor and outside venues thoughout the event. Over 100 different breeds of dogs were featured.
Last weekend the city of Battle Creek hosted the annual Cerealfest in downtown on June 11th. It was moderately cool weather, and it turned into a great outdoor event. The Cerealfest is now over 100 years old, and is also known as ‘The World’s Longest Breakfast Table’. It features free breakfast for thousands of people on the street for a summer morning, and the cereal is donated by Kellogg’s, Ralston Foods and Post.
I have attended this outdoor event every year since I have lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. To me it marks the beginning of summer officially for the region, and it is one of my most favorite outdoor events to take part in. Thousands of people walk the streets, eat cereal, and sit on picnic tables. Live entertainment it provided, and even games for the kids to partake in.
The mascots from the various cereal companies wander the streets for photo
opportunities, and everyone in general has a good time. It is a piece of Americana that is a benchmark event for the city that refers to itself as ‘The Breakfast Capital of the World’. You will never go hungry at the Cerealfest, as long as you like cereal.
On some years, if you got there early, there were free bananas, pop tarts and juice. Every year is different. This year for the 2011 Cerealfest, they held the event at the West end of downtown near the McCamly Park area because the main road into downtown was torn up from construction. The extra space in the park allowed them to add hotdog and hamburger stands, and even a lemonaide stand to fit everone’s taste.
Walking around the Cerealfest this year, I decided to create a video to put on my YouTube Channel, and share with everyone. Writing about the good things in my community is important to me, and Battle Creek, Michigan deserves recognition for putting on this fabulous event.
One of the great local sports clubs in Southwest Michigan is the Kalamazoo Wings hockey team. They are members of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) which was founded in 1988. The league originally started with just five teams, and has grown to nineteen teams each with a 72 game schedule.
The league now spans the U.S. with teams on the West coast as well. Attending a K-Wings game is quite easy, and one can choose to pay for V.I.P. Parking which is $10 or park in the free lot across the street. The walk was not too much, so I chose the free lot. The tickets range anywhere from $10 to $16 depending on seating, and whether or not you pay in advance. Season tickets are also available.
For more information on the K-Wings hockey tickets, check out their website at: www.wingsstadium.com. The venue of Wings Stadium is a typical hockey arena with a hallway the surrounds to rink, which includes food, drinks, souvenirs and vending machines.
Attending a K-Wings game is exciting, and being that the team is pretty good, they have
quite a solid fan base. Attendance at the game I recently attended left the arena mostly full.
If you are looking for a local sports diversion during winter, you should consider putting a K-Wings game on your calendar. It is a lot of fun, and a great event for the kids as well. The intermission activities frequently involve children in the games and contests on the ice, but parents or guardians need to sign a waiver allowing participation.
The local mascot for the K-Wings is called ‘Slappy’ and he keeps the fans involved in the game with his antics. The K-Wings play a lot home games every season, and it is usually quite easy to get tickets. It is even possible to purchase your tickets right at the stadium. The games are a lot of fun!
Hockey is part of Southwest Michigan culture, as it is likewise in many of the Northern U.S. States. The winter sport of choice for many kids growing up is hockey. Perhaps it is the fast pace, and the speed of the game has drawn many people to the game and made it a part of popular culture.
Here in Southwest Michigan, we have many hockey teams in various leagues, and I could not begin to tell you about all of them, much less the differences in the leagues. The Kalamazoo area has the Wings (also known as K-Wings) which are a double ‘AA’ league, and Battle Creek has the Revolution which is a single ‘A’. Other communities around Southwest Michigan have teams of their own.
Hockey is a sport that is very popular in Michigan as a whole, and there are literally
hundreds of teams all over the State. The most popular being the NHL team the ‘Red Wings’.
Recently I attended a few local hockey games with the Battle Creek Revolution. I filmed a lot of clips, and compiled it into a 6 minute video, which I have included in this article. I feel this short film personifies the good, the bad and the ugly of hockey, which has been drawing fans to the arenas for decades.
Hockey is a sport that does not appeal to everyone, and it is impossible to fully understand the excitement of a heavily contested hockey game unless you see one live. It is much faster paced than any other sport, and much more challenging to film, believe me on that one. I missed filming some very exiting goals and actions shots because it happened too fast for me to swing my camera to the action.
In any case, I hope you enjoy the attached video, and this brief article on one of our States favorite sports.