On summer Sundays at the Brighton High School and the Brighton Middle School, two long standing traditions offer musical pleasure, fresh food and sporting exercise: the Brighton Farmer’s Market and the Game at the Corners. (SEE ALL GAME ARTICLES BELOW)
Both traditions started — or will start — late this year. On the first week, the 24th, the Brighton Farmer’s Market operated on a pre-order, pick-up basis. Happily on Sunday, May 31, onsite sales were allowed with safety precautions. Soon, live music, Ask a Scientist and Ask a Bighton Town Council member kiosks, R Community Bikes giveaways and much more will be back.
As seen in From Zimbabwe to Tokyo at the Brighton Farmers Market, the market is always a lively happening.
The Brighton Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Town of Brighton, and is a weekly, producer-only market. The market was founded in 2008 as part of the Town’s Color Brighton Green initiative, which was established to promote environmental sustainability among Brighton residents and businesses.The Brighton Farmers’ Market was formed to bring the pleasures of eating local food to the residents of Brighton and nearby communities. By connecting consumers to the farmers who grow food in an environmentally sound manner, the market can enhance the well-being of the consumers, the farmers, and the greater community. Buying delicious vegetables, fruit, and meat directly from local farmers allows us to reconnect with the source of our food and participate more fully in a sustainable food system. The market also offers plants, eggs, flowers, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, pasta, mixes, and herbal products. Visiting the market gives us a chance to meet friends and neighbors, listen to live music, and enjoy a cup of coffee on a summer morning.
Normally, the Game at the Corners begins in early May. Due to the pandemic, the game is on hold. We hope to play this season but may be short handed. We very much need new people to join the fun. Contact Dave Easan at [email protected] or Dave Kramer at [email protected].
In our first of many zany stories on the Game at the Corners, Pick up softball games still exist, unofficial commissioner Dave Esan explained what the game is all about.
The game has its roots in pick up games played 40 years ago at the Hillel School. The current Twelve Corners version has been running each summer since 1999. As families grew, the game disappeared. It started again 16 years ago. The theme is to have fun, and hopefully to pass the love of softball to a younger generation. Special rules were created to allow 12-16 year olds to play without disrupting the game. Some have played with us from age 12 through college.
All are welcome. We gather between 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Games go until 11:15 at the latest. Balls, bats and gloves, if needed, are provided. The Brighton Farmer’s is open both before and after the game. For questions, contact Dave Esan at [email protected]
Again, we may be short handed this summer and need all interested players. So please contact us if you want to have fun and pass the love of softball to a younger generation
At today’s market was Brighton Town Supervisor William “Mauler” Moehle who plans to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2020 Game at the Corners season.
As seen in Iconic America at the Brighton Little League Parade, Bill played his Little League ball in Plymouth, Michigan and is a lifetime Detroit Tigers fan. When growing up, Bill’s favorite players were Al Kaline and Willie Horton. Kaline # 6, recently passed away, exemplified Detroit. Going directly from high school to the major leagues, Kaline played his entire 22 year career with the Tigers, leading them to the 1968 World Series title and winning the hearts of all Michigan.
For Bill, Horton symbolized the spirit of Detroit. Raised in Detroit, Horton starred at Northwestern H.S., hitting a home run at Tiger Stadium at age 16 in an all-city high school game and winning a city championship in 1959. During the city’s riots in the summer of 1967, wearing his Tiger uniform, Horton visited 12th Street calling for peace.
To keep sharp and to break in my new softball glove, I bounced and caught some balls off the wall of the Brighton High School, the “Brick Monster.”¹ Bill took a pic of an over-the-shoulder grab reminiscent of Willie May’s iconic catch of Vic Wertz’ drive to center field in game 1 of the 1954 World Series.In 2018, Brighton Town Council Member Robin Wilt threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Be sure to make the Fourth of July game and the planned fireworks.
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Bill’s throw to my glove was actually not just the first pitch of the season but the first catch ever for the glove.
As seen in In Brighton, the Meadowbrook neighborhood’s “Get Some Balls” sale goes virtual. It’s not for the birds., I traded the unsold baseballs Update, 5/18: After the baseballs did not sell, I traded them to Play It Again Sports in South Town Plaza for a new Rawlings® The Mark of a Pro ™ Player Preferred P130HFL 13 INCH All Leather Shell softball glove.
Unfortunately, the Sears Roebuck and Co, Master-Mixed, Boiled Linseed Oil saved to break in just such gloves is not the right kind of oil. While the container says, “Polishes and protects gun stocks, skis, toboggans and other sports equipment, according to baseballmonkey.com, “When using oils and conditioners to break in your glove, the first thing you should know is that products like Vaseline, petroleum jelly, olive oil, mink oil, and linseed oil should never be used.”