10/30/2011

Annual Fall Treasure Hunt Results

98 teams with about 500 participants gathered at Hillsdale County Fairgrounds for the 78th running of the annual Lewis Family Treasure Hunt--also known as the Lewis Emery Treasure Hunt. Each team had paid $20 per carload to take part in the event. The temperature was cool, the sky was clear, and it was a great night to be out with friends.

The rules were reviewed by last year's winners who became this year's hosts. A perfectly executed hunt was predicted to take about 5 hours and log 180 miles without leaving the county.

Our team of 5 included 2 virgins, a lot of trivial knowledge, and a good attitude along with lots of supplies and a full tank of gas.

A lunch bag with the first clue was waiting for each team as the event began. Inside the bag was a Compact Disc--a new way to deliver a clue this year. We were fortunate to have a CD player in the truck. Not everyone was so fortunate.

We nailed the clue immediately thanks to smart phone app SHAZZAM. The song title was "Dirt Road" a tune I did not recognize by a band I did not know. We knew that there were several exits to the fairgrounds and only one was not paved. We made our way to that exit and were given our next clue--a word search with Presidents.

Next was a basketball themed letter wheel, followed by math/number trivia, song titles, road signs, word game, Simon Says, cryptogram, puzzle pieces, and a crossword.

There were guardians near most of the hidden treasures--some could have passed for treasure seekers while others were hiding and keeping watch over the bag of clues. Our clue finding notification-celebration scream was the catch phrase from the State Farm Insurance Commercial--RODGERS! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK! That signaled our team members that the clue had been found and we could go back to the truck.

We figured out the key to the "and 1" basketball puzzle after 5 letters. The youtube video was a new use of technology and was an instant classic, but we recognized only 2 landmarks in a 17 minute video--the old school non-video math problem option worked better for us.

The next four puzzles were a breeze. We blasted through them with ease. Simon Says turned out to be very difficult for us. The "root for the razorback" clue stumped us for way too long for no apparent reason--fatigue had set in and we weren't thinking straight. I had to take my wife home about midnight when she became ill. We retraced our steps and reran the razorback clue successfully after having stumbled for over an hour.

The puzzle pieces had a red herring. We searched for the Lamb "X" for at least an hour. We ran the entire length of Lamb Road and back. Gave it up around 1:30 a.m., found the last 2 clues, and arrived at the finish just in time to watch the hosts cleaning up at 2:15 a.m. after traveling 225 miles. They told us that the Lamb "X" referred to "you are here", so we wasted a lot of time searching for the clue that wasn't there. 

We were told that about 30 teams had arrived for food, but I didn't ask how many of them had finished the hunt successfully. We were still happy to finish in not-record time with a good team I hope to play with again.

I loved the camouflaged guards at many of the clue locations especially the guys in the cornfield and the guy laying by the railroad tracks. A perfect weather night was a bonus. The time flew by. Despite a couple of SNAFUs, we had a very good time. The supplies that were invaluable included flashlights, spare batteries, a CD player, smart phone, scissors, tape, map, pens, and a general knowledge of Hillsdale County.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"


Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/29/2011

Jonesville Paves Side Streets

Another thing I love about living in Jonesville is that they repair the side streets before they become unnavigable. Two secondary streets in my neighborhood are currently under construction and should be resurfaced within a week. Neighboring cities should take notice as some of their main arteries are well past due for maintenance and are close to being dangerous.

Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/27/2011

Coffee Table Book for Chef Night Cooking Party

I received a groupon from a company called Mixbook. They are an online publishing company that will help anyone create and print a picture book for a reasonable price. The groupon deal made it even more affordable. I have taken many photographs during our Chef Night Cooking Parties, so I compiled my favorites and created a coffee table book that is viewable online. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires you to catalogue your own memories in a wonderful do-it-yourself hard-cover book.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/22/2011

Flannel Quilting Project

Trevathan's Sweep and Sew Shoppe in Hillsdale hosted another 12 hour sew that featured a flannel quilt for all the quilters to create. The material was cut, the pieces were sewn, and at the end of the day the top of the quilt was finished. Lori utilized the full 12 hours to complete her quilt top. The next step is to attach the batting and the backing with the help of a long arm machine. Another Christmas present is almost ready.



Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/21/2011

Olivia's Chop House New Menu









Olivia's Chop House in Jonesville MI has updated their menu. Many of the local favorites are still there, but tonight we enjoyed the new fresh lake perch and chicken scallopini saltimbocca. Both were very good.

The crowds move quickly, the beer is cold, the food comes fast, the portions are generous, the service is good, and the prices are reasonable. It is a bonus that this fine dining restaurant is just a 2 block walk from my house.












Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/20/2011

2011 Hillsdale County Treasure Hunt

I'm excited!  The 78th annual Lewis Family Treasure Hunt--also known as the Emery Treasure Hunt--takes place Saturday, October 22. Sign up at Celebrations Unlimited - 40 E. Bacon - Hillsdale, MI. Late sign up 5:00 p.m. at Hillsdale County Fairgrounds the day of the hunt. Cost is $20 per carload. We expect to drive around 200 miles and not leave the county! we expect to experience dirt roads that we didn't know existed, we expect to have a lot of fun.

The hunt takes participants around Hillsdale County seeking clues to the location of the next puzzle. The puzzles are hidden in public places--never on private property. We expect to visit parks, bridges, parking lots, and intersections in rural areas. There are usually 10 clues, which means 10 puzzles to decipher that will take teams to their final destination where cash prizes are awarded to the fastest finishers, along with food and beverages for everyone.

My team of 5 is set with experience totalling 6 treasure hunts--we have 2 virgins this year. We will drive one vehicle across the county with hopes of breaking into the top 10 of around 100 teams. Tools are being organized to help us solve the puzzles. We will have flashlights, GPS, smart phones, scissors, pencils, markers, a can opener, tape, the Bible, maps, string, phone book, magnifying glass, today's newspaper, extra batteries, a full tank of gas, clipboards, and the desire to complete the tour before midnight.

Wishing everyone good weather, good luck, and good fun!


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/19/2011

Paint Your Own Pottery Studio at Toasted Mud

Toasted Mud is a pottery painting studio in downtown Hillsdale, Michigan. Patrons pick a project, then design it and paint it. It gets fired and you get to take home a personalized keepsake, functional tableware, or work of art.

I chose to create a syrup pitcher while Lori decided on a serving platter. I finished my project in a couple of hours, while Lori went on consecutive days to complete an intricate design over the course of 5-6 hours.

It was a great way to spend time together working on individual projects. It was fun to be creative in a comfortable setting with helpful people around to offer assistance, and tips.

Toasted Mud is open 7 days a week. Singles, couples, small and large groups are all welcome. Masterpieces are being created daily. We are recommending Toasted Mud as one of many fun things to do when visiting the Munro House B&B in Jonesville.



Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/18/2011

Jonesville MI Wedding Officiant

Couples who need a wedding officiant in Hillsdale County can call on the services of Reverend Mike Venturini of Jonesville, MI. Many weddings have been performed at the Munro House for an intimate and elegant wedding ceremony.
Most have chosen the Thousand Dollar Wedding Package that includes site, flowers, officiant, reception, and lodging for the bride and groom. However, some choose just to have Reverend Mike perform the ceremony.



Couples who do not have a local religious affiliation have few choices for finding someone to perform their wedding ceremony to make it legal. Reverend Mike fills that niche and offers his services at the Munro House or anywhere in Hillsdale County.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast




10/17/2011

Peak Fall Colors in Hillsdale County

Fall colors are at peak in Southern Michigan, while fallen leaf quantity is also at peak. As predicted, my walnut trees were the first in the neighborhood to be leafless, which traditionally puts the rest of the area at peak color.

Three days of high winds and rain, removed the last leaves from my black walnut trees. These conditions also caused a rapid leaf fall of every tree in the area. Temperatures in the 50's and 60's make the air temperature cool, but days of full sunshine make for ideal viewing conditions for the Fall colors.

The FFA and NHS students at Jonesville High School provided community service by raking yards throughout the neighborhood. My yard was one of many to be raked at no charge by young people in this great small town.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/15/2011

Jonesville High School Students Helping Out

I was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of teen-agers raking leaves in front of my house. I didn't hire them, so I asked what they were doing. They told me that they were Jonesville High School Students who were doing community service for NHS and FFA clubs.

This group of 5 young ladies made quick work of my yard and went on to do the same to each of my neighbors. They went to each home unannounced, did the work, and asked for nothing in return.

