As part of our Garden Party festivities, We are hosting The Belle Isle Conservancy for their ‘3rd Annual Party to Restore the Pewabic Tile in Scott Fountain’. The President of the Belle Isle Conservancy Michele Hodges is guest blogging to share party details.

Michele HodgesThe Belle Isle Conservancy’s mission is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever.

Belle Isle is a Frederick Law Olmsted masterpiece, with multiple architectural jewels upon it, one of the most identifiable being the Scott Fountain, which was once adorned with lovely Pewabic tile. Over time, the tiles were destroyed, and the Conservancy is thrilled to partner with Pewabic Pottery in returning the fountain to its original splendor.


To that end, we look forward to Friday, June 7th, when patrons will have an opportunity to spend the evening at the historic Pewabic Pottery, and perhaps encounter the ghost of its founder, Mary Chase Perry Stratton, either literally, or in her legacy that lives on in the artistry of today’s productions.


The event will occur from 6-9 PM, and will feature special guest John Gallagher, Journalist and author of “Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention” (WSU Press). Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served in the gardens of Pewabic, and we salute our sponsors for their support (C&B Scene, DYC, Edibles Rex, Hamilton Anderson and WSU Press).

Detroit’s Belle Isle from The Center for Michigan.

Both Pewabic Pottery and Belle Isle are important to the fabric of Detroit, and recognized globally for their pedigrees of rich cultural traditions. It makes perfect sense for the two to join together in this important cause, and we look forward to welcoming one and all.

Michele Hodges, President Belle Isle Conservancy


To purchase tickets to the 3rd Annual Party to Restore the Pewabic Tile in Scott Fountain visit the Belle Isle Conservancy’s website.

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