What a humble man Dave Bautista @davebautista was #guardiansofthegalaxyevent


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What a humble man Dave Bautista @davebautista was in his @guardians movie interview today #guardiansofthegalaxyevent

 

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

 

About the Movie

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

 

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

Vin Diesel Dubs Guardians of the Galaxy Lines in Five Languages! #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

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Vin Diesel, who voices the character Groot in this summer’s highly anticipated, epic adventure Marvel’s GUARDIAN’S OF THE GALAXY, dubbed his lines from the film in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, French and Russian. The dubbing, intended to uniquely customize the moviegoing experience for international audiences, took place recently in Los Angeles during post-production in collaboration with key marketing teams around the globe

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

 

About the Movie

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

 

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

My Interview With Zoe Saldana ( @Zoesaldana ) #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

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Most of you know that I was in Los Angeles earlier this month to be at Disney Studios for the #GuardiansoftheGalaxy Event as well as some other movie screenings. On the last day of the event I had the opportunity to be able to interview a number of the cast members and director James Gunn as a part of the press junket that would lead up to the world premier of the movie. I have to be honest and say that Seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy Movie and meeting these actors and Director James Gunn was probably the highlight of the trip, though everything was equally amazing! I wanted to take a few minutes to be able to reflect back on the interviews that I was a part of with the group of amazing bloggers that I was with.

One of the interviews that we had for the #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent was with Zoe Saldana. I did not know what to expect with her as I had seen her in numerous movies in the past and have always loved the passion she brings to her characters but to meet her in person was exciting as I really wanted to hear more from her, especially for how her character would act as a role model for young girls today. In Guardians she plays Gamora, a character that is an assassin in the comic and is bad to the bone in this movie too!

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I have to be honest and say that I was really looking forward to meeting and speaking with Zoe Saldana. For me, one of the reasons behind this is that I am the father to two girls and I see Gamora as a powerful role model for young women. Yes, in the comic she is an assassin and she is not the nicest of characters, at least at first in the movie, but she comes around. In speaking with Zoe, she too saw herself in this way too. She mentioned that young women need role models as there are too few these days and that Gamora shows women that they can do “it”, whatever “it” may be for them. She made the analogy of the little girl being told that she was a princess and Zoe wanting to go to that same girl and saying “no, you can be the king.”

So for Zoe Saldana, she mentioned that taking the role was selfish because she knew that she wanted to be with an amazing director and she knew that James Gunn was that type of director. She explained that the Director makes or breaks a movie for her and that she is not afraid to walk away from a film if it is not a right fit between her and the Director. Good for her!

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The role of Gamora is one that took a long time to prepare for daily. Zoe Saldana mentioned that every day it took 4.5-5 hours to get through makeup. She said that at first there was even talk about having her wear contacts but she said that there is something about being able to look into someones eyes, their real eyes that allows you to connect with them on film, and that cemented the deal, no contacts! At the end of the day, even though she still was able to get out of makeup, Zoe mentioned that everything still was green. She said “my pillow was green, my dog was green, everything was green.”

In preparing for any role Zoe Saldana mentioned that you have to come to a character from a real place. For her, she mentioned that she really did not grow up with comic books, but she always saw the boys with them as they would completely forget about her when they got their new comics. For Zoe, she said that she preferred seeing comics come to life on television. She particularly loved watching Thundercats and She-Ra and she and her sister would fight on who got to play Cheetara or She-Ra when they were acting out the scenes from the show.

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Being that she was not that aware of the Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana turned to her resident expert about the comic, her nephew. When she found out she was going to play Gamora, her nephew said “Do you know who you are playing?” He went on to explain to her that Gamora was taken from her home planet after Thanos killed her parents  and she was forced into a life of crime. And Zoe said, “Yeah she’s bad ass.” Her nephew quickly responded, “She’s not a bad ass, she’s an assassin.”

Zoe Saldana’s favorite part in the movie was when Groot made the nest for the other Guardians, sacrificing himself for them. During that scene she said that James Gunn was playing the music you hear in the film and everyone was in the moment, it was intense.

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Not only was Zoe Saldana amazing to interview, but she does a great job as Gamora in the film. I look forward to seeing Zoe in this role for many movies to come!

 

Want to learn more? The transcript of the full interview can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/don4chpan2o4bgv/GOTG-ZOESALDANA.doc


About the Movie

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

 

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

 

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New Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO-Inspired Video! #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

 

About the Movie

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

 

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

Dads in the Limelight ( #limelightdads ) – Chris Davidson ( @buffdaddio_ ) #dadchat

Dads in the Limelight Series

Our 458th Dad in the Limelight is Chris Davidson. I want to thank Chris for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.

