Want to beat the winter blahs? Hamtramck has some remedies

All of us who love Hamtramck know why this is such a special city.
This weekend and next are perfect examples of why this city, despite all its ups and downs, is one of the metro area’s favorite destinations.
This Saturday kicks off Tuesday’s Paczki Day festivities with a 5K run, sponsored by Tour-de-Troit. The annual event, now in its seventh year, attracts thousands of participants – and we’re not exaggerating.
Here’s another added feature: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will also be participating in the run. Come on out and welcome our newly-elected governor.
It’s quite a sight to see folks running and walking through our neighborhoods, even if it means with putting up a little inconvenience in getting around town.
After the race, the party continues in a heated tent located in the Hamtramck Town Center parking lot on Jos. Campau and Holbrook. That’s where you can get paczki and enjoy live polka music.
Tuesday, of course, is the big day, when the city’s bars, service clubs and halls open their doors for all things Paczki-related. And by that, we mean live music, Polish dinners, and plenty of imbibing.
It’s our version of Mardi Gras, and we accept no imitations.
After a couple days’ rest, the party starts up again with the annual Hamtramck Music Fest, which starts on Thursday and winds up Saturday night.
You can read all the details in their ad in this week’s issue.
This music festival also attracts thousands of fans during the week. There are very few cities in the area that could pull this off.
Thank goodness Hamtramck remains a walkable city, where one can easily get from one venue to another without having to rely on a car.
We are nearing the end of a grueling winter, and we could all use a shot of fun. Only here in Hamtramck can we find so many ways to beat the winter blahs.

March 1, 2019

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