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November 2, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

We had an amazing first walking season! 

Suzanne's historic and point-of-interest talks were very interesting and so informative. 

Polly did a super job as our spreadsheet and log-in expert. 

Thank you, walkers, for coming out each Saturday to join us in our walks. 
CONGRATULATIONS!! As a group we walked 657.5 miles!!!!
Well done, Farmington Farmers Market Walkabouts!!!!!

We will be walking this Saturday, November 6th. Our route will be a walker's choice. And the mile we walk will be logged in for next season.
Yes, the Walkabouts will be back in May 2022. Thank you to the Farmers Market and Beaumont Health Systems for sponsoring us!
We have so enjoyed walking and getting to know all of you!

Happy and Healthy Walking!

Suzanne, Sandy and Polly

October 27, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

Thank you so much to Mayor Sara Bowman for leading us in stretches last week before our walk.

This Saturday the Farmington Farmers Market will be celebrating the 10th Annual Haunted Market. Volunteers and vendors will be dressed in costume. The POP! Club will be having Shoeboxes of Doom. And the Walkabouts' last official walk will feature three historic downtown churches.

We will walk to the First Methodist Church, where Suzanne will give a brief talk. Then we'll continue our walk to the steps at Shiawassee Park where we will view Our Ladies of Sorrows. The last stop on mile our route is the First Baptists Church, which we featured on an earlier walk. 

After the walk, Polly will be handing out certificates to each walker with mileage walked. Thank you to Mayor Sara Bowman and Kari Woloszyk from Beaumont Health System for signing them.
Congratulations to all for a Wonderful Walkabout Season! We had 14 walkers who walked 5-10 miles, nine who did 10-15, five at 15-20 and 11 who walked at least 2. Ruby our mascot dog logged in 20 and got a pin and a doggie treat!

The most faithful walker was Lisa Richardson, who logged 28 miles! 

Thank you to Farmington Farmers Market and to Beaumont Health System. 

Next Saturday, November 6, has been added to the Market season. So we'll celebrate with a Walkers Choice Route. The mile will go toward next season!

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly

October 16, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

We had a great walk last Saturday. A big thank you to Cathi Waun for her very informative talk on KickstArt and the Sunflour Bakehaus mural by MaryLou Stillwagon Stropoli. Also thank you to Dwayne Hayes, KickstArt director, for opening the shop early and sharing additional information about this amazing nonprofit that supports local artists. 

On Saturday, October 23, the Farmington Market will host Senior Health and Wellness Day sponsored by Beaumont Health. Our guest walker, Mayor Sara Bowman, will lead us in stretches before our mile walk. There will be no specific point of interest. Instead, we hope upon returning to the Market that walkers will take part visit the mini-clinic on health and wellness.

Our final walk of the season on October 30 will feature three downtown churches. 

We will log in the final mile and after our walk will give out certificates . A big thank you to Peggy Castine for creating the certificates and to Kari Woloszyk, Beaumont representative, and Mayor Sara Bowman for taking the time to sign them.

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly

October 9, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

We had a great walk to Women's Park last Saturday. Thank you to Diane Hague for her informative talk.

So sorry for the mud walk. Yes, we gave walkers 1.5 miles for the dirty shoes.

Congratulations to Peggy and Bruce for logging in 5 miles and to Rita and Terri for completing 15 miles.

The walking season is quickly coming to an end. Thank you to our sponsors Beaumont Health System and the Farmington Farmers Market!

Our walk on Saturday, October 16, will be to KickstArt, a non-profit community art center in downtown Farmington. Our guest walker is Cathi Waun, member of the Farmington Planning Commission and a board member of KickstArt. She will give a brief talk about the art center and the mural next door on the Sunflour Bakehaus painted by MaryLou Stillwagon Stropoli. After the talk, we will continue our one-mile walk through the historic district and back to the Market.

See you all at Riley Park, west entrance, at 10:00. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine!

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly


October 2, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

Heard it through the grapevine that it was a beautiful day and a great walk down Grand River to the  legendary Silver Dairy. And that the ice cream cups were a tasty reward. Thank you to John Castine for delivering them and to Suzanne for her informative talk. 

Congratulations to Bob and Nancy for walking 5 miles and to Pam and Patti for logging in 15 miles. Heidi, Theresa, Polly and Suzette have all reached the 20-mile goal.

This Saturday, October 9, we will be walking to the Women's Park in downtown. Our guest walker is Diane Hague, president of the Farmington Branch of  the AAUW. She will be giving a brief talk about this lovely historic pocket park. We will continue our mile walk through the neighborhood and back to the market. 

We are fast approaching the end of the Farmington Farmers Market season and our Saturday walks. Just three more miles to complete. It has been a truly delightful walking group. It's not too late to join or rejoin us for our last adventures.

See you Saturday 10:00 a.m. at the West Entrance of Riley Park.

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly

September 25, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

Last Saturday a little bit of rain did not prevent us from walking 1.5 miles to the Quaker Cemetery. Yes, the umbrellas were up! A big thank you to Polly for her informative presentation. 

This Saturday, October 2, we will be walking to the Silver Dairy, which was established in 1949, and learning about this Farmington landmark and Moolinda, its iconic cow. On the 1.5 mile route, we will stop at the Wendy drinking fountain. Suzanne researched the history of the fountain as promised and will share her findings.  

We have four weeks left to complete the walking season. Our last login will be on October 23. On October 30. we will present a certificate to walkers who logged in 5 miles or more. 

Thank you all for joining our walking group and to our sponsors, Beaumont Health System and the Farmington Farmers Market.

See you on Saturday, 10 a.m. at the West Entrance of Riley Park. Enjoy the Ravens!