 

Chris Davidson, #limelightdads1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I’m Chris Davidson, I’m a personal trainer and stay-at-home Dad in Ireland, and also run a blog and podcast to help Dads get in shape called Buff Daddio (www.buffdaddio.com). Basically I train clients before 9am and after 5pm, and look after our 3 kids 9am-5pm while my wife works in her fancy schmancy well-paid corporate job!
2) Tell me about your family
I’ve been married to my (Canadian) wife for 13 years and we have 3 kids – 2 wrecking-ball boys (6 and 8) and a little girl (2). We originally lived in London, England after we got married, and both had corporate jobs. Then when we were expecting our first child, this coincided with me wanting a more rewarding career, so I retrained to be a personal trainer. I’d always been into fitness and nutrition, and found I loved helping other change their lives around by getting fitter and healthier.
We moved back to where I am from in the North of Ireland, and I built up my personal training business, then we had our second son. My wife wanted to return to the corporate world, and so when our second son was 1 year old we decided that I would no longer train clients during the daytime, and would instead work 5 hours per day – early mornings and evenings. So basically I’m a part-time Personal Trainer now, and 9-5 Stay-At-Home-Dad, and we have a little daughter now too!
Chris Davidson, #limelightdads3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
I would say the largest challenge has been striking a balance between being a father-figure who my kids respect, look up to and learn how to be good people, while also being able to goof around with them, which is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I want them to feel comfortable wanting to play with me and chat about anything and everything, while also recognizing that I’m their father first and a friend second. Now we’re on our third child it all comes naturally, but I got it wrong a few times when the two boys were younger.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Be a good example to your kids – be the type of person you want them to be. Look after your health and fitness, show them the importance of respecting others and talking things through. And put down your damn smartphone ;-)
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? 
I am fortunate to go to a gym that has it’s own daycare where they can look after my daughter for an hour while I work out, and that is just an awesome thing to be able to do mid-morning a few days a week. I get to clear my head and do something for myself. In terms of social life, it’s been difficult as we don’t have many babysitting options! My wife’s family is in Canada, while my mother passed away before we had kids, so basically if ‘Grandad’ can’t take them then my wife and I are staying home on a Saturday night! But we go out separately with our guy-friends/girl-friends once a month without giving each other a hard time about it – we both get that wanting to get away from the kids sometimes doesn’t make you a terrible parent!
Chris Davidson, #limelightdads6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
Oddly I have learned more good stuff from online Dads I interact with, rather than my own friends who live locally. My friends seem happy enough to give the kids a hug before school, then exchange a few words in the evenings before bedtime, then go play golf or do guy-stuff at the weekends – many of them still have a kind of 1950s mentality when it comes to parenthood – wife looks after kids even if she also works 9-5, husband is in charge of discipline and ‘needs a break’ at the weekend. I just don’t get that, as all I’ve ever known really is being around my kids all the time, listening to their crazy stories and escapades, helping them with stuff, kicking a ball around. I couldn’t imagine playing a bit-part role.
So the dads I’ve met online are the ones who inspire me, as they are also very involved, and can relate to how I feel too. I’ve learned from them that Dads are vital to kids’ upbringing just as much as mums are, and we need to be just as involved.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Not to worry if you don’t feel like a natural at fatherhood straight away. It’s not immediately apparent what to do with these little bundles when they arrive apart from feed them and keep them safe and alive. But in time you find your own groove, your own way of doing things, playing with them, talking with them, teaching them. And the annoying thing is that what works with one kid won’t necessarily work with the others, as they are all different – it takes time to get to know each child and for them to get to know you. Don’t fret it, just keep putting in the hours and you’ll noth get on like a house on fire eventually!
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
Oh I have become such a wet blanket since I became a Dad. I get teary at the drop of a hat now – seeing them develop confidence and skills and feel proud of themselves gets me every time – appearing in the school play, getting a new belt in jiu-jitsu, mastering some soccer skill they’ve been working on, riding their bikes, swimming, remembering all the words to a song they love, reading their first book all the way through by themselves – every time they make the “I really did it Dad!” face it sets me off. I’m feeling emotional now just typing about it. I’m pathetic I know, but I love every minute!

