The statue at the former City-County Building in downtown Detroit displays
the true spirit of Tiger Town. This statue, designed by Marshall
Fredericks and installed (sans jersey) at the City-County Building in
1958 is nicknamed "The Spirit of Detroit."
The tradition of
dressing the 'Spirit' with a jersey began in 1997 when the Detroit Red
Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. Since then it has also
’sported’ the jerseys of the Detroit Pistons, WNBA
Detroit Shock, Super Bowl XL, and even a tuxedo when "The Three Tenors" performed at Tiger
Stadium in 1999.
2011 American League Central Champions
This photo is the opening ceremony of ALDS Game 3 vs. the
New York Yankess at Comerica Park in Detroit. on October, 2011.
Tigers beat the Yankees 3 games to 2 to win the AL Central Division Championship.
They advanced to the AL Championship Series but lost to the Texas
Rangers 2 games to 4.
The photo above was taken on its last excursion in 2009, during which problems with the boiler were discovered. After a thorough inspection the boiler was deemed unsafe to continue operation and all remaining excursions were cancelled. The federally mandated 15-year inspection and rebuild was due soon, so the locomotive was taken out of service until it could be brought into compliance with all Federal Railroad Administration requirements.
The rebuild, begun in 2010, is in its final stages but compliance is a monumental and expensive task and SRI still needs to raise $300,000 to complete the $900,000 restoration.
But, a benefactor has pledged $100,000 if SRI can raise $200,000.
This $100,000 gift will not stay on the table long. If you are able,
please make a contribution. Any amount will be greatly
appreciated; no gift is too small or too large. Every dollar counts.
Please help save the Pere
Marquette 1225, the locomotive whose image and sound were used for the animated movie
"The Polar Express."
I'm pleased to announce that my work is now available at the State of Mind Gallery, 120 E. Main St. in Northville, Michigan. The gallery, owned by metal artists Joan Mulvehill and Lisa Robideau, showcases the work of more than 40 local Michigan artists.
Mon -Thurs 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
The first Friday of every month downtown Northville comes alive and
celebrates the arts during their popular First Friday Experience
(formerly known as the Art Walk).As guests stroll
downtown Northville's growing art district, they
will enjoy a night filled with art exhibits (highlighting featured
artists each month), art demonstrations and related events. Downtown
Northville's participating First Friday Art galleries and stores are
open until 9 pm with many of the businesses offering
complimentary hors d' oeuvres and beverages for their guests as they
browse or shop.
I'll be in the gallery from 6 to 9 pm for this month's First Friday on October 5, so please stop in to say hello and see my display.
Here I will publish articles about my photography, exhibits, and other news before being posted on my web site: JamesCRitchie.com. I will also post photos from my shoots that have an interesting story, but don't (in my mind) make the grade for a gallery appearance.
Besides being a means to keep you informed, I hope to field your questions and discussion about any and all aspects of my work, so please feel free to post comments.
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