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly

Walking to Farmington's 9/11 Memorial

September 11, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

It was a beautiful, moving walk last Saturday to the Farmington 9/11 memorial.

Thank you so much to our guest walkers, Bill Galvin, Steve Schneemann and Brian Golden. Your presence, comments and recollections added so much to Suzanne's talk. 

Brian, thank you for sharing Avram "Skip" Rosenthal's 9/11 Memorial Flag and for playing "Taps" during our moment of silence.

This Saturday, Sept. 18th, we will be walking to Oakland Street in the historical district. Janet MacDonald, the owner of a beautiful, 1846 home, has graciously offered to give a brief talk about it. 

After that we will continue our mile walk to Farmington Road, south to Shiawassee, west to Grace, then to Grand River and back to the Market.

Congratulations to Betti for logging in 5 miles and to Patti for walking 10 miles. Suzanne is our first walker to reach the 20-mile goal!

Remember: This Thursday begins the Harvest Moon Festival!  Also the kids' POP! program, for Power of Produce, returns to the Market on Saturday.

And we'll see you at Riley Park, EAST Entrance this week only, at 10:00 a.m.

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly


September 4, 2021

Hello, Walkabouts!

What wonderful walking weather we had last Saturday! Our walk to Shiawassee Park was quite nice. We all enjoyed the talk given by Cheryl Blau, school board member, on the history of Farmington Schools. Some of our walkers took the opportunity to add a few more steps to the 1.5-mile walk!
Congratulations to Pam, Rita and Terry for logging in 10 miles and to Theresa, Suzette and Polly for making the 15-mile goal. Way to go, Walkabouts!
artifact-(2).pngThis Saturday marks 20 years since 9/11. We will be walking to Farmington City Hall to visit the 9/11 Memorial, Never Forget, which includes a piece of the Twin Towers. 
Our guest walkers are Steven Schneemann, Farmington City Council member; Bill Gavin, former Farmington mayor, and Brian Golden, president of the Farmington Historical Society. Steven, Bill and Brian were instrumental in procuring the artifact as well as raising funds for and designing this beautiful memorial.
After a brief talk in front of the memorial, we will continue our mile walk by heading west to the Women's Park. We will walk through the park and take time to view the plaque dedicated to Joshua Rosenthal, a victim of 9/11 whose father, Avram "Skip" Rosenthal, owned a bookstore in downtown Farmington. Then we will walk through the neighborhood and return to the Market.
Looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington Farmers Market’s west entrance. Remember to log in with Polly.

Happy Walking!

with Suzanne and Polly

Be sure to get your incentives

Walkabouts who have hit various milestones this summer can collect their incentive anytime this market season.
“Our Farmington Walkabouts group has incentives for walkers to keep coming back and joining us on our weekly walk,” says Jake Ivey, our own AmeriCorps Farmers Market Food Navigator.

To get your incentives, just bring your signed certificate to the Market's West Entrance.
If you haven’t yet registered with the Walkabouts, you can do so any Saturday at the Market Information Tent. Then meet us at the West Entry of the Market at 10 a.m. Saturday as we explore the city of Farmington.
It’s fun, it’s educational and, most of all, it’s healthy.  


Finding City Hall



Paying their respects


For the third Walkabout outing, the group headed for Oakwood Cemetery on Grand River just west of Shiawassee.



Walking to the Mansion

On its second walk, the Market's Walkabouts walking club headed west on Grand River to the Gov. Warner Mansion. Here are photos from the trek:


Discovering a treasure in Farmington

The Walkabouts, the Market's new walking club, began their season with a brisk stroll in downtown Farmington that took the group of three dozen past one of the city's most importantt historic houses.

Club leaders Sandy Boland, Suzanne Clinton and Polly Varhol, who are also market volunteers, led the walkers to the eye-catching house at 23700 Warner that built around 1865. The group had contacted the current owners in advance, and they were thrilled to share with the Walkabouts information about their home. Here is the history lesson they provided:

The land was originally part of the plot owned by the Power Family, one of Farmington's founding families. Seth Warner Jr., father of P.D. Warner and the grandfather of the future governor, Fred Warner, acquired the six-acre parcel in 1864. The Warner Mansion on Grand River was built around the same time period, in 1867, by P.D. Warner.

The home has had many owners, but a most significant period was when Mark and Evelyn Wixom owned it from 1917-1932. In the 1920s, the Wixoms sold off several lots along Warner where neighboring houses were built. Sadly, they lost the house to the People’s State Bank in 1935 during the Great Depression.

After that, the house went into disrepair. Luckily, Lloyd Gullen and his artist wife, Annie, purchased it and undertook a major renovation around 1942. They raised the house off its foundation, adding block above the Michigan stone basement walls. They removed dilapidated porches, added windows and fancy doorways on the exterior and gave the home “a new lease on life.”

The current owners also undertook some major renovations to the home in 1983, bringing it up to current standards. They removed a back section of the house and added on a family room, mud room, laundry room, half bath and an attached garage – all while maintaining its style and character.

The stye of the house is considered Victorian, its characteristics being the bay windows (here a double bay), peaked gable, fancy trim, eyebrows over the windows and fish scales. Although the porches were removed and a few features may not be entirely period, the house was used as a contributing resource in gaining Farmngton the designation of a State and National Historic District.

Over the years, the home and its yard have been the setting for several film shoots and commercials. One exciting shoot, for TNT and the NBA, featured former Piston basketball star Grant Hill shooting hoops with his dad on the backyard driveway court. The setting had been chosen for its “character and charm” and because it seems like a “throw-back to another era.”