Clare Michigan

After arriving at Detroit metro airport and picking up my car, I drove straight to my friend’s home in Clare.  Ann and I were college room mates and have kept our friendship over the intervening 40 years, though we live so far apart.

The rental car has so much electronics I had some difficulty figuring it out.  Initially, I couldn’t get the gas cap open!  But I’ve solved that mystery.

The autumn color in the trees is very pretty on the drive north and around Clare.

While Ann went to teach a class (Tai-chi), I went in to Clare to see a place I’d read about that is also listed in the quirky website, “Roadside America”.  It is Cops And Doughnuts bakery.  It has been a bakery since 1896.  However the business was near to closing in 2009 before being rescued by a group of local police officers.  All 9 members of the local
police department banded together to save the business.  Since then they’ve be recognized with many awards.  I’m told that during tourist season, they serve 8000 people a week, have expanded to 3 store fronts in Clare and have 21 official “substations” throughout Mid-
Michigan.

I liked the sign that is a police badge surrounded by a doughnut….

I sketched this outside at a table in 40 degree weather!  Here is my sketchbook to prove it.

An example of the fall color

Brilliant color in the sun!

All the photos from the day are here.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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