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Loved meeting Rex Lee ( @rexlee_ ) in real life #youngandhungry

Loved meeting Rex Lee @rexlee_ in real life, he is funny and real and makes me want to watch #youngandhungry more
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Young and Hungry Brings Out The Humor in Life #YoungandHungry

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ABC Family has a new show that you have to watch! Young and Hungry has an amazing cast that really comes alive. I had the opportunity to screen one episode from this great show, as well as interview a few of the actors and cast/crew for breakfast while at the #ABCFamilyEvent in Los Angeles. I had watched the original pilot for the series and then watched a new episode while at this event, and I have to say that the chemistry that you feel while watching the show is contagious. All of the characters were SO funny on the show, and when you meet them in real life, they are similarly real and fun.

 

All of the people we met at breakfast were excited to meet us and to share the show with us. I for one was interested to hear more about the writing in the show as well as the interactions between some of the characters themselves. One of the characters that I love on Young and Hungry is portrayed by Rex Lee. Rex is AMAZING in his role, but when you meet him in person, he tells you he is just happy that the script makes him funny. He quipped to us that “it took me many years to be an overnight success”. We also learned that Jonathan Sadowski is a bit if a nerd himself (he doesn’t just play one on television) and has a passion for magic and being a magician. One of the other actresses, Aimee Carrero, like Italia Ricci from Chasing Life, mentioned that while studying International Relations in College she thought about going to Law School, but instead she thought to herself…”How can I change the world, I’ll become an actress.”

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David Holden mentioned how he had some ideas for the right people for at least one of the roles. He mentioned that Rex Lee was someone that he wanted from the beginning, but that it did not take them long to select the other actors to fill out the cast.

 

All of the cast/directors were amazing to meet and you get the feeling that they love what they are doing and that they have really creative a fun dynamic with the entire case. I for one am hoping to see this series on for quite a long time to come!

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Tune in at 8:00pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
Jesse McCartney will be guest starring on this Wednesday’s (7/30) episode

 

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About the Episode this Week

Gabi hits it off with Josh’s potential new employee in a new episode of ABC Family’s original comedy “Young & Hungry,” airing on Wednesday, July 30th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

In the episode, “Young & Punchy,” Josh wants to hire computer genius Cooper Finley (guest star Jesse McCartney), but an awkward incident with Gabi leads Josh to punching Cooper, rather than hiring him.   Now Gabi is determined to make things right between them, leading to a different kind of spark between her and Cooper.  Meanwhile Elliot and Yolanda each scheme to be the first person to try out the fancy new bathtub Josh had installed.

 

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“Young & Hungry” is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, John Ziffren and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. The show stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Rex Lee.

 

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. For 2014, ABC Family has launched the “WATCH ABC Family” authenticated service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series at home and on the go via a wide array of devices. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

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Interviewing Dave Bautista @davebautista today #guardiansofthegalaxyevent


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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

 

About the Movie

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

 

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

History Comes Alive on Mackinac Island #dadchat

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Over our vacation this past week we decided to take our kids for their first trip to Mackinac Island. If you have never been to this island, it is the only place in Michigan that has held back from allowing motorized vehicles on the island. To get to the Island, you have to take a ferry or fly onto the island. There are three ferry companies that can bring you to the island. Each is a bit different, and we chose to use the Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry, the original ferry company that runs to the island. This company has been in existence in some fashion since 1878, talk about a long history. The ride itself took us about 45 minutes to get to the island and it was a comfortable ride. You can sit either on the inside or outside. We chose to sit on the inside as it was chilly, especially in the morning, though we did go outside a few times to get some of the pictures that you see here. It was so much fun seeing the island getting larger and larger as you got closer and closer to the island itself. You can gauge your passage toward the island while you are watching the Grand Hotel, the most identifiable building on the island, getting closer and closer. For me, one of the other things that I love watching for is the Round Island Lighthouse, as this is one of my favorite lighthouses in Michigan.

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When you get off of the ferry you exit right onto Main Street and close to Fort Mackinac. You start to see the history in action with horse and carriage taking everything from people to hotels, to trash off the island. We ended up deciding to go first to Fort Mackinac. Fort Mackinac is a Fort that has a long history on the island. The Fort first came to the island in 1779. While the fort first was controlled by the British, the Americans took control of the fort in 1796, but the British came back in 1812. The Americans did not take control of the fort again until 1815 and it remained staffed with a garrison of troops until 1895 when it was turned over to the State of Michigan and it was turned into a State Park to maintain the History of our State. Over the years people did visit the fort and learn much about the history of the fort and our State, but in 1958 a large scale restoration commenced.

