Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer is here and the living is easy

I have had the good fortune of working in Birmingham for the past 20-plus summers. I love how the town comes alive with festivals, concerts, outdoor dining and, of course, the Village Fair hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.

There are so many great things to see and do that it is sometimes difficult to decide how to spend your lunch hour or evening and weekend free time.

Looking to spend some quiet time with nature? The grounds of Manresa, Cranbrook’s campus or Birmingham’s Shain Park are great options.

Want to dine alfresco? Downtown Birmingham offers plenty of great spots, along with the Franklin Grill in downtown Franklin.

In the mood for some entertainment? Jazz on the Patio at The Community House,  the Concerts in the Park series in Shain Park, the Birmingham Farmers Market and the outdoor movie series in Booth Park are sure to please.

And then there is golf. Anyone who knows me is keenly aware that I enjoy golfing much more than the number of times I actually get to play, or the quality of my game. Still, I cherish every round, and I don’t have to go far to find a quality track.

We are very excited about hosting this year’s BBC golf outing on Monday, July 16, at the beautiful Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. Guests who have never had the opportunity to play this venerable course are in for a real treat.

Growing up in Southfield, Plum Hollow has special significance to me and I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with this very challenging yet accessible track. I had several opportunities to play the course over the years, and remember as a kid sledding there in the winter.

Reservations for the outing are going fast. As in past years, the day includes complete use of the club’s locker rooms and practice facilities, a great barbecue lunch, beverages on the course,  and post-golf Afterglow with heavy hors d’oeuvres  and networking.

Details and registration for the golf outing are available at the BBC Web site at www.bbcc.com or call us at (248) 644-1700. I hope to see you on the links on July 16.

Joe Bauman is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. He welcomes feedback at joeb@bbcc.com

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