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Emily T Gail Talks Story with Vance Patrick, Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium
June 25, 2020 01:40 PM PDT
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I met Vance Patrick at the farewell retirement party at the Detorit Historical Museum for Bob and Mary Ann Bury celebrating Bob's 16 years as CEO and Executive Director and their efforts as a team.

I had read about the reopening of the The Belle Isle Aquarium and when Vance Patrick who was at the helm along with others of getting the Aquarium reopened said come let me show you around I did so a few days later. As we were talking I decided to turn on my recorder and I am glad I did.

As always I record and no editing. It is what it is and I feel this was one very worthwhile conversation with Vance. I appreciate he took the time to educate me.

They get up to 5,000-6,000 people over the weekend who come enjoy the free admission and easy to walk through Belle Isle Aquarium. It was a steady stream of all ages coming through as we walked around.

Some history of the Belle Isle public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by noted architects George D. Mason and Albert Kahn,[5] it opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005.[2] The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers.[6] The 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) historic building features a single large gallery with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling.[1][7]

The aquarium was operated by the Detroit Zoological Society prior to the 2005 closure. It is currently operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy.

August 3, 2005, Detroit citizens voted to reopen the aquarium by an overwhelming margin (88% in favor, 12% opposed).[11] However, the vote was non-binding and the aquarium remained closed. In 2010, supporters of the aquarium were still trying to find donors to help defray the building's operating costs.[11]

Although the building was closed between 2005 and 2012, goldfish and koi from an outside pond were housed in the aquarium during the winter.[11] Each year in February, the aquarium opened for a day for the annual "Shiver on the River,"[11] a fund raising event to promote public support of Belle Isle non-profit groups including the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium.[2]

On 14 August 2012, The Belle Isle Conservancy, a non-profit volunteer group established in 2011 from the merger of the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium and other Belle Isle non-profit groups, announced the re-opening of the aquarium on a limited basis. The aquarium was reopened on 18 August 2012, the 108th anniversary of its opening.[citation needed] The aquarium is normally open Friday-Sunday However hours due to covid check their site. https://www.belleisleconservancy.org/belle-isle-aquarium

2019 Emily T Gail Aloha Friday Ohana Gathering with Michigan's Big Show at Detroit Foundation Hotel
June 20, 2020 10:09 AM PDT
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It was a year ago June 21, 2019. The Aloha Friday Ohana Gathering at Detroit Foundation Hotel and live worldwide Broadcast with Michael Patrick Shiels Michigan’s Big Show. Started at 6am in the Detroit Foundation Apparatus Room.

Michael is a long time friend. He has won many awards with his Michigan's Big Show and his extensive travel and golf writing as author and journalist. Some back story on why I wanted to do this live broadcast with Michael at Detroit Foundation Hotel. Michael's mentor was the legendary JP McCarthy, WJR Radio. In the 1970's-80's JP and WJR were was very supportive as they still are of my efforts in Detroit. Michael was JP's Producer after I left Detroit. Michael and I actually met here in Hawaii in the 1990's as he is a wonderful ambassador for Hawaii and has written extensively and broadcast from Hawaii. I mention that because I have been weaving my Detroit community and Hawaii community for years with a lot of friends and ohana.
There are a lot of threads that weaved nicely over last couple years as Bob Lambert, GM Detroit Foundation Hotel had been so open to sharing ideas and ways to showcase the community space and spirit I had learned to appreciate at Detroit Foundation Hotel. So Michael and Bob and his team at DFH and a whole bunch of us I like to call Ohana shared a wonderful morning last June 21. Michael let me line up all the guests that included who we had partnered with at DFH like Empty Bowls Detroit, Rainbow Connection and the Detroit Historical Society.
We also showcased the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the monies being raised for the Detroit community as Michael talked with Steve Wilke (RIP) Hour Magazine and GAM and RJ King dBusiness who had just released his new book, Detroit: Engine of America. Larry Alexander ...DMCVB aka VisitDetroit was a guest and talked about all the efforts in Detroit. Tony Michaels, Parade Company joined us and talked about the Ford Fireworks that were coming up the following week. .
Watching many of the summer events being cancelled and the Detroit Foundation Hotel being temporarily closed is difficult .... however the good efforts of so many of our ohana going on in many places in the community and hopefully DFH will be open again soon.

