To all who continue to claim that there is nothing to do in our great city… you must have slept through the whole month of August!
Flint, along with the surrounding communities, hosted an abundance of events this summer; Back to the Bricks, the Crim Festival of Races, Flint Olympian Games, Jazz Fest 2013, the Montrose Blueberry Festival, Warrior Dash, Taste of Grand Blanc, Taste in Fenton and many more. My hope is that you and your family were able to enjoy one or more of these happenings. If you were unable to attend, no worries – My City Magazine was there and we’re happy to share it all with you. So, from classic cars to pounding sneakers, to people playin’ in the mud and much more, this issue has highlights and excellent pictorials.
I personally attended many of the recent events and want to acknowledge the fine planning and cooperation between all of the organizing committees and local agencies – law enforcement, officials, volunteers – they worked together to produce safe and successful events for thousands of citizens to enjoy. That’s not an easy task in any city.
In this monthly letter, I like to mention some of the stories in the current issue that I consider a “must read”, however; if you’re really to understand the greatness our city has to offer, you must invest enough time to read your MCM from cover to cover. In this issue’s “My Giving” category, Whaley Children’s Center honors their many dedicated volunteers at a picnic. “My Outreach” profiles the parish of St. Michael’s, celebrating 170 years Downtown. “My School” offers reflections on the role Mott Community College has played in Flint for 90 years, and celebrating 40 years serving “My Eats” is Flint icon, White Horse Tavern. (Did you know they serve a 5lb pizza? My stomach just growled.) I’m thrilled to also mention a very special article, “Flint’s Local DJ” – the first in a series about Flint’s amazing rock music history, written by my good friend, local notable and celebrated author, the famous (infamous?) Peter C. Cavanaugh (see p. 98). Welcome aboard, Pete!
Perhaps some of you aren’t Flint history buffs like me; but I hope you’ve checked out the fascinating auto history series penned by our writer and assistant editor, Jessica Pressley. It wraps up this month with Part 4 – “J. Dallas Dort: Flint’s Benevolent Father.” Also of note in this issue is her piece on the history of the Flint Institute of Music. We’ve had many great comments about Jessica’s history features, and I think everyone should want to know the history of the city we call home.
I truly hope you’re enjoying our publication and look forward to receiving every issue. My entire team is so grateful for the support of our advertisers and hundreds of subscribers. For the last four months, over 10,000 local citizens, businesses and professionals have received My City Magazine free of charge; but the true value of a magazine is measured by the willingness of its readers to subscribe. It’s an amazing feeling for all of us to know that so many people have discovered the value of MCM and its role in creating a new “city pride.” If you like what you see and believe in what we’re doing but haven’t yet subscribed, it’s very easy to do – visit mycitymag.com/subscribe, or simply use the subscription card in this issue.
We held up the printing of this issue so we could bring you coverage of both Back to the Bricks and The Crim, and we had photographers all over town! I’m again amazed by my team and proud of their exceptionally hard work on this month’s content. I know you’ll enjoy it. If you have comments, catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #mycitymag.
On a final note, I have some very exciting news… starting with this (September) issue you can purchase MCM at Barnes & Noble Booksellers! If you’re one of the people who requested it, thank you. I can’t wait to walk in and buy myself a copy, just for the fun of it.
If you keep believing in My City, we’ll make positive change together, every day.
Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief
PHOTO BY AUTUMN D. RUMMEL