I took my dog for a walk and found more small groups of students raking leaves throughout the neighborhood. With 5-10 young people per group, it didn't take long to rake the front yards of many appreciative home-owners in Jonesville.

It is good to see young people working together and serving the community they live in. I chatted briefly with several of them and found that they were cheerful, interesting, and hard-working individuals.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast


10/14/2011

Frankenstein opens at Sauk Theater in Jonevsille

Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" opens tonight for a 2 week run at the Sauk Theater in Jonesville. Friday and Saturday night shows at 8:00 p.m. plus a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. through October 22, 2011.

Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast


p.s. Went to opening night and enjoyed the performance. The young man who played the creature was outstanding.

10/12/2011

Free Room for Vets on the Day Before Veteran's Day

The Munro House in Jonesville MI is once again participating in the international bed and breakfast event knows as B&Bs for Vets. This program offer free rooms to veterans at B&Bs across North America on November 10, the day before Veterans Day. The timing of the event gives free lodging to veterans on November 10 which allows the vets to be in town on November 11 for morning services at local shrines traditionally held at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

With many veterans wanting to participate in this event, the Munro House has set up a booking method that alerts facebook friends as rooms become available for 11/10/11. Anyone can become a facebook friend by liking us on our website or facebook page. Just find and click on the "like" button. Regular information about the Munro House will periodically appear on your facebook page along with an alert for the release of another B&Bs for Vets free room. Several rooms are yet to be released to Munro House "friends".

Munro House requires proof of service by requesting a photo of the vet in uniform, or on duty. Vets can then arrive at the Munro House for a complimentary beverage and snack reception from 5:30-7:00 attended by other local vets, before heading into town for dinner, enjoying a night in a comfortable room, and a big breakfast with other vets.

This year's Veterans Day program in Jonesville will be in the village square at Carl Fast Park just a block from the Munro House. A dedication of the restored G.A.R. memorial is scheduled along with guest speakers and a program by local middle school children.






Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

10/11/2011

Annual Hillsdale County Treasure Hunt


78th Annual Lewis Emery Family Treasure Hunt - 10/22/2011

It's become an exciting time of year, the annual Lewis treasure hunt is here!
Saturday, October 22, 2011 is the date, so grab your friends, family, and your mate!
Meet us at 6:00 p.m. and don't be late, at the Hillsdale Fairgrounds, we can't wait!
20 bucks a load, gas up your truck or car, solving clues on this hunt will get you far!


Sign up at Celebrations - 40 E. Bacon - Hillsdale, MI
Late sign up 5:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds the day of hunt.
Your hosts are last year's winners: Ryan & Monica McNair, Scott & Chelsea Wright, Zack Kast, Jenna Kast, Kelly White, Kenny Tressler, and Laura Lamb.


78th Annual Lewis Emery Treasure Hunt--also known as the Lewis Family Treasure Hunt--begins at 6 p.m. Saturday night at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds and takes teams around Hillsdale County on a scavenger hunt throughout the night. 10 clues have teams by the carload traversing Hillsdale County's public places for an evening of puzzle solving, clue hunting, and old fashioned fun. Sign up early because the treasure hunt starts promptly at 6:00 and generally has around 400 participants.
Despite numerous cash prizes, not all the teams are in it for glory. Many come for the opportunity to spend a fun evening with family and friends. Some are just in it for the challenge. Winning teams usually finish the hunt before midnight. Some die-hards have staggered in after 2:00 a.m. Everybody wins with hot food, beverages, and snacks at the final destination.

If you want to win, you might want to bring a few items that have been helpful in the past: the latest Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce phone book, Old Farmer's Almanac, Hillsdale County map, The Bible--must be King James version, a full tank of gas, a flashlight, scissors, scotch tape, can opener, magnifying glass, today's Hillsdale Daily News, a good navigator and a smart phone with good reception in rural areas.

Munro House Bed & Breakfast is located just 10 minutes from Hillsdale County Fairgrounds and is "the most comfortable lodging in Hillsdale County." All of our guests will have checked in for the long Parents Weekend at Hillsdale College, so weather permitting, we will participate and finish outside of the top 10, again--just 3 hours behind the winners! In our vehicle, it's all about having a good time and making it to the final destination.

Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast
Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"







Munro House Bed and Breakfast