Celebrating Women Who Rock at The Henry Ford, Especially When They’re From Michigan

Women Who Rock at The Henry Ford is an unprecedented chance to revisit the musicians who have helped shape rock and roll — innovators like Madonna and Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and dozens of others! Today, guest blogger Lish Dorset gives us a sneak peek at some of the artifacts featured in the new exhibit.

On May 17th, we opened the doors of our Flex Gallery in Henry Ford Museum to our latest exhibit, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.” Presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, our staff has been buzzing about the ever since the first artifact arrived in Dearborn.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

The exhibit highlights the creative contributions of many talented female musicians, from contemporary icons like Lady Gaga to renowned artists like Billie Holiday. It’s a safe bet that one of your most favorite female artists will be represented in the exhibit.

What makes this exhibit even more exciting is its connection to Michigan artists. Who can you expect? Some pretty well-known artists, that’s who. For rock fans, Meg White’s Pearl peppermint bass drum reflects her time with The White Stripes. A collection of lyrics, clothing and even a clarinet represent Patti Smith.

Going back to the 1960s, two of The Supremes’ iconic dresses are included in the exhibit. For Aretha Franklin, there are sheets of lyrics, dresses and even a poster of her with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

And what would a Michigan roundup be without Madonna? Showcasing some of her work from 1990s, you’ll see handwritten lyrics, notebooks and instantly recognizable costumes designed by none other than Jean Paul Gaultier.

I can’t wait to see such an amazing group of Michigan women included in this awesome exhibit.

To help celebrate “Women Who Rock,” we’re giving away tickets to Henry Ford Museum throughout the summer. Simply let us know what your first concert was by tagging a social update with #MyFirstConcert and you’ll be entered to win.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

You can see “Women Who Rock” May 17 through August 17 at Henry Ford Museum. Entrance to the exhibit is included with membership to The Henry Ford or paid museum admission.

Do you plan to visit The Henry Ford to see Women Who Rock this summer?

Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn. She lives in Royal Oak with her family. You can learn more about Women Who Rock by checking out The Henry Ford’s blog.

A Sneak Peek at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (Plus a Giveaway!)

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) kicks off at the Cobo Center in Detroit this weekend! The show will officially be open to the public January 18 – 26, but we were able to snap some photos during media preview days to share. Check them out in the gallery below and learn more about the show at michigan.org.

Will you be attending NAIAS this year? See the bottom of this post for your chance to win free tickets to the show!

If you’re looking to keep the automotive excitement going after the show, check out these 5 awesome automotive attractions in Pure Michigan. 

Do you want to score free tickets to NAIAS in Detroit? Simply tell us in the comments section below why you want to go to the Auto Show and who you would take with you. We’ll then select one lucky winner at random to win two tickets to the show. To be eligible, simply submit your comments (along with your email address) by this Wednesday, January 15that 11:59 p.m. EST. We’ll contact the winner Thursday morning using the email address provided (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody).  UPDATE: This contest has ended. The winner has been selected and contacted via email with their prize. Thank you everyone for the comments! 

Hockeytown Hot Spots: How to Make the Most of Detroit’s 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival

The SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival hits Detroit December 15 – 31, 2013. Today, Dan Fuoco of the Detroit CVB tells us how to make the most of some Hockeytown hot spots in Detroit during the festival. 

During the month of December, Detroit dons the colors red and white in honor of Hockeytown! Two weeks prior to the Winter Classic, downtown Detroit is a hotspot of hockey-themed activities, events, and opportunities to meet hockey alumni and Hall of Famers. Welcome to the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival!

Know Before You Go: Travel Tips

The festival kickoff date is Sunday, December 15 and it runs to New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, which happens to be the date for the Alumni game, with an appearance from Steve Yzerman.

Snow slows everything down – unless you’re on top of it, like a skier – so plan accordingly and give yourself some time to get downtown. And because you’ll be outside for an extended amount of time, this time dress for warmth and comfort — I’m talking snow boots, scarves, mittens (in honor of the mitten state), and layers!

If you haven’t already made lodging arrangements, visitdetroit.com is your link todowntown hotels. And the current Visit Detroit magazine provides all the information you’ll need to make the most of your stay in The D, including a cover story with more info on the NHL Winter Classic!

Hockey-Themed Exhibits, Games & Activities:

  • Hockey Hall of Fame artifacts exhibit
  • Full-size street hockey rink for ages five and older
  • Open skate on a full-size synthetic ice rink (hockey skates only, please)
  • Hardest shot radar cage game
  • Top shot electronic hockey net game
  • Mini-sticks game
  • Bubble hockey game
  • Video game challenges


Autograph & Photo Opportunities

  • Stanley Cup display with photo opportunities
  • Q&A sessions with Red Wings and Maple Leafs alumni
  • Alumni autograph booths
  • Locker room displays and photo opportunities

Food & Entertainment

  • SnowZilla simulated toboggan slide
  • Bounce house
  • Local musical acts
  • Food truck vendors
  • Detroit restaurants
  • Hot cocoa and s’mores stations
  • Fire pit warming stations

Coke Zero Fan Zone hours during Hockeytown Winter Festival:

The Coke Zero Fan Zone takes place outside of Comerica Park in conjunction with the festival. The fan zone is free to ticket holders of each day’s Winter Festival hockey games or just $5 admission per day for non-ticket holders.

The Fan Zone will fill three giant heated tents with tons of fun and excitement for hockey fans of all ages including:

  • Friday, Dec. 27 from 1-10 p.m. (Great Lakes Invitational games MSU vs. MTU – 3:30 and WMU vs. U-M – 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Dec. 28 from 1-10 p.m. (GLI Consolation Game – 3:30 p.m. and GLI Championship Game – 7 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Dec. 29 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (OHL games Windsor vs. Saginaw – 1:30 p.m. and London vs. Plymouth – 5 p.m.)
  • Monday, Dec. 30 from 1-8 p.m. (AHL game Toronto Marlies vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – 5 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown games – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

Plenty of activities and events make for a robust buildup for the Winter Classic. Red Wings fans are dedicated, loyal and passionate about Hockeytown. In fact, “The Captain” (Steve Yzerman) said it best when he said: “Very few cities in the NHL have the history or the following of the Detroit Red Wings.” The event will make hockey history, but the fans will make the event!

Do you plan to visit the Hockeytown Winter Festival in Detroit? Let us know if you’ll be there!

Dan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.