I loved listening to this broadcast the other day. I heard Michael Patrick say the crowd and energy and spirit of the day reminded him of JP McCarthy's Focus Radio Show parties. What a compliment. While it was a year ago I remember so well how happy we all were about the day and how much gratitude I had for all that helped make it such a memorable day. Bob Lambert and Jennifer Lee and the DFH team at the time, Darraugh Collins, Michael Patrick and like always Colleen Robar helping us out in so many ways.

So that is why I am replaying our Broadcast.

Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
January 09, 2020 05:19 PM PST
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Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai gives an overview of the PGA TOUR Champions season opening event Jan 16-18 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. He talks about the field of 38 players who have earned a spot in the season opening tournament including some Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara, Retif Goosen, John Daly, Scott McCarren, Jay Hass, defending champion Tom Lehman. . Fliear talks about the volunteer efforts of over 250 volunteers organized by the Rotary Club of Kona and over million dollars raised for the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation, Big Island Junior Golf and Daniel R. Sayre Foundation.

The MEC which will be broadcast on NBC Golf Channel 2-5 pm each day. Tickets available at pgatour.com/mec or at the gate and Juniors under 16 and retired and active military are complimentary.

Emily T Gail Talk Story is available as free iTunes podcast, EmilyTGailTalkstory.podomatic.com and EmilyTGailTalkStory For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgaiil@emilys.org

Emily T Gail w David S. Ishii, Sponsor HHSAA Golf Championship-Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings' Course
May 27, 2019 01:25 PM PDT
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I had my talk story with David S. Ishii at the Waikoloa Beach Resort at the 2019 HHSAA (Hawaii High School Athletic Association) Boys Golf Championship. Waikoloa Beach Resort was host to the 36 hole championship played at Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings' Course on the Big Island of Hawaii. The girls championship was earlier in the week.

The HHSAA is sponsored by David S. Ishii Foundation. Scott Head, VP Waikoloa Beach Resort calls David Ishii the best player to ever come out of Hawaii and says David's support for high school players has had a huge impact on the sport. Waikoloa Beach Resort is always proud to host junior, high school, college and professional tournaments and very happy the high school state championships were played at Waikoloa Kings Course in 2019 as it rotates from island to island each year.

Nice touch with David Ishii being on hand for the tournament. David, and his wife Lorraine and son presented the awards.

Mid Pac's Jake Sequin won the individual state title and my friend Ethan Jaehn, a freshman playing for Coach Lee Kakawa at Kealakehe was third overall and low Big Island player. He edged out 5th place finisher from Kamehameha-Hawaii senior Pono Yanagi, the BIIF champion, by a stroke for top Big Islander honors. Hawaii Baptist won the team title with a 42-over 618. Second place was Mid Pacific (652). Iolani was third (655) and Waiakea (657) was close behind in fourth

Jason Langwell, Rocket Mortgage Classic with Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and many PGA TOUR players
May 21, 2019 01:54 PM PDT
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Jason Langwell, Rocket Mortgage Classic shares lot of information and update on the many way fans can enjoy the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The PGA Tour event will be at Detroit Golf Club June 25-30.

Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Danny Lee, and many of the top PGA pros will be in the field at Detroit Golf Club. The Fan Experience Area is going to be a wonderful area for families and anyone whether they are golf enthusiasts or not.

Many opportunities have been created for our local non profits to raise funds including the Birdies for Charities that over 100 local charities are participating in this first year.

Jason shares the many ways the community is involved including awesome response by those signing up to volunteer. Chaired by former Mayor Dennis Archer. There is a waiting list!!! Talk about the community getting involved!!

