Founder's Day Drinks

Let's celebrate Detroit's 312th birthday with our city's founder.

We'll pour a libation at the foot of the Antoine Cadillac statue at Hart Plaza (map to statue) then go to the Ren Cen for drinks at the bar at Joe Muer Seafood.

The libation will be Cadillac's favorite brandy, Armagnac.

 

"It is in this land, so fertile, that the ambitious vine, which has never wept under the knife of the vine-dresser, builds a thick roof with its large leaves and heavy clusters, weighing down the top of the tree which receives it, and often stifling it with its embrace.

Under these broad walks one sees assembled by hundreds the timid deer and faun, also the squirrel bounding in his eagerness to collect the apples and plums with which the earth is covered. Here the cautious turkey calls her numerous brood to gather the grapes, and here also their mates come to fill their large and gluttonous crops.

Golden pheasants, the quail, the partridge, woodcock and numerous doves swarm in the woods and cover the country, which is dotted and broken with thickets and high forests of full-grown trees, forming a charming perspective, which sweetens the sad lonesomeness of the solitude. The hand of the pitiless reaper has never mown the luxurious grass upon which fatten woolly buffaloes, of magnificent size and proportion.

… If the situation is agreeable, it is none the less important because it opens and closes the door of passage to the most distant nations which are situated upon the borders of the vast seas of sweet water. None but the enemies of truth could be enemies to this establishment so necessary to increase the glory of the king.”

As quoted in The Night Train blog:
http://nighttraintodetroit.com/2012/07/24/july-24-1701-cadillac-lands/

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  • Elizabeth S.

    I couldn't have had a better collective unconscious with whom to share the Armagnac than yous guys. The jello shot glasses were the brilliant idea of Linda. Salut, Linda.

    July 25, 2013

  • Tony

    Great evening. Nice to meet everyone.

    July 25, 2013

    • Brian M.

      Great seeing you, Tony. Thanks go to Elizabeth for bringing the Armagnac and the thoughtful shot cups.

      July 25, 2013

    • Tony

      Good meeting you too Brian. Thanks Elizabeth!

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time with the group. Had a wonderful time and will be attending more events. Now a shameless plug, many of you wanted to know more about the happy hour meetup I am part of. Here is the link http://www.meetup.com/Happy-Hour-Thursdays/.

    July 25, 2013

  • Linda

    Great event!

    July 25, 2013

  • Brandon L.

    Excellent event, great people! See everybody again soon!

    July 24, 2013

  • Dan O.

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the Ann Arbor area?

    July 24, 2013

  • Diana

    Armagnac! my favorite too. Don't think I make it, but I'll salute the day in kind.

    July 23, 2013

    • Barbara R.

      If you call Irene or Sandy at Joe Muer's they will allocate space for us in the lounge area. There are specials for bubbly and champagne in the lounge area all night.

      1 · July 24, 2013

  • Christina C.

    I have a work event on the River, not sure what time we're getting in, but I'm gonna try to make it.

    July 23, 2013

  • James Z.

    Can't make this one. I'd like info about the next meet-up.

    July 23, 2013

  • Brian M.

    be prepared to volunteer to read at tomorrow's event. we'll need 4 readers with their best elocution skills at the ready. see you at Hart Plaza.

    July 23, 2013

  • Mark D

    Still meeting at Hart Plaza first?

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Brian M.

      yes. Hart Plaza first.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Where are folks parking? And where is this statue? I thought I knew where everything was in Hart Plaza!

    July 23, 2013

    • Brian M.

      Here is a Google map of the location of the statue. It's just east of the Horace E. Dodge fountain: https://www.google.com...­

      July 23, 2013

    • Brian M.

      I suggest parking in the parking structure on Beaubien.

      July 23, 2013

  • Jesse S.

    I have a bottle. Going to find a flask to be more incognito.

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • Mark D

    Oop...your last sentence was hidden at first on my screen. Never mind.

    July 22, 2013

  • Brian M.

    After some coordination issues with the original venue, we're going to change the cocktail reception to the bar at Joe Muer in the Ren Cen. See you there after Hart Plaza.

    July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Much better choice!

      July 22, 2013

  • Brian M.

    if you'd like to buy a DDHS t-shirt at the founder's day event, please let me know your preferred unisex size beforehand.

    July 21, 2013

  • James Z.

    I can't make it for Founder's Day Drinks, but I'd like to join the group at some other event.

    July 20, 2013

  • Jesse S.

    http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/lcc_code/sr_lcc.asp
    State website shows the legal min price for any alcohol sold in MI.
    Ain't Big Brother something?
    Most places will order for you. Might take a week, depends on what is in stock at the warehouses.
    I see two brands of Armagnac listed exactly as Armagnac (names are tricky on this site though) that are legally for sale in MI.

    July 19, 2013

  • Todd S.

    I haven't checked Holiday Market in Royal Oak. They used to stock the $40 bottle.

    July 19, 2013

    • Brian M.

      Found a $29 bottle at Manny's in downtown Rochester.

      July 19, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Armagnac acquisition is proving to be a challenge. The local liquor store tells me the state has been unable to fill his order, at least for the under $40 bottle. He did have a $130 bottle -- pass. Cognac is close enough for me.

    July 19, 2013

  • Barbara R.

    Please confirm, we are meeting at the Antoine Cadillac statue at Hart Plaza @ 8:00pm? Where is the best place to park? Does Coach Insignia validate valet parking?

    July 17, 2013

    • Brian M.

      yes, that is correct. we will meet at the statue at 8pm. i'm not sure about Coach Insignia validating. If you find out it would be great if you could share with the group.

      July 18, 2013

    • Brian M.

      Hi Barbara, I called Coach Insignia. They won't validate the entire parking fee but they will cap so that you only have to pay 2 hours worth. She suggested using the parking structure on Beaubien, which is $3 / hour.

      July 19, 2013

  • Barbara R.

    sounds like it will be a great way to celebrate!!

    July 17, 2013

  • Karin R.

    Very cool way to celebrate!

    July 13, 2013

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