Happy summer! Can you believe it? Seems like winter lasted forever. Spring was a blip. Now summer is flying by.
The old adage “better late than never” sure applies to Hometown History Tours this year! Have to admit, it’s been a monumental task getting biz up and running in what should be a celebratory year, our 5-year anniversary. The sudden and unexpected death of my boyfriend, Tracy, last August floored me. My biggest cheerleader suddenly gone forever! Unfathomable.
In shock over losing Tracy coupled with the adrenaline rush of experiencing my busiest year ever, I made it through the rest of 2013. Once I completed the final tour on November 2, boom! The magnitude of my loss fully hit me, and I crashed. In the ensuing months, it’s been difficult to sustain the joy, excitement and passion that go into developing and promoting tours.
Tracy would not want to see me like this! So drawing upon the memory of his love, friendship and total support of my efforts, I’m back with a scaled-back, but truly exciting summer and fall tour season – dedicated, of course, to Tracy Savage.
Notorious 313 – the tour that made news around the world – is back with three walking tours to fright and delight! Last year, we literally killed people with walking, so we’ve divided up downtown into two districts: Ghastly Greektown and Foreboding Fort Street. Less area to walk, many more frightening new tales to tell! We’ve thrown Midtown Unmasked into the mix, which includes a walk down the once unsavory Temple Street, which will soon be swallowed up by the stadium development. One important building with a notorious past has already been dozed – so time may be limited to see actual buildings tied to frightening tales.
Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Tour received rave reviews last year. Our wonderful cast is back to portray historical giants of this era. We scored a major coup this year and are thrilled to announce that tour goers will actually go inside a documented safe house. Historic Second Baptist Church has agreed to open its doors to us on tour nights. When it comes to Detroit’s UGRR history, you don’t get any more historically significant than Second Baptist!
New tour announcement! Solid Gold Detroit: Soundtrack to the City. This spectacular and long overdue tour will leave you dancing in the streets and singing, mercy, mercy me – what great music history! Tour includes a stop at a legendary recording studio and bar breaks at establishments with great ties to the music scene. Keeping in the spirit of our themed tours, you never know what music legend/s might just show up!
Before you check out our exciting 2014 tour schedule here, please note we’re offering an exciting birthday discount to celebrate Detroit’s 313th birthday on July 24.
Use the code 313turns313 when ordering tickets online or via phone and get any Notorious 313 walking tour (even Woodmere Cemetery tours) for the ghastly price of $13. (Savings of $12 off regular price)
313turns313 also gets you:
- See-the-D tours for $12
- $10 off any bus tour
- 20% off Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Tour
Special 313turns313 discount offer is substantially lower than Early Bird or Real Deal discounts featured on our website. Offer ends at 3:13 PM on July 6, 2014
In the market for a step-on guide or private tour. We can do that too! May you enjoy a beautiful summer filled with joy! Hope to see you soon!
Yours in history,
Hometown History Tours founder & director
PS: Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook. Followers love photos we post and occasionally we run contests. In fact, Paula McNichol won First Prize in our Happy Anniversary Contest. She and her daughter will enjoy a private, chauffeured tour of Detroit sometime in August or September, when Paula’s daughter is home on leave from the military.