They have set up a viewing area at the RMC which is called Area 313. Think it's going to be the place to be as spectators will be able o watch the signature three-hole strectch that features Detroitr Golf Club's par 5 14th hole, par-3 15th and par-4 16th for fan experience.

The area offers the best sightlines with general admission stadium seating options and upgraded hospitality venues. Cool.

Tickets and info at rocketmortgageclassic.com
Tuesday June 25 Practice Day $10
Wed. June 26 Delta Dental Pro-Am $15.

The 72 hole tournament play is:
Thursday, June 27 $45
Friday, June 28 $50
Saturday June 29 $55
Sunday June 30 $55

Emily T Gail Talks Story with Scott Head, VP Operatons Waikoloa Beach Resort, Big Island of Hawaii
May 11, 2019 02:10 AM PDT
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I had my talk story with Scott Head, VP Waikoloa Beach Resort at the
2019 HHSAA (Hawaii High School Athletic Association) Boys Golf Championship. Waikoloa Beach Resort was host to the 36 hole championship played at Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings' Course on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The HHSAA is sponsored by David S. Ishii Foundation. Scott talks about the impact David, who Scott calls the best player to ever come out of Hawaii has made for high school players with his support. Scott also shares the commitment by Waikoloa Beach Resort to host junior, high school, college and professional tournaments.

Waikoloa Beach Resort is a planned community and I have worked with them for a long time. I have admired how they have evolved gracefully during the ever present development on the Big Island. The Queens Marketplace and Kings' Shop serving locals and visitors everyday with great stores, restaurants and Hawaiiana entertainment and cultural events. Scott and I talk about how the hotels, condos, time shares, beaches, golf courses, hiking trails are there for all of us to enjoy. I sure do.

On another note. Nice touch with David Ishii who is in the photo with Scott being on hand for the tournament. David, and his wife Lorraine and son presented the awards. Mid Pac's Jake Sequin won the individual state title and my friend Ethan Jaehn, a freshman playing for Coach Lee Kakawa at Kealakehe was third overall and low Big Island player. He edged out 5th place finisher from Kamehameha-Hawaii senior Pono Yanagi, the BIIF champion, by a stroke for top Big Islander honors. Hawaii Baptist won the team title with a 42-over 618. Second place was Mid Pacific (652). Iolani was third (655) and Waiakea (657) was close behind in fourth

Emily T Gail w Steve Wilke, GAM Evening w Jack Nicklaus Monday June 17
May 02, 2019 09:05 AM PDT
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Golf legend Jack Nicklaus will help the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) celebrate its Centennial this year. He'll headline a GAM Foundation gala fundraiser on Monday, June 17 at Oakland Hills CC, one of the original 14 clubs to form what would eventually become the GAM.

The event will include golf on the famous South course, dinner and the fireside chat with Jack. Dinner only tickets are available at $300. The GAM 100 Celebration benefits the GAM Foundation including its Youth on Course program which allows kids ages 6 to 18 to play golf for five dollars or less at participating courses.

HOUR Media is the presenting sponsor of the GAM 100 Celebration. Again Dinner only and the fireside chat with Jack Nicklaus tickets are still available at $300 and a limited amount of golf spots are available where you get to play your own ball on the iconic South Course at Oakland Hills.

It was Oakland Hills where in 1961 Jack Nicklaus was fourth in the U.S. Open as a 21-year-old amateur. In 1991 he won the US Senior Open on the South course at Oakland Hills in a playoff with Chi Chi Rodriguez. On a side note Chi Chi's nephew Juan Rodriguez, Aloha Section PGA member is my neighbor and a wonderful person and player.
Go to GAM.org for info about Dinner only tickets at $300 and the limited number of golf spots or sponsor opportunities or contact Steve Wilke at swilke@gam.org or 248-752-8842.