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Today, visitors can get a great sense of what soldiers would have had to deal with while garrisoned at the Fort. You can tell that there was definitely hardships for many years and in reading about the fort and the soldiers, you also learn that for some time there were problems with sickness and disease too. You also see some of the more modern conveniences that were added to the fort over the years such as a bath house and modern toilets. At the same time you get to see soldiers re-enacting some of the day-to-day activities that soldiers would have experienced. At different points during the day you can see a cannon and muskets being fired. I was surprised to see that the muskets were MUCH louder than the cannon itself.

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My whole family learned so much as we went from building to building and as we interacted with staff itself. They loved being able to get up close and personal with the muskets and seeing the bugler playing a few of the daily calls that soldiers would have heard. The Fort is also so well situated on the bluff over the city. You can see everything from the fort, which makes the Fort well situated to guard against attack, at least from that side of the island. There also were a number of other great historical businesses, churches and more that you can explore with your entrance fee. So much history is found on the island, and you and your whole family will learn so much about Michigan History that by the end of the day you will be on your way to becoming a Michigan History expert, which was perfect for my oldest daughter who will be going into 4th grade and I know that this will be the year that they will be having a large unit on Michigan History and I just gave her a jump-start!

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When we left the Fort, we decided to walk down the main drag out of town toward Mission Point. When we got to Mission Point we stopped at the Mission Point resort and met with the Manager of the resort Bradley McCallum to learn more about the resort. Let me tell you, I am in awe at the history this resort has, as I had no clue walking into it prior to this. The initial people who started Mission Point were Missionaries back in the early 1820’s. These early missionaries were there to try and teach the ways of the church to the indigenous people of the island. The missionaries stayed for many years, creating the Mission Church and Mission House which still stand today. After the missionaries left and after some years the facility was changed and it became a part of the The Moral Re-Armament effort with Dr. Frank Buchman at the helm.

 

This organization became an international company/effort and they used the retreat on Mackinac Island to push forward their beliefs and views. They expanded the site to have a theatre and sound recording studio (the studio was used in the creation of some of the sets and recording of the movie Somewhere in Time) as well as the main lodge. I came to learn that the wood and beams as well as rock that you see in the main lodge were all Michigan based. I have to say that this impressed me, as it definitely showed Dr. Frank Buchman’s commitment to Michigan and to supporting the Michigan economy.

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After Dr. Frank Buchman’s death the retreat ended up going through a few iterations including two different colleges before going into a bit of disrepair and then getting purchased by the company who owns it today. You can read more about the history of the resort here: http://www.missionpoint.com/the_resort/history/

Today, you still have much of the history preserved at the resort itself. You can walk through the theatre, climb the tower for amazing views. Walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens or simply sit out on the front lawn in an Adirondack chair watching the sun or birds flying overhead, or bikes going by.

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The resort has a ton of amenities, including a pool, workout facility, theatre that offers both movies and live theatre productions, bike rentals, a putting golf course (something like mini golf, but an 18 hole putting green course), three very different restaurants and much more.

We ended up eating lunch at the Round Island Bar and Grill and all of us were quite happy with our food. From our conversation with Bradley, this restaurant was the most family friendly and we ended up choosing to eat here because of this. I ended up trying the Round Island Burger which was juicy and delicious and the onion remoulade that was on it was delicious and added just enough flavor to it too. We also tried a few of their desserts and we can definitely vouch for the Cherry Pie and the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae as both were decadent and delicious.

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After lunch we rented bikes to be able to tour the island. What is perfect about this island is that there are so many places where you can rent bikes. We ended up picking them up right from the resort which was perfect. They had a wide variety of bikes to choose from and even tandem and ride behinds fr young children. We ended up getting four bikes, one for each of us and we were off on our eight mile trek. While we did not know whether Diva-PJ would make it the entire way, we took our time, making stops where needed and we did make it around the island. We did not make it to the interior of the island, as Diva-PJ’s legs would not make it that far, but we did get to do quite a bit. We now have even more reason to come back in the future!

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By the end of the day, we wanted to do a bit of shopping and the kids found some souvenirs for themselves. We also had to splurge and purchase some of the fudge that the island was known for. What was hard was that there are at least four companies to choose from when it comes to fudge, so you have to pick and choose. We did get some and now we can say that we will be in a sugar-induced coma for a while to come. We were definitely tired by the end of the day, and in returning to Mackinaw City, we were ready to head home, but we did drive over quickly to get a closer look at the Mackinaw Bridge before leaving for the day.

