Made In Detroit

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Bridget Lockman

Staff writer Jessica Skiff looks at the fountain at Campus Martius Park.

Bridget Lockman, Staff Writer

Every year, Adams students participating in language classes celebrate Foreign Language Week- five days filled with projects, presentations, charitable donations, and cultural traditions. The purpose of this year’s theme,“The World In Detroit,”  was to celebrate and promote the variety of cultures and languages found in Detroit.

“It is important to get excited about Foreign Language Week and learn more about our community in Detroit,” said German teacher Mrs. Janie Barner.

Inspired by this year’s Foreign Language Week theme, a few Kilt staff reporters set out on a quest to explore the best attractions in Detroit.

Our quest started in Greektown, a section of Detroit well known for its restaurants, casinos, and bakeries. The first stop was Fishbones,  a favorite restaurant for pre-game snacks due to its close proximity to Comerica Park and Ford Field. With its delicious and varied menu that includes appetizers such as Voodoo Alligator and lobster medallions, Fishbones is THE spot to visit before a game or a night out.

The next stop on the day’s itinerary was an adventure on the People Mover, Detroit’s version of an above-ground subway. Although the People Mover is known for its inefficiency, it offers an exceptional view of Canada and costs only 75 cents for a one-way ride. The only drawback is that because the People Mover is only one-way, one must ride it all the way around to travel just a few blocks.

After the People Mover adventure, we returned to Greektown and stopped at Astoria Pastry Shop. With locations in Greektown and Royal Oak and a variety of treats ranging from macaroons to strawberry shortcake, Astoria is a sure crowd pleaser. The pastry shop’s line is often out the door and is open until midnight or 1 a.m., making it the perfect post-game stop or midnight snack.

Another popular attraction is The Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA currently has a Rembrandt exhibit and hosts free concerts on Fridays and Sundays. Admission to the DIA is free for residents of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb county, but it does cost  seven dollars to park in their lot.

Even though  we set out on our journey on the coldest day of the year, we quickly came to the conclusion that Detroit offers something for everyone, from art lovers to foodies.

Unfortunately, The Kilt reporters did not get a chance to skate at Campus Martius Park or to stop at the infamous Eastern Market. Eastern Market, a great stop on Saturdays since it is the world’s largest open-air flowerbed market.

This year, Foreign Language Week  celebrated and enlightened others about the ways in which Adams students and their families made their way to the great city of Detroit. While Detroit has experienced its share of negative publicity and unfortunate events, it truly is a great city filled with diverse cultures and interesting attractions.