Steve and I also talk about the GAM participating in the PGA TOUR Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies for Charities. The program is centered around the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Detroit June 25-30 at the Detroit Golf Club. Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson are among the PGA Tour stars who will be in the field.

Donations can be made by a per birdie pledge or by a flat rate donation. And donations received by May 31 will be entered to win a VIP Package for Two to the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The VIP Package includes two Honorary Observer positions for Saturday. Believe me Honorary Observer at a PGA tournament is very cool!

They have a link on their website on how you can be a part of this opportunity the Rocket Mortgage Classic has created for our local non-profits including GAM.


Emily T Gail- Karen Chappelle-Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival May 17-19
April 28, 2019 06:39 PM PDT
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The 2nd Annual Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival-2019 Friday May 17-Sunday May 19 ...

"It's ALL About Detroit"

Founded by Karen Chappelle who grew up in Detroit and after years away from Detroit and a career in Law has come back to her roots in Detroit and her love of the Arts since she was a young girl because of the plays she got to be involved in with the Detroit Parks and Rec.

Here is an overview....

Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival-2019
"It's ALL About Detroit"
Welcome to Detroit’s Newest Theatrical Event.

This year the Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival (DHTF) continues its tradition celebrating Detroit’s rich heritage. The Opening Play takes us back to a more genteel period in our history; Nacirema- American spelled backwards. In this year of the woman, we share the work of playwright Pearl Cleage, who spent many years growing up here in Detroit.

A Celebration of Art for Detroit, by Detroit.
The Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival proudly invites playwrights of all ages to showcase their talents during an amazing and immersive new festival!
An experience like none other, participants are invited to present work that inspires and innovates; intentionally subverting the traditional narratives about Detroit.
The festival is designed to utilize as many of the spaces in the cultural corridor as possible, in addition to reaching out and including the oldest, newest, professional, amateur and student artists. The festival will take place over three days.

Day one: May 17, The festival opening and reception takes place at The Players Club, 3321 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI. The Players Club was designated as a Michigan Heritage site in 1975, built in 1925. With a four story high stage and auditorium accommodating 200, a kitchen, dressing rooms, basement storage, prop rooms and a formal meeting room on upper floor. This is a private club and not traditionally open to the public.
The commonality of mission, using art to educate and engage the community has formed a wonderful home for DHTF Opening Night festivities.
The mission of the Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival coincided with the current mission of the Players club for community outreach. We will utilize the services of the Capuchin kitchen, whose services to the poor and under served in Detroit and help restore their lives is also consistent with the mission of the transformative nature of art.

Day Two: May 18, 2019 our venue is the Historic and beautiful Detroit Main Public Library located at 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit Michigan. The Detroit Public Library enlightens and empowers people and artists by providing diverse and dynamic pathways to literacy and learning.

This year we will launch the very first Dominique Morisseau monologue competition. This is more than a competition. It’s a workshop with teaching and professional artists, and an introduction to one of the gifted playwrights of our generation. . .from OUR hometown! High School students in grades 9-12 from across the city will gather at the HYPE Teen Center in the Detroit Main Public Library to broadcast live on 791.4 HYPE radio.
The three round progressive competition will award a cash prize to the top 3 students. It will be held in the friends auditorium May 18, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Also, Day 2, right down the hall, in the Explorer Room, we look forward to performances from students at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Mosaic, with a mission of empowering young people through professional performing arts training is, will perform their signature piece and excerpt from their current production: Detroit to Dakar, the powerful true story of a group of Detroit teenagers who traveled to sing in Dakar, Senegal in 2003.
This performance opens the Ten Minute Festival of Plays About Detroit. This is a showcase of performances by students and professional artists in Detroit. We will again offer coffee and pastries compliments of Avalon Bakery- Midtown Detroit. There will be follow up workshops offered with “ How To” tips on writing 10 minute play. This will continue to connect and promote great theatre community engagement.

Day 3: Closing day of the festival takes place a the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History located 315 E. Warren Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201, now the second largest permanent collection on African-American culture.