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All-in-all this was a great day that we will not soon forget. We had a blast and cannot wait until we have the chance to go back and explore even more in the future!

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The Gaylord Discovery Center Educates and Entertains! #Dadchat

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My family and I went on vacation this summer to Gaylord, Michigan to escape our hometown for a bit and relax on the shores of a lake. It is always nice to be able to take your family to new places and to explore the towns too so that the kids can see the world through a bit of a different lens.

On this trip, out first full day in town was a bit cold and we had some torrential rain, which ended up meaning that we really were either going to be confined to our house or we would have to find another place that we could go to escape the confinement.

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With that in mind, we found out that the Gaylord Discovery Center was open, and we were excited to be able to go and have the experience to learn more about it and have fun for a while today. When we arrived at the Discovery Center the first impression you get is that of mixed fun for many ages. Don’t let first impression deceive you. With the painted mural on the wall and some of the things that you see, you may first think that this is only for younger kids, this is not the case.

From the moment we walked in the door we were met by the owner Kyle Johnston. I spent quite a bit of time talking with him about his vision for the business and how the Discovery Center came to be. Kyle and his family moved to Gaylord in 2008 for a job, but being that Kyle was in manufacturing, his job was downsized in 2009 and he was left wondering what would be next. At the same time he started hearing about a nonprofit group that had wanted to start a children’s museum in Gaylord. Unfortunately this effort ended fizzling out, but the idea did not, but instead was rekindled in the hearts of Kyle and his wife. Soon after, Kyle took the plunge into this effort start his for-profit business venture. In doing his research, he visited numerous childrens’ museums, both in Michigan and outside of the State. One museum that caught his eye was a smaller museum/center in a suburb outside of Seattle, This facility was much smaller than what he had seen in the past, but it was a facility that encouraged play and hands-on displays. This was a turning point in the thought process of what he could do to make the center in Gaylord what he hoped to make it.

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From all of his research Kyle developed a Discovery Center that was centered around play and fun for the whole family. Kyle created and built all of the displays in the center which ended up saving the business large amounts of money. In my conversations he mentioned a few other newer children’s museums that were built on very expensive budgets because the people putting the museum together were not people with the skills to build the displays itself whereas Kyle had these skills. The water system that he created for kids to play with brand new can cost up to $80,000 if purchased by an outside company which is why some museums end up costing as much as they do.

One of the things that I see in this center that really sets it apart is that Kyle works directly with kids to give them challenges that are appropriate based on their ages. For example, my kids were playing in the 20+ cubic yards of sand that they had in one part of the center. Kyle’s wife gave my kids and J-mom a challenge to dig a hole to the cement slab at the bottom of the sand and be able to evenly place a large triangle in it with all of the sides holding and not breaking down. After about 20 minutes or so they accomplished the task and received a prize from their prize box. Later, my daughter decided to try and accomplish the task of making it through the maze blindfolded within 60 seconds. She had three tried to make it through the challenge and it took her three tries, but she did end up making it with only a second to spare and because of achieving this goal she received a free mini pizza from BC’s Pizza in return.

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Currently they have about 5000 square feet that they are using, but soon they plan to turn in their 501C3 status paperwork to become a non-profit and hopefully will be able to expand their business to use the full 10,000 square feet that they have in the facility that they are in. Kyle mentioned that his goal would be to be able to support more after-school programming/clubs and be able to open up some additional party rooms as well as an art room and a LEGO room. Kyle and his wife definitely have a business that makes sense and a company that really works to educate kids in a way that makes kids want to learn. They recently started offering a Saturday night session for older kids called Tactical Sports. This program uses nerf blasters with small discs that teams work together to accomplish goals. As mentioned, Kyle is doing things right, and I wish him the best as he moves forward with taking his business to the next phase in its’ existence.

Something that really stood out to me was a statement that Kyle made: “Everyone wants the opportunity to express their control over their environment and to prove that they are capable that they can do it” and the Gaylord Discovery Center is here to challenge and support kids to be able to create these opportunities.

If you are in the Gaylord area or just passing through and are looking for a fun way to pass the time (as time does go by very quickly), stop by the Gaylord Discovery Center to discover some fun for the kids, but also become a kid again yourself and have some fun building towers, playing in water or even getting blindfolded in a maze. If you don’t want to get down and dirty with the kids, you also can get caught up on e-mail with their free WIFI too… so much to do and such a reasonable price!

 

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