#F2HGratitude: All that makes our cities a community

Grateful Farmington

This week, we’re publishing a series of posts expressing gratitude for some of the things in Farmington and Farmington Hills that bring us together. With help from our supporters, we’ve chosen six, but there are many, many more. Join the #F2HGratitude conversation FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Make sure you catch all of our posts by signing up for our daily (except Sunday) emails

When I asked Farmington Voice supporters to talk about what makes Farmington and Farmington Hills great places to live, some of the answers didn’t seem “big” enough for a single post.

But in looking over the responses that remained, I realized they all had something in common. These little things make Farmington a unique community.

For instance, where else could you find a historic smokestack filled with chimney swifts? Hugh McDiarmid mentioned these tiny birds, which swirl around the former powerhouse and winery at 31505 Grand River in Farmington in the spring and summer. But come September, up to 50,000 of them crowd into the red brick smokestack – so many, that the Audobon Society has gotten involved in efforts to preserve the roost as a swift sanctuary:

Becky Burns listed the new C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills nonprofit, the Farmington-Farmington Hills Education Foundation, Farmington First United Methodist Church’s monthly free Community Dinner open to anyone in the community, Farmington Public Schools’ Day for Strings (offering young musicians a chance to work with their professional counterparts), and Thursday night Swing Farmington, which brings young dancers together at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion in warm weather and St. John Lutheran Church in the winter.

Laura Myers appreciates the Farmington Civic Theater, a city-owned facility that shows second-run movies, and the musicians who play out front during warmer months. She also mentioned the Governor Warner Mansion, the former home of Farmington favorite son and Michigan governor Fred Maltby Warner, and the Warnerettes, Michigan’s only (as far as we know) parasol drill team:

For everyone who chooses to live in Farmington and Farmington Hills, there’s a special reason why. To wrap up our series, we’ll reveal tomorrow what makes us most grateful to call our community home.