The museum now hosting an exhibit which pays tribute to the intellect, heroism and brotherhood of the World War II heroes. Detroit boasts of several original Tuskegee airmen ages 93 to 103! The event begins with a reception. The tribute will be followed by a production of the Off- Broadway Sensation: Black Angels Over Tuskegee, by Layon Gray in the beautiful General Motors Theatre.
There will also be an awards program which acknowledges the outstanding work of selected artists: Renee Elyse Goldsberry, Pearl Cleage, and Jeff Daniels. Awards will be given to festival participants and honorees, and certificates awarded from the mayors office.

. . . Because It's All About Detroit!!
Selected playwrights will be provided with all the necessary resources, and watch as their pieces are produced featuring professional artist. Once selected, playwrights will be assigned dedicated industry professionals as mentors. Join us as we use theatre to build our community.


Emily T Gail- Wes Kimura - Waikoloa Village Lions Club Golf Tournament April 27
April 21, 2019 04:24 PM PDT
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Wes Kimura, Guest Attendant at Waikoloa Beach Resort King's and Beach Course on the Big Island of Hawaii where I love to hit balls in the evening and work on my short game is also the President of the Waikoloa Village Lions Club.

So we took a few minutes to talk about their Waikoloa Village Lions Club Golf Tournament coming up Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course. I encourage visitors and local to enjoy a fun day at Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Wes and his fellow Lions Clubs members SERVE our community in so many ways.

The Waikoloa Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament is Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Waikoloa Golf Course.

A two-person scramble, the tournament begins with registration at 7 a.m. and first tee off at 8 a.m. Mulligans are optional.

Lunch will follow at the very popular Pueo's Restaurant, with prizes for top finishers and an exciting silent auction.

Entry is $110 per player, including greens fees, cart, lunch and prizes. Mulligans are optional.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Waikoloa Lions Club, part of a 100-year-old organization with over 1.4 million members worldwide. The Lions have dedicated themselves to a mission of global service in five areas of need: diabetes, vision, hunger, the environment and childhood cancer.

For more information and to register in advance, call Lion Wes Kimura at (808) 938-1279 or
email westkimura@yahoo.com. and if you have a Silent auction item you can call Sue at 808 989-0215.

Emily T Gail Talk Story Jack Berry, Golf Writer Including 40 Masters
April 13, 2019 06:27 PM PDT
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Jack Berry has covered many milestone sports experiences including 40 Masters ... he is in Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

I talked to him at conclusion of round 3 of the 2019 Masters and asked him what he was feeling as he was watching the days events unfold ... and his thoughts before the final round Sunday.

I've known and admired Jack Berry for 50+ years. I was a junior golfer aspiring to play on the LPGA. Never was good enough however did play in LPGA events in the 1960's as amateur as you could in those days with a 5 handicap or less.

Jack wrote about my amateur golf in the 60's. He was a mentor to me in ways he never knew as I got into writing about golf and having radio shows like my Emily T Gail Talks Golf & Other Sports on esphawaii.com for long time.

I started calling Jack for interviews and having him share his stories and knowledge of the game. I've learned so much for Jack. He still covers golf with GLSP published by my long time friend Art McCafferty. Art also publishes Michigan Runner who I credit for the popularity of our Emily Detroit Runs in the 1970'-80's. Jack used to run in the Emily Detroit Runs.

We talk about the PGA TOUR Rocket Mortgage Classic coming to Detroit end of June. Will be held at Detroit Golf Club, the only private club in the Detroit City limits. Lots of golf history there. Personal history for me as I played Junior and Women's Amateur events at Detroit golf in the 1960'-70's. Horton Smith, who was one of the first to win the Masters was the pro at Detroit Golf at the time.

The photo of Jack and I was when he was visiting Hawaii ... in between his hikes and active visit we met up on the seawall on the ocean in Kailua Village across the street from Kona Plaza where I lived.

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