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Base Ball 1860
Aug. 14 • Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit

“America’s favorite sport” sounds sugary sweet no matter how you spin it. But it’s a designation most baseball lovers are willing to accept, given the indelible mark that the storied pastime has left in the tapestry of Americana. Stories of the game’s inception are varied, but one thing’s certain — the country’s social history is rife with Big Show lore. By the 1860s, baseball (or, base ball, as it was spelled then) was sweeping the nation, although the rules and style of play were a lot different
than the game we know today. Here’s your chance to see how it used to be played. On Aug. 14, vintage baseball
teams, the Mighty River Hogs of Midland County and the Bay City Independents, will participate in an old-fashioned game of “stick,” where “ballists” man the field and “strikers” swing away. 1 p.m. at Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit; 313-833-7450.

Summer Fun
Ongoing • Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte

Karen Thomas, owner of the Biddle Gallery in Wyandotte says, “No need to bother with those outdoor things; the Biddle is a climate-controlled art fair.” Celebrating the hot months with Summer Fun, a mishmash of the Downriver gallery’s funky art offerings, interested buyers can expect the full gamut — handmade pottery, jewelry, tile, glass, purses, T-shirts and, of course, fine art from more than 100 different Michigan artists, including Carl Oxley, Rick Pruckler, Janet Allinger, Jack Johnson, Graceanne Warn, Jeri Holister, Tara Hackett and Mark Heggie. Do your one-stop art shopping all summer long at 2840 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-281-4779. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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