Access to the activities described below is limited to registered companions and registered children.
Registered companions are invited to mingle and relax in the Companion Hospitality Lounge, Complimentary breakfast will be served Monday through Thursday, 7:00-9:30 AM. The lounge will be the gathering point for all companion tours. More information about activities in the lounge will be posted as it becomes available.
Information on Companion Tours are shown below. Register now for the IEEE PES 2011 General Meeting.
Companion On-Site Activities
There is no charge to registered companions for on-site activities. Please note that some events have limited attendance. Sign-up sheets will be in the companion lounge beginning Monday morning. First come, first served.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Companion activities will be kicked off with the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau providing a presentation and video on things to do while visiting Detroit. There will be maps and brochures available to help you with getting around Detroit, finding restaurants, local sites, and other attractions in the local area.
10:30am - 12:00 noon
Guided People Mover tour of downtown Detroit. The Detroit People Mover provides convenient access to all downtown locations. See the sites and stops along the people mover route ending up in Greek Town, Detroit’s entertainment district, where you can choose from over 30 restaurants for lunch. Lunch on own.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yoga is the search for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. Enjoy this class with a certified Yoga instructor who will guide you with easy to learn poses that will tone your body and relax your mind.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
11:00am - 12:30pm
“Everything You Need to Know about Olive Oil” presented by the Detroit Marriott’s very own Executive Chef, Franz Josef Zimmer. Enjoy the ambiance of Chef Zimmer’s private Olive Room where he will guide you through the intricacies and pleasures of olive oil and present you with a gift of olive oil from his very own European olive farm. Lunch included. Space limited to the first 10. Sign up instructions in the Companion Lounge.
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Zumba. Z is for zesty. U is for unbelievable. M is for marvelous. B is for the “the bomb”. U is for you. Come experience the new dance craze taking place across the country. Zumba is low-impact aerobic dancing with a Latin flair. We promise you will feel recharged and have lots of fun with your fellow companions..
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
10:00am - 12:00 noon
Ceramic Tile Class. Take home a distinctive piece of Detroit with your self-designed tile by Pewabic Pottery, one of Detroit’s most prestigious and recognized artistic institutions. Pewabic Pottery was recently recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Historic Artists Homes & Studios” site. Pewabic fabricates heirloom quality architectural tiles for public and private installations. Designs inlcude gift tiles, commemorative tiles, vessels, gardenware and ornaments including reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs. This class is limited to the first 25. Sign up instructions in the Companion Lounge.
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Paper Arts. Coax out your creativity with an updated version of arts & crafts. Lizzy Giggs' paper arts class will give you an opportunity to fashion 3 greeting cards: birthday, hello and thank you - two with fru-fru and a feminine, and one in a masculine style with no fru-fru. A delightful way to spend part of your day and come away with some new skills and three beautiful gifts to give to special friends.
3:30pm - 5:00pm “Everything You Need to Know about Olive Oil”
presented by the Detroit Marriott’s very own Executive Chef, Franz Josef Zimmer
. Enjoy the ambiance of Chef Zimmer’s private Olive Room where he will guide you through the intricacies and pleasures of olive oil and present you with a gift of olive oil from his very own European olive farm. Appetizers included. Space limited to the first 10. Sign up instructions in the Companion Lounge.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
10:00am - 12:00 noon
“Game On”. It's a social event. It's a party. It's a blast! A great way to wrap up a week of conferencing by spending a couple hours playing board games featuring Bunco. Bunco is a game of dice played in rounds. Players take turns rolling the dice trying to accumulate as many points as possible to win. Great prizes are waiting to be won… let it be you.
Please arrive at the Companion Lounge 15 minutes before the posted start time of the tour. Tickets for each tour are sold at a single rate regardless of the age of the person participating.
Note: The buses used for the tours have storage for a wheelchair, but do not have a wheelchair lift. Guests must be able to enter and exit the buses without the aid of a lift.
City of Detroit Highlights
Sunday, July 24, 2011 1:00 pm 3:30 pm
food is not provided or included
Activity levels: 95 % on-bus riding, 5% easy walking (at one or two photo stops).
Capture the essence of Detroit. Landmark sights in the Downtown area include the Cobo Center and Joe Louis Arena, Hart Plaza, the Riverfront, the Renaissance Center, Campus Martius Park, Eastern Market, and many additional buildings and statues of interest. The tour moves north into the Entertainment District for a look at Detroit's theatres and sports venues before heading to Midtown. Detroit's Midtown offers The New Center Area, and many wonderful museums, libraries, and leading educational and medical facilities. Also included in the tour are some of Detroit's neighborhoods such as Corktown, which is the city's oldest, and some ethnic gems Greektown, Poletown, and Mexicantown. Our tour guide will provide history, facts and tidbits about everything along the way. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the interesting variety that is Detroit.
City of Detroit Highlights & Motown Museum Tour
Monday, July 25, 2011 9:00 am 1:00 pm;
Food is not provided or included
Activity Level: 25 % on-bus riding, 75 % easy walking. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.
In addition to the City of Detroit tour described above, the Monday excursion features a guided tour of the Motown Historical Museum which commemorates the distinctive and catchy Motown sound. The Motown Historical Museum showcases the history of Motown records and their many great artists, such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Jackson Five, and The Contours, just to name a few.
Meadow Brook Hall Tour & Shopping on your own at Somerset Collection
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:00 am 3:00 pm;
Lunch is not provide or included, though it is available for purchase at Somerset Collection
Activity level: 25 % on-bus riding, 75 % easy walking, wheelchair accessible
Meadow Brook Hall
Often referred to as one of America's "castles", this exquisite 110-room, 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) mansion is currently ranked fourth on the list of Largest Historic Homes in the United States. It is designed in a European-inspired Tudor revival style , however, most of the materials that were used to build the home were American-made. Much of the original artwork collected by the original owners is still found at Meadow Brook, including paintings by Gainsborough, Remington, Constable, Reynolds and numerous other luminaries of the art world. http://www.meadowbrookhall.org/
Built between 1926 and 1929 by Matilda Dodge Wilson widow of auto pioneer John Dodge and her second husband, the mansion is as magnificent today just as it was when it was constructed. The home and the surrounding estate, known as Meadow Brook Farms, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The guided tour lasts 90 minutes.
Great fashion needs a beautiful form and that form is The Somerset Collection. The Somerset Collection is the epicenter for luxury retail in the State of Michigan. With 180 stores and restaurants, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cole Haan, Barneys New York Co-Op, Tiffany & Co., and Burberry Somerset Collection represents the pinnacle of retail excellence, and provides an enjoyable and unique experience for both experienced and novice shoppers. http://www.thesomersetcollection.com/
The center's most impressive feature is the landmark, glass-enclosed moving walkway linking Somerset North and Southrecognized throughout the Midwest as "Downtown Michigan". Soaring glass entries reveal a timeless elegance that is both warm and inviting. The architecture provides an intimacy and comfort level for the guest that continues to enhance the sophisticated and prestigious reputation for which Somerset Collection is known.
The Henry Ford Museum
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:00 am 1:00 pm
Food is not provided or included though it is available for purchase
Activity level: 15 % on bus riding, 85% easy walking, wheelchair accessible
Henry Ford began the museum in 1912 to showcase the genius of ordinary people by recognizing and preserving objects used in the course of everyday life. Today, it boasts collections of automobiles, airplanes, antique furniture, agricultural equipment and even a 600 ton steam powered locomotive one of the largest ever built. During the self-guided tour, you will see presidential limousines including those of Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. The Montgomery, Alabama bus made famous when, in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on it, as well as R. Buckminster Fuller's "The House of the Future", a drive-in movie theatre, a diner, and many, many more attractions are part of the intriguing eclectic assortment. The Fully Furnished exhibit includes some amazing examples of American Furniture dating from 1670 to the present and are displayed in ways that encourage the viewer to think of furnishings in a variety of new ways. The Home Arts exhibit explores the many innovations in the home that have affected our daily lives. From bathtubs to sewing machines to dishwashers, this exhibit highlights an incredible diverse collection of household equipment and appliances as they evolved during America's history.Housing the finest grouping of its kind ever assembled, the museum is all on a single level with grand 40 foot ceilings and covers nine acres. http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/index.aspx
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:00 am 1:00 pm
Food is not provided or included, however, it is available for purchase
Activity level: 15 % on-bus riding, 85% easy walking, mostly wheelchair accessible
Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It showcases the sights, sounds and sensations of America's past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures ranging from Noah Webster's home where he wrote the first American Dictionary, to Thomas Edison\'s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law all of which you may explore during your self-guided tour. The workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane is there as well. The historic buildings are just the beginning. There are plenty of things to do too. You can ride on an antique carousel, or in a genuine Model T or 19th-century steam engine. You can experience food from a 1850's menu or watch baseball as it was played in 1867. (Baseball is offered only on specific dates and times.) You can also watch as hand-crafted items like hand-blown glass and Murano style vases are made by skilled artisans. Then, don't forget to leave some time to visit the Greenfield Village gift shop where you can purchase the same outstanding hand-crafted works of art that you watched being produced.The Greenfield Village is over 300 years of American History and there is nothing else like it in the country. http://www.thehenryford.org/village/index.aspx
Detroit Institute of Arts
Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 noon 4:00 pm;
Food is not provided or include, however, it is available for purchase.
Activity Level: 5% on-bus riding, 95 % easy walking, wheelchair accessible
The DIA , founded in 1885, has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. In all, the collection boasts more than 60,000 pieces, including works from artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh In addition to outstanding American, European, modern, contemporary, and graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and ancient art. During the IEEE meeting the DIA is hosting a special exhibit called It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals. Herds of cattle and strings of ponies as well as pods of dolphins, ostentations of peacocks and lounges of lizards are just some of the subjects of more than 150 prints and drawings selected from the DIA collection to form this exhibition. This family friendly exhibit has something for everyone.
A guided tour will help you learn things that you never knew before while showing you wonderful art works in an amazing and captivating architectural setting. http://www.